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Joe Emersberger: The Guardian, Ecuador and Chevron

As Ecuadoreans go to the polls to elect a new president, the UK Guardian spells out the stakes as follows: For Ecuador’s 15 million inhabitants, Sunday’s presidential election runoff will pose a fundamental question: whether to continue with a leftwing government that has reduced poverty but also brought environmental destruction and authoritarian censorship, or to Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: A note about Venezuela’s “humanitarian crisis”

A “humanitarian crisis” has no exact definition. Greece remains better off than the vast majority of countries in the world despite going through a Great Depression level of collapse for several years which many enraged Greeks call a humanitarian crisis. I would not tell Greeks that it’s wrong to describe what they’re going through that Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: More about Almagro’s imperial crusade against Venezuela: remembering 2004

In August of 2004, a presidential recall referendum was held in Venezuela which former President Hugo Chavez won by almost 20 percentage points. The process to get that referendum approved took over 8 months as Reuters noted in this article in which it discretely refuted a lie told by opposition leader Henrique Capriles: “The government Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Can Our Social Institutions Catch Up With Advances in Science and Technology?

H.G. Wells, one of the most prolific and prominent novelists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, consistently warned his contemporaries that social institutions were not evolving fast enough to cope with rapid changes in science and technology. Since Wells’s death in 1946, the scientific and technological advances have certainly been enormous.  Thanks to Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Socialist philosopher and sociologist Dag Østerberg (1938-2017)

 – Nasir Khan, 22 March,  2017  – Dag Østerberg  – Since 1960 Dag Østerberg had the distinction of being a leading social theoretician and a versatile intellectual in Norway, who made lasting contributions especially in sociology and social philosophy. His death on 22 February 2017 removed a uniquely talented scholar from the social and academic Read more…

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John Andrews: Book Review – Confessions of a Terrorist

Confessions of a Terrorist Author: Richard Jackson Publisher: Zed Books London Year of publication: 2014 In a claustrophobic concrete cell, two men face each other across a bare table. One is a wanted terrorist, the other a British intelligence officer. But this is no ordinary interrogation, and as they talk deep into the night and Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV Food Sovereignty in Missouri, US and the World

Green Time TV Food Sovereignty in Missouri, US and the World by Don Fitz Who really controls the food that we eat? Who controls the food the world eats? April 2017 Green Time episodes challenge the domination of food. What is the neoliberal economy? What does it have to do with food and freedom? In Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Tom London makes a sensible reply to Owen Jones about Corbyn’s leadership BUT….

This is a very sensible reply Tom London made to Owen Jones about Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the U.K. Labour party. Jones has very recently used his platform in the Guardian to call on Corbyn to resign. It may be wise to respond to Jones by politely telling him you don’t question his motives but I think Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Lasso’s version of “lock her up” combined with appeals to Ecuador’s fake Left

El Comercio, a right wing newspaper in Ecuador, published a front page interview with presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso that headlined his bogus anti-extractivist posturing. How I do I know that Lasso – a banker and former “superminister” in the government of Jamil Mahuad that in 1998 signed off on Chevron’s destruction in Ecuador’s Amazon – isn’t credible? Well, besides his past, Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Against the Blacklisting of Rania Khalek: Signed by Chomsky, Pilger, Greenwald and many others

The cancellation of a lecture by journalist Rania Khalek, who was invited to speak on the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill campus by Students for Justice in Palestine on February 27, 2017, raises important issues of tactics and strategy within movements for social change. The whole statement, posted on facebook the night before, Read more…

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