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2014

  1. Academic Fraud and the Ponzi Scheme of 'Higher Learning'
    Higher Education in Crisis

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    It’s sad to say, but U.S. higher education increasingly resembles a pyramid scheme. The schools at the top continue to compete for elite students, by appealing to prospective applicants via the creation of a slew of amenities (the "climbing wall" phenomenon) and offering a unique college "experience." Non-elite colleges and universities are the losers in this process, fighting with each other for a dwindling number of state tax dollars amidst huge increases in tuition costs.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. The Aftermath of Israel's Latest Assault on Gaza
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    On August 26, a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed upon, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2,150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire.
  5. Against Our Better Judgement
    How the U.S. was used to create Israel

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2014
    An account of how U.S. support enabled the creation of modern Israel, and of how U.S. politicians pushed this policy over the forceful objections of top diplomatic and military experts.
  6. 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 1917–1923, 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Agriculture: Steps to sustainable livestock
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    With improved breeding and cultivation, ruminant animals can yield food that is better for people and the planet.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. An Alternative to ‘Safe Spaces’
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Mike Macnair argues that ‘safe spaces’ aren’t liberating – and proposes an alternative.
  12. American Revolutionary
    The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

    Resource Type: Film/Video
    First Published: 2014
    A documentary about the ideas and activism of 98-year-old Grace Lee Boggs, covering her lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labour to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Boggs’s constantly evolving strategy -- her willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her -- drives the story forward.
  13. 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.
  14. Americas Radical, Underground Climate Change Countermovement
    Smoking Out the Kochs

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The year is 2050; rising seas have inundated Miami, America’s most recent ghost city since Detroit. A deadly heat wave scorches Chicago, killing thousands of elderly, and a mega-drought has farmers in the Southwest on their knees, praying for relief, as a dreadful dustbowl blankets the fields. America goes hungry.
  15. America’s Repugnant Republicans
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    There is a qualitative difference between today’s 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.
  16. America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam
    The Evil That Was Phoenix

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    There’s a reason the CIA wanted to prevent the publication of Douglas Valentine’s 1990 book, The Phoenix Program: America’s 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.
  17. America’s Recruitment of Nazis–Then and Now
    Any bastard, so long as he’s 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 intensified—still absolutist, still aggressive, still dedicated to political warfare. Russia is still in our crosshairs.
  18. 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'.
  19. 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.
  20. And More Fraud Is in the Works
    Virtual Economy’s Phantom Job Gains are Based on Statistical Fraud

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Washington can’t stop lying. Don’t be convinced by a recent job report that it is your fault if you don’t have a job. Those 288,000 jobs and 6.1% unemployment rate are more fiction than reality.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Antarctica’s 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 island’s 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.
  24. The Anti-Empire Report #124
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A review of historical and current American imperialist activities.
  25. The Anti-Empire Report #126
    Ukraine

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    When it gets complicated and confusing, when you’re 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.
  26. 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 he’s speaking about American foreign policy, is capable of being anything like an honest man?
  27. The Anti-Empire Report #132
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Each of you I’m sure has met many people who support American foreign policy, with whom you’ve argued and argued. You point out one horror after another, from Vietnam to Iraq. From god-awful bombings and invasions to violations of international law and torture. And nothing helps. Nothing moves this person. Now why is that? Are these people just stupid? I think a better answer is that they have certain preconceptions. Consciously or unconsciously, they have certain basic beliefs about the United States and its foreign policy, and if you don’t deal with these basic beliefs you may as well be talking to a stone wall. The most basic of these basic beliefs, I think, is a deeply-held conviction that no matter what the United States does abroad, no matter how bad it may look, no matter what horror may result, the government of the United States means well.
  28. The Anti-Semitic and Pro-Terror Myths
    The Politics of Distraction

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Past victimization does not excuse current victimizing. Because Jews in Europe had to carry identification cards, use separate streets, live in segregated neighborhoods, etc., does not justify Israel in forcing Palestinians to suffer these same indignities.
  29. 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.
  30. AP Blasts “Russian Propaganda War” Over Ukraine
    Herding the Media Sheep

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Peter Leonard’s 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.”
  31. 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.
  32. Arab Media on the Brink
    The Age of TV Jokers

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In the last year or so in Egypt, much of what has been achieved in terms of carving space for alternative voices in the Egyptian media was quickly and decisively reversed.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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 conviction–a mere formality. Only a concerted political campaign that gets widespread international attention can make any difference. It’s up to us to create enough visibility to make that possible.
  36. Arsenic-Laced Coffee is Good for You
    Would You Like Sugar With That?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Environmental Protection Agency, in 2013, identified about 1,000 chemicals that the oil and gas industry uses in fracking operations, most of them carcinogens at the strengths they shove into the earth.
  37. 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."
  38. 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 it’s all over, everything will essentially be the same as it was before.
  39. 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 Israel’s 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, Gaza’s 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 Israel’s victims are non-combatants, including at least (for now) 318 kids.
  40. 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.
  41. Australia: Socialist Alliance's 'International Political Perspectives' Resolution

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Resolutions adopted by the 10th National Conference of the Socialist Alliance, June 7-9, 2014.
  42. 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.
  43. Author Donald Gutstein reveals extent of Stephen Harper revolution in new book Harperism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In Harperism: How Stephen Har­per and His Think Tank Colleagues Have Transformed Canada (James Lorimer & Company Ltd.), Gutstein makes the case that neoliberalism is far more sinister than simply having a desire for smaller government. A central tenet of his new book is that Harper is undermining democracy by marshalling the power of government to create and enforce markets where they’ve never existed before.
  44. Barrett Brown’s 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.
  45. 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.
  46. Battle of the Somme: the horrific epitome of the first world war
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Thousands of men who went over the top that morning thought they would meet little resistance. 57,000 were dead or wounded by the end of the day.
  47. Battle to Preserve Palestine’s History Rages in New Novel
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A review of Radwa Ashour's novel The Woman from Tantoura: A Modern Palestinian Novel (American University in Cairo Press, 2014).
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. Beautiful Trouble - Pocket Edition
    A Toolbox for Revolution

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2014
    Ideas for organizers.
  51. Beginner’s 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.
  52. Behind the Lies About Venezuela’s 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.”
  53. The Berlin Wall: Another Cold War Myth
    A Response to Economic Sabotage

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    November 9 marks the 25th anniversary of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. The extravagant hoopla began months ago in Berlin. In the United States we can expect all the Cold War clichés about The Free World vs. Communist Tyranny to be trotted out.
  54. Best Government Money Can Buy
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Revolving Door Syndrome in the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Complex
  55. 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.'
  56. 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.
  57. Big Oil’s Chokehold on Canadian Democracy
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The fight against Big Oil corporatism may be the most important one you ever support.
  58. Biggest Strike In China’s History Enters 6th Day: Police Arrested Organizers, Workers Battle SWAT Troops
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The largest strike in China’s history has entered the sixth day, defying state attempts to repress workers struggling against economic and social injustice. Police arrested several organizers of the strikers at the Yue Yuen factory, which produces shoes for Nike and Adidas.
  59. Bill Clinton’s 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 Clinton’s actual legacy.
  60. Bill Gates and the Push to Privatize Public Education
    An Interview With Mercedes K. Schneider

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  61. 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.
  62. 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. “It’s 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 people—all 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?”
  63. 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.
  64. Blackwater Founder Remains Free and Rich While His Former Employees Go Down on Murder Charges
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A federal jury in Washington, D.C., returned guilty verdicts against four Blackwater operatives charged with killing more than a dozen Iraqi civilians and wounding scores of others in Baghdad in 2007.
  65. 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.
  66. Bloodshed in Kiev
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Rob Jones looks at the different forces behind the Ukraine crisis.
  67. 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.
  68. 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 there’s an accompanying well-coordinated public relations and propaganda campaign. As it turns out, the oil and gas industry’s 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".
  69. Bobby Hutton’s Hands Were Up
    The Search for Justice

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has catalyzed intense U.S. anti-policing/ police demilitarization movement activity, with Ferguson serving as an urgent training ground and meeting point for anti-policing thinkers, writers, artists and activists.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. Bolivians Demand Justice for 2003 Gas War Massacre
    Thousands March in El Alto

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Thousands of people marched in El Alto, Bolivia on October 17th, 2014 to demand justice for the 2003 massacre of over 60 people during the country’s Gas War under the Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (Goni) administration. Sanchez de Lozada is currently living freely in the US, and marchers demanded he and others in his government be brought to Bolivia to be tried for ordering the violence.
  73. Borneo’s 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 world’s highest rates of deforestation; only 5% of its primary forests remain. Now, Sarawak’s forests and their inhabitants face another threat: the damming of its rivers for hydroelectric power.
  74. Bosnia’s 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.
  75. 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.
  76. Bringing Books and Seeking Peace in Colombia
    Bringing Peace to a Beleaguered Country

    Resource Type: Unclassified
    First Published: 2014
    A teacher, two donkeys, and a big pile of books are working to enrich the lives of the children in a small community in Colombia.
  77. 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.
  78. 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 Quisling’s troopers, and by their local comrades-in-arms of nationalist persuasion.
  79. Building people power in Toronto: Next Steps
    A discussion document on strategy for advancing the organization of people’s 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 paper’s readership grew in this and other communities, our membership did as well, ultimately extending our organization’s coverage and connection to many more issues facing the most exploited, precarious, and brutalized sections of the working class in Toronto.
  80. Burkina Faso: climate change, land grabs, and revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The economic tensions between local producers and international powers that have contributed to the revolutionary dissatisfaction with the establishment in Burkina Faso can be found in virtually any country subject to the harsh and cruel conditions of the global land grab and the crisis of climate change.
  81. 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).
  82. California Leads the Way in the “Block the Boat” Movement
    Fighting the Occupation on the West Coast

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In organizing theory, activists often emphasize the importance of formulating what they call an “escalation plan.” When pushing for social change, they explain, it is important that one’s methods of exerting pressure on power slowly grow in strength, not remain stagnant. Block the Boat is the next step in the escalation plan of US Palestinian solidarity activists. The idea of Block the Boat is quite simple: Hundreds of activists organize a protest in a local dock and prevent Israeli ships from unloading cargo.
  83. 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.
  84. 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.
  85. 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.
  86. Campaign to Halt Female Genital Mutilation tops 150,000 Signatures
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Guardian-backed campaign calls on Education Secretary Michael Gove to launch initiative to protect girls from being mutilated.
  87. 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, Obama’s drone program, a kind of remote-control gallows?
  88. Can Civilization Survive "Really Existing Capitalism"? An Interview With Noam Chomsky 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    On the occasion of the release of his latest book, Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013, Noam Chomsky gave an exclusive and wide-ranging interview to C.J. Polychroniou.
  89. Canada, At War For 13 Years, Shocked That ‘A Terrorist’ Attacked Its Soldiers
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The national mood and discourse in Canada is virtually identical to what prevails in every Western country whenever an incident like this happens: shock and bewilderment that someone would want to bring violence to such a good and innocent country, followed by claims that the incident shows how primitive and savage is the “terrorist ideology” of extremist Muslims, followed by rage and demand for still more actions of militarism and freedom-deprivation.
  90. Canada: Decoding Harper’s Terror Game.
    Beneath the Masks and Diversions

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Stephen Harper is the most deeply reviled Prime Minister in Canada’s history. On the world stage, he is the servant of Big Oil boiling oil out of tar-sands to destroy major river systems and pollute the planet with dirty oil, while his attack dog John Baird leads the warmongering and bullying of nations like Iran and Syria targeted by the US-Israeli axis.
  91. Canada’s 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 CAJ’s website you won’t 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 association’s ‘ethics’ committee about that old saw: reporters getting too close to their sources.
  92. Canada’s 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 haven’t 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.
  93. 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.
  94. 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.
  95. 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.
  96. 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.
  97. Canadian lawyers and Chevron's court battle over environmental damage in Ecuador
    Iler, Kirsten

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A storm of controversy erupted amongst Canadian lawyers when the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) decided to intervene in Chevron's appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. The appeal is part of Chevron's battle against Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples who seek to enforce a massive court judgment against the company for environmental damage in Ecuador.
  98. Canadian mining firm Pacific Rim and El Salvador’s struggle against corporate impunity
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The controversial legal case that Canadian mining firm Pacific Rim has launched against El Salvador has added fuel to the growing international debate on the balance of corporate rights and responsibilities and the need for new legal international frameworks to address corporate impunity.
  99. Capitalism is failing the planet
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    If we continue with capitalist business as usual, there will be disastrous consequences for humanity. Capitalism is in unavoidable conflict with environmental sustainability because of three key features that are inherent to the system.
  100. The Carbon Underground: reversing global warming 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    As millions join in climate marches and other actions around the world, the mainstream focus on energy is missing the 55% of emissions that come from mismanaged land and destroyed forests. The key is to replace industrial agriculture worldwide with productive, regenerative organic farming that puts carbon back in the soil.
  101. 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.
  102. Ceasefires in Which Violations Never Cease
    What’s 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.
  103. 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 cop–a goon thug with a long record of abuse of authority – by her boobs. One was badly bruised. Cecily McMillan’s 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.
  104. Central American Women Put their Lives on the Line for Human Rights
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Solidarity is at the heart of an initiative that seeks to protect women activists facing harassment, death threats and violence.
  105. 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.
  106. 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 city’s 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.
  107. 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.
  108. Chances Are the FBI Has Files on Your Favorite Human Rights Activist
    A Safe Bet

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    If you have ever openly challenged and mobilized against the structural inequality of capitalism and concomitant imperialism, you definitely have an FBI record.
  109. 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 detail—whether of battles or strikes, psychological trauma or the assassination of royalty—and 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.
  110. 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.
  111. Chevron Wins Ecuador Arbitration But Money May Go To Amazon Communities
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Dutch Supreme Court recently upheld an arbitration tribunal judgment requiring the Ecuadorean government to pay Chevron $106 million for breach of contract. Ironically, activists say Ecuador is now free to hand this money to indigenous communities who have sued the oil giant for pollution in an unrelated case.
  112. The Children of Gaza
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A poem
  113. Chile’s Student Movement Leads the Way
    Progressive Prospects for Michelle Bachelet’s 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.
  114. 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.
  115. Chomsky, Pilger and Loach call on BBC to reflect reality of Gaza’s occupation
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Noam Chomsky, John Pilger and Ken Loach are among 45,000 signatories who have signed an open letter to the BBC calling on its journalists to reflect the reality of Gaza’s occupation while reporting on Israel’s current assault.
  116. Christian Evangelicals Increasingly Support Palestinian Human Rights
    David Brog, the Attorney Behind CUFI

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Support for Israel is eroding among American evangelical Christians, with only 30 percent in a recent survey stating support for Israel above Palestinians.
  117. 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 James’s 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 James’s 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.
  118. The CIA’s Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.
  119. CitizenFour
    Resource Type: Film
    First Published: 2014
    CITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).
  120. Clara Zetkin
    Oppression, Class, and Socialism

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Lindsey German responds to John Riddell's article, 'Clara Zetkin in the Lion’s Den'.
  121. 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.
  122. 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.
  123. 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.
  124. Climate Activists Slapped With Terrorism Charges for Devon Energy Protest
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Two climate activists who staged a protest at the headquarters of Devon Energy, a Fortune 500 company based in Oklahoma city, have been charged with a “terrorism hoax” after black powder drifted down from a banner that they unfurled.
  125. Climate Change As A Weapon Of Mass Destruction
    The 95% Doctrine

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  126. Climate Crisis, the Deindustrialization Imperative and the Jobs vs. Environment Dilemma 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    So long as we live under capitalism, today, tomorrow, next year and every year thereafter, economic growth will always be the overriding priority till we barrel right off the cliff to collapse.
  127. CO2 Emissions are Being 'Outsourced' by Rich Countries to Rising Economies
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Greenhouse gas output of China and elsewhere is increased by making goods that are then used in the US and Europe.
  128. The Cochabamba Water War of 2000 in 2014
    Today’s Betrayers Will Not Erase Our Memory

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Today’s 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 people’s 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.
  129. 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.
  130. The Comic Book Simplicity Of Propaganda
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The referendum campaign on Scottish independence heightened many people's awareness of the pro-elite bias of the 'mainstream' news media. The grassroots power of social media in exposing and countering this bias was heartening to see. But the issue of independence for Scotland is just one of many where the traditional media consistently favour establishment power.
  131. 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 Enbridge’s 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.
  132. Commercialisation: The Antithesis Of Sharing
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Sharing is the key to solving the world’s 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.
  133. Community Police in Guerrero’s Costa Chica Region to Celebrate 19 Years of a Better Way to Combat Crime and Corruption
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The same southern Mexican state where 43 students were disappeared is also home to a grassroots movement that shows how people can police themselves when the state becomes criminal.
  134. 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.
  135. 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 I’d reflect on one of the largest threats to academic freedom in this country. I’ve long labeled this threat the “cult of objectivity,” represented in a variety of different pathologies that afflict students, faculty, and administrators.
  136. 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.
  137. Contra Hardt and Negri
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  138. 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 won’t lead to revolutionary change.
  139. Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.
  140. 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 Bank’s supporters have carefully avoided some ugly facts about this vehicle for corporatist cooperation.
  141. 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.
  142. 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.
  143. 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 FMLN’s Sánchez Cerén, adopts right-wing economic and social policies.
  144. 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
  145. 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.
  146. Curitiba: the Greenest city on Earth
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Eco-savvy urban planners have been studying Brazil's seventh largest city for decades.
  147. 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.
  148. 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.
  149. The dangers of reactionary ecology
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014   Published: 2104
    Influential metaphors for understanding the environment serve as a bridge between traditional conservatism and outright ecofascism. Here we want to look at how ecological ideas can be deployed to support deeply reactionary politics.
  150. The Dark Side of the Territory
    Hong Kong’s 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.
  151. 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 country’s history and have little interest in either democracy or the liberalism of Western Europe and the United States.
  152. Darknet Sweep Casts Doubt on Tor
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    When news broke of Silk Road 2.0’s seizure by law enforcement a lot of people probably wrote it off as an isolated incident. Silk Road 2.0 was the successor to the original Silk Road web site and like its predecessor it was an underground bazaar for narcotics, fueled by more than $8 million in Bitcoin transactions and operated as a hidden service on the Tor anonymity network.
  153. Data Secrecy Company Accused of Sharing Information with Media and Military
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Whisper -- a new social network that claims to provide anonymity -- has been accused of secretly tracking users. The allegations were made by the Guardian newspaper, provoking renewed scrutiny of a multitude of data privacy claims made by software companies.
  154. The deafening silence around the Hamas proposal for a 10-year truce
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Western media have ignored the proposal from Hamas and Islamic Jihad for a 10-year-truce on the basis of 10 - very reasonable - conditions.
  155. The Death of a Reporter
    Resource Type: Unclassified
    First Published: 2014
    Serena Shim, who leaves behind a family that includes her two young children, found herself chasing the truth in a highly charged situation.
  156. Debate: Two tactics in the fight against climate change
    Should climate activists limit their demands to what's 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.
  157. The Deceptive Use of the Phrase “Peaceful Protests” in Venezuela
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Venezuelan opposition and much of the media use the term “peaceful protests” to distinguish gatherings of protesting students and other young people from the more violent actions.
  158. 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.
  159. 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.
  160. 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.
  161. 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.
  162. Defusing George Orwell
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A review of Robert Colls' book George Orwell: English Rebel (Oxford University Press, 2013).
  163. 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.
  164. Democracy Works in Haiti
    From the Bottom Up

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Haiti’s successful rebellion flew in the face of the order of empires built on slavery, colonisation, subjugation and dispossession.
  165. Demonizing Edward Snowden
    Obama Goes Beyond Orwell

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Edward Snowden’s 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 BROTHER’S rules of engagement — and all forms of ruling-class oppression — are brought to an end forever.
  166. Destroyed by Violence
    War, Not Deserting, Is Demoralizing

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Morale is destroyed by war. War’s 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.
  167. 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.
  168. Dialectics, nature and the dialectics of nature
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Based on Frederick Engel's Dialectics of Nature, Camilla Royle's article asks if nature can be understood dialectically.
  169. 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 capitalism’s invariable crises by redirecting potentially revolutionary threats to capitalism to nationalist, (relatedly) racist (or within Europe’s right today, “culturalist”), and militarist violence that preserves the basic material conditions of class society.
  170. 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 Mexico’s 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 people’s wrath into another arm of the criminal state. We pray they resist the attempt.
  171. 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 Lopez’s political parties Primero Justicia and Voluntad Popular, and Machado’s NGO Sumate and her electoral campaigns.
  172. 'Disgustingly Biased' - The Corporate Media On The Gaza Massacre
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The bias in failing to report the brutalisation of a trapped, impoverished people under occupation is staggering.
  173. 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.
  174. Does National Security Trump the Blue Whale?
    Navy Mischief in the Pacific

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  175. Drawing a line in the tar sands 
    A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The fight over the tar sands is among the epic environmental and social justice battles of our time. The very active tar sands struggle is no less than a life-and-death battle for the future of the planet. It is a battle that pits these peoples' movement against the largest and most destructive industrial project -- a project driven by the big the most profitable and powerful transnational energy corporations.
  176. The Earth vs. Monsanto
    A Peoples' Tribunal

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Here are a few brief notes about A People’s Hearing, held on 10 May 2014, in Greene County, Ohio, The Indivisible Living Entity of the Planet Earth v. Monsanto Corporation, Defendant.
  177. Eating your ethics: Halal meat
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Halal ritual slaughter has raised huge controversy in the UK press. But the far greater issue is farm animals' entire quality of life - as reflected in the Qu'ranic principle that meat must be 'tayyib' - good, wholesome and from well-treated, healthy animals. Is this something we can all agree on?
  178. Economics As If Future Generations Mattered
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    We have turned a corner on climate change-- a wrong turn-- and it is happening more rapidly than we have predicted. Climate change is already disrupting society, ecosystems, and national economies. We have altered so much of our Earth that we now threaten our own survival.
  179. Ecosocialism: Why greens must be red and reds must be green 
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    First Published: 2014
    Ian Angus argues for a movement based on socialist and ecological principles, to save humanity and the rest of nature from capitalist ecocide.
  180. Eduardo Galeano, The World Cup and the Corporatization of Soccer
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Excerpts from Eduardo Galeano's Soccer in Sun and Shadow, a rebellious history of the game of football.
  181. EFF Launches IFightSurveillance.org and Counter-Surveillance Success Stories
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Sites Highlight How Opponents of Mass Surveillance Around the World Lead by Example
  182. $88 billion a year in subsidies for climate disaster
    Global governments spend more than double what energy companies invest to find new regions for oil and gas drilling, despite climate change

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Despite pledging in 2009 to phase out public subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, G20 countries have disregarded those promises and are currently spending $88 billion a year in taxpayer money to fund the discovery of new gas, coal, and oil deposits around the world.
  183. 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.
  184. The Emergence of Marx's Critique of Modern Agriculture
    Ecological Insights from His Excerpt Notebooks

