Note from LeftEast Editors: We publish this Video with the kind permission from the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the City University of New York. Socialist countries have always had banks: central banks, savings banks taking local deposits, commercial banks, and export banks. Che Guevara was even the director of the National Bank of Cuba. What makes socialist banks “socialist”? And what are the relationships between socialist and global finance? How was socialist finance taken over by networks of secret services and company managers, who supported and structured the transition to authoritarian, ..
This video and accompanying abstract is part of our ongoing collaboration with Talk Real. In this episode, held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Talk Real discusses the implications of environmental degradation for the local Roma community, and the intersection of systemic racism with environmental neglect. In its post published on October 4, Talk Real writes: Pata Rât is located at the periphery of the city of Cluj Napoca, and serves as the space for living of three distinct groups of Roma people. In Pata Rât there is no electricity, drinking water nor sanitary conditions. While authorities maintain that people came v ..
Note from the LeftEast editors: This is an interview with Jock Palfreeman, an Australian citizen and prisoner in Blugaria, who is the founder of the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association. In 2007 Jock was convicted for the murder of Bulgarian Andrei Monov although claimed that he was trying to help two Roma people that were attacked by a group of fifteen football hooligans. Many details about this night remained unclear to this day. The main witnesses–the two Roma–have disappeared. The surveillance camera footage that could show what happened this night has vanished without a trace. And even if Jo ..
Our friends at #TalkReal have uploaded footage from the official launch of the Democracy in Europe Movement held at the Acquario Romano in Rome last week. Check back here in the weeks ahead for discussions of some of the ideas and strategies presented by DiEM and their relevance for the (East) European Left.
The UK’s #EUreferendum coming up on June 23 is a momentous historic occasion, not only for British citizens but for Europe itself. TalkReal discussed the international implications of #Brexit and Europe’s ‘referendum fever’ with Ulrike Guérot (founder and director of the European Democracy Lab Democracy Lab), Federico Campagna (writer, philosopher and Rights Manager at Verso Books), Marina Prentoulis (Another Europe Is Possible) and James Schneider (Momentum, the campaign which supported Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership campaign).
Note from the LeftEast editors: this livestreaming is part of our partnership with TalkReal. Below is the official announcement of the event. With Yanis Varoufakis, Marisa Matias, Portuguese Presidential candidate for the Left, Sławomir Sierakowski, founder of Krytyka Polityczna and Valentina Orazzini, international representative of the Italian Trade Union Fiom Cgil Nazionale. The talk will be led and presented by Lorenzo Marsili (@l_marsili), director of European Alternatives. Today, we feel trapped between a rock and a hard place. Squeezed between a failing and undemocratic European Union and equally failing ..
The commemorative action “We are equal, not illegal!” took place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on 17/12/2015. It involved people from the marginalized ‘residential’ space of the city (called Pata Rat) and from other areas with precarious and insecure housing conditions, as well as local activists for housing justice. This public event was a moment of joint struggle for housing rights. The participants gathered to commemorate their shared histories of forced evictions and housing insecurity, of being driven towards informal and precarious housing, of discrimination and institutionalized racism i ..
Tariq Ali and LeftEast editorial board member Volodymyr Ishchenko discuss the manifold ongoing crisis in Ukraine, which may have fallen out of the news of late but has not lost its importance for the peoples of the region. This video originally aired on Telesur English. Volodymyr Ishchenko is a sociologist studying social protests in Ukraine. He is the Deputy Director of the Center for Social and Labor Research (Kiev), an editor of Commons: Journal for Social Criticism, and a lecturer at the Department of Sociology in the Naitonal University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
Note from the LeftEast editors: In this video of European Alternatives’ ‘TalkReal’ series the debate is on how to go beyond the pessimism that has taken over our contemporary political climate. TalkReal is published in co-operation with OpenDemocracy and Roarmag. For years we have been told ‘There is No Alternative’, that the status quo is both healthy and here to stay. But as neoliberal institutions struggle to contain a complex and multi-headed crisis it is clearer than ever that radical change represents our only chance of a better future. In this episode of TalkReal from the end of 2015 European A ..