Blogs

Sold on Promises: China's Intra-Working Class Exploitation

An interview recorded from memory. This blog is about the upsurges that occur, the cracks that appear in China’s system. But sometimes the picture we give out of a China in revolt is rosy in a way that misses the very deep scarring in this society—the kind of fracturing of trust within the working class, between friends and family, in the relationships that underlie organization.

Tackling the UK's “freelance” TEFL scandal

There's good news for UK language teachers: all of us should be on directly-employed contracts.

The political economy of hunger

Why is there hunger? It’s nothing to do with a lack of food.

Clashes in the Greek universities

Riot police attacked protesters trying to enter university buildings in the run up to the commemoration of the 1973 student uprising.

“A perfect money making machine”: Life as a language teacher in Slovenia

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An account from a German language teacher about working in Slovenia focusing on, in particular, the perils of so-called “freelance” contracts.

The Margins and the Center: For a New History of the Cultural Revolution

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Repost of an informative reflection on the lessons to be learned from China's "Cultural Revolution" in light of China's grim political situation circa 2014, centered on a review of Yiching's Wu's pathbreaking new book, Cultural Revolution at the Margins.

Gender, temporality, and the reproduction of labour power. Women migrant workers in South China

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This excellent article by Hannah Schling on migration and gender in China was just published by the periodical Sozialgeschichte.

Shanghai on strike: the politics of Chinese labor

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Classic book by Elizabeth Perry on working-class formation during the industrialization of Shanghai from 1839 to 1949, including insight into the strike wave and insurrections of 1926-1927.

The bloodbath in Syria: class war or ethnic war?

Anarchists join Kurdish fighters in Syria

As the Syrian conflict drags on, Devrim Valerian looks at the fighting, in particular in Syrian Kurdistan which many on the left have hailed as a "social revolution" and asks whether any side deserves workers' support.

The Giants won and capitalism is the loss

Cindy Milstein on the celebratory rioting which followed the San Francisco Giants winning the world series, and its background.

The poetry and brief life of a Foxconn worker: Xu Lizhi (1990-2014)

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Translations of poems by Xu Lizhi (许立志), the Foxconn worker who committed suicide on 30 September 2014, at the age of 24, in Shenzhen, China. Also includes an obituary with some explanatory notes.

Caribbean port strikes

Costa Rican dockers strike 22 October 2014

A docker strike on the island of Martinique, started on October 20, 2014 at the main port in Fort-de-France, is over the health and safety risks of siting an industrial-waste processing plant at the port. The strike at two ports in Costa Rica, Puerto Moín and Puerto Limón (pictured), began on October 25 over privatization of the terminals by Dutch firm APM (a subsidiary of Maersk).

Out of the Woods articles in the new Occupied Times

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The Occupied Times has kindly given us a centre-spread in their new issue, which has an apocalypse theme.

Between the competition and the capitalists: Guangzhou’s taxi driver strike

Many of Guangzhou's 40,000 taxi drivers have been on strike over squeezed pay and excessive competition. The impacts of their strike remain unclear.

Discussion Paper and Minutes: Meeting on Crisis and Class Struggle in the UK – Liverpool, September 2014

Post-Discussion Coma

A dozen of us met for three days in order to discuss the situation of crisis and struggles in the UK and beyond and about the question of how our organizational/practical efforts relate to the current phase.

Social populism - arena for cross-front cooperation

In the past 20 years, various attempts to make coalitions between the left and right have taken place in Poland. The involvement of supposedly left wing or anarchist groups with the far-right have been treated in various publications. These have involved such organizations such as the Anarchist Federation, the August 80 union or ATTAC. It seems that after many years of discussion, some leftists keep falling back into this cooperation.

No buses are due on Nathan road - Mong Kok occupation 2.0 weekend sum-up

Nathan road opened for traffic round on Friday morning.

A few observations on the current development of the Mong Kok occupation in Hong Kong.

Rojava: an anarcho-syndicalist perspective

An anarcho-syndicalist perspective on the political situation in Rojava by a member of the Workers' Solidarity Alliance.

The Most Beautiful

A reflection on a piece of Japanese war propaganda.