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Kristen Ess: Rafah: South Gaza Strip

Staying home for Palestinians in Rafah is not only a necessity, it has become a prime act of resistance.  Last night Israeli Apache helicopters shot missiles into Rafah. This is a city that the Israeli’s have demolished nearly 700 homes in. Israeli soldiers in heavily armoured tanks are shooting at the hundreds of Palestinian children Read more…

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Brooks Berndt: History Behind Bars

Some movies you can’t find at Blockbuster. One of my favorites is a documentary called “Three Thousand Years and Life.” The film’s title refers to the accumulated sentences of prisoners at Walpole Prison in 1973. Located in rural Massachusetts, Walpole was and is a notoriously vicious prison. Prior to Massachusetts’ abolition of the death penalty Read more…

Mickey Z: Without A Clousseau

With a defense budget…wait, let’s cut with the bullshit: With a war budget of over $350 billion dollars per year, even a Soldier of Fortune subscriber might be wondering if we taxpayers are getting our money’s worth. Is all the legal tender being funneled away from social programs making anyone except defense contractors feel safe? Read more…

Ed Vulliamy: The Bush Files

President George Bush is presiding over the most secretive administration in ‘living memory’, according to American civil rights groups and congressmen. Critics accuse him of orchestrating an unprecedented clampdown on freedom of information and the press. This has resulted in a dramatic increase in documents and proceedings being classified secret and an overall shutdown of Read more…

Stephen Kerr: The Men Who Moil For Gold

Night was falling on Eastern Africa and Melania Baesi still had not heard from her sons. The two had left that morning to work at an increasingly turbulent gold field where the family had a small pit mine. A week before, armed police had evicted tens of thousands of peasants from the area. They wanted Read more…

Suzanne abu Tair: none

This interview was conducted by Isin Elicin on NTV (Turkish 24 hour television) ISIN ELICIN: Hi Ken, thank you very much for being with us today. Soon you will be going to Iraq to volunteer to act as a human shield. Could you tell us why you are risking your life? KENNETH NICHOLS O’KEEFE: I Read more…

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Robert Fisk: Double Standards In War On Terror

I think I’m getting the picture. North Korea breaks all its nuclear agreements with the United States, throws out UN inspectors and sets off to make a bomb a year, and President Bush says it’s “a diplomatic issue”. Iraq hands over a 12,000-page account of its weapons production and allows UN inspectors to roam all Read more…

International Solidarity movement: Women Rising For Peace And Justice Announce Campaign And Activities

Announcing a Women’s Anti-War Day of ActionPart of the National Week of Resistance for Justice and Peace in the spirit of Martin Luther King War, poverty, and racism–the three evils named by Martin Luther King–are intimately linked to the oppression of women. Together they form strands of a rope binding people worldwide. Untangle that rope Read more…

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Mark Steel: Hurry Now While Stocks Of Deadly Anthrax Last

Not everyone can have appreciated a break for Christmas. After a few days of singing about peace in honour of the baby Jesus, it must be a relief for Christians such as Blair and Bush to get back to planning how to obliterate the region the poor sod lived in. Which is why this paper Read more…

Nurit Peled-elhanan: The Bereaved Parents for Peace

By Nurit Peled-Elhanan, The Forum of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved parents for peace, 2001 Laureate of the Sakharov prize for the freedom of thought awarded by the European Parliament. Mrs. Primat’s malicious article does not deserve any serious consideration. Nevertheless, since she attacks me personally and most viciously, I would like to seize this opportunity Read more…

Brian Wood: Stopping the Global Terror Trade

Speech at the European Social Forum, Florence, 9 November 2002 First, may I thank the organisers for inviting me to represent Amnesty International on this platform at the European Social Forum here in Florence set up to speak about what you call ‘war nourished economies’. I want to explain why we live in the terror Read more…

Anjum Niaz: When America looked the other way

(Sealed off as ‘Top Secret’ by the State Department and CIA, now after three decades, 46 declassified documents – some  ‘sanitized’ – and a audio clip of Nixon-Kissinger offer  a compelling peek at President Nixon and his security advisor Henry Kissinger  giving a sly wink to the Pakistan army to kill, rape and terrorize innocent Read more…

