Polish Law on Historical Memory Widens Divisions at Home and Abroad

Note by the LeftEast editors: this article has been reprinted from the blog of Gavin Rae, Beyond the Transition, with the author’s permission. The Amended Act on the Institute of National Remembrance, passed by the Polish parliament on 26 January, has caused a huge political domestic and international storm (the full English language text of the Act can be found here). As well as widening historical and political divisions in Poland it has opened up a conflict not only with Israel and Ukraine, but also with the country’s major ally the USA. The Act has now been signed by the President, although he ha ..

Francesca Coin: I read “power to the people” as power to the class suffering the effects of economic violence

Preface for LeftEast: On March 4th, Italy will vote for the general elections. In this interview, we reconstruct the political debate that is taking place in the country before that date. More specifically, we present an interview from the Italian on line journal Figure to Italian sociologist Francesca Coin from 7th of February 2018 that discusses Power to the People [in Italian, Potere al Popolo, PaP], a coalition of political groups including representatives from the “No Tav”, “No Tap”, “No Muos” and “No Triv” movement; “Clash City Workers”, Popular Fr ..

The Wounds of Afrin, the Promise of Rojava: an Interview with Nazan Üstündağ

LeftEast interviewed sociologist and feminist Nazan Üstündağ on Afrin, Rojava and the social stakes of the resistance to Turkey’s current military intervention. First, we’d like to thank you for agreeing to this interview. These days, when the Turkish propaganda machine has gone into overdrive, and any voice for peace inside the country is automatically branded “a terrorist supporter” and treated accordingly, we all too often find even foreign journalists repeating the Turkish state’s talking points: the PYD = the Syrian branch of the PKK, “legitimate security concerns,̶ ..

The Left in Greece & Macedonia: We can write new pages of common struggle!

The ongoing negotiations between the Greek and the Macedonian government on the issue of the “name” of the Republic of Macedonia have sparked a nationalist backlash in Greece- it manifested itself in two mass nationalist rallies, the first in Thessaloniki on January 21st (which ended with the burning down of the Libertaria Squat) and the second in Athens on February 4th. We approached comrades from both Greece and Macedonia, and asked them about the response of the radical left to this situation, but also the possibilities that it might open for future common struggles against neoliberal capitalism. 

A coffee with Jacques Rancière beneath the Acropolis

Many thanks to Babylonia magazine for permitting us to republish this interview with Jacques Rancière. The original can be found here. A Conversation with J. Rancière and Yannis Ktenas, Alexandros Schismenos, Yavor Tarinski, Nikos Ioannou, Nikos Katsiaounis, Ioanna Maravelidi, from the editorial team of Babylonia, 2017: Y.K. So, Mr. R I would like to ask you something. I was really interested in what you said last night[1] about the working class and its transformation we experience in our time. You spoke not about the vanishing, but about the displacement of labor. And I think that this is really interesting b ..

Be Realistic–Demand the Impossible! Podgorica’s Blok 5

An Interview with Architect and City Planner Mileta Bojović Blok 5 was built between 1977 and 1984 as a brand-new quarter of Podgorica, based on a meticulous urban plan by architect Vukota Tupa Vukotić (1932–2002) and envisioned by architect Mileta Bojović (1941). The neighborhood consists of 13 buildings, housing approximately 1800 units. Bojović strived to achieve a dynamic effect, in order to express the importance of active citizenship in public life. He did this by creating an array of buildings that appear like they’re about to move, to jump into action – although they are very stable structures, ..

Nationalism at a Crossroads: the Turkish Intervention in Syria

Late last month, Turkish military forces invaded Afrin, an autonomous Kurdish area in Syria. This is a further step of escalating the involvement of the Turkish AKP government in the Syrian war and in its conflict with the Kurds. In the wake of the so-called Arab spring, the nationalist-religious AKP government decided, after some hesitation, to bank on regime change in Syria and to support Islamist forces in their neighbouring country. This engagement did not bring the desired results. On the contrary, the Assad regime proved to be relatively resilient and the Kurds managed to establish autonomous regions in Syr ..

Political Strategy and Anti-nationalism in the Greek Left following Syriza’s U-turn

Note from LeftEast Editors: We are publishing an interview with Kostis Megalios from ARAN – Aristeri Anasynthesi (Left Recomposition) and Popular Unity conducted by activists from the Social Center Dunja, the party “Levica” and LeftEast, conducted in September, 2017 during the 2018 LeftEast autumn encounter. We are publishing this interview a day before a mass nationalist rally is scheduled to take place in Athens in reaction to negotiations between the Greek and the Macedonian government on the issue of the “name” of the Republic of Macedonia. The last such rally, on the 21.01.2018 in Thessaloniki ..