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IN FOCUS: Workers against the Right - 7 Land-Portraits

Authoritarian politics are on the rise worldwide. At the same time, humanity needs to fundamentally change the prevailing model of production and consumption (especially in the global North) to overcome inequality and exploitation and prevent ecological collapse.

Using the examples of Colombia, the USA, Chile, India, France and Germany, we show how workers are opposing authoritarianism, racism and exploitation. How do workers stand up for democratic change, even in situations of weakness?

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Workers against the Right

Authoritarian politics are on the rise worldwide. At the same time, humanity needs to fundamentally change the prevailing model of production and consumption (especially in the global North) to overcome inequality and exploitation and prevent ecological collapse. Using the examples of Colombia, the USA, Chile, India, France and Germany, we show how workers are opposing authoritarianism, racism and exploitation.

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Journal of feminist Struggles

The journal offers an insight into feminist struggles around the world. Current struggles against forced marriage of migrant women in Europe,organizing processes of women in Afghanistan or the struggle for the right to abortion in Colombia, Poland or in the USA are some examples of the struggle portraits that are addressed here in the journal. With interviews, portraits and real examples of struggle, one learns about current struggles of the feminist movement.

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France: Trade Unions, Social Movements and the Yellow Vests

With the neoliberal reforms that Macron has rapidly implemented, social dialogue between social movements, unions and the government has become more difficult and fragmented. The French trade union movement is split along political lines into several umbrella organizations, and the level of organization has stagnated. The yellow vests have not been able to decisively change Macron's course. But they have rearticulated positions critical of capitalism and class struggle, also taking migrant struggles into the equation.

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Federal Republic of Germany: Trade Unions and Antiracism

With the Alternative for Germany (AfD), a fascist party has established itself that has reached the political center. It agitates against a " stateless big capital" that creates profits "at the expense of the German worker" abroad. The government promotes "mass immigration" to lower wages and "exchange the population." This social populism also has an impact on trade union members. In the political education program of the unions, right-wing agitation was increasingly countered with a realistic picture of asylum and migration policy especially after the "Summer of Migration" in 2015, for example with the seminar series "Facts instead of Populism".

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India: Strikes and Self-organization

Since 2014, a coalition led by the right-wing Hindu nationalist BJP, Party of the Indian People, has ruled under Narendra Modi. India competes as a location for manufacturing companies. To attract international private capital, layoffs and crackdowns on unions have been made easier, and state-owned enterprises (including railroads, telecommunications companies and airlines) are to be privatized. In this complex situation, not only traditional unions and federations are organizing, but informal and migrant workers are also becoming part of a movement facing a major socio-political challenge.

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USA: Working class against repression and racism

During the Trump presidency, U.S. unions initially opposed the rise of authoritarianism only symbolically. Over time, they acted more decisively. Where union members became active in the workplace, they succeeded in slowing the trend toward authoritarianism and sometimes achieved significant successes.

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Feminicides in Germany

Feminicides are murders of women and people who are read as female by the perpetrators. These murders happen because the perpetrators devalue and hate everything feminine.

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Forced Marriage in Germany

Many women are forced into marriage against their will. According to 2014 figures from UNICEF, 700 million women worldwide have undergone forced marriage. But what is at stake here? What is the difference between a migrant woman forced into marriage and a native-born woman forced into marriage? This article takes a closer look at this and other questions.

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The Fight for Safe and Legal Abortion

Who owns our bodies? No struggle poses this question in such a radical way as the global fight for abortion rights.

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Chile: "It's not 30 pesos, it's 30 years!"

In 2019, Chile was swept by the largest revolt in its history. The uprising fundamentally changed the political situation. The right-wing government under billionaire Sebastián Piñera responded with military repression. At the height of the protests, there was a massive general strike that paved the way for a constitutional referendum. After two years of work by the constitutional convention, the new draft constitution was rejected in a referendum.

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More and more expensive! - Questions and answers on inflation and the energy crisis

Prices are rising and rising. More and more people are asking themselves how they are going to survive the next few months in view of the high costs of energy and food. There is a lot of criticism of the government's measures, because the relief measures that have been decided are only a drop in the ocean for many. The political left protests for alternatives and demands redistribution. At the beginning of this discussion, there are many questions: what actually is inflation? How does the gas levy work? Are higher wages to blame for the increase in prices? Here you will find answers to these and other questions from the left perspective.

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G20 Summit - Profit and Protest

Heads of state and presidents of the most powerful industrial countries and emerging economies enjoy complete privacy at regular G20 summits, where they meet to negotiate economic interests. But the guest list is exclusive: poorer countries and representatives from social movements are not invited. In this four-minute video, learn about the backdrop of the G20 summit in Hamburg, which took place in the summer of 2017.

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Climate related damage and loss - and who pays for it?

The effects of climate change are already being felt today. How do we deal with these problems and the associated losses that climate change is already causing - and will cause even more dramatically in the future? The most important is available in this video.

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Colombia: A Murderous "Democracy"

Colombia is considered the oldest democracy in Latin America. In fact, it is an authoritarian regime that has waged war against the population for over 100 years. How does the population resist? How do workers organize against injustice? Colombia: More than labor struggle!

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PolyluxMarx - Supplementary Material for a Reading Course on Das Kapital

Want to read Das Kapital, but not sure where to begin? Marx’s famous foundational theoretical text is still hugely relevant, especially in times of lasting crises. However, he did not make it easy to follow his thoughts. For that reason, PolyluxMarx provides educational material to support readers as they start Das Kapital. It is also a resource for those who want to organize a reading course on the text.

