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Aaron Swartz and the Assault on Open Information Malicious Government Prosecution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 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.
Aaron Swartz and the Fight for Information Freedom They Can't Stop the Movement Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Aaron Swartz was a target of a deliberately vicious, sadistic government campaign in which the federal government wanted to make his pain an example to the entire progressive techie community. Whats more, his death was the outcome of a policy that is a threat to human freedom.
Abbie's Road 1936-1989 Twenty-Three Years After His Passing, We Republish Abbie Hoffman's 1989 Obituary by His Student and Co-Conspirator Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 There is absolutely no greater high than challenging the power structure as a nobody, giving it your all, and winning, he wrote while he was on the run. Of all his accomplishments, he would probably like to be remembered as the guy who levitated the Pentagon. But the real miracle of Abbie Hoffman was how he raised the collective spirit of our nation, and of the human race.
ADL Spies The Strange History of the Anti-Defamation League Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the exposure of a nation-wide spying operation run by the ADL that went back at least five decades.
LAffair Miliband Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The demonization of Ralph Miliband raises a few issues avoided by both the Tory and the liberal press. These relate to Milibands own political views on Britain, its political institutions as well as the world at large; the context of the first Lord Rothermeres addiction to Mussolini and Hitler and their English offspring in Britain (Oswald Mosley and gang but not them alone) right up till September 1939 and the question of patriotism and its compatibility with leftwing views.
African Americans Ignored in the Age of Obama Against The Current vol. 162 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A truly equal and diverse United States is not possible unless all Americans come to grips with the origins of the race issue, its centrality to U.S. politics, and why African-American issues must be central to revitalizing the civil rights and labour movements which also requires rebuilding the dream for full equality by direct action.
After Typhoon Haiyan: The true face of the capitalist state Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In times of disaster, the capitalist state shows its true face. In the Philippines, in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, thousands are dead, bodies lie uncollected in the streets, tens of thousands of homes and buildings have been destroyed, and survivors are without food, water, shelter, medical care, or essential supplies. Meanwhile the police and the military are guarding stores to prevent people from hauling off food, water and other supplies.
AIPACs Doomsday Conference It's the End of the World Again Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Iran, Israel, and the improbability of nuclear attack.
Airbrushing Barbarity The Warped Language of Public Policy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Couching moral/political matters in technocratic language helps us forget the unpleasantness of the underlying incivility and brutality of political measures. Political discourse is fundamentally dishonest in that it airbrushes barbarity.
Alice in Migraland Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2013 The story of how undocumented students organized creatively and strategically and got the Federal Government to grant them legal status.
All Journalism Is 'Advocacy Journalism' Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The claim that journalism 'traditionally' involves 'the dispassionate reporting of facts', that journalists are typically not 'advocates', was advocated by a paid employee of a media corporation, the Washington Post.
Always with the Oppressed A Farewell to Akiva Orr 1931 - 2013, Humanist, Radical, Heretic Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In February 2013 I participated with a small group of Israelis and Arabs in bidding farewell to Akiva Orr.
America is a Smuggler Nation Why Legal Trade is a Greater Threat to National Security Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Smuggler Nation is not the oft told, routinely taught story of Americas emergence as a major nation and a global power, rather we come to see U.S. history as the story of how smuggling and the attempts to police it have made and remade America, from the illicit molasses trade in colonial times to drug trafficking today, as Peter Andreas observes in the books introduction.
American Blowback Cop-on-Cop Crime in LA Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013
The American Way of Torture The Rule of Law Went and Never Returned Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Torture is now solidly installed in Americas repressive arsenal, vigorously applauded by prominent politicians.
America's Deadliest Export: Democracy The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Since World War II, the world has believed that US foreign policy means well, and that Americas motives in spreading democracy are honorable, even noble. William Blum, a leading non-mainstream chroniclers of American foreign policy, argues that nothing could be further from the truth. Moreover, unless this fallacy is unlearned, and until people understand fully the worldwide suffering American policy has caused, we will never be able to stop the monster.
Americas Descent Into Madness The Politics of Cruelty Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The mainstream media spins stories that are largely racist, violent, and irresponsible. Anti-public intellectuals promotes a culture of consumerism.
And the Secret Word Is The Deep Meaning of "Relevant" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Senators Mark Udall and Tom Wyden's secret about the operations of the N.S.A. was an interpretation of one word "relevant" in the Patriot Act by the FISA Court.
Another Vote on Washingtons Anti-Cuba Policy at the United Nations The Politics of Isolation Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Resolution A/68/L.6, sponsored by Cuba, passed this year, for the 22nd year in a row, with Washington once again in humiliating political loneliness. The vote this year was 188-2 in favor, with 3 abstentions. Washingtons formal political isolation over its anti-Cuba policy can hardly be more complete. Is it possible to imagine any significant political issue in world politics uniting so many disparate entities often in significant conflict with each other.
Anti-Capitalist Demonstration of May 1, 2013 in Montreal Journée des Travailleurs et Travailleuses: Manifestation Anti-Capitaliste Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2013 Montreal 2013: police state. Montreal's municipal goverment passes a bylaw that suspends the right of citizens to assemble unless they have received advance permission from police. Citizens who assert their right to assembly are kettled by police and arrested.
Apathy and Our Totalitarian Future Watching Everything, Everywhere, All the Time Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The implication of the NSA scandal is this: encroaching totalitarianism can move slowly, in stages.
Archiving With May Day Rooms From the Marx Memorial Library to Cold Bath Fields Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In our day, as the traces of our radical movements are being thrown into rubbish pits, as state sponsored austerity demands the commodification of every inch of space, and with sinister intent destroys the evidence of our past, its joys, its victories. Clear out the closets, empty the shelves, toss out the old footage, shred the underground press, pulverize the brittle, yellowing documents! Thus neo-liberalism organizes the transition from the old to the new; they must silence alternatives.
The Art of Lying "Yes, That Was My Penis" and Other Ticklish PR Challenges Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 People in the public eye should have learned enough from past blunders to come up with a different strategy when asked potentially damaging questions.
At the Dark End of the Street - book review Against The Current vol. 162 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle McGuire.
At the Escuelita Zapatista, Students Learn Community Organizing and Civil Resistance as a Way of Life The Class Was Stopped Twice: The First Time to Emphasize the Importance of Discipline in Their Organization Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 From August 11-17, the Zapatistas brought more than 1,500 people into their communities to attend the Escuelita Zapatista, the Little Zapatista School. According to a February comunicado by the EZLN, in a class entitled Liberty According to the Zapatistas: Autonomous Government I, our compas from the Zapatista bases of support are going to share the little we have learned about the struggle for freedom, and the [the students] can see what is useful or not for their own struggles.
Austerity chokes Canada's down-and-out, as Harper, Flaherty look the other way Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The exceedingly aggressive austerity cuts carried out by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty over the past seven years have come home to roost as millions of Canadians, depressed and without hope, are succumbing to its worst consequences.
Australian government orders ASIO raids to suppress East Timor spying evidence Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Abbott governmen ordered Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and Australian Federal Police (AFP) raids on the homes and offices of a lawyer and former intelligence agency whistleblower involved in an international legal challenge to Australias spying on the East Timor government during maritime border talks in 2004.
Back to the Fragments Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Beyond the Fragments began life in 1979, as a pamphlet, and soon became the classic statement of socialist feminism in the form it took in Britain following the political explosion of May 1968. Its three authors Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal, and Hilary Wainwright had spent much of the decade as members of organizations of the libertarian left such as the International Socialists, which in 1977 became the Socialist Workers Party. They were also centrally involved in the womens liberation movement, and grew utterly frustrated by the male-dominated politics of both the Labour Party and Leninist groups.
The Battle of the Titans Who is Pulling the Strings? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 This is not merely a fight between Israel and the US. Nor is it only a fight between the White House and Congress. It is also a battle between intellectual titans. Intellectual theories can seldom be put to a laboratory test. But this one can. It is happening now. Between Israel and the US a crisis has developed, and it has come into the open.
The Bay of Pigs and Chronic Hubris The Same Mistake for 52 Years Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 April 17-19 marks the 52nd anniversary of the US-sponsored Bay of Pigs invasion by Cuban exiles, our proxies to try to overthrow the Cuban Revolution.
The BBC's 'Bogeyman' Narrative on Hugo Chavez Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 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.
Beckoning Committed Climate Activists Extreme Weather and Even More Extreme Greenhouse Gas Emissions Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 It is evident the climate crisis is far more severe than most scientists had anticipated.
Being an Organizer and Being an Activist is not the Same Thing Community Organizers are the Brain that Injects Strategy into the Heart of a Successful Social Movement Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 On Wednesday September 5, 2012, high school students between 14 and 17, in Santiago, skipped classes and broke into the offices of the most important political parties from the left to the right in Chile. They brought posters, shouted slogans and occupied the buildings. They used social networks as a means to organize and prepare for the action.
Beyond the Veil Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The question of the Muslim veil seems never to leave the headlines for long. The latest controversies have erupted in Britain after a defendant in a criminal trial demanded the right to wear a niqab in court and a college attempted to proscribe it.
The Bias of Human Rights Watch Promoting Injustice Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The reports issued by Human Rights Watch over the past decade have increasingly exhibited a bias towards certain rights over others. More precisely, Human Rights Watch repeatedly focuses on political and civil rights while ignoring social and economic rights.
A Big Victory for Labor in Mexico How Mexican Workers Won Ownership of a Tire Plant with Three-Year Strike Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Collective ownership of a factory in Mexico.
The Biggest Lie From Hiroshima to Syria, the Enemy Whose Name We Dare Not Speak Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Whether or not Bashar al-Assad or the rebels used gas in the suburbs of Damascus, it is the US not Syria that is the worlds most prolific user of these terrible weapons.
Black against Empire The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party.
Black Humanity on Trial in America, Again The Killing and Trial of Trayvon Martin Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the case of the killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, was one such incident that brought out the entire history of racism, racial profiling, white vigilantism and the realities that black people and their allies have to organize to change the system.
The Blockade Against Cuba: An Assault Upon Humanity's Conscience Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 On 29 October 2013, for the 22nd consecutive year, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) called for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba. 188 states supported the Resolution, 2 voted against it, namely the US and Israel.
Blockade Halts Megaload at Port of Umatilla The Darkest Hour Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Fifty activists with Rising Tide and members of the Umatilla and Warm Springs tribes held together to stop a megaload from embarking on its treacherous path. The struggle against the megaloads is a struggle against the tar sands and expanding fossil fuel infrastructure.
The boss is spying Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The data mining by large U.S. corporations gets less attention than U.S. government surveillance. It goes beyond the tracking of every mouse-click, purchase and "like" registered by every consumer on the internet, and relies not only on sophisticated electronic devices, but on the currency of fear and sheer intimidation which would make a Big Brother tyrant proud, the kind depicted in George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984.
Bradley Manning and Adolf Eichmann Are We All Really Bradley Manning? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Manning succeeded in accomplishing what Eichmann was tried and executed for failing to do; Manning refused to participate in the commission of crimes against humanity.
Buddhist Pogropms and Religious Conflicts Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Most observers would, rightly, reject the idea that there is something inherent in Buddhism that has led to the violence. Rather, most would recognize that the anti-Muslim violence in both Myanmar and Sri Lanka has its roots in the political struggles that have engulfed the two nations. The importance of Buddhism in the conflicts in Myanmar and Sri Lanka is not that the tenets of faith are responsible for the pogroms, but that those bent on confrontation have adopted the garb of religion as a means of gaining a constituency and justifying their actions.
Building a Solidarity City Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A Solidarity City is the creation of a community that rejects a system that engenders poverty and anguish, not solely for immigrants and refugees, but also for other Montrealers confronting these same realities.
Bulgarian fascists run nightly patrols targeting immigrants Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, groups of fascists in paramilitary uniforms are conducting what they describe as civil patrols. The purpose of the patrols is to stop people in the street and then demand to see their identification or immigration documentation.
Burning History in San Salvador Destruction of Historical and Human Rights Archives Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 On Thursday, Nov. 14, three armed men broke into the offices of Pro-Búsqueda. The attack on Pro-Búsqueda was not a random crime. We should be worried about what is happening in El Salvador.
Business journalists go on the attack; demonize Atlantic seasonal workers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 National business journalists and columnists have bought into Prime Minister Stephen Harpers demeaning view that folks in the Atlantic region are backward and have a defeatist attitude. Framed in disrespectful language, theyre promoting untested economic ideas that, if adopted, would seriously damage the economy and the people of the region.
Canada facilitated NSA spying on 2010 G8 and G20 summits Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Top secret US National Security Agency (NSA) briefing notes leaked by the former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden reveal that Canadas Conservative government permitted the NSA to spy on the June 2010 G8 and G20 summits held in Huntsville, Ontario and Toronto.
Cancer is Capitalist Violence Anthropology Against Oncology Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Its been two decades since the publication of Martha Balshams landmark study, Cancer in the Community: Class and Medical Authority (1993). Balshem, a hospital-based anthropologist, documented how a Philadelphia lay community rejected medical advice to stop smoking, eat fruits and vegetables and schedule regular screening tests. The working class community of Tannerstown (a pseudonym) instead blamed air pollution from highway traffic and nearby chemical plants, as well as fate, for their cancers.
Capitalism's violence, masses' revolt show need for total view Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 News and Letters' Draft Perspectives Thesis. Our age is in such total crisis, facing a choice between absolute terror or absolute freedom, that a revolutionary organization can no longer allow any separation between theory and practice, philosophy and revolution, workers and intellectuals, inside and outside.
Capitalist Surveillance State: Everyone's a Target Threatening Reporters, Spying on Public Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 There is an inherent tendency for the state, which governs on behalf of a minuscule, ruthless class of obscenely wealthy exploiters, to attempt to amass ever greater power to control the population because it hates and fears the working people.
Career advice Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Career advice given by George Monbiot for those who have a genuine choice of careers, which means, regrettably, that it does not apply to the majority of the worlds workforce.
The Century of Rosa Parks Against The Current vol. 163 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Rosa Parks was a veteran militant of many civil rights battles long before she became an icon.
Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers, and the Question of Unions in Contemporary Capitalism Review of Frank Bardacke, Trampling Out The Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Bardacke tells the story of one movements evolution from grassroots obscurity to such (relatively little-known) successes as the Salinas Valley (California) general strike of lettuce pickers in 1979a veritable mass strike in Rosa Luxemburgs senseand from there to the collapsed shell of a union nonetheless administering fourteen non-profits with millions in assets.
The Charlatanism Of Palestine-Denial Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Here we go again. On Israel and the US losing their UNESCO voting rights, Israel's ambassador to UNESCO, Nimrod Barkan, said in an interview that his country supports the U.S. decision [to suspend contributions], "objecting to the politicization of UNESCO, or any international organization, with the accession of a non-existing country like Palestine.
The Chavez Legacy The Revolution Within the Revolution Will Continue Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 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.
The Check-the-Box Loophole The Great Corporate Tax Shift Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Corporate taxes in America have been in decline now for more than three decades. Contrary to the drumbeat of corporate media throughout this year, and their false claims that US corporations are paying far more than their foreign capitalist cousins.
The Chemical Weapons Pretext for War on Syria The Latest Pack of Lies? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Washington is digging deep to conjure up a pretext for yet another war of aggression in the Middle East. The White House claims that the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons against rebel fighters.
The CIAs Memory Prison A Perverse Logic Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The U.S. government has ruled that the prisoners kidnapped and tortured by the U.S. cannot talk about their experiences because those experiences are the property of the U.S. government, which has classified them as secret national security information. This means the prisoners personal stories, recollections and experiences cannot be told in any open court, recounted to journalists or human rights groups, nor can they be heard by international bodies like the United Nations.
Colombian Workers Injured and Fired Against The Current vol. 163 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The General Motors subsidiary in Colombia, Colmotores, fired over 200 workers who were injured on the job, ranging from spinal fractures to cancer.
Committees Of Correspondence: To Defend Freedom And Secure Good Government Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Two hundred and fifty years ago the people of America were subject to an unrepresentative government controlled by powerful commercial interests. They rebelled and formed their own government, which has now come to be controlled by powerful commercial interests. Once again, "these are the times that try men's souls." What lessons can we learn from history to help us through this crisis?
Complaints filed against telecom companies for their role in UK mass surveillance programme Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 On 5 November 2013, Privacy International filed formal complaints with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in the UK against some of the world's leading telecommunication companies, for providing assistance to British spy agency GCHQ in the mass interception of internet and telephone traffic passing through undersea fibre optic cables.
Cops Are Now Less Cautious Than Soldiers In Iraq Shooting Mirian Carey Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Police militarization is a hot topic lately, but American police are beyond anything contemplated by the American military. American police today appear unwilling to accept any risk whatsoever and seem willing to kill anyone and anything that could possibly be seen as a threat.
Corporate Corruption And The Special Interest State Regulatory Capture at the FCC Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 With Tom Wheeler's nomination, expect pro big-telecom policies such as ending net neutrality, further industry consolidation, limiting meaningful competition and increasing user fees, among other policies.
Corporate India Versus Indigenous People Violent in the Name of Development Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The state has more or less abandoned rural people (70% of the population) and turned the countryside over to corporate India. Mineral extraction, dam building, infrastructure projects, water appropriation and industrial farming make up their burgeoning business portfolios.
The Corporate Invasion Government by Big Business Goes Supranational Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Imagine what would happen if foreign companies could sue governments directly for cash compensation over earnings lost because of strict labour or environmental legislation.
Corporate money preventing all-out campaign to stop global warming Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Highly-regarded former Toronto Mayor David Miller says he is "very excited" about becoming the new President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund-Canada in September. But there are questions about whether the WWF is effective in its work and, moreover, why the WWF and other members of the global environmental movement have made such little progress combatting the most serious threat to earth - climate change.
Corporate Spying on Environmental Groups We Are Being Watched Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The surveillance of moderate environmental groups like GDAC comes at a pivotal time for the environmental movement.
The Corporate State and Manufactured Dependence Sure, It Can Get Worse...It's Happening Right Before Our Eyes Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The resistance is futile mindset that supports plutocrats and the global corporations they own assumes the existing order is the only possible order and the costs of resistance are too great because they have state power and unlimited economic resources on their side.
The Corporate State of Surveillance Opting Out Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 America was founded on the ideals of personal liberty, freedom and democracy. Now mass spying, surveillance and the unending collection of personal data undermine civil liberties and our privacy rights. We find ourselves in the midst of an all-out invasion on whats-none-of-their-business and its coming from both government and corporate sources. Snooping and data collection have become big business. Nothing is out of their bounds anymore.
Corporate Terrorism in West Texas The Full Weight of Justice Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Make no mistake, if it becomes clear that the Texas explosion was triggered by a terrorist attack, a la the Oklahoma City bombing, then Obama will begin talking about the full weight of justice.
Corporate Welfare in the Forest Post-Fire Logging Loses Money and Damages the Health of the Ecosystem Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Forest Service is under extreme political pressure to log our national patrimony, whether it makes any economic or ecological sense. A good example of a needless, ecologically damaging, and economically wasteful logging proposal is the proposed $1.4 million Pole Creek post-fire logging sale.
Counter-Terrorism and Imperial Hypocrisy Lessons from the Kidnapping of Abu Anas al-Libi in Tripoli Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Western governments word closely with 'terrorists' when it suits them, and then turn on them when the wind shifts.
The Coup 1953, the CIA, and the Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 In 1953, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency organized the overthrow of Irans democratically elected leader and installed Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in his place. Over the next 26, the U.S. backed the unpopular, authoritarian shah and his secret police; in exchange, it reaped a share of Irans oil wealth. The blowback was almost inevitable, as this new and revealing history of the coup and its consequences shows.
The Coup of Coups Putting the Shah of Shahs on the Peacock Throne Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013
Crimes and Punishment (or Not) Manning Gets Slammed; A Mass-Murderer Got Sprung Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 William Laws Calley, a second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, was convicted of slaughtering 22 innocent men, women and children, including babies, during a day-long slaughterfest in which he and his men massacred over 500 unarmed Vietnamese.
Criticism: An Abandoned Process Blame the Greeks! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The art of criticism is yet another casualty of television, the Internet and individualism. The objective of criticism should be to improve something. That is the only way that changes and transformations take place. Formal and informal criticisms have been the centerpiece of every advanced society.
The Dangers of Journalism 101 Journalists who dont run with the pack routinely face difficulty and danger Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Journalists who cover cutting edge material, the politics of repression or wars or covert operations have always been at risk. Its part of the job and part of the joy of the job. The risk, the danger is all part of the rush that makes some journalists work.
Daughters of India Violated and Abused A Woman's Lot Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Widespread sexual abuse rapes the land and inflicts harm upon the women of India who are isolated from the emerging "New India".
Death of a Hero The General, The Media Adulation And The Forgotten Victims Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 If all this glorification of a military commander had happened in the North Korean or the Soviet-era press, lavishly praising an 'original' who'd given years of 'patriotic service' in wars abroad, it would have rightly elicited scorn and ridicule amongst commentators here.
Debunking Obamas Chemical Weapons Case Against the Syrian Government Fact and Fiction Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Governments Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013 is a poorly constructed attempt to justify the politically, militarily, and morally unjustifiable war against Syria.
Deep Sea and Foreign Going Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Brings You 90% of Everything Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 A voyage through the shady world of international shipping, the hidden industry upon which our world turns and our future depends.
Deformities, sickness and livestock deaths: the real cost of GM animal feed? Deformities, Sickness and Livestock Death Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Feeding animals a diet containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients or more specifically feed made from GM soya and sprayed with the controversial herbicide glyphosate is responsible for deformities and other defects in pigs.
Delusions of the Tech Bro Intelligentsia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 With employees of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system on strike, the Silicon Valley tech elite has reminded us all that despite their enlightened Bay Area lifestyles, they are still, at root, a bunch of rich dudes. Corey Robin ably documents the reactionary politics and moral degeneracy of people who see themselves as heroic entrepreneurs and the people who get them to work as greedy parasites.
Deranging America Drugged, Indebted, Armed-to-the-Teeth Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A question worth asking: Who benefit from a more compulsive, hence more violent, population? Well, if youre pushing eternal warfare, which we are, youll need a pool of nutcases who are willing to shoot anyone for any reason, or none at all, and more deranged oafs at home to go Rah! Rah! over any bombing run or drone hit. Are we going into Mali next? Why not? Where is it, by the way? There has never been a country fighting so many wars without a serious debate about any of them. And if you want people to buy first, think later, to rack up life-wrecking debts to satiate all ephemeral cravings, then you ply them with poison, flickering television and thumping music. You dont want a population capable of deliberating, reflecting, thinking clearly or even listening attentively, much less reading, but one that can be jerked around by any sexy come-on or dumbed down slogan.
The Dialectic of Monstrosity - review Against The Current vol. 162 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A review of 'Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires, and Global Capitalism' by David McNally.
Diaspora Jews Must Speak Out Law in the Service of Discrimination Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 No democracy, in todays world, should have the right to speak for persons who are not its citizens, live thousands of miles away, and have not given their direct consent to be spoken for or represented.
The Disappearance of Palestine Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The idea that a financial lifeline whether Kerrys plan or Netanyahus economic peace is going to smooth the path to the conflicts end is an illusion. Peace, and prosperity, will come only when Palestinians are liberated from Israeli control.
Django Unchained, or, The Help: How Cultural Politics Is Worse Than No Politics at All, and Why Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 On reflection, its possible to see that Django Unchained and The Help are basically different versions of the same movie. Both dissolve political economy and social relations into individual quests and interpersonal transactions and thus effectively sanitize, respectively, slavery and Jim Crow by dehistoricizing them. The problem is not so much that each film invents cartoonish fictions; its that the point of the cartoons is to take the place of the actual relations of exploitation that anchored the regime it depicts.
The Dreadful Legacy of UN Resolution 181 Sixty Years Later Global Support for a Palestine Grows Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Approximately three quarters of a million Palestinians are refugees, offspring of the families who were forced into Syria and Lebanon when Zionist terrorists depopulated and destroyed Palestinian villages.
The Drug Companies Expansion Into Emerging Markets Profit, Drugs, and International Markets Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Faced with declining prescription drug sales in the U.S., and having lost patent protection for many profitable drugs, the drug industry is relying increasingly in new markets such as China and other fast developing countries, such as those in Africa. That expansion, however, is oftentimes tainted by unsavory commercial practices.
Eavesdropping on the Planet The Inalienable Right to Snoop? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Like a mammoth vacuum cleaner in the sky, the National Security Agency (NSA) sucks it all up: home phone, office phone, cellular phone, email, fax, telex satellite transmissions, fiber-optic communications traffic, microwave links voice, text, images captured by satellites continuously orbiting the earth, then processed by high-powered computers if it runs on electromagnetic energy, NSA is there, with high high tech. Twenty-four hours a day. Perhaps billions of messages sucked up each day. No one escapes. Not presidents, prime ministers, the UN Secretary-General, the pope, the Queen of England, embassies, transnational corporation CEOs, friend, foe, your Aunt Lena
Edward Snowden: Profile in Courage Whistleblowing in the Name of the Constitution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 29-year-old former technical assistant to the CIA and employee of a defense intelligence contractor admitting to disclosing top secret documents about the National Security Agencys massive violation of the privacy of law-abiding citizens.
The Emperors New Penis The Same Sexual Threats, the Same Silence for Women Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Right now the gender fundamentalists are doing their best to shut down dialogue. Theyve damaged booksbooks that dont even mention their concernpressured bookstores, and silenced speakers scheduled at universities. It should come as no surprise that they are using the final tactics of all fundamentalists: bullying, threats, assault. And theyve done this with increasing frequency and intensity. How long does it take to see the pattern?
Empire Building, the Debt Ceiling, the Budget Deficit, and the Samson Solution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Raising the debt ceiling allows the State to keep borrowing and pay its billionaire creditors.Financing the budget deficit requires borrowing, which involves the sale hundreds of billions of dollars worth of US government bonds through Wall Street but at a cost to the taxpayer. The common denominator is that the entire edifice of finance capital and all of its support structures depend on debt financing by the State. By borrowing and then taxing its citizens the Treasury extracts wealth from the vast majority of Americans.
Empire of the Comanche The Passing of Comancheria Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The period of Comanche domination of Texas, New Mexico, Northern Mexico, and much of the American West between 1750 and 1850 is just a passing footnote in American and Mexican history, but it provides an interesting perspective on many important historical questions, notably the history of the Eurasian steppe and the role of violence in long-distance trade.
The Empires Shill The Real Mission of the New York Times Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013
Empty Lectures About the Sanctity of the Rule of Law Washington Has No Sense of Shame Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 US is threatening Hong Kong, China, Russia and now little Ecuador with all manner of reprisals if they dont respect the rule of law and hand over whistleblower Edward Snowden to the US national security apparatus.
The End of Night Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Paul Bogard illuminates the problems caused by a lack of darkness. We live awash in artificial light. But night's natural darkness has always been invaluable for our spiritual health and the health of the natural world, and every living creature suffers from its loss.
The End of the Leaderless Revolution A Global Fallacy and the Military Intervention in Egypt Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 When movements dont have (or claim not to have) ideologies, agendas, demands and leaders, they can go in two directions: they can dissipate (as did Occupy), or serve the agendas of others. The end of the leaderless revolution does not mean the end of the Egyptian revolutionary process. But it spells the end of the fallacy that the people can take power without an agenda, an alternative platform, an ideology, and leaders.
The Enthronment of Illogic Daring to Know Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 It is not that the average U.S. citizen is incapable of critical thinking, but that there is little incentive to exercise it. He is suppressed, blocked from the free exercise of his principles and values.
Ethiopian Migrants Victimized in Saudi Arabia Racism and Hate Running Through the Streets Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The recent appalling events in Saudi Arabia have brought thousands of impassioned Ethiopians living inside the country and overseas onto the streets. This powerful worldwide action presents a tremendous opportunity for the people to unite, to demand their rights through peaceful demonstrations and to call with one voice for change.
Eugene Genovese (1930-2012) - obituary Against The Current vol. 162 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 After his death last year at the age of 82, most obituaries of Eugene Genovese the historian of American slavery whose masterpiece, Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made, was published in 1974 stated that he traveled from left to right, from Marxism to conservatism.
Evil Takes the High Road Wrapping a Policy of Global Domination in the American Flag Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 No heavens for those who live in one of the Muslim countries in which the United States is waging its preemptive global war on terrorism.
Evil Traffickers and Innocent Children? It's Not So Simple Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 One of the most pressing reasons why teenagers like Adri need to migrate for work is because theres no other way for them or their families to access the money that is essential to life in any capitalist economy.
Exile Islands, Then and Now Histories of Exploitation Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The increasing number of asylum seeker arrivals to Australia more than 15,000 in 2013 alone has become such an issue that in July former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd took a new hardline stance, saying that no one arriving by boat would ever be allowed to settle there.
The extraordinary range of people using offshore hideaways Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Secret records obtained by ICIJ represent the biggest stockpile of inside information about the offshore system ever obtained by a media organisation, and lay bare an extraordinary range of people using offshore hideaways. The leaks illustrate how offshore financial secrecy has aggressively spread around the globe.
Extraordinary Violence at 500 Pearl Street The Sentencing of Jeremy Hammond Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 On Friday, November 15, 2013, extreme violence with malicious intent was meted out by Federal District Court Judge Loretta Preska in the sentencing phase of 28 year old hacktivist Jeremy Hammond before a chamber packed with friends, family, supporters and others.
Eyes Like Blank Discs The Guardians Steven Poole On George Orwells Politics And The English Language Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Published: 2014 Pooles review of Orwell is itself a textbook example of the kind of alienated response described by Orwell, Fromm and Schmidt. Whereas Orwells essay is the work of an impassioned, outspoken individual opposing 'the machine society, Pooles article is the work of a corporate professional operating within the confines of an assigned ideology.
Eyes Wide Open Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The recent revelations, made possible by NSA-whistleblower Edward Snowden, of the reach and scope of global surveillance practices have prompted a fundamental reexamination of the role of intelligence services in conducting coordinated cross-border surveillance.
Factivism and Other Fairytales from Bono The 'Inner Nerd' Gets It Wrong, Again Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A rebuttal to U2 singer Bono's claims regarding the 'imminent eradication of extreme poverty'.
Fair Shares of Food Agriculture in an Age of Gadgets Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Concern over lagging production has prompted a search for technological tricks that might revolutionize food production.
Farming Under the Wall Stories of Palestinian Farmers in the West Bank Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The difficulties of Palestinian farmers as their lands are placed behind the Wall.
The FBI and the Myth of the Fingerprint The Real Crime is in the Crime Lab Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Decade after decade people have been sent to prison for years or dispatched to the death cells, solely on the basis of a single, even a partial print. However the lab scandals threw a shadow over the FBIs forensic procedures
Fear of the Peoples History England's Two Countries Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 England is two countries. One is dominated by London, the other remains in its shadow. They were another nation with a different history, different loyalties, different humour, even different values. At the heart of this was the politics of class.
15 Benefits of the War on Drugs Training Your Kid to be a Snitch (Against You) Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Mocking the government's 'War on Drugs'.
Fifteen minutes of online anonymity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Making sure that your communications and data are confidential is not easy. Jean-Marc Manach, a journalist specialized in digital privacy and security, has an interesting alternative how to have 15 minutes of online anonymity.
Fighting Secrecy and the National Security State An Interview With Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Co-Producer of WikiLeaks's Collateral Murder Video Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Interview with Iceland Member of Parliament Birgitta Jonsdottir of the Pirate Party on the status of this emerging international struggle against government secrecy and surveillance.
Fighting the poachers on Africa's thin green line Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Underpaid, ill-equipped and outnumbered, park rangers fight a one-sided war against vicious gangs of poachers. Hundreds have been murdered in the defence of endangered wildlife, and their deaths leave their own families in jeopardy. David Smith reports from Zambia.
Five years since Canadas constitutional coup Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Five years ago today, Canadas Conservative government used the arbitrary powers of the un-elected governor-general to shut down Canadas parliament so as to prevent the opposition parties from defeating the government in a non-confidence vote.
The Flint sit-down strike, 1936-1937 Jeremy Brecher Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 210,000 auto workers joined the American Federation of Labor (A.F.L.) to take part in the strike but the A.F.L leadership however wanted no part in a strike, and managed to postpone it again and again. The workers won control over the rate of production, despite a union contract that conceded this authority to management.
Flooding the Zone with Bullshit on Syria Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In recent weeks, the Obama Administration has been embarked on a massive propaganda campaign they call flooding the zone. We hope to provide the most direct and systematic refutation of the Administrations case for war in Syria.
Food Justice: Monsanto, Factory Farming, And Beyond Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 It starts with alternative vision: While the dominant hierarchy drowns in its own hypocrisy, fear, and greed lets use our energy and passion to create -- occupy -- a whole new cultural model.
The Founding Fables of Industrialised Agriculture Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Governments these days are not content with agriculture that merely provides good food. In line with the dogma of neoliberalism they want it to contribute as much wealth as any other industry towards the grand goal of economic growth. High tech offers to reconcile the two ambitions producing allegedly fabulous yields, which seems to be whats needed, and becoming highly profitable.
Fracking Indigenous Country Big Green, Sun Media and Elsipogtog Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Police attack the Mikmaq community of Elsipogtog in New Brunswick.
A Freedom Budget for All Americans Recapturing the Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in the Struggle for Economic Justice Today Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 While the Civil Rights Movement is remembered for efforts to end segregation and secure the rights of African Americans, the larger economic vision that animated much of the movement is often overlooked today. That vision sought economic justice for every person in the United States, regardless of race. It favored production for social use instead of profit; social ownership; and democratic control over major economic decisions.
Freedom is a Constant Struggle The Civil Rights Movement in the Rural South Reconsidered Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Is it possible to both win substantial benefits for people who are on the lower rungs of the socio-economic status ladder while at the same time building forms of democratic people power that can continue to challenge the present political oligarchy and the economic plutocracy whose interests it generally serves?
Freedom of Information Takes Another Hit in the United States Keeping Americans Safe Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The United States is a land of ill-informed sheep and the home of a bunch of cowards cowards in government who are afraid of the truth and the open debate over facts and ideas, and cowards among the broader public who willingly allow these steady encroacments on our freedom in the name of fighting terror.
From "Triple Oppression" to "Freedom Dreams" - reviews Against The Current vol. 162 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Reviews of 'Black Internationalist Feminism: Women Writers of the Black Left, 1945-1995' by Cheryl Higashida, 'Radicalism at the Crossroads: African American Women Activists in the Cold War' by Dayo F. Gore, and 'Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism' by Erik S. McDuffie.
Gaza: Life and death under Israels drones Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 There are many things to fear in Gaza. Drones are increasingly being used for surveillance and extra-judicial execution in parts of the Middle East, especially by the US. There are no statistics that detail the effect of the drones on Palestinians in Gaza.
Germ War: the US Record Who Will Intervene? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The United States has exposed of hundreds of thousands of unwitting US citizens to an astonishing array of germ agents and toxic chemicals, killing dozens of people.
Glass buildings kill birds - architects must act! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Horrified at the giga-scale death of birds caused by collisions with trendy expanses of plate glass in modern buildings, James Fischer calls on architects to bring an end to the needless slaughter - and "save a billion birds"!
Globally Renowned Activist Collaborated with Stratfor Sellout Exposed Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Using his celebrated activist status, Popovic opened many doors for Stratfor to meet with activists globally. In turn, the information Stratfor intended to gain from Popovics contacts would serve as actionable intelligence the firm billed itself as a Shadow CIAfor its corporate clients.
GM crops: Hunger as the key to world domination Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Weapons and energy resources are apparently insufficient for total control over the world's nations, power-hungry globalists like David Rockefeller have come up with the idea of using people's daily need for food as a means to achieve global dominance.
Government Secrets and the Need for Whistle-blowers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Whistle-blowing is vital, even more broadly than in government spying. Whistle-blowing is the moral response to immoral activity by those in power. What's important here are government programs and methods, not data about individuals.
Government Spying Aims to Silence Us Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 What the ruling class is aiming at, with these occasional "leaks" about its spying on us, is not so much to collect information about us but rather to make us feel so totally spied upon that we will be afraid to do or say anything we know the government doesn't want us to do or say.
The Great Corporate Tax Shift The $10 Trillion Heist Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The great corporate myth-making machine has been hard at work of late, attempting to create the false impression that US corporations pay high taxes.
The Great Corporate Tax Shift The $10 Trillion Heist Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The great corporate myth-making machine has been hard at work of late, attempting to create the false impression that US corporations are increasingly uncompetitive with their foreign rivals due to the fact they pay much higher corporate taxes in the US and abroad than their capitalist counterparts. But that is one of the great myths perpetrated by corporate apologists, pundits and their politician friends. The myth is high in the pantheon of conscious falsifications their marketing machines feed the American public, right up there along with such other false notions that business tax cuts create jobs, free trade benefits everyone, income inequality is due to a workers own low productivity contribution, overpaid public workers are the cause of states budget deficits, or that social security and medicare are going broke.
Greece's Fascist Threat Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The increasingly bold Golden Dawn party has precipitated a political crisis in Athens whose resolution is far from certain. Golden Dawn, the largest fascist party in Europe and the third largest party in Greece, has grown rapidly during the economic crisis both by scapegoating immigrants, ethnic minorities and queer people, and offering basic necessities like food to Greek citizens impoverished by the countrys austerity program.
Greenhouse Gas Concentrations in Atmosphere Reach New Record Sources News Release Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2012, continuing an upward and accelerating trend which is driving climate change and will shape the future of our planet for hundreds and thousands of years.
Gun Control: Carnage in Context Against The Current vol. 163 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 What "the right to bear arms" means today is murkier in a society which is profoundly unorganized, exceptionally violent, highly racist, and with desperately inadequate care for the mentally ill.
Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to 10 Years His Idealism Remains at Large Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 28-year-old political activist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release at the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. This was the maximum sentence he could receive after his non-cooperating plea deal.
The high price of cheap meat Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A tiny percentage of the wrong animal passed off as beef in industrially processed food in western Europe? Its a small misdemeanour set against the misuse of the worlds agricultural land to produce the luxury of meat.
The History Behind the Organizer of the Water War Oscar Olivera remembers how the Bolivian people took back their land and their power Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Many know Oscar Olivera as the voice and the organizer of the water war in Cochabamba in 2000. Others remember his experience as a factory worker.
The History of Democracy A Marxist Interpretation Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately from the social and economic contexts in which democratic states operate.
Hold the Front Page! Time for a Fifth Estate Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Today, we need a fifth estate right across the media and in journalism training and on the streets. We need those like Edward Smith Hall, who see themselves as agents of people not power.
Hondurans Walk for Dignity and Sovereignty Step by Step Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 About the Walk called 'Caminata Dignidad y Soberanía Paso a Paso' (Walk for Dignity and Sovereignty Step by Step), which culminated with over 400 people from various groups representing the social movements in Honduras reaching the National Congress in Tegucigalpa with various demands.
How Brown Moses exposed Syrian arms trafficking from his front room Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A Leicester-based blogger's monitoring of weapons used in conflict has been taken up by media and human rights groups. Never having been near a warzone has not stopped him from breaking some of the most important stories on the Syrian conflict in the last year.
How Cars Drive Inequality An Exclusive Form of Travel Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Studies show that in car oriented cities are poor are less likely to rise the socioeconomic ladder than in transit and pedestrian oriented cities.
How Human Rights Watch Covers for Companies in Colombia Down Where the Death Squads Live Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Human Rights Watch fails to name the names in its recent report on Colombia entitled, The Risk of Returning Home, Violence and Threats against Displaced People Reclaiming Land in Colombia. And, this is much to HRWs discredit.
How Israeli Apartheid is Coming Unstuck Big Racists vs Little Racists Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Segregation is enforced in all the main spheres of life for Jews and Arabs: land allocation and housing, citizenship rights, education, and employment.
How not to grow a new town Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 For years the governments of Peru, and the municipality of Lima, had a working deal with rural migrants who flocked to the city: well plan the place, you build it, amenities will arrive. Then came the cheap neoliberal substitute of granting land titles and the speculation began.
How should we remember Ralph Klein? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Ralph Klein was one of Canada's most aggressive neo-liberals. Klein's true legacy is a string of anti-social policies and programs.
How To Make India Safer For Women Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Whats to be done to make India, a country where women are veneered in the temple and beaten at home, safer for women?
Hugo Chávez and me Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Tariq Ali's thoughts on how Hugo Chavez, the late president of Venezuela, will be remembered by his supporters as a lover of literature, a fiery speaker and a man who fought for his people and won.
Hugo Chavez and the Revolutionary Imagination A Benevolent Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Chavez was one of the most important voices for peace in Colombia a country ravaged by over 50 years of civil war. The revolution Chavez led in Venezuela is, without exaggeration, the most benevolent one in human history.
Human Rights Need Not Apply America's Racist Links Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Americans, particularly Muslim Americans and Arab and Desi Americans have experienced overt discrimination first hand for over a decade.
Humanity Imperiled: The Path To Disaster Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 For the first time in the history of the human species, we have clearly developed the capacity to destroy ourselves. Thats been true since 1945. Its now being finally recognized that there are more long-term processes like environmental destruction leading in the same direction, maybe not to total destruction, but at least to the destruction of the capacity for a decent existence.
If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different? Snowden Coverage Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion have come to resemble state-controlled media outlets in their near-total identification with the government.
Immigration Reform: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Against The Current vol. 163 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The introduction of immigration reform legislation is a tribute first and foremost to the heroic activism of proud Undocumented and Afraid youth coming forward to demand their rights and refusing to live in the shadows.
In 2011 the dacha gardens of Russia produced 40% of the nation's food. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 While many in the world are completely dependent on large scale agriculture, the Russian people feed themselves. Their agricultural economy is small scale, predominantly organic and in the capable hands of the nation's people. It's not just a hobby but a massive contribution to Russia's agriculture.
In Defense of Amira Hass Claiming the Right of Resistance Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Amira Hass is a reporter for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. She reports on Palestinian affairs in the occupied territories and, over the years, has come to understand the Palestinians plight from their own point of view.
India: Growing Inequality and Destructive Development Misery for the Many, Benefits for the Few Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Under the careful guidance of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund the Indian government has for the last twenty years or so, embraced market liberalization and the global market; garlanded corporations with all manner of subsidies and damned the poor to greater poverty, destitution, suffering and, suicide in the case of farmers.
Inside Bahrain After the Crackdown Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 An interview with Nada Alwadi, one of the journalists who reported honestly about the events on the streets of Manama, Bahrains capital, and in the rest of the small kingdom. She founded the Bahraini Press Association as a vehicle to fight for the right of journalists to report stories freely.
Inside the Capitalist Crisis Against The Current vol. 163 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The bi-partisan austerity offensive corresponding to the logical of capitalist profitability and accumulation continues.
Inside the International Socialist Organization Putting the Sect Into Sectarian Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Intellectual conformity in such groups is not a function of bureaucratic measures such as expulsion. It is all about peer pressure.
The Institutionalization of Tyranny When Victory Has Nothing to do With Justice Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Republicans and conservative Americans are still fighting Big Government in its welfare state form. Apparently, they have never heard of the militarized police state form of Big Government, or, if they have, they are comfortable with it and have no objection.
The Internet, Capitalism, and the State - Book Review A Review of Robert McChesneys "Digital Disconnect" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Robert McChesneys Digital Disconnect is an account of the internets history and likely future within the context of corporate-dominated U.S. society.
Internet Hackers and the Real Threat They Expose Government and Corporations are the Real Problem Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 There were nearly ten major cyber attacks in August 2013 against very prominent targets such as The New York Times.
Interview: Agriculture, class and capitalism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Henry Bernstein, a professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, has for decades been at the forefront of research into the class structure and political economy of agriculture.
Invitation to a Hanging Pity the Executioner Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A recently filed lawsuit suggests Texas execution officials were forced to engage in illegal activities in order to obtain a death dealing drug.
Iron Cagebook The Logical End of Facebook's Patents Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013
Israels Indigenous Invaders How Israel Justifies the Immanent Relocation of Thousands of Palestinian Bedouin by Characterizing Them as Invaders Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 If implemented, the Prawer Plan for the Arrangement of Bedouin-Palestinian Settlement in the Negev will expel an estimated forty thousand Palestinian Bedouin from their current homes.
Istanbuls Shameful May Day Silencing the Masses Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 "I was walking through the streets of Istanbul. Smoke and tear-gas bombs were exploding everywhere and people were running, pursued by police in riot gear". I lay for a while analysing my dream. It was May the first International Workers Day.
Johanna Lawrenson: Organizing on the Run Lawrenson and Partner Abbie Hoffman Ran the Guantlet of US Law Enforcement to Organize for Justice Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In 1978, Johanna Lawrenson launched a social movement with a fugitive. Her partner was Abbie Hoffman, an experienced organizer who at the time was wanted by the FBI.
Journalistic Malpractice at the Post and the Times Rejecting the Offer of Evidence of US War Crimes Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Wikileaks source Bradley Manning is evidence that the USAs two leading news organizations, the Washington Post and the New York Times, are not willing to report critically of the government.
Judging workers for control and profit Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The computer with its air of objectivity has come to dominate human beings. The usurping of human judgment pervades all of society, from healthcare and education to manufacturing and the judicial sphere. Human empathy and understanding have been replaced by automated thinking that mimics the computer. Reclaiming our own minds is a step towards human freedom.
Just the Beginning of Canadas Filthy Tar Sands A Qualitative Jump Down a Black Hole Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 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.
Just winning next election not enough for Liberals or NDP Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 if there is a new government, it will come to power with the extreme right wing more entrenched than ever before.... Aggressive organizations are determined to maintain policies that tend to reward the rich and penalize the rest of us.
The Katrina Pain Index, 2013 New Orleans Eight Years Later Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Eight years after Katrina, New Orleans has lost about 86,000 people, and the city remains incredibly poor.
Keystone XL Activists Labeled Possible Eco-Terrorists Green Scare Continues Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 TransCanada has colluded with an FBI/DHS Fusion Center in Nebraska, labeling non-violent activists as possible candidates for terrorism charges and other serious criminal charges.
Killing Civilians to Protect Civilians The Warped Logic of the Syrian Bombing Mission Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Obama administration will reportedly launch a military strike which would invariably kill civilians for the purpose of showing the Syrian government that killing civilians is wrong
Kosovo: Where NATO Bombing Only Made the Killing Worse The Big Lie: From Serbia to Syria Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The NATO powers brandished the charge of genocide as justification for the bombing that destroyed much of Serbias economy and killed around 2,000 civilians, with elevated death levels predicted for years to come.
The Last American Newspaper Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Nostalgia is a particularly Bostonian pastime, and now almost anyone who ever set foot in that city over the past half-decade has another trigger for melancholy. The Boston Phoenix is dead, boys and girls. The Phoenix wasnt merely the newspaper where I worked in my thirties. It was the place that gave me the time, space and freedom to evolve into who I would become for the rest of my life.
Last Sparks From Tahrir Square Tahrir Square Died, But Not the Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Once again, the prisons of Egypt are full. The hospitals are overflowing with injured men and women. But the fight, the process goes on; it is not dying. Tahrir Square died, but the revolution is getting stronger.
Lawlessness is the New Normal The Lust for Washington's Money Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 No country has been willing to stand up to Washington and to give Snowden asylum.
Left Out History - review Against The Current vol. 162 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A review of 'Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power' by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy.
Gerda Lerner, 1920-2013 Against The Current vol. 163 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Gerda Lerner has been the single most influential figure in the development of womens and gender history since the 1960s.
Lessons From the Working Class Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Acuna tries not to romanticize the working class, but he considers them his teachers.
Lessons of the Snowden Revelations You are the Target! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 We in the Left have long worried about police state tactics. Now we have to confront the police state structure. Its here and it can morph into a real police state with very little effort. Opposing and dismantling it should now be among our top priorities.
Let the People Know Put Full Texts of Government Contracts Online Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Openness in our government is essential for a healthy democracy
Librarians and Palestine An Interview with Vani Natarajan Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Working to preserve Palestinian records and memory in the face of deliberate destruction by Israel.
Libyas Hell, Enabled by Canadian Humanitarians Who Will Protect Libyans Now? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 One of the darkest and most shameful chapters in Western military intervention continues to play out in spades in Libya. Recent news from Benghazi revealed that one of the (literally hundreds) of murderous militias opened fire on peaceful, white-flag-bearing protesters (protesting militias), killing at least 20 and wounding over 130.
Lobbying Elites: The Fast Track To Extinction Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 As we evaluate the outcomes of the recent UN climate negotiations in Warsaw, one lesson that we are invited to learn, again, relates to our strategy for getting effective action taken on the ongoing climate catastrophe and other critical environmental.
Lobbyists for the havens: ICIJs guide to the offshore systems defenders Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Across the world, tax havens are under attack. Leading global organizations like the G20 and OECD have put cracking down on offshore tax avoidance at the top of their agendas. Ambitious plans for automatic sharing of tax data between countries are in the works.
The Logic behind Mass Spying: Empire and Cyber Imperialism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Revelations about the long-term global, intrusive spying by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other allied intelligence apparatuses have provoked widespread protests and indignation and threatened ties between erstwhile imperial allies.
Louisianas For-Profit Prisons How Long Jail Sentences for Trivial Offences Enrich Local Sheriffs and Police Departments Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In Louisiana, writing a cheque that bounces still carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, and the minimum sentence for a repeat burglary offender is 24 years without parole.
Mali, Wahabis, and Saudis Following the Money Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The impact of the Wahabi movement in Mali.
The Man the Media Loved to Hate The US Press and Hugo Chavez Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Chávez was a classic petro-dictator, a charismatic demagogue whose chosen successor guaranteed that the combination of buffoonery and thuggery that Chávez pioneered will continue past his grave.
Mandela the radical Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Nelson Mandela will be celebrated principally for the dignity with which he emerged onto the world stage after decades in prison and for the forgiveness that he displayed towards his former enemies in forging a democratic, multi-racial South Africa from the poisoned legacy of apartheid.
The Mandela Years in Power Did He Jump or Was He Pushed? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 South Africas democratization was profoundly compromised by an intra-elite economic deal that, for most people, worsened poverty, unemployment, inequality and ecological degradation, while also exacerbating many racial, gender and geographical differences.
Marching to Jerusalem Searching for Dignity in Occupied East Jerusalem Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 46 years ago, Israel seized East Jerusalem. Since then, Israel has undertaken measures to restrict Palestinian movement.
Marxism and Anarchism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Remarks in our meeting in the London Anarchist Bookfair.
Marxism and womens oppression today Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Times reflect how much in society in relation to women has changed, but also how much appears to have stayed the same.
Marxism as if the planet mattered A Return to Marxs Ecological Critique Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels held that capitalism inevitably tears apart the natural conditions that sustain life. They argued capitalism's exploitation of working people, and the unsustainable exploitation of nature, were linked and part of the same process.
May 5, 1818: Birth of Karl Marx Seeds of Fire Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 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.
Media Gets Targeted by Obama, Discovers No One Cares Except the Media Welcome to the Freakshow Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The news media has a role to play and its not entertainment. Instead of informing people what their government is doing abroad, news organizations are making up fiction about food stamps breaking the budget and digging through Michael Jacksons grave.
Memory and Repression in El Salvador Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The raid on Pro-Busqueda happened three days after the Salvadorean Supreme Court heard testimony from survivors of a 1982 raid carried out by government forces.
Metadata - your files talk for you Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Few Internet users are aware that many file formats contain hidden data, or metadata. Text processing files or PDFs are likely to contain the name of the author, the date and time of the creation of the file, and often even part of its editing history.
The Metaphors of Movements - review Against The Current vol. 163 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A review of 'Guerillas in the Industrial Jungle: Radicalisms Primitive and Industrial Rhetoric' by Ursula McTaggart.
Mexico's war on drugs is one big lie Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Anabel Hernández, journalist and author, accuses the Mexican state of complicity with the cartels, and says the 'war on drugs' is a sham. She's had headless animals left at her door and her family have been threatened by gunmen.
Migrant Workers in Saudi Arabia Killed Beaten Raped Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 With few opportunities at home, millions of poor, desperate men and women from South East Asia and the horn of Africa migrate annually to Saudi Arabia. Vulnerable at home and vulnerable abroad where many are enslaved and badly abused, some killed.
Migration and Morality Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Paul Collier's book Exodus has been welcomed as a humane and rational intervention in an often toxic debate. It seems to tell us more about the character of the contemporary immigration debate than it does about the merits of Colliers arguments.
Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence In a World Without Privacy, There Are No Exemptions for Our Spies Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Given how similar they sound and how easy it is to imagine one leading to the other, confusing omniscience (having total knowledge) with omnipotence (having total power) is easy enough. Its a reasonable supposition that, before the Snowden revelations hit, Americas spymasters had made just that mistake. If the drip-drip-drip of Snowdens mother of all leaks -- which began in June and clearly wont stop for months to come -- has taught us anything, however, it should be this: omniscience is not omnipotence. At least on the global political scene today, they may bear remarkably little relation to each other. In fact, at the moment Washington seems to be operating in a world in which the more you know about the secret lives of others, the less powerful you turn out to be.
Mkhuseli Khusta Jack and the Art of the Boycott 27 Years Later, a South African Organizer Looks Back at a Tactic that Hastened the End of Apartheid Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A key figure in organizing a consumer boycott was the young South African Mkhuseli (Khusta) Jack, who recently discussed his experiences in that campaign with students and professors assembled for the 2013 Narco News Authentic School of Journalism.
Mongolia, Canada, Israel & the United States Colonialism, Mining and Oil Shale: Don't Let the Genie Out of the Bottle Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Genie Energy announces a deal they struck with the Petroleum Authority of Mongolia.
Monsanto: Contamination By All Means Necessary Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 What happens when you allow commercial interests free rein over a nation state's food and agricultural policies? Consumers and farmers end up paying the price.
Monsanto, the TPP and Global Food Dominance Putting Profits Before Populations Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Global food control has nearly been achieved, by reducing seed diversity with GMO (genetically modified) seeds that are distributed by only a few transnational corporations. But this agenda has been implemented at grave cost to our health; and if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passes, control over not just our food but our health, our environment and our financial system will be in the hands of transnational corporations.
Monsanto vs. Vernon Bowmans Farm The Fiction of Intellectual Property Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Monsantos entire case against Vernon Bowman as with Percy Schmeiser is that their profits will be negatively affected if theye not empowered to dictate what Vernon Bowman does on his own land and with his own stuff. The relief theyre requesting is that the state should therefore so empower them.
Moving Beyond Keystone XL Direct Action on Line 9 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Line 9, which is a pipeline that moves oil west towards Sarnia and the refining facilities there, is where a group of people walked onto the Canadian energy corporation Enbridges North Westover pumping station and occupied the facility on June 20th, 2013.
Murdoch's Politics How One Man's Thirst For Wealth and Power Shapes our World Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 McKnight tracks Murdoch's influence, from his support for Reagan and Thatcher, his deal with Tony Blair and attacks on Barack Obama. He examines the secretive corporate culture of News Corporation: its private political seminars for editors, its support for think tanks and its global campaigns on issues like Iraq and climate change.
My Years at Wal-Mart Making One Do the Work of Three Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Wal-Mart is but the largest wave in a rising tide, and, unless we stand together, united and with dignity, as a great levy for justice to hold and push it back, this tide threatens to drown us all.
Narcoland The Mexican Drug Lords And Their Godfathers Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Hernández explains how Mexico became a base for the mega-cartels of Latin America and one of the most violent places on the planet. She reveals the mind-boggling depth of corruption in Mexico's government and business elite.
Narcs Versus Big Pharma Behind the Meth Curtain Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Communities in the heartland of America are fighting an epidemic of methamphetamine labs. The driving force behind the scourge? Big Pharma.
The National Security State Exposed Obama v. Snowden Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Snowden disclosed orders demanding that all of the nations internet providers allow for secretly conducted, and ongoing government sweep of phone calls, audio and video chats, e-mails, photographs, and other communications used daily by American citizens.
NATO Sets Its Sights on Colombia Trouble Brewing in South America Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Colombian Defence Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón and the Deputy Secretary-General of NATO, Alexander Vershbow, signed an Agreement on the Security of Information which include future collaboration in matters of security, and facilitates the participation of Colombia in a number of NATO activities.
Needed: 5% Participation to Overthrow Crony Capitalism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Erica Chenoweth, author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, explains how to overthrow U.S. crony capitalism: In raw numbers, movements generally achieve systematic change (i.e., in the +80% likelihood category) when they mobilize over 5 percent of the population. The Iranian Revolution, among the largest popular uprisings, achieved about 10 percent mobilization. In the US with 311 million people, this would mean between 15.5 million and 31.1 million people.
Nelson Mandela Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Mandela was not alone. The struggle to liberate South Africa was a collective effort. Moreover it was the power of the most downtrodden, the workers in the factories, the poor in the community, working class women and youth that brought the Apartheid government, if not completely to its knees at least to negotiate the terms of the end of their racist system.
Nelson Mandela: A Dissenting Opinion Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 It is an indication of what Mandela was up against that the man who fought so hard and long against a brutal apartheid regime was so completely defeated when he took power in South Africa. That was because he was no longer struggling against a rogue regime but against the existing order. As I suspect Mandela realised only too well, one cannot lead a revolution when there are no followers.
New report documents a living death in US prisons Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a massive report that meticulously documents the unconstitutional practice of life imprisonment without parole in federal and state prisons in the US.
New wave of attacks on freedom of information Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 With the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and major leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood under wa, Egyptian media workers are targets of attack. Freedom of information is threatened. Measures include military trials, arbitrary arrests, and abusive treatment in detention as Egyptian authorities maintain their campaign of repression.
The New Worker Organizing Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Many, perhaps most, worker centerbased organizing projects focused on workers in low-wage jobs, are conducted with the active support and, often enough, leadership provided by a variety of community-based organizationswith support from one or more unions.
New York Times, Obamacare and the war on the elderly Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 On Dying After Your Time by Daniel Callahan advances the notion that the burning issue vexing the US health care system is that people are living too long. The cost of keeping them alive, Callahan argues, is threatening a social catastrophe.
Northern Freedom Chronicles - book review Against The Current vol. 162 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Review of 'Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North' by Thomas J. Sugrue.
The Not-So-Secret History of Capitalism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 This is a coda to my review of Paul Colliers book Exodus. I questioned the moral and social arguments that Collier employs to justify his arguments, and suggested that there is often a chasm between that evidence and Colliers more contentious arguments, while many of his policy prescriptions are morally questionable.
The NSA Apologists It's Not Snowden Who Betrayed Us Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The NSA controversy is about whether we should trust people with institutional power.
NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The National Security Agency has made repeated attempts to develop attacks against people using Tor, a popular tool designed to protect online anonymity, despite the fact the software is primarily funded and promoted by the US government itself.
The NSA Has Effectively Destroyed Internet Privacy Snowden's Latest Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Whistle-blower Edward Snowden prove that the NSA, working with its British counterpart the Government Communications Headquarters has conducted an intentional and largely sucessful campaign to destroy all privacy on the Internet.
The NSA's Invasion of Google and Yahoo Servers Your Email is Likely Being Monitored Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The American National Security Agency (NSA) has been intercepting information coming in and out of Google and Yahoo servers over non-public, internal network fibre optic lines. In December, 2012 alone, the program (revealingly called MUSCULAR) processed 181,280,466 Google and Yahoo records that included email, searches, videos and photos.
NSA's Path to Totalitarianism Ever-Shrinking Democracy in America Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The American National Security Agency (NSA) appears as a rogue organization, extremism in the putative service of liberty. Or better, call it, stripped of all cosmetics, the unerring mark of a Police State, itself become identical with Fortress America, the National-Security State.
The NSA's Spying Operation on Mexico Systematic Eavesdropping on the Government Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The American NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years. Three major programs constitute a massive espionage operation against Mexico.
Obamas Obscenities on Syria Obama Offers No Evidence Assad was Behind Poison Gas Attack in Damascus, Yet Defends Unprovoked War Anyway Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 President Obama did not give any compelling evidence to prove that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was behind the alleged Sarin attack on residents of a suburb of Damascus.
Obamas Sinister Crackdown on the Press Detention of Greenwald Partner in London Clearly Came on US Orders Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 David Miranda was placed on such a watch list by the US because of his relationship with Greenwald and was detained and held, without access to a lawyer, for nine hours.
Occupy Cincinnati as a Case Study Against The Current vol. 163 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Occupy Cincinnati was "an event, not a movement." It is argued that viewing Occupy both in Cincinnati and nationally as a movement, causes it to be seen as something that is now over, diminishing its significance.
Occupy the Workplace - review Against The Current vol. 162 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A review of 'Ours to Master and to Own: Workers Control from the Commune to the Present', edited by Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini.
Old-Fashioned Political Activism Doesn't Work Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 If you have ever read an article aiming to make you angry at some government or corporation by exposing some vile wrong-doing of it, then you've experienced at least one author's old-fashioned politcal activism. And if you've ever been asked by some organization, that avoids talking about the necessity and possibility of revolution, to attend a demonstration or sign a petition or vote against some particular governmental or corporate wrong-doing, then you've encountered an old-fashioned political activist organization. If you are, yourself, an old-fashioned political activist, as I once was, then this article is for you.
On Being Watched in the 60s When Police Power was Embraced as a Form of Government Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 There would seem to be the notion that the Sixties were the product of immaculate conception. In fact, they were more an act of conversion, conversion of the isolated, unfocussed, dispersed and inarticulate alienation of the 1950s into a mass movement with common language, direction, and rules.
On Buddhist Fundamentalism Hollywood, Please Take Note Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Four years after the brutal assault on the Tamil population and the killing of between 810,000 Tamils by the Sri Lankan army, there is trouble again. The saffron-robed fanatics, led by the BBS Bodu Bala Sena: the most active and pernicious of Buddhist fundamentalist groups that have sprouted in Sinhala strongholds throughout the island are on the rampage again.
On Democracy As A Good Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Is democracy good in itself? Exploring the impact of democracy during and after the Arab Spring.
On the Warpath in Venezuela Against the Bolivarian Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Nicolas Maduro won Venezuelas presidential election in April by a slim margin, a result still unrecognized by the U.S. government. Opposition demonstrations quickly spread, killing 13 people. Now his government faces municipal elections on December 8, and engineered social turmoil has returned.
Online Survival Kit Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 This Online Survival Kit offers practical tools, advice and techniques that teach you how to circumvent censorship and to secure yo communications and data. This handbook will gradually be unveiled over the coming months in order to provide everyone with the means to resist censors, governments or interests groups that want to courntrol news and information and gag dissenting voices. The Reporters Without Borders Digital Survival Kit is available in French, English, Arabic, Russian et Chinese. Published under the Creative Commons licence, its content is meant to be used freely and circulated widely.
Open Borders and the Tragedy of Open Access Commons Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Open borders refers to a policy of unlimited or free immigration. I argue here that it is a bad policy. If you are poor and your country provides no social safety net, you move to one that does. If you are rich and your country makes you pay your taxes, you move (or at least move your money) to one that doesnt. Thus safety nets, and public goods in general, disappear as they become both overloaded and underfunded. That is the world without borders, and without community. That is the tragedy of open access commons.
Organizer Renny Cushing Tapped the Power of Community to Pull the Plug on Nuke Plants Clamshell Alliance Drew a Line in the Sand That the Nuclear Energy Industry Has Not Crossed to This Day Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 As one of the key figures in the Clamshell Alliance in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Cushing was effective in organizing a movement that played a major role in freezing the construction of new nuclear power projects in the United States for decades.
Osama Bin Laden, Bradley Manning and Me Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 As far as can be deduced, the government believes that the documents and videos that Bradley Manning gave to Wikileaks, which Wikileaks then widely distributed to international media, aided the enemy because it put US foreign policy in a very bad light.
Oscar Lopez Rivera and the Struggle for Puerto Rican Independence An Indomitable Spirit of Resistance Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Oscar López Rivera has served 32 years in the dungeons of imperialism for the crime of fighting for the independence of Puerto Rico as a member of the Armed Forces for National Liberation (FALN). The continued militancy of Oscar López Rivera, after more than three decades of imprisonment, is a living testimony of the indomitable will to resist all attempts to break the combative spirit of a man, who has become a symbol of his people, yearning for freedom.
The Other Police State Private Cops vs. the Public Good Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A revealing study on "Spooky Business: A New Report on Corporate Espionage Against Non-profits" written by Gary Ruskin confirms ones worst suspicions about the ever-expanding two-headed U.S. security state. It details how some companies use the security apparatus, including questionable espionage tactics, against anyone who challenges their authority.
The Paranoia of The Superrich And Superpowerful Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The United States is in favor of stability. But you have to remember what stability means. Stability means conformity to U.S. orders. We stabilize countries when we invade them and destroy them.
Paulina González Uses Story Telling as a Tool of Civil Resistance The organizer from south Los Angeles believes that you can touch peoples hearts with stories Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Paulina González believes that story telling is fundamental to succeed any social movement needs the support and dedication of a critical mass.
Photographing Tragedy What Victims Actually Want Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 What is the use of a photo when the human conscience has grown numb, and barely appreciates the artistic expression of the photo, not the moral and political crisis it represents?
Pink Sari Revolution A Tale of Women and Power in the Badlands of India Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Narrating the story of Sampat Pal and the Pink Gang's fight for Sheelu, as well as for others facing injustice and oppression: a portrait of women grabbing fate with their own hands - and winning back their lives.
Pirating Creativity The MPAA Is Going After Schoolchildren Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) goes all-out enforce its intellectual property claims upon those who would dare share and distribute media.
The Planet Cant Keep Doing Us A Favour Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 With humanity's huge impact on the planet's climate becoming ever clearer, the claim of 'history in the making' is truly deserved.
Plutocracy in America Runaway Exploitation Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Arguments for categorizing America as a plutocracy (a government of the rich and for the rich).
The Police State is Real It Has Happened Here Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Bush regimes response to 9/11 and the Obama regimes validation of this response have destroyed accountable democratic government in the United States. So much unaccountable power has been concentrated in the executive branch that the US Constitution is no longer an operable document.
A Policy without a Conscience Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The tragedy and the horror of Lampedusa did not come out of the blue. Much of the responsibility lies with the policies pursued by European nations. The only policy that could prevent more tragedies like that is that no European politician will countenance: the liberalization of border controls, and the dismantling of Fortress Europe.
Porter's corporate interests can't be allowed to trump public health Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 We are concerned that it will be the children who live, study and play less than 300 metres from the current airport in the high-rises, the Waterfront school, Little Norway Park, the daycare and community centre who will be most affected by the addition of jets. Consider that landings and takeoffs generate the highest emissions and that peak airport periods coincide with times children walk to and from school.
Post-war Left Feminism - review Against The Current vol. 163 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A review of 'Feminism, the Left, and Postwar Literary Culture' by Kathlene McDonald.
Postering Revolution Wheat Paste, the Marxist Glue Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 On the role of postering in the activist agenda.
Postmodernism, the Academic Left, and the Crisis of Capitalism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Over the past fifty years, postmodern theory an umbrella term generally used to refer to such diverse theoretical movements and paradigms as post-structuralism, Lacanian psychoanalysis, deconstruction, and others has generally dominated most fields in the humanities and some in the social sciences. But the economic meltdown in 2008 and the subsequent chronic crisis in capitalism have dealt a fatal theoretical blow to the varied and nearly ineffable assemblage of perspectives that are often grouped under the rubric of postmodernism. postmodernism was indeed tragedy. It was tragedy for the massive amounts of cultural capital that it wasted; it was tragedy for the defrauding of intellectual integrity that it represented; it was tragedy for the abandonment of reality that it recommended. Further, like the financial fiasco, it was criminal.
The Power of Idle No More A Resurgent Radicalism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The remarkable Idle No More movement is the biggest and most important national outpouring of grass roots aboriginal anger ever seen in Canada.
Preparing for a Post-Chávez Venezuela Not One Step Backward, Ni Un Paso Atrás Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 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.
Preparing For More Slaughter in Syria Moloch's Minions Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 it is likely that Western leaders will give the nod to launch the airstrikes that will kill a large number of human beings.
Prisoners of the War on Terror Time to Give up "Hope" and Think About Active Change Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Status of prisoners of war in Guantanamo.
Prisons Full of Innocents The Big Lockup Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The number of convictions and the lengths of sentences has increased and some men have been wrongly convicted of crimes they simply did not commit.
Privacy for the other five billion Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Aadhaar is but one example of the development sector's growing fascination with technologies for registering, identifying, and monitoring citizens
Privacy and the Right to Strike in Canada Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The neoliberal assault on labour has now entered its fourth decade. Equally concerning for the labour movement has been the long assault on the post-war labour freedoms to organize, bargain, and strike.
Privacy tapped out Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 For over a century, Americans and their judiciary fiercely fought any attempt by security agencies and law enforcement to listen in on private electronic communications. Now theyve stopped fighting, and the surveillance is out of control.
Pro-European Union protests mount in Kiev Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Over 100,000 demonstrators protested in Kiev on Sunday to demand the resignation of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich. They were protesting Yanukovichs abandonment of an association agreement with the European Union (EU.
Profiles in Courage, and in the Lack of Courage Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The White House's press release of Malala's meeting with Barack Obama further diminished the import of her visit, and her remarkable courage, by failing to note that she had taken the opportunity of her visit to tell the president directly to his face that he should halt the drone attacks that he has been ordering on suspected Taliban leaders in western Pakistan drone attacks that have often been calculated to kill not just targeted individuals but many innocent men, women and children in the vicinity of the blasts.
The Prosecution and Persecution of Bradley Manning Setting An Example Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The desire to strip Manning of careful intent has been a tactic of the government that is prosecuting him and the mainstream media who parrot their propaganda from the start.
Public Declaration: Solidarity against police repression in Montreal We will not submit to the municipal by-law P-6 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 With this public declaration, we assert our opposition to by-law P-6: we will continue to demonstrate without negotiating our demo routes with police, and we will systematically challenge all tickets that arise from this by-law.
Public Enemy Number One: the Public Keeping Us in the Dark and Under Watch Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Those in power use language to obscure meaning more often than to convey it. Their power depends on keeping us the enemy in the dark.
Quebecers' right to protest restricted after 2012 "Maple Spring" in Canada Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In 2012, a massive student strike over tuition fee increases rocked Quebec and thousands took to the streets, marching in protest. In the aftermath, Montreal residents find that their ability to protest has been restricted, as the police employ increased powers to arrest and fine demonstrators.
The Radical Center and Armed Revolution A Challenge for the Left Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Poll shows 29% of registered voters in the U.S. believe armed revolution to protect liberties may be necessary the self-appointed political center went into full conniption in defense of the established order.
Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Radical Jesus is arguably the first modern effort to convey through comic art the meaning of Jesus and his social message, not just in his own time, but also in the Radical Reformation, recent centuries, and in our own time.
A Radical Vision for Victory A Freedom Budget for All Americans Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 This remarkable book brings back into view a radical vision for victory within the mainstream, armed with the kind of expectation glimpsed briefly in the 2008 election race but this time without the support of a grassroots movement long since vanished.
Rafael Correa, the Press, and Whistleblowers Corporate Control and Double Standards Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 There are claims of hypocrisy because of Correa providing asylum to whistleblowers however also passing a Communications Bill that detractors claim is a major blow to a free press.
Rallying to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline Against The Current vol. 163 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Despite uncomfortably cold weather in Washington, DC the February 17 mobilization to stop the Keystone XL Alberta-U.S. tar sands pipeline drew a crowd conservatively estimated at over 20,000.
Red Lines Drawn with Syrian Blood The Problems With Obama's Case Against al-Assad Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The US and its allies are likely to carry out an attack on Syria in the very near future whether or not Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons.
Reflections on a Religion of Hate Engaging in War Crimes Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Refelctions on US preparations to engage in more acts of war against yet another Middle Eastern country.
Reflections on the Corporate Security State Hes nuts. Like out there." Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Wikileaks began releasing millions of emails from anonymous hacks of the intelligence firm Stratfor, a global intelligence provider. Stratfor staff are very interested in organizations such as the Rainforest Action Network (RAN).
Reform and Revolution at Left Forum 2013 Tension and Transformation Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 This years Left Forum, held at Pace University in lower Manhattan was one of the largest gatherings in North America of the US and international Left.
Reproductive Justice Needed Against The Current vol. 163 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Many wonder why the fight to maintain legal abortion is still so heated forty years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Dianne Feeley points to attitudes about women that provide the political space for the right-wings attacks.
Retracting Séralini Study Violates Science and Ethics Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Giles-Eric Séralini, a professor of molecular biology at Caen University, led a toxicological study on GM maize and the Roundup herbicide which found an alarming increase in early death, large tumours including cancers, and diseases of the liver and kidney. What followed was a concerted worldwide campaign to discredit the findings.
The Return of COINTELPRO? Time to Target the Real Terrorists Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The FBI was using its offices and agents across the country as early as August 2011 to engage in a massive surveillance scheme against Occupy Wall Street. The documents show a government agency at its most paranoid.
Revealed: Pentagon's link to Iraqi torture centres Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Pentagon sent a US veteran of the "dirty wars" in Central America to oversee sectarian police commando units in Iraq that set up secret detention and torture centres to get information from insurgents.
Revenge of the Pomo Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The repression (either physically or ideologically via social amnesia) of utopians by the Palmer Raids, McCarthyism, and now (certain varieties of) Post-Modernism has led us to a situation in which some search for authenticity in the wrong places. The gap between virtuous and misplaced authenticity is a symptom of repression, the loss of some deeper truths about solutions be they cooperatives, political mobilization, or honest journalism.
Review: Accompanying: Pathways to Social Change Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Review of Staughton Lynd's "Accompanying: Pathways to Social Change", a book that by and large uses a story-based pedagogy rather than an analysis-based one. It walks through struggles that Lynd and his wife Alice have been involved in directly.
Rise of the naked female warriors Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Known for its topless protesters, Femen is a worldwide movement against patriarchy. But are the activists' breasts obscuring the message?
Roadblocks to Climate Activism The Problem of Natural Localism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The consequences of global warming. The evidence for the evolving dire effects of building CO2 and other greenhouse gases is getting increasingly conclusive. We are a species influenced by natural localism, and therefore the majority of Americans, and others in the West as well, are not going to abandon a present full of profit and relative comfort as long as the sky is clear in their own local place and time. As to the future beyond their grandchildren, it simply does not seem real.
Scientific journal retracts study exposing GM cancer risk Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology appears to have violated scientific standards by withdrawing a study which found that rats fed on a Monsanto GM corn were more likely to develop cancer than controls.
Scientists pledge to boycott Elsevier Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Following the retraction of the Seralini et al scientific paper which found health damage to rats fed on GM corn, over 100 scientists have pledged in this Open Letter to boycott Elsevier, publisher of the journal responsible.
Screening the Working Class Movies We Love About Workers, Work and the Workplace Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 List of movies featuring workers, work, and the workplace.
Secret Sexual Fantasies The Erotic Theater of the Mind Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Your fantasies are always with you, playing hide-and-seek with your perceived realities, whispering wild ideas into your inner ear, showing movies in your mind, stirring your passions mysteriously, yet so powerfully. If you are imprisoned in any wayby your work, your family, your education, your religion, your governmentyour fantasies become your freedom. Sometimes your ability to fantasize is the only freedom you have.
The Servility of the Satellites The Snowden Affair and the Destruction of Effective Democracy in Europe Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Recent revelations confirm the completion of the transformation of the Western democracies into something else, an entity that as yet has no recognized name. The outrage against the Bolivian President confirmed that this trans-Atlantic entity has absolutely no respect for international law, even though its leaders will make use of it when it suits them. But respect it, allow it to impede their actions in any way? Certainly not. And this disrespect for the law is linked to a more basic institutional change: the destruction of effective democracy at the national level.
A Short History of Bio-Chemical Weapons The Pot Calling the Kettle Black Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Chronology between 400 BC and 2013 of bio-chemical weaponry and foreign policy.
A Short History of Primitive Accumulation From Adam Smith to Angela Merkel Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In Capital, Smiths concept of original accumulation appeared as a word that could mean either original or primitive. Then in the English translation of the English translation of Capital primitive accumulation first appears.
Should Russia Attack Colombia? Another Case for Military Action Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Debating the case on whether Putin should or should not attack Columbia. Will Russia follow the example of the US?
The Sinicization Of Tibet Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In 1950s, China incorporated Tibet into its territory and since then, it has began a major reform of all aspects of Tibetan life - social, religious, political and economic. The Tibetans had organised an armed resistance but it could not challenge the Chinese army. As a result of this, thousands of Tibetans fled from Tibet and seek asylum in nearby countries like India, Nepal and Bhutan where they have created refugee or exile communities. But other forms of resistance had been continued and is still continued by Tibetans in Tibet and in exile.
The Sleepwalkers Are Revolting The Right to Sleep, or... Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Center for Disease Controls finding that sleep deprivation has reached epidemic proportions has failed to generate significant public outcry.
SNCC Movement Worker Reflects Against The Current vol. 162 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Gloria House reflects on how SNCC saw the struggle of African Americans as linked to the struggles of colonialized people, and identified with liberation movements domestically and internationally.
Snowden document confirms US-backed mass surveillance in Australia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The document obtained by the former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor confirms that the electronic surveillance agency, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), monitors the domestic population, as well as the people and governments of many Asian countries.
Snowden, Surveillance And The Secret State Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 There is plenty to be said about living under a giant system of government surveillance. Just don't expect the corporate media to explore the full extent of what it really all means.
A Social History of Wiretaps Memory's Half-Life Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Americans century-long distrust of electronic surveillance is shifting to Americans accepting and internalizing new levels of state surveillance.
Social Networking and the Death of the Internet How Do You "Like" That? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 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.
The Software Freedom Movement Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Nicolson-Owens thinks that Alfredo Lopezs article, "Stallman, FOSS and the Adobe Nightmare," gets some of Richard Stallmans message wrong and ends up giving the open source movement credit for a freedom-based philosophy the open source movement disagrees with.
Spain's communist model village Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Marinaleda, in impoverished Andalusia, used to suffer terrible hardships. Led by a charismatic mayor, the village declared itself a communist utopia and took farmland to provide for everyone. Could it be the answer to modern capitalism's failings?
Spying by the Numbers Hundreds of Thousands Subject to Government Surveillance and No Real Protection Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Thanks to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden many more people in the US and world-wide are learning about extensive US government surveillance and spying. There are publicly available numbers which show the reality of these problems are bigger than most think and most of this spying is happening with little or no judicial oversight.
State Law Breakers Violating the Law While Enforcing the Law Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Police routinely break the law under the pretext of enforcing the law.
Stop-and-Frisk as a Policy of State Control Over Blacks and Latinos Hobbes on Trial in New York City Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Nicholas Peart is one of the plaintiffs in the federal class action lawsuit against the New York Police Departments policy of stop-and-frisk, where officers use their power to roam the streets and stop, search and question people they believe may be connected to crime. Their allegation is that the application of this method is racially biased and unconstitutional.
Strictly Legal The Caronia Decision and a Culture of Mercantile Nihilism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Caronia decision reveals an injustice system whose function is to provide legal cover for the excesses of the corporate elite. Caronia is a wake-up moment, announcing that the institutions and the philosophy that sustains it are broken, maybe beyond repair, and must be replaced now, while were still standing, by new social forms imbued with sane and humane values.
The Strike That Didnt Change New York The Chicago teachers strike was a victory for workers around the country. But how do we move from homegrown resistance to a national moveme Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 New York Citys 1.1 million public school children were stranded without a ride, when eight thousand bus drivers walked off the job, sparking a month-long standoff between Local Amalgamated Transit Union 1181 and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The Struggle Against Rape and Sexual Assault Against The Current vol. 163 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Soma Marik discusses how to advance the struggle against sexual assault in the wake of the bus gang rape of last December, which led to massive demonstrations throughout India.
The Subterfuge of Syrian Chemical Weapons Investigating a Forgone Conclusion Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 UN independent commission is investigating whether or not chemical weapons were used in Syria.
Surveillance and the Corporate State Spying, Control and Murder Under the Imperial Presidency Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 With all of the fear mongering the subject has received in recent decades, Americans have in fact had remarkably little to fear directly from terrorism.
Surveillance USA NSA and the PRISM Project Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The government is merrily going about its business of keeping tabs on you in virtually every conceivable way.
Syria chemical warfare claims aim to provoke Western intervention Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The unsubstantiated charges that the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad carried out a chemical weapons attack outside Damascus killing large numbers of civilians have all the hallmarks of a staged provocation aimed at provoking Western intervention.
Syria in the Crosshairs The Kosovo Precedent Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Some high officials in the Obama Administration consider the 1999 war in Kosovo to be a precedent for justifying cruise missile strikes in Syria.
The Syrian Target Why Only an All-Out War Can Depose Assad Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Syria is close to becoming the target of a major Western military intervention
Tails: The amnesic Incognito Live System Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Tails is an operating system like Windows or Mac OS, but one specially designed to preserve your anonymity and privacy.
Tax havens face crisis in wake of Offshore Leaks, report says Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 ICIJs Offshore Leaks investigation has created a crisis of confidence for tax havens, damaging the offshore industrys bottom line and its prospects for growth, a new report by a leading offshore services firm says.
Ten Steps You Can Take Right Now Against Internet Surveillance Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 One of the trends we've seen is how, as the word of the NSA's spying has spread, more and more ordinary people want to know how (or if) they can defend themselves from surveillance online. With a few small steps, you can make that kind of surveillance a lot more difficult and expensive, both against you individually, and more generally against everyone.
A Terribly Human Challenge Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 To make the movie, Joshua Oppenheimer approached the regimes henchmen and spent eight years interviewing some of these killers.
The Terrifying World of Electronic Monitoring From Drone Strikes to Martha Stewart Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Electronic monitoring is about tracking and marking. The GPS technology that is trending in electronic monitors tracks peoples every movement with the purpose of marking them for punishment if they deviate from the program
Theory and Practice of Idealism in Trotskyism and the ISO Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 We have come to conclusions there is a theoretical underpinning to the problems we (and others) experienced in the ISO, such as continually erroneous perspectives which rarely were assessed, a leadership method that emphasized cheerleading and exhortation over sober assessment of the challenges we are facing, a tendency to tail the liberals both politically and organizationally (opportunism), a growing separation between our Marxist theory and our practice (a hallmark of opportunism), a sectarian attitude towards the revolutionary left (other socialists and anarchists alike) and an intolerance toward ongoing political disagreement within the organization.
There Is a War on Ordinary People, and Feminists Are Needed at the Front Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The problem with media-run "conversations" on gender is not merely the almost total absence of male participants, but the suppression of class. The bourgeois media club relegates and distracts from the fact that a full-blooded class war is under way.
Theres Always a Class War Going On An Interview with Chris Steele Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 An excerpt from the second edition of Noam Chomskys OCCUPY: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity published by Zuccotti Park Press.
Thinking of Joining the ISO? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 My goal in writing this is to encourage a fundamental re-thinking of Leninist party-building efforts in order to help end the unnecessary separation between the socialist movement and the working class that has blocked both movements from beginning to reverse the balance of class forces in America. I strongly believe such party-building efforts have helped perpetuate rather than undermine this crippling separation.
Thinking of Joining the ISO? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A critical examination of the ISOs methods, practices, and structures compared to those of the Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party (RSDLP) which the ISO holds up as its organizing model, as well as some suggestions for a better, more effective political practice.
'This Madman Must Be Stopped' Syrian Chemical Weapons Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The White House claims that US intelligence assessed 'with varying degrees of confidence' that 'the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin'.
Threatened with Censorship and Ouster by PENs Henchmen Sign the Petition to Remove Suazanne Nossel Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Nossels appointment may be seen as the most visible and overt symptom of Western subversion that goes back to the very founding of the human rights NGOs
Three Leaks, Three Weeks, and What We've Learned About the US Government's Other Spying Authority: Executive Order 12333 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The National Security Agency has been siphoning off data from the links between Yahoo and Google data centers, which include the fiber optic connections between company servers at various points around the world. While the user may have an encrypted connection to the website, the internal data flows were not encrypted and allowed the NSA to obtain millions of records each month, including both metadata and content like audio, video and text.
The Thrust Toward Opacity Shh! It's a Secret! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Lately weve been bombarded by Secrets. We dont know many of the details, but we do know of their existence, at least some of them. Lets turn briefly to some specifics, first in the area of intelligence and surveillance, then in the terrain of military and paramilitary actions, and finally in the sphere of economic efforts.
To Look and Communicate Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 We Zapatistas know that just as there are many worlds in this world that we inhabit, there are also many forms, modes, times, and places to struggle against the beast, without asking, nor hoping, for anything in exchange.
Too Big to Jail Not Too Big to Resist Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 US rich evade punishment while the poor are criminalized in the two-tier justice system.
Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied on Porn Habits as Part of Plan to Discredit 'Radicalizers' Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six targets, all Muslims, as "exemplars" of how "personal vulternabilities" can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target's credibility, reputation and authority.
Torturing and Jailing Palestinian Children Nightmare in the Occupied Territories Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 About 500-700 children are arrested by the Israeli occupation every year, according to Defense for Children International-Palestine. These children face a policy designed to kill their spirit and shut them down. It targets them physically and psychologically.
Toward a Literacy of Rebellion Compañeros of the Word Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The words dignity, dream, democracy, justice, struggle and liberty are among those central to the Zapatista vision, but perhaps it is the word compañero, the building block of the community and the organization, that holds and contains all of these other words in it.
Transpacific Partnership and Monsanto Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has the potential to become the biggest regional Free Trade Agreement in history, both in economic size and the ability to quietly add more countries in addition to those originally included.
Trotsky Reconsidered: Claude Lefort's Perspective Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In spite of all the ink spilled that says the opposite, Trotsky may have been closer to Stalin than he was to Lenin. Thats the argument made by Claude Lefort (one of the leading members of Socialisme ou Barbarisme) in a 1948 essay, The Contradiction of Trotsky. He criticizes Trotsky for having over and over again pursued a conciliationist approach towards Stalin and failing to uphold what Lefort claims would have been Lenins positions if he had still been alive.
Turkeys Urban Uprising The Struggle for Democracy against Inequality, Oligarchy, Oppression, and Tyranny Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In Turkey, a wave of urban uprisings had spread across the country, involving hundreds of thousands of protesters, in dozens of cities, met with massive state repression and violence, resulting in a few deaths and thousands of injuries and arrests.
Turning Blood into Money Profiting from Killing Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Yotam Feldmans documentary The Lab, released in August, is one of the most important exposés of the obscene rationale and execution of Israels hugely lucrative arms and security industries through the voices of some of its ex-military key operators: Amos Golan, Shimon Naveh, Leo Gleser, and Yoav Galant.
Twice Removed: Double Punishment and Racial Profiling in Canada Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2013 Immigrants who commit criminal offences are punished twice: once when they're sentenced for their crime, and again when they are permanently removed from Canada, even if they had lived here since childhood.This is known as "double punishment."
Two Acts of Terror, Only One Investigation The Real Terrorists are the Corporate Execs Whove Bought the Regulators Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Two acts of terrorism in the US this week, the first took place at the end of the historic Boston Marathon, when two bombs went off near the finish line, killing three and seriously injuring dozens of runners and spectators; the second happened a couple days later in the town of West, Texas, where a fertilizer plant blew up, incinerating or otherwise killing at least 15, and injuring at least 150 people, and probably more as the search for the dead and the injured continues.
The Two Faces of Class Struggle: The Motor Force for Historical Regression or Advance Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 One of the most important and yet most neglected determinants of the outcomes of the economic crisis and resultant deepening of social inequalities and immiseration is the class struggle. In one of his most pithy metaphors, Karl Marx referred to class struggle as the motor force of history.
Two in one? A review of Donny Gluckstein, A Peoples History of the Second World War: Resistance Versus Empire (Pluto, 2012) Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Second World War was and still is the example of the good war, a war that put an end to Auschwitz, a war fought not only by regular armies but also by mass movements of anti-fascist resistance.
Two Struggles, One Story Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Mkhuseli Khusta Jack and Oscar Olivera met face to face and shared their stories of strategic organizing with the scholars and professors of the School of Authentic Journalism.
UK Ordered Destruction Of Embarrassing Colonial Papers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Britain systematically destroyed documents in colonies that were about to gain independence, declassified Foreign Office files reveal. Operation Legacy saw sensitive documents secretly burnt or dumped to cover up traces of British activities.
UK: Walking a tightrope: Between the pro-Islamist Left and the far-Right Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Opposing Sharia and Islamism in the west is like walking on a tight rope most of the time thwarting attacks from the Left, refuting cultural relativism, preventing alliances with the far-Right, explaining the issues ignored by government and the media, mobilising support for secularism and citizenship whilst opposing racism and xenophobia, and making linkages with the many fighting Islamism on the ground in countries across the world.
Undercover Agents Infiltrated Tar Sands Resistance Camp to Break Up Planned Protest TransCanada and Department of Homeland Security Keep Close Eye on Activists, FOIA Documents Reveal Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Law enforcement officials and TransCanad had been spying on a Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance training camp and were able to block some activists who had planned to block the gates at the companys strategic oil reserves.
Understanding Idle No More Special Topics in Aboriginal Community Learning Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A selection of readings related to the Idle No More movement, and to aboriginal struggles in Canada generally.
The U.S. Empire & Modern Day Christian Martyrs 80th Priest Killed in Colombia Since 1984 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 there has been almost no media coverage of the killings of the two bishops, 79 priests, eight men and women religious, as well as three seminarians killed in Colombia alone between 1984 and 2011.
Unless Union Workers Can Strike, Theyre Dead Level the Playing Field Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The strike is workers' only viable weapon. Why? Because it, and it alone, immediately affects the companys profits. Without labour, theyre crippled.
Unregulated oil fracking boom does permanent damage Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 We know about the dangers of pollution from fracking. But its lethal, long-term byproducts and the ease with which they leak or are dumped may be causing worse problems in a state that cant even question them.
The Uprising in Turkey Conservative-Neoliberal Alliance and Popular Resistance in Turkey Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Thousands are taking to the streets to oppose the current regime of old Islamic, anti-secularist values sitting comfortably with large scale US based Neoliberal capitalism.
US and Israeli Intelligence Practice of Torture Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Torture by US and Israeli intelligence agencies.
US: Offensive Cyber-Warfare is Illegal Unless We Do It Resource Type: Unclassified First Published: 2013 The US government declares that cyberwarfare directed against the US would be an act of war -- and, oh, by the way, that it is agressively engaged in cyberwarfare against foreign countries.
The U.S. Press and Repression in the Obama Era A New Awakening or Political Theater? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Obama administrations is expanding its use of executive powers to intimidate and crush dissent had turned its focus on the U.S. press.
US Prosecutors Turned a Blind Eye to Drone Code Piracy They Chose Instead to Strap Digital Visionary Aaron Swartz to Their Buzzsaw Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Aaron Swartz, a 26-year-old Internet activist and the co-developer of popular web tools like RSS feeds and Reddit, ended his life earlier this year at the end of a long battle with federal prosecutors in Boston who had accused him of engaging in digital piracy.
US Still Fighting Threat of Liberation Theology The Wikileaks Revelations Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The assault on the Church in Colombia is both state policy of Colombia as well as the United States which is propping up that military with billions of dollars of assistance, and which views organized movements for social justice in Latin America as a threat to its economic domination of the region.
US Uses Past Crimes to Legalize Future Ones Justifying the Unjustifiable Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The liberal warhawks are groping around for a pretext they can call legal for waging war against Syria, and have come up with the 1999 Kosovo war.
The US v. Trayvon Martin How the System Worked Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, teenage pedestrian died and George Zimmerman walked because our entire political and legal foundations were built on an ideology of settler colonialism.
Utopia in the Catskills Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Proyect talks about "Utopia in the Catskills," an article published on July 20, 1947, which is about refugees who wanted to be farmers and made Woodridge, N.Y., into a prosperous farm-resort town with five co-ops.
The Very Future of Third World Agriculture Is at Stake Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Food security is simply a smokescreen to provide a cover-up for the global efforts being made to dismantle the very foundations of Third World agriculture. Putting more income into the hands of Third World farmers is not acceptable, as it makes developing country agriculture economically viable and therefore deals a blow to U.S. agribusiness trade interests.
The Village Against The World Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Hancox recounts the fascinating story of Marinaleda villagers who expropriated the land owned by wealthy aristocrats and have, since the 1980s, made it the foundation of a cooperative way of life.
Virtual Private Network (VPN) Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 This technology allows the creation of an Internet tunnel (a virtual link) between two physical networks in different locations in a way that is transparent for users.
Voter Suppression Hits Mississippi Against The Current vol. 163 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Concerns regarding the polarization of voting in Mississippi between classses and actions taken with the apparent goal of suppressing the non-white opposition.
Walmart: Black Friday and Beyond Against The Current vol. 162 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Black Friday strike at Walmart stores surprised and elated many on the left and activists throughout labour and allied movements.
The War on Terrorism or Whatever Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A brief survey of the War on Terrorism, a war that has become increasingly difficult to sell to the American public as one of pro-democracy "moderates" locked in a good-guy-versus-bad-guy struggle with an evil dictator, although in actuality the United States has fought on the same side as al Qaeda on repeated occasions before Syria.
War With Syria and its Repercussions A Smoldering Tinderbox Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Obama seems intent on going to war with Syria. The U.S. will be leading Europe, Arab and Israeli allies while pushing an already unstable Middle East into full fledged regional chaos, which could instantly take on an international character.
We cant go on like this Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The legitimacy of capitalism as a way of organising society has been undermined; its promises of prosperity, social mobility and democracy have lost credibility. But there has been no radical change. The system has repeatedly come under fire, but it has survived. What has happened? What can be done about it?
What Bradley Manning Revealed The Wikileaks Files Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 PFC Bradley Manning is a US Army intelligence specialist who released classified information to WikiLeaks.
What If ObamaCare was a Fighter Jet? Prospering Through Failure Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Like the comically bad roll-out of the Affordable Care Acts website, the long-delayed and often-rejiggered F-35 program is a costly disaster rife with technological snafus, software problems and repeated contractor incompetence.
What is a Revolution? A Total Mess Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Ever since the beginning of the Arab Spring there has been much talk of revolutions.
What Is the "Working Class"? Against The Current vol. 163 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 I used to hold up signs about Workers Power at demonstrations. I rarely do that any more. This is because almost no one understands what workers power might mean. They also do not know what worker means.
What Makes a Protest Violent? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The conversation about protest violence has changed but the essential reality remains: the State and its enforcers (public and private) determine what acceptable violence is and what isnt. This determination is not arrived at according to the nature or degree of the violent acts; it is arrived at according to who is perpetrating said act.
What Motivated the Boston Bombers Why It's Not a Chechen Thing, But All About the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Two young men, brothers who emigrated from Kyrgyzstan twelve years ago with their parents and sisters high-achieving, well-assimilated immigrant men planted bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring well over 250.
What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Gar Alperovitzexplains why that the time is right for a revolutionary new economy movement, what it means to democratize the ownership of wealth, what it will take to build a new system to replace the decaying one and how to strengthen our communities through cooperatives, worker-owned companies, neighborhood corporations, small and medium-size independent businesses, and publicly owned enterprises.
Whats the Matter With That Union Boss? The Real Yes Men Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Why do the most right-wing politicians and corporate news outlets always use the term union boss? Because the worst thing they can think of is to say the leader of a labour organization acts like a capitalist? Or the capitalists lackey?
Whats the Sexual Health of the Nation? Sex, Lies and the Great Recession Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 What happens to pleasure during a period of social crisis? Sex may be the best way to determine the true pulse of the nation
When Does Criticism of Islam become Islamophobia? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Basic points that undergird about the relationship between criticism, Islam and Islamophobia. We should stop being so obsessed by the distinction between legitimate criticism and Islamophobia, and start thinking about how an obsession with both Islam and Islamophobia distorts our culture and our debates.
When Madness Swept the Mediterranean A Review of Smyrna: the Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 What was so unique about this Mediterranean port in the Ottoman Empire, which even today, 90 years after the Destruction is still linked to a joie de vivre during the good times and dirges for the Destruction that came so suddenly in September 1922?
Where War Reporting Goes Wrong A Diary of Four Wars Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The four recent conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria have been propaganda wars in which newspaper, television and radio journalists played a central role. In all wars there is a difference between reported news and what really happened, but during these four campaigns the outside world has been left with misconceptions even about the identity of the victors and the defeated.
Who Is An Objective Journalist? Agents of the Status Quo Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The false dichotomy between journalists and activists.
Who was Nelson Mandela? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 We should treasure the memory of the Mandela our rulers hated: the lonely, courageous, unbowed political prisoner, condemned for his resistance to racial oppression.
Why Cooperative Businesses Are Not the Answer Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The problem with the worker-owned cooperative business economic model is that this model retains one of the most important defining characteristics of the capitalist model with which we are so familiar today: production of commodities to be sold for a profit in the market place.
Why I Represent the New Orleans Immigrant Workers Who Committed Civil Disobedience An Honor to Defend Them Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In the thirty six-years I have been a lawyer, I have seen many people take brave moral actions. I have represented hundreds in Louisiana and across our country who have been arrested for protesting for peace, civil rights, economic justice, and human rights for all. It is amazing to see people put their freedom on the line when they risk jail for justice.
Why is Canada Subsidizing Racist Property Restrictions? The JNF's Bigoted Land Use Policy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In Canada it is illegal to restrict the sale of property to certain ethnic or religious groups but many of our business people and politicians promote an organization that does exactly that in Israel.
Why the Ruling Class is So Upset About Edward Snowden The Damage to Our Intelligence is Gut-Wrenching to See Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Is Snowden a hero, or a villain? The tiny power elite that controls the mainstream press and cable channels, the corporations that dutifully hand over meta-data to the state, the twin political parties, are sick to their stomachs that theyve been so exposed.
Why We Should Not Forget Miriam Carey Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The ignominious and unnecessary public killing of Miriam Carey should be a human marker that triggers our cultural meaning machine to honestly consider whats wrong with the picture of a howling pack of cops shooting down a troubled young mother like a dog.
Why Workplace Accidents Happen Safety Costs Money Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Many industrial and manufacturing companies resort to almost any means (some of them not entirely legal) to dissuade employees from joining a union because besides having to offer higher wages and improved benefits (and giving employees a voice in how theyre treated by management), they are required to provide a safe work environment. Safety costs money and every company is interested in saving money.
Winning the Rank and File Soldiers in Egypt An Historical Drama Unfolds Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will wield power during and immediately after the current transition of the toppling of Mohamed Morsi.
Without Fear, Without Favor The Future of Journalism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Words lifetime achievement have a certain undertone. There is a hint that the work is finished.
The work of authentic journalists is the most important thing for social movements How Mercedes Osuna became a rebel with a cause Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Not an activist, social organizer nor a defender: Mercedes Osuna would rather define her work as human labor, something that she has dedicated an entire life to. She was born in a place were true words are heard with the heart and she lived out her convictions at a young age.
Working To Honour Nelson Mandelas Legacy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 As the world mourns the passing of South Africas first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, his close friend and political stalwart Tokoyo Sexwale says much needs to be done to honour his legacy.
Yahoos Tumblr, Googles Makani and Noah Crosss Future Designing Software, Wings and Your Life Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Corporations, in seeking to control markets, become the custodians and designers of our culture and our future. For them, the future is a communication limited to outbursts and pithy comments, a data-base that includes all our personal information available to governments who request it or advertisers who pay for it and lives that are, in large part, directed toward consumption.
Yemenis Have Moms Too Michelle Obama, Open Your Heart Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Abdurahman al-Shubati disappeared more than a decade ago, just 18-years-old and teaching abroad, separated from his family for the first time in life. Join us in calling on Michelle Obama to open her heart to the cries of Abdurahmans mother and ask Barack to send those cleared home and to expedite the closing of Guantanamo.
Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Karima Bennoune interviews 300 people from 30 countries to report on a largely invisible group of people: Muslim opponents of fundamentalism. They remain largely invisible, lost amid the heated coverage of Islamist terror attacks on one side and abuses perpetrated against suspected terrorists on the other. A veteran of twenty years of human rights research and activism, Karima Bennoune draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews to illuminate the inspiring stories of those who represent one of the best hopes for ending fundamentalist oppression worldwide.
Abortion and Conscience Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 I am as in favour of a womans right to abortion as I am hostile to Creationism. I recognize, however, a fundamental difference between insisting that all biology teachers teach the theory of evolution and forcing a doctor to perform an abortion against his or her will. I recognize, too, a fundamental difference between defending a womans right to choose and insisting that this includes the right to compel a doctor to perform an abortion. Not to recognise such distinctions is to distort the very idea of morality.
Afghanistan: the Smell of Defeat Cut-and-Run Time Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The United States hasnt liberated Afghanistan. It hasnt rebuilt Afghanistan. It hasnt removed the warlords from power, curtailed opium production, established strong democratic institutions, or improved life for ordinary working people. The US hasnt achieved any of its strategic objectives.
African Odyssey Turns to the South The Great Migrations Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Chronicles the economic hardships faced by Africans and the means they take to alleviate their suffering.
The Age of Hell Entrenching Murder as the American Way Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The Washington Post has just laid out, in horrifying, soul-slaughtering detail, the Obama Administrations ongoing effort to expand, entrench and codify the practice of murder and terrorism by the United States government. The avowed, deliberate intent of these sinister machinations is to embed the use of death squads and drone terror attacks into the policy apparatus of future administrations, so that the killing of human beings outside all pretense of legal process will go on, year after year after year, even when the Nobel Peace Laureate has left office.
Air Force Invades the Rocky Mountains Sky Grab Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Communities throughout rural America are fighting to stop more Air Force flights overhead. In addition to New Mexico and Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Arizona, Kentucky and Maine are some of the other states fighting intrusive low-level flights.
America: Becoming a Land Without Farmers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In rural America fewer than 3 percent of farmers make more than 63 percent of the money, including government subsidies. The results of this emerging feudal economy are everywhere. Large areas of the United States are becoming impoverished farm towns with abandoned farmhouses and deserted land. More and more of the countryside has been devoted to massive factory farms and plantations.
America Likes Democracy, Except In Venezuela Chavez in the Crosshairs Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Venezuelans can be sure that their vote counts. The government in Venezuela has done everything to increase voter registration and participation.
American Autumn: An Occudoc Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Shot on the front lines and meeting spaces of the Occupy movement in NYC, Boston, and Washington, DC from the earliest days through the end of January 2012, American Autumn: an Occudoc is an inside looking out view of the occupy movement.
American Jacobins Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In a recent broadside against the Occupy movement, Alexander Cockburn assailed, among other things, the enormous arrogance which prompted the Occupiers to claim that they were indeed the most important radical surge in living memory. Where was the knowledge of, let alone the respect for, the past?
American Poetry's "Labor Problem" - Book Review Against The Current vol. 160 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Book review of 'Hog Butchers, Beggars, and Busboys: Poverty, Labor, and the Making of Modern American Poetry' by John Marsh.
Americas Baleful Worldwide Pressure The Way the Wind Blows Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The overweening arrogance of the United States in conduct of its foreign relations is evident throughout the world.
Americas Deceptive 2012 Fiscal Cliff How Todays Fiscal Austerity is Reminiscent of World War Is Economic Misunderstandings Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 An exploration of how todays fiscal austerity is reminiscent of World War Is economic misconceptions.
Americas Last Chance One Against the Empire Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The United States is rapidly being turned into a police state.
Anti-Science: Left and Right Together? A Systematic Attack on Rationality Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The suggestion that left and right thinking may be converging on matters scientific will, no doubt, be offensive to some on the left. After all, the right chooses myth over evolution, and oil profits over climate science.
The Anti-Semitism That Goes Unreported Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Our grandparents knew that the order-enforcement authorities wouldn't intervene to help a Jewish family under attack; we know that the Israel Defense Forces, the Israel Police, the Civil Administration, the Border Police and the courts all stand on the sidelines, closing their eyes, softballing investigations, ignoring evidence, downplaying the severity of the acts, protecting the attackers, and giving a boost to those progromtchiks. The hands behind these attacks belong to Israeli Jews who violate international law by living in the West Bank. But the aims and goals behind the attacks are the flesh and blood of the Israeli non-occupation. This systemic violence is part of the existing order. It complements and facilitates the violence of the regime.
Arab Detroit, Targeted Community Against The Current vol. 157 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Since September 11, 2001, the Detroit areas Arab-American community has become a convenient source of media reports, an object of investigation by government agencies, and a target of hatred for Americans looking for someone to blame for the 9/11 attacks.
The Arab Spring, the West and Political Islam Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The contemporary Arab political system, until the recent outbreak of Arab revolutions, is the byproduct of a number of domestic, regional and global arrangements and developments in the post-World War II international order.
Are US Troops Targeting Journalists? Incidents Raise Suspicions on Motive Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 It is dangerous in the extreme to be a journalist covering Americas wars, at least beginning with Vietnam.
