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About – CitsCits

The Cooperative Institute for Transnational Studies (CITS) is an independent radical institution of higher learning run by its members. It was formed in 2015 by academics from universities from many countries, leaders in their respective fields, who wanted to resist the neoliberal degradation of higher education. We came together to create an institution in which research, teaching and learning are integrated, dignified, collaborative, joyful and dedicated to the cause of radical social transformation. We aim to mobilize the tools of the social sciences and humanities with and for social movements as they and we struggle against capitalism and oppression and for radical grassroots social and economic democracy. Our aim to build a new university from the bottom up based on these values, recognizing and exploring what academia can contribute to these struggles..

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CRITISTICUFFS – RADICAL MARXIST GROUP FOCUSING ON CLARITY

via Critisticuffs — Critiquing Corbyn: capitalism isn’t about sharing

thecurrentmoment | On the politics and economics of the present

Yanis Varoufakis’s fantasy politics

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The Disorder Of Things | For the Relentless Criticism of All Existing Conditions Since 2010

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Μάικα Τζόνσον: Ο ελεύθερος σκοπευτής του Ντάλας | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

Το Σάββατο, πέντε μέρες πριν την επίθεση, ο Μάικα Τζόνσον είχε κάνει μια οργισμένη ανάρτηση σε μια σελίδα στο Facebook που έφερε την ονομασία: «Το Κόμμα των Μαύρων Πανθήρων του Μισσισιπή», καταδικάζοντας τα λιντσαρίσματα και τις βιαιοπραγίες εναντίον Αφροαμερικανών.

«Γιατί τόσοι πολλοί λευκοί (όχι όλοι) χαίρονται να δολοφονούν και να συμμετέχουν στις δολοφονίες αθώων πλασμάτων;» έγραψε ο Τζόνσον στην ανάρτηση του, που συνοδευόταν από ένα βίντεο που εμφάνιζε σκηνές με ανθρώπους να συμμετέχουν στην θανάτωση φάλαινας, κάνοντας συγκρίσεις με την μεταχείριση των Αφροαμερικανών στις ΗΠΑ.

Στην φερόμενη ως προσωπική σελίδα του Τζόνσον στο Facebook, παρουσιαζόταν ως μαύρος εθνικιστής, έχοντας αναρτημένες φωτογραφίες της Μαύρης Δύναμης (Black Power) και της κόκκινης, μαύρης, πράσινης σημαίας, γνωστή και ως η σημαία της χειραφέτησης των Αφροαμερικανών. Στην φωτογραφία προφίλ του εμφανίζεται με υψωμένη την γροθιά του στον γνωστό χαιρετισμό της Μαύρης Δύναμης.

via Μάικα Τζόνσον: Ο ελεύθερος σκοπευτής του Ντάλας | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

Στις ΗΠΑ οι φοιτητές χρωστούν 1,3 τρισ. δολ. για τις σπουδές τους | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

Η εκπαίδευση θα έπρεπε να είναι δωρεάν. Οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες είναι η πλουσιότερη χώρα στον κόσμο, ωστόσο, οι φοιτητές αναγκάζονται να ‘σηκώσουν’ ένα παραλυτικό χρέος για να σπουδάσουν στο πανεπιστήμιο.» Αυτοί, είναι η πρωτοβουλία «MillionStudentsMarch». Φοιτητές λυκείων, κολεγίων, πτυχιούχοι, απόφοιτοι, εργαζόμενοι στα πανεπιστήμια, πρώην φοιτητές, γονείς και παππούδες που πρωτοβρέθηκαν τον Νοέμβριο του 2015 για να απαιτήσουν πανεπιστήμια χωρίς δίδακτρα, και ακύρωση όλου του φοιτητικού χρέους. Αλλά και «βασικό μισθό 15 δολαρίων» για όλους τους εργαζόμενους στις πανεπιστημιουπόλεις.

via Στις ΗΠΑ οι φοιτητές χρωστούν 1,3 τρισ. δολ. για τις σπουδές τους | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

