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Michael Albert: New Left Lessons

If you want to win, then you want to listen to this lecture from Michael Albert. It’s almost 10 years old, but is still very relevant!   Credits: Michael Albert, Z Media Institute, Rich Points (for recording). Recorded ZMI 2000  

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Noam Chomsky: Gaza, One Year Later

A report back and critical look at Gaza, one year after the invasion. Noam Chomsky is a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a world renown linguists, philosopher, cognitive scientist and political activist. Here, Chomsky speaks about the strategic isolation of Gaza from the rest of the Palestinian territories, the continued US/Israeli crimes, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Political Philosophy of Noam Chomsky

He’s one of the most influential intellectuals of our age — cited in more academic works than almost any other living scholar — and yet many progressives are not familiar with his libertarian socialist ideas. Noam Chomsky talks about anarchism, the state, conspiracy theories, science and the Enlightenment.  

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Shamus Dark: Song Of Steel

This Radio Ballad was made in 2006 and follows the groundbreaking programmes made in the 50′s and 60′s by Charles Parker, Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger. Song Of Steel tells the story of the Sheffield steel workers and was produced by John Leonard, with songs by John Tams, Ray Hearne and Julie Matthews. For more Read more…

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Shamus Dark: Song Of A Road

A short excerpt from a radio ballad from 1959 depicting the building of the UK’s first motorway. For more information, please see previous file upload Radio Ballads-introduction.

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Shamus Dark: The Ballad Of John Axon

Here’s the opening to The Ballad Of John Axon, the story of the demise of a railway engine driver in the UK in 1957. For more information, please see the file upload labelled, Radio Ballads-introduction.

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Shamus Dark: Radio Ballads-introduction

Earlier this year, the BBC broadcast some of the Radio Ballads from the late 1950′s and early 1960′s. These were radio programmes of roughly an hour each in length and created by producer Charles Parker and musicians Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger. Their focus was on industrial life in Britain and the programmes, a collage Read more…

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Marie Trigona: ESMA: Survivors of torture in Argentina await trial

In Argentina, the President and a council of judges postponed a human rights trial for crimes committed during the nation’s military dictatorship of the 1970s and 80s. The trial was supposed to examine crimes committed at a Navy Mechanics School, which served as a clandestine detention center, and was used to torture and disappear thousands Read more…

Paul Fitzgerald: Afghanistan Now

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould discuss the United States’ outmoded thinking on Afghanisan, what needs to be understood about the relationship between India and Pakistan, and non-military solutions for peace that Obama can adopt. Fitzgerald and Gould are the authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story (http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100741260) recently published by City Lights Books, www.citylights.com.

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Victor Grossman: The Failure of Capitalism After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

(Nov. 10,2009) — Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, symbolizing the end of Communist power in 1989 and the beginning of a reunification of Germany. The wall was a separation created between East Berlin and West Berlin as a result of the agreement between the four post-World War II Read more…

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Paul Brockley: Something in the Air

Something in the Air

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Paul Brockley: Whats

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Mumia Abu Jamal: G20 Speech

From Death Row, Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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Paul Street: Ringmaster

An interview with Paul Street, one of Mr. Obama’s earliest critics from the left, who had the opportunity back in Chicago to see him in action. Total runtime an hour and one minute.

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Neve Gordon: Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions

Guests: Neve Gordon is a long-time Israeli peace activist, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University, and  the author, most recently, of Israel’s Occupation. Hosts: Esther Kaplan and Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark In a recent op-ed in the LA Times, Neve Gordon explained why he has come to support the Boycott, Divestment and Read more…

Paul Fitzgerald: Understanding Afghanistan

Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald are the authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story (City Lights Books 2009). Their websites are www.invisiblehistory.com and www.graelwerk.com

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Francis Boyle: US Strategy for Color Revolution in Iran: A continuity of American policy under Bush and Cheney

Francis A. Boyle is a scholar in the areas of international law and human rights, Professor Boyle received a J.D. degree magna cum laude and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, he was a teaching fellow at Harvard and an associate Read more…

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Marie Trigona: Monsanto soy chemicals could pose health risk

Monsanto soy chemicals could pose health risk

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David Sienema: Mujeres Creando

This song was very difficult to write because I had to balance some very delicate opinions and positions. There is certainly an argument to be made that I have appropriated the words of this group and have no right to claim this representation of their words and work. However, graffiti, which is one of the Read more…

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Michael A. Lebowitz: What would Marx say today?

  Michael Lebowitz addresses the World at a Crossroads conference. Photo by Alex Bainbridge.   Michael Lebowitz has recently been in Australia as a featured guest of the World at a Crossroads conference, held in Sydney April 10-12, organised by the Democratic Socialist Perspective and Green Left Weekly. He was interviewed by the ABC Radio’s Read more…

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Michael Albert: Michael Albert, Julio Chávez, Noam Chomsky and Gregory Wilpert Speak on Building a Society from Below

Cambridge, MA – Michael Albert of Z Magazine and Prof. Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spoke to an audience of over 200 at a panel on Building a Society from Below in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States. They were joined by Gregory Wilpert of Venezuela Analysis and Julio Chávez, former mayor Read more…

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Andrej Grubacic: Wobblies & Zapatistas: Talk at the Anarchist Book Fair

On Sunday at the 14th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair in San Francisco, over a dozen speakers covered a broad range of topics, from sex worker rights to the rise and fall of DASW, from Venezuela to arts and action. Here is the complete audio from three sessions. Andrej Grubacic speaks first here on Read more…

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Michael Albert: Venezuela

(Note: Interview begins 2min 30sec in) Michael Albert interviewed by Ron Daniels on his midnight radio program…  

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Mark Stevens: Workers’ Councils by Anton Pannekoek: Growth

From the back cover of Workers’ Councils (2003 AK Press Edition)   "Workers’ Councils is good, solid, working-class literature." – Noam Chomsky "What the working class strives for in its strugge, liberty and security, to be master of its own life, is only possible through control of the means of production. State socialism is not Read more…

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Mark Stevens: Workers’ Councils by Anton Pannekoek: Objections

From the back cover of Workers’ Councils (2003 AK Press Edition)   "Workers’ Councils is good, solid, working-class literature." – Noam Chomsky "What the working class strives for in its strugge, liberty and security, to be master of its own life, is only possible through control of the means of production. State socialism is not Read more…

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Mark Stevens: Workers’ Councils by Anton Pannekoek: Shop Organisation

From the back cover of Workers’ Councils (2003 AK Press Edition)   "Workers’ Councils is good, solid, working-class literature." – Noam Chomsky "What the working class strives for in its struggle, liberty and security, to be master of its own life, is only possible through control of the means of production. State socialism is not Read more…

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Mark Stevens: Audio Recording of ‘Marxism’, Chapter 15 of Realizing Hope

This audio recording was created for members of The Study Group in Cardiff (initiated by members of Project for a Participatory Society-UK), to listen to for next meeting. Some members of the group found it difficult to engage with theoretical text, their situation being that of after having worked all day and then seeing after Read more…

: The Battle for Gaza Gas Reserves

In 1999 the news came out that there were significant natural gas supplies off the coast of Gaza. Negotiation soon took place between the Palestinian Authority, Israel, British Gas, and a Athens based company. The deal they produced would have given the PA 10% of the profits, though it was to be put in a Read more…

Pavlos Stavropoulos: The Roots of the Greek Revolt

The fatal police-shooting of a 15 year old boy in Greece earlier this month has sent shock waves throughout the country with thousands of mostly young people revolting. The protests began in an Athens district called Exarchia — described by one commentator in Spiegel as "a traditional haunt of artists, anarchists and left-wing intellectuals." The Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: System Upgrades

If part of the Left’s agenda involves building a new society, what should that society look like? In the new book Real Utopia (AK Press 2008), Stephen Shalom proposes a participatory system of political decision-making based on nested councils, and Cynthia Peters examines how family, caregiving and sexuality could be better structured and supported.

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Chris Spannos: Real Utopia Interview

Chris Spannos interviewed by Redeye’s Peter Royce about his book Real Utopia. Real Utopia explores the paradox of a transformative vision of society rooted in realistic political action. In the book, various authors explore the idea of revolutionizing everyday life, particularly within the framework of participatory economics.

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Neve Gordon: Israel’s Occupation

Pacifica interview…

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Robert Jensen: Taking Politics Seriously: Looking Beyond the Election and Beyond Elections

In his Nov. 8 lecture "Taking Politics Seriously: Looking beyond the Election and Beyond Elections" at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Fresno, Jensen talked about the vision, analysis, and strategy for a left/progressive movement in the aftermath of the election.   Recording by Mike Rhodes, editor, Community Alliance newspaper, Fresno, CA Time: 49:27   Robert Read more…

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Jeremy Scahill: Blackwater and Moving Beyond Obama

Jeremy Scahill is an award-winning investigative journalist who reports for Democracy Now! and The Nation, as well as an expert on privatized military companies as a result of his reporting. He gave a talk on the mercenary company Blackwater and moving beyond Barack Obama on Nov. 2 at the University of Texas at Austin. The Read more…

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John Pilger: Journalism and the War on Terror

John Pilger is an acclaimed Australian journalist and documentary maker. On Oct. 28 he discussed journalism and the War on Terror in front of an audience at the University of Texas with journalism professor Robert Jensen acting as interviewer.

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Matt Grind: Parecon, Star Trek, and Feminism

An interview by Robin Puga of Vancouver Parecon members Marla Renn and Matt Grinder.  Discussed is Parecon, parpolity and how parsoc relates to Star trek feminism and activism.

Glen Ford: For Blacks, Economic ‘Reversal’ Began in 2000

Just as the edifices of finance capital began to slip into the abyss, a report shows that the Black American economy went into reverse eight years ago.  The study by the Economic Policy Institute is titled "Reversal of Fortune," and tracks the roller coaster ride from the late Nineties, when Blacks registered real progress in Read more…

P. Sainath: “Inequality: The Global Economy and Local Realities”

P. Sainath is an Indian journalist and an expert on global development issues. He is also the author of Everybody Loves a Good Drought, which won him the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Award for journalism, literature, and creative communications arts, widely considered to be the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize. On Sept. 18, he gave Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: Kashmir Interview

Author and activist Arundhati Roy has visited Kashmir several times in the past two months. She says she has never seen anything like the non-violent mass movement that is filling the streets of Srinagar.   In this interview, she talks about the recent history of Kashmir and why Kashmiris have poured onto the streets in Read more…

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Robert Meek: Live at CG Sept 15, 2008

Live at CG Sept 15, 2008

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Georgia & Russia

The Russian parliament is set to gather on Monday to decide whether to officially recognise the breakaway Georgian states, which risks deepening an already serious diplomatic crisis between Russia and the west – perhaps the worst since the fall of the Soviet Union.   On Tuesday, Nato suspended formal contacts with Russia, pending the withdrawal Read more…

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Robert Jensen: The old future’s gone: Progressive strategy amid cascading crises

[A version of this essay was delivered to the Interfaith Summer Institute for Justice, Peace, and Social Movements at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, August 11, 2008. Audio files of the talk and discussion are available online from the Radio Ecoshock Show here and here. "The old future's gone," John Gorka sings. "We can't get to there Read more…

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Marie Trigona: Argentina: Workers Rally to Keep Occupied Factory

Argentina: Workers Rally to Keep Occupied Factory (2:32) During Argentina’s financial meltdown, many unemployed workers occupied their closed factories and forcibly reopened them–under employee control. Four years later, Argentina’s economy is well on the road to recovery, and many worker-run factories are seeking permanent legal status. Yesterday, workers from the Zanon ceramics factory in the Read more…

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Elise Hugus: Czechs press for referendum on “the son of star wars”: 67% of Czechs are against hosting US base

U.S. plans to build a radar base in the Czech Republic are meeting resistance from Czechs who do not want their country to be part of the missile defense program. They’re not alone. Demonstrations took place around the world yesterday as concerns rise about the militarization of space. Elise Hugus has more from Prague. REPORTER: Read more…

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Gilbert Achcar: American, Israeli and Iranian Strategies in the Middle East Conflict

On 29 May, 2008, Michael Warschawski, co-founder of the Alternative Information Center, spoke with Gilbert Achcar at his office in London, England. Gilbert lived in Lebanon for many years before moving to France, where he taught politics and international relations at the University of Paris. Since 2007, he has been a professor of Development Studies Read more…

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Brian Kelly: Towards Economic and Environmental Justice

Chris interviews Liam on global warming, the war in Iraq, capitalist economics, and clean, green, and just alternatives. Also talked about is environmental activism and the Energy Action Coalition's exciting 2008 campaign: PowerVote.org   Interview Transcript:   Chris: What are you trying to do?  Liam: I want an end to poverty. I want an end Read more…

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Amy Goodman: The “Golden Voice of the Great Southwest”: Legendary Folk Musician, Activist Utah Phillips, 1935-2008

Note: Interview Starts 9min. 47 sec into show. AMY GOODMAN: Utah Phillips, the legendary folk musician, peace and labor activist, has died. He passed away in his sleep in Nevada City Friday night. He died of congestive heart failure. He was seventy-three years old. A memorial service is being planned for Sunday. Over the span Read more…

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Alexis Alexism: Le temps des cerises

Interprétée par Edith Piaf. (wikipédia) Cette chanson est si fortement associée à la Commune de Paris que, dans les esprits, elle fut écrite pour elle. Pourtant elle fut écrite sous Napoléon III avant même la guerre de 1870 (dont l’humiliation de la défaite française devait produire, en 1871, le terreau favorable à la Commune). Un Read more…

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Adam Hochschild: Cracks in the Edifice

Every spring in New York City, the Left Forum conference brings together intellectuals and activists to address urgent issues and build a stronger political Left movement in the United States.   This year, organizers and thinkers looked at the ongoing war in Iraq… the impending economic recession… and the devastating results of free trade policies Read more…

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Pratap Chatterjee: South Asian Private Contractors

Pratap Chatterjee talks to Gina Hotta of Apex Express about the low-wage private contractors from South Asia who are servicing the Iraq occupation.   Pratap Chatterjee is the executive director of Corpwatch, as well as an investigative journalist and producer. He has won five Project Censored awards as well as a Silver Reel from the Read more…

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