| „This camp accommodation is already far too long…“

Interview with Majd Jammoul

Could you briefly tell us about your personal political background and introduce us to the gym you are currently living in Berlin?

My name is Majd Jammoul, I am from Damascus, Syria. I had worked in a network of political activists since the beginning of the Syrian demonstration movement in 2011, and also did social work with displaced persons in various parts of the country. We organized workshops on conflict resolution and documented human rights violations. However, by mid-2015 we had lost any and all capacity to act.
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| A situation like no other – the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone

By Claudia Anthony

Introduction

Late intervention by Sierra Leone’s leadership, a lack of appropriate civic and health education, and the corrupt acquisition of millions of dollars that were intended to combat the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone, have prolonged the life of the EVD in the country. These factors are probably the stimulants behind the continuing spread in Sierra Leone of a disease that started as an epidemic in the French-speaking West African state of Guinea, and has now become a pandemic in the Mano River Basin on which Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone sit and share territorial boundaries.
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| Vote NO! and the Meaning of Twenty Years Of Democracy

By Vishwas Satgar

Pick up any newspaper or tune into any radio broadcast and before long you are likely to hear discontent about the state of the Nation and in particular the ANC. This is expressed through the militancy of strike action, campaigning outside government buildings, booing the powerful, and community protest actions ranging from tire burning, to stone throwing and even setting fire to government buildings. These are almost an everyday occurrence. Increasingly these expressions of discontent are coming from those who once (and some still do) identify with ANC.
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| Out of the Trap

By Frederico Pinheiro

The austerity measures dictated to Portugal by the Troika’s Memorandum are nearing completion and should be fully implemented by May 2014. The impact on Portuguese society is huge. As a consequence of these policies unemployment has risen, the phenomenon of emigration has returned, the social state has been dismantled, and all major public enterprises sold off.
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| The U.S. Occupy Movement in the Crisis of Neoliberal Hegemony: A Study of Frontline Struggles Since the Eviction of the Squares

by Robert Ogman

This study was made by Robert Ogman for the Institut für Gesellschaftsanalyse, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung in 2013.
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| Interview: Europe from below

with Claudia Bernardi, Christos Giovanopoulos, Catarina Principe und Sol Trumbo

 

Activists from Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy on local fights and transnational perspectives

LuXemburg: The current movements have a strong grassroots character and a mostly local focus. Do you still see the strategic necessity and possibility of stronger cross-border cooperation?

CLAUDIA BERNARDI: Over the last few years, several movements have generated a material proliferation of oppositions to biocapitalism at a local level, working mainly on the national scale as the key battlefield against austerity measures.
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| Bonapartist Coup in Egypt!

von Sungur Savran

The near equality in strength of the two camps contending for power in Egypt led the army to stage a Bonapartist coup. It is not only the recent episode of unprecedented crowds in the millions coming out on 30 June that has made the army move. This struggle between the Muslim Brotherhood government of now deposed President Mohamed Morsi, on the one hand, and the opposition, represented by the National Salvation Front, and more recently by the Tamerod (Rebel) movement, on the other, has been going on since last November. This is, in fact, the third wave of spectacular demonstrations by the opposition within a cycle of the Egyptian revolution that has been going on since November.
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| Inequality and redistribution in the Greek crisis

von Marica Frangakis

Historical experience has shown that under capitalism a banking crisis is followed by an economic crisis, reducing the size of an economy, increasing unemployment.1 It has further shown that in such a situation, public expenditure increases, as a result of the automatic stabilizers coming into play, while public receipts decline, due to the drop in output. Thus, a banking crisis leads to deteriorating public finances.2
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| For a radical restructuring of the EU

von Marica Frangakis

Comments on „The systemic crisis of the Euro – true causes and effective therapies“ (2013) by Heiner Flassbeck and Costas Lapavitsas

Chapter I: The rationale of a monetary union and the determinants of inflation

Why monetary union? – This chapter provides the historical and theoretical basis of the paper.  Historically, it regards the “need for international monetary cooperation” as axiomatic so that the “crucial question” becomes what “form this should take” (5). In the same vein, it presumes that “Germany was the obvious candidate to become an anchor in regional monetary cooperation” (p.5). The logical conclusion of this line of argument is that “the only stringent long-term policy option for regional monetary stability is a monetary union” (7). The connection between the monetary sphere and the financial one is overlooked in Flassbeck and Lapavitsas argument; i.e., the fact that the elimination of the foreign exchange risks favours the expansion and deepening of the financial markets. This was a major factor in the decision by the EU leaders to proceed with the establishment of a European monetary union (EMU), which may thus be seen as an adjunct of financial integration in the EU.
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| Of Energy Struggles, Energy Transitions and Energy Democracy[1]

von Tadzio Müller

Foto: tjschloss/flickr

Abstract: Germany’s Energiewende, its comparatively rapid and multi-scalar move towards a more renewable energy system, is the subject of much international scrutiny and discussion. Within Germany, it has become clear that there are two paths that can be taken in this expansion of renewable energies: one that leads to large-scale installations (Desertec, off-shore windparks) under the continued control of the big energy companies; one that leads to an increasingly decentralised, increasingly democratic and socially responsive energy sector. In this paper, I try to analyse the contribution that social struggles ‘from below’ can make in this process, to what extent they can coalesce into a broader struggle for ‘energy democracy’.
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