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Chris Williams: Frankenstorm and Climate Change

There is little doubt that freakish and unnaturally-assembled storms are a taste of what the future holds. The riptides of climate change are beginning to tear at the fabric of our biosphere as the earth’s climate moves toward a more volatile, violent, and less hospitable new climate.   Alluding, therefore, to Mary Shelley’s gothic horror Read more…

Aaron Cynic: Who Wasted $13 Million on Occupy Protests?

According to an Associated Press article in the Chicago Tribune (November 23): “During the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in police overtime and other municipal services. The heaviest financial burden has fallen on law Read more…

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Z Staff: Sale of Z Videos on the Economy & Social Change

  Occupation Sale of Z Videos on the Economy & Social Change for $7 each!    ALL WHO MATTER, a talk by Noam Chomsky _____ A lively lecture about economic globalization and its impact on people in the U.S. and around the world. Chomsky ranges far and wide in this cogent and cutting edge talk. Read more…

Various Contributors: Free Listings

Events   OCCUPY TOGETHER – Occupy Together is the unofficial hub for various occupations across the country who are in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. Over 1,000 cities and towns are currently participating.   Contact: http://www.occupy/ together.org/.   OCCUPY/CAPITALISM – The Left Forum is calling for panel proposals for their 2012 conference, “Occupy the System: Read more…

David Mcnally: Global Slump

Beware the recovery from the downturn of 2007-2008, as tens of millions of people hang on and fall down. Their daily lives have differences and similarities. One of the former is place: the global south or global north. Chinese women assembling goods for export face labor conditions that female Wal-Mart “associates” stateside don’t. But as Read more…

Brendan Libertad: Murdoch, The Miners, and the Monopoly of Manipulation

In a country where two out of every three newspapers in major cities are owned by Rupert Murdoch, and which possesses the unenviable mantle of the most highly concentrated media ownership in the Western world, it is no surprise that public discourse on all things related to big business and the shadow it casts over Read more…

Andy Piascik: Bread and Roses, 100 Years On

One hundred years ago, in the dead of a Massachusetts winter, the great Bread and Roses strike began. Accounts differ as to whether a woman striker actually held a sign that read We Want Bread and We Want Roses, Too. No matter. It’s a wonderful phrase, as appropriate for the Lawrence strikers as for any Read more…

Laurence h. Shoup: The Power Couple of California

On January 20, 1980, in San Francisco, California, finance capitalist Richard C. Blum (born in 1936) and the ambitious Democratic Party politician Dianne Feinstein (born 1933) were married in a ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. This marriage created an economic and political alliance that in little over a decade would allow them to become Read more…

James Petras: The Obama Doctrine

In response to major military and political losses as well as new opportunities, the White House is fashioning a new doctrine of imperial conquest based on intensified aerial warfare, greater extra-territorial intervention, and, when circumstances allow, alliances with collaborators. This includes the arming and financial backing of retrograde despotic regimes in the Gulf city-states, fundamentalists, Read more…

Nicolas J.S. Davies: The Victory of Popular Resistance in Occupied Iraq

On February 15, 2005, following the election held in January, the still unified “Anti-Occupation Patriotic Forces” met at the Umm Al-Qura mosque in Baghdad to discuss “proposals aiming at restoring Iraq’s full independence, unity and sovereignty.” Twenty-one groups were represented at the meeting, including al-Sadr’s Current Party, the Association of Muslim Scholars, the Patriotic Front Read more…

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