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Examining Marx’s notebooks, one realizes that he first attained a truly critical and ecological comprehension of modern agriculture in the middle of the 1860s. Although Marx was at first optimistic about the positive effects of modern agriculture based on the application of natural sciences and technology, he later came to emphasize the negative consequences of agriculture under capitalism precisely because of such an application, illustrating how it inevitably brings about disharmonies in the transhistorical “metabolism” (Stoffwechsel) between human beings and nature.
  185. Empty nests of the North: "Massive chick deaths" in seabird colonies; climate, oceanic changes blamed
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Iceland, circled by the food-rich currents of Atlantic, Arctic and polar waters, is the Serengeti for seabirds. But the nests have gone empty in the past few years, and colonies throughout the North Atlantic are shrinking.
  186. 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.
  187. 'Enough is enough!' Corruptopolis board game satirizes sleazy Spanish politicians
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A Spanish student has created a new board game, Corruptopolis, satirizing the corrupt practices of Spain's economic and political elite. In Corruptopolis, players work in teams to answer questions about major corruption scandals to have rocked Spain over the years.
  188. Ethiopia's 'slow genocide' in the Omo Valley
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A 'slow genocide' is unfolding in Ethiopia - one driven by greed rather than hatred.
  189. 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.
  190. Ethnic Cleansing by All Means: The real Israeli ‘peace’ policy
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    This policy of ethnic cleansing, by different means since 1948, is a consensual issue in Israel and thus leaves very little hope for peace and reconciliation. The current Israeli left, the self-acclaimed ‘peace bloc’, is willing to oppose new settlements but refuses to acknowledge the historical injustice inflicted on Palestinians in 1948 and denies displaced Palestinians their right to return to their homes and their homeland.
  191. 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.
  192. Europe’s Leaders Visit Athens to Celebrate Their Failure
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The start of Greece’s 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 bloc’s handling of the Greek debt crisis and the renewed concerns about the vitality of the Eurozone.
  193. Europe’s new faultine
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Front National is expected to win next week’s 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 women’s 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.
  194. 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 Nation’s Navi Pillay stop talking about proportionality or Israel’s potential war crimes, and admit Israel is committing war crimes by definition – right now, as you read this?
  195. The evidence that Israel deliberately targeted hospitals and ambulances
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Amnesty International has published evidence that Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) specifically targeted hospitals, health workers and ambulance personnel during the attack on Gaza.
  196. Exclusive excerpts from Ernest Tate's 'Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s & 60s'
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  197. Explaining Burma's missing 9 million people - evaporation, or genocide?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In Burma nearly one in five people is not alive who was expected to be alive based upon a modest estimate of the 2% population growth rate. Despite its significance, the figure is met with silence.
  198. Explore the Documents: Luxembourg Leaks Database
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    ICIJ's Luxembourg Leaks investigation is based on a confidential cache of secret tax agreements approved by Luxembourg authorities, that provide tax-relief for more than 340 companies around the world. These private deals are legal in Luxembourg.
  199. Eye in the Sky
    Surveillance and the Art of Arnold Mesches

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Round about the turn of this century Arnold Mesches, who is neither monk nor medievalist nor Christian, began illuminating manuscripts from the world that long since had killed God but appropriated or accommodated to a version of His all-seeing eye. The manuscripts in question: Mesches’ FBI file, 1945 to 1972.
  200. 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.
  201. 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.
  202. Factory and Lab: Israel's War Business
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Israel invests more money in research than most other countries -- and in no other place are research institutes, the defense industry, the army and politics as interwoven. The result is a high-tech weapons factory that successfully exports its goods globally.
  203. 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.
  204. 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.
  205. 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.
  206. Farmageddon
    The True Cost of Cheap Meat

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2014
    An investigation and implication of the global industrial farming industry.
  207. 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.
  208. Fascism, American-Style
    One-Step from the Third Reich?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Unbeknownst to most Americans the United States is presently under thirty presidential declared states of emergency. They confer vast powers on the Executive Branch including the ability to financially incapacitate any person or organization in the United States, seize control of the nation’s communications infrastructure, mobilize military forces, expand the permissible size of the military without congressional authorization, and extend tours of duty without consent from service personnel.
  209. 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.
  210. The Fateful Collision - Floods, Catastrophe And Climate Denial
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    An epic struggle is currently taking place that will determine the fate, and perhaps the survival, of our species.
  211. The FBI Can Bypass Encryption
    Why Cyber Security is a Magic Act

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  212. FBI director wants access to encrypt Apple, Google users' data, demands law 'fix'
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The FBI director has slammed Apple and Google for offering their customers encryption technology that protects users’ privacy. "Deeply concerned" James Comey wants to push on Congress to "fix" laws to ensure police can still access private data.
  213. The FBI Director’s Evidence Against Encryption Is Pathetic
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    FBI Director James Comey gave a speech Thursday about how cell-phone encryption could lead law enforcement to a “very dark place” where it “misses out” on crucial evidence to nail criminals. To make his case, he cited four real-life examples — examples that would be laughable if they weren’t so tragic.
  214. The FBI’s 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.
  215. 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 didn’t believe federal officials and this past week the FCC demonstrated how realistic our cynicism was.
  216. Fed Up
    Resource Type: Film
    First Published: 2014
    An examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it.
  217. 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.
  218. 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.
  219. Fighting fracking in Poland: the farmers’ resistance movement
    An improverished farming community in Zurawlów is using creative tactics to stop Chevron’s shale gas plans

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    When Chevron arrived in Zurawlów, a small village in Poland’s 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 firm’s claim to the shale gas below.
  220. 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.
  221. 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.
  222. Financial Terrorism
    The Wonga Payday Lending Experiment

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Keeping people poor in a world of seedy abandonment. Borrowing at phenomenal rates. Loan sharks running wild, dressed by the language of assistance and salvation. All of this should be the stuff to be binned and repelled by governments, but in an age when governments forfeit, rather than affirm responsibility in the face of the economy, the phenomenon of Wonga, a deferred deposit loan operator, has come to thrive. Private indebtedness has become both a condition and a lifestyle.
  223. 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. Here’s 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 world’s only superpower. In fact, it does not even deny that they are civilians.
  224. The Flood From the North
    Washington’s 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.
  225. 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.
  226. 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.
  227. Follow the Money, Part 1 — The Weston Family
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    You’ve seen him in television ads hyping President’s Choice dessert ideas, naming fake supermarkets after enthusiastic customers, sitting down with moms around the kitchen table and talking to President’s Choice farmers on their hormone-free farms.
  228. Follow the Money, Part 2 — Barrick Gold’s Peter Munk
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Fraser Institute awarded Barrick Gold chairman Peter Munk its T.P. Boyle Founder’s Award at a gala dinner in Toronto in 2010. This is the think tank’s 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.
  229. Follow the Money, Part 3 — Big Oil and Calgary’s 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.
  230. Follow the Money, Part 4 — Who Owns the National Post?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    It’s 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.
  231. 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 institute’s work — can tell researchers what to do.
    According to this rosy view of the think tank’s mission, Big Oil directors from Calgary, for instance, don’t tell Fraser Institute researcher Kenneth Green to produce studies denying global warming or proving that the Keystone and Northern Gateway pipelines are crucial for Canada’s economic survival. Green does these on his own because that’s what his research indicates.
  232. Follow the Money, Part 6 — Obesity: A new role for second-hand-smoke-causes-cancer deniers
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The tobacco industry has shifted its doubt-manufacturing operations to countries like Russia, Indonesia and China, where the incidence of smoking — and cancer — continues to rise. But other industries with deep pockets need to manufacture doubt about the health risks of their products.
  233. For an easy win on carbon emissions - cut global trade!
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    If the world's leaders really cared about climate change, there's one easy way to reduce emissions -- drop the obsession with increasing trade, and all the pollution that goes with it. A world based on local production, consumption and finance will be a better one for people and the environment.
  234. Forbes 400 list of world’s richest people highlights growth of social inequality
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Forbes magazine published its 28th annual list of the world’s 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 report’s history.
  235. 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 world’s food

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A new review carried out by the organization GRAIN reveals that small farms produce most of the world’s food. However, they are currently squeezed onto less than a quarter of the world’s 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.
  236. The Forgotten Coup
    How the Same Godfather Rules from Canberra to Kiev

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Washington’s 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.
  237. The Forgotten Coup
    How America and Britain Crushed the Government of Their "Ally" Australia

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister Gough Whitlam, who has died. His achievements are recognised, if grudgingly, his mistakes noted in false sorrow. But a critical reason for his extraordinary political demise will, they hope, be buried with him.
  238. Forgotten Graffiti Sheds New Light on Long, Hot Journeys to Vietnam
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Inside a rusting former US army ship, historians found vivid details of the hopes and fears of soldiers bound for war.
  239. 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.
  240. 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.
  241. 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.
  242. 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.
  243. 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?
  244. 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.
  245. From Israel to ISIS
    Harper's 'Orwellian' Foreign Policy

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    It’s getting difficult to remember a time when the Canadian Parliament actually tried to make principled decisions regarding foreign policy and our place in the community of nations.
  246. 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?
  247. 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.
  248. From Somaly Mam to ''Eden'': How Sex Trafficking Sensationalism Hurts Sex Workers
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Most activists, regardless of ideology, are trying to do the right thing. But when it comes to human rights and sex work, doing the right thing is often much more complicated than calling the cops or donating 75 cents a day to a starving child on TV.
  249. 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.
  250. 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.
  251. 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.
  252. 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.
  253. Gary Webb: Vindicated
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Family Members of the Intrepid Investigative Journalist — Soon To Be Immortalized By An Upcoming Hollywood Movie — Share Their Story With The World.
  254. 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.
  255. Gates Foundation 'feeds the world' with corporate agriculture
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Gates Foundation is spending half a billion dollars a year to 'feed the world', most of it aimed at Africa. But as GRAIN discovers, it is imposing a model of high-tech, high-input 'green revolution' farming, complete with GMOs, agro-chemicals and a pro-business neoliberal agenda, all in in alliance with corporate agriculture.
  256. 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.
  257. Gaza Crisis: Far-Right Israelis Chant 'There's No School Tomorrow, There's No Children Left in Gaza!'
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Right-wing Israelis have been filmed chanting "There's no children left there [in Gaza]" and "Gaza is a cemetery" in celebration of their military's attacks on Gaza.
  258. “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 children’s deaths in the style of a soccer fans’ song: “In Gaza there’s no studying, No children are left there, Olé, olé, olé-olé-olé.”
  259. 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?
  260. 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.
  261. 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 enemy’s 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.
  262. Gaza: Israeli Soldiers Shoot and Kill Fleeing Civilians
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Israeli forces in the southern Gaza town of Khuza’a 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.
  263. 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.
  264. Gaza: Whole Villages Have Been Wiped Off the Map
    A VIsit to Khuza'a

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    I’m 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 Khuza’a.
  265. Gaza’s Torment, Israel’s Crimes, Our Responsibilities
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    It is important to understand what life is like in Gaza when Israel’s 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.
  266. Gazonto
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    First Published: 2014
    What would Israel's attack on Gaza in 2014 look like if it took place in Toronto?
  267. Genetic Testing of Citizens Is a Backdoor into Total Population Surveillance by Governments and Companies
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The new Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS) in England, Simon Stevens, was recently reported arguing that the NHS must be transformed to make people’s personal genetic information the basis of their treatments.
  268. 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.
  269. Germany and Britain: Memory and Myopia
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Ernst Barlach was one of Germany’s great expressionist artists of the early twentieth century. A virulent nationalist in the run-up to the First World War, Barlach found that his experience of the Western Front stripped him of his jingoism. Much of his subsequent work explored the sorrow and suffering that he saw as the human condition.
  270. Ghana's farmers battle ‘Monsanto law' to retain seed freedom
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Ghana's government is desperate to pass a Plant Breeders Bill that would remove farmers' ancient 'seed freedom' to grow, retain, breed and develop crop varieties - while giving corporate breeders a blanket exemption from seed regulations. But the farmers are fighting back.
  271. 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 people’s 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.
  272. 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.
  273. 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.
  274. 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.
  275. 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.
  276. 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?
  277. Good for the gander? As Alaska warms, a goose forgoes a 3,300-mile migration
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Scientists have documented that increasing numbers of black brant are skipping that far southern migration and staying in Alaska instead. Fewer than 3,000 wintered in Alaska before 1977. In recent years, however, more than 40,000 have remained north, with as many as 50,000 staying there last year, during the most ice-free winter that Izembek had seen in more than a decade.
  278. Google doesn't want you to limit its ability to follow you around the internet
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Behind our screens, tech companies are racing to extract a price for what we read and watch on the web: our personal information.
  279. Great moments in satire: a love note to the haters
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    An article by Hugh Goldring about Great Moments in Leftism, a comic strip that highlights the often absurd nature of the radical left.
  280. 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 Lenin’s alternative.
  281. 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.
  282. Grieving the children of Palestine
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Through all the turmoil of these last weeks and months I have been tortured by thoughts of children, Jewish children, Palestinian children, Syrian, Iraqi children – all those who most innocently of all, and most grievously of all, are the victims of the Middle East Madness.
  283. 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 action—beyond 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.
  284. Gulf-Bound Tar Sands for Export?
    Follow the Oiltanking Trail

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The U.S. Senate failed to get the necessary 60 votes to approve the northern leg of TransCanada‘s KeystoneXL pipeline, but incoming Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell already promised it will get another vote when the GOP-dominated Senate begins its new session in 2015.
  285. 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.”
  286. The Half Has Never Been Told
    Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2014
    A sweeping, authoritative history of the expansion of slavery in America, showing how forced migrations radically altered the nation's economic, political, and cultural landscape.

  287. 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.
  288. Hamas Rocket Launches Don’t Explain Israel’s Gaza Destruction – Israeli Forces’ Manipulated Figures and Fake Evidence
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Israel and its supporters abroad have parried accusations of indiscriminate destruction and mass killing of civilians in Gaza by arguing that they were consequences of strikes aimed at protecting Israeli civilians from rockets that were being launched from very near civilian structures.
  289. Harper government silences pain of Gazan children
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    This past summer Israel's advanced military bombarded the tiny, impoverished and overpopulated Gaza Strip for a third time in six years...Nowhere was safe as schools, hospitals and mosques were targeted...Ignoring pleas from hospitals, health-care workers, the Ontario government and a petition by over 40,000 Canadians, his government refuses to grant the 100 visas Dr. Abuelaish needs.
  290. Harper, The Ottawa Shooter, and Selling of War
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The sensationalized media coverage of the police and military responses to the violent actions of one or more shooters in the Canadian capital of Ottawa Canada on Oct. 22 was truly global in scope. Among the newspapers that used on their front pages dramatic photographs of the elaborate militarization on Canada’s Parliament Hill were the New York Times.
  291. 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.
  292. Healing the Dark Legacy of Native American Families
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) - educational issues among indigenous families.
  293. Health experts question handling of songbird-killing Superfund site
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Health experts are questioning the Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan state officials for their decades-long delays in cleanup of a Superfund site that is killing songbirds in yards, possibly leaving people at risk, too.
  294. Heavy metal songs: Contaminated songbirds sing the wrong tunes
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Scientists have long known that mercury is a potent toxicant: It disrupts the architecture of human brains, and it can change birds' behavior and kill their chicks. But after extensive research in Virginia, scientists have shown that mercury also alters the very thing that many birds are known for -- their songs.
  295. Here come the thought police
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has declared his intention to fast-track legislation expanding CSIS and police powers of “surveillance, detention and arrest.”
  296. "A Hideous Atrocity": Noam Chomsky on Israel’s Assault on Gaza & U.S. Support for the Occupation
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Hideous. Sadistic. Vicious. Murderous. That is how Noam Chomsky describes Israel’s 29-day offensive in Gaza that killed nearly 1,900 people and left almost 10,000 people injured. Chomsky has written extensively about the Israel/Palestine conflict for decades.
  297. The Highlights of "ChinaLeaks"
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Reports by ICIJ and its partners revealing the secretive offshore holdings of China’s 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.
  298. A History of Political Terror
    The Ritual of Beheading

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Decapitation is a public ritual of political theatre that dates from ancient times. It is designed not simply to gruesomely kill a victim, but to send a powerful message to adversaries, both local and foreign. It is designed not simply to gruesomely kill a victim, but to send a powerful message to adversaries, both local and foreign.
  299. 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 Faulkner’s 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.
  300. 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.
  301. Hollywood’s Gary Webb Movie and the Message that Big Media Couldn't Kill
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Gary's email arrived quite by surprise. I knew about his Dark Alliance series, five years prior, documenting the CIA’s trafficking of cocaine to fund paramilitary squads in Central America. I also knew he had been pummeled by corporate media and had lost his job over it. “They’re trying to turn you into me,” he said, “but you can win because you don’t have a boss who can sell you out.”
  302. 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.
  303. Honduras and the dirty war fuelled by the west's drive for clean energy
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The palm oil magnates are growing ever more trees for use in biofuels and carbon trading. But what happens to the subsistence farmers who live on the lucrative land?
  304. How Big Oil Plans to Win Ugly in New York
    Leaked Transcript from PR Maven Shows Energy Companies will be Told to Make the Fight Against Fracking Opponents Personal

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A PR firm well known for its hardball tactics in defense of Big Tobacco will deliver the keynote address at tonight’s Independent Oil and Gas Association conference.
  305. How Can I Keep From Singing
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Excerpts from an interview with Pete Seeger.
  306. How Can the US Accuse Russia of Violating International Law?
    Not Funny, But it’s Still Hard Not to Laugh

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    If you want to make moral or legal pronouncements, or to condemn bad behaviour, you have to be a moral, law-abiding person yourself.
  307. 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.
  308. 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).
  309. How Human Rights Can Build Haiti
    Activists, Lawyers, and the Grassroots Campaign

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2014
    A cataclysmic earthquake, revolution, corruption, and neglect have all conspired to strangle the growth of a legitimate legal system in Haiti. But as How Human Rights Can Build Haiti demonstrates, the story of lawyers-activists on the ground should give us all hope.
  310. How I Became Radicalized
    It Can Happen To Anyone

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    I’m not exactly sure when I became radicalized, but it was sometime in the mid 1980s. I purposely use the term radicalize because, with the rise of globalized insurgency in general and al Qaeda and now ISIS in particular, the word has become a favorite in the media, especially for those on the right.
  311. 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 d’états 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.
  312. 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.
  313. 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.
  314. How Protests Against Israeli Bombing of Gaza Stopped Zim Ships
    With Longshore Workers Support

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Protests against the Israeli bombing of Gaza erupted around the world but none had a more powerful impact than picketers in the port of Oakland, California in August and September.
  315. How Rich Are the 400 Richest Americans?
    And What They Do With Their Money

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    According to Forbes, a leading business magazine, the combined wealth of the 400 richest Americans has now reached the staggering total of $2.3 trillion. This gives them an average net worth of $5.7 billion – an increase of 14 percent over the previous year.
  316. 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.
  317. How Syria’s Secular Uprising Was Hijacked by Jihadists
    Al Qaeda's Second Act

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    On Syria's descent into a sectarian civil war.
  318. How the Media Gets It Wrong
    On Asking the Wrong Questions and Mapping Media Dead Zones

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  319. 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.
  320. How the NSA Infiltrated Mexico’s 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.
  321. How the UAE Tried to Silence a Popular Arab Spring Activist
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Earlier this year (2014), as a wave of counterrevolution and repression continued to roll back popular democratic uprisings across the Middle East, one of the Arab Spring’s most popular online activists found himself sitting in a jail cell.
  322. How the U.S. Department of Justice Makes Murder Respectable, Kills the Innocent and Jails their Defenders
    Redefining “Imminent”

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In order to justify its global assassination program, the Obama administration has had to stretch words beyond their natural breaking points. For instance, any male 14 years or older found dead in a drone strike zone is a 'combatant' unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving him innocent.
  323. 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.
  324. 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.
  325. How to Remove the Rich from Power and Abolish Class Inequality
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Here are step by step instructions for removing the rich from power and abolishing class inequality. The instructions, however, will be in reverse order.
  326. Human Rights Watch’s 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 world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.” However, HRW’s close ties to the U.S. government call into question its independence.
  327. 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 women’s bodies.
  328. 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.
  329. If Gaza’s Dead Were America’s Dead
    Imagine the Outrage Over 27,000 Dead Kids...

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Imagine the Outrage Over 27,000 Dead Kids...
  330. “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.
  331. Illegal logging behind deaths of indigenous leaders
    Assassination of forest defenders highlights extensive network of logging and the illegal timber trade.

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    “In the forest, the silence at night is absolute,” says Sara, a settler who owns a plot of land in the middle of Peru’s central jungle. “But suddenly, at 9 p.m. you start hearing chainsaws in the distance. I get up immediately and go quietly with my gun and my dogs to see where they are cutting down my trees. But I don’t find the loggers. They hide. In the morning I find felled trees and cut planks that they were unable to take away.”
  332. 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.
  333. In Memoriam, Gabriel Kolko
    b. Paterson, Aug. 17, 1932-d. Amsterdam, May 19, 2014

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  334. 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.
  335. 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, it’s 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.
  336. 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.
  337. 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.
  338. 'Incapacitating' chemical weapons threaten a new arms race
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    December's meeting of the Chemical Weapons Convention offers the opportunity to control very dangerous and often fatal chemical agents deemed 'incapacitating'.Currently a legal gray area, it's essential to bring the development and use of these substances before a full blown arms race breaks out.
  339. 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.
  340. 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 year’s budget document says we gave away another $88.6 billion to the corporate needy and the under-nourished rich in that year.
  341. Indian Journalist Offers Harsh Critique of Globalization
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  342. 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.
  343. India's Rice Warrior Battles to Build Living Seed Bank as Climate Chaos Looms
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Rice conservationist Debal Deb grapples with 'mindless Indian elite' to reintroduce genetically diverse, drought-tolerant varieties
  344. Inside El Salvador’s Military Blacklist
    The Yellow Book

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Yellow Book (Libro amarillo) is a 270 page document from 1987 that the National Security Archive in Washington DC made public on September 28th, 2014. The Yellow Book includes 1,975 photographs that the Salvadoran Armed Forces and the State Department of Intelligence of El Salvador used to catalogue people as “terrorists” and “enemies” of the state. The Yellow Book is the only military document that has been made public to this day.
  345. 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.
  346. The Intelligence Apparatus Is Checking Out Your “Intimate Body Parts”
    Privates Eyes

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    According to the latest Snowden revelation, Britain’s 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.”
  347. 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.
  348. 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.
  349. Introduction to the Israel Lobby
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Israel lobby is one of the most powerful and pervasive special interest groups in the United States. It consists of a multitude of powerful institutions and individuals that work to influence Congress, the president, academia, the media, religious institutions, and American public opinion on behalf of Israel.
  350. The IPCC report: Between nightmare and revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Belgian ecosocialist Daniel Tanuro says the latest IPCC report has sounded an alarm that we must not ignore. Only radical change can avert climate disaster.
  351. IRS seizes hundreds of perfectly legal bank accounts, refuses to give money back
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Internal Revenue Service has been seizing bank accounts belonging to small businesses and individuals who regularly made deposits of less than $10,000, but broke no laws. And the government is refusing to return all the money taken. The practice - called civil asset forfeiture - allows IRS agents to seize property they suspect of being tied to a crime, even if no charges are filed, and their agency is allowed to keep a share of whatever is forfeited.
  352. 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.
  353. ISIS and the IDF: Canada’s Double Standard
    Who are the Real Terrorists?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Why can westerners join the Israeli Defense Forces while westerners joining Islamic State are despised and killed? In what sense is the IDF scenario any less reprehensible than the IS one?
  354. 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.
  355. Israel ignoring “tectonic change” in public opinion
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    World public opinion is important. More than that, it is vital. The British parliament’s resolution may be non-binding, but it expresses public opinion, which will sooner or later decide government action on arms sales, Security Council resolutions, European Union decisions and what not.
  356. 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.)
  357. Israel showed restraint in Gaza before attacking? You must be kidding 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Israeli journalist Amira Hass, writing in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, demolishes some myths.
  358. Israeli Cease Fire Violations and Media Propaganda
    The Conquest of Palestine