Ask a Silly Question Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 An inquiry into the polling and market industry. Through bogus street polls, we see how frequently people are willing to give opinions on subject matter they know nothing about.
Assessing the Battle of Longview Against The Current vol. 157 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 How does the Occupy movement connect with more militant segments of the workers movement?
At the crossroads between 'Green Economy' and rights of nature Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 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.
Attacking Gun Culture at Its Source No Justice, No Peace Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 When you rob people of their self-respect and sense of control over their own lives, use them as means to your own ends, and treat them like garbage, dont be surprised if you dont like the destructive methods they choose to assert their sense of self. By all means lets feel sympathy for the innocent victims when the worm turns but lets also never forget who set things in motion.
Austerity and Resistance: Lessons from the 2012 Quebec Student Strike Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The student strike in Quebec has ended, in a rather clear victory. After a seven month-long struggle the longest of its kind in Quebec history students have won a cancellation of the proposed tuition hike, a pledge to repeal the infamous Law 78 that had criminalized demonstrations, and the ouster of Premier Jean Charest and his Liberal government.
Bad Pharma, Bad Journalism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The drugs don't work: a modern medical scandal, from Ben Goldacre's new book, Bad Pharma presents a disturbing picture emerges of corporate drug abuse.
The Ballot and the Bullet Election Diary, Venezuela Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The 2012 Venezuelan election, like Chávez himself, is the result of something far more profound that has been developing for decades, and which has accelerated considerably in recent years.
Banks Are "Where the Money Is" In The Drug War Big Lenders Face Few Hard Consequences for Violating Anti-Money Laundering Laws Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Man of the largest banks in the world have been accused of failing to comply with anti-money laundering laws thereby enabling, collectively, hundreds of billions of dollars worth of suspicious transactions to move through the banking system absent adequate monitoring or oversight.
A BDS Movement That Works Against The Current vol. 161 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In 2005, a call was issued for global nonviolent resistance to occupation through acts of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.They had three goals: an end to occupation and return to the pre-1967 Green Line, equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and recognition of the Palestinian right of return.
A Bend in the Labyrinth - Book Review Against The Current vol. 160 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Book review of 'The Centurys Midnight: Dissenting European and American Writers in the Era of the Second World War' by Clive Bush.
Berlin's oldest squatters in town defend threatened community centre Pensioners take a stand against development of their comunity centre Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Dozen of pensioners took over a community centre in the east Berlin suburb of Pankow last month after the local council said the building they had used as a community centre for 15 years had to make way for real estate development.
Beware the Anti-Anti-War Left Why Humanitarian Interventionism is a Dead End Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Ever since the 1990s, and especially since the Kosovo war in 1999, anyone who opposes armed interventions by Western powers and NATO has to confront what may be called an anti-anti-war left (including its far left segment).
Beyond the Sacred Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A transcript on Malik's talk "Beyond the Sacred" at a conference on blasphemy.
Big Brother's Getting Bigger Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Government surveillance and attacks on the privacy of American citizens were bad enough under the Bush regime but they are getting even worse during the Obama years.
The big robo-calling question: will anyone go to jail? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Good investigative journalism could break this affair wide open, but will the owners of the Harper-friendly corporate media allow their journalists to go beyond normal reporting and do the hard work necessary to get to the very bottom of this dark story?
Black Teachers Revolt of the 1960s Educational Apartheid in Chicago Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Chicagos educational apartheid has a history which includes the racial segregation of its schools, the allocation of resources on an unequal basis and second class treatment for teachers of color. It was Jim Crow North. But there was also resistance, a resistance which grew into a powerful social movement during the 1960s.
Book Review: African Awakenings: The Emerging Revolutions Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Conspicuously absent from the renewed and resurgent discourse amongst anti-capitalist forces and the popular imagination was sub-Saharan Africa, black Africa, the Africa of the eternal cycle of dictators, corruption, famine, bad governance and debt. African Awakenings: The Emerging Revolutions ambitiously sets out to remedy this and place the host of new movements arising across the continent in a singular socio-political context.
Book Review: C.L.R. James, A History of Pan-African Revolt (1939,1969) Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 What makes A History of Pan African Revolt enchanting is the thread of speculative philosophy that holds the assorted anecdotal historical commentaries on labor strikes, anti-racist rebellions, heroic personalities, and anti-colonial events together.
Book Review: Marixism without Marx: Recent Interpretations of the Economic Crisis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Paul Matticks, Business As Usual, and David McNallys, Global Slump, each focuses on a single, primary aspect of Marxs theory as a means to explain the current crisis. For Mattick, the point of entry into the economy is money; for McNally, it is competition. This propels them in very different directions, largely a function of how close to Marx they remain. Matticks book takes the form of an extended essay that warrants close reading. McNallys lengthier treatment is both breezier and polemical.
Booker's Place A Mississippi Story Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 In 1965, African-American waiter Booker Wright spoke out in a television documentary, outraging many white Southerners and resulting in his murder. Years later, the filmmaker's son returns to examine the repercussions of the interview on Wright's family and the community as a whole.
Boom and Bust... Literally Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The richest country in the world is faced with literal boomin the form of exploding sections of electric, gas and steam systemsand bustin the form of collapsing roads and bridgeson a widespread and regular basis.
Border Vigils Keeping Migrants Out of the Rich World Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A look at immigration controversies, focusing on the migrants circumstances.
A Brief History of Superpowers The Neck Irons of Empire Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 From the Congress of Vienna of 1815 to the Congress of Berlin in 1878 to the Allies invasion of Russia in 1918 to the formation of what became the European Union in the 1950s, the great powers of Europe and the world have gotten together in grand meeting halls and on the field of battle to set the ground rules for imperialist exploitation of Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Australasia, to Christianize and civilize, to remake the maps, and to suppress revolutions and other threats to great-power hegemony.
Bringing the Battlefield to the Border The Wild World of Border Security and Boundary Building in Arizona Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The U.S.-Mexican border has not only become Ground Zero for every experiment in immigration enforcement and drug interdiction, but also the incubator, testing site, showcase, and staging ground for ever newer versions of border-enforcement technology that, sooner or later, are sure to be applied globally.
The Brutal Tragedy at Marikana Against The Current vol. 160 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The following statement, A Brutal Tragedy that Never Should Have Happened, was issued by the editors of Amandla! immediately following the August 16 shooting of striking miners.
Burdened with Debt Reloaded: The Politics ofr Devaluation Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A series of defensive and sectional struggles at workplaces in the private sector reveal that the Greek industrial capital has already taken advantage of the new institutional framework of the state of emergency now ruling in Greece to prop up its profitability or just transfer its own debts and losses onto the workers.
Burying the Typewriter Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Carmen Bugan reflects on what life was like growing up in Romania during the 1980's with a dissident father.
Business is Booming for the Prison Profiteers The GEO Group Cashes In Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Though GEO (formerly Wackenhut) is hardly a household name, they are a major player in the private corrections sector, combining a self righteous amorality in profiting from human misery with a ruthless sense of just how to make a buck in this business.
Call it as it is Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Now is the time to see that most of our problems are the result of the insatiable greed of the very few. And to say so, clearly and repeatedly. Its the only way to start changing towards reality.
Call Me Kuchu Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one, not even the filmmakers, is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes the movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world.
Campaigning for A Millionaires Tax Against The Current vol. 158 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In February 2012, the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) launched a simple, clear initiative to raise taxes on Californians with incomes greater than $1,000,000 per year. The folding of this campaign for the Millionaires Tax (MT), following a compromise with the governor, has been felt as a seismic shock for many activists in California.
The Cancer in Occupy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The Black Bloc anarchists, who have been active on the streets in Oakland and other cities, are the cancer of the Occupy movement. The presence of Black Bloc anarchists so named because they dress in black, obscure their faces, move as a unified mass, seek physical confrontations with police and destroy property is a gift from heaven to the security and surveillance state.
Canned Dreams Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 A simple can of ravioli propels this spectacular 30,000-kilometre, eight-country journey through all phases of food production and the far flung sources of international ingredients.
The Careerists Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colourless human beings.
The Case for Grassroots Archives Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 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.
Characterising the period Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 An analysis of the fundamental contradiction today is that between global capitalism and the system of nation-states. In this brief but sharp overview Nigel updates his analysis by bringing it to bear on the global economic crisis and the political reactions it is provoking.
Chatting with Chomsky Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The linguistics professor, political theorist and activist discusses the Occupy movement, Obamas first term and the economic crisis in Europe.
"Chavs", class and representation A review of Owen Jones, Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Chavs traces the rise of an offensive caricature of the working class: a racist hooligan, an alcoholic thug; women unable to control their vaginas, men unable to control their fists; brainless, feckless scroungers-working class people, as represented by the term chav, are nothing more than parasitic growths on society. Jones demonstrates how the figure of the chav is used to deflect blame away from the structures that create inequality onto individuals.
Chicago Teachers Strike Back Against The Current vol. 161 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Chicago Teachers Union stage a walkout that leads to an improved contract.
Chicken Game: Eurocrisis, Again. Washington vs. Berlin Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 How does one take an autonomous position against the European policies of social butchery without falling into nationalist, anti-German nostalgia or into rhetoric against Anglo-Saxon speculation? How do we put together struggles about rights, work and life with a constitutive struggle on the issue of debt, while avoiding any recourse to solutions from above to the risk of default?
Chile: Return of the Penguins! Against The Current vol. 157 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The struggle to democratize Chiles educational system has, for the first time since the countrys return to bourgeois democracy in 1990, challenged the very foundations of its neoliberal model.
China in Revolt Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Few in the West are aware of the drama unfolding in todays epicenter of global labor unrest. A scholar of China exposes its tumultuous labor politics and their lessons for the Left.
China's capitalism and the crisis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Coupled with spectacular growth rates since the late 1970s, Chinas soft landing and apparent rapid recovery from the crisis appear to support claims made by some on the right and the left that the 2008 recession has been a catalyst for the core of capitalism shifting to the East and setting in motion a change in global geopolitics.
Chris Hedges and the black bloc Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 From its inception back in the European autonomist movements of the 1980s, the black-clad activists refuse to answer anybody outside of their ranks. Within the affinity group, everything is cool. Outside of it, who gives a shit? Ironically, this kind of elitism is not that different from the vanguard party posture which puts the needs of the sect above that of the mass movement.
The CIA's Death Machine at Work (book review) Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In compelling detail, two leading civil rights attorneys both leaders of the Center for Constitutional Rights (New York) recount the extraordinary life and deliberate killing of the worlds most popular revolutionary, Ernesto Che Guevara. Using internal U.S. governmental documentation, only recently released, the authors use their forensic skills to analyze the evidence of the CIAs involvement in the execution of a war prisoner captured alive.
Class Struggle in Vietnam: From the Colonial Yoke to Wage Slavery for Global Capital Wildcat Strikes in Vietnam Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 An alternation of repression and concessions is only one element among many of the whole apparatus of control and domination by the CPV. In the last analysis, it is repression which wins out, ranging from direct military and police force to administrative detention, from constant surveillance of the conversations and writings of the population to an ever stricter control of the use of such modern means as cell phones and the Internet.
Classic Book: Frankenstein Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A look at the continuing relevance of Mary Shelley's classic to debates about science, technology and nature today.
C.L.R. James' Visionary Legacy Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In order to understand the connection between Black History Month and revolution, we must explode the stifling separation between art and everyday life that bourgeois society everywhere seeks to impose on us.
Colombias Agent Orange? Roundup Not Ready Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A core element of U.S. anti-drugs policy in Colombia has been the destruction of coca fields by aerial chemical fumigation thus impacting the cocaine trade at its source. The continuation of this policy is based on three core myths: (1) That fumigation can target coca fields with pinpoint accuracy; (2) That the chemical used is harmless to humans and the environment; and (3) that aerial chemical fumigation is an effective method of eradicating coca cultivation.
Barry Commoner 1917-2012 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Barry Commoner, biologist, environmental, socialist, humanist, and one of the central leaders of the anti-nuclear-testing movement, dies at 95. He is particularly remembered for the Four Laws of Ecology he laid out in his book The Closing Circle: (1) Everything is connected to everything else. (2) Everything must go somewhere. (3) Nature knows best. (4) There is no such thing as a free lunch.
A Convergence of Realities Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 What's striking the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Movement and its popular slogan We are the 99 percent is how much the central demand of the movement resonates with the Black community. African Americans with few exceptions are in the bottom 20% of income and wealth. Double digit unemployment is the norm in good economic times.
Convicts, Collateral Damage, and the War on Drugs The Real Crime is the War Itself Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Two recent court cases in southern California provide insight into the identity of those smuggle drugs across the international boundary between the two countries. But more importantly what they do is highlight how the ludicrous war on drugs produces casualties of many sorts.
Corporations profiting out of food crisis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The small group of food multinationals that monopolise the world food market are positioning themselves to take full advantage of the crisis: the latest food price hikes threaten to drive more people back into hunger.
Countering the Israel Lobbys Dominance Can Jewish Liberals Transcend the Wiesel Doctrine? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The distance between largely secular American Jews and the Zionist establishment is likely to widen. This will weaken the political power of the Israel lobby only if American Jews as a whole are prepared to announce unambiguously their antipathy to their self-proclaimed representatives.
Criminalizing Truancy Should Kids be Jailed for Skipping School? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 American jurisdictions are increasingly turning to the criminal justice system to deal with truancy. Students and parents are being fined, and in some cases jailed, for missing school.
Crucible of Freedom: Workers' Democracy in the Industrial Heartland, 1914-1960 Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Working people created a new America in the 1930s and 1940s which was a fundamental departure from the feudalistic and hierarchical America which existed before. In the process, class politics re-defined the political agenda of America as for the first and time in American history the political universe polarized along class lines. The author explores the meaning of the new deal political mobilization by ordinary people by examining the changes it brought to the local, county, and state levels in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Pennsylvania as a whole.
Cruel Harvest U.S. Intervention in the Afghan Drug Trade Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Mercille argues that the United States is not concerned about waging a real war on drugs, and that alleged concerns about narco-terrorism mostly act as pretexts to justify occupation. The United States in fact shares a large part of the responsibility by supporting drug lords, refusing to adopt effective drug control policies and failing to crack down on drug money laundered through Western banks.
Cry for "Bread & Roses" Still Resonates 100 Years After the Lawrence Strike Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 When worker solidarity prevailed over corporate power in the icy streets of Lawrence a century ago, it made the promise of a better life real for many. The Bread and Roses strike became a consciousness-raising experience, not only for textile workers and their families, but the nation as a whole.
A Dangerous Lack of Rigor Cross Examine Authority Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Explores two recent events reveal the lack of rigor that has come to pervade our public sphere: the failure of the UN (or anybody else) to question seriously the case for war against Iran, and the first presidential debate.
The Dark Side Of The Green Economy Why some indigenous groups and environmentalists are saying no to the green economy. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Just a few years ago, the term green economy referred to economies that are locally based, climate friendly, and low-impact. But since the global economic meltdown began in 2007, the green economy has come to mean something more akin to the wholesale privatization of nature.
Data Mining You How the Intelligence Community Is Creating a New American World Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Joseph K., that icon of single-lettered anonymity from Franz Kafkas novel The Trial, would undoubtedly have felt right at home in Washington.
The Day the Internet Died An Oral History of the Egyptian Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 When Hosni Mubarak Shut Off Cell Phones and the Internet in January 2011 Was the Moment When More Egyptians than Ever Went Out into the Streets.
The Debate at Halle Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 There were two defining moments in the history of the international working-class movement in the first half of the 20th century. The first, by far the most discussed and written about for obvious reasons, was the revolution in Russia in October 1917 and its subsequent isolation and defeat. The second was the disaster in the German movement, which had been for half a century the model of a militant, socialist working-class movement, and the subsequent collapse of that movement in the face of Nazism.
Debt: The First 500 Pages Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 We need more grand histories, but 5,000 years of anecdotes is no substitute for real political economy.
Deconstructing The Locavores Dilemma A response to Pierre Desrochers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The book 'The Locavore's Dilemma' constructs a straw man argument while ignoring what the locavore movement really has to say.
Designs on equality City planning is a mechanism of discrimination - it mainly serves the able-bodied Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The idea of universal design is to stop creating public infrastructure that privileges one particular group, whether its car drivers, the able-bodied or those with paycheques, and start envisioning people with parallel but not identical mobility and sociability needs: children, teens, seniors, new immigrants, those on low incomes, parents, those with sports injuries or with physical and mental limitations, and those who care for any of the above.
Destroying the Commons How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Our rights and liberties and under ever-increasing attack.
Detroit's Crisis -- Coming to You? Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 There are two realities to grasp about the current plight of Detroit. Reality one: Detroit is caught in a set of interlocking crises, from the level of the world economy and national political gridlock down to the viciously reactionary Michigan state government and the yawning divide between the city and suburban Detroit, that would severely challenge the most competent, the most visionary, the most energetic and most progressive city leadership.
Detropia Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base.
The Different Faces of Popular Resistance in Palestine Manipulating History Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Apparently, popular resistance has suddenly elevated to become a clash of visions or strategies between the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and its rivals in Gaza, underscoring an existing and deepening rift between various factions and leaderships.
A Diversion We Don't Need Against The Current vol. 158 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 We know from our own experience that none of us wants to have the Diversity Of Tactics argument again. So why does it continue to happen? Because we radicals and anarchists have unintentionally become a Silent Majority, unwilling for whatever reason to prevent these ideologues, who are only a tiny handful of people with loud voices, from controlling the direction of our meetings.
Do the Greeks get it? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A word has to be said about the somewhat depressing character of the clash between reformism and ultraleftism in Greece. Radical youth might have a natural prejudice against the KKE and PAME because it is so compromised with class-collaborationist coalition building. But instead of trying to figure out a way to win the ranks of the CP to the revolutionary cause, it sees its membership as part of the problem and not part of the solution.
Doing Time for Peace Moral Lights Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Hundreds of Americans, young and old, are regularly going to prison, sometimes for months or years or decades, for nonviolently resisting U.S. militarism.
Drone Warfare Killing by Remote Control Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A comprehensive look at the growing menace of drone warfare, with an extensive analysis of who is producing the drones, where they are being used, who are "piloting" these unmanned planes, who are the victims and what are the legal and moral implications.
The Drug Store in American Meat We're Eating What? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Food consumers seldom hear about the drugs oestradiol-17, zeranol, trenbolone acetate and melengestrol acetate and the names are certainly not on meat labels. But those synthetic growth hormones are central to U.S. meat production, especially beef, and the reason Europe has banned a lot of U.S. meat since 1989.
Drug War-Related Homicides In The US Average At Least 1,100 a Year Full Extent of Carnage Unknowable Because US Government Doesnt Track Violent Crime Linked To The War On Drugs Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The stubborn resistance against entertaining any other options beyond a fundamentalist adherence to prohibition for dealing with drug use in the United States is cloaked in an arrogant denial of the human costs of the drug war and the possibility that ending it would lead to less, not more, death. The US, by some estimates now spends about $40 billion a year at home and abroad waging its war on drugs and has imprisoned currently up to 400,000 people on drug-related charges the vast majority of them nonviolent offenders.
An Education in Occupy Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Two months earlier, I had been sitting in class listening to an ILWU member talk about Export Grain Terminals (EGT) union-busting tactics in Longview, WA. Great, I thought, but how can I help from the campus of a little college in Moraga, California?
Egypt's Aunt Peaceful Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Ghada Shahbender knows the Egyptian Revolution Didn´t Start in January 2011, because she was there seven years ago reminding the government ¨We Are Watching¨
Egypt's Year of Revolution Against The Current vol. 158 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 An interview with Carl Finamore, who went on a reporting trip to Egypt for ten days in 2011.
End the Prison-Industrial Complex, Now! A Moral and Political Crime Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In both political and moral terms, ending this prison industrial complex system is an imperative. As in the 1950s and 1960s, we must organize, mobilize and go into the streets. The existing system is the problem, not the solution.
Espoir Voyage Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Like many young men of his country, Joanny travelled from Burkina Faso to the more affluent Ivory Coast in search of work and a better life. For many young Burkinabe men this emigration is a ritual and rite of passage but Joanny never returned. Years later his brother, Burkinabe filmmaker Michel K. Zongo, decides to retrace his steps.
The Evil of Humanitarian Wars Iraq, Libya, Syria: We have no right to play God Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 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.
The Expo Files Articles by the Crusading Journalist Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Collected here for the first time are Stieg Larsson's essays and articles on right-wing extremism and racism, on violence against women and women's rights, on homophobia and honour killings.
Facing Facts in Wisconsin Progressives and Workers Were Sold Out by Obama and the Democratic Party Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The time has long since come for labor and progressives to bolt the Democratic Party and coalesce around a new genuinely progressive, working peoples party.
The false solutions of Rio+20 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Food production and people's sovereignty in Africa could be seriously compromised by carbon capture projects and the so-called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (REDD+) mechanism.
FBI Ignored Deadly Threat to Occupiers US Intelligence Machine Instead Plotted with Bankers to Attack Protest Movement Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Dcuments show that the FBI and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies began a campaign of monitoring, spying and disrupting the Occupy Movement at least two months before the first occupation actions began in late September 2011.
Fighting Back: Sotheby's and OWS Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Forty-two teamster art-handlers at Sothebys auction house in New York City have been locked-out of their jobs for more than four months. Against the Current interviewed Sothebys shop steward David Martinez about whats at stake, and how theyve built links with the Occupy movement to fight back.
Filmmaker Gringoyo Putting the Fun Back Into Revolution Harnessing Humour to Build Video Viewership and Social Movements Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 These satirical videos not only talk about movements, they are filmed in conflict zones in moments of political tension. Gringoyo moves in a very real world with the freedom of a cartoon.
Final Blow to Affirmative Action? Against The Current vol. 161 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The current state of affirmative action in the United States.
Finding North Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.
Flag, Fetish and Illusory Community Against The Current vol. 158 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Patriotism is usually understood as love of country. With the help of Marxs theories of the state and of alienation, we explore what is meant by love and country in this definition. By viewing society as a contradictory relation between a social community, based on the cooperation required by the existing division of labor, and an illusory community dominated by the interests of the ruling economic class, it becomes apparent that the country which patriots love is not the country they actually live in.
Flags of Convenience Corporate Anarchy on the High Seas Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Maritime lawlessness isnt confined to pirates. Thanks to a system of ship registration called flags of convenience, it is all too easy for unscrupulous ship owners to get away with criminal behaviour
Follow the Money, Find the Leader Billion Dollar Candidates Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The point is not whether Barack Obama wins re-election as President. The point is not whether Mitt Romney can win. The point is that you cant dream of contesting without a billion dollars. That figure merely ensures you can run, not win.
Foreclosures and the Police State Hernandez Family Foreclosure Sparks Anti-Eviction Outrage Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The story of the Hernandez family, who became local heroes in their determination to keep their Van Nuys home from foreclosure.
Four Conferences on Matriarchy Against The Current vol. 157 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The growth of a diverse and broad international wave of feminism has led to the development of what has been called Modern Matriarchal Studies, which includes research both on ancient societies and on existing communal cultures.
Four Futures Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Capitalism will end. Maybe not soon, but probably before too long; humanity has never before managed to craft an eternal social system, after all, and capitalism is a notably more precarious and volatile order than most of those that preceded it. The question, then, is what will come next.
14 Years of Injustice Time to Free the Cuban Five Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Five Cubans fighting terrorism in south Florida have served 14 years of prison, more than enough time for the US public to learn from its media about the horrific injustice done by the US government to these Cuban men. But the media has barely touched the grotesque frame up of the Cuban Five.
France: The NPA in Crisis Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 France's new Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) is in crisis. While only two years ago many on the international left talked about the NPA as one of the brightest lights on an otherwise dim revolutionary horizon, today the Party is hemorrhaging members and struggling to stay afloat.
Free Trade and Economic Imperialism Economic Progress Toward Ecological Suicide Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Looming global environmental catastrophe renders the last several hundred years of Western economic theory dubious, if not outright suicidal. Economic progress that increases dependence on unsustainable economic practices produces catastrophe in increasing proportion to the benefits that even proponents claim will result.
Freedom Riders Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 When Hillary Clinton expressed dismay over gender segregation on buses in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem where women are forced to sit separately she somehow neglected to mention the Jewish-settlers-only bus system in the Occupied Palestinan Territories.
From "Occupy" to ... Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The question isn't whether the magnificent Occupy movement will continue after police action and the onset of winter have largely emptied the encampments. The righteous rage that made the movement possible, and the enormous social and economic crisis that made it necessary, are not going away anytime soon. Quite the contrary capitalisms inherent contradictions, made worse by economic policies in Europe and the United States that seem calculated to maximize the damage, pose the real possibility of a new global financial meltdown and potential world depression.
Fuck Love Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012
Further on Marikana Miners Against The Current vol. 160 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The circumstances surrounding the mass murder in Marikana, and the political wildfire it unleashed for the African National Congress and the trade union movement, are the subject of an ongoing discussion within the South African and international left. Background material on the South African political climate.
G-Dog Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Unlikely gang expert Jesuit Father Boyle, known as G-Dog, creates Homeboy Industries, leading former gang involved youth to become a positive force in their communities.
The Gates Foundation's Leveraged Philanthropy Corporate Profit Versus Humanity on Three Fronts Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Gates' leveraged philanthropy model is a public-private partnership to improve the world, partly through targeted research support but principally through public advocacy and tax-free lobbying to influence government policy. The goal of these policies is often to explicitly support profitability for corporate investors, whose enterprises are seen by the Gates Foundation as advancing human good. However, maximum corporate profit and public good often clash when its projects are implemented.
Gaza: What Would Lincoln Do? Sasha, Malia: Tell Your Parents About Sara al-Dalou! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The point of invoking Lincoln is not to guess what he might do in Obamas shoes, but to reflect on what he did when forced to balance political calculus, the rule of law, and moral and humanitarian considerations.
General Strikes, Mass Strikes Against The Current vol. 160 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Inspired by the boldness of the movement, activists of Occupy Oakland issued a call for a general strike in that city for November 2 a sign of the movements radicalism and its sense of where social power lies.
The genocide in Namibia (1904-08) and its consequences Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The repatriation of human remains more than a century after they were taken to Germany from Namibia has evoked painful memories of colonial wars in which primary African resistance was crushed, and genocide perpetrated (190408) in what was then the colony of German South West Africa.
Germany and Genocide in Namibia Special Issue of Pambazuka News - #577 - March 2012 Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical) First Published: 2012 Between 1904 and 1908 imperial Germany waged an atrocious and inhumane war of extermination against the Herero, Nama, Damara and San peoples in its former colony German South West Africa, now the Republic of Namibia.
Germanys genocide in Namibia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Germany, which has done commendable remembrance work about the Holocaust, seems to have forgotten or deliberately buried its violent colonial past. A past that hides the first genocide of the 20th century.
Gimme the Loot Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Once the heroes of nations, pirates went from being state-sponsored champions to tolerated annoyances to the basest sort of criminals. Henry Morgan was knighted after plundering Panama in 1674; fifty years later hundreds of pirates were dangling from the gibbet at remote trading posts along Africas Gold Coast.
Give Us Our Money Back! How Harper Protects Canada's Tax Cheats Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 There is a class of people and corporations in this country whose illicit financial practices have an enormous negative impact on the country and its citizens. Yet the law and order regime of Stephen Harper barely plays lip service to the issue of tax evasion through tax havens. While Harper cuts billions from government programs in the name of deficit reduction, he refuses to go after billions of dollars in revenue lost to tax evasion and avoidance every year.
Globalization of Capital, Globalization of Struggle Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Something has escaped the control of the Democrats, the NGOs, the SEIU and the left sects of official society and those attempting its mere facelift which will not be easily brought to heel. Hundreds of thousands of people who had never before been in mass mobilizations (or mobilizations of any kind) found themselves confronting the police, facing tear gas and pepper spray, going to jail and learning in the streets what can never be learned any other way.
Greece: Syriza Shines a Light Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Like a swan moving forward with relaxed confidence while paddling furiously beneath the surface, Syriza, the radical left coalition that could become the next government of Greece, is facing enormous challenges calmly but with intensifed activity.
Happy Hookers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Exploring the lives of sex workers and their would-be saviours.
Health Care Reform or Ruin? Against The Current vol. 160 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Far from laying the health care debate to rest, the Supreme Court decision on Obamas Affordable Care Act (ACA) put life back into it. Calling the individual health insurance mandate a tax aroused anger on the right, but the courts ruling on federal Medicaid money is what really puts a new dimension into the fight.
Here We Go Again Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 One thing should be clear. The violence across the Muslim world in response to an American anti-Islamic film has nothing to do with that film. Yes, The Inocence of Muslims is a risibly crude diatribe against Islam, but the violence is being driven less by religious fury than by political calculation. In Libya, Egypt and elsewhere, the crisis is being fostered by hardline Islamists in an attempt to seize the political initiative in a period of transition and turmoil. The film is almost incidental to this process. The real struggle is not between Muslims and non-Muslims, but between different shades of Islamists, between hardline factions and more mainstream ones.
Herman's House Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 'What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?' This film captures the remarkable creative journey and friendship of Herman Wallace, one of the Angola 3, and artist Jackie Sumell while examining the injustice of prolonged solitary confinement.
Hitler's Bestiary from the Inside Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Over a decade ago, I spent several months poring through the Martha Eccles Dodd papers at the Library of Congress. I was driven to research her life while working on a book about Left feminist culture and anti-fascist resistance in the McCarthy era. I had just read two of Dodds novels (Sowing the Wind and The Searching Light) and was driven to find out more about the sources of Dodds attraction to antifascist causes.
The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars Dispatches from the Front Lines Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Michael E. Mann, lead author of the original paper in which the Hockey Stick graph first appeared, shares the story of the science and politics behind the controversy of climate change, and the implied threat to those who oppose governmental regulation and other restraints to protect the environment and planet.
Housebroken Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Theres a second environmental crisis, just as potent as the first.
How Empires Fall An Interview With Jonathan Schell Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Jonathan Schell discusses non-violent activism.
How Israel Stacks the Legal Deck Court System Provides Little Justice for Palestinians Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 To Palestinians, Israeli military courts are sites of repression, not houses of justice. Palestinian defendants facing trial in 2010 were found guilty in 99.74% cases.
How Laws Assault Queer People (book review) Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Queer (In)Justice is authored by Joey Mogul, a partner at the Peoples Law Office in Chicago and director of DePaul Universitys Civil Rights Clinic; Andrea Ritchie, an attorney and organizer who works on issues of police misconduct; and Kay Whitlock, an organizer and writer around structural injustices.
How Private Prisons Profit From the Criminalization of Immigrants Lobbying for Lock-Up Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 How a nation uses its power to deny a persons freedom has always been a critical measure of authoritarian rule. Massive incarceration based on race, ethnic origin or nationality, political beliefs, class, sexual orientation, age or other inherent characteristics is a form of tyranny. Yet few people realize that this is happening on an enormous scale in the United States.
How 7 Historic Figures Overcame Depression Without Doctors Drugless Antidotes Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 While Sylvia Plath and Ernest Hemingway received extensive medical treatment for depression but tragically committed suicide, other famously depressed people including Abraham Lincoln, William James, Georgia OKeeffe, Sigmund Freud, William Tecumseh Sherman, Franz Kafka, and the Buddha took different paths.
How the Colombia Trade Agreement Accelerates Human Rights Abuses U.S.-Colombia Mass Displacement Policy Succeeding Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would lead, indeed by design, to the immiseration and mass displacement of rural peoples, especially Indigenous and Afro-Colombian. The article explores the displacement of indigenous peoples in the last year.
How the Left has Won Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Capitalism was the unintended consequence of bourgeois revolutions, whereas socialism has been the avowed purpose, or at least a crucial component, of every revolution since 1911. This difference has become so important that when we think about the transition from capitalism to socialism, we take the short view: we look for ideological extremes, social movements, vanguard parties, self-conscious revolutionaries, radical dissenters, armed struggles, extra-legal methods, political convulsions as if the coming of socialism requires the abolition of capitalism by cataclysm, by insurgent, militant mass movements dedicated to that purpose.
How to Grow Up Under Occupation A Childhood Under the Nazi's Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Rochat illustrates the effect adult wars and occupations have on children, and how the relative safety of the Anglo-Saxon world make it hard to comprehend what effect these wars have on children in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan and so many other countries under attack.
How to Rig an Election Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Election fraud in the United States in the era of computerized voting machines controlled and programmed by far-right corporate executives.
The Humiliation of Bradley Manning Kangaroos Missing Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 It is a bitter irony that Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, whose conscience compelled him to leak evidence about the U.S. military brass ignoring evidence of torture in Iraq, was himself the victim of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment while other military officers privately took note but did nothing.
The Ice Melts Into Water Arctic Ice Melt, Psychopathic Capitalism And The Corporate Media Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 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 Illusion of Democracy Liberal Journalism, Wikileaks And Climate Deceptions Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In an era of permanent war, economic meltdown and climate weirding, we need all the champions of truth and justice that we can find. But where are they? What happened to trade unions, the green movement, human rights groups, campaigning newspapers, peace activists, strong-minded academics, progressive voices?
Im Omar Saad and I will not be a soldier in your army Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Omar Saad, a young (Druze) Palestinian musician from the Galilee has received a summons to the Israeli army. The Druze citizens of Israel are forced to enlist in the Israeli military, since 1956, when conscription law applied to Druze men (not to other Palestinians).
Imagine a Stadium Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A plea for organization.
Immigrant Youth Victory! Against The Current vol. 159 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 President Obamas directive removing the threat of deportation from hundreds of thousands of young people is a tribute to the heroism of those who have come out as Undocumented and Unafraid. Its still a long way from stopping the terror affecting immigrant communities but under an administration that frankly has been a disgrace and disaster for civil liberties, human rights and due process, this victory shows the power of well-rooted and courageous activism to make a positive difference.
In Defence of Democracy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 On Jacques Berlinerblau's book How to Be Secular.
In Defence of the Terror Liberty or Death in the French Revolution Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A discussion about the causes and consequences of revolutionary violence, with the premise that dismissive disgust at bloodshed is an overly simplistic response.
In Defense of Free Speech It's Easier to Blame Bad Filmmakers Than to Address Massive War Crimes Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The answer to speech you disagree with is (drum roll) MORE SPEECH.
In perspective: John Holloway Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 John Holloways Change the World Without Taking Power (2002), like that other key text of autonomist post-Marxism, Michael Hardt and Toni Negris Empire (2000), cut with the grain of the global anti-capitalist mood at the beginning of the millennium. More than this, Holloways book was the focus for important debates on the international left and deserves praise both for emphasising the link between socialism and human self-activity and for criticising the idea that the capitalist state can be used to bring about socialist change.
In Remembrance of Things Lost Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Its astonishing that I actually have to make an argument (and a losing one at that) against murdering children, but this is the reality we ourselves have given birth to.
In This Timeless Time Living and Dying on Death Row in America Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 An exploration of life on Death Row in Texas and in other states, as well as the convoluted and arbitrary judicial processes that populate all Death Rows. In chronicling the lives and deaths of these prisoners in words and pictures, the authors document the capriciousness of capital punishment and capture the day-to-day experiences of Death Row inmates in the official "nonperiod" between sentencing and death.
Incarcerated Inside Israel Palestinians Tortured and Isolated Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Detention without trial, the presumption of guilt, denial of family visits, solitary confinement, torture, violent interrogation, and denial of access to appropriate health care, such is the Israeli judicial system and prison confinement experienced by Palestinian men, women and indeed children.
Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The media response to Assanges asylum request tells us much about the default brutality and reflexive herdthink of elite corporate journalism. The crucial importance of his achievements, of his cause, was deemed utterly irrelevant beside his allegedly unbearable personal failings.
The Inconvenient Indian A Curious Account of Native People in North America Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012
The Indefinite Detention of the Progressive Voter The Politics of Continual Servitude Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Earlier this year President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law. It allows for the indefinite detention without trial for any U.S. citizen deemed to be a terrorist or an accessory to terrorism.
Information Overload Driving a Stake Through the National Security State Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Heres an idea. Lets all start salting all of our conversations and our written communications with a selection of those 300 key words. If every liberty-loving person in America virus were to do this, the NSA would have to employ all 15 million unemployed Americans just to begin to look at all those transcripts!
Inocente Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Inocente is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America: children.
Intellectual Charlatans & Academic Witch-Hunters Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Butlers work has always divided critics. While some view her as a courageous and innovative thinker, others view her as an intellectual charlatan.
Invaluable History and Important Lessons - Book Review Against The Current vol. 160 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Book review of 'The Party: The Socialist Workers Party 1960-1988. A Political Memoir. Volume 2: Interregnum, Decline and Collapse, 1973-1988' by Barry Sheppard.
The Invention of the Land of Israel From Holy Land to Homeland Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that continue to suffocate it. Sands account dissects the concept of historical right and tracks the creation of the modern concept of the Land of Israel by nineteenth-century Evangelical Protestants and Jewish Zionists. This invention, he argues, not only facilitated the colonization of the Middle East and the establishment of the State of Israel; it is also threatening the existence of the Jewish state today.
The Invisible War Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding? Sources News Release Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 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.
Islamophobia, Left and Right Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Should Muslims be worried about rising Islamophobia? Of course they should! Anti-Islam bigotry is becoming a key element of the revival of the far Right a Right that doesnt merely slander Muslims but also takes action against them.
Israel's starvation diet for Gaza Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Israels calculating of daily caloric needs shows how it manages the lives of Palestinians in Gaza in almost microscopic detail. Health officials provided calculations of the minimum number of calories needed by Gazas 1.5 million inhabitants to avoid malnutrition. Those figures were then translated into truckloads of food Israel was supposed to allow in each day.
Israel's starvation diet for Gaza Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Israels calculating of daily caloric needs shows how it manages the lives of Palestinians in Gaza in almost microscopic detail.
Israel's Worldwide Role in Repression Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Researched, written, and edited by members of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, this pamphlet focuses on the role of Israels government, its military, and related corporations and organizations in a global industry of violence and repression. The states most involved with this industry profit from perpetual war and occupation across the globe while maintaining vastly unequal societies of their own.
Issues that Obama and Romney Avoid Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 With the quadrennial presidential election extravaganza reaching its peak, its useful to ask how the political campaigns are dealing with the most crucial issues we face. The simple answer is: badly, or not at all. If so, some important questions arise: why, and what can we do about it?
It Started in Wisconsin Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protest Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A collection of accounts of the first great wave of grassroots resistance to the corporate restructuring of the Great Recession in Wisconsin in the spring of 2011.
John Kerry and Me Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Experiences in community organizing and electoral organizing.
John Pilger: The dirty war on WikiLeaks Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 War by media, says current military doctrine, is as important as the battlefield. This is because the real enemy is the public at home, whose manipulation and deception is essential for starting an unpopular colonial war.
Journalist Security Guide Covering the news in a dangerous and changing world Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 This guide details what journalists need to know in a new and changing world. It is aimed at local and international journalists of varied levels of experience.
Justice, Peace and the Israeli State Rule by Ruthless Force Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 International Law and the creation of a world body to aid in the direction of nation states to live in peace and justice under defined conditions such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Charters of the UN suggests that Israel must change, it must recognize that it is not the sole determiner of world events, that it has lifted its beliefs beyond those that exist elsewhere in the world and it must, therefore, reverse its direction to become one with its neighbors and all the nations of the UN.
Knowing Too Much Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel is Coming to an End Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Norman Finkelstein studies the history of Jewish American support for Israel and how it is shifting.
Krisis GR2011 - The Prism Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Krisis focuses on the economic crisis in Greece and how it has affected the nation. The desire was to tell the story of the tormented country through a new type of narrative - a group of 14 photojournalists and videographers collaborate to create a multimedia experience, of which the film is one part.
Kurt Vonnegut and the American Police State Just Say "Hi-Ho!" as They Strip Search You Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The country seems to have crossed over a dark threshold. We are now a police state in all but name. Cops and wannabe cops are shooting innocent people and nothing gets done.
The Left and South Africa's Crisis Against The Current vol. 160 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 An interview with Brian Ashley, the editor of the South African journal AMANDLA!
Letter from Baltimore Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Coming to grips with the impact of Occupy Baltimore means not just evaluating what the movement has been able to do or not do on its own terms but rooting its experiences in this larger picture of class decomposition and re-composition that in Baltimore followed in the wake of the same patterns of deindustrialization, suburban flight and disinvestment .
Letter From Mexico City Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A letter from a Mexican comrade about the specifics of the neo-liberal phase of capitalism in Mexico since the 1970s, and the role in it of Carlos Salinas, as Mexican president from 1988 to 1994, and subsequently.
A Letter To Other Occupiers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 We need to act within a wide strategic context, and engage in more than tactical exercises. We need to invite local people to join our ranks and institutions. We cannot hope to win the trust of others, especially others different from ourselves in class background, cultural preferences, race, or gender, unless we stay long enough to win that trust one day at a time. We must be prepared to spend years in communities where there may not be many fellow radicals. In thinking about our own lives, and how we can contribute over what Nicaraguans call a long trajectory, we need to acquire skills that poor and oppressed persons perceive to be needed.
Letter to the Editors Against The Current vol. 161 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The argument for sweatshops comes not only from free market ideologues but sometimes from voices of establishment liberalism. An argument against.
The liberal way to run the world - "improve" or we'll kill you Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Since 1945, more than a third of the membership of the United Nations - 69 countries - have suffered some or all of the following. They have been invaded, their governments overthrown, their popular movements suppressed, their elections subverted and their people bombed. The death toll is estimated to be in the millions. This has been principally the project of the liberal flame carrier, the United States.
Liberties and Commons for All Preface to the Korean Edition of Magna Carta Manifesto Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Liberties and Commons for All expresses two aspects of the ancient English Charters of Liberty; first is the restraint on political power of the King, second is the protection of subsistence in the commons.
The life and times of Occupy Wall Street Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Occupy Wall Street (OWS), and the Occupy movement that rapidly spread across the country in late September 2011, marked a watershed moment in the re-emergence of mass struggle and radical politics in the United States.
A Life of Challenge to the Dogma of Objectivity Richard Bell Is Practiced at Juggling Journalism, Advocacy and Politics Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Journalism, advocacy, politics: Are they completely different fields or aspects of the same game? Can someone actually do all three? Richard Bell has done them all and has lived to tell the tale.
Living by the Clock of the World: Grace Lee Boggs Call for Visionary Organizing Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Grace Lee Boggs recently argued that activists should spend less time on protest organizing because it leads you more and more to defensive operations and Do visionary organizing because it gives you the opportunity to encourage the creative capacity in people and its very fulfilling.
Living Under Occupation Against The Current vol. 159 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In her autobiography, Palestinian militant Leila Khaled calls the 1960s Americas decade, pointing to several spots around the world where the U.S. intervened against peoples struggles as evidence that the decade was not a cause for celebration.
Long Distance Revolutionary A Journal with Mumia Abu-Jamal Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 The life and situation of Mumia Abu Jamal.
Looking Back on Occupy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A look at the Occupy movement and its relevance today.
Mad, Passionate Love - and Violence: Occupy Heads Into the Spring Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The Occupy movement had its glorious honeymoon when old and young, liberal and radical, comfortable and desperate, homeless and tenured all found that what they had in common was so compelling the differences hardly seemed to matter. Until they did.
The Make-Believe Crisis in Iran More lies and Misinformation Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The Iranian nuclear program scenario has been in place for years and is becoming tedious, but we now seem to have arrived at a new plateau of mass hysteria thanks to the 2012 U.S. Presidential campaign. Why?
Make Sure You Don't Fall: Perspectives on the Recent Social Agitation in Chile, Part One Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Discontent and rage have always been there, but while Social Democracy was in power, the supporters of the regimewell placed in the open spaces for action and thought in high schools, universities and companieswere able to use them to channel protests into directions that did not endanger the political credibility of the ruling parties.
Make Sure You Dont Fall: Perspectives on the Recent Social Agitation in Chile, Part One Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 To understand and make sense of the recent wave of social unrest in Chile, we have to refer to the history of the last half century of this country: the revolutionary upsurge that had its peak in late 1972, the destruction of the social movement after the military coup, the neo-liberal restructuring imposed by the Pinochet regime and the consolidation of that legacy by successive civilian governments.
Making the Future Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012
Mama Illegal Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 They gave the smugglers all their money and risk their life on their journey across borders: Three women from a small town in Moldavia, living now in Austria and Italy as cleaning women. On top of their hard job they live a life in illegality without documents, far away from their children and family for years.
'The Man Who Knew Everyone' - Gore Vidal Through The Eyes Of The One Per Cent Press Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Since Gore Vidal's death the corporate media have had nothing serious to say about his political dissent warning against the dominance of corporate power. As Vidal himself put it: The bullshit just flows and flows and flows, and the American media is so corrupt and so tied into it that it never questions it.
The March 29 Strike Against Labor Law Reform in Spain Outline of the Conjuncture Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The general strike of March 29, although it mobilized a good part of the population, apparently took place with more pain than glory. Once the day of the strike was over, everything seemed to continue as before: namely, the continuation of an aggressive policy against the wage-labor population, in an economic context characterized by recession.
The March 29 Strike Against Labor Law Reform in Spain: Outline of the Conjuncture Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The general strike of March 29, although it mobilized a good part of the population, apparently took place with more pain than glory. Once the day of the strike was over, everything seemed to continue as before: namely, the continuation of an aggressive policy against the wage-labour population, in an economic context characterized by recession.
Marikana A Point of Rupture? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 South Africa, despite 18 years of majority rule, continues to be one of the most unequal societies on an increasingly unequal planet and is in crisis. Around half the population, mostly black Africans, live below the poverty line. Almost half of all black African households earned below R1670 a month in 200506, while only 2 percent of white households fell in that income bracket.
A Marxist Ecological Vision Against The Current vol. 161 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The questions facing environmental activists, and socialists in particular, range from the sheer scale of the environmental disasters already underway to the problems of beginning a transition from a system organized around massive consumption of fossil fuels, vast megacities and global agribusiness.
A Marxist History of the World: Making the future Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Historian Neil Faulkner concludes A Marxist History of the World by looking at what that history can tell us about the possibility for radical social change.
A Marxist History of the World part 56: The Indian Mutiny Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The Indian Mutiny was the subcontinents first war of independence, with Indians of different ethnic and religious backgrounds fighting side-by-side despite the divide and rule fostered by the British.
A Marxist History of the World part 77 World Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In the five years after the First World War, revolutionary contagion spread around the world. It showed the extraordinary possibilities that arise when the masses become active in making their own history.
A Marxist History of the World part 82: The Hungry Thirties Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Beginning with the Wall Street Crash in 1929, the world economy entered the Great Depression. The misguided policies that world leaders pursued ensured that millions of lives were torn apart.
A Marxist History of the World part 86: The Spanish Civil War Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In 1936, after General Franco had led an unsuccessful coup against a democratically elected government, revolution swept across Spain. Neil Faulkner explains why the workers were ultimately defeated.
A Marxist History of the World part 91: The Cold War Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The Second World War had created a world divided between two imperialist blocs. Their nuclear arsenals acted as a deterrent, but rivalry and suspicion meant that war was never far away.
Massacres Under the Looking Glass The ICC and Colombia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The International Criminal Court (ICC) just published its Interim Report on Colombia. In the Report, the ICC explains that Colombia has been under preliminary examination by the ICC since June 2004. The military carried out its most notorious violations while under the ICCs Clouseau-like scrutiny.
The Meaning of Mondragon Fantasties and (Possible) Realities Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 We can apply lessons learned from the extensive experience of worker self-management to encourage their unrealized radicality.
The Media's Dirty War on Occupy Against The Current vol. 159 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In media portrayals of a protest movement widely criticized for its broad message and vague demands, one picture of the Occupy movement remained consistent across various outlets: the protestors are filthy.
Medicare Myths and Realities Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Since medicare is an extremely popular social program, the media and right-wing politicians have learned that it is unwise to attack it directly. Instead, they propagate myths designed to undermine public support for, and confidence in, the health care system, with the goal of gradually undermining and dismantling it.
Meme Wars The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Meme Wars presents a new way of looking at our world that challenges and debunks many of the assumptions of neoclassical economics and brings to light a more ecological model. The book is image-heavy and full-color throughout,
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called the battle of memory. Mainstream media and institutions of power consign inconvenient histories, struggles, and alternative visions to what George Orwell called the memory hole. Peoples history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden histories, and alternative visions. Their role is particularly important as official archives are forced to restrict acquisitions, limit access and discard materials as funding is slashed.
The Mexican Student Movement Is Younger & Faster than "Occupy" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 It has been decades since I have seen any march of this size include a pledge by participants with that much discipline and awareness that the march is about influencing public opinion (in other words, not about "us" but about everyone). It reminds more of the guidelines from the victorious struggles of Ghandi to win independence from colonial rule in India, the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s and the anti-nuclear movement of the 70s.
The Microfinance Delusion Marred by Wall Street-Style Greed, Profiteering, Client Abuse, and Market Chaos Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 By celebrating self-help and individual entrepreneurship, and by implicitly discrediting all forms of collective effort, such as trade unions, social movements, cooperatives, public spending, a pro-poor developmental state and most of all collective moves to ensure a more equitable redistribution of wealth and power, microfinance fits in well with the ideology of neoliberal policy-makers.
The Mortal Sea Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Reveals the long history of warnings against overfishing and that the sea is not an 'infinite resource'.
The Movement for Peace Marches On Against the Drug War The Goal Is Clear: Peace With Justice and Dignity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The one-year anniversary of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, a grassroots groundswell against the drug war, played out March 28 in a small plaza in the Mexican city of Cuernavaca, just south of Mexico City absent the cameras and pens of the mainstream media.
A Movement Without Demands? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 We claim that far from being a strength, the lack of demands reflects the weak ideological core of the movement. We also claim that demands should not be approached tactically but strategically, that is, they should be grounded in a long-term view of the political goals of the movement, a view that is currently lacking. Accordingly, in the second part of this text, we argue that this strategic view should be grounded in a politics of the commons.
Mumia Faces Life in Prison Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 On Wednesday, Decemerber7, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams held a news conference to announce that the city will no longer seek the death penalty against long-time political prisoner and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jama convicted in a frameup trial for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.
The Murder of Trayvon Martin Against The Current vol. 158 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Popular anger, mass protests and leadership from Trayvon Martins parents, the African-American community and its organizations have exposed the racial divisions that run throughout U.S. society.
My Freedom, Your Freedom Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Knowing nothing but drugs and violence since childhood, Kuebra and Salema have spent their adult years in and out of a Berlin prison, their experiences calling into question the effectiveness of incarceration.
A Nation of Little Lebowski Urban Achievers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The religion of self-improvement is a way of redirecting criticisms or outrage from socio-economic structures back to the individual, imprisoning any reformist or revolutionary impulse within our own feelings of inadequacy which is why the process of improving our nations schools has taken on the tone of a spiritual cleansing rather than a political reckoning. Now, instead of saying our socioeconomic system is failing us, an entire generation of children will learn to say, I have failed myself.
Neo-Racism in the Southwest The (Mis)education of the Coming Majority Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 What is taking place in southern Arizona deserves our attention as the most fanatical episode in the war against public education.
Nestlé: Malevolent Corporation Capitalizes on Global Water Crisis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Demand for water is outstripping supply at an accelerating rate. Nestlés goal is to shift government policy away from providing public municipal water supplies to people, and toward a dependency on bottled water to provide basic drinking water.
The New Police Surveillance State The Rising Price of Political Assembly Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Police are increasingly being deployed to restrict if not prevent mass political actions, especially directed at the banks.
The Newsfakers Whose hands are behind those dramatic YouTube pictures? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 YouTube and blogs have made it easier than ever to fabricate events. The media are happy to run unsubstantiated reports and footage.
The Next War on Washingtons Agenda Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 It could not be more obvious that Washingtons war preparations against Iran have nothing to do with deterring Iran from a nuclear weapon. So, what are the war preparations about?
Not a Carwash Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 In the Albanian capital of Tirana, students, professors, activists and film lovers take to the streets when authorities attempt to redevelop the property of the city's only art house theatre for profit. The changing face of post-communist Albania is the backdrop for this classic battle between art, commerce, artistic passion and government indifference.
Notes Towards a Critique of Maoism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Maoism was part of a broader movement in the twentieth century of what might be called bourgeois revolutions with red flags, as in Vietnam or North Korea. To understand this, it is important to see that Maoism was one important result of the defeat of the world revolutionary wave in 30 countries (including China itself) which occurred in the years after World War I. The major defeat was in Germany (19181921), followed by the defeat of the Russian Revolution (1921 and thereafter), culminating in Stalinism.
