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Is Israel singled out for its human rights violations? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Some people assert that human rights activists and the international community are disproportionately and unjustifiably focusing their attention on the Jewish state. They are "ignoring" human rights violations elsewhere Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Chad, wherever in order to unfairly vilify Israel. This bias, the argument usually goes, is motivated by anti-Semitism.
Researcher loses job at NSF after government questions her role as 1980s activist Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Valerie Barr was 22 and living in New York City in 1979 when she became politically active. A recent graduate of New York University with a masters degree in computer science, Barr handed out leaflets, stood behind tables at rallies, and baked cookies to support two left-wing groups, the Womens Committee Against Genocide and the New Movement in Solidarity with Puerto Rican Independence. Despite her passion for those issues, she had a full-time job as a software developer that took precedence.
The Astounding Violence Of Israeli Colonialism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Recently the world watched the horrific violence perpetrated inside Gaza, as 2,159 Palestinians - including 577 children, 263 women and 102 elderly - were killed during Israel's Operation Protective Edge over the course of 50 days. Zionist supporters, as usual, managed to rationalize the killing by blaming the victims, best exemplified by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's nauseating claim that Hamas "want(s) to pile up as many civilian dead as they can because ... they use telegenically-dead Palestinians for their cause."
Ceasefires in Which Violations Never Cease Whats Next for Israel, Hamas, and Gaza? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 On August 26th, 2014, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) both accepted a ceasefire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind. The agreement calls for an end to military action by both Israel and Hamas, as well as an easing of the Israeli siege that has strangled Gaza for many years.
Dairy - the case for greener, healthier, lower performing cows Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 With supermarket milk cheaper than spring water, it's time to rethink the modern dairy industry. It's not just the milk that's become a throwaway product - the high-octane Holstein cows that produce it are also in the knackers yard after just two or three lactations, the living waste of a loss-making, environment-trashing industry.
Made in the USA: Report Shows ISIS Using US Arms from Syria Rebels Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 From the moment the US began sending lethal arms to Syrian rebel factions, there were a chorus of people expressing fears that those arms would end up in the wrong hands, and US officials insisted they were going to carefully vet everyone who got those weapons.
The Other 9/11 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Whether or not activists will ever mount a serious threat to U.S. hegemony and propaganda remains to be seen. One thing is certain, however: Without such organizing, action, and sacrifice, there will be many more wars and interventions and many more lies told to obscure the truth about them.
The U.S. Governments Secret Plans to Spy for American Corporations Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Throughout the last year, the U.S. government has repeatedly insisted that it does not engage in economic and industrial espionage, in an effort to distinguish its own spying from Chinas infiltrations of Google, Nortel, and other corporate targets. Turns out that isn't true.
Bold Scientists Dispatches from the Battle for Honest Science Resource Type: Book First Published: 2014 Accounts of scientists working in the public interest despite powerful opposition.
The Insidious Power of Propaganda Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 To study the effects of political propaganda in what used to be called the free world there could hardly be a better time than now. We are living through an instance of insidious propaganda that has clean contours. It fills a common need. In a period of large-scale slaughter and other man-made disaster the morally conscious person can do with some clear categories of good and bad, desirable and despicable.
Fake cell phone towers may be spying on Americans calls, texts Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 More than a dozen 'fake cell phone towers' could be secretly hijacking Americans' mobile devices in order to listen in on phone calls or snoop on text messages, a security-focused cell phone company claims. It is not clear who controls the devices.
Ukraine: the Ugly Truth Kiev's War Against Freedom of Speech Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The US State Department has given its support to the military operation undertaken by Kiev in Donbass.
The Zero-Sum Game of Perpetual War Why the Deep State Always Wins Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Readers with a morbid sense of curiosity can visit a web site called NukeMap that allows visitors to witness the devastation caused by nuclear weapons of varying yields on a city of their choosing.
An alternative media list Getting the news - and getting behind the news Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A selective list of English-language alternative media.
Florida's sugar barons grow fat on subsidies, diabetes and Everglades destruction Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Big Sugar is the new Big Tobacco, writes Alan Farago - lethal to human health, wreaking environmental devastation, gouging huge public subsidies, and with the political clout to stop First Lady Michelle Obama from breathing a word against it. Only an alliance of green, health and taxpayer campaigners can kill the beast.
Putin on the Ritz Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Forgive the word-play; colossal demonization notwithstanding, Ill go with Putin and Russia over Obama, the US, Rasmussen, Cameron, friends and allies everywhere. America has an unerring nose for smelling Fascism and quickly joining ranks. Today Putin used the political F word correctly, and for that I honor him.
Return of the Evil Empire Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 You have to hand it to them. The United States media machine is unequaled at producing and disseminating misinformation. It begins in the bowels of the State Department or White House or Pentagon and is filtered out through the governments front organizations, otherwise known as Mainstream Media (MSM).
How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 On a December night in 2011, a terrible thing happened on Mount Cudi, near the Turkish-Iraqi border. One side described it as a massacre; the other called it an accident.
The liberal climate agenda is doomed to failure Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Liberal environmentalism represents a dangerous delusion, writes Scott Parkin - that 'playing nice' with Earth-destroying corporations and politicians can yield results worth having. Radical change on climate will only result from bold, confrontational direct actions against the fossil fuel industries and their apologists.
Organizing The Organized Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 For many years, American unions have been trying to organize of the unorganized to offset, and, where possible, reverse their steady loss of dues-paying membership. In union circles, a distinction was often made between that "external organizing" to recruit workers who currently lack collective bargaining rights and "internal organizing," which involves engaging more members in contract fights and other forms of collective action aimed at strengthening existing bargaining units.
Washington Piles Lie Upon Lie One After Another After Another Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The latest Washington lie, this one coming from NATO, is that Russia has invaded Ukraine with 1,000 troops and self-propelled artillery.
The Latin Americanization of U.S. Police Forces Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A call to white Americans to unite with suppressed minorities who are incarcerated daily, killed in the streets, and who hold little political power against these militarized police forces.
Media spies put all journalists in danger Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The increasing tendency of the Central Intelligence Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies to disregard previous prohibitions against the use of journalists as agents puts every legitimate reporter around the world in jeopardy.
Sanctions & the Dollar Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The recent round of sanctions aimed at Moscow over the crisis in the Ukraine could backfire on Washington by accelerating a move away from the dollar as the worlds reserve currency. While in the short run American actions against Russias oil and gas industry will inflict economic pain on Moscow, in the long run the U.S. may lose some of its control over international finance.
The Fun of Empire: Fighting on All Sides of a War in Syria Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Now the Obama administration and American political class is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the failed Bomb Assad! campaign by starting a new campaign to bomb those fighting against Assad the very same side the U.S. has been arming over the last two years.
Corporations Spy on Nonprofits with Impunity Dow Chemical vs. Greenpeace Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Here's a dirty little secret you won't see in the daily papers: corporations conduct espionage against US nonprofit organizations without fear of being brought to justice.
NATO New York Times Convoy Fabrications Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 On Saturday, the entire humanitarian convoy of 227 trucks crossed back into Russia without incident after having successfully delivered its contents to the Luhansk distribution centre. The unwavering round trip project from Russia surmounted considerable bureaucratic delays and political obstacles including wild assertions that the convoys true purpose was to smuggle weapons to the east Ukraine rebels.
Tim's + BK = $ for Canada right? Wrong! (in one table) Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Big news today that Burger King, a US company, is planning to buy Tim Horton's, a Canadian one. This is another in a string of 'tax inversion' deals where US corporations move their corporate headquarters from the US to elsewhere to avoid US taxation. They don't actually change anything or move anyone outside of their accounting fairyland. Instead, they just check some different boxes on their income tax forms and 'poof' save millions in taxes.
Monsanto and Ukraine GM Food, Ukraine and the Return of Hill + Knowlton Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, will force that country to permit genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture.
Army Detonates Two Homes In Hebron, Seals One With Concrete Blocs Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Israeli soldiers wired and detonated two Palestinian homes in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and sealed the home of a third Palestinian with concrete. A Palestinian home was also demolished in occupied East Jerusalem.
The Crisis in Investigative Journalism The Case of James Risen Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Investigative journalists are the vanguard of the so-called Fourth Estate, bearing the formidable task of watchdogging the other three estates
Globalizing Gaza How Israel Undermines International Law Through "Lawfare" Resource Type: Unclassified First Published: 2014 At the same time as it engages in repeated massive military assaults on a primarily civilian popuation in Gaza, Israel is also engaged in an ongoing assault on international humanitarian law by a highly coordinated team of Israeli lawyers, military officers, PR people and politicians. It is an effort not only to get Israel off the hook for massive violations of human rights and international law, but to help other governments overcome similar constraints when they embark as well on asymmetrical warfare, counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism against peoples resisting domination. It is a campaign that Israel calls lawfare and had better be taken seriously by us all.
Marikana, Gaza, Ferguson - 'You Should Think of Them Always As Armed' Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In colonial wars the occupying power invariably reaches a point where it has to acknowledge that its true enemy is not a minority - devil worshipers, communists, fanatics or terrorists - subject to external and evil manipulation, but the people as a whole. Once this point is reached every colonised person is taken as a potential combatant and the neighbourhood and the home are cast as legitimate sites of combat.
Missouris Legacy of Violent Racism Quantrill's Raiders Come to Ferguson Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 What is clear about the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is that the cop murdered Michael Brown pretty much in cold blood. What is also clear is that if Michael Brown was a suspect in this shoplifting case and regular procedures were followed, then he should have been arrested and gone to court. What is less clear is whether or not this killer cop will ever see justice.
Palestinian Arrested After Filming Settlers Throwing Stones Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Yesterday, August 17, 2014, at approximately 5:30 PM in the old city in al-Khalil (Hebron), settlers from the illegal settlement of Beit Hadassah threw rocks and water at Palestinians living on Shalala Street.
US farm fatalities: An unpublicized epidemic Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Hundreds of agricultural workers, including many child labourers, die in farming accidents across the US each year. With an official workplace fatality rate of more than 21 per 100,000, farming is the most dangerous occupation in America. It is also among the lowest paid and least regulated.
The Chainsaw Collaboratives The Newest Threat to Our National Forests Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Given the membership of the typical collaborative it is hardly surprising that most support greater logging/grazing of our public lands.
Eyeless in Gaza Locked in an Embrace Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The trouble with war is that it has two sides. Everything would be so much easier if war had only one side. Ours, of course.
The ICC Must Investigate Israeli War Crimes in Gaza The Credibility of the Court is at Stake Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Regardless of the efforts of Israel or its closest ally, the United States, to prevent the International Criminal Court from seeking justice for the Palestinians and international aid workers killed and wounded in Gaza, the Court has a duty to at least open an investigation. The credibility of the ICC hangs in the balance. No individual who violates international law should escape justice. If Israeli officials are not investigated for possible war crimes in Gaza, then the tragic lessons learned from the last century about failures in international criminal justice and the consequences of inaction will have been in vain.
The Right-to-Farm Scam Third Wave Corporatocracy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 When Monsantos home state of Missouri passed the Right to Farm on August 5, 2014 the third noose of corporate control tightened around the neck of the US. Unlike the first two steps of corporate domination of public life, this was a constitutional amendment that would block the state legislature or voters from passing future laws for environmental protection, animal welfare or labeling of contaminated food. This third wave corporatocracy could well spread across US and globally as it becomes a new form of mass disenfranchisement.
When Water is a Commodity Instead of a Human Right The Agony of Detroit Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The shutoff of water to thousands of Detroit residents, the proposed privatization of the water system and the diversion of the systems revenue to banks are possible because the most basic human requirement, water, is becoming nothing more than a commodity.
Gaza: Whole Villages Have Been Wiped Off the Map A VIsit to Khuza'a Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Im writing now from my home, but I still feel dizzy from shock and nauseated by the sights and smells on my visit to Khan Younis and Khuzaa.
Police Militarism in America In Many Communities Cops are the Terrorists Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The apparent murder by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, of Mike Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black youth who was shot a number of times while he was allegedly on his knees with his hands up in the air, pleading Dont shoot, Im not armed, is exposing everything that is wrong with policing in the US today. What we need today is community resistance to police abuse, and a demilitarization of policing.
The United States and Torture We Tortured Some People and Probably Still Are.... Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Two of the things that governments tend to cover-up or lie about the most are assassinations and torture, both of which are widely looked upon as exceedingly immoral and unlawful, even uncivilized. Since the end of the Second World War the United States has attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders and has led the world in torture; not only the torture performed directly by Americans upon foreigners, but providing torture equipment, torture manuals, lists of people to be tortured, and in-person guidance and encouragement by American instructors, particularly in Latin America.
Agri-Terrorists Accuse Seed Bank of Agri-Terrorism The Terror of GMOs Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Since their beginnings, the USDA and state departments of agriculture have heavily subsidized, and acted as the enforcement arm of, the corporate agribusiness crime syndicate, terrorizing people who presume to feed themselves without paying tribute to their corporate crime lords.
Americas Recruitment of NazisThen and Now Any bastard, so long as hes anti-communist Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The most prominent feature of the Nazi political philosophy was extreme anticommunism and particularly fanatic hatred of the USSR. That hatred set the world ablaze, and, yet, after the war, the Nazi administrators, chief intelligence officers, generals, police chiefs, and intellectuals of that regime of hatred and war were recruited to continue their work in the bosom of our secret National Security State, advising, influencing, and promoting our foreign policy in the Cold War. Did that policy change with the fall of the Berlin Wall? No, it intensifiedstill absolutist, still aggressive, still dedicated to political warfare. Russia is still in our crosshairs.
Bolivian reality versus the extractivism debate Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Some left critics of progressive governments in South America point to differences between pro-extractivists and anti-extractivists. Federico Fuentes says that framework hinders real understanding of the issues.
Washington Threatens The World Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The consequence of Washingtons reckless and irresponsible political and military interventions in Iraq, Libya, and Syria has been to unleash evil. The various sects that lived in peace under the rule of Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, and Assad are butchering one another, and a new group, ISIS, is in the process of creating a new state out of parts of Iraq and Syria.
Israel's atrocities in Gaza prompt unprecedented political fallout Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 "Carnage" in Gaza "the killing of children and the slaughter of civilians". Not the words of a Palestinian spokesperson but rather French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. Australia's FM Julie Bishop condemned what she called "shocking" and "indefensible" incidents, with "hundreds of innocent people" killed.
Bill Clintons Most Abominable Freedom Fighters Uncloaked Return to Kosovo Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Unfortunately, Bill Clinton will never be held liable for killing innocent Serbs or for helping body-snatchers take over a nation the size of Connecticut. Clinton is reportedly being paid up to $500,000 for each speech he gives nowadays. Perhaps some of the well-heeled attendees could flourish artificial arms and legs in the air to showcase Clintons actual legacy.
Mounting evidence of deliberate attacks on Gaza health workers by Israeli army Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 An immediate investigation is needed into mounting evidence that the Israel Defense Forces launched apparently deliberate attacks against hospitals and health professionals in Gaza, which have left six medics dead, said Amnesty International as it released disturbing testimonies from doctors, nurses, and ambulance personnel working in the area.
What If the Children Dying in Gaza Were Jews? They Made Them Do It.... Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Lets do a thought experiment and imagine that the Arabs had gotten the better of the Israelis in the 1948 ArabIsraeli War and after years of conflict, all that was left of Israel was the Gaza strip. Assume for a moment that instead of Palestinians, over 1.8 million Jews were crammed into the 11 mile Gaza strip and the state of Palestine, subsidized and supported by a superpower, was administering the calories to the Jews in Gaza, keeping them to a limit of 2,300 a day.
Eyeless in Gaza Israel's Deceptions Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A single incident at the weekend the reported capture by Hamas on Friday of an Israeli soldier through a tunnel illustrated in stark fashion the layers of deception Israel has successfully cast over its attack on Gaza.
Gaza: Israeli Soldiers Shoot and Kill Fleeing Civilians Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Israeli forces in the southern Gaza town of Khuzaa fired on and killed civilians in apparent violation of the laws of war in several incidents between July 23 and 25, 2014. Deliberate attacks on civilians who are not participating in the fighting are war crimes.
The Attack on the People of Gaza Go ahead and stop us... Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 According to the conventional wisdom, the purpose of Israels assault on Gaza is self-defense, i.e., to stop rocket fire and to destroy terror tunnels. However, the facts include repeated attacks on hospitals, an open air market, UN schools designated as safe refuges, playgrounds, zoos, Gazas only power plant, etc.) by means of high-tech smart weapons, and these attacks are inconsistent with the notion of self-defense. These are calculated, deliberate attacks on civilians and the numbers speak for themselves: about 80% of Israels victims are non-combatants, including at least (for now) 318 kids.
Every Israeli Missile Strike is a War Crime The Experts Verdict Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 When are going to hear Human Rights Watch or the United Nations Navi Pillay stop talking about proportionality or Israels potential war crimes, and admit Israel is committing war crimes by definition right now, as you read this?
The Future of Israel and the Decline of the American Empire The Wages of Hubris and Vengeance Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Israel is in the grip of a kind of collective schizophrenia. Not only its governors but the majority of its Jewish population have delusions of both grandeur and persecution, making for a distortion of reality and inconsistent behaviour. Israeli Jews see and represent themselves as a chosen people and part of a superior Western civilization.
Gaza and the Press Dress the Gaza Situation Up All You Like, But the Truth Hurts Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The latest bloodbath in Gaza, which is being so graphically covered by journalists that our masters and our media are suffering a new experience: not fear of being called anti-Semitic, but fear of their own television viewers and readers ordinary folk so outraged by the war crimes committed against the women and children of Gaza that they are demanding to know why, even now, television moguls and politicians are refusing to treat their own people like moral, decent, intelligent human beings.
The Pariah State A Short History of Israeli Impunity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Hasbara has elevated the manipulation of language to a new plateau. This is a qualitative leap. Moving beyond the difficulty of seeing the stye in our own eye, the Hasbara upends linguistic conventions. Black becomes white, evil is translated into righteousness. Victims of murderous ethnic cleansing become terrorists. The conventions of language go completely out the door. Mass murder is self defense. The Great Wall is a barrier or a mere fence. Land grabs are voluntary relocations into disputed territories.
To the family of the one thousandth victim of Israels genocidal slaughter in Gaza Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 This is 2014 the destruction of Gaza is well documented. This is not 1948 when Palestinians had to struggle hard to tell their story of horror; so many of the crimes Zionist committed then where hidden and never came to light, even until today. So my first and simple pledge is to record, inform and insist on the truth. But surely this is not enough. I pledge to continue the effort to boycott a state that commits such crimes.
US Provides Israel Weapons Used on Gaza Blood on American's Hands Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The United States exported to Israel a substantial amount of the same types of weapons Israel is using to kill Gazans. For example, in 2013, the United States sent Israel at least $196 million in parts for military airplanes and helicopters, a category that includes F-16 fighter jets and Apache helicopters, both of which Israel is currently using to attack Gazan homes, offices and farmland. Between January and May 2014, the United States had already exported $92 million in parts for military airplanes and helicopters.
The Price of Books, The Value of Civilization Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 I have come to think that books occupy this valuable position in our civilisation because they are the only medium for thick descriptions of the world that human beings possess. By thick description, I mean an extended, detailed, evidence-based, written interpretation of a subject. If you want to write a feature or blog or wikipedia entry, be it about the origins of the first world war; the authoritarian turn in Russia; or the causes and effects of the 2008 financial crisis, in the end you will have to refer to a book. Or at least refer to other people who have referred to books. Even the best magazine pieces and TV documentaries and the best of these are very good indeed are only puddle-deep compared with the thick descriptions laid out in books. They are thin descriptions and the creators and authors of them will have referred extensively to books to produce their work.
This is Genocide On Israel/Palestine Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 To call what is going on in Israel and Palestine a conflict is to partake in the racist and blatantly false narrative that is being pushed by Israel. When one side fights with stones and homemade rockets, and the other side fights with a military backed by the full force of the United States military industrial complex, it is not a conflict. When civilian casualties including hundreds of children amass on only one side, it is not a conflict. When one side sets up with lawn chairs and popcorn to watch and cheer as their government bombs another country, it is not a conflict.
Canadas journalists cowed into silence while colleagues die in Gaza Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Rami Rayan, a young Palestinian photojournalist, was the latest reporter to be killed. He was among at least 16 people reportedly killed after an Israeli air strike on a crowded market during a supposed four-hour truce.The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), which claims to be the national voice of Canadian journalists, has been noticeably silent. If you check the CAJs website you wont find so much as a perfunctory statement denouncing the killing of their colleagues in Gaza. Instead, the top item on its website is a story written by members of the associations ethics committee about that old saw: reporters getting too close to their sources.
Canadas Pro-Israel Zealots Racist at Its Core Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 From a left-wing community once at the forefront of struggles against racism, unconditional support for Israel has turned a significant proportion of Toronto Jews into promoters of hatred against Arabs and into allies of right wing, bigoted, homophobic Christian Bible literalists.
During 15 years of activism in Montréal, Ottawa and Vancouver I havent seen anything equivalent to the racist, militarist pro-Israel movement experienced recently in Toronto. And sadly the quasi-fascistic organization driving the charge seems increasingly enmeshed within a community that once led the fight against racism and fascism in the city.
Gaza - is annexation Israel's 'permanent solution'? The real estate of Gaza would be an additional boon - and a highly valuable one, releasing 365 square kilometres of prime development land, Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 As Israel pursues its war on Gaza with ever-increasing ferocity, and with 25% of Gaza's people forced from their homes, what's the final objective? It's unthinkable that Israel's aim is to 'cleanse' the territory of its people, seize its vast gas reserves, and annex some of the Med's hottest real estate. Isn't it?
Gaza: water crisis grows as Israel targets essential infrastructure Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Israel's war on Gaza has seen the systematic and widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure essential for human survival. This represents an apparently deliberate 'cutting off of life support' to those that survive the bombardment now under way.
Its Raining Bombs and Shells A Doctor's Notes From Gaza Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Im still alive. I dont know what this means, but I can say that most of the time I can still walk and do some work with people who need help. It all depends on my luck. And here, for people living in Gaza, luck means how close to you the bombs fall from Israels tanks, planes, or warships. Some hours its raining bombs. Americans say Its raining cats and dogs. In the new Gaza idiom, we say Its raining bombs and shells.
Thousands imprisoned, some executed, based on false FBI lab reports Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A major inquiry conducted by the US Justice Department (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has found hundreds instances in which FBI forensic units charged with gathering data on cases involving violent crimes provided false information. The doctored FBI lab reports led to the imprisonment of thousands of innocent people, some of whom were executed, according to a report in the Washington Post.
USA: Stop arms transfers to Israel amid growing evidence of war crimes in Gaza Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The US government must immediately end its ongoing deliveries of large quantities of arms to Israel, which are providing the tools to commit further serious violations of international law in Gaza, said Amnesty International, as it called for a total arms embargo on all parties to the conflict.
Israels Gaza backlash targets Arab minority Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Israels large Palestinian minority is facing an unprecedented backlash of incitement and violent reprisals as Israeli Jews rally behind the current military operations in Gaza, human rights groups and political activists have warned.
Pesticide safety research shouldn't be left to the pesticide companies If the research is to command public confidence, independent controls need to be maintained at every step. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Pesticide companies are responsible for assessing the safety of their products - and this situation cannot continue. The research should be carried out independently, subjected to peer review, and published.
Recruiting To Kill - It Is Not Just An Israeli War On Gaza Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 To some, US secretary of state John Kerry may have appeared to be a genuine peacemaker as he floated around ideas during a Cairo visit on 25 July about a ceasefire between Israel and resisting Palestinian fighters in Gaza. But behind his measured diplomatic language, there is a truth not even America's top diplomat can easily hide. His country is very much involved in fighting this dirty war on Gaza that has killed over 1,050, injured thousands more, and destroyed much of an already poor, dilapidated space that is barely inhabitable to begin with.
Rio Tinto's 'sustainable mining' claims exposed Rio Tinto uses its sustainability reporting to bolster the argument that it is a responsible company and therefore entitled to a license to Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Global mining giant Rio Tinto markets itself as a 'sustainable company'. But serious failures in its reporting, and its attempt to hold an Australian indigenous group to ransom, reveal a very different truth: the company is driven by a reckless pursuit of profit at any cost.
The Cultivation of Hate The Lies Grow More Audacious Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 If there were any doubts that Western leaders live in a fantasy make-believe world constructed out of their own lies, the G-7 meeting and 70th anniversary celebration of the Normandy landing dispelled the doubts.
WikiLeaks, Corruption and the Super Injunction Suppression and Information Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In Australia, whose institutions still pride themselves on an antiquated obsession with aspects of English gagging, suppression orders do retain a certain mystique. They certainly do in the Australian state of Victoria, which is said to throw suppression orders around like confetti.
Cambodia: indigenous protests repel dam builders - so far We don't need any compensation because we are staying here on the lands of our ancestors. Our children will never forgive us if we move. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Since the 1980s Cambodia has lost 84% of its primary forests, and the remote Cardamom mountains are the country's last great natural treasure. Just the place for grandiose dam projects? 'No way!" say indigenous people and young eco-activists.
Gaza is a graveyard, sing joyful Israeli youths Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2014 This video shows an Israeli mob actually singing in celebration of childrens deaths in the style of a soccer fans song: In Gaza theres no studying, No children are left there, Olé, olé, olé-olé-olé.
How Israel Spins War Crimes The Secret Report That Helps Israelis Cover Atrocities Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Israeli spokesmen have their work cut out explaining how they have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, compared with just three civilians killed in Israel by Hamas rocket and mortar fire. But on television and radio and in newspapers, Israeli government spokesmen such as Mark Regev appear slicker and less aggressive than their predecessors, who were often visibly indifferent to how many Palestinians were killed.
