Philippe is an editor of Révolution Permanente, our sister site in France.
The Ukrainian Counteroffensive: What Happens Next?
The long-awaited Ukrainian counteroffensive seems to be underway, but the chances that it will profoundly change the fate of the war are looking slim. Is this the last step before negotiations begin or simply a continuation of the war?
Philippe AlcoyJune 21, 2023
Who Is Behind the Reactionary Attack on the Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine?
Since the destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam on June 6, Russia and Ukraine have been playing a game of mutual recrimination (without proof). As with the Nord Stream pipeline sabotage, no confidence can be placed in either side’s statements. Only one thing is certain: this is a disaster for civilians.
Philippe AlcoyJune 15, 2023
Ukraine: One Year of a Reactionary War
Beyond the sloganeering from some about “freedom and democracy,” and from others about the struggle against “Ukrainian Nazism,” this war is decidedly not one of the workers and popular classes. After a year of debate in characterizing the war, French international analyst Philippe Alcoy articulates an anti-imperialist and class-independent position.
Philippe AlcoyFebruary 28, 2023
Africa, the War in Ukraine, and European Gas Diplomacy
As a result of the war in Ukraine, Africa is becoming a potential source of energy that could eventually replace Russian fossil fuel exports to the EU. Between the risks of regional conflicts and climate change, the imperialist appetite for Africa has been renewed.
Philippe AlcoyJuly 19, 2022
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 AlcoyJune 25, 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 AlcoyMarch 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 AlcoyMarch 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 AlcoyFebruary 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 AlcoyJanuary 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 AlcoyJanuary 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 AlcoyJanuary 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 AlcoyDecember 4, 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 AlcoyOctober 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 AlcoyOctober 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 AlcoyOctober 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 AlcoySeptember 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 AlcoyAugust 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 AlcoyMay 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 AlcoyFebruary 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 AlcoyFebruary 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 AlcoyDecember 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 AlcoyDecember 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 AlcoyDecember 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 AlcoyOctober 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 AlcoyOctober 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 AlcoySeptember 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 AlcoyAugust 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 AlcoyMay 24, 2020