Nothing Is Ever Won Without Organizing Remarks to the First Nonviolence Training Session of the Mexican Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 All organizing begins with the telling of a story. When we listen carefully to somebodys story, we learn what motivates him, what she is passionate about. Listening is the first skill and duty of a community organizer. Before we can get somebody to do something, we have to learn what he and she want, which is usually different than what we presumed they wanted.
The November 2011 General Elections in Spain: Indignation Trapped in the Ballot Box Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The outrage expressed in the Spanish streets, deflated after the electoral ritual, is confronted with the limitations of the movements citizen-based abstractions (electoral reform, the affirmation of democracy, denouncing corruption, etc.) when confronted with the reality ( labor reform, social cuts) imposed by capital and its democratically elected administrators. Or, perhaps, indignation has completed its cycle and we are at the beginning.
The NYTs Love Letter to Death Squads Hymns to the Silence Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 It is, I confess, beyond all my imagining that a national leader so deeply immersed in murdering people would trumpet his atrocity so openly, so gleefully - and so deliberately, sending his top aides out to collude in a major story in the nation's leading newspaper, to ensure maximum exposure of his killing spree.
The Oakland Port Shutdown Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A personal account of the growing dialogue between the labour movement and the Occupy organizing, as seen by someone heavily involved in attempting to build these linkages.
Obama signs police state legislation Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Militarism and aggressive war abroad go hand in hand with authoritarianism and dictatorship at home.
Occupation Diaries Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 An inside look at daily life in Palestine.
Occupy and the Urgency of Inclusiveness Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Occupy is a social movement that purports to give expression to working class concerns in the absence of working class participation. Occupy has evolved into a form of organization that effectively excludes many who might otherwise participate, and, even worse, may ultimately result in a predominately middle class orientation over time.
Occupy and Detroit's Crisis Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 What's the new center of gravity on the political landscape? Dan La Botz has provocatively remarked that Occupy Oaklands November 2 shutdown of the Port of Oakland one of the largest recent labor actions was initiated from outside union structures. Earlier, in New York City, on the morning Mayor Bloomberg dispatched police to expel Occupiers from Liberty Park, 5,000 people many city workers, transit workers and teachers turned out, forcing him to back off.
Occupy Everywhere Against The Current vol. 158 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The decision by Time magazine to name the protester its Person of the Year was largely a response to the two major events that bookended 2011: the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement.
Occupy Isla Vista for the 99% Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Isla Vista is an unincorporated community within the Santa Barbara County, a gentrified ghetto on the sunny seaside of southern California packing 23,000 people within its meager 1.8 square miles. The core is composed of students studying at the nearby University of California, with a largely ignored community composed of Latino/Latina working-class and other permanent residents, including a houseless population.
The Occupy movement and class politics in the US Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The Occupy movement that began in New York in September 2011 and has spread with remarkable speed across the country represents a massive shift in the politics of the United States.
Occupy Portland Regroups Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Early on a dark and freezing Monday morning, December 12, 2011, more than 800 people descended on terminals five and six at the Port of Portland. Having announced their intention to occupy and shut down the port, the demonstrators arrived to find that the Port of Portland management had beaten them to the punch and closed the two terminals over safety concerns.
The Oil Road Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A look at a particular oil pipeline and its history, both locally and as a part of the global oil industry.
On Describing the Other Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 My criticism is not primarily about Judith Butlers style; it is principally about the substance of her arguments and, more broadly, of poststructuralist arguments. I am not opposed to difficult writing. There are many philosophers with whom it repays to work through the difficulties, the obscurities and the obtuseness; Hegel, for instance, even Heidegger in parts. Butler, in my eyes at least, is not such a philosopher.
On the Second Coming of Religion Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The question we should ask is not just: What is it about religion that makes people believe or behave in certain ways? It is also: What is it about contemporary societies that draws many people, both religious and non-religious, towards nihilistic, narcissistic, anti-modern forms of belief?
On Translating Securityspeak into English In the Land of False Cognates Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The Security State has its own language: Securityspeak. Like Newspeak, the ideologically refashioned successor to English in Orwells 1984, Securityspeak is designed to obscure meaning and conceal truth, rather than convey them.
One of the Greatest Environmentalists of the 20th Century Barry Commoners RIP Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Dr. Barry Commoner, equipped with a Harvard PhD in cellular biology, used his knowledge of biology, ecosystems, nuclear radiation, public communication, networking scientists, political campaigning, and community organizing to become the greatest environmentalist in the 20th century.
One Thousand Years of Solitude Life in the SHU Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Indefinite solitary confinement: a large-scale experiment in sensory deprivation and social isolation.
Our Harsh Logic Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2010-2010 Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Testimonies from more than 100 soldiers detailing the viciousness of Israel's military in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Our Land, Our Lives Time Out On The Global Land Rush Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In the past decade an area of land eight times the size of the UK has been sold off globally as land sales rapidly accelerate. This land could feed a billion people equivalent to the number of people who go to bed hungry each night. In poor countries, foreign investors have been buying an area of land the size of London every six days. With food prices spiking for the third time in four years, interest in land could accelerate again as rich countries try to secure their food supplies and investors see land as a good long-term bet.
"Our Path Doesn't Depend on Media Coverage" The Zapatistas and Their Coming Strategy Together with Mexico's Original Peoples Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Communiqué from the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee-General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army.
Out of Bounds Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Why do we talk so much about hate speech these days? Largely because hate speech has become a way of rebranding extremist ideas to stress their moral content; in other words, of rebranding obnoxious political claims as immoral arguments. Where once we might have challenged such sentiments politically, today we are more likely to seek criminal sanctions to outlaw them.
Outsourcing in India and the US Election Thus Spake the Cyber-Coolies Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 When Romney criticized outsourcing in his election campaign, he broke with Republican tradition. Outsourcing had been one of the few topics in which both parties appeared to genuinely disagree on, the one issue in which the underlying class dynamics of the pro-business Republicans and labour-backed Democrats were laid bare.
Overwrought Empire Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Americans lived in a victory culture for much of the twentieth century. You could say that they experienced an almost 75-year stretch of triumphalism -- think of it as the real American Century -- from World War I to the end of the Cold War, with time off for a destructive stalemate in Korea and a defeat in Vietnam too shocking to absorb or shake off.
OWS and the working class Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 As frustrating as this may sound to the left, who are justifiably excited over a revival of radical politics, many workers cannot see the movements relevancy to their own lives, yet still feel the pangs of the crisis perhaps more painfully than most.
Passion, Perversion, and Politics Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The Folson Street Fair is the centerpiece of a growing number of gatherings of formally illicit or deviant sexual practices that are taking place across the country. In the 2012 election, sexuality - especially abortion and homosexuality - is a critical issue. The election is about values, a choice between two ethical standards. Once again, Americans have to choose between the humane, the secular, and the religious.
Paula Broadwell, Whistleblower It's More Than a Sex Scandal Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 We await the follow-up to Paula Broadwells assertion that two prisoners were being held at the CIA annex near the consulate in Benghazi at the time of the assault that left Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans dead.
The Pensions Funding Gap Against The Current vol. 159 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A pension crisis of major dimensions is growing in the United States across all three forms of defined benefit plans (DBPs) public, private single-employer, and private multi-employer plans. Corporate America and its political friends have begun to use the economic crisis that commenced in 2007 as an opportunity to initiate and expand yet another offensive, aimed at further undermining defined benefit pensions.
The Pentagon's New Plan to Confront Latin America's Pink Tide Panetta Down South Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was in Uruguay recently, where he spoke of the need to strengthen the southern hemispheres police forces. This proposed policy has a precedent, almost unknown in this country, but potentially indicative of what awaits Latin American governments willing to cooperate with their northern neighbors defense establishment.
The Persecution of Wikileaks Burning the Messenger Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 There is a landmark case, actually more of an affair, involving the US government and WikiLeaks, the online organization that provides anonymity for sources to leak information. The US feels it has leaked too much information about the wrong country, the US.
Perspectives on Putin's Russia Against The Current vol. 158 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The demonstrations of December 10 and 24, 2012 in Moscow, in which tens of thousands of people took part, show clearly that the period of social passivity in Russia is nearing its end.
Pfizers Elixir of Youth? Tamoxifen Makes Women Live Longer (Says Manufacturer of Tamoxifen) Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 It was a great moment in Pharma funded physician education. At a symposium at the American Psychiatric Associations 2010 meeting called Mood, Memory and Myths: What Really Happens at Menopause, two Wyeth/Pfizer funded speakers tried to resurrect the benefits of cancer-linked hormone therapy. But the mostly-female audience was having none of it: what can we do about our tamoxifen brain from the cancer we already have, they wanted to know.
Pitfalls and radical mutations: Frantz Fanons revolutionary life Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In the 1960s and 1970s Fanon was the quintessential Third Worldist. He was taken up by movements that looked to guerrilla struggle in the countryside and in the newly independent Third World. His work became a manual to Maoists and the guerrilla intelligentsia predicting an imminent revolutionary wave that would overturn the world from the countryside.
Plunder in the Pacific Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Chilean legislators clear the way for legally binding international measures to protect threatened fish across the southern Pacific, after an ICIJ investigation.
Poetry and Latin American Revolution Written in Blood and Dreams Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A discussion about the poetry, and about the songs, that have had such a decisive influence on the changes and revolutions in South America.
The Police Riot at OccupyCAL Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 I remember as if it were just yesterday. I was linked in arms, peacefully protesting in support and solidarity with the students of UC Berkeley and my friend Meleiza. What I would soon have to witness would leave me traumatized and utterly disgusted.
Police State India Robert Clive and the Forbidden Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Describing security-mania in India.
Police Violence and Media Coverup Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Among many tactics used by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD ) to disorient, dishearten, and divide members of Occupy Los Angeles during our detention at city jails, one of the more insidious was denying us access to the news.
Political Developments in South Africa Against The Current vol. 161 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 An excerpt from the South African journal Amandla! regarding current political events in South Africa.
The Politics of the Exodus Myth Pillar of Superstition Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Cook provides conclusions that would suggest that the Bible as the word of God is rather a fabrication created for the masses for political, religious and cultural reasons.
Portuguese Workers vs. Austerity Against The Current vol. 158 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The General Strike of March 22, 2012 was the second called by the Portuguese trade unions since the IMF/European Commission/European Central Bank (Troika) intervened a year ago to impose austerity measures that almost forced the country to its knees. This is the third strike since the financial crisis took hold.
Preparing for a Digital 9/11 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In recent years, in one of the more dangerous, if largely undiscussed, developments of our time, the Bush and then Obama administrations have launched the first state-planned war in cyber space. First, there were the "Olympic Games," then the Stuxnet virus, then Flame, and now it turns out that other sophisticated malware programs have evidently followed.
Price of Gold Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Mongolia is known for its original Nomad culture as well as the spectacular natural landscape. Since gold deposits have been discovered however, both are threatened.
Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 The first hard-hitting examination of ExxonMobil, Private Empire is the masterful result of Colls indefatigable reporting. A penetrating, newsbreaking study, Private Empire is a defining portrait of ExxonMobil and the place of Big Oil in American politics and foreign policy.
Profit by Fiat Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The current bond rigging scandal, in which banks colluded to rig bids on municipal bonds, was a scam that the banks learned from the mafia, who in turn learned it from the Rockfellers and tehri partners in crime.
Pushing Demands at OWS? Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A debate is going on about whether Occupy Wall Street should adopt a list of demands. A number of people I know and respect have supported the Demands Working Group in New York and have called for the General Assembly to adopt their list. The draft includes great demands there is nothing Ive seen that I dont agree with, and Ive worked hard for some of them for much of my life. Yet I keep thinking that pushing the list of demands is not the way to go right now.
Racist Violence is Used to Maintain an Unjust Social Order From Trayvon Martin to Wall Street Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 While it would be gratifying and is socially necessary to bring Trayvons murderer to justice, the continuation of Americas system of racial oppression must also be ended or we just wait for the inevitable next wrongfully murdered black youth.
Radical Simplicity And The Middle Class Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A description of what a life of radical simplicity might look like suggesting radical simplicity is appealing, provided that the transition was anticipated and widely negotiated.
The Rain On Our Parade A Letter To My Dismal Allies Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 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.
The Red and the Black Profit is the motor of capitalism. What would it be under socialism? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In this essay, I start from the common socialist assumption that capitalisms central defects arise from the conflict between the pursuit of private profit and the satisfaction of human needs. Then I sketch some of the considerations that would have to be taken into account in any attempt to remedy those defects.
Reflections on the New School Occupation Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 On November 17th, 2011, the Study Center at 90 Fifth Avenue, an office building leased by the New School University, was occupied by participants in the all-city student assembly in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
Religous Freedom and Authoritarian Atheists Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Many contemporary atheists adopt an unpleasantly authoritarian stance. Many now demand, in the name of reason or science, state restrictions or bans on views that might cause harm. It is a strange attitude for those who supposedly believe in free speech and free thought.
Remembering David Montgomery Against The Current vol. 158 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 When the organization of American Historians met in Milwaukee in April, its program schedule included one very special session: a memorial tribute to David Montgomery. David, historian and political activist, died of a brain hemorrhage on Dec 1, 2011. He was 84 years old.
Resistance After Foreclosure Against The Current vol. 158 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In 1973, in the class- and race-polarized city of Boston, City Life began as a socialist collective fighting against evictions and gentrification in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Over the years, it has evolved into a radical non-profit organization with a long history of doing tenant organizing and tenants rights work all across the city. City Life was able to avoid sectarian debates to maintain itself as a radical center for housing organizing.
Resistance in China Today Against The Current vol. 161 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Cases of resistance in China continue to grow.
A Response to Norman Finkelstein Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A response to Norman Finkelstein's attack on the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Tilley says that Finkelstein's insistence that the movement has to adjust itself to mainstream public opinion is bizarre: "Since when do human rights campaigns adjust their arguments to please mainstream opinion? Changing mainstream opinion is their very task. If activists took mainstream opinion as the proper guide to moral action, we would never have had the anti-slavery abolition movement, or the womens suffrage movement, and apartheid would flourish in South Africa to this day. Indeed, we wouldnt have most human rights campaigns. The toughest ones, which are often the greatest ones, must often start small and grow slowly."
The Revisionaries Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 The Revisionaries follows the attempts of a creationist Board of Education member to revise the science and history curricula to better suit a white, Christian nation.
Revolution against progress: the TIPNIS struggle and class contradictions in Bolivia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Evo Morales's green light to a decades-old project to build a highway connecting Villa Tunari north to San Ignacio de Moxos through the indigenous territory and national park known as TIPNIS (Territorio Indígena del Parque Nacional Isiboro-Sécure), was the catalyst of his government's unpopular ratings.
The Right Kind Of Terror Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 When is an act of terrorism not terrorism? When the victims are officially sanctioned state enemies.
"Right to Work": Menace to Labor Against The Current vol. 157 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A year-long battle ended in January with Indiana becoming the 23rd Right to Work (RTW) state and ominously for labor, now the wedge state for opening the rest of the industrial Midwest to RTW campaigns. In neighboring Michigan, the home state of the United Auto Workers, rightwing state legislators are pushing to follow the Indiana example in the name of competitiveness.
The rise and fall of the Jewish Labour Bund Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The history of the Bund, or Algemeyner Yiddisher Arbeter Bund in Rusland un Poyln (General Jewish Labour Union in Russia and Poland), is one riven with contradictions. It brought together tens of thousands of Jewish workers during its 52 years of existence in struggle against oppression and exploitation.
The Rise of Fascism in Greece Waiting is Not an Option Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In Germany, Spain and Italy (and elsewhere) in the early 1930s during those troubled times, unemployment was high, Left alternatives were weak, resentment against others oozed in the streets, and terrible insecurities pushed nominally good people, the middle classes, into supporting the forces of hatred and nationalistic fervour.
Robots Kill, But The Blood Is On Our Hands Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Killing individuals (and whoever is near them) has become the primary substitute in U.S. public policy for capture/imprisonment/torture. Torturing someone to death is not what former CIA General Counsel John Rizzo calls "clean." Blowing them and anyone near them into little bits is "clean." As Medea Benjamin documents, the United States has avoided detaining people, only to murder them with a drone days later.
Rolling Back Reconstruction Against The Current vol. 159 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The 'Reconstruction Amendments the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the United States Constitution are targeted in many of the Tea Party and far-right Republican campaigns against the rights of immigrants and women, marriage equality and LGBT rights, and voting rights for African Americans and other minority ethnic groups.
Roots of U.S. Capitalism (book review) Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 This is a thoughtful, learned, stimulating, challenging and altogether valuable volume. It reprints a series of reflections by the Marxist sociologist Charles Post on various aspects of the rise and evolution of capitalism in North America between the colonial era and the late 19th century.
Russell Means: Warrior for the People Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The life of Russell Means, Lakota warrior for the people whose stance of never backing down inspired a generation of Native American rights, was celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Kyle, South Dakota. Means' piercing words and clarity of style on American Indian rights, placed him at the forefront of the struggle of the American Indian Movement that spans four decades.
The Russian Revolution Revisited - Review Against The Current vol. 161 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Published: 2102 A review of 'The October Revolution in Prospect and Retrospect: Interventions in Russian and Soviet History' by John Eric Marot.
Sasha and Emma The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A biography.
Scattered Sand The Story of China's Rural Migrants Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Each year, 200 million workers from Chinas vast rural interior travel between cities and provinces in search of employment: the largest human migration in history. This indispensable army of labour accounts for half of Chinas GDP, but is an unorganized workforce scattered sand, in Chinese parlance and the most marginalized and impoverished group of workers in the country.
Science, Myth, and History Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The story of Kennewick Man - the debate around a 9000-year old skeleton and what it reveals about current ideas of culture, race and science.
The second coming of the radical left Crunch-time for the eurozone? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Nearly five years after it started, the global economic and financial crisis shows no signs of resolving itself. On the contrary, in Europe it is taking a more virulent form, as the eurozone inches towards some kind of moment of truth. The slow motion catastrophe in Europe threatens to kill off the chronically weak recovery in the US.
Seeds of Fire A People's Chronology Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
Selected Archive Projects Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A list of some archive projects concerned with grassroots movements for social justice.
The Selective Compassion of the Media & Human Rights Establishment Ignoring the Victims of State Crimes Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Human rights doctrine has devolved into a mere tool used by the U.S. to carry out its imperial aims, and many times by means (such as war) which cause many more human rights violations than they purport to solve.
Shadows of Liberty Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Examines the new media monopoly by corporations in America versus the public battle for truth and democracy.
Shooting to Kill Immigrants on the Mexican Border A Border Agent Fired First at Immigrant Smugglers? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Sometimes it takes a small tragedy to call attention to expose a much bigger one. The small tragedy happened when Nicholas Ivie, a US Border Patrol agent, was shot dead on a dark night in rough terrain along the border with Mexico in Arizona, a state that has been obsessing about illegal border crossers coming into the US from Mexico seeking jobs.
A Short History of Black Voter Suppression Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The Right's organized movement to suppress the votes of African Americans and Latin Americans, and the urban and rural poor by means of the passing of voter ID (Poll Tax) laws in states receives no mention in the dominant media.
Silences on the Suppression of Workers Self-Emancipation: Historical Problems with CLR James's Interpretation of V.I. Lenin Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 CLR James believed one of his major intellectual legacies was the clarification of the wisdom of V.I. Lenin. However, James's readings fail in making Lenin's role in history and politics transparent. James's Leninism attempts to reconcile the validity of workers self-management and the aspirations of a political party to seize state power. This is in conflict with James's own genuine and original political legacy: clarifying the direct democratic gathering forces which will create the new society.
SIU's Community of Resistance Against The Current vol. 157 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A solidarity rally to prepare for a joint strike.
Six Nations and Dundalk Fight Corporate Crap Why We Should All Support Their Struggle Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Dundalk is situated at the highest elevation in Ontario, the headwaters of both the Grand and Saugeen rivers, and sits on land deeded to the Six Nations through the Haldimand Proclamation of 1763. Despite the ecological importance of the region and the outstanding land claim, the municipal council and a corporation are attempting to force through a plan to build a bio-solids processing facility just a stones throw from the town.
Six Ways the Media Has Misreported Syria How One-Sided Reporting is Facilitating Escalation Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The Western mainstream medias coverage of the Syrian conflict has been mostly simplistic and black & white with a Hollywoodian good (opposition) and evil (Syrian government) story.
The Sky is Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn Class Struggle in the US from the 2008 Crash to the Eve of the Occopations Movement Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 We can safely assert that for most working people, the recession has never ended, and is about to get worse.
Smoke Traders Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Smoke Traders tells the story of the contraband tobacco trade and the effect on individual lives and communities from a Native perspective.
Social Movements in South Africa Against The Current vol. 160 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Investigation into the current political movements in South Africa.
"Solidarity" Beats Austerity Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The tumultuous month of November 2011 marked the emergence of a powerful and widespread movement on public university campuses throughout California. Brutal police repression of Occupy encampments at UC Berkeley and UC Davis gained national media attention and sparked massive solidarity actions among social justice movements around the nation and the world.
Solitary Confinement FAQ Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Solitary confinement is the practice of isolating inmates in closed cells for 22-24 hours a day, virtually free of human contact, for periods of time ranging from days to decades.
Somebody Else's Atrocities Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Atrocities commited by official enemies are routinely condemned, but atrocities for which our own country is responsible are rarely mentioned.
The State and the Social Movements Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The article deals with the systematic, pervasive web of containment of social struggles and class conflict developed by the Brazilian Workers' Party (Partido do Trabalho, or PT) over decades, beginning in the 1980s, and culminating in its ten years in state power since 2002, first under Lula (20022010) and now under Dilma Rousseff (2010).
Straphanger Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A discussion of the major modern urban transport systems of the world.
The Strike and Its Enemies Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Like the progressive labour bureaucrats, todays generation of young radicals have spent all of their formative years living in the era of capitalist realism the era of There is No Alternative. And its perhaps for this reason that each tenet of the union bureaucrat philosophy finds its distorted mirror-image in the views of the young anti-union radicals. They tend to believe that middle-class intellectuals and full-time activists should take the lead role in strategy and that these groups do not have different material interests than rank-and-file workers. That building communes, rather than confronting capital, should be the movements main mission.
The strike that led to Tahir Square An act of courage that launched a revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Labour struggles at Egypt's largest cotton mill, starting in 2006, laid the groundwork for the revolution of 2011.
The Struggle in Balochistan Against The Current vol. 161 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The complicated situation that is modern Pakistan.
Stuxnet on the Loose Security for the One Percent Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Suspicions that the Stuxnet computer worm was indeed developed by the United States and Israel has once again exposed American exceptionalism. Espionage and sabotage are presented as intolerable criminal transgressions, normally causing our elected officials and military leaders to erupt in fits of righteous indignation. That is, unless the United States is doing the spying and the sabotaging.
Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A study of the role of the FBI in the postwar Red Scare, focusing especially on Ronald Reagan's long and creepy relationship with the FBI. It is also a fascinating account of the origins and development the New Left, and a powerful examination of how the FBI corroded due process and democracy.
Swing of the Pendulum? Against The Current vol. 159 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The defeat of the Wisconsin recall of anti-labor Governor Scott Walker, along with the Republican jubilation that followed, demands a close examination of the state of U.S. politics. In the post-Citizens United era, its certainly true that unlimited Super-PAC funds from the likes of the Koch Brothers and other dark corners of the one percent lubricate the political machinery of the right wings ground game, savage media wars, lying attack ads and voter suppression campaigns.
SWP: Long March to Oblivion - Book Review Against The Current vol. 160 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Book review of 'The Party: The Socialist Workers Party 1960-1988. A Political Memoir. Volume 2: Interregnum, Decline and Collapse, 1973-1988' by Barry Sheppard.
SYMPOSIUM: Truth and Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Insurgent Notes invited members of Sojourner Truth Organization (STO) that we were able to contact and individuals of organization that we knew had been influenced by one or more of the aspects of STO's theory or practice to respond to a series of questions.
Syria: Arab Solution Needed Against The Current vol. 157 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Of all the Arab regimes that have been toppled since the start of the Arab Spring last year, Syrias Assad regime is the most dangerous. While it is impossible to quantify oppression and repression, the Assad regime has certainly surpassed its Tunisian, Egyptian, Libyan and Yemeni counterparts in its assault on the rights of its people and other Arabs over the years.
The Takeover of Motor City Against The Current vol. 158 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In early April the Detroit City Council and Mayor Dave Bing signed a consent agreement with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder that essentially turns over the citys financial management to an appointed board.
Teach for America: The Hidden Curriculum of Liberal Do-Gooders Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Teach for America, suitably representative of the liberal education reform more generally, underwrites, intentionally or not, the conservative assumptions of the education reform movement: that teachers unions serve as barriers to quality education; that testing is the best way to assess quality education; that educating poor children is best done by institutionalizing them; that meritocracy is an end-in-itself; that social class is an unimportant variable in education reform; that education policy is best made by evading politics proper; and that faith in public school teachers is misplaced.
10 Shocking Incidents of Police Brutality Caught on Tape Finally, a Reason to Like CCTV Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The internet is full of videos exposing police officers use of excessive physical force when trying to apprehend or detain potential criminals. Every year in fact there seems to be an increase in YouTube video uploads, video views, and news stories depicting this type of injustice.
Terror in a Christmas Tree Israel Tries to Ban Non-Jewish Celebrations Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Who would imagine that Israeli Jews could be so intimidated by the innocuous Christmas tree?
Their "Recovery" and Ours - Review Against The Current vol. 161 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A review of 'Obamas Economy: Recovery for the Few' by Jack Rasmus.
They Are Still Killing Trade Union Leaders Global Capital's Death Squads and Night-Riders Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Question: So what happens these days in developing countries when a prominent, charismatic union activist - with the courage to stand up to sinister, government-supported business groups who have, on more than one occasion, already threatened his life - attempts to get the countrys underpaid, under-benefited workers to join a labor union? Answer: They kill him.
Thirteen Ways Government Tracks Us Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Privacy is eroding fast as technology offers government increasing ways to track and spy on citizens. Here are thirteen examples of how some of the biggest government agencies and programs track people.
Three Big Lies of the Super-Rich Why Being in the Highest Class Doesn't Mean You're a High Class Person Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The conservative spin of the media is designed to protect the rich from challenge.
To Name The Unnameable Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Discussing Salman Rushdie's non-appearance at the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Richard Sennett contends that "living with people who differ -- racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically -- is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today. We tend socially to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves, and modern politics encourages the politics of the tribe rather than of the city."
Tombstone The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962 Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A look at 'the great famine', a concealed result of the Great Leap Forward in China.
The Tragedy of Norman Finkelstein Time to Say Goodbye Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Norman Finkelstein seems to have moved from an anti-Zionist position to believing that the best we can do is create a Palestinian bantustan while Israeli remains as a state where Jews rule and Palestinians remain legally and economically oppressed.
Trying to change the world? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Getting your story across is an uphill battle when youre challenging the status quo. SOURCES can help you get your message out.
A "Tunisia Moment" Coming? Against The Current vol. 160 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A prominent commentator and a brother of the former president, Moeletsi Mbeki caused a major stir last year when he announced that South Africa is headed for a Tunisia Moment.
Twenty five years of revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The period since 1987 has been, in one sense, extraordinary in the sheer number of revolutions that have occurred. If one thing seems certain, it is that revolution is alive and well across the globe, and is indeed a very normal part of the political process in the modern capitalist world.
Two Cheers for Anarchism Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Inspired by the core anarchist faith in the possibilities of voluntary cooperation without hierarchy, this book offers a defense of an anarchist way of seeing - one that provides a unique and powerful perspective on everything from everyday social and political interactions to mass protests and revolutions.
Two Months in LA's Solidarity Park Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Occupy Los Angeles was the largest of the Occupy encampments: In the space of two months, we grew from around 50 to nearly 500 tents. Our camp developed neighborhoods, tribes, collectives, a print shop, a library, a peoples university, a wellness center, a meditation tent, a kids village, and all sorts of fascinating community problems to go with them. This is the particular joy and struggle of being an occupation, and not a traditional group of community organizers; the internal conflict of a commune or a family was playing out simultaneously with our movement and message-building.
2013 Unoccupied Sun Tzu's Messages to the Occupy Movement Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The Occupy movement has apparently receded into the long night. The structural challenges remain the same, and opposition is still needed. What has been exposed as fruitless, however, is the idea of occupying parks in chaotic sieges that signify nothing.
United in Anger A History of ACT UP Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is a documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as archival footage, the film depicts the efforts of ACT UP as it battles corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect.
The Unknown Slave Rebellion Against The Current vol. 156 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Though the planters had no difficulty reconciling the wealth they enjoyed and the price the slaves paid, the regions black laborers did. By aborting their own children, poisoning livestock, lighting fires, and escaping to the cypress swamps, the slaves struggled to dilute, deflect, and if possible demolish slaveholders authority. Even open revolt was not beyond question. While it was a card that slaves played only rarely planters tended to take a dim and deadly view of armed rebellion the German Coast teemed with violent possibilities. The planters world rested on a powder keg to be ignited by the smallest of sparks.
Unlawful Dissent New Laws Around the Globe Dont Curb Inequity, They Undercut Social Protests and Gag Free Speech Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The state is increasingly encroaching upon dissent as social conditions worsen.
US Consulate Killings - Spontaneous Religious or Planned Political? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 On September 11, four Americans, including the US ambassador, were killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The following day, the BBC's Lunchtime News reported that the killings were part of 'disturbances' which were 'linked to an anti-Islamic video'. The BBC's News at Six explained that the US ambassador was killed 'in a protest'. This was mild language indeed given that the consulate had been attacked with assault rifles, hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
US Military Brands Assange, WikiLeaks As "The Enemy" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Secret US Air Force documents reveal that the American military has branded WikiLeaks and its editor Julian Assange as "the enemy", placing them on a legal par with Al Qaeda and threatening them with the same treatment: indefinite detention without trial, and death.
The U.S.-Pakistan Co-dependency Against The Current vol. 157 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 After a cross-border NATO air strike in November resulted in the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers, Pakistan responded forcefully, closing the Af-Pak border to NATO traffic, expelling the U.S. military from an air base inside Pakistan, and boycotting the International Conference on Afghanistan.
Using a Black Icon to Sell Apartheid Israel's Chutzpah Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Apologists for Israel are now using fabricated 'quotes' from Martin Luther King to make it seem that King supported Israeli apartheid.
The Vertical Farming Scam Wrong on So Many Levels Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Vertical farming would involve using the floorspace of tall urban buildings for growing food plants through largely hydroponic methods. This is envisioned as a way to integrate food production with dense human populations, increase production per unit of land area, protect crops against pests without the use of chemicals, and take vulnerable agricultural soils out of production by relocating crops to cities. It can, in fact, achieve none of these goals.
A village about to be demolished A glimpse into occupation Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Susiya is a microcosm of life for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. Palestinians living in the little village of Susiya and elsewhere are under constant threat of demolition, expulsion and forced relocation.
Wade Michael Page and the rise of violent far-right extremism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The man who opened fire in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin was not just a crazed loner, but a vocal neo-Nazi in fact, his white supremacist ideology reflected a growing form of extremism that expresses its strength through violence rather than at the ballot box.
Wadim Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 The story of Latvians who sought asylum in Germany, their lives there, and the consequences when harsh immigration policies suddenly tear them apart in this critique of laws written and applied without regard for human consequences
The Waiting Room Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 The film watches a Californian hospital for a full day, observing what patients and staff go through as they deal with the over-crowded, under-funded US health care system.
Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball The Best of Joe Bageant Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 25 essays by the self-proclaimed redneck socialist, edited by Ken Smith.
The War Crimes of a Sergeant, the War Crimes of a Nation A Double Standard of Justice Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 It is alleged that on the evening of March 10-11, 2012, US Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales left his base in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, fully armed and loaded, and murdered 16 civilians in a nearby village.
The War of Northern Aggression Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A leading Civil War historian challenges the new orthodoxy about how slavery ended in America.
The War on Women--And Us All Against The Current vol. 158 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The war on womens reproductive rights is being fought in the U.S. Congress, in state legislatures and in the courts, and played out in the media. This war seeks to restrict womens ability to control their reproductive lives with each law more outrageous than the last under the excuse that they are protecting the unborn.
Way Beyond Greenwashing: Have Corporations Captured Big Conservation? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The global organic food industry agrees to support international agribusiness in clearing as much tropical rainforest as they want for farming. In return, agribusiness agrees to farm the now-deforested land using organic methods, and the organic industry encourages its supporters to buy the resulting timber and food under the newly devised Rainforest Plus label.
We Are Legion The Story of the Hacktivists Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age.
We Are Wisconsin Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 When a Republican Governors bill threatens to wipe away worker rights and lock out public debate, six (extra)ordinary citizens join the growing protest at the Wisconsin State Capitol, and spend the next twenty-six days building a movement that not only challenges the bill, but the soul of a nation.
We Have Still Had It Up to Here: The Year a Movement Was Born Mexicos Struggle to End the Drug War Is Unlike Any in the World Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The truth is that Mexican public opinion has never fully swallowed the fiction believed by many in the United States that the drug war is somehow about stopping drugs or their abuse. Almost everybody knows that it is primarily a means to enrich the pockets of corrupt politicians and police.
Welcome to the Worlds First Bunker State Room for Jews Only in Israels Villa in the Jungle Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The bunker state is almost finished, and with it the dream of Israels founders is about to be realised.
What Choice in 2012? Against The Current vol. 158 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The outcome of the November 2012 election is clear: It will be the most vicious and racist in modern U.S. history, and by far the most expensive of all time. Are critical issues at stake in this political year? Absolutely, yes but not the questions well get to vote on.
What If Americas Leaders Actually Want Catastrophic Climate Change? Thinking the Unthinkable Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Our leaders, political and corporate, may be puerile, egocentric greed-heads, but they are not stupid. They surely for the most part recognize that the Earth is heating up and heading at full speed towards ecological, social and political disaster. How else to explain, then, their astonishing unwillingness to take action?
What Really Happened in Gaza Israel Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The official storyline is that Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense on 14 November, 2012 because, in President Barack Obamas words, it had every right to defend itself. The facts, however, suggest otherwise.
What's Wrong With Multiculturalism? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 My view is that both multiculturalists and their critics are wrong. And only by understanding why both sides are wrong will we be able to work our way through the mire in which we find ourselves.
Whatever Happened to Al Jazeera? All the News That's Fit to Slant Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In Al Jazeeras early days in the mid and late 1990s, the channel took on taboo subjects and proudly challenged the status quo. In recent months, however, Al Jazeera has begun to change course. It has deviated from its journalistic responsibilities in Libya, and is now completely losing the plot with Syria. The channel is in urgent need to revisit its own code of ethics.
Whats Left of Queer?: Immigration, Sexuality, and Affect in a Neoliberal World Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 We need to refuse the narratives of abjection that are routinely forced upon us. They only render us immobile creatures, begging for help. We are all neoliberals now. Were all selling our bodies, our lives, our stories to the media and to provide comfort to ourselves. Those stories have to be challenged and reworked or we lose sight of the larger story of economic exploitation, at our peril.
When Chomsky Wept Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A portrait of Noam Chomsky.
When Plutocrats Blame the Poor Hard Times Redux Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The image of the self-made man has always been a fiction concocted for the edification of the poor, not a concrete policy prescription, as should be clear by now from the behavior of our very own self-made caste of plutocrats.
When Populism is Dangerous for Democracy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 George Galloways stunning victory in last weeks Bradford West by-election afforded a rare opportunity to witness naked imbalance, establishment scorn of any challenges, and blatant anti-Muslim propaganda in the corporate British media.
When War Passes for Foreign Policy Who Will Pay the Price? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Take the profit out of war, said activist Kevin Zeese, and you take out war. His audience was made up mainly of U.S. war veterans gathered in New York to observe and protest the 11th anniversary of the conflict in Afghanistan.
Who Are the Control Rods? Against The Current vol. 157 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 After losing a war, one of the worst things that can happen to a society is for its people to be told it was a victory. The inability or failure to learn the lessons of the United States defeat in Iraq enables the plunge into the next disastrous adventure: Can you say Iran?
Who Cares? Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Rosie Dranfeld captures the gritty and dangerous world of Edmonton's sex-trade workers. In this post-Pickton era where the unthinkable is now a gruesome reality, women voluntarily provide police with DNA samples for future identification.
Who Killed Ekaru Loruman? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Climate change arrives in a world primed for crisis. The current and impending dislocations of climate change intersect with the already existing crises of poverty and violence. By this catastrophic convergence, I do not merely mean that several disasters happen simultaneously, one problem atop another. Rather, I am arguing that problems compound and amplify each other, one expressing itself through another.
Who Speaks for the 99% Against The Current vol. 157 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The bitter truth about U.S. politics is that neither ruling-class party speaks for the working class or poor.
Why aid projects in Palestine are doomed to fail Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 So long as aid in Palestine remains detached from the everyday realities of occupation and operates on the aggressors terms, it will continue to be ineffective.
Why Are We The Good Guys? Reclaiming Your Mind From The Delusions Of Propaganda Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 One of the unspoken assumptions of the Western world is that we are great defenders of human rights, a free press and the benefits of market economics. Mistakes might be made along the way, perhaps even tragic errors of judgement. But the prevailing view is that the West is essentially a force for good in the wider world. Why Are We The Good Guys? is a provocative challenge of this false ideology.
Why Are We The Good Guys? - Book Review Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 One of the unspoken assumptions of the Western world is that we are great defenders of human rights, a free press and the benefits of market economics. Mistakes might be made along the way, perhaps even tragic errors of judgement. But the prevailing view is that 'the West' is essentially a force for good in the wider world. Why Are We The Good Guys? is a provocative challenge to this false ideology.
Why Do They Hate George Galloway So Much? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The ferocity of the attacks on George Galloway by the British commentariat is one of the most revealing outcomes of his victory in the Bradford West by-election.
Why is India so bad for women? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Of all the G20 nations, India has been labelled the worst place to be a woman. How is this possible in a country that prides itself on being the world's largest democracy?
Why Israel Desires to be Hated by Palestinians Gaza 2012: On the Use and Abuse of Hatred and Violence Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Israel desires to be hated by Palestinians. By provoking violence Israel has not merely managed to divert the limelight from its apartheid nature. It has also managed to convince that, as Joseph Massad of Columbia University once captured, it has the right to occupy, to dispossess and to discriminate, namely the claim that the apartheid premise which founds it should be put up with and rationalized as reasonable.
Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere The New Global Revolutions Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 From London to Cairo, Wisconsin to Tehran, Paul Mason charts new forms of collective action: fluid networks of agile, Twitter- and Facebook-savvy networks of youthful protesters. The events, says Mason, reflect the expanding power of the individual and call for new ways of thinking about political alternatives, elite rule and global poverty.
Why Opposing Islamophobia is not a Defense of Extremism Standing Up Against Knee-Jerk Discrimination and Xenophobia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Recent events have generated a lot of debate about Islam, Muslims, free speech and Islamophobia. Unfortunately, much of that debate has fallen back upon rather tired arguments about not only what "Muslims are like" but also how those who oppose Islamophobia are somehow defending repression or appeasing extremists.
Why People Vote Against Themselves Wisconsin and the Collapse of Liberalism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The reasons people vote against their self-interest are numerous and varied but key to them is often a culture under great stress believing false promises being made to it by the powerful.
Why Race Matters in the 2012 Elections Against The Current vol. 160 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 We sometimes hear that the drive by the Republican Party and the far right to "suppress the vote" -- attempting to ensure the election of a Republican president and win control of the Congress -- is just hardball politics, not about race or racism. Yet the primary target is people of color.
Why The Language of the Commons Matters Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Our very language for identifying problems and imagining solutions has been compromised. We may have many unattractive human traits fueled by individual fears and ego, but we are also creatures entirely capable of self-organization, cooperation, a concern for fairness and social justice, and sacrifice for the larger good and future generations.
A Wisconsin Idea Resurgent Against The Current vol. 158 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 More than a year has passed since the mass protests of February-March 2011, at Madison and elsewhere across Wisconsin, erupted in response to Republican Governor Scott Walkers effort to bust the states public employee unions.
Wisconsin Uprising Labor Fights Back Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A collection of accounts from the early stages of the Wisconsin uprising against the corporate world in the of spring 2011.
Without Women, No Food Security Against The Current vol. 157 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 In the countries of the Global South, women are the primary producers of food: the ones in charge of working the earth, maintaining seed stores, harvesting fruit, obtaining water and safeguarding the harvest.
Won't Get Fooled Again? Hyping Syria's WMD 'Threat' Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Published: 2013 Reading about crimes of state over many years, it is tempting to try to fathom the mind-set of political leaders. What actually is going on in their heads when they order sanctions that kill hundreds of thousands of children? What is in their hearts when they wage needless wars that shatter literally millions of lives? Similar questions come to mind as the US and UK governments once again raise the spectre of weapons of mass destruction to demonise a target for regime change, this time in Syria.
The World's Most Fashionable Prison Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Fashion designer Puey Quinones works with inmates in a Philipine prison to teach them how to sew, work with fabrics and see their ideas go from sketch to finished product.
The Young Man Was Part 1: United Red Army Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 The start of a film trilogy that traces 1970s ultra left movements' turn to violence; Part One is based on the negotiations of the 1977 JAL hijacking, between the Japanese Red Army members on board the plane and the Dhaka control tower in Bangladesh.
Zapatista March The Deafening Silence of Resurgence Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The voiceless and the faceless are saying listen up! There is a forgotten Mexico here, a Mexico that is starving and disparate and the march, a silent march is an emblematic message in and of itself.
Absurd charges brought against reporters covering Occupy Wall Street movement Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Journalists covering the Occupy Wall Street movements protests and marches are not only exposed to police brutality but also to a sort of judicial lottery when detained. The situation varies from state to state, according to local laws, but the freedom to report news and information is being violated almost everywhere, not only for professional journalists but also for bloggers and for activists who want to cover the protests themselves.
An Account from Madison Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Among the first publicized actions in opposition to the union-busting Budget Repair Bill was the Teaching Assistants Association (TAA) February 14th delivery of valentines to Governor Walkers office. Colin, an adjunct professor of English and a new member of Solidarity, recalls: We marched on the sidewalk, not the street People would look at each other to make sure others were chanting. Some clearly felt embarrassed and most didnt know the chants.
African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 An inclusive account of the source of popular discontent and an insight into the struggle for democratization, from the popular uprisings in Northern Africa all the way into the heartland of the African continent.
Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100 Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 for the 43 members of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 100, working at the Windows on the World restaurant, who lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Center
American Autumn Part 2 Occupy Wall Street: Organizing the Movement Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011
American Dreamers How the Left Changed a Nation Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 History of the radical left in the United States from the abolitionists to anti-globalization activists. The author sees the left as historically championing a pluralist spirit that runs counter to the "born capitalist" American society.
The "Anarcho-Liberal" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The diversity of the global justice movement is undeniable, but to the extent its prominent intellectual voices represented broader trends, we can see the crystallization of a new type of radical that would come to prominence on the Left. The reconfiguration of the Left at the end of the twentieth century created a void. The anarcho-liberal filled it.
Anatomy of Egypt's Revolution Conditions and Consequences Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Like perfect storms, several factors have to simultaneously and collectively come together for popular uprisings or protests, even massive ones, to turn into a revolution. That is why only a few of them have been successful in world history.
Another Immoral Adventure US Troops to Uganda Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 When we support brutal governments in foreign countries be it through aid, training, or troops on the ground there are real and lasting consequences for the people who live there. There are many reasons to oppose the US incursion into Uganda (the risk of blowback, the chance of escalation, the furtherance of the imperial presidency, the financial cost, the practical fact that we cant intervene everywhere, and so on), but the most important argument is moral.
Anti-Capitalism or Anti-Imperialism? Interwar Authoritarian and Fascist Sources of A Reactionary Ideology: The Case of the Bolivian MNR Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Recounts the evolution of the core pre-MNR intelligentsia and future leadership of the movement and its post-1952 government from anti-Semitic, pro-fascist, pro-Axis ideologues in the mid-1930?s to bourgeois nationalists receiving considerable US aid after 1952.
Anti-Terrorism Begins at Home Viva House refuses to sign United Way "loyalty oath" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 A Baltimore is refusing to certify that it does not use United Way funds to support terrorism, saying the request smacks of McCarthyism.
Anti-Imperialism and the Iranian Revolution Fetters of the past, potential for the future Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Iranian Revolution, and the anti-imperialist ideology that corresponded to its rise and demise, was indeed a tragedy from the perspective of proletarian revolution; to hold such an ideology today is indeed farcical. It does nothing but bring workers, students, and womens organizations into an illusory harmony with those who maintain their oppression and exploitation.
The Arab Revolts and the Cage of Political Economy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Though the Arab revolts of 2011 herald a new era where people have powerfully asserted their inalienable right to protest (and we hope they will continue doing so), the powerful cage of political economy has remained intact even after six intense months of protest. The intent of the imperial US power in the region, along with its allies Israel and the European Union (EU), remains unchanged.
Arabs and the Holocaust Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Palestinian tragedy, a late product of 19th-20th century colonialism and imperialism in general, must also be understood as a very specific aftershock of the greatest industrial genocide in history, the Nazi holocaust, which shook the ways in which we view human society and history.
Assange and Posada in the Propaganda System Mixed Media Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Posada's case is a dramatic illustration of the fraudulence of the so-called "War on Terror" and highlights the U.S. refusal to abide by the rule of law. Assange's case shows well the U.S. establishment's fear of the free-flow of information that might interfere with foreign policy and reveal that there are many more Posadas whose service to the empire might be disclosed. And the media's cooperation in this protection of Posada and pursuit of Assange is clear. \
Assignment 1: LGBT Equality Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 IN OUR IMMEDIATELY post-Dont Ask Dont Tell society, Stuart Biegels The Right to Be Out invites us to create a public education system where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) equality is a reality.
Athenians Teach a New Lesson in (Workers) Democracy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Popular Assembly at Syntagma has been able to go beyond democratic discussion to democratic decisions but the construction of real workers democracy is still under way. While thousands take part in the assembly, there are five million living in Athens and millions more in the rest of Greece. To democratically include all these millions requires a system of delegation, in which delegates from neighborhoods and workplaces attend city-wide assemblies and delegates from these attend a nationwide assembly.
The Attack on American Muslims Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Flailing after Muslims is a convenient way for the right extreme and mainstream to prove their credentials as genuine, God-loving Americans. Islam, they charge, is not a religion of peace, of Western values; its an ideology of terror. You cant trust Muslims.
Austerity and U.S. Decline Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The full frontal assault on public workers and their unions in one state after another stripping collective bargaining rights and dues checkoff, slashing wages and pensions and health benefits, abolishing seniority and tenure for teachers, mandating yearly decertification votes, threatening jail terms for strikers is as massive and instantaneous as it was unexpected by the labor bureaucracy and many union members. To say the class war is back is an understatement. Its an authentic firestorm sucking the oxygen from labor rights, from Wisconsin to Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and other states.
Authors of Gaza youth manifesto speak to Electronic Intifada Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 We, the youth of Gaza, who make up sixty percent of Gaza's 1.6 million residents, have increasingly felt repressed in many aspects, starting from the long-standing Israeli occupation of our lands -- particularly the four-year-old Israeli blockade of Gaza -- through the injustice inflicted everywhere by the rulers of Gaza, who we elected four years ago.
Autonomy zone on Wall Street? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Prefigurationists argue that they can create self-contained, self-governing societies as pockets of autonomy within the capitalist system. While the goal of creating a democratic decision-making process and remaining independent of the mainstream political system is necessary to create a movement that challenges the entrenched power of Wall Street and the corporate elite, the goal of constituting an autonomous authority within capitalism is impossible and can lead to some dangerous illusions.
The Awakening in America Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The dynamic of social movements is far more important than their ostensible ideological positions. Revolutions arise out of complex processes of social debate and interaction that happen to reach a critical mass and trigger a chain reaction processes very much like what we are seeing at this moment. The 99% slogan may not be a very precise class analysis, but its a close enough approximation for starters, an excellent meme to cut through a lot of traditional sociological jargon and make the point that the vast majority of people are subordinate to a system run by and for a tiny ruling elite.
The Battle for Brooklyn The Abuse of Eminent Domain Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 An article about the documentary Battle for Brooklyn, which chronicles the fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyns Prospect Heights neighborhood facing demolition of their property to make way for the Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets.
Battle for Brooklyn Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Battel for Brooklyn is an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyns historic Prospect Heights neighborhood facing condemnation of their property to make way for the polarizing Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets.
The Betrayal Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 The filmmaker's personal journey to confront her past, baring her soul to those most hurt by her troubled youth when she ricocheted from far-left radicalism to neo-Nazi fascism out of a desperate need to belong.
Beyond the Fields Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 There is a strong historical link between the United Farm Workers in its heyday and myriad forms of progressive activism today. UFW alumni, ideas, and strategies have influenced Latino political empowerment, the immigrant rights movement, union membership growth, and on-going coalitions between labor, community, campus, and religious groups.
Bias in the Eye of the Beholder Liberal Media Misperceptions in the American Mind Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 In a time of economic instability, growing poverty, and chronic income and financial insecurity, Americans are increasingly critical of a governing system that they feel has failed in providing for their basic needs. This general distrust, however, can at times manifest itself in ignorant and destructive ways. So it is with the liberal bias claims, which misdirect public attention away from the very real bi-partisan, official source bias of the media, and toward some mythic media conspiracy to marginalize conservatives in favor of an elite liberal agenda. We should be careful to acknowledge this reality next time we hear friends, family, or acquaintances lamenting the liberal media elite.
Big Boys Gone Bananas!* Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 First there was a film about banana workers saying the Dole Food Company had made them infertile. Then Dole attacked the filmmakers. Now it's time for a new film!
The Big Thirst The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 A jurnalistic account of the secret life of water.
Big Three Auto Contracts: Lowlights of 2011 Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 By the end of October, autoworkers at the Big Three will have approved their 2011-2015 contracts. Since Ford was the most profitable corporation, and one that had avoided bankruptcy, it was the logical corporation for the UAW to target. During the economic crisis Ford workers voted down a round of concessions that would have suspended their right to strike until 2015, so by bargaining first at Ford the union could have maximized its potential power to put an end to the concessions.
Bloomberg and NYC's Education Wars Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The New York City school system averted catastrophe on June 24, 2011 when mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew reached an accord to prevent more than 4000 teacher layoffs. Under the deal, the teachers union agreed to suspend sabbaticals for one year and to reorganize the way in which teachers without full programs are assigned.
Bolivia: WikiLeaks Expose US Conspiracy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Recently released United States embassy cables from Bolivia have provided additional insight to the events leading up to the September 2008 coup attempt against the Andean countrys first indigenous president.
Bolivia's Growing Crisis Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 A confrontation between the government of Bolivian president Evo Morales and a part of his indigenous social base is leading to a serious political crisis. A violent police assault on indigenous community protests against a road being built through their self-governed Isiboro Secure National Park and Indigenous Territory (TIPNIS) have led to a growing confrontation.
Bolivia's Uncertain Revolution Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Bolivia under the presidency of Evo Morales has become a favorite topic among progressives and social democrats, who have likened his ascendency to the nations highest post as nothing short of revolutionary. The buzz around Morales, a long time social movement figure and the first Indigenous president of the Andean nation has only lost a little luster since his election almost six years ago.
Bolshevism, Gender & 21st Century Revolution Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 2017 will mark the Russian Revolutions 100th anniversary. Socialists will again ask how the revolution was made and why it degenerated.
The Boomerang Is Almost Home Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 It should never be forgotten that while colonization, with its techniques and its political and juridical weapons, obviously transported European models to other continents, it also had a considerable boomerang effect on the mechanisms of power in the West, and on the apparatuses, institutions, and techniques of power.
Bradley Manning's Torture Commonplace In U.S. Prisons Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The corrosive, solitary confinement being inflicted upon PFC Bradley Manning in the Quantico, Va., brig is no exceptional torture devised exclusively for him. Across the length and breadth of the Great American Prison State, the world's largest, with its 2.4-million captives stuffed into 5,000 overcrowded lock-ups, some 25,000 other inmates are suffering a like fate of sadistic isolation in so-called supermax prisons.
Brief Theory of the Present Crisis Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 This article is a summary and development of the argument that I have been writing in the journal Critique, both in the Critique Notes and a number of articles. I have left out two issues discussed in Critique, that of the case against the falling rate of profit as the only or fundamental cause and why the ruling class has opted for austerity.