Israel/Palestine Lexicon For Mainstream Media Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 If you are writing for mainstream media, you need to learn special uses of words and phrases that are specific to Israel/Palestine. If you use common usage, you will run into confusions, paradoxes, and hostile responses from pro-Israel people. Please follow these guidelines and you will have no problems with editors, politicians, or organized pro-Israel groups. For each phrase, this guide will present first (a) the common usage, and then (b) the specific Israel/Palestine usage that you must use in order to write for major US (and UK and Canadian of course) media (NYT, Toronto Star, BBC, CBC, etc.)
It's not just radicalised Islamists what about foreign fighters who flock to the IDF? Is the Government interested in UK citizens who have been fighting in Israeli uniform in Gaza in the past couple of weeks? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Let us hope and pray that no UK citizens have been involved in such terrible deeds. But it wouldnt be a bad idea, would it, if the lads in blue had a friendly word with them when they arrive back at Heathrow and insist on knowing exactly what they were up to when they wore another countrys uniform.
Joint Declaration by International Law Experts on Israels Gaza Offensive The International Community Must End Israels Collective Punishment of the Civilian Population in the Gaza Strip Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks, the targeting of objectives providing no effective military advantage, and the intentional targeting of civilians and civilian houses have been persistent features of Israels long-standing policy of punishing the entire population of the Gaza Strip, which, for over seven years, has been virtually imprisoned by Israeli imposed closure.
The new strikes in China Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 An article by "friends of gongchao" describes the development of strikes in China in recent years as well as the strike at Yue Yuen shoe factories in Dongguan, South China, in April 2014.
1934: American workers in revolt Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In 1934 three mighty strikes brought the bosses and bankers to their knees and ushered in a new era of labour-capital relations in the United States writes Sean Ledwith
Palestine, War and the Lethal Role of Journalists Two Films by John Pilger Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 John Pilger first made the film Palestine Is Still The Issue in 1977. It told how almost a million Palestinians had been forced off their land in 1948, and again in 1967. Twenty five years later, in 2002, John Pilger returned to the West Bank of Jordan and Gaza, to make another film, giving it the same title. The film asks why the Palestinians, whose right of return was affirmed by the United Nations more than half a century ago, are still caught in a terrible limbo refugees in their own land, controlled by Israel in the longest military occupation in modern times.
The Pattern (Musically Annotated) From the Annals of Occupation Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The war of words heats up. Israeli and US leaders are all over the airwaves, saying Israel has a right to defend itself and that Hamas is responsible for all deaths on both sides. The news organizations feel they have to have some reporters in Gaza for a change. They keep trying to spin the news in Israels favour, but once theyre showing even a little bit of the reality on the ground, it all starts looking really bad for the Israelis with each new dead Palestinian child buried beneath the rubble.
Relevance of Hannah Arendts A Report On The Banality Of Evil To Gaza Self-Deception, Lies And Stupidity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Hannah Arendt, philosopher, writer, academic of Jewish heritage, went to Jerusalem in 1961 to cover the trial of Eichmann, one of the actors in the Final Solution, for the New Yorker magazine. Her account of the trial became a basis for the book, Eichmann In Jerusalem: A report on the banality of evil.
Gaza, Israel and Human Shields The People Putting Innocents in Danger are the Israelis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 What does it mean to use human shields? Employed by the Germans and Japanese in the Second World War, the tactic is premised on an underlying trust in your enemys humanity. It appeals to the compassion and mercy of the combatant that they not slaughter the innocent in order to avenge their target. The shield is not the human bodies surrounding the guilty party, the shield is the clemency that mankind instinctively affords the innocent. The shield evaporates only when confronted by an enemy who is not merely a fellow solder locked in a power battle, but a psychopath unconcerned with the pain of others.
Obama food aid ravages Third World farmers Despite uplifting rhetoric, Obama is perpetuating a program that sabotages foreigners' self-sufficiency Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The US taxpayers who finance foreign food aid surely believe they are feeding starving people. But the truth is the reverse - it is undermining indigenous agriculture in recipient countries - creating famine and chronic malnutrition, while sabotaging self-sufficiency.
Russia Bashing: Hatred, Hysteria and Humbug A Tale of Three Aircraft Tragedies Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Its OK for the US to shoot down an Iranian airliner and kill 290 people theres never been an apology to the Iranian people for that war crime but when theres an opportunity to claim, to shriek, to propagandise at cyclone-level, that a disaster has occurred in which there just might be the tiniest chance to blame Russia, then there is clamour for investigation.
The Seminole-African Alliance World News Trust Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The Native American Indian people that comprised the Seminole Nation grew out of the Creek Nation in Florida. Multilingual and diverse, the Seminoles (from a word meaning runaway) became infamous for intermingling with runaway slaves from Georgia and the Carolinas slaves that built prosperous, free, self-governing communities since 1738.
Catch your dreams - utopia is possible! While Marinaleda has its flaws, it reminds us that alternative economic models are not only possible, they already exist. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Amid Spain's general depression, Marinaleda - an Andalucian town sometimes dubbed the 'communist utopia' - is bucking the moribund trend with a heady mixture of direct action, community-level democracy, cooperation and mutual aid.
When BBC Calls, Dont Answer.. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In any event, my advice to the media savvy, is that if you have caller ID, and you can tell that it is BBC calling, dont bother answering. I hope I have the good sense to follow my own advice should the phone ever ring again!
Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza Debunked Israel claims that it is merely exercising its right to self-defense and that Gaza is no longer occupied. Heres what you need to know about Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Israel has killed almost 800 Palestinians in the past 21 days in the Gaza Strip alone; its onslaught continues. The UN estimates that more than 74 percent of those killed are civilians. Israel does not deny that it killed those Palestinians using modern aerial technology and precise weaponry courtesy of the worlds only superpower. In fact, it does not even deny that they are civilians.
Mobilizing Temporary Migrant Workers A Compendium of Forms and Preliminary Discussion Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 While labour migration has been a recurring phenomenon in human history, what is new in the post-1970 period of restructuring in the world capitalist economy is the increased use of temporary migrant labour by employers around the world. The widespread rise of employer use of temporary migrant workers in various economic sectors internationally can be dated from circa 1990.
Now its Israels IDF Leveling Gaza Once it was Nazis Leveling the Warsaw Ghetto Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Once it was Nazis Leveling the Warsaw Ghetto, Now its Israels IDF leveling Gaza.
Questions about Israel's attack on Gaza Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Why do these terrible outbreaks of violence keep happening? Written during the Israeli attack on Gaza in July 2014.
Why Israel Needs Anti-Semitism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 It would be ironic indeed if fear of Muslim neighbors in Paris suburbs should lead French Jews to move to a country totally surrounded by millions of hostile Muslim neighbours.
The Arrest and Detention of Amer Jubran This is Not News Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Amer Jubran might sit indefinitely in detention without charges. Or he may be brought up at any time and charged with terrorism before the State Security Court, a rubber stamp court. If so, his lawyer might be told the charges a day or two before the sham trial, which then leads to inevitable convictiona mere formality. Only a concerted political campaign that gets widespread international attention can make any difference. Its up to us to create enough visibility to make that possible.
On Human Shielding in Gaza How the Israeli Army has Tried to Justify Striking Civilian Areas Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 All fighting within cities and all bombardments of urban spaces, even the most precise and surgical, is a potential death trap for civilians. Consequently, the permeation of war into cities inevitably transforms their inhabitants into potential human shields.
Netanyahus Operation Stupidity Who is Winning in Gaza? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Who is Winning in Gaza? Which must be answered, the Jewish way, with another question: how to judge?
Bethlehem: 'No matter how many olive trees they destroy, will will plant more!' The destruction of these ancient trees is the destruction of both the history and future of the Palestinian people. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Since 1967, Israeli soldiers and 'settlers' in occupied Palestine have destroyed 800,000 olive trees in an attempt to force Palestinian farmers from their land, writes Megan Perry. 'Our response to this injustice will never be with violence, and we will never give up and leave.'
Guernica, 1937 / Gaza, 2014 Only the Insignias Change Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 I invoke the Guernica example, not for spurious comparison or analogy, but because its occurrence is inscribed in the very DNA of modern historical oppression, in this case possessing precisely the same elements of overwhelming force on a largely defenseless population, in this case, having less to do with stopping rockets than a) terrorizing a people into abject submission, and b) testing out aerial warfare to soften an enemy and perhaps even clear the way for ground actionbeyond consolidating settlement gains in the territories, also serving notice on Iran and whomever else (viz., Arab democracy) is viewed as a real or potential threat down the road.
It's not just the bees! 'Neonic' pesticides linked to bird declines The higher the imidacloprid concentration the more severely the bird populations dropped. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A study published today in Nature shows a strong correlation between concentrations of a popular neonicotinoid pesticide in water, and bird declines. Regulators are under pressure to tighten up, but the industry still claims there's 'no substantiated evidence'.
The Monster That Israel Helped Create Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 There is a terrible irony in Israels current assault on Gaza. More than 200 Palestinians have died in an onslaught supposedly aimed at weakening Hamas and degrading its capacity to fire rockets into Israel. It was Israel itself, however, that helped Hamas to power in Gaza.
Gaza: Israel bombs water and sewage systems If this situation continues Gaza residents will be subjected to a humanitarian crisis even worse than the immediate one of trying to survive Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Israel's armed forces have destroyed vital water and sewage infrastructure in their bombing campaign of the besieged territory. This constitutes a severe breach of the 1977 Protocol to the 1949 Geneva Conventions on the part of Israel and all those conceiving, planning, ordering and perpetrating the attacks.
Israels War Echo Chamber Lost Voices of Dissent Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 For several days now, some of my neighbours have suggested that the time has come to destroy them- meaning either Hamas or Palestinians once and for all. Government ministers, members of Knesset and leading media commentators have also been consistently pouring oil onto the fire. Indeed, it seems the only vocal criticism against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is that he is too soft on the Palestinians. There is no public debate about the necessity of another war, but only about how punitive Israel should be.
Cynicism, Israeli National Policy From Victim to Super-Mensch Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Israel has become the worst-case scenario of the degradation of Torah, and worst-case scenario of what was once the deep unadulterated humaneness of worldwide Jews.
Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet Is GCHQ awesome and 100% legal? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, amplif[y] sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be extremist.
India, Where Corporate Socialism is a Growth Industry $608 Billion in Write-Offs Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 It was business as usual in 2013-14. Business with a capital B. This years budget document says we gave away another $88.6 billion to the corporate needy and the under-nourished rich in that year.
Activist Endurance A Look Back at the 2004 RNC Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Even in the face of urgent, ecocidal issues, dissent is a marathon, not a sprint. With authentic solidarity, a daily ego check, and an enduring willingness to evolve, we can each find our pace and help make a difference.
The Atrocity Where's the Outrage Over a Boy Burnt to Death? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Bombs are raining on Gaza and rockets on Southern Israel, people are dying and homes are being destroyed...Again without any purpose. Again with the certainty that after its all over, everything will essentially be the same as it was before.
Which came first? Palestinian rockets or Israeli violence? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Since US media are reporting the latest Israeli massacre in Gaza as though it is a defensive action, I thought I would set the record straight. Israeli forces shelled and invaded Gaza BEFORE the rockets began. Rockets were fired only after numerous Palestinians, including many children, had been killed.
Gazas Torment, Israels Crimes, Our Responsibilities Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 It is important to understand what life is like in Gaza when Israels behavior is restrained, in between the regular manufactured crises like this one. When Israel is on good behavior, more than two Palestinian children are killed every week, a pattern that goes back over 14 years. The underlying cause is the criminal occupation and the programs to reduce Palestinian life to bare survival in Gaza, while Palestinians are restricted to unviable cantons in the West Bank and Israel takes over what it wants, all in gross violation of international law and explicit Security Council resolutions, not to speak of minimal decency.
Canadian hands involved in Gaza bombings Details on Canadian complicity in Israeli apartheid Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Aside from sustained Conservative diplomatic cheerleading for Israel, one key element of Canada's implication less in the public eye but very important, is the key role that many Canadian companies are playing in creating the military devices and technologies now involved in carrying out the deadly bombing raids in Gaza.
How Social Movements Can Win More Victories Like Same-Sex Marriage Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The rapidly expanding victory around same-sex marriage defies many of our common ideas about how social change happens. This was not a win that came in measured doses, but rather a situation in which the floodgates of progress were opened after years of half-steps and seemingly devastating reversals. It came about through the efforts of a broad-based movement, pushing for increased acceptance of LGBT rights within a wide range of constituencies.
On Israel, Ukraine and Truth The Return of George Orwell and Big Brothers War Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 As advanced societies are de-politicised, the changes are both subtle and spectacular. In everyday discourse, political language is turned on its head, as Orwell prophesised in 1984. Democracy is now a rhetorical device. Peace is perpetual war. Global is imperial. The once hopeful concept of reform now means regression, even destruction. Austerity is the imposition of extreme capitalism on the poor and the gift of socialism for the rich: an ingenious system under which the majority service the debts of the few.
The True Gaza Backstory It's About Land, Stupid Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 How come all those Palestinians all 1.5 million are crammed into Gaza in the first place? Well, their families once lived, didnt they, in what is now called Israel? And got chucked out or fled for their lives when the Israeli state was created.
The Flood From the North Washingtons Role in Triggering the Child Migrant Crisis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 International law and basic morality demand that the children of Central America are treated with the care and dignity that they and previous generations have been robbed under several decades of US foreign and immigration policy. Achieving this end would require overcoming the convenient myths of power and the culture of indifference in which they take root.
The Global Battle for Free Speech WikiLeaks: Bringing the First Amendment to the World Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Since 2011, waves of global uprisings have been erupting as never before. The crisis of representation helped spawn decentralized movements as a manifestation of peoples aspiration to take the reins of their own destinies. For many, the presumption of legitimacy of their governments has been crumbling. What triggered this widespread global crisis? WikiLeaks was a game changer. Their publication of disclosed documents along with established media reaction showed the true face of liberal institutions and the waning effectiveness of the politics of representation.
A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad Making a Break for Freedom During the Era of Mass Incarceration Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 This radio documentary is the third segment in Truthout's serialization of Chris Moore-Backman's Bringing Down the New Jim Crow based on Michelle Alexander's book of the same name. The series explores and gives voice to the continuing struggle for racial justice in the United States during the era of mass incarceration.
A Range of Abuses The Invisible Deaths of Lebanons Migrant Domestic Workers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Migrant domestic workers generally get very little protection from the Lebanese government and remain under-reported in the media, while the deaths of these workers are rarely discussed in the news. Despite the high incidence, domestic workers deaths are not investigated or documented by the Lebanese authorities.
And More Fraud Is in the Works Virtual Economys Phantom Job Gains are Based on Statistical Fraud Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Washington cant stop lying. Dont be convinced by a recent job report that it is your fault if you dont have a job. Those 288,000 jobs and 6.1% unemployment rate are more fiction than reality.
Destroyed by Violence War, Not Deserting, Is Demoralizing Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Morale is destroyed by war. Wars objective reality always blows to smithereens not just the civilians it is supposed to protect, but the political, economic and chauvinistic rationalizations that get soldiers to kill in the first place.
Israelis have the Upper Hand when it Comes to Vengeance Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 As Human Rights Watch warned, Israels recent actions mass arrests; armed raids; the killing of Palestinians, including minors; lockdowns of cities, house demolitions; and air strikes amounted to collective punishment, international laws euphemism for revenge, against Palestinians. In the face of the enduring violence of Israels occupation, and the licence it provides soldiers to humiliate and oppress, ordinary Palestinians have a stark choice: to submit or resist. Ordinary Israelis, on the other hand, do not need to seek revenge on their own account. The Israeli state, military and courts are there every day doing it for them.
New Bank Leak Shows How Rich Exploit Tax Haven Loopholes Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The identities of thousands of wealthy offshore clients of a major Jersey, Channel Isles private bank have been leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The data leaks reveal how the very richest families dip in and out of British jurisdiction as it suits them, exploiting what academic experts call Jersey's 'fictitious space.'
A View from Gaza This Is a Brutal Attack, Not a "Military Operation" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In Gaza, recent Israeli military attacks by sea, air and via artillery shells are not part of a war or a military operation though it may look so. It is collective punishment and it is a brutal attack against all Palestinian people, and mainly civilians are paying the price.
Selling the Silver The Enclosure of the UK's Fisheries Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Fishing quotas were meant to conserve stocks and support fishing communities. But they have achieved the reverse - rewarding the most rapacious fishing enterprises and leaving small scale fisherfolk with nothing.
A Shameful Situation Millions of Soldiers and Veterans in Serious Trouble Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Millions of US soldiers and veterans are in serious trouble, in the areas of suicide, homelessness, unemployment, poverty, disability, medical care, and mental health.
The Sledgehammer Worldview Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The U.S.-U.K. invasion of Iraq was a textbook example of aggression. Apologists invoke noble intentions, which would be irrelevant even if the pleas were sustainable. The destructive consequences of such aggression are clear, as evidenced in numerous historical examples of violent imperialism.
Americas Use of Terror in Vietnam The Evil That Was Phoenix Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Theres a reason the CIA wanted to prevent the publication of Douglas Valentines 1990 book, The Phoenix Program: Americas Use of Terror in Vietnam. This masterwork is more than an exposé of the US pacification program in Vietnam the book is titled after. It is an indictment of a cynical and bloody plan to kill Vietnamese.
India - Now Nuclear and Environmental Dissent is a Crime Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In modern India any form of dissent from the neoliberal corporate model of development is being criminalised. Opponents of nuclear power, coal mines, GMOs, giant dams, are all under attack as enemies of the state and a threat to economic growth.
Israel does not want peace Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Rejectionism is embedded in Israel's most primal beliefs. There, at the deepest level, lies the concept that this land is destined for the Jews alone.
Let's Just Pretend We Didnt Offshore Manufacturing? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Is an iPhone made in China and exported to Europe a U.S. export? Is an Apple executive a manufacturing worker? Yes, and yes. At least those could become the answers if a new proposal afoot among some in the administration is allowed to take effect. Federal agencies grouped under the bland-sounding Economic Classification Policy Committee (ECPC) are proposing to radically redefine U.S. manufacturing and trade statistics. The proposal would deceptively deflate the size of reported, but not actual, U.S. manufacturing trade deficits, while artificially inflating the number of U.S. manufacturing jobs overnight.
We Must Support Detroit's Fight for the Right to Water Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Detroit is shutting off water to 40% of residents to prepare the water system for a corporate buyout. Residents are organizing to resist the water shuttoffs, anti-democratic rule and the demands of Wall Street - but they need our help.
Borneos Killer Dams Mega-Dams in Sarawak Threaten Indigenous Tribes with Ethnocide Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Sarawak, Malaysia, is home to thousands of endemic species, forty indigenous groups, and one of the largest transboundary rainforests remaining in the world. The state is also suffering from one of the worlds highest rates of deforestation; only 5% of its primary forests remain. Now, Sarawaks forests and their inhabitants face another threat: the damming of its rivers for hydroelectric power.
Scientists Write: EPA, Ban 'Agent Orange' Herbicide Mix and GMO Crops! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Thirty-five distinguished scientists urge the US-EPA not to register new mixtures of the herbicides 2,4-D and glyphosate, intended for use on herbicide-tolerant GMO crops. Approval of the herbicide mixtures would endanger both human and environmental health.
Neonicotinoids are Poisoning Entire Farmland Ecosystems Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The widespread use of neonicotinoid insecticides is causing a neurotoxic overload afflicting entire farm ecosystems from earthworms to bees, other pollinators and birds. A collapse in food production may inevitably follow.
Some Deaths Really Matter The Disproportionate Coverage of Israeli And Palestinian Killings Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Israeli deaths matter much more than Palestinian deaths. This has long been a distinguishing feature of Western news media reporting on the Middle East. The recent blanket coverage afforded to the brutal killing of three Israeli teenagers highlights this immutable fact.
US Intimidated by Its Own Mercenaries A Silence on Atrocities Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 So much for transparency, civil liberties, and prosecuting the crimes of a predecessor (the cardinal rule of presidents, at least this one, cover-up WAR CRIMES past and present, a solemn command of the National Security State). Silence and deniability, in all matters large and small, characterize the responses of United States government and private principals.
Surveillance Capitalism Monopoly-Finance Capital, the Military-Industrial Complex, and the Digital Age Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A massive corporate sales effort and military-industrial complex constituted the two main surplus-absorption mechanisms in the U.S. economy in the first quarter-century after the Second World War, followed by financialization after the crisis of the 1970s. Each of these means of surplus absorption were to add impetus in different ways to the communications revolution, and each necessitated new forms of surveillance and control. The result was a universalization of surveillance, associated with all three areas.
VA Care is for Data Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Data production takes priority over concrete patient care itself in the new healthcare assembly line, as evidenced in the Veteran's Administration scandal.
The Agrarian Question in the Russian Revolution From Material Community to Productivism, and Back Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 This article was conceived as Part One of a three-part series which would be: 1) the revolutionary epoch 19171923, and the ultimately disastrous international influence of the Russian Revolution, illustrated in the cases of the very early French, German, Italian and US Communist Parties; 2) the failed return of the vanguard party (Trotskyism, Maoism) in the period from 1968 to 1977 and 3) the ongoing recomposition of the world working class, and forms of worker organization and self-organization, today and tomorrow.
By Any Means Necessary Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A review of Dave Hann's book Physical Resistance: A Hundred Years of Anti-fascism (Zero, 2013).
The Changing History of the First World War Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The war the Tories and their favourite historians would like to spin is one where nationalism was triumphant and where workers and soldiers did their duty for their country. For other historians, the war is a patchwork of fragmented experiences and stories with no grand explanation. A truly historical materialist understanding of the war must be able to encompass and learn from the detailwhether of battles or strikes, psychological trauma or the assassination of royaltyand weave it into a world in which the development of capitalism brought about the bleakest and most horrifying catastrophe. And it must be able to explain how the material experience of that catastrophe drove millions to question and to revolt and to present the system as a whole with the most profound threat of its existence.
Classical Marxism and the Question of Reformism Gluckstein, Donny Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A central issue for our movement is whether to work towards a complete revolutionary overturning of capitalism and the state that protects it, or rely on partial methods of struggle. This choice is obvious in places such as Egypt or Greece, but applies with equal force to Britain where defence of the welfare state and living standards can mean waiting for the next election or relying on self-activity from below. This article will focus on the response of Marxists during the first quarter of the 20th century to this question.
Defusing George Orwell Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A review of Robert Colls' book George Orwell: English Rebel (Oxford University Press, 2013).
The Great Schism Socialism and War in 1914 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 This article sketches the limitations of Second International Marxism before outlining the strengths and weaknesses of Lenins alternative.
Thunder on the Left Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The paradox of the present situation is that capital is weakbut the radical left is much weaker. Alternatively, capital is economically weak, but much stronger politically, less because of mass ideological commitment to the system than because of the weakness of credible anti-capitalist alternatives.The present moment a protracted crisis of the capitalist system should offer a more favourable terrain for the anti-capitalist left to put forward alternative perspectives.
You Cant Force-feed Occupation to those who Crave Freedom Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Israel wants to believe that through force of will it can keep the tide of accountability at bay in the occupied territories. But belligerent occupations especially ones where no hope or end is in sight engender evermore creative and costly forms of resistance. A physical act of resistance can be temporarily foiled. But the spirit behind it cannot be so easily subdued.
Blair: Bombing Iraq Better. Again Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The authors critique the British media's coverage of a new essay by Tony Blair which attempts to justify the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Learning from our History Ernie Tates Memoir of His Early Years Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Richard Fidler reviews political activist Ernest Tate's two volume Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s and 60s: Ernest Tate, A Memoir.
The Loneliest Library in the World Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 At 73, P.V. Chinnathambi runs one of the loneliest libraries anywhere. In the middle of the forested wilderness of Keralas Idukki district, the librarys 160-books all classics are regularly borrowed, read, and returned by poor, Muthavan adivasis.
The Mother Behind the Galway Children's Mass Grave Story 'I Want to Know Who's Down There' Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 It was amateur historian Catherine Corless's painstaking research that brought news of the children's mass grave in Tuam to the world's attention. She tells how her search for the truth turned her life upside-down.
Ida B. Wells A Black Womans Fight Against Lynch Terror Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Born a slave in 1862 in the middle of the Civil War, Ida B. Wells was in the forefront of the fight for black rights in the post-Reconstruction eraa time of widespread lynch-rope terror when black people, although not returned to slavery, were being solidified as a race-color caste at the bottom of American society. She refused to accommodate racist reaction in any way and so was anathema to those like Booker T. Washington and his apologists who repudiated militant struggle against the racist status quo.
Americas Repugnant Republicans Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 There is a qualitative difference between todays Democrats and Republicans. That difference does not lie in the potential to pursue policies that negatively impact the world. The difference is in their attitude toward policy and action as such. While both parties are often dangerously wrong, the Republicans are wrong in a demented ideological fashion. As such, they really are more repugnant than the Democrats.
The Battle of Orgreave Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The Battle of Orgreave on 18 June, 1984, saw the establishment carry out a mighty state-organised riot, a conspiracy to trap striking miners and unleash brutality on a scale never experienced before in an industrial dispute in Britain.
Solidarity Economies: A Guerrilla War against Capitalism An Interview with Nicolás Cruz Tineo Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Capitalism is based on the philosophy that man is inherently evil and selfish. But solidarity economies suggest something different: that we are human, we cooperate with one another, we love, we struggle for the love of humanity, and that the future of our planet, our life, is based on our having a culture of brotherhood, sisterhood, collaboration, cooperation. It is an economy of love.
G4S To End Israel Prison Contracts Following Protests Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 G4S, the Anglo-Danish security contractor, has agreed to withdraw from prison work in Israel after activists disrupted the company annual general meeting for the second year in a row. The company is also under fire for ill-treatment of detainees in the UK, including the death of an Angolan man.
