The French interior minister has issued a blanket ban on protests in solidarity with Palestine. For months, Emmanuel Macron’s government has joined the far right in denouncing “Islamo-leftism” — a war on anti-racist movements that is now undermining basic civil liberties.
Selim Nadi holds a PhD in History and is member of the editorial board of QG décolonial.
Throughout the Cold War, Moscow-backed bodies like the Afro-Asian Writers’ Association and the Tashkent Film Festival brought writers and filmmakers from across the Third World to the USSR. Their exchanges with their Eastern Bloc counterparts reflected the ambitions and limits of Soviet internationalism.
Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled against France’s bid to criminalize the call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions of Israel. The ruling was a victory for Palestine solidarity activists — and the first setback for Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to smear antiracists as the “new antisemites.”
With parliamentary elections looming this fall, the German left party is struggling to present itself as an exciting alternative to the status quo.
The French Communist Party left a checkered record on anti-imperialism.