This week's list of articles, news items, opinion pieces and videos that I see as a must if you are looking for a roundup that should be of interest to The Left Chapter readers.
This list covers the week of October 20 - 27.
Over one million people are marching in the streets of the Chilean capital, responding to the convocation of students and labor unions who organized on social media "The Largest March in Chile" on Friday afternoon, with rallies paralyzing major cities.
- "the right to live in peace".
One million in the streets of Santiago, Chile today to protest the austerity program of the right-wing Pinera government and the army/police repression of the people!
2) Chile Unrest: Rights Groups Warn of Dictatorship-Like Practices
In Chile 2,138 people have been arrested, including 243 minors and 407 women, 9 of whom were stripped during police procedures, according to the National Institute of Human Rights (NHRI).
The popular movement against Piñera’s neoliberal government and its repressive policies, is unprecedented in Chile’s modern history, and it has grown stronger following the beginning of a 48 hours general strike called by several social organizations.
Day 7. Santiago. Over 500 thousand in the streets.
Latin American is rising up against Neoliberalism.
3) Chile Protesters Tortured, Sexually Abused by Security Forces: Report
The National Institute of Human Rights in Chile (INDH) has confirmed that they have received cases of possible torture at the hands of the authorities amid protests that began against public transport fare hikes but have extended into an uprising against President Piñera’s neoliberal policies.
4) Chile: Popular revolt exposes a violent economic system
Pablo Leighton, Green Left Weekly
Countless symbols of neoliberalism came under attack during protests in Chile over the October 18–20 long weekend.
5) In Chile, Protesters Continue To Defy The President And Military
Paige Sutherland, NPR
Massive protests have continued over economic inequality in Chile this week, defying the president and security forces' efforts to restore calm. The widespread and sometimes violent unrest has led to more than a dozen deaths.
Demonstrations have now turned into a general protest against neoliberalism in Chile.
6) Chile Faces Mine Stoppages as Workers Join Protests
Laura Millan Lombrana, Bloomberg
Anti-government protests that have shaken the world’s largest copper producing nation Chile for the past three days have spread to the mining sector as unions call for stoppages.
7) Chile: State Violence Leads to 1,420 Arrests and 11 Deaths
Chile's National Institute of Human Rights (NHRI) presented on Monday night the latest statistics of detainees and injured since the social protests began on October 17th. According to its report, there have been 1,420 arrests and 84 people wounded by gunfire so far.
8) 'So Awful': Military Returns to Streets in Chile as Unrest Simmers
Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams
Demonstrators in Chile continued their "pots and pans" protests Sunday following a week of unrest that saw hundreds arrested and the military patrolling the streets for the first time in decades.
In what appears to be amateur video, here is more footage of military personnel in Santiago yesterday shooting an unarmed protester.
Military shooting people in the streets of Santiago, Chile.
9) Swiss elections: Landslide Green gains tip parliament to the left
Urs Geiser, Swiss Info
Green parties have made historic gains at the expense of those to the right and the left in elections to the Swiss parliament.
10) Free Public Transit is Key to a Green New Deal: Free Transit for Toronto
Herman Rosenfeld, Socialist Project Bullet
One of the few identifiable issues raised in the Canadian election campaign so far is the need to address the climate crisis. The concept of a Green New Deal has been raised by the left and environmental movements across the continent, in Canada through Greenpeace’s Pact for a Green New Deal and obliquely through the NDP (“A New Deal for Climate Action and Good Jobs”), and the Greens (“Green Climate Action Plan”). Addressing the climate emergency has become a theme for all the main parties, even in the cynical and flawed manner of Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer.
11) Abortion and same-sex marriage legalised in Northern Ireland, despite DUP opposition
Elly Badcock, Counterfire
Activists in Northern Ireland celebrated the legalisation of abortion and same-sex marriage at the stroke of midnight, as a cynical last-ditch attempt by unionist parties to restore the executive failed. The Stormont Assembly has now been defunct for over two years, prompted in large part by DUP leader and First Minister Arlene Foster refusing to stand aside after being embroiled in the ‘Cash for Ash’ scandal, where businesses were allowed to exploit green energy incentives and gain taxpayer-funded subsidies. RTE reported that some businesses were receiving £1.60 in subsidies for every £1 they spent on energy, and investigations uncovered businesses running up to ten boilers in order to make millions from these subsidies.
