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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Anti-War Activists Targeted as 'Domestic Terrorists'

Anti-War Activists Targeted as 'Domestic Terrorists' | real utopias | Scoop.it

Anti-war activists who were infiltrated and spied on by the military for years have now been placed on the domestic terrorist list, they announced Monday. The shocking revelation comes as the activists prepare to sue the U.S. military for unlawful spying.

 

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Survey reveals growing public apprehension over democratic process

Survey reveals growing public apprehension over democratic process | real utopias | Scoop.it
A recent survey by the MetroPOLL Strategic and Social Research Center reveals that the Turkish public is increasingly concerned about the government encroachment into democratic space with a perception of lifestyle interference gaining in strength.
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Brazil president to meet protesters

Brazil president to meet protesters | real utopias | Scoop.it
President Dilma Rousseff to meet state governors and mayors to discuss protests across Brazil, as well as holding talks with protest leaders on Monday.
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The Tale of a Turkish Summer: Is there a Link between “Occupy Gezi” and the IMF? - Center for Research on Globalization

The Tale of a Turkish Summer: Is there a Link between “Occupy Gezi” and the IMF? - Center for Research on Globalization | real utopias | Scoop.it

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s fall from grace has manifested itself in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. Taksim Square now resembles Egypt’s Tahrir Square. What is interesting to note is that the timing of the massive protests comes a month after Turkey paid its debts off to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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No 'Turkish spring': Protests in Turkey are sign of a healthy democracy - Christian Science Monitor

No 'Turkish spring': Protests in Turkey are sign of a healthy democracy - Christian Science Monitor | real utopias | Scoop.it

Protests in Turkey aren’t a sign of the failure of democracy there but a sign that Turkish politics is now resilient enough to experience public discontent that strengthens participatory democracy. But if Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains insensitive to public opinion, it will cost him his job.

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ResoluteReader: David Harvey - Spaces of Global Capitalism

ResoluteReader: David Harvey - Spaces of Global Capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it
This collection of short essays by David Harvey begins with an essay on Neo-Liberalism and the Restoration of Class Power.  This a very clear argument about how the model of capitalism that arrived with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher allowed the ruling class to establish their control over the economy and their populations. Harvey explains that the
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5 Demands in Brazil: A Million Marchers Across Country Say "It's Not About 20 Cents"

5 Demands in Brazil: A Million Marchers Across Country Say "It's Not About 20 Cents" | real utopias | Scoop.it

Burning cars in Rio. Violent clashes between police and protesters in Salvador. Security forces desperately trying to keep the angry masses out of Congress and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brasília. A riotous mob looting stores in Porto Alegre. But also smiley faces and a festive atmosphere in São Paulo and dozens of other cities, as people finally encountered each other in the public sphere again — struggling for the right to be heard and for the dignity of ruling their own destiny. Struggling, in other words, for real democracy.

 

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The End of History and the Arab Awakening - Arabian Gazette

The End of History and the Arab Awakening - Arabian Gazette | real utopias | Scoop.it

All over the globe young people face similar and dissimilar problems: issues of oppression, economic, political and social injustice in various manifestations. They must globally mobilise with other progressive forces to transform not only their own lives but their own societies and the world

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Youth Unite for a Better World - AllAfrica.com

Youth Unite for a Better World - AllAfrica.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

All over the globe young people face similar and dissimilar problems: issues of oppression, economic, political and social injustice in various manifestations. They must globally mobilise with other progressive forces to transform not only their own lives but their own societies and the world


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Brazil: The Giant Awoke and . . . - Monthly Review

Brazil: The Giant Awoke and . . . - Monthly Review | real utopias | Scoop.it

More and more people pouring into the streets: "Free pass!"; "A R$3.20 fare is a robbery!"; "No to 3.20!"

 



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Rachel Botsman - Shared Economy - creativwirtschaft austria

Keynote-Speakerin Rachel Botsman, eine globale Expertin in Fragen Shared Economy, welche die cwa nach Österreich holen konnte, unterstrich die neue Vision di... (Rachel Botsman about the rise of the shared economy.
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A functioning, robust democracy requires

A functioning, robust democracy requires | real utopias | Scoop.it
A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership.
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Four Victories for the Public Good

Four Victories for the Public Good | real utopias | Scoop.it
I'm not saying it's time to break out the champagne and start chanting, "The people united will never be defeated." But the past few weeks have brought us some heartwarming demonstrations that the popular will still has a bite.
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Venezuelan Workers Meet for Worker Control Congress | venezuelanalysis.com

Venezuelan Workers Meet for Worker Control Congress | venezuelanalysis.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

Mérida, 24th July 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Activists from across the Venezuelan labour movement met last weekend for the country’s first ever Workers’ Congress, where workers discussed workplace democracy and the construction of socialism.

