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What to Make of Sanders’ Big Win

With a 20% margin of victory, Bernie Sanders made a resounding statement in New Hampshire. What is the meaning of Sanders’ win and does the “democratic socialist” represent a challenge to capitalism — or a legitimization of it?

Robert Belano

February 15, 2016

Could Bernie Sanders win?

The Democratic establishment is freaking out over the idea that an ultra-liberal outsider could win the primaries–no less than the Republicans are freaked out with Trump and Cruz’s lead in polls.

Juan Cruz Ferre

January 28, 2016

Macri in Government, Bosses in Power

Within days of the second round of presidential elections, Macri announced "a plan of war" with measures of which only the pace is unknown, but the depth is well understood. To take this plan forward, he chose a political staff that matches his ambition: managers and CEOs of multinationals will be taking their places in the new cabinet beginning December 10.

Juan Dal Maso

December 10, 2015

Blank Vote: ‘We prepare ourselves to resist the upcoming crisis’

The political earthquake provoked by the results of the Argentinian presidential elections on October 25th changed the national scenario. Peronism has suffered a historic defeat in Buenos Aires province with the triumph of Maria Eugenia Vidal (Buenos Aires province has been the most important region for the Peronists in the last decades, before and after the last dictatorship). The two main presidential contenders, Mauricio Macri (PRO- Cambiemos, “Let’s change”) and Daniel Scioli (FPV-official party) had a nearly equal number of votes, leaving an air of uncertainty about the result of the November 22nd run-off elections.

Gloria Grinberg

November 21, 2015

Domestic Clashes, Imperial Consensus: Round 2 of the Democratic Debate

The remaining three contenders for the Democratic Party nomination met for their second televised debate Saturday night. The shadow of the recent attacks in Paris hung over the discussion and put the initial spotlight on foreign policy. However domestic economic and political issues remained in the forefront and provoked some more open disagreement between the candidates.

Ian Steinman

November 16, 2015

Does Bernie Sanders Represent the U.S. Left?

Growing international discontent with the political caste system has found its way to the United States. There, though a far cry from the political earthquakes that have shaken several countries in Europe, the alarm bells are still sounding. What challenges do the left face in light of the Bernie Sanders phenomenon?

Celeste Murillo

November 11, 2015

Socialist Council Member Re-Elected in Seattle, Defeating Democratic Challenger

Kshama Sawant, the nation's only openly socialist city council member was re-elected last Tuesday with more than 52% of the vote in the city of Seattle. Sawant, a member of Socialist Alternative, has held the council seat since 2013.

Robert Belano

November 7, 2015

Anti-Fracking Socialist Runs for City Council

During the general elections on Tuesday, votes were cast all over the country, bringing a close to various gubernatorial, state, and local races. The former coal mining town of Lafayette, Colorado saw a near win for Cliff WIllmeng, a working-class militant, socialist, and anti-fracking organizer.

Julia Wallace

November 6, 2015

The Left Faces New Tasks as Argentine Politics Swing Right

In last Sunday’s presidential elections, the Kirchnerists, under the banner of Peronism, suffered their biggest electoral defeat of the last three decades. The political pendulum has shifted unmistakably to the right. Against this backdrop, the Left and Workers’ Front (FIT) has emerged as the only Left alternative.

Juan Cruz Ferre

October 29, 2015