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15.09.2018 - 09:20 [ Bernie Sanders / theGuardian.com ]

Future of the international left: A new authoritarian axis demands an international progressive front

There is a global struggle taking place of enormous consequence. Nothing less than the future of the planet – economically, socially and environmentally – is at stake.

At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, when the world’s top 1% now owns more wealth than the bottom 99%, we are seeing the rise of a new authoritarian axis.

While these regimes may differ in some respects, they share key attributes: hostility toward democratic norms, antagonism toward a free press, intolerance toward ethnic and religious minorities, and a belief that government should benefit their own selfish financial interests. These leaders are also deeply connected to a network of multi-billionaire oligarchs who see the world as their economic plaything.

01.09.2018 - 08:17 [ New York Times ]

Brazilian Court Rules That ‘Lula’ Cannot Run for President

Brazil’s top electoral court ruled on Friday that former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is serving a 12-year sentence for corruption, cannot run for a third term, eliminating the front-runner in a race many see as a struggle between democracy and due process.

Mr. da Silva, a two-time president who left office in 2011 with a record-high approval rating, has become a polarizing figure. Many supporters remain loyal to the metalworker who rose from the factory floor to the presidency and improved the lives of millions of the country’s poorest, giving him a wide lead in polls ahead of the Oct. 7 vote.

12.08.2018 - 09:55 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

FULL TEXT: Haaretz Publisher Schocken Calls for Israelis to ‚Join the Struggle‘ at Nation-state Rally

One of the most significant threats to Jewish nationalism, as expressed in the nation-state law, is Arab representation in the Knesset, according to a portion of the Israeli population. So I tell you, the Arab citizen: Do not give the right-wing government a prize – despair and isolation. You all have the political power to reshape public discourse in Israel by participating in elections. Use it.

And to all the citizens of Israel, from every tribe, I call to join the struggle against the elimination of democracy, to develop an Israeli society, pluralistic and prosperous, with the participation of minorities in the economy and in politics.

11.08.2018 - 10:53 [ Sheri Berman / Washington Post ]

Democratic socialists are conquering the left. But do they believe in democracy?

In Germany, meanwhile, the Social Democratic Party accepted governing responsibility, but when the Great Depression hit, democratic socialist views convinced much of the party’s leadership and its most important economic theoretician, Rudolf Hilferding, that not much could be done to alter the “logic” of capitalism. The inaction helped bring the Nazis to power.

29.07.2018 - 13:48 [ Haaretz ]

If You Don’t Speak Out Now

We must recognize that Israel under Naftali Bennett and Benjamin Netanyahu is no longer a democratic state in which the rule of law is paramount

19.06.2018 - 12:02 [ Independent.co.uk ]

These are the right-wing think tanks pushing for a worse deal than TTIP after Brexit – and their influence is frightening

(12.3.2018) With the demise of the toxic Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), you’d be forgiven for thinking we can all breathe easy, safe in the knowledge that our environment, food, public health, NHS and democratic sovereignty are no longer under threat.

Unfortunately, you’d be wrong.

07.06.2018 - 09:41 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Zoabi calls soldiers ‚murderers,‘ is removed from Knesset

“MKs from the Left are actually those who wish to privatize the suffering and disconnect the cause from the effect … The responsibility for the suffering of the women in the Gaza Strip lies solely with Israel. After Israel destroyed the infrastructure and the agriculture in Gaza, it dictates to the people there how and where to eat,” she added in rage.

Zoabi went on with her charge. “You all should be boycotted. The people in Gaza are refugees, their land is in Israel. Those murdered by the soldiers are not being accounted for. Democracy is a nightmare in the Knesset,” she accused.

01.06.2018 - 14:07 [ El Pais ]

As it happened: Pedro Sánchez becomes new Spanish prime minister

This is the first time in Spanish democratic history that a head of government has been ousted. Rajoy, 63, refused to step down ahead of the vote, saying he had the trust of the people who voted for him at the 2016 election.

Rajoy is being replaced by Socialist (PSOE) leader Pedro Sánchez, whose 84 seats were insufficient for the majority of 176 required in the 350-seat house. This forced the PSOE to seek support from a range of other parties, including regional nationalists in the Basque Country and Catalonia.

30.05.2018 - 10:12 [ Ansa.it ]

Italy irked by Oettinger ‚markets‘ jibe

Italy’s two populist parties, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the anti-migrant Euroskeptic League, led the reaction but were not alone.
Democratic Party bigwig Carlo Calenda, the outgoing industry minister, for instance, called Oettinger’s intervention „intolerable“ and called for him to apologise or resign.

28.05.2018 - 09:53 [ Ignazio Corrao, Mitglied des EU-Parlaments / Twitter ]

The Italian Constitution clearly says “the sovereignty belongs to the people”, not to financial markets. Today #Mattarella is denying the result of free elections and is declaring that Italy is a colony of Germany. It’s a financial coup! Help us. Stand up for italian democracy!

23.05.2018 - 12:06 [ Korea Herald ]

Prime minister warns of ‚judgment of truth‘ for those distorting 1980 democracy uprising

Chun, 87, was sued for allegedly defaming Gwangju citizens with his memoir published last year in which he claimed that North Korean troops were involved in the uprising, that he was not involved in the crackdown, and that the movement was quelled without the use of violence, including firing from helicopters.

Chun insisted in the book that the witnesses who say they saw helicopters shooting protesters have faked the photos capturing the scenes, calling a late pastor who had testified about the choppers firing „Satan wearing a mask.“

15.05.2018 - 12:47 [ Tim Canova for Congress / actionnetwork.org ]

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Our politics and economy are increasingly rigged in favor of Wall Street banks and giant corporations. All too often, elected officials represent these narrow special interests rather than the rest of us. We must challenge this business as usual and demand accountability. Let’s take back our country and restore our democracy.

26.04.2018 - 12:06 [ Haaretz ]

Not One Israeli Opposition Member Stood in Solidarity

(24.1.2018) The only ones who faithfully represented opponents of the occupation, seekers of peace and lovers of Israeli democracy on Tuesday were the members of the Joint List. All the other opposition members, by their spontaneous apathy, proved that their leader is none other than Netanyahu, and that they deserve their marginal role in the nationalist puppet theater that the prime minister manages.

16.04.2018 - 16:36 [ Times of Israel ]

At 10th J Street conference, Trump and Netanyahu seen as peas in a rotten pod

J Street was instrumental in 2015 in helping to pass the Iran nuclear deal. Trump appears ready to dismantle it next month. J Street’s operating credo when it was established in 2008 was to advance the two-state solution. Trump and Netanyahu have both retreated from commitment to a two-state outcome.

16.04.2018 - 16:36 [ Jerusalem Post ]

J Street: Trump and Netanyahu are a threat

‘We are here to call out—and to change—a right-wing, populist government, with a leader who thrives on hatred and division, who mocks and attacks the press, and who sees the strangers among us as a danger to be feared and mistreated, not as fellow humans,” said keynote speaker Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers.

“Hmm…about which country am I speaking?” she continued, to laughter.

15.04.2018 - 19:54 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Chief justice warns: Nixing judicial review threatens Israel’s democracy

Supreme Court President Esther Hayut is set to declare on Sunday that Israel cannot maintain the rule of law and democracy if the court’s judicial review powers are cut off, according to a statement released by the court.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the coalition appear to be moving forward with several initiatives to circumscribe the Supreme Court’s powers.