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Israeli conquest of Palestine has always been a difficult issue for Western mainstream media to cover. The difficulty lies not in the task of reporting the facts on the ground and transmitting an accurate depiction of them to the public, but in refraining from doing so.
  359. Israeli Company 'Doing Good' Using Luxembourg Outpost
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The international business and philanthropic group led by Israel's richest woman includes a Luxembourg subsidiary that shares its address with more than 1200 other companies, and uses complex financial structures like internal loans and hybrid tools, according to analysis of secret tax documents by Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
  360. Israeli Company Targeted by Oakland Blockade Imports Ammunition Into US
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Israeli-owned shipping company Zim, the target of recent port blockades organized by Palestinian solidarity activists in California, is importing millions of rounds of small arms ammunition into the United States each year.
  361. Israelis have the Upper Hand when it Comes to Vengeance
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    As Human Rights Watch warned, Israel’s 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 law’s euphemism for revenge, against Palestinians. In the face of the enduring violence of Israel’s 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.
  362. 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.
  363. Israel’s 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.
  364. Israel’s Exterminatory Impulse Toward Gaza
    A Protracted Genocide

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Disproportionate power yields the psychopathology of sadism.
  365. Israel’s Fascistization of Judaism
    A Nation in Authoritarian Lockstep

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  366. Israel’s Gaza backlash targets Arab minority
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Israel’s 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.
  367. Israel's occupation is more complex than a genocide
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Israeli officials were caught in a revealing lie late last month as the country celebrated the Jewish New Year. Shortly after declaring the most popular boy’s name in Israel to be "Yosef", the interior ministry was forced to concede that the top slot was actually filled by "Mohammed".
  368. Israel’s 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.
  369. 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 wouldn’t 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 country’s uniform.
  370. 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'.
  371. It’s Raining Bombs and Shells
    A Doctor's Notes From Gaza

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    I’m still alive. I don’t 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 Israel’s tanks, planes, or warships. Some hours it’s raining bombs. Americans say “It’s raining cats and dogs.” In the new Gaza idiom, we say “It’s raining bombs and shells.”
  372. J. Arch Getty, Practicing Stalinism: Bolsheviks, Boyars and the Persistence of Tradition (Yale, 2013) (Review)
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Review of Practicing Stalinism: Bolsheviks, Boyars and the Persistence of Tradition by J. Arch Getty (Yale, 2013).
  373. 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".
  374. Joint Declaration by International Law Experts on Israel’s Gaza Offensive
    The International Community Must End Israel’s 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 Israel’s 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.
  375. 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.
  376. Journalism’s Search for Metaphor and Meaning
    Barking Dogs and Sinking Ships

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Journalists often aren’t alert watchdogs, but limiting the profession to the role of a barking dog is a dead-end anyway.
  377. A Journalist’s 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.
  378. Judge approves Detroit bankruptcy plan
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The more than yearlong bankruptcy case in Detroit concluded Friday with a US judge sanctioning a savage restructuring plan for the city, which creates a new precedent for an assault on public workers throughout the United States.
  379. Kavita Krishnan: 'Women’s Liberation, Everyone’s Liberation'
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Kavita Krishnan on sexual violence, everyday sexism, protest, solidarity, and public space in India.
  380. Kerry’s Propaganda War on Russia’s 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 Russia’s 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.
  381. 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.
  382. 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.
  383. The KKK and Other Grassroots Movements
    Venezuela isn’t 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 won’t 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.
  384. The KXL's Big Fail
    An Empty Victory

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Keystone XL bill failed to pass Congress. The Big Fail marks a huge success for groups who have been struggling to expose the KXL for the dirty policy it represents. The actions taken on the day of the vote, including disrupting the Senate vote in the chamber and blocking Senators Bennet (D-Col.) and Carper (D-Del.) from leaving their offices, speak to the dedication and tirelessness of the movement to stop the pipeline.
  385. Labour’s 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.
  386. 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.
  387. 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 tribe’s rich history of resistance.
  388. Lancet: an Open Letter for the People of Gaza
    The Massacre Must Stop

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A public letter from doctors and scientists to stop the massacre.
  389. 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.
  390. Latin American progressives and environmental duplicity
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Left wing governments across the Americas are faced with a dilemma - high social spending programs financed by income from destructive mining and hydrocarbon extraction - or a slower but sustainable development path that puts ecology, equity and justice first. Their answer - a constant pushing back of the resource frontier.
  391. 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.
  392. 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.
  393. 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.
  394. 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.
  395. The Leading Terrorist State
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    "It's official: The U.S. is the world's leading terrorist state, and proud of it." That should have been the headline for the lead story in The New York Times on Oct. 15, which was more politely titled "CIA Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels."
  396. Leaked Documents Expose Global Companies' Secret Tax Deals in Luxembourg
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Pepsi, IKEA, FedEx and 340 other international companies have secured secret deals from Luxembourg, allowing many of them to slash their global tax bills while maintaining little presence in the tiny European duchy, leaked documents show.
  397. Leaked Records Reveal Offshore Holdings of China’s Elite
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Close relatives of China’s top leaders have held secretive offshore companies in tax havens that helped shroud the Communist elite’s wealth, a leaked cache of documents reveals.
  398. Learning from our History
    Ernie Tate’s 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.
  399. 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.
  400. Legal Ruling Will Allow Rain Forest Indigenous Peoples to Pursue Chevron in Canada
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Ontario Court of Appeal says communities of Ecuador affected by Chevron can enforce Ecuadorian rulings in Canada.
  401. Lenin 1917-18: the road to the authoritarian state.
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Lenin’s 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.
  402. Lenin: Yes! Leninism: No?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    It is currently a commonplace on the left and not-so-left to announce that Leninism is dead. Indeed, one might wonder why it is necessary to keep repeating the point. Nobody is writing articles to explain that alchemy or social credit are dead. The enthusiasm to bury Leninism tells us that this is something that people want to be dead.
  403. Let’s 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.
  404. Let's Just Pretend
    We Didn’t 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.
  405. 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.
  406. 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.
  407. Lettuce Picking and Left-Wing Organizing
    A Bottom Up View of Cesar Chavez’s 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).
  408. 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.
  409. 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.
  410. 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.
  411. The Lie Machine
    The Media and the TTIP

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    I have come to the conclusion that the West is a vast lie machine for the secret agendas of vested interests. Consider, for example, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnership.
  412. Life Inside of the Song of History with Pete Seeger
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Remembering Pete Seeger, his music, and his impact.
  413. A Line in the Tar Sands
    Struggles for Environmental Justice

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2014
    The fight over the tar sands in North America is among the epic environmental and social justice battles of our time, and one of the first that has managed to quite explicitly marry concern for frontline communities and immediate local hazards with fear for the future of the entire planet.
  414. Lise Vogel and the politics of women’s liberation
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A review of Lise Vogel, Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Toward a Unitary Theory.
  415. 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 Kerala’s Idukki district, the library’s 160-books — all classics — are regularly borrowed, read, and returned by poor, Muthavan adivasis.
  416. 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.
  417. Loon, interrupted: Chicks dying, social chaos. Is their comeback unraveling?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    It’s a scenario playing out across North America -- loons are raising fewer chicks to fledgling stage than they were two decades ago. Researchers suspect that hormone-disrupting pollutants such as flame retardants may have eroded the birds' delicate social structure and contributed to a mysterious drop in Squam Lake’s loon population. In other parts of the Northeast, scientists have implicated acid rain and mercury in declining numbers of chicks.
  418. Loss of Librarians Devastating to Science and Knowledge in Canada
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The closure of federal libraries and loss of specialized librarians impacts negatively on the state of science and knowledge in Canada.
  419. Loss of night: Artificial light disrupts sex hormones of birds
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Around the world, scientists seeking to answer that question have gathered mounting evidence that city lights are altering the basic physiology of urban birds, suppressing their estrogen and testosterone and changing their singing, mating and feeding behaviors. One lab experiment showed that male blackbirds did not develop reproductive organs during the second year of exposure to continuous light at night.
  420. 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.
  421. Lying to Ourselves About the Air War
    The Killers

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Most US citizens have never been subjected to an air raid. They have never heard the roar of planes flying high above them while an air raid siren wails, its whine competing with the planes’ roar and piercing the audio centers of the brain making sequential thought difficult if not impossible. Nor have they heard the sound of bombs — canisters filled with high explosives and fire — whistling as they fall through the air toward their targets on the ground. Nor have most US citizens ever sat in a bomb shelter wondering if their homes will survive the aerial assault they are hoping to survive themselves.
  422. 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.
  423. 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.
  424. Making a Sow’s Ear from Palestinian Protest
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The recent decision by the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) to place a pig's head in what was assumed to be the kosher section of Woolworths, and then, in fact, turned out to be the halal section, could be written off as a mere "fail of the week."
  425. 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 Ukraine’s future growth.
  426. 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.
  427. The Margins and the Center: For a New History of the Cultural Revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Repost of an informative reflection on the lessons to be learned from China's "Cultural Revolution" in light of China's grim political situation circa 2014, centered on a review of Yiching's Wu's pathbreaking new book, Cultural Revolution at the Margins.
  428. 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.
  429. Martin Luther King Jr’s Radicalism Muted by MLK Archives' Corporate Sponsors
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The MLK Archive, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase and Co., omits Martin Luther King Jr's speech delivered at Carnegie Hall on February 23, 1968 on the 100th anniversary of W.E.B Du Bois' birth. The speech is included in its entirety here.
  430. 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 publisher’s pursuit of private, profitable licenses with paying customers.
  431. 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.
  432. 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.
  433. Mass murder by botulism: Surge in Great Lakes bird deaths driven by invaders
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The botulism bacterium "is the most toxic natural substance on Earth. Just one gram could kill off like two million people. And for these birds it's essentially just widespread food poisoning."
  434. 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.
  435. 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.
  436. The Maypole’s Revolutionary Heritage
    Time to Replant Trees of Liberty

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  437. The Media and the Paranoid State
    Das Bild to FoxNews

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In 1975, West Germany was often under varying degrees of lockdown. Roadblocks were set up at autobahn exits and identification was checked; groups of heavily armed police were seen in city centers holding machine guns and looking menacing; and airports were under armed guard. The reason given for this military-like presence was the existence of a leftist terror group known as the Rote Armee Fraktion.
  438. 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.
  439. Meet The Folks On The Front Lines Of Fracking In California
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The oil and gas industry has worked very hard to push the narrative that fracking is completely safe, and that any opposition is led by a small group of full-time activists.
  440. 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.
  441. Metadata Is More Intrusive Than Direct Listening Of Phone Calls Says Snowden
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Government monitoring of “metadata” is more intrusive than directly listening to phone calls or reading emails.
  442. Metal madness: Lead doesn't just poison birds, it scrambles everything they need to survive
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    It's well-known that high levels of lead kill birds. But now it's becoming clear that amounts commonly encountered by waterfowl and raptors can mess up their digestion, brains, hearts, vision and other body processes critical for their survival in the wild.
  443. Metastasizing of the Police State of America
    NY Times Report Documents

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The latest news on the burgeoning police state in the US -- a page-one investigative report in the New York Times disclosing that at least 40 agencies of the US government from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Supreme Court (!) are using undercover agents to spy on and even to entrap law-abiding American citizens -- suggests that we have passed the tipping point.
  444. Mexico: Community Police and the War on Drugs
    Self-Defense vs. Vigilantism

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Various "self-defense" groups or “community police” have emerged in rural areas, mainly in the states of Guerrero and Michoacán. The embrace of such "alternative security" schemes by nearly all of the left is rooted in a sub-reformist liberal perspective. As long as capitalism is not overthrown, any group dedicated to "fighting crime" will act as an auxiliary of the capitalist state and will have, in the final analysis, a fundamentally reactionary character.
  445. Mexico – Subcomandante Marcos Steps Down: What’s Next for the EZLN?
    Subcomandante Marcos, announced he ending his role as the group’s 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?
  446. Middle class would go to jail for what big corporations are allowed to do’
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Institute for Policy Studies and the Center for Effective Government issued a report on November 18 which revealed that seven of the 30 largest US corporations paid more money to their CEOs last year than they paid in US federal income taxes. US corporations have enough profit to grease the wheels of Washington DC to have legislation that benefits them, and their workers which are becoming fewer and fewer, are shouldering the tax burden.
  447. Militarism degrades, disrupts and destroys democracy
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    As the Canadian government plays at fighting wars in Iraq/Syria and in eastern Europe, we see daily examples of how militarism ultimately degrades, disrupts and destroys democracy.
  448. 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.
  449. Millions Missing From DEA Money-Laundering Operation
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    At least $20 million went missing from money seizures by law enforcers, critical evidence was destroyed by a federal agency, a key informant was outed by a US prosecutor — contributing to her being kidnapped and nearly killed — and at the end of the day not a single narco-trafficker was prosecuted in this four-year-long DEA undercover operation gone awry.
  450. The Mississippi Summer Project 50th Anniversary Reunion
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Greenwood was the place where the first major cracks in the wall of Mississippi racism were broken open.
  451. Missouri’s 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.
  452. 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.
  453. 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.
  454. The Monster That Israel Helped Create
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    There is a terrible irony in Israel’s 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.
  455. Montreal spends $110,000 on private lawyers to fight challenge to anti-protest bylaw
    There's room for austerity around everything except repression

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    As the city of Montreal tightens its belt-buckle and is cutting budgets, two Montrealers who are challenging the city's regulations around demonstrations are questioning the amount of resources the city is putting in to defend the bylaws.
  456. Moral bankruptcy of capitalism': UK's top public doctor shames western society over Ebola
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Western countries should tackle drugs firms' "scandalous" reluctance to invest in research into the virus which has already killed over 700 people in West Africa, the UK's top public doctor said, adding, “They'd find a cure if Ebola came to London.”
  457. More chance of dying from work than going to war - Intl Labor Organization
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Going to war may seem one of the most hazardous ordeals on the planet, but perhaps not. The International Labor Organization (ILO) says there is more chance of dying from work than fighting for your country on the battlefield.
  458. More from the Greatest [sic] Generation
    This is What We Are Up Against

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Nazi-CIA connection is ancient news but is finally getting play some seven decades later when it’s safe to file it under "Mistakes, well-intentioned." Here’s my “scoop”: The Nazi-CIA connection should be filed under "Policy, standard operating."
  459. 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 CIA’s 10-year campaign in the tribal regions of northern Pakistan, new research reveals.
  460. 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.
  461. 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.
  462. Mumia Abu-Jamal and Jeremy Hammond; Political Prisoners In The Sacrifice Zone Of Empire
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Recently, two cases concerning the constitutional rights of people in prison came to public light. They involve two U.S. political prisoners: Mumia Abu-Jamal who is serving a life sentence at a facility in Frackville, Pennsylvania and Jeremy Hammond, who is serving a ten year sentence at a federal prison in Manchester, Kentucky.
  463. 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 1971—and 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.
  464. My Last Talk with Gary Webb
    "I Knew It Was the Truth and That's What Kept Me Going"

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The 'Dark Alliance' series in the Mercury News came under fire by other news organizations, and the paper’s own investigation concluded the series did not meet its standards. Mr. Webb resigned a year and a half after the series appeared in the paper. He then published his book, 'Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras and the Crack Cocaine Explosion.'
  465. 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.
  466. The naked class politics of Ebola
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Just as a glass prism differentiates sunlight into its component colours, corresponding to the different wavelengths, the Ebola crisis ravaging three West African countries has produced three distinct responses, corresponding to the three principal classes of capitalist society.
  467. 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 Empire’s “stealth” destabilizer.
  468. National liberation and Bolshevism reexamined: A view from the borderlands – An analysis of the socialist debates on the national question up through 1914
    A view from the Czarist empire’s borderlands obliges us to rethink assumptions about the revolutions of 1905 and 1917

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The following paper analyzes the socialist debates on the national question up through 1914. I argue that an effective strategy of anti-colonial Marxism was first put forward by the borderland socialists, not the Bolsheviks. Lenin and his comrades lagged behind the non-Russian Marxists on this crucial issue well into the Civil War.
  469. National Liberation and Bolshevism Reexamined
    A View from the Borderlands

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A view from the Czarist empire's borderlands obliges us to rethink many long-held assumptions about the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, as well as the development of Marxist approaches to national liberation, peasant struggle, permanent revolution, and the emancipation of women.
  470. 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 convoy’s true purpose was to ‘smuggle weapons’ to the east Ukraine rebels.
  471. NATO and Serbia, 15 Years On
    The Bombs that Failed

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    As Ukraine’s 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.
  472. 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.
  473. 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.
  474. 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.
  475. Netanyahu’s 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?
  476. A Network of Indigenous Language Digital Activists in Mexico
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Internet has emerged as a space where many in Mexico can communicate online using indigenous languages, as well as to create new digital content instead of being just consumers of content.
  477. 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.'
  478. The New Face of the Radical Right? 
    Amerika’s 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.
  479. New generation: Growing up reading Rachel Carson, scientists unravel risks of new pesticides
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Like biologist Rachel Carson, whose 1962 book Silent Spring warned about the devastating effects of DDT, a new generation of scientists is trying to figure out if new pesticides -- which are being used in ever-increasing numbers, quantities, and combinations -- are harming living things they’re not intended to kill, including birds.
  480. A New Language is the Number One Imperative for a New Left Project
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Socialists “use words few people know to make arguments few people understand to fight for causes few people recognise on people who don’t care.”
  481. 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.
  482. New Seeds, Old Pesticides
    A Farmer on 2,4-D and Next Gen GMOs

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    I doubt very many people have ever heard or seen a "tank mix." Simply put, it is a mix of several crop chemicals used together to control a variety of weeds. I have not looked into a swirling mix of chemicals in a crop spray rig for probably 20 years – that's about how long it has been since we have used any herbicides on our farm.
  483. 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.
  484. 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.
  485. New Zealand Cops Raided Home of Reporter Working on Snowden Documents
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Agents from New Zealand's national police force ransacked the home of a prominent independent journalist earlier this month who was collaborating with The Intercept on stories from the NSA archive furnished by Edward Snowden. The stated purpose of the 10-hour police raid was to identify the source for allegations that the reporter, Nicky Hager, recently published in a book that caused a major political firestorm and led to the resignation of a top government minister.
  486. NGOs Are Cages
    How Capitalists Control Mass Movements

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    We really need to understand the methods used by NGOs to undermine radical political organizing efforts and divert us into political dead ends.
  487. 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.
  488. The Nigerians Who Dare to Speak of Love as a Tide of Anti-gay Hatred Rises
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A new crackdown on gender minorities has led to arrests and fears of mob violence. But a brave few are still fighting for sexual freedom.
  489. 9 things you need to know about Venezuela and the recent violence
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Behind the attempts to overthrow the Venezuelan government.
  490. 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
  491. No child should be afraid to drink a glass of water ...
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Nasser Nawajah wrote this open letter to Israel's economics minister Naftali Bennett - leader of The Jewish Home - about the water starvation suffered by Palestinians.
  492. 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.
  493. 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.
  494. The No State Solution: Institutionalizing Libertarian Socialism in Kurdistan
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In what many outside of the territory are referring to as the Rojava Revolution, a major shift in political philosophy and political programmatics has taken place in Kurdistan.
  495. No to Crackdown on Prostitution!
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In eight years, the Harper Tories [Conservative Party under Prime Minister Stephen Harper] have waged war on pretty much everyone. Now it is prostitutes and their clients who, if the government has its way, are to be abolished.
  496. Not Your Father’s 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. They’re not defined, as the old far-righters used to be, by what they want, but by what they don’t want.
  497. Not Your Mother’s 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.
  498. 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.
  499. 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 Alabama’s stingy Medicaid program. Many users of Free Clinic services work, but at jobs that don’t offer health insurance.
  500. Now it’s Israel’s 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 it’s Israel’s IDF leveling Gaza.
  501. 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.
  502. The NSA’s 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).
  503. The NSA’s Mantra
    Collect It All

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    This is the world we’re 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.
  504. 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.
  505. 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.
  506. Obama Launches an Illegal War in Syria
    Resource Type: Unclassified
    First Published: 2014
    President Obama’s decision to bomb Syria stands in stark violation of international law, the UN Charter, and the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.
  507. 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, that’s not the way Latin American governments generally see it.
  508. Obama’s House of Cards
    Will Russia and China Hold Their Fire Until War Is the Only Alternative?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Barak Obama’s September 24 speech at the UN is the most absurd thing I have heard in my entire life. It is absolutely amazing that the president of the United States would stand before the entire world and tell what everyone knows are blatant lies while simultaneously demonstrating Washington’s double standards and belief that Washington alone, because the US is exceptional and indispensable, has the right to violate all law.
  509. Obama’s Hypocritical Crusade Against Extremism
    Will the Feds Soon be Targeting People With a "Bad Attitude"?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In his speech last month to the United Nations, President Obama summoned foreign leaders to join his “campaign against extremism.” Obama has repeatedly invoked the “extremist” threat to justify attacking abroad and seizing more power at home since taking office in 2009. But the president’s own record makes it tricky for him to pirouette as the World Savior of Moderation.
  510. The Obliteration of Privacy
    Snowden and the NSA

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    It’s remarkable how little outrage Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations have provoked in the American public. One often heard response is something like, “Well, I don’t have anything to hide, so I don’t care if the government is listening to what I say. And if they catch some terrorists, so much the better.”
  511. The Occupation's Dark Underbelly Exposed
    The Revelations of the Israeli Refuseniks

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A letter signed by 43 veterans of an elite Israeli military intelligence unit declaring their refusal to continue serving the occupation has sent shockwaves through Israeli society.
  512. 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.
  513. 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.
  514. Officers caught on video beating California homeless man to death acquitted of all charges
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Two former Fullerton, California police officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, are found not guilty in the killing of Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old schizophrenic living on the streets.
  515. Oil and Gas Industry's "Endless War" on Fracking Critics Revealed by Rick Berman
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Leave it to Washington's top attack-dog lobbyist Richard Berman to verify what many always suspected: that the oil and gas industry uses dirty tricks to undermine science, vilify its critics and discredit journalists who cast doubt on the prudence of fossil fuels.
  516. 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.
  517. 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.
  518. On Israel, Ukraine and Truth
    The Return of George Orwell and Big Brother’s 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.
  519. On Media Outlets That Continue to Describe Unknown Drone Victims As “Militants”
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Most large western media outlets continued to describe completely unknown victims of U.S. drone attacks as "militants" -- even though they (a) had no idea who those victims were or what they had done and (b) were well-aware that the term had been "re-defined" by the Obama administration into Alice in Wonderland-level nonsense. They count the corpses and they're not really sure who they are.
  520. On Morality and Moralism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Comments in a discussion about moralism at the recent Battle of Ideas conference.
  521. On the Cowardice & Irrelevance of Social Science Scholars
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The stakes are too high for scholars to continue down this path of irrelevance.
  522. On the ethics of immigration
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  523. 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.
  524. 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.
  525. Once more on left reformism: A reply to Ed Rooksby
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Paul Blackledge replies to Ed Rooksby’s arguements about left reformism.
  526. 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.
  527. 100 years ago: Two calls to struggle against the world war
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, 100 years ago, two Russian socialist leaders, V.I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky, published antiwar manifestos that greatly influenced the international socialist response to the conflict.
  528. 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.
  529. One of History’s Biggest B & E’s
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The story told in Betty Medsger’s 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.
  530. 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.
  531. An Online Tracking Device That’s Virtually Impossible to Block
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.
  532. Open Letter by 50 Israeli Army Reservists on Why They Refuse to Fight in Gaza
    Petition By Israeli soldiers and reservists

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  533. Operation Nazification
    Of Empire and Government

