As every year, in late November and early December the IIRE will organize an international three-week school for socialist activists. This 'Ecosocialist school' is a unique opportunity for activists to come together, learn, exchange experiences and build networks. To facilitate participation, we keep costs as low as possible and, if necessary, help fund travel costs for activists from the Global South.
In the first lecture of Radical Futures talks series, Aaron Benanav critically discussed new economic theories of the "rise of the robots," which claim that rapidly unfolding processes of computerization and robotization are the main causes of growing problems of unemployment and underemployment worldwide. The lecture discusses the real reasons behind the rise of a global precarious workforce and explores the consequences of these global developments for workers' struggles today.
Op 16 september 2017 zal een extra herdenking plaatsvinden op het IIRE in Amsterdam. Het is een gevarieerd programma met o.a. sprekers met onderwerpen die in het teken staan van de strijd die Henk Sneevliet en zijn medestanders hebben gevoerd en waarvoor ze 75 jaar geleden werden vermoord, zang van het koor Melange Rood en een film over Sneevliet.
For over 20 years, the IIRE has organized educational courses for young socialist activists. Since moving to the Lombokstraat, the IIRE has organized a youth-school every year, each with around 20-25 participants. The course provides an intensive introduction to Marxist theory and examinations of current struggles, especially focusing on issues that are relevant for youth movements. Responses from participants in our schools have been very positive.
On June 16 our friend Peter Waterman (1936 - 2017) passed away. Peter was a dedicated internationalist activist as well as a scholar of social movements. He was active in the trade union movement, and later the Global Justice movement, playing an important role in the World Social Forum. He studied at the International Institute for Social Studies in The Hague. On South Asian Citizens Web, the following tribute was published.
In 2015 a number of you gave generous donations to help us hold the FI women's seminar. We are having another seminar this year with the specific goal of deepening the discussion around the texts proposed for the upcoming (2018) World Congress and integrating a feminist dimension into their analysis and perspectives.