By Mike Davis - September 06, 2009
Here you have the governor [of California] and his gang of Republicans, and they're holding the people captive and threatening to shoot them one by one unless their demands for budget cuts and a new stage in the Republican fiscal revolution occurs. And then on the other hand, you have the leadership of the Democratic Party...and they're saying "Oh, no, no, no, don't shoot all the passengers, just shoot half the passengers."
37 years ago in Louisiana, 3 young black men were silenced for trying to expose continued segregation, systematic corruption, and horrific abuse in the biggest prison in the US, an 18,000-acre former slave plantation called Angola. In 1972 and 1973 prison officials charged Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox, and Robert King with murders they did not commit and threw them into 6x9 ft. cells in solitary confinement, for over 36 years. Robert was freed in 2001, but Herman and Albert remain behind bars.
By NIKOLAS KOZLOFF - August 14-16, 2009
A worrying consideration for the Colombian elite is that [Venezuelan President Hugo] Chávez may have an ideological impact not only upon ordinary Colombians, but also those Colombians living in Venezuela. For years, Colombian immigrants have fled the war in their country, fleeing across the border and seeking greater economic opportunity. Unfortunately for the Colombian elite, many émigrés have returned to Colombia and helped to organize Bolivarian movements at home.
July 14, 2009 - Rights & Democracy for Iran
"The response of the far left parties to the Iran protests has been either silence, a noncommittal recitation of the facts, or an accusation that US machinations are or will be involved. None of them have endorsed the protests. Why is this?"
--A British Leftist
Part 9 of 13
Chapter 7: Job — Competition and performance.
Lecture and Discussion
Speaker: Joseph Patrick of the German Marxist quarterly GegenStandpunkt
What the World Economic Crisis Teaches about Capitalism
7 PM Thursday, September 3, 2009
522 Valencia @ 16th Street
San Francisco, California 94110
Against the hopes and concerns for the speedy recovery of “our” economy
By Dennis Rahkonen - July 10th, 2009
The savagely exploitative, intensely destructive Walmart labor relations model dominates U.S. life, and everything we buy is produced abroad in oppressive settings where women and children toil long hours for mere pennies. We (and certainly they) are being ground into the dust as a tiny minority of private “entrepreneurs” live high on the hog, via stolen wealth that properly should be used to improve everyone’s living standards.
Both Staughton Lynd (a Marxist from the US) and his co-author Andrej Grubacic (an anarchist from the Balkans) of the book Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History, are public supporters of the Zapatistas, who they argue have set a powerful example of revolutionary organizing that should influence anti-capitalists around the world. Much like the historical traditions of the Haymarket Martyrs and the ‘Wobblies’ (the Industrial Workers of the World) in the United States, Lynd and Grubacic argue that the Zapatistas have synthesized the best aspects of both the Marxist and anarchist traditions.
By Maziar Razi - July 12, 2009
It is obvious that your achievements were gained under the leadership of Hugo Chavez and, for this reason, you reserve deep respect for him...In terms of his foreign policy, however, Chavez has made a mistake. With his support for Ahmadinejad he has ignored the solidarity of the workers and students of Iran with your revolution, and in a word, made it look worthless.
By Cort Greene - July 12, 2009
In response to recent statements by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan Revolutionary Marxist Current has issued this statement. They express their support for the movement of the masses in Iran and explain the differences between the revolutionary movement in Venezuela and the counter-revolutionary regime in Iran.
By Murray Dobbin - July 12, 2009
Convinced that "ordinary" people are incapable of radical change...too many left activists themselves retreat into a middle-class, consumer existence that they know deep down is not only unsustainable but deeply unsatisfying. We fight the good fight -- and then drive home, turn on the TV and watch the news report on a world that does not acknowledge our existence.
By Ben Trott - July 05, 2009
Eight years ago, the breadth, scale and militancy of the Genoa G8 protests, as well as the police's brutal reaction, garnered global coverage. The event formed part of a global cycle of struggles that included protests against other summits elsewhere in the world...Since the turn of the Century, millions have taken to the streets against the doctrine of neoliberalism...with the claim that ‘another world is possible'.
The crisis is viewed in a biased way: everybody hopes that the economy functions again because they live on it. This desire dims everybody’s awareness, makes everybody blind to the outrageous things that come to light in a crisis and could attract anybody’s attention, but don’t under the view of: “what is necessary so that my means of living functions again.” This lecture intends to turn the tables and draw attention to the question: what kind of a means of living is that, if all the people – and there is no denying it – are dependent on it.
Revolution in El Salvador
Organized by Aaron Cain
Dates: June 17-20
Opening reception: Friday June 19, 7-10pm
Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West at Lansdowne
By Roger Burbach - Global Alternatives
Washington needs to get over its dogmatic assertion that Cuba has a represessive and non-representative government that puts it beyond the pale as compared to other communist countries, like Vietnam and China, or authoritarian Middle Eastern regimes like Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The United States has had normal diplomatic and economic relations with those nations for years.