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Annie Jacobsen’s new book is called Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America. It isn’t 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; they’re just left out of most U.S. history books, movies, and television programs.
  534. Opinion: Lakota values soar with the eagles
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In the defense of eagles, people came together. In respect of them, they remembered their values. In sight of them, they felt the pride of a nation.
  535. Opinion: We must hear – and heed – the nightingale's warning
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    These threatened species continue to sing, but their songs aren't poetic or musical -- they are alarm songs. The good news is that when we listen to the birds, when we notice their diminished presence and when we change our behaviour even slightly to accommodate their needs, they respond spectacularly.
  536. 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.
  537. Organic certification - inorganic bureaucracy
    Today's certifiers arrive in patent leather shoes and get no further than the office - and this is meant to be an improvement?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  538. 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.
  539. 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.
  540. Osprey whisperers: Deciphering decades of clues from the sea hawk
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Ospreys tell a story, and Elliott, Lee and the other scientists who track them are trying to decipher their messages. For more than two decades in North America, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, the osprey has revealed disturbing tales about DDT, PCBs, pulp mill dioxins, flame retardants, stain-resistant compounds, urban runoff, mining wastes, prescription drugs, mercury and more.
  541. 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.
  542. 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.
  543. 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.
  544. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 3, 2014
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2014
  545. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 31, 2014
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2014
  546. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - August 21, 2014
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2014
    Other Voices spotlights new and archival content on the Connexions site as well as news about grassroots archives and people's history internationally, website of the week, and groups and resources.
  547. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - September 4, 2014
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Information about the Connexions Alternative Media List, corporations spying on non-profits, workplace deaths, Bold Scientists, and the Labor Film Archive.
  548. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - September 19 2014
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2014
  549. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 16, 2014
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2014
    Topic of the week is the Arms Trade. Featured resources include The No-Nonsense Guide to the Arms Trade, an article on Israel's War Business, and the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade. A new feature in Other Voices is the Film of the Week: to start off, we spotlight The Corporation, an exploration of the dominant institution of our time. Plus: Lying to ourselves about the air war, Karl Marx's critique of modern agriculture, and a challenge to Montreal's anti-protest bylaw.
  550. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 30, 2014
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2014
    Topic of the week is Refugees. Featured articles look at migration, counter-surveillance resources, farmers in Ghana fighting to retain the freedom to save their own seeds, and rebuilding communities faced with mining companies in Ecuador. The website of the week is Mediamatters. From the archives we've got Socialist Feminism: A Strategy for the Women's Movement.
  551. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 13, 2014
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2014
  552. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 27, 2014
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2014
    The theme for this issue, and the topic of the week, is Climate Change. Groups and websites engaged in the fight for action on global warming and climate justice are featured. Book of the week is Magdoff and Foster's "What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism." In addition to articles on climate change, there are articles on Ebola, corporate tax evasion, and state terrorism, as well as a 1971 interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
  553. Otherwise Occupied / The genius of Israeli evil: It poses as concern
    How to murder human beings without using an explosive or a knife, how to empty them from within

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Israeli evil is not at all banal. Abundant in inventions and innovations as well as in age-old techniques, it trickles like water and bursts out from hidden places. But unlike floods, it does not reach an end, and it affects some while being invisible, undetectable and non-existent for others. The genius of Israeli evil is in its ability to disguise itself as compassion and concern.
  554. Our Lives are Militarised
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Sam Walton examines the PR strategy of placing soldiers at civil society events.
  555. 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.
  556. Overlooking the Obvious With Naomi Klein
    Climate, Capitialism and the Left

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The lesson that Naomi Klein overlooks seems clear. Climate chaos is just one DEVASTATING symptom of our dysfunctional society. To survive catabolic capitalism and germinate an alternative, movement activists will have to anticipate and help people respond to multiple crises while organizing them to recognize and root out their source.
  557. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2014
    A global history of communisim in the twentieth century.
  558. Pakistan: Another young woman killed by her family for marrying without their consent – Stoned just a few yards from the Lahore High Court
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed serious alarm and disgust over the murder of a young woman, who was killed by her family in a manner like stoning to death, close to the Lahore High Court for marrying without their consent.
  559. Palestine, Israel and 'Rockets'
    The Increasing Isolation of Israel

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    It is with increasing frustration that one hears about Israeli atrocities in the West Bank, only through the skewed lens of the corporate-owned media.
  560. Palestine Speaks
    Narratives of Life Under Occupation

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2014
    The occupation of the West Bank and Gaza has been one of the world’s most widely reported yet least understood human rights crises for over four decades. In this oral history collection, men and women from Palestine—including a fisherman, a settlement administrator, and a marathon runner—describe in their own words how their lives have been shaped by the historic crisis.

    [From the Publisher]
  561. 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.
  562. 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.
  563. Palestinians torn over contact with Israelis
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A Palestinian university’s decision to bar from its campus an Israeli journalist and outspoken critic of the occupation has exposed a growing rift among Palestinian activists about the merits of contact with Jewish Israelis.
  564. Palm Oil company plan to slow deforestation 'another land-grab'
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A palm oil company's 'forest conservation' programme in Indonesia has ended up being a second land grab, seizing resources from local communities' control.
  565. 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.
  566. 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.
  567. 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 Israel’s favour, but once they’re 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.
  568. PBS’s Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 commemorates Michigan’s 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.
  569. A perilous journey: Seabird runs gauntlet of hazards on 40,000-mile annual trip
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Right around now, flocks of sooties are finishing up their summer vacations feasting in the rich, upwelling currents of the Northern Pacific and are heading south to breed. En route, they'll run a gauntlet of manmade obstacles in the ocean: fisheries that deplete their prey and snare them with hooks and long lines, drifting continents of trash and noxious industrial spume.
  570. 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.
  571. The Persecution of Julian Assange
    The Farcical Siege of Knightsbridge

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The siege of Knightsbridge is a farce. For two years, an exaggerated, costly police presence around the Ecuadorean embassy in London has served no purpose other than to flaunt the power of the state. Their quarry is an Australian charged with no crime, a refugee from gross injustice whose only security is the room given him by a brave South American country. His true crime is to have initiated a wave of truth-telling in an era of lies, cynicism and war.
  572. 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.
  573. 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.
  574. Pete Seeger: a Troubadour for Peace and Justice
    Farewell to a Great American

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Pete Seeger is a man who stood up, lived live on his own terms and never stopped speaking out.
  575. Peter Rosenthal’s 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.
  576. The Picket of the Zim Piraeus
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  577. Playing the Long Game
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The 2014 midterms did not change the dominant reality we face - one of substantial ongoing political stalemate and decay - and this sets the terms of reference for those serious about long-term fundamental change.
  578. Poisoned: A dying bald eagle and its healers fight for a second chance
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Nearly three-quarters of the 22 lead-poisoned birds that had reached the Teton Raptor Center in recent years either died or were so far gone they had to be euthanized. But this eagle had so far survived what could have been a lethal dose.
  579. 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 “Don’t shoot, I’m 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.
  580. Police State: US Government-Funded Database Created to Track "Subversive Propaganda" Online
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The creation of the Truthy database by Indiana University researchers has drawn sharp criticism from free-speech advocates and others concerned over government censorship of political expression.
  581. The political economy of hunger
    Why is there hunger? It’s nothing to do with a lack of food.

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The fact there’s enough food to feed everyone has slowly been acknowledged amongst the ruling institutions. The intuitive answer to this question is that there must be a lack of food. This explanation comes in two flavours. Chronic hunger is typically explained by the Malthusian argument that population growth perennially outstrips food production. Acute hunger, such as famines, is typically explained in terms of Food Availability Decline, such as crop failures due to drought.
  582. Political Prisoners in the Sacrifice Zone of Empire
    Mumia Abu-Jamal and Jeremy Hammond

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Recently, two cases concerning the constitutional rights of people in prison came to public light. They involve two U.S. political prisoners: Mumia Abu-Jamal who is serving a life sentence at a facility in Frackville, Pennsylvania and Jeremy Hammond, who is serving a ten year sentence at a federal prison in Manchester, Kentucky.
  583. 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.
  584. 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 state’s 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.
  585. 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.
  586. 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.
  587. 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.
  588. Populism: What, Why, How?
    Preface to European Populism and Winning the Immigration Debate

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Preface to a new book on European Populism and Winning the Immigration Debate.
  589. Postcolonial Thought's 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.
  590. 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.
  591. 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.
  592. 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.
  593. Privatise Child Protection Services, Department for Education Proposes
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Experts sound alarm over UK proposal to outsource children's services to private firms.
  594. Problem Isn’t 'Patent Trolls'
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The problem isn’t “patent trolls.” The problem is patents.
  595. 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.
  596. Profiting from Christian Credulity
    Manufacturing the Jesus Legend

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A brand-new book, entitled The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text that Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary the Magdalene, is receiving a lot of attention. How could it not? The authors of the book declare that it proves that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married, with two children. The media eats this stuff up.
  597. 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.
  598. 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.
  599. Protect Yourself from Electronic Spying with Surveillance Self-Defense
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched its updated "Surveillance Self-Defense" report, a comprehensive how-to guide to protecting yourself from electronic spying for Internet users all over the world.
  600. Protest Inc. - The Corporatization of Protest (Book Review)
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Review of "Protest Inc. - The Corporatization of Activism" by Peter Dauvergne & Genevieve LeBaron.
  601. Psychiatry’s 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).
  602. 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.
  603. The Punishment of Cuba
    The USA as Judge, Jury and Executioner

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    For years American political leaders and media were fond of labeling Cuba an "international pariah". We haven’t heard that for a very long time. Perhaps one reason is the annual vote in the United Nations General Assembly on the resolution which reads: "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba".
  604. The Purpose And The Pretence - Bombing Isis
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Traditionally, claims that an Official Enemy is uniquely Evil rise to a deafening crescendo just prior to an attack on that enemy.
  605. Putin on the Ritz
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Forgive the word-play; colossal demonization notwithstanding, I’ll 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.
  606. 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.
  607. 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.
  608. Questions for the APA Board Regarding Claims in James Risen's Book "Pay Any Price"
    Colluding With the CIA on Torture?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In his new book Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, James Risen, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporter, documents apparent collaboration between (American Psychological Association) APA leadership and the CIA to support psychologist participation in torture.
  609. 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.
  610. 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.
  611. 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."
  612. A Range of Abuses
    The Invisible Deaths of Lebanon’s 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.
  613. Razor Wire, Prison Cells, And Black Panther Robert H. King's Life of Resistance
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    An interview with filmmaker Ron Harpelle.
  614. The Real Cost of a Cheap Burger
    Fastfood Workers Go Hungry: Is that the American Dream?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    America’s 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.
  615. 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 McDonald’s restaurant may be, you are vastly under-estimating the real price. That’s 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).
  616. Rebuilding communities: a type of resistance
    Communities in the Amazon resort to constitutional rights to recover territories granted to mining companies.

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In Tundayme, a parish located in the Cordillera del Cóndor in Ecuador's southern Amazon, the indigenous and peasant communities have decided to recover the territories of abandoned or forcefully evicted communities in order to oppose mining megaprojects. The first few steps have been successful, but they fear that the government and the affected companies will respond aggressively.
  617. Reclaim the power! Democratic energy must replace corporate capture
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Democratising energy would save thousands of lives a year in Britain alone -- releasing us from the clutches of corporate utilities, and building an energy commons in which we are all owners and participants, no longer captive, exploited consumers. More than that, it would be a big step forward in saving the planet.
  618. 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.
  619. 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.
  620. Recyclers Battle Waste Management… and the Teamsters Union
    With Friends Like These

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    It’s 4 AM. The air is cold and damp on 98th Avenue in deep East Oakland, down along the San Francisco Bay’s industrial waterfront. This is a hard geography of concrete and dust and pot-hole riddled roads latticed by train tracks. Much of the earth is landfill, crowded for miles with scrap metal yards, bakeries, machine shops, and warehouses.
  621. 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.
  622. Reflections on a violent day in Ottawa
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    After a long day focused on these gripping events in the nation's capital, I have to wonder if this direct experience of fear and trauma will force us to examine our own addiction to violence as the solution to conflict. Last week's events provide us with an opportunity to reflect on our insidious contribution to the climate of hate, and the chance to disengage from our increasingly militarized culture.
  623. Regime Change in Ukraine and the IMF’s Bitter “Economic Medicine”
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In the days following the Ukraine coup d’Etat 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 Ukraine’s monetary system.
  624. Relevance of Hannah Arendt’s “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.
  625. RE/MAX Cashes in on Israel's Illegal Settlements
    End the sale of Settlement Properties

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Israeli government’s recent announcement that it had authorized the building of another 1,000 settlement homes in East Jerusalem left the US government seeing red, with State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki calling the settlement activity 'illegitimate' and 'incompatible with the pursuit of peace.' But the announcement must have left the US-based real estate giant RE/MAX “seeing green,” ready to cash in on the sale and rental of more illegal settlement homes.
  626. 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 master’s degree in computer science, Barr handed out leaflets, stood behind tables at rallies, and baked cookies to support two left-wing groups, the Women’s 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.
  627. Responding to capitalist disaster, in 1914 and today
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    World War I began 100 years ago. Today's ecosocialist movement has much to learn from the revolutionaries who campaigned to stop that catastrophe.
  628. Rest in Peace Pete Seeger, A True Progressive Hero
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In the wake of his death, a look back at Pete Seeger's music and activism.
  629. 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 government’s front organizations, otherwise known as Mainstream Media (MSM).
  630. 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.
  631. 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 don’t Muslims speak out?” — Bennoune documents the voices of Muslims in various ways victimized by Islamic fundamentalists.
  632. Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s & 60s: A Memoir
    Volume 1, Canada 1955-1965

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2014
    The first volume of long-time Canadian revolutionary socialist Ernie Tate's memoir.
  633. Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s & 60s: A Memoir
    Volume 2, Britain 1965-1970

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2014
    The second volume of long-time Canadian revolutionary socialist Ernie Tate's memoir.
  634. Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers' Strikes of 1934
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Minneapolis Teamster strikes overlapped with a similarly hard-fought 83-day strike by West Coast longshoremen and maritime unions, a battle that culminated in a four-day general strike in San Francisco. Both strikes were part of a wave of labour struggle that swept the country as the working class, shaking off the paralysis that had accompanied the onset of the Great Depression in 1929, began to fight. What distinguished these two strikes, along with one by auto parts workers in Toledo, from other 1934 labor battles is that they won big, establishing union representation for masses of previously unorganized workers and opening the road to the upsurge later in the decade that forged the industrial unions of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). Key to the victory of all three strikes was the leadership provided by "reds" -- labour militants who considered themselves socialist or communist.
  635. Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers' Strikes of 1934
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Minneapolis Teamster strikes overlapped with a similarly hard-fought 83-day strike by West Coast longshoremen and maritime unions, a battle that culminated in a four-day general strike in San Francisco. Both strikes were part of a wave of labour struggle that swept the country as the working class, shaking off the paralysis that had accompanied the onset of the Great Depression in 1929, began to fight. What distinguished these two strikes, along with one by auto parts workers in Toledo, from other 1934 labor battles is that they won big.
  636. 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.
  637. Rick Berman Exposed in New Audio; Hear His Tactics Against Environmentalists and Workers' Rights
    Resource Type: Audio
    First Published: 2014
    The king of corporate front groups and propaganda, has been caught on tape detailing his attacks on public interest groups in the labor and environmental movements, including on efforts to increase the minimum wage for workers.
  638. Rick Berman Exposed in New Audio; Hear His Tactics Against Environmentalists and Workers' Rights
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Rick Berman, the king of corporate front groups and propaganda, has been caught on tape detailing his attacks on public interest groups in the labor and environmental movements. Berman specializes in setting up pro-corporate front groups to attack grassroots citizen groups. Berman advocates and practises a range of dirty tactics and propaganda techniques.
  639. The Right-to-Farm Scam
    Third Wave Corporatocracy

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    When Monsanto’s 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.
  640. 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.
  641. 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.
  642. The Rise of Vermont’s Fracked Gas Battle: Communities Organize Against Pipeline Plans
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Nate and Jane Palmer’s farm sits in a clay plain basin adjacent to one of the many wetlands in Monkton, a rural Vermont community known for, among other things, its annual salamander migrations and amphibian road crossings.
  643. 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.
  644. Rosa Luxemburg: Economics for a New Socialist Project
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Reading Marx’ Capital today leaves the same impression as reading Luxemburg’s 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.
  645. Rosa Luxemburg on the Socialist Civic Virtues
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    One of Rosa Luxemburg's most striking and least well-understood contributions was to draw on the classical “republican” notion of “civic virtue,” as a vital part of her analysis of working-class democracy.
  646. Russia Bashing: Hatred, Hysteria and Humbug
    A Tale of Three Aircraft Tragedies

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    It’s OK for the US to shoot down an Iranian airliner and kill 290 people — there’s never been an apology to the Iranian people for that war crime — but when there’s 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.
  647. Russia Invades Ukraine: Again. And Again. And Yet Again
    The Missing Burden of Proof

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  648. The Saints Go Marching Out as the Face of Islam Hardens in Pakistan
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Sufi-influenced tradition of Barelvism, with its shrines, music and meditation, is reeling under an ideological assault from severe, Saudi-funded Wahhabism, religious leaders warn.
  649. The Salaita Affair
    Lessons Heard and Lessons Learned

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Professor Steven Salaita was to begin his new faculty appointment in Fall 2014 as a tenured Associate Professor in the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His appointment was vetted through the multi-layer levels that are a mainstay of North American universities faculty appointment process. However, on August 1, 2014, the chancellor of UIUC Phyllis Wise informed Salaita that he did not have a faculty job at UIUC. The storm this di-hiring created amongst North American academics was unprecedented.
  650. 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 world’s reserve currency. While in the short run American actions against Russia’s 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.
  651. Science and liberation
    Science as human curiosity, as authority, and as business

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The conservative movement’s 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.
  652. Scientists Protest Canada’s 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.
  653. 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.
  654. Scrambling birds’ brains: Could this toxic algae offer clues to human diseases?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In humans, researchers suspect that a neurotoxin may be linked to Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a lethal neurodegenerative disease that destroys parts of the brain. No one knows whether any human neurological diseases are related to the bird disease, but new clues about the poisoned birds are emerging.
  655. Secrets of the UK Nuclear Bomb Tests Revealed
    The "Forgotten" Uranium Isotope

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Secret documents released reveal valuable evidence about uranium in fallout.The documents show that fallout from atmospheric nuclear testing contains enormous amounts of uranium. This should be no surprise as nuclear bombs contain a lot of uranium, and most of it remains unfissioned after a nuclear explosion.
  656. Secwepemc Tribes Fight New Mines and Old Laws in British Columbia
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Indigenous activists burned down a bridge in British Columbia, Canada, to prevent Imperial Metals from starting a lead and zinc mine on the lands of the Secwepemc peoples. Local tribes say that the mine may severely impact the one of the largest remaining sockeye salmon populations in the world.
  657. 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.
  658. 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.
  659. 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.
  660. Senegal Fears Its Fish May Be Off the Menu for Local Consumption
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Foreign fish processing factories are competing with traditional communities for a dwindling catch.
  661. Sex and Consent on Campus
    “Yes Means Yes” Law: Anti-Woman, Anti-Sex

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Amid an ongoing debate over sex and consent on college campuses, in September California passed “affirmative consent” legislation, which was followed by a slew of similar initiatives nationwide. The pretext is to curb a purported epidemic of sexual violence and have college administrations come clean on reporting sexual assault complaints. But legislating one form of consent as the only acceptable variant and branding all else as assault—as these new policies do—means that these administrations now have even greater power to enforce what is acceptable sexual activity among students.
  662. Sexuality and capitalism
    The Italian Renaissance

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Revolutionary struggles against capitalism have raised, time and again, the issue of sexual liberation. Right at the start of capitalism, the English revolution of the 1640s and 1650s involved what historian Christopher Hill has called a “sexual revolution” against the old order.
  663. Shadow Facts About Shadow Government
    The Era of "Tiny Wars"

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Tom Engelhardt keeps churning out great books by collecting his posts from TomDispatch.com. His latest book, Shadow Government, is essential reading.
  664. 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.
  665. 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.
  666. 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.
  667. A Short History of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party
    Challenging the Two Parties of Capital

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Minnesota’s 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.
  668. 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.
  669. Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism - Book Review
    Edward E. Baptist’s "The Half Has Never Been Told"

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A review of Edward E. Baptist’s examination of slavery, presented in an entirely new way, extensively through the voices of the slaves themselves.
  670. 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.
  671. 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.
  672. 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.
  673. The Sochi Games, Homophobia and Western Media Hypocrisy
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Alastair Stephens looks at the hypocritical response of the Western media to the Sochi Games.
  674. 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.
  675. 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.
  676. 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.
  677. 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.
  678. Some deaths really matter - The disproportionate coverage of Israeli and Palestinian Killings
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Documening that the deaths of Israelis is far more heavily weighted than those of Palestinian deaths, garnering more media coverage.
  679. Son of Stuxnet: The Digital Hunt for Duqu, a Dangerous and Cunning U.S.-Israeli Spy Virus
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  680. Songbirds dying from DDT in Michigan yards; Superfund site blamed
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The neighbourhood's songbirds are being poisoned by DDT, a pesticide that was banned in the United States more than 40 years ago. Lethal concentrations were found in the birds' brains, as well as in the worms they eat.
  681. 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.
  682. 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.
  683. SOS Alternatives to Capitalism: A discussion with Richard Swift
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Montreal Serai had the opportunity to discuss SOS: Alternatives to Capitalism – a handy, slim compendium of vital, essential thoughts and discussions on the concept of an alternative economy and society – with Richard Swift.
  684. 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.
  685. The South’s 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.
  686. Special Report: Truth, Justice and Reconciliation
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    An examination of how countries around the world affected by civil war or internal conflict have approached justice.
  687. Spokes on the Anti-Austerity Wheel: Building Movements That Can Move Beyond Reform
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    When it comes to fighting the crisis of austerity cuts and financial recession, we need to focus on how to build fighting communities rather than simply reacting to the attacks.
  688. '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.
  689. 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.
  690. A Step Toward Justice in the Long "War on Terror": Uruguay Offers to Welcome Guantanamo Detainees
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Under the Presidency of José “Pepe” Mujica, Uruguay has made a number of international headlines in recent years for progressive moves such as legalizing same sex marriage, abortion and marijuana cultivation and trade, as well as withdrawing its troops from Haiti.
  691. 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.
  692. 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.
  693. 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 America’s 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.
  694. 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.
  695. Surprise: U.S. Drug War In Afghanistan Not Going Well
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A new report has found the war on drugs in Afghanistan remains colossally expensive, largely ineffective and likely to get worse. This is particularly true in the case of opium production, says the U.S. Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
  696. 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.
  697. 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?
  698. System Change Not Climate Change
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Stopping climate catastrophe and winning a world of climate justice is a critical task of our generation -- and it will require a radical transformation of society and of our relationship with nature. This pamphlet examines the climate crisis, Canada's contributio, and the development of colonialism and capitalism that led us here.
  699. 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 publisher’s 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.
  700. 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 Cristóbal’s 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.
  701. 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.
  702. 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 museum’s 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.
  703. Teaching Workers
    Education in the Name of Social Transformation

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Karl Marx’s 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.
  704. The Telegenic Dead
    A poem

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  705. Ten Illegal Police Actions to Watch for in Ferguson
    Crackdown on the Constitution

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    When the Michael Brown verdict is announced, people can expect the police to take at least ten different illegal actions to prevent people from exercising their constitutional rights. The Ferguson police have been on TV more than others so people can see how awful they have been acting. But their illegal police tactics are quite commonly used by other law enforcement in big protests across the US.
  706. Ten Principles to Guide the Young Activist
    Finding Happiness in Helping Others

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Tips for young activists.
  707. Tensions in the Arctic
    The Big Chill

