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Protest, October 5, 2011 (Photo credit: Michael Fleshman)

Beyond the permanent state of emergency 

Not long before the Twin Towers fell, the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben resurrected a concept anathema to the liberal notion of progress—the idea that unrelenting crisis is not necessarily exceptional. Agamben employed the image of “the Camp” to describe the space and time “when the state of exception begins to become the rule.”

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Illustration by Tom Lynton

Democracy in Focus: Follow the dark money…

Greater Britain, as we might call it, has over the past 70 years transformed itself from the largest-ever land empire to a sprawling financial one: a network of tax havens and money laundries stashing cash for the world’s oligarchs, mafiosi, gangsters and hedge funds.

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Berlin Bulletin by Victor Grossman

A fascist coup

While millions this week stared at Iowa and Washington with worried amazement, confusion or anger, Germany, too, had its own messy confusion–which turned into a frightening alarm signal!

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«I have never seen a comparable case» – Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.

A murderous system is being created before our very eyes

A made-up rape allegation and fabricated evidence in Sweden, pressure from the UK not to drop the case, a biased judge, detention in a maximum security prison, psychological torture–and soon extradition to the U.S., where he could face up to 175 years in prison for exposing war crimes. For the first time, the UN Special […]

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Santu Mofokeng, Eyes Wide Shut, Motouleng Cave, Clarens – Free State, 2004.

I will hold you in my arms a day after the war

On Monday, 27 January, the South African photographer Santu Mofokeng slipped away. His camera had been a familiar presence in the anti-apartheid struggle; after years of photographing police violence and popular resistance, he tired of making ‘images bespeaking gloom, monotony, anguish, struggle, [and] oppression’, he wrote in 1993.

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Phto Facebook event BP or not BP? Join us for the fall

BP or not to BP?

This seems to be the message conveyed by “Join us for the fall!” a new protest against this British petrol and gas multinational that will have a space in the British Museum on February 8th 2020.

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Berlin Bulletin by Victor Grossman

Defender and spearheads

Troop movements today promise anything but peace. Every two years military maneuvers encircle Russian borders; every nine months a new brigade of 4500 U.S. soldiers was flown over to “gain experience”. This year it will be a division of 20,000, joined by soldiers from 18 countries, 37,000 in all.

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Marx on British politics and cab drivers

Marx on British politics … and cab drivers

If you get nauseated by the perverse state of contemporary world politics and the slavish way in which mainstream media help to sustain the spectacle that is Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Rodrigo Duterte or their local variants, here is the perfect antidote: read Marx’s journalistic articles for the New York Daily Tribune.

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Berlin Bulletin by Victor Grossman

A tale of two murals

No-one on Berlin’s main eastbound traffic artery could miss one of the two murals, five stories high, 2745 square feet in area, in shiny bright, red, green, yellow and blue colors up to the gabled rooftop of an older, isolated apartment building.

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The facts: Corbyn

“Anyone to my left is an antisemite”

Labour’s massive loss to the Tories has bummed out a lot of people. Everyone’s discussing it and arguing about what went wrong and who’s to blame. I don’t have any special insight into UK politics, but one thing that really shocked me about the election is the way that Jewish identity and fabricated charges of […]

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