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No.27-28 Fatherland or Mother Earth? Essays on the National Question

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No.27-28 Fatherland or Mother Earth? Essays on the National Question

In Fatherland or Mother Earth? leading French Marxist Michael Löwy argues that the fragmentary writings on national issues by Marx and Engels have the potential to form the basis of a coherent theory, a truly international dialectic which yet remains to be developed. This theory draws on contributions from key thinkers such as Lenin and Otto Bauer.

No.26 The Trade-Union Left and the Birth of a New South Africa

No.26 The Trade-Union Left and the Birth of a New South Africa

In the 1970s and '80s a wave of industrialization contributed to the greatest political and social mobilization in South African history, of which the trade-union movement was one of the central driving forces. One particularly interesting current that emerged was the 'independent trade-union left' that played a key role in the birth of the union federation COSATU. In The Trade-Union Left and the Birth of a New South Africa, Claude Jacquin follows the political, social and economic changes that ultimately brought an end to apartheid.

No.24-25 World Bank/IMF/WTO: The Free-Market Fiasco

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No.24-25 World Bank/IMF/WTO: The Free-Market Fiasco

The International Monetary Fund, World Bank and World Trade Organization have managed to impose neo-liberal policies on virtually the entire world. The 16 authors of the anthology IMF/World Bank/WTO: The Free-Market Fiasco explain how the IMF and World Bank prevail on governments to sacrifice their inhabitants' health, education and nutrition in order to funnel money to Western banks.

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