Syriza lost the last Greek elections after 4 1/2 years in power. What happened to the party that for a time represented the European radical left’s hopes? Did it achieve anything in power? Many talk about Tspiras’ “betrayal” – is that the right way to look at it? And what are the wider consequences of this defeat – is time up for this wave of “left populists”?
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On the European Parliamentary elections. Is this the day the 20th century truly died? Traditional social democratic and conservative parties took a pounding. The Greens surged. The populists didn’t surge – but are now entrenched. And the radical and populist Left has not capitalised. What’s the meaning behind what are often purely symbolic euro elections?
[pieces by Anton & Catarina coming shortly]
On Nigeria’s elections. Sa’eed Husaini fills us in on the stakes of this election. President Buhari dismissed the country’s top judge weeks before the election, but the former military dictator is meant to be an anti-corruption figure. His main opponent is a neoliberal privatiser. What’s behind this contents between two faces of the Nigerian elite? What happens when politics is fought over the grounds of corruption? Can recent trade union mobilisations shake things up? Meanwhile violence associated with Boko Haram still festers…
Nigeria’s Brutal Decision: Former Dictator or Alleged Kleptocrat, Bloomberg Businessweek
Thatcher-Loving Nigeria Candidate Plans to Overhaul Economy, Bloomberg Businessweek
Election overview by Brookings
The rebirth of the Nigerian left?, Sa’eed Husaini in Africa Is a Country
Democracy fading in Nigeria, Al Jazeera
On Sowore’s programme, Marxist.com
The struggle for a minimum wage, Africa Is a Country
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In which we preview Brazil’s election in which democracy itself is at stake.
Who is Bolsonaro and why should Bolsonaro be understood as a neofascist? We discuss the #EleNão feminist resistance and the backdrop of ‘antipetismo’. How has the political centre and the middle class so easily swung over to vote for such an extremist? The notion of ‘ultra-politics’ is explained and we look forward to what might happen should Bolsonaro win – and should he lose.
Essential Chomsky article: https://theintercept.com/2018/10/02/lula-brazil-election-noam-chomsky/
Jacobin archive on Brazil: https://jacobinmag.com/location/brazil
In which we survey Turkey’s election results in light of five years of tumult – Gezi, economic downturn, terrorist attacks, Syrian war, coup, repression. Are cracks beginning to show for Erdogan? He teamed up with ultranationalists, while opposition secularists and Islamists joined forces, but Erdogan held on. How demoralised are the Turkish people, and what are the prospects for the Left? We conclude by debating whether Erdogan represents a generalisable type of political leader today: initally moderate and neoliberal, but tacking increasingly authoritarian and socially conservative.
In which we discuss how the Right won this month’s election — in a country that has never seen the Left in power. Is Colombia an exception? The civil war there feels like part of the Cold War that forgot to end. We discuss the fragile peace, the militarisation of politics, and drug cartels.