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Kevin Young: Hillary Clinton and the Crisis of Liberal Feminism

The exclusionary version of feminism reflected in Clinton’s politics contrasts with more holistic and robust feminisms practiced around the world   by Kevin Young and Diana C. Sierra Becerra   Source: Against the Current   Assuming Hillary Clinton runs for President in 2016, much of her popular support will be based on her image as Read more…

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Kevin Young: GM’s New CEO Is Not a Feminist

-by Kevin Young and Diana Sierra Becerra General Motors CEO Mary Barra will give the University of Michigan’s commencement address on May 3 and will also be awarded an honorary doctorate. Explaining this decision, the UM administration depicts Barra as a pioneering leader and a role model for young women. According to the UM website, Read more…

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Kevin Young: Venezuela and the Global Left: What We Might Learn from Our Venezuelan Counterparts

Venezuela has recently seen a series of protests against the country’s elected government of President Nicolás Maduro, the successor of the late Hugo Chávez. The protests have been organized by right-wing opposition leaders and have been comprised largely of middle- and upper-class youth (and, of course, supported by the Obama administration). While the protesters cite Read more…

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Kevin Young: Contempt for International Law: NYTimes and WashPost on Iran

Although the editors of the New York Times and Washington Post routinely accuse the Iranian government of “contempt for international law” (NYT, 12/30/11), their own record reveals a systematic disdain for the international legal principles and treaty obligations of which the US and Israeli governments are in violation.   The editorial boards not only fail to subject Read more…

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Kevin Young: The Last, Best Hope on Earth: The Popular Uprisings of 2011 and “the Optimism of Uncertainty”

“There is a tendency to think that what we see in the present moment will continue. We forget how often we have been astonished by the sudden crumbling of institutions, by extraordinary changes in people’s thoughts, by unexpected eruptions of rebellion against tyrannies, by the quick collapse of systems of power that seemed invincible…Life is Read more…

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Kevin Young: The Violence That Never Happened: Occupy Wall Street and the Selective Outrage of the New York Times

In a middle-of-the-night raid involving hundreds of heavily-armed police officers, the New York Police Department on November 15 forcibly evicted the nonviolent protesters who had been occupying Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan for nearly two months. New York’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg had ordered the raid, citing a number of dubious health, safety, and legal Read more…

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Kevin Young: The “Failure” of the Iraqi Government: US Opposition to Arab Democracy, in Iraq and Beyond

The withdrawal of almost all US forces from Iraq in the coming months now appears likely. Although the United States will continue to maintain roughly 5,000 military, CIA, and private mercenary personnel along with the biggest embassy in the world and a substantial military aid and training program, in terms of numbers the withdrawal will Read more…

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Kevin Young: “Kumbaya” and Bullets: The Few Winners and Many Losers with the US-Colombia Free-Trade Agreement

Originally signed five years ago, the US-Colombia “free-trade” agreement, or FTA, has now passed the US Congress, along with similar FTAs with South Korea and Panama. The Bush and Obama administrations expended no small effort promoting the deals, despite Obama’s stated opposition to all three agreements as a presidential candidate and his 2008 denunciation of “leaders [who] change their Read more…

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Kevin Young: Latin American Opinion and US Policy

The Chilean polling firm Latinobarómetro has just released its annual poll of Latin American public opinion. The 112-page report constitutes one of the most thorough annual measurements of public opinion in the eighteen countries surveyed. Despite significant flaws, including Latinobarómetro’s own neoliberal and Orientalist bias, the report provides important information about Latin Americans’ views on Read more…

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Kevin Young: 167 Million People Support Occupy Wall Street: The Time Is Ripe for a Mass Movement

Recent US public opinion polls on the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests suggest a very high level of public sympathy for the movement. Despite all the press depictions of the protesters as a bunch of grungy white kids who are “clamoring for nothing in particular,” the general public in this country is broadly sympathetic to Read more…

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