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Mehmet Ali Dogan: Communes, Counter-Hegemony, and the Kurdish Fight for the Middle Eastern Patria Grande

As Turkey ramps up its bombing of Kurdish forces in northern Syria, VA sits down with Mehmet Ali Dogan, a Kurdish anthropologist and documentary filmmaker from Turkey, who is spokesperson for the Kurdistan-Latin America Solidarity Committee. Dogan is a veteran of the Kurdish liberation struggle, enduring six years as a political prisoner in the jails of the Turkish state. In recent years, he has lived in Latin America, first Bolivia and now Argentina, where he has sought to draw links between counter-hegemonic Latin American integration spearheaded by Venezuela under Hugo Chavez and Kurdish efforts to unify Kurdish and other ethnic communities in Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq. Dogan draws on the thinking of Kurdistan Workers' Party leader Abdullah Ocalan who since his 1997 imprisonment by Turkey has facilitated a political and ideological refounding of the Kurdish liberation movement, abandoning the objective of a Kurdish nation-state in favor of “democratic confederalism”, which envisions a loose network of federated municipalities, encompassing Kurds, Turks, Arabs, Armenians, and other groups in a self-governing arrangement based on participatory political and economic democracy, independent of colonially-inscribed state borders.
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Ecuador: Widespread Protests from Left and Indigenous Sectors Demand

The largest protests and by far the longest-lasting against Rafael Correa's government have been raging all over Ecuador since August 13th, when hundreds of thousands of people in a national strike called by the Indigenous People's organizations and Labor Unions, took to the streets in Quito and other parts of the country. The goal was to vociferously show their discontent with a number of government policies and demand reforms. But it didn Continue reading

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Varoufakis Our state apparatus had been contaminated by the Troika

The interview between writer Christos Tsiolkas and Yanis Varoufakis was published in The Monthly journal. The former Greek minister discusses the position of the European Financial Stability Facility EFSF), which should more correctly be called Financial Instability Facility. Varoukakis exposes what the media, controlled as they are by the Troika, dutifully conceal, namely the outrageous conditions and mechanisms through which they hold Greece under their paw.
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Valle de San Quintín labourers- a reflection of shame and demands for justice

An agricultural labourer works on average 15 hours a day; the average working session of agricultural labourers is 57 hours [per week] for men and 65 for women.
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U.S. and Europe Face Different Political Situations but Common Problems

As the ever-lengthening U.S. election season begins to heat up, it is interesting to compare the U.S. and Europe regarding the evolution of their politics since the world financial crisis and recession (2008-09). In Europe, there has been quite a bit of political upheaval, with center-left parties often losing a large part of their voters. In Greece, to take the most dramatic example, the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) is now polling just 3 percent of the electorate, after decades of wining around 40 percent or more of the vote. There have been significant losses of popularity for similar center-left parties in Spain, Italy, France and other countries Continue reading

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The Zapatistas on Elections and a Look Toward the Capitalist Hydra

UDW editorial note by Armando Carmona: From May 2nd to May 9th the Zapatistas hosted a

tribute to fallen comrades, a celebration of resistance, and a seminar to provoke thought,

reflection, critique. On May 2nd and May 3rd 2015 the Zapatistas convened a welcome

ceremony for the families of Luis Villoro Toranzo, and Zapatista Teacher Galeano, in homage to

their lives and their struggles. The celebration inaugurated the seminar, Critical Thought versus

the Capitalist Hydra, to which they asked its participants to bring seeds that they could share

with others.
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The Secret Agenda Behind the Venezuela-Guyana Conflict

It all began in 1835 when the British Empire sent a German-born naturalist and explorer to conduct geographical research in the South American territory it had colonized and named British Guiana. In the course of his explorations, a map was drawn that well-exceeded the original western boundary first occupied by the Dutch and later passed to British control. Sparking the interest of the Empire Continue reading

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The New Colonialism- Greece & Ukraine

A new form of colonialism is emerging in Europe. Not colonialism imposed by military conquest and occupation, as in the 19thcentury. Not even the more efficient form of economic colonialism pioneered by the US in the post-1945 period, where the costs of direct administration and military occupation were replaced with compliant local elites allowed to share in the wealth extracted in exchange for being allowed to rule on behalf of the colonizers.
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The Infiltration of Colombian Paramilitaries into Venezuela

The phenomenon of paramilitary groups in Venezuela is on the rise, according to that country's government. Following the brazen attack by paramilitaries that left 3 Venezuelan soldiers critically injured on Aug. 19, President Nicolas Maduro revealed that there are 30 different Colombian paramilitary groups operating inside Venezuela.
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The Economist Scrapes the Bottom of the Barrel to Attack Rafael Correa

Many will read a recent Economist article about Ecuador (Scraping the barrel) and wrongly assume that they Continue reading

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