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Tensions in the region arise from two sources: squabbles among the border states -- Norway, Russia, the U.S., Canada, Denmark (representing Greenland), Finland, Iceland, and Sweden -- over who owns what, and efforts by non-polar countries-- China, India, the European Union and Japan -- that want access. The conflicts range from serious to somewhat silly.
  708. Terrorism, COINTELPRO, And The Black Panther Party
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  709. Then and Now Part One
    1934 Strikes- Class-Struggle Leadership Made the Difference

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In 1934, four years into the Great Depression, the victory of three city-wide strikes -- centered on the Teamsters in Minneapolis, auto parts workers in Toledo and longshoremen in San Francisco -- would open the door to a mass upsurge of working-class struggle and the organization of powerful industrial unions.
  710. Then and Now Part Two
    1934 Strikes -- Class-Struggle Leadership Made the Difference

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    In 1934, four years into the Great Depression, the victory of three citywide strikes -- centered on the Teamsters in Minneapolis, auto parts workers in Toledo and longshoremen in San Francisco -- would open the door to a mass upsurge of working-class struggle and the organization of powerful industrial unions.
  711. They poisoned the river for a 'clean coal' lie
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical used to produce “clean coal”, spilled into Elk River, leaving 300,000 with no water supply.
  712. 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.
  713. 31 Years After the U.S. Invasion of Grenada
    A Lovely Piece of Real Estate

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    As I'm sure everyone knows, we're fast approaching the 31st anniversary of a truly momentous American victory — a crucial military operation that not only warmed Ronald Raygun's cold, cold heart but was also deemed film-worthy by the former mayor of Carmel, California.
  714. This Changes Everything
    Capitalism vs the Climate

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2014
    Klein says that climate change cannot be confronted unless we confront capitalism. She says that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed system and build something radically better.
  715. This is about systems – the food system, the capitalist system and the socialist system
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    This is about systems – the food system, the capitalist system and the socialist system.
  716. 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.”
  717. This is Your Ocean on Acid
    The Big Picture

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    More than 40 percent of the world’s oceans are heavily impacted by human activities with few areas — if any — left unaffected by anthropogenic factors. This means we humans (and what we deem civilization) have played a primary role in the despoiling of the waters of the earth. The relentless quest for profit, however, has distracted us from the plight of the deep blue sea and how it impacts all forms of life.
  718. 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.
  719. Thunder on the Left
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The paradox of the present situation is that capital is weak—but 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.
  720. Time to Unfence our view of Migration
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Instead of pretending that fence-building will solve anything, it is high time that we 'unfence' our views of migration. On the one hand, this means seeking other, more humane responses to human movement, including orderly refugee resettlement. On the other, it means not seeing migration as a self-contained 'problem' in need of a security response - but rather as an intrinsic part of a world inexorably on the move.
  721. 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.
  722. To the family of the one thousandth victim of Israel’s 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.
  723. 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.
  724. 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.
  725. Top 10 Proofs People Can Be Completely Manipulated Without Hypnosis
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  726. Torture, Democracy and Memory in Argentina
    No Sugarplums for Christmas

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
  727. 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.
  728. Toward the Agro-Police State
    You’ll Need an iPad if You Want to be a Farmer

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The main problem with precision agriculture -- and the hype that surrounds it -- is the faulty assumptions that it rests on. The problems of agriculture are not caused by a lack of technology, or even by a lack of productivity (overproduction has as a matter of fact been a more frequent problem for farmers). The root problems are political and economic in nature.
  729. Towards a Marxist Critique of 'Privilege Theory'
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A contribution by Tad Tietze to an ongoing debate on Marxism and 'privilege theory' originally published on the US Socialist Worker website.
  730. Toxic gulls: Quebec's contaminated bird colony offers clues about flame retardants
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Research on Deslauriers and in Canadian laboratories indicates that flame retardants are altering birds’ thyroid hormones, reducing their clutch sizes, damaging their eggs, changing their behavior, shifting their gender ratio toward males and weakening their bones.
  731. TransCanada hires controversial PR firm to derail opposition to Energy East pipeline
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    There are now multiple news articles that report Calgary-based TransCanada hired the controversial public relations firm Edelman in an attempt to derail growing public opposition to its proposed 1.1 million barrels per day Energy East tar sands pipeline.
  732. 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.
  733. Tricks of the Trade
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    First Published: 2014
    They are everyday brand names, products and services we all know and use -- but where does all the money go and how much tax do these companies pay? Find out some of the strategies many corporations use to drastically cut their tax bills.
  734. 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.
  735. 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, didn’t they, in what is now called Israel? And got chucked out – or fled for their lives – when the Israeli state was created.
  736. 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?
  737. Twiga Farm: The story of a Kenyan land grab
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the residents of Twiga Farm marched through the streets of Nairobi to hand in a petition to the National Assembly. Their demand was an investigation in the unlawful eviction from their lands, the Twiga Farm, and recognition of their right to return.
  738. Twisted beaks: Scientists exploring mysterious deformities focus on new virus
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Today, deformed beaks have been discovered in more than 2,500 of Alaska's chickadees, or 6.5 percent of captured adults, and in 29 other species in south central Alaska. For crows, the disfigured beaks are even more prevalent, at 17 percent, the "highest rate of gross deformity ever documented in a wild bird population," according to the USGS.
  739. U.S. Firms Accused of Enabling Surveillance in Despotic Central Asian Regimes
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    U.S. and Israeli companies have been selling surveillance systems to Central Asian countries with records of political repression and human rights abuse, according to a new report by Privacy International. The U.K.-based watchdog charges that the American firms Verint and Netronome enable surveillance in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
  740. UK 'aid' is financing a corporate scramble for Africa
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The corporate power-grab will be disastrous for the small-scale farmers who feed at least 70% of Africa's people.
  741. Ukraine, a Fascist Coup?
    A Photo Essay

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The 2014 Ukraine coup and aftermath, in photos.
  742. 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 Sektor’s Dmitry Yarosh called on the Chechen liberation fighters to join Ukrainian nationalists in global struggle, he accented the North Atlantic’s energy politics better than anyone before him.
  743. 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.
  744. 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.’
  745. Ukraine, Intervention, and America’s 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.
  746. 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
  747. 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.
  748. 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.
  749. 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.
  750. Ukraine’s 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.
  751. Ukraine’s 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.
  752. Ukrainian Hangovers
    Russia, Crimea and the Consequences of NATO Policy

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Russia’s incursion (invasion if you prefer) into Crimea, with prospects for movement into Eastern Ukraine, is the culmination of US/NATO policy since 1991.
  753. 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.
  754. UN urged to recognize cultural significance of Palestine posters
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A new interview with Palestine Poster Project founder Dan Walsh, recorded by the Institute for Palestine Studies, gives a in-depth look into the history and contents of this collection of 10,000 posters.
  755. Under Israeli Apartheid, Palestinians Cannot Ride Israeli Buses
    Never Equal

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has officially banned Palestinians from traveling on Israeli-run public transportation in the West Bank. The new apartheid law dictates that Palestinians cannot take buses that go from central Israel to the West Bank.
  756. Understand the Israeli – Palestinian Apartheid In 11 Images
    Resource Type: Unclassified
    First Published: 2014
    All the graphics are from the site Visualizing Palestine, a site dedicated to creating informative and impactful graphics about the troubled region.
  757. Undocumented Labour: Changes to refugee health care put women and babies at risk
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Pregnant refugee and non-status women are facing growing difficulties in accessing pre & post-natal care. Some doula's in Montreal are helping to fix that situation.
  758. 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.
  759. 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.
  760. Uruguay's legalization of marijuana leads the world
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Next year Uruguay will create a state marijuana monopoly. Supplying high quality product in limited per person quantities, and at controlled prices that undercut the black market, the initiative will safeguard public health, cut off funds from criminals, and finance social programs. So why don't we all do it?
  761. 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.
  762. 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.
  763. US food industry: labelling laws are 'unconstitutional'
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A leaked document reveals plans by the US's Grocery Manufacturers Association to sue the first state that passes a GMO labeling law.
  764. The U.S. Government’s 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 China’s infiltrations of Google, Nortel, and other corporate targets. Turns out that isn't true.
  765. 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.
  766. 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 world’s population.
  767. 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.
  768. 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.
  769. 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.
  770. 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.
  771. 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 Australia’s remote indigenous communities, opened last November in Britain to mostly praiseworthy reviews.
  772. 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.
  773. The Vanishing of the Aral Sea
    From Lake to Wasteland

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Aral Sea has reached a new low, literally and figuratively. New satellite images from NASA show that, for the first time in its recorded history, its largest basin has completely dried up.
  774. 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 here’s the same show on summer rerun in Venezuela, pending the August 15 recall referendum of President Hugo Chávez.
  775. 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.
  776. 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.
  777. 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.
  778. 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.
  779. 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.
  780. 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.
  781. Virtual Economy’s Phantom Job Gains are Based on Statistical Fraud
    And More Fraud Is in the Works

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Washington can’t stop lying. Reports of job gains are more fiction than reality.
  782. Vodafone Reveals Existence of Secret Wires that Allow State Surveillance
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Wires allow agencies to listen to or record live conversations, in what privacy campaigners are calling a 'nightmare scenario'.
  783. 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.
  784. 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. They’ve one-upped themselves with the farce called the Fair Elections Act.
  785. The Walls the West Won’t Tear Down
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall, lethal borders remain. We must dismantle them.
  786. 'War crimes': Israeli bombs wiped out entire families in Gaza, Amnesty says
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Israel used disproportionate military force during its summer operation in Gaza. Entire Palestinian families were killed when their homes were leveled by Israeli bombs falling with no warning and for little military gain, Amnesty International said.
  787. War and Women’s 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.
  788. 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 country’s 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.
  789. 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.
  790. Washington Plays Russian Roulette
    Seeing Red

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The propaganda attack against Putin equating him with Hitler is so extreme that you have to think that the Russians cannot believe their ears and cannot trust the United States anymore under any circumstances.
  791. 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.
  792. Washington Threatens The World
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The consequence of Washington’s 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.
  793. Washington’s Secret Agendas
    Imperial Rot

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    One might think that by now even Americans would have caught on to the constant stream of false alarms that Washington sounds in order to deceive the people into supporting its hidden agendas.
  794. Watch: Al Jazeera’s "Massacre at Dawn" Gives Glimpse of Horror in Shujaiya
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Thinking that the footage contained in Massacre at Dawn is just a fraction of the horror makes it even worse. No wonder Israel prevented media from covering the brutality that our people endured there.
  795. 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 Israel’s military occupation and the private Israeli water company Mekorot.
  796. 'We are not from another planet': Justice 4 Cleaners campaign and the struggle for recognition
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The ongoing struggle of the SOAS Cleaners for acceptable working conditions and equality in the workplace.
  797. 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.
  798. We Blocked the Boat: Oakland 2014
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    First Published: 2014
    Blocking Israel's ship from unloading in Oakland, California.
  799. We must keep the Arctic clean, wild and free!
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The Arctic is a special place, teeming with life, but it is under threat like never before -- not just from climate change, but from oil drilling, industrial fishing and shipping, as receding ice creates now commercial opportunities. We must designate an Arctic Sanctuary where nature can reign undisturbed.
  800. 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.
  801. We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The black freedom movement is framed in popular memory as distinguished by nonviolent civil disobedience. Yet in multiple southern towns, black people used armed self-defense to protect their communities and lives.
  802. Ida B. Wells
    A Black Woman’s 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 era—a 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.
  803. We’re 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”.
  804. The West’s 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 Ukraine’s 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.
  805. What ‘Democracy’ Really Means in U.S. and New York Times Jargon: Latin America Edition
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    One of the most accidentally revealing media accounts highlighting the real meaning of "democracy" in U.S. discourse is a still-remarkable 2002 New York Times Editorial on the U.S.-backed military coup in Venezuela, which temporarily removed that country’s democratically elected (and very popular) president, Hugo Chávez.
  806. What If the Children Dying in Gaza Were Jews?
    They Made Them Do It....

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Let’s do a thought experiment and imagine that the Arabs had gotten the better of the Israelis in the 1948 Arab–Israeli 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.
  807. 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.
  808. What needs to happen to save and rebuild the CBC
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Can the CBC be saved and restored? Probably. But it will take some time and some good luck, as well as some heavy duty political lobbying. It is important that CBC supporters, including those who have fallen by the wayside during the destructive Harper years, unite behind some common goals and pressure the two opposition leaders to commit themselves to restoring the Corporation to its proper role in the country.
  809. What Really Happened to the Wobblies
    Macho Bravado, Disunity and Repression

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Many young radicals find the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) the most congenial available platform on which to stand in trying to change the world.
  810. What’s 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 didn’t provide enough information.

  811. What the Mainstream Misses: Observations on the Ukraine Crisis
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Observations on the Ukraine events of February-March 2014 leading to the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych.
  812. 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.
  813. What We Owe the Oak Ridge Three
    Memo to Judge: Really??

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    We’ve 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.
  814. What Will the World Inherit From GE Salmon?
    Uncharted Waters

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    It’s true; about 50 percent of the fish we eat are farmed. There is good reason for this as, one by one, the world’s commercial fisheries collapse through overfishing. According to FAO (2010), 70% of the world’s large commercial fisheries have either failed or are not far from it.
  815. What's Really Happening in Venezuela?
    Shadows of the Weimar Republic

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    An analysis of the 2014 civil unrest in Venezuela.
  816. When BBC Calls, Don’t 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, don’t bother answering. I hope I have the good sense to follow my own advice should the phone ever ring again!
  817. 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.
  818. When Deep States Collide
    Turkey’s Hesitancy Exposes Its Agenda

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    It’s no secret that members of the so-called coalition against ISIS have been less than enthusiastic about substantive military action as the bulk of the airstrikes so far have been executed by the United States.
  819. 'When I Go to Work, I Expect to Be Killed:' The Terror of Being A Fisherman in Gaza
    Palestine Speaks: Voices from the West Bank and Gaza

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Approximately 4,000 Gazan fishermen rely on access to the open waters of the Mediterranean to make a living. Because of punitive restrictions imposed by Israel, the Gazan fishery has virtually collapsed. Over 90 percent of Gazan fishermen are living in poverty and dependent on international aid for survival. To pursue fish beyond the permitted range means to risk arrest, the confiscation of fishing boats, or even shooting by the Israeli navy.
  820. 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 there’s the “Joan Baez tactic”.
  821. When oil is more important than life
    Oil exploitation leaves trail of pollution and death in the Peruvian Amazon

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The dumping of oil waste into the waters of the Marañón, Corrientes, Pastaza and Tigre rivers and the Amazon forest is producing fatal consequences for the local population, mostly to the Kukama ethnic group. The responsible are well-known oil companies, but the Peruvian authorities have not acted with timeliness, making them responsible as well. For years, victims have protested against pollution and violence, but the oil business has always had the upper hand.
  822. 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, it’s 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.
  823. 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 system’s revenue to banks are possible because the most basic human requirement, water, is becoming nothing more than a commodity.
  824. 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.
  825. The Whistle-Blower as Deep Mole 
    Spying on Malfeasance

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    There’s 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.
  826. Who Supported the Khmer Rouge?
    How the US Backed a Regime of Unrivaled Barbarism

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    With the conviction of former Khmer Rouge officials Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea for crimes against humanity, the subject of Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979 received a small amount of attention in the Western mass media. What the media failed to mention was how the Khmer Rouge was maintained as a military and political force long after its fall from power.
  827. Why American Financial Markets Have No Relationship to Reality
    An Economic House of Cards

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The bullion banks (primarily JP Morgan, HSBC, ScotiaMocatta, Barclays, UBS, and Deutsche Bank), most likely acting as agents for the Federal Reserve, have been systematically forcing down the price of gold since September 2011. Suppression of the gold price protects the US dollar against the extraordinary explosion in the growth of dollars and dollar-denominated debt.
  828. Why Do Banks Really Want Our Deposits?
    Hint: It's Not to Finance Loans

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Many authorities have said it: banks do not lend their deposits. They create the money they lend on their books.
  829. Why Does It Matter If Heidegger Was Anti-Semitic?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    The publication of the philosopher Martin Heidegger’s “Schwarzen Hefte” (“Black Notebooks”), written between 1931 and the early nineteen-seventies, is likely to cause an uproar.
  830. 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 can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. We can’t 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.
  831. 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.
  832. 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.
  833. 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.
  834. Why Not Jail?
    Industrial Catastrophes, Corporate Malfeasance, and Government Inaction

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2014
    Analyzes five industrial catastrophes that have killed or sickened consumers and workers or caused irrevocable harm to the environment. Steinzor recommends innovative interpretations of existing laws to elevate the prosecution of white-collar crime at the federal and state levels.
  835. Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Is our inability to tackle climate change the fault of politicians? Corporations? Governments? Or is it because that's the way our brains have evolved, able to hold six contradictory ideas at once, and believe them all?
  836. Why Pro-War Pundits Are Always Wrong
    Always Erasing the Victims

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    There is no shortage of men and women – but mostly men, typically white – willing to write 800- to 1,000-word editorials on the need for Decisive Action or Continued Resolve in Whereverthehellistan. Some of these people are historians, some are journalists, but all have attained material success in the field of arguing about war without ever once having to go through the trouble of being right.
  837. Why the War on Terror Went Wrong
    Al Qaeda's Second Act

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Al-Qa’ida-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.
  838. 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.
  839. 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.
  840. 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.
  841. 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.
  842. 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.
  843. 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, Iceland’s 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.
  844. 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”.
  845. 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 Russia’s western border?
  846. Winged Warnings: Built for survival, birds in trouble from pole to pole
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Globally, one in eight -- more than 1,300 species -- are threatened with extinction, and the status of most of those is deteriorating, according to BirdLife International.
  847. Winstanley’s 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.
  848. The Wobblies in Their Heyday
    The Rise and Destruction of the Industrial Workers of the World during the World War I Era

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2014
    During World War I, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) rose to prominence as an effective, militant union and then was destroyed by a devastating campaign of repression launched by the federal government. This book documents the rise and fall of this important industrial labour organization.
  849. Women and the Pakistani Left: Can the Awami Workers’ Party imagine a new basis for struggle in the cause of women’s liberation?
    Can the Awami Workers’ Party imagine a new and more concrete basis for struggle in the cause of women’s liberation?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    “We condemn the co-option of the question of women’s emancipation by neo-liberal forces through the de-contextualized celebration of Women’s Day as another opportunity to further the neo-liberal development agenda.”
  850. Women’s 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.
  851. 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.
  852. 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.
  853. 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.
  854. 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”.
  855. 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.
  856. Would as Many as 1 Million Be Alive if the Media Had Done Its Job
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    This is a transcript of John Pilger's contribution to a special edition of BBC Radio 4's 'Today' program, guest-edited by the artist and musician PJ Harvey.
  857. 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.
  858. The X-Rated Free Market
    On Pornography, Royal Spermatozoa and the Free Market

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    Is the pornography market the only free one? The question might seem provocative. Or a gross oversimplification. But it might also shed some light on certain points, namely those related with the political shaping of markets.
  859. 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 Draper’s volumes on Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution. Hudis’s subject matter differs from Draper’s 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 Marx’s politics, Hudis, writing in what’s called the Marxist-Humanist tradition, sees engagement with Hegel’s dialectic as an essential part of creating a Marxism adequate to ever-changing times.
  860. You Can’t 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.
  861. 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.
  862. 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.

2013

  1. 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.
  2. 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. What’s more, his death was the outcome of a policy that is a threat to human freedom.
  3. 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; it’s like a slow death for everyone in Gaza.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. L’Affair 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 Miliband’s own political views on Britain, its political institutions as well as the world at large; the context of the first Lord Rothermere’s 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Against Anarchism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    A critical theory of the public sphere should incorporate neo-anarchism’s best insights, while rejecting wholesale anarchism. Neo-anarchism fails to sustain the tension between fact and norm required by a critical theory.
  12. AIPAC’s Doomsday Conference
    It's the End of the World Again

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Iran, Israel, and the improbability of nuclear attack.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Amazon - the future of retail?
    A smile is the logo: we're not smiling

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Amazon's 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.
  18. 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 America’s 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 book’s introduction.
  19. 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 couldn’t be turned into a North Korean is lying to himself.
  20. American Blowback
    Cop-on-Cop Crime in LA

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  21. 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 America’s repressive arsenal, vigorously applauded by prominent politicians.
  22. 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 America’s 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.
  23. America’s 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.
  24. America’s Own Political Prisoners
    From Mandela to Oscar López Rivera

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Nelson Mandela’s 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Another Vote on Washington’s 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. Washington’s 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Apocalypse and the Left
    Endgame or Business as Usual?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  30. 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 King’s 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.”
  36. 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.
  37. 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 Australia’s spying on the East Timor government during maritime border talks in 2004.
  38. An Awkward Silence - Burying The Hersh Revelations of Obama’s Syrian Deceit
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    All governments lie, the US journalist I.F. Stone once noted, with Iraq the most blatant example in modern times. But Syria is another recent criminal example of Stone's dictum.
  39. 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 women’s liberation movement, and grew utterly frustrated by the male-dominated politics of both the Labour Party and Leninist groups.
  40. The Bankruptcy of the West’s 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. Biggest criminals write laws that make their crimes legal
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Giannina Segnini discusses her bribery investigations that helped put two former presidents of Costa Rica in jail, and offers advice to aspiring investigative journalists.
  52. 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 world’s most prolific user of these terrible weapons.
  53. 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.
  54. Black against Empire
    The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2013
    Black against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.”
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. Book Review: Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt, Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politivcs of Anarchism and Syndicalism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  60. Book Review: The Condition of the Working Classes in England
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Reveiw of Nicholas Comfort, Surrender: How British Industry Gave Up the Ghost, 1952–2012 (2012) and Owen Jones, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class (2011).
  61. 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.
  62. 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.
  63. Brazil 2013: Mass Demonstrations, the World Cup, and 500 Years of Oppression
    Bread, Circuses and Discontent

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Deep inequality lies in Brazil where the masses lack basic public goods. Billions of dollars being spent on the upcoming 2014 World Cup have triggered nation-wide mass demonstrations.
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. 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 Harper’s demeaning view that folks in the Atlantic region are backward and have a defeatist attitude. Framed in disrespectful language, they’re promoting untested economic ideas that, if adopted, would seriously damage the economy – and the people – of the region.
  70. 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 Canada’s Conservative government permitted the NSA to spy on the June 2010 G8 and G20 summits held in Huntsville, Ontario and Toronto.
  71. Cancer is Capitalist Violence
    Anthropology Against Oncology

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    It’s been two decades since the publication of Martha Balsham’s 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.
  72. 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.”
  73. 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.
  74. 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 world’s workforce.
  75. 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.
  76. 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 movement’s evolution from grassroots obscurity to such (relatively little-known) successes as the Salinas Valley (California) general strike of lettuce pickers in 1979—a veritable mass strike in Rosa Luxemburg’s sense—and from there to the collapsed shell of a union nonetheless administering fourteen non-profits with millions in assets.
  77. Challenging the Mississippi Fire Bombers
    Memories of Mississippi 1964–65

    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.
  78. 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.
  79. 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.
  80. 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.
  81. 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.
  82. China’s Cyber-War: Don’t Believe the Hype
    Net Threat Inflation