12) Everyone Is a Russian Asset
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
Rather than confront the devastating absurdity of defeat before an ad-libbing game show host who was seemingly trying to lose – a black comedy that is 100% in America’s rich stupidity tradition – Democrats have gone all-in on this theory of foreign infiltration. House speaker Nancy Pelosi even said as much in a White House meeting, pointing at Trump and proclaiming: “All roads lead to Putin.”
13) Hillary Clinton's attacks on Tulsi Gabbard are embarrassing
Nathan Robinson, The Guardian
Hillary Clinton has kept a relatively low profile since her embarrassing 2016 election defeat, popping up only occasionally to make out-of-touch elitist comments that confirm why she lost. So it was somewhat surprising to hear her weigh in on the 2020 Democratic primary with a truly bizarre comment about (of all people) Tulsi Gabbard.
14) Hillary Clinton called me a 'Russian asset'. The establishment is losing its grip
Jill Stein, The Guardian
The McCarthyist smear against the Green party shows the lengths to which Clinton will go to blame others for her 2016 defeat.
15) Iraqi Security Forces Killed 149 People In Recent Protests, Inquiry Concludes
Richard Gonzales, NPR
Iraqi security forces killed 149 people and wounded over 3,000 in protests that began Oct. 1, a government-appointed inquiry announced Tuesday.
16) Uruguay: Leftist 'Broad Front' Leads Polls With 38% of Vote
Less than a week before the presidential elections in Uruguay, citizens' support for the Broad Front, Frente Amplio (FA), a coalition of left-wing organizations which is currently in government, is growing and widening its distance from the opposition led by the center-right National Party (PN).
17) Uruguayans Vote for President, Leftist Candidate Leads Polls
Uruguayans voted Sunday in general elections with the Frente Amplio, which has ruled for more than 14 years as a favorite, but their center-left policies face the challenge of a coalition of conservative parties.
18) Jewish Leaders Arrested For Protesting Trump One Year After Mass Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue
Ahead of Trump’s arrival in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, police arrested 14 people as they held a sit-in protest blocking a bridge near the Shale Insight Conference. The protest was led by Jewish leaders who marched behind a banner reading “Our solidarity will defeat White Nationalism.” It came almost exactly one year after a gunman armed with an AR-15 assault rifle opened fire inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 worshipers. Just ahead of the shooting, the gunman posted a racist screed echoing President Trump’s language about an “invasion” of immigrants. This is Dove Kent of the group Jewish Action, who led Wednesday’s protest.
19) 'Together we are powerful' – McDonald's workers announce biggest wave of fast food strikes Britain has seen
Marcus Barnett, The Morning Star
MCDONALD’S workers have warned bosses that “together we are powerful” as they announce the biggest wave of fast food strikes Britain has ever seen.
20) History falsified as Europe says Nazis and communists are the same
Phil Katz, People's World
When I wrote my book, Freedom From Tyranny, the “Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism”—which in terms of falsifying history ranks up there with the Protocols of the Elders of Zion—was still taking shape.
European countries increasingly miss communism.
21) “Unprecedented” Protests Rage Across Lebanon as People Demand PM’s Resignation and End to Austerity
Mass protests in Lebanon have entered their sixth day as hundreds of thousands around the country are taking to the streets to demonstrate against dire economic conditions, austerity and corruption, demanding the country’s leaders step down. The protests were sparked last week when the government announced a tax on WhatsApp calls, but the massive demonstrations have since grown into a call for revolution. More than a million demonstrators flooded the streets of Beirut, Tripoli and other cities over the weekend. Prime Minister Saad Hariri revoked the WhatsApp tax on Monday and announced a package of economic reforms, but protesters are continuing to call for his ouster. For more, we speak with independent Lebanese journalist Kareem Chehayeb, whose recent piece for The Washington Post is headlined “Lebanon’s protests and wildfires tell the same grim story.”
22) Lebanese Communist Party calls for a general strike
The Lebanese Communist Party encourages the people to escalate the uprising and calls for a general strike to force the government to resign.
23) Lebanon Protesters Back in the Streets
Protesters poured back onto streets and squares across Lebanon on Saturday, despite army efforts to unblock roads, with no end in sight to a crisis that has virtually shut down the nation for the past 10 days as demonstrators demand the government leaders resign.
