Journal of Emancipation | Spanish

Emancipation | Spanish

Will we be poorer after confinement?

3 April, 2020 · News> Global situation> Weekly Report

The world bourgeoisie is becoming nervous. In Spain, where confinement for non-essential activities has been in place for only four days, Botín (the head of one of the main Spanish banks) is already calling on the government to reinstate young and immunized people. In Italy, more than 40,000 companies are already asking to be allowed to reopen. In France, the CEO of Michelin says that “the world cannot live in isolation” and the steelworks will reopen no matter what. Capital needs its pound of flesh. It craves the same labor that until now it only recognized as “one more factor of production”. But are or will the effects of confinement be so terrible? How will the economy be after Covid?

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Slaughter in the nursing homes

2 April, 2020 · News> Europe> Spain

No, it's not less serious when old people die. Not when such deaths were perfectly avoidable, at least in these proportions. We are living a real massacre in which nursing homes take the place of punishment battalions . When entering them to disinfect them, the soldiers from the emergency unit of the Spanish army are witnessing nightmarish scenes of death and abandonment . A nursing home costs a lot more per month than the median Spanish salary ; paying for it is a family effort. And yet, families are now finding out that the companies which bled them every month were not able to provide a minimum of protection to their parents and grandparents when the epidemic broke out, to establish a protocol for hospitalizing them, and in many cases not even to provide medical care when they became ill. The truth is that almost nothing seems to have been done to prevent contagion, and in many cases the sick were left to die first and then the bodies were left to rot on the beds . There is something obviously wrong, very wrong, criminally wrong with this.

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Flyer distributed in Argentina

We reproduce a flyer that will be distributed this week, on paper and by cell phone, in three capital cities of Argentina. It has been prepared by comrades who have been organizing for some time in Mendoza, San Juan and Córdoba, hand in hand with comrades from La Antorcha and Emancipation. The flyer reaffirms the needs highlighted by this epidemic, needs that are being discussed in hospital yards, in homes and in thousands of networks of friends and co-workers woven from cell phones during the quarantine. Upholding these demands without losing perspective during the period of confinement will be essential to confront the global and brutal wave of attacks with which the bourgeoisie will try to revive capital at our expense once this disease's spread subsides.

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What Covid reveals about agriculture and food

31 March, 2020 · News> Global situation

Border closures have jeopardized this summer's harvest. Newspapers and news reports from all over Europe are already warning of a possible supply crisis and some states, such as France, are calling on the confined population to march into the countryside as volunteers. The unmentionable becomes even more evident: under the current system agricultural production is dysfunctional for the alimentary needs of the great majority of the population.

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Confinement and the limits of social justice

29 March, 2020 · News> Global situation

The Spanish Labor minister explains today that with the shutdown of part of the production with a permit that needs to be returned in the future to de company as working hours, "everyone gives in, both companies and workers".

While the death and infection figures continue to rise, Spanish President Sánchez, who made "social justice" his banner during the last elections, announced last night the closure of non-essential production... although only for eight days and in the form of a "permit" redeemable as overtime from the workers by the company. In Italy, the decree "to close Italy" which promised a week ago to halt non-essential production in order to stop the spread of the epidemic at once, kept 40% of productive activities, which employ 10 million workers, open at the time of its application. In Argentina, the Peronist unions, that is to say "Justicialists", reveal themselves by exerting pressure, hand in hand with the employers, to "flexibilize" the confinement and resume productive work. How far does "Social Justice" go?

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Covid is an accelerator, not a brake

27 March, 2020 · News> Global situation> Weekly Report

Strike of a General Electrics branch in Italy.

The crisis driven by the Covid-19 epidemic is hastening one by one the system's contradictions. First the contradictions between national capitals that are fighting each other with increasing violence to secure their space in a post-epidemic world. But above all and across borders, between governments wanting to save investments and conduits of national capital at all costs and workers trying to assert through a worldwide wave of strikes the primacy of life and the most basic human needs.

