New book chronicles inner workings of Saipan's garment factories from first ever first-hand perspective of a former garment factory worker.
My interest in Angola is as both a paradigm of the Southern transformation of plantations into prisons and as a prototype for what we now call the prison industrial complex. Many old plantations in the South became prisons after the Civil War. Angela Y. Davis traces the initial rise of the penitentiary system to the abolition of slavery, writing: “in the immediate aftermath of slavery, the southern states hastened to develop a criminal justice system that could legally restrict the possibilities of freedom for the newly released slaves.”
"A Conservative government will stand up for full and fair compensation to persons exposed to defoliant spraying during the period from 1956 to 1984."
- Stephen Harper
By SAM HUSSEINI - December 28, 2009
...[T]he Egyptian state appears to be doing the bidding of Israel...Egypt has a border with Gaza. If Egypt is a nation state, it should be able to do what it wants with its border. But it is saying that what it does is dependent on Israel. So Egypt is a puppet state, not a nation state.
By Cathy Smith - December 17, 2009
I feel betrayed by the president that we helped elect...I have spoken adamantly all along that Obama just needed a little more time to fix Bush's mistakes. Now, it becomes his mess. I am done defending Obama.
More than two hundred anti-olympics protesters swarmed Toronto's downtown core last night forcing a drastic re-routing of the Olympic torch relay shutting down several main intersections on Yonge Street, forcing it to split in two after being delayed well over an hour. The following is a detailed, but incomplete, account of this victory.
By INGMAR LEE - December 21, 2009
...[G]iven our current Prime Minister, Stephen Harper's recent cowardly, grudging and sneering performance at Copenhagen, I'm utterly embarrassed to be a member of this country. And to make matters worse, the drunken Premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell joined Harper in Denmark to offer his 'support.' And to make matters even worse, Tzeporah Berman, CEO of ForestEthics Canada, which purports to work to protect BC forests...followed Campbell to Copenhagen to issue him an award for "Climate Leadership."
By DAVID ROVICS - December 15, 2009
For the past decade or so...Denmark has been run by a coalition led by the neoliberal, xenophobic Vestre party. They have been privatizing hospitals and passing some of the most restrictive immigration legislation in the world. They have had troops in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and they have been forcibly deporting refugees back to these war-torn countries...Along with a love of capitalism and a fear of foreigners, these people also can't stand hippies or punks or other dissenting elements...
December 07, 2009 - Znet
...We Are an Image from the Future explores the history of Greek social struggles and the anarchist space in particular, while trying to give multiple answers to the questions about where insurrections come from, what role do anarchists play, to what extent is the State able to repress them, what obstacles prevent insurrections from maturing into revolutions, and in what ways do they change society when they stop short of total revolution?
By Amy Goodman - December 04, 2009
Our detention and interrogation were not only a violation of freedom of the press but also a violation of the public's right to know. Because if journalists feel there are things they can't report on, that they'll be detained, that they'll be arrested or interrogated; this is a threat to the free flow of information. And that's the public's loss, an Olympic loss for democracy.
By Dru - December 2, 2009
I got a visit from [Canadian Security and Intelligence Service] on the afternoon of October 30th...[T]wo friendly agents, who gave their names as Nancy Demers and Sébastien Lévesque...showed up at my door...I looked at their badges, which had their names, CSIS, and nothing else...It became pretty clear that they were asking me to become an informant...
By Lisa Sullivan - November 30, 2009
In each of the many corners of the country visited...we witnessed the fear, repression, intimidation, bribery, and outright brutality of the government security forces...[T]he challenge of [the] November 29th [election] whitewash was to transform the civilian coup into a shining electoral display of freedom, fairness, and grand participation so that all the world would say..."Now Honduras has a real and wonderful democracy. End of story."
Below are two recent dispatches from the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) delegation to Palestine that just arrived a few days ago.
By John Pilger - November 07, 2009
I began to recognize and understand the Australian silence...I would like to talk about this silence: about how it affects our national life, the way we see the world, and the way we are manipulated by great power which speaks through an invisible government of propaganda that subdues and limits our political imagination and ensures we are always at war - against our own first people and those seeking refuge, or in someone else's country.