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Addressing cyber-theft, U.S hypocrisy, and China.
  83. China's stolen children: parents battle police indifference in search for young
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Tens of thousands of children are snatched and sold into slavery every year, but parents say they get little help with their search.
  84. The CIA’s 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.
  85. 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.
  86. Climate change: how a warming world is a threat to our food supplies
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Global warming is exacerbating political instability as tensions brought on by food insecurity rise. With research suggesting the issue can only get worse we examine the risks around the world.
  87. 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.
  88. C.L.R. James's Conflicted Intellectual Legacies on Mao Tse Tung's China
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    On the evolution of C.L.R. James’s thoughts about Maoism.
  89. 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.
  90. 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?
  91. 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.
  92. Conversations with Lee Lorch
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    First Published: 2013
    Interviews with mathematician and civil rights activist Lee Lorch.
  93. 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.
  94. 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.
  95. 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.
  96. 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.
  97. 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.
  98. 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.
  99. 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.
  100. 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 what’s-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.
  101. 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.”
  102. 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.
  103. 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.
  104. 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.
  105. 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 Iran’s 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 Iran’s oil wealth. The blowback was almost inevitable, as this new and revealing history of the coup and its consequences shows.
  106. The Coup of Coups
    Putting the Shah of Shahs on the Peacock Throne

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  107. Crimes and Punishment (or Not)
    Manning Get’s 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.
  108. 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.
  109. The Dangers of Journalism 101
    Journalists who don’t 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. It’s 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.
  110. 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".
  111. 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.
  112. 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.
  113. Debunking Obama’s Chemical Weapons Case Against the Syrian Government
    Fact and Fiction

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The “U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013” is a poorly constructed attempt to justify the politically, militarily, and morally unjustifiable war against Syria.
  114. 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.
  115. 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.
  116. 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.
  117. 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 you’re pushing eternal warfare, which we are, you’ll 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 don’t 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.
  118. 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.
  119. Diaspora Jews Must Speak Out
    Law in the Service of Discrimination

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    No democracy, in today’s 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.”
  120. 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.
  121. 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.
  122. 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.
  123. The Disappearance of Palestine
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The idea that a financial lifeline – whether Kerry’s plan or Netanyahu’s economic peace – is going to smooth the path to the conflict’s end is an illusion. Peace, and prosperity, will come only when Palestinians are liberated from Israeli control.
  124. Disinherited Generations
    Our Struggle to Reclaim Treaty Rights for First Nations Women and their Descendants

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2013
    This oral autobiography of two remarkable Cree women tells their life stories against a backdrop of government discrimination, First Nations activism, and the resurgence of First Nations communities.
  125. 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.
  126. 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, it’s 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; it’s that the point of the cartoons is to take the place of the actual relations of exploitation that anchored the regime it depicts.
  127. Don’t 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.
  128. 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.
  129. 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.
  130. 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.
  131. 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.
  132. 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 …
  133. 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.
  134. 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.
  135. Edward J. Snowden and the Exposure of Voyeuristic Fascism
    Self-Pacification of the American Citizenry

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Snowden make a difference in the affairs of state in an environment where individuals do not appear to matter.
  136. 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 Agency’s massive violation of the privacy of law-abiding citizens.
  137. The Emperor’s 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. They’ve damaged books—books that don’t even mention their concern—pressured 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 they’ve done this with increasing frequency and intensity. How long does it take to see the pattern?
  138. 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.
  139. 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.
  140. The Empire’s Shill
    The Real Mission of the New York Times

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  141. 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 don’t respect the “rule of law” and hand over whistleblower Edward Snowden to the US national security apparatus.
  142. 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.
  143. 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.
  144. 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.
  145. The Environmental Movement at the Crossroads
    Gang Green or New Green?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    There is a growing culture of resistance in the environment movement
  146. 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.
  147. Ethiopia's stolen land.
    ‘A common property of the nations and peoples’

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Government plans to reform Ethiopia’s agriculture failed to consider the country’s 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.
  148. 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.
  149. 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.
  150. 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.
  151. 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.
  152. 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.”
  153. 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 there’s no other way for them or their families to access the money that is essential to life in any capitalist economy.
  154. The Evolution of Evolution - review
    Against The Current vol. 163

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    A review of 'Darwin’s Ghosts' by Rebecca Stott.
  155. 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.
  156. 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.
  157. 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.
  158. 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.
  159. Eyes Like Blank Discs
    The Guardian’s Steven Poole On George Orwell’s Politics And The English Language

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013   Published: 2014
    Poole’s review of Orwell is itself a textbook example of the kind of alienated response described by Orwell, Fromm and Schmidt. Whereas Orwell’s essay is the work of an impassioned, outspoken individual opposing 'the machine society’, Poole’s article is the work of a corporate professional operating ‘within the confines of an assigned ideology’.
  160. 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.
  161. ‘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'.
  162. 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.
  163. 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.
  164. 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 FBI’s forensic procedures
  165. Fear of the People’s 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.
  166. Federal police and New Brunswick government assault First Nations anti-fracking protest
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The RCMP launched a violent assault on a blockade protest against shale gas fracking in New Brunswick.
  167. Feminism's March from Nation to Home - interview
    Against The Current vol. 163

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Johanna Brenner interviews Ninotchka Rosca.
  168. 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'.
  169. 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.
  170. 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.
  171. 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 ICC’s existence have been brought over African conflicts. The US, China, Russia and Israel haven’t even signed up to the court, and actively seek exemption from it.
  172. 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.
  173. 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.
  174. Filipino women take lead in resolving Mindanao conflict
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Teresita Quintos Deles and Miriam Coronel Ferrer won over Islamic leaders who initially balked at dealing with women.
  175. Five years since Canada’s constitutional coup
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Five years ago today, Canada’s Conservative government used the arbitrary powers of the un-elected governor-general to shut down Canada’s parliament so as to prevent the opposition parties from defeating the government in a non-confidence vote.
  176. A Flame Gone Out - obituary
    The Legacy of Stephane Hessel

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Obituary for Stephane Hessel.
  177. 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.
  178. '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 Administration’s case for war in Syria.
  179. 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 let’s use our energy and passion to create -- occupy -- a whole new cultural model.
  180. 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.
  181. 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.
  182. 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 what’s needed, and becoming highly profitable.
  183. Fracking hell: what it's really like to live next to a shale gas well
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013   Published: 2014
    Nausea, headaches and nosebleeds, invasive chemical smells, constant drilling, slumping property prices – welcome to Ponder, Texas, where fracking has overtaken the town.
  184. Fracking Indigenous Country
    Big Green, Sun Media and Elsipogtog

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Police attack the Mi’kmaq community of Elsipogtog in New Brunswick.
  185. 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.
  186. 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?
  187. 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.”
  188. From mobilisation to resistance: Portugal’s struggle against austerity
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Portugal has been subjected to increasingly harsh austerity policies that have led the country into a recession of historic proportions, the result being mass impoverishment.
  189. 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.
  190. Gaza: Life and death under Israel’s 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.
  191. Gaza wrecked by storm, floods, acute cold, sewage overflows and power cuts
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The UN has described the Gaza Strip as a 'disaster area' following the onslaught of Storm Alexa and called on the international community to lift the blockade and allow recovery efforts to proceed.
  192. GCHQ and European spy agencies worked together on mass surveillance
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Edward Snowden papers unmask close technical cooperation and loose alliance between British, German, French, Spanish and Swedish spy agencies.
  193. 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.
  194. 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"!
  195. Global Wealth Inequality, Illustrated
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    First Published: 2013
    A video for those who think capitalism is the way to end poverty.
  196. 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 Popovic’s contacts would serve as “actionable intelligence”— the firm billed itself as a “Shadow CIA”—for its corporate clients.
  197. 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.
  198. 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!
  199. The Good Intentions That Pave the Road to War
    R2P and Genocide Prevention

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  200. 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.
  201. The Googlization of the Far Right: Why Is Google Funding Grover Norquist, Heritage Action and ALEC?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Google, the tech giant, has been funding a growing list of groups advancing the agenda of the Koch brothers. The policies advocated by some of the Google’s grantees are in stark contrast with the progressive image that Google has worked to promote.
  202. 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.
  203. 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.
  204. 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.
  205. 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 worker’s own low productivity contribution’, ‘overpaid public workers are the cause of states’ budget deficits’, or that ‘social security and medicare are going broke’.
  206. 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 country’s austerity program.
  207. 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.
  208. Groups need to investigate impact of damaging corporate media censorship
    Freedom to Read Week 2013

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  209. Guadeloupe and Martinique threatened as pesticide contaminates food chain
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Chemical once used on banana crops threatening livelihoods and public health by polluting soil and sea.
  210. 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.
  211. 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.
  212. 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
  213. Held hostage by Big Pharma: a personal experience
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Mike Marqusee looks at how drug firms can make huge profits from their state-enforced monopoly on an essential good.
  214. 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? It’s a small misdemeanour set against the misuse of the world’s agricultural land to produce the luxury of meat.
  215. 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.
  216. 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.
  217. 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.
  218. 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.
  219. 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.
  220. How a London court Repudiated Zionist Abuse of the Anti-Semitism Charge
    Tribunal Blow to Israel’s Advocates

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Taunting and tainting opponents with the charge of anti-semitism is a long-standing Zionist ploy, familiar to everyone involved in the Israel-Palestine issue.
  221. How A-historical Journalism Serves Power
    A Calendar of Infamy

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Contemporary journalism has a horrendous habit of considering history superfluous.
  222. How Australian bank financed the heroin trade
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  223. 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.
  224. 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.
  225. How Chavez Changed History for the Better
    A New Kind of Socialism

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Hugo Chavez's impact on Venezuela.
  226. How Drug Courier Profiles Begot Terrorism Watch Lists
    The Drug War and the Fourth Amendment

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    More than a million names are now included on the catch-all terrorist watch list maintained by U.S. government agencies.
  227. 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 HRW’s discredit.
  228. 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.
  229. 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: we’ll plan the place, you build it, amenities will arrive. Then came the cheap neoliberal substitute of granting land titles — and the speculation began.
  230. 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.
  231. 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.
  232. 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.
  233. How Tides Canada Controls the Secret North American Tar Sands Coalition
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Mainstream environmental groups are being positioned to make a bad deal on the Tar Sands.
  234. How To Make India Safer For Women
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    What’s to be done to make India, a country where women are veneered in the temple and beaten at home, safer for women?
  235. 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.
  236. 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.
  237. 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.
  238. 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.
  239. 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.
  240. 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.
  241. 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.
  242. 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.
  243. Improve your privacy and security on the Internet using Tor
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    This user manual contains information about how to download Tor, how to use it, and what to do if Tor is unable to connect to the network
  244. 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.
  245. In Blow to ‘No Fly’ List, US Judge Rules Air Travel Is a Right
    Precedent Could Allow Fliers to Contest Travel Bans

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    US District Judge Anna Brown ruled that the ability to travel internationally by airplane is a constitutionally protected right.
  246. In Defence of Diversity
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    An essay on immigration.
  247. 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.
  248. 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.
  249. In Spain they are all indignados nowadays
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The indignado protests that flared up two years ago have become a Spanish state of mind.
  250. Indefensible design: the high social costs of ‘security’
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The pedlars of gates, alarms and CCTV have an ever-growing business. It’s the community that pays.
  251. 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.
  252. 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.
  253. India is taking acid attacks more seriously
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Women campaign for courts and public to take notice of impact of devastating assaults.
  254. India : The United Tea Workers Front (UTWF) launched to break a vicious circle of poverty
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The United Tea Workers Front (UTWF) has been launched, primarily to raise the issue of a living wages and related matters in the forthcoming wage negotiations in North Bengal.
  255. Indians, Leftists, and Rebellion in Bolivia - review
    Against The Current vol. 163

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    A review of 'Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia' by Jeffery Webber.
  256. Inside Avaaz – can online activism really change the world?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    With 30 million members, Avaaz is an organisation with ambitions to save us all through technology.
  257. 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, Bahrain’s 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.
  258. 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.
  259. 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.
  260. 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.
  261. The Internet, Capitalism, and the State - Book Review
    A Review of Robert McChesney’s "Digital Disconnect"

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Robert McChesney’s Digital Disconnect is an account of the internet’s history and likely future within the context of corporate-dominated U.S. society.
  262. 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.
  263. 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.
  264. 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.
  265. Iron Cagebook
    The Logical End of Facebook's Patents

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  266. 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.
  267. 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.
  268. Israeli Property Theft is Nothing New
    Is the Custodian of Absentee Property Awaiting the Absentees?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  269. Israel’s 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.
  270. Istanbul’s 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.
  271. It’s Time to Put an End to Israel’s “Don’t ask-don’t tell” Nuclear Policy
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Israel and its allies in the U.S. Congress continue to lobby against a deal that would meet Iran in the middle, insisting on a “zero-enrichment” policy that is a deal-breaker for Iran.
  272. 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.
  273. Jeremy Hammond's Court Statement Upon Being Sentenced To 10 Years In Jail
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to ten years in prison for hacking Stratfor communications, then releasing information to Wikileaks. This is his statement.
  274. 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.
  275. 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.
  276. 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 USA’s two leading news organizations, the Washington Post and the New York Times, are not willing to report critically of the government.
  277. 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.
  278. 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.
  279. 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.
  280. 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.
  281. A Kangaroo in Obama’s 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.
  282. 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.
  283. 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.
  284. 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."
  285. The Kill Team
    Resource Type: Film
    First Published: 2013
    An account of the aftermath of one American soldier's decision to turn whistleblower after his involvment in the Maywand District murders during the War in Afghanistan.
  286. 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
  287. 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.
  288. 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 Serbia’s economy and killed around 2,000 civilians, with elevated death levels predicted for years to come.
  289. LAPD Chickens Come Home to Roost
    Why I'm More Scared of the Cops Than I Am of Christopher Dorner

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  290. 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 wasn’t 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.
  291. 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.
  292. Laura Flanders talks to Gar Alperovitz about What Then Must We Do?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Alperovitz says we may be witnessing the prehistory of the next American Revolution.
  293. 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.
  294. 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.
  295. The Left in British Columbia
    A History of Struggle

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2013
    This comprehensive history of the left in British Columbia from the late nineteenth century to the present explores the successes and failures of individuals and organizations striving to make a better world.
  296. 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.
  297. "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.
  298. 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.
  299. Lenin On The Need For Political Compromise
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Considering the nature of compromises and how to deal with them.
  300. Lenin’s “Left-Wing” Communism: An Infantile Disorder revisited
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Lenin’s famous pamphlet holds the key to unlocking the reasons why the October 1917 Russian Revolution failed to spread to the more advanced industrial countries in Europe.
  301. 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 women’s and gender history since the 1960s.
  302. 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.
  303. 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.
  304. 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. It’s 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.
  305. 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
  306. 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.
  307. 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.
  308. Libya’s 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.
  309. A Life Beyond Imagination - review of Searching for Sugar Man
    Against The Current vol. 162

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    A review of “Searching for Sugar Man”, Malik Bendjelloul directing.
  310. Lincoln: A Review
    Civil War, Not Compromise, Smashed Slavery

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Lincoln—Steven Spielberg’s new movie reduces the abolition of slavery to so many parliamentary maneuvers.
  311. 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 region’s political economy over recent decades.
  312. 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.
  313. Lobbyists for the havens: ICIJ’s guide to the offshore system’s 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.
  314. 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.
  315. 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.
  316. Louisiana’s 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.
  317. Louisiana’s 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.
  318. 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.
  319. 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. Madiba’s death has generated an outpouring of mourning and remembrance from Palestinian activists.
  320. Mali, Wahabis, and Saudis
    Following the Money

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The impact of the Wahabi movement in Mali.
  321. 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.”
  322. 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.
  323. 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.
  324. Mandela's art of 'understanding the enemy'
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    A senior correspondent reflects on decades of covering the savvy political operator who became an African icon.
  325. Mandela's Long Walk To Freedom
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  326. 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.
  327. 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.
  328. 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 Marx’s 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.
  329. Marxism and Anarchism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Remarks in our meeting in the London Anarchist Bookfair.
  330. Marxism and "Subaltern Studies"
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    A review of Vivek Chibber's book Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital.
  331. Marxism and women’s 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.
  332. Marxism as if the planet mattered 
    A Return to Marx’s 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.
  333. Marxism, ecology and human history
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Land and Labour: An important new book explores humanity’s contradictory relationship with the environment: our role in destroying nature, and our potential to for positive change.
  334. 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.
  335. Massacres That Matter - Part 1 - 'Responsibility To Protect' In Egypt, Libya And Syria
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Where offending states fail to live up to this responsibility by inflicting genocide, ethnic cleansing and other crimes against humanity on their own people, the international community has a responsibility to act.
  336. 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 Marx’s 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.
  337. Media Control and Indoctrination in the United States
    An Interview With Catherine Komp

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    An excerpt from the just released 2nd edition of Noam Chomsky’s OCCUPY: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity.
  338. 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 it’s 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 Jackson’s grave.
  339. 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.
  340. 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.
  341. Mental Illness in the Workplace
    It Still Haunts

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  342. 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.
  343. The Metaphors of Movements - review
    Against The Current vol. 163

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    A review of 'Guerillas in the Industrial Jungle: Radicalism’s Primitive and Industrial Rhetoric' by Ursula McTaggart.
  344. 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.
  345. A Microcosm of the Nation–Control Unit Prisons
    Out of Control

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    A review of 'Out of Control: A Fifteen Year Battle Against Control Unit Prisons' by Nancy Kurshan.
  346. Migrant laborers building 2022 World Cup facilities worked to death in Qatar
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Deprived of their pay for months at a time, migrant construction workers building the facilities for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are being worked to death under slave labour conditions.
  347. 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.
  348. 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.
  349. 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 Collier’s arguments.
  350. 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. It’s a reasonable supposition that, before the Snowden revelations hit, America’s spymasters had made just that mistake. If the drip-drip-drip of Snowden’s mother of all leaks -- which began in June and clearly won’t 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.
  351. 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.
  352. 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.
  353. 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.
  354. 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.
  355. Monsanto vs. Vernon Bowman’s Farm
    The Fiction of Intellectual Property

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Monsanto’s entire case against Vernon Bowman — as with Percy Schmeiser — is that their profits will be negatively affected if they’e not empowered to dictate what Vernon Bowman does on his own land and with his own stuff. The relief they’re requesting is that the state should therefore so empower them.
  356. Montreal revolutionaries, Canadian security and race: An interview with author David Austin
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Recently, Montreal writer David Austin published Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal, a groundbreaking work that details the significant breadth and scope of Black Power activism in Montreal in the 1960s and 1970s.
  357. 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 Enbridge’s North Westover pumping station and occupied the facility on June 20th, 2013.
  358. 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.
  359. 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.
  360. 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.
  361. 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.
  362. 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.
  363. The National Security State Exposed
    Obama v. Snowden

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Snowden disclosed orders demanding that all of the nation’s 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.
  364. 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.
  365. 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.”
  366. 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.
  367. 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.
  368. 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.
  369. 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.
  370. The New Worker Organizing 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Many, perhaps most, worker center–based 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 organizations—with support from one or more unions.
  371. 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.
  372. 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.
  373. The No-Nonsense Guide to Degrowth and Sustainability
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2013
    This No-Nonsense Guide looks deeper into the idea of economic growth – to trace its history and understand why it has become so unchallengeable and powerful.
  374. Noam Chomsky - Everyday Anarchist
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Interview with Noam Chomsky.
  375. 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.
  376. The "Not so Bright" Protégés and the Comrades that "Never Quarreled"
    C.L.R. James’s Disputes on Labor's Self-Emancipation and the Political Economy of Colonial Freedom

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Surveying C.L.R. James’s shifting and evolving views on the making of national liberation struggles, whether in Kwame Nkrumah’s Ghana, Eric Williams’s Trinidad, or Toussaint L’Ouverture’s 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.
  377. The Not-So-Secret History of Capitalism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    This is a coda to my review of Paul Collier’s 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 Collier’s more contentious arguments, while many of his policy prescriptions are morally questionable.
  378. The NSA and the Infrastructure of the Surveillance State
    In Search of Real Liberty

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The NSA’s surveillance and data-gathering activities illustrate the extent to which US intelligence seeks “full-spectrum dominance” in cyberspace.
  379. 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.
  380. 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.
  381. 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.
  382. 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 people’s computers) - an act aided by the ability to uniquely identify individuals on the Internet.
  383. 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.
  384. 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.
  385. 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.
  386. 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.
  387. Obama’s 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.
  388. Obama’s 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.
  389. 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.
  390. 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.
  391. 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.
  392. 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.
  393. 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 8—10,000 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.
  394. 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.
  395. 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.
  396. On the Warpath in Venezuela
    Against the Bolivarian Revolution

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela’s 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.
  397. 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 didn’t make any of the colonies free—it 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.
  398. #131+1: Voices in Movement An Oral History of the Mexican Youth Movement of 2012
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    On May 11, 2012, in the heat of the presidential campaign, history took an unexpected turn: a video, the social networks, and marches and mass actions managed to bring a new moment of hope into the history of Mexico, and the Mexican youth surprised the whole world.
  399. 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.
  400. 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 doesn’t. 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.
  401. 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.
  402. 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.
  403. 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.
  404. 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 one’s 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.
  405. 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.
  406. Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War.
  407. Pamplona's locksmiths join revolt as banks throw families from their homes
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    In the years of the housing boom, Spain's banks offered 100% mortgages. Now, while receiving millions in public aid, they are throwing people out of their homes. But there's a rebellion under way.
  408. 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.
  409. 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.
  410. 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.
  411. 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.
  412. A People’s Manifesto: Let’s 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.
  413. Petitions next to useless in campaign to defend CBC
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Pressure groups put a lot of effort into petitions, but the question is - does sending petitions have any effect. Are they just wasting everyone's time?
  414. 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.
  415. 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?
  416. 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.
  417. 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.
  418. 'The Planet Can't 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.
  419. 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).
  420. 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.
  421. The Police State is Real
    It Has Happened Here

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The Bush regime’s response to 9/11 and the Obama regime’s 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.
  422. 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.
  423. 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.
  424. 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.
  425. 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.
  426. Postering Revolution
    Wheat Paste, the Marxist Glue

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    On the role of postering in the activist agenda.
  427. 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.
  428. 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.
  429. A practical guide to protecting your identity and security when using mobile phones
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Many activists have been tracked via their mobile phones. Assess the risk for your own activities given the practices used in your country, how high-profile your work is, and what others in your community have experienced.
  430. The Predatory Pedagogy of On-Line Education
    New Techno-peasants of the Latifundia

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Distance learning amounts to the erosion of the traditional face-to-face classroom.
  431. 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.
  432. 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.
  433. Primitive Heterosexuality
    Carnal Knowledge

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  434. 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.
  435. 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.
  436. 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
  437. 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.
  438. 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 they’ve stopped fighting, and the surveillance is out of control.
  439. 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.
  440. 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 Yanukovich’s abandonment of an association agreement with the European Union (EU.
  441. 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.
  442. 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.
  443. Protect your freedom and privacy; join us in creating an Internet that's safer from surveillance
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    In order to defang surveillance programs like PRISM, we need to stop using centralized systems and come together to build an Internet that's decentralized, trustworthy, and free "as in freedom."
  444. 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.
  445. 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.
  446. 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.
  447. Putting Socialism Back on the Agenda 
    Daring to Hope

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Is Socialism Capitalism's future?
  448. 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.
  449. Racism and Sexual Violence in Indonesia
    Where Fear Stalks the Streets

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Indonesia, since 1965, performed three genocides fully backed by the West.
  450. 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.
  451. 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.
  452. 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.
  453. 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.
  454. 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.
  455. 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.
  456. 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.
  457. 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.
  458. 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.
  459. 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.
  460. 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.
  461. Reflections on the Corporate Security State
    “He’s 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).
  462. Reform and Revolution at Left Forum 2013
    Tension and Transformation

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    This year’s Left Forum, held at Pace University in lower Manhattan was one of the largest gatherings in North America of the US and international Left.
  463. Remembering a Vietnam Veteran
    The Death of Sgt. Van Dale Todd

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  464. 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.
  465. The Representation of Torture in the 'War on Terror'
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    A nation cannot claim to act to promote democracy and human rights whilst it kidnaps citizens the world over, places them in secret detention and tortures them.
  466. 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-wing’s attacks.
  467. 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.
  468. 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.
  469. 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.
  470. 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.
  471. 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.
  472. Review: The Uses and Abuses of History
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Review of "The Uses and Abuses of History" by Margaret Macmillan.
  473. The Rise of the Fast Food Worker
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  474. 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?
  475. 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.
  476. 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.
  477. Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War against Apartheid
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Two leading activists of the fight against Apartheid, Ruth First and Joe Slovo, for the first time have received a comprehensive biography.
  478. Saudi Arabia's foreign labour crackdown drives out 2m migrants
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Ethiopian workers face hostility amid 'Saudisation' campaign to control foreign labour and get more Saudi citizens into work.
  479. Save Our Unions
    Dispatches From A Movement in Distress

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2013
  480. Scaling the wall: what to do if you get stuck while reading Marx’s Capital
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Lots of people who start Karl Marx's Capital get stuck somewhere in the early chapters of Volume 1. Here are some suggestions are made about how to get unstuck and read the whole book.
  481. 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.
  482. 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.
  483. 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.
  484. Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Big players are taking unprecedented steps to stop offshore abuses, but financial crime fighters worry reforms don’t go far enough.
  485. 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.
  486. 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 way–by your work, your family, your education, your religion, your government–your fantasies become your freedom. Sometimes your ability to fantasize is the only freedom you have.
  487. Sending encrypted emails using Thunderbird and PGP
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    There are easy ways to ensure your Internet activities remain confidential.
  488. 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.
  489. Sex segregation in UK universities – a step forward for the Muslim religious right
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The authorities of universities in the UK have made public their policy of bending to religious fundamentalists by condoning sex segregation on university premises. The education system is especially targeted, as controlling the minds of the youth is critical.
  490. 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.
  491. Short Circuit: Towards an Anarchist Approach to Gentrification
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Gentrification, etymologically speaking, is a relatively new word, coined in 1964 by the English Marxist sociologist Ruth Glass.
  492. 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.
  493. A Short History of Primitive Accumulation
    From Adam Smith to Angela Merkel

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    In Capital, Smith’s 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.
  494. 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?
  495. 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.”
  496. 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.
  497. Slavoj Zizek: Apologist for the social democratic turn of SYRIZA
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The authors argue that Zizek's radical posturing is at odds with his reformist political stance.
  498. The Sleepwalkers Are Revolting
    The Right to Sleep, or...

