Why do new forms of authoritarianism emerge so suddenly and simultaneously all around the world? Watch the vídeo of #CAPS22’s Inaugural Conference with Zeynep Gambetti, Alex Demirović, Hugo Fanton and moderation by Börries Nehe. Article by Aurel Eschmann
Watch the panel that took place during #CAPS22 with Ailynn Torres Santana, Sonia Correa, Funda Hulagu,
Ewa Majewska and moderation by Andrea Dip. Article by Ailynn Torres
International conference “Contesting Authoritarianism: Perspectives from the South“ will take place from May 16 – 21 at the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung in Berlin
Our online lecture series will offer multidisciplinary perspectives on authoritarian regimes in the Global South along with forms of political and economic repression prompted by neoliberalism, emancipatory social movements, and counter-strategies.
How do we find images and develop counter-strategies that embolden others and create a narrative for global struggles today?
El Salvador is experiencing an accelerated authoritarian drift at the hands of its eccentric president Nayib Bukele, which has led to widespread demonstrations. Bukele´s image is that of a millennial president, spontaneous, young, and cool. Yet this style goes hand in hand with the persecution of social activists, the removal of the entire Supreme Court and the militarization of society. To learn more about the current situation and ongoing protests, we spoke with activists from Fuerza Solidaria por El Salvador.
Raimundo Bonfim, national coordinator of the Centre of People’s Movements (CMP), talks about the current political situation in Brazil and gives perspectives on the struggle against Bolsonaro and the challenges currently posed to the Brazilian left.
Life under Myanmar’s military dictatorship, which has existed in various guises since 1962, has been harsh, which is why people wish to send the military back into the barracks as soon as possible. On 8 November 2020 they chose the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, as the winning party in the country’s general election held every five years. Voter turnout was high in both Burmese-dominated areas in Central Myanmar and the other seven states representing the seven major ethnic groups: Kachin, Kayar, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Rakhine, and the Shan from the frontier areas bordering China, Thailand, Bangladesh, and India.
Even though the current crisis astonished most of us, it also came as no surprise. During the last decade, we have witnessed a densification of what Alex Demirovic calls “crises of denormalization”, i.e. crises that profoundly undermine the hegemonic neoliberal security dispositive. From the financial crisis in 2008–9, through to Europe´s so-called “migrant crisis” (in fact, a momentary collapse of Europe´s inhumane border regime), up to the climate crisis, world capitalism seems ever more prone to destroying its economic, social, and natural basis, and less and less capable of dealing with the consequences.
After 75 days of hard lockdown, the Philippines has had the longest community quarantine in the world to date. The lockdown, or enhanced community quarantine, although initially declared to last from 15 March until 15 April, has been extended twice: first for one more month up to 15 May, and then for two more weeks until 30 May. Starting in June, the country declared its intention to slowly open up again.