Why I'm on the Picket Line Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Teacher Tara Ehrcke talks about why she voted to strike in Greater Victoria, British Columbia: The "public" in public school shouldn't mean just providing a building, with some tired teachers to deliver a curriculum, the success of which is measured by standardized tests. A good public school system should provide high quality opportunities to every single child. While our public schools have many wonderful programs and many dedicated teachers, the sad truth is that there are also overcrowded classrooms, children falling behind, and a workforce exhausted from trying to fill in the gaps.
Working for The Man Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The author describes her brief experience at a now infamous language school in London, where she encountered blatant sexism.
The Anxious Worker Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The author looks at the contemporary conditions of work and examines how these give rise to anxiety and depression.
An Alternative to Safe Spaces Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Mike Macnair argues that safe spaces arent liberating and proposes an alternative.
The European Elections from a Left Perspective Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Preliminary analysis, country-specific results and reports on the electoral eve, video statements of the left-wing candidates and our correspondents as well as evaluations in the aftermath and all of this with a particular focus on the Left.
Our Lives are Militarised Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Sam Walton examines the PR strategy of placing soldiers at civil society events.
Our Words Are Our Weapons The Feminist Battle of the Story in the Wake of the Isla Vista Massacre Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 It was a key match in the World Cup of Ideas. The teams vied furiously for the ball. The all-star feminist team tried repeatedly to kick it through the goalposts marked Widespread Social Problems, while the opposing team, staffed by the mainstream media and mainstream dudes, was intent on getting it into the usual net called Isolated Event. To keep the ball out of his net, the mainstream's goalie shouted mental illness again and again. That ball, of course, was the meaning of the massacre of students in Isla Vista, California, by one of their peers.
Popular Movements Toward Socialism Their Unity and Diversity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The following reflections deal with a permanent and fundamental challenge that has confronted, and continues to confront, all popular movements struggling against capitalism. By this I mean both those of movements whose explicit radical aim is to abolish the system based on private proprietorship over the modern means of production in order to replace it with a system based on workers social proprietorship, and those of movements which, without going so far, involve mobilization aimed at real and significant transformation of the relations between labor and capital. Both sorts of movements can contribute, in varying degree, to calling capitalism into question; but they also might merely create the illusion of movement in that direction, although in fact only forcing capital to make the transformations it would need to co-opt a given set of working-class demands.
Practical Approaches to Non-violence Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The Quaker group Turning the Tide works with communities in the UK and Kenya to help different groups and organizations develop their own nonviolent approaches to radical change and social justice. Edward Dingwall catches up with staff member Steve Whiting on the Turning the Tide's aims and methods.
Putting the Arms Industry on Trial Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Sean Douglas and other activists are prosecuting two companies that promoted torture equipment in the UK.
Shirkers and Conchies How Governments Tried to Silence WWI Resisters Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Peace activists faced enemy treatment but left a legacy of perserverance, writes Tim Gee.
Talking About Organizing A Series Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 This is an active online archive of commentaries and stories, first published in Our Times, about the experience of union organizing: what works and what doesn't. It's also the place where you'll find Our Times' columnist Derek Blackadder's WebWork series archived -- articles about online resources for union activists.
Toddler suffers severe burns from Atlanta, Georgia police raid A police raid on a home in Atlanta resulted in the serious injury of a 19-month-old child Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A police raid on a home in Atlanta, Georgia early Wednesday morning has resulted in the serious injury of a 19-month-old child. Police entering the home threw a stun grenade that fell in the playpen of the sleeping child and exploded in his face.
Utopia: A confronting but politically flawed documentary Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Utopia, the latest documentary by veteran journalist and filmmaker John Pilger has shown at selected venues across Australia with a television screening on SBS. The feature-length work, which exposes shocking social conditions in Australias remote indigenous communities, opened last November in Britain to mostly praiseworthy reviews.
Christian Høgsbjerg, C.L.R. James in Imperial Britain (2014) Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Scholarship on CLR James, the Pan African and independent socialist, often takes the tone of a thin cultural studies where political insight is minimal and factual detail rooted in archival sources is negligible. Grasping Jamess role in intellectual and social movement history requires resisting the tendency to group him narrowly in the fields of Marxism or the Black radical tradition. These are invented frameworks, shorthand which obscures a limited knowledge of Jamess actual innovation and creativity, in contrast to other representative figures, but also mystification of the reality of elite party politics and the self-directed liberating activity by ordinary people in insurgent movements regardless of color.
The Dark Side of the Territory Hong Kongs Caged Lives Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In a place that values freedom and respect, the legacy of caged homes creates a stark and chilling contrast.
Forget The Propaganda From Big Agritech, The Key To Reducing Poverty And Ensuring Food Security Lies With Small Farmers Small farms produce most of the worlds food Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A new review carried out by the organization GRAIN reveals that small farms produce most of the worlds food. However, they are currently squeezed onto less than a quarter of the worlds farmland. The world is fast losing farms and farmers through the concentration of land into the hands of the rich and powerful. If we do nothing to reverse this trend, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself.
Marx and Engels Belong to the Workers of the World Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Lawrence & Wishart, the British publisher of the Collected Works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (MECW), has compelled the Marxists Internet Archive to remove free digital versions of this 50-volume treasure from its Web site. This step is meant to further the publishers pursuit of private, profitable licenses with paying customers.
The Menace of Boko Haram and Fundamentalism in Nigeria Sexual Slavery, Sexual Terrorism and the Context of the Kidnapping Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 I will sell your girls in the market. - Abubakar Shekau. From time to time in the life of a society, one episode or a series of episodes shock the social system and brings to the fore long festering sores that need resolution. The kidnapping of over 200 young girls and the depravity of those who proclaimed that these youths would be sold into sexual slavery are one of such episodes. The statement about selling the girls in the market brought out the deep contradictions of Nigerian society and called for firm and clear resolution of the questions of slavery, exploitation, sexual violence, male oppression and the manipulation of religion to serve the needs of particular sections of the looters and zealots of Nigeria.
An Ode on Whistleblowers and Revolutionaries Give Thanks Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 May 27th marked exactly four years of prison time for whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Four years for releasing documents disclosing torture and abuse by US and allied forces: rape, whippings, electric drills used on body parts, waterboarding, beatings, murder. Four years for disclosing previously unreported civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan deaths that number in the tens of thousands. Four years for pulling back the fog of war and exposing US wars abroad for what they are - not the clean, surgical, tactical operations that we hear about on the news but dirty, bloody, and filled with the bodies of innumerable civilian victims: the bodies of men, women, and children who did nothing more than appear in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong skin color and the wrong god.
100 Best Non-Fiction Books (in Translation) of the 20th Century and Beyond A CounterPunch Reading List Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 As the clock clicked down on the arrival of the new millennium, Alex and I were bemused at the spate of 100 best of the century lists pouring forth. The lists were predictable and not many of the entries remained on our groaning shelves. So we decided to compile our own catalogue of the best books written in English and, later translated into English, during the 20th Century. We spent weeks whittling it down to roughly 100 titles for each.
The Pope at Herzl's Grave Patagonian Dreams Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 During his short visit to Israel, Pope Francis laid a wreath on the grave of Theodor Herzl. That was not a usual gesture. Foreign heads of state are obliged to visit Yad Vashem, as did the pope, but not the grave of Herzl.
Swimming in Shit Against the Current Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Why is it the case that in a city that is almost entirely built on islands a city literally surrounded by water are there so few places to swim and cool off?
The Whistle-Blower as Deep Mole Spying on Malfeasance Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Theres an intriguing idea based loosely on the turn-of-the-century union practice of salting a workplace. Salting consists of union activists secretly hiring into an anti-union shop in order to promote unionism from within.
Why Green Capitalism Will Fail Staying in the Environmental Frying Pan Only Gets Us Hotter Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Green capitalism is destined to fail: You cant keep doing the same thing and expect different results. We cant shop our way out of global warming nor are there technological magic wands that will save us. There is no alternative to a dramatic change in the organization of the global economy and consumption patterns. Such a change will not come without costs but the costs of doing nothing, of allowing global warming to precede is far greater.
Left Gun Nuts Opposition to Gun Control Comes from Many on the Left Also. Here's Why They're Wrong Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In the aftermath of the Isla Vista massacre, we can expect the far Right to vehemently oppose any renewed call for gun control. They will tout the supposedly Constitutional right of Americans to keep and bear arms.
Your investment in Chevron will never be safe! Humberto Piaguaje traveled from Ecuador's rainforest to Texas to deliver this Open Letter from Texaco's victims to Chevron-Texaco shareholde Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 We are those who Chevron is constantly trying to silence. We come to you, the shareholders, looking for the most basic empathy and respect we deserve as human beings. We ask but a minute of your time to read this brief letter in its totality. You have been told - and will be told again and again - that the trial in Ecuador is but a fraud. However, no one has been able to deny the damage oil drilling has done to our land and lives. A great many of us are sick; others have already passed away.
The Corporate Welfare Bank of the United States The Elites and the Ex-Im Bank Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Over the past few weeks, the American business lobby and in particular the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have come out in force to support the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. These groups and their puppets in Washington insist that the Ex-Im Bank is good for American small businesses and supports job growth, that failing to reauthorize will harm the overall economy. Conscious of the political atmosphere, the Banks supporters have carefully avoided some ugly facts about this vehicle for corporatist cooperation.
We Are The Soil The Asian Age Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 We are made up of the same five elements earth, water, fire, air and space that constitute the Universe. We are the soil. We are the earth. What we do to the soil, we do to ourselves. And it is no accident that the words humus and humans have the same roots. This ecological truth is forgotten in the dominant paradigm because it is based on eco-apartheid, the false idea that we are separate and independent of the earth and also because it defines soil as dead matter. If soil is dead to begin with, human action cannot destroy its life. It can only improve the soil with chemical fertilisers. And if we are the masters and conquerors of the soil, we determine the fate of the soil. Soil cannot determine our fate.
Lawsuit Against Google Highlights Mining of Student Data Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Children have become lucrative targets for data mining companies, according to a study by Politico magazine. Just weeks after Google settled a lawsuit for selling student data for advertising, the publication revealed an entire industry devoted to marketing data gathered from Internet applications offered to students and their teachers.
Lawsuit Against Google Highlights Mining of Student Data Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Children have become lucrative targets for data mining companies, according to a study by Politico magazine. Just weeks after Google settled a lawsuit for selling student data for advertising, the publication revealed an entire industry devoted to marketing data gathered from Internet applications offered to students and their teachers. Many modern software companies offer free tools to everyone like email, games and search engines that come with strings attached. Google is perhaps the best known because it offers students an entire suite of applications from calendars to chat services and data storage. In return the company has made money by selling personal information gleaned from users for targeted advertising.
Mexico Subcomandante Marcos Steps Down: Whats Next for the EZLN? Subcomandante Marcos, announced he ending his role as the groups spokesperson and military commander. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Making his first public statement in five years, Marcos denied claims that he was either in ill health, had died, or had been displaced or purged by the EZLN. From now on, he said, he would be known as insurgent subcomandante Galeano, taking his new name from José Luis Solis López, better known as Galeano, a Zapatista militant assassinated by a paramilitary group on May 2 in the autonomous Zapatista town of La Realidad. In stepping down, Marcos pointed to demographic changes in the thirty-year old organization as new younger, indigenous leaders stepped forward replacing an older largely mestizo leadership, several of whom came out of the student and guerrilla struggles of the 1970s and 1980s. With Marcos apparently giving up leadership of the group, what will happen to the Zapatistas? What new political vision and strategy will the EZLN put forward in his absence? And what will be the role of the new subcomandante Galeano?
Most US drone strikes in Pakistan attack houses Drone strikes in Pakistan Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Domestic buildings have been hit by drone strikes more than any other type of target in the CIAs 10-year campaign in the tribal regions of northern Pakistan, new research reveals.
The Social Cost of GMOs Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Ecological economists such as Herman Daly write that the more full the world becomes, the higher are the social or external costs of production. Social or external costs are costs of production that are not captured in the price of the products. For example, dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico that result from chemicals used in agriculture are not included as costs in agricultural production. The price of food does not include the damage to the Gulf. Food production is a source of large social costs. Indeed, it seems that the more food producers are able to lower the measured cost of food production, the higher the social costs imposed on society.
Challenging a Militarized Police State in the US From Policing to SWAT Teams Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 When the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) and other law enforcement agencies cracked down on protestors March 30, 2014, the citys finest rolled out a military-style force. Equipped with gas masks, body armor, batons and automatic rifles, they deployed officers on horseback, a SWAT Team and a pair of armored vehicles. After confronting shouting protestors, the APD released tear gas, which seeped into campus dormitories.
Confronting the Cult of Objectivity Education in Crisis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 As the end of the semester draws near on campuses across the country, I thought Id reflect on one of the largest threats to academic freedom in this country. Ive long labeled this threat the cult of objectivity, represented in a variety of different pathologies that afflict students, faculty, and administrators.
Taking Back What's Ours The Struggle of the Townspeople of Venustiano Carranza, Chiapas Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The morning sun was just above the horizon when San Cristóbals cobblestone streets and colonial houses gave way to crumbling pavement and deep green cornfields. Our combi, a small minibus bursting with passengers, wound its way downwards out of the highlands of Chiapas, down into the warmer climate of the lowland valleys.
Cecily McMillan and the Police State Justice is Dead in Amerika Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Cecily McMillan is an Occupy protester who was seized from behind by a goon thug copa goon thug with a long record of abuse of authority by her boobs. One was badly bruised. Cecily McMillans elbow reflexively and instinctively came up, and Cecily was arrested for assaulting a goon thug. The goon thug was not arrested for sexually assaulting a young woman.
The Coming Humiliation of Stephen Harper? A Political Psychopath Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The federal government, that is Stephen Harper, is expected to announce its long anticipated decision on Enbridges Northern Gateway pipeline sometime in June. The decision could well determine whether or not the Conservatives can win the 2015 election. The momentum of opposition to the pipeline and perhaps more importantly to the hundreds of supertankers that would move tar sands bitumen to Asia is clearly growing in both B.C. and the rest of Canada.
Follow the Money, Part 3 Big Oil and Calgarys School of Public Policy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 If it disseminates pro-free market studies like a right-wing think tank, and if it courts Big Oil money like a right-wing think tank, and if it recruits conservative scholars like a right-wing think tank, then it probably is a right-wing think tank.
Follow the Money, Part 4 Who Owns the National Post? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Its no secret that Postmedia Network, publisher of the National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun and other major Canadian dailies, is hemorrhaging money.
Follow the Money, Part 5 The Tobacco Papers Revisited Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Michael Walker, former executive director of the Fraser Institute, long denied that institute directors the people who fund the institutes work can tell researchers what to do. According to this rosy view of the think tanks mission, Big Oil directors from Calgary, for instance, dont tell Fraser Institute researcher Kenneth Green to produce studies denying global warming or proving that the Keystone and Northern Gateway pipelines are crucial for Canadas economic survival. Green does these on his own because thats what his research indicates.
And The May Uprising Continues Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Remembrance of the brave women and men of Gwangju, responsible for sowing the seeds of democracy in the Republic of Korea while opposing the infamous martial law and dictatorship. Ten days, starting from May 18, 1980, they made the streets theirs, challenging the might of the State. As the historic May Democratic Uprising is witnessing its 34 th anniversary, Gwangju is celebrating and reminding herself to keep the memory of resistance alive, resistance against oppression and injustice that their heroes had upheld.
Antarcticas Accelerating Ice Collapse Massive Sea Level Rise in Decades Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Imagine Antarctica. Imagine an island, with mountains, peaks, ridges, and valleys. Imagine further that a thick layer of ice covers, not only the surface of the island that lies above the sea but also an extensive portion of the perimeter that is beneath the sea. The peaks are higher above sea level than on any continent. In winter, the sea freezes because temperatures drop to less than -80 degrees Celsius (-112 degrees Farenheight), and the islands area grows to about 10 million square miles. In summer when some of the ice melts, the ice cover remains on average more than a mile thick, although the overall surface area of the island shrinks to about five million square miles. Even in summer, however, the island is still larger than Europe or Australia. It is Antarctica, and it is impossible to imagine.
Direct Action Gets Results Taking on the Enemy Directly Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In the village of Kalabalge, in the northern Nigerian state of Borno, the people struck back. While politicians dithered and activists twittered, the people of Kalabalge armed themselves and took the fight to their enemies, ambushing a Boko Haram convoy en route to attack their village. At least forty-one Boko Haram militants were killed and ten were captured as the villagers surprised two trucks carrying militants. Armed with rifles, machetes and bows, the brave people of Kalabalge did what the Nigerian military could not and sent Boko Haram off howling. We are conditioned to think of activism as getting someone else to do something. We plead with elected officials and bureaucrats, prodding them to take action. But the best and most effective activism is when we take matters into our own hands and solve our problems or strike at our enemies ourselves. In Mexicos Michoacan province, the people rose against the Knights Templar cartel, driving them off with such alacrity that the Mexican government has given up attempts to suppress the vigilantes and now hopes to suborn them, turning them from a natural manifestation of the peoples wrath into another arm of the criminal state. We pray they resist the attempt.
In Ten Years, We Will Have Zero Privacy Spying on Consumers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 When we consider the progress that has been made in the ability to delve into the private lives of consumers, its terrifying. They know where we shop, where we vacation, what we buy, what we read, what we watch on television, and what we visit on the Internet.
The "Ralph Nader" Illusion Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Ralph Nader (see his RT interview video here) is providing a kind of leadership to the many Americans who are fed up with our dictatorship of the rich and who want a much more equal and democratic society. Nader's main attraction today is his "convergence" theme, by which he means that the great majority of Americans, on the order of 80%, want a more equal and democratic society whether they currently consider themselves to be on the "right" or on the "left."
South America: How Anti-Extractivism Misses The Forest ForThe Trees Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A recent spate of high-profile campaigns against projects based on extracting raw materials has opened up an important new dynamic within the broad processes of change sweeping South America. Understanding their nature and significance is crucial to grasping the complexities involved in bringing about social change and how best to build solidarity with peoples struggles.
Mass murder in a Turkish coal mine Over 300 miners have been killed by a system that values fossil fuels and profits above the lives of those who are paid poverty-level wages Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Think about the last time you reached the top of a mountain one mile high. Now think about descending that distance below the surface of the earth, foot by dark foot, far below all life, light or oxygen. You go down there to dig.
Video shows unprovoked, cold-blooded killing of Palestinian boys by Israeli forces Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 This shocking video shows the unprovoked, cold-blooded killings of two Palestinian teenagers, 17-year-old Nadim Siam Nuwara, and 16-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu al-Thahir on 15 May near Ofer military prison in the occupied West Bank city of Beitunia. Both boys were fatally shot with live ammunition.
Europes new faultine Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The Front National is expected to win next weeks European election in France; UKIP may well do so in Britain. Both parties combine a visceral hostility to immigration with an acerbic loathing of the EU, a virulent nationalism and deeply conservative views on social issues such as gay marriage and womens rights. The problems that such parties pose for mainstream politics goes, however, far beyond the odiousness of their policies. What their success expresses is the redrawing of the political map in Europe, and in ways in which mainstream parties often do not understand. The new populists seem to thrive on different political rules to mainstream parties.
The NSAs Mantra Collect It All Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 This is the world were living in now. One where privacy is quickly becoming a thing of the past where the government collects our metadata using dragnet surveillance. Who you talked to, where, when, and for how long are collected with each and every phone call. Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Microsoft, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, and numerous other corporations partner with the NSA to subvert your right to privacy. The NSA has even been physically intercepting packages containing servers and switches, taking it from FedEx or the US Postal Service, opening the package, and planting a device that redirects information sent over these servers back to the NSA.
Thinking The Right Thoughts Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 There are always convenient news-hooks on which corporate journalists can hang their power-friendly prejudices about the West being 'the good guys' in world affairs. The authors provide examples from the British media.
Unrecognized in the Negev The Plight of Israel's Bedouin Citizens Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 At the break of dawn on 27th July 2010, the unrecognized village of Al Araqib was surrounded by 1,500 police officers clad in riot gear. Helicopters circled overhead as bulldozers razed homes and animal pens to the ground. It took 4 hours to demolish a village that was home to around 300 people, hundreds of sheep, dozens of goose, hens, pigeons and horses.
The Earth vs. Monsanto A Peoples' Tribunal Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Here are a few brief notes about A Peoples Hearing, held on 10 May 2014, in Greene County, Ohio, The Indivisible Living Entity of the Planet Earth v. Monsanto Corporation, Defendant.
Human Rights Watchs Revolving Door to US Government A Letter from Nobel Peace Laureates Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Human Rights Watch characterizes itself as one of the worlds leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. However, HRWs close ties to the U.S. government call into question its independence.
Psychiatrys Manufacture of Consent The Chemical Imbalance Theory and the Antidepressant Explosion Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Starting in the 1990s despite research findings that levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin were unrelated to depression Americans began to be exposed to highly effective television commercials for antidepressants that portrayed depression as caused by a chemical imbalance of low levels of serotonin and which could be treated with chemically balancing antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Take This Job and Shove it Authentic Journalism Draws a Line in the Sand in the Alamo City Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 On May 1, International Workers Day, I walked into my publishers office mid-afternoon, after he finally came into work that day, and resigned as editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Business Journal, a position I had held for 20 years. The Alamo, located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, is an old, rather small former Spanish mission that has been around for some 300 years. The San Antonio Business Journal, by contrast, was launched a little more than 25 years ago with Bill Conroy serving as editor-in-chief for 20 of those years. During that period, the newspaper was always profitable and I never had to fire a single person. Consequently, I had a kickass veteran reporting staff, most of them there at least 10 years a rarity in the news business today. Ironically, then, I was the first person I ever fired, and it was due to two primary reasons. The first is as old as the newspaper industry itself, and baseball for that matter. When a coach of even a winning baseball team has a philosophical disagreement with a new general manager, over players or strategy, the coach almost invariably loses, and is out of a job. The same scenario holds true in the newspaper industry.
A World War is Beckoning Break the Silence Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Why do we tolerate the threat of another world war in our name? Why do we allow lies that justify this risk? The scale of our indoctrination, wrote Harold Pinter, is a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis, as if the truth never happened even while it was happening.
From Mass Strike to New Society Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Jeremy Brecher examines where and how mass strikes have progressed into the working class attempting to run society in its own interests and the lessons we can learn from them.
Libertarian communism: an introduction Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A short introduction to what we at libcom.org refer to as communism or libertarian communism, what it is and why we think it is a good idea.
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State Resource Type: Book First Published: 2014 Glenn Greenwald recounts his 10-day trip to Honk Kong where he acquired the Snowden Files. Additionally, Greenwald discusses the NSA's unprecedented abuse of power, as well as the media's habitual avoidance of adversarial reporting on the government and their failure to serve the interests of the people.
What Will the World Inherit From GE Salmon? Uncharted Waters Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Its true; about 50 percent of the fish we eat are farmed. There is good reason for this as, one by one, the worlds commercial fisheries collapse through overfishing. According to FAO (2010), 70% of the worlds large commercial fisheries have either failed or are not far from it.
Call the Cops at Your Own Peril Bullies in Blue Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Live free or die is the motto of the state of New Hampshire. I hope the residents are prepared to die, because living free is not what they do. NH is merely a cog within the Amerikan Stasi State.
Lets Call Out Institutional Insanities A Grotesque Inversion of Priorities Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 What are the signs that an institution is clinically insane? For over thirty-five years I have been trying to persuade psychological and psychiatric specialists and their professional associations to take up this serious subject for study and corrective suggestions. Alas, to no avail.
The NSAs Corporate Collaborators Willing Accomplices Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Emails published by Al Jazeera America, in addition to showing hi-tech executives and senior intelligence officials interacting on a casual first-name basis, reference a government program referred to as the Enduring Security Framework (ESF).
The Real Cost of a Hamburger The Ecological Consequences of Welfare Ranching Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Do you know what a Big Mac costs? If you say $2.50 or whatever the current price posted at the McDonalds restaurant may be, you are vastly under-estimating the real price. Thats because $2.50 does not reflect the genuine cost of production. Every hamburger price tag should include a calculation of animal suffering, human health costs, economic and ecological subsidies. None of these bona fide costs is included in the price one pays for a hamburger (or other meats eaten by consumers for that matter).
Videos and Photos of the Odessan Massacre Why It Was Done Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 For the first time in history, an organized massacre of civilians has been filmed by many people from many different angles and perspectives while it was happening, and is documented in extraordinary detail in real time, the perpetrators having no fear of any negative consequences from their endeavor, and even cheering and celebrating the tortures and deaths as they were being imposed upon the helpless victims. The perpetrators were unconcerned, because what they were doing was what the government (which the U.S. had imposed upon their country and which U.S. taxpayers had spent more than 5 billion dollars to bring about there) had wanted them to do, and had helped to organize them to carry out. These people were just having fun, like a party to them, nothing really serious at all.
The Birth of a National Anti-Nuclear Movement A Chapter from the Oral History of How the No Nukes Movement (1973-1982) Saved the United States and Maybe the World Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The year 1973 was the worst year for nuclear power, Bill McGee, a retired nuclear industry spokesman, told us when he agreed to be interviewed for this book. Its just astonishing when you look back on it. When we built the Yankee Atomic plant in Rowe, Massachusetts, in 1960, everybody thought it was a great idea. It was there because Senator Jack Kennedy said, Please build it here. Presidents, senators, congressmen, local peopleall thought it was great. And we built six other plants. New England had, prior to 1972, seven plants making one third of the electricity in New England. And everybody thought it was a great idea. What happened?
The Great Spreadsheet Blunder Reinhart and Rogoff: One Year Later Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 It has been a bit more than a year since the Excel Spreadsheet error that shook the world. For those who may have missed it, in April of 2013, Thomas Herndon, a University of Massachusetts graduate student in economics, found an error in the calculations of Harvard Professors Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff on the relationship between government debt and economic growth.
