Marta Harnecker, The Fighter


Countercurrents | June 17, 2019

Comrade Marta Harnecker has passed away.

Comrade Marta died on June 15, 2019, of cancer in Canada.

A relentless fighter, comrade Marta Harnecker (1937 – 2019) made valuable contributions in the areas of theory related to revolution for socialism in the broader Latin American perspective.

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Reading Marx’s Capital Today: Lessons from Latin America


Socialist Project | March 03, 2019

This paper was presented at the International conference “150 years Karl Marx’s Capital – Reflections for the 21st century” held in Athens, Greece on January 14-15, 2017. Organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – Athens Office in cooperation with Theseis, the conference discussed the actuality of Marx’s theoretical system of the critique of political economy 150 years on from the publication of CapitalVolume I.

The video of this presentation is available on YouTube. This article first published by Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal.

It reproduces much of what I have outlined in my book A World to Build. New Paths Toward Twenty‑First Century Socialism, Monthly Review Press, New York, 2015.

1. One hundred and fifty years ago, Karl Marx published his book Capital, an intellectual effort of great breadth, with the aim of revealing the logic of capitalist production and providing workers with theoretical instruments for their liberation. Having discovered the logic of the system, he was able to foresee with great anticipation much of what is happening in the world capitalist economy today. But, we cannot mechanically apply what is outlined in Capital to the current reality of Latin America.Read More »

Guatemala: Center-Left Sandra Torres Wins 1st-Round Vote, Goes to 2nd Round

teleSUR | June 17, 2019

Sandra Torres, presidential candidate for the National Unity of Hope (UNE) talks to the media following the first round of presidential election, at the official voting result center in Guatemala City, Guatemala June 17, 2019.

Sandra Torres, presidential candidate for the National Unity of Hope (UNE) talks to the media following the first round of presidential election, at the official voting result center in Guatemala City, Guatemala June 17, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Nevertheless, the former first lady has high negative ratings and may struggle to win a direct runoff if supporters of the many right-of-center candidates unite against her.

Guatemala’s presidential election was headed for a runoff as results Monday gave center-left candidate Sandra Torres a clear lead but far short of the outright majority needed to avoid a second round against a conservative rival.

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Chavez, a Mirror of the People: A Conversation with Edgar Perez

by Cira Pascual Marquina | June 14, 2019

Edgar Perez, better known as the “Gordo” Edgar. (Venezuelanalysis)
Edgar Perez, better known as the “Gordo” Edgar. (Venezuelanalysis)

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Global inequality in a time of climate emergency

by Tom Athanasiou

MR Online | June 15, 2019

Global Inequality in a Time of Climate Emergency -

Something has changed, as most everyone in the climate movement agrees, and we have plenty of signposts that track the shift, from David Wallace-Well’s 2017 New York Magazine piece, The Uninhabitable Earth, to last year’s Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy, a paper downloaded by the hundreds of thousands. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made the shift official with its own dramatic contribution, the landmark Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.Read More »

Climate talks held as Arctic ice melts, concerns grow

by Frank Jordans

People’s World | June 17, 2019

Climate talks held as Arctic ice melts, concerns grow

In this Tuesday April 23, 2019 file photo, climate change protesters march along Whitehall toward parliament, in London. Britain’s prime minister has announced plans to eliminate the country’s net contribution to climate change by 2050. Theresa May said the plan will be put before Parliament Wednesday, June 12. She says the amendment to the 2008 Climate Change Act will intensify Britain’s push to drastically reduce carbon emissions because “standing by is not an option.” | Matt Dunham/AP

BERLIN (AP) — Diplomats and climate experts gathered Monday in Germany for U.N.-hosted talks on climate change amid growing public pressure for governments to act faster against global warming.

Officials meeting in the western city of Bonn for the June 17-27 talks are focusing on resolving issues that couldn’t be agreed upon at last December’s climate summit in Poland. This includes the rules governing the international trade in carbon certificates, which allow rich countries to offset emissions by paying for projects in poor nations.

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Marta Harnecker (1937-2019)

Marta Harnecker

Journal of People mourns the passing of comrade Marta Harnecker. We repost the following article by comrade Marta. —Editors

A Political Instrument Appropriate for Each Reality

Socialist Project | January 25, 2019

1. The recent mobilizations occurring in Latin America and in the world confirm what Lenin wrote in 19141: “Without organization the masses lack unity of will” and without that they cannot struggle against the “powerful terrorist military organization” of the Capitalist states.Read More »

João Pedro Stedile of the MST on Bolsonaro, mobilizations and freeing Lula

Peoples Dispatch | June 14, 2019

Today tens of thousands of workers in Brazil will take the streets in a national general strike against the pension reform proposed by the government of far-right Jair Bolsonaro. To learn about the current context in Brazil today and the importance of these mobilizations we spoke to João Pedro Stedile of the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement about Bolsonaro’s attacks on the working class and the need now more than ever to mobilize the masses. He also reaffirms the call to fight for the freedom of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

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The Unipolar Moment is over


 Consortium News | June 10, 2019

Xi and Putin cruising into a multipolar world- Aurora Cruiser Museum (Wikipedia)

S omething extraordinary began with a short walk in St. Petersburg last Friday.

After a stroll, they took a boat on the Neva River, visited the legendary Auroracruiser, and dropped in to examine the Renaissance masterpieces at the Hermitage. Cool, calm, collected, all the while it felt like they were mapping the ins and outs of a new, emerging, multipolar world.Read More »

Brazil: Millions Protest Bolsonaro’s Neoliberal Pension Reform

teleSUR | June 14, 2019

Man holds up sign for the
Man holds up sign for the “June 14 General Strike” happening all over Brazil Friday against President Jair Bolsonaro’s neoliberal pension reform proposal | Photo: teleSUR

Major national unions and social organizations strike (again) against President Jair Bolsonaro pension reforms, shutting down capitals and cities across country.

In Brazi the Popular Brazil Front, People Without Fear Front along with hundreds of other social movements and student organizations, as well as twelve of the country’s largest trade unions are staging a massive general strike against President Jair Bolsonaro’s plan to privatize the nation’s pension system.

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