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- Social Networking and the Death of the Internet
Social Networking is, by its nature, a capture environment. The companies that offer the services, particularly Facebook, host your site and control all the information on it. Facebook a group of linked pages on a giant website is constraining and not very powerful. In order to use it, you have to use it the way they want you to and thats not a whole lot of using. But there is a comfort in having ones options limited, being able to use something without learning anything about it or making many choices about how you use it. That alluring convenience is a poisoned apple, however.
- Just the Beginning of Canadas Filthy Tar Sands
The technology used in Canada's tar sands will be used to open up other potential oil deposits that could more than double all know oil reserves. The disaster threatens to keep expanding.
- Librarians and Palestine
Working to preserve Palestinian records and memory in the face of deliberate destruction by Israel.
- May 5, 1818: Birth of Karl Marx
Marx breathes dialectics and revolution. For Marx, radicalism means going to the root, and Marxs radicalism seeks to go to the root of capitalism, to comprehend its essence dialectically, to understand its inherent contradictions and the seeds of revolution it contains.
- The Case for Grassroots Archives
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden histories, and alternative visions.
- The BBC's 'Bogeyman' Narrative on Hugo Chavez
The changes in Venezuela, and throughout Latin America, over the past decade: the development of peaceful, democratic alternatives to the policies of neoliberalism; standards of living improved for millions of people following a process that has had popular, democratic support, are at risk of being written off as simply the actions of another 'anti-American' 'bogeyman' due to the media's relentless negative treatment of the Venezuelan government.
- Seeds of Fire
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
- The Chavez Legacy
Chavez was a leader who, in unity with the people, was able to free Venezuela from the grips of US Empire, brought dignity to the poor and working class, and was central to a Latin American revolt against US domination.
- Preparing for a Post-Chávez Venezuela
Hugo Chávez is no more, and yet the symbolic importance of the Venezuelan President that exceeded his physical persona in life, providing a condensation point around which popular struggles coalesced, will inevitably continue to function long after his death.
- Aaron Swartz and the Assault on Open Information
The great corporate-supported push to hide essential, publicly funded information behind private firewalls and government secrecy, represents a breathtaking breach of the basic tenets of democracy.
- The Power of Idle No More
The remarkable Idle No More movement is the biggest and most important national outpouring of grass roots aboriginal anger ever seen in Canada.
- Putting Socialism Back on the Agenda
Is Socialism Capitalism's future?
- Activist archiving in Toronto
People gather in Toronto to discuss what many hope will grow into a movement for archiving grassroots histories.
- Bangladesh factory fire: brands accused of criminal negligence
Clean Clothes Campaign, along with trade unions & labour rights organisation, is calling for immediate action from international brands following the fire in Dhaka Bangladesh which killed over 100 workers.
- Humanity Once Came to the Cliff's Edge of Total Self-Annihilation -- Let's Make Sure It Never Happens Again
The world stood still 50 years ago during the last week of October, from the moment when it learned that the Soviet Union had placed nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba until the crisis was officially ended -- though unknown to the public, only officially.
- The Ice Melts Into Water
Last month, climate scientists announced that Arctic sea ice had shrunk to its smallest surface area since satellite observations began in 1979. An ice-free summer in the Arctic, once projected to be more than a century away, now looks possible just a few decades from now. Some scientists say it may happen within the next few years.
- The Rain On Our Parade
O rancid sector of the far left, please stop your grousing! Compared to you, Eeyore sounds like a Teletubby. If I gave you a pony, you would not only be furious that not everyone has a pony, but you would pick on the pony for not being radical enough until it wept big, sad, hot pony tears. Because what were talking about here is not an analysis, a strategy, or a cosmology, but an attitude, and one that is poisoning us. Not just me, but you, us, and our possibilities.
- Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
- At the crossroads between 'Green Economy' and rights of nature
Under the rhetoric of green economy, capitalists are actually attempting to use nature as capital, proposing unconvincingly that the only way to preserve natural elements such as water and forests is through private investment.
- Volunteers/Interns with computer skills needed
Connexion is looking for volunteers and interns with solid computer skills to help us develop our databases and online search capabilities. Areas where we need help include SQL databases, PHP, Linux, and HTML.
- When Chomsky Wept
A portrait of Noam Chomsky.
- The Egyptian workers movement and the 25 January Revolution
This article is an exploration of one of the fundamental processes that brought the revolution back to Tahrir: the rise of an organised working class movement.
- The Evil of Humanitarian Wars
The Wests duty is not to intervene more but to intervene far less. We already massively arm tyrannies such as those in the Gulf so that they can protect the oil that we consider our birthright; we offer military, financial and diplomatic cover for Israels continuing oppression of millions of Palestinians, a major cause of political instability in the Middle East; and we quietly support the Egyptian military, which is currently trying to reverse last years revolutionary gains.
- Traité du Savoir-Vivre for the Occupy Wall Street Generations
Once upon a time, twenty thousand people descended on Wall Street, the capitol of capital, occupied it nonviolently, and won exactly what they demanded. This is not a fairy tale. It really happened. This is the story of how it happened.
- Strike Wave Sweeps Brazil
Workers in Brazilin heavy industry, services, the public sector, and agricultureare involved in a series of strikes and mass protests such as the country hasnt seen in decades.
- Rebuilding the Left in a Time of Crisis
The type of organizers we need to develop need to be those who have developed the skills and capacities and depth that allow them to be good at taking a defensive struggle and saying we can both fight it, and maybe fight it more effectively, if we can link it to a set of demands that are forward looking. They need to be visionary in terms of a socialist strategy.
- In Praise of Marx
Why might Marx be back on the agenda? The answer, ironically, is because of capitalism. Whenever you hear capitalists talking about capitalism, you know the system is in trouble.
- Iceberg Economies and Shadow Selves
Capitalism is only kept going by this army of anti-capitalists, who constantly exert their powers to clean up after it, and at least partially compensate for its destructiveness. Behind the system we all know, in other words, is a shadow system of kindness, the other invisible hand. Much of its work now lies in simply undoing the depredations of the official system.
- Information Terrorists?
WikiLeaks is under concerted attack from the US government. Also under attack by the US government is the whole idea of freedom of thought and of information. It needs to be clearly understood that the attacks on WikiLeaks by the US government could as easily be used against news organizations and political organizations.
- Truth in Chains
Tell a truth that discomforts power, that challenges its domination over our lives, our discourse, our very thoughts, and you will be destroyed. No institution, public or private, will stand with you; the most powerful entities, public and private, will be arrayed against you, backed up by overwhelming violent force. This is where we are now. This is what we are now.
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Connexions exists to support individuals and groups working for freedom and social justice. We work to maintain and make available a record of the theory and practice of people struggling against oppression and for social change. We believe that the more we know about the struggles, victories, and defeats of the past, and about those who took part in them, the better equipped we will be to bring a new world into being.
Connexions maintains a physical archive of books and documents, and is engaged in an ongoing project to build and expand an indexed digital archive of documents. We try to feature a wide variety of resources reflecting a diversity of viewpoints and approaches to social change within our overall mandate of support for democracy, civil liberties, freedom of expression, universal human rights, secularism, equality, economic justice, environmental responsibility, and the creation and preservation of community
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