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The experts’ crisis

26 March, 2020 · News> Global situation

Fernando Simon, the "pet" expert on Covid of the Spanish government.

Spanish trade unions claim that they have to consult "the experts" before taking a position on the closure of non-essential companies. But who are "the experts"? Why are governments now turning to them? Why is there so much mistrust of them?

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EU plans the “recovery” after Covid

25 March, 2020 · News> Europe> European Union

Von der Leyen in the Spanish TV.

The European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, barged into the Spanish television evening news last night. This time she did not rehearse an empty, almost pope-like message as she did on the Italian TV. Instead, she deployed a series of judgements that could only shock the audience. This picture completed the results of the emergency meeting of the finance ministers. Germany is in the process of providing "Greek-style treatment" to the states most affected by the pandemic.

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When confinement is a starvation sentence

24 March, 2020 · News> Global situation

Living the confinement in Barracas, Buenos Aires.

Argentina, Morocco, South Africa, India, Brazil, Russia... decreed different forms of confinement. However, the material significance of confinement for the workers in these countries is even more destructive than in Europe and attacks the most vulnerable segments of the working class to a greater extent. For this reason, the slogans of struggle must be adjusted and pushed forward even further in order to defend the same objectives as in Spain, Italy or France. It could not be otherwise. The struggle against coronavirus cannot be separated from the struggle against governments and bourgeoisies that make saving lives contingent on saving investments.

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Coronavirus and class struggle

23 March, 2020 · News> Global situation

«The State counts the money, we will count the dead»

Amidst growing worker mobilizations worldwide to shut down non-essential economic activity in all countries affected by the coronavirus epidemic, leaders at different levels of the state are divided, factions are forming within governments, and governments are clashing with each other. After years spent selling us "solidarity" between territories and states, this health emergency reveals that the seams of the ruling class itself barely hold without snapping. The bourgeoisie is clearly incapable of directing society anywhere but towards a massacre. But is any of them really pulling in the same direction as the workers who are striking to extend confinement by closing down workplaces? Is anyone really putting saving lives ahead of saving investments?

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Italy halts non-essential production, other European governments persist despite predictable costs

22 March, 2020 · News> Europe

Conte announces the halt of non essencial production.

Finally, after hundreds of strikes and nearly 800 deaths a day, the Italian government decided to suspend all non-essential productive activities. While in Spain, Portugal, France and Germany, governments are still adamantly opposed to carrying out a truly effective confinement in the midst of the largest wave of strikes and the worst epidemic in a century.

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Governments are trying to save their national capital, striking workers are saving human lives

20 March, 2020 · News> Global situation> Weekly Report

Chery workers in strike in Brasil.

Faced with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, states are organizing "shock" economic plans that are actually massive income transfers from labor to capital as the ongoing imperialist conflict deepens and takes on new forms. The logic of capital means that the more this epidemic spreads, the more reluctant the states become to actually enforce confinement in the only way possible: closing down businesses. But by refusing to do so they have set in motion the working class, which has responded with the largest international wave of simultaneous strikes in a century.

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China came to Europe to stay

19 March, 2020 · News> Europe

Chinese diplomat yesterday in prime time news.

On the Spanish and Italian radio and television news, Chinese diplomats are the new stars. As China's relationship with the US worsens, the closer Xi is to Sánchez and Conte, with whom he has a direct line of communication and to whom he guarantees aid beyond that which he has committed to give to the EU as a whole. If a year ago we saw how Europe had become a morsel in the dispute between China and the US, now the situation is starting to change.

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Unemployed and cheering

18 March, 2020 · News> Europe> Spain

Pedro Sánchez yesterday

Sánchez announces a 200-billion-euro plan. But unlike Macron, who promised employees "continuity in terms of purchasing power" with figures that are more than four times smaller, worker protection seems to hinge on the benefits of temporary dismissals. Even more surprisingly, the Spanish government claims that the package will cost it only $5 billion in the first month and as much in the second. How can that be? How much money do they really plan to spend, on whom and what will the workers get?

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