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To Samir Amin

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written by Andrea Catone (Editor-in-chief of Marx XXI Review)

Translated by Lorenzo Battisti

Beijing, May 5, 2018, huge hall full of young and old, Chinese and from all over the world. Samir Amin holds a plenary lecture for the large conference dedicated to Marx 200 years after its birth, organized by the Chinese University with over 330 speakers.

This is the last time I met him: lively and friendly as always, nothing suggested that he would leave us in a few months. Let us exchange a few words about the Italian situation and the emergence of reactionary, fascist mass movements, which he observes growing in European societies as a result of the capitalist crisis. For some years now he had been writing several articles and essays on this subject, such as the one published by Monthly Review in 2014, "The Return of Fascism in Contemporary Capitalism".

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The bearish effect of geopolitical events

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Demostenes Florosaboutenergy.com

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As oil prices fall, global demand is expected to grow, both in the second half of 2018 and in 2019. In the current year, Asia is driving the increase in demand thanks to the estimated 900,000 b/d

In July, barrel prices significantly decreased. In particular, Brent North Sea quality opened the negotiations at 77.4 $/b and closed at 74.2 $/b, while West Texas Intermediate opened the transactions at 74.03 $/b, closing at 67.45 $/b.

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Wikileaks reveals political guardians of US interests in Italy

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of Francesco Galofaro (Marx21.it)

translated by Lorenzo Battisti

Ahi serva Italia, di dolore ostello,
nave senza nocchiere in gran tempesta,
non donna di province, ma bordello!
Dante, Purgatorio, VI, 76-78.

Ah serves Italy, of hostel pain,
helmsmanless ship in great storm,
not a provincial woman, but a brothel!
Dante, Purgatory, VI, 76-78.

L'Espresso and Repubblica has been maintaining an online archive of secret or confidential documents "spiked" by Wikileaks concerning Italy for some time [1].

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Prices rise even after OPEC agreement

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Demostenes Floros, Geopolitical and economic analyst

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In addition to the positive trend, the Vienna agreement has allowed Russia and Saudi Arabia to achieve two fundamental objectives: higher production and consequently higher income

Despite the agreement to raise oil output by 1,000,000 b/d achieved by the so called OPEC + group during their meeting in Vienna on June 22nd/23rd, barrel prices increased. In particular, WTI benchmark gained at around $7.5/b.

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The editorial of the new director of Marx21.it

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of Marco Pondrelli (new director of marx21.it)

My adventure as director of this site begins today. My first thought and my first thanks go to my friend and comrade Mauro Gemma, whom I thank for the beautiful words he said about me. I thank him, as so many have done in recent days, for the work he has done over the past 10 years: a job guided by professionalism and passion. I know I will not be up to your example, but I hope to be able to put all my energy into this work.

Directing a site that refers to Karl Marx is currently not at all easy. The Left in all its forms (communist, radical, reformist...) has never been so weak. Weakness that is, rather than electoral, cultural.

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As of 1st July a new director of Marx21.it. Greeting from the outgoing director

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of Mauro Gemma (former director of Marx21.it)

After more than ten years of almost daily commitment as director, since 2008 of lernesto.it, and since 2011 of Marx21.it, since July 1, while determined to continue to work with undiminished passion at the work of a site to which I dedicated an important part of my long political militancy, the time has come for me to hand over to a new direction.

The responsibility for the political management of the site will be assumed by comrade Marco Pondrelli, that the readers who follow with assiduity our site and are involved in its work of elaboration and documentation, already know for the political and cultural preparation and its active and competent contribution to our portal. I am sure that the new management of the site will be able to ensure the continuity of its presence in the network and to strengthen the quality of its journalistic offer.

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The Italian crisis and the responsibility of the Communists

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Andrea Catone (Editor-in-chief of the MarxVentuno review)

1. The Italian Constitution is based on parliamentary government. The president of the republic does not have the power to dictate the political direction of the government.

The President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella did not sign the nomination as Minister of Economy of Professor Paolo Savona, proposed to him, on the recommendation of the 5 Stars Movement (M5S) and League, by the President of the Council appointed Giuseppe Conte, who then resigned the mandate.

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Marxism today in the West: The Reasons for a Crisis and the Need for a Renaissance

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of Francesco Maringiò

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For the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, the website of Radio China International hosted an article by Francesco Maringiò, of the editorial staff of Marx21.it

The year 2018 is full of anniversaries that are important for the history of the communist movement and Marxism, starting with the celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx and the 170th anniversary of the Communist Party's Manifesto.

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The Chinese magazine World Socialism Studies is in its third year

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Andrea Catone, editor of MarxVentuno Review

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Read the magazine's main abstracts

Since several years, Chinese Communists have intensified an activity aimed at making their positions and their elaborations better known to the Communists, Marxists and anti-imperialists of all the world, both on the processes underway in China along the path of “socialism with Chinese characteristics”, as well as on the changes in the world framework and on the strategies of the international workers’ movement and of the anti-imperialist struggles and resistance.

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National sovereignty and left-wing politics

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Francesco Maringiò

We receive this article from Comrade Francesco Maringiò and we gladly publish it as a useful contribution to the discussion on "Communists and the national question".

Sergio Fabbrini's editorial [Italia e Ue, il momento delle scelte strategiche, il Sole24Ore, p.1, 11/03/2018] in the Confindustria (Union of Industrial Owners) newspaper is very interesting. Starting from the analysis of the vote that identifies who won the elections (and for what main reason): "last Sunday, more than half of the Italian electorate, [gave] the vote to two parties (5 Stars Movement and The League) that had a (declaredly) sovereignist program.

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