The Sounders are ready to throw everything they’ve got at a conference-leading opponent that looms as the season’s biggest test of where they stand and how far they’ve come. Newly acquired left back Brad Smith has had his immigration paperwork come through quicker than expected and will suit up against FC Dallas on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer is leaning towards starting Smith, on loan from English Premier League club Bournemouth, in the game after pulling incumbent left back Nouhou at halftime last Saturday. Schmetzer said the Dallas game is “huge” given his team has taken on a vastly different look since suffering a 3-0 road defeat to that squad back in March. Not only that, but the Western Conference leaders are shaping up as a playoff team to beat should the Sounders hope to reach a third straight MLS Cup final. “We’ll know a lot more about ourselves after the game,’’ Schmetzer said. Indeed, the … [Read more...] about Sounders to debut new left back Brad Smith earlier than expected Sunday against FC Dallas
Sahra Wagenknecht. Photo: DPA The high-profile faction leader of Die Linke, Sahra Wagenknecht, has been working for months on a movement to unite left-wing politicians across party boundaries. The movement now has a name and is about to go online. The new left-wing political movement first proposed by Wagenknecht in early 2018 is to be called Aufstehen (stand up). Its website, aufstehen.de, will go live on Saturday, Spiegel reports. Political observers in Germany are eagerly awaiting the launch of the new movement, due to the fragile state of left wing politics in the country at the moment. With the Social Democrats (SPD) haemorrhaging support, Wagenknecht has stated that she sees her movement as a solution to the woes of social democracy in Germany. In view of the fact that no left-wing party has led the country since 2005, Wagenknecht has stated the aim of Aufstehen is to lift the left back into power. The movement is not supposed to pose a threat to the parties which … [Read more...] about New left-wing political movement to go online at weekend
Left Democratic Alliance (LDA), a platform of eight left-leaning organisations, announced their formation today ahead of the upcoming parliamentary election. LDA was floated through a press conference at Mukti Bhaban-- headquarter of Communist Party of Bangladesh. It demanded formation of a neutral election time government and reorganising the election commission following discussions with all political parties and stakeholders. “The entire election system has turned farcical. There is no rule of law in the country,” CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim alleged at the press conference. “Opposition parties and dissidents are being oppressed as the government keeps continuing torture, filing of false cases, arrest, remand, enforced disappearance and killing to stay in power,” he added. The new alliance will wage movements for holding a free, fair and credible general election, Selim said. The present crisis and sorry state of the country will not be resolved … [Read more...] about New left alliance demands polls-time govt
Anti-establishment politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is Mexico’s next president. An outspoken critic of Donald Trump, he may align with socialist governments in Latin America and look for closer ties with China and the EU. Obrador attracted around 53 percent of votes, leaving his closest competitors well behind. The final count is not available yet, but it’s unlikely to shake the decisive victory of Obrador, commonly referred to by his initials AMLO and by his nickname “Peje” – a thin-skinned fish found in his native state of Tabasco. AMLO is an anti-establishment politician who managed to rally a broad coalition of various leftists and conservatives under his banner, promising drastic changes in Mexico’s life. The anti-establishment drive of the new president-elect is likely to begin with himself, as he promised to slash in half his own salary, as well as end the practice of lifetime pensions for former presidents. He also vowed to tackle the … [Read more...] about Mexico chooses new left-leaning president who may give US ‘sleepless’ nights
In the late 1970s in New Zealand, a group of young people in their twenties left their middle-class lives and got working-class jobs, joined working-class unions and lived in working-class communities. Why? They were activists and communists and they wanted to bring radical politics to the working class. They were members of the Socialist Action League (SAL), a group formed in the late 1960s out of the student anti-Vietnam War movement. In the late 1970s, SAL decided to refocus its organising efforts, shifting focus from the university campus to the industrial workplace. ‘We must make the industrial workers our milieu’, the SAL National Convention agreed in 1976. ‘We must make their factories, their unions and their communities our base of operations.’ This shift, called the ‘turn to industry’, was based on a view that blue-collar workers were uniquely placed to stop the gears of the capitalist system and produce real and lasting change. This tactic … [Read more...] about The ‘turn to industry’: what happened when left activists joined the working class?