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Helen Redmond: From Poppies to Fentanyl Lollipops with footnotes

In the twenty-first century, Afghanistan remains a country of astonishing contradictions?still saturated with antediluvian notions. It is one of the most undeveloped, technologically backward countries in the world despite billions of dollars poured into the economy from foreign governments. The majority of Afghans turn on a radio to get information. In a country where 90 Read more…

Various Reviewers: Reviews

Book Reviews     Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United State By Craig Hughes, Steve Peace, and Kevin Van Meter for the Team Colors Collective (ed.) AK Press: Oakland, 2010, 400 pp. Winds from Below: Radical Community Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible by Team Color Collective (ed.) Microcosm Publishing: Lansing, Kansas, Read more…

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Z Staff: Zaps July-August 2011

Events COPWATCH – The 2nd International Copwatch Conference is scheduled for July 22-24 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Designed to help activists share strategies to take back their communities from oppressive and abusive police, the conference is open to anyone except law enforcement officials.   Contact: Winnipeg Copwatch, 2F-91 Albert Street Winnipeg Manitoba Canada R3B 1G5; Read more…

Angola 3 News: The Real Cost of Prisons

Lois Ahrens is the Founder/Director of The Real Cost of Prisons Project (RCPP) and has been an activist/organizer for more than 40 years. First started in 2001, RCPP brings together justice activists, artists, justice policy researchers and people directly experiencing the impact of mass incarceration to work together to end the U.S. prison nation. RCPP Read more…

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Carl Finamore: Reviving the Strike

 A new book by labor attorney and veteran union negotiator Joe Burns, Reviving the Strike (Brooklyn, IG Publishing, 2011, 224 pp.), is a valuable contribution to resurrecting fundamental lessons from the neglected history of American labor. As the title suggests and as he emphasized to me, “The only way we can revive the labor movement Read more…

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Michael M'Gehee: A Queer History of the United States

    Michael Bronski’s new book A Queer History of the United States (Beacon Press, 2011) is to the history of sexuality in this country as Howard Zinn’s classic A People’s History of the United States is to the history of class struggle. And while Bronski’s book is not officially a part of the A People’s Read more…

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Robert Ovetz: Uses of a Whirlwind

Where are the pitchforks and torches? That’s the number one question on all of our minds following the meager response to the meltdown of the U.S. capitalist economy, even as insurgencies against neoliberal attacks escalate rapidly from Egypt to Madison, China to Greece, and Oman to Mexico. Craig Hughes, Steve Peace, and Kevin Van Meter, Read more…

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Z Staff: Z News

Spring and early summer have certainly not been dull.  This year, people are raising a ruckus. In Spain a large portion of the population is rising up angry and indignant, demanding change. With each day, the Spanish protestors become more aware and more confident (see article page 22). Emerging assemblies (vehicles of direct participation and Read more…

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Z Staff: Net Briefs

Withdrawing FAIR sent a media advisory on Obama’s June 22 announcement of a phased troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. This announcement is being portrayed as a major step towards ending the war, without explaining that when Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. had about 34,000 troops in Afghanistan. Obama then initiated two major troop increases: Read more…

Christine Shearer: Displacing People for Profit

While President Obama tours the country raising money for his reelection campaign, we are likely to hear well-crafted speeches that are supportive of clean energy and critical of big polluters. In West Virginia and Wyoming, he will no doubt talk glowingly of so-called “clean-coal” technology. In California, he might speak to solar’s great potential, and Read more…

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