The Politics of Food and Poverty Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The global food crisis is tightly connected to global poverty, climate change, ecological destruction, migrant workers, imperialism, health and the super-exploitation of workers.
Canadian group not dealing with major free expression issue Celebrating World Press Freedom Day Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 We need to address how corporate-owned mainstream news organizations restrict the freedom of journalists and prevent the public from having access to a wide variety of important news and opinion articles. This lack of balanced information affects everything from people having the information they need to decide how to vote to all of us better understanding how power is exercised in our communities. The censorship consists of banning some topics and discussions and filtering out stories and ideas that do not fit the current mainstream media agenda.
Anarchism in the Rear-view Mirror Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 This is not an attack on the militancy of our libertarian comrades. This text is an attempt to clarify our practices to avoid repeating the historical mistakes of the labor movement, addresses the comrades who are beginning to make a synthesis between Marxism and anarchism.
Kerrys Propaganda War on Russias RT When specialists insist that war with Russia is not unthinkable precipitated by events in Ukraine, one should take note Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Secretary of State Kerry, who has bumbled through a string of propaganda fiascos on Ukraine, decries Russias RT network as a propaganda bullhorn that Americans should ignore - just trust what the U.S. government tells you, an idea that ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern rejects.
Another Successful American Propaganda Effort Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 American political figures like to talk about "American Democracy". The truth is, there is no "American Democracy", it is something that our rulers like to foist upon the World stage much like parents like to tell their children about Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. It's fiction made in order to keep their "children" in line.
Building people power in Toronto: Next Steps A discussion document on strategy for advancing the organization of peoples struggles in Toronto Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 BASICS was launched in 2006 to serve the immediate purpose of building a fight against gentrification in Lawrence Heights. As our papers readership grew in this and other communities, our membership did as well, ultimately extending our organizations coverage and connection to many more issues facing the most exploited, precarious, and brutalized sections of the working class in Toronto.
Glyphosate is a disaster for human health Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Extensive, long running evidence for the cancer-causing effects of glyphosate, and other toxic impacts, have been ignored by regulators. Indeed as the evidence has built up, permitted levels in food have been hugely increased.
Defending The Defensible: Jewish And Palestinian Boycotts Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Oh dear, poor Israel. Poor Israel - the world's 4th largest nuclear military power. Poor Israel - the serial war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes of aggression violator. Poor barbaric Israel is being picked on by the non-violent Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement which champions, out of simple human decency, Palestinian inalienable rights under international law.
FCC Wants to Give Corporations Their Own Internet The New Proposal Mocks Net Neutrality Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 When a federal court trashed its net neutrality compromise policy in January, the Federal Communications Commission assured us that the Internet we knew and depended on was safe. Most activists didnt believe federal officials and this past week the FCC demonstrated how realistic our cynicism was.
Holding The Silent Killers Of Environmental Destruction Accountable Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The findings of the most recent IPCC report are sobering. We have 15 years to mitigate climate disaster. It is up to us to make a major transition to a carbon-free, nuclear-free energy economy within that timeframe. Big Energy and our plutocratic government are not going to do it without effective pressure from a people-powered movement.
Glyphosate found in breast milk Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A pilot study of American mothers' milk has found levels of the herbicide glyphosate around 1,000 times higher than allowed in European drinking water. Campaigners are demanding a ban on the use of glyphosate on food crops.
Keystone Cops TransCanada Cultivates Close Ties With Nebraska Police Agencies Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Since August 2011, the Nebraska Information Analysis Center (NIAC) one of more than 70 Department of Homeland Security fusion centers and TransCanada Corporation, the company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline, have shared information about anti-pipeline protesters, Nebraska landowners, and opposition to the project.
US Military Globalization Interlocking Spheres of Influence Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Americans are implicated in deceit and denial, purchasing their comforts and self-righteousness at the expense of the collective human privation their military and paramilitary forces, their CIA operatives and private contractors, their support of repressive regimes and death squads have brought to much of the worlds population.
The Working-Class Mini-Revolts of the Twenty-First Century Low-Level Insurgencies Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The start of the twenty-first century has seen a continuing decline in union membership and strikes. But it has also seen the emergence of unpredicted mini-revolts.
The Dirty Hand of the National Endowment for Democracy in Venezuela Agents of Destabilization Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Anti-government protests in Venezuela that seek regime change have been led by several individuals and organizations with close ties to the US government. The National Endowment for Democracy NED and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have channeled multi-million dollar funding to Lopezs political parties Primero Justicia and Voluntad Popular, and Machados NGO Sumate and her electoral campaigns.
Ethiopia's seed banks - under threat from G8 plan to 'develop' Africa Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Ethiopia leads the way in preserving crop seeds by engaging farming communities in the effort, and making the exchange of seeds part of village life and culture, reports Claire Provost. But now it's all at risk from a G8 plan to open Africa to corporate agriculture.
Forty years after the portuguese Carnation Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 On the eve of April 25, 1974, Portuguese society was smouldering from contradictions accumulated in half a century of dictatorship. At the heart of these contradictions was a war that lasted thirteen years, to hold on to the African colonies of Angola, Mozambique, Guinea, Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe. This conflict conditioned the whole of national life, because of the social suffering caused by the mobilization of two hundred thousand men, a tenth of the working population (a human cost equivalent to twice that of Vietnam), because of the wave of migration driven by hunger and the war, and because of the impossibility of a military solution, the only one contemplated by the regime.
The Politics of Pachamama Natural Resource Extraction vs. Indigenous Rights and the Environment in Latin America Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 While many economies and citizens have benefitted from the states larger involvement in the extraction of these resources, extractivism under progressive governments, as it had under neoliberalism, still displaces rural communities, poisons water sources, kills the soil, and undermines indigenous territorial autonomy.
Rage, Race and Violence on the Western Range The Origins of the Rancher Insurrection Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Ranchers have openly defied federal environmental regulations, built private roads and water structures on public lands and used bellicose tactics to hold off enforcement actions by rangers from the Forest Service and the BLM.
When Joan Baez Listened Do Try This at Home Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 I have a bat in my belfry about reaching out to people who dislike us and with whom we disagree but without whom no serious grass roots movement is possible. That is, by talking to anti-choice zealots, Obamacare haters, Tea Party crazies, racists etc. The notion of our crossing over the ideological abyss seems odious to a lot of people I know who see The Other Side as a bunch of RedNeck Ignorant Morons. That rigid mindset will get us far, yes? On the other hand theres the Joan Baez tactic.
In the US: Imagining Socialism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Book review. This welcome book, Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA, is an important and unique attempt to bridge that gap between the obvious and mass apathy. As an argument for socialism, presented from multiple angles in short essays by some thirty contributors, it is persuasive, passionate, and at times eloquent.
Filthy, deadly mayhem in India Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Along with the choking fumes and piles of putrid waste, sound systems and a constant bombardment of honking horns from cars, lorries and screaming buses assault residents and the unprepared in towns and cities throughout India.
Ukraine: Lies and Realities Will the Government Listen? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Two beautiful Slavic sisters, Ukraine and Russia, pitched against each other: long hair flying in the wind, gray-blue eyes staring forward accusatively, but in the same time with anticipation and love
Were A Jock Tamson's Bairns* Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A nation is not a natural community that existed before the state, but that it's the other way round: the state existed first and then proceeded to impose on those it ruled over the idea that they formed a nation.
Why US Fracking Companies Are Licking Their Lips Over Ukraine From climate change to Crimea, the natural gas industry is supreme at exploiting crisis for private gain Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The way to beat Vladimir Putin is to flood the European market with fracked-in-the-USA natural gas, or so the industry would have us believe.
Commercialisation: The Antithesis Of Sharing Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Sharing is the key to solving the worlds problems. Such a statement is so simple that it may fail to make an appeal, so we must go much deeper into this subject if we want to comprehend what this means.
Follow the Money, Part 2 Barrick Golds Peter Munk Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The Fraser Institute awarded Barrick Gold chairman Peter Munk its T.P. Boyle Founders Award at a gala dinner in Toronto in 2010. This is the think tanks most prestigious award, which it gave to Munk in recognition of his unwavering commitment to free and open markets around the globe and his support for enhancing and encouraging democratic values and the importance of responsible citizenship. Equating free and open markets with democratic values is a long-standing neoliberal marketing mantra.
Libertaria: A Libertarian Paradise Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Most people have never heard of Libertaria (not to be confused with Liberia), so let discover a little bit about this most interesting nation. It is a veritable libertarian paradise. With a population of fifty million people and plentiful natural resources, Libertaria is truly blessed.
What the Tamiflu Saga tells us about Drug Trials and Big Pharma Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 We now know the government's Tamiflu stockpile wouldn't have done us much good in the event of a flu epidemic. But the secrecy surrounding clinical trials means there's a lot we don't know about other medicines we take, says Ben Goldacre.
BRICS [Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa] and the tendency to sub-imperialism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Despite their anti-imperialist potential, BRICS states have promoted neo-liberal and imperialist practices that facilitate capital accumulation, resource extraction and expansion of their markets. But growing popular unrest against exploitation, ecological destruction and neoliberalism in the BRICS countries may lead to a different, anti-imperialist, course.
The Cochabamba Water War of 2000 in 2014 Todays Betrayers Will Not Erase Our Memory Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Todays betrayers will not erase our memory: Fourteen years ago we won, today it seems like we lost, but we have to rise again to win, and we already know how to do it. From April 4 to 14 in the year 2000 the so-called Final Battle was waged in Cochabamba, Bolivia to prevent the privatization of our water. It was part of a strategy designed by the people of Cochabamba in the Water War that started on November 12, 1999. Today, after fourteen years of this historic struggle, the peoples demands are still the same: democracy, transparency, participation and an economic model that allows us all to enjoy the riches that our Mother Earth generously provides for the benefit of all.
Conforming, Not Transforming Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Brendan Eich, CEO of Mozilla Corporation, the technology company that, among other things, is responsible for the Firefox browser, resigned after it was revealed that in 2008 he had given a $1000 donation to Proposition 8, the Californian campaign against gay marriage.
Voter Suppression in Canada Harper's (Un)Fair Elections Act Could Spark Voter Surge Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The Harper government seems intent on proving to its detractors that things can always get worse. Theyve one-upped themselves with the farce called the Fair Elections Act.
Failed Cuban Twitter Project Designed By U.S. Government Contractors Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 ZunZuneo - a now defunct social media platform similar to Twitter was designed to undermine the Cuban government by two private contractors: Creative Associates International (CAI) from Washington DC and Mobile Accord, a Denver based company.
The Workers United Are Not Always Defeated We Should All Learn From It Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Working people around the world are in worse straits than they have been for decades. Unemployment is rampant and real wages are stagnant.
The Anti-Empire Report #127 Indoctrinating a new generation Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Is there anyone out there who still believes that Barack Obama, when hes speaking about American foreign policy, is capable of being anything like an honest man?
Call Climate Change What It Is: Violence Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Social unrest and famine, superstorms and droughts. Places, species and human beings none will be spared. Welcome to Occupy Earth.
China: Mass protests challenge polluters Resistance to rapid industrialization by poisonous industries led to pitched battles between residents and police in many cities Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In spite of a media blackout, protests in the Chinese city of Maoming against a PX (paraxylene) plant have proceeded for the past week. In March 2014 a thousand citizens took to the streets in protest, followed a few days later by 20,000 occupying the area around the government building.
An Ode To Seasons For Peter Matthiessen Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 When human survival is continuously being threatened by varieties of anthropogenic injuries (ecological, economic, social), our capacity to think about the non-human animal become very limited indeed. Nevertheless, it is our ethical obligation to also consider their survival as well.
Striking a Blow for Disarmament in Maine Shipyard Fury Punches Out Early Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Hundreds of thousands of Americans have protested Americas bloated, out-of-control military, and millions more are outraged that the US spends upwards of $1 trillion a year on war and preparing for war.
Alberta - tar sands emissions linked to health damage Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A report by Alberta's energy regulator links emissions from tar sands oil production with serious health impacts that have forced families to flee their homes in the Peace River region.
In refuge on Refugee Rights Day: The Awan family story Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 On a day where we remember migrant and refugee struggles for freedom, dignity and security and recommit to fighting ongoing injustice, we highlight the struggle of the Awan family.
Mass Incarceration and Capitalism The Violence of Economic Exploitation Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 On the intersections of race, class, capitalism, and social repression via mass incarceration in the United States.
Ukraine, a Fascist Coup? A Photo Essay Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The 2014 Ukraine coup and aftermath, in photos.
Would Saul Alinsky Break His Own Rules? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In the wake of Occupy, some community organizers are interested in questioning the old divide between "movements" and "organizations" and in harnessing the power of both. On the life and evolving legacy of the late Saul Alinsky, founding father of modern community organizing in the United States.
The Blue Engine Behind Fracked Gas Exports PR Blitz "Our Energy Moment" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Behind nearly every major corporate policy push theres an accompanying well-coordinated public relations and propaganda campaign. As it turns out, the oil and gas industrys push to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) obtained via hydraulic fracturing (fracking) plays the same game, in this case via the industry-led PR blitz "Our Energy Moment".
The KKK and Other Grassroots Movements Venezuela isnt as divided as its right-wing opposition would have you believe Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A sign of a real revolution is its knack for conjuring a counter-revolution. To the extent that the Bolivarian Revolution has problems, the solution to them wont come from chats with those looking to overthrow it, but rather the organization of workers trying to fulfill its potential. There can be no neutral ground between those two positions.
NO SOCIAL JUSTICE WITHOUT FREE SPEECH Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Fredrik deBoer, who teaches at Purdue University in Indiana, recently wrote a passionate polemic about the way that what he calls the social justice left has abandoned the struggle for free speech, and indeed take up the struggle for censorship.
The Struggle of the 'Mill Girls' Class Consciousness in Early 19th Century New England Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 This article traces the development of class consciousness of and the antagonism between capitalists and the Lowell and Lawrence "Mill Girls" in the earlier half of the 19th Century in New England.
40 years ago: the grandeur and the limits of the Portuguese Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The Portuguese Revolution plunged its roots in the crisis of the Salazar regime. A fascist dictatorship based on a reactionary ideology which would serve as inspiration for the Vichy regime, the Estado novo (New State) presents original features in comparison with the fascist regimes of Mussolini and Hitler, features that help to explain both its longevity and its weakness at the moment of its crisis in the early 1970s.
The New Face of the Radical Right? Amerikas Would-be Pravy Sektor Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In 2009, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Political Research Associates agreed that Anarchist Nationalism could become the new face of the radical right in the USA. Attempting to mix subcultural anarchist mores with a cross-cutting class analysis that hinges on racial separatism and ancestral traditions, such as tribalism, Anarchist Nationalism demonstrate a worrying tendency of reactionaries to co-opt radical language in attempts to gain control over large popular fronts.
Principles for Troublemakers How to Fan the Flames Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The authors outline some trouble-making movement-building principles that should be the hallmarks of the labour movement.
S.O.S. Alternatives to Capitalism Resource Type: Book First Published: 2014 An investigation of the alternatives to capitalism, including socialism, anarchism and deep ecology.
The Wests Looting of Ukraine Has Begun Shackled by the IMF Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 It is now apparent that the Maiden protests in Kiev were in actuality a Washington organized coup against the elected democratic government. The purpose of the coup is to put NATO military bases on Ukraines border with Russia and to impose an IMF austerity program that serves as cover for Western financial interests to loot the country. The sincere idealistic protesters who took to the streets without being paid were the gullible dupes of the plot to destroy their country.
Enduring Security Volunteer Fire Departments Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Ralph Nader on the history, structure, and challenges faced by the United States' volunteer firefighters, who make up two-thirds of the nation's fire-fighting force.
The Mill Hill, Natural Communism, And The Loray Mill Strikes Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 There are no less than six books on the Gastonia Loray Mill strike of 1929. There are scores of papers, hundreds of opinions and a common conception that although the strike itself was a failure, it led to better working conditions for many workers that followed.
The Floods of Forgetfulness A Brief History of Logging, Floods and Landslides Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In thousands of stories about the recent floods in the U.S. Northwest, only one mentioned any possible connection between logging and floods.
Journalisms Search for Metaphor and Meaning Barking Dogs and Sinking Ships Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Journalists often arent alert watchdogs, but limiting the profession to the role of a barking dog is a dead-end anyway.
Ukraines IMF Deal Heading Toward a Greece-like Depression? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 On March 27, 2014, the IMF released the broad outlines of its terms and conditions for loans and other measures for the Ukrainian economy. What those terms and conditions mean is less a rescue of the Ukrainian economy than the onset of a Greece-like economic depression for the Ukrainian populace.
Follow the Money, Part 1 The Weston Family Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Youve seen him in television ads hyping Presidents Choice dessert ideas, naming fake supermarkets after enthusiastic customers, sitting down with moms around the kitchen table and talking to Presidents Choice farmers on their hormone-free farms.
How Extreme Levels of Roundup in Food Became the Industry Norm Roundup Contamination of GMO Soybeans Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Surprisingly, almost no data exist in the scientific literature on herbicide residues in herbicide tolerant genetically modified (GM) plants, even after nearly 20 years on the market. The authors' research, however, demonstrates that roundup Ready GM-soy accumulates herbicide ingredient residues and also differs markedly in nutritional composition compared to soybeans from other agricultural practices, while organic soybean samples show a more healthy nutritional profile than both industrial conventional and GM soybeans.
Why Does It Matter If Heidegger Was Anti-Semitic? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The publication of the philosopher Martin Heideggers Schwarzen Hefte (Black Notebooks), written between 1931 and the early nineteen-seventies, is likely to cause an uproar.
NATO and Serbia, 15 Years On The Bombs that Failed Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 As Ukraines situation accelerates with actions of sanctions, annexations, coups and counter-coups, it is worth noting how another compact was firstly dissolved and then subsequently tortured in the 1990s. The trends are similar the moralising, the external interference, the bullying of powers extraneous yet obsessed with holding the levers of a disintegrating country. On NATO, the Yugoslavian Federation, and the Kosovo bombings.
Water Apartheid in Palestine A Crime Against Humanity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Ayman Rabi on the 2.1 million Palestinians who suffer an artificial water scarcity deliberately created and sustained by Israels military occupation and the private Israeli water company Mekorot.
When Clearcuts Kill Logging and Landslides Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on the linkages between corporate logging and deadly landslides and the broader corporate mantra of privatizing profits and socializing the losses.
BDS: Non-Violent Resistance to Israeli Occupation Is Israel Running Scared? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 An outline of the extent and support/opposition of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli apartheid, including a discussion of claims that the campaign is anti-Semitic.
Democracy or Corporatocracy? The choice is ours. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Newly assertive citizens and consumers are putting the world's most feared and powerful corporations on the defensive. Now is the time to press home our advantage.
How NGOs Failed Afghanistan "They Killed Every Incentive to Farm" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 On the failures, opportunities, and complications of international aid with a particular focus on Afghanistan. Includes a discussion of a successful canal-building effort in Lower Shabelle province, Somalia -- a project run not by NGOs but a local al-Qa'ida affiliate.
Lettuce Picking and Left-Wing Organizing A Bottom Up View of Cesar Chavezs United Farm Workers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Early reviews Lettuce Wars: Ten Years of Work and Struggle in The Fields of California by Bruce Neuburger, who spent much of the 1970s as a lettuce- and agricultural product picker during the heyday of the United Farm Workers (UFW).
Slavery, Cotton and Imperialism When Slave-Owners, Tied to a Globalized Economy, Turned to Empire Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Whitney reviews River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom by Walter Johnson, on cotton production and slave ownership in the Mississippi River Valley prior to the U.S. Civil War.
The Strategy of the Venezuelan Opposition Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The strategy and tactics of the Venezuelan opposition is a replay of events that took place leading up to the coup against Hugo Chávez on April 11, 2002 and is similar (although in some ways quite different) from the script that has been used in the Ukraine and elsewhere.
The Hate Preachers Fueling Sectarianism Al Qaeda's Second Act Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 On the public support systems, media presence, and propaganda of a second wave of fundamentalist jihadist organizations.
Regime Change in Ukraine and the IMFs Bitter Economic Medicine Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In the days following the Ukraine coup dEtat of February 23, 2014, leading to the ousting of a duly elected president, Wall Street and the IMF in liaison with the US Treasury and the European Commission in Brussels had already set the stage for the outright takeover of Ukraines monetary system.
Camus in the Time of Drones The Long-Distance Executioners Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 What would Albert Camus, the great moralist of the 20th century and essayist on the barbarity of the death penalty, think about the latest innovation in administrative murder, Obamas drone program, a kind of remote-control gallows?
Crimea, El Salvador & the Fight Against Public Participation Policing "Irresponsibility" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 On the Obama administration's disregard for democracy and public participation. Examples include the administration's silence on the coup against democratically-elected Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych and its threats to withhold development aid from El Salvador unless the winner of its presidential elections, the FMLNs Sánchez Cerén, adopts right-wing economic and social policies.
Ukraine and Yugoslavia When Will Americans Come to Their Senses? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Much of public opinion seems to accept the notion that the villain of the Russia-Ukraine story is the Russian president, who is accused of engaging in unprovoked aggression against Crimea even though he was responding to one of the most blatant provocations in history. Johnstone outlines why this is not the case.
Womens Oppression and the Struggle for Liberation A Marxist Analysis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Society's mores and culture-on questions of marriage, the family, the roles of men, women and children-are not preordained, but must be studied in their man-made historical context. Emancipation means putting an end to the economic system of capitalism. Thus, for Marxists, the liberation of women cannot be separated from the liberation of all the exploited and oppressed.
The Souths Inner Civil War Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The best kept secret in US history is the resistance of southerners, and especially southern non-slaveholding whites, to the slaveholders during the Civil War. W.E.B. Du Bois, in Black Reconstruction in America, told the story of black resistance.
The U.S.s Terrorism Double Standard The Vicious Campaign Against Cuba Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 During the last 50 years, the United States has suffered from a constant stream of vicious terrorist acts.
AP Blasts Russian Propaganda War Over Ukraine Herding the Media Sheep Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Peter Leonards March 15 Associated Press report is entitled: Russian propaganda war in full swing over Ukraine. This is Ukraine today, he begins, at least as seen by most Russian news media: the government is run by anti-Semitic fascists, people killed by opposition snipers and the west is behind it all.
The British Warrior Who Matured with Age A Kuffiya for Tony Benn Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Long before the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment campaign inched slowly from the fringes of global solidarity with Palestinians to take center stage, Tony Benn had been advocating a boycott of Israel with unrestricted conviction, for years.
Killing Trend - The Cruise Missile Liberals Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 News that 2015 might turn out to be the first year since 1914 when British troops will not be fighting a war somewhere in the world appeared to come as a shock to many.
Why US Journalists Have Blood on Their Hands Turning Ukrainian Fascists into "Freedom Fighters" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Hey U.S. mass media journalists: A large number of you writing in outlets like CNN, Fox News, New York Times, and Washington Post have blood on your hands.
'Stable' NE Greenland ice sheet is melting away Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A new study has found that the NE section of the Greenland ice sheet - thought to be stable due to the extreme cold - has been losing ice since 2006 with increasing speed. And that has huge implications for global sea level rise.
Ukrainian putsch creates economic and political turmoil in Russia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The intensifying conflict between Russia and the West over the US-backed, far-right coup in Ukraine is creating economic and political turmoil within Russia. The economy faces growing pressures as the Kremlin attempts to rally popular support and suppress opposition in its confrontation with the West.
US-EU sanctions against Russia: A barely veiled threat of war Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In his speech on March 17, 2014 announcing sanctions against Kremlin officials in retaliation for the Russian-backed referendum in Crimea supporting secession from Ukraine and affiliation with Russia, US President Barack Obama made clear that the United States and its European Union (EU) allies would use all means necessary, not excluding military action, to humiliate and crush Russia.
Why the War on Terror Went Wrong Al Qaeda's Second Act Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Al-Qaida-type organisations, with beliefs and methods of operating similar to those who carried out the 9/11 attacks, have become a lethally powerful force from the Tigris to the Mediterranean in the past three years.
The Forgotten Coup How the Same Godfather Rules from Canberra to Kiev Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Washingtons role in the fascist putsch against an elected government in Ukraine will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore the historical record. Since 1945, dozens of governments, many of them democracies, have met a similar fate, usually with bloodshed.
The Myths of Green Capitalism A system based on the accumulation of capital without restraint will require unsustainable growth, however cleverly we measure our ecologica Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Environmental politics in the U.S. appears hopelessly polarized. Liberals and progressives try to sustain and occasionally strengthen environmental legislation, while those on the right are unalterably opposed, even seeking to defund core institutions such as the EPA.
Behind the Lies About Venezuelas Protests John Kerry: the Belligerent Diplomat Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry recently called on the Venezuelan government to end the terror campaign against its own citizens.
The Blossoming of Idle No More Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The First Nations-led movement Idle No More emerged in Canada in December 2012 to protest legislation that threatened both the rights of First Nations and environmental protections. The movement has since spread into the U.S. and beyond and has become one of the central voices in the struggle for Indigenous and ecological justice.
Canadian journalist and activist killed in Syria Ali Mustafa, In Memoriam Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 I will never forget when I first met Ali Mustafa. It was September 2012, during my first year at York and just before I joined Students Against Israeli Apartheid (Ali was a former member), where he did a talk on his visit to Egypt.
The FBIs Secret Meetings With TransCanada, Inc. Guardians of the KXL Pipeline Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 On April 4, 2012 the FBI held a daylong strategy meeting with TransCanada Corporation, the company building the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, according to documents obtained by Earth Island Journal through a Freedom of Information Act request.
RIP Tony Benn. Tireless and inspirational fighter for peace, justice and equality Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The loss of Tony Benn is a loss for our whole movement. He was a good friend to the Stop the War Coalition, of which he remained president to the end. One of his last speeches was at the Stop the War international conference on 30 November 2013. He was a socialist, someone with a deep commitment to social change, who was principled to the end.
