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Debt Trial of the Century: NML Capital, LTD. v. Republic of Argentina

  “The Third World Network and Jubilee are partnering today to stand up against vulture fund activity, stand up for Argentina, in this incredibly important court case that has massive repercussions for all countries around the world to be able to protect themselves from this kind of litigation in the courts by holdout vulture funds. […]

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Yoani Sánchez vs. Julian Assange

Yoani Sánchez’s World Tour

Freedom of Expression, Made in USA Carlos Latuff is a Brazilian cartoonist.  Cf. Salim Lamrani, “40 perguntas para Yoani Sánchez em sua turnê mundial” (Opera Mundi, 18 February 2013); Salim Lamrani, “40 questions à poser à Yoani Sánchez lors de sa tournée mondiale” (Opera Mundi, 19 February 2013); Salim Lamrani, “40 preguntas para Yoani Sánchez […]

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Where Have All the Muslims Gone? The 2018 Hashmi Award

New York, N.Y., 2018 — Every year about this time, since way back in 2013, the City of New York has bestowed its prestigious Hashmi Award upon a worthy New York resident who lives openly as an observant Muslim.  The Hashmi recipient — preferably of Asian, Middle Eastern, or African descent — must have paid […]

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Workers of the World

Labor historians Marcus Rediker and Peter Linebaugh have vividly described how sailors and other maritime workers were in the vanguard of the creation of an international working class.  Unlike most people in the early modern period who largely stayed rooted to the soil of their birth or tied closely to their particular artisanal enterprises, Jack […]

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On Terrorist Attack in Damascus on February 21, 2013

  A terrorist car bombing in close proximity to the Russian Embassy in Damascus which occurred on February 21, 2013 and was carried out by a suicide terrorist bomber, resulted in numerous victims and wounded among civilians, including students of a secondary school.  The chancellery and the housing compound of the Russian Embassy were significantly […]

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Reaping What You Sow: Reflections on the Western Cape Farm Workers’ Strike

The series of strikes and protests that recently took place in and around farms in South Africa’s Western Cape Province was fuelled by the deep-seated anger and frustration that workers feel.  On a daily basis, farm workers face not only appalling wages, bad living conditions, and precarious work, but also widespread racism, intimidation, and humiliation. […]

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Capitalism Becomes Questionable

The depth and length of the global crisis are now clear to millions.  In the sixth year since it started in late 2007, no end is in sight.  Unemployment rates are now less than halfway back from their recession peak to where they were in 2007.  Over 20 million are without work, millions more limited […]

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The Unusual Uprising in Iraqi Kurdistan, Two Years On

“Under Fire in Iraqi Kurdistan,” Extract from The Fourth Estate in Iraqi Kurdistan, a film by Rozh Ahmad On February 16th, 2011, in solidarity with the mass uprisings sweeping the Middle East, Kurds took to the streets of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan and the following day demanded an end to their one and only official […]

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‘Toward the United Front’: Translations for the Twenty-first Century

On February 3, 120 socialists took part in a Toronto meeting to celebrate publication of Toward the United Front: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, 1922, available in paperback from Haymarket Books.  This 1,300-page volume is the seventh book of documents on the world revolutionary movement in Lenin’s time edited by John […]

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Update on the Colombian Peace Dialogues: Politiquería vs. Program

The most recent victim in Colombia’s conflict, in spite of ongoing conversations between the government and the FARC-EP guerrillas that began last year, seems to be common sense itself.  With the government declining to enter a two-part truce at the conclusion of the insurgency’s unilaterally assumed ceasefire on January 20, the war naturally resumed its […]

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Golden Dawn: The Development of Greek Fascism

As was the case in 1930s Germany, Greek liberalism has revealed itself to be politically spent.  In dealing with the austerity measures imposed upon the country from outside by an international troika consisting of the IMF, European Commission, and European Central Bank, the government has failed comprehensively in the eyes of its electorate. When the […]

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