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Electoral Debate

Electoral Debate

“Don’t forget it, the debate is about . . . “ “. . . making them forget what we have done, but especially what we will do.” Juan Ramón Mora is a cartoonist in Barcelona.  This cartoon was first published in his blog on 27 October 2011 under a Creative Commons license.  Translation by Yoshie […]

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Monthly Review

OWS Movement: A Down-to-Earth View

A participant’s note from Burlington. . . . I went to OWS (a week ago) and Occupy Burlington last Saturday.  I was VERY happy that, while it was the last day of the regular weekly farmers’ market at the same small park, the farmers gave the Occupy Burlington people $400 worth of tokens to buy […]

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To My Policymakers

Give me a page and I’ll give you a monument, leaning haphazardly like a staggering drunk, a lopsided photograph, a mirror tilted forward to the feet; like an off-center catwalk, brown paper bag strut in an empty alley way, stale six am whisky breathing on cold marble steps. I’ll sing you a jingle slurred to […]

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The Time for Action Is Now

  “In 1969, a group of black and Puerto Rican students occupied City College demanding the integration of CUNY, which at the time had an overwhelmingly white student body.  The occupation spread to other CUNY campuses, forcing the Board of Trustees to implement a ground-breaking new admissions policy.” Such occupations also occurred in the 1980s […]

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Good News from Germany (Finally)

Once in a while there’s good news from Europe — yes, even from here in Germany.  And because Germany is so central in Europe and so strong, even minor good news from this country can be important. But, till now, there hasn’t been much good news for quite some time! The party called Die Linke, […]

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Capitalism and Environmental Catastrophe

Capitalism and Environmental Catastrophe

John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff at Occupy Wall Street.  Photo by Carrie Ann Naumoff This is a reconstruction from notes of a talk delivered at a teach-in on “The Capitalist Crisis and the Environment” organized by the Education and Empowerment Working Group, Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park (Liberty Plaza), New York, October 23, 2011. […]

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Obama Administration Escalates Confrontation with Iran: Why?

The Obama Administration announced two weeks ago that a bumbling Iranian-American used car salesman had conspired with a U.S. government agent posing as a representative of Mexican drug cartels to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.  This brought highly skeptical reactions from experts here across the political spectrum. But even if some of this tale […]

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A Requiem for Humanitarianism

There is no history of a revolution which is not at the same time a history of barbarism.  (Inspired by Walter Benjamin) And the almost live pictures of Colonel Qaddafi’s freshly killed body, covered in human blood, dirt and mud, dragged on the streets of Sirte, followed by the footage of his rotting corpse on […]

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San Francisco’s Teirisias

Despite the cars, the cabs, the buses, despite the feet shuffled together on subways, the screaming on the sidewalks and the bar-music blaring out of doorways — this is also a city of silence — the silence of a woman with an outstretched hand, clasping onto the smooth round beads of a rosary tangled around […]

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Interview with Salim Lamrani: "The Economic Sanctions against Cuba Constitute the Principal Obstacle to the Development of the Country"

Interview with Salim Lamrani: “The Economic Sanctions against Cuba Constitute the Principal Obstacle to the Development of the Country”

  Salim Lamrani.  État de siège; les sanctions économiques des États-Unis contre Cuba(State of Siege: The United States’ economic sanctions against Cuba).  Prologue by Wayne S. Smith.  Preface by Paul Estrade.  Paris, Editions Estrella, 2011.  15 euros. CSF: You’ve just published a new book under the title État de siège.  What exactly do you cover […]

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