The Case Against Lula – Does It Stand Up and What’s Next?

by Iain Bruce

teleSUR | July 14, 2017

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends a news conference after being convicted on corruption charges, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 13, 2017.

Brazil’s former President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva has just been sentenced to nearly ten years in prison, in the first of five cases against him that involve charges ranging from obstruction of justice to influence peddling and money laundering.Read More »

Cuba Expresses Solidarity for Nicolas Maduro and Lula da Silva

teleSUR | July 14, 2017 Cuban President Raul Castro at the country

Cuban President Raul Castro at the country’s National Assembly on July 14, 2017 | Photo: AFP

President Raul Castro has repeated Cuba’s support for the Venezuelan government as it faces “an unconventional war” led by “imperialism” and the country’s “oligarchy” in a bid to topple President Nicolas Maduro with a coup.Read More »

Colombian Communist Party, FARC Seek 2018 Election Alliance

teleSUR | July 14, 2017

Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (L) and the Communist Party of Colombia (R).

Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (L) and the Communist Party of Colombia (R). | Photo: AFP – PCC

The Communist Party of Colombia, PCC, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, announced on Thursday that both groups will seek to create a political alliance ahead of the country’s 2018 elections.

The decision was revealed at the opening of the 22 Congress of the PCC, which was attended by several FARC members, AFP reported.

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China’s GDP Would Grow Faster Under Mao-Era Policies: Study

teleSUR | July 14, 2017

A person holds a flag of China

A person holds a flag of China’s former Communist Party leader Mao Zedong, as people gather at a square to celebrate his 121st birth anniversary, Dec. 25, 2014. | Photo: Reuters

A new economic study says that if Mao Tse-tung, the communist leader of Chinese independence, and his policies were in place today, China would see a greater surge in economic growth.

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Neoliberalism in crisis

Interview of John Bellamy Foster and Kevin B. Anderson by Sofia Cutler, Sara Farah and Emanuel Guay.

MR Online | July 14, 2017

Neoliberalism and austerity.

Originally published at 3:AM magazine (July 13, 2017)

This year marks the 150th publication anniversary of Marx’s Capital. While the world has inevitably changed in the last century and a half, Marx’s work remains crucial to explaining—and critiquing— the logic and historical development of capitalism today. As Ernst Mandel notes in his introduction to the English translation, Capital lays bare “the ruthless and irresistible impulse to growth which characterizes production for private profit and the predominant use of profit for capital accumulation.” To mark this anniversary, and to better situate Marx’s pièce de résistance in our own contemporary moment of neoliberal crisis, we have interviewed two leading, but slightly diverging voices on CapitalKevin B. Anderson and John Bellamy Foster.

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50 years of Naxalbari Movement in India: In Search of ‘Maoist Revolution’

[Integration with the peasantry. Hence first Jhargram, and then Haroah, Sandeshkhali, Minekhan. Two districts at two ends of West Bengal and two different experiences.]

by Timir Basu

Frontier | Vol. 50, No.1, Jul 9 – 15, 2017

It is not enough to call that period a turbulent one; it was a period of tremendous restlessness. After entering the Presidency College, I quite naturally got involved in the student movement. I got attached with the left student movement, although in the campuses of the College and the University of Calcutta, the rightists were holding sway. When we were endeavouring to build up a leftist student organisation in the Presidency College, ‘Naxalbari’ was yet to happen. Yet we earned the stigma of ultra-left, because we had become vocal against the bureaucratic central leadership.Read More »

Canadian media misleads public about country’s role abroad

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How markets undermine African development

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TURKEY UPDATE: Crony capitalism, 60,000 ‘wanted’, protest leaflets and women’s outrage

A Journal of People report

Media reports and articles on Turkey show developments the country is going through.

William Armstrong wrote on July 6, 2017 in Hurriyet Daily News:

“In Transparency International’s most recent annual Corruption Perceptions Index, Turkey ranked a lowly 75th. The country has been declining steadily on the index in recent years, as an earlier reform drive is abandoned and ordinary citizens increasingly come to see corruption as the normal way of doing things.

“Infrastructure development has been central to the AKP’s electoral appeal. But this has gone hand in hand with an increasingly well-oiled machine of cronyism, as the state dishes out contracts to friendly companies.”Read More »