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The Center for Disease Control’s finding that sleep deprivation has reached epidemic proportions has failed to generate significant public outcry.
  499. 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.
  500. 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.
  501. 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.
  502. 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.
  503. A Social History of Wiretaps
    Memory's Half-Life

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    American’s century-long distrust of electronic surveillance is shifting to Americans accepting and internalizing new levels of state surveillance.
  504. 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 that’s not a whole lot of “using”. But there is a comfort in having one’s 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.
  505. The Software Freedom Movement
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Nicolson-Owens thinks that Alfredo Lopez’s article, "Stallman, FOSS and the Adobe Nightmare," gets some of Richard Stallman’s message wrong and ends up giving the open source movement credit for a freedom-based philosophy the open source movement disagrees with.
  506. 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?
  507. The Spanish Revolution, Past and Future: Grandeur and Poverty of Anarchism 
    Howe the Working Class Takes Over (or Doesn't), Then and Now

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Looking at the Spanish Revolution, arguably the richest and deepest social revolution of the twentieth century.
  508. Spooky Business: A New Report on Corporate Espionage Against Non-profits
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Giant corporations are employing highly unethical or illegal tools of espionage against nonprofit organizations with near impunity, according to a new report by Essential Information.
  509. Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    This report is an effort to document something about corporate espionage against nonprofit organizations. Law enforcement should prioritize investigating and prosecuting corporate espionage against nonprofits.
  510. 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.
  511. 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.
  512. 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.
  513. 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.
  514. 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.
  515. 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 Department’s 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.
  516. 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 we’re still standing, by new social forms imbued with sane and humane values.
  517. The Strike That Didn’t 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 City’s 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.
  518. 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.
  519. 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.
  520. 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.
  521. Subversive Nun’s Sophisticated Plot to Incite Peace
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    83-year-old Catholic nun Megan Rice is facing 20 years in prison for breaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  522. 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.’
  523. 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.
  524. 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.
  525. Sylvia Pankhurst: War and Imperialism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Katherine Connelly's Sylvia Pankhurst’s 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.
  526. 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.
  527. Syria, “Credibility” and Historical Amnesia
    Grandpa Made Mustard Gas

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The first casualty of war is truth. Comparison between WWII and the Syria situation.
  528. 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.
  529. “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.
  530. 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
  531. 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.
  532. Tax havens face crisis in wake of Offshore Leaks, report says
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    ICIJ’s “Offshore Leaks” investigation has created a “crisis of confidence” for tax havens, damaging the offshore industry’s bottom line and its prospects for growth, a new report by a leading offshore services firm says.
  533. 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.
  534. The terrible legacy of Agent Orange and dioxin
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Agent Orange was manufactured by Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemicals to use as a herbicide and defoliant in the Vietnam War.
  535. 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 regime’s henchmen and spent eight years interviewing some of these killers.
  536. 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 people’s every movement with the purpose of marking them for punishment if they deviate from the program
  537. 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.
  538. 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.
  539. 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.
  540. There’s 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 Chomsky’s OCCUPY: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity published by Zuccotti Park Press.
  541. 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.
  542. Thinking of Joining the ISO?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    A critical examination of the ISO’s 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.
  543. 13 Things the Government is Trying to Keep Secret From You
    Constitutional Black Out

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The President and the Government are intentionally keeping massive amounts of information about surveillance secret.
  544. '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'.
  545. Threatened with Censorship and Ouster by PEN’s Henchmen
    Sign the Petition to Remove Suazanne Nossel

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Nossel’s 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” NGO’s
  546. 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.
  547. Three Things Young People Should Know to Save the World
    Know Your Rights!

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Old people should know these things too. Energy seems better invested in trying to teach them to young people who have less to unlearn in the process.
  548. The Thrust Toward Opacity
    Shh! It's a Secret!

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Lately we’ve been bombarded by Secrets. We don’t know many of the details, but we do know of their existence, at least some of them. Let’s 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.
  549. 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.
  550. 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.
  551. 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.
  552. 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.
  553. The Torturer as Feminist: From Abu Ghraib to Zero Dark Thirty
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    How “feminism” is used in service of the American empire.
  554. 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.
  555. 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.
  556. Trade Unions: The Difficult Path to Solidarity in One’s 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.
  557. 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.
  558. 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’...
  559. 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. That’s 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 Lenin’s positions if he had still been alive.
  560. 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.
  561. Turning Blood into Money
    Profiting from Killing

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Yotam Feldman’s documentary The Lab, released in August, is one of the most important exposés of the obscene rationale and execution of Israel’s 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.
  562. 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.
  563. 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."
  564. Two Acts of Terror, Only One Investigation
    The Real Terrorists are the Corporate Execs Who’ve 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.
  565. 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’.
  566. Two in one?
    A review of Donny Gluckstein, A People’s 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.
  567. 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.
  568. 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.
  569. 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.
  570. Ukraine: what's going on, and what does it mean?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Some thoughts on the protests happening in Ukraine. Things are not completely what they may seem.
  571. 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.
  572. 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 company’s strategic oil reserves.
  573. 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.
  574. 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.
  575. Unless Union Workers Can Strike, They’re 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 company’s profits. Without labour, they’re crippled.
  576. 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 can’t even question them.
  577. 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.
  578. US and Israeli Intelligence
    Practice of Torture

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Torture by US and Israeli intelligence agencies.
  579. US Civil Rights-Era Leader Mary King Says Successful Social Movements Expand Space for Other Struggles
    Paper Penned by King Helped to Spark Modern Women’s Movement

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Mary King played an important role in helping to advance the struggle for women's rights.
  580. 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.
  581. The U.S. Press and Repression in the Obama Era
    A New Awakening or Political Theater?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The Obama administration’s is expanding its use of executive powers to intimidate and crush dissent had turned its focus on the U.S. press.
  582. 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.
  583. 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.
  584. 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”.
  585. 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.
  586. 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.
  587. Vandana Shiva On Resisting GMOs: "Saving Seeds Is a Political Act"
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Sarah van Gelder interviewed Vandana Shiva, renowned for her activism against GMOs, globalization, and patents on seeds and traditional foods.
  588. VAWA Must Pass to Protect All Women, Regardless of Race
    The Fight Ahead

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    No woman deserves to be beaten, raped, or killed, regardless of her race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
  589. 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.
  590. 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.
  591. 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.
  592. 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.
  593. 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 Man’s 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.
  594. 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.
  595. 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.
  596. 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.
  597. 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.
  598. 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.
  599. 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.
  600. 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.
  601. We can’t 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?
  602. 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.
  603. 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.
  604. 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 Act’s website, the long-delayed and often-rejiggered F-35 program is a costly disaster rife with technological snafus, software problems and repeated contractor incompetence.
  605. 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.
  606. 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.
  607. 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 isn’t. 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.
  608. 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.
  609. 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.
  610. What the Snowden Affair Reveals About US Journalism
    Corporate Media shown to be Rank Propaganda Arms

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The national corporate media is little more than unofficial propaganda arms of the US government.
  611. 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.
  612. What to do with a tin of beans? Food banks, the left and the movement
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Acts of collective practical solidarity are a springboard to participation in campaigning against austerity and the Tory war on the poor.
  613. 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.
  614. What’s 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 capitalist’s lackey?
  615. What’s 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
  616. 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.
  617. 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?
  618. 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.
  619. Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
    The Anti-Empire Report

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The double edged sword of declaring war and fighting "terrorism".
  620. 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.
  621. Where’s 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.
  622. 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.
  623. Who Is An Objective Journalist?
    Agents of the Status Quo

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The false dichotomy between journalists and activists.
  624. 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.
  625. 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 country’s civil war with access to sarin.
  626. 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.
  627. 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.
  628. 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.
  629. 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.
  630. 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.
  631. Why Saying No to Toronto Airport Expansion Makes Sense
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Saying no to the expansion of the Toronto Island Airport and introduction of jet aircrafts is the economical, ecological and socially responsible thing to do.
  632. Why socialism can be nothing else than ‘real’: Lessons from ‘really existing socialism’ – Part I.
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    In this guest post, Sabina Stan from the Transnational Labour Project in Oslo critically questions this understanding and asks what the real lessons from ‘really existing socialism’ are for the understanding of today’s capitalism.
  633. 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 they’ve been so exposed.
  634. 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.
  635. 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 what’s wrong with the picture of a howling pack of cops shooting down a troubled young mother … like a dog.
  636. 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 they’re treated by management), they are required to provide a safe work environment. Safety costs money and every company is interested in saving money.
  637. 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).
  638. 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 Australia’s (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).
  639. The Will of the People Doesn’t Mean Jack Shit to the Drug Warriors
    Gangsters With Federal Pensions

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    The DEA vs. voter-approved marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado.
  640. Will the Real Gwyn Morgan Please Stand Up
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
  641. 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.
  642. 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.
  643. Witness to Betrayal: Scott Crow on the Exploits and Misadventures of FBI Informant Brandon Darby
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Scott Crow tells the story of his friendship with Brandon Darby, an anarchist militant and FBI informer.
  644. Women’s 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 women’s movements to the wider fight for change.
  645. 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.
  646. 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.
  647. Would You Believe That the United States Tried to do Something That was Not Nice Against Hugo Chávez?
    The Plan to Destabilize Venesuela

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Wikileaks releases documents on U.S. efforts to overthrow Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
  648. Yahoo’s Tumblr, Google’s Makani and Noah Cross’s 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.
  649. 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 Abdurahman’s mother and ask Barack to send those cleared home and to expedite the closing of Guantanamo.
  650. 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 Street’s theorising in Zuccotti Park can send you to sleep: all academic prose and no real world action or demands. They also make explicit Occupy’s resemblance to its enemy, the Tea Party.
  651. 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.
  652. Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight against Muslim Fundamentalism, by Karima Bennoune (Book Review)
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Karima Bennoune, a US-based law scholar raised in Algeria, has written an account of the stories of numerous people whose lives have been scarred by Islamic fundamentalism and who decided, using a variety of means, to put up a fight.
  653. 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.

2012

  1. 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.
  2. The Activists' Handbook
    A Step-by-Step Guide to Participatory Democracy

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2012
    A guide to grassroots activism.
  3. Adivasi Movements in India: An Interview with Poet Waharu Sonavane
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Waharu is a Bhil Adivasi, long-time poet and activist. Since the 1970s, he has been organizing for Adivasi self-sufficiency among his community near his hometown in western India.
  4. 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.
  5. Afghanistan: the Smell of Defeat
    Cut-and-Run Time

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The United States hasn’t liberated Afghanistan. It hasn’t rebuilt Afghanistan. It hasn’t removed the warlords from power, curtailed opium production, established strong democratic institutions, or improved life for ordinary working people. The US hasn’t achieved any of its strategic objectives.
  6. African Awakenings: The Emerging Revolutions (Book Review)
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    This book sets out to place the host of new movements arising across the continent in a singular socio-political context.
  7. 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.
  8. Against Fundamentalism and Imperialism - Review
    Against The Current vol. 161

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    A view of the inside forces in Pakistan.
  9. 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 Administration’s 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 they’re financed by commercials that create a strong bias not to expose the corruption of those that advertise with them.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. American Decline in Perspective
    Empire and Its Discontents

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
  16. 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?”
  17. 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.
  18. 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 Applebee’s, McMillan examines the reality of the American food industry.
  19. America’s 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.
  20. America’s Deceptive 2012 Fiscal Cliff
    How Today’s Fiscal Austerity is Reminiscent of World War I’s Economic Misunderstandings

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    An exploration of how today’s fiscal austerity is reminiscent of World War I’s economic misconceptions.
  21. America’s Last Chance
    One Against the Empire

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The United States is rapidly being turned into a police state.
  22. 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.
  23. Anthropologists, Spooks, and the Boys Who Went to War
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Arab Detroit, Targeted Community
    Against The Current vol. 157

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Since September 11, 2001, the Detroit area’s 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.
  27. Arab Jews vs. Palestinians: Israel's Refugee Pawns
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Israel's attempt to compare Arab Jews to Palestinian refugees.
  28. 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.
  29. 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 America’s wars, at least beginning with Vietnam.
  30. 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.
  31. 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?
  32. 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.
  33. 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, don’t be surprised if you don’t like the destructive methods they choose to assert their sense of self. By all means let’s feel sympathy for the innocent victims when the worm turns — but let’s also never forget who set things in motion.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. Banacol: A company implicated paramilitarism and land grabbing in Curvarado and Jiguamiando
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    This study focuses on the International Banacol Marketing Corporation’s actions in the Afro-Colombian and Mestizo communities’ collective territories of Curvaradó and Jiguamiandó in the Lower Atrato region of Chocó, Colombia.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. A Bend in the Labyrinth - Book Review
    Against The Current vol. 160

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Book review of 'The Century’s Midnight: Dissenting European and American Writers in the Era of the Second World War' by Clive Bush.
  42. 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.
  43. 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).
  44. Beyond capitalist green economy: In defence of Mother Earth and the commons
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The Democratic Left Front calls for action against destructive corporate interests that are driving the commercialisation and commodification of the natural environment.
  45. 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.
  46. Beyond the Sacred
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    A transcript on Malik's talk "Beyond the Sacred" at a conference on blasphemy.
  47. 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.
  48. 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?
  49. The black bloc and the Battle of Seattle
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
  50. Black Teachers’ Revolt of the 1960s
    Educational Apartheid in Chicago

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Chicago’s 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 1960’s.
  51. Book Review: A Review of Mary Gabriel’s Love and Capital and Some Thoughts Prompted by the Review
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    In Love and Capital, published in 2011, Mary Gabriel makes a really good case that love was at the center of the life of the revolutionary named Karl Marx.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. book Review: C.L.R. James, A History of Pan-African Revolt (1939, 1969)
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    A small and dangerous volume, this republication of C.L.R. James’s A History of Pan-African Revolt is a concise survey of Black freedom struggles in the United States, the Caribbean, and on the African continent from 1739–1969.
  55. Book Review: Eric Leif Davin, Crucible of Freedom: Workers' Democracy in the Industrial Heartland, 1914–1960 (2010)
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Book review on Eric Leif Davin's Crucible of Freedom: Workers' Democracy in the Industrial Heartland 1914-1960.
  56. Book Review: John Eric Marot, The October Revolution in Prospect and Retrospect: Interventions in Russian and Soviet History (2012)
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    This is a book review concerning a very important book, one of the very few books published since 1991 on the “Russian Question” that will compel people (this reviewer included), long wedded to different characterizations of the post-1917 or post-1929 Soviet regime, to think through their commitments.
  57. Book Review: Marixism without Marx: Recent Interpretations of the Economic Crisis
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Paul Mattick’s, Business As Usual, and David McNally’s, Global Slump, each focuses on a single, primary aspect of Marx’s 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. Mattick’s book takes the form of an extended essay that warrants close reading. McNally’s lengthier treatment is both breezier and polemical.
  58. Book Review: Marxism without Marx: Recent Interpretations of the Economic Crisis
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
  59. Book Review: Michael D. Yates, ed., Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back (2012)
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Book review on Michael Yates Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back.
  60. 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.
  61. Boom and Bust... Literally
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The richest country in the world is faced with literal “boom”—in the form of exploding sections of electric, gas and steam systems—and “bust”—in the form of collapsing roads and bridges—on a widespread and regular basis.
  62. 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.
  63. 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.
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
  70. 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. It’s the only way to start changing towards reality.
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. Can You Pass The US Christian Right Quiz?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
  74. Canada’s Spy Groups Divulge Secret Intelligence to Energy Companies
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Documents raise fears that info on environmentalists, indigenous groups and more shared with industry at biannual, secret-level, briefings.
  75. Canadian students strip in protest, clash with police
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Thousands of men and women stripped to protest planned tuition hikes and embarrass the hosts of the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
  76. 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.
  77. 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.
  78. The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2012
    Mander argues that capitalism is no longer a viable system: “What may have worked in 1900 is calamitous in 2010.” Capitalism, utterly dependent on never-ending economic growth, is an impossible absurdity on a finite planet with limited resources.
  79. The Careerists
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colourless human beings.
  80. 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.
  81. Censorship? Haaretz Deletes Amira Hass Article On Surging Settler Violence
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Israel’s Haaretz has mysteriously deleted a powerful article by Amira Hass headlined “The anti-Semitism that goes unreported,” about an unchecked upsurge in violence against Palestinians by Israeli settlers.
  82. 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.
  83. Chatting with Chomsky
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The linguistics professor, political theorist and activist discusses the Occupy movement, Obama’s first term and the economic crisis in Europe.
  84. "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.
  85. 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.
  86. 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?
  87. Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2012
    The days of human history.
  88. Chile: Return of the Penguins!
    Against The Current vol. 157

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The struggle to democratize Chile’s educational system has, for the first time since the country’s return to bourgeois democracy in 1990, challenged the very foundations of its neoliberal model.
  89. China in Revolt
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Few in the West are aware of the drama unfolding in today’s “epicenter of global labor unrest.” A scholar of China exposes its tumultuous labor politics and their lessons for the Left.
  90. China's capitalism and the crisis
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Coupled with spectacular growth rates since the late 1970s, China’s “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.
  91. Chomsky on Civil Liberties, Obama and the Future of Progressive Politics
    Left of Left

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Interview with America's premier political dissident Noam Chomsky.
  92. 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.
  93. 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 world’s 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 CIA’s involvement in the execution of a war prisoner captured alive.
  94. Class Struggle in Vietnam: From the Colonial Yoke to Wage Slavery for Global Capital
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Struggles which have unfolded since the first big strike wave in Vietnam in 2006.
  95. 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.
  96. Classic Book: Frankenstein
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    A look at the continuing relevance of Mary Shelley's classic to debates about science, technology and nature today.
  97. Climate Crisis Threatens Food Security of Iran, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Togo, Comoros, and Many Other Countries
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Climate crisis is threatening seafood and fish in gulfs, seas, and oceans. As a result, countries dependent mainly on fish and seafood are threatened.
  98. CLR James, Frantz Fanon And The Meaning of Liberation
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    A look at the Haitan Revolution and its place in history.
  99. 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.
  100. Colombia’s 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.
  101. 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.
  102. 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.
  103. Community Organising - A New Part of the Union
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    A look at Unite’s community union organizing.
  104. 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.
  105. 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.
  106. 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.
  107. 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.
  108. 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.
  109. Countering the Israel Lobby’s 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.
  110. 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.
  111. Crisis in the Eurozone
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2012
    A controversial call to break up the Eurozone and stop the debt crisis.
  112. 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.
  113. 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.
  114. Cruise industry chafes at regulation that would help clean up Alaska's air
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The cruise ship Sapphire Princess will emit the same amount of sulphur dioxide as 13.1m cars as it takes its guests from Whittier, Alaska to Glacier Bay and eventually Vancouver.
  115. 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.
  116. Cut It Out: An Open Letter to Black Bloc Anarchists
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Black Bloc tactics actually serve the cause of the 0.1%.
  117. 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.”
  118. 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.
  119. 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 Kafka’s novel The Trial, would undoubtedly have felt right at home in Washington.
  120. 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.
  121. 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.
  122. 'The Death of Evidence' in Canada: Scientists' Own Words
    Data distorted for 'propaganda' and other complaints against the Harper government made at last week's Ottawa rally

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
  123. 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.
  124. 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.
  125. Deconstructing The Locavore’s 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.
  126. 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 it’s 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.
  127. Destroying the Commons
    How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Our rights and liberties and under ever-increasing attack.
  128. 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.
  129. 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.
  130. DID YOU HEAR IT? It’s the sound of their world ending. It’s that of ours resurging.
    Communique from the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Communiqué of the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee – General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. Mexico.
  131. 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.
  132. 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.
  133. 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.
  134. 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.
  135. Drone Strikes? What’s To Feel Bad About?
    Really Sorry We Burned the Korans

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
  136. 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.
  137. 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.
  138. Drug War-Related Homicides In The US Average At Least 1,100 a Year
    Full Extent of Carnage Unknowable Because US Government Doesn’t 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.
  139. 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 Terminal’s (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?”
  140. The Egyptian workers’ movement and the 25 January Revolution 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    This article is an exploration of one of the fundamental processes that brought the revolution back to Tahrir: the rise of an organised working class movement.
  141. 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¨
  142. 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.
  143. Empire and Its Discontents
    “Losing” the World

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
  144. 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.
  145. 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.
  146. 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.
  147. The Evil of Humanitarian Wars 
    Iraq, Libya, Syria: We have no right to play God

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The West’s 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 Israel’s 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 year’s revolutionary gains.
  148. 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.
  149. 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 people’s party.
  150. 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.
  151. 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.
  152. Fictitious Capital and Contracted Social Reproduction Today: China and Permanent Revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Once gain, as in 1914, capital requires, in order to survive as capital, a vast devalorization of all existing values, however great the destruction of human beings and means of production which that entails.
  153. Fighting Back: Sotheby's and OWS
    Against The Current vol. 156

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Forty-two teamster art-handlers at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City have been locked-out of their jobs for more than four months. Against the Current interviewed Sotheby’s shop steward David Martinez about what’s at stake, and how they’ve built links with the Occupy movement to fight back.
  154. 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.
  155. 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.
  156. 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.
  157. Five Reasons the Super-Rich Need Big Government
    The Real Welfare Kings and Queens

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Taxes represent payment for society’s many benefits, which get bigger and better as people get richer.
  158. 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 Marx’s 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.
  159. Flags of Convenience
    Corporate Anarchy on the High Seas

