The increase of political and economic turmoils - from Ukraine, the Middle East and North Africa to the Euro crisis - are symptoms of a worldwide systemic crisis, says Immanuel Wallerstein. The global capitalist system reaches its limits, as its engine, the endless accumulation of capital, has started stuttering. One of the root causes of this process is the fact that more and more jobs even in the service sector of the middle class get replaced by machines. Thus fewer and fewer people have the means to buy up the produced goods, investments do not pay off anymore, speculation is soaring. The system itself cannot solve this problem. The solution can only evolve after the current chaotic phase of transition to a new system.
We knew it by Friday afternoon. This referendum was always going to live or die on turnout.
A high turnout would mean the dedicated base of No voters would be overwhelmed. In the final couple of weeks of the campaign, it was really about getting the vote out.
When friends were coming back from canvasses in Tallaght saying everyone was positive on the doors, when friends were flying home from Toronto and San Franciscoand Turkey, when stories of grandparents voting Yes were told, when the dozen that used to show up for a canvass turned into over a hundred, when people were registering to vote in their droves, when the queues were forming outside polling stations.
When all of that was happening, across the country, Yes Equality volunteers looked at each other and thought, “how can we not win”?
In the RDS on Saturday morning as the ballots poured from the boxes, the tallies began. “Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, No, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes.”
Within minutes it became clear that Dublin was going to be overwhelmingly Yes. Dublin needed to push hard, we thought, to carry the rest of the country home. Rubbish. The rest of the country did that themselves.
This was no divorce referendum. This was a new Ireland.
Ruth Marcus’s May 20 op-ed column on secrecy in the Pacific trade talks, “The phony trade-deal argument,” obfuscated the reasons for controversy. The Obama administration’s rules on transparency lag b...
"Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MST), one of the longest standing and largest social movements in Latin America, continues to be a relevant force in the lives of everyday communities and families," writes Armando Carmona, a freelance journalist and an editor at upsidedownworld.org, in this useful profile of the organization. "To be landless in Brazil is not understood simply as a social condition or an identity for the marginalized. To define one’s self as landless implies agency and a commitment to a community made up of active subjects that are working towards the construction of their own history. This category of the landless has been transformative for the everyday lives of those involved. As opposed to an individualized struggle for property ownership, the landless of Brazil see themselves as a collective subject firmly standing against multiple levels of material, ideological, and physical violence. This movement navigates a landscape of misinformation by media, displacement by military police, attacks by landowners and growing right-wing militias, in addition to the dismissive attitude of government officials," he writes. Carmona describes how "The struggle of the MST is both political, pedagogical and a challenge to western notions of private property and land ownership. They have extensive networks of educators in charge of political formation through a pedagogia de la terra or pedagogy of the land, which draws heavily from scholars and militants like the well-known philosopher Paulo Freire." He concludes, "Though their challenges remain, the MST continues to push forward in their efforts toward land reform and what they consider a transformation of civil society."
This June, the Jackson People's Movement Assembly will officially launch the Climate Justice Alliance Summer of Our Power. Moving like 3 tributaries from the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Mid-West, the Summer of Our Power will build and gather strength on the Road to Paris and beyond by connecting and uplifting the existing just transition work of the Our Power pilot sites and other member groups on the frontlines of the climate crisis. The series of actions throughout the Summer will culminate in support for Gulf South Rising and the 10 year Anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Your Holiness, Speaking of the ills of economic and social exclusions you stated that "Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in...
Firoze Manji's insight:
For goodness sake, Jesse: this is pleading for a place at the table of those who exploit Africa. Isn't it time to break away from the Bank and G20 and the clubs of the oppressors, refuse to pay odious debt and establish our own economic relations.
As it turns out, Jean Ziegler – author, lecturer, and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food 2000-2008 – writes a far more concise review of Yash Tandon’s latest book, Trade is War, than I can. Fortunately for me you’ll have to buy the book to read Ziegler’s powerful assessment as it serves as the preface to Tandon’s vital, timely, and unflinching chronicle of world trade as one of the West’s most violent weapons used in its tireless campaign of imperial warfare on the global South.
Call for the First Pan African Federalist Congress: Do you think that Cheikh Anta Diop was right when he said; “African unity, I feel will come from the base and develop as an undercurrent to the present political sterility and economic stagnancy rampant on our continent. A feeling of general insecurity, generated by the ineptitude of African regimes in dealing with the most crucial issues will result in the masses entering the picture sooner or later. As generalized insecurity spreads, no African regime will be able to prevent the masses from seeing that the ineptitude of their own government is linked to this general insecurity. At that point, I feel the masses will find within their own ranks the type of political vanguards, made up of young, altruistic and politically motivated Africans to unleash a powerful continent-wide movement. This political undercurrent would eventually be forced to sweep away the objective obstacles standing in the way of a continental African federation”?
There is an extraordinary degree of popular protest in South Africa. It is diverse, dynamic and unstable and it includes elements that are emancipatory, contradictory and reactionary. This degree of sustained popular dissent - long organised and expressed outside of liberal frameworks, and increasingly also organised and expressed at a distance from the ruling party - provides fertile ground for building popular organisations. But, with important exceptions, the vast bulk of the money and energi
Sharing and saving seed is a crucial part of traditional farming all over Africa, writes Heidi Chow. Maybe that's why governments, backed by multinational seed companies, are imposing oppressive seed laws that attack the continent's main food producers and open the way to industrial agribusiness. But Ghana's women farmers are having none of it.
An economist, university lecturer and much loved revolutionary, Castañeda is renowned for having founded and presided over Venezuela’s internationally celebrated Women’s Development Bank, “Banmujer” since 2001. She was also one of the chief protagonists of the autochthonous Venezuelan working class women’s movement which emerged in the 1980s.
The master plan of Prosavana, a large agricultural project to be implemented in three northern provinces of Mozambique, is due to be approved by the government by the end of 2015, the project’s coordinator said in Maputo.
In November 2015, the world would mark twenty years since the murder of Nigerian writer and environmentalist, Kenule Saro-Wiwa. It has been twenty long years of re-echoing his ideals for the environment in the Niger Delta in the hands of the Nigerian government and oil giant Shell. His works has covered human rights abuses and painfully, it has been twenty long years since his absence from the literary scene. To commemorate his death, you are invited to write about the Ken Saro-Wiwa you know or the one you met in a book, in pages of the newspapers, on the internet and on screen. The article or letter should not be more than 700 words.
Dans le prolongement de la Flottille de la Liberté 2011 puis de l'Arche de Gaza, une nouvelle flottille est en route pour dénoncer et tenter de briser le blocus illégal de Gaza. Gaza qui est dans une situation particulièrement critique entre blocus israéien et blocus égyptien, toujours en
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