A Short History of Spam Coming to an Inbox Near You Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Objects can talk in cartoons and fairy tales: toys tell their stories. Now our domestic appliances have begun to speak, and they would like to sell us pills and porn, and for us to give them our bank details.
Barrett Browns Partial Victory: Crowd-Sourcing and Crowd Support If They Drop These Charges, Why Aren't They Dropping All of Them? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Federal prosecutors last week dropped several of the most significant charges facing Internet activist and journalist Barrett Brown charges that could have drawn a jail sentence of 105 years.
Chiles Student Movement Leads the Way Progressive Prospects for Michelle Bachelets Second Term Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 I want to pay special homage to my father and to all those who gave their lives in the fight to recover democracy, an emotional Isabel Allende said upon taking office as the Senate President.
Lakota vow: dead or in prison before we allow the KXL pipeline Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 On February 2,7 2014 Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement activists joined in a four-directions walk to commemorate Liberation Day, an event to mark the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. As they do each year, four groups gather to the north, south, east and west and then walk eight miles until converging on top of Wounded Knee, where they honour the fallen warriors and the tribes rich history of resistance.
WikiLeaks, Ukraine and NATO A Relentless March to Russia's Doorstep Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Is the Russian occupation of the Crimea a case of aggressive expansionism by Moscow or aimed at at blocking a scheme by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to roll right up to the Russias western border?
The many shades of Ukraine Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 When is an invasion not an invasion? When is sovereignty not sovereignty? When is an unelected regime more legitimate than an elected government? The answer, it seems, is when we are discussing Ukraine.
Ukraine Between Popular Uprising for Democracy (Canadian Government) and Fascist Putsch (Russian Government) Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 That movement is characteristic of the present period which has seen a series of similar popular uprisings in the Arab countries, but also in the former Soviet territory (Georgia in 2003, Ukraine in 2004, and Kirgizstan 2005). An atomized population is fed up with the political regime. It mobilizes through the social media, but without a clear programme. The fruits of the mass mobilization are then reaped by forces that are organized and that have a clear programme. The lack of a clear analysis and programme explains the role that fascist forces were able to play in the events. These forces rejected any compromise with the contested government, presenting themselves as unyielding adversaries, not only of the current leaders, but of the system itself. And they call for a national revolution. This intransigent position attracted demonstrators who were aware of the bitter fruits of the Orange Revolution and who did not understand the real meaning of the proposed national revolution.
Letter From Thailand II Resource Type: Letter First Published: 2014 The wealthy businessman Thaksin Shinawatra was first elected in 2001. His fortune was built using family money and taking advantage of contacts he developed, a sort of cronyism that is de rigueur in Thailand.
Notes on Alabama: Searching for the Ghost of Big Jim Folsom Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Huntsville Free Clinic in Alabama is a Free Clinic that serves the poor and working class of Huntsville not covered by Alabamas stingy Medicaid program. Many users of Free Clinic services work, but at jobs that dont offer health insurance.
The 'Professorial President' And The 'Small, Strutting Hard Man' Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Exactly what is happening in Ukraine is not easy to disentangle from corporate news media reports. The current crisis began in November 2014 when the Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, withdrew from a cooperation agreement with the European Union to forge closer ties with Russia.
Debate: Two tactics in the fight against climate change Should climate activists limit their demands to whats possible under capitalism? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The question of what demands ecosocialists should put forward in response to the climate crisis is a pressing one. The climate justice movement should demand a cap-and-trade policy, abandoning its traditional stance against carbon trading.
I will be nude, I will protest, and I will challenge you to your core! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A nude woman is the antithesis of the idealised veiled and submissive woman. Whilst nude protest is not the only way to resist Islamism and the veil, it is a very modern, practical and appropriate way of doing so. It also challenges discrimination against women and a system which profits from the commodification and sexualisation of womens bodies.
Maybe we can all learn from smaller islands? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Europe's periphories are meant to be in a state of collapse - but not so the Shetland Isles, where it can be found a land of open skies, howling storms, historic traditions, and an active, growing community of notable individuals.
Socialist Feminism in the 21st Century Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In the 21st century, women of the working classes employed in the formal economy, the informal economy, working in the countryside or doing unwaged labour have entered the global political stage in an astonishing array of movements.
The Anti-Empire Report #126 Ukraine Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 When it gets complicated and confusing, when youre overwhelmed with too much information, changing daily; too many explanations, some contradictory try putting it into some kind of context by stepping back and looking at the larger, long-term picture.
Beginners guide to improving online security Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Investigative journalists like the members of ICIJ are facing growing concerns about security. Our members often work with leaks or other materials requiring protection of sources, collaborate across borders with colleagues at risk for their physical safety, and communicate with devices and services open to surveillance or attack.
The Class Conflict in Venezuela A Classic Struggle of Left v. Right Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The current protests in Venezuela are reminiscent of another historical moment when street protests were used by right-wing politicians as a tactic to overthrow the elected government. It was December of 2002, and I was struck by the images on U.S. television of what was reported as a general strike, with shops closed and streets empty.
Forbes 400 list of worlds richest people highlights growth of social inequality Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Forbes magazine published its 28th annual list of the worlds wealthiest individuals and families on Monday. In all, the research team behind the Forbes Billionaires list found a total of 1,645 billionaires worldwide, with a combined net worth of $6.4 trillion, an increase of $1 trillion from 2013. The number of new billionaires, at 268, was the highest figure in the reports history.
Fracking is the death spasm of a defunct economic order Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Political support for fracking is not just about energy, writes Paul Mobbs. It reflects the greater ecological and resource crisis at the root of our current economic woes - and only postpones the essential shift to a new kind of economy.
God's plan for climate change Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 How, and why, does the US Right and its evangelical 'Christian' wing campaign for mal-education, ignorance, corporate dominance, and the profligate consumption of fossil fuels?
Richmond and Eminent Domaine The Stone That Brings Down Goliath? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In a nearly $13 billion settlement with the US Justice Department in November 2013, JPMorganChase admitted that it, along with every other large US bank, had engaged in mortgage fraud as a routine business practice, sowing the seeds of the mortgage meltdown.
Ukraine and the Great Asian Enclosure Russia Crosses an Important Rubicon in the Crimea Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The Cornerstones of Eurasia - When Pravy Sektors Dmitry Yarosh called on the Chechen liberation fighters to join Ukrainian nationalists in global struggle, he accented the North Atlantics energy politics better than anyone before him.
Costa Rican Farmers Become Climate Change Acrobats Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 José Alberto Chacón traverses the winding path across his small farm on the slopes of the Irazú volcano, in Costa Rica, which meanders because he has designed it to prevent rain from washing away nutrients from the soil.
GMOs show 'substantial non-equivalence' Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 New studies document substantial differences of GM maize and GM soybean from their non-GM counterparts, writes Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji - exposing a permissive regulatory regime that has failed miserably in protecting public health and safety.
Washington Seeks Regime Change in Venezuela Agents of Destabilization Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Both the ongoing protests in Venezuela and the economic problems that the demonstrators are protesting against appear to have been orchestrated by the opposition in order to destabilize the country and bring down the government. Unable to gain power through the ballot box, the Venezuelan opposition has turned to unconstitutional means to oust President Nicolas Maduro.
America's corporate revolt against clean energy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The US's fossil fuel industry is scared at the growth of solar power, and its ever-declining market cost. So it's fighting back, doing its best to quash solar growth by imposing new costs and restrictions.
The Dark Side of the Ukraine Revolt The Rise of the Quasi-Fascists Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 While most of the Western media describes the current crisis in the Ukraine as a confrontation between authoritarianism and democracy, many of the shock troops who have manned barricades in Kiev and the western city of Lviv these past months represent a dark page in the countrys history and have little interest in either democracy or the liberalism of Western Europe and the United States.
Defender of the Rockies Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 For sheer guts, vision and results, a single organisation stands out among the US's environmental defenders - the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. Jeffrey St. Clair met its leader, Mike Garrity, winner of 2014's Grassroots Activist Award.
The Intelligence Apparatus Is Checking Out Your Intimate Body Parts Privates Eyes Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 According to the latest Snowden revelation, Britains Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which works in close collaboration with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), has been intercepting and storing images of millions of Yahoo webcam-chat users in a program appropriately code-named Optic Nerve.
The Nature of War Has Changed The Vicious Forces of Sectarian Strife Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A new kind of war is developing. It is very different from the mass conflict of the First World War when governments mobilised millions of men and vast industrial resources. Wars have got smaller, but are equally and, on occasions, more vicious than in the past.
Protect our sacred water! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The curse of Uranium has fallen once again on the Black Hills of South Dakota, ancestral home to the Lakota Indians - now fighting a massive mining project that threatens land, rivers and groundwater.
Ukraine, Intervention, and Americas Doublethink High-Motor Propaganda Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 With the deployment of Russian forces into Crimea and eastern Ukraine, the US-NATO propaganda machine has kicked into high gear. Putin has been portrayed as a tyrannical aggressor, while the Obama administration and its European allies have attempted to stake out the moral high ground, declaring that peace, respect for sovereignty and international law should be the guiding principles. Naturally, such rhetoric warrants closer analysis.
Ukrainian Hangovers Russia, Crimea and the Consequences of NATO Policy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Russias incursion (invasion if you prefer) into Crimea, with prospects for movement into Eastern Ukraine, is the culmination of US/NATO policy since 1991.
The chemical dangers in food packaging Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The long-term effects of synthetic chemicals used in packaging, food storage and processing food could be damaging our health, scientists have warned.
Fighting fracking in Poland: the farmers resistance movement An improverished farming community in Zurawlów is using creative tactics to stop Chevrons shale gas plans Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 When Chevron arrived in Zurawlów, a small village in Polands rural Grabowiec county, it was like a UFO landing in the open wheat fields. In June last year a high-tech surveillance caravan appeared in the village to stake the firms claim to the shale gas below.
Labours lost leader The legacy of Tony Benn Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 From an interview to Tony Benn - sometime in the mid-1990s - his point of view about how broad and profound was the defeat of both trade unionism and the democratic socialist left over the previous decade.
Mainspring of the Arab Revolt A review of Lineages of Revolt by Adam Hanieh Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 This book ought to be read or better, studied by every socialist interested in the Middle East.
Not Your Fathers Far Right Populist Radical Versus Traditional Extremism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 All over Europe, the new, populist far-right parties have become part of the political scene. Theyre not defined, as the old far-righters used to be, by what they want, but by what they dont want.
Review: Defying Fundamentalism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 To some people Islam has come to represent the ideology of liberation from the yoke of Western imperialism; to others it is a backward and inherently violent faith targeting innocent individuals indiscriminately.
Review: Defying Fundamentalism A review of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Concerned with the rising Jihadist fundamentalism on one hand, and increasing discrimination against Muslims following 9/11 on the other, and having in mind the question repeated by many commentators Why dont Muslims speak out? Bennoune documents the voices of Muslims in various ways victimized by Islamic fundamentalists.
Yes, There is an Alternative! A review of Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism, by Peter Hudis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Peter Hudis has written a valuable analysis of what Marx said on a critical issue. In this sense it reminds me of Hal Drapers volumes on Karl Marxs Theory of Revolution. Hudiss subject matter differs from Drapers in that it deals with what comes after the revolution, rather than with how we get there. It also differs in method: While Draper was centrally concerned with Marxs politics, Hudis, writing in whats called the Marxist-Humanist tradition, sees engagement with Hegels dialectic as an essential part of creating a Marxism adequate to ever-changing times.
Be Careful What You Fight For Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 How do the few haves stay on top of the many have-nots? After generations of domination, the haves know how to do it pretty well. They know how to divide and conquer the have-nots. This is the secret of their power.
Elected Representatives on the Wrong Side of History: Israel is a Criminal State Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) has grown exponentially and gained legitimacy in many parts of the world, while the concept of Israel as an Apartheid state has gained much credibility. In Israel itself, debates that were unheard of a short while ago have entered the public discourse.
How International Financial Elites Change Governments to Implement Austerity Global War on the 99% Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Many countries around the world are plagued by all kinds of armed rebellions, economic sanctions, civil wars, democratic coup détats and/or wars of regime change. These include Ukraine, Venezuela, Syria, Thailand, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Somalia and Lebanon. Even in the core capitalist countries the overwhelming majority of citizens are subjected to brutal wars of economic austerity.
The National Endowment for Democracy in Venezuela The Stealth Destabilizer Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 As protests have been taking place in Venezuela the last couple of weeks, it is always good to check on the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the US Empires stealth destabilizer.
On Academic Labor How Higher Education Ought to Be Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 An edited transcript of remarks given by Noam Chomsky on 4 February 2014 to a gathering of members and allies of the Adjunct Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, PA.
Optic Nerve Millions of Yahoo Webcam Images Intercepted by GCHQ Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.
Organizers Worth Their Salt "Let's drink to the hard working people; Let's drink to the salt of the Earth" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A few unions are recruiting salts these days, usually young people who apply for low-wage jobs in retail, hospitality, or logistics. But unions are reluctant to talk about salting, not wanting to alert management to look out for suspicious characters.
Small is the New Big Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Vandana Shiva reminds us that the very future of food security in India (and indeed worldwide) lies in protecting and promoting the country's small farmers.
State Banks Would Mean Jobs, Credit and Investment Why Don't We? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 One of the many problems with the current banking system is that your tax money helps fuel speculation. Unless there is a public bank that your local government can place deposits into, revenues are the playthings of big banks.
Why we must stop this gay witch-hunt now Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 President Yoweri Museveni has done it. Against widespread expectation raised by his earlier pledge, the Ugandan leader turned around this week and signed into law the contentious Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed last December by a parliament his ruling party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), controls.
New report details brutal Israeli policies Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The first bullet struck 16-year-old Samir Awad in his left leg. He staggered away as fast as he could, but was too slow. A second round slammed into his left shoulder, exiting from the right side of his chest. Then, moments later, a third bullet penetrated the back of his skull and exited from his forehead.
Omar and the Checkpoint The Essential Story that is Rarely Told Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Omar is a 7-year-old boy from Gaza. His family managed to obtain the necessary permits that allowed him to cross the Erez checkpoint to Jerusalem, through the West Bank, in order to undergo surgery. He was accompanied by his father. On the way back, the boy and his father were stopped at the Qalanidya checkpoint, separating occupied East Jerusalem from the West Bank. The father needed another permit from the Israeli military to take his son, whose wounds were still fresh hours after the surgery, back to the strip. But the soldiers were in no obliging mood.
Teaching Workers Education in the Name of Social Transformation Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Karl Marxs famous dictum sums up my teaching philosophy: The philosophers of the world have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it. As I came to see it, Marx had uncovered the inner workings of our society, showing both how it functioned and why it had to be transcended if human beings were to gain control over their lives and labour.
Did Somebody Say Fascism? Waiting in the Wings of Ukraine Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 As Marxist historians of fascism have long argued, fascism at its essence is an outcome of capitalism in crisis. The quintessential counterrevolutionary movement, fascism responds to capitalisms invariable crises by redirecting potentially revolutionary threats to capitalism to nationalist, (relatedly) racist (or within Europes right today, culturalist), and militarist violence that preserves the basic material conditions of class society.
Stop hate rape! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Hate crimes, homophobia and discrimination against queer people are global phenomena that are common practice. This situation is especially experienced in Africa and the Middle East where harsh and punitive legislation and policies are authorised and endorsed. The lack of democracy, or the protection thereof, also perpetuates extreme human rights abuses, which often takes the form of physical assault.
A Taxonomy of Racism from Alvarado to Zimmerman Thoughts on Hearing About the Jordan Davis Verdict from Guatemala City Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Last week our delegation from School of the Americas Watch made a visit to the Casa de la Memoria, or House of Memory, a new museum here in Guatemala City. What first caught my eye was a poster of early Spanish classifications of racial castes. It is the museums answer to the racist notion taught in schools here, that after the Spaniards arrival there was a mixing of cultures, kind of like peanut meets chocolate, or hip-hop meets jazz, to produce something new and beautiful Guatemalan, or at least Ladino, culture.
The Brown Revolution in Ukraine The Spectacle in Kiev Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Kiev is now patrolled by armed thugs from the Western Ukraine, by fighters from the neo-Nazi -Right Sector, descendants of Stepan Bandera, the Ukrainian Quislings troopers, and by their local comrades-in-arms of nationalist persuasion.
How to Jumpstart Your Union (Book Review) A Guide to Fighting Back Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 An invaluable book for any union activist. It details the successful 2010 strike by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), starting with the formation of CORE (Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators) back in 2008 when they had only 22 members; their election to union leadership positions in 2010 when their membership had swelled to 400; and their determination to maintain the struggle in the aftermath of the strike.
Challenging Tar Sands at its Source Grassroots Greens Versus Big Greens Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 With fracking changing the US oil-production and consumption numbers so dramatically, it seems time to challenge the notion that tar sands and the carbon released if tar sands production continues to climb is the make or break point, an endgame whose development signifies game over for the climate, as stated several years ago by Dr. James Hansen. Tar sands development is no less extreme, of course, no less destructive, no less genocidal to those living in the affected areas. Shutting down the tar sands completely, and not negotiated as a phase out nor leaving the corporations in power afterward is more important than ever, and on as many fronts as possible.
The contradictions and limits of localism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Can co-ops and transition towns transform the world? The author of No Local explains why local counter-institutions wont lead to revolutionary change.
Defeat of Reconstruction and the Betrayal of Black Freedom Part Two Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 During Reconstruction, black people fought to assert their American-ness. Throughout the South, it was blacks and their allies who would march, parade and celebrate the Fourth of July, but not out of gross and vulgar American patriotism. Rather, it was part of a struggle to uphold the ideals of freedom and liberty that came with the Civil War and the promise of equality that came with Reconstruction.
Freedom...But to Do What? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Freedom. Everybody says freedom is such a very good thing that it's worth fighting for. But something so good and important deserves a clear meaning, no? Well, what is it?
Operation Nazification Of Empire and Government Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Annie Jacobsens new book is called Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America. It isnt terribly secret anymore, of course, and it was never very intelligent. Jacobsen has added some details, and the U.S. government is still hiding many more. But the basic facts have been available; theyre just left out of most U.S. history books, movies, and television programs.
Soon, the Battle for Venezuela Open Letter to President of Venezuela Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 They are already sewing your funeral gown, Venezuela. They are now ready to welcome you back to that world of the lobotomized, destroyed nations that are fully submissive to Western political and economic interests Indonesia, Philippines, Paraguay, Uganda, Kenya, Qatar, Bahrain, and almost the entire Eastern Europe. There are so many places like that it is impossible to list them all.
Venezuela and the Imperial Script, 2004 Edition The Coup Last Time Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The minute some halfway decent government in Latin America begins to reverse the order of things and give the have-nots a break from the grind of poverty and wretchedness, the usual suspects in El Norte rouse themselves from the slumber of indifference and start barking furiously about democratic norms. It happened in 1973 in Chile; we saw it again in Nicaragua in the 1980s; and heres the same show on summer rerun in Venezuela, pending the August 15 recall referendum of President Hugo Chávez.
Masking Tragedy in Ukraine Sinister Illusions Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 It is no secret that Barack Obama is one of the supreme illusionists of modern times. The disconnect between his words and his deeds is so profound as to be almost sublime, far surpassing the crude obfuscations of the Bush-Cheney gang.
Obama Pushes for Regime Change in Venezuela Once Again, South America Says No Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 When is it considered legitimate to try and overthrow a democratically-elected government? In Washington, the answer has always been simple: when the U.S. government says it is. Not surprisingly, thats not the way Latin American governments generally see it.
What We Owe the Oak Ridge Three Memo to Judge: Really?? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Weve heard it from the bench in Oak Ridge city courtrooms and from state judges in Clinton, Tennessee. And on February 18 we heard it from a federal judge.
An Analysis of 12F Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A discussion of the events, factors, and actors involved in the protests, deaths, injuries, and arrests in Caracas on Venezuela's annual 'Youth Day'.
Bloodshed in Kiev Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Rob Jones looks at the different forces behind the Ukraine crisis.
Forward to a mass workers party in Southern Africa Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The conference of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), held in December 2013, was indisputably a momentous occasion in the struggle in South Africa. It epitomizes an extraordinary separation not only from the African National Congress (ANC), the oldest organisation of conservative black nationalism, but also from the South African Communist Party (SACP), one of the last so-called communist parties from the Soviet era.
Half of U.S. Farmland Being Eyed by Private Equity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 An estimated 400 million acres of farmland in the United States will likely change hands over the coming two decades as older farmers retire, even as new evidence indicates this land is being strongly pursued by private equity investors. In the long term, this dynamic could speed up the already fast-consolidating U.S. food industry, with broad ramifications for both human and environmental health.
Nuclear Weapons Spoilers Sentenced to Long Prison Terms Injustice in Knoxville Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Three anti-war activists who easily snuck into what is touted as one of the United States' most secure nuclear weapons facilities were sentenced to long terms in federal prison on February 18, 2014.
One Who Raged Against the Machine Remembering Gerald Berreman Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Remembering anthropologist Gerald Berreman on the occasion of his December 2013 death. Barreman became an important voice of dissent in the 1960s and 1970s, speaking out against anthropologists interactions with the CIA and other intelligence agencies and championing openness in science.
Africa's Farm Revolution - Who will Benefit? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A farming revolution is under way in Africa, pushed by giant corporations and the UK's aid budget. It will surely be good for the global economy, but will Africa's small farmers see the benefit?
Notes on a Staggering ISO The Slow Death of "Leninism" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A critique of the International Socialist Organization and discussion of the decline of Leninism.
Romania - a Peasants' Revolt against Fracking Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Earthquakes and poisoned wells are setting off a revolt against fracking in Romania, revealing deep fault lines between the rural heartlands and the urban political elite.
Venezuela Under Attack Again Economic Sabotage Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A highly organized attack is once again being carried out against the democratic and popular government of Venezuela. It has involved monetary manipulations, economic sabotage, international media campaigns against the economy despite excellent economic indicators, defamation of the state run oil company, and deadly riots on the street.
Whats up with Bosnia? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Since the beginning of recent struggles in Bosnia, many questions came from Western comrades about their character and what is actually going on. A lot of comrades were dissatisfied with media coverage which didnt provide enough information.
Letter From Mexico: The Privatization of PEMEX Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In 2009, the Compañia Luz y Fuerza (or LyFC, Luz y Fuerza del Centro), a semi-state company providing electricity to Mexico City and some other states in the centre of the country, was disappeared on a moonless Saturday night.
Do You Play Video Games or Do They Play You? Mass Culture for Profit Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Since the spread of smart mobile devices - smartphones and tablets - the video games industry has learned a lesson in economic Darwinism: develop your mobile business or face extinction. The growth of gaming on the move means a new global division of labour, and the industry is revising its profit margins.
In the Shadow of the Fatwa Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Twenty five years ago not even death threats, bombings, and murders could not stop the publication of Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses. Today, all it takes is for one person to shout offence for liberals to haul out the metaphorical burqa to protect our sensitivities. But in defending one's right to say what they wish, even if it is deemed by some to be offensive, what we are truly defending is the necessity for a plural world.
Venezuela Threatened by Far-right Violence Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A statement by the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network condemning the recent violent actions instigated by far-right sections of the opposition in various cities across Venezuela.
Bias Towards Power *Is* Corporate Media Objectivity Journalism, Floods and Climate Silence Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Journalistic bias in favour of the orthodox Western-centric socio-economic perspective is often framed as "objectivity", and departures from the orthodox Western-centric socio-economic perspective are often dismissed as "ideological". A review of the incidence and framing of climate change reporting illustrates this.
Bosnias Magnificent Uprising Heralding a New Era of Class Politics? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Beginning in February 2014, mass protests led by workers, students, and other citizens, have rocked most major industrial cities in Bosnia. Whatever the current uprising is or is not, it is the largest mass outbreak of unalloyed class struggle revolt, untouched by nationalist poison, that we have seen in Bosnia since it was ripped to bits by Serbian and Croatian nationalists.
Fighting King Coal in Indian Ocean paradise Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A $395 million coal fired power station is planned for Mauritius - bulldozed aver the wishes of the population, official advice and the environment ministry.
Perpetuating the Abu Ghraib Culture The Harrowing Abuse of Iraqi Women Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The phenomenon of kidnapping, torturing, raping, and executing women is shockingly widespread within the Iraqi criminal justice systm, which continues the policies of the US miliary administration. If such a reality were to exist in a different political context, the global outrage would have been profound.
Ukraines Protest Movement Is a Left Sector Possible? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A conversation about the necessity and possibility of a Left Sector and its struggle for hegemony in the 2013-2014 Ukrainian protests is important not only in the contemporary Ukrainian context, but also for the future.
War and Womens Rights What Does the Future Hold for Afghan Women? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A discussion of the history, current status, and future of women's rights in Afghanistan.
Best Government Money Can Buy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Revolving Door Syndrome in the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Complex
Lenin 1917-18: the road to the authoritarian state. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Lenins focus when he returned to Russia in 1917 was on the facts of the revolution, rather than outdated Bolshevik theory. He began with what was real, rather than an abstract possibility.
The Lost Revolution Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A discussion of the Haitian revolution, read through the lens of Julia Gaffield's paper on the lost and found Haitian Declaration of Independence.
Venezuela: The Political Economy of Inflation and Investment Strikes Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 This paper adopts a Marxian class analysis to dispute the orthodox critique of high inflation in contemporary Venezuela. It draws a parallel between the 2002-03 oil industry lock-out and the capital strike in the Venezuelan foodstuffs industry today. In each case, capital has suspended production to bid up the price of basic goods and create widespread shortages. Orthdox inflation-targeting conceals the class antagonism of capital strikes and highlights the class interests that underpin monetarism. The paper concludes that socialised production is a viable alternative to neoliberal austerity.
