VenezualaChavez shuts down critical media outlets - and is defended in this by paragon of civil liberties, Tariq Ali. (See TWP at Shiraz Socialist for more.) Ali makes a comparison with Death on The Rock, which essentially lost Thames TV its franchise. "Controversial, but a legal decision", says Tariq. But I remember that time well, and lefties like Ali (and me) saw that as outrageous.
VietnamMeanwhile, in Communist Vietnam, independent unions are illegal. Farm workers union leaders are in jail. Of course, veteran lefties like Ali (and me) have long stood up in solidarity with the farm workers of America, boycotting grapes when asked to. But where is the left for the Vietnamese farm workers? (Actually, of course, I'm not old enough to have boycotted grapes, but hopefully you get my meaning.)