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File: 787d24406526aa5⋯.jpg (42.81 KB, 473x588, 473:588, f03528ad9db75ee426d59c11c7….jpg)

 No.141750

Local elections: Why has Labour lost seats?

Labour has suffered a net loss of council seats - starting from the low base of 2015 in many cases.The Conservatives have lost more than 10 times as many councillors, but what is remarkable is that the main party of opposition - around the mid-term of a not-very-popular government - has not made net gains.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-48150656

German SPD youth chief lambasted for proposing collective ownership for big firms

The head of the Social Democrats’ (SPD) youth wing has unleashed a storm of protest in Germany, including from party allies, for saying firms like BMW should be collectively owned in a clear appeal to left-wingers before European and regional votes.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-germany-politics-spd-idUKKCN1S8133?fbclid=IwAR08w8F03ituwSdnbcefaFZ9aov85xlbXSM_5BhSqaRYo8Nj9L_3AF8n-s8

After Spanish elections, Podemos pushes for pro-austerity PSOE government

Since Sunday’s elections saw the fascistic Vox party enter parliament and a small plurality of votes go to the ruling, pro-austerity Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE), Podemos has embraced the PSOE. It is working to block the independent mobilization of the working class against the PSOE and growing far-right danger in Europe.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/03/pode-m03.html

UN calls for Julian Assange's release from UK high-security jail

UN experts have called for Julian Assange to be released from prison and criticised the British government for breaching his human rights.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/may/03/un-calls-for-julian-assanges-release-from-high-security-uk-jail

Malaysia frees Vietnamese woman accused of killing North Korean leader's half-brother

A Vietnamese woman who spent more than two years in a Malaysian prison on suspicion of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was released from jail and returned to Vietnam on Friday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-malaysia-kim/malaysia-frees-vietnamese-woman-accused-of-killing-north-korean-leaders-half-brother-idUSKCN1S9008

Putin Signs Controversial Internet Law For "Centralised Traffic Control"

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed into law a "sovereign internet" bill which will allow Russian authorities to isolate the country's internet, a move decried by rights groups.

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/vladimir-putin-signs-controversial-internet-law-for-centralised-traffic-control-2031632

https://archive.is/DdXDX

North Korea food rations hit record low level after poor harvest: UN

The North Korean regime has cut rations of food to 300 grams a day after the worst harvest in 10 years, the UN says. And a UN team found that 10.1 million people lacked enough food to take them through to the next one.

https://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-food-rations-hit-record-low-level-after-poor-harvest-un/a-48587481

Taliban rejects calls for Ramadan truce in Afghanistan

The Taliban in Afghanistan has rejected calls for a Ramadan ceasefire and attacked the traditional council, or loya jirga, which made the proposal.The grand assembly is meeting in Kabul this week to discuss peace and called for an immediate ceasefire between the government and militants.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48147066

The Powerful Group Shaping The Rise Of Hindu Nationalism In India

Before dawn, men gather in a suburban Mumbai park to play team-building games, meditate, chant Sanskrit mantras from Hindu scripture and salute a saffron-orange flag — the color, sacred to Hindus, of robes worn by Hindu monks.

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/03/706808616/the-powerful-group-shaping-the-rise-of-hindu-nationalism-in-india

15 cops blown up as Maoists trigger IED on Gadchiroli road

Fifteen Gadchiroli police personnel and the driver of a private vehicle they were travelling in were blown up when Maoists triggered an IED blast at Lendhri nullah close to the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border on Wednesday afternoon in the worst attack on security forces in the area in 10 years.

https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/15-cops-blown-up-as-maoists-trigger-ied-on-gadchiroli-road/

 No.141752

FBI sent undercover investigator to meet Trump aide: report

The FBI sent an undercover investigator to meet with an advisor to Donald Trump's presidential campaign to try to determine if it was working with Russia, The New York Times reported Thursday.The investigator who met with George Papadopoulos at a London bar in September 2016 – two months before the election that brought Trump to office – was posing as a research assistant, the Times said, citing unnamed people familiar with the operation.

https://news.yahoo.com/fbi-sent-undercover-investigator-meet-trump-aide-report-042541152.html

Peace Activists Arrested While Trying to Deliver Food and Medicine to Blockaded DC Venezuelan Embassy