British study has the goods on corporate execs Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 A study published by the journal Psychology, Crime and Law tested 39 senior managers and chief executives from leading businesses and compared the results with the same tests on patients at Broadmoor hospital, where people who have been convicted of serious crimes are incarcerated. On certain indicators of psychopathy, the bosses' scores either matched or exceeded those of the patients; in fact, on these criteria, they beat even the subset of patients who had been diagnosed with psychopathic personality disorders.
The Buckeye Socialist Alternative Against The Current vol. 150 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Dna La Botz Socialist for Senate campaign in Ohio represents an important success in the recent context of leftist third party initiatives. Running the first Socialist Party campaign for national office in Ohio since 1936, La Botz garnered 25,368 votes statewide, one of the more successful socialist electoral bids in decades. This experience provides some important lessons for how the left can engage the electoral arena in this period.
Budget Woes, Class Wars Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The full frontal assault on public workers and their unions in one state after another stripping collective bargaining rights and dues checkoff, slashing wages and pensions and health benefits, abolishing seniority and tenure for teachers, mandating yearly decertification votes, threatening jail terms for strikers is as massive and instantaneous as it was unexpected by the labor bureaucracy and many union members. To say the class war is back is an understatement. Its an authentic firestorm sucking the oxygen from labor rights, from Wisconsin to Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and other states.
Burning Truth Invisible Truth Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Make no mistake about this: Hoang Hung was killed as a warning to other journalists. Make too much noise and you will be roasted alive like this man.
Margaret Burroughs Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Margaret Burroughs, longtime Chicago artist and activist, died on November 21, 2010 at age 93. Producing poetry, block prints, paintings, sculptures, and participating in theater, she was a modern day renaissance woman. She leaves behind two major institutions the Du Sable Museum and the South Side Community Art Center that are her legacy to a life dedicated to promoting African-American art and culture.
Business as Usual The Economic Crisis and the Future of Capitalism Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 In Business as Usual Paul Mattick explains the recession in jargon-free style, without shying away from serious analysis. He explores current events in relation to the development of the world economy since the Second World War and, more fundamentally, looks at the cycle of crisis and recovery that has characterized capitalism since the early nineteenth century. Mattick situates todays crisis in the context of a capitalism ruled by a voracious quest for profit.
The Butterfly and the Boiling Point Charting the Wild Winds of Change in 2011 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be.
Campaigning with Issues Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 An interview with Ann Menasche. Ann Menasche, who ran for Secretary of State in California on the Green Party ticket, was interviewed by Dianne Feeley for ATC. Menasche is a longtime activist and an attorney concentrating on disability rights.
Can the Egyptians Come to Canada to Liberate Us? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 As I sat glued to Al Jazeera for two weeks watching the Egyptian revolution unfold from my home in Toronto, I must confess to having experienced feelings of jealousy. How nice it must be, I thought, to live a country where people want democracy.
Canada's Imperialism Without Illusions Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Against The Current interviewed Canadian author and activist Todd Gordon on April 29, 2011, shortly before the May 2 national election in Canada. Gordon is the author of Imperialist Canada (Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2010). We followed up with additional questions after the election.
Captive Nation - Egypt And The West Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 What mainstream media consumers will find almost nowhere (perhaps literally nowhere) is a detailed analysis of how US-UK support for Mubarak fits with a pattern of US-UK support for dictators across the world over many decades, indeed centuries.
Captivity 118 Days in Iraq and the Strugle for a World Without War Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 An account of a peace activist kidnapped while leading a peace delegation in Iraq.
Carl Oglesby: A Mentor & Leader Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 In my lifetime Ive heard two speakers whose unadorned eloquence and moral clarity pulled my heart right out of my chest. One was Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, speaking from the roof of the Busy Bee Market in Andersonstown in Belfast the apocalyptic day that hunger striker Bobby Sands died.
The Case of Occupy and the Longshoremens Union Whos Speaking for Whom? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Occupy Oakland should not be pretending to speak on behalf of Oakland's dockworkers, and should not be telling the dockworkers when and how they should strike. Occupy Oakland's actions are the opposite of democratic, and an affront to the basic notiions of worker's self-activity, workers' empowerment, and workers' control.
The Catherine Ferguson Struggle Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Catherine Ferguson Academy, a school for teen mothers, has been central in controversies surrounding the closures and charters of Detroits public schools. Although the cost of $19,000 per student each year is comparable to the cost of educating students at other similar schools, the operational costs, from an Emergency Managers perspective, were excessive.
Change of the Century Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The heroes of Tahrir Square in Cairo and other Egyptian cities, and in Tunisia, have already changed the course of 21st century history. They have torn a huge hole in the fabric of imperialist dominion over the Middle East. They have begun to reverse what has been 35 years of almost continuous permanent counterrevolution in the region.
Chavs The Demonization of the Working Class Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 An analysis of Britain's working class and the sociopolitical attitudes regarding them.
Chevron's Crude Attacks Court Sides With Big Oil Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Yet another instance of the increasingly pro-business stance of the US legal system.
A Chill Descends On Occupy Wall Street The Tangled Purse Strings Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Undemocratic movements are vulnerable to being taken over by a vocal minority or a chraismatic individual.
Chocolate Nations Living and Dying for Cocoa in West Africa Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Speculation, pests, political corruption, taxation, land rights, civil war and the IMF are forces at play in this investigation of cocoa agriculture and export in West Africa.
Chris Hedges' Vision & Nightmare: Is There a Human Future? Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 There are few writers today who can bring to vision the articulate passion that Chris Hedges directs against the present corporate system; its vile and self-satisfied destructiveness, and the symboitic collusion between this structure of perversion and the betrayal engaged in by the liberal class. I believe this aspect of Hedges perspective is vitally important and obvious to any reader who begins with the sense that our political culture is in a descending spiral of decay.
The CIA and the Drones How the Agency Became "One Hell of a Killing Machine" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011
Claiming the Power to Resist Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Stories and storytelling have power. Stories can help us understand each other as subjects, narrators and protagonists of our own experiences, rather than as objects that are simply being acted upon by forces outside of our control.
Class & Race in A Modern Catastrophe: Lessons of Katrina Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Hurricane Katrina was a catastrophic disaster that resulted in over eighteen hundred fatalities, the displacement of at least 1.2 million people, and economic losses that are not yet finally accounted, but may approach $100 billion. Approximately 2.5 million residences were damaged by the category three storm that made landfall on the morning of August 29, 2005.
Climate Crisis The Collapse In Corporate Media Coverage Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 We find that Britain and the US the two countries responding most aggressively to alleged 'threats' to human security in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya are also the two countries least interested in responding to the very real threat of climate change.
Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The mainstream media have distorted and deceived in their coverage of the Wikileaks story to manufacture, isolate and target a 'threat' for destruction.
A Comment on Antiwar Strategy Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The debate among antiwar activists on the necessity and movement-building effectiveness of mass demonstrations has been ongoing since the mid-1960s during the Vietnam War, and is not likely to be settled soon. I want to comment here on a related but different argument raised by David Grosser in his stimulating article on antiwar organizing strategy.
Community Organizing: A Holistic Approach Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Kuyek examines the creation of positive social change based on a coherent and wide-ranging analysis of the context in which the work is done and the principles needed to make it effective.
A Concerted Effort From Europe Against Israeli Produce Exporter Agrexco Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 In Montpellier, France, over 100 activists from 9 countries gathered for the first ever European Forum Against Agrexco. Delegates from Italy, UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Palestine joined the French organizers for two full days of workshops aimed at strengthening the boycott campaign against the Israeli agricultural export giant.
Confederacy Redux? Why We Should Celebrate Reconstruction Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Reconstruction is the era that some have referred to as the United States' greatest moment of democracy.
Counterpower Making Change Happen Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Counterpower is the single idea which explains why social movements succeed or fail. It has helped win campaigns, secure human rights, stop wars and even bring down governments.
Crayons of Askalan Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 In 1975, at the age of fifteen, Palestinian artist Zuhdi Al Adaw is sentenced and confined in the high security prison of Askalan, Israel for fifteen years. With the help of his fellow prisoners and their families, he manages to stay alive by smuggling in colour crayons and smuggling out his allegorical artwork done on pillowcases, so it finds its way to the outside world.
Crisis in the encampments: Can the Occupy movement be saved from itself? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The question now is whether the Occupy movement can survive as an effective force for political and social action. The decision made some time ago to set up permanent encampments is turning out to be a disaster and is taking attention away from other more productive activist events.
Crisis in the EU: From the Periphery to the Center Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The crisis of 2007-2009, coming from the U.S. core of the globalized system, the crisis that threatens the weak links of the euro, and the third crisis that started to affect Eastern Europe in 2009 have a major common point. Whether we are talking about the United States, Greece or the Baltic States, these crises are the repercussions of profoundly unbalanced growth.
The Dangerous Cult of the Guardian A Thought Police for the Internet Age Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Guardian includes some fine reporting and occasionally insightful commentary. Possibly because it is farther from the heart of empire, it is able to provide a partial antidote to the craven coverage of the corporate-owned media in the US. Nonetheless, it would be unwise to believe that the Guardian is therefore a free market in progressive or dissident ideas on the left. In fact, quite the contrary: the paper strictly polices what can be said and who can say it in its pages, for cynical reasons we shall come to.
The Day America Died Assassinating Awlaki Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 As long as the President sanctions an illegal act, executive branch employees are no longer accountable to the law that prohibits the illegal act. On the presidents authority, the executive branch can violate US laws against spying on Americans without warrants, indefinite detention, and torture and suffer no consequences.
The Deadly Costs of Muslim Sectarianism Sunni v. Shia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 A war of extraordinary brutality is being waged across the Muslim world which is largely ignored by the media. It is a war in which victims are assassinated or massacred with no chance to defend themselves. Most of those who die are poor people murdered in obscure places without the world paying any attention.
Death in a New York Food Sweatshop The Killing of Juan Baten Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 For thousands of recent immigrants, the eastern section of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is where you go to find work in food processing and distribution factories that service many of New York City's markets and restaurants. If you've ever eaten a meal in New York, you can be assured that you've consumed food that has been produced and distributed through one of these food companies and those in a few adjacent neighborhoods.
The Death of Democracy Israel's Flood of Anti-Democratic Laws Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Democracy is dying in both Israel and the United States, and much of the world is turning away in revulsion.
A Death Sentence For Africa The Durban Climate Deal And Eight Corporate Media Unmentionables Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Carbon emissions, already at their peak, will continue to increase for at least the next eight years, pushing humanity closer to the brink of climate collapse. Rather than address the madness of a global system of corporate-led capitalism that is bulldozing us to this disaster, the corporate media mouthed deceptive platitudes.
The Debate Around Liu Xiaobo Against The Current vol. 150 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 We do not entirely share the Norwegian Nobel Committees statement on its decision to award the Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, praising China for having achieved economic advances to which history can hardly show any equal but regretting that it is in breach of several international agreements on human rights and Chinas own constitution concerning these rights.
Debt: The First 5000 Years Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Graeber traces the history of debt from ancient societies to modern economic crises, arguing that debt has often driven revolutions and social and political change.
The Decent Left and the Libya Intervention A Reply to Michael Bérubé Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Western elites were perfectly comfortable with Gaddafis oppressive rule, including his use of torture. These states only broke with Gaddafi when his hold on power tottered, in response to the Arab Spring, and he ceased to be useful. He was no longer viewed as a reliable protector of Western access to Libyas oil resources.
Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 The authors maintain that industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can't fix it, and shopping no matter how green wont stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful. It provides an exploration of organizational structures, recruitment, security, and target selection for both aboveground and underground action. Deep Green Resistance also discusses a culture of resistance and the crucial support role that it can play.
Defender of the Movement Albert Goldman for the Defense Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 A profile of the radical lawyer.
Defining an American State of War Nine War Words That Define Our World Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Nine common terms associated with our present wars that probably don't mean what you think they mean.
Destroying Estonia The One Per Cents New/Old Solution to Economic Crisis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Many economists and financial press writers mimic children on amusement park rides. They think their austerity policies are steering their vehicle rather than being guided by underlying structural forces.
Destroying Libyas Welfare State NATO's Great Victory Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 For NATO, its corporate allies, and its media mouthpieces, such prosperity for workers simply will not do. We live in a world where austerity for the workers is the order of the day for those in Libya, Greece, Italy, Spain, Great Britain and the U.S. as well. And those who stand in the way of such austerity measures, whether they be a nationalist government in Libya, Communists in Greece or Occupiers in the U.S., must be dealt with accordingly by violent reaction.
Detroit: Disappearing City? Against The Current vol. 150 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Forty percent of Detroit today is considered virtually unoccupied. The administration of Mayor Dave Bing is trying to figure out how to move the remaining residents of these areas out, in the name of rightsizing the city. Of course he hasnt revealed any specifics and the devil is in the details! Residents are wary: without the money to relocate people and the services needed, its just another round of displacing the urban poor.
Detroit Public Schools: Who's Failing? Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 It's no scret that the Detroit Public Schools have been in a state of chaos for some time. When former Democratic governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Robert Bobb as Emergency Financial Manager in 2009, many hoped that he would make positive changes. The district was carrying a $219 million deficit, not to mention some of the countrys lowest graduation rates and standardized test scores.
Detroit Symphony Musicians on Strike Against The Current vol. 150 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra have been on strike since October 4, 2010. Thirty-five concerts have been cancelled, while the musicians have organized nine magnificent performances with guest conductors in various churches and synagogues in the area. They charged $20 admission and got their friends to volunteer to be ushers and ticket sellers. At a concert of 1100 I attended in a Grosse Pointe Woods church, parishioners seated on either side of me were attending their first symphonic concert.
Direct Action in Hard Times Activist Strategies from Brazil to Wisconsin Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Factory occupations, land occupations, and other tactics.
Dollarization, Democracy & Daily Life in Zimbabwe Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Satellite TV is big in Zimbabwe; owing to the limited and propagandistic programming on state-sponsored Z-TV, and the travails of night travel on a decaying road network, just about every house in Harare, from the poor/working class Mbare township to the luxury suburb of Burrowdale, sports a dish that brings South African soapies, Al Jazeera and, most importantly, the latest in reality TV to living rooms across the land.
The Domestic War on Protesters It's Not Just Egypt Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 While the US claims to uphold right to demonstrate around the world, there have been countless examples throughout the history of this country of protests being shut down by an overwhelming police presence. In recent years, it has become routine for police departments to use a host of tactics to limit and prevent mass demonstrations. These tactics have included mass arrests of demonstrators, preemptive arrests and trumped up charges against protest organizers.
Drought Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 As a result of the persistent drought, an entire community prepares for an inevitable exodus from their homeland in northern Mexico.
Drugs, Race & the Gulag Industry Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Across the country corrections department officials and captains of the incarceration industry are in crisis. Though the nations over bloated prison system is far from breaking, the halcyon days of proliferating maximum security units and juvenile detention centers appear nearly at an end. Prisons are bursting at the seams and states, reaping the backlash of years of neoliberal tax cuts, have no money to fix the problem with another round of construction.
The Earth Grabbers Fighting the Minerals-Petroleum-Coal Complex Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Climate justice means that the Minerals-Energy Complex will have to take the same course as apartheid.
Ecology and Socialism Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 The current environmental movement is at an impasse, stuck on false panaceas like cap-and-trade, cutting individual consumption (live other so that others may simply live), and outright reactionary solutions that revolve around some form of population control (as if the number of people on the planet was the problem rather than the nature of the relationship between said people and the planet). Williams does an excellent job debunking these notions with a plethora of factual information and empirical data.
The Economic Crisis in Fact and Fiction Paul Mattick Jr. with John Clegg and Aaron Benanav Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 An interview with Paul Mattick Jr., the author of Business as Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Future of Capitalism.
Education Over Incarceration Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 In cities across America, young men from low-income communities are ending up in prison more than they are making it to college at the rate of seven to one. And during the nations protracted economic slump and high rate of unemployment, especially among African Americans and Latino Americans, we can expect that ratio to grow.
Egypt and Beyond Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 An interview with Gilbert Achcar. Gilbert Achcar, who grew up in Lebanon, is professor of development studies and international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, and author most recently of The Arabs and the Holocaust: the Arab-Israeli War of Narratives.
Egypt Shakes the World Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Suzi Weissman interviewed Yoav Peled and Mark LeVine on her program Beneath the Surface, KPFK Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles, on February 11, 2010. The following are edited excerpts from those discussions. Thanks to Meleiza Figueroa for transcribing.
The Egyptian Uprising in the American Media Obscuring the Obvious Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 It is no wonder that most Americans are hopelessly in the dark. Middle East news in the mainstream is constructed so that people remain in a perpetual state of confusion and fear.
An Empire of Lies Why Our Media Betray Us Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Contrary to its avowed aim, mainstream journalism invariably diminishes the impact of new events when they threaten powerful elites.
The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Progressives need a fundamentally new approach to politics. They have been losing not just because conservatives have so much more money and power, but also because they have accepted the conservatives framing of political debates.
The Enemy That Barely Exists Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Al-Qaida has proved so elusive and difficult to eliminate mainly because it has never existed in the form that governments and intelligence agencies pretend.
Enlightening Disillusionments Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Memoirs of an Israeli whom the Zionist dispossession and oppression of the Palestinians turned into a humanist and therefore anti-Zionist.
Ethnic Cleansing of Invented People Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Once we connect the dots it is not hard to see that the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is only a small part of the Israeli Palestinian issue. The greater issue is the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the Zionist state. The way forward for Israelis and Palestinians alike is to oppose the ethnic cleansing by opposing all its manifestations.
Europe's New Road to Serfdom Trichet Threatens Greece with Iron Heel Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The conditios for Greece's new loan package is that Greece must initiate a class war by raising its taxes, lowering its social spending and even private-sector pensions and sell off public land, tourist sites, islands, ports, water and sewer facilities. This will raise the cost of living and doing business, eroding the nations already limited export competitiveness. The bankers sanctimoniously depict this as a rescue of Greek finances.
Every Crook Can Govern Prison Rebellions as a Window to the New World Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 In their self-organization, the hunger strikers have begun to rupture structures of segregation.
Evolution not "Reinvention: Manning Marable's Malcolm X Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Manning Marable's final book, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, is a serious political biography of one of the most historic figures of the African-American community. Marables interpretation of papers provided by Malcolms family estate, along with files from the FBI, New York City Police Department and new interviews from those who knew Malcolm and the Nation of Islam (NOI), add to our understandings and debates about Malcolms views and evolution.
Exploring Imperial Pathologies Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The historical analysis of imperialism as a system of domination and subordination, of colonizer and colonized, of the developed world or global North over the underdeveloped global South, maintained for the benefit of the imperial center or metropol continues to evolve. Several recent studies focusing on the distortions, indeed the social and political pathologies inherent in the system, help to deepen our grasp of U.S. imperialism as something far greater and more complex than a system of economic and political relations.
Exposing Israel's Most Dangerous Secret What's Really Going On at the Israeli Institute for Biological Research? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Israel's preparations for biological and chemical warfare.
The Face of Imperialism Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Parenti redefines empire and imperialism to connect the current crisis in America to its own bad behavior worldwide.
A Family, A Tragedy, A Movement (book review) Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 This book is a gripping account of a fire and a shooting. Yet it is so much more. The lives of James and Annie Hickman, the tragic death of their four children, and James trial after shooting their landlord, form the center of Joe Allens book. But Allen constructs his narrative with the vivid stories of those who came together around the Hickman tragedy as his building blocks.
The Fate of Vietnam's First Revolution Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 This book opens with a vivid, gut-wrenching account of the arrest, detention and torture of two young Vietnamese revolutionaries in Saigon in June 1936 by the Sûreté, the political police who defended Frances colonial might. We are spared no details: the electric shock treatment; the kicking; the insertion of a wood plank in the prisoners mouth while his wrists are tied back to his ankles and he is beaten.
The Field of Magic Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Field of Magic is a docu-poem about people living for over two decades in Buda forest near the closed down Kariotike.s dump, 40 km from Vilnius, Lithuania. A result of four years work, the film captures the perspective of the dump dwellers in telling the story of a dissolving community, its uniqueness, daily rhythm, peculiar way of life, every-day joys and sorrows.
First Nations Under Surveillance Harper Government Prepares for First Nations "Unrest" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 There needs to be unity on the ground with coordinated political actions between First Nations Peoples in order to protect, defend and advance First Nation pre-existing sovereignty, and First Nation Aboriginal and Treaty rights to lands and resources. Divide and conquer tactics can only be met with new strategies of alliance-building, and by bringing the leadership back down to the land.
5 Broken Cameras Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bilin, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Palestinian farmer Emad Burnats cameras, the filmmakers collaboration follows one familys evolution over five years of village turmoil.
The Fix Is In: Washington's Planned Social Contract Destruction Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 New audit figures show that Bernanke's Fed gave Wall Street and European banksters at least $16.1 trillion (called emergency loans) from December 1, 2007 - July 21, 2010, besides unknown amounts earlier and in the past year. Moreover, it's well known that trillions of dollars are stolen, handed to corporate interests and never returned, as well as gotten in other illegal ways. As a result, taxpayers get stuck with the bill, the nation with unsustainable mounting debt, heading it eventually for ruin.
Focus and determination required: A call to all progressive organizations to unite under one big umbrella Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 We need a movement powerful enough to pressure corporate media owners into providing equal coverage, and with access to enough financing to support the development of alternative, independent media. If the progressive movement is to be successful in improving society, it is hugely important for it to be able to reach the general public with its information creating a balanced view of important issues in Canada.
Foundations and Social Change Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Corporate philanthropy is money laundering, pure and simple. It is an institution that serves to legitimate ill-gotten gains, and to hide the fact that were it not for our system of regressive taxation, people could hypothetically exercise some sort of democratic control over money stolen from workers and cheated out of debtors and consumers.
451 at Zuccotti Park "Where man starts by burning books he ends up by burning people." Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The books at Zuccotti Park were hauled away in dumpsters belonging to the sanitation department. The pretext of the destruction was cleaning the park which, the Mayor said, was filled with filth. This is the rhetoric of Mein Kampf.
FRANCE: Battling Over Pensions Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 France was rocked in September-October 2010 by some of the countrys largest protests in recent memory, as workers fought to prevent cuts to their public pensions. President Nicolas Sarkozys agenda promised to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62 and the age for a full pension from 65 to 67.
From Cairo to Madison, The Old Mole Comes Up For An Early Spring Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Individual sectors, even as large as public employees in the U.S., have to reach out to all those who have been ground down over the past forty years. Any working-class movement worthy of the name embraces the interests of the most oppressed, and that today includes the 15-20% of the U.S. population currently unemployed and increasingly foreclosed into homelessness, the casuals and temps, the harassed immigrant workers both legal and illegal, the millions of marginalized youth, white black and Latino, and the three million people in prison. We know very well that not every struggle that erupts can immediately enlist all such people, but a climate must be created in which that universal outreachwhat we might call a class for itself orientation is understood as a necessity.
From Portugal to Egypt: a Cautionary Tale The Anti-Empire Report Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The events in Egypt cannot help but remind me of Portugal. Here, there, and everywhere, now and before, the United States of America, as always, is petrified of anything genuinely progressive or socialist, or even too democratic, for that carries the danger of allowing god-knows what kind of non-America-believer taking office.
From Tahrir to Palestine Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Nabeel Abraham, a professor of anthropology and director of the honors program at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan, is a longtime Palestinian and Arab community activist. Against the Current asked him to comment on the following question: What impact do you think the Egyptian events might have on the Palestinian struggle both against the Israeli occupation and for internal democracy over the next few months or maybe the next year?
Fuck Hamas! Fuck Israel! Gaza youth offers up a cry of despair Rapid global reaction to cyber-manifesto surprises its drafters Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 A group of Palestinian youth put out a manifesto that calls for an end to divisive party politics in Gaza and the West Bank. The youth want peace and freedom.
Fuel For Occupy Wall Street's Fire Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Ultimately, the Occupy Wall Street protests have already succeeded. The movement has successfully re-focused the nation's debate on who ruined the economy and who should be targeted, shifting blame away from immigrants, unions, and other groups of working people, like public employees. The protests have also re-fueled working people's energy after the post-Wisconsin letdown, activating the energies of many who want to collectively organize for progressive change in the interests of working people.
Fury Mounts Among Greek People "Do you think we are the parasites of Europe?" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Nobody trusts the government or the opposition because people blame them for starting the crisis in the first place.
The Futile Undertaking of Palestinian Statehood Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Eventually a state that represents all its inhabitants on the basis of equality and genuine respect and dignity for all its citizens is one that the world will some day celebrate, not a phony declaration that legitimizes the oppressive nature of one and confers false hope on the other.
Generation NGO Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Young Canadians are increasingly active and engaged in global issues. Many are eagerly poised to contributein smaller and even larger waysto international development and the Canadian national politics that, for better or worse, shape the field.
Get Up, Stand Up Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Levine offers insights into the epidemic of political passivity in America and analyzes how major U.S. institutions have created helplessness and fatalism. He proposes ways of recovering dignity, energy, and unity in order to wrest power away from the corporatocracy.
Givebacks in a Deepening Crisis Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 What can be called the latest phase of concession bargaining emerging in the past year politically imposed concessions taking back working peoples social wage is historic.
Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis & Resistance Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Global Slump analyzes the global financial meltdown as the first systemic crisis of the neoliberal stage of capitalism. It argues that far from having ended the crisis has ushered in a whole period of worldwide economic and political turbulence. In developing an account of the crisis as rooted in fundamental features of capitalism, Global Slump challenges the view that its source lies in financial deregulation.
GMOs, Glyphosate & Tomorrow Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Any time you have a single gene in so many different crops, especially a gene that impacts the normal resistance and defense mechanism in the plant, and you spread that same vulnerability across so many plants, you should anticipate a high level of vulnerability.
The Golden Rule Of State Violence: Terrorism Is What They Do; Counterterrorism Is What We Do Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 A defining feature of state power is rhetoric about a moral or ethical role in world affairs. Errors of judgement, blunders and tactical mistakes can, and do, occur. But the motivation underlying state policy is fundamentally benign. Reporters and commentators, trained or selected for professional reliability, tend to slavishly adopt this prevailing ideology.
Goldstone's shameful U-turn Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 This shameful U-turn did not happen this week. It comes after more than a year and a half of a sustained campaign of intimidation and character assassination.
A Great Aridness Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 In A Great Aridness, William deBuys paints a compelling picture of what the Southwest might look like when the heat turns up and the water runs out. This semi-arid land, vulnerable to water shortages, rising temperatures, wildfires, and a host of other environmental challenges, is poised to bear the heaviest consequences of global environmental change in the United States.
The Greater Toronto Workers Assembly: A Hopeful Experiment Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 We are living in a kind of transitional era, where the old forms of working class organization and politics are sorely in need of a replacement, and the theoretical and practical bases of those replacements are still in the process of being born. The Greater Toronto Workers Assembly is one attempt to create a working class institution that tries to address this crisis within the class and on the left on the level of a city, in this case, Toronto.
GREECE: The Crisis Continues Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 What's happened in Greece after the explosive strikes and street protests that erupted over the terms of the European bailout in 2010?
Gutting Cities and Public Education Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Almost sixty more Detroit public schools are to be closed over the next two years with up to 45 open to being taken over by charter operators. This is the Renaissance 2012 Plan developed by state-appointed Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb. As Bobbs two-year term ends it appears to have been a pilot project for the wholesale and anti-democratic restructuring of local governance.
Has Europe's Crisis Peaked Yet? Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 A discussion with Eric Toussaint, president of the Committee for Abolition of Third World Debt (CADTM) in Belgium.
Hate Speech and Free Speech The Wrong Kind of Climate Control Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Laws against sedition, in whatever guise, are an attack on free speech. Unlike laws against those rare instances of incitement which trigger immediate and actual violence against a present target (as in "get him boys!"), laws against sedition are always couched in vague, open ended terms because the real target is not the alleged "dangers" protected against but some political agenda or ideology that is opposed.
Hell No Your Right to Dissent in 21st-Century America Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 In the Age of Terrorism, the United States has become a much more dangerous placefor activists and dissenters, whose rights are all too frequently abridged by the government. A report on government attacks on dissent and protest in the United States, along with a readable and essential guide for activists, teachers, grandmothers, and anyone else who wants to oppose government policies and actions
Heres the Key Question in the Libyan War As the Humanitarian Warriors Gloat Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 My principal opposition to this recent war is precisely that, at a time when even some in Washington were hesitant, the humanitarian interventionists, with their sophistic pretense of protecting innocent civilians, have fed and encouraged this monster by offering it the low-hanging fruit of an easy victory in Libya. This has made the struggle to bring a semblance of peace and sanity to the world even more difficult than it was already.
History, Theory, Politics & Invisible Man Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Paul Heideman's spirited critique of my review of Barbara Foleys Wrestling with the Left testifies to the reach of Foleys study. That the politics of Ellisons novel would be up for debate in a journal like Against the Current would be unthinkable without Foleys efforts. In multiple articles going back more than a decade, and culminating in Wrestling, Foley challenges the consensus critical position that Invisible Man was made possible by Ellisons clean break from the left, and that the novel offers an objective and accurate critique of U.S. Communism.
Homeless in America Throw Them Out With the Trash Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 What the Occupy Wall Streeters are beginning to discover, and homeless people have known all along, is that most ordinary, biologically necessary activities are illegal when performed in American streets not just peeing, but sitting, lying down, and sleeping.
Hope: The Care And Feeding Of Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Hope is based on uncertainty, on the premise that we dont know what will happen next.
The Hour of Sunlight One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Traces al Jundi's evolution from Palestinian militant to prisoner to peacemaker.
How Agriculture Can Provide Food Security Without Destroying Biodiversity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 According to conventional wisdom, the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte has achieved something impossible. So, too, has the island of Cuba. They are feeding their hungry populations largely with local, low-input farming methods that enhance the environment rather than degrade it. They have achieved this, moreover, at a time of rising food prices when others have mostly retreated from their own food security goals.
How Canada Subsidizes Illegal Israeli Settlements Enabling Crimes Against Palestinians Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Canada's tax system currently subsidizes Israeli settlements that Ottawa deems illegal, however, the Conservative government says there's nothing that can be done about it.
How Change Happens: A Three-Fold Strategy To build a new economy, we must work on three fronts Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The power of authentic culture stories gives civil society the ultimate advantage in the contest for the human future. Stories alone will not, of course, bring down the institutions of Empire. Nor should we welcome the inevitable chaos that the collapse of Empire will bring if we have not first laid a foundation of the new rules, relationships, and institutions of a New Economy.
How Israel Empowers Islamist Movements Shukran, Israel Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 If Islamist movements come to power all over the region, they should express their debt of gratitude to their bete noire, Israel. Without the help of successive Israeli governments, they may not have been able to realize their dreams. That is true in Gaza, in Beirut, in Cairo and even in Tehran.
How Offshoring Has Destroyed the Economy Nobel Laureate: Globalism Has Been Ruinous for Americans Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 All of economics is predicated on the notion that resources are inexhaustible, and that the only challenge is to use them most efficiently. But if resources are not inexhaustible and cannot be replicated by human capital, the world economy is being ruthlessly exploited to its detriment and to the detriment of life on earth.
How Smart Are the "Smart" Meters? Against The Current vol. 150 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 What does it really mean when a corporation calls a new product smart? Gas and electric corporations are calling their newest technology smart meters.
How the 'ecosystem' myth has been used for sinister means Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 When, in the 1920s, a botanist and a field marshal dreamed up rival theories of nature and society, no one could have guessed their ideas would influence the worldview of 70s hippies and 21st-century protest movements. But their faith in self-regulating systems has a sinister history.
How the French pension system works Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Behind the pension reform demonstrationsdiscontent with politics and politicians, and with the capitalist system itself.
How The Oligarchy Gets Politicized A Short History of Elite Responses To Political-Economic Crisis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The political activism of the elite is striking in times of crisis, when the latter takes the form either of severe economic contraction or of working-class militancy, or both.
How to Start a Revolution Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 A documentary on the work and ideas of Gene Sharp, a theorist of non-violent revolution.
Hunting the CIA's Keystone Kommandos On the Trail of Agency Kidnappers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 You cannot overstate the CIAs capacity to bungle things. Sheer incompetence explains far more of Americas espionage fiascos than most of us might think. The other point is the importance of hubris in CIA historythe idea that the CIA operates in such a different universe, is so far above the law, that its people often feel they cant possibly get caught, and that if they do, they couldnt possibly be punished.
Imperialism 101 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Imperialism has been the most powerful force in world history over the last four or five centuries, carving up whole continents while oppressing indigenous peoples and obliterating entire civilizations. Yet, it is seldom accorded any serious attention by our academics, media commentators, and political leaders.
In Defense of Grand Narratives Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 The postmodernist attack on Marxism conflates the crudities of Marxism-Leninism with the thought of Marx himself. Its critique of Enlightenment rationality fails on its own terms, but it also fails to discern Marxs break with his Enlightenment forebearers. Marxs goal the emancipation of the human individual from need and the flowering of rich individuality is not that of rationalism, Hegelianism or classical political economy.
In Memory of Carl Oglesby Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Forty-six years ago this November, then-SDS president Carl Oglesby stood on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and told those assembled to protest the war in Vietnam that the men who were responsible for that war were not evil, they were trapped in a system. They were, like Antony had told the crowd of those who had killed Caesar, all honorable men. Indeed, they were all liberals.
In Praise of Marx Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 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.
Indias Autoworkers Behaving Like the Old UAW The Real Deal Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 While its true that international banks and corporations have their slimy tentacles in everything from foreign governments to foreign armies, the worlds workers have two weapons of their own. One is the crippling, paralyzing effect of no-go dockworkers. The other is the logistical potential of the Internet.
Indias Vanishing Vultures Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Can the worlds fastest growing nation restore its prime scavenger before there are untold human consequences?
The Inquisition of Climate Science Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 The Inquisition of Climate Science is the first book to comprehensively take on the climate science denial movement and the deniers themselves, exposing their lack of credentials, their extensive industry funding, and their failure to provide any alternative theory to explain the observed evidence of warming. Lawrence Powell's book clearly reveals that the evidence of global warming is real and that an industry of denial has deceived the American public, putting them and their grandchildren at risk.
Inside the Global Crisis Against The Current vol. 150 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The roots of the modern financial system lie in developments in the early 1980s when investors of capital could not find avenues where they could obtain reasonable returns after a decline, from the early 1970s onwards, in the profit levels of traditional companies.
The Internets Unholy Marriage to Capitalism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The economic context points to the paradox of the Internet as it has developed in a capitalist society. The Internet has been subjected, to a significant extent, to the capital accumulation process, which has a clear logic of its own, inimical to much of the democratic potential of digital communication, and that will be ever more so, going forward. What seemed to be an increasingly open public sphere, removed from the world of commodity exchange, seems to be morphing into a private sphere of increasingly closed, proprietary, even monopolistic markets.
Interpols Red Flag Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Interpol's Red Notices used by some to pursue political dissenters, opponents.
Interrogating the Feminine Mystique Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 An interview with Stephanie Coontz. Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Dianne Feeley interviewed Stephanie about her new book, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s.
Introduction to Is There a Human Future? Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Following Chris Hedges forced retirement as a war correspondent and New York Times reporter (where his reputation was forged by his acclaimed first book War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning), Hedges has emerged as a trenchant and increasingly radical critic of the politics and imperial culture of the United States. His prolific articles and speeches paint a picture of a society well on its way to self-destruction through the dominance of corporate power and sheer greed.
IRELAND: Slaying the Celtic Tiger Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Like most nations, Ireland has its share of myths and legends. Most of us know a few of them Saint Patrick drove out the snakes, the Children of Lir were turned into swans, the ancient warrior Cúchulainn took on all comers. And, since the mid-1990s, Ireland and the international community trumpeted a new myth and legend, the so-called Celtic Tiger.
Is Lockheed Martin Shadowing You? How a Giant Weapons Maker Became the New Big Brother Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The increasing influence and role of Lockhead Martin, the giant weapons corporation.
Island of the Widows Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Mysterious kidney disease in Central America.
Israel Shamir and Slavoj Zizek Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Despite my general aversion to Slavoj Zizek, I want to defend him against the misrepresentations found in Israel Shamirs Counterpunch article from July 14th titled Doing a Full Monty for Tel Aviv: Zizek and the Gaza Flotilla. Zizek is not above criticism but Shamirs article is nothing but a hatchet job.
Jai Bhim Comrade Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Indias Dalit (oppressed) castes were abhorred as untouchables. The film, shot over 14 years follows the music of protest of Maharashtra's Dalits. In an age of increasing bigotry and superstition, it is both a record of recent history as well as eloquent testimony to a tradition that has survived amongst the subaltern for thousands of years.
Keep the TTC public Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Privatization of public transit around the world has been a disaster for taxpayers and riders. In this video, we learn of some of these disasters and why Toronto should avoid TTC public-private partnerships. Narrated by Canadian actor Eric Peterson.
Keller's Hatchet Job The NYT vs. Assange Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 For evidence of the sorry state of honesty and integrity in American public life, one need go no further than the New New York Times.
Know Your Rights! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Your computer, your phone, and your other digital devices hold vast amounts of personal information about you and your family. This is sensitive data that's worth protecting from prying eyes - including those of the government.
The Koch Whisperers Big Brothers Buy in at Big Media Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 A review of documents and tax records for the dizzying, interconnected web of corporate front groups, frequently created, supported and influenced by Charles or David Koch, shows just how dangerous these groups espousing free markets and liberty have become to a free society. The game plan is to devalue the rights of actual citizens by seeking human voices dangling from a corporate marionette string, that might be willing for the right amount of cash incentive to broadcast the Orwellian reverse-speak: liberty means more liberty for corporations (corporate serfdom for real citizens); freedom means corporate freedom to privatize national resources, pollute the environment and fleece the consumer with impunity; free market means the freedom to draw a dark curtain around how the corporations are actually screwing us and stealing our liberty.
The Lasting Legacy of Florynce Kennedy, Black Feminist Fighter Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Several decades after the 1960s political upheavals, very few people recognize the name of the Black feminist lawyer and activist Florynce Flo Kennedy (1916-2000). However, during the late 1960s and 1970s Kennedy was the countrys most well-known Black feminist. When reporting on the emergence of the womens movement, the media covered her early membership in the National Organization for Women (NOW), her leadership of countless guerilla theatre protests and her work as a lawyer helping to repeal New Yorks restrictive abortion laws. Indeed, Black feminist Jane Galvin-Lewis and white feminists Gloria Steinem and Ti-Grace Atkinson credit Kennedy with helping to educate a generation of young women about feminism in particular and radical political organizing more generally.
Laughing at the People of Walmart While Class Warfare Rages in America Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 What is it that POW and the TSG are really selling? Conformity, my friends. You there, in your comfortable suburban house or your hipster urban condo pad, yes, you are one of the cool people. Youd never be caught dead out in public dressed like one of these freaks.
Laying the Groundwork for Change A Review of Michael Riordon, Our Way to Fight: Peace-Work Under Siege in Israel-Palestine. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Michael Riordon's new book (published in Toronto by Pluto Press/Between the Lines, 2011, 242 pages) explores what a just peace between Israel and Palestine might look like and how it might be built. It does so by describing the work of a wide range of NGOs and movements, both Palestinian and Israeli, involved in a non-violent struggle for peace and/or justice.
Leave the libraries alone. You dont understand their value. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 I love the public library service for what it did for me as a child and as a student and as an adult. I love it because its presence in a town or a city reminds us that there are things above profit, things that profit knows nothing about, things that have the power to baffle the greedy ghost of market fundamentalism, things that stand for civic decency and public respect for imagination and knowledge and the value of simple delight.
Lessons from COINTELPRO Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 We can best honor those who have been murdered by our government and their agents, not by mourning but by organizing, by building movements that put into practice solidarity across borders that are inclusive in all the important ways - class, gender, race, sexual orientation, language, immigrant status and age - that resist boldly and courageously all forms of inequality and environmental degradation.
Let Them Eat Cuts Against The Current vol. 150 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The good times are flowing again for Wall Street and bank executives, and U.S. corporate profits have rarely if ever looked so lush. But its a brutal moment for working people, with much worse possibly to come. These twin realities set the economic and political agenda heading into 2011-12. Everyone knows the Republicans are hell-bent on making Obama a one-term president, but few expected that theyd capture the White House in 2010. If thats an exaggeration, its a mild one.
Let Them Eat Diversity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Alter Benn Michaels says that 'left neoliberals' are people who dont understand themselves as neoliberals. They think that their commitments to anti-racism, to anti-sexism, to anti-homophobia constitute a critique of neoliberalism. But if you look at the history of the idea of neoliberalism you can see fairly quickly that neoliberalism arises as a kind of commitment precisely to those things."
Letter from Tokyo: In "The Zone" of Disaster Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 On the morning of Thursday, March 17th, six days after the earthquake and tsunamis, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper had just one advertising supplement: a full-color glossy piece from a Buddhist temple, selling grave sites.
Letter to the Next Left Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The problem of agency is especially relevant to what remains of the Left today, and it is the part of C. Wright Mills Letter to the New Left that is the most problematic.
Libya From Colony to Revolution Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Provides the background to the Libyan revolution by discussing its history from colonization up through the 2011 rebellion/foreign intervention that ousted Mu'ammar al-Qadafi.
Libya and the Arab Uprisings Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical) First Published: 2011 The sweeping upheavals in Arab countries and North Africa continue to unfold. Among these events, the uprising in Libya and the subsequent United Nations/NATO intervention have provoked intense controversy within the international left and antiwar movement. The debate is an inevitable and necessary one given both the imminent massacre that appeared likely to occur if the Qaddafi regime recaptured Benghazi and other opposition population centers, and what we well know to be the far-from-humanitarian motives of the imperialist intervening powers.
Libya and the World We Live In The Holy Triumvirate Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Holy Triumvirate The United States, NATO and the European Union recognizes no higher power and believes, literally, that it can do whatever it wants in the world, to whomever it wants, for as long as it wants, and call it whatever it wants, like humanitarian.
Living and Working Uncovered Against The Current vol. 150 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 An interview with Sonya Huber. Sonya Huber (www.sonyahuber.com) is the author of Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir.
Living "Illegal" The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011
Local and Organic Food and Farming The Real Gold Standard Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 When the local chemical grower tells you that local is better than organic, tell them that they should switch to organic so that you can trust their food to be safe, clean, inspected, and environmentally friendly. Local food is not the gold standard, and may not even be safe. Local-organic is the gold standard.
Local Harvest for an Urban Landscape Laying the Foundations for Sustainable Local Food Systems Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 How do you create a locally harvested food system for a city of 100,000?
Lockdown High When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Schools in the U.S. are increasingly imposed unprecedented restrictions on students' rights, dignity, and educational freedom. In what is being called the school-to-prison pipleline, the police and practices of the juvenile justice system, including so-called "zero tolerance" policies, are pushing students out of schools.
Looking North for Labor Revival? Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 It isn't news that the U.S. labor movement is in profound crisis, and has been for some time. Readers of this magazine are by now all too familiar with the symptoms: waves of concessionary contracts, eroding labor laws, vicious government and employer attacks, defeated strikes, the precipitous decline in union membership.
Love and Capital Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 A biography of Karl and Jenny Marx.
Lower classes quicker to show compassion in the face of suffering Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Researchers have found that people in the lower socio-economic classes are more physiologically attuned to suffering, and quicker to express compassion than their more affluent counterparts. By comparison, individuals in the upper middle and upper classes were less able to detect and respond to the distress signals of others.
Lupercalian Valentine's Day Whip It Good Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The tradition of honoring all-inclusive, natural LUST around February 14 pre-dates classical times when Ancient Romans celebrated the Lupercalia, an archaic festival of the now obscure old shepherd god Lupercus (or perhaps Faunus, the Roman Pan), and a celebration of communal sexuality, purification, fertility, the rush of hormones, the howl of the wolf, the crack of the whip and the coming of Spring.
The Man Who Recorded the World A Biography of Alan Lomax Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Documentarian of the folk culture of American life,, Lomax was diligent and tireless in preserving the irreplaceable vernacular cultures that have fallen into the past.
Manning Marable and Malcolm X: The Power of Biography Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Social movement theorists have written much about the political opportunities, constraints, and levels of organizational readiness enabling or inhibiting popular insurgency. We still know less, however, about the complex framing processes involved in forging and maintaining activist identities and self-narratives.
The March on Blair Mountain A Historic Day in West Virginia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The coal industry is an industry which has admitted it can not make a profit without breaking laws.
A Marxist History of the World part 28: The cycles and arrows of time me Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 In Part 9 of A Marxist History of the World, we paused to discuss how history works. It would be useful to pause again to review some general lessons of the history of the ancient and medieval civilisations we have looked at since.
A Marxist History of the World part 31: Crusade and Jihad Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Crusades lasted 200 years and represented the most extreme expression of the futile violence inherent in western feudalism - a murderous attack on the Middle East by western feudal thugs under the banner of religion.
A Marxist History of the World part 34: The new monarchies Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Neil Faulkner looks at how the transition from feudalism to capitalism introduced a new model of unified states, centralised government, royal armies, internal repression and national-dynastic wars.
A Marxist History of the World part 35: The new colonialism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Portuguese and Spanish overseas empires founded at the beginning of the 16th century were soon followed by Dutch, English, and French empires. Neil Faulkner looks at how the transformation of the world by European colonialism began.
A Marxist History of the World part 36: The Reformation Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Reformation after 1521 tore apart church and state. Neil Faulkner looks at how the new social forces formed inside late medieval Europe helped undermine the thousand year domination of the Roman Catholic Church.
A Marxist History of the World part 43: Colonies, slavery, and racism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Capitalist contradictions were most evident in the 18th century, when the wealth of the merchant-capitalist class of Britains port-cities was contrasted with the untold human misery of the slaves, ramping up the historical significance of racist ideology.
A Marxist History of the World part 44: Wars of empire Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The English Revolution transformed Britain into a capitalist economy engaging in geopolitical competition. Neil Faulkner looks at how Britain became the dominant global superpower of the 19th Century.
A Marxist History of the World part 45: The Enlightenment Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 What gave the Enlightenment its subversive, politically corrosive character was its critique of institutions and practices which appeared comparatively irrational in the light of modern thinking, argues Neil Faulkner.
A Marxist History of the World part 46: The American Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 In 1764, Americans thought of themselves as British subjects of King George III. By 1788, they would, by their own decisions and actions, have made themselves the free citizens of a new republic forged in revolution and war.
May Day at 125 Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 In the spring of 1886 workers at Chicagos McCormick Harvesting Machine Company struck for the eight-hour workday. They were locked out by the employers, who hired strikebreakers in their place. On May 1 a protest parade was held outside of the plant; two days later police attacked the demonstrators, killing one.
Maybe 99% is a bit much, but Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 It is a fact that over the last couple of decades, much of the growth in total income in the U.S. has gone to the upper reaches of society.
The Meaning of the Revolution Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 These are the words of Asmaa Mahfouz, a 26-year-old woman whose January 18 blog is said to have helped mobilize the million that turned up in Cairo and the thousands in other cities on January 25. Asmaas blog, like the stories of many Egyptian women of this revolution, offer a challenge to two key questions framing U.S. discourse on the Egyptian revolution.
Memories of [my] Syndicalism Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 A handful of friends, old and new, have asked me about the path that my ideas and activities have taken me, some 50 years after I happened across a civil rights picket line in my hometown of Champaign, Illinois in the summer of 1960. The following is a radical memory unusual in some ways, but with many similarities to the memories of my New Left contemporaries in the outcome.
Julian Mer-Khamis Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 We mourn the tragic and senseless assassination of the brilliant revolutionary filmmaker Juliano Mer-Khamis, who was gunned down April 4 in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. His documentary film Arnas children, about his mothers lifelong struggle and her work in founding the Jenin Freedom Theater, and the realities of life for Palestinian youth under occupation, is a masterpiece. The Freedom Theater is a priceless center for resistance as well as the healing of these young people.
Migration Changing the World Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 The author discusses the increasing trend of migration in the modern world, its causes and effects, and peoples and governments responses.
Moral Poverty and the Riots Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Because the right has appropriated the arguments about moral failure, many on the left have rejected moral arguments altogether. The left talks much about the social and economic impact of neoliberal policies. But little about their moral impact. Such willful blindness is dangerous. Morality is as important to the left as it is to the right, though for different reasons. There can be no possibility of a political or economic vision of a different society without a moral vision too. Moral arguments lie at the heart of our understanding of social solidarity, and of the distinction between notions of social solidarity and pious rightwing claims of were all in it together.
Mountaintop Removal: Environmental And Human Destruction For Profit Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Coal River Mountain Watch (CRMW) is an initiative "to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountaintop removal, to improve the quality of life in our area, and to help rebuild sustainable communities."
Mubarak's Last Gasps From Counter-Attack to Departure Day Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Revolution and counter-revolution in Egypt.
Mubarak's third force terror tactic Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 President Mubarak unleashed his 'personal' thugs in a failed attempt to silence protestors seeking an end to his regime. The tactics of deploying so-called third forces is a tried and tested method of autocratic regimes, usually utilised when the regime realises that it is on the strategic defencive politically.
The murder of the Mon Valley Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Only the combined struggle of the international working class can overcome the tyranny of capital and transform the world into a place fit for human beings. This must be our goal. Otherwise the murderer of the Mon Valley may become the murderer of humankind.
The Murdered Women of Juarez Trails of Impunity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The murder of young women, often raped and tortured has brought international infamy to Cuidad Juarez.
Murfreesboro vs. Islamophobia Against The Current vol. 150 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 When the Muslim community in Murfreesboro, Tennessee sought a permit to build an expanded Islamic Center, local bigots saw an opportunity to exploit the same moral panic, invented by the Tea Party, the Christian Right and much of the corporate media, that would also emerge in New York around the so-called Ground Zero mosque. The amalgamation of racial, ethnic, religious and national identities into a demonic Islamic Other, has been spreading throughout the United States as well as Western Europe.
Murfreesboro vs. Islamophobia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 When the Muslim community in Murfreesboro, Tennessee sought a permit to build an expanded Islamic Center, local bigots saw an opportunity to exploit the same moral panic, invented by the Tea Party, the Christian Right and much of the corporate media, that would also emerge in New York around the so-called Ground Zero mosque.
My Reaction to Osama bin Ladens Death Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bushs compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic.
The Myth of Greek Profligacy Destroying the Livelihoods of Thirteen Million People Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The top 20 per cent of the income distribution in Greece pay virtually no taxes at all, the product of a corrupt bargain reached during the days of the junta between the military and Greeces wealthiest plutocrats. No wonder there is a fiscal crisis.
The Myth of Precision-Guided Coercion From Serbia to Libya Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The weapons makers love the marriage of high-cost precision weapons to coercive diplomacy, because it generates an astronomical need for a never ending flow of money into their financial coffers with orders for new weapons.
Nearly $2 Trillion Purloined from U.S. Workers in 2009 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The upward redistribution has remained as hidden as possible. The forms it has takenas bonuses, bloated salaries, elephantine stock options, padded consulting fees, outsized compensation to boards of directors, sumptuous conferences, palatial offices complete with original artwork, retinues of superfluous support staff, hunting lodges, private corporate dining rooms, regal retirement agreements, and so ondefy exact categorization. Some would appear as profit, some as interest, some as dividends, realized capital gains, gigantic pension programs, retained earnings, or owners income, with the remainder deeply buried as costs of doing business.
New Orleans' Police Death Squads Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 An interview with Malcolm Suber, a New Orleans community activist and fighter for justice, and a former candidate for city council. Against the Current asked him to comment on the struggle around murders by police during Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing fight over police brutality.
The Next American Revolution Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Why revolution is not only possible and necessary, but in some places already in the making.
The Next Step for Occupy Wall Street: Occupy Buildings, Occupy Workplaces Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The occupation movement needs to build on the creative militancy in the streets of thousands of people (as shown in Oakland, Portland, Seattle, New York and elsewhere) to reach out to that large majority which sometimes seems, a block or two from the street battles, to be going about business as usual. The growing number of anti-eviction and anti-foreclosure actions has made that outreach.
Nim and Noam Skinner, Chomsky and the Chimp Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 How psychologists abused a chimpanzee in a failed attempt to prove that Noam Chomsky was wrong about language.
The 9/11 Conspiracists: Vindicated After All These Years? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The 9/11 conspiracists seize on coincidences and force them into sequences they deem to be logical and significant. Their treatment of eyewitness testimony and forensic evidence is whimsical.
