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Chavista campesinos march toward Caracas

How to Reactivate Chavismo

Recovering the socialist character of Chavismo in Venezuela depends on activating its latent revolutionary component. This, in turn, hinges on re-encountering the aspiration toward substantive democracy and communal control of production that was once more present in the movement.

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The Sanctification of NATO

The sanctification of NATO

Claims that U.S. President Donald Trump is undermining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) by criticizing some of its members and having a cordial meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin have sent establishment media into a frenzy to sanctify NATO as a force for peace and democracy.

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Mother Goddes from Çatalhöyük (Turkey)

The origins of women’s oppression–a defence of Engels and a new departure

Frederick Engels’ book The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State (hereafter The Origin) was published in 1884. In it he argued that early humans had lived in non-hierarchical societies in which women were not oppressed.

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No decoupling Post the crisis, the developing world has become much more dependent upon growth in advanced economies - Aslan Alphan

Did developing countries recover from the global crisis?

A decade after the Global Financial Crisis, developing countries still bear the scars in the form of lower growth and investment rates.

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By Architect of the Capitol - Architect of the Capitol information webpage [1], Public Domain, https-::commons.wikimedia.org:w:index.php?curid=1365273

Gender as colonial object

The spread of Western gender categories through European colonization.

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People attend an event celebrating Revolution Day in Santiago, Cuba, today

Cuba celebrates 65th anniversary of the revolution

CUBA celebrated the 65th anniversary of the revolution today as First Secretary of the Communist Party Raul Castro vowed that Cubans would remain loyal to the ideas of Fidel despite “Yankee imperialism” and economic blockades.

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Democratic Party Politics 101 with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Corporate Media

Democratic Party politics 101 with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the corporate media

Some who read my writing may ask, “why don’t you criticize the Republicans as much as you do the Democrats?” My response to such a question is that it should be obvious by now which of the two corporate parties currently holds the Black polity and working class “constituencies” generally in a state of political […]

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Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer at the Inside Politics Press Breakfast in 2011, hosted by Third Way. Photo via Third Way on Flickr.

Clinton democrats embrace losing strategy to combat ‘Sanders-style socialism’ in midterms

Democratic Party elites are increasingly concerned the midterm elections will be a “base election” and make their centrist politics even more irrelevant, as insurgent candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez garner widespread support.

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Social Reproduction Theory- Going Beyond 'Capital' - Pluto Press Pluto Press

Deepening our understanding of social reproduction theory

When we embarked on our project to explore Social Reproduction Theory (SRT), at the back of our mind was the phrase from the Marx and Engels’ German Ideology, ‘[human beings] must be in a position to live in order to be able to ‘make history’’.

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Toym Imao, “Desaparecidos (Memorializing Absence, Remembering the Disappeared)” (2015)

Disappearing poverty

In international human rights law, a “forced disappearance” occurs when a person is secretly abducted or imprisoned by a state or political organization (or by a third party with the authorization, support, or acquiescence of a state or political organization), followed by a refusal to acknowledge the person’s fate and whereabouts, with the intent of placing the victim outside the protection […]

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Julian Assange

UK police to arrest Julian Assange

Britain is doing Washington’s dirty work and given the heavily increased ‘political chatter’ on Assange’s fate–it is quite likely the British government is looking for public reaction to be muted enough to simply arrest him, go through the motions and send Assange to certain solitary confinement on death row.

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20 Questions that Underscore the State of U.S. Manufacturing - Cornwell Jackson

U.S. manufacturing is far from healthy and the main reason appears to be globalization

Public awareness and acceptance of the negative consequences of corporate-driven globalization on U.S. workers has grown dramatically over the last years, aided in part by Donald Trump’s attacks on trade agreements like NAFTA.

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A history lesson for Paul Krugman…

Liberalism and empire

Paul Krugman had a column a few weeks ago called “Fall of the American Empire” about Donald Trump’s repudiation of “the values that actually made America great.” It is worth analyzing, because it is amusing and illustrative.

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Geoengineering detail

Making War on the Planet: Geoengineering and Capitalism’s Creative Destruction of the Earth

The enormous dangers that rapid climate change present to humanity as a whole, and the inability of the existing capitalist political-economic structure to address them, symbolized by the presence of Donald Trump in the White House, have engendered a desperate search for technofixes in the form of schemes for geoengineering, defined as massive, deliberate human […]

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