Honduras and Mexico: Open Season for Journalists Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Washington has long been at the forefront of an effort to promote cultural devastation, targeting journalists, artists, and independent thinkers more generally. This cultural ruin is a predictable consequence of U.S. support for repressive regimes.
Laws Unto Themselves Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A frequent criticism of free trade agreements is that corporations are elevated to the level of a country. It might be more accurate to say that corporations are elevated above countries.
One of Historys Biggest B & Es Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The story told in Betty Medsgers new book The Burglary is a tale of a government drunk on its own power, some citizens determined to end the binge, and a time when heroes were not only made in sporting venues and the movies. It is about people putting their lives on the line in opposition to an encroaching police state and the men determined to imprison those people for their opposition.
US-Sponsored Drug-Plane Operation Had Global Reach Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The ongoing investigation into the Gulfstream II jet that crashed in Mexico in the fall of 2007 with a cargo of 3.7 tons of cocaine onboard points to a corruption problem within the US bureaucracy and US intelligence agency complicity in the drug trade.
The Fascist Threat Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Deep economic crisis, savage austerity, and social upheaval have polarised Greek society. One result has been the rise of Golden Dawn, responsible for brutal attacks on immigrants and left-wing activists. Christina Ziakka reports on the response of the political establishment and why the left and workers movement must provide a genuine alternative.
Defeat of Reconstruction and the Betrayal of Black Freedom Part One Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Reconstruction was a tumultuous, brief and extraordinary period of American history defined by an unprecedented experiment in interracial democracy. It was an era of exceptional developments, all taking place simultaneously and impacting one another.
Selling your Secrets The Invisible World of Software Backdoors and Bounty Hunters Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the world of NSA mass surveillance involves close partnerships with a series of companies most of us have never heard of that design or probe the software we all take for granted to help keep our digital lives humming along.
Black Sites across America Health Care in US Prisons: a Human Rights Issue Hiding in Plain Sight Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 There are 2.3 million people in US prisons in conditions that are often inhumane and at worst life threatening. The most striking aspect of this scene is the lack of decent medical care for prisoners, whether in solitary confinement or in the general prison population.
The Real Cost of a Cheap Burger Fastfood Workers Go Hungry: Is that the American Dream? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Americas fastfood outlets are not restaurants but food systems serviced by cheap labour in de-skilled jobs employees so badly paid that they need state aid and charity. They went on strike in North Carolina last summer.
Land Conflict and Injustice Development in 'New India' Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 On agrarian crisis and the commercialization of the countryside in India.
India's Coal Inferno 100,000 Premature Deaths a Year and Rising Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 As India pursues its aggressive path of coal-powered industrialisation, its leaders are showing themselves willing to sacrifice millions of people and huge swathes of the country to a dark and uncertain future.
Austerity U Preparing Students for Precarious Lives Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Policy-makers are introducing big changes to university systems under the banner of an austerity agenda. Globally common themes in this agenda include rapid increases in tuition fees, new models of university governance, new ways of teaching, a significant shift in subject matter, an attempt to depoliticize campuses, and major alterations in employment relations.
Australia's Asylum Policy Teenage Detainees' Plight Shines Light on Regime Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Human rights groups say Coalition's hardline approach to immigration flies in the face of international law.
On the Importance of the Right to Offend Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 There is something truly bizarre that someone should become the focus of death threats and an international campaign of vilification for suggesting that an inoffensive cartoon was inoffensive. What gives the reactionaries the room to operate and to flex their muscles is, however, the pusillanimity of many so-called liberals, their unwillingness to stand up for basic liberal principles, their fear of causing offence, and their reluctance to call so-called community leaders to account. Such backsliding liberals need reminding of some basic points about liberalism, free speech and the giving of offence.
Reclaiming the Commons in Appalachia Property is Theft Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The extractive resource industry has a firm hold on the wild, wonderful, but wounded Appalachians. The use of eminent domain and compulsory pooling has robbed communities of their cultural and natural heritage. Capital is the authority of the Appalachian coalfields, and has created systemic poverty and mono economies. Instead of prosperity in the commons, the mechanism of authority has spawned tragedy.
Ukraine and the Rebirth of Fascism The Menace Across the European Continent Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The violence on the streets of Ukraine is far more than an expression of popular anger against a government. Instead, it is merely the latest example of the rise of the most insidious form of fascism that Europe has seen since the fall of the Third Reich.
NSA, GCHQ mapping political alignment of cellphone users New report reveals Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 New information made public by Edward Snowden reveals that the governments of the United States and United Kingdom are trawling data from cellphone apps to accumulate dossiers on the political alignments of millions of smartphone users worldwide.
Smartphone Game Data Targeted by NSA Angry Birds Cited Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Millennial Media, a Baltimore based ad company, creates intrusive profiles of users of smartphone applications and games like Angry Birds, according to documents leaked to the media by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Such profiles have been exploited by intelligence authorities like the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), say investigative journalists.
When Pete Seeger Faced Down the House Un-American Activities Committee Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Amid all the tributes and accolades to Pete Seeger today, its easy to paper over the extent to which his career was almost destroyed by associations with communism and his refusal to testify to Congress about his time in the Communist Party.
Fighting Big Oil's Cynical Arts Sponsorship Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A growing movement is opposing fossil fuel industry sponsorship of the arts. Pop-up protests and performances denouncing Shell, BP and others are winning the popular vote.
Peru: Amazon tribes sacrificed to gas project Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Peru has approved the highly controversial expansion of the Camisea gas project onto the land of isolated Amazon tribes - who will be put at risk of a massive death toll or extinction from introduced diseases.
Poor West Virginia? Think Again Resistance in the Valley of Death Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia has once again put Appalachia on the map. This is what it usually takes. People have to not just die at the hands of the coal and chemical industry, they have to die dramatically. The long slow death spiral West Virginia has been in for over a hundred years is not news unless they do.
Propaganda 'The Dominant Grand Narrative of Our Time' Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Today, it is clearer than ever to a growing number of people that there is something seriously wrong with 'the news'. The current system of planet-crushing propaganda relies on a mere façade of overall 'balance', 'reasonableness' and 'range of views'. In the UK, BBC News is the crucial foundation stone of this propaganda system, with the Guardian playing an accompanying role.
Torture: Thou shalt not bear honest witness Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 To date, only one person has been jailed in connection to the US torture program - the man who blew the whistle. His sentence must now be quashed and this true American hero set free and compensated.
Why we must Never Forget Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Lindsey German charts how the Nazis were able to perpetrate their crimes by eliminating all effective and organised opposition.
The Highlights of "ChinaLeaks" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Reports by ICIJ and its partners revealing the secretive offshore holdings of Chinas political and financial elite have generated a global wave of media coverage and an aggressive censorship campaign by Chinese authorities. These are some of the highlights of a worldwide selection of the original reports and ensuing media coverage.
The biological basis of resilient cities Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Biological systems offer design strategies for successfully adapting to an age of climate change and resource depletion. Insights from nature will be essential in creating a green and sustainable future for humankind.
Demonizing Edward Snowden Obama Goes Beyond Orwell Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Edward Snowdens revelations have gone a long way to lifting the veil of secrecy and foul play that is the norm in capitalist America. He has hastened the time when BIG BROTHERS rules of engagement and all forms of ruling-class oppression are brought to an end forever.
From Maoism to Trotskyism Recollections of a Participant Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In 1968, a massive movement of radical students in the U.S. was attracted to Maoism. By 1972, the movement had already ruptured and was rapidly dissipating. What happened?
The Obliteration of Privacy Snowden and the NSA Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Its remarkable how little outrage Edward Snowdens NSA revelations have provoked in the American public. One often heard response is something like, Well, I dont have anything to hide, so I dont care if the government is listening to what I say. And if they catch some terrorists, so much the better.
Ukraine Turmoil Capitalist Powers in Tug of War Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The ongoing aim of the Western imperialists is to establish a client state on the border of Russia, which under the rule of capitalist strongman Vladimir Putin has increasingly become a thorn in their sides. And Ukraine would be a big prize. Its industrial base supplies the Russian market, and its Black Sea and Crimean peninsula territories are of strategic importance to the Russian military.
The Jordan Valley: stolen land, stolen childhood Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The Jordan Valley in the Palestinian West Bank is under active annexation to Israel - in breach of the 4th Geneva Convention. Victoria Brittain went there to explore what this means for the people of the Valley.
Public space - we must defend our freedoms! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Laws handing sweeping new powers to police and private security to restrict access to Britain's public space will extinguish the diversity of civic life. Time for us to rediscover and defend our freedoms.
Scientists Protest Canadas War on Science Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The Harper government is closing libraries, trashing documents and firing thousands of scientists while handing out billions in subsidies to oil companies.
Clara Zetkin Oppression, Class, and Socialism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Lindsey German responds to John Riddell's article, 'Clara Zetkin in the Lions Den'.
Clara Zetkin in the Lion's Den Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 John Riddell looks at Clara Zetkin a German Marxist theorist, activist, and advocate for women's rights and her fight for workers unity and feminism at a Comintern congress.
Gas company: Amazon tribes vulnerable to 'massive deaths' Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Amazon tribes in Peru's rainforest are at risk of 'massive deaths' from new diseases to which they lack immunity, gas company Pluspetrol admits - as it tries to expand its Camisea gas project into a Reserve for isolated indigenous people.
Washington and the Oil Industry Know the Truth About Climate Change Short-Term Profits Trump Survival Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Climate skeptics in Congress, and oil and coal industry lobbyists like the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Coal Council (ACC) may be preventing any significant action in the US on reducing this countrys emissions of carbon into the atmosphere, but at the Pentagon, and in the executive suites of the oil industry giants, there is no doubt about the reality of climate change.
NHS Patient Data to be Made Available for Sale to Drug and Insurance Firms Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Drug and insurance companies will from later this year be able to buy information on patients once a single English database of medical data has been created. Privacy experts warn there will be no way for public to work out who has their medical records or how they are using it.
Appalachia Rising Which Side Are You On? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 On January 9, 2014, a dangerous toxin, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, leaked from a busted tank and into the Elk River in West Virginia. It is believed that nearly 7,500 gallons of the toxin made its way from the 40,000-gallon tank into the river. This is a story too often told in Appalachia.
Farming Freedom Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A simple agricultural technique could release farmers from the grip of agrochemical corporations. With no patents, no royalties and no licensing fees, this system just benefits the farmers.
How the NSA Infiltrated Mexicos Computers A Cyber Invasion Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 NSA internal information provided by former security consultant and whistleblower Edward Snowden once again shows that Mexico features prominently as a target for massive U.S. espionage.
A Journalists Death in Oaxaca The Murder of Crime Reporter Alberto López Bello Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the Americas to practice journalism.
The Raid on Lawrence, Kansas A Midwest Gothic Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Bizarre and gruesome moment in the life of Lawrence, Kansas should give pause to us all when we consider the small and the large of our own lives.
Mumia on COINTELPRO Activists and Other Ordinary Heroes The Linear Ancestors of Edward Snowden Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Mumia Abu-Jamal was one of hundreds of journalists who received in the mail a packet of covertly-copied COINTELPRO documents. They were sent by eight activists who broke into FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania in 1971and whose identities just became known last week. The papers detailed names and activities of individuals he knew well for years, living and working closely together in communal spaces, who were FBI informants.
Lack of regulation behind West Virginia water disaster Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A chemical spill at the Etowah River Terminal, near Charleston, West Virginia, resulted in nearly 300,000 people in the state losing access to drinkable water. Since then, several reports have been released detailing the decades-long lack of regulation by state or federal agencies of the site responsible.
Manifesto 10 Theses of the Leftist Opposition in Ukraine Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Replacing one set of politicians and oligarchs with another without overall systemic changes will not improve Ukrainian's lives. Instead, the Left Opposition Collective, a group of social and union activists, is proposing ten basic conditions for overcoming the economic crisis and ensuring Ukraines future growth.
Top Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich Making a Killing Off the Tax Code Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Here are the top ten examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and subsidies for the rich and corporations provided by federal, state and local governments but these ten will give a taste.
Transgender oppression and resistance Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Miles discusses how socialists approach the question of fighting oppressions like transphobia is not an abstract matter. It goes to the heart of how we work with oppressed groups and individuals such as trans people and how we persuade them to become part of building a mass united working class movement to overthrow capitalism and create a socialist society.
20 Years Since the Chiapas Rebellion The Zapatistas, Their Politics and Impact Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The Chiapas rebellion led by the Zapatistas took place 20 years ago this month. What was the importance of the rebellion and of the Zapatistas? What was the impact at the time? And what has been its political legacy? What is the role of the Zapatistas in Mexico today?
The Other Public Humanities Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Among the conclusions frequently drawn about the heavily reported "crisis in the humanities" is that humanities departments are woefully out of touch with today's students, with the new economy, with the public at large.
John Ball Was Right! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 John Ball was a leader of the English Peasant Rebellion of 1381, also known as Wat Tyler's Rebellion from the name of another of its leaders. Ball was a priest at a time when the feudal society consisted largely of "villeins" and "gentlefolk".
The Anti-Empire Report #124 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A review of historical and current American imperialist activities.
Canada's Science Library Closures Mirror Bush's Playbook Similar moves by US Republican president met sharp backlash from 10,000 scientists. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The Harper government is now eliminating seven Department of Fishery libraries containing one of the world's most comprehensive collections of information on fisheries, aquatic sciences and nautical sciences.
DFO Library Closures Anger Scientific Community Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 When word first broke that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans was closing seven of their libraries, government officials promised that there would be no loss of vital historical material. Today many are skeptical of those claims.
Fighters against apartheid Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Alan Wieder's book "Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid" is a triumph, describing his subjects with compassion and criticism.
Freedom Summer, 50 Years After The Power of Stories Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In his memoir, Challenging the Mississippi Firebombers, Memories of Mississippi 1964-65, Jim Dann put to paper the stories from his time in Mississippi 50 years ago, working as a young college student for fifteen months in Sunflower County to establish Freedom Schools and to help register African-Americans to vote.
A history of struggle - book review Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 In his review of "Neil Faulkner, A Marxist History of the World: From Neanderthals to Neoliberals", Stone posits that Neil Faulkners history is one which, in the classical Marxist tradition, is both profoundly internationalist, and which celebrates the self-activity of the exploited and oppressed and their potential to shape the future.
How Greens and Labor can Win ... Together Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 A review of Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activists and the New South Wales Labourers Federation by Meredith and Verity Burgmann (UNSW Press, 1998).
The internet, social media and the workplace Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Upchurch argues that the impact social media has on social movements is overestimated. Instead, it is imperative to focus on the impact of communication technology in the workplace, at the point of production, if we are to fully understand its implications.
Intersectionality and black communist women Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Erik S McDuffie's book "Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism and the Making of Black Left Feminism" looks to an especially marginalised group, black women in the United States who joined the Communist Party.
A "Trot of the milder persuasion": Raymond Challinor's Marxism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 This essay aims to give a sense of Challinor's creativity as a Marxist historian and political activist. It suggests that The Origins of British Bolshevism perhaps reveals some of the limitations of Challinor's own slightly abstract and propagandist model of what "Bolshevism" represented. But it also signifies his distinctive and outstanding contribution.
Europes Leaders Visit Athens to Celebrate Their Failure Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The start of Greeces six-month presidency of the EU was marked by a ceremony in the Greek capital attended by the EU commissioners. But protests were banned and there was no in-depth talk about the raging controversy over the blocs handling of the Greek debt crisis and the renewed concerns about the vitality of the Eurozone.
Fakethrough! GMOs and the Capitulation of Science Journalism Total Information Control Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Good journalism examines its sources critically, it takes nothing at face value, places its topics in a historical context, and it values above all the public interest. Such journalism is, most people agree, essential to any equitable and open system of government. The science media has somehow escaped serious attention. This is unfortunate because no country in the world has a healthy science media.
German police declare parts of Hamburg no-go zone Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Early Saturday morning, police in the northern German city of Hamburg declared the entire district of St. Pauli and large parts of Altona, Eimsbuettel and Sternschanze to be a no-go zone. The announcement of such a broad no-go area is unprecedented in German post-war history. In such areas police officers are entitled to arbitrarily check and search any individual and demand they leave the zone.
One in five Israelis lives in poverty Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 With just over 8 million people, Israel has over 1.7 million, more than 20 percent of the population, living below the poverty line, according to the latest report issued by the National Insurance Institute (NII) and the Central Bureau of Statistics. Issued in December, the figures relate to 2012 and will have worsened since then.
PBSs Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 commemorates Michigans bitter labor past Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 One hundred years ago, a major strike by copper miners was continuing in the Keweenaw Peninsula, which protrudes into Lake Superior in northern Michigan. In the middle of the months-long battle against intransigent mine owners, at least 73 people, mostly children, were killed in a horrific incident at a celebration on Christmas Eve in 1913.
Winstanleys Ecology Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Largely forgotten for much of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, the communist thought of Winstanley was rediscovered by German and Russian Marxists in the late nineteenth century.
A contemporary account of the German pogroms of November 1938 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Shortly after the November 1938 pogroms, journalist and historian Konrad Heiden wrote a work entitled Night Oath, in which he gave a detailed account of the horrific events marking the transition from social discrimination to the systematic brutalization and persecution of Jews in Germany.
Israels education system peddles intolerance and lies Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 John Kerry spent last week testing the waters with the Israelis and the Palestinians over his so-called framework agreement designed to close the gaps between the two sides. But the issues he is trying to resolve appear more intractable by the day.
A Short History of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party Challenging the Two Parties of Capital Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Minnesotas Farmer-Labor Party was the most successful labor party in United States history. The Minnesota Farmer-Labor Association, a grouping of associated unions and farmers, provided the organic connection between labor and the party.
Voluntary Simplicity And The Steady-State Economy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Voluntary simplicity is most basically characterized by the practices of mindfulness and material sufficiency. Through bringing mindfulness to our daily lives, we seek the maximum of well-being achievable through the minimum of material consumption. Well-being applies to all life forms on Earth, not just people.
What Is the Common Good? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Humans are social beings, and the kind of creature that a person becomes depends crucially on the social, cultural and institutional circumstances of his life. We are therefore led to inquire into the social arrangements that are conducive to people's rights and welfare, and to fulfilling their just aspirations - in brief, the common good.
Why History Makes Us Important Back to Bachima Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 History has been important to me for as long as I can remember. As a child I loved hearing my relatives tell stories about the past. However, it was not until I was older that I realized that the stories meant something; they were key to understanding the present; and why we are what we are. As my awareness increased, I became serious about the past so serious that it often got me into trouble.
World War One and the rehabilitation of slaughter Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Damaged by Iraq, ground down in Afghanistan, defeated over Syria, the jingoistic right are determined to rewrite the history of the First World War in an effort to rehabilitate imperialist war in the early 21st century.
Are We Being Driven Like Cattle? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 As we stand in line for security checks at airports, we may have the distinct feeling that we are being herded like cattle. The purpose of the charade is not so much to prevent airliners from being sabotaged as it is to keep the idea of terrorism fresh in our minds.
The future is agroecology Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The way to a sustainable, people-centred agriculture lies in agroecology - farming based on ecological principles, taking account of the interdependence of all living things.
Not Your Mothers Electrolux Planned Obsolescence Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Documentary goes on to present new evidence on the school of engineers who were driven by the market and who were clearly interested in making the most disposable product that they could. Electrolux began selling its vacuum cleaners in the UK.
Paraguay: Women at the Center of Resistance Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The headquarters of Conamuri is a gentle place that combines work with intimacy, like the campesino life that in some way it reproduces. The experience of Conamuri is great. They make their own rules and follow them in an educated way, not aggressively, but responsibly and with commitment. Although it may hurt, they tell us things to our face.
Science and liberation Science as human curiosity, as authority, and as business Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The conservative movements attack on science has several prongs. Where they can attain government office, as in Canada, they use the highly effective tools of funding and de-funding, and regulation and de-regulation, to control government scientists and embolden private interests. The goal is to transfer power and resources from public services and public science to private institutions, while often appealing to moral and religious doctrines in the process.
WikiLeaks: Conspiracy of Governance to the Courage to Inspire The Moral Math of Our Time Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 WikiLeaks emerged into the limelight like a call to the conscience of humanity. They released secret documents revealing Kenyan government corruption, Icelands financial collapse, the criminality of US wars in the Middle East and more. Their very existence and what they revealed called into question the legitimacy of imperial power structures around the world.
Looking back in anger - The Miners Strike 30 years on Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 With new papers released by the National Archives about the Miners Strike Chris Strafford caught up with Harry Paterson, author of the upcoming book Look Back in Anger: The Miners Strike in Nottinghamshire 30 years on, to discuss what we have learnt.
Peter Rosenthals passions for law and math make for a beautiful, if different, life At 72, lawyer and professor is still in love with his two jobs and says he plans to work until he dies. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Peter Rosenthal has died several times. Once he died in court when his heart stopped. Each time doctors brought him back. Now he is dying a different death in front of a University of Toronto math class.
If not now, when? On BDS and singling out Israel Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 This is an edited version of a letter I've sent to a relative in the US who's been trying to figure out the BDS issue in the wake of the recent onslaught against the American Studies Association's decision to support the academic boycott.
Collective Courage A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice Resource Type: Book First Published: 2014 In Collective Courage, Jessica Gordon Nembhard chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality.
Farmageddon The True Cost of Cheap Meat Resource Type: Book First Published: 2014 An investigation and implication of the global industrial farming industry.
How to Jump-Start Your Union Lessons from the Chicago Teachers Resource Type: Book First Published: 2014 How to Jump-Start Your Union tells how activists transformed their union and gave members hope. Readers will learn how to run for office, work with their communities, build stewards' networks, train new leaders, run a contract campaign, and strike.
Imagine Living in a Socialist USA Resource Type: Book First Published: 2014 Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA is at once an indictment of American capitalism as the root cause of our spreading dystopia and a cri di coeur for what life could be like in the United States if we had economic as well as a real political democracy. It features thirty-one essays by revolutionary thinkers and activists on various aspects of a new society and, crucially, on how to get from where we are now to where we want to be, living in a society that is truly fair and just.
Postcolonial Thoughts Blind Alley Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Throughout the 20th century, the anchor for anti-colonial movements was, at least for the left, a belief that oppression was wrong wherever it was practised, because it was an affront to basic human needs for dignity, liberty, wellbeing. But now, in the name of anti-Eurocentrism, postcolonial theory has resurrected the cultural essentialism that progressives rightly viewed as the ideological justification for imperial domination. What better excuse to deny peoples their rights than to impugn the idea of rights, and universal interests, as culturally biased? No revival of an international and democratic left is possible unless we clear away these ideas, affirming the universalism of our common humanity, and of the threat to it from a universalising capitalism.
A Red Metamorphosis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 The following essay has been written and published in response to increasing requests from researchers for information on the background and development of historian Terry Irving and his approach to history.
Rosa Luxemburg: Economics for a New Socialist Project Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Reading Marx Capital today leaves the same impression as reading Luxemburgs The Accumulation of Capital. One wonders whether Marx and Luxemburg really wrote their books more than one hundred years ago. If not for their historical references to English industrialization and nineteenth-century imperialism, one might think they were written as analyses of neoliberal globalization from the late twentieth century until today.
Why We Reject the Constituent Assembly Demand Resource Type: Article First Published: 2014 Our rejection of the call for a constituent assembly reflects both the historical experience of the proletariat and the extension of the Marxist program over the years.
Nature, science & power Questions need to be asked... Resource Type: Website First Published: 2014 Here many questions will be asked, some answers attempted. This blog connects to a new book: Bold Scientists: dispatches from the battle for honest science, published in 2014 by Between the Lines.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical) First Published: 2014 A newsletter with news about the Connexions project, as well as news from the realm of grassroots archives and people's history.
Secret Memo Casts Doubt on Feds' Claims for Science Library Closures Goal stated is 'culling' research, not preserving and sharing through digitization Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A federal document marked "secret" obtained by Postmedia News indicates the closure or destruction of more than half a dozen world famous science libraries has little if anything to do with digitizing books as claimed by the Harper government.
Golden Rice ignores the risks, the people and the real solutions Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 'Golden Rice' is being promoted by GM advocates as a solution to malnutrition. But Daniel Ocampo says it is for the 'target populations' in the Philippines and elsewhere to decide whether to accept the technology - and they don't want it!
The Good War, Revisited The Bombing of Pearl Harbor: What FDR Knew Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Each Pearl Harbor day offers a fresh opportunity for those who correctly believe that Franklin Roosevelt knew of an impending attack by the Japanese and welcomed it as a way of snookering the isolationists and getting America into the war.
Israel Has Been 'Singled Out' in the US for a Very Long Time To whom much is given, much is expected Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The American Studies Association, the umbrella organization of academics devoted to the study of US literature, history and culture, recently voted to join the movement to boycott Israeli academic institutions.
The Killings Fields of Gaza Asymmetric Warfare Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Revelations from Israeli sources such as Breaking the Silence and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel that the Israeli assaults on Gaza in 2008/9 (Cast Lead) and 2012 (Pillars of Defence) were planned many months ahead pose many questions about the real motives for the seven year siege and these massive attacks on a helpless concentration of impoverished and imprisoned people.
When the Unimaginable Happened Mandela: the Movie Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Mandela: the Movie is a very accurate film, depicting what actually happened in South Africa, and one cannot help thinking about it again and again.
Kalahari Bushmen unite to end oppression Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Representatives of the Basarwa or Bushman peoples of Botswana step up their fight to end structural oppression of their communities.
Migrant Workers Fight Exploitation in New Zealand Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Unite Union has dealt with several cases of extreme exploitation of migrant workers. It seems that some of the liquor shops around Auckland have been employing students from India and paying a pittance four or five dollars an hour, well below the legal minimum of $13.75 an hour.
Abandoned in the Cold and Dark Living Under Siege people of Gaza Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The world has forgotten Gaza, its women and children. The people of Gaza are being crushed under the Israeli blockade which severely restricts essential supplies coming into the strip. The blockade is as bad as the war; its like a slow death for everyone in Gaza.
