Wladek Flakin

Wladek Flakin is a freelance journalist and historian from Berlin. He is on the editorial board of Klasse Gegen Klasse.

BOOK REVIEW:

Dreamland: Capitalist Crisis and the Heroin Epidemic

March 21, 2017 | Millions of people in the US are addicted to opiates. How could this have happened? "Dreamland" by Sam Quinones looks for the source of the epidemic, yet avoids the elephant in the room: capitalism.

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ART & CULTURE

BoJack Horseman: A Manic-Depressive Horse, Loosely Based on Bertolt Brecht

March 18, 2017 | The third season of the cult show BoJack Horseman came out on Netflix in July. Many consider it a satire of the narcissistic world of Hollywood. But in reality, producer Raphael Bob-Waksberg has (...)

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EUROPE

10,000 at International Women’s Day in Berlin

March 12, 2017 | At two different demonstrations on Wednesday, ten thousand people came onto the streets of Berlin in defense of women's rights. Their goal was to combine anti-sexist and anti-racist struggles. (...)

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Lily Freytag

MEXICO

Largest Mexican Women’s Day of the 21st Century

March 09, 2017 | In Mexico City, 10,000 women took to the streets on Wednesday as park of the International Women's Strike. The socialist women's organization "Pan y Rosas" (Bread and Roses) organized a block of (...)

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IDEAS & DEBATES

Can the Police Stop Deportations? A Debate with Kshama Sawant

March 02, 2017 | Could cops help immigrants resist the ICE? Or does this demand only create illusions in a deeply racist institution? A debate with Socialist Alternative.

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PALESTINE

Palestine, Marxists and the "One-State Solution"

February 16, 2017 | Trump suggested that he may abandon plans for a "two-state solution." For decades, US foreign police has aimed to create a Palestinian state. But even before Trump's remarks, this solution was (...)

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UNITED STATES

10,000 Immigrants Go On Strike in Milwaukee

February 14, 2017 | What would happen if the Trump administration really were to deport millions of undocumented workers from the US? Milwaukee, Wisconsin got a brief taste of that on Monday, the #DayWithoutLatinos. (...)

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GERMANY

University Occupation in Berlin: Beginning of a New Students’ Movement?

February 09, 2017 | The Social Science Institute in the center of Berlin has been occupied for three weeks. Is this the beginning of a new students' movement in Germany?

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ZANON

What Would a World Without Bosses Be Like?

December 06, 2016 | Way back in 2003, I visited a factory in the dusty steppes of Patagonia in Argentina. The Zanon Factory produces ceramic tiles.

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GERMANY

Behind the Scenes of the Revolt

February 17, 2016 | In 1968 there was an upsurge in class struggle in many parts of the world – including in Germany. The Trotskyist movement in West Germany actively participated in the revolt, but did not benefit (...)

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From Our Sister Website

One month of ‘KLASSE GEGEN KLASSE’

December 18, 2015 | Since November 16, klassegegenkasse.org has given voice to the struggling workers, refugees, women and LGBT people in Germany. We publish current news from a working-class perspective, but this (...)

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North Korea

A Trotskyist in North Korea

December 14, 2015 | Our author visited the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as a tourist. His question: How does this society function? Is it the Stone Age? Or a cult? Or Dadaist art? A historical-materialist (...)

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GERMANY

’The German Police is Arresting Jews for Antisemitism!’

October 31, 2015 | On October 21, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Angela Merkel in Berlin. There was a protest, activists were arrested. Almost routine, except a number of people arrested were (...)

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GERMANY

A ’Trotsky Day’ took place last Saturday in Berlin

October 22, 2015 | There were numerous workshops and a panel discussion; 100 people discuss the ideas of Leon Trotsky.

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GERMANY

A Quarter of a Million in Berlin Against TIPP and CETA

October 12, 2015 | The German capital hasn't seen a demonstration this big in more than ten years. On Saturday, up to 250,000 people marched against TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and (...)

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Sören Luxbach

GERMANY

Trotsky Day in Berlin: workshops and a panel discussion on the 75th anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky

September 17, 2015 | "Trotsky Day", a public event on October 17 in Berlin, will bring together fighters from the workers' and youth movements, activists from different political tendencies and historians and (...)

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GERMANY – FUSION FESTIVAL

Trotsky and Holiday Communism in Germany

July 07, 2015 | It's called Vacation Communism: 70,000 people gather for four days at an old Soviet air base two hours north of Berlin.

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GREEK CRISIS

2,000 people in Berlin say "OXI" to the Troika

July 03, 2015 | On Friday afternoon, 2,000 people gathered at Berlin's Oranienplatz to say "OXI" ("NO") to the Troika and the German government who are imposing brutal austerity measures on the people of Greece.

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EUROPE

Strike at Germany’s biggest hospital

June 26, 2015

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EUROPE

Thousands protest against the G7 in Germany

June 09, 2015 | The leaders of the world's seven most powerful nations came together on Sunday in Elmau Castle in the south of Germany. More than 5,000 anticapitalist protestors took to the streets against the (...)

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