The racism excuse | thecurrentmoment

It is crucial for Remainers to recognise that staying in the EU would not have contained this dynamic forever. It is a structural product of the void between rulers and ruled. The idea that the EU is a bulkwark against right-wing populism is nonsense. It is the EU that causes populism to thrive by entrenching the elite-mass disconnect. Right-wing populism is rampant across the EU; indeed, it is stronger on the continent, and inside the Eurozone, than in Britain. There is no prospect of the EU closing the void. On the contrary it intends to rely on increasingly undemocratic methods to block right-wing populists from power.

via The racism excuse | thecurrentmoment

Λάντλοου: Οι Έλληνες στους πολέμους του Άνθρακα | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

Οι Έλληνες ανθρακωρύχοι, ξεριζωμένοι από τον τόπο τους από την σκληρή πραγματικότητα μιας χρεωκοπημένης Ελλάδας και με τις ψεύτικες υποσχέσεις των δουλεμπόρων της εποχής, είχαν καταλήξει στο μακρινό Κολοράντο να δουλεύουν κάτω από απάνθρωπες συνθήκες στα ορυχεία του Ροκφέλερ και του συναφιού του. Οι εταιρείες είχαν στη δούλεψή τους ιδιωτικούς στρατούς από εγκληματικά στοιχεία και τον πολιτειακό στρατό (εθνοφρουρά ή πολιτοφυλακή) που είχε σαν μοναδικό καθήκον την καταστολή απεργιών.

via Λάντλοου: Οι Έλληνες στους πολέμους του Άνθρακα | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

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Why International “Trade in Services Agreement” (TISA) is Dangerous to Democracy, Development, and the Public Interest, and Must Be Stopped! | Our World Is Not For Sale

Strong regulation of and oversight over both public and private services is crucial for democracy, development, and the public interest, all of which would be seriously damaged if the proposed TISA were allowed to exist.

Democracy is eroded when decision-making about important sectors such as financial services (including banking, accounting, insurance, etc.), retail, shipping, telecommunications, transportation, and tourism, is transferred from citizens, local oversight boards, and municipal/county/provincial/state jurisdiction to unaccountable “trade” negotiators to further curtail regulation and prioritize corporate profits. One need only to reflect on the recent impact that the deregulation of the financial sector had on spreading the negative impacts of the economic crises around the entire world, and the ongoing negative impacts being suffered in terms of unemployment and austerity, to realize that robust financial sector re-regulation is absolutely essential to forestalling another economic crisis, just to give one example.

Development is jeopardized when essential services such as health care, water and energy provision, postal distribution, education, public transportation, sanitation, and others are left to be taken over by foreign corporations to make profits rather than be provided at the service of the citizens of the home country. Examples abound of states having privatized what were previously public services, and bringing in foreign corporations to take over the privatized services, only to find that the private corporation soon begins to charge increased prices for decreased services, and leaves both consumers and the government worse off.

The TISA would not contain provisions that foreign investment in services sectorsshould only be undertaken in a way that the benefits the public interest, or when there is a specific public plan including regarding ensuring accountability of private corporations to the development goals of the population. The proposedTISA will be constructed instead to give “rights to profit-making” to foreign corporations.Consequently, due to increased competition, employment and labor rights could also be seriously undermined. Foreign investors would be granted protections through the TISA against what they deem to be trade-restrictive regulations (even if these regulations were designed to protect the environment, health, safety, financial stability and the public interest).

Corporationsmay even become able to defend these“rights” to profit by directly suing their host country,if the proposalto include the nefarious Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism (which allows foreign corporations to sue sovereign governments in an elite, secretive, three-person court, in which countries sometimes avoid losing but can never win) becomes enshrined the proposed TISA.

via Why International “Trade in Services Agreement” (TISA) is Dangerous to Democracy, Development, and the Public Interest, and Must Be Stopped! | Our World Is Not For Sale.

342 civil society groups oppose deregulation and privatisation in proposed services agreement TISA | Corporate Europe Observatory

Dear Trade Ministers,

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, representing hundreds of millions of members across the globe, are writing to express our strong opposition to the negotiations towards a proposed far-reaching plurilateral “Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)”.

