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Greek Debt Crisis: Children Too Hungry To Exercise In PE Class

Greek Debt Crisis: Children Too Hungry To Exercise In PE Class | real utopias | Scoop.it
Greek budget cuts have taken a toll on even schoolchildren. Many Greek schoolchildren are too underfed to exercise in physical education class anymore, wrote Victoria Prekate, an Athens schoolteacher, in an e-mail to The Guardian.
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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Peer2Politics

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thoughts on the development of peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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SCOOP.IT ON PEER_TO_PEER ALTERNATIVES: THE MAIN "REAL UTOPIA"

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Michael Parenti - Human Nature and Politics - Los Angeles (1990) - YouTube

Michael Parenti is an internationally known award-winning author and lecturer. He is one of the nation's leading progressive political analysts. His highly informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a wide range of audiences in North America and abroad.

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Hong Kong’s “Occupy” Movement for Democracy

Hong Kong’s “Occupy” Movement for Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Chinese government is facing what may be the most organized democratic movement in its history as more than 20 percent of Hong Kong’s 3.5 million eligible voters cast a ballot in the past week in an unofficial referendum to make this Special Administrative Region of China significantly more democratic. The huge participation came right before unprecedented July 1st protests, which saw hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers take to the streets.

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Strange bedfellows: Putin, the Chomskyite left and the ghosts of the Cold War - Salon

Strange bedfellows: Putin, the Chomskyite left and the ghosts of the Cold War - Salon | real utopias | Scoop.it

Putin’s annexation of Crimea was clearly a violation of international law, as Chomsky agrees. But the nation that led the illegal invasion of Iraq and is firing drones into Pakistan and Somalia and Yemen and wherever else is really in no position to complain about that. The West is making a big stink over Ukraine not because it actually gives a crap about the Ukrainian people’s democratic yearnings or whatever, but because the Obama administration had effectively claimed that country for Western capitalism and drawn a “red line” at the Russian border. Putin’s decision to cross that line, in the words of Boston Globe columnist Thanassis Cambanis, marked a moment of rupture in “the order that America and its allies have come to rely on since the end of the Cold War.”

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Chomsky: U.S. Bears Greatest Responsibility For Israeli Aggression Against Gaza - Morocco World News

Chomsky: U.S. Bears Greatest Responsibility For Israeli Aggression Against Gaza - Morocco World News | real utopias | Scoop.it

Speaking to the Turkish news agency, Chomsky said that the suffering of the Palestinians has proved that there is no such thing as an “international community” since citizens in all parts of the world have waited in vain for the “international community” to do something.

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Beyond Africa Rising - Future of Global Economy's 'Last Frontier' - The Guardian

Beyond Africa Rising - Future of Global Economy's 'Last Frontier' - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

In the past decade Africa has emerged in the world's consciousness in the context of an evolution in the continent's image. Africa is not yet seen as the place to be, to go to, or to be envied in terms of economic and societal progress. Indeed, still too many people around the world hold a decidedly different view.

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Democracy the Corporate World Dislikes - Mainstream

Democracy the Corporate World Dislikes - Mainstream | real utopias | Scoop.it

The West is known for its rich tradition of being a constant champion of the values of democracy such as equality, freedom, rights, and justice. It has legitimised its positive intervention in all wars against democracy across the world. However, while the success of democracy lies in strengthening decentralisation, the democratic capitalist countries have campai-gned for the corporate world which privileges an integrated market economy that prevents redistribution of the basic productive resources. This has resulted in an iniquitous society which establishes the hegemony of the capitalist/corporate world.

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Capitalism: Why we live in a 'schizo society' | Thought Leader

Capitalism: Why we live in a 'schizo society' | Thought Leader | real utopias | Scoop.it
“It is absurdity rather than hyperreality that defines our era — the defining problem of the 21st century isn't that the false is presented as the true; after all, one can always unmask falsehood and reveal the truth.
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Stumbling and Mumbling: Why not worker control?

Stumbling and Mumbling: Why not worker control? | real utopias | Scoop.it
Nor do I think it good enough to claim that there's no voter demand - at least the level of party politics - for greater worker control. Such lack of demand might owe more to learned helplessness or to ideology than to rational ...
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Hope in Common (David Graeber) | The Anarchist Library

Hope in Common (David Graeber) | The Anarchist Library | real utopias | Scoop.it
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Michael Roth: Why We Need A European Solidarity Union

Michael Roth: Why We Need A European Solidarity Union | real utopias | Scoop.it

Europe is heaven on earth, the promised land, as soon as you look at it from the outside. [...] Europe appears in a different light, but always as paradise, as a dream of mankind, as a stronghold of peace, prosperity and civilisation.