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Maritime lawlessness isn’t 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
  160. 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 can’t dream of contesting without a billion dollars. That figure merely ensures you can run, not win.
  161. 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.
  162. 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.
  163. 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.
  164. 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.
  165. The Four Laws Of Ecology And The Four Anti-Ecological Laws Of Capitalism 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    An exponential growth dynamic is inherent in capitalism, a system whereby money is exchanged for commodities, which are then exchanged for more money on an ever increasing scale.
  166. 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.
  167. 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.
  168. 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.
  169. 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.
  170. 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 — capitalism’s 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.
  171. 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.
  172. Fuck Love
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
  173. 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.
  174. 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.
  175. 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.
  176. 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 Obama’s shoes, but to reflect on what he did when forced to balance political calculus, the rule of law, and moral and humanitarian considerations.
  177. Gender and Sexuality
    Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2012
    Stories, accounts and histories of the movements to overcome racism, sexism and poverty.
  178. 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 movement’s radicalism and its sense of where social power lies.
  179. 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 (1904–08) in what was then the colony of German South West Africa.
  180. 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.
  181. 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 Levi’s 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.
  182. Germany's 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.
  183. 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 Africa’s Gold Coast.
  184. 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.
  185. 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.
  186. Goodbye Welfare, Hello Workfare
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The world’s richest countries are coercing their citizens to ‘donate’ their labour to big businesses and other organizations in return for welfare payments.
  187. The government’s attempt to eradicate the travelling way of life
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Elly Robson explores the deliberate criminalisation of the travelling way of life by Britian's coalition government.
  188. Great investigative reporters don’t take no for an answer
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The first thing to keep in mind about investigative journalism is that it’s not glamorous. (We can blame television with its “undercover” reporters and “hidden cameras” for this mistaken image.) It’s 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.
  189. 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.
  190. 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.
  191. Guatemala: Peaceful Resistance in the Face of Violence
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Anti-mining activist speaks out for first time since being shot.
  192. Happy Hookers
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Exploring the lives of sex workers and their would-be saviours.
  193. 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 Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) put life back into it. Calling the individual health insurance mandate a “tax” aroused anger on the right, but the court’s ruling on federal Medicaid money is what really puts a new dimension into the fight.
  194. 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.
  195. 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.
  196. 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 Dodd’s novels (Sowing the Wind and The Searching Light) and was driven to find out more about the sources of Dodd’s attraction to antifascist causes.
  197. 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.
  198. Housebroken
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    There’s a second environmental crisis, just as potent as the first.
  199. How Empires Fall
    An Interview With Jonathan Schell

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Jonathan Schell discusses non-violent activism.
  200. How I Became a “Recovering Documentary Filmmaker” and Learned to Reach a Wider Public
    The School of Authentic Journalism Saved My Life: Your Donations Make It Possible

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    A look into the way that the The School of Authentic Journalism guides journalists and organizers to reach wider audiences.
  201. 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.
  202. 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 People’s Law Office in Chicago and director of DePaul University’s 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.
  203. How Not to Get Eaten When the Dinosaurs Escape from their Cages
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The risks of moving too quickly to occupy TV stations, and “Suggestions for Radicals” who are in for the long haul.
  204. 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 person’s 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.
  205. 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 O’Keeffe, Sigmund Freud, William Tecumseh Sherman, Franz Kafka, and the Buddha — took different paths.
  206. 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.
  207. 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.
  208. 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.
  209. 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.
  210. 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, we’ve 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.
  211. Humanity Once Came to the Cliff's Edge of Total Self-Annihilation -- Let's Make Sure It Never Happens Again
    Revisiting the catastrophe that almost was

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The world stood still 50 years ago during the last week of October, from the moment when it learned that the Soviet Union had placed nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba until the crisis was officially ended -- though unknown to the public, only officially.
  212. 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.
  213. 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.
  214. 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?
  215. I’m 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).
  216. Imagine a Stadium
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    A plea for organization.
  217. Immigrant Youth Victory!
    Against The Current vol. 159

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    President Obama’s 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.” It’s 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.
  218. 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.
  219. 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.
  220. The importance of dealing with Occupy's misogyny problem
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    An account of some misogynist dynamics within the Occupy movement and the need to challenge them.
  221. The Importance of Journalism and Communications to Social Movements
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Remarks of Javier Sicilia to the School of Authentic Journalism.
  222. 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.
  223. In Defence of Democracy
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    On Jacques Berlinerblau's book How to Be Secular.
  224. 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.
  225. 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.
  226. In Mexico, Finally, a Revolt Against the Media
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The summer will determine if the “I Am 132” moment becomes a movement and that’s why “Mexican Spring” is a poor choice of words for it.
  227. In perspective: John Holloway
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    John Holloway’s Change the World Without Taking Power (2002), like that other key text of autonomist post-Marxism, Michael Hardt and Toni Negri’s Empire (2000), cut with the grain of the global anti-capitalist mood at the beginning of the millennium. More than this, Holloway’s 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.
  228. In Remembrance of Things Lost
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    It’s 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.
  229. 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.
  230. 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.
  231. Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The media response to Assange’s 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.
  232. The Inconvenient Indian 
    A Curious Account of Native People in North America

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2012
  233. 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.
  234. Infiltration To Disrupt, Divide And Mis-direct Are Widespread In Occupy - Part I
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    This article describes public reports of infiltration as well as results of a survey and discussions with occupiers about this important issue.
  235. Information Overload
    Driving a Stake Through the National Security State

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Here’s an idea. Let’s 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!
  236. 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.
  237. Intellectual Charlatans & Academic Witch-Hunters
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Butler’s work has always divided critics. While some view her as a courageous and innovative thinker, others view her as an intellectual charlatan.
  238. The International Context of Global Outrage
    Part I: Looking back on the movements that preceded the Arab Spring, the Indignados, and Occupy Wall Street

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
  239. Interview - Greece: the struggle radicalises
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Editor of the Greek newspaper Workers Solidarity on the latest developments in Greece.
  240. An Interview With Noam Chomsky on Obama’s Human Rights Record
    Nothing Can Justify Torture

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    America’s human rights record under the administration of President Obama and the military intervention policies that have seen increased use during the Arab Spring.
  241. 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.
  242. 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. Sand’s 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.
  243. The Invisible War
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    First Published: 2012
    An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.
  244. Invitation to form Operative Groups YoSoy#132
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    #YoSoy132 is against Enrique Peña Nieto, seeks the democratization of the mass media, and behaves as a peaceful movement.
  245. Is Stephen Harper displaying fascist-like tendencies?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
  246. 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.
  247. 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 doesn’t merely slander Muslims but also takes action against them.
  248. Israeli Apartheid Week: Call it as it is
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    First Published: 2012
  249. Israeli government pays students to spread propaganda online
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The Israeli government has launched a program to pay students to promote the Israeli agenda on Facebook and internet chatrooms.
  250. Israel's 'right to self-defense' - a tremendous propaganda victory
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    By supporting Israel's offensive on Gaza, Western leaders have given the Israelis carte blanche to do what they're best at: Wallow in their sense of victimhood and ignore Palestinian suffering.
  251. Israel's starvation diet for Gaza
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Israel’s 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 Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants to avoid malnutrition. Those figures were then translated into truckloads of food Israel was supposed to allow in each day.
  252. Israel's starvation diet for Gaza
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Israel’s calculating of daily caloric needs shows how it manages the lives of Palestinians in Gaza in almost microscopic detail.
  253. 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 Israel’s 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.
  254. Issues that Obama and Romney Avoid
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    With the quadrennial presidential election extravaganza reaching its peak, it’s 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?
  255. 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.
  256. Javier Sicilia Calls Out to Alternative Media as a Force for Communication
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    At the 2012 School of Authentic Journalism, a poet reviews the first year of the movement against the drug war that he inspired.
  257. John Kerry and Me
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Experiences in community organizing and electoral organizing.
  258. 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.
  259. 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.
  260. Jurassic Park in France: The Return of the French Communist Party and the Melenchon Phenomenon
    An Interview with Yves Coleman

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    For the moment what preoccupies working class people in France is not so much the next elections but the euro crisis and the massive layoffs postponed by the bosses and the Right until after the elections.
  261. 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.
  262. 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.
  263. Krisis
    Resource Type: Film
    First Published: 2012
    By 2010, Greece was in an economic crisis and the society and people were shown to be deeply affected by the country's state.
  264. 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.
  265. 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.
  266. Landmines still exacting a heavy toll on Vietnamese civilians
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    37 years on, unexploded bombs continue to ruin lives in the former wartime frontline regions of Vietnam.
  267. 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!
  268. 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.
  269. 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 .
  270. 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.
  271. 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.
  272. 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.
  273. 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.
  274. 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.
  275. 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.
  276. 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.
  277. 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 it’s very fulfilling.”
  278. Living Under Occupation
    Against The Current vol. 159

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    In her autobiography, Palestinian militant Leila Khaled calls the 1960s “America’s decade,” pointing to several spots around the world where the U.S. intervened against people’s struggles as evidence that the decade was not a cause for celebration.
  279. Long Distance Revolutionary
    A Journal with Mumia Abu-Jamal

    Resource Type: Film/Video
    First Published: 2012
    The life and situation of Mumia Abu Jamal.
  280. Looking Back on Occupy
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    A look at the Occupy movement and its relevance today.
  281. 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.
  282. Make Art! Change the World! Starve!
    The Fallacy of Art as Social Justice – Part I

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
  283. 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?
  284. 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 regime—well placed in the open spaces for action and thought in high schools, universities and companies—were able to use them to channel protests into directions that did not endanger the political credibility of the ruling parties.
  285. Make Sure You Don’t 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.
  286. Making the Future
    Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2012
  287. 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.
  288. '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.’
  289. The Man Who Was Chemically Tortured
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The torture of David Hicks at Guantanamo.
  290. 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.
  291. 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.
  292. 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 2005–06, while only 2 percent of white households fell in that income bracket.
  293. Martial Matters
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    A selection of commentaries on Australian martial experience at radical odds with mainstream Australian histories.
  294. 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.
  295. 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.
  296. A Marxist History of the World part 100: 1968-1975: the workers’ revolt
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    As the crisis of capitalism spread around the world, the working class took centre stage – but the revolt did not result in successful revolution anywhere.
  297. A Marxist History of the World part 101: The Long Recession
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    By the early 1970s, the levers of state economic management had stopped working and the world economy entered a long period of stagnation.
  298. A Marxist History of the World part 102: What is neoliberalism?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The ‘free-market’ theory provides a pseudo-scientific justification for the greed and poverty endemic to the system, and the main beneficiaries are the global mega-corporations of neoliberal capitalism.
  299. A Marxist History of the World part 103: 1989: the fall of Stalinism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The revolutions of 1989 represent great victories for mass action, but they were limited in effect.
  300. A Marxist History of the World part 104: 2001: 9/11, the War on Terror, and the New Imperialism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The Al-Qaida terror attacks allowed the great powers to justify new imperialist wars to safeguard the interests of global capital.
  301. A Marxist History of the World part 105: The 2008 Crash: from bubble to black hole
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The financial crisis represents the end of an era in which greed and casino-madness had been given free rein by market deregulation and rising debt.
  302. A Marxist History of the World part 106: The Second Great Depression
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Four years after the beginning of the crisis, the neoliberal elite is trapped by the contradictions of the system on which its wealth depends.
  303. A Marxist History of the World part 56: The Indian Mutiny
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The Indian Mutiny was the subcontinent’s 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.
  304. A Marxist History of the World part 57: The American Civil War
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    One hundred and fifty years ago North America saw the start of a revolutionary war fought between rival systems and opposing political ideologies. Neil Faulkner looks at The American Civil War.
  305. A Marxist History of the World part 58: The Meiji Restoration
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    An event which would shape the history of the Far East until 1945, Japan’s bourgeois revolution ‘from above’ is explored by Neil Faulkner in this week's Marxist History.
  306. A Marxist History of the World part 59: The Franco-Prussian War
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    In this week's chapter of the Marxist History series Neil Faulkner looks at how Germany’s ruling elite brought about a bourgeois revolution ‘from above’.
  307. A Marxist History of the World part 60: The Paris Commune: the face of proletarian revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The Franco-Prussian war produced the first proletarian revolution in history, and showed to the world for the first time what a workers’ state looks like.
  308. A Marxist History of the World part 61: The Long Depression, 1873-1896
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Neil Faulkner writes about the The Long Depression – an unprecedented economic slump which started the countdown to the First World War.
  309. A Marxist History of the World part 62: The Scramble for Africa
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The imperial competition to control Africa spawned a predatory colonialism of mines, plantations, and machine-guns and propelled humanity towards industrialised world war writes Neil Faulkner.
  310. A Marxist History of the World part 63: The Rape of China
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Neil Faulkner looks at the impact of western imperialism's repeated and bloody attempts to control the wealth of China
  311. A Marxist History of the World part 64: What is Imperialism?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Neil Faulkner looks at how the growth of giant monopolies and the fusing of industrial, bank, and state capital created global competition - and the roots of World War I.
  312. A Marxist History of the World part 65: The 1905 Revolution: Russia’s great dress rehearsal
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Neil Faulkner looks at how the Russian Revolution of 1905 helped Leon Trotsky formulate an answer to the century-old riddle of Russian history: what form must the revolution take in order to be victorious.
  313. A Marxist History of the World part 66: The Ottoman Empire and the 1908 ‘Young Turk’ Revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Neil Faulkner looks at how the revolution that began in Turkey in 1908 initiated a process that would transform the middle east over the following two decades.
  314. A Marxist History of the World part 67: Reform or Revolution?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The world Socialist movement was blown apart as its members supported the First World War. Neil Faulkner looks at how the question of reform or revolution lay behind the split.
  315. A Marxist History of the World part 68: 1914: descent into barbarism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    In the summer of 1914 capitalism tipped humanity into an abyss of barbarism that would leave millions dead. Neil Faulkner looks at the First World War.
  316. A Marxist History of the World part 69: The First World War
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Neil Faulkner looks at how capitalism plunged humanity into an abyss of carnage, destruction, and waste without precedent, as mass production methods produced industrialised slaughter.
  317. A Marxist History of the World part 70: 1917: the February Revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    As WWI turned into a protracted, bloody struggle the initial enthusiasm gave way to growing class tensions which exploded first in Russia's February Revolution.
  318. A Marxist History of the World part 71: Dual power: the mechanics of revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The centuries old Russian monarchy was overthrown in a matter of days in February 1917. Neil Faulkner looks at the months of turmoil that followed.
  319. A Marxist History of the World part 72: February to October the rhythms of revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The situation of 'dual power' that emerged after the overthrow of the Tsar in February 1917 was marked by a series of major political crises.
  320. A Marxist History of the World part 73: 1917: the October Insurrection
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
  321. A Marxist History of the World part 75: The German Revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    At the end of the First World War, the epicentre of revolution moved from Petrograd to Berlin. Why did the German communists fail where the Bolsheviks had succeded?
  322. A Marxist History of the World part 76: Italy’s ‘Two Red Years’
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Like Germany, Italy was on the brink of revolution in the summer of 1920, after the strains of imperialist war had levered open deep fractures in an unstable social order.
  323. 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.
  324. A Marxist History of the World part 78: The First Chinese Revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    In 1927, the Chinese nationalists smashed the country's first working-class revolutionary movement – a defeat that would shape the whole subsequent history of China.Counterfire
  325. A Marxist History of the World part 79: Revolt in the Colonies
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The anti-colonial revolts of the early 20th century were inspired by radical ideas, but, as the examples of Ireland, India and Mexico show, history exacts a heavy price for political timidity.
  326. A Marxist History of the World part 80: Stalinism: the bitter fruit of revolutionary defeat
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Neil Faulkner looks at the time when the Bolshevik regime turned in on itself and morphed into a mockery of its socialist ideals.
  327. A Marxist History of the World part 81: The Roaring Twenties
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Although the 'American Dream' became a reality for millions in the 1920s, it was built on shaky grounds - the huge speculative bubble that was building up on Wall Street was waiting to collapse
  328. 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.
  329. A Marxist History of the World part 83: 1933: The Nazi seizure of power
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    By the early 1930s, the German ruling class was determined to use the Nazis to make the world safe for German capital. But the fascist victory was not inevitable – it resulted from the failure of those who opposed fascism.
  330. A Marxist History of the World part 85: June 1936: the French general strike and factory occupations
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    In the mid-1930s French workers launched a wave of strikes and occupations. Neil Faulkner explains how the Stalinised Communist Party worked to contain this resistance.
  331. 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.
  332. A Marxist History of the World part 87: The Causes of the Second World War
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    As Hitler sought to expand Germany's sphere of influence in Europe, Britain's policy of appeasement reflected the interests of the British ruling classes – until German power became overwhelming.
  333. A Marxist History of the World part 88: The Second World War
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    With the great powers fighting to defend their empires, the Second World War would re-divide the world between competing blocs of capitalists.
  334. A Marxist History of the World part 89: 1941-1945: barbarism in a world gone mad
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The Second World War was characterised by primeval savagery. Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia and Militarist Japan waged war with unprecedented brutality, but the ‘democracies’ also committed terrible war crimes.
  335. A Marxist History of the World part 90: The Second World War: resistance
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Large parts of Occupied Europe were liberated by local resistance movements. But the potential for a revolutionary transformation was smothered at birth.
  336. 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.
  337. A Marxist History of the World part 92: The Great Boom
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    In the first three decades after the war, the world economy experienced unprecedented growth rates and falling unemployment. But the boom rested on unstable foundations.
  338. A Marxist History of the World part 93: Maoist China
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    After the revolution of 1949, the Chinese Communists resorted to state capitalism to force the country’s industrialisation. The consequences were disastrous.
  339. A Marxist History of the World part 94: End of Empire?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    In spite of the imperialist powers' attempts to cling on to their colonies, formal empire was finished by the late 1970s. But this was not the end of imperialism.
  340. A Marxist History of the World part 95: Oil, Zionism, and Western Imperialism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    British support for the Zionist movement led to the foundation of Israel in 1948. In conjunction with US imperialism, the Israeli state is an enduring source of oppression in the Middle East.
  341. A Marxist History of the World part 96:1956: Hungary and Suez
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    1956 was a year of war, revolution, and disillusionment – a year after which nothing could ever be quite the same again.
  342. A Marxist History of the World part 97: Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The reforms that Fidel Castro introduced after the overthrow of the Batista dictatorship were real, but they were bestowed from above and straitjacketed by poverty.
  343. A Marxist History of the World part 98: The Vietnam War
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    How an army of peasant guerrillas managed to defeat US imperialism in a full-scale war.
  344. A Marxist History of the World part 99: 1968 - the long sleep ends
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The long sleep of the post-war period was brought to an end in 1968, as revolts erupted across the developed world.
  345. 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
  346. Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout in 1932 and the Founding of our National Parks
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2012
  347. 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 ICC’s Clouseau-like scrutiny.
  348. 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.
  349. 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.
  350. 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.
  351. 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,
  352. 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.” People’s 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.
  353. 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.
  354. 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.
  355. The Migrations of Roma in the European Union – an Ethnic Minority as the Sport of European Politics
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    France is sending Roma back to Romania, Roma are “voluntarily” leaving the country to go to Macedonia, Czech Roma are seeking asylum in Canada – these headlines of recent years have repeatedly drawn the eyes of the public to the migrations of Roma in Europe. The resulting debates emphasise the legal status of migrants.
  356. 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 Marx’s 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.
  357. 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'.
  358. 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.
  359. 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.
  360. 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.
  361. The Murder of Trayvon Martin
    Against The Current vol. 158

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Popular anger, mass protests and leadership from Trayvon Martin’s parents, the African-American community and its organizations have exposed the racial divisions that run throughout U.S. society.
  362. 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.
  363. 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 nation’s 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.”
  364. 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?
  365. 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.
  366. Nestlé: Malevolent Corporation Capitalizes on Global Water Crisis
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Demand for water is outstripping supply at an accelerating rate. Nestlé’s 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.
  367. New group urges progressives to build 'One Big Campaign' to take on Harper
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    A campaign urging Canadian social activist groups to work together under one massive umbrella to take on the Harper regime and his right-wing supporters was officially launched today.
  368. 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.
  369. 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.
  370. The Next War on Washington’s Agenda
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    It could not be more obvious that Washington’s war preparations against Iran have nothing to do with deterring Iran from a nuclear weapon. So, what are the war preparations about?
  371. No Heroes in Montreal – Why Endless Protest Does Not a Movement Make
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    No matter what you’ve taken to the streets to oppose – no matter how just your cause – your message gets lost when you don’t engage the community, you don’t exercise discipline, or you just start acting like assholes.
  372. 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.
  373. 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.
  374. Noam Chomsky: Palestine 2012 – Gaza and the UN resolution
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    An analysis of the political context of Gaza since the first free elections in the Middle East were held.
  375. 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.
  376. Not Quite "Ordinary Human Beings" - Anti-imperialism and the anti-humanist rhetoric of Gilad Atzmon
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    In our struggle against Zionism, racism, and all forms of colonialism and imperialism, there is no place for antisemitism or the vilification of Jews, Palestinians or any people based on their religions, cultures, nationalities, ethnicity or history.
  377. 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 (1918–1921), followed by the defeat of the Russian Revolution (1921 and thereafter), culminating in Stalinism.
  378. 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 somebody’s 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.
  379. 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 movement’s 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.
  380. NYC Transit Workers' Fare Strike 2012: Can Occupy Open Horizons for a Frustrated Labor Movement
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Transit workers belonging to New York City’s Transport Workers Union Local 100 exhibit a familiar sight in the 21st century U.S. labor movement: broke, angry, slandered, disillusioned, directionless and top heavy.
  381. The NYT’s 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.
  382. 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.
  383. 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.
  384. Obituary: Eric Hobsbawm: 1917-2012
    Against The Current vol. 161

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    An obituary for Eric Hobsbawm.
  385. Obituary: Flint Sitdowner: Olen Ham (1917-2012)
    Against The Current vol. 161

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Obituary for Olen Ham.
  386. Occupation Diaries
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2012
    An inside look at daily life in Palestine.
  387. 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.
  388. Occupy Atlanta: Privilege Politics of Popular Self-Management for the Post-Civil Rights City
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The Occupy Atlanta (OA) movement, like the OWS movement more generally, revealed a national response to the general economic crisis.
  389. 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 Oakland’s 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.
  390. 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.
  391. 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.
  392. Occupy LA: The Worst of the Best
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    A report from the 2011 Occupy movement in Los Angeles.
  393. 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.
  394. Occupy Oakland activists take up the question of decision-making
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Exclusionary strategies and tactics alienate those of us who are interested in a slower, more solid, more inclusive approach of mass movement building.
  395. Occupy Oakland: The Port Shutdown and Beyond–All Eyes on Longview!
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    The Occupy movement – and especially Occupy Oakland – has demonstrated remarkable resilience and an almost unprecedented ability to repeatedly mobilize mass actions against economic injustice and police brutality.
  396. 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.”
  397. The October Revolution in Prospect and Retrospect: Interventions in Russian and Soviet History
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2012
    The author tracks the development of Bolshevism from its inception in 1904 to the October Revolution in 1917. In the post-October period, the author, drawing on the work of Robert Brenner, shows that any NEP-premised programme of economic advance was destined to fail.
  398. 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.
  399. 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.
  400. On Describing the Other
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    My criticism is not primarily about Judith Butler’s 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.
  401. 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?’
  402. 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 Orwell’s “1984,” Securityspeak is designed to obscure meaning and conceal truth, rather than convey them.
  403. Once Again on Education: Beyond Ordinary Leftism
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    An article exploring elements of education in the USA.