No FoolingCorporations Evade Taxes Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Closing corporate loopholes so that corporate income tax revenues in the United States match the 3.4% of GDP collected on average by OECD corporate income taxes would add close to $200 billion to federal government revenuesmore than five times the $39 billion of devastating spending cuts just made in the federal budget in 2011. Returning the corporate income tax revenues to the 4.0% of GDP level of four decades ago would add close to $300 billion a year to government revenues.
No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way Voices from Symphony Way Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Accounts from Symphony Way pavement dwellers, joined together in an anti-eviction campaign, living in shacks insisting that the government provide permanent housing.
No one represents us: the 15 May movement in the Spanish state Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 On 15 May 2011 thousands of people, mainly young, demonstrated all over the Spanish state under the slogans For real democracy now and We are not commodities in the hands of politicians and bankers. The demonstrations explicitly rejected the participation of political parties or trade unions.
Notes on the Fly Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Published: 2012 A report from Occupy Wall Street
The Obama Reality Disconnect Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 There is a sharp reality disconnect in the Black community. On the one hand, the Black population continues to support the first African-American president, Barack Obama, by more than 90%.
Occupy Giving Why do the 1% give less than the rest of us? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Nearly two thirds of Americans donate to charities each year. This year we will send more than $225 billion to charities. This year, when the stark divide between the 1% and the 99% has begun to inform our thinking and our approach, it might be instructive to examine the world of giving through that lens.
Occupy Movement a valuable partner 'Idea' to build a united Canadian progressive Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The progressive community must learn it has to confront power with power something we dont do well in Canada. It seems enough to most Canadians to simply point out that something is wrong, and leave it to someone else to shoulder. This doesnt cut it any more. We need to stop being nice, and start fighting harder!
Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 An unofficial record of the New York branch of the Occupy movement, Occupy! combines adrenalin-fueled first-hand accounts of the early days and weeks of Occupy Wall Street with contentious debates and thoughtful reflections.
Occupy Wall Street vs. Kingian Methods Where are the Demands? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The students, the labour unions, the working poor, the immigrants, the activists all over the country should come up with the solutions and make the demands. There can be dangerous consequences in organizing efforts when there is no clarity. Its often a matter of life and death.
Occupy Wall Street! Observations from a New York Public Sector Worker Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 A lot remains to be seen, but if Madison is any indication, upping the ante in this struggle and achieving real results will require more than crowds ... it will require the focused activity of significant layers of the organized working classes, that have the roots and the experience to help leverage the power that is being built against the establishment here and nationally. Even if we don't get concrete wins, this will have been a hugely important protest but there is a potential for it to be concretely effective as well.
Occupy's A**hole Problem: Flashbacks from An Old Hippie Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Watching the OWS organizers struggle with drummers, druggies, sexual harassers, and racists brings me back to a few lessons we had to learn the hard way back in the day, always after putting up with way too much over-the-top behavior from people we didnt think we were allowed to say no to. Its heartening to watch the Occupiers begin to work out solutions to what I can only indelicately call the a**hole problem.
Of Forest and Trees Part Two Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Capitalism is first and foremost a system of accumulation. Value is, if not nothing today, pretty much nothing tomorrow. The reproduction of value is pretty much everything. Swindles, looting, theft certainly exist but only phenomenally, as expressions of moments in the organization, and disorganization, of value production.
Ohio Workers, Services Under Fire Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 As in so much of the country after the recent election cycle, a newly-elected Republican administration has taken the reigns of state government in Ohio. The centerpiece of their ambitious austerity agenda is the notorious Senate Bill 5, which will severely restrict the collective bargaining rights of most public sector workers in the state. The bill has galvanized a section of Ohio workers to a degree not seen a decades. On March 31, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed SB 5 into law, but the movement to defeat the bill still carries on.
On 9/11 and the Politics of Language Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 An interview with Martin Espada. Called "the Latino poet of his generation and the Pablo Neruda of North American authors, Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published more than 15 books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator.
On a Cross of Coal How Massey Crucified Miners Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Federal investigators investigated the Massey mine disaster in which 29 miners died discovered that Massey Energy was keeping two sets of books (safety logs). One log reflected actual mine conditions, which, alas, were demonstrably unsafe, and the other log was a fictionalized showpiece, a veritable Potemkin village, used to mislead government safety inspectors.
On Egypt Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Historical compromise over an attempt at democratic change.
On Troy Davis Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 A letter to the editor by Theresa El-Amin, regional director of the Southern Anti-Racist Network.
On Tunisia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 When proletarians are willing to defy the forces of repression with bare hands and not retreat from the bullets of the police, they bring to oppositional ferment a determination that can shake state power, despite the more than 100 deaths reported. This is exactly what happened in Sidi Bouzid during the final days of December 2010 and in the first half of January 2011. Thus, in three stages, the movement which began in the south spread to all regions of Tunisia, to finally conclude in Tunis beginning on January 11.
One Fine Day Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 The documentary One Fine Day, shows six people from different cultures and religions who all, through a small nonviolent act, have had a significant and positive influence on society. Director Klaas Bense investigates how frustration can be turned into positive actions. He looks at what one single individual can achieve, and the often severe, personal consequences.
One Year of the BP Blowout Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 In the years after Hurricane Katrina, I saw New Orleanians suffer from lack of health care. The storm and subsequent flooding caused immediate illness, with infections from the foul flood water and debris. As time passed, ever-present mold exacerbated respiratory conditions and mental health deteriorated in the face of immense stress.
Organic and Beyond Friendship, Solidarity and Patriotism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Organic is not enough. Organic will be an effective proposal for change only to the extent that it is integrated into the local and global movements that carry on the fight for food sovereignty, climate justice, ecological debt, women's rights and labor organizing; and against enclosures of common goods.
The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto What Now? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Unprecedented wholesale and retail control of the organic marketplace by companies employing a business model of selling twice as much so-called "natural" food as certified organic food, coupled with the takeover of many organic companies by multinational food corporations, threatens the growth of the organic movement.
The origins of racism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Racism is so embedded in our society that many people assume it has always existed. But, says Yuri Prasad, it is really a modern phenomenon that developed with capitalism.
Our Way to Fight Peace-work under siege in Israel-Palestine Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Documents the lives and work of grassroots peace activists, Israelis and Palestinians fighting for justice and human rights on both sides of the wall. The book also explore events that stirred people to action, and the escalating risks they face in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. The title is borrowed from a young Palestinian who makes and teaches film in the Jenin refugee camp. "This is my way to fight," he said. Like other people featured in the book, he is a peace activist. Like them he is also, in his own way, a freedom fighter. If a just peace can grow in this beautiful, hard land, the seeds for it will have been planted by people like these.
Pakistan's Dark Journey Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The recent verdict of a lower court sentencing a Christian woman to death in a blasphemy case, and the subsequent murder of the Punjab Governor who supported the imprisoned woman, has posed the very vital question of whether Pakistani society has become intolerant, violent and extremist to the point of incorrigible.
The Palestinian Facebook Movement: Can it take up the baton of revolution? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 At the heart of the new movement is a proposal that Palestinians should return to the methods of the first, unarmed, intifada similar to what has recently been happening in many Arab states. This, they believe, is the right way to achieve the political and social aspirations of the Palestinians, and an alternative to the two failed strategies previously attempted: armed struggle and futile negotiations.
Pappe and Israel's New Historians Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 An irony of Israeli political culture is that Zionism is exceptionally rigid in comparison to the democratic philosophy that legitimizes the U.S. political system, yet the breadth of political debate that appears in Israeli mainstream media is much wider than one would find in the United States.
Party and Class in Revolutionary Crises Against The Current vol. 150 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Russian Revolution of October 1917, the first successful revolution made by and for workers in world history, posed an immense paradox for revolutionary socialists. On the one hand, the combination of the most advanced forms of industrial capitalist development with a largely non-capitalist countryside and autocratic-absolutist state institutions made Russia the weak link in world capitalism, the society where a workers revolution could first succeed. On the other, Russias economic underdevelopment and the minority status of the working class in the population made the prospects of constructing a viable, democratic post-capitalist society impossible.
Party and Class in Revolutionary Crises Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 While the pre-World War I Lenin and the Bolsheviks did not leave original theoretical tools to guide the reconstruction of revolutionary workers organizations, the study of their historical experience remains invaluable.
Peace Out Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Charles Wilkinson explores the costs of damming, fracking, and extracting, and how they implicate every gas tank and light switch in this country.
Pentagon Fingered as a Source of Narco-Firepower in Mexico The Big Clubs in Mexicos Drug War Arent Slipping Through the Gun-Show Loophole Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The deadliest of the weapons now in the hands of criminal groups in Mexico, particularly along the U.S. border appear to be getting into that nation through perfectly legal private-sector arms exports, measured in the billions of dollars.
The Peoples Police Commission Trial By Amateur Video Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Now we have a peoples police commission of our own. Its called amateur video. And it will do to criminal scum like Lt. Pike what a whole world of police commissions, pretending to act on our behalf, couldnt.
Perpetual War Grand Strategy after 9/11 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 A decade after the attentats of 9/11, the United States and its European allies are trapped in a quagmire. The events of that year were simply used as a pretext to remake the world and to punish those states that did not comply. And today the majority of Euro-American citizens flounder in a moral desert, now unhappy with the wars, now resigned, now propagandized into differentiating what is, in effect, an overarching imperial strategy into good/bad wars.
The Persecution of Pvt. Bradley Manning A Sick Game Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The torture and prolonged confinement without trial of Pvt. Manning are the tactics of a totalitarian state. They are exactly what is done in countries like China, Iran, and Burma.
Phil Ochs Lives! "There But For Fortune" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Phil Ochs and his influence.
Philippines: Resisting Gobble-ization Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 In his latest book, Epifanio San Juan Jr. uncovers the concealed operations of power and the historic inequalities of political economic systems that have impacted Filipinos in an age of globalized crisis and contradiction. While the definition of globalization is often debated, for the majority of people in the Philippines the process of globalization can be more accurately described as gobble-ization.
A Plague of Prisons The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Drucker sees prisons as the problem, not the solution.
Police Violence, Resistance and The Crisis of Legitimacy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 What clearly sets a number of recent cases apart is not the fact of police violence, but the fact that that violence is being challenged. The controversy, in other words, is not only about violence, but about authority. It is a crisis of legitimacy.
Political Repression in Russia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 When someone in Russia today calls himself a Communist, in most cases it will turn out that what you have is a particular version of a National Socialist; all too many anarchists turn out to be national anarchists.
Political Repression in Russia Against The Current vol. 150 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The full implications of the extraordinary drought that struck the European part of Russia this past summer became apparent only in the third quarter of 2010, when accurate statistics on the human casualties and economic losses became available. But from the outset a solid foundation on which to base projections emerged from amongst the potpourri of facts and expert opinions.
Politics and the Prayer Warriors Dominionism Hits the Big Time Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Dominionism is a totalitarian movement within Christian evangelicalism that aims at taking over the centers of powerlaw, culture, government and the likeand establishing a dictatorship. Once having gotten power, Christian Dominionists would then impose their religious practices on the rest of America.
Politics without Democracy, Democracy without Politics Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The aim of the Occupy movement is to create a big tent, to represent the 99%, in the name of democracy. But democracy requires not big tent politics, but the very opposite. It requires the drawing of political lines, the engaging in political conflict, the making of political choices.
Postmodern Imperialism Geopolitics and the Great Games Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 An analysis of the development of imperialism over the past century.
Power and Terror: Conflict, Hegemony, and the Rule of Force Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 This updated and revised edition explores the dynamics of power relationships and international negotiations, and the use of terror between the Western countries and the nations of the Middle East in the post-9/11 era. Chomsky looks back to patterns since the Second World War to show how acts of terrorism today cannot be understood outside the context of Western power and state terror throughout the world, especially in the Middle East. This new edition offers the best opportunity to follow Chomskys analysis in its development during the ten years since 9/11.
The Power of Nonsense Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Slavoj iek's diagnosis of late capitalism is of genuine interest. His remedies, however -- dictatorship and terror -- are a disgrace.
The Price of Torching Mosques Burning Rage Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 By reminding Palestinians on either side of the Green Line of their common fate, Israel may yet unleash a force too powerful to control. The price tag this time demanded by Palestinians will be high indeed for the Jewish supremacists.
A Primer on Immigrant Rights Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The struggle for immigrant rights is one of the most important struggles of our time, and it occurs under a working-class banner.
The problem of autonomism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Direct action is crucial to win but it needs to be orientated to building a mass movement, through strikes, civil disobedience and occupation.
A Profound and Jarring Disconnect The Writing on the Wall Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 How the US government has gone against the wishes of the public majority on key issues.
A progressive dialogue on the future: Six questions for leftists Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Leftists don't spend enough time or energy working on important strategic questions. If we could resolve a handful of these, even tentatively, and try out some solutions, we would be far more successful. Here are six from my list of the most important questions, as well as my answers, which by their very incompleteness and inadequacy should suggest that more people should work on them.
Prospects for African Americans Against The Current vol. 150 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Much of the debate in Washington and Wall Street is about the ongoing world economic crisis and what to do about it. The ruling elites solution: cut taxes for the rich, who will trickle down their investments to hire more people who will then jumpstart the economy. The fact that this hasnt worked for the past 10 years is irrelevant.
The protest march of September 3where to? Efrat, Yacov Ben Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 We, workers from all sectors, Arabs and Jews, marched to the square on Saturday with a clear message: Bibi, your time is up, go home! We marched with a socialist worldview, according to which the economy should exist to serve society, not capital. Those who truly struggle for social justice must seek universal justice. There will be no true welfare state until the occupation is ended!
The public reaction to new power lines could kill renewable energy: they must be buried Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Anti-wind campaigners are highly selective. The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, obsessed by wind farms, says nothing about the opencast coal mines ripping south Wales apart. Nor do you hear a word about the destruction of the ecosystems of upland Wales (and England and Scotland) by sheep grazing. These champions of the countryside want to save it from only one threat.
Queer theory and politics Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Queer theory and politics originated in the 1990s and continue to be influential today. This article traces the development of queer theory and politics, and assesses their claim to provide a radical alternative to what they see as the LGBT mainstream.
Querying Young Chomsky Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Chomsky offers observations on what a desirable society might look like from the perspective of the heritage of libertarian socialist or anarcho-syndicalist or communist anarchist views.
rabblepedia Resource Type: Website First Published: 2011 An encyclopedic-like section containing definitions and descriptions of organizations, people and things related to activism.
The Radical Camera New York's Photo League, 1936-1951 Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Artists in 'the Photo League', active from 1936 to 1951, were known for capturing sharply revealing, compelling moments from everyday life.
Rebuilding the Antiwar Movement Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 First, thanks to David Grosser for starting an important discussion. However, as two socialists who have been involved in antiwar organizing, we think the problem is more complex than he suggests. Further, the specific solution he calls for would mistakenly shift the focus of the movement away from mass action as a strategic orientation.
Rebuilding the Left in a Time of Crisis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 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.
Reflections for the US Occupy Movement From Barcelona's Neighborhood Assemblies Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The deeper a struggles historical roots, the greater its collective knowledge.
A Rejoinder on Antiwar Strategy Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Let me first restate as concisely as I can the main points of my essay A New Strategy for Antiwar Organizing: Going Where the Millions Are.
Remembering Manning Marable Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Malcolm X has been getting quite a bit of the attention lately, especially with respect to A Life of Reinvention and deservedly so but as Professor Marable himself would tell you, no one shaped his intellectual development more than W.E.B. Du Bois.
Remembering the Paris Commune Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 TThis spring marks the 140th anniversary of the revolt that led to the establishment of the worlds first workers government, the Paris Commune of 1871. The Paris Commune has always had a special place in the hearts and minds of revolutionaries, and can inspire todays activist generation with the potential for power to the people.
Renewing New York Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 An interview with Howie Hawkins. Howie Hawkins, a Green Party and socialist activist, ran for Governor of New York State. Dianne Feeley interviewed him for ATC.
Report Confirms Gang Rapes at Canadian-Controlled PNG Mine Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 One of the world's largest mining organisations, Barrick Gold, is in damage control this week following the release of a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report outlining longstanding incidents of sexual and physical violence at the company's Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine in Papua New Guinea.
Restless Cities Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 A collection of narratives and visual art that strive to capture the essence of life in the city. For the author, the urban dweller is a wanderer, a people watcher, a daydreamer attuned by virtue of his life in the metropolis to potentially transformative experiences.
Rethinking Educational Failure and Reimagining an Educational Future Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 If we start not from the goal of acculturating most children to the demands of an economy which promises only to make things worse, but from the goal of preparing all children to live in a world worthy of human beings, we will find a very different kind of education reform to advocate for. It will have some things in common with some parts of current reform efforts but it will go beyond and transform them.
The Return of the Albuquerque Death Squads Police War on the Poor Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 APD is at war with the poor because it has come to equate any expression of poverty or drug addiction not as an effect of structural inequality, but rather as another opportunity to dispose of what its officers call human waste. Like elsewhere being poor, suffering from a mentally illness or battling a drug addiction is a crime.
The Revolt of the Aganaktismeni Huge Popular Uprisings in Greece Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The 'Outraged' movement is getting more and more rooted among lower classes against a Greek society that has been shaped by 25 years of total domination of a cynical, nationalist, racist and individualist neoliberal ideology that turned everything into commodities.
A Revolution's Heritage (book review) Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 S. Sándor John's Bolivias Radical Tradition explores in detail the emergence in Bolivia of what became the strongest Trotskyist tradition in the Americas, thanks in large part to militant tin miner unions.
Rights vs. Privileges Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 We now owe our 'liberties' to the good will of the government, which can withdraw them at any time, rather than to our ability to force the government to respect them.
Rightwing Manipulation of the Wisconsin Revolt Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Manipulation of opinion surveys is easy enough for those seeking to muddy the waters of political debate regarding the current war on unions.
The Rise of the Tea Party Where Did They Come From? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Tea Party has never been a genuine social movement or political outsider but rather an elite-dominated group that was closely linked to the Republican establishment from its inception.
Robert Wedderburn: race, religion and revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 As a Scottish-Jamaican mulatto radical preacher and leader of working class movements in 19th century London, Wedderburn has been identified as a linchpin of the Atlantic Working Class that group of amorphous, multi-ethnic, subaltern peoples linked by the ocean in suffering and resistance around the Atlantic continents of Africa, the Americas and Europe.
Rupert's Empire of Slime Murdoch's Knife in the Heart of Journalism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 In the name of freedom of the press Ruperts Fox News and commentators spew verbal venom on notions that smack of socialist, pink or liberal thought like taxing billionaires and regulating their corporate and banking behavior. Indeed, the Foxers promote billionaires not paying taxes as an example of virtue and freedom. You dont want your government squandering taxpayers money. Sure, imagine life without cops, firemen, schools, road repair service, etc.
The Rushdie Affair and Its Aftermath Kenan Malik's "From Fatwa to Jihad" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Rushdie affair is shrouded by mythsthat the hostility to The Satanic Verses was driven by theology, that all Muslims were offended by the novel, that Islam is incompatible with Western democracy, that in a plural society speech must necessarily be less free.
Sacred Roots of A People's Music Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The goal of Timothy Brennans Secular Devotion is an ambitious one, to create an historical map of African cultures influence on the social politics of the Americas in general and the United States in particular.
The sad, sad world of Israel?s big-time liars Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Stuart Littlewood views Israels propaganda minister, the self-confessed racist and squatter Yuli Edelstein, and takes a close look at the manual to which Edelstein and other Zionist propagandists work, the Global Language Dictionary.
Saving Face Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Every year in Pakistan, there are at least 100 people attacked with acid -- the majority women. Many more go unreported. This documentary Saving Face is the story of two survivors of such attacks their battle for justice and their journey of healing. Saving Face follows their personal stories and that of the nation of Pakistan as it attempts to tackle this vexing social problem.
Scarlet Road Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Scarlet Road follows the extraordinary work of Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked clientele people with disability.
The SEIU as Case Study Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 About 40 years ago I had a job in a rubber molding factory in Easthampton, Massachusetts, where the union in the shop was the IUE (International Union of Electrical Workers). We all knew that there were negotiations going on between the Company and the Union, but we were never told what was happening.
Selective Sympathy Wars Mayhem and Murder is Somehow Less Hard to Bear than the Humane Termination of an Injured Animal Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 How strange that we as human beings can be so sensitive and warm-hearted about an animal, and yet can be so detached from reality and so compartmentalized in our emotions and our moral sense that we can simply dismiss as collateral damage the lives of tens, hundreds or even thousands of innocent men, women and children who, for cold, calculating geopolitical reasons of dubious merit, will be killed by our or our allies actions.
9/11 and the Clash of Atrocities Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Responding to the terrorist attacks of September 2001, Against the Currents Letter from the Editors made an impassioned plea that the alternative to war was a political movement for social justice. Like many on the left, the editors pointed out that only an agenda for social justice could save the people of Afghanistan and Iraq from Americas military wrath and help curb the attraction of individual terrorist solutions.
Sexual Prey in the Saudi Jungle Lorena's Tale Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The working conditions of many domestics, which include 18-22 hour days and violent beatings, cannot but be described except as virtual slavery. Apparently among the items of the "job description" of a domestic slave in Saudi is being forced to minister to the sexual needs of the master of the household.
Shining a light on the black bloc, part 1: Italian autonomism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The combination of autonomist thuggery and Red Brigade terror had a lot to do with the implosion of the Italian left. While the Italian bourgeoisie was ready to carry out a repression even if the left had been far more intelligently organized, this was no excuse for carrying out tactics calculated to drive the average working class person into the arms of the government in the name of security. Revolutionary politics is really a project that is designed to win people to a cause. This involves patient explanation. Once someone develops a revolutionary consciousness, there is little that the state can do to vanquish it. A broken window can easily be replaced, but a revolutionary mind is permanent.
The Shocking Ways the Corporate Prison Industry Games the System Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The United States, with just 5 percent of the worlds population, currently holds 25 percent of the world's prisoners, and for the last 30 years Americas business entrepreneurs have found a lucrative way to cash in on the incarceration surplus: private for-profit prisons.
Shot in the Head Gabrielle Giffords, Tom Hurndall and Palestinian Children Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 In the past 10 years Israeli forces have killed at least 255 Palestinian minors by fire to the head, and the number may actually be greater, since in many instances the specific bodily location of the lethal trauma is unlisted. In addition, this statistic does not include the many more Palestinian youngsters shot in the head by Israeli soldiers who survived, in one form or another.
Should we 'take down' the banks or try to save the best of capitalism? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 If Canada is to rid itself of the destructive neoliberal Conservatives, perhaps the best that we can do, given present conditions, is to push the New Democrats and Liberals to embrace some aspects of traditional liberalism and combine those policies with some tough, new measures to protect the public.
The 60-Year Unemployment Scandal Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Since the 1940s, the jobless rate for blacks in America has held remarkably, if grimly, steady at twice the rate for whites.
Slavs and Tatars Presents Molla Nasreddin Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Molla Nasreddin was an Azerbaijani magazine published from 1906 to 1930 in Azeri, a Turkish dialect. Named after a traditional figure of fun, the text and numerous illustrations lampoon hypocrites of the period in the clergy and the government. It has been reissued by a group of artists called Slavs and Tatars.
Smoking Typewriters The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Describes the emergence of an underground press in the 1960s. Writers and participants reflected the spirit of cultural and political protest and encouraged the development of the New Left's highly democratic "movement culture".
Soft-Powering Cuba Regime-Change in a Box Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 How the U.S. uses "soft power" to undermine governments abroad and democracy at home.
Wilebaldo Solano, 1916-2010 Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Wilebaldo Solano, the last member of the original leadership of the Partit Obrer dUnificació Marxista (POUM Workers Party of Marxist Unification), died in Barcelona on September 7, 2010, at 94. As an anti-Stalinist communist party, the POUM helped lead the Spanish Revolution of 1936.
Some Big Things Ha-Joon Chang Doesnt Tell You About Capitalism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Chang exposes deadly falsehoods in many of the prevalent neoliberalisms supposedly self-evident free market truths. But Changs book is plagued by key difficulties that belie its claim to iconoclasm, suggesting Changs own conservative adherence to dominant Western power structures and doctrines.
Soundbitten The Perils of Media-Centered Political Activism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Sobieraj argues that activist groups' efforts to get media attention for themselves and their concerns often ends up undermining their capacity to communicate with ordinary people.
SPAIN: Women's Crises Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Over the past three years there have been numerous debates within the Spanish political and social left about the impact of the current economic crisis on working people, and the (in)efficacy of the measures the government adopted to ameliorate them. There has not been much talk, however, about the specific consequences that both the crisis and governmental response have had on women.
Stieg Larsson in the Struggle Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Stieg Larsson came to support the Vietnamese liberation struggle in 1968, when he was only 14 years old. He joined the Kommunistiska Arbetarförbundet (The Communist Workers League), the Swedish section of the Fourth International around 1974 in the northern town of Umeå. There he distributed the partys paper for soldiers Röd Soldat (Red Soldier) among the conscripts in his infantry regiment.
Stop Signs Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 A global ecological critique of the American automobile addiction.
Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline! Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Keystone XL is a proposed 1700-mile pipeline that would transport tar sands oil (also called oil sands) from Alberta, Canada into the United States, crossing six states from Montana to Texas and Louisiana. The proposed pipeline, which has a price tag of $7 billion, would add to the extensive existing network of oil pipelines, carrying tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
A Strategy for Antiwar Organizing Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 There is a paradox here: The organized antiwar movements effectiveness has declined, even while public opinion polls showed that antiwar sentiment among the public as a whole has grown steadily. A movement which declines while opportunities for growth are becoming more favourable is a peculiar one indeed.
A Strategy for Antiwar Organizing Against The Current vol. 150 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 According to a recent CNN poll, American support for the war in Afghanistan has never been lower and only 37% of all Americans favor the war, [while] 52% say the war in Afghanistan has turned into a Vietnam.
Strike Wave Sweeps Brazil Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 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.
Support the New Freedom Riders End US Support for Israeli Apartheid Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Palestinian Freedom Riders are seeking their rights to be treated as equal human beings free to move about in their own land.
The Swing of That Truncheon Thing The Nature of the Beast Revealed Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Historically, police violence is a fact of life in every society. In a society based on a capitalist economy, the police serve those that have the most money and property. When the authorities and their policies are under attack, the police will always be called in to protect them. No one should be shocked when the police act brutally. There is a reason the most thuggish of the uniforms are often the ones called to disperse angry crowds.
Taking liberties: When elite representatives define 'national security' Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Most reporters assigned to the national security beat are not physically embedded within the RCMP and CSIS in the way those covering the occupation of Afghanistan seem to become stenographers for the Canadian military. But they tend to write as if they were, buying the assumptions created and sustained by those who benefit most from them while generally ignoring the fact that these agencies have a historical profile that reads "pathological liar."
Taksim is not Tahriryet Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Much of the talk of neoliberalism coming from such leftist organizations is often a call for a return to state-administered enterprises under workers control, which is nothing more than bureaucratic state capitalism. It should be remembered that even under the most intense periods of nationalization in Turkey, often glorified among the social democrats and the like, was fought against by the working class.
Tearing Away the Veils: The Communist Manifesto Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 At the dawn of the twentieth century, there were workers who were ready to die with the Communist Manifesto. At the dawn of the twenty-first, there may be even more who are ready to live with it.
Ten Points for the Occupied Movement Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Against Wall Streets culture of economic exploitation, environmental degradation and human oppression we stand together to testify that another world is possible, a decent and humane world, a democratic world of liberty, dignity and solidarity.
Ten Years Later: We're Less Free Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The abuse of government/police power in this country is not a new or recent phenomenon as evidenced by the governments court-sanctioned internment of thousands of Japanese Americans during WWII, the red scare of the 1940s-1950s to repress the labor movement and other progressive causes, the use of grand juries and COINTELPRO during the 60s to repress the civil rights and anti-war movements.
Tennessee: Another Battle Front Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 As attacks on public sector workers heat up around the nation, Tennessee has experienced its own battles over collective bargaining even though few segments of the public sector workforce belong to unions.
The Tent Intifada Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The bug that had spread from Tahrir Square in Cairo to Del Sol in Madrid now landed in Tel Aviv. The slogan coined in Cairo, "Social Justice!" became the main slogan in Israel.
A Theater for the Poor Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Each phase in the nine-year-history of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) now reads like a chapter from a cautionary tale for future generations of young radicals.
They Found Nothing. Nothing. The IAEA, Iran And Fantasy Land Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 What is so breathtaking is that the apparent consensus on Iran, like the case against Iraq, is a fraud.
Thinking About Equality Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Back in 1937, as fascism seemed poised to seize power in much of Europe, George Orwell noted in A Road to Wigan Pier that a genuinely revolutionary socialism would have no chance of reversing the tide unless its supporters put aside their factionalism, ceased using jargon that few people could understand, and mobilized around propaganda stressing justice, liberty, and the plight of the unemployed.
Three Ways Labor Can Fight Back Time to Declare War Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Unions need to streamline their message, make it less cerebral and more visceral.
Three Years After "Yes We Can" Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 No, he didn't. Thats the epitaph on the tombstone of liberal and left-wing hopes that greeted the historic election of Barack Obama in November 2008. Did anyone imagine then that the election itself, more than anything hed do in office, would be the high point of the Obama presidency? Or that three years later, the power of Yes we can would be the eruption of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) spreading to one city after another essentially nothing to do with President Obama?
Throwing Out the Masters Tools and Building a Better House Thoughts on the Importance of Nonviolence in the Occupy Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Diversity of tactics does not mean that anything goes and that democratic decision-making doesnt apply. If you want to be part of a movement, treat the others with respect; dont spring unwanted surprises on them, particularly surprises that sabotage their own tacticsand chase away the real diversity of the movement.
To Rebuild Teamster Power Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 An interview with Sandy Pope. Sandy Pope is the candidate for General President of the Teamsters Union in the election this coming October, running against incumbent James Hoffa Jr. Shes a longtime member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union and president of Local 805 in New York City.
Tokyo Letter: After the Disaster Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Just before 3pm on March 11th, I was standing in the intersection of two small streets in central Tokyo, saying goodbye to my partner before leaving for a work trip to the United States. Earthquakes are common in Japan, but we knew right away this one was different. The earth rumbled and rolled, shifting back and forth and around, the intensity rising and falling and rising again.
Toward A Queer Marxism? Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Scholarly approaches to sexuality since the 1980s have become increasingly divorced from practical sexual politics, and both have largely given up on earlier attempts to engage with Marxism. Now this may be changing. A stimulating new book by Kevin Floyd maintains that people in queer studies are paying more attention to Marxisms explanatory power. From the activist side, Sherry Wolf of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) has made an impressive effort to sum up LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) theory and practice from a Marxist perspective.
The Tragic Ironies of Breivik's Terror Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 We need to challenge neo-fascism and anti-Muslim bigotry, just as we need to challenge Islamism. But in both cases we also need to keep a sense of perspective about the nature of the threat.
Traité du Savoir-Vivre for the Occupy Wall Street Generations Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 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.
Triangle Fire Remembered Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 March 25 is the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which killed 145 workers, mostly young women immigrants. The factory, located on the eighth, ninth and tenth floors of the Asch building near Washington Square in New York City, employed 500 workers.
Tunisia, Then Egypt Why Now? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Under what circumstances does passivity turn into revolt?
12 Most Absurd Laws Used to Stifle the Occupy Wall St. Movement Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 As Occupy Wall Street protests spring up in cities across the country, authorities are thinking up creative ways to contain this peaceful and inspiring uprising. Although laws and municipal ordinances vary from city to city, there is a consistency in the tactics being used to stifle the movement.
Two Systems of Justice One for the Corporate Class; One for the Rest of Us Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 We have two systems of justice. One for the corporate class. And one for the rest of us.
The UAW vs. Indian Casinos Which Side Are You On Boys Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The issues raised by Indian gambling casinos and their opposition to labour unions.
Understanding Class and Species A Lesson From Thaddeus Russell Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 University remains a rigidly class-based institutionnot only in what it teaches but also in how it operates.
An Unfinished Revolution Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 A study of Marx's analysis of the American Civil War as a conflict about slavery, not tarrfifs. Marx saw the north as a bourgeois republic, and the south as expansionist.
The Unfolding Arab Uprisings Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Suzi Weissman interviews Mark LeVine.
The Union in Academia Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Cary Nelson is a distinguished professor of English and the president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), a group that is part professional association and part union. This book is perhaps half about academic freedom and half about the AAUP, and Nelsons struggles to have it become a less staff-dominated institution.
The UN & the Future of Palestine Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 You can't make this stuff up, the Prime Minister of Israel lectured the UN General Assembly. Binyamin Netanyahu was referring to the history of Libya under Qaddafi, and Iraq under Saddam Hussein, chairing UN Commissions on Human Rights and Disarmament respectively.
The Unnatural History of the Sea Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 A history of the commercial fishery and an update on its precarious and untenable siituation. The age old delusion that the sea is an inexhaustible resource has resulted in a fishing arms race that could spell extinction for some species.
Unpacking for a Disaster What You Need to Survive the Unexpected Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 In crises, for some authorities, the media, and many outside observers, civilization tends to consist mainly of property relations, and so they pay more attention to whether someones taking crackers than whether a grandmother is dying in the wreckage (while law enforcement goes after the cracker-taker).
'Upstanding Citizens' Escape Justice in Tory 'In-and-Out' Scandal Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The "In-and-Out" Scandal: Case should have proceeded against 'Upstanding citizens'. This is a story about illegal activities, deceit and lying involving an overzealous group of Canadians who seemed prepared to do just about anything to accomplish their mission win a federal election.
The Urge to Surge War is a Drug Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Englehardt describes the effects of the US surge addiction with the military issue as an example.
Us and Them Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 To move beyond wishing and hoping, our self organization has to overcome and overwhelm the limits, the divisions, the separations of workers and poor by categories of organized, unorganized, immigrant, native, legal, illegal. No ones illegal. Nobodys organized until everybodys organized.
U.S. Government Assassination Plots An appendiex to Killing Hope, by William Blum Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 A list of prominent foreign individuals whose assassination (or planning for same) the United States has been involved in since the end of the Second World War.
US Justice on Trial Why Cameron Should Tell Obama to Get Stuffed Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The US justice system and extradition treaty.
US Teaching "Counterinsurgency" Courses To Mexican Military in Drug War State Department Report Details Special Forces Mobile Training Teams South of the Border Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 To fight the drug war in Mexico the US military conducted specialized trainings both inside and outside of the country with a focus on combating narco-terrorism and counterinsurgency conflicts.
A View from Israel Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Michael Warschawski, a founder of the Alternative Information Center in Jerusalem, spoke with The Real News Network on Israeli reactions to the Egyptian uprising.
A View of the Occupy Wall Street Movement from the Inside A Participants Critique of the Occupation of Wall Street Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Occupy Wall Street movement was supposed to be a revolt against a hierarchal, dehumanizing oligopoly. In reality, all that was created was a microcosm of the same system, but with new leaders. Like our nations leaders, Occupy Wall Streets leaders listened to everyones grievances, then decided upon a pre-determined plan of action that cleverly borrowed the language of their constituency.
Violence Goes to College Are We Going to Hell? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The priorities of the campus are clear. An Assistant Professor earns an annual salary in the low $60,000 range; a Lieutenant in the campus safety department (the man who fired the pepper gas, for instance) brings home $110,000.
Wall Street occupation ignites mass movement Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The simple, horizontal structure originally created around a GA using modified consensus has become a barrier to practical and political work by the occupiers and those involved through working groups.
Wall Street's Role in Narco-Trafficking "Business is Booming" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Every major bank in the US has served as an active financial partner of the murderous drug cartels.
War Colleges The Politics of Militarization and Corporatization in Higher Education Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 One consequence of the increasing militarization of American society can be seen in changes that have taken place in public and higher education. Schools have become the testing grounds for new modes of security and military-style authority.
War of the Killer Robots Four Realities About Drones Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Drones are "killer robots," they do make war easy and game-like, and therefore likelier, drone strikes do kill too many civilians and they do violate the International Law of Armed Conflict. I am puzzled and disturbed that some feel that the debate over the use of drones in warfare can be enhanced by denying these facts.
Was There an Alternative? Looking Back on 9/11, a Decade Later Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 There is every likelihood that the Jihadi movement, much of it highly critical of bin Laden, could have been split and undermined after 9/11. The crime against humanity, as it was rightly called, could have been approached as a crime, with an international operation to apprehend the likely suspects. That was recognized at the time, but no such idea was even considered.
Wealth, Illth, And Net Welfare http://www.countercurrents.org/daly151111.htm Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Wellbeing should be counted in net terms that is to say we should consider not only the accumulated stock of wealth but also that of illth; and not only the annual flow of goods but also that of bads.
Wealth in America Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The greatest wealth transfer in America history goes on into the bank accounts of the nation's 2% upper crust from the increasingly threadbare pockets of the lower 85% - to the sounds of silence.
Leonard Irving Weinglass Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Len was not a 60s radical. He was something more unusual, a 50s radical. He developed his values, critical thinking and world view in a time when non-conforming was rare. He told a newspaper interviewer in Santa Barbara in 1980 that I would classify myself as a radical American. I am anti-capitalist in this sense I dont believe capitalism is now compatible with democracy.
The well-intentioned dolts putting a price on nature are delivering it into the hands of business Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Its the definitive neoliberal triumph: the monetisation and marketisation of nature, its reduction to a tradeable asset. Once you have surrendered it to the realm of Pareto optimisation and Kaldor-Hicks compensation, everything is up for grabs. The well-intentioned dolts who produced the governments assessment, have crushed the natural world into a column of figures. Now it can be swapped for money.
What Did They Know...? Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 What did they know and when did we know it?
What Every Environmentalist Needs To Know about Capitalism A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 A manifesto for those environmentalists who reject schemes of green capitalism or piecemeal reform. Magdoff and Foster argue that efforts to reform capitalism along environmental lines or rely solely on new technology to avert catastrophe misses the point. The main cause of the looming environmental disaster is the driving logic of the system itself, and those in power no matter how green are incapable of making the changes that are necessary.
What happened to the SWP (U.S.)? Recent memoirs stir discussion Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The goal of socialist political cadres must be the development of a broad team leadership working together in a democratically functioning organization, practically united in strategic perspective and tactical projects, allowing multiple tendencies and pluralism, thus balancing out strengths and weaknesses over time and in different places.
When Push Comes to Shove Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 When the police are ordered to move against the OWS demonstrators, we must move to counter the police. Our response should be that workers in all different kinds of jobs act immediately to interrupt business as usual-regardless of what union leaders say or do. For example, transit workers should refuse any request to assist in the transport of individuals who are arrested. Truck drivers should refuse all deliveries to city agencies-other than those providing health care or emergency services. The more interruptions, the better!
When Qaddafi Was Our Friend The CIA's Libyan Helpers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 It was counterterrorism cooperation, together with Qaddafis abandonment of his nuclear ambitions, that cemented U.S./Libyan ties. Qaddafis intelligence services opened their files to the CIA, were given CIA training, and took in the CIAs prisoners.
Where Heaven Meets Hell Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Drawing strength from their families and their Muslim faith, Indonesian sulfur miners face gruelling labour and treacherous conditions on an active volcano, while struggling to overcome the desperate poverty and illiteracy that plague their community.
A Whiff of Jim Crow Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Republican party and its rightwing base are on a concerted drive to suppress the vote in coming elections. The targets are African Americans, other ethnic minorities, the elderly and young.
Who Speaks for the Climate? Making Sense of Media Reporting on Climate Change Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 This book helps students, academic researchers and interested members of the public explore how the media portray climate change and how they shape the spectrum of possibilities for policy action. Providing a bridge between academic research and real world developments, Boykoff makes sense of media reporting of climate change.
Who threatens us most peaceful campaigners or a private militia run by police chiefs? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The people challenging corporate power are often defamed as destructive anarchists. Yet they are seeking to defend the fabric of our lives from the anarchic destruction of market fundamentalism. The police, on the other hand, are fighting often without obvious justification to shield destructive companies from both unlawful and lawful challenges. They are defending neoliberalisms atomising, kleptocratic projects from those who question them.
The Whole World is Watching Chinese Diggers? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Thousands of villagers at Wukan, in Chinas Guangdong province, are protesting the theft of their communal land by a corrupt local government in collusion with developers.
Why aren't people voting? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 There is much ado about voter apathy, with a focus on young people, who in creative and desperate ways are urged and mobbed to vote. Unfortunately, much of this effort is barking up the wrong tree: unless we can guarantee that hundreds of thousands of Canadians who are eager to vote can actually do so, we are subjecting them to a nasty piece of Catch 22 where the victims of voter obstruction get the blame for being apathetic and not doing their civic duty.
Why Is BDS A Moral Duty Today? A Response To Bernard-Henri Levy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The reality of the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions.
Why Kosovo But Not Palestine? The Right to Exist Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Barak Obama pretends that he is vetoing UN recognition of a Palestinian state because it did not come about as a result of negotations. But meanwhile the US has recognized Kosovo, which came into being without negotations, and in violation of international law.
Why Marx Was Right Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Eagleton takes common objections to Marxism and demonstrates how and why they are wrong.
Why No Reporters in Suez? The Real Revolution Will Not Be Televised Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 What is happening in Tahrir Square Cairo has been built on the backs of millions of Egyptian workers who waged 3,000 strikes over the past eight years.
Why Supermarket Tomatoes Suck Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Excerpted from the book "Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit".
Why the Revolt in Egypt? Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Why has the Arab world suddenly erupted in revolution from Tunisia to Egypt, from Bahrain to Yemen? Above all, why Egypt, the largest and most important of the Arab nations?
Why We Loved the Zapatistas Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 It would be absurd to admonish the Zapatistas for failing to overcome generations of poverty in a single sweep, but is it too much to ask their privileged supporters abroad to pay more attention to the material conditions in Chiapas and less on the innovative ways they use their laptops to conjure resistance?
Why Wikileaks Matters The Lies of Diplomats Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 On the secret diplomatic cables disclosed by WikiLeaks.
A Wikileak on the US and Al-Jazeera Blaming and (Killing) the Messenger Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 A Wikileaks-released cable from the U.S. embassy in Doha, Qatar, shows that U.S. officials were angry with Al Jazeera in the wake of Israels three-week assault on Gaza, because, alone of news networks the world over, al-Jazeera had actually shown what was happening on the ground to Gazan civilians besieged by an unrelenting Israeli air, artillery, and ground attack.
Wilebaldo Solano As I Knew Him Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 I first met Wilebaldo Solano in Paris in 1997 after corresponding with him since the late 1980s. I had translated an article Wilebaldo wrote about Victor Serge and the POUM,(1) and finally meeting him was an inexplicably emotional occasion, a moment of warmth, solidarity and enthusiasm for us (Wilebaldo, his wife Maria Teresa and myself).
A Winter's Tale Told in Memoirs Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Socialist Workers (SWP), now a curious sidebar in the history of radicalism, is a linear descendant of the political movement initiated in the United States by pro-Bolshevik followers of Leon Trotsky on the eve of the Great Depression. For 45 years, until the mid-1970s, the movement associated with the SWP was at the crossroads of the Far Left.
Wisconsin and Beyond Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 As the last decade or more have demonstrated, unions dont grow incrementally as a result of their patient, even persistence efforts to recruit. Rather, unions grow more or less rapidly in periods of intense conflict and labor upheaval. Such was the clear experience of the 1930s. In a somewhat more uneven fashion, the period from the mid-1960s through the 1970s saw rising numbers of strikes, increased rank and file rebellion, and the addition of four million members to the ranks of organized labor.
With My Heart in Yambo Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2011 Twenty-four years ago director Fernanda Restrepo's two teenage brothers disappeared. A year later, the family finally learned the worst possible news: the brothers had been kidnapped, tortured and murdered by the Ecuadorean police, and then dumped. Restrepo embarks on the painful journey of recounting her familys story, and documents yet one more search in Lake Yambo, where the boys bodies were dumped.
Women in the Paris Commune Against The Current vol. 153 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 During the Seige of Paris, women organized their own Vigilance Committee in Montmartre, the political center of the working class. La Révolution politique et sociale devoted a major portion of its pages to reporting on the Vigilance Committee and a variety of womens clubs and societies. This included the Union des Femmes, the womens union that was a section of the First International.
Women, Revolution and the Future Against The Current vol. 151 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Valentine Moghadam is director of the Womens Studies Program and a professor of sociology at Purdue University. She responded to some questions from Against the Current early on February 11, 2011, shortly before the announcement of Hosni Mubaraks resignation.
Work Capitalism. Economics. Resistance Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 About work in capitalist society.
Workers and Environmentalists Unite! Obama Has Betrayed Both Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 When there are zero jobs available, any job will do. This fact has been exploited by corporations now re-labeling themselves job creators, since being a job creator in a time of depression brings a religious status similar to a rain god during a drought. Democrats and Republicans have lavished eternal praise on the job creators and in consequence have created a political atmosphere that is rabidly pro-corporate job creators and anti-everything else. In practice this means that ANY new law or regulation that hinders the power or profits of job creating corporations is instantly attacked as a job killer.
Workers Assemblies: A Way to Regroup the Left? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Herman Rosenfeld is a member of the Canadian Socialist Project and the General Toronto Workers Assembly, a new initiative aiming to reinvigorate working class and radical politics in the city. He spoke to Tom Denning about the methods and activities of GTWA and the challenges it faces.
Workers Guarantee the Egyptian Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The middle class, which sacrificed much in this astonishing revolution, faces the task of choosing an ally at this critical juncture. If these young, educated people choose the army and the Muslim Brotherhood (who are also part of the middle class), the result will be the foreclosure of freedom. However, if they choose their natural ally, the working class, they will discover a powerful partner in protecting the achievements of the revolution and in building a new democracy.
Workers' Revolts of the 1970s Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 In my world as a teenager becoming politically aware in Detroit in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the issues that mattered most were the war in Vietnam and race relations at my school. The events that shaped my high school years included fights between Black and white students, watching the families of white friends leave the city for Ferndale and Oak Park, the racially charged mayoral race in 1969, the election of the citys first Black mayor in 1973, and my own increasing involvement in the movement to end the war in Southeast Asia.
A World at Financial War Will Greece Let EU Central Bankers Destroy Democracy? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The crisis for Greece as for Iceland, Ireland and debt-plagued economies capped by the United States is occurring as bank lobbyists demand that taxpayers pay for the bailouts of bad speculations and government debts stemming largely from tax cuts for the rich and for real estate, shifting the fiscal burden as well as the debt burden onto labor and industry. The financial sectors growing power to achieve this tax favoritism is crippling economies, driving them further into reliance on yet more debt financing to remain solvent.
World Development An essential text Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 The ultimate introduction for school students of World Development, Geography and General Studies.
Wrestling with Ellison Against The Current vol. 155 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Nathaniel Mill's review of Barbara Foleys Wrestling With the Left (ATC 152, May-June 2011) raises a number of very important issues for understanding the politics of Ralph Ellisons masterpiece, and by extension 20th-century African-American literature as a whole. In particular, Mills criticisms of Foleys neglect of potentially liberatory moments in the text foregrounds the crucial issue of how revolutionary critics should go about the task of investigating novelistic politics.
The Years of 9/11 Against The Current vol. 154 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The decade that opened with the attacks of September 11, 2011 may have symbolically closed with the elite U.S. death-squad assassination of Osama bin Laden. But the turmoil of these post-9/11 years, notably the self-inflicted wounds of U.S. capitalism, have exceeded the terrorist masterminds wildest dreams. There are the wars that George W. Bush, with the support of congressional Democrats, launched in Afghanistan and Iraq wars that the government promised wouldnt have to be paid for leading to a major U.S. defeat in Iraq, a defeat all the more damaging because it is not acknowledged as such, and a quagmire in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Young Activist's Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 If you want to make a significant and sustainable impact on the health of our planet, this powerful and practical guide can help. Author and activist Sharon J. Smith shares proven strategies and lessons learned from the winners of Earth Island Institutes Brower Youth AwardsAmericas top honor for young green leaders. Here are all the tools you needfrom planning a campaign and recruiting supporters to raising money and attracting media attentionto turn your ideas into actions and make changes that matter.
Youth Subdued 8 Ways Young Americans Have Been Dominated Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. But now young Americanseven more so than older Americansappear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely screw them and that they are helpless to do anything about it.
Zionism's Many "Returns" Against The Current vol. 152 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Zionist historians like their counterparts in Australia, South Africa, the United States and other settler societies hold the dispossession of the Palestinian people to be extraneous to their general history, rather than the integral part that it is. Studying Israels foundational myths and historiography through the lens of comparative settler colonialism allows Gabriel Piterberg to keep the Palestinian half of the relational history ever present.
Zizek and the Gaza Flotilla Doing a Full Monty for Tel Aviv Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 As long as we misunderstand the importance of Palestine for the worlds future, we shall be trapped in an endless Middle East Crisis.
The Absurdity of Hi-Tech Servitude What You Sacrifice to Hold a Job in the New Economy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In terms of "jobs," war is evidently a burgeoning growth-industry. Back in the "Homeland," the demands of "internal-security" offer new openings for countless other "surplus-persons" in need of some "employment"as law-enforcement and anti-terrorism personnel, prison guardsor prison inmates.
An Act Of State Terrorism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 We have to appeal to the core of people who have already been active on one level or another around the Palestinian question, or those who are already convinced, to re-galvanize the movement, and go out and convince yet wider layers of people. We must argue the Palestinian case, and also push the case more generally to very wide layers of people.
African-American Socialist Pioneer Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In holding aloft the Banner of Ethiopia: Caribbean Radicalism in Early Twentieth-Century America, Winston James singled out Hubert Henry Harrison for his pioneering role in what became known as the New Negro radicalism of the 1920s. Yet, James noted, Harrison remained an understudied figure who had not been the subject of a major biography.
African Americans' Forced Labor Against The Current vol. 147 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 As Americans we are taught that slavery was abolished after the Civil War. A close reading of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution reveals, however, that this was not exactly the case. Although this amendment did outlaw slavery for the majority of American citizens, anyone convicted of a crime could still, quite legally, be kept in a state of bondage without claims on civil liberties and without remuneration for their forced labor.
AFSCME 3299 Fights Back Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In February 2009, four months after the economy crashed, the members of AFSCME Local 3299 ratified a contract with the University of California that has rightfully been called historic for the relative gains won by the union on wages and the wage structure. The union represents service and patient-care technical workers, who struggled for more than 18 months to win this agreement.
After Oaxaca's Popular Rebellion Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Think about it, a popular bumper sticker read, 6 more years would be 86. On July 4, 2010, the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca held statewide elections. Despite open vote-buying and other fraud perpetrated by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), it was not enough to ensure victory on this occasion, thereby ending 81 years of uninterrupted PRI rule in Oaxaca.
After Obama's Health Care Law Against The Current vol. 147 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 How can the single-payer health care movement move ahead after Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? The right wing wants to repeal the law, which it sees as intrusive big government. Single-payer activists are rightly angry that the bill fails to produce the universal national health insurance that our society desperately needs, and instead provides massive subsidies to the private corporate insurance vampires.
After the Democrats' Debacle Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 How far have politics moved to the right in the United States and for how long? Although were going to press before the November 2 midterm elections, youre probably reading it after the anticipated Democratic debacle and the attendant speculation about the viability of the Obama presidency. Whether the Democrats have retained slim majority control of one or both houses of Congress obviously matters for some legislative purposes and power relations, but our view of the broad trends is pretty much the same either way.
After the Floods, the IMF Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Pakistan in recent years has found itself in the headlights of the international press with increasingly regularity. As Obamas surge into Af-Pak has taken shape over the last 12 months, the country and its people have been thrust to the forefront of political discussion for forces left, right and center.
After the Wheeler Occupation Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 One astute observer of the Wheeler occupation noted that the events of November 20 represented a synthesis of the twin strategies of the current student movement: popular organizing in the form of general assemblies on the one hand, and a militant resistance enamored of occupations on the other.
All That We Share A Field Guide to the Commons Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons is a wake-up call that will inspire you to see the world in a new way. As soon as you realize that some things belong to everyonewater, for instance, or the Internet or human knowledge you become a commoner, part of a movement thats reshaping how we will solve the problems facing us in the twenty-first century.
