Articles by lefteast

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. 

Panagiotis Sotiris: We can write new pages of common struggle!

Panagiotis Sotiris is a writer and activist living in Athens. He is a member of Left Recomposition (Aristeri Anasynthesi, ARAN), an organization of the Greek Radical Left and also of Popular Unity, which is a left-wing front in Greece. LeftEast: It is interesting to think if, to what extent and how the left in each country has influenced the left in the other. The Greek left has had a formative impact on the Macedonian left-  has the (development of the) Macedonian (new) left in any way influenced the Greek left? Is that so, and if yes, how is this influence reflected in your conversations, strategies and ways ..

Alek Atevik: We need a Balkan socialist movement

Alek Atevik is working in Skopje. He is an editor of Nova iskra and a member of Marxist Organization Crveni. He is a founding member of Levica, where he is a coordinator of Program Sector Foreign policy, Defense and Security. LE1: It is interesting to think if, to what extent and how the left in each country has influenced the left in the other. The Greek left has had a formative impact on the Macedonian left- how, if at all, has the fall from grace of Syriza impacted on the Macedonian left? Is that so, and if yes, how is this influence reflected in your conversations, strategies and ways of organising? Alek At ..

The Penza “Terrorism” Case

This article originally published in Russian by OVD-info was translated into English by The Russian Reader. On January 23, antifascist Viktor Filinkov disappeared in Petersburg. He was found two days later: the press service of the Petersburg court system related Filinkov had been remanded to police custody after confessing his involvement in a terrorist network whose members “profess[ed] the anarchist ideology.” Members of the Public Monitoring Commission were able to visit him in the pretrial detention center a day later. Filinkov told them he had been tortured. On January 25, Petersburger Igor Shishkin di ..

Protests in Iran Took Many By Surprise — But Not Iranian Labor Activists

We publish here, as an insert, a fragment from Murtaza Hussain’s article on the Iranian protests, which can be read in full at theintercept.com.  Over the past week, tens of thousands of people in dozens of cities across Iran have braved bullets and tear gas in a public outpouring of dissent against the country’s ruling establishment. Videos of demonstrations shared on social media have shown protesters smashing government-owned banks, tearing down posters of government officials, and at times calling for the end of clerical rule in the country. At least 22 people are reported to have been killed since t ..

Politics of the Left beyond Resistance: Reflections and Visions from our 2017 encounter in Skopje

Report by: Mary N. Taylor, Mariya Ivancheva, Adela Gjorgjioska, Veda Popovici  Over the last seven years, members of the LeftEast collective have co-organised  encounters in collaboration with other collectives and comrades in the Eastern and Southern peripheries of Europe. This year, our late summer encounter took place in the Macedonian capital Skopje, hosted by Social Center Dunja, and co-organized with Solidarnost. In Macedonia, the new left political party “Levica” has been facing severe obstructions, from formation to its continuous functioning. Various other left initiatives and formations (struggle ..

Maribor Uprisings (2017): Duncan Ranslem Interviews Director Maple Razsa

This article was first published in the Brooklyn Rail IN CONVERSATION MAPLE RAZSA with Duncan Ranslem Maple Razsa is Professor of Global Studies at Colby College. He has studied and participated in alter-globalization movements across Europe, paying particular attention to how video is produced, distributed, and consumed in activist practice. Video, he has written, enables activists to better engage the bodily, sensory, and affective dimensions of politics. This helps give the act of protest an affirmative character, not merely a negative one, as video becomes a means of producing new political subjects. His late ..

Bakur Rising: Democratic Autonomy in Kurdistan

Note from the editors: This article was originally published in ROAR magazine here. Bakur Rising: Democratic Autonomy in Kurdistan By Nazan Üstündağ Illustration by David Istvan Photo by Uygar Önder Simsek / MOKU In recent years, following the collapse of the peace process between the Turkish state and the Kurdish freedom movement, the struggle for autonomy in the towns and cities of northern Kurdistan, or Bakur, has undergone a significant shift from a non-violent re-organization of social and political life to a militant self-defense movement. The declaration of round-the-clock curfews in the summer of 2016 ..

ASEEES AFTER CHARLOTTESVILLE: AN OPEN LETTER

The following is an open letter by two professional organizations of progressive scholars of Eastern European Studies and related fields, protesting the rise of white supremacy in trans-national context connecting the United States, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and demanding that ASEEES (the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies) take a stand on the issue, in particular following the recent white supremacist rally and murder of a progressive demonstrator in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. You may sign the letter (regardless of your own scholarly / professional affiliation b ..

Moving Europe release activist brochure, Resistance along the Balkanroute

Note from the editors: The dedicated activists at Moving Europe have just released a very informative and useful brochure on their migrant solidarity work, Resistance along the Balkanroute. The document is full of reports, histories and practical reflections of several years of activism among migrants passing through the Balkans.  In an effort to further promote this important work, we are republishing the group’s general “remarks” on the project and encouraging our readers to check out the brochure, which can be accessed here. Resistance along the Balkanroute: A few more remarks about our star ..