Archive | December, 2012

  • Zyuganov and Religion: On the Current State of the Russian Communist Party

    On 27 October, 2012, Gennady Zyuganov gave a rather important speech.  Presented at the 14th plenum of the central committee, it sought to provide the framework for renewing and improving the theoretical work of the party.  But this is not any party and Zyuganov is not any leader, for the party is the Russian Communist […]

  • Imperialism — for the Value of Money

    Prabhat Patnaik: To me, imperialism is immanent in the money form, and I want to argue that in the era of finance capital, far from its becoming less relevant, it becomes more relevant. . . .  I would even define imperialism as an arrangement in which not only you get use values but you get […]

  • Gaza’s Only Fisherwoman Continues to Sail

    Madleen Kulab, December 19th, 2012.  Photo by Maher Alaa. “The problems started for me at eighteen,” Madleen Kulab said quietly, sitting just meters from the shore of the Mediterranean.  “The police and port authorities did not want me to sail as a woman.”  Though Madleen has emerged from this recent challenge, receiving a permanent permission […]

  • The Constitution of the Muslim Brotherhood

    Doaa Eladl is a cartoonist in Cairo, Egypt.  Cf. ; and “Solidarity with cartoonist @doaaeladl charged by #Egypt attorney general for criticizing Islamists” (Carlos Latuff, 24 December 2012). | Print

  • The Idea of Apocalypse in the Age of ‘Capitalist Realism’

    So the world didn’t end after all and the ‘Mayan apocalypse’ turned out to be another in a long line of doomsday-related tall tales and hoaxes.  No doubt a hard-core of Armageddon enthusiasts who really did believe — or wanted to believe — that the ‘Mayan prophecy’ was anything other than a load of cobblers […]

  • “Do as I Say, Not as I Do!”

    “Do as I say, not as I do!” Perhaps in your innocent youth you heard a parent or older sibling mumble those words in your direction after you pointed out a mistake they made, an error on their part that fell below the standard you were told to observe? “Actions speak louder than words” and […]

  • No Way in My Manger: A Public Service Annunciation

    My name is Mary.  Not the Mary of Had-a-Little-Lamb fame.  Holy Mary. Or, if you will, Maria.  But not Maria as in The Sound of Music.  Ave Maria.  You know, Mother of God?  Queen of Heaven?  Our Lady of Perpetual Boundary Issues? You might remember me from such codependent masterpieces as the Pietà and nine […]

  • Connection to the Land Cannot Be Broken: The Struggle for Land Rights Near the Gaza Border

    Gaza City, December 15th, 2012 Yesterday in al-Faraheen, Gaza, Israeli Occupation Forces shot and wounded an unarmed 22-year-old farmer, Mohammed Qdeih, from behind.  Mohamed and nine others went out to their fields in the early afternoon, walking approximately 250 meters from the Israeli border.  Within minutes, two heavily armed Israeli military jeeps rushed to the […]

  • David Ravelo and the Fight for Colombia

    Colombian political prisoner David Ravelo, jailed since September 14, 2010, learned late in November 2012 that he had been convicted and sentenced to 18 years in jail.  His case, based on spurious evidence, reflects epic military, police, and judicial repression carried out under a regime of big landowners and the urban elite.  After 50 years […]

  • To Hugo Chávez

    Eduardo Galeano is a writer.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] | Print

  • Catastrophism — Left, Right, and Center

      One of the Left’s great challenges is to understand when the great watershed of change is upon people and seize the time.  Racism, sexism, inequality, and uncertain futures have weighed heavily on the conscience of many a movement.  For every great moment, hundreds of crushing defeats never to be remembered are handed down.  Once […]

  • International Initiative to Stop the War in Syria: Yes to Democracy, No to Foreign Intervention!

    We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012.  This initiative consists in calling for a delegation […]

  • Why Is Cuba’s Health Care System the Best Model for Poor Countries?

    Furious though it may be, the current debate over health care in the US is largely irrelevant to charting a path for poor countries of Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.  That is because the US squanders perhaps 10 to 20 times what is needed for a good, affordable medical system.  The waste […]

  • As Long as Capitalism Continues, These Tragedies Will Happen

    Sometimes history repeats itself — the first time as tragedy and the second time . . . as another tragedy.  The horrendous fire that just killed 112 workers, mostly young women, at the Bangladesh garment factory echoes the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York City in 1911 that killed 146 workers, again mostly women.  Both […]

  • For Whom Do the FAO and Its Director-General Work?

    For farmers small and large?  For the tens of millions of food-consuming households, poor or just getting by?  For the governments and bureaucracies of small countries who want to import less and grow more?  For the organic cultivators on their small densely bio-diverse plots?  Or for the world’s large food production, trading, and retail corporations, […]

  • ‘Naxalbari . . . Will Never Die’: The Power of Memory and Dreams

      Here is the full-text of what I said — as also, what I wanted to say but restrained myself because of the time constraint or because of my diffidence — at the book release of Gautam Navlakha’s Days and Nights in the Heartland of Rebellion (Penguin Books, 2012), organised by Sanhati at the Gandhi […]