American Taliban How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 America's main international enemy- Islamic radicalism - favors theocracy, curtails civil liberties, embraces torture, represses women, reviles homosexuality, subverts science and education, and reveres force over diplomacy. Markos Moulitsas shows how the American right shares those very same traits. He argues that our domestic jihadists are a greater threat to American democracy than any Islamic terrorist.
America's Complicity in Evil Barbarism on the High Seas Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Once again the US government has permitted the Israeli state to murder good people known for their moral conscience. The Israeli state has declared that anyone with a moral conscience is an enemy of Israel.
Amid Censorship, Israel's Media Does Its Part Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Israel's media has once again chosen the low road, the one carefully couched in patriotism and praise for the right-far-right coalition government.
An analysis of the G20 protest and the black bloc Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 It should be clear that the actions of the black bloc reflect their politics. The actions in Toronto mirror those tactics used elsewhere. The tactics and politics regardless of their intent are inherently elitist and counter-productive. In fact they mirror the critique of reformism many on the left have. The NDP says vote for us and well do it for you, the black bloc says in essence the same thing we will make the revolution for you. At best the tactics of the black bloc are based on a mistaken idea that the attacks on property and the police will create a spark to encourage others to resist capitalism, at worst they are based on a rampant individualistic sense of rage and entitlement to express that rage regardless of the consequences to others. The anti-authoritarian politic they follow is imposed on others. Very rarely will you see a black bloc call its own rally, instead the tactic is to play hide and seek with the police under the cover of larger mobilisations.
Analyzing the Crash Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The present economic crisis, which began in the United States late in 2007 and picked up speed early in 2008, may have caused production in the American economy to fall precipitously, but had the opposite effect on the production of books seeking to analyze the world economic crisis.
Anarchism & Socialism Reformism or Revolution? Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 In these essays grouped around common themes, Wayne Price draws on decades of extensive practical experience in antiwar and student movements, marxist tendency groups and affinity-based anarchist organizations, to make an insightful case for "pro-organizational," class-struggle anarchism.
Anarchy is struggle for life, freedom and dignity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 A communique by the Circle of Fire anarchist collective and the Anarchist Bulletin BLACK FLAG on the events of May 5th, 2010 in Athens, when three bank workers were murdered by 'anarchist' arsonists. The murders came as an ultimate result of an irrational, meaningless and needless violence which is promoted by an autistic, un-political and anti-social concept that has become a parasite to the anarchist # antiauthoritarian movement, sucking its blood and disparaging it, leading it to criminalisation and social isolation.
An Answer to Charlie Post Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Charlie Post is an old friend of mine and I respect his views. But I beg to disagree In our book, Olivier Besancenot and myself pointed to several limitations of Che Guevara concerning issues as workers democracy and the critique of Stalinism. But we tried to grasp his thought not as a monolithic body of theory, but as thinking in movement, a movement going towards a more democratic conception of socialism. Did he come to a full understanding that socialism is the democratically organized power of the working class? No, he didnt, but that doesnt mean that he rejected it.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu to UC Berkeley: Divesting is the Right Thing To Do Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In South Africa, we could not have achieved our freedom and just peace without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the Apartheid regime.
Arizona's Racial Profiling Push Against The Current vol. 147 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is quick to blame the federal government for the economic and social ills of her state. Responding to a growing movement to boycott Arizona for its new show me your papers law as thoughtless and harmful, she complained that the outraged response adds to the massive economic burden Arizonans have sustained for years due to the federal governments failure to secure its borders.
Asia Inhales While the West Bans the Deadly Carcinogen Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Asbestos, a known carcinogen banned in much of the world, is a common and dangerous building block in much of Asia#s development and construction boom. This white powder causes 100,000 occupational deaths per year, according to Medical News Today.
The Assault on Israeli Legitimacy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Israel has consciously orchestrated acute misery and poverty in the Palestinian territories over the past two decades in an effort to subdue and ethnically cleanse the captive population. Israel, despite warnings from many within the Israeli establishment, has embarked on a course that will see it, like the South African apartheid regime, become ever more isolated and reviled.
Authentic journalism: weapon of the people Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The path out of the crises wrought by commercial journalism opens when citizens steal back the mission that big media claimed but failed to do: Honest, coherent storytelling.
Auto Industry Strikes in China Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Strikes in China are nothing new, but the recent strike wave was remarkable in at least three respects: the amount of concessions granted to workers; the degree of publicity it initially received in the Chinese media; and the prospects for showcase union reform that it has helped push onto the agenda.
Banamex v. Narco News Precedent Protects WikiLeaks, Too Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The story one that defines the times we live in - has been going on for a while now: State power (and that includes private-sector states such as corporations and commercial media organizations) can no longer hide behind commercial (and State-owned) media to consolidate and centralize power when citizens deploy decentralized, small scale, and even temporary media resistances outside of those institutions in these ways that make big media irrelevant.
Banning of Books Alarms Freedom Advocates Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The confiscation and banning of books by Malaysian authorities is sending alarm bells ringing among activists, who want the repeal of laws that the government is using to suppress freedom of expression.
Daniel Bensaïd: The Power of Indignation Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Daniel Bensaïd, the lively and inspired French Marxist thinker and activist, has left us. This is a great loss, not only for us, his friends, his comrades of struggle, but for revolutionary culture. With his irreverence, his humor, his generosity, his imagination, he was a rare example of a militant intellectual, in the meaning of these words.
Beyond the dross Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Pilger and Platt discuss the craft of journalism.
Beyond the Echo Chamber Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 According to the authors, a new breed of networked progressive media are informing and engaging millions. By harnessing a participatory media environment, they have succeeded in influencing political campaigns, public debates, and policymaking.
Beyond the Profits System Possibilities for a Post-Capitalist Era Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Shutt offers an analysis of the collapse of the capitalist system by determining factors inhibiting its revival and goes on to offering an alternative to the current system.
Bigger Slicks, Sicker Society Against The Current vol. 147 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Corporate crime is strikingly analogous to the BP slick. The visible stuff is the slime on the surface that gets most of the attention. You can see it, taste it, smell it. The bigger part stays underwater where it poisons and kills silently, out of view, gets caught in the currents and escapes containment just like those oil plumes poised to swirl around the Florida peninsula and head up the Eastern seaboard.
The Billionaires Tea Party Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2010 Both a journey through a unique moment in American history and a thoroughly researched piece of investigative journalism. Through an examination of astroturfing and disinformation, we see how citizen democracy has been captured by powerful corporate interests that threatens not only the heath of American democracy, but that of its citizens and the planet as a whole.
Black Liberation and the Fight for a Socialist America Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 From slavery to convict labour, from the chain gang to the assembly line, American capitalism has been built upon the lash-scarred backs of black labour. Any organization that claims a revolutionary perspective for the United States must confront the special oppression of black people#their forced segregation at the bottom of capitalist society and the poisonous racism that divides the working class and cripples its struggles.
Blasted in a West Virginia Mine Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Conditions in the mines are caused by capitalism. The 25 dead miners in the latest mine disaster in West Virginia are dead because union-busting and the disregard of safety precautions for the sake of speed-up and higher profits.
Blau-Kamm case exposes the dark underbelly of Israe's security state Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In a properly democratic country, Kamm would have an honorable defence against the charges, of being a whistle-blower rather than a spy, and Blau would be winning journalism prizes not huddling away in exile. But this is Israel. Here, despite a desperate last-stand for the principles of free speech and the rule of law in the pages of the Haaretz newspaper today, which is itself in the firing line over its role, there is almost no public sympathy for Kamm or even Blau. The pair are already being described, both by officials and in chat forums and talkback columns, as traitors who should be jailed, disappeared or executed for the crime of endangering the state.
Bob King and the "New" UAW Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Last June the 35th UAW Constitutional Convention in Detroit elected new national officers headed by Bob King. Even before his election, King had been heralded in the media as desirous of transforming the UAW into an activist union. He supported the US Social Forum, co-sponsored the August 28th Detroit march for Jobs, Justice and Peace and encouraged UAW participation in the October 2nd One Nation Working Together demonstration in Washington DC.
Body Parts and Bio-Piracy Tissue, Skin, Bone and Organ Harvesting at Israel's National Forensic Institute Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 A report on the tissue, skin, bone and organ harvesting conducted for many years at Israels L. Greenberg National Institute of Forensic Medicine.
Bogus, Misdirected and Effective Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Tea Party movement is steeped in misinformation and denial. But it has a lot to teach the left.
Book Review: Kevin Anderson, Marx at the Margins (2010) Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Andersons argument is based on a careful and comprehensive reading of the writings of Marx (and, to the extent necessary, Engels) on: (1) the history, economics and politics of societies and nations outside Western Europe (but including Ireland); (2) movements of national liberation, as in Ireland, Poland and India; and (3) the relationship between race and class in countries such as England and the United States.
The Borrower and the Billionaire A Foreclosure Story Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In this excerpt adapted from The Monster, Michael W. Hudson writes about the nations largest subprime lending empire through the fortunes of its owner and one of its customers.
Bring In The Paper, Bring On The Torches Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The ideologists of capitalism are paid handsomely to proclaim the rationality of the free market system, where all men are recreated equal by their commodities as buyers and sellers. Finance capital, however, recreates itself in the irrationality of the markets, in the divergence between prices; in the disparity between particular prices and particular values.
Brothers-in-Arms: Capitalism and Corporate Journalism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 An essential role of corporate journalism is to shore up public confidence in an unjust, crisis-riven financial and economic system. Although plenty of gloom and doom is permitted, especially in the face of obvious crisis, the legitimacy of the system is rarely questioned.
Dennis Brutus: Honored by the Enemies He Kept Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 So much has been said about the loving and nurturing characteristics of Dennis Brutus and his political and literary contributions. Those who knew him understood how much he wanted to encourage future generations of radicals and poets.
Bye Bye, Miss American Empire Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America's Political Map Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Breakaway movements large and small are rising up across the US. Activists of various stripes want to form new states, even new nations. According to Kauffman, the American Empire is dying, in this investigation into modern-day secession.
Calling Bono Your Palestinian Gandhis Exist ... in Graves and Prisons Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Palestinians have been engaging in nonviolence for decades. The reality is that nonviolence is only as powerful as its visibility to the world.
Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Engler documents the fact that the essence of Canadian policy has always been support for the establishment and continued dominance of an expansionist Zionist state in the territories that now comprise Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank.
Canadian Media in Crisis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 How so-called "business journalism" is often biased and tends to give readers a distorted picture of the news.
The Canadian War on Queers Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 From the 1950s to the late 1990s, agents of the Canadian state spied on, interrogated, and harassed gays and lesbians in a series of so-called national security campaigns. This book traces this history, revealing acts of state repression and forms of social resistance.
Capitalism is a Waste of Time Godwin, Malthus & the Ideology of #No Alternative# Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The #no alternative# of permanent scarcity is both the all too familiar essence of our daily politics as well as the ideology at the heart of the discipline of economics, defined in the most widely used economics textbook of the 20th century as #the study of how men and society choose to employ scarce resources#
Capital's War on the People Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Instead of calling the recent G-20s brutal austerity declaration (issued at the conclusion of its annual summit in Toronto) an orchestrated declaration of class war on the people, many progressive/Keynesian economists and other liberal commentators simply call it bad policy. While it is true that, as these commentators point out, the Hooverian message of the declaration is bound to worsen the recession, it is nonetheless not a matter of bad policy; it is a matter of class policy.
Capital's War on the People Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 It is time to change the parameters of the debate, from when or by how much social spending should be cut? to why should the people pay for something they are not responsible for?
Cars and Class "A Reckless, Blood-Thirsty, Villainous Lot ... " Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Making life difficult for cars could be, in fact, described as a form of class war, but one that works in the long-term interests of the poor and working class.
A Case of Decency Deficit Eden's Photoshoot Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 According to the Israeli human rights group Breaking the Silence, taking humiliating trophy pictures of Palestinian prisoners are such a "widespread phenomenon" that taking them constitutes "a norm." Why so? Because it is the "necessary result of a long term military control of a civilian population."
Celebrating the Past -- the Legacy of the Free Speech Movement Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 A commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement took place at the University of California at Berkeley last December 2nd. As the years fly by anniversaries become more significant as the students who participated exit the stage of life. The usual 10-year anniversary is now shortened to five years. Just recently the FSM gang that met for a potluck dinner decided to celebrate each year!
A Chinese Alternative? Interpreting the Chinese New Left Politically Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In China, the terms #left# and #right# or #radical# and #conservative# produce somewhat different associations in the popular mind than what we are used to in the West. While in most capitalist countries #left# and #right# are understood largely in economic terms, in China these concepts tend to be deeply entangled within a framework defined by the state, the Communist Party, and nationalism. As a result, Chinese political debates have tended to presume a rigid dichotomy between #left-wing# state socialism and #right-wing# capitalist liberal democracy.
Chronicle of a Labor Victory Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Most union members see nothing but hugging and kissing between their leaders and their bosses on a daily basis. It takes a different kind of union to break with this culture, which has become second-nature to U.S. unions and is arguably the main reason for their current weakness. Leonard Rileys longshore workers union in Charleston, South Carolina is a different kind of union, however, and On the Global Waterfront by Suzan Erem and Paul Durrenberger tells their gripping story.
CIA Experiments in Torture Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Over the last year there have been an increasing number of accounts suggesting that, along with the CIA#s #enhanced interrogation# torture program, there was a related program experimenting with and researching the application of the torture.
The Class War at Home The Rich Getting Richer Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 There is a class war the war of the rich on the poor and the middle class and the rich are winning.
Climate Crisis Hits Pakistani Women Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Pakistan is among the countries that will be hit hardest in the near future by effects of climate change, even though it contributes only a fraction to global warming. The country is witnessing severe pressures on natural resources and environment. This warning has recently come from the mouth of Pakistans prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, who alarmed the countrymen by disclosing that Pakistan is the 12th most vulnerable country in the world to environmental degradation.
Coal's Ruptured Landscape Navigating the Ruins of Appalachia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 It is more apparent now than ever before that coal mining, especially mountain top removal, is unethical and inhumane. It displays stark irresponsibility in land stewardship as well as depraved practices within a diverse region. It#s time to shake off the flawed belief that we are reliant upon coal and other fossil fuels.
Connexions Archive Case Statement In search of a new home for the Connexions Archive Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Working together to secure a future for the past
Connexions Archive Information Sheet Working together to secure a future for the past Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Looking for new space for the Connexions Archive and those who work on it.
Consumer Hell Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The problem with gross domestic product is that there are no deductions involved: all economic activity is accounted as if it were of positive value. Social harm is added to, not subtracted from, social good. A train crash which generates £1bn worth of track repairs, medical bills and funeral costs is deemed by this measure as beneficial as an uninterrupted service which generates £1bn in ticket sales.
Contemporary anarchism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Contemporary anarchism has some important differences, but also a great deal of continuity, with historical anarchism. Where it focuses on building an alternative in the interstices of capitalism, it accommodates to, rather than challenges, capitalism; and where it fetishizes street tactics, it generates more press than tangible success in either building the struggle or in challenging the state.
The Copyright Police First They Came for the Hip Hop Sites ... Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Understand this: the seizure of websites without due process, corporate interests lobbying and then writing laws that allow them to be the police and t personally enforce, the battle over net neutrality is all about concentrating power in the hands of a few. This is about controlling the flow of information and being a gate keeper in the communications arena. Its the first step in moving a democracy toward a dictatorship.
Covering Pakistan: How Journalists and Experts Reproduce Empire Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 It appears irrelevant to many policymakers, journalists, and people in the US generally that Pakistan has, for example, peasants, unions, working-class politics, LGBTQ organizations, feminist groupsthat, in short, the overriding ethic of Pakistani democracy and resistance movements is secular.
The CPCCA should be reconfigured to combat racism against all peoples Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Confronted with evidence of a decline in anti-Semitism, Irwin Cotler creatively claims that it is anti-Semitic to accuse Israel of apartheid. Since this accusation seems to be growing and is being promoted by campaigns on Canadian campuses, Cotler then has "evidence" of anti-Semitism.
The Crimewave That Shames The World Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 It's one of the last great taboos: the murder of at least 20,000 women a year in the name of 'honour'.
Criminalizing First-Graders Arrested and Handcuffed for Tantrums Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 All across the nation, schools have adopted draconian #zero-tolerance policies that treat children like criminals and turn schools into prison-like environments.
The Crisis and the Potential Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 A veritable civil [war] erupted in the past year among several of Americas leading unions. At a time when over eight million jobs were disappearing, unemployment reaching highs unseen for nearly three decades, home defaults and foreclosures hitting all-time records with no end in sight, and labors major legislative goals being cut to pieces, some of the countrys biggest, most aggressive unions went to war not against capital or Congress, but against one another.
Crisis in the US Social and Economic Effects, Restructuring and Methods of Adapting Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The cause of the crisis in the US must be found in the context of the world capitalist economy and not credited to internal causes. These internal causes of course exist but in fact only shape the way this crisis is expressed.
Cuba's Prisoner Release Surprise! Mainstream Media Omits Context and Key Facts Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Double standards and hypocrisy abound in American media coverage of Cuba's recent prisoner release. For example, the U.S. government holds more political prisoners on Cuban soil than the Cuban government does.
The Cuts and the Fightback Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The accelerated privatzation taking place at the University of California is transforming the institution. For faculty, students and workers the changes are devastating. Programs and services are cut, student fees are raised over and over again, workers face both furloughs and layoffs while the facultys shared governance shrinks.
Dancing with Dynamite Social Movements and States in Latin America Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 The complex ways in which grassroots movements work for, with, against, and independently of national governments in Latin America.
The Danger of SB1070 Against The Current vol. 148 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The recent passage of SB 1070 in Arizona must be a wakeup call not only for those of us of Latino heritage, but for all progressives who cherish freedom and justice. A draconian law [partially blocked by a court injunction] that basically legalizes racial profiling, it compels the law enforcement officers in the state of Arizona to stop and question any person that they suspect of being in the U.S. illegally.
The Dead End of Climate Justice How NGO Bureaucrats and Greenwashed Corporations are Turning Nature Into Investment Capital Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The notion of climate debt, highlighted as the principle avenue of struggle for the climate justice movement, poses some large problems. Contemporary demands for reparations justified by the notion of climate debt open a dangerous door to increased green capitalist investment in the Global South. Everything from energy to agriculture, from cleaning products to electronics, and especially everything within the biosphere, is being incorporated into this regime of climate markets. One can only imagine the immense possibilities for speculation and financialization in these markets as the green bubble continues to grow.
Death in the Desert Migrants Risk Everything to Cross the Border Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 This is a NAFTA border. Money moves freely, people with money do too, but the poor are pushed into a dangerous cycle of crossing the desert.
The Death of NUMMI Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 During the 1980-82 recession, U.S. automobile corporations were closing factories, reflecting growing international competition and overproduction. One of the plants closed was a large General Motors facility in the city of Fremont, California, part of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Death of the university? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 As universities have turned into businesses, so students have turned into consumers. There is, however, a fundamental difference between being a student and being a consumer. Education is not a product but a relationship and a process. Once students become consumers, their whole relationship to education changes. They come to look upon ideas, not as ways of understanding the world, but as possessions that they can trade for a better job or greater social prestige.
Debate with the International Socialist Organization Continued Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 From a libertarian socialist point of view, the self-emancipation of the working class cant happen unless the working class builds organized mass movements that they control, such as labor organizations. This is the fundamental basis of syndicalism as a revolutionary strategy.
The Decline And Fall Of The American Empire Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines. If Washington is dreaming of 2040 or 2050 as the end of the American Century, a more realistic assessment of domestic and global trends suggests that in 2025, just 15 years from now, it could all be over except for the shouting.
Defending Palestinian solidarity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Electronic Intifada, the online publication about Palestine, finds itself at the centre of a storm as a pro-Israel group applies pressure to have a grant from a Dutch foundation withdrawn. This assault is part of a well-coordinated, escalating Israeli government-endorsed effort to vilify individuals and cripple organisations that criticise Israel's human rights record and call for it to respect Palestinian rights and international law.
The Demise of Andy Stern and the Question of Unions in Contemporary Capitalism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 A meaningful advance of workers struggles means bringing into existence class-wide organizations. Where those with such a perspective find themselves, by hook or by crook, in trade unions, the issue is to broaden struggles to include the unemployed wherever possible.
Democracy Seized -- and Lost Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Reconstruction was among the messiest, most complex periods in U.S. history, and certainly one of the most emotionally exhausting to revisit. Accounts of the period resonate with hope of almost millenarian proportions and are tainted by tragedy not the kind of tragedy that brings release, but the kind that leaves one sick with incredulity.
Dershowitz to the Rescue? The Israeli Spin-Machine in Overdrive Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 According to Israel's apologists, only Israelis have a right to defend themselves. Palestinians do not have this right, nor does anyone else who is attempting to assist the Palestinians.
Disenfranchisement as Political Repression Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In the U.S., if you#re caught boosting cars, robbing liquor stores, or attempting to escape reality by injecting heroin into your veins, you not only go to jail, but you lose your right to vote. And you don#t just lose it for the time you#re incarcerated; it#s still gone when you get out.
Dividing the Races to Benefit the Rich Prison Populism? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Race baiting broadcast agitators like Beck and Rush Limbaugh have their audiences believing the factually flawed foolishness that the reason they are falling behind economically is because the federal government is fawning over blacks lavishing them with unearned benefits. The reason for the loss of jobs, homes and dreams of comfortable futures driving white working class (and middle class) ire is not benefits to blacks but naked greed on Wall Street and in the suites of mega-corporations that triggered America's economic collapse.
Do Workers Lose Their Rights? Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Gertrude Ezorsky's Freedom in the Workplace? is a unique and highly useful book. Unique, because it combines sophisticated philosophical analysis with compelling examples from the lives of low-wage workers and an Appendix on 20th century U.S. labor law all in a text of 77 easy-to-read pages! and highly useful, because it refutes a central myth about capitalism.
Don't Mourn, Balkanize Essays After Yugoslavia Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Don't Mourn, Balkanize! is the first radical account of Yugoslav history after Yugoslavia, surveying this complex history with imagination and insight. Grubacic's book provides essential information and perspective for all those interested in the recent history of this part of the world.
Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2010-2011 Capital devours lives, labor, land; masses seek paths to freedom Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 A revolutionary organization can no longer allow any separation between theory and practice, philosophy and revolution, workers and intellectuals, "inside" and "outside."
Earth into Property Colonization, Decolonization, and Capitalism Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 A broad exploration of the colonial roots of global capitalism and the worldwide quest of Indigenous people for liberation through decolonization. Part Two of The Bowl with One Spoon.
Eat Pray Love Strike The Law of the Bargaining Table Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 We admire underdogs, yet we do not rejoice when underdogs go on strike against corporate fat cats. We admire hard-workers, yet we do not embrace those who are, arguably, the hardest-workers among us#the stoop laborers who pick our lettuce and strawberries.
1810, 1910, 2010 and Mexican Labor Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In the midst of a deep depression, an ongoing crisis of legitimacy and a brutal internal war amongst the different fractions of the drug cartel/state complex, Mexico is celebrating its two great revolutions, the Revolution of Independence (1810) and the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920).
Elixer A History of Water and Humankind Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 A cultural history of water.
The End of Capitalism? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 For all those who wish to see a different world, this moment is dripping with opportunity because the old order is crumbling before our eyes.
The End of (Military) History? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 If any overarching conclusion emerges from the Afghan and Iraq Wars (and from their Israeli equivalents), it#s this: victory is a chimera. Counting on today#s enemy to yield in the face of superior force makes about as much sense as buying lottery tickets to pay the mortgage: you better be really lucky.
European Social failure? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The sixth European Social Forum in Istanbul left something to be desired
Every Woman for Herself Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Factory Girls shows the reader what its like to live inside the largest human migration in history. It feels, apparently, pretty lonely. Leslie Changs subjects are the young women whove left tiny farms throughout China for a chance at making money in the big city. Their lesson and mantra is that each person can depend only on herself. The easiest thing in the world was to lose touch with someone, Chang notes.
Eyes With Legs Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In the last decade, 11 journalists have been murdered by Israeli forces, including Cevdet Kiliclar, a Turkish who was shot in the head, last week, as he photographed Israeli commandos attacking peace activists on the Freedom Flotilla. The U.S. never condemns these crimes because it#s Israel#s biggest supporter, and also because it does the same.
Fabricating Terror The Portland "Bomb" Plot Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Why does the FBI orchestrate fake terror plots? Could it be that the US government needs terrorist events in order to completely destroy the US Constitution?
The FDA and Frankenfoods Will the Agency Protect Consumers or the Profits of a Few Corporations Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent enforcement letters warning food makers that they cannot label their products as free of genetically modified or genetically engineered ingredients.
The Fear Factor Stephen Harpers Tough on Crime Agenda Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 This study analyses the financial and human costs of the Harper government's tough on crime agenda and concludes it is wrong-headed, expensive, and counter-productive. In fact, it will likely lead to more crime and a bigger deficit.
Feminism's Global Contradictions Against The Current vol. 148 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 It is clear that the most significant factor now shaping womens lives and status worldwide is globalization. What isnt clear, however, is whether globalization is affecting women positively or negatively.
Fifth Socialist International -- Time for definitions Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Although in the past every international socialist organisation was founded amidst great debates and ideological confrontations, the motley crew of factions which all over the world today call themselves #left# shows an unprecedented degree of ideological confusion and political diversity. It will be a difficult job to bring them together, to give them structure and a route map.
Fighters with Disabilities Against The Current vol. 147 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 At least since the mid-20th century, writers in the United States have publicly debated the place of politics in fiction. Plenty of great authors, Flannery OConnor among them, warned against saddling fiction with political intent. That some renowned writers have produced work that reveals human truths that belie their detestable politics Jorge Luis Borges and Ezra Pound are two examples might support OConnors point.
Fighting Fires & Breaking Barriers Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Having a young daughter and working in the building trades, I am always scanning cultural representations of construction and skilled trades work to see if there are women. Whether Sesame Street or Wendy on Bob The Builder, women in cartoon form at least are partially visible in the presence of tools and heavy machinery.
The Fire This Time: Burning Bridges Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Some activists hold back from condemning tactics that are politically stupid and destructive, like the recent Ottawa arson attack by an anarchist group, because of a commitment to the doctrine of a 'diversity of tactics'. However, the original idea behind a diversity of tactics, that is, a variety of approaches to organizing for change, has been appropriated by activists devoted to property destruction as a media spectacle, who feel that they should be exempted from criticism by other activists, no matter how much their tactics serve to undermine the building of a broad-based movement against capitalism.
First a Hand on Your Crotch, Next a Boot in Your Face False Choices and Airport Security Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Since 9/11, we have given up many of our rights and our government has condoned practices like torture, legalized assassination, kidnapping, indefinite detention without access to council or trial all in the name of keeping us 'safe' and 'free'. We have adopted practices and behaviors that we used to abhor in other nations and regimes. These practices, as demonstrated by the TSA, have nothing to do with keeping us safe or free quite the opposite.
Five Reasons To Plant Trees Now Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 To some people, planting a tree is the epitome of the environmental cliche. Planting a tree seems so simple, so easy, so... low-technology. In the midst of the economic upheaval we are experiencing now, in the face of massive challenges such as peak oil and climate change, why should we plant trees?
Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Floodlines is a firsthand account of community, culture, and resistance in New Orleans. The book weaves the stories of gay rappers, Mardi Gras Indians, Arab and Latino immigrants, public housing residents, and grassroots activists in the years before and after Katrina. From post-Katrina evacuee camps to torture testimony at Angola Prison to organizing with the family members of the Jena Six, Floodlines tells the stories behind the headlines from an unforgettable time and place in history.
The Flotilla In The Israeli Press Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 An analysis of Israeli media propaganda in the wake of Israel's attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.
For Israel, A Reckoning Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The farce of the climate change summit in Copenhagen affirmed a world war waged by the rich against most of humanity. It also illuminated a resistance growing perhaps as never before: an internationalism linking justice for the planet earth with universal human rights, and criminal justice for those who invade and dispossess with impunity.
Forging Change, Breaking Chains Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Remembering and forgetting are not only things that people do; they are things that are done to them. In our time, the Black freedom movement of the mid-20th century is now both well remembered and selectively forgotten.
Framing the Sixties Corporate Media Shadows and the 1960s Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 What Really Happened to the 1960s is a look at the role the media played in the presentation and interpretation of the struggles of the 1960s. Simultaneously, it is a consideration of the meaning of democracy in a society where the media is owned by corporations and elites who consider democracy antithetic to their hegemony.
From Apartheid South Africa to Palestine "To Exist is to Resist" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The growing support for Palestinian liberation via BDS reminds of small but sure steps towards the full-fledged anti-apartheid sports, cultural, academic and economic boycotts catalyzed by Brutus against racist South African Olympics teams more than forty years ago. Today, these are just the first nails were hammering into the coffin of Zionist domination in solidarity with a people who have every reason to fight back with tools that we in South Africa proudly sharpened: non-violently but with formidable force.
From Ecological Disaster to Constitutional Crisis The Long Struggle Over the Xingú Dams Comes to a Climax at Belo Monte Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The master plan for damming the Amazon river system, which includes Belo Monte and the Xingú dams, was originally created in the 1970s by the military dictatorship then in power. It essentially treats the Amazon as a reservoir of natural resources to be extracted without regard for the destruction of its riverine and forest environment or the displacement and pauperization of its indigenous and local Brazilian inhabitants.
From Iron Mines to Iron Bars Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Exploring some of the consequences of the long-term decline in union membership and the significant shift in membership towards public sector workers.
From Klinghoffer to the Gaza Flotilla Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Under the Rome Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation of 1988, it is an international crime for any person to seize or exercise control over a ship by force, and also a crime to injure or kill any person in the process. The treaty necessarily adopts a strict approach. One cannot attack a ship and then claim self-defense if the people on board resist the unlawful use of violence. In other words, according to international law, the actions of the Israeli military were beyond the law and those involved should be treated no differently than, say, the Somali pirates who are also in the habit of boarding ships by force.
From one apartheid state to another: Israel's secret military alliance with apartheid South Africa Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Israel regarded the relationship as based on more than just convenience, but on a common position as colonial oppressor, under pressure from national liberation movements. The two countries shared #unshakeable foundations of#common hatred of injustice and#refusal to submit to it.# The #injustice# each refused to submit to was ending apartheid (South Africa) and reversing the Nakbah (Israel), in both cases the subordination of indigenous people to the interests of settlers from Europe.
From Reconstruction to Capitalist Crisis Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The outcome of the Civil War registered the defeat of the Army of the Confederate states, the defeat of the army of the slaveholders, and a victory for the army of the owners of the railroads and big industrial enterprises committed to free, or wage labor. The political party of the big property holders, the Republican party, was supported by the mass of small farmers, urban workers, small business owners and the abolitionist movement.
From Wikileaks to TSA Anti-Empire Report Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 We have to remind the American people of what they once knew but seem to have forgotten: that they don't want BIG government, or SMALL government; they don't want MORE government, or LESS government; they want government ON THEIR SIDE.
Funding for Non-profit Media or Public Interest Activities Part 7 of 7 - Canada's Media in Crisis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 A group that launches, or even refocuses, an independent news media project - or raises money for just about any public-interest activity - will probably have success in fundraising if it does the proper research and targets a unique audience. It will need to demonstrate that it offers an important public service, such as providing in-depth coverage of local political, economic, and social issues not covered adequately by other media.
The futility of activism using violence as catharsis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The anarchist practitioners of violence are fundamentally elitist. They do violence because it makes them feel good, and they don't care about the fact that it undermines the real work for social change that movement activists are doing.
The Future of Palestine Righteous Jews vs. New Afrikaners Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Israel lobby is effectively helping Israel commit national suicide. Israel, is turning itself into an apartheid state, which, as Ehud Olmert has pointed out, is not sustainable in the modern era.
Gasland Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2010 The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination.
Gates of Delusion: Media Distortions and REAL Climate Scandals Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Climate-related storms in a teacup have been appearing in the corporate media almost on a daily basis. This nonsense is distracting attention from a mountain of evidence that human-induced climate change is accelerating and poses a deadly threat to civilisation.
Gaza Freedom March Blocked Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Fourteen hundred international activists mobilized in Cairo, Egypt in late December for a Gaza Freedom March (GFM) to break the siege imposed by the U.S., Israeli and Egyptian governments. The marchers were blocked and attacked by Egyptian police and military forces; there can be no doubt that the authorization for these assaults and the orders to block the march from reaching Gaza came directly from the U.S. administration.
Gaza Occupation And Siege Are Illegal Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Collective punishment is specifically barred under Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Israeli officials have repeatedly stated that the objective of the blockade is to weaken the Gaza economy and undermine support for Hamas. That is a political, not a military, objective, and it is impermissible under international law to target innocent civilians to achieve nonmilitary goals. Actions taken to enforce an illegal siege cannot themselves be legal. Israel's blockade violates the human rights of Gaza Palestinians and must be brought to an end.
Gazan Youth's Manifesto for Change Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of the international community!
Genealogies of the Uprisings Against The Current vol. 148 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 An interview with Adolph Gilly. Gilly is a longtime activist and prominent historian of the Mexican Revolution.
German Auto Workers in the Crisis Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 German auto workers, unlike their U.S. brothers and sisters, were somewhat sheltered from the economic crisis in 2009. Given that it was an election year, the government passed a law last March that supplemented their wages when they worked a short week. Between what they were paid by their employer and the government supplement, they earned 65-90% of their usual wage. The government also had a version of cash for clunkers so some auto plants were at full production.
A Ginger Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Grassroots campaigns could break Britain#s corrupt political system.
Global BDS Against Israel Is Working Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Israel's ruling elite is increasingly concerned about the international movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions, but they are unwilling to address the human rights abuses that brought the movement into existence.
The Global War on Tribes Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The point is not that all tribal peoples pose an egalitarian alternative to neoliberal capitalism. Some (such as Indigenous peoples) certainly do have strong egalitarian principles, but many other tribal peoples -- such as in the new conflict zones -- certainly do not (particularly toward women). The salient point is not that all tribal cultures are paradise, but that they are not capitalist, and neoliberal capitalism cannot stand anything other than Total Control.
Globalizing the Culture Wars Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Uganda, like many countries in Africa and around the world, adheres to long-standing heterosexual and patriarchal traditions as to what is acceptable sexual behavior. In the West, such traditions are shared by a dwindling minority. The bourgeois capitalist marketplace has reconfigured that which is morally acceptable. Sexual practices among adults are areas of personal erotic experience, protected private activities.
God and His Demons Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Parenti examines the dark side of religion, the many evils committed in the name of godly virtue throughout history. This is not a blanket condemnation of all believers. The focus is on the threat posed by fundamentalists and theocratic reactionaries.
The Greeks Get It Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Here's to the Greeks. They know what to do when corporations pillage and loot their country. They know what to do when Goldman Sachs and international bankers collude with their power elite to falsify economic data and then make billions betting that the Greek economy will collapse. They know what to do when they are told their pensions, benefits and jobs have to be cut to pay corporate banks, which screwed them in the first place. Call a general strike. Riot. Shut down the city centers. Toss the bastards out. Do not be afraid of the language of class warfare#the rich versus the poor, the oligarchs versus the citizens, the capitalists versus the proletariat. The Greeks, unlike most of us, get it.
The Growing Boycott of Israel A Force for Good Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 To join the boycott is good the world#s future in general. It is certainly good for the Palestinians, and yes, it is good for the Jews too.
Guatemala Coup Fails Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 While the coup in Honduras was successful, in Guatemala an attempted cold coup unraveled. Rodrigo Rosenberg was murdered on May 10, 2009; the following day the media ran a video filmed shortly before his death. In it Rosenberg stated that if he were killed, President Alvaro Colom and his wife were responsible.
Haiti, Imperialist Disaster Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The pictures and news reports tell the stories of Haitis physical destruction, the agony and heartbreak, the heroism of rescue efforts and the filthy business of missionary child-snatchers reporting the unfathomable scale of the reconstruction that may take decades.
Haiti - The Broken Wing Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The courage and compassion of thousands of people willing to enter a chaotic disaster zone threatened with aftershocks are very real. Compassion arises out of a recognition that 'their' suffering is no different to 'my' suffering. Joining compassion with reason means asking why over 80 per cent of Haiti's population of 10 million people live in abject poverty. Why less than 45 per cent of all Haitians have access to potable water. Why the life expectancy rate in Haiti is only 53 years. Why seventy-six per cent of Haiti's children under the age of five are underweight, or suffer from stunted growth, with 63 per cent of Haitians undernourished.
Hard Core Green How to Kick Corporate Butt Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Two uncompromised green activists and writers completely focused on winning, and utterly void of bullshit.
The Historical Moment That Produced Us Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 As we emerge, hopefully, from this dismal period of rollback, we recall Rosa Luxemburg's remark, shortly before her murder in 1919: "The revolution says: I was, I am, I shall be!" We assert the ongoing reality of communism, "the real movement developing before our eyes," as Marx put it in the Manifesto. Like Hegel's "knights of history," we locate our identities not in any immediacy but in the emerging new universal that must be the cutting edge of the next global offensive.
History's Mad Hatters The Strange Career of Tea Party Populism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Tea Party anger reaches far beyond the ranks of the modest Tea Party movement. It resonates with other Americans who understandably feel that political and economic elites, serving themselves at the expense of everyone else, have failed Americans. The big question is just exactly how (or even if) that private and personal rage gets transformed into moral and political outrage.
Holocaust survivor - why I support Palestinian rights Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 For me, the Israeli government#s actions toward the Palestinians awaken horrific memories of my family#s experiences under Hitlerism: the inhuman walls, the check points, the daily humiliations, killings, diseases, the systematic deprivation. There#s no escaping the fact that Israel has occupied the entire country of Palestine, and taken most of the land, while the Palestinians have been expelled, walled off, and deprived of human rights and human dignity.
Homeless and Hungry at College Falling Through the Safety Net Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 With students and their family members losing jobs as tuition increases escalate and social services are cut, more and more students are falling through the tattered social safety net.
Honoring Helen Thomas A Great Journalist, Traduced By Hacks Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Helen Thomas was done in because she embarrassed the group of lap dogs who call themselves White House reporters.
Hospital pays compensation over 'racism' death Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Harinder Veriah's death helped to expose an ugly truth in Hong Kong: that racism is a serious problem. A report "Hong Kong's big dirty little secret" acknowledged that racism was so ingrained that derogatory terms for ethnic minorities such as gwei lo ("ghost people") for whites and hak gwai or ("black ghost") for blacks were barely noticed.
Hot Wet Holiday Sex From Wikileaky Condoms to Yucky Zuckerburg Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Whatever your preferences, do go on some kind of holiday sex adventure. Try not to hurt anyone, including yourself, and whatever your pleasure, enjoy it and infuse it with a sense of *sacred* solstice power, a promise to resist the deadly status quo of depression, perma-war and power-grabs, and a passionate commitment to love.
How Alternative Media Provide The Crucial Critique Of The Mainstream Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The closeness of the mainstream to dominant economic, cultural and ideological forces means that the mainstream largely functions to promote the interests of the military/industrial/political complex. Yet within advanced capitalist economies, the contradictions and complexities of corporate media have provided certain spaces for progressive journalism.
How Race Fuels Rightist Agenda Against The Current vol. 148 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Nearly 50 years after the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights, the conservative movement is mobilizing its electoral base by using the wedge issues of race and racism. The principal targets are not new African Americans and illegal immigrants from Mexico.
How the 'black bloc' protected the G20 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The black-clad mob in Toronto has left a lot of people not only in the general public but in the wider nonviolent social/global justice movements in Canada feeling disgusted, demoralized and dispirited. Just the result you want if your goal is to marginalize and stifle dissent. The blocistes, in other words, are the most effective tool on the ground for silencing the valid concerns of the broad social movements.
How to Become a Real Muslim Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 When I was growing up in the 1980s the concept of a #radical# in a Muslim context meant someone who was a militant secularist, someone who challenged not just racism but the power of the mosques too. Someone like me. Today, of course, it means almost the opposite # a #radical# is a religious fundamentalist.
How to End the Tea Party (and Scare Obama at the Same Time) A Black / Brown Coalition Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 One of the reasons the left doesn#t do better is because it tends to view the right's transgressions as a moral issue rather than as a pragmatic problem as, for example, a baseball coach would do if the Tea Party were the other team. In fact, calling someone a racist is not a particularly useful political move whereas figuring out why they#re getting to first base all the time, and you#re not, is. The right keeps it simple. It speaks plain talk, not bland abstractions devised by some third rate branding coach. There is hardly anyone in the country who doesn#t know the right opposes gay marriage, abortion and illegal immigration. Now try describing three primary goals of liberals or the left and you see the problem.
How to Light a Prairie Fire The Spell Can be Broken Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 If there's one thing I think many people need to understand, it is this: sustained mass movements rarely happen unless many of the participants believe they might win.
How to Write about Haiti Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 How to make sure that you stick to the tried and proven cliches.
Howard Zinn (1922-2010): In Lieu of Flowers, Organize Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Where other leftish icons have spent these decades gnashing their teeth, lecturing and bemoaning how awful everything that happens up above has been (as if most folks born down below didn't already know that by the time we were eight), Howard answered the call, again and again, to help us do something about it. He walked out to the picket lines every time he was called - by neighborhood organizers fighting against his university's real estate grabs, by striking workers that cleaned and fed the students and professors, by almost anyone who organized and fought that asked, and often before they asked, for his support.
Hypocrisy Reigns Don't Forsake the Struggle Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 When Israel labels as "terrorists" the ship passengers who offered some resistance to the Israeli invaders, who points out that the passengers who resisted the 9-11 highjackers on the plane which crashed in Pennsylvania are called "heroes"?
I was wrong on veganism Traditional livestock production makes ecological sense Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 An environmental reporter reviews the environmental impacts of meat production in the developed world. He finds that First World meat production is incredibly wasteful but that this is not a requirement of livestock rearing so much as an entrenched practice, and offers suggestions for greening the industry.
Iceberg Economies and Shadow Selves Further Adventures in the Territories of Hope Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 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.
Idiot Bosses and Valiant Women Labor and Capital in Actual Practice Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 No matter what the enterprise, most employees know who the hard workers are, even though it#s not their job to know. They know who hustles, pitches in and lends a hand, who goofs off and avoids work, and who strives to keep the operation going by performing those thankless little tasks that don#t necessarily get noticed by management.
In and Out of Crisis The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Political economists Albo, Gindin and Panitch lay bare the roots of the crisis, which they locate in the dynamic expansion of capital on a global scale over the last quarter century and in the inner logic of capitalism itself.
In the Aftermath of the G20: Reflections on Strategy, Tactics and Militancy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The tactics of the Black Bloc make it clear that, for them, it is more important to smash windows than to try and march with thousands of workers and engage them in arguments about how to move struggles forward or that the problem is capitalism. How radical is it to trash a few windows? For us, radical is about workers gaining confidence and consciousness to fight back, not just at work, but in solidarity with others. Radical is about developing a sense of mass power, organising based on moving others into struggle, winning others to challenge the power in their workplace or community collectively, beyond the individualization of our society. Radical is about going to the roots of the system - not trashing its symbols.
In the Crossfire Adventures of a Vietnamese Revolutionary Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 This book is the story of those other movements and revolts in Vietnam, caught in the crossfire between the French and the Stalinists, told by one of the few survivors.
Information Terrorists? The Vile Campaign Against Julian Assange and Wikileaks Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 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.
Insisting on Humanity The Plight of the Palestinians Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 It is important that we preserve the distinction between the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian people, who have held on to their rights for so many years, and unleashed two of the greatest expressions of people's power and resolve: the First Uprising of 1987 and al-Aqsa Intifada of 2000. A whole population taking on the self-celebrated "greatest army in the Middle East" is hardly "powerless". The Palestinian people have printed themselves on the practical discourse of this conflict, and they have proved themselves to be powerful players in determining their own fate.
Insouciant Americans Blinding Hypocrisy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Hypocrisy in America is now so commonplace it is no longer noticed.
Inspired by Injustice: Scottsboro in History Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In many respects this is an archival project, writes James A. Miller, Chair of the American Studies Department at George Washington University, at the end of his introduction to Remembering Scottsboro: The Legacy of an Infamous Trial.
Is Israel an Apartheid State? Rhetoric or Reality? Summary of a Legal Study by the Human Sciences Research council of South Africa Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Do Israel's practices in occupied Palestinian territory, namely the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, amount to the crimes of colonialism and apartheid under international law?
Is this what a police state looks like? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The corporate security state is not static - it will keep filling more and more space to the extent that they are allowed to by civil society. The police actions in Toronto are one of those key moments, one that we will look back on as a time when the authoritarian governments we now endure tested our resolve. They know exactly what they are doing. There was no spontaneous 'over-reaction.' There were no cops 'out of control' - the obvious fact is they were always in control. The decision to allow the Black Bloc to do its destructive work without any intervention at all was strategic. They were assisted in their work by the Black Bloc, some of them agents provocatuers, all of them enemies of social change.
Islamophobia Sets the Terms Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Dutch government didnt fall in February over involvement in Afghanistan, the unstable governing coalition stumbled over it. But the Islamophobic right wing might be the beneficiary.
Israel and apartheid: A fair comparison? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The comparison between Israel's policies toward the Palestinians and to apartheid is a legitimate part of that debate and this is an analogy frequently used by Israelis and also by South Africans.
Israel Is Now a Lunatic State Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 What happened with the Gaza flotilla was not an accident. You have to remember that the Israeli cabinet met for fully a week. All the cabinet ministers discussed and deliberated how they would handle the flotilla. At the end of the day, they decided on a nighttime armed commando raid on a humanitarian convoy. Israel is now a lunatic state. It's a lunatic state with between two and three hundred nuclear devices. It is threatening war daily against Iran and against Hezbollah in Lebanon. We have to ask ourselves a simple, basic, fundamental question: can a lunatic state like Israel be trusted with two to three hundred nuclear devices when it is now threatening its neighbors Iran and Lebanon with an attack?
Israel Targets Ha'aretz "A Shin Bet State" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Israel uses police state tactics to crush journalists who expose crimes committed by the military.
Israeli journalist Anat Kam under secret house arrest since December Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 An Israeli journalist has been under secret house arrest since December on charges that she leaked highly sensitive, classified military documents which suggest the Israeli military breached a court order on assassinations in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli Police Impunity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Israeli police expect, and usually receive, impunity for using violence against Palestinians.
Israel's Apartheid Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Blacks in South Africa never faced a 20-foot wall dividing their communities. Palestinians' land is still being seized, their orchards bulldozed.
Israel's Attack on Us All Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 If we needed any evidence of the degree to which Western TV journalists are simply stenographers to power, the BBC, CNN and others are amply proving it. Mark Regev, Israel#s propagandist-in-chief, has the airwaves largely to himself. The passengers on the ships, meanwhile, have been kidnapped by Israel and are unable to provide an alternative version of events. We can guess they will remain in enforced silence until Israel is sure it has set the news agenda.
Israel's 'mad dog' diplomacy doesn't make it more secure Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Israel is feeling cornered on every front it considers important # and like Dayan#s #mad dog#, it is likely to strike out in unpredictable ways. These trends are likely only to deepen in the coming months and years. The mad dog is baring his teeth, and it is high time the international community decided how to deal with him.
Israel's new 'attack on freedom of speech' Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Israeli government and its right-wing supporters have been waging a 'McCarthyite' campaign against human-rights groups.
Israel's New Strategy: "Sabotage" And "Attack" The Global Justice Movement Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Reut's analysis vindicates the effectiveness of the Boycot Divestment Sanctions strategy. As Israeli elites increasingly fear for the long-term prospects of the Zionist project they are likely to be more ruthless, unscrupulous and desperate than ever.
Israel's vivid act of piracy may yet turn the tide of global opinion Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In the summer of 1947 a steamer named the Exodus set out from France to run the British blockade of Palestine. The British authorities boarded and seized the ship, and killed three passengers who tried to fight the British attackers. The British succeeded in preventing the ship from landing, but the event helped to turn world public opinion against the British. Israel's attack on the Gaza aid convoy may prove to have the same result.
It's Not Piracy! The International Law Framework Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The crimes that Israel committed during its assault on the vessels and civilian passengers of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla fall firmly within the category of #high crimes.# The assault, rather than an act of piracy, must be defined as a #crime against the peace# and a #crime against humanity# as Israel subjected #part of the high seas to its sovereignty# in a murderous attack on unarmed civilian vessels. The severity of these crimes is magnified precisely because the criminal actor is not an individual but a highly militarized state.
Journalists assaulted and censored Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Palestinian journalists are under attack from Israeli forces and are also subjected to raids and arrests as a result of political rivalry between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, report the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedom (MADA) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Meanwhile, Israel continues to target and detain scores of Palestinians involved in protests against the separation barrier in the West Bank with freedom of movement and expression violations, reports Human Rights Watch.
Jurassic Ballot Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 This country is being run for the benefit of alien life forms. Theyve invaded; theyve infiltrated; theyve conquered; and a lot of the most powerful people on Earth do their bidding.
Just because they hunt witches doesn't mean we have Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Big Brother defence of WikiLeaks is that if everyone had a camera upon them, society would be a better place. This is a view that fails to distinguish between the need to control those who possess power, and the need to prevent those who possess power from controlling us.
Justice for All: the Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt A Report by the Solidarity Center Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 A report on recent workers' struggles in Egypt, against falling wages, oppressive working conditions, and violations of workers' rights, in the face of an authoritarian and repressive government.
Kashmir: A Brief Background Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Kashmir was divided between India and the newly created Pakistani state in the chaotic division of the Indian subcontinent in 1947-48, with little reference to the wishes of Kashmirs people. The larger part is occupied by India, with a volatile Line of Control separating it from the Pakistan-administered zone. The formal name of Indian-occupied Kashmir is Jammu and Kashmir; the Pakistan-controlled region is known as the Northern Areas (Gilgit-Baltistan) and Azad Kashmir. The territorys largest city is Srinagar.
Kashmir: A Time for Freedom Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Freedom represents many things across rural and urban spaces in India-ruled Kashmir. These divergent meanings are steadfastly united on one point: freedom always signifies an end to Indias authoritarian governance.
The Kidnapping Of Haiti Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Not for tourists is the US building its fifth-biggest embassy. Oil was found in Haiti's waters decades ago and the US has kept it in reserve until the Middle East begins to run dry. More urgently, an occupied Haiti has a strategic importance in Washington's "rollback" plans for Latin America. The goal is the overthrow of the popular democracies in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, control of Venezuela's abundant petroleum reserves, and sabotage of the growing regional co-operation.
Know-Nothings of 2010 The New War of the Christian Crusaders Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Over the last four centuries, Quakers, Mormons, Catholics, Jews and many others have been targets of religious persecution, often the victims of imprisonments, hangings, lynchings and other acts of violence.
Edmond Kovacs, 1924-2010 Against The Current vol. 148 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 I first met Edmond Kovacs in the fall of 1961. I was then 19 and he 37. He was teaching a class for the Los Angeles chapter of the Young Socialist Alliance, the youth group of the Socialist Workers Party. He was the SWPs Southern California Chairman, introduced under his party name, Theodore Edwards. Most of us in those days had nommes de guerre, fake names that we rather optimistically hoped the FBI wouldnt figure out. It was only years later that I got in the habit of calling him Edmond.
Labor at War or in the Tank? Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Steve Early is one of a small handful of extraordinarily keen-eyed observers who see things from within the shrinking world of U.S. organized labor and who hold nothing back from readers.
Land of Impunity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 If the police can get away with killing Ian Tomlinson, there's no justice in Britain.
Berta Langston, 1926-2010 Against The Current vol. 147 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Berta Langston (1926-2010), a founder and member of Solidarity, died of lung cancer at age 84 in Norwalk, Connecticut on June 23. Born Berta Green on the Lower East Side of New York City, she was one of four sisters. She joined the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) in the mid-1940s and throughout nearly four decades of activity she was widely esteemed on the Left as one of the partys most devoted and capable militants, a person who could work with sundry individuals to develop coalitions and political defense committees of national and international import. From time to time she used the party name Berta Graham, and she received a Marxist education at the Trotsky School at Mountain Spring Camp in New Jersey. During the mid-1960s she served briefly on the SWP National Committee.
Legal Lessons From the Green Scare When the Constitution is No Obstacle to the FBI Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Green Scare prosecutors and their coordinators in Washington are willing to destroy individual lives to score political points, and to trample their own rules in the process.
Lena Horne & Her Times Against The Current vol. 147 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 If there were any doubt that the blues could be elegant, Lena Mary Calhoun Horne Hayton (as she signed her name) dispelled it. At age 26, she sang the title song to the film Stormy Weather and her sultry, silky voice branded the tune as hers forever.
