While at the Marx Is Muss 2016 conference earlier this month, Pavle Ilic (Marx21) interviewed Stathis Kouvelakis, a member of a party called Popular Unity, which split from Syriza last summer after the referendum. Kouvelakis served at Syriza’s central committee from 2012 to August 2015 and is also a professor of political theory at King’s College in London. This conversation focuses on the political and social situation in Greece today. I would like to start by asking you to summarise the political and social development of the Greek society after the events of August 2015, after the capitulation of Syriza ..
Bureaucratic structures literally swallow human lives like brutal, hungry monsters. That is especially the case with military and intelligence structures. The stronger the state bureaucracy, the more damage is done to individual conscience and collective liberty. The Great Powers are the champions of destruction whether they identify themselves as the liberal democratic, or the conservative patriotic. In the essential functioning of their military and intelligence organizations, there is not much difference. Countless memoirs of retired officers and agents prove the point. I regularly read them side-by-side. The ..
Note from the LeftEast editors: this article has been published in collaboration with the Serbo-Croat web portal Bilten.Org In the past few years, particularly after the 2007-8 world food price crisis, there has been a lot of attention to the global expansion of large-scale acquisitions of farmland, or what is usually referred to as land grabs. The investors range from transnational corporations and high-class individual investors to governments. A data set produced by GRAIN, an international NGO that has done influential research on land grabs, documents over 400 cases of large-scale land grabs, covering nearly ..
Note from the LeftEast editors: this article has been published in collaboration with the Serbo-Croat web portal Bilten.Org Several days ago the European Court of Human Rights reached a verdict on contests between three property owners and the Albanian state. It held that the Albanian state owes the property owners 12 million Euros in compensation for not returning the properties that the Albanian law acknowledges as theirs. In the recent years the same court has imposed other financial penalties on the Albanian state for breaching what it considers basic human rights. It should be stressed that the jurisdictio ..
Note from the LeftEast editors: this article has been published in collaboration with the Serbo-Croat web portal Bilten.Org What was predicted to be “The Kosovar Spring” in fact turned out to be opposition’s “Spring of the great loneliness”, if we can raise an analogy with one of the masterpieces of the Albanian novelist, Ismail Kadare, The Winter of the Great Loneliness in which he describes Albania’s break with the Soviet Union in 1961 and the solitude of the country, which had just turned its back on the Warsaw Pact. A similar kind of solitude is now being felt by the Kosovo opposition ..
Note from the LeftEast editors: this is the first in the series of two interviews, carried out by Daniela Chironi and George Souvlis on the history of the circle around the newspaper Il Manifesto and Italian unorthodox communism. It has been translated from the Italian by Chiara Bonfiglioli. The interview was conducted via email in January 2014. You are among the founders of the Il Manifesto, generally considered the first group of dissident intellectuals who could produce not only an intellectual reflection but also political results. Do you think there are any elements of that political experience that could i ..
How do the upcoming Duma elections threaten the regime? Today, it would seem that the upcoming September elections to the State Duma are a cause of growing concern only in the Kremlin. While polls continue to record a low level of public interest in the event, and the tiny number of parties allowed to run in the election wanly prepares to fulfill their usual roles, the president and his entourage are increasingly talking about possible threats. The rationale of radicalization At a recent meeting with activists of the Russian People’s Front, Putin noted that external enemies would preparing ever more provo ..