  • For those countries of the so-called “Really Good Friends [of Services] (RGF)” participating in the talks – Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Pakistan, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United States, and the 28 member states of the European Union – we urge you to abandon them.
  • For those countries not participating, we urge you to register your strong opposition to the negotiations and to pledge never to join any potential future TISA.

The TISA negotiations largely follow the corporate agenda of using “trade” agreements to bind countries to an agenda of extreme liberalization and deregulation in order to ensure greater corporate profits at the expense of workers, farmers, consumers and the environment. The proposed agreement is the direct result of systematic advocacy by transnational corporations in banking, energy, insurance, telecommunications, transportation, water, and other services sectors, working through lobby groups like the US Coalition of Service Industries (USCSI) and the European Services Forum (ESF). Notwithstanding several financial, economic, social and environmental crises, the services rules proposed for the TISA replicate and greatly expand upon the same rules that “discipline” government measures and limit policy space for regulation, enshrined in the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and free trade agreements (FTAs), which contributed to those crises.

Strong regulation of and oversight over both public and private services is crucial for democracy, the public interest and development, as well as for the orderly functioning of the services market. We fear that all of these values and goals would be seriously undermined by this proposed TISA.

Democracy is eroded when decision-making about important sectors– such as financial services (including banking, securities trading, accounting, insurance, etc.), energy, education, healthcare, retail, shipping, telecommunications, legal services, transportation, and tourism– is transferred from citizens, local oversight boards, and local or provincial/state jurisdiction to unaccountable “trade” negotiators who have shown a clear proclivity for curtailing regulation and prioritizing corporate profits.

The deregulation of the financial sector and capital which was encouraged in part through 1990s–era rules of GATS and FTAs led to the recent global financial crisis and the ensuing worldwide wave of recessions. The continued suffering by millions from unemployment and austerity measures reminds us that financial sector re-regulation is essential to rebuild stability and forestall future financial and economic crises.

We denounce the ambition of the RGF to bind further service sectors to the deregulatory GATS-like rules (e.g. in Article XVI on Market Access or Article VI on Domestic Regulation) while legislatures move toward re-regulation. We further reject any plans to adopt new cross-sector restrictions on licensing, technical standards and other domestic regulations (even regulations that affect domestic and foreign businesses alike) that would surpass the existing GATS and FTA rules in restricting governments’ and parliaments’ right to regulate.

We strongly condemn the secretive nature of the TISA talks, in which the citizens, parliamentarians, trade unions, regulating agencies, services users and other interested parties have limited or no access to those who are setting negotiating mandates or to negotiations or negotiating documents, while corporations set the agenda and have easy access to the negotiation documents. We insist that in such negotiations as for the proposed TISA, negotiating texts must be published, and input from regulatory agencies, public service providers and users, parliamentarians, state and local officials, and civil society organizations must be regularly invited. Parliaments and legislatures must set binding terms for such negotiations, which must not go into effect without a full vote of elected officials.

The proposed TISA is an assault on the public interest as it fails to ensure that foreign investments in service sectors actually promote public goals and sustainable economies. We are particularly wary of further undermining of essential services such as health care and insurance, water and energy provision, postal distribution, education, public transportation, sanitation, and others if they are handed over to private and foreign corporations motivated only by profits and available only to those who can pay market rates. Therefore such essential services – including those that operate under a public/private mix, compete with private providers, or charge a fee –should not be subject to any closed-door, unaccountable trade negotiations, including the TISA.

We denounce the intent within the proposed TISA to promote the liberalization of so-called temporary movement of natural persons, who are actually migrant workers, without guaranteeing legal protections for their human and labour rights. The movement of workers is outside the competence of trade agreements and must be dealt with as part of the normative tripartite framework of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The proposed TISA also poses a threat to countries that are not participating. The European Union and the United States have made clear that their intention is to “multilateralize” the negotiations. We call for vigilance against the determination of the EU and the United States to set the TISA’s hyper-deregulation-and-privatization agenda as the global “norm,” and to pressure other countries into joining, in particular countries that may accede to the WTO. Further, it is not a stretch to consider that once a TISA is concluded, signatory countries would try to act as a bloc in services (GATS) negotiations within the WTO, pushing other countries meet the TISA level of liberalization and deregulation, thus contradicting the services negotiating guidelines that WTO members agreed upon by consensus. We further denounce the TISA as an attempt to advance developed countries’ corporate wish lists for services while abandoning commitments made in the WTO’s Doha Development Agenda to address developing country concerns, such as fixing existing asymmetries and unfair rules on agriculture.

