Archive | September, 2009

  • Death by Sanctions: The Conference to Ban Economic Sanctions

    Dear friends, I’d like to let you know about an important conference that will take place in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 29: “Death by Sanctions: The Conference to Ban Economic Sanctions,” sponsored by the Committee to Ban Economic Sanctions of the National Association of Muslim American Women. The Conference to Ban Economic Sanctions September 29, […]

  • The Financial Crisis One Year On

    Exactly one year ago, the Wall Street investment bank Lehmann Brothers was allowed to go bust, in a move that is generally seen to have brought on the global financial crisis.  Shock waves hit the financial markets; stock markets collapsed in waves of contagion across the world; credit seized up in most developed and many […]

  • Higher Energy Prices Push CPI Up 0.4 Percent in August

    The overall CPI rose by 0.4 percent in August, driven by a 4.6 percent jump in energy prices.  The core CPI increased by just 0.1 percent for the second consecutive month.  The overall CPI has risen at a 4.9 percent annual rate for the last quarter, compared to a drop of 1.5 percent over the […]

  • The Financial Crisis and Imperialism

    BMR:What is the likely impact of the present financial crisis on geopolitics, especially if the crisis is considered in the context of the energy crisis including the peak oil issue, the food crisis, The Great Hunger, the environmental crisis, and the declining dollar?  Will the world experience war(s) as an effort to survive?  Will monopoly-finance […]

  • Class War

    US workers’ real wages (money wages adjusted for the prices workers actually pay) have not risen from their levels in the 1970s.  Recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data confirm that real wages continued to stagnate through 2009.  Across the same 30-year period, the productivity of labor kept rising: the average worker produced ever more output […]

  • President Mao-bama’s Little Red Primer

    Lesson One See the U.S. President.  See the U.S. President give billions of tax dollars to help failing investment firms.  See the U.S. President decide that terrorism suspects can be held without trial in “prolonged detention.”  See the U.S. President oppose gay marriage and expand the war in Afghanistan. The U.S. President is black.  Yet […]

  • Freedom of Expression

    “Admit that now you have more freedom of expression . . . or I will kill you.” Juan Kalvellido, born in Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain in 1968, is a working-class cartoonist who has never stopped believing in revolution. He currently lives in Fuengirola, Málaga, Spain. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at]

  • Other Inscriptions: Sexual Difference and History Writing between Futures Past and Present

    Joseph Andoni Massad.  Desiring Arabs.   Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007 . xiv + 453 pp.  $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-226-50958-7. With Desiring Arabs, Joseph Massad makes a significant contribution to the existing scholarship on sexuality.  He merits praise for boldly tackling the problematic of knowledge in a world that continues to be unevenly carved […]

  • The Public and the Private

    In the early 1950s, the then united Communist Party had led a famous struggle against the increase in tram fares in Calcutta by one paisa, and had succeeded in rescinding the increase.  In the sixties, leaders like Ahilya Rangnekar and Mrinal Gore had led a remarkable struggle against price rise in Bombay when housewives came […]

  • Dialogue

    — You must respect the rules of the game. — Then, tell me what the rules are. — There is only one rule. — Namely. . . — “You are not authorized to play.” “I’m in favor of dialogue!” “Shut up when the rest of us are speaking.” Juan Kalvellido, born in Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain […]

  • Freedom Dance: A Party and Benefit for the Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign

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  • Almeida Lives Today More Than Ever

    I have been watching for hours now on television the tribute that the entire country is paying to Commander of the Revolution Juan Almeida Bosque. I think that facing death was for him just another duty as so many others he discharged throughout his life. He did not know (neither did we) how much sadness the news of his physical absence would bring to us.

  • Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story Will Find a Ready Audience

    When I first met Michael Moore more than 20 years ago he was showing a half-finished documentary to a few dozen people in a classroom in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was funny and poignant and had a powerful message. He had taken a second mortgage on his house — equipment for filmmaking was a lot […]

  • Right

    “You have the right to remain silent.  Anything we say or do can and will be used against you. . . .” Juan Kalvellido, born in Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain in 1968, is a working-class cartoonist who has never stopped believing in revolution. He currently lives in Fuengirola, Málaga, Spain. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | […]

  • ‘Encounters Are Murders’

      Inquiries by magistrates into “police encounter” killings in India have mostly corroborated the police version of the situation and reality leading to the deaths. But the Ahmedabad metropolitan magistrate S P Tamang’s investigation of the facts and circumstances leading to the deaths of 19-year olds Ishrat Jahan and Javed Sheikh and two others (25-year […]

  • US Plans for New Bases in Colombia

    It was a winter day in the Argentine city of Bariloche when 12 South American presidents gathered there on August 28. It was so cold that Hugo Chavez wore a red scarf and Evo Morales put on a sweater. The presidents arrived at the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) meeting to discuss a US […]

  • With a Clear Conscience

    I would not have wished to utter any harsh criticism against any of the companies that manufacture medical equipment, whose profits do not derive from the production of weapons to kill, but from the combat of diseases, suffering and death. That is why I have always treated all of them with respect, and I liked to exchange with them about their scientific advances.

  • Honduras

      Gervasio Umpiérrez is a cartoonist based in Montevideo, Uruguay.

  • Go East, Young Woman: The Khetagurovite Campaign in the Soviet Borderlands

      Elena Shulman.  Stalinism on the Frontier of Empire: Women and State Formation in the Soviet Far East.   Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.  xiv + 260 pp.  $99.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-521-89667-2. The frontier as a theme in the development of Russian history has proven a useful means of analyzing the expansion of the state. […]

  • South of the Border

      President Hugo Chavez at the Venice Film Festival Chávez asiste a la proyección del documental Al Sur de la Frontera en Venecia Chávez: Sólo la unión nos hará libres y humanos, verdaderamente humanos Trailer of South of the Border (Directed by Oliver Stone)