The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 2013 has been the nuclear power industry's annus horribilis and the nuclear renaissance can now be pronounced stone cold dead. The industry is finding it increasingly difficult to profitably operate existing reactors - especially ageing reactors requiring refurbishments - let alone build new ones.
The Virtues of Mutiny and Desertion Two Christmas Anniversaries Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Christmas Eve also marks the famous 1914 Christmas truce when British and German soldiers crossed No Mans Land to shake hands, play soccer, exchange souvenirs and sing carols to each other. The High Commands and politicians on both sides swiftly put an end to that foolishness. The war went on killing many millions.
Voices of Resistance to the Northern Gateway Pipeline Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The National Energy Board's Joint Review Panel (JRP) has just published its recommendation that the Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway to transport Alberta's tar sands oil to the northwest coast of British Columbia should be approved.
Wild Socialism: All Power to the Councils! (Review) Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Review of Wild Socialism: Workers Councils in Revolutionary Berlin, 1918-1921 by Martin Comack (2012) and All Power to the Councils! A Documentary History of the German Revolution of 1918-1919 edited by Gabriel Kuhn (2012).
Vulnerable Akron: the first great sit-down Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Akron, rubber manufacturing capital of the world. A drab Mid-Western industrial city of 255,000. A city with a hum, a throb, anodor all its own. It made the front pages in February, 1936. A strike had closed the largest tire factory on the globe, which had 14,000 employees.
What's Driving Chaotic Dismantling of Canada's Science Libraries? Scientists reject Harper government claims vital material is being saved digitally Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Scientists say the closure of some of the world's finest fishery, ocean and environmental libraries by the Harper government has been so chaotic that irreplaceable collections of intellectual capital built by Canadian taxpayers for future generations has been lost forever. Many collections ended up in dumpsters while others such as Winnipeg's historic Freshwater Institute library were scavenged by citizens, scientists and local environmental consultants. Others were burned or went to landfills.
The Arc of Justice and the Long Run Hope, History, and Unpredictability Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 North American cicada nymphs live underground for 17 years before they emerge as adults. Many seeds stay dormant far longer than that before some disturbance makes them germinate. Sometimes cause and effect are centuries apart; sometimes Martin Luther Kings arc of the moral universe that bends toward justice is so long few see its curve; sometimes hope lies not in looking forward but backward to study the line of that arc.
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 nightmare hidden within liberal Zionism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Since the American Studies Association (ASA) announced this month that its members had voted overwhelmingly to endorse the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, the predictable outpouring of furious responses has been proliferating.
An account of my involvement with Solidarity - Bob Potter Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Bob Potter's previously unpublished 2004 recollections of his involvement in the libertarian socialist group Solidarity in the 1960s and 70s and some of its key figures like Ken Weller and Chris and Jeanne Pallis.
Down Where Apartheid Lives Where are the Condemnations of Australia? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 John Pilger documentary Australia - discover what lies behind the sunny face . Aboriginal people comprise barely three per cent of the Australian population. Unlike the US, Canada and New Zealand, which have made treaties with their first people, Australia has offered gestures often wrapped in the law.
I wrote the Anarchist Cookbook in 1969. Now I see its premise as flawed Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Forty-four years ago this month, in December 1969, I quit my job as a manager of a bookstore in New York City's Greenwich Village and began to write the Anarchist Cookbook. My motivation at the time was simple; I was being actively pursued by the US military, who seemed single-mindedly determined to send me to fight, and possibly die, in Vietnam.
Lessons from small shop organizing Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A significant amount of organizing experience in the IWW comes from working in relatively small workplaces such as stand-alone single shops or franchises of multiple smaller shops. These places present their own set of difficulties and opportunities.
Whose sarin? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. The Syrian army is not the only party in the countrys civil war with access to sarin.
Why environmentalists must support workers' struggles Global Capitalism is the Real Enemy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 This is to specifically address class struggle as it relates to the ecological crisis. It will not address all the other (many!) reasons that working class struggle must be waged and supported.
Bicycle Use Booming in Latin America Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 I ride 43 km a day and I love it, said Carlos Cantor in Bogotá, Colombia. Five years ago I switched my car for a bike, explained Tomás Fuenzalida from Santiago, Chile. They are both part of the burgeoning growth of cycling as a transport solution in Latin America.
India - buried under stinking rubbish heaps Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Under the 'Incredible India' brand lurk millions of fast-growing piles of decomposing waste. As they await removal, polluting waters and stinking under the tropical sun, India is rapidy becoming the world's biggest rubbish dump.
Why Vote for a Scottish State ? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Barry Biddulph takes a critical look at, The National Question-Some Basic Principles, by John Molyneux in the Irish Marxist Review and the application of these principles to Scotland by Keir Mckechnie.
Americas Own Political Prisoners From Mandela to Oscar López Rivera Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Nelson Mandelas death has elicited a predictable outpouring of accolades. Glowing praise is now coming from American politicians as disparate as Newt Gingrich and Barack Obama. But this praise comes with the recasting, perhaps rebranding, of the amazing man that was Nelson Mandela.
Archaeology and the Atom The Nuclear Fallacy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 We have all heard of the city of Idu. Right? Thousands of families living there, carrying out their normal lives, government housed in lavish buildings, written documents, trade, religion, etc. Well, it was lost. A whole city lost. Idu flourished in the 13th century B.C. We knew it had existed from some ancient Assyrian records, but had no idea where it was. Archeologists finally found it last year, buried in northern Iraq.
The Bankruptcy of the Wests Syrian Policy Factions on the Run Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The final bankruptcy of American and British policy in Syria came 10 days ago as Islamic Front, a Saudi-backed Sunni jihadi group, overran the headquarters of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) at Bab al-Hawa on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey.
The Mekong must run free! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Mekong is among Southeast Asia's greatest rivers, sustaining tens of millions from its abundant fisheries and its floodwaters which both irrigate and fertilise. But Nature's bounty, and beauty, are at risk from a series of 11 dams.
Paradise of Untouchable Assets Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Trusts held in the Cook Islands can put money beyond the reach of the American legal system.
In Home Gardens, Income and Food for Urban Poor Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A slowly but steadily growing phenomenon in Jordan, urban agriculture has vast potential for reducing poverty and improving food security, and it has the added benefit of greening and cleaning up more rundown sections of cities.
Marx and the Rift in the Universal Metabolism of Nature Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The rediscovery over the last decade and a half of Marxs theory of metabolic rift has come to be seen by many on the left as offering a powerful critique of the relation between nature and contemporary capitalist society. The result has been the development of a more unified ecological world view transcending the divisions between natural and social science, and allowing us to perceive the concrete ways in which the contradictions of capital accumulation are generating ecological crises and catastrophes.
Twenty-First-Century Land Grabs Accumulation by Agricultural Dispossession Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Land grabs -- whether initiated by multinational corporations and private investment firms emanating from the capitalist core, sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East, or state entities such as China and India -- are now in the news constantly.
The Whack Em and Stack Em Mentality of American Cops Killers on the Road Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Killings by police are not a negligible proportion of the United States firearms death toll. The public apprehension that cops are often borderline psychotic, hair-trigger-ready to open fire on the slightest pretext, virtually immune from serious sanction, is growing apace, fueled by such incidents as the dog slaughter on an interstate.
Everyone can be an investigative journalist. Everyone! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Inge Springe is the founder and director of the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism. Her stories have resulted in action against public officials and helped bring about changes in Latvian economic and tax policy.
Everyone can be an investigative journalist. Everyone! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Inge Springe is the founder and director of the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism. Her stories for the center, which is also known as Re:Baltica, have resulted in action against public officials and helped bring about changes in Latvian economic and tax policy.
Mundurukú Indians in Brazil Protest Tapajós Dams Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 10 Mundurukú chiefs and 30 warriors made the trek to the capital of Brazil to demand the demarcation of their territory and the right to prior consultation in order to block the Tapajós hydroelectric dam, which could flood several of their villages.
Pungesti, Romania: people versus Chevron and riot police Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Pungesti is at the terrifying front line of Romania's resource war - where villagers are fighting off rapacious corporations and their private army of violent riot police, backed by corrupt politicians.
Wheres the Body Count from Shootings by the Police? Protecting Killer Cops Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 It estimated that in the United States in 2011 police shot more than 1,100 people, killing 607. The government refuses to keep track of the killings, so the exact number is unknown, and may well be higher.
Japan's post-Fukushima 'secrecy' clampdown Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Japan's secrecy law, just passed by parliament, gives the government carte blanche to designate state secrets - and restrict information about anything it likes.
Location Tracking: A Pervasive Problem in Modern Technology Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 NSA is tracking people around the Internet and the physical world. These newly-revealed techniques hijacked personal information that was being transmitted for some commercial purpose, converting it into a tool for surveillance. One technique involved web cookies, while another involved mobile apps disclosing their location to location-based services.
NSA Turns Cookies (And More) Into Surveillance Beacons Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 These Google cookies - known as 'PREF' cookies - last two years and can uniquely identify you. The NSA is using this to enable remote exploitation (hacking into peoples computers) - an act aided by the ability to uniquely identify individuals on the Internet.
To end the occupation, dissolve the Palestinian Authority Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Palestinians will not gain their freedom except through popular resistance, in which all segments of the Palestinian people are unified against the occupation, in an organized popular intifada. There will not be a popular intifada before the Palestinian Authority is dissolved, and a unified, principles-centered national leadership is formed.
America Soon to Become a Corporate North Korea? Stacking the Deck Against Working People Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Given the power American corporations have, anyone who believes he couldnt be turned into a North Korean is lying to himself.
The Ecoterrorist and me Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Marie Mason is five years into a 22-year sentence for participating in non-violent - but highly destructive - actions with the Earth Liberation Front. David Rovics met with her at the Carswell Federal Women's Prison in Fort Worth, Texas.
Madiba in Palestine Apartheid Died on the Sharp Edge of Principles Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The profound political ties between Palestinians and South Africans are quite strong, matched, perhaps, only by the deep connections to the black freedom movement in the U.S. Madibas death has generated an outpouring of mourning and remembrance from Palestinian activists.
Marxism, ecology and human history Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Land and Labour: An important new book explores humanitys contradictory relationship with the environment: our role in destroying nature, and our potential to for positive change.
Police Attack Palm Oil Protestors in Sierra Leone Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Sierra Leone police opened fire on a group of protestors who were demonstrating against a palm oil plantation in the southern province of Pujehun. The project is being developed by Societe Financiere des Caoutchoucs (Socfin), a French agri-business giant.
Dismantling of Fishery Library 'Like a Book Burning,' Say Scientists Harper government shuts down 'world class' collection on freshwater science and protection Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Harper government has dismantled one of the world's top aquatic and fishery libraries as part of its agenda to reduce government as well as limit the role of environmental science in policy decision-making.
Dont Blame Mandela for Our Failure Believing the Champions of Neoliberalism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 South Africa believed the promises made by the champions of neoliberalism, and found itself ensnared in its web with no way out by the beginning of the next millennium.
Climate politics must be as radical as the climate crisis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 If the climate action movement allows its goals to be shaped by what is permissible in a capitalist economy then it has already failed. To respond to the climate emergency, our politics must be as radical as our reality. Revolutionary changes needed for humankind to survive and thrive.
On the nature and causes of environmental violence Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 We need a much broader definition of violence than is allowed for by limiting its meaning to a physical and immediate brutal act of aggression, and one that includes an environmental dimension.
The radical legacy of Nelson Mandela Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In 1964, Nelson Mandela along with many other comrades in the struggle for the liberation of South Africa from racist white domination under apartheid was sentenced to life in prison. A voice for justice has gone silent. But the words and example of Mandela will live as long as people struggle against injustice and oppression.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Africa's 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.
Mandela's Paradoxes Made His Journey Even Greater Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Mandela was in it to win it. He sought concrete, historic and big change, knew that it could not be achieved without the support of public opinion, and proved expertly flexible in, through trial and error, discovering what worked and what did not work, and embracing what did work.
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.
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.
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.
Working To Honour Nelson Mandela's Legacy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 As the world mourns the passing of South Africa's first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, his close friend and political stalwart Tokoyo Sexwale says much needs to be done to honour his legacy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Iron Cagebook The Logical End of Facebook's Patents Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Ads are coming to get you Billions of pieces of data crunched to target your screen. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The amount of personal information we donate to the Internet giants, and their ability to monitor our every move, are now being fed to ad exchange sites that bid within milliseconds for the space on our screens.
The corporation invasion Government by big business goes supranational Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A new treaty being negotiated in secret between the US and the EU has been specifically engineered to give companies what they want the dismantling of all social, consumer and environmental protection, and compensation for any infringement of their assumed rights.
Ethiopia's stolen land. A common property of the nations and peoples Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Government plans to reform Ethiopias agriculture failed to consider the countrys peasant culture, subsistence farming and basic needs such as water to drink. Instead, it let the agrifood and financial giants take much of the most fertile land from peasant farmers.
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"!
Louisianas profitable prisons Inside America Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Long jail sentences for trivial offences enrich local sheriffs and police departments in the state of Louisiana and keep the local economy going.
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.
Day Of Mourning Statement From Leonard Peltier Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 It is yet another year. It seems like a thousand years ago but only a year in time in reality from the last time I dictated one of these statement for the day of mourning so, again, I want to say as last time, that I am honoured that you would want to hear my words.
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.
The Exchange - Issue #3 Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical) First Published: 2013 The third issue of The Exchange focuses on ongoing struggles to build effective resistance to austerity, and the attempts to build unity across the left. The exchanges here try to look to the problems of the left and wider social movements to ask how we might go forward, how we might contribute to the enrichment and revival of communist ideas, and how our work, in the here and now, can help to develop the left as a strong and serious force.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Racism, capitalism and contradictions Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Workers under capitalism have a dual existence: both as collective producers struggling against capital for control of the workplace, for hours and wages, but also workers compete as each other.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What privilege analysis doesn't provide Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Reading the ongoing debate on white skin privilege at SocialistWorker.org has author think about a recent fightback that took place where he works. It is a large, publicly funded hospital that cares for a patient population that is as racially and ethnically diverse as its workforce.
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.
Climate Change as a Class Issue Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Protesting PNC Bank in Pittsburgh financing of mountain-top removal (MTR) coal mining across Appalachia. MTR causes increased cancer rates and birth defects, as well as massive environmental degradation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marxism and Anarchism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Remarks in our meeting in the London Anarchist Bookfair.
Sylvia Pankhurst: War and Imperialism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Katherine Connelly's Sylvia Pankhursts activism during the First World War demonstrated her unwavering commitment to anti-imperialism - a thread running through all her activity for the rest of her life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Amazon the future of retail? A smile is the logo: were not smiling Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Amazons warehouses are run like colonial enterprises the staff are treated with contempt, paid badly, disciplined brutally, and set in competition against each other, often as temporary workers or on short-term contracts.
Dirty South The Foul Legacy of Louisiana Oil Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 On the workings and effects of the oil industry in Louisiana, including a particular focus on legacy lawsuits, through which landowners have sued companies for contamination of properties leased to produce oil and gas.
Fighting impunity, but only in some cases Is the International Criminal Court too Politicized? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 So far all the 20 prosecutions in the 11 years of the ICCs existence have been brought over African conflicts. The US, China, Russia and Israel havent even signed up to the court, and actively seek exemption from it.
Harper's Seven-Year War on Science Chris Turner's treatise on Tory anti-empiricism should spark outrage. But those in power won't see it. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013
Home of the Whopper Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Frank observes a fast-food worker protest in North Carolina and ponders the intersections of technological efficiency and worker redundancy, corporate wealth and de facto government subsidies, and company rhetoric and profits alongside workers' struggles for survival.
Job makes us sick Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Corporations blame individual workers for their own state of health, which in reality is adversely impacted by unsafe work conditions individual workers have little or no control over. When management puts austerity and cost-cutting ahead of well-being, individual human beings pay the price.
Lineages of Revolt Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 While the outcomes of the tumultuous uprisings that continue to transfix the Arab world remain uncertain, the root causes of rebellion persist. Drawing upon extensive empirical research, Lineages of Revolt tracks the major shifts in the regions political economy over recent decades.
Save Our Unions Dispatches From A Movement in Distress Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013
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.
Syrian people are asking for our solidarity. The local civilian councils are a good place for us to star Reporting From the Inside Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In 2013 Syria is on the verge of collapse. What began as a grassroots protest movement, inspired by revolutionary action in Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere in the Middle East, is now a bloody civil war. As media headlines focus on the armed aspects of the battle against the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad, there is a sustained popular resistance being waged in Syria that is not being fully reported.
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.
Is there a White Skin Privilege? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The idea that all whites are privileged at the expense of Blacks is popular on the left -- but Bill Mullen makes the case that Marxism offers a better understanding of racism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Forest Mafia: How Scammers Steal Millions Through Carbon Markets When the product is invisible, the cons are endless. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 International law enforcement authorities and environmental advocates say that the carbon markets are extremely vulnerable to financial fraudsters, especially when it comes to forest projects. Their shell games can also be hard to spot. Authorities have concluded that up to 90% of all carbon trading in some countries was a result of fraudulent activities.
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.
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.
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.
Against Anarchism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A critical theory of the public sphere should incorporate neo-anarchisms best insights, while rejecting wholesale anarchism. Neo-anarchism fails to sustain the tension between fact and norm required by a critical theory.
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.
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.
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.
Stallman, FOSS and the Adobe Nightmare Don't Say Stallman Didn't Warn You! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 If the users don't control the program, the program controls the users. Free Open Source Software gives control to users, whereas proprietary software gives control to the corporations that own the software.
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.
"Left Reformism" and socialist strategy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Rooksby talks about the renewed interest in radical left "big picture" questions of socialist strategy that represents a return to "important debates of the left largely absent over the last three decades." The major factors driving this are several years of deep capitalist crisis together with the almost total capitulation of social democratic parties across Europe to the austerity agenda, opening up a clear space to the left of these organisations.
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.
Brazil: Balance Sheet and Prognosis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The government is taking advantage of recent events to invoke the danger of the right and to reinforce the left wing of the ruling group. Ten days after the Rebellion of the Coxinhas we can now draw up a balance sheet.
Madagascar: At the Bottom of the Capitalist Abyss Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Madagascar is a country still too little known today and yet, in many ways, it is an emblematic victim of contemporary capitalist pillage. Set in the Indian Ocean, the size of France, with a population of more than 20 million people, Madagascar shows symptoms of advanced general degradation.
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.
Philip Mirowski, Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste (Book Review) How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown (Verso, 2013) Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Philip Mirowski has written an important book, one well worth reading. Both an economist and an historian/philosopher of science, Mirowski is unusual in being highly attuned to the purging (long ago) of both economic history and the history of economic thought from the Anglo-American academic economics curriculum.
The Singularity and Socialism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 By definition, a singularity is something utterly peculiar unto itself, a species of being unmatched for its this-ness.
The Struggle at Peugeot in France Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 When the management of the PSA Peugeot Citroën group announced, in early July 2012, that it was eliminating 8,000 jobs and closing the Aulnay plant near Paris (3,000 employees) in 2014, it caused a shock wave, well beyond the workers in the automotive sector.
Susan Buck-Morss, Thinking Past Terror: Islamism and Critical Theory on the Left (Book review) Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The current global crisis has once again brought the questions of global struggle and world revolution into a position of importance. The basic questions posed are whether it is possible to build a global Left and how to rethink the idea of universal human liberation, which was the utopia once central to the left, and which has perhaps re-emerged once again.
Yugoslav Self-Management: Capitalism Under the Red Banner Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Yugoslav self-management is a unique historical experiment. Furthermore, it is one of the most interesting formations of, so called, real-socialism up to today, as Yugoslavia broke with the Soviet Union and initiated its own specific economic, political and ideological way.
The Not so Bright Protégés and the Comrades that Never Quarreled C.L.R. Jamess Disputes on Labors Self-Emancipation and the Political Economy of Colonial Freedom Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Surveying C.L.R. Jamess shifting and evolving views on the making of national liberation struggles, whether in Kwame Nkrumahs Ghana, Eric Williamss Trinidad, or Toussaint LOuvertures Haiti, which he was associated as anti-colonial activist and independent socialist historian, may lead observers to conclude he was either inconsistent in defending his most cherished ideals or, alternatively, strategically minded in specific historical moments.
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.
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.
A Kangaroo in Obamas Court Will the Guantánamo Tribunal Execute a Man We Tortured? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Can a tribunal born of an impatient contempt for due process prove itself a legitimate institution of American law? On trial by military commission at Guantánamo's courtroom.
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.
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.
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.
I Am a Woman and a Human: A Marxist-Feminist Critique of Intersectionality Theory Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In the United States, during the late 20th and early 21st centuries, a specific set of politics among the left reigns king. Today, you could go into any university, on any number of liberal-to-left blogs or news websites, and the words identity and intersectionality will jump out you as the hegemonic theory. But, like all theories, this corresponds to the activity of the working class in response to the current composition of capital.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Challenging the Mississippi Fire Bombers Memories of Mississippi 196465 Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 With a firsthand account of the details and thoughtful descriptions of key people on the front lines, author Jim Dann brings the historic period, the June 1964 civil rights struggle to register as many African American voters as possible in Mississippi, back to life. He places those 15 months in Mississippi in the overall history of the struggle of African Americans for freedom, equality, and democratic rights in the South, the country, and throughout the world.
Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 In contrast to the traditional view that Marx's work is restricted to a critique of capitalism and that he consciously avoided any detailed conception of its alternative this work shows that Marx was committed to a specific concept of a post-capitalist society which informed the whole of his approach to political economy.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Ecosocialism as a Human Phenomenon Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Two focal points configure this talk. The first denotes the structure of the world as it is, hurtling toward the abyss; the second concerns the world as I would have us struggle to bring about.
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.
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.
How the FBI Turned Me On to Rare Books Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 I have wanted to be a historian of hope. We can take heart from the fact that no matter how dire the situation, some will find means to resist, some will find means to cope, and some will remember and tell stories about what happened.
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."
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The End of the "Leaderless" Revolution A Global Fallacy and the Military Intervention in Egypt Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 When movements don't 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Left reformism, the state and the problem of socialist politics today Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Blackledge claims that, while it is of the first importance that revolutionaries welcome and work alongside these coalitions, it is also imperative that we maintain our political independence from them so that we are better able to struggle for an alternative beyond the limitations of their politics. This perspective demands a clear analysis of the nature of reformism.
Who Is An Objective Journalist? Agents of the Status Quo Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The false dichotomy between journalists and activists.
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.
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.
Forget One Direction - We Need a New Direction Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 If people think equality and social justice are unrealistic, then we really are lacking in imagination. When they try to tell you that our better-world ideals are unrealistic, tell them it's unrealistic to allow elite bankers to send tens of millions of people into starvation.
Marxism and "Subaltern Studies" Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 A review of Vivek Chibber's book Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
US and Israeli Intelligence Practice of Torture Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Torture by US and Israeli intelligence agencies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turkey's 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.
Conversations with Lee Lorch Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2013 Interviews with mathematician and civil rights activist Lee Lorch.
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 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.
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. That's been true since 1945. It's 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which strategy for the left? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Ed Rooksby, a supporter of the Left Unity initiative, recently put forward his view that a left government can play a key role in the fight for radical change. Mark L. Thomas argues this ignores the role of the state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Womens liberation: theory and practice Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Fundamental change for women means challenging the priorities of a system based on profit, and that requires connecting womens movements to the wider fight for change.
Beyond a Boundary - 50th anniversary Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 This year marks the 50th anniversary of CLR James wonderful, groundbreaking work Beyond a Boundary. Beyond a Boundary blends politics and memoir, history and journalism, biography and reportage, in a manner that transcends literary, sporting and political boundaries.
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.
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.
People's Assembly: we need unity to beat austerity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Argues that the People's Assembly is not merely a nice idea or a worthwhile event, but the main basis for co-ordinating resistance to cuts for some time to come.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Outsourcing racism: Bill C-31, Prison Expansion, and the Detention of Immigrants Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, CBSA may arrest and detain a foreign national or permanent resident they deem a threat to public safety, a potential flight risk, unable to substantiate their identity, or a threat to national security. Despite the regular invocation of migrants as potentially dangerous and as criminal, in reality the overwhelming majority of detainees (94.2%) are held for reasons entirely unrelated to questions of security. Indeed, entire families, including young children, are currently imprisoned in Canadian detention centers.
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.
Testimony of a Deportee Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Manuel Sanchez, member of Mexicans United for Regularization (MUR) and Action LGBTQ for Immigrants and Refugees (AGIR), was deported to Mexico on July 26, 2012. With the courage that he is known for, Manuel delved into his memories of that stressful period to raise public awareness about the harshness and violence of the criminalization that he experienced as a migrant.
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
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.
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.
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.
'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'.
Just the Beginning of Canada's 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why it's time to realign the left Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Ed Rooksby, one of the supporters of the call for a new radical left party to be formed in Britain, explains why he thinks the time is right to launch such a party and what its aims should be.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stay Solid! A Radical Handbook for Youth Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 This scrapbook-style collection of essays, excerpts, explanations, and images pushes back against a culture that relentlessly demands that kids give up their best ideals, abandon their hopes, forget their ethical objections to dominant life, soothe their rage, and accept their fates. From dealing with the cops to dealing with your peers, from school and community to drugs and sex, from race and class to money and mental health, Stay Solid! provides essential support for radically inclined teens who believe that it's possible for all of us to hang on to our values and build a life we believe in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
150 Years Since the Emancipation Proclamation Finish the Civil War! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The Emancipation Proclamation was a pledge, a promise. It only freed slaves in areas that were not yet controlled by Union armies, true enough. But in that sense it was like the Declaration of Independence in 1776, which didnt make any of the colonies freeit took a victorious war to free the colonies from British rule. The Emancipation Proclamation bound the defense of the Union to the destruction of slavery.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Digital Revolutions Activism in the Internet Age Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Symon Hill on the role of the Internet in activism and social change.