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Venezuela: Chavista debate more than 'pragmatists vs radicals', 'Trotsky vs ... - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Venezuela: Chavista debate more than 'pragmatists vs radicals', 'Trotsky vs ... - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

While the PSUV never became the party Chavez wanted during his lifetime, the former leader demonstrated that he was able to use his authority to maintain unity among competing currents of opinion, while simultaneously encouraging greater grassroots empowerment. Maduro now faces a critical test as to whether he can follow the same path, and in the process help put the PSUV back on its original course.

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Why social movements need the radical imagination - Open Democracy

Why social movements need the radical imagination - Open Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it

We pay attention to this tension because, to a very real extent, the crisis of social reproduction in global capitalist society is intensifying on at least three fronts.

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GIobal Rollback: After Communism by Michael Parenti (2002)

GIobal Rollback: After Communism by Michael Parenti (2002) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Lately we have been hearing a great deal about “blowback.” But the real menace we face today is global rollback. The goal of conservative rulers around the world, led by those who occupy the seats of power in Washington, is the systematic rollback of democratic gains, public services, and common living standards around the world.

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Michael Parenti: Methods of Media Manipulation - YouTube

Monopoly Media Manipulation

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II: How Andrew Kliman crippled his own argument on the rate of profit

II: How Andrew Kliman crippled his own argument on the rate of profit | real utopias | Scoop.it

One of the biggest controversies among labor theorists when it come to calculating the rate of profit is whether the profit rate should be calculated based on the original amount of capital laid out by the capitalists minus depreciation or the current cost of replacing this capital. For example, assume I bought a widget machine for 100 dollars last year. Assume also that since I bought this machine, the price of widget machines fell from 100 dollars to fifty dollars. When I calculate my profit do I do this based on my original investment of 100 dollars or on the basis of the current market price of fifty dollars?

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Germany’s low wages caused euro crisis, says report

Germany’s low wages caused euro crisis, says report | real utopias | Scoop.it

The International Labor Organization argues that stifling domestic demand has caused huge imbalances (@RippedOffBriton Germany’s low wages caused euro crisis, says report

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Not all Feminists: How modern Feminism has become complicated, messy ... - National Post

Not all Feminists: How modern Feminism has become complicated, messy ... - National Post | real utopias | Scoop.it


Lisa Sandford stands for “equality and freedom.” She loves the men in her life, but in no way thinks women are the weaker sex. She appreciates that she has choices in life and, when the time comes, she plans to be a stay at home mother.

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Participatory Budgeting: Catch the Fever! - City Limits

Participatory Budgeting: Catch the Fever! - City Limits | real utopias | Scoop.it


Participatory Budgeting: Catch the Fever! First there were four. Then there 10. This year 22 Councilmembers will let constituents decide how to spend money.

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Noam Chomsky "Israeli Justification For Gaza Invasion"

"Those who've followed the history of Apartheid will recognize the similarities." ― Noam Chomsky Full Talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV3YnZnL99M.
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Watch The Reality of the Virtual: 74 Minutes of Pure Slavoj Žižek (2004)

Watch The Reality of the Virtual: 74 Minutes of Pure Slavoj Žižek (2004) | real utopias | Scoop.it
Slavoj Žižek must make a tempting documentary subject; you have only to fire up the camera and let him do his thing.
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United States: Working-class and left electoral politics back on the radar? - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

United States: Working-class and left electoral politics back on the radar? - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it
United States: Working-class and left electoral politics back on the radar?
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Beyond Africa rising: Future of global economy's 'last frontier' - The Guardian Nigeria

IN the past decade Africa has emerged in the world’s consciousness in the context of an evolution in the continent’s image. Africa is not yet seen as the place to be, to go to, or to be envied in terms of economic and societal progress. Indeed, still too many people around the world hold a decidedly different view.
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An Open Letter to Israel Academics, July 13th, 2014

An Open Letter to Israel Academics, July 13th, 2014 | real utopias | Scoop.it
To see the statement signed by the Israeli academics we have called upon, and the list of signatories, see this link For Background notes and joining details, see this link   The list of signa...
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The Cochabamba Declaration: Latin America's Anti-Imperialist Offensive - Center for Research on Globalization

The Cochabamba Declaration: Latin America's Anti-Imperialist Offensive - Center for Research on Globalization | real utopias | Scoop.it

As a follow-up to the June summit meeting of the G77 + China leaders, held in Santa Cruz, the Bolivian government and the Bolivian Workers Central (COB) sponsored an “Anti-Imperialist International Trade Union Conference” in Cochabamba, June 30-July 2.


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Zapatista Women's Revolutionary Law as it is lived today - Open Democracy

Zapatista Women's Revolutionary Law as it is lived today - Open Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it


The capitalists had us believing this idea, their story that women are not valuable; that if a girl is born then she is worthless.

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