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Signs of Hope – A continuing series October 10, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?

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1. lcox - October 10, 2019

Coming from discussions online: not to give up on Rojava, however horrifying the prospects.

Those of us who’ve been involved in international solidarity before know that what feels like small things here can make a real difference there.

Not least in the foreign policy sphere – raising awareness generally, as well as putting pressure on our own governments.

Financial support to the Kurdish Red Cross and solidarity projects is also genuinely significant.

The boycott of Turkey offers various possibilities too.

There’s an international call for protests on Saturday 12th – hopefully there’ll be one or more in Ireland though I haven’t seen any announcements yet.

In this context clever-clever geopolitical readings which only focus on states serve to demobilise and become self-fulfilling prophecies (“this is really X so we can’t / shouldn’t do anything”). And horror images from the war are unlikely to be effective motivators.

The revolutionaries in Rojava have few illusions – they have been hammered by Assad, by Turkey and by ISIS and knew the US were not to be relied on. But they don’t have the option of giving up.

Pessimism of the intelligence perhaps, but also optimism of the will as the man said (and his ideas did contribute to the alliances that defeated fascism and made the Italian left one of the strongest in western Europe…)

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2. lcox - October 10, 2019

Kurdish Community in Ireland have called a demo for 1 pm at the GPO this Saturday, Oct 12th.

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3. EWI - October 10, 2019

The widening scope of the case for impeaching Trump (and his cronies). The near-certainty that Warren will be the Democratic candidate.

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EWI - October 10, 2019

(For those who haven’t heard, Bernie Sanders had a heart attack a few days ago and will likely drop out now, giving Warren the support needed to overcome Biden)

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WorldbyStorm - October 11, 2019

It’s some situation there. That said early days yet.

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Daniel Rayner O'Connor - October 11, 2019

Exactly. Quite apart from Warren being a prospective democratic party candidate (albeit from its very relatively decent wing), I would worry about whether the misogynist vote won’t make a difference. It helped clobber Mrs Clinton.

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WorldbyStorm - October 12, 2019

That’s my thoughts exactly – The misogyny apparent in 2016 hasn’t dissipated

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4. Tomboktu - October 12, 2019

The increase in the size of the Socialist parliamentary group in Portugal in the general election.

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5. EWI - October 15, 2019

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