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Alavari Jeevathol: Response to Ravi Kiran’s blog post entitled “There is no poverty except thought poverty”

This will most likely be the first of many articles addressing the political views expressed in a WordPress blog called “Ravithinks”.[1] This blog was brought to my attention by certain friends who noticed that the views espoused therein, belonging to a blogger called Ravi Kiran,[2] are quite different to my own sociopolitical views. In presenting Read more…

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Kim Scipes: New article on building global labor solidarity available

My latest piece, “Building Global Labor Solidarity Today:  Learning from the KMU of the Philippines” just has been published in the new journal, “Race, Class and Corporate Power.”  It is available on-line and for free a thttp://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/classracecorporatepower/vol3/iss1/4/ . I think there’s a lot to be learned from KMU, and encourage folks to check it out.Best–Kim Scipes

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Burkely Hermann: Another war on the horizon

Over one year ago, the war-weary population and Congress rose up in protest and a war with Syria was averted to the chagrin of international capital. The hawkish politicians and pundits, masters of war, military establishment, arms manufacturers, and other interested parties want another go at it. On all the mainstream TV channels, the same Read more…

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The Polemi: “Without America this cannot happen.” Jewish Grandmother Shows the Way

On July 12, three Israeli teenagers disappeared. The Israeli government and most of the media say they were “kidnapped,” although there have been no ransom demands. If they were taken by one of the five previously-unknown groups that claimed responsibility (including, apparently, a branch of the now-ubiquitous ISIS), that group would probably say that they were Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: The History of the Second Amendment, NRA Distortions, And How We Have to Do Gun Activism

A fascinating read about the history of the Second Amendment is available at Politico. There’s a lot of things to add to this article, which is a vital corrective to our national debate about gun laws. First of all: No right in the Constitution is absolute. Period. Freedom of speech is limited not just by Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: “Check Your Privilege”: You’re Not Using It Right

“Check your privilege” is an interesting new meme. I’ve spent years in anti-racist activism and discussions, talking to others, yelling at neo-Nazis and libertarians. I’ve spent years in general as an anarchist, and I’ve self-identified as a feminist since long before I was politically conscious. Hell, I’ve been a feminist since before I got into Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: The “No Duh” Report, Volume 1: The Foster Care System

I am launching a new segment that I call “The No Duh Report!” So much of our politics are divisive and ideologically closed. This isn’t new, of course; it’s been a part of human politics for as long as there have been politics. I bet Paleolithic tribes debated about policy and had factions and yelling Read more…

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Sriram Ananth: A message to all Hindu fascists upon the election of their messiah in India

(Image source: http://www.sacw.net/article7143.html) It’s been over a month since I witnessed, with vicarious trauma, the meteoric rise of Narendra Modi to become one of the world’s most powerful men, commanding one of the world’s most brutal, nuclear-armed militaries. The two weeks of hopeless depression are over, and a slow, lightly simmering anger has set in. Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: Star Trek, Atheism, Anarchism and The Power of Vision

I have been being questioned a lot recently about what I think could be a better way of promoting atheism or humanistic philosophies that would not be as judgmental or closed-hearted as I find many atheistic activists, or a better way of promoting a positive vision of the future. Engaging with pareconists, anarchists and leftists, Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: Gamers Have the Power to Change the Conversation

I posted something recently to my Facebook about Anita Sarkeesian, the anti-sexist and feminist video games advocate. My friend Pyroja said that he felt that Anita was all hype and no substance, cashing in on a trend, in essence. I agreed that this was possible; I don’t know Ms. Sarkeesian herself, and I do see Read more…

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