Peace activists were arrested at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. Thursday while trying to deliver food and medicine to members of the Embassy Protection Collective who are blockaded inside.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/02/peace-activists-arrested-while-trying-deliver-food-and-medicine-blockaded-dc

‘We saw this playbook in Iraq’: Ilhan Omar shoots back at VP Pence in socialism spat

Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has fired back at Vice President Mike Pence, after Pence accused her of “choosing socialism over freedom” by opposing regime change in Venezuela.“Just as in interventions past, those who oppose war are labeled supporters of dictators and haters of ‘freedom,’” Omar tweeted on Friday. “We saw this playbook in Iraq.”

https://www.rt.com/usa/458316-ilhan-omar-venezuela-pence/

Amazon's delivery network is set to explode as the company moves toward one-day shipping — and workers are bracing for big changes

Amazon delivery drivers are bracing for big changes as the company moves to cut its Prime two-day shipping promise to one day."I don't know how we're going to do it," a Richmond, Virginia-based driver said Wednesday. "It's going to be hectic."Another driver said she was excited about the change: "I just see job security! More packages, more work. I'm OK with that."

https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-hires-drivers-expands-delivery-network-one-day-shipping-2019-5


 No.141754

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>>141750

>Labour has suffered a net loss of council seats - starting from the low base of 2015 in many cases.The Conservatives have lost more than 10 times as many councillors, but what is remarkable is that the main party of opposition - around the mid-term of a not-very-popular government - has not made net gains.

IT'S THE BREXIT, STUOPOTS!

Lib Dems gained hundreds of seats and nobody can even name a single policy of theirs besides people's vote. I really hope Corbyn knows what he's doing.


 No.141756

OP/ED

The Coming of American Fascism, 1920–1940

The Coming of the American Behemoth is an interesting book with lessons for the present, as we confront a polarized and oligarchical political economy so redolent of that which precipitated the Depression. All the debate about whether Donald Trump is fascist, or whether society is in danger of succumbing to fascism, can be seen, from one perspective, as missing the point. Fascism in the materialist sense has been increasingly with us, especially (though not only) with Americans, for the last forty years, as the political economy has returned to something like its state in the 1920s. It is here now, already, and would be here even if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency.The danger isn’t so much that “paramilitary formations of brown shirts or black shirts” will take over society as that we will fail to overturn the class foundations of fascism that are at this moment racing to destroy life on Earth. Roberto is right to emphasize this deeper structural reality.In short, while the American Behemoth was rising in the 1920s and ’30s, in the 21st century “the beast is at full strength.” It will take a revolutionary struggle of the working masses to destroy it.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/the-coming-of-american-fascism-1920-1940/

Spring Stirrings and Misgivings: Of Autocrats and Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa

“Al-Shebab,” said my student Jerry early in the fall 2010 semester. “We’re calling our small group al-Shebab. It means ‘The Youth.’” From his name alone, I wouldn’t have guessed his background, but he was proud of his family’s Egyptian roots and had convinced his classmates to give their group an Arabic name.As usually happens when the semester ends and my dozens of students scatter, Jerry and I lost touch. The following April, however, we ran into each other at a rally organized by students at my university to support the Arab Spring. Like many others around the world, I’d watched transfixed as brave unarmed civilians faced down riot police on the bridges leading to Cairo’s Tahrir Square. I’d celebrated on February 11, 2011, when the corrupt and authoritarian Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak resigned as the military took control of that country.Jerry’s eyes sparkled when he saw me. “Isn’t it amazing?” he shouted. Yes, it was amazing… until it wasn’t.This spring, eight years later, there has been a new set of popular uprisings in northern Africa, from Algeria to Morocco, to Sudan. Let’s hope they have more lasting success than Egypt’s Arab Spring.

