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The Jolly Roger Flies in the Berlin Elections

Berlin voted on Sunday.  Mayor Klaus Wowereit, a Social Democrat, retains his office but his government needs reshuffling.  The only real surprise was a hefty 9 percent vote for an unusual new party, the Pirates, whose fifteen delegates in the new city parliament will be their first anywhere in Germany. With Pirates in parliament (though […]

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Syrian Opposition in Damascus: “No to International Intervention, No to Sectarianism, and No to Violence”

The Syrian opposition urged protesters Sunday to go on with peaceful demonstrations, noting that continued protests are a “decisive factor” in pushing for reforms in the country. In a statement issued one day after a meeting of some 300 opposition figures, the opposition called on the government to immediately stop its “repression” on protesters and […]

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The Palestinian Attempt to Gain Recognition for a State in the UN: CWP’s Opinion

International recognition of the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people is an important and vital step in the process of internationalization of the Palestinians struggle for independence, freedom and equality.  It may possibly strengthen the Palestinians struggle against the occupation and hand over the responsibility for ending the occupation and eliminating racial discrimination to […]

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Occupy Wall Street, LiveStreamed

“Hey!  This is a real general assembly!  Numbers good.  We’re going to be doing breakout groups  lockerz.com/s/139588389” — David Graeber For more information, <occupywallst.org>. var idcomments_acct = ‘c90a61ed51fd7b64001f1361a7a71191’; var idcomments_post_id; var idcomments_post_url; | Print

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NATO Sorties in Libya

NATO Continues Its Air Strikes in Libya

  “Chart with NATO sorties in #Libya shows that strikes continue with same ferocity as before the declared victory in Aug.” — Daniel Nouri Related: here is a map of sixteen cities that NATO attacked between Aug 22 and Sep 16: Daniel Nouri is a Python and JavaScript enthusiast with nine years of professional Python […]

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The Machinery of Hopelessness

  Excerpt: For at least 5,000 years, before capitalism even existed, popular movements have tended to center on struggles over debt.  There is a reason for this.  Debt is the most efficient means ever created to make relations fundamentally based on violence and inequality seem morally upright.  When this trick no longer works everything explodes, […]

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The Euro at the End of the Tunnel

The Euro at the End of the Tunnel

“Look, the light at the end of the tunnel!” Eneko Las Heras, born in Caracas in 1963, is a cartoonist based in Spain.  The cartoon above was first published on his blog . . . Y sin embargo se mueve on 14 September 2011.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com).  Cf. “Merkel […]

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We Are the Children of Malcolm and Martin

We are the children of Martin and Malcolm,          Black, brown, red and white, Our birthright is to be creators of history,Our Right, Our Duty           To shake the world with           A new dream! At this time of mass unemployment and foreclosures, failing banks and failed states, floods, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, and global warming that […]

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Protests Are Not Enough to Change the Rules of the Game

The Arab uprising goes from strength to strength.  When the Egyptian protestors stormed the Israeli Embassy in Cairo last week, they showed that the power of protest can prevail over docile diplomacy.  Across the Arab World, protest power has shown its effectiveness.  The achievements are incontestable.  Yet, in the world of the excluded, the Arab […]

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Víctor Jara

Víctor Jara

“In this beautiful garden, to ‘dinosaurs’ and ‘reactionaries,’ the revolutionary youth said: Enough already.” — Víctor Jara Victor Nieto is a cartoonist in Venezuela.  His cartoons frequently appear in Aporrea and Rebelión among other sites.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com).  Cf. Víctor Jara, “Móvil Oil Special” (1969). var idcomments_acct = ‘c90a61ed51fd7b64001f1361a7a71191’; […]

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Fall Delegation to Bolivia: Food Sovereignty and Indigenous Resistance

Spend Thanksgiving celebrating indigenous resistance and exploring food sovereignty issues in Bolivia, the first country in the hemisphere to be governed by an indigenous president.  Learn about indigenous struggles for sovereignty over food, land, and water.  Meet with farmers, community leaders, government leaders, and others.  Experience the rich culture of the Andes and soak in […]

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Change in Rend and Owner

CPI Rises 0.4 Percent in August

The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4 percent in August and at a 2.6 percent annualized rate over the last three months.  By contrast, the CPI rose at a 4.6 percent rate from February to May and at a 5.6 percent rate the three months before that. Food and energy prices continue to push up overall […]

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Egypt: SCAF Reactivates Emergency Law

Egypt: SCAF Reactivates Emergency Law

Yara Kassem is a cartoonist in Cairo, Egypt.  This cartoon was circulated via her Twitter account on 15 September 2011; it is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes.  Cf. “In the new, revolutionary state, instead of revoking emergency law as promised, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has announced its reactivation, in particular, […]

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The New Scramble for Africa

  Is current U.S. foreign policy in Africa following a blueprint drawn up almost eight years ago by the right-wing Heritage Foundation, one of the most conservative think tanks in the world?  Although it seems odd that a Democratic administration would have anything in common with the extremists at Heritage, the convergence in policy and […]

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Reading Wikileaked Cables about Qatar and Al Jazeera

Maximilian C. Forte is an associate professor in anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.  His website is at www.openanthropology.org.  Cf. Maximilian Forte, “The War in Libya: Race, ‘Humanitarianism,’ and the Media” (MRZine, 20 April 2011); Maximilian Forte, “Libya — Lather, Rinse, Repeat — Syria: Liberal Imperialism and the Refusal to Learn” (MRZine, 10 August […]

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Salvaging September: An ICAHD Statement regarding the Palestinian Statehood Initiative at the UN

The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) has been one of the leading critical Israeli peace and human rights organizations struggling for Palestinian rights during its more than 14 years of existence. ICAHD activists resist the demolition of Palestinian homes, both inside Israel and in the Occupied Territory, and together with our Palestinian and International […]

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