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How Can We Be Silent on What’s Happening in Bahrain?

Yara Kassem is a cartoonist in Cairo, Egypt.  This cartoon was circulated via her Twitter account on 25 September 2011; it is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes.  Cf. “PHR denounces sentences for #Bahraini medics & protestors, calls for #Bahrain to set aside verdicts — http://ow.ly/6IvOt” (Physicians for Human Rights, 29 September 2011). | Print

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Bank Transparency

Bank Transparency

  “The cleaner they look . . .” “. . . the more shit is hidden inside.” Jorge Alaminos Fernández is a graphic artist and designer in Spain.  This cartoon was first published in Litoral Gráfico on 12 September 2011 under a Creative Commons license.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com). | […]

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Can BRICS Help Europe?

Last week Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega proposed that the BRICS countries offer help to Europe, either through the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or by buying up European bonds.  I can understand the sentiment: The European authorities have created a financial crisis that is already slowing the world economy and could potentially have even worse […]

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Troy Davis Lives Forever

They still lynching from plantations to the prisonsMethods changed but it’s the same systemWhite robes used to burn a crucifixNow black robes sign a death sentence Rebel Diaz, an acclaimed Bronx-based political rap duo, will soon be releasing their debut album, The Radical Dilemma.  Produced by Agent of Change. var idcomments_acct = ‘c90a61ed51fd7b64001f1361a7a71191’; var idcomments_post_id; […]

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Bahrain’s al-Wefaq, Pressured by Regional Players to Compromise

  Bahrain’s largest opposition group is resisting grassroots demands for renewed full-scale street protests amid regional pressure to strike a compromise solution with the regime. Al-Wefaq and other Bahraini opposition groups boycotted the country’s parliamentary by-elections last Saturday.  But al-Wefaq did not support the latest calls for demonstrations at Pearl Square and may be pushing […]

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The Women of OccupyWallStreet

  “What this is about for me most is exercising our long-sleeping democracy muscle.” — Marina from Brooklyn Video by Naomi Less.  Music by Glenn Grossman.  For more information, e.g. <anonops.blogspot.com>; <occupywallst.org>. | Print  

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Overall Vacancy Rate, 1991-2011

House Prices Have Another Strong Increase in July

The Case-Shiller 20-City index rose 0.9 percent in July after rising by 1.1 percent in June.  It has now increased at a 13.1 percent annual rate over the last three months; although it is still down by 4.1 percent over the last year.  Eighteen of the 20 cities had prices increases, with only Phoenix and […]

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María Corina Machado

María Corina Machado: One-Dimensional Woman

Congresswoman María Corina Machado’s Speeches:“I hate communism, I hate communism, I hate communism, I hate communism, I hate communism, I hate communism, I hate communism, I hate communism, I hate communism, I hate communism, I hate communism, I hate communism, I hate communism, I hate communism, I hate communism, I hate communism, I hate communism, […]

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Remembering and Representing: Vietnam, East Germany, and Daphne Berdahl

  Daphne Berdahl.  On the Social Life of Postsocialism: Memory, Consumption, Germany.  Edited by Matti Bunzl.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.  xx + 166 pp.  $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-253-35434-1; $24.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-253-22170-4. On the Social Life of Postsocialism; Memory, Consumption, Germany is a posthumous collection of Daphne Berdahl’s essays, written over the course of […]

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