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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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60,000 in Tokyo protest government plans to restart nuclear power

60,000 in Tokyo protest government plans to restart nuclear power | real utopias | Scoop.it

Approximately 60,000 people rallied in Japan’s capital ofTokyo on Sunday, June 2nd in order to protest recent government plans to restart the country’s idled nuclear reactors. People gathered in Shiba Park and later marched towards the parliament building. Among the organizers wasKenzaburo Oe, a Nobel literature laureate, who called on the Japanese government to leave the nuclear power plants in suspension out of fears for safety.

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Erdogan’s Agenda

Erdogan’s Agenda | real utopias | Scoop.it
Erdogan, who is now in his second decade of power and quite openly plotting for his third, has transformed Turkey from an imperfect democracy based on rule of law into an increasingly dictatorial state rooted in religion. By tweaking universityadmission formulas, he privileged students from religious high schools, who had long been denied acceptance because they lacked a solid liberal-arts foundation. In order to help these unqualified graduates enter the civil service, Erdogan imposed a new interview process, transforming a meritorious civil service into a mechanism for political — and religious — patronage.

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Noam Chomsky: Wrecking Nature For Short-Term Profit + Q&A ...

Recorded May 7 2013 in Denver, Colorado at an event organized by community radio station KGNU (http://kgnu.org). Noted social critic Noam Chomsky talks about the willful and reckless destruction of the environment by the US and other Western nations. Corporate-run governments have abdicated their responsibility toward protecting the welfare of their citizens and are rushing the world toward climate catastrophe.

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Occupy Gezi Protest: Erdogan Defiant As Police And Protesters Clash - Huffington Post

Occupy Gezi Protest: Erdogan Defiant As Police And Protesters Clash - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

ISTANBUL — In a scene reminiscent of the Arab Spring, thousands of people on Saturday flooded Istanbul's main square after a crackdown on an anti-government protest turned city streets into a battlefield clouded by tear gas.

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Tech Weekly podcast: Memoto, Rachel Botsman on collaborative consumerism

Tech Weekly podcast: Memoto, Rachel Botsman on collaborative consumerism | real utopias | Scoop.it

Jemima Kiss discovers a Swedish mini-cam that's taking on Google Glass, and Aleks Krotoski talks to the social innovator

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Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond

Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond | real utopias | Scoop.it

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political critic and activist. He is an institute professor and professor emeritus in the department of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, where he has worked for over 50 years. History educator Daniel Falcone spoke with Chomsky in his Cambridge office on May 14.

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LOCAL - Gezi Park crackdown recalls 'most shameful moments of Turkish history,' says Chomsky

LOCAL - Gezi Park crackdown recalls 'most shameful moments of Turkish history,' says Chomsky | real utopias | Scoop.it
Outspoken American linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky has joined the condemnation of the brutal police crackdown in response to the peaceful protests in Gezi Park.
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Should we bring back the passenger pigeon and the woolly mammoth? - USA TODAY (blog)

Spanish scientists were able to clone an extinct Pyrenean ibex in 2009 using preserved skin cells, though the kid died within minutes of birth.
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smash-and-grab agenda - Socialist Worker Online

smash-and-grab agenda - Socialist Worker Online | real utopias | Scoop.it

IN HIS 1873 afterword to the second German edition of Das Kapital, Karl Marx commented on how the conquest of political power by the bourgeoisie, or capitalist class, had "sounded the knell of scientific bourgeois economy."

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Freedom and socialism - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

May 27, 2013 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal – By both its detractors and some of its supposed supporters, the name of socialism has been dragged through the mud. The word “socialism” is conjured up as a demon, a great dictatorial beast, bent on destroying all liberties and homogenising all differences. It is understood that under any system called socialism, the individual is reduced to nothing, while the state is risen on high to an omnipotent throne built on gulags, purges and secret police.

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Greece: the Challenges for the Left and the Need for a Radical Strategy - Center for Research on Globalization

For the past three years Greece has been at the same time an experiment in neoliberal social engineering and a laboratory of movements and collective struggles. For the first time in many decades we have the case of a country entering a phase of profound social and political crisis that has the potential to turn into a crisis of hegemony opening up the social and political space for a sequence of social transformation. That is why the Greek case brings forward not only the depth of the crisis of the project of European Integration, the extreme violence of contemporary neoliberal policies, but also the need for a redefinition of left-wing or radical politics that could go beyond simply resisting austerity toward a new conception of a socialist alternative.

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Greece: the Challenges for the Left and the Need for a Radical Strategy

Greece: the Challenges for the Left and the Need for a Radical Strategy | real utopias | Scoop.it

It is obvious that Greece has entered what one might describe as a post-democratic condition. The traditional forms of political pressure that could force a government to step back from introducing reactionary measures through a calculation of the political cost, do not apply to Greece anymore. On the contrary, we have entered a condition of limited sovereignty, with the EU-IMF-ECB ‘Troika’ dictating measures regardless of their social cost and with Greek governments simply capitulating to these demands, under the pressure of the dominant fractions of Greek capital. Without a political breakthrough, without a sharp change in the political balance of forces in favour of the forces of labour and other popular classes, there can be no end in sight in the politics of austerity. We need such a broad popular alliance under the hegemony of the force of labour that will take governmental and political power and open up a political sequence of social transformation in a socialist direction. In sum what we need is to actually try and think how today’s dynamics of anger, contention and protest can be turned into a highly original revolutionary process, revolutionary in the sense that it must challenge fundamental aspects of capitalist social relations and highly original because we cannot think about it in terms of ready-made conceptions.