Gregory Elich: Notes to North Korea Piece

NOTES   1.        Bruce Cumings, Korea’s Place in the Sun, New York, 1997 2.        Ashton B. Carter and William J. Perry, “Back to the Brink,” Washington Post, October 20, 2002.          Leon V. Sigal, “Jimmy Carter,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, January-February 1998. 3.        “South Korea Stopped US Strike on North Korea,” Agence France-Presse, May 24, Read more…

Alan Maas: Another Kick In The Teeth

  TWO LONG years. That’s how long it’s been since Kimberly lost her job at a Los Angeles restaurant. She’s looked for work ever since. “But there’s nothing going for me,” she says. “I was on my way to a job at Los Angeles International Airport. Then all of a sudden, September 11 happened, and Read more…

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Jonathan Cook: Crossing Which Borders?

Earlier this year the Israeli novelist A B Yehoshua wrote at length about Zionism, the Jewish nation- building ideology formulated by Theodor Herzl, explaining that at its core lay the concept of a border. Jewish identity in the diaspora, he observed, inherently lacked borders: “It wanders around the world, a traveller between hotels. A Jew Read more…

Dan Georgakas: The Cineaste Reviews

Crowdus, Gary and Dan Georgakas (editors). The Cineaste Interviews II (Chicago: Lake View Press, 2002). 286 pages. 25 Illustrations. Paper ISBN 0-941702-50-2 $17.95 Cloth ISBN 0-941702-51-0 $29.95 Can be ordered through the distributor: Smyrna Press at smyrnapress@hotmail.com (1) Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, [Title goes here], is about? What is it Read more…

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Bridget Anderson: Turning survival into resistance:

In preparation for this panel we were told that we must be focussed on questions of vision and strategy. It’s made me realise how little chance we have to dream. Neo-liberal capitalism, the ineluctable logic of the market, it all seems so "obvious" so "natural" that it has stifled our rejuvenating human capacity to imagine. Read more…

Chris Harman: Economic vision presentation: Socialism

The movement for another world was born just over three years ago at Seattle. Its significance lay in bringing together a host of movements, old and new, around individual issues – debt, third world poverty, environmental devastation, militarism, indigenous rights, unemployment, destruction of workers’ rights – and focussing them on a single enemy, a world Read more…

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Michael Albert: Participatory Economics

  First off, like all of you I despise capitalism. I don’t want an economy in which Bill Gates has as much wealth as the population of Norway. I don’t want homeless people living under bridges and CEOs having huge mansions. I don’t want people fleecing one another, oblivious to social well being, competing for Read more…

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Carola Reintjes: What is a Solidarity Economy?

          Solidarity Economy designates all production, distribution and consumption activities that contribute to the democratization of the economy based on citizen commitments both at a local and global level. Solidarity Economy is a dynamics of reciprocity and solidarity which links individual interests to the collective interest. In this sense, Solidarity Economy is not a sector of Read more…

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Tom Wetzel: Opening Comments for Debate with Socialist Perspective: Representing Parecon

When Marx wrote up a draft of the Principles of the International Workers Association in the 1860s, he adapted a slogan of Flora Tristan, from 1843: "The emancipation of the working class must be the work of the workers themselves." But what is necessary for the working class to be successful in emancipating itself? My Read more…

Chris Harman: Working class and the multitude

Starting point – everywhere since Genoa and 11 September movement faces question not merely of opposing existing system, but of how to win against it. Another world not merely possible, but also necessary View outline by Marx and Engels – capitalism is a system based on pumping value out of workers- the accumulation of stolen Read more…

: Work: From ‘Decent Work’ to ‘The Liberation of Time from Work’

Introduction The Future Is Not What It Used To Be (graffito cited Sousa Santos 1995:479)   A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not even worth glancing at (Oscar Wilde)   I want to here comment on a number of historical and contemporary understandings of work, represented in the quotations below. Read more…

Adele Oliveri: Empowering for participation through work

I wish to thank Z Magazine and the organizers of LAC for giving me the opportunity to take part in this incredible event. I hope what I am going to say will spur some interesting debate about working life in a post-capitalist society. In the light of the discussions which have taken place over the Read more…

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Site Administrator: Work: Production Systems and the Trajectory of Change: Some Reflections

