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Archive | December, 2012

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 […]

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Madleen Kulab

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 […]

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“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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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