Lessons From Arizona Direct Action Organizing From 1999 to Now Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 What we saw in Arizona over the summer showed a new model of organizing, wherein cooperation between people who are dedicated to different tactics as well as space for accountability within the struggle takes centre stage.
Letter to Readers Against The Current vol. 148 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 We are writing you this letter to invite you to support the effort to preserve and renovate the Leon Trotsky Museum (IDA-MCLTAC) in Mexico City as we mark the 70th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky, the 35th anniversary of the opening of the Trotsky Museum, and the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Institute on the Right of Asylum.
Letters to My Torturer Love, Revolution, and Imprisonment in Iran Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 In these letters, Asadi confronts the man who tortured him while he was held prisoner in Iran.
Liberating Thought: Toward an Independent Mass Media Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Prospects for democracy are dependent upon the growth of an independent media with wide exposure in the general population comparable to that of the corporate press.
The Limits of State Intervention Against The Current vol. 147 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Nation, as befits the preeminent journal of left-liberal opinion, has run a series of articles by Robert Pollin and by James K. Galbraith that have sparked great attention. These, as well as numerous other arguments in a similar vein, mount a spirited defense of job generation through deficit spending as effective counter-cyclical measures.
Abbey Lincoln and Freedom Now Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Abbey Lincoln singer, composer, actor left us on August 14 at age 80. A prolific and multidimensional artist (born Anna Marie Wooldridge), she took her performing name in the 1950s by combining Westminister Abbey and Abraham Lincoln. Composer and percussionist Max Roach, her partner in life they were married from 1962-1970 and in music and in political action, died on August 16, 2007.
Live Working or Die Fighting How the Working Class Went Global Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Mason realtes a series of struggles for worker and human rights over the past two hundred years and compares them to current struggles.
Lock 'Em Up The Prison State Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Without a doubt, most of those enmeshed in the (in)justice system are not dangers to society and would not have been in it at all in a society that wasn#t so racist and so shot through with every kind of social and economic inequality. Unfortunately, whatever the reasons why so many men and women have been denied their freedom, once the numbers began to rise dramatically, constituencies came into being#lawyers, police, probation officers, prison guards and staff, drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselors, sex offender counselors, vendors of all sorts, clerks and other clerical support staff, court officers, judges, community service employers#that have a strong stake in milking the new cash cow.
The Long War at Staley Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Staley recounts the epic struggle of workers in a corn-processing plant in Decatur, Illinois in the 1990s and provides insight into how a pivotal struggle ended in defeat. That ending was not inevitable.
Looking for Trouble Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Why are we still prospecting for oil when we can#t afford to use existing reserves?
Lost Liberties in the Age of Obama Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 When World War II broke out on September l, l939 the poet W.H. Auden sat in a bar on 42nd Street and penned a poem using that fateful date for its title. He reflected that the past ten years had been a low dishonest decade. And so has our last ten.
Louisianans, Oil & Petro-Addiction Against The Current vol. 147 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Deepwater Horizon oil horror has again focused the nation on South Louisiana. For the second time in less than five years, we are on the front pages of Americas newspapers. Again, this region is being misunderstood. Easy explanations miss the reasons why this area is so vulnerable, and why we in Louisiana are paying for the American economys dependence upon petroleum.
Making Sense of This Economic Crisis Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 While it now is generally agreed that the main source of the 2008 financial implosion was the accumulation of too much toxic debt, there is little agreement on the factors that precipitated the buildup of all that unsustainable debt. Whereas neoclassical/neoliberal economists blame the irrational behavior of the agents (both lenders and borrowers), Keynesian economists blame financial deregulation and insufficient public policy.
Martin Kramer, Harvard and the Eugenics of Zion Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 At Herzliya the cream of the Zionist security elite gather to raise the alarm about Arab births and hear scholarly analyses of family size and fertility rates among Jews and Arabs as 'existential' threats to the State. Meanwhile, in the Israeli Knesset there are elaborate debates on how to define who is a Jew and who is not - along with legislating what extra privileges should be allocated to the former and denied to the latter. It would be hard to imagine another modern country where such discussions are part of the intellectual mainstream, rather than isolated in the more shadowy fringes of racist right-wing politics. Similar attitudes are expressed in the Zionist Diaspora, where bemoaning Jewish assimilation, promoting Jewish childbearing and financing Aliya to strengthen Israel#s Jewish demography are common themes. Early eugenicists (and their successors) once warned against 'miscegenation' and 'mongrelization' as a danger to the White Aryan Race. Today, Jewish charities like the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation announce their prime mission as education against 'intermarriage.'
Marx at the Margins On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Marxs critique of capital was far broader than is usually supposed. To be sure, he concentrated on the labor-capital relation within Western Europe and North America. But at the same time, he expended considerable time and energy on the analysis of non-Western societies, as well as race, ethnicity, and nationalism.
A Marxist History of the World part 10: Men of Iron Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The constant rise and fall of Bronze age societies was a product of their wasteful, crisis ridden nature. But in the barbarian periphery around 1300 BCE an industrial revolution had begun that was to transform the world.
A Marxist History of the World Part 2: The Upper Palaeolithic Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In the second of his regular series Neil Faulkner reveals the incredible innovation and adaptability of our ancient ancestors, their unique combination of language and imagination and how cultures formed to fit the different environments in which early societies lived and worked.
A Marxist History of the World part 23: The Abbasid Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Islam created a single overarching allegiance throughout the Arab-ruled world yet the Middle East came to be a divided region of weak and unpopular states. Neil Faulkner looks at the conflicts that lay behind this process.
A Marxist History of the World part 24: Hindus, Buddhists, and the Gupta Empire Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 More than half a millennium separated the fall of Indias Mauryan Empire in the late 3rd century BCE (before the common era) from the rise of the Gupta Empire in the early 4th century CE (common era). Economic and social change during the interval altered the foundations of imperialism.
A Marxist History of the World Part 3: The Neolithic Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In part three of Neil Faulkner's Marxist history series he reveals how the advent of farming lead to primitive communistic societies who through land depletion and scarcity of resources would be forced into global war.
A Marxist History of the World part 5: The Rise of the Specialists Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Early Neolithic economy was doomed by insoluble contradictions. Technique was primitive and wasteful. Society lacked reserves against natural disaster and hard times. Virgin land ran out as old fields were exhausted and populations grew.
A Marxist History of the World part 6: The First Ruling Class Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 This week Neil Faulkner looks at the rise of the first ruling classes as the surplus created through the increasing productivity of human labour allowed a section of society to live without producing.
A Marxist History of the World part 9: How History Happens Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The complex societies that emerged from the division of society into classes also created societies that were wasteful, violent, stagnant and crisis prone. Understanding why is the key to how history happens argues Neil Faulkner.
Mass Murder at Colfax, The Bloody Death of Reconstruction Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 On April 13, 1873, white supremacists laid siege to a Black Republican stronghold in rural north Louisiana, brutally slaying freedmen and altering the course of the United States. The Colfax massacre happened at the courthouse of newly created Grant Parish, located in a town named after Vice President Schuyler Colfax. Colfax is situated in cotton country along the Red River.
The Massacre and the Cover-Up Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Without much stronger international pressure than the international community has applied to date, there is every reason to expect Israeli massacres to steadily become more severe, their PR rationales more outlandish. Mild diplomatic rebukes will not sway them. Unless serious costs are imposed for such crimes, much worse is yet to come.
May Day & SDS & SNCC Jubilee Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Class consciousness is the knowledge that emancipation is ours. Class struggle is the fight for it, the fight to be a class, and then the fight to abolish the class system. It is not economistic; it is historical. It was concrete not abstract. It was expressed in real voices, voices of the past and voices of the present. The skill is in the listening.
Meat: A Benign Extravagance Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 An exploration of the difficult environmental and ethical issues that surround the human consumption of animal flesh.
The Media and the Far Right Showcasing the Crude, the Violent and the Aberrant Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The right-moving trend of the mainstream media, absurdly deemed liberal by successfully intimidating corporatists and ideological aggressors, continues year after year.
A Memory Of Howard Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 A recollection of the late Howard Zinn.
Merchants of Doubt How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Published: 2012 Investigative reportage on how private interests and lobbies in America use hired gun scientists to spread doubt and misinformation. The media's binary understanding of balanced repoting has given these individuals a soapbox and allowed the public to believe there are divisions in the mainstream scientific opinion on global warming where none exist.
Mexican Women -- Then and Now Against The Current vol. 148 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Araceli's gnarled hands knead the corn dough in a smoke-filled lean-to next to her kitchen, as the 5 a.m. sunlight begins to squint through the slats. She will make about 48 pounds of tortillas, as she does every day. By noon theyll be on the table in houses all over the 500-inhabitant town she has lived in her whole life, half-way between Mexico City and Toluca, the capital of the State of Mexico.
Mexico 2010: The Spreading Crisis Against The Current vol. 148 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 On July 4, in an atmosphere of widespread insecurity, unabated violence, and an uncertain allocation of authority and impunity,* Mexico held local elections in 15 of its 32 states.
Mexico's Crisis in Context Against The Current vol. 148 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In this article I offer an historical context for understanding Mexicos current economic, political, and human crisis triggered by 28 years of neoliberal economic policies. Neoliberal governments have privatized most sectors of the economy and reduced the Mexican states role to one of being a repressive apparatus. NAFTA and related neoliberal policies have left the economy without a dynamic internal market for local products and with a socio-economic inequality that is one of the most extreme in the world.
Microsoft, piracy, and independent media in Kyrgyzstan Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Selective enforcement of alleged software infringement is being used with some frequency in the former Soviet republics as cover to harass independent media. Local law enforcement officials have been given broad powers, in the name of fighting piracy, to raid premises and seize hardware. For the most part, Western companies and governments have encouraged this broadening of powers.
Miners Protest Brutal Beatings Against The Current vol. 147 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Five thousand members of the Mexican Miners and Metal Workers Union and their families and other unions and social movements marched five kilometers May 24 to protest the brutal police beating of more than 20 union leaders and activists. The march ended at the port which serves the local steel mills in Lázaro Cárdenas, a steel mill city in the state of Michoacan, blocking it for two hours or more.
Mining Peru Canada's New Territory? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In Peru, 40 percent of conflicts involving local communities are over mining. The majority of the mining sector in Peru is owned by Canadian corporations.
Moffatt, Gary Connexipedia Article Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Canadian anarchist and activist.
Moffatt, Gary (Italian text) Connexipedia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Gary Archibald Moffat era un attivista Canadese specializzato nella costruzione di movimenti radicali ai fini di cambiamenti sociali e politici.
Mohammed Khatib, coordinator of West Bank Coordination Committee arrested Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Khatib#s arrest today is the most severe escalation in a recent wave of repression again the Palestinian popular struggle and its leadership. Khatib is the 35th resident of Bil#in to be arrested on suspicions related to anti-Wall protest since June 23rd, 2009. The recent wave of arrests is largely an assault on the members of the Popular Committees # the leadership of the popular struggle # who are then charged with incitement when arrested.
The Money Gusher Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The oil industry#s decommissioning costs will dwarf those of nuclear power. The money being made now should be put aside to meet them.
The Monster How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America -- and Spawned a Global Crisis Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Hudson explains the rise and fall of the subprime mortgage business by chronicling the rise and fall of two corporate empires: Ameriquest and Lehman Brothers, who did more than any other institutions to create the feeding frenzy that flooded the U.S. with high-risk, high-profit home mortgage loans.
Morality Policing Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The police treat protests and festivals as a threat to their power.
Mossad Operation Threatened Against Reporter Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 An Israeli journalist who went into hiding after writing a series of reports showing lawbreaking approved by Israeli army commanders faces a lengthy jail term for espionage if caught, as Israeli security services warned at the weekend they would #remove the gloves# to track him down.
Mountain Justice Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 In recent years, local people fighting against Mountaintop Removal's destruction of their homes in West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia have invited volunteers from outside Appalachia's coalfields to help them bring national attention to this shameful practice, and abolish it. This on-the-ground, insider report of a grassroots effort to end mountaintop removal in Appalachia is a fascinating account of why building solidarity across geographic, age, class, and philosophical lines in such struggles is so important but so hard.
The myth of Israeli morality Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Israel has consistently reacted with repression or even extreme violence to cultural and political manifestations of Palestinian identity.
The Myth of Muslim Conquest Less Threatening Than Imagined Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 It#s easy to mistake the high visibility of Islam in the West for a massive return to piety in Muslim communities. But for the last 20 years religious observance has stagnated, even slightly waned.
Myths of the Exile and Return Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 So where did the Jewish people come from anyway? Was there an Exodus from Egypt, an Empire of David and Solomon, an Exile ending in a triumphant Return to Zion? Does any of it matter and if so, why?
The National Security State Cops a Feel Taking Off the Gloves (Then Everything Else) Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Its finally coming into focus, and its not even a difficult equation to grasp. It goes like this: take a country in the grips of an expanding national security state and sooner or later your safety will mean your humiliation, your degradation. And by the way, it will mean the degradation of your country, too.
Net freedom 'at stake' on WikiLeaks Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Internet service providers are cutting access to the whistleblower site, raising broader concerns about online freedom.
New Hogtown Press Connexipedia Article Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 New Hogtown Press was a Canadian left-wing publisher active during the 1970s and 1980s.
The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Argues that Jim Crow and legal racial segregation have been replaced by mass race-based incarceration as a system of social control.
The New Jim Crow: A talk Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Nothing short of a broad-based social movement can address this problem. Such a movement has to be multi-racial: Latinos and women, especially women of color, are the fastest growing segment of the prison population. If we don't create care and compassion across racial lines, then, even if this system collapses, we will recreate it in another form.
The New McCarthyism In Israel Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Israeli government and its right-wing supporters have been waging a #McCarthyite# campaign against human-rights groups by blaming them for the barrage of international criticism that has followed Israel#s attack on Gaza a year ago, critics say.
The New Sexual Radicalism Socialist Feminist Questions About Queer Activism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 What are the social origins of queer? Does this current have a vision # whether implicit or explicit # of sexual liberation, and if so, what is it? What is its relationship to such emancipatory projects as feminism, antiracism, global justice and socialism?
The New Sexual Radicalism Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 From its beginning in the 1990s in the United States, a queer activist current has gradually spread to other countries, including in recent years in Western Europe. In decades when the prevailing trend in LGBT movements has been to orient to legal reforms by parliamentary means, queer activism has constituted a third wave of sexual radicalism, emphasizing visibility, difference, direct action, refusal to assimilate to the dominant culture, and the fluidity and diversity of sexual desire.
The Next Mexican Revolution Don't Look Now, But It's Already Started Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 If this is to be the year of the next Mexican revolution, the time to move is now.
The 1960 Sit-ins in Context Against The Current vol. 147 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 We think of the Sit-In Movement as beginning on February 1, 1960, fifty years ago. In the minds of many this was the initiating event that led to many subsequent developments in the broader civil rights movement, indeed as a turning point in Black, and more generally, U.S. history. But the sit-ins, and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s had their origins in vast social changes that began long before.
The 1960 Sit-ins in Context Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Civil Rights Movement that we associate with the 1960s was the culmination of a vast set of social and economic changes. The tradition of Black struggle itself, going back to the very beginnings of slavery in the New World, was also part of the context for the new movement.
No News is Not Good News Cops Taping Protesters & Journalists Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 If cops photograph and videotape protesters and journalists, it's news if it happens in China, but when it happens in the U.S., as it routinely does, the media are silent.
The No-Nonsense Guide to Religion Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Symon Hill's No-Nonsense Guide to Religion tries to explain what religion means, how we relate to it, how it was created and how it affects us culturally, politically and spiritually today.
No surrender in Greece Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 A member of International Workers Left (DEA), reports from Athens on the May 20 general strike and workers' growing radicalization.
Noam Chomsky: Moral & Social Thinker Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Noam Chomsky is a powerhouse of insightful thought this book attests to that. So analyzing or even summarizing Anthony Arnoves The Essential Chomsky is no simple task. A moderately lengthy and notably chronological collection of texts plucked from Chomskys enormous output, The Essential Chomsky leaps from linguistics to Palestine to libertarian socialism and back to linguistics again. Given the political nature of Against the Current, we will focus on Chomskys views on political philosophy, morality, U.S. foreign and domestic policy, and propaganda, ending with thoughts on the editing. But first, a few introductory remarks on the man himself.
Nostalgia de la luz (Nostalgia for the Light) Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2010 In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers search the sky and explore the origins of the universe. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones murdered and dumped in the desert by the Pinochet dictatorship. A meditation on astronomy, the past, memory, and persistance.
Not Another Disaster Movie Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Whose will is it that keeps us going the way we are? The will of capital, albeit a capital thats been refurbished for our modern times. That will cloaks itself in the garb of progress, science and technology. At the same time, it justifies itself by the invocation, in the developed countries and those (like China) on the fast track to development, of an apparently all but incontrovertible need to maintain our way of life. That way of life threatens to fairly quickly become a threat to the possibility of life in any form that we would want to be part of.
Not Bad Policy, But Class Policy Holes in the Keynesian Against G20 Austerity Plan Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Liberal critics of the vicious austerity policies passionately argue against such policies as #bad,# #misguided,# or #unwise# as if the governments that make such policies do not know what they are doing. Accordingly, these critics offer all kinds of elegant Keynesian arguments in favor of stimulus deficit spending that could lead to improved economic conditions, increased tax revenues, and decreased debt and deficit. What these critics tend to overlook, however, is the fact that the governments that impose austerity policies are serving as bailiffs or debt-collecting agencies on behalf of their corporate/financial masters.
Nuclear Deceit: The Times and Iran Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Is the Times engaged in reporting or propaganda in its coverage of Iran's nuclear program?
Oaxaca: Autonomy Under Seige Against The Current vol. 148 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 On April 27, 2010, the Mexican state of Oaxaca again garnered international attention as a humanitarian aid and solidarity caravan comprised of national and international activists heading to the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala was ambushed by state-backed paramilitaries, resulting in the deaths of two activists, leaving several wounded, and others disappeared for days.
Obama and the Boy in the Metal Box The Incarceration of John Walker Lindh Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Clemency for John Walker Lindh would open up to public scrutiny an outrageous injustice that high officials in the Bush administration deliberately perpetrated on an American citizen after the 9/11 attacks. It would expose how they covered up their illegalities by betraying the legal professionalism of the Justice Department and by imprisoning their victim behind prison walls for half his life.
The Obama Syndrome Surrender at Home, War Abroad Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 A merciless dissection of Obamas overseas escalation and domestic retreat.
Obama's Imperial Continuity Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Despite the rhetoric of hope and promises of change we can believe in that ushered him into the White House, Barack Obama has offered anything but a marked shift in the fundamental course of U.S. foreign policy. The change Obama has brought to the relief of U.S. and global elites is away from the George W. Bush-era fantasy that U.S. military firepower and ideological muscle could unilaterally dominate the globe. But his underlying policy goals are very much in continuity not only with Bush but with a century of his predecessors.
Obama's Liberty Problem Why Indefinite Detention By Executive Order Should Scare the Hell Out of People Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The proposal to create a special new legal system by Executive Order will threaten the liberty of every single US citizen who is not in Guantanamo because it will damage the due process guarantees which have built up over the years to protect each one of us.
Obama's Reform, Recovery Stalled Against The Current vol. 148 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Reform agenda of president Obama and the Democrats, such as it was, is exhausted. Two failing wars, a fragile and almost jobless economic recovery teetering on the cusp of a double-dip Great Recession, and an all-out rightwing racial, economic and political offensive have defined the ground for the November midterm election and the period to follow.
Obama's RTTT vs. Teacher Unions Against The Current vol. 148 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The 165 Washington, DC public school teachers terminated for poor evaluations on July 23 may be the first victims of the Obama reform agenda. The teachers were fired because of low scores on the DC school systems new evaluation procedure one which ties teacher evaluations to student scores on standardized tests.
October 7: Defend Education! Against The Current vol. 148 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Students, faculty and campus workers across the United States will kick off the 2010-2011 school year with an October 7 national day of action to defend public education. This day of action will attempt to pick up from where last years movement to defend public education left off. March 4 represented the broadest point of last years organizing, with strikes, major rallies and marches, and smaller local speak-outs taking place throughout California, across the country, and to some extent around the world.
Ohio Socialist Runs for U.S. Senate Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Im running as the Ohio Socialist Party candidate for the U.S. Senate because I believe that the severity of the crisis, and the depth of dissatisfaction and discontent in our society, obligate socialists to put forward our alternative and to organize to achieve it. We on the left need to present the vision of a democratic socialist society, a society which can only be achieved through building a mass social movement and a radically different sort of political organization.
On Cowardice and Violence Reflections by a Former US Marine on the Mavi Marmara Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 On the morning of the attack I was directly involved in the disarming of two Israeli Commandos. This was a forcible, non-negotiable, separation of weapons from commandos who had already murdered two brothers that I had seen that day.
On the Legacy of Che Guevara Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Peter Drucker's letter (ATC 144) commenting on Kit Wainer's review of Besancenot and Löwy's new biography of Che (ATC 143) rehearses many of Besancenot and Löwy's arguments that Che's Marxism was some sort of alternative to Stalinism. I, for one, am no longer convinced by these claims.
Once a Jolly Hangman Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 When this book was first published in Asia in July 2010, UK journalist Alan Shadrake was arrested and tried, then sentenced to jailfor daring to put the Singapore justice system in the dock. This revised and updated edition covers Shadrakes arrest, and his ongoing campaign against the death penalty.
Open Letter to German Left Party (Die Linke) Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The state of Israel does not deserve prizes for its occupation, racist separation and its war crimes. Only international policy which emphasises to Israel that violations of international law are not tolerated will succeed in promoting a just peace for all residents of this land.
The Opposites Game All the Strangeness of Our American World in One Article Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The surpassing strangeness of the American way of war in distant lands.
Organizing with Love: Lessons from the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Campaign Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Great organizing campaigns are like great love affairs. You begin to see life through a different lens. You change in unexpected ways. You lose sleep, but you also feel boundless energy. You develop new relationships and new interests. Your skin becomes more open to the world around you. Life feels different, and its almost like youve been reborn. And, most importantly, you begin to feel things that you previously couldnt have even imagined are possible.
The Origin of Americas Intellectual Vacuum Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 A profile of Chandler Davis, a blacklisted mathematician who served six months in jail for refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Orwell in the Maze of Memory Against The Current vol. 148 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 On 23 June 1937, George Orwell and his wife Eileen boarded a train in the Barcelona station, destination Portbou.
The Other World Is Here Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 You see what youre looking for. Most of us are constantly urged to see the world as, at best, a competitive place and, at worst, a constant war of each against each, and you can see just that without even bothering to look too hard. But thats not all you can see.
Our Promiscuous Prehistory A Review of Sex at Dawn Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Most otherwise topnotch evolutionary psychologists, primatologists and anthropologists come up with flip, vague or convoluted ways to explain away unpopular evidence. They seem to be trying to squeeze the square peg of monogamy into the round hole of humanity. Ryan and Jethá have chosen a more well-rounded term to characterize the essence of human sexuality as practiced by our prehistoric progenitors: promiscuity.
Out Lickspittle Press Doorkeepers to the House of Lies Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Today no one believes that our countrys success depends on an informed public and a free press. Americas success depends on its financial and military hegemony over the world. Any information inconsistent with the indispensable peoples god-given right to dominate the world must be suppressed and the messenger discredited and destroyed.
Out of Sight, Out of Trouble Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The UK could tap into vast renewable resources, without any of the aggro caused by existing wind farms.
Out of the Frame The Struggle for Academic Freedom in Israel Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Links Pappé's personal struggle against Israeli McCarthyism with a broader struggle for human and political rights of which "academic freedom" is merely one aspect.
Pakistan on the Brink? The Real Threat from Within Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The American antiwar movement must understand that what is unfolding in Pakistan bears no resemblance to the failed-state proclamations of establishment hacks the world over. The danger is not at all that the country will fall to the Pakistani Taliban, drowned in a tidal wave of instability said to be cascading eastwards from Afghanistan. While sham elections in Afghanistan have hopefully helped clarify the venal, corrupt character of NATOs efforts there, at times an unhealthy haziness still afflicts the Lefts thinking on Pakistan.
Pakistan Women's Voices Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 An interview with Bushra Khaliq. Bushra Khaliq is general secretary of the Women Workers Help Line (www.wwhl.org.pk) and a member of Labour Party Pakistan.
Palestinian Economic Boycott Hits Israeli Settlers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Israeli settlers are beginning to feel the bite of an economic boycott campaign launched by the Palestinian Authority (PA) against goods produced in the illegal Israeli settlements dotting the occupied West Bank.
A Paradise Built in Hell The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 The most startling thing about disasters, according to Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purposefulness, and meaningful work that disaster often provides.
Parecon & Participatory Society An Interview with Michael Albert Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Participatory Economics, or parecon for short, is a vision for how to conduct economics in a classless manner. It delivers to workers and consumers self managed say over their economic lives, a condition of solidarity with others, equitable incomes for their labors, diverse opportunities and options, and ecological balance.
Peace, Freedom and McCarthyism Against The Current vol. 147 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The title of this volume is a bit misleading. It has hardly anything to do with the ideological substance of U.S. anticommunism in its encounter with the African-American freedom movement.
Pedophiles and Popes: Doing the Vatican Shuffle Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Church leaders seem to forget that pedophilia is a felony crime and that, as citizens of a secular state, priests are subject to its laws just like the rest of us. Clerical authorities repeatedly have made themselves accessories to the crime, playing an active role in obstructing justice, arguing that criminal investigations of #church affairs# violates the free practice of religion #- as if raping little children were a holy sacrament.
The People v. the Bankers Greece Today, US Tomorrow Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Greek "bailout" is actually a bailout of the international banks.
Permanent Autonomous Zone A Conversation With Zine Writers Erick Lyle and Jeff Miller Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 What if our lives were filled with moments of liberation from the everyday? Is it possible to carve out spaces that challenge the dominant logic of the market, where we can pursue meaningful work and actualize our dreams?
The Persecution of Pfc. Bardley Manning The Leaker as American Hero Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 If Manning did what he is suspected of doing, he should be honoured as an American hero for exposing war crimes.
Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2010 Published: 2011 A documentary film on the life and times of folk singer-songwriter Phil Ochs.
A Poetics of Resistance The Revolutionary Public Relations of the Zapatista Movement Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Combining narrative history, literary criticism, ethnography, and media analysis, A Poetics of Resistance provides a refreshing take on Mexico's Zapatista movement by examining the means, meanings, and mythos behind the Zapatista image.
The Poisoned Pill of Obama's War Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Obama administration looked into the abyss of endless war in Afghanistan, considered all its options, pondered the consequences and jumped. This is a war without honor, or purpose, or hope.
The Political Slaughterhouse Statism's Death Knell for Liberty and Democracy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The issue of government coercion has been taken off the radar screen of politically correct thought. The more government power has grown, the more unfashionable it becomes to discuss or recognize government abuses- as if it were bad form to count the dead brought about by government interventions.
The Polluters The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Provides an account of the American chemical industry and its effect on the environment.
The Poor Must Die Anglo-American Political Philosophy 101 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 For more than 30 years, the world-dominating Anglo-American alliance has been under the sway of factions which, for all their internal squabbling and hair-splitting, are strongly united in their steadfast, unshakeable adherence to the perpetuation -- and expansion -- of elite power and privilege. They have shown themselves willing -- eager -- to degrade their own societies (and destroy many others) in the service of this brutal, barbaric, inhuman faith. The poor have no place in this system.
Post-Katrina New Orleans: A Third Reconstruction? Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 When Union Army troops under the command of Gen. Benjamin F. Butler entered and occupied New Orleans in April of 1862, so began the first Reconstruction of the city and the state of Louisiana. The rise and then the defeat of the historic democratic struggle known as the first Reconstruction discussed in the accompanying sidebar [as well as reviews by Robert Caldwell and Jim Toweill elsewhere in this issue] sets the context in which we find todays New Orleans, four years after the levee collapse.
Predicting Torture The PATRIOT Act, Bradley Manning and Julian Assange Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Bradley Manning is charged with leaking classified documents to Wikileaks and faces a court martial. The conditions of his confinement are extreme, and amount to torture.
Presenting Insurgent Notes Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 We take our Marx and Engels seriously. Recent history, beginning perhaps (in the US) with the UPS strike of 1997 and the 'battle of Seattle' in 1999, now quickened by the abject financial and ideological meltdown (Fall 2008) of the three decades of the stifling 'neo-liberal' era, has favored a certain revival of the radical critique of capitalism, by which we understand first and foremost the work of Karl Marx. "Theory must seek its practice," Marx wrote long ago, but "practice must also seek its theory", and such theoretical ferment expresses the rising tide, in fits and starts reaching back to the 1990's, of an accelerating global reaction to the ravages of the 'neo-liberal', 'Washington consensus' phase of capitalism, after the rollback of what we might consider he last (l968-1977) offensive of the world working class.
Presidential Assassinations Of US Citizens Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Just think about this for a minute. Barack Obama, like George Bush before him, has claimed the authority to order American citizens murdered based solely on the unverified, uncharged, unchecked claim that they are associated with Terrorism and pose "a continuing and imminent threat to U.S. persons and interests." They're entitled to no charges, no trial, no ability to contest the accusations.
Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack on the Gaza Peace Flotilla - Part 1 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 We are trained to react to violent acts, not on the basis of their objective legality and human cost, but on the basis of the perceived legitimacy of the people committing the act. Violence committed by authority figures will tend to be viewed as legitimate and well-intentioned. Violence committed by non-state actors or #rogue states# resisting the state will tend to be seen as illegitimate and malevolent.
Protesters in Eastern India Battle Against Mining Giant Arcelor Mittal Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In the rural, tribal lands of Eastern India, protesters are going head-to-head with world steel giant Arcelor Mittal. "We may give away our lives, but we will not part with an inch of our ancestral land," the villagers cry. "The forest, rivers and land are ours. We don't want factories, steel or iron. Arcelor Mittal Go Back."
Public Disinterest: Information Commons Dismantled Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Seventy-five years after the Federal Radio Commission declared there was no room on the public airwaves for propaganda stations and denied a license renewal to a station that attacked Jews and law enforcement agencies, the airwaves are filled with both propaganda and venom. Today the airwaves, stripped of commons rules, feed hatred.
Public Education in California--What's After March 4? Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 On March fourth, we marched forth. Hundreds of marches, rallies and direct actions in defense of public education took place on March 4 across California. Now what?
Put the Palestinians On A Diet Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Israel has been forced to reveal what Palestinians and other observers on the ground have known for a long time: that the blockade of Gaza is state policy intended to inflict collective punishment, not to bolster Israeli security.
Put the Palestinians on a Diet Media Bury Documents Revealing Israel's Deliberate Policy of Near-Starvation for Gaza Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Israel has been forced to reveal what Palestinians and other observers on the ground have known for a long time: that the blockade of Gaza is state policy intended to inflict collective punishment, not to bolster Israeli security.
Questions for a New Movement Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Public universities in California during Fall 2009 saw the eruption of a movement to defend public education and more broadly, public services and goods from an onslaught of cuts and fee hikes in the wake of the 2008-09 economic downturn and federal and state budget cuts.
Race and Class: Blacks Still Taking the Hit Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 It took ten months before the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) stood up and challenged President Barack Obama. In a surprise move, 10 CBC leaders refused to participate in a key House financial committee vote in December until some more relief is provided to Black businesses.
Race & Class: Obama & the Politics of Protest Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Consider the following contradiction of modern African-American politics: We have the first African-American president (he checked Black on the new census form) offering hope to millions of working-class Blacks. Yet we see a drawdown of protest politics by longtime civil rights leaders, even though the Great Recession is causing the greatest harm Black communities have seen in decades.
Race & Class: Obama Forgets Black Community Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 What I found most striking about President Barack Obamas first State of the Union address before Congress on January 27 was what he didnt say. In his 70-minute speech on the economy as the first president of the United States of African heritage, I expected that Obama would highlight the special impact of the recession on Blacks.
Race and Class: What About the Working Poor? Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 One striking feature of political debate in the country today is that while every commentator, pundit and political observer talks about and focuses on the concerns of the super-rich and the middle class few ever talk about the plight of the disadvantaged, those on food stamps and welfare and particularly the working poor.
Race and Class: What About the Working Poor? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 One striking feature of political debate in the country today is that while every commentator, pundit and political observer talks about and focuses on the concerns of the super-rich and the middle class few ever talk about the plight of the disadvantaged, those on food stamps and welfare and particularly the working poor.
Racism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 An overview of racism
Racist Universities? New Rules Favor Former IDF Soldiers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Measures designed to benefit Jewish school-leavers applying for places in Israeli higher education at the cost of their Arab counterparts have been criticised by lawyers and human rights groups.
The Railroading of Tonya Craft A New Wave of Prosecutorial Hysteria Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 As we have seen countless times before, the media always is ready to run over the cliff with the prosecutors, and no matter how many times the prosecution is discredited, there always is another reporter ready to serve as a PR mouthpiece for a dishonest state official. And it always will be that way, for like the Bourbons, the media learn nothing, and they forget nothing.
Rainbow Pie A Redneck Memoir Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 A fascinating and extremely readable account of a life now vanished, destroyed by the insatiable appetite of capital.
Rampant Racism in the Criminal Justice System Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The biggest crime in the U.S. criminal justice system is that it is a race-based institution where African-Americans are directly targeted and punished in a much more aggressive way than white people.
The Rawick File: How Do People Revolt? Against The Current vol. 148 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 George Rawick (1929-1990) was a powerful socialist scholar in the C.L.R. James tradition, sometimes an equally powerful mentor for young radicals, and also a tortured soul. He is largely forgotten today, because he did not write easily or found a school with his methods or even get along with his friends and allies very well.
The Real Merchants of Death The Global Arms Trade Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The global arms trade is a $60 billion yearly business, of which the U.S. controls nearly 40 percent, and a political and economic juggernaut that defends its turf with the ferocity of a junkyard dog.
The Real Motive Behind the Gaza Flotilla Attack Sabotaging Peace Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Israel's leadership is committed to "a dynamic state bent upon expansion". The greatest threat to continued expansion is the threat of peace. Whenever Israel's leadership is faced with the threat of peace, it initiates violence designed to stop it.
Rebutting Israel's "We don't kill civilians on purpose" argument Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The difference between intentional and accidental killing is only relevant when the aim of the violence is a just one. Accidentally killing civilians in the course of using violence to stop oppression is one thing. Doing it in the course of using violence to oppress people is a very different thing. In the case of Israeli violence, the question is not whether Israel intentionally kills civilians. The question is: What is the purpose of Israel's violence?
Recollections of Harry Press Against The Current vol. 147 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Harry Press, a veteran of the U.S. Trotskyist movement and the American Socialist current, died this year at age 94. In recent years he was a loyal reader and made several very generous donations to this magazine. These recollections of Harry Press were told to Carl Finamore for Against the Current.
Reflections on October 7th Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Students, workers, teachers, parents and faculty throughout the country participated in the October 7th National Day of Action to Defend Public Education. As part of a growing movement, activists from 25 different states were involved.
Remote-Controlled Killing The Spot-and-Shoot Game Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Israeli military is increasingly using remote-controlled weapons to kill Palestinians. Israel's remotely controlled weapons systems are in high demand from repressive regimes and the burgeoning homeland security industries around the globe.
Reply to A Reviewer Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 My old friend Paul Buhle has developed a neat general formula for reviewing the books he is out of sympathy with. Paul begins by making laudatory comments and concludes by expressing overwhelmingly negative judgments. But he has gone too far in his review of my The Rousing of the Scottish Working Class by falsely accusing me of using a club to beat [E.P.] Thompson.
A Report on Recent Struggles in Greece Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In periods of crisis, such as the current period of overaccumulation crisis, capitalists use the politics of #public debt# in order to devise new ways to intensify exploitation. In contrast with capitalist upturns when the private debt is increased, downturns are characterized by the increase of the #public debt#.
Republic of Dunces Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 For its entire 142-year history, the University of California has served the states wealthiest businessmen well as a taxpayer-funded R&D facility. Its graduates have gone out into the world to serve as their mining engineers, attorneys, inventors, weapons designers, and business associates.
Resistance with the Scent of a Woman Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 They're afraid of us because were not afraid. They think, act, and are going backwards as they stay behind their military armor. They see us laughing, struggling, loving, playing as they watch us from behind their military armor.
Resisting Agent Orange Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Following an early April round of visits in private residences and care facilities with children suffering from a range of debilitating birth anomalies, classified by the Vietnamese government as victims of agent orange, a delegation of six American veterans sponsored by Veterans for Peace (VFP) was received in Hanoi by Nguyen Tan Dung, the Prime Minister of Vietnam.
Response Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Oldtimers, across geographical space and chronological time, tend to swat at each other, responding to insults both real and imagined, long past and present. I know that in my family, Ma and Pa did it with increasing vigor over the years. Probably not all of the swatting within the greatly diminished U.S., UK or any other Left can be attributed to political disappointment.
The Return of Debtors' Prisons Reservations for the Poor Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Nearly a quarter of the people spending time behind bars on Rikers Island in 2008 - one in four inmates - were there because they didnt have the money to pay bail on a misdemeanor charge. These unfortunate souls may have been presumed innocent of the criminal charges by the judge, but they were nonetheless jailed for being poor.
Revered Rabbi Preaches Slaughter Of Gentile Babies Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Rabbis who are among the leading idelogues of the growing fascist movement in Israel say that violence against non-Jews, including the killing of babies, is justied by religious law. According to Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira and Rabbi Yosef Elitzur, Jewish law permits the killing of non-Jews in a wide variety of circumstances. In a recent boo, they say #There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us".
Rise of the Left Party: Germany's Election and Beyond Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 On September 27, 2009 the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) suffered its worst electoral defeat since 1945. After four years of governing as a junior partner in a Grand Coalition with the right-of-center Christian Democrats (CDU), the SPD garnered only 23% of the vote (down from 33% in 2005) and now appears to be a shadow of the party that had taken the reins of government in 1998.
The Road from Copenhagen Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The handwriting about the long-anticipated Copenhagen climate change conference has been on the wall for months, and its message is not promising for our human civilization or the thousands of species we may take down with us. By the time of that frantic final day of backroom arm-twisting, blackmail and president Obama's lead-balloon speech, it no longer really mattered whether the conference's failure would be openly admitted, or thinly disguised behind a political framework statement without serious mechanisms for implementation, measurement or enforcement.
Lester Rodney: The Long Ball Hitter Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 I am writing this piece after reading the New York Times obituary of Lester Rodney, where both the role of the Daily Worker and Lesters role as its sports writer were given their due credit in the fight to integrate major league baseball. Irwin Silbers book Press Box Red has previously told Lesters story in depth, and Dave Zirins recent articles round out his significance to sports in a more contemporary fashion.
Rosa Luxemburg's Accumulation of Capital New Perspectives on Capitalist Development and American Hegemony Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 From a Luxemburgian perspective post-war capitalism developed in two phases, each of which was possible because class-struggles and international conflicts had opened non-capitalist environments for capitalist penetration. The first phase gave rise to consumer capitalism and neo-colonialism; the second was characterized by accumulation by dispossession that rolled back welfare states in the North and developmental states in the South, while also integrating formerly state-socialist countries, notably China, into the capitalist world-system.
Rosa Luxemburg's Reform or Revolution in the Twenty-first Century Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Rosa Luxemburgs Reform and Revolution, written at a high point of socialist struggle, contains invaluable lessons for today's new generation of activists as they confront the political and organizational challenges of the day.
The Saga of Stella D'oro, Inspiration and Lessons Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The powerful labor struggle at the Bronx-based Stella Doro Biscuit Co. recently came to an abrupt end after 14 long, hard months. The 136 workers at the plant, all members of Local 50 of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union, withstood 11 months on the picket line before winning a court order in July that returned them to work under the terms of their previous contract. But the workers and their supporters were unable to prevent the factorys closure.
The Save Public Education Fightback Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The Coalition of University Employees (CUE) represents workers on ten University of California campuses and one national laboratory. We have been involved in bargaining statewide for the last two years, with no end in sight. For several years our members had not received raises. Additionally there had been hundreds of layoffs on campuses and at the Office of the President.
Scottish Workers in History Against The Current vol. 144 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 So much has happened to the worlds working class in the last 30 years that we oldtimers may, perhaps, be forgiven for losing focus on the deeper histories of industrial life and struggle. Thanks to the publish-or-perish academic reality, ever more studies in social history actually appear, but fewer treat the labor movement as an important part of that history. Working people are more often seen as victims, too often self-victimized in myriad ways.
The Secret Secret Of Wikileaks and Literacy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Only those with proper clearances can participate in discussions that affect significant aspects of our lives. Certain technological achievements, our collective ethical decisions (torture, secret prisons, air strikes, etc.), our collective behavior towards other nations and peoples (foreign policy discussions) and more are often obscured by state secrecy. Like the medieval clergy, those holding classified clearances are the sole legitimate interpreters of the 'really important' knowledge. In effect, they are a caste that guides our political and technological cosmologies.
The Secrets in Israel's Archives Evidence of Ethnic Cleansing Kept Under Lock and Key Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Israel has extended the time limit for releasing documents in its archives to 70 years, to prevent disclosure of evidence of widespread ethnic cleansing. The state#s chief archivist says many of the documents #are not fit for public viewing# and raise doubts about Israel#s #adherence to international law#, while the government warns that greater transparency will #damage foreign relations#.
The Semantics of Terrorism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 A mental construct has been created in which the State of Israel is an entity that is under constant attack. By terrorists. Who, irrefutably, must be eradicated. Their actions are somewhat irrelevant. Whether they are school children, passing through checkpoints, or citizens from other countries bringing medicine and food to Gaza, Israel will garner an astonishing degree of unconditional national and international support for harming them if they call them terrorists.
A serious newspaper should not confuse Jews and Zionists Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 On the eve of the 62th anniversary of Israel, it is important to remember that it was the Zionist minority of Palestine's inhabitants that issued the unilateral declaration of independence. Israel is a Zionist state, not a Jewish one, another important distinction to make in future articles on this burning subject.
Seven Reasons Why Capitalism Can't Recover Anytime Soon Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 There is a larger disease in the international economic system, a disease that cannot be cured by politicians who swear allegiance to this deteriorating system and to the wealthy elite who benefit from it.
Sex & Iran's Upstoppable Resistance Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Since Iran's presidential election in June 2009 and the protests that followed, the world has caught a partial, albeit highly mediated, glimpse inside that country and its politically active citizenry. The state, frequently misrepresented as a monolith and in neoconservative circles tarred as Islamo-fascist, is now more accurately understood as a diverse and fractured set of actors. The reform movement that had ushered in President Khatami suffered defeat by the hardliners with Ahmadenijads 2005 election, and hailed by many as dead, has come back to life. To many, it appears unstoppable.
Sex at Dawn The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Ryan and Jethá contend that humans evolved in egalitarian groups that shared food, child care, and, often, sexual partners. Weaving together evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality, the authors argue that monogamy is by no means part of human nature.
Shock and Au-sterity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Scared to death that all the lights were about to go out after pulling the plug on Lehman Brothers, the bourgeoisie rolled up its sleeves, girded its loins, crossed its fingers, and reached deeper than deep for that thing of all things, that relation of all relations that is the life of all lives for the bourgeoisieOPM, other peoples money.
Shooting Back Young Palestinians With Cameras Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 For the past three years, Btselem, the Israeli human rights NGO, has provided cameras and training to young Palestinians as part of its camera distribution project, to collect video evidence of abuses and misconduct by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and Israeli settlers in the West Bank.
Shot in the Back Did the IDF Execute Mavi Marmara Victims? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In the Israeli commando assault on the Gaza aid flotilla, if victims were shot in the back or in the back of the head, then one is left really with only two possible conclusions: either the shooters, who were the Israeli commandos (according to Israel, no Israeli soldiers were themselves shot, plus all the recovered bullets were 9 mm, the type of shells in the Israeli weapons, making it clear who had the guns), fired at people who were fleeing from them, or alternatively they shot people from the front, and later executed them with shots to the back of the head, which is maybe even worse (certainly a war crime).
Silent Coup How the CIA is Welcoming Itself Back Onto American University Campuses Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010
SNCC at 50 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) is vitally important not just for learning and understanding the past but, more importantly, for imagining and working for a more righteous future.
SNCC: Same Lesson, 50 Years On Power Yields Nothing Without Demand Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The SNCC lesson is that power yields nothing without demand and the guts to back it up.
So Different Yet So Familiar Book Review by William Bowles Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 A fascinating and extremely readable account of a life now vanished, destroyed by the insatiable appetite of capital and told with acid wit and great style making it enjoyable to relish the language but not too much, it's not a travelog but a rare account of life that most of us are barely aware exists.
The Socialist Alternative Real Human Development Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 Lebowitz takes the reader through an examination of the workings of capitalism and the problems of not only a transition to socialism, but ultimately to a society that represents freedom from class exploitation.
Solidarity Alliance: A Call to Action Against The Current vol. 145 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 A historic alliance was born at UC Berkeley on August 28, 2009. Lyn Hejinian, Professor of English and a member of SAVE, a newly formed faculty group, had issued an invitation to student groups and the union coalition to come together and share our plans to fight the cuts.
Sources - Portal para Periodistas y Escritores Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Sources es un portal de información para periodistas, escritores independientes, editores, autores e investigadores, especialmente si están enfocados en recursos humanos: expertos y portavoces quienes están preparados para responder preguntas de los reporteros, o se disponen a ser entrevistados en los medios de comunicación.
The State as Protection Racket Chapters in the History of Daylight Robbery Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The debate about the current global economic "crisis" is obscenely counterintuitive and illogical to the point of incoherence. Who is willing to 'follow the money"? This dictum appears utterly forgotten, despite recurring astronomic fraud perpetrated by US corporations.
State Lawlessness on the Rampage The Menu for 2011 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 As 2011 dawns, public discourse in America has the country primed for a fascist dictatorship.The situation will be worse by 2012. The most uncomfortable truth that emerges from the WikiLeaks saga is that American public discourse consists of cries for revenge against those who tell us truths.
Strong Meat Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The meat-producing system Simon Fairlie advocates differs sharply from the one now practised in the rich world: low energy, low waste, just, diverse, small-scale. But if we were to adopt it, we could eat meat, milk and eggs (albeit much less) with a clean conscience.
Summit Protests Are Obsolete Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 I can understand why a lot of folks went to the G20 protests, sincerely wanting to stand up and be counted against savage global capitalism and its consequences. The problem is, almost nobody who didn't participate, especially those who only heard of the protests through the media, has any idea what the protests were about, or why the protesters were there.
The Sun Behind The Clouds Gives A Voice To Tibetan Dissidents Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam's The Sun Behind the Clouds is the latest offering in a long line of documentaries about Tibet. The distinctiveness of this edition derives from its willingness to portray the internal debates of the Tibetan movement and in the movie#s attempts to give voice to Tibetans living in Tibet. These features moved the film from a typical propaganda piece about the oppression faced under the brutal grip of the People#s Republic of China (PRC) to a serious examination of resistance strategies in Tibet and in its influential Diaspora.
The Tactical Utility of Violence Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 What place does violence have in the struggle to overthrow the capitalist system? What place does it have in any struggle? Is the current definition of violence as accepted by the ruling regime and the loyal opposition relevant or realistic?
Tailoring to Needs: Garment Worker Struggles in Bangladesh Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The class struggle in Bangladesh is fought at a consistently high level and concentrated in the ready made garment (RMG) sector, the countrys dominant industry. Mainly unmediated by trade unions, struggles frequently assume an explosive character.
Take Back The Land, Give Root To Democracy Book Review by Alex Knight Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 In many ways, Take Back the Land is a direct heir of the bottom-up, Black self-empowerment, civil disobedient, movement-building tradition, and is one of the most inspiring examples of a group renewing and developing that tradition today.
Take Israel To International Criminal Court Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 It is imperative that the international community view the Israeli response to the Goldstone report as a blatant attempt to whitewash its crimes in Gaza, and refer the matter to the ICC without further delay. To do otherwise will only continue to encourage Israeli intransigence.
Taking Back Homes From The Banks: Exercising The Human Right To Housing Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Most people recognize that international human rights guarantee all humans a right to housing. With the millions of homeless living in our communities and the millions of empty foreclosed houses all across our communities, groups have decided to put them together. Organizations across the US are engaging in #housing liberation# and #housing defense# to exercise their human rights to housing.
Taking on the Religious Right A review of God and His Demons Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Michael Parenti confronts the dangers of religious fundamentalism.
A Tale of Two Social Forums Against The Current vol. 149 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 From June 22-26, 2010, fifteen thousand social movement activists gathered in Detroit, Michigan for the second United States Social Forum (USSF). Less than two months later, about half that number met at the other end of the continent in Asunción, Paraguay for the 4th Americas Social Forum (ASF).
Teachers, Parents, Community Together Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 interview with Joshua Pechthalt. ATC interviewed Joshua Pechthalt, an activist who is Vice President of the United Teachers Los Angeles/American Federation of Teachers and President of AFT Local 1021. He also sits on the Executive Boards of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and the California State Federation of Labor.
Tear Down the Dam; Restore the Commons Temacapulin Fights for Its Survival Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Over 47,000 large dams around the world have displaced some 40,000,000 people. The World Bank has invested more than $60 billion in 600 dams.
The Techno-Fantasies of Evo Morales The Consequences of Modernization Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 There are two different Evo Morales: the one who makes international eco-proclamations and the one, at home, who is pushing dams, uranium excavation, cell towers, and mega-highways.
Terror As It Was and Is Against The Current vol. 146 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Despite the centrality today of terrorism as a political phenomenon, justifying a re-ordering of global power relations as well as the suppression of dissent and civil liberties domestically, it is in fact a far older phenomenon, as Nivedita Majumdars wonderful anthology of writing on the subject reminds us. The work excerpted in The Other Side of Terror includes fiction, poetry, and essays on the subject of terrorism by South Asians over the course of more than a century.
Texas Tough The Rise of America#s Prison Empire Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 A history of imprisonment, race, and politics from slavery to the present, with an emphasis on Texas, the most locked-down state in the USA.
To end the occupation, cripple Israeli banks Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The international banking sanctions campaign in New York against apartheid South Africa during the 1980s is regarded as the most effective strategy in bringing about a nonviolent end to the country's apartheid system. If international civil society is serious about urgently ending Israel's violations of Palestinian rights, including ending the occupation, then suspension of SWIFT transactions to and from Israeli banks offers an instrument to help bring about a peaceful resolution of an intractable conflict.
Toronto Before the G20: A History of Violence Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The notion that Toronto is a city with little history of violent protests is laughable. Newspapers across North America have spent more than a century reporting on eruptions of violence and protest in Torontos past.
Torturing the Rule of Law at Obama's Gitmo Obama Bravely Takes on a Tortured Child Soldier Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Give our government credit for breaking new ground: no nation has tried a child soldier for war crimes since World War II, and the decision to prosecute Khadr has drawn protests from UNICEF, headed by a former U.S. national security adviser, as well as every major human-rights group.
The Town That Food Saved How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food Resource Type: Book First Published: 2010 An account of how cooperative agricultural enterprises are revitalizing the economy of a town in Vermont.
The Trickledown Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The first step towards re-imagining a world gone terribly wrong would be to stop the annihilation of those who have a different imagination#an imagination that is outside of capitalism as well as communism. An imagination which has an altogether different understanding of what constitutes happiness and fulfillment. To gain this philosophical space, it is necessary to concede some physical space for the survival of those who may look like the keepers of our past, but who may really be the guides to our future.
Trotsky, Guest of the Revolution Against The Current vol. 147 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Infamous and impotent handful of vile assassins and traitors! raging dogs that must be brought down with no pity! These were some of the words that Andrei Vyshinsky, the Soviet Prosecutor General, pronounced on August 24 1936, against four founding members of the Bolshevik Party, among them Zinoviev and Kamenev.
The Truth Behind The Israeli Propaganda Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 The amazing thing in all this is that so many Western journalists # and I'm including the BBC's pusillanimous coverage of the Gaza aid ships # are writing like Israeli journalists, while many Israeli journalists are writing about the killings with the courage that Western journalists should demonstrate.
Truth in Chains The Arrest of Julian Assange Resource Type: Article First Published: 2010 Tell a truth that discomforts power, that challenges its domination over our lives, our discourse, our very thoughts, and you will be