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A strike in black. Polish women, European neoliberalism, global patriarchy

→ Italian «Any power you don’t use yourself is gonna be used against you». Audre Lorde’s words accompany on the Black Protest International Facebook page the reasons of the Polish women that today, Monday October 3rd, are striking against the abortion bill, which is under discussion in the Polish parliament. The meaning of this law, which aims at erasing the …

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Our logistic infrastructure. Metropolitan spaces and transnational processes

→ Italiano All quiet on the Eastern front. The opposition of Eastern countries to the migration compact shows that the attempt to solve the crisis through the centralization of political decision-making inside the Union has been nipped in the bud. On the other hand, also in the West austerity continues being asserted as the mile stone of the government of …

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A huge mass strike in India: was that general?

by G. SAMPATH → Italian We publish an article written by the Indian journalist G. Sampath concerning the last countrywide strike in India on September 2nd. Even if the numbers were probably overestimated by trade unions, declaring a participation of no less than 180 million, the huge amount of people, men and women, who went on strike was a powerful …

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No way out? Europe from East to West and vice versa

→ Italian The result of the British referendum in June has provided to the right-wingers the chance to sell the cheap illusion of a feasible way out from European Union and its austerity policies. The possibility of a farewell through referendum is entertained both in France and in Italy, as in some East countries that, just one year ago, appealed …

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The European Regime of Wage 2. The loi travail and the government of precarization

by LAVORO INSUBORDINATO → Italian On the 5th of July Manuel Valls ended the parliamentary debate on the loi travail by an act of force. To defeat a weak parliamentary opposition, the government resorted again to the 49.3 article of the constitution, an emergency procedure which is supposed to guarantee the general interest of the nation. For the government it …

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What convergence for Blockupy?

→ Italian This text is our contribution to the public debate that will take place during the Antiracist Festival in Athens, a moment that we see as a chance to take stock of Blockupy and discuss about its current crisis, even beyond Blockupy itself, starting from the limits that it has displayed in front of the movements that nowadays are …

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The European regime of wage 1. Precarity save the Queen! The living wage of the Crown

by LAVORO INSUBORDINATO → Italiano When it comes to labour, Buckingham Palace is like McDonald’s. Both palaces, the Queen’s one and the most global fast food restaurant in the world, hire with «zero-hours contracts». In short, «let them eat cake!», or rather, burgers. It is well known, indeed, that the Big Mac Index devised by the Economist in the mid-80s …

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The «Chinese dream» at the proof of class. Interview with Pun Ngai

by GIORGIO GRAPPI and DEVI SACCHETTO → Italiano The Italian translation of this interviwe has been published in «il Manifesto», June 6, 2016 Pun Ngai is associated professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is the author and editor of many publications on the transformation of labor in China, the multinational regime at Foxconn and the …

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Time of strike, time of uprising: France, or rather Europe

→ Italian Since months, France is the theatre of the biggest social strike of Europe. In order to contrast the loi El Khomri, thousands of workers refused to work and new strikes are continuing to interrupt production and services. The flows of transports, commodities and oil – with the prolonged block of refineries – are a field of struggle in …

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The democracy of mobility against the government of democracy

→ ITALIAN The huge Spanish mobilizations in 2011, the coup that broke the dream of the Greek OXI in a night of July, the declaration of the state of emergency in France, the agreement between the EU and Turkey for the management of borders impose democracy as a rallying cry among the European movements. Many invoke it in order to restrain …

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