The world is still recovering from the greatest global economic downturn in nearly a century, facilitated by the extreme deregulation of the financial services industry. It is clear that strong public oversight over services is necessary to ensure that the public interest is prioritized over private profit. We reject the TISA that would move our countries in precisely the wrong direction.

via 342 civil society groups oppose deregulation and privatisation in proposed services agreement TISA | Corporate Europe Observatory.

About us | UNI Global Union

UNI Global Union, based in Nyon, Switzerland, represents more than 20 million workers from over 900 trade unions in the fastest growing sectors in the world – skills and services. A total of 90% of new jobs are expected to be in these sectors in the next decade. UNI and our affiliates in all regions are driven by the responsibility to ensure these jobs are decent and workers’ rights are protected, including the right to join a union and collective bargaining.

Through its Sector Global Unions, UNI represents workers in Cleaning and Security, Commerce, Finance, Gaming, Graphical and Packaging, Hair and Beauty, Information, Communication, Technology and Services Industry (ICTS), Media, Entertainment and Arts, Post and Logistics, Social Insurance, Sport, Temp and Agency workers, and Tourism industries as well as Professionals and Managers, Women and Youth.

UNI’s Breaking Through strategy is about changing the rules of the game in the global labour market and ensuring justice and equality for working people. UNI is working with its affiliates to organise the global service sector workforce at a time of unprecedented precarious work, and record youth unemployment

via About us | UNI Global Union.

PSI

PSI is a global union federation that represents 20 million working women and men who deliver vital public services in 150 countries

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ROAR Magazine

To celebrate the launch of the new ROAR, we are sharing a free PDF version of that (digital-only) inaugural issue, Building Power.At 284 pages, Building Power is a fully illustrated and beautifully designed double issue that brings together reflections from leading radical thinkers and influential grassroots activists on some of the most important questions facing our movements and the democratic anti-capitalist left today.

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About

Viewpoint Magazine is an online review of contemporary politics. Its starting premise is that the history of capitalism is the history of the struggle between capital and the working class. Our task is to articulate the proletarian viewpoint at the level of theory.

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Endnotes

ndnotes is a journal/book series published by a discussion group based in Germany, the UK and the US. The original group was formed in Brighton, UK in 2005 primarily from former participants in the journal Aufheben, after a critical exchange between Aufheben and the French journal Théorie Communiste. But with migration and the addition of new members the group has become increasingly international. Endnotes is primarily oriented towards conceptualising the conditions of possibility of a communist overcoming of the capitalist mode of production—and of the multiple structures of domination which pattern societies characterised by that mode of production—starting from present conditions.

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Europe’s Vindictive Privatization Plan for Greece by Yanis Varoufakis – Project Syndicate

This Greek Treuhand would be based in – wait for it – Luxembourg, and would be run by an outfit overseen by Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, the author of the scheme. It would complete the fire sales within three years. But, whereas the work of the original Treuhand was accompanied by massive West German investment in infrastructure and large-scale social transfers to the East German population, the people of Greece would receive no corresponding benefit of any sort.

Euclid Tsakalotos, who succeeded me as Greece’s finance minister two weeks ago, did his best to ameliorate the worst aspects of the Greek Treuhand plan. He managed to have the fund domiciled in Athens, and he extracted from Greece’s creditors (the so-called troika of the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund) the important concession that the sales could extend to 30 years, rather than a mere three. This was crucial, for it will permit the Greek state to hold undervalued assets until their price recovers from the current recession-induced lows.

Alas, the Greek Treuhand remains an abomination, and it should be a stigma on Europe’s conscience. Worse, it is a wasted opportunity.

via Europe’s Vindictive Privatization Plan for Greece by Yanis Varoufakis – Project Syndicate.

