Nathaniel is a freelance journalist and historian from Berlin. He is on the editorial board of Left Voice and our German sister site Klasse Gegen Klasse. Nathaniel, also known by the nickname Wladek, has written a biography of Martin Monath, a Trotskyist resistance fighter in France during World War II, which has appeared in German, in English, and in French. He is on the autism spectrum.
The Far Right and the Reformist Left Will Face Off in Chile’s Presidential Elections
In the first round of presidential elections in Chile, the far-right politician José Antonio Kast won 28 percent. The 35-year-old former student leader Gabriel Boric reached 25 percent. The two main traditional parties did not reach a runoff. Trotskyists got 50,000 votes.
Meet Alejandro Vilca, the First Indigenous Worker Elected to Argentina’s Congress
The Indigenous sanitation worker Alejandro Vilca is set to enter Congress for the Workers Left Front — Unity (FIT-U). A militant campaign by thousands of workers, young people, and Indigenous communities made history.
A Historic Result for the Left Front in Argentina: Almost 1.3 Million Votes and Four Seats in Congress
At the midterm elections on Sunday, the center-left government of Alberto Fernández suffered a defeat. The Left Front, a coalition of working-class socialist groups, had its best result ever, with 1,270,540 votes across the country. This is an inspiration for socialists around the world.
Why the Elections This Sunday in Argentina Are Important for Socialists Everywhere
The Workers Left Front — Unity stands to win more than a million votes in Sunday’s election in Argentina. The socialist Left can become an independent force in other countries as well.
Will Berlin’s New Government Sabotage the Housing Referendum?
Last month Berliners voted overwhelmingly to expropriate big landlords in their city. Now the incoming government is trying to squash that decision by subjecting it to months of "expert analysis."
Fed Up with AOC? Meet Myriam Bregman
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is known around the world as a socialist in the U.S. Congress. Yet she has disappointed supporters on the Left by voting to fund ICE and the Israeli war machine. Are all elected officials going to betray us? We compare AOC's record to that of Myriam Bregman, the socialist congressmember from Argentina.
Chile’s Version of Donald Trump Pulls Ahead in the Polls
José Antonio Kast is taking a page from the Republican playbook, with rants against "illegal immigrants" and appeals to "traditional values." The far-right politician is approaching the head of the pack in Chile’s elections next month.
Revolutionary Socialists in Argentina Are the Only Ones Campaigning in Defense of Abortion Rights
With less than a month until the midterm elections in Argentina, the center-left government is pivoting to the right. An anti-abortion politician was just named head of the cabinet. The only political force that defends the right to abortion is the Workers Left Front – Unity (FIT–U).
“Dune” Is Anticolonialism as Imagined by Megacorporations
The new film based on Frank Herbert's epic is full of anti-imperialist imagery, but it amounts to nothing more than a Hollywood version of colonial resistance struggle.
Austria’s Far-Right Chancellor Resigns Amid Corruption Scandal
He looks like an Austrian version of Patrick Bateman — straight out of a crossover between The Sound of Music and American Psycho. Sebastian Kurz, with his eerily perfect demeanor and luxurious hair, was a star at international events. But on Sunday, Kurz had to resign as Federal Chancellor of Austria.
Die Linke in Germany Shows That “Government Socialism” Is a Dead End
In the German elections on September 26, the Left Party lost almost half its voters and came close to being thrown out of parliament. The party’s different wings are blaming each other. What can the international Left learn from this?
Olaf Scholz: The Sinister Past of Germany’s Future Chancellor
Olaf Scholz has a good chance of becoming Germany's next chancellor. Why has the media largely ignored his problematic record?
Pandora Papers Show Why “Tax the Rich” Isn’t Enough
Some 2.94 terabytes of data have been leaked through the “Pandora Papers.” Yet again, we see how the rich hide trillions of dollars around the globe. Inequality will not be solved just by raising their taxes.
In Berlin, 56% Voted to Expropriate Big Landlords
On Sunday, 56% of Berliners voted in favor of expropriating housing companies that own more than 3,000 units in the city. But a militant campaign will be needed to implement the voters’ will.
A “Lefty” Guide to the German Elections
Tomorrow is Election Day in Germany. Here are some thoughts on how a leftist should approach the vote.
Berlin: Healthcare Workers Strike Over Unsafe Staffing Levels
Since last Thursday, nurses and service workers at Berlin's biggest employers — the Charité and Vivantes hospitals — have been on strike together.
Fighting for Abortion Rights: Lessons from Berlin in the 1970s
In recent decades, the feminist movement has gone through a process of NGO-ization. Supporters no longer demonstrate and smash windows — now they just click to send money.
Why Berliners Should Vote Yes to Socialising Big Landlords
The referendum to socialise Deutsche Wohnen and other realty companies is taking place on September 26, parallel to the Berlin and German elections. The latest polls show: we could win.
For a Workers’ Olympics!
The Tokyo Olympics are an opportunity for athletes to demonstrate the pinnacles of physical accomplishment and show the best and worst of sports, but the games are controlled by a shady clique of capitalists and aristocrats. What could an alternative look like? Let’s check out the old Workers’ Olympiads.
Capitalism Brought These Floods
There are clear links between big business, climate change and the devastating floods in western Germany.
#Anasse2022: The Trotskyist Rail Worker of Moroccan Origin Running for President of France
France will be electing a new president in April of next year. Anasse Kazib, a revolutionary socialist worker, hopes to give a voice to antiracist movements and workers' struggles.
Forget the Alamo (and the White Supremacist History You Learned in School)
School children in Texas are required to learn about the "Heroes of the Alamo." But that is a white supremacist myth that the so-called "Texas Revolution" was fought in defense of slavery.
No, Germany Is Not Actually Recognizing the Genocide in Namibia
The German government has made international headlines with its public “gestures of reconciliation” for the genocide of tens of thousands of West Africans in the early 1900s. Representatives of the Herero and Nama peoples are rejecting the deal, saying it comes nowhere close to addressing the effects of Germany’s long history of colonial exploitation in the region.
Why Is the New Anticapitalist Party in France Trying to Kick Out its Left Wing?
The New Anticapitalist Party (NPA) in France is in crisis, as the leadership attempts to kick out the principal left-wing opposition. This is important for the international Left — but not necessarily easy to understand. An FAQ about the NPA’s crisis.
Germany Lets Far-Right Terrorism Flourish
Far-right terrorism is an ongoing phenomenon in Germany, with a new revelation every week about soldiers and cops. The government largely turns a blind eye, proposing as the solution to give the police even more funding.
Socialists Should Not Support AMLO
This Sunday, midterm elections are taking place in Mexico. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, better known as AMLO, has been governing the country for three years. Despite his progressive image, he was a close ally of Trump. Certain socialists are nonetheless supporting AMLO.
Palestinian Liberation and the Israeli Working Class
As the Israeli army committed another massacre in Gaza, there were anti-war protests in Tel Aviv, but much of Israeli society supports the war and the occupation. Socialists are debating if anything can be expected from the working class in Israel. Revolutionary politics need to oppose imperialism, but still fight for a class perspective.
How Joseph Stalin Helped Create the State of Israel
Joseph Stalin committed numerous crimes against the international working class. But one of his greatest crimes was the support he gave to the foundation of the state of Israel. Trotskyists, in contrast, have always opposed Zionism.
Elections in Chile: Establishment Parties Suffer, and Revolutionaries Get 50,000 Votes
In the elections this weekend in Chile, voter turnout was low. Many people voted against the government and the political heirs of the dictatorship. Revolutionary workers had an impressive showing.