There is growing disjunction between systems of production and the control of global capital over production. Production is increasingly socialised while its control is centralised. If we look at the contours of production systems, we see growing complexity and a widening of its dimension: the system of production is a global network of units increasingly Read more…

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Paul Burrows: “Work After Capitalism”

Life After Capitalism Conference, World Social Forum III,  Porto Alegre, Brazil (January 23-28, 2003) I. Introduction From what I understand, this panel is meant to address the question of work after capitalism, to outline a vision (or visions) of what work might look like in a desirable non-capitalist economy, as well as discuss strategies for Read more…

João Bernardo: Class

The way the society is theoretically divided in classes or in strata, and the definition of these classes or strata depends on the political perspectives.   The usual division of society by the income levels, for instance, that we find in mainstream economics, acknowledges only quantitative differences between classes. The same happens in common parlance Read more…

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Michael Albert: Class: What Do We Want, How Do We Get It

Class is a concept meant to highlight groups of people in the economy with similar interests and motives. Classes are groups that social activists should regard collectively.   If we think that the only determinant of class differences is ownership relations, we will emphasize capitalists and workers as classes, with variations for small farmers, or Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Globalization: A Coalition to Contain Economic Aggression?

       Introduction   Let me start by saying that my heart is heavy when I think of the destruction my country is wreaking on this beautiful world.   I’d like to thank all of you and all of those around the world who are helping to stop that destruction.   A tacit coalition to contain American Read more…

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Andrej Grubacic: Towards Another Anarchism

Rough transcript of a talk given by Andrej Grubacic as part of the Life After Capitalism forum (WSF3, Porto Alegre, 2003.)     A friend of mine has written recently that: "no one needs another -ism from19th century, another word which imprisons and fixes meaning, another word that seduces a number of people into the Read more…

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Alex Callinicos: Socialism: Political Vision

Anti-Capitalist Values   Implicit in the anti-globalization movement’s critique of neo-liberalism is, it seems to me, a commitment to four values – justice, efficiency, democracy, and sustainability.   l       Justice is best understood as incorporating three other values: liberty, equality, and solidarity: one version of an egalitarian principle of justice would accord to everyone equal Read more…

: Some Introductory Remarks About A New City For A New Society

We were asked for two tasks by the organizers(1): First, we should present a vision about a just city of the future, that is a city in which social justice would reign (which presupposes another society, a post-capitalist society); secondly, we should develop a strategy in order to achieve this just city.   Well, we Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Housing

Introduction: What’s wrong with South Africa’s primary city? The pages below are from the introductory and concluding chapters to Unsustainable South Africa, which makes a long, detailed case that the host city for the August 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development needs revolutionary change. The case includes critiques of Johannesburg’s water and energy supplies–megadams in Read more…

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Tom Wetzel: The City

In the early 20th century, radical workplace activists put forward the idea that, in building workplace organizations or unions self-managed by rank and file workers, and in challenging the bosses for control of production, they were "building the new society in the shell of the old." They envisioned rank and file self-management of the union Read more…

: Some Propositions on Cyberspace after Capitalism

Introduction The point here is to confront the new international mouvement social, still bearing certain features of the old national-industrial capitalism, with the relational principle proper to the epoch of a globalized, informatised, finance and services capitalism. Networking existed long before the internet and long before capitalism. It is the form of inter-relation within face-to-face Read more…

Maria Suarez: FIRE´s Internet Radio Station

The Asociación de Comunicaciones Feminist Interactive Radio Endeavor (AC FIRE) was re-born on the 8th of March 1998, as a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Costa Rica but came into existence much earlier. AC FIRE began broadcasting originally on shortwave in 1991 and in 1998 began its innovative Internet Radio initiative. Today AC FIRE can Read more…

Arturo Escobar: Other Worlds Are (already) Possible: Cyber-Internationalism and Post-Capitalist Cultures

Note: These notes have been prepared following the general instructions for the LAC panels, that is, to focus on vision (“What do we want”) and strategy (“How do we get it?”).   I. A. “What do we want?”   What we want is the full development of cyberspatial practices (“cybercultures”) that fulfill the novel promises Read more…

Will Doherty: Cyberspace After Capitalism

 Contents n   Cyberspace? Capitalism? n   Infrastructure n   Communications n   Participation n   Right to Information n   Trade n   Transitions   Cyberspace Definition: Original n    “A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children learning mathematical concepts…a graphical representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human Read more…

