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Z Staff: About Z

Z MAGAZINE is an independent magazine of critical thinking on political, cultural, social, and economic life in the U.S. It sees the racial, gender, class, and political dimensions of personal life as fundamental to understanding and improving contemporary circumstances; and it aims to assist activist efforts for a better future. Z Magazine (ISSN 1056-5507) is Read more…

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Events, Books, Campaigns

 Events SCHOOLS – The 4th Annual National Week of Action on School Pushout will take place during the week of September 28-October 6, 2013. Contact: http://www.dignityinschools.org/. LGBTQ – The 26th annual Out On Film Festival will take place October 3-10, in Atlanta. Contact: [email protected];http://outonfilm.org/. RAZA – The Third Annual Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award will Read more…

Various Reviewers: A Book and a Documentary

  Book     One Day in December : Celia Sánchez and the Cuban Revolution By Nancy Stout Monthly Review Press, 2013 Review by Seth Sandronsky In the opening pages of a new biography, Alice Walker’s Foreword sets the stage for the poignant portrayal of a person with scant name recognition in North America.Until, that Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Four Decades After the First 9-11 in Chile

September 11 marked, as we were endlessly reminded, the 12th anniversary of the profoundly shocking Al Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon that engulfed the U.S. and the world in grief over the death of some 3,000 Americans, and also instilled the sense of anxiety and fear exploited by George W. Bush Read more…

Al Gedicks: Militarized Mining in Wisconsin

Armed guards protecting extractive resource operations is not an uncommon sight in Central and South American countries where there is growing community resistance to ecologically destructive mining and oil projects. As early as 2008, the United Nations documented “an emerging trend in Latin America but also in other regions of the world indicates situations of Read more…

Cliff Durand: Laboratory For A New Society

Cuba is poised to be the first country in the world to have co-operatives make up a major portion of its economy. Cuba is engaged in a fundamental reshaping of its society. Calling it a renovation of socialism or a renewal of socialism, the country is re-forming the economic system away from the state socialist Read more…

Stephen Bergstein: Supreme Court to Decide Town Prayer Case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that strikes at the heart of one of the many culture wars in American society: the separation of church and state. The Justices will decide whether the Constitution allows a community in upstate New York to open its town board meetings with religious prayer. This case Read more…

Edward S. Herman: Orwellian Language Update

Imperialism and rising inequality call forth language innovations to put a nasty reality in a better light, or at least to take those responsible for the nastiness off-the-hook. One verbal device that helps obscure reality, and the responsibility for mass distress, is the use of the pronoun “we” for those responsible and the phrase “lack Read more…

Stephen R. Thornton: Hospital Workers Beat Private Equity Takeover

Waterbury, Connecticut is a company town, but union members and neighborhood activists have won their two-year battle to change that. The “Brass City” is not the industrial fortress it once was, where the Scovill, Chase and Anaconda companies hired thousands of local metal workers and controlled the political and economic life of the city. Today, Read more…

Dimitris Fasfalis: Mandela Between Fact and Fiction

There are many ways in which the capitalist rulers of the world manage to contain the empowering hope borne by revolutionary leaders: slander, silence, and in some cases outright embezzlement. The latter is the case today with Nelson Mandela. Here is—among many other samples of the same sort—an excerpt from a BBC News report about Read more…

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