From border unto border: An interview with Clare Fester of Yiddishkayt


LeftEast‘s James Robertson spoke with Clare Fester, Associate Director of the Los Angeles-based cultural organization Yiddishkayt, about Yiddish culture, the history of Jewish socialism and the politics of anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe today. JR: Tell us a little bit about the history of Yiddishkayt. What was the broader social or political background from which it originated? CF: Yiddishkayt began in 1995 as a live cultural festival in Los Angeles, but it has deeper roots. The original Yiddishkayt is part of a tradition of leftist and communist-affiliated Yiddish cultural organizations. Many members of t ..

Sparrows sold for a penny. Some Jewish-Christian concepts on emancipatory political subject


These thoughts were brought together for the 2016 edition of May Day School, Ljubljana, entitled Religion and Capitalism. Back then, we were following the campaign for the US presidency, before the public acknowledgment of the possibility of Donald Trump’s victory, but after the resignation related to Bernie Sanders’ loss in the Democratic primaries. Fracturing entered the political agenda in every scale of life. Social, political, hydraulic fracturing as the logic of consumerism depends on dividing people, depriving them of self-confidence, serving targets to put the blame on. Different governmental and rel ..

The Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro: an Interview with Prof. Filip Kovačević

Left to right:  President Filip Vujanovic of Montenegro shaking hands with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Prof. dr Filip Kovačević is the chairman of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro (MNMNE), a civic organization that opposes the membership of Montenegro in military alliances, either in NATO (currently the policy of the Montenegrin government) or in the Russian-dominated block. Filip is on leave as associate professor at the University of Montenegro and now teaches at the University of San Francisco as adjunct professor. He is an expert on critical theory and geopolitics. This interview was conducted by Vladimir Unkovski-Korica (VUK), member of the Serbian group Marks21, and a historian and lecturer at th ..

The presidential elections in Bulgaria between systemic nationalism and the anti-systemic vote

Title image: Eagle’s bridge in central Sofia. A symbolic site for mass protests and demonstrations since the beginning of the transition. The crossing has seen meetings of the Union of Democratic Forces (SDS) at the dawn of the transition, of policemen, taxi drivers, ecoactivists… It was one of the basic venues of the civic protests in 2013-14. It was here that the concert-meeting of Slavi’s Show took place, in a last-ditch effort to mobilize support for their referendum before the presidential elections. The event received numerous negative responses, because it was thought to have gathered the country’s nationalists.

November 13th of this year saw the second round of presidential elections in Bulgaria. With an overwhelming majority, General Rumen Radev became Bulgaria’s fifth elected president. the outcome of the presidential elections in Bulgaria came to light. We take this opportunity to analyze the political assumptions surrounding the election results. There are multiple ways to interpret the electoral outcomes. First, as a victory of Russia over the European Union. Second, as rise of the anti-systemic vote (usually meant as a reaction against GERB [2]). Third, as change in the balance between the now-neoliberal-former ..

‘Pure’ democracy against the extreme right?: Erdoğan’s ‘Clinton’ and ‘Trump’ moments

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The marriage between capitalism and democracy was one of convenience or interest, the product of a very specific period. A temporary reconciliation between capitalism and democracy seemed possible under conditions created by a capital accumulation regime that rested on the specific balance of power between social classes following the two world wars. The “logical contradiction” between capitalism and democracy that Lenin famously underscored appeared suppressed for a while, in a very specific time period. However, the bliss did not last long. This marriage, which was qualified as “the end of his ..

One year after the fire that sparked an uprising

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We are publishing this piece in collaboration with Bilten, where it originally appeared. Romania commemorated one year since the tragedy that took place in Club Colective. Then, a fire during a rock concert killed 64 people and injured another 180. Even today 27 people are still under treatment and 30 survivors need surgical intervention as a result of their wounds. The commemoration brought to the fore again the dramatic moments of the tragedy, the succession of events on that fatidic night and the heartbreaking tales of the survivors and their difficult journey to full recovery. Parents and relatives who los ..

How one regime’s conspirator became another’s victim of a conspiracy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov (L) in Istanbul, August 26, 2016  / AFP PHOTO / TURKEY'S PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / KAYHAN ÖZER

This article was published in co-operation with the regional portal Bilten. July will go down as one of the most tumultuous months of 2016 in Europe. The rapid series of terrorist attacks across Germany and France had barely allowed us a modicum of time to digest them, when the failed July 15th coup attempt in Turkey sent shock waves throughout the world. One of these waves splashed across the breakwaters of its northern neighbor and triggered a curious political controversy domestically. In what follows I recount how the tragedy of a single asylum applicant became the vehicle through which liberal media and acti ..