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Philippe Alcoy

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

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Ukraine’s New EU Membership Candidacy Is Mainly a Message to Putin

The candidate status granted by the EU to Ukraine does not automatically mean that it will become a member. But it sends a symbolic message to Putin that his aggression is accelerating the expansion of European imperialism to the East.

Philippe Alcoy

June 25, 2022

The Meaning of Orbán’s Reelection in Hungary

While Viktor Orbán’s Hungary will continue to represent a fulcrum for the most reactionary forces in Europe, the situation holds contradictions for the Hungarian regime — and for the entire European Union.

Philippe Alcoy

April 9, 2022

The Challenge of an Independent Anti-Imperialist Policy in Ukraine: A Response to Achcar and Kouvélakis

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has provoked considerable discussion about what a consistent anti-imperialist policy should look like today. It is a debate of tremendous importance.

Philippe Alcoy

March 20, 2022

Beyond Putin’s Propaganda, the Far Right Is a Major Problem in Ukraine

As Russian aggression continues in Ukraine, the media and Western leaders continue to downplay the danger posed by the very real existence of the country’s well-organized and armed Far Right.

Philippe Alcoy

March 14, 2022

Recognizing Two “Independent Republics” in Eastern Ukraine: What Does Putin’s Declaration Mean?

At this writing, it's still unclear whether there will be a war in Ukraine. For Putin, an attack is not an easy option. Recognizing the independence of two self-proclaimed republics could be his way of avoiding a very risky invasion — at least for now.

Philippe Alcoy

February 23, 2022

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.”

Philippe Alcoy

January 16, 2022

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.

Philippe Alcoy

January 13, 2022

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?

Philippe Alcoy

January 1, 2022

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.

Philippe Alcoy

December 4, 2021

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.

Philippe Alcoy

November 13, 2021

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.

Philippe Alcoy

October 29, 2021

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.

Philippe Alcoy

October 27, 2021

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.

Philippe Alcoy

October 15, 2021

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?

Philippe Alcoy

September 16, 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.

Philippe Alcoy

August 15, 2021

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.

Philippe Alcoy

May 2, 2021

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.

Philippe Alcoy

February 14, 2021

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.

Philippe Alcoy

February 12, 2021

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.

Philippe Alcoy

December 31, 2020

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.

Philippe Alcoy

December 16, 2020

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.

Philippe Alcoy

December 11, 2020

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.

Philippe Alcoy

October 30, 2020

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.

Philippe Alcoy

October 22, 2020

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.

Philippe Alcoy

September 29, 2020

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.

Philippe Alcoy

August 2, 2020

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.

Philippe Alcoy

May 24, 2020

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.

Philippe Alcoy

April 17, 2020

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.

Philippe Alcoy

April 4, 2020

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.

Philippe Alcoy

March 28, 2020

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.

Philippe Alcoy

February 7, 2020