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How Fast Food Companies Steal Workers’ Pay - COLORLINES

How Fast Food Companies Steal Workers’ Pay - COLORLINES | real utopias | Scoop.it
Corporations like Burger King and Domino’s pay close attention to every detail of their franchisees business—except how they keep labor costs down.
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The Globalisation Tapes - Part 1/8

PLANTATION WORKERS' UNION OF SUMATRA (PERBBUNI) made this video in 2002, explaining what is happening in Indonesia

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No picnic for Turkey's lady in red - World - NZ Herald News

No picnic for Turkey's lady in red - World - NZ Herald News | real utopias | Scoop.it
With her red cotton dress, white shoulder bag and flowing black hair, she has become the colour-coded emblem of Turkey's new people-power movement.
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Assange show promo wins gold at prestigious Promax Awards - RT

Assange show promo wins gold at prestigious Promax Awards - RT | real utopias | Scoop.it

RT’s promos for Julian Assange’s ‘The World Tomorrow’ and Spanish-language 'La lista de Erick' have received two gold PromaxBDA awards for Promotion, Marketing and Design as part of an international competition held in the US.

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Will Brazil see the first democracy toppled by a "Social Media" revolution? - ComputerWeekly.com

Normally I ignore the news items suggested by MSN but this piece of comment on NBC caught my eye one caught my eye. It begins with comment on how the use of social media is both spreading and splintering the protests in Brazil but leads through to what looks remarkably like the classical revolutionary process (splintering followed by consolidation and take-over by those with mastery of the media of the day) in 18th Century France or early 20th Century Russia, encapsulated into "Social Media Time" (years into months into days), not just "Internet Time" (seven years into one).
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Occupy Movements Around the World: How Is Brazil's Different? - Huffington Post

Occupy Movements Around the World: How Is Brazil's Different? - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

Spain's Indignados. Egypt's Tahrir Square. The U.S.' Occupy Wall Street. Now, Turkey's Occupy Gezi and Brazil's own distinctive movement. These local moments of a global "occupy" movement represent a new stage in the history of protest.

 
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Are Sharing Platforms the Next Revolution in Social Technology? - Social Times (blog)

If Web 2.0 meant the flourishing of social media, Web 3.0 will consist of the use of social platforms to support individuals sharing goods and services with one another: That’s the main argument of a report from the industry research firm Altimeter Group in the lead-up to theLeWeb conference this week that focuses on the so-called collaborative economy.

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Is it time to Occupy newsrooms until they finally get digital?

Is it time to Occupy newsrooms until they finally get digital? | real utopias | Scoop.it

I read this piece about a new venture from the digital team behind the data-crunching of Obama’s election campaign by Jim Rutenberg last night, and it just made me feel fucking miserable for the future of journalism and our industry.

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Brazil protests FIFA: Near-revolution with FIFA over social inequity in Brazil - Examiner.com

Brazil protests FIFA: Near-revolution with FIFA over social inequity in Brazil - Examiner.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

Brazil protests FIFA is one thing that many soccer fans may not have expected to happen anytime soon, but TIME confirmed this Friday, June 21, that almost one million Brazilians marched through the streets this week in protest of the FIFA Cup. The reason? It seems the people’s resentment over the government’s corruption and country’s social inequality has reached a breaking point, spurring a near-revolution of such a magnitude that hasn’t affected Brazil in over 20 years.

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If you want to change the world, you have to get your hands dirty - The Guardian

Two years before the Occupy movement sprang forth in New York and London, a motley group of land rights activists occupied a piece of disused land in west London to create an alternative model of moneyless, sustainable living. Little did they know they were about to embark on an extraordinary journey, at once harrowing and inspiring, that would take them into the heart of Westminster.

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Pussy Riot: "People fear us because we're feminists" - New Statesman

Pussy Riot: "People fear us because we're feminists" - New Statesman | real utopias | Scoop.it

When we meet in a secret location in central London, they make it clear that this interview is on condition of anonymity. The Russian punk-feminist protest group, two of whose members are currently travelling the world, talking to activists and journalists and raising support for their band-mates in prison, are wanted by their government, who have branded them extremists for their stand against religious patriarchy and the Putin regime. It will be illegal to read or share this article in Russia.  

 



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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation