Elsewhere on the web

The section « Elsewhere on the web » proposes each month, one or two texts selected according to their interest in supplying the general debate on the situation and the alternatives from the perspective of social movements. A link to the first publication website will be posted on each article. This section is supplemented by texts proposed by partner sites, not exceeding one or two texts per site and per month.

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Publications selected by Intercoll

The zapatista uprising, 30 years on

, by Bernard Duterme, CETRI

Thirty years after the uprising of 1 January 1994, the question arises : is the battle half-lost or half-won ? While the rebels of Chiapas may not have succeeded in reforming Mexico’s constitution, decolonising its institutions or even gaining a foothold in the country’s political scene, they have nonetheless given unprecedented local, national and international visibility to peasant and Indigenous struggles for redistribution and autonomy.

The third world war, the BRICS+ and the salvation of the planet

, by Boaventura de Sousa Santos

For a hundred years, Europe has been on the brink of war while healing the wounds of the previous war. Each time, the reasons are different, but they have in common the fact that, although they were born here, they take the world with them and thus become global. (...) Peace was to last. The peace that lasted was the one made possible by the Cold War and the many regional hot wars in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. What’s new now?

Economic, social and cultural rights finally part of the international agenda

, by CETIM

Following the request of the Human Rights Council (HRC), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights organised a workshop to discuss “practical ways to further enhance and strengthen” the work of this body “in promoting and protecting economic, social and cultural rights within the context of addressing inequalities”.

Binding treaty on TNCs: threats to the process

, by CETIM

The 9th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group charged with developing a legally binding international instrument on transnational corporations and other enterprises of a transnational nature, held in Geneva between 23 and October 27, 2023, was once again the scene of manoeuvers on the part of its presidency.

The terror of the terrorized

, by Boaventura de Sousa Santos

In Europe, the region of the world in which I find myself, within thirty years (between 1914-1945) there were two world wars which resulted in seventy-eight million deaths and at least one horrible genocide, the Armenian genocide; within eighty years there were two more horrible and well-known (...)

1932: and in seven years’ time?

, by Boaventura de Sousa Santos

"Without soul or memory, Europe is incapable of seeing the similarity between the images of death and destruction in the Warsaw ghetto during the desperate Jewish uprising of April 19, 1943, and the images we see of the Gaza Strip. Gaza is Europe here and now."

Gaza is Europe here and now

, by Boaventura de Sousa Santos

(...) Ultimately, this brutal policy is legitimized by what I have called the abyssal line, the line that has separated full-fledged human beings from those considered subhuman since the beginning of colonial expansion. It’s no coincidence that we hear Israeli officials refer to Palestinians as animals.

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Faced with the crisis in Venezuela: what to do?

, by Plateforme altermondialiste

Venezuela is in a serious social, economic and political crisis. The death of Hugo Chávez, who had "rebuilt" the country in 1999, coincided with a catastrophic decline in oil prices, which accounted for 90% of the country’s exports and income. Meanwhile, the governance of his successor Nicolás Maduro has significantly aggravated the impacts of this crisis. With the threat of intervention by the United States, which would like to destroy this country in the name of "human rights" and "democracy", the situation is even more serious. Such an intervention would not only destroy the government, but would also crush an entire people and their progressive forces.

Yemen. Failed attempts to restore peace

, by Helen Lacker, Orient XXI

Two months after the signature of the Riyadh Agreement between Yemen’s internationally recognised government (IRG) and the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC), what is the situation on the ground? Coming 13 months after that of the UN-Sponsored Stockholm Agreement, it is appropriate to assess and compare their achievements, particularly as both were publicised as major steps forward in bringing the Yemeni war to a conclusion and seem to be facing similar fates.

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