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Philippe Alcoy

Philippe is an editor of Révolution Permanente, our sister site in France.

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U.S. Senators and Oil Multinationals are Debating Whether to Impose Sanctions on Myanmar to Protect Imperialist Interests

U.S. senators are lobbying Joe Biden to impose sanctions on Myanmar's oil industry despite lobbying from oil and gas multinationals such as Chevron and Total.

Coup in Myanmar: The Working Class, Between Resistance and the Liberal “Democratic” Trap

The coup d’état in Myanmar has catalyzed a response by a super-exploited working class whose demands now threaten to go far beyond the defense of democratic rights. The movement’s bourgeois leadership has other intentions.

Myanmar’s Working Class Is at the Forefront of the Fight against the Military Coup

While the military in Myanmar had hoped to seize power without much difficulty, the working class, alongside other popular sectors, has responded with increasingly militant demonstrations. These demonstrations raise questions about the strategic consequences of the coup on a national, regional, and global level.

Police Brutality in Albania: “The Revolt Seems Like Something That Was Waiting to Happen”

Earlier this month, several thousand people, especially the youth, had been mobilizing in Albania. The protests are in reaction to the murder of a young man by Albanian police, but they reveal deeper frustrations. Last week, Philippe Alcoy, editor for Révolution Permanente (Left Voice's sister site in France) interviewed Redi Muçi, a member of Organizata Politike, a radical left-wing Albanian organization for the publication LeftEast.

In Blow to Palestine, Morocco Sides with U.S. and Normalizes Ties to Israel

A reactionary diplomatic bargain between Trump and the Moroccan monarchy is a double blow to the causes of the Palestinian and Saharawi peoples.

Security Forces Kill Eight Workers Protesting for Their Wages in Iraqi Kurdistan

In Iraqi Kurdistan, public sector workers, especially teachers, demand their unpaid salaries and denounce government corruption.

The Crushing of Chechnya’s Aspirations for Independence: An Interview with Tony Wood

Phillipe Alcoy interviews historian Tony Wood on the history of Chechnya, the two Chechen-Russian wars, and the ongoing hostility towards Chechens in France and elsewhere.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon Blames the “Chechen Community” for Murder of Teacher in France

Last Friday, teacher Samuel Paty was murdered by an 18-year-old of Chechen descent. The government of Emmanuel Macron is using this horrific crime to attack all Muslims. Now he is getting support from the left-wing politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan: On the Brink of War Again?

The clashes in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan could turn into a full-scale conflict involving other regional powers. With economic, health, and ecological crises rising worldwide, geopolitical conflicts and capitalist aggression will also increase.

A Statue of a Slave Trader Stood for 125 Years. The Statue of an Anti-Racist that Replaced it Was Taken Down in Less than 24 Hours.

In the English city of Bristol, the statue of an anti-racist activist was pulled down less than 24 hours after being secretly erected in place of a statue of a slave trader.

Historic Strike in Lebanon: Migrant Workers Fight for Their Wages

Migrant garbage workers in Lebanon have begun a historic strike. Following months of demonstrations in the nation, foreign workers are fighting against the brutal “kafala” system that effectively ties migrants’ rights to their bosses.

The International Situation in the Era of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Covid-19 is profoundly changing the international situation in many ways. While a number of dangers loom for the working class, several opportunities are also arising for a radical questioning of the capitalist system, which leads us to barbarism.

COVID-19: Is There Risk of a Food Shortage?

The massive confinement of the world’s population is already affecting agricultural production. The prospect of food scarcity threatens the poorest and wealthiest nations alike.

French Imperialism Leads Africa to Coronavirus Disaster

The domination of Africa by the imperialist powers, including France, has made the continent more vulnerable to epidemics and economic crises.

Coronavirus Takes Toll on China’s Poor

Living under a largely privatized health care system, a repressive regime, and rampant inequalities, China’s workers, peasants, and popular classes are now facing both the coronavirus and state repression.

The 1968 Student Revolt in Yugoslavia: “We Demanded a Radically Different Socialism!” (Part 2)

We publish here the second part of our interview with Dragomir Olujić (Oluja) on the “student revolt” of 1968 in Yugoslavia, in which Oluja took part as a student in Belgrade.

The 1968 Yugoslav Students Revolt, Interview with Dragomir Olujić

Fifty years ago, Yugoslavia saw a massive student revolt that won the support of workers and questioned the regime from the left.

At the Source of Eastern Europe’s Bureaucratic Governments : the Degeneration of the Soviet Union

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, Left Voice in collaboration with Révolution Permanente, will publish a series of articles on the different aspects of one of the most heroic struggles of the working class in the 20th century.

The Days When Hungarian Workers Defied Stalinism

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 is, so to speak, a “forgotten revolution.” Erased and banished from popular memory, it was a thorny subject for Soviet authorities and remains one for Western capitalists today. What made this revolution so subversive?

The Gypsies’ Tortuous Journey

The migration crisis has clearly shown the structural nature of racism and xenophobia in Europe. The Roma people are among the most oppressed in the continent; in France, there has been a rapid rise in anti-Roma racism, not only from right-wing groups, but also from the state and its institutions.

The Labor Movement in Post-Communist Countries

We interviewed Mihai Varga, a Romanian specialist on trade unionism in Eastern and Central Europe and author of "Worker Protests in post-communist Romania and Ukraine," published in August 2015. In this interview, Varga provides his vision on the state of the trade unionism in the region after the dissolution of the Soviet bloc in the early 1990's.

Mass mobilization, political crisis and capitalism in Eastern Europe – Part II

A new period of social unrest has opened up in Eastern Europe. It gives expression to widespread discontent with degrading conditions and disillusionment with not only the political elite, but also – and in extension – the entire process of capitalist restoration.

Yugoslavia after Capitalist Restoration

A new book edited by two of Yugoslavia´s most prominent leftist intellectuals help shed light on the challenges facing the left in the aftermath of capitalist restoration and collapse.

Russian Truck Drivers on Strike

They are fighting against a new tax that charges truckers for each kilometer they drive. In a sector where 80% are private trucks or tiny owners that hold two trucks at most, this new tax is perceived as a threat to living standards or even to their only means of survival.

Albania: Tens of thousands march against the government

Last week almost 50,000 people demonstrated in Tirana, the capital of Albania, against the socialist government of Prime Minister Edi Rama. The protest was organised by the right-wing opposition Democratic Party and demanded the resignation of the government. The strength of the demonstration, together with the current student movement against neoliberal reforms, expresses a growing social discontent against the political caste which has been in power for 25 years. Left Voice interviewed Redi Muçi, reader at the Polytechnic University of Tirana and a militant in the student movement Për Universitetin.

The Truth About the COP21 Crackdown

In times of "social peace," the mainstream media may pretend to leave room for a plurality of opinions on current events; however, in times of social or political crisis and class struggle, despite the press’ appeals to "responsibility" for the sake of "national interest," the communication agencies reveal their true nature: to serve the government and the ruling classes in general. This Sunday, November 29, the disingenuous coverage of the crackdown against both environmental activists during the COP21 as well as those protesting the state of emergency says a lot about what government and media are willing to do.

SYRIZA and the Position of Revolutionaries

The unprecedented results of the Greek elections in May 2012 that gave SYRIZA the possibility of forming a government led by Alexis Tsipras bring to light once more the debate around the position of revolutionaries regarding the political forces to the “left of the left”. This is even more important taking into account that SYRIZA is softening its discourse.