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On 12 December 2015, at 7:26 pm, Laurent Fabius banged his gavel – and cheers broke out at the Le Bourget congress centre near Paris. Thousands of people embraced each other, laughed, took photos and applauded for minutes on end. After two weeks of dramatic

CRASHING THE PARTY

The closest commentator that the contemporary United States has to Mark Twain, satirist and television host Bill Maher, surveyed the sorry state of American politics midway through the 2016 election season and declared, “Our system sucks. The Constitution needs a Page One rewrite”

John Nichols

NO MORE VAMPIRE TREATIES!

Sanya Smith: "A former US minister was asked why they didn´t release the text of the TPP: “We tried that in the FTAA and it didn’t work because people suddenly realized what was in it and they opposed it…” So they are correctly named vampire

Interview by Gerhard Dilger

THE STRUGGLE FOR A UN TREATY

In this study, the authors call on governments not to give in to the pressure of corporate lobbyists, but to challenge their demands. The Treaty process presents the opportunity for governments to prove that it is in their hands to put human rights above the

Jens Martens and Karolin Seitz

Capitalist liberalization

The overall objective is to build a national campaign against the agenda of liberalization. Alcira Argumedo denounced these treaties because they are negotiated in absolute secret and remembered that the FTA agenda implies the rupture of the regional integration processes achieved so far...

Luciana Ghiotto

BRICS IN AFRICA

“In a broader context of capitalist accumulation, the BRICS are acting based on a logic of competition over natural resources and market access that is imperialist in nature and is taking colonialism back to Africa in modern times”

Ana Garcia

MAPPING THE EUROPEAN LEFT

Let´s take a closer look at the European Left. Which parties are of particular relevance, and where do they stand politically? What is dominant: programmatic parallels or national differences? How was the Left able to organize on the European scale?

Dominic Heilig

BREXIT - What now?

The Brexit vote will exacerbate the centrifugal forces in Europe and intensify right-wing hegemony. On Twitter people are stating, «Look who’s clapping», while pointing to Marine Le Pen, Donald Trump and Geert Wilders. Clearly then, there is a strong possibility that nationalism and xenophobia will

Johanna Bussemer

Digital Change

Among all the problems with 21st-century work — the ballooning of the low wage service sector, economic inequality, the crumbling of worker rights — the main problem really is that there are so few realistic alternatives.

Trebor Scholz