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).
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.
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.
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?
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Postering Revolution Wheat Paste, the Marxist Glue Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 On the role of postering in the activist agenda.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Digital Disconnect How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 The author argues that the sharp decline in the enforcement of antitrust violations, the increase in patents on digital technology and proprietary systems and massive indirect subsidies and other policies have made the Internet a place of numbing commercialism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Village Awaits Doomsday Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Jaideep Hardikar brings us the personal stories of ordinary people from across India who were displaced and made destitute by innumerable government and private initiatives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The Coup of Coups Putting the Shah of Shahs on the Peacock Throne Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013
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 Empires Shill The Real Mission of the New York Times Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Smuggler Nation How Illicit Trade Made America Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Peter Andreas shows that smuggling has played a pivotal and too often overlooked role in the birth, westward expansion, and economic development of the United States, while anti-smuggling campaigns have dramatically enhanced the federal government's policing powers. The great irony, Andreas tells us, is that a country that was born and grew up through smuggling is today the world's leading anti-smuggling crusader.
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 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.
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.
Kill Anything That Moves The Real American War in Vietnam Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Turse demonstrates that violence against Vietnamese noncombatants was not at all exceptional during the American war against Vietnam. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of orders to "kill anything that moves."
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.
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.
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.
Lincoln: A Review Civil War, Not Compromise, Smashed Slavery Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 LincolnSteven Spielbergs new movie reduces the abolition of slavery to so many parliamentary maneuvers.
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?
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".
Mali, Wahabis, and Saudis Following the Money Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The impact of the Wahabi movement in Mali.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
Blasphemy: Information Sacrificed on the Altar of Religion Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 There are far too many countries where news and content providers constantly face a very special and formidable form of censorship, one exercised in the name of religion or even God. And with increasing frequency, this desire to thwart freedom of information invokes the hard-to-define and very subjective concept of the feelings of believers. This is a minefield. Reporters Without Borders has analysed it and offered its recommendations in a report entitled Information sacrificed on altar of religion.
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.
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.
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.
Dreaming of What Might Be The Knights of Labor in Canada 1880-1900 Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 A comic book history of the Knights of Labor in Canada.
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.
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.
European Labour History Network - working group on Factory History Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 The founding meeting of the ELHN took place at the International Institute of Social History (IISH) on 12 October 2013. The forty scholars who gathered in Amsterdam, belonging to research institutions, archives and journals based in various European countries, felt the need to increase the cooperation among labour history scholars, share knowledge and (digital) material, create a platform for future collective research, and organize conferences and seminars.
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.
Fight the Power! A Visual History of Protest Among the English-Speaking Peoples Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Throughout history, ordinary people have risen up against oppression and injustice. Fight the Power visualizes 14 key moments in the last 200 years when people across the English-speaking world stood up and fought for a better life for all.
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.
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.
How the cops try to predict our next move Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 As civil dissent ramps up, UK secret police develop new modes of repression. Kevin Blowe reports on cops, kettles and a database profiling thousands of activists.
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.
The Left and Immigration A Major Challenge for a Different Vision of the European Union Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 After the latest drama in Lampedusa, where more than 350 immigrants, mostly Eritreans, perished 600 metres from the Italian coast, the immigration policies of the European Union and its member states are more than ever under scrutiny.
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.
Lettuce Wars Ten Years of Work and Struggle in The Fields of California Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 An account of ten years working as a farmworker in California and participating in the struggles over wages, working conditions, and unionization.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Peoples Manifesto: Lets Roll Back Austerity and Claim Real Democracy! Urgent common priorities for a democratic, social, ecological and feminist Europe Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Europe stands on the edge of a precipice, looking into the abyss. Austerity policies drive the peoples of Europe into poverty, undercut democracy and dismantle social policies. Rising inequalities endanger social cohesion. Ecological destruction is worsening while acute humanitarian crises devastate the most affected countries.
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.
Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Against the thesis that Western subalterns are made of different stuff, Chibber argues that human beings are, at their core, not that different across contexts. The winds of history and culture may change many things, but not human constitutions. His defense of this argument sets the stage for a deliberate, careful explication of the key tenets of historical materialism. This argument is that humans, everywhere, take an interest in defending their well-being and their dignity.
Privatising the Oceans Fished out in our Lifetimes Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Long-range fishing with the backing of the EU deprives countries elsewhere in the world of employment and a crucial food source. And it is depleting the seas to the point of ecological collapse.
The Radical Left in Europe An Outline Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 An attempt to understand what unites the organisations of the new left and the nature of its radicalism.
Recovering Nonviolent History Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Essays showing, in considerable detail, the varied roles played by civil resistance in fifteen liberation struggles in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Renewal through Strike Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Strikes are a major means of trade union self-assertion. A closer look at strikes in Germany reveals interesting trends and developments, indicating new approaches to trade union strategies and practices.
Rupert Lockwood (1908-1997): Journalist, Communist, Intellectual Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 This thesis explores aspects of the life, times, and career of Australian journalist Rupert Lockwood (1908-1997). During the Cold War, Lockwood was one of the best known members of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA), variously journalist, commentator, author, editor, orator, pamphleteer, broadcaster.
Shaping Histories Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 During the last few years, a number of researchers have interviewed the authors regarding their politics and practice in relation to 'history'. In reflecting upon their individual 'historiographies', they have put the following together.
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.
Spying on Democracy Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Heidi Boghosian documents the disturbing increase in surveillance of ordinary citizens and the danger it poses to our privacy, our civil liberties, and to the future of democracy itself.
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.
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.
Trade Unions: The Difficult Path to Solidarity in Ones Own Interest Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In both the ideals and the rhetoric of trade unions international solidarity plays a major role. Trade union practice, however, is first and foremost focused on the context of those nation-states, in which they were able to achieve their most important victories in the 20th century. It is those achievements within the national framework which are being undermined with the help of the EU and its institutions.
The triumph of green hearts over sere Reflections on student radicalism at Sydney University in the 1910s and the 1960s Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 In April 1910, thirty graduates and undergraduates met on the eve of the federal elections with the intention of establishing the University Socialist Society. The conservatives downtown were shocked. The next day, while the voters shifted to the left, and Andrew Fisher looked forward to leading his second Labor government, the Sydney Morning Herald called the formation of a socialist club at the University, The Last Straw...
The UN did NOT create Israel Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 UN General Assembly Resolution 181, the Partition Plan, was a recommendation that was to go to the Security Council. The resolution requested that the Security Council take it up. This never happened, and the partition plan has no force of law. Israeli propagandists, however, perpetrated the myth that the UN created Israel, and this interpretation was then been repeated by numerous others.
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 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.
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 Science Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper's Canada Resource Type: Book First Published: 2013 Do No Science, Hear No Science, Speak No Science -- that is the Harper agenda. And if this agenda is most evident and most pronounced in environmental science, that's simply because it is the field most likely to uncover evidence that the government's paramount goal -- to free the country's resource extraction industries from oversight in the name of rapid expansion -- is wrongheaded, reckless, and damaging.
Wilfred Burchett's Retreat From Moscow Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Between 1965-1968, journalist Rupert Lockwood (1908-1997) was the Moscow-based correspondent for the Communist Party of Australias (CPA) newspaper Tribune. A veteran journalist, Lockwood had become a leftist as the result of his front-line experiences covering the Spanish Civil War for the Melbourne Herald. A party member since 1939, his Moscow experiences contributed to him leaving the party in 1969. In these previously unpublished Notes and Recollections, drafted in the 1980s, Lockwood recalls his Moscow experiences, and his association with journalist Wilfred Burchett (1911-1983).
Yes, But What Are You For? Occupy Wall Street and its Evil Twin, the Tea Party Resource Type: Article First Published: 2013 Reading all the accounts of Occupy Wall Streets theorising in Zuccotti Park can send you to sleep: all academic prose and no real world action or demands. They also make explicit Occupys resemblance to its enemy, the Tea Party.
The Barnardo Boys Thousands of British 'Home Children' were shipped to Canada as child labourers in a plot right out of Dickens Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Between 1868 and the 1930s, more than 100,000 destitute children in Great Britain were shipped off to Canada. An estimated two-thirds of the Home Children, as they were known, were under the age 14.
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.
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.
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.
John Kerry and Me Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Experiences in community organizing and electoral organizing.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Police State India Robert Clive and the Forbidden Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Describing security-mania in India.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seeds of Death: Unveiling The Lies of GMOs Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 Leading scientists, physicians, attorneys, politicians and environmental activists expose the corruption and dangers surrounding the widespread use of Genetically Modified Organisms in this feature length documentary.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
What the American Media Won't Tell You About Israel The savage punishment of Gaza traces back to decades ago. Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 An old man in Gaza held a placard that read: You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all, but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Activist archiving in Toronto Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 People gather in Toronto to discuss what many hope will grow into a movement for archiving grassroots histories.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Imperialism, the Cold War and the Creation of Pakistan Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The true intent of the partition was to detach Pakistan from India, create a militarily strategic foothold aimed at the Soviet Union and maintain control over the oil fields of the Middle East.
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.
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.
In Defence of Democracy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 On Jacques Berlinerblau's book How to Be Secular.
Housebroken Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Theres a second environmental crisis, just as potent as the first.
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,
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.
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.
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.
The Amistad Rebellion An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 An account of the Amistad slave ship rebellion told for the first time from the slaves' perspective.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Resistance in China Today Against The Current vol. 161 Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Cases of resistance in China continue to grow.
Resistance in China Today Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Cases of Resistance in China continue to grow. Protests both large and small are extremely frequent. These range from workers protests against unpaid wages and demands for labor rights to protests against corrupt officials and environmental abuses. While these struggles have often been brought to a swift end through repression, they have also frequently led to protestors being granted concessions.
The Revenge of History The Battle for the 21st Century Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A critical account of the first decade of the twenty-first century.
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.
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.
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.
Looking Back on Occupy Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A look at the Occupy movement and its relevance today.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Selected Archive Projects Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A list of some archive projects concerned with grassroots movements for social justice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 comment on Greece and Syriza Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 This analysis is a rebuke to the notion that there is nothing between the far left and social democracy. That diagnosis may have been appropriate in the period of revolutionary growth beginning in 1968. This period, marked by the long-term decomposition of once dominant social democratic parties, is quite different.
Germany's lost Bolshevik: Paul Levi revisited A review of David Fernbach (ed), In the Steps of Rosa Luxemburg: Selected Writings by Paul Levi Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Paul Levis name is almost unknown today outside a small community of specialised historians. But in the years 1919 and 1920 he was well known in Germany and abroad as the chair of the young Communist Party of Germany (KPD). He would become the most controversial figure in the German Communist movement. He was mainly responsible for building the KPD from a relatively small organisation in early 1918 into a truly mass party.
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.
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.
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.
Trampling Out the Vintage Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 An of the rise and fall of the United Farm Workers and its most famous and controversial leader, Cesar Chavez.
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.
"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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
Year of the Strike A Short Story Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A short story about a boy's money-making scheme during the year his father and other workers go on strike at the town glass factory.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The American Way of Eating Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Why do working Americans eat the way we do? And what can we do to change it? To find out, McMillan went undercover in three jobs that feed hte U.S., living and eating off her wages in each. Reporting from California fields, a Walmart produce aisle outside of Detroit, and the kitchen of a New York City Applebees, McMillan examines the reality of the American food industry.
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.
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.
Copyright policies threaten internet use in Panama and Colombia Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 After years of being one of the most progressive regions in the world in terms of balanced copyright policy, Latin America is unfortunately sliding into copyright maximalism, enacting increasingly restrictive copyright enforcement measures into their federal laws.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mass Incarceration and Black Oppression in America The New Jim Crow and Liberal Reformism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The singular focus on mass incarceration as the embodiment of racial oppression has a purpose: it poses the fight for black freedom as a matter of "dismantling" that system, much as the civil rights movement dismantled Jim Crow. But mass black incarceration is both a symptom and a means of enforcing the special oppression of black people that is fundamental to American capitalism
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Co-operative Revolution A Graphic Novel Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 To celebrate the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives, The Co-operative Group has created a graphic novel, depicting the history, scale and diversity of co-operation.
Crisis in the Eurozone Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A controversial call to break up the Eurozone and stop the debt crisis.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alternative Media is an Absolute Necessity!! Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 By now most people that have been paying close attention to the traditional media and made some attempt to look at other sources know that the traditional media is controlled by corporate interests and theyre financed by commercials that create a strong bias not to expose the corruption of those that advertise with them.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
How to Spot and Defeat Disruption on the Internet The 15 Rules of Web Disruption Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Over a number of years, weve found that the most effective way to fight disruption and disinformation is to link to a post such as this one which rounds up disruption techniques, and then to cite the disinfo technique you think is being used.
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.
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.
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.
Occupation Diaries Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 An inside look at daily life in Palestine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Careerists Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colourless human beings.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Syrian opposition: who's doing the talking? Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The media have been too passive when it comes to Syrian opposition sources, without scrutinising their backgrounds and their political connections. A nightmare is unfolding across Syria, in the homes of al-Heffa and the streets of Houla. And we all know how the story ends: with thousands of soldiers and civilians killed, towns and families destroyed, and President Assad beaten to death in a ditch.
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.
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.
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.
Beyond Solidarity Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The American sociologist Richard Sennett has explored themes of class and social exclusion for more than 40 years. Horatio Morpurgo speaks with him about his recent book Together: The Rituals, Pleasure and Politics of Co-operation.
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.
The Legacy of Forest Defender Chut Wutty Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 On the life, work, and death of the late Cambodian forest activist Chut Wutty, shot and killed at a logging site by military police.
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.
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.
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.
Monsters of the Market Zombies, Vampires, and Global Capitalism Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Drawing on folklore, literature and popular culture, this book links tales of monstrosity from England to recent vampire- and zombie-fables from sub-Saharan Africa, and it connects these to Marxs persistent use of monster-metaphors in his descriptions of capitalism. Reading across these tales of the grotesque, McNally offers a novel account of the cultural economy of the global market-system.
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.
Redemption Road Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A four-month-long walk on an ancient pilgramage route offers young offenders a different pathway. Adam Weymouth reports on the slow healing of Oikoten.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 The searing account Chris Hedges' and Joe Sacco's travels to sacrifice zones, those areas in the United States where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit, places that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit and progress.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brazil's Quilombola Hit by Major Land Tax Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 For decades, marginalized ethnic communities in Brazil have fought for--and won--land rights. But this victory is turning into something of a poisoned chalice for some remote Quilombola communities, who are now facing a giant tax bill.
Goodbye Welfare, Hello Workfare Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The worlds richest countries are coercing their citizens to donate their labour to big businesses and other organizations in return for welfare payments.
Preparing the Ground Left Strategy Beyond the Apocalypse Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Richard Swift considers the fall -- and future rise -- of left politics.
Tools That Might Help Us Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A list of ideas that different groups and social movements have suggested for inclusion in the Rio+20 Final Declaration. At the time of writing, only two -- Planetary Boundaries and the Ombudsperson for Future Generations -- appear to have much chance of getting into the official text.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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¨
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Land Grabbers The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 How Wall Street, Chinese billionaires, oil sheikhs, and agribusiness are buying up huge tracts of land in a hungry, crowded world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Afghan Young Women Protest Killing Women Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Afghan Young Women for Change (YWC) activists, holding placards which read 'where is justice?', take part in a protest denouncing violence against women in Afghanistan in Kabul on April 14, 2012. Some 30 Afghan women took to the streets of the capital Kabul against the killing of five Afghan women in less than a month in three provinces of the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
No Local Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won't Change The World Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Local food, local business and buying local won't change the world. Challenging market priorities will. Greg Sharzer outlines why.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Privilege politics is reformism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A critique of privilege politics, which the author sees as a demobilizing force that boils down issues of oppression into what happens between individuals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
How Empires Fall An Interview With Jonathan Schell Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Jonathan Schell discusses non-violent activism.
"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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
With God on Our Side The Struggle for Workers' Rights in a Catholic Hospital Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Adam D. Reich tells the story of a five-year campaign to unionize Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, a Catholic hospital in California.
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.
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.
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.
For Black Liberation Through Socialist Revolution! Part One Contradictions of the Civil Rights Movement: A Marxist Analysis Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 We describe the black population in the U.S. as an oppressed race-color caste. From their arrival in this country, the Negro people have been an integral part of American class society while at the same time forcibly segregated at the bottom of this society. Thus blacks face discrimination, in different degrees, regardless of social status, wealth or class position. Blacks are today still an integral and strategic part of the working class, despite unemployment and mass incarceration.
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.
Office worker's survival guide Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The modern office is fraught with dangers. From the risk of getting fired, to stress, repetitive strain injury (RSI), mindnumbing boredom and more. This helpful guide from libcom.org will help you navigate these hazards to a happy work life, and perhaps a slightly better world.
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 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.
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.
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.
Stoking the False War Between Generations Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The world seemed to change dramatically in 2011. On the global stage the democracy movement that started in Tunisia spread throughout the Middle East and beyond, eventually settling into tiny Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, just blocks from Wall Street. From there, Occupy Wall Street rippled out to become a global protest movement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neo-liberalism and the ongoing economic assault on ordinary Canadians Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Two recent stories out of Ottawa underline the ongoing political and economic assault on ordinary Canadians. More Canadians are now working for low wages than at any time in decades, continuing a trend that began in the early 1990s, and Stephen Harper has announced major changes to retirement benefits -- including delaying Old Age Security(OAS) eligibility to age 67. What kind of society beggars those of its citizens who worked all their lives and now want to retire in dignity while privileging the rich and super-rich?
Beyond the Sacred Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A transcript on Malik's talk "Beyond the Sacred" at a conference on blasphemy.
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.
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.
To Name The Unnameable Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Discussing Salman Rushdie's non-appearance at the Jaipur Literature Festival.
The Invisible War Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
Americas Last Chance One Against the Empire Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The United States is rapidly being turned into a police state.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Activists' Handbook A Step-by-Step Guide to Participatory Democracy Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A guide to grassroots activism.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Eradicating Extreme Poverty Democracy, Globalisation and Human Rights Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A new approach to eradicating extreme poverty, contrasted with conventional "top-down" approaches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Oligarchy to the New Challenge of Global Politics Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Most analysts and citizens of Western society suppose that we live in a democracy. But is it really democracy a system where the people rule and its representatives carry out the popular will? Or, do we live in an oligarchy disguised as democracy? Oligarchy: in others words, a system where a small, inner circle, makes the decisions they feel necessary.
Fuck Love Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012
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.
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.
Great investigative reporters dont take no for an answer Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 The first thing to keep in mind about investigative journalism is that its not glamorous. (We can blame television with its undercover reporters and hidden cameras for this mistaken image.) Its actually hard and often boring work. I have never pretended that I was anything other than a working reporter, nor chased a single guilty person down the street. But I did spend days poring over records in the House of Lords and devoted months trying to master the intricacies of accountancy, tax law and overseas trusts.
Greening Capitalism? A Marxist Critique of Carbon Markets Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Climate change is increasingly being recognized as a serious threat to dominant modes of social organization, inspiring suggestions that capitalism itself needs to be transformed if we are to decarbonize the global economy.
Happy Hookers Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Exploring the lives of sex workers and their would-be saviours.
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.
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 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.
Immigration Is Good, Immigration Is Bad, Migration Is (a Fact) A Human Drama in Three Acts and a Few Ideas Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Immigration is bad that is what the propagandists of populist politics are blazoning, in unison with their primitive media set on singing the same tune. Immigration is good, say the left, the greens and NGOs. I share the human-rights concerns and the socio-economic analysis of the second position, but would like to add a third and more fundamental one: immigration IS happening. Immigration is what is human, because only through migration could humankind spread from its places of origin in Eastern Africa to the entire globe. Only if we remember this can we tackle the phenomenon of migration adequately and develop an immigration policy suitable for human beings.
The Impossibilities of Reformism Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 We would like to use this text to begin a dialogue with those comrades within social democracy who contend that the last 25, 15 or 5 years of bleak development is the result of a series of coincidences poor leadership, international pressure, mistakes, cunning opponents, etc. and we would instead propose a more fundamental explanation. The problems we face are problems that are inherent and unavoidable in the very reformist strategy that social democracy is built upon in both its successes and its failures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Long Distance Revolutionary A Journal with Mumia Abu-Jamal Resource Type: Film/Video First Published: 2012 The life and situation of Mumia Abu Jamal.
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.
Martial Matters Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A selection of commentaries on Australian martial experience at radical odds with mainstream Australian histories.
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.
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.
No-Nonsense Guide to Equality Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A wide-ranging exploration of why inequality persists and what can be done about it.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Party: The Socialist Workers Party 1960-1988 Volume 2: Interregnum, Decline and Collapse, 1973-1988 Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Part Twp of Berry Sheppard's political memoir-cum-history of the socialist movement in the United States.
Paul Levi: A Luxemburgist Alternative? A review of In the Steps of Rosa Luxemburg: Selected Writings of Paul Levi Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Among the adversaries of capitalism, some have argued that a revolution could have been achieved differently and better in the spirit of Rosa Luxemburg, who wrote a critique of the Bolsheviks undemocratic policies as early as 1918. Paul Levi, Luxemburgs lawyer, briefly her lover, her follower, and from 1919 to 1921 her successor at the head of German Communism, was the first to defend a Luxemburgist alternative to Bolshevism.
Peril from the Right Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 Many serious observers hold that the crisis in Europe has not come to an end. With the restructuring of the Greek national debt and the enlargement of the European Stability Mechanism, only time was bought, yet the fundamental problems of over-accumulation2 and the imbalances of the current accounts among the members of the Eurozone still persist.
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 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.
Press for Conversion #66 Spring 2012 Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical) First Published: 2012 In an effort to support the international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, and the call for an arms embargo on Israel, COAT's two-part report exposes $1.5 billion-worth of CPP investments in 68 companies selling products and services for Israel's wars and the illegal occupation of Palestinian land.
Press for Conversion #67 Fall 2012 Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical) First Published: 2012 In an effort to support the international boycott, divestment, sanctions movement, and the call for an arms embargo on Israel, COAT's two-part report exposes $1.5 billion-worth of CPP investments in 68 companies selling products and services for Israel's wars and the illegal occupation of Palestinian land. (Part 2).
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.
Raising the Workers' Flag The Workers' Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936 Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A history of the Workers' Unity League, the Canadian affiliate of the Communist Red International of Labour Unions.
Rebel Cities From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Harvey places cities at the centre of an anti-capitalist resistance, asking how they might be reorganized in more socially just and ecologically sustainable ways.
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.
Secret Service Political Policing in Canada From the Fenians to Fortress America Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 A history of political policing in Canada.
"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.
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.
Subversives The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power Resource Type: Book First Published: 2012 Rosenfeld provides an account of the FBIs secret -- and highly political -- involvement with three iconic figures at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal university president Clark Kerr.
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.
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.
Thoughts on a Timely Narrative for the Left Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 "Without a story every battle is lost, formulated the authors of the Wu Ming group, whose name demonstrators in Rome had on their shields which protected them from the police clubs. With the naming of great authors and narratives of world literature on their book shields they were indicating that power does not shy back from violently attacking even intellect and beauty.
Trade Unions: International Solidarity in Action Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 International solidarity can be understood as cooperation between trade-union organisations that, by their nature, share the same objectives because they represent the workers of their countries. It takes on a special importance when the workers are employed by the same multinational company or in the same worldwide type of industry.
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.
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.
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 of Northern Aggression Resource Type: Article First Published: 2012 A leading Civil War historian challenges the new orthodoxy about how slavery ended in America.
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.
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.
Rosaluxemburgblog Resource Type: Website First Published: 2012 A blog devoted to debate, publications and scholarship on the Polish-German Marxist Rosa Luxemburg (1870-1919). The aim is to publicise and share articles, reviews and resources relating to Luxemburg's life, ideas and legacy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Island of the Widows Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Mysterious kidney disease in Central America.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
How Canadas corporate media framed the Occupy movement Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Occupy movement occupied two parallel, rarely intersecting universes in the corporate media. In one, described frequently in the Toronto Star, occasionally in the Vancouver Sun and Globe and Mail and only once in the National Post, Occupy is a worldwide movement created in response to the growing gap between the one percent at the top of the income-and-asset pyramid and the 99 percent below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Notes on the Fly Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Published: 2012 A report from Occupy Wall Street
'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.
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.
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.
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.
From 1960s New Left to Trotskyism Recollections of a Participant Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 What I am going to do today is talk about the 1960sthe last time there was serious social struggle in the U.S.and why some of us concluded that struggle, even quite militant struggle, is not enough.
Canadas right-wing media monopolies move further right Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 The Canadian news media landscape has changed dramatically since the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications released its underwhelming report on the state of Canadian media in 2006.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 food rush Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Commodity speculators have moved into food - with dire consequences for the worlds poorest.
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.
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.
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.
Latin America's Pink Tide Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 Current governments in Latin America not quite red and hardly cresting the wave are discovering that policies of redistribution, for which they were elected, now have limits.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Counter Power Making Change Happen Resource Type: Book First Published: 2011 Argues that no major movement has ever been successful without counterpower, or the power that the "have-nots" can use to remove the power of the "haves." This book sets out to demystify the power dynamics of social change.
American Autumn Part 2 Occupy Wall Street: Organizing the Movement Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011
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.
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.
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.
The Mau Mau uprising against British imperialism Kenya's independence struggle in the 1950s Resource Type: Article First Published: 2011 In Kenya the colonial rulers imprisoned in concentration camps a large proportion of the million and a half Kikuyu people, the countrys largest ethnic group. The Mau Mau rebellion was essentially a peasant-based revolt of the landless Kikuyu people against colonial rule that had dispossessed them of their lands, the basis of their existence. Although it was ultimately defeated, the uprising forced an end to colonial rule.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Traite 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.