24) An inside account of the Indigenous uprising in Ecuador
Michael Otto and Zoila Ramirez, IAC
On Oct. 7, 4000 Indigenous people from towns in and around the same canton marched for four hours to Ibarra to present a manifesto to the governor of Imbabura. The governor refused to meet with them and later rejected their primary demands: Cease the military aggression against Indigenous communities and support their resistance to the “paquetazo” (economic package) ordered by the International Monetary Fund and Decree 883, which removed fuel subsidies.
25) Ecuador: Indigenous Organizations Propose a People's Parliament
The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie) on Thursday convened to form a popular parliament so as to outline an economic model and present it to President Lenin Moreno.
26) Bolivia: Morales Officially Wins Presidency
With 99.99 percent of the votes counted in Bolivia, Evo Morales is once again president of the Andean country with 47.07 percent of the votes.
27) Morales Calls on Opposition Groups To Respect Electoral Result
Bolivia experienced on Friday a full day of strikes led by opposition groups who were dissatisfied with the results of the presidential elections that took place on October 20. The election saw an important victory for President Evo Morales who won with 47.08% of the votes.
28) Mexico Condemns OAS Interference in Bolivia's Elections
The Mexican government has criticised the OAS Electoral Observation Mission (MOE) for prematurely raising ‘concerns’ about Bolivia’s elections before carrying out a full audit which the Bolivian government invited them to do.
29) Boycott Puma protests to take place after brand sponsors Israel
The Morning Star
HUMAN rights activists are to protest outside sportswear brand Puma’s stores, offices and sponsored teams’ events across the world today against the company’s sponsorship of the Israeli Football Association (IFA).
30) Activists declare victory in #RaptorsDontGo campaign
Marion Kawas, Mondoweiss
The Canadian BDS Coalition issued a statement on October 22, 2019, declaring victory in the campaign to stop the NBA 2019 champions, the Toronto Raptors, from going as a team on a “promised trip” to Israel. The Coalition noted that the new 2019-20 National Basketball Association NBA season has officially started, and “no reported public team visit” to Israel has occurred.
31) Spain: Sanchez Backs Security Forces in Catalonia Crackdown
In the middle of the political crisis that has hit Catalonia for the last eight days, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited Barcelona Monday, where he expressed his full support to the police officers dealing with the protests and warned them that the current situation will be longspun.
32) MINORITY GOVERNMENT: STRONG EXTRA-PARLIAMENTARY MOVEMENT NEEDED TO FORCE GAINS
Throughout this election campaign, opinion polls projected the probability of a minority government. It was a scenario that many progressives anticipated with relish, in the hopes that it would provide a strong opportunity for the labour and people’s movements to win meaningful reforms.
(Related: The NDP's election disaster shows again the need for something new on the left)
33) Trudeau rules out coalition, promises gender equity in new cabinet
Kathleen Harris · CBC News
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today ruled out a governing coalition and said his minority government's new cabinet will have gender balance when it's sworn in on Nov. 20.
34) Trudeau extends olive branch to Western Canada, vows to build Trans Mountain despite opposition
John Paul Tasker, CBC News
Two days after much of Western Canada rejected the Liberals on election day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today vowed to be more sensitive to the needs of Alberta and Saskatchewan and to build the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline in the face of entrenched opposition from environmentalists.
(Related: No, the NDP losing over 600,000 votes and 20 seats is not a "victory")
35) ELECTION RESULTS NO EXCUSE FOR NATIONAL CHAUVINISM
Dave McKee, People's Voice
As the votes were being counted on October 21, it quickly became clear that the NDP was not going to see its much anticipated (and expected) breakthrough in Toronto. For the last two weeks of the campaign, polls consistently suggested that New Democrats were on track to win in the downtown ridings of Toronto Danforth, Parkdale-High Park, and Davenport. In the end, it wasn’t even close – the Liberals won the first two ridings by 8000 and 10,000 votes, respectively, and held Davenport by a close-but-comfortable 1500.
36) Oil Chauvinism and the Western NDP Schism
The schism between the Federal NDP and the Alberta NDP cannot be, and should not be, papered over. It represents a real, material disagreement, and, in the case of the Alberta NDP, a massive departure from the policies and principles of the Federal NDP.