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Philippe Alcoy

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

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Protesters hold up signs in protest and wear headbands in the colors of the Mali flag.

Massive Demonstrations in Mali Against ECOWAS Strengthen Ruling Junta

Sanctions against Mali have, predictably, helped legitimize the ruling military. It cannot be ruled out that international pressure on the military is working. But this success could become a “Pyrrhic victory.”

Kazakhstan: A Revolt Against “Transitional” Capitalism

Dozens of protesters have been killed in protests sparked by a rise in fuel prices. The revolt is concerning to Russia and inconvenient for Western powers.

The Conflict between Russia and Ukraine Is Neither Bluff nor Ultimatum

Moscow is amassing 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine, whose government is seeking to lean on NATO to counter Putin. But even if Russian military intervention is central to that country’s defense, it is a very risky option. Are we one step away from war?

France’s Discussion of Autonomy for Guadeloupe and Martinique Is an Imperialist Maneuver

The French government says it’s ready to talk about autonomy for Guadeloupe and Martinique, its Caribbean territories. That’s all about trying to calm the crisis in the West Indies and, at the same time, divide the movement.

Coup in Sudan: “Africa Needs a Second Revolution”

African historian, journalist and writer Omer Freixa discusses the situation in Sudan, and provides a wider perspective on the political situation on the African continent.

Sudanese erect barricades as they protest against a military coup that overthrew the transition to civilian rule, on Oct. 25, 2021 in the al-Shajara district in southern Khartoum.

General Strike and Demonstrations in Sudan Point to How the Working Class Can Bring Down the Military

The coup in Sudan on October 25 is reactivating popular demonstrations. Several sectors of workers have already joined in a general strike, and a massive mobilization throughout the country is expected on Saturday.

A Sudanese man and two Sudanese women marching against the coup in Sudan in October 2021. A Sudanese flag in the background.

Popular Mobilization in Sudan Is the Main Bulwark Against the Coup

In Sudan this past weekend, the military took power in a coup after months of divisions within the government. It could have major consequences for the region.

Two men kneel with machine guns and face to the right during clashes in Beirut on October 14.

Deadly Clashes in Beirut Amid Port Explosion Investigation

Shots were fired at a demonstration by Hezbollah and its allies, leaving at least six dead and several dozen wounded. Hezbollah fears it will be blamed in the judicial investigation of last year’s port explosion. This is the final blow for a profoundly corrupted regime.

How France and Total Are Militarizing Mozambique

Will the militarization of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, where the French oil and gas giant Total has invested nearly 20 billion euros, overcome the Islamist insurgency? Is the country becoming the new Mali of southern Africa?

A U.S. Chinook helicopter flies over the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

Taliban Again to Rule Afghanistan after 20 Years of Imperialist Occupation

What are the international consequences of the swift Taliban victory in Afghanistan after two decades of occupation by U.S. imperialism? Here are some initial thoughts.

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.

Soldiers walking in field

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 Roma’s 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.