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R is for Rosa - A film series on Rosa Luxemburg!

Revolutionary, radical, polarising. It is impossible to imagine the history of the 20th century without Rosa Luxemburg. But who was Rosa Luxemburg and what did she stand for? Her legacy is told in four short films, from her thoughts to her work.

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K is for Karl - A film series about Marx!

Why does the Communist Manifesto still terrify the rich today, which revolution was relevant for Marx what is meant by exploitation? Five short films explore the themes of alienation, communism, revolution, exploitation and the future with machinery.

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The Uranium Atlas

Uranium mining mostly takes place on the land of indigenous peoples in the Global South and poses extreme risks to the environment and to people’s health. Nuclear power is extremely costly, and scientists are still unsure about how to store radioactive waste. The Uranium Atlas provides an overview of data and facts that are important to answer questions about Uranium.

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"We will rise, or we will burn!"

Does the future lie with climate crisis or climate justice? You decide! We are in the midst of a crisis of justice caused by capitalism and colonialism. This double-sided world map shows how existing inequality continues to grow on a planet that has warmed by three degrees, as well as the struggles responding to this inequality.

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Atlas of the stateless

The reality of people without citizenship is dramatic and yet invisible. Their civil and human rights often go unrecognized, they have no access to a healthcare system, education system, or the job market. In this Atlas, you will find facts and figures about the situation of stateless people across the world and possible ways we can change this reality. Take a look!

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The Atlas of Migration

Learn more about the topic of migration with the Atlas of Migration. Migration is not particular to any one society. Many societies around the world are a result of human mobility. A wide range of myths and racist imagery has emerged around migrants’ movements, often portraying them as threatening.

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Reduced Working Hours: Work Less for the Same Amount of Money?

Stress, exhaustion, and the pressure to perform. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all work less? The history of labour struggles shows us that this does not have to be a utopia. Our short video explains why the same arguments against a reduction in working hours are made again and again, and why a 40-hour work week is by no means set in stone.

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The Water Crisis in Cape Town

For many people, water is a resource that is simply always available rather than something they really have to think about. But things won’t stay this way. Recent summers in Europe have been marked by dryness, drought, dusty topsoil, and poor harvests. This documentary about the South African city of Cape Town shows the impact of severe water shortage.

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The Agrifood Atlas

he power of the food industry is distributed among fewer and fewer companies. This corporate atlas provides an overview of the main players and their business strategies, the various forms of corporate power and those who oppose and criticize this position of power.

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Moving Cities - Solidarity Cities

“Moving Cities” is an educational platform that provides information about “solidarity cities” and their strategies for welcoming migrants and refugees. It presents innovative local approaches and provides an overview of all the various European cities and networks that welcome refugees and support a migration policy based on principles of solidarity.

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Who Owns the City?

This video explains in brief who owns Berlin. It dispels both the myth about the friendly, small-scale private landlord as a key player in the real estate market as well as the myth about property ownership being a form of universal social protection.

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Systematic Foul Play—The 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The inhumane working conditions at World Cup construction sites in Qatar have been making headlines for years. Despite this, little about the situation has changed. According to estimates, around 6,500 South Asian migrant workers have died since construction began. In this short film we take a look at the situation of the many “Guest workers” in Qatar.

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Feminist History Walk

The Feminist History Walk takes us on a journey through the past and present of feminist struggles. Through quotes we will dive into the stories of feminist movements, uprisings and debates. In this quiz you can learn about how feminists have organized themselves in different places, times and contexts.

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The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg

Here you can listen to excerpts from letters written by Rosa Luxemburg. Rosa reports on her everyday life in prison, reflects on the political situation, recounts her childhood memories, and shares her observations on nature.

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Format: AudioReading time: 30

The conscience of Clothing - Learning Worlds

In the learning worlds of Mode.Macht.Menschen we dive into the world of fast fashion and put the puzzle together. Using infographics, portraits, puzzles and interactive elements, we focus on the various social, environmental, labor and economic aspects associated with the fashion world.

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The Life of Rosa Luxemburg—The Eternal Rose

This animated short film by the renowned young artist Viet Su Kieu Hung devotedly reconstructs Rosa Luxemburg’s life and demonstrates her exceptional legacy. Through an imaginary letter that Rosa might have written during the last moments of her extraordinary life, we learn about what challenged and motivated her.

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The New Silk Roads

With the Belt and Road Initiative, BRI for short, China wants to reactivate and further develop the historic Silk Road. This initiative is about reviving the Eurasian economic area. The main goal is to develop infrastructure for the trade routes, create trade relations and strengthen a network of key cities. Find out more in this short explanatory video.

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Atlas of Enslavement

The Atlas of Enslavement provides an overview of the many forms of coercion and exploitation in various branches of the global world economy. In doing so, it creates awareness of the invisible realities of modern slavery. Through vivid graphics and with detailed facts, the educational material sheds light on the situation in different regions of the world.

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Self-Management and Factory Occupation

Hundreds of workers around the world have organized to take over companies and organize labor in a way of equality and solidarity. What do reclaimed enterprises under worker control look like? What makes them special and what are the examples around the world? Take a look at this infographic!

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What is Facism?

In an interview with Roger Griffin, one of the world’s foremost experts on fascism, we discuss his definition of the term. He also outlines the strategies needed to combat today’s right-wing political structures.

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