Η Λατινική Αμερική στο δρόμο της κοινωνικής απελευθέρωσης | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

«Η κοινωνική αλλαγή σχετίζεται πολύ στενά με την αυτονομία, ατομική και συλλογική… Η συνολική θεώρηση της αυτονομίας προϋποθέτει την εφαρμογή της αρχής της αυτοκυβέρνησης σε όλες τις πλευρές της ζωής, ως τρόπου υπέρβασης της εξάρτησης και σε αυτό το πεδίο το ατομικό δεν διαχωρίζεται από το συλλογικό. Η αυτονομία είναι μια ολότητα. Ή είναι ολική η αυτονομία ή δεν είναι αυτονομία»[13]. Με αυτή την έννοια το τοπικό κίνημα (movimiento territoriale) των Ζαπατίστας δημιουργεί τους όρους, ώστε οι ίδιες οι τοπικές κοινωνίες να κτίσουν την τοπική ολική αυτονομία τους, η οποία όμως για να είναι ολική του εθνικού Όλου και όχι του μέρους, δεν μπορεί να περιορίζεται σε μια μόνο περιοχή, αλλά να εργάζεται για να γίνει εθνικό κίνημα (moviemento nationale) μέχρι να καταφέρει να «συνενώσει όλες τις αντιστάσεις στη χώρα μας και με αυτές να ανοικοδομηθεί από τα κάτω το μεξικανικό έθνος»[14]. Ο

via Η Λατινική Αμερική στο δρόμο της κοινωνικής απελευθέρωσης | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα.

«Η Ευρώπη είναι πλέον αποικία της Γερμανίας» – συνέντευξη του Ελένο Σάνια στην Εφημερίδα των Συντακτών

Στο βιβλίο του «Η Ελευθεριακή Επανάσταση: Οι αναρχικοί στον εμφύλιο πόλεμο στην Ισπανία» υπό έκδοση από τις εκδόσεις «Στάσει Εκπίπτοντες» δεν περιγράφει απλώς τις αναμνήσεις του από τον Εμφύλιο. Ηταν εξάλλου μόλις 9 ετών όταν τα φασιστικά στρατεύματα του Φράνκο μπήκαν στη Βαρκελώνη. Μιλά για τις περιπέτειες των εξόριστων αντικαθεστωτικών στα στρατόπεδα συγκέντρωσης στη Γαλλία, όπου βρέθηκε ο πατέρας του, για το δίκτυο παράνομης κινητικότητας και επικοινωνίας των φυλακισμένων αγωνιστών με τις οικογένειές τους. Η προσωπικότητα του Σάνια διαμορφώθηκε από αυτές τις συνθήκες και οι κουβέντες του πατέρα του, που ίδρυσε το «Λαϊκό Εγκυκλοπαιδικό Αθήναιο», τον σημαντικότερο αυτομορφωτικό θεσμό της Βαρκελώνης, τον σφράγισαν: «Δεν έχω κανένα χάρισμα. Ολα όσα έλεγε ο πατέρας μου αποτελούσαν μέρος της παιδείας μου. … Το πρώτο γράμμα της ζωής μου σε ποιον το έγραψα; Στον πατέρα μου. Και το πρώτο γράμμα που λαμβάνω είναι δικό του, από τη φυλακή. Ηταν μια πολύ σπουδαία εμπειρία», παραδέχεται. Με αφορμή την έκδοση του βιβλίου του «Ανθρωπομανία» ο Σάνια επισκέφθηκε την Αθήνα και μίλησε στην «Εφ.Συν.».

via Περιοδικό Άρδην – Εφημερίδα Ρήξη – «Η Ευρώπη είναι πλέον αποικία της Γερμανίας».

Socialist Register

he Socialist Register was founded by Ralph Miliband and John Saville in 1964 as ‘an annual survey of movements and ideas’ from the standpoint of the independent new left. It is currently edited by Leo Panitch and Greg Albo, assisted by an editorial collective of eminent scholars in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Each volume is focused on a topical theme and characterized by the inclusion of relatively long, sustained analyses which cut across intellectual disciplines and geographical boundaries.

The Socialist Register is published annually in October. The complete digital archive of 50 volumes published in English, as well as 3 volumes translated into Spanish, is available here. To order or subscribe now click here.

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