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The Elusive Recovery

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Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 925, by Prabhat Patnaik, January 8, 2014.

The world capitalist crisis which began in 2008 not only persists but is worsening … //

… Still in the Grip of Crisis: … //

… The Role of the Banks:   Continue Reading…

Boeing Union Workers Forced Into Massive Concessions

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CONCESSION BARGAINING AT THE CROSSROADS - Published on ZNet, by Jack Rasmus, Jan 6, 2014.

This past weekend, more than 30,000 union workers at Boeing Corp. in Seattle, were forced to accept deep concessions in their union contract, gutting their pensions, future healthcare benefits, wages, and other benefits. Their contract with Boeing had not even expired but they were forced into concessions nonetheless. Nor was the company, Boeing, in any financial distress. It had registered record profits in consecutive years, and had in November 2013 bought back $10 billion in stock from its shareholders and paid another $2 billion in dividends to the same.    Continue Reading…

Land Conflicts in Argentina

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… from Resistance to Systemic Transformation – Published on Upside Down World (first on Food First.org), by Zoe Brent, Jan 2, 2014.
Download FULL report: Land & Sovereignty in the Americas, Issue Brief no 4, 2013.

Following Argentina’s economic crisis in 2001, the country leaned heavily on mining and large-scale agribusiness (especially soy) to reinvigorate its ailing economy. The expansion of these industries requires the accumulation of new lands and the violent displacement of rural communities. Many farmers and indigenous communities don’t have titles to their lands, leaving them vulnerable to displacement or criminal charges for squatting.  Continue Reading…

Egypt: Re-reading the roadmap

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The post-July political dispensation needs tweaking if 2014 is to bring a more stable Egypt – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Gamal Essam El-Din, Jan 1, 2014.

As the new year begins many will be hoping for greater political stability as Egypt moves towards full democratic rule.

As 2013 drew to a close a consensus emerged over necessary changes to the post-30 June political roadmap. A series of meetings with public figures and representatives of political forces held by interim President Adli Mansour saw the vast majority of participants in favour of presidential elections being held ahead of parliamentary polls. Mansour subsequently stressed that there are no constitutional setbacks to holding presidential elections first since Article 230 of the recently-amended constitution gives the interim president a free hand to juggle electoral timetabling.   Continue Reading…

In India, A Spectre For Us All, And A Resistance Coming

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Published on ZSpace, by John Pilger, January 03, 2014.

In five-star hotels on Mumbai’s seafront, children of the rich squeal joyfully as they play hide and seek. Nearby, at the National Theatre for the Performing Arts, people arrive for the Mumbai Literary Festival: famous authors and notables drawn from India’s Raj class. They step deftly over a woman lying across the pavement, her birch brooms laid out for sale, her two children silhouettes in a banyan tree that is their home.   Continue Reading…

Major Social Transformation Is a Lot Closer Than You May Realize

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How Do We Finish the Job? – Published on The People’s Voice, by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, January 2, 2014.

It starts with winning over the hearts and minds of the American people:

  • The current social movement that exploded onto the national scene with the 2011 Occupy Movement is following the path of successful movements so far. The social movement in 2014 is poised to begin an exciting era of broadening and deepening the growing consensus for social and economic justice.    Continue Reading…

Gysi findet Passagen im Wahlprogramm zu EU-kritisch

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Linkspartei debattiert über Europapolitik: kein Zurück zum früheren Nationalstaat – Fraktionschef: nicht Austritt aus der Nato, sondern Auflösung – gefunden in neues deutschland / sozialistische Tageszeitung, 3. Januar 2014.

Berlin. Linksfraktionschef Gregor Gysi hat sich wenige Wochen vor dem Europaparteitag der Linken von einzelnen Formulierungen im Entwurf für das Wahlprogramm seiner Partei distanziert. Die Präambel, in der die EU als »neoliberale, militaristische und weithin undemokratische Macht« bezeichnet wird, sei nicht ganz gelungen, sagte er der Nachrichtenagentur dpa in Berlin. »Ich bin sicher, dass da noch etwas geändert wird.« Es handele sich trotzdem im Kern um einen pro-europäischen Programmentwurf, sagte Gysi.   Continue Reading…

Which Way to the Winter Palace, Please?

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Transnational Echoes and Blocked Transformations – Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 922, by Mario Candeias, January 2, 2014.

Triggered by the Arab Spring (LuXemburg 1/2011), a series of transnational movements, such as the Indignants and Occupy Wall Street, began gathering pace in 2011 in Europe, Turkey, the U.S., Chile and Brazil. The events are being driven by an urban precariat that is better educated than ever before. Time and again, spaces open up for protests and organizing. Time and again, events underway in one place begin echoing in another, transnational connections spring up and solidarity comes to the fore.  Continue Reading…

Constitution ‘exemption’ zone spans 100 miles inland of US border – judge

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Published on Russia Today RT, Dec 31, 2013.

A US federal judge has reaffirmed an Obama administration policy granting officials the authority to search Americans’ laptops, citing a controversial premise that makes citizens within 100 miles of the border eligible for a police check.   Continue Reading…

Afghan Street Children Beg for Change

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Published on ZNet, by Kathy Kelly, Dec 30, 2013 – (also on Dissident Voice).

Kabul, Afghanistan is “home” to hundreds of thousands of children who have no home. Many of them live in squalid refugee camps with families that have been displaced by violence and war. Bereft of any income in a city already burdened by high rates of unemployment, families struggle to survive without adequate shelter, clothing, food or fuel. Winter is especially hard for refugee families. Survival sometimes means sending their children to work on the streets, as vendors, where they often become vulnerable to well organized gangs that lure them into drug and other criminal rings.   Continue Reading…