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11 Jan

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Dispatch from Athens #3: Fear meets a movement of hope

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Headline of To Vima: ‘The chance for the Left’

When fear meets a movement of hope The Sunday papers still matter in Greece. More so, in fact, than before the crisis. A vicious circle of declining readerships, falling advertising revenue and disinvestment in journalism has left the daily papers as poorly produced and read as they are paginated. The once world-class Eleftherotypia has bitten […]

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10 Jan

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Dispatch from Athens #2: The Right cornered, but fighting

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Greece’s national-chauvinist prime minister Antonis Samaras

The Right: cornered, but fighting for its life There are a lot of significant elections in Europe this year — including Britain’s general election in May. Tomorrow’s “Republican march” of national unity in Paris has morphed into a display of “European solidarity” — or, spelling it out more accurately, of solidarity between European political leaders facing angry […]

09 Jan

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Dispatch from Athens #1: Rules of the game

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Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras

Athens 2015 – the party is not over Greece has been the European country hardest hit by the global crisis unleashed following the financial crash of 2008. It is also the Eurozone state upon which the most devastating austerity measures have been imposed by the troika of the European Union, the European Central Bank and […]

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09 Jan

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Left Flank exclusive: Daily reports on Greece’s election

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In a imaginative venture of practical solidarity Philosophy Football are funding Left Flank’s KEVIN OVENDEN to go to Greece and report on Syriza’s campaign exclusively for us in Australia — alongside other radical media outlets in the USA and Great Britain. Here Kevin explains the significance of the 25.01.2014 General Election. For the first time in more […]

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02 Jan

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Understanding Podemos (3/3): ‘Commonsense’ policy

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Anti-eviction activists occupy Madrid bank branch in early 2013

This is the third part of Left Flank’s series exploring the rise of Podemos. [i] The first part looked at how the new organisations drew on the inspiration and power of the 15-M (“Indignados”) movement. The second part critically examined the Podemos leadership’s deployment of radical populist strategy. In the third part Luke Stobart examines […]

29 Dec

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Australian politics 2014: Decline & decomposition

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{Graphic by @deptofaustralia}

Abbott has to perform well as prime minister next year, not just to preserve his leadership and give the Coalition a chance of re-election but also to restore public faith in the political class and Australia’s system of parliamentary democracy. The year 2015 has to see a restoration of political stability in the national interest. […]

08 Dec

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‘Abolishing the present state of things’

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Paris Commune: the ‘reabsorption of the State power by society’

Communism is for us not a state of affairs which is to be established, an ideal to which reality [will] have to adjust itself. We call communism the real movement which abolishes the present state of things. The conditions of this movement result from the premises now in existence. —Marx & Engels (1845), The German […]

04 Dec

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Palestine: Towards a new intifada

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Faris

A series of armed attacks by young Palestinians against settler targets in Jerusalem and the West Bank is forcing world attention to the simmering intifada across Palestine. The crisis over Al Aqsa has already raised the temperature. The Israeli offensive on Gaza lifted Palestinian sentiment to boiling point. Now the confluence of a polity of […]