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/05/spring-stirrings-and-misgivings-autocrats-uprisings-middle-east-north-africa.html

Class Rules Everything Around Me

The socialist emphasis on the centrality of class isn't about ignoring racial inequalities, but about crafting a politics capable of ending them.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/05/working-class-structure-oppression-capitalist-identity

https://archive.is/H3X3j

May Day 2019 Across the World

Check out our roundup of anarchist and autonomous actions on May Day from around the world! We will be adding to this page throughout the day, but be sure to watch Enough is Enough and CrimethInc. for more international reports and coverage.

https://itsgoingdown.org/may-day-2019-across-the-world/


 No.141761

>German SPD youth chief lambasted for proposing collective ownership for big firms

Reminder that in krautland, since 1920 firms with 20 or more employees must have shop floor level worker elected councils to help make day-to-day management decisions and address worker grievances, since 1952 firms with 500 or more employees must give 1/3rd of board seats to worker elected representative, and since 1976 firms with over 2000 employees must give 50% (minus tiebreaker) seats to worker elected representatives:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codetermination_in_Germany

Honestly, I'm amazed stockholder ownership wasn't at least partly phased out in by the krauts and other yuropoor socdem countries decades ago.

>Putin Signs Controversial Internet Law For "Centralised Traffic Control"

<VPN popularity intensifies

>North Korea food rations hit record low level after poor harvest: UN

What is China's motive in allowing conditions to dip this far so often?

>‘We saw this playbook in Iraq’: Ilhan Omar shoots back at VP Pence in socialism spat

Really hoping that once the Venezuela thing completely fizzles, Trump's past rhetoric will completely wall in the MIC against similar efforts in perennial favorites like Iran.

>The Coming of American Fascism, 1920–1940

<literally everything bad is fascism

lol

>Class Rules Everything Around Me

Pretty good propaganda. A little too diplomatic in tone, and it fails to unambiguously make the distinction between explicit and implicit identitarianism, but still gets the point across intact, particularly:

>The socialist argument is not that the fight against capitalism would automatically undo other kinds of oppression. Rather, it’s that it is impossible to make substantial progress in addressing the crushing burden of non-class-based oppressions in American life without taking on the power of capital.

Also

<archiving jacobin

Literally why?

>>141754

>I really hope Corbyn knows what he's doing.

Brexit has to go through, otherwise a Corbyn government would be asphyxiated by the EU:

https://jacobinmag.com/2018/05/corbyn-labour-eu-single-market-economic-policy

Also, the pressure successful Brexit would apply to the neolib hardliners with a stranglehold on the EU is vital to either destroying the rest of the EU, or forcing EU neolibs to concede control to populist reformers like DiEM25.


 No.141762

>President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed into law a "sovereign internet" bill which will allow Russian authorities to isolate the country's internet, a move decried by rights groups.

/leftypol/ rapefugees will defend this


 No.141763

>>141762

>rapefugees

hot


 No.141765

File: 1e0d016223472f0⋯.mp4 (Spoiler Image, 8.48 MB, 1280x720, 16:9, over a dozen cocks up mang….mp4)

>>141763

Not really


 No.141767

>>141765

i mean yeah i was expecting brown booty refugee women, not this


 No.141773

Amazon's delivery network is set to explode as the company moves toward one-day shipping — and workers are bracing for big changes

>amazon hitting chairman shen-zi yang levels of cyborg automation


 No.141793

>>141762

>anarchists mad because Putin defends Russian cyberspace from their CIA masters

>oy v​ey its like another Kronstadt


 No.141794

>>141793

>Tankies defending the censorship of memes and anti-religious content on Russian SM

Do you guys ever change? If you were Russian you could literally be arrested for using this site.


 No.141795

>>141794

Having no freedom of speech or association is a small price to pay for keeping such a based anti-imperialist in power.


 No.141798

File: 7ef157058cd0a86⋯.jpg (9.44 KB, 252x244, 63:61, fag enabler.jpg)

>>141793

>The CIA doesn't get to fuck with our internet, only we do


 No.141802

>>141754

With the way things are going, I'm willing to give up on Brexit if it gets the Tories out, it's a battle that will have to be saved for another time, these idiots are happy with the status quo so as long as they feel like they're part of the EU.

Yes and it does mean a lot of labour policy will be undermined by staying in but they won't get in with the remainers running to the Lib Dems.


 No.141804

File: 77169a5cdbb80dd⋯.jpg (110.25 KB, 645x960, 43:64, blairite purge.jpg)

>>141802

Remoaners are Blairite infiltrators at heart. The Tories are already self-destructing if that's all you care about, Corbyn winning is about a full-stop rejection of New Labour and all of its sympathizers.




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