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We need a multi-pronged assault on racism – not just the EDL - The Guardian

We need a multi-pronged assault on racism – not just the EDL - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

The current forms of racism refer to and organise current antagonisms, expressed in complex political struggles, from the 2001 riots to the 2012 riots. And there is something very specific about Islamophobia and its content – the obsession with religious identities, with the amateurish hermeneutics of the Qur'an, and so on – something very current. The point is not that Islamophobia is a cover, but rather that there is a convergence in the techniques of racialisation, the political forces involved, and the ideational content involved in the types of racism in Britain today. I think this means that it would a political mistake to try to identify one type of racism as the "respectable racism" and simply campaign against that – the tendency is for racism in general to be made "more respectable", and therefore we need a multi-pronged assault on racism in general.

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Engineering Empire: An Introduction to the Intellectuals and Institutions of American Imperialism

Engineering Empire: An Introduction to the Intellectuals and Institutions of American Imperialism | real utopias | Scoop.it
Andrew Gavin Marshall looks back into the violent history is American Imperialism.
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Comment: Iran's sexual revolution - SBS

Comment: Iran's sexual revolution - SBS | real utopias | Scoop.it
This inconvenient truth is not lost on young people in Iran, where changing sexual habits have become a form of passive resistance. In defying the strictures of the state, Iranians are (consciously or subconsciously) calling its legitimacy into question. Meanwhile, the regime's feeble attempts to counter the seismic shifts currently under way — such as its repeated warnings about the danger posed by "illicit relationships" — only further alienate those it wishes to control. Slowly but surely, Iran's sexual revolution is exhausting the ideological zeal of a state that is wedded to the farcical notion of a utopian society and based on brittle, fundamentalist principles.
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Occupy Gezi / Istanbul Protests

Occupy Gezi / Istanbul Protests | real utopias | Scoop.it

For the past few days, peaceful Turkish citizens have been protesting the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, one of the few green areas left in the center of Istanbul. The plan by the Erdogan-run AKP government is to build a large shopping center instead, benefitting his own interests and filling his own pockets

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Egypt's Tahrir Square and Social Media - Sharnoff's Global Views

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Egypt's Tahrir Square and Social Media
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In Tahrir Square, Egyptians using social media networks have emerged as one of the greatest markers of the revolution; seen as a new twenty-first century mode of protest.
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Occupy Athens, Athens Tea Party Patriots to gather against proposed ACC ... - Red and Black

Occupy Athens, Athens Tea Party Patriots to gather against proposed ACC ... - Red and Black | real utopias | Scoop.it

Occupy Athens and the Athens Tea Party Patriots are gathering at the UGA Arch at 5:30 p.m. to protest a public curfew law in discussion by the ACC Legislative Review Committee. The curfew law would limit hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m daily at public buildings and “grounds surrounding such buildings owned, possessed, operated, and maintained by Athens-Clarke County Unified Government,” according to the proposal.

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Bolivia: Amid Gas, Where Is the Revolution? - Upside Down World

Bolivia: Amid Gas, Where Is the Revolution? - Upside Down World | real utopias | Scoop.it
 
The political victories of anti-neoliberal movements and regimes have opened a new chapter in Latin American history, yet the embrace of extractive industries has generated deep paradoxes for those committed to addressing inequality and the crisis of nature. Leaders and movements speak of revolutions—Venezuela’s “Bolivarian” revolution, Bolivia’s “democratic and cultural” revolution, and Ecuador’s “citizens’ revolution”—and governments have indeed taken steps to address inequality in housing, education, health, employment, and social welfare. Yet, like their conservative neighbors, left-leaning governments are entangled in Latin America’s renewed dependence on natural-resource extraction.
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Inequality on the horizon of need - UC Berkeley

Inequality on the horizon of need - UC Berkeley | real utopias | Scoop.it

By any economic measure, we are living in disappointing times. In the United States, 7.2% of the normal productive labor currently stands idle, while the employment gap in Europe is rising and due to exceed that of the US by the end of the year. So it is important to step back and remind ourselves that the “lost decade” that we are currently suffering is not our long-run economic destiny.

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Vio.Me: Self-Organization in Thessaloniki, Greece - Infoshop News

The workers at the Vio.Me. Factory in Thessaloniki, Greece have quickly grown into a symbol of self-management internationally. After going on strike and occupying their factory, on February 12, 2013 they re-opened the factory and started production under worker’s control.

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SUPPORT TURKEY | OCCUPY GEZİ

SUPPORT TURKEY | OCCUPY GEZİ | real utopias | Scoop.it
For the past few days, peaceful Turkish citizens have been protesting the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, one of the few green areas left in the center of İstanbul. The plan by the Erdoğan-run AKP government is to build a large shopping center instead, benefitting his own interests and filling his own pockets.
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Turkey protests spread after violence in Istanbul over park demolition

Turkey protests spread after violence in Istanbul over park demolition | real utopias | Scoop.it

Turkey has been engulfed by a series of protests across several cities after riot police turned Istanbul's busiest city centre hub into a battleground, deploying tear gas and water cannon against thousands of peaceful demonstrators.

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Inequality and Economic Growth: Paul Krugman & Tony Atkinson in Conversation

As we endure the slow, uneven recovery from the "Great Recession," there is no more critical or timely question than that of the relationship between economic growth and inequality. Join two preeminent economists as they assess the connection between prosperity for some and poverty for others. Paul Krugman is professor of economics at Princeton University, a Nobel laureate, and a New York Times columnist. He is the author of numerous books, including the recently published End This Depression Now! Sir Tony Atkinson, professor of economics at Oxford's Nuffield College, is one of the world's foremost scholars of inequality and author or editor of more than thirty books on inequality and related topics. He recently coedited Top Incomes: A Global Perspective, a volume that analyses high-end income inequality around the world.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation