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Gabriel Levy: John Maclean: the accuser of capitalism

To mark the 100th anniversary of the first world war, People & Nature today publishes Accuser of Capitalism: John Maclean’s Speech from the Dock on 9 May, 1918. (Introduction here, text of speech here.) Maclean, a Scottish Marxist, was one of a small number of socialists across Europe who denounced their governments’ participation in the Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Fred Wright: Labor Laffs for the Working Class

“There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” ― Erma Bombeck Labor cartoonist Fred Wright was a radical artist who walked that thin line in a way that would impress any circus tightrope walker. The son of working class parents, Fred Wright knew the world of class warfare Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: Why I oppose ENDA

There has been a recent ruse over ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. As Katie McDonough noted in Salon, after the recent Hobby Lobby decision “progressive and LGBTQ groups one-by-one withdrew their support from the measure” including groups like the “National Gay and Lesbian Task Force [NGLTF], the Transgender Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Chicagoans prepare to take back their city: 
A view from the West Side

“Imagine what a community would look like that you and your children deserve and what are you willing to do to bring that to fruition.”—–Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) activist Tara Stamps Chicago Teachers Union(CTU) activist and West Side resident Tara Stamps repeated variations of that phrase   in a packed community July 17th meeting held at Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?

Americans committed to better living for bosses can take heart at the fact that college and university administrators—unlike their faculty (increasingly reduced to rootless adjuncts) and students (saddled with ever more debt)―are thriving. In 2011, the last year for which figures are available, 42 private college and university presidents received more than a million dollars Read more…

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Alavari Jeevathol: Response to Ravi Kiran’s blog post entitled “Modi-My observations”

This is the second article in a series of articles pertaining to Ravi Kiran’s posts on his blog “Ravithinks”.[1] In this article, I address Kiran’s views on the then-Prime Ministerial candidate, and now Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi,[2] as expressed in Kiran’s article entitled “Modi-My Observations”, which was published on the 9th of February 2013.[3] Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: Dictators, celebrities, and musicians: a sad but not surprising story

Recently, I was researching for an article looking at all the dictatorships in the world (which will soon be published) and I found something that made me interested. This was the conflation of dictators, celebrities and musicians. Some groups have been holding musicians and celebrities accountable for entertaining dictators like the Human Rights Foundation. This Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: An unstable future in Egypt

While politicians, pundits and others are freaking out about the growing violence in Iraq, there is another country that is facing troubles: Egypt. The newly elected President of Egypt and former Supreme military commander, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, said at his inauguration, according to the L.A. Times, that there needs to be “a more stable future…for Read more…

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Brad Wilson: National Geographic Wrong on Farm Bill

SYNOPSIS: (WHERE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IS WRONG) It’s important that we learn about hunger to better prevent it. Learning about the connection between the farm bill and cheap junk food is an important part of this. Unfortunately, this article gives a false analysis, claiming that subsidies cause cheap farm prices. It suggests that subsidies should be Read more…

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Aaron Leonard: Greenwald and Snowden: Surveillance, empire and the future

Surveillance, empire and the future By Aaron Leonard for rabble.ca July 17, 2014 No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald (Metropolitan Books, 2014; $27.00) Way back in July 2000, the Wall Street Journal, reporting on revelations and rumors about NSA snooping, offered the following: “The granddaddy Read more…

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