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Anti-democratic forces are gaining ground at many levels of European society. Now is the time for Europe to renew democracy and introduce participation, Niccolo Milanese and Peter Oomsels write.
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Demonstrators have set up a camp in the grounds of Westminster Abbey to protest against cuts to financial support for disabled people. Members of disabled people against the cuts (Dpac) pitched tents and said they intended to occupy the green outside the doors of one of Westminster's most recognisable landmarks until 22 July. The protest is reminiscent of the occupation that sprang up at St Paul's Cathedral in 2011.
Through our participation in Occupy Wall Street, we saw it was possible to build a revolutionary movement against the corrupt capitalist economy and oligarchic political systems.
Are we – opposition investigative journalists, philosophers and documentary filmmakers – doing such a terrible job? Are we not providing the North American and European public with enough information, enough proof about the monstrous state of the world? Enough so they – the citizens of the Empire – finally get thoroughly pissed off, detach their backsides from their couches and chairs, and flood the capitals and business centers with their bodies, demanding change, demanding the end to atrocities that are being committed all over the world… the end of this imperialist and neo-con madness?
Around 500 Achuar indigenous protesters have occupied Peru’s biggest oil field in the Amazon rainforest near Ecuador to demand the clean-up of decades of contamination from spilled crude oil.
"Intersectionality" has evolved from a theory of how oppression works to a notion of how people can fight it.
The first Q-Summit to be held at University of Richmond was a roaring success, and joined over 100 southern youth and queer activists to strategize the future of the LGTBQ movement, according to Wesley Meredith, co-president for Student Alliance for Sexual Diversity.
The invitation to a Brecht Forum evening in Brooklyn last week sounded a bit anonymous: "What Did We Learn From Occupy?"
Estimates say somewhere between 80 and 100,000 people turned out for the Moral March on Raleigh.
Just once, Zachary Norris would like to eat a peaceful restaurant meal with his wife. But that may never happen because his wife, Saru Jayaraman, sits down to dinner out and sees all around her evidence of the wealth disparity that is drawing attention from the Vatican to the White House to Google bus stops in San Francisco.
Thousands of Cambodian garment workers on Thursday joined anti-government protests demanding that Prime Minister Hun Sen step down and call a new election.
MIDDLETOWN >> Recently, most books on American political history have focused on iconic leaders such as George Washington, James Madison, Abe Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin and the usually overlooked Alexander Hamilton. Award-winning book covers of American history reflect this trend: recent winners have gone to books on Franklin, Lincoln and Madison. Even a book on American Loyalists (aka the pro-British colonialists) received an award. Covers are just one indication of the value of a book. Many illustrators are well-paid. The cover is the product of thorough discussion regarding its marketing appeal, and its relationship to the significance of the topic.
Very important point: no public discussion = no democracy. How can cities foster?
Back on September 12, 2012, Occupy Monsanto activists conducted a bold direct action on Monsanto’s Oxnard, California facility. Nine activists shut down California’s largest GMO seed distribution facility for a full day and were ultimately arrested. You can watch the inspiring video of the action here:
NEW YORK – From Turkey to Egypt, Bulgaria to Thailand, and Brazil to India, the rise of an urban, entitled, angry middle class is one of the most striking trends of the last few years. Rebellions have different proximate causes, but protestors are united by a profound sense of disillusionment with self-interested and inefficient regimes. They are also technologically savvy, aware of their rights, and economically ambitious. Their countries have benefited to varying degrees from emerging market growth and investment, but their regimes have all failed to evolve politically to meet the expectations of their people. As liquidity tightens and growth slows, this state-level dysfunction is increasingly exposed. It is no surprise then, that a common theme drives all these protests – corruption.
Austerity has been the main battle cry on the part of the forces of capital. New cuts in public spending, new cuts in pensions, new cuts in social expenditure, mass lay-offs of public sector workers, all in the name of dealing with increased budget deficits and increased debt-burden. This was intensified after the eruption of the global capitalist crisis in 2007-08. All over the world, political and economic elites along with media pundits have been singling out public spending as the main obstacle to economic recovery. Deficit reductions have become the point of condensation of political conflicts and party rivalries. The call for budget cuts and deficit reductions has been accompanied by new calls for abolishing whatever has been left of labour rights. In all advanced capitalist societies, we can hear the same battle cry against the supposed ‘rigidities’ of the labour market and the ‘privileges’ enjoyed by public sector employees and certain segments of the workforce. Liberalizing markets and removing obstacles to entrepreneurial activity have been at the centre of political debates and policy discussions. The attempt to save the banking system has led to massive transfusion of public funding from socially useful directions toward banks, leading in a massive redistribution of income toward capital.
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After slogging through their 2,000-word anti-Google ransom note, I did not expect to engage in a remotely reasonable discussion with the Counterforce.
Karl Marx, the founder of scientific socialism, once wrote that the socialist stage is the beginning of real “human history.” Right now our existence, our lives, our food, our education and basic survival are not guaranteed. People in capitalist society live under the control or at the mercy of the productive forces that are dominated in turn by market forces. Such political and economic forces determine how human beings function, and within that system the vast majority competes with each other for limited resources.
Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin has created yet another gripping and sober documentary about Indigenous issues in Canada. With 2013’s Hi-Ho Mistahey! (which roughly translates as “I love you forever” in Cree), Obomsawin showcases her filmmaking prowess as she examines the educational experiences and frustrations of the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario.
There’s a growing effort to merge economic-justice and climate activism. Call it climate democracy.
In her classic and monumental book that takes a state-centric approach, Theda Skocpol analyzes the three major revolutions (French, Russian and Chinese), their disintegration and post-revolutionary reconstruction. In “States and Social Revolutions” (Los estados y las revoluciones sociales, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1984), Skocpol puts under the microscope how revolutionary processes affected and modified institutions. For those of us steeped in Marx, she arrives at uncomfortable conclusions.
It’s the 20 year anniversary of the January 1, 1994 Zapatista uprising and I’m looking back on the last two decades with gratitude to the people in communities in Chiapas whose thoughtful rebellion opened up a hopeful new political space in the world and a new cycle of movements. I’m also grateful to amazing comrades I have had the honor to collaborate with in the last two decades of furthering the rebellion begun in Chiapas in North America and beyond; Direct Action Network and global justice comrades, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Occupy, Idle No More and friends in Bolivia, Argentina and everywhere.