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Pablo Ortellado: Why We Oppose Intellectual Property[1]

While open publishing is a well-known facet of the Independent Media Center[2], its sister idea, copyleft — undermining copyrights, has received little attention. At the foot of the website’s main page, instead of the traditional note reminding readers of the copyrights, we read the following: “© Independent Media Center. All content is free for reprint Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Embryonic African anti-capitalism

Introduction: Africa’s structural burdens When it comes to anti-capitalist resistance, the most economically-marginalized sites are amongst the most interesting. Not because the greatest number of militant activists are out in force–but because the trials and tribulations they overcome along the way, and the consciousness they express, teach us vital lessons about uneven capitalist development. Consider Read more…

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Ezequiel Adamovsky: Reflexiones acerca de las Asambleas en Argentina, y sobre el proyecto de una “Red Mundial de Movimientos Sociales”

Introducción   El fenómeno de las Asambleas en Argentina es muy complejo, cada Asamblea es un mundo aparte, de modo que voy a comenzar con alguna información general sobre todo el movimiento, para luego hablar de mi propia experiencia como miembro de la Asamblea Popular Cid Campeador, de la ciudad de Buenos Aires.   Para Read more…

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Marta Harnecker: The Venezuelan Revolution

(espanol abajo) TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH: MARIA CARLA BASSEGIO 1. Hugo Chávez Frías-military man who had attempted to remove corrupt president Carlos Andrés Pérez from office in February 1992 by means of a military rebellion with civil support-won the elections as President of the Republic six years later, with an important majority vote of 56 %. Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: U.S. Anti War Actvism

Crafting an anti-war movement from inside the belly of the beast is not easy. I’m going to talk today about how the U.S. anti-war movement is gaining momentum, despite the challenges, and I hope to convey to you all the hope that I feel, and that is expressed daily by the many millions of people Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Sexuality, masculinity and men’s choices

One of the most divisive issues on the left regarding sexuality has been the sex industry — prostitution, pornography, strip bars, and similar enterprises. Feminist critics have focused on the harm to women and children in these systems, while sex liberals have argued that there should be no collective restrictions, or sometimes even criticism of, Read more…

Ovidio Waldemar: Family Life

The subject is vast and complex and generalizations are both necessary and dangerous. As a psychiatrist and and family psychotherapist , someone who deals with daily  problems and their solutions, I will in this panel focus on my experience with recent trends in western middle class family life, which I assume to be the family Read more…

Helena Singer: Educação

  Porto Alegre, 27 de janeiro de 2003   A escola que hoje predomina nas sociedades capitalistas não é fundamentalmente diferente daquela que predominava nas sociedades ditas comunistas. Não é portanto criação e prerrogativa do capitalismo, mas certamente terá que ser superada em uma sociedade que supere a atual configuração de forças.  O ponto pelo Read more…

Adrienne Huber: The getting of An-education

Brazil is magical. I’ve been here three and a half months now and I live in a kind of magical realism a bit like being in a novel (apologies to writers who use the literary technique of the same name). Last weekend I had the enormous pleasure of being a guest at that most beautiful Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Uneven Health Outcomes and Political Resistance under Residual Neoliberalism in Africa

Presented to the seminar on Life After Capitalism: Health ZNet at the World Social Forum Porto Alegre, Brazil – 25 January 2003       Introduction   In the wake of the devastation wrought in Africa by two decades of ‘neoliberalism’–i.e., state policies that are market-oriented, export-led, subjet to fiscal austerity and characterized by the Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Uneven Health Outcomes and Political Resistance under Residual Neoliberalism in Africa

Presented to the seminar on Life After Capitalism: Health ZNet at the World Social Forum Porto Alegre, Brazil – 25 January 2003       Introduction   In the wake of the devastation wrought in Africa by two decades of ‘neoliberalism’–i.e., state policies that are market-oriented, export-led, subjet to fiscal austerity and characterized by the Read more…

Dawn Belkin Martinez: Mental Health After Capitalism

Thank you. It is an honor and privilege to be with you here today. My talk will focus on mental health care under capitalism and on an alternative vision of what mental health systems would look like in a post-capitalist society.   Mental Health Care Under Advanced Capitalism Health care is in profound crisis in Read more…

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