Three Theses on the Crisis in Rakhine

Analysis of the clear, if not always direct, relationship between the Rohingya crisis & the (largely Chinese-invested) development projects that are sweeping Rakhine & other parts of Myanmar, with dynamics comparable to trends in western China.

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Class Combat

Reflections on proletarian physical culture in Trump’s America & Xi’s China through the lens of Chinese revolutionary history

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Notes on a factory uprising in Yangon

Soe Lin Aung examines last month’s strike-cum-riot at a Chinese-owned H&M supplier in Myanmar, digging beyond the headlines into its local context and broader political significance.

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The Alternative Education of a Chinese Punk

Tang Shui’en, mainland left-libertarian musician and activist, recounts his path from childhood in 1980s rural Hubei to participation in Wuhan’s pioneering punk scene since the late 1990s, interaction with overseas radicals, and experimentation with independent media and an “autonomous youth center.”

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“Aristocratisation alongside enslavement”: Railway restructuring & workers’ resistance in China since the 1980s

Although the bulk of China’s railway system remains state-owned, its organisational structure, management and employment regime are essentially capitalistic. Its development has involved the “aristocratisation of management alongside the enslavement of workers” typical of modern enterprises. Train driver Li launched a series of legal actions on behalf of himself and other workers, but suffered heavy persecution. In contrast, collective direct action has been more successful.

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