Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

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Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
Logo of Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Abbreviation RLS
Formation 1990
Legal status non-profit foundation
Headquarters Germany Berlin
Chair
Dagmar Enkelmann
Executive director
Florian Weis
Main organ
Luxemburg
Affiliations Die Linke
Budget
€44,391,120 (2012)
Staff
183 (2012)
Website www.rosalux.de

The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (German: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung), occasionally referred to as Rosa-Lux, is a transnational alternative policy group and educational institution, centered in Germany and affiliated to the democratic socialist Left Party. The foundation, which was established in Berlin in 1990 (originally as the "Social Analysis and Political Education Association"),[1] produces and disseminates analyses, proposals and information tools oriented towards the enhancement of social and ecological sustainability and supports progressive social movements through offices worldwide.[2]

Goals and Activities[edit]

RosaLux’s mission is to engage productively with what it sees as a diverse, pluralistic and transnational 'political left’, and to help develop its transformative capacities.[3] To this end, the foundation's activities consists of two main tracks: general political education and academic/scientific work.

Through the Institute for Critical Social Analysis, RosaLux delivers critical research on neoliberal capitalism, produces analytic work on political strategy, policy and democratic socialist alternatives, as well as work addressing injustices pertaining to gender, sexuality, race and nation.[4]

Through the Academy for Political Education, the foundation offers extensive programs of political education in the form of public conferences, seminars and workshops, and provides courses for youth and adult learners on topics including economic literacy, gender inequalities, sustainable development and political communication. It engages social movements directly and through media such as its website, public events and through the production of informational materials such as pamphlets.[5]

Further, through the Centre for International Dialogue and Cooperation, it engages and supports social movement groups and organizations in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America in the form of funding, as well as through seminars and conferences that are organized with local partners.[6]

While the foundation is centered in Germany, its transnational presence and reach is extensive, with 16 foreign offices supporting activities in more than 25 countries.[7]

Controversy[edit]

In September 2014, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the Center for Development Studies at Birzeit University organized a conference entitled, "Alternatives to Neo-Liberal Development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories – Critical Perspectives",[8] but left-wing Israeli Haaretz journalist Amira Hass was asked by two Birzeit lecturers to leave on account of a rule against the presence of Israelis (which she judged to mean Israeli Jews).[9] She said that she had attended the university many times and had never heard of such a rule.[9] The international conference's organizers were offended. The regional head of the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation Katja Hermann stated after the incident that she would not have agreed to hold the conference at Birzeit if she was aware of the policy.[9] The university later issued a statement that "The administration has nothing against the presence of the journalist Hass. The university as a national institution differentiates between friends and enemies of the Palestinian people…and works with every person or institution that is against the occupation."[9] In a previous incident, Israeli anti-Zionist historian Ilan Pappé had been invited to deliver a lecture at Birzeit which was held off-campus, as not to infringe with the alleged ban on Israeli Jews.[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Carroll, William. 2014. “Alternative Policy Groups and Transnational Counter-Hegemonic Struggle.” Pp. 259-84 in Yıldız Atasoy (ed.) Global Economic Crisis and the Politics of Diversity. London & New York: Palgrave MacMillan
  2. ^ Carroll, William. 2015. "Modes of Cognitive Praxis in Transnational Alternative Policy Groups". Globalizations, 1-18. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14747731.2014.1001231
  3. ^ Carroll, William. 2014. “Alternative Policy Groups and Transnational Counter-Hegemonic Struggle.” Pp. 259-84 in Yıldız Atasoy (ed.) Global Economic Crisis and the Politics of Diversity. London & New York: Palgrave MacMillan
  4. ^ .http://rosalux.de/english/foundation/research-projects.html
  5. ^ http://www.rosalux.de/english/foundation/political-education.html
  6. ^ http://www.rosalux.de/english/worldwide.html
  7. ^ Carroll, William. 2014. “Alternative Policy Groups and Transnational Counter-Hegemonic Struggle.” Pp. 259-84 in Yıldız Atasoy (ed.) Global Economic Crisis and the Politics of Diversity. London & New York: Palgrave MacMillan
  8. ^ "Alternatives to Neo-Liberal Development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories – Critical Perspectives". September 16 2014 at 5:26am. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d Hass, Amira. "When a Haaretz journalist was asked to leave a Palestinian university". haaretz.com. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Left-Wing Israeli Journalist Justifies Her Own Exclusion by Palestinians, September 29, 2014 Algemeiner Journal

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