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The New International /// 10th May 2015

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10th May 2015, 19h, Cinema Europa, Zagreb, Croatia 8th Subversive Film Festival "Spaces of Emancipation: Micropolitics and Rebellions" "The New International" - a discussion with: Yiannis Bournous (Syriza), Antonio Sánchez (Podemos), Luka Mesec (The Initiative for Democratic Socialism), Marko Milošević (Workers' Front) Moderated by: Goran Matić (Workers' Front, Pilula) In 1990, with the collapse of the old bureaucratic real-socialist regimes with all their flaws, the final victory of unbridled capitalism and capitalist parliamentarism, together with jubilant cries about “the end of history“, all hope for a better world seemed to have been lost. Still, a sparkle of resistance remained – in 1994 with the Neo-Zapatista movement, later on in the 1990s with the new antiglobalization movement in Seattle and elsewhere, with the proclamation that “another world is possible“ in 2000s by the World Social Forum, and with the rise of the red (or at least pink) tide in South America. And then the world has been shaken by the emergence of the great economic crisis in 2008 – for a couple of weeks, the ideological core of the mainstream “common sense“ seemed to have been shaken and Karl Marx made the headlines once again. But the powerful elites soon returned, using the crisis of neoliberal capitalism as a shock device in order to introduce new neoliberal measures all over the world. However, then came 2011 (a 1968 redux, to use Immanuel Wallerstein's expression) and the upsurge in antisystemic movements around the globe – from Zagreb to New York. The Arab Spring (where the revolution ate its children everywhere except in Syrian Rojava), Indignados, Syntagma square, Occupy Wall Street… Still, as Mike Davis claimed in 2011: “It’s a frighteningly long road just to reach the start points of earlier attempts to build a new world. But the new generation has at least bravely initiated the journey.” After the initial horizontal phase in 2011, the journey has now entered a new phase with the fantastic upsurge of Podemos in 2014-2015 and Syriza's victory in the 2015 national election. International solidarity of the new left forces is now more important than ever because the change from below, like the global capital, has to be international. Now more than ever – the time has come for the New International! Luka Mesec is an advocate for the Initiative for Democratic Socialism in Slovenian parliament and a coordinator of the IDS Council. Marko Milošević is a trade union activist and a member of Coordination Council of the Workers' Front. Yiannis Bournous is a member of Syriza's Political Secretariat in charge of international associations and a member of the executive board of the Party of the European Left. http://www.subversivefestival.com/foruml/7/3/en/the_new_international