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February 2017
Volume 30 Number 2

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Commentary
Hope-ecuador

In these dark times, in the vindictive death throes of fossil fuel ascendency, I would like to think that a future chronicler of global anti-oil resistance will look back and mark Standing Rock as the beginning of the end.

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A newly released report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) finds that median wages in the OECD’s 35 member countries are still below where they were in 2007

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This December 7, I bent down in Timor-Leste to apologize for the crimes of my government against the East Timorese people. On that day in 1975, U.S.-armed and -trained Indonesian troops launched their illegal invasion

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We should begin to ask ourselves: if we lived in Europe during the rise of fascism in the 1920s or early 1930s, what would we actually do to stop it?

FEATURE-CITIES

The urgent questions that progressive activists in the U.S. are now asking themselves are, not just how to fight back against Trump, but also how to harness the momentum of Bernie Sanders’ primary run to fight for the change

FEATURE-BAROUD

Israel can be blamed for much, but Palestinians deserve much of the blame, too, for their own disunity, infighting and corruption.

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If we look at the geopolitical arena, China has counted on being able to insist that other states recognize and implement its “one China” policy. Considering what the global situation was 50 years ago, China has done exceptionally well in this regard.

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One of the longest-standing tricks of the corporate trade is to produce an item that is dangerous, breakable, or soon to be obsolete and then produce another item that will supposedly remedy the defect. That is what is happening with basic GMO-laden crops

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I wasn’t trying to offend anyone.” This seriously has to be among the most ludicrous cop-outs of all time

FEATURE-PRIUT

Pruitt is a tool of big oil who blatantly copied an industry letter and sent it to the White House and EPA.Pruitt made national headlines in 2014 when the New York Times reported on the secret alliance he formed with major oil and gas companies to attack environmental protections

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All indications are that our incoming president regards the White House as a pirate galleon built to increase his family’s trove of plunder many fold, and the notion seems to be rubbing off on Congress

Features
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C.J. POLYCHRONIOU: The president-elect’s cabinet is being filled by financial and corporate bigwigs and military leaders. Such selections hardly reconcile...
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The United States Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. Quinn that home health aides were not required to pay their “fair share” or agency fees in the public sector. This was the first successful attack on the agency fee law by so-called Right to Work organizations

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Developing countries have been lending large amounts of capital to rich countries, especially the United States. Much of this has taken the form of developing countries buying dollar-based assets to be held as reserves by their central banks

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On December 13, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, offered yet another stark exercise in imperial deceit

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Events MUSIC – The Annual International Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp will be held February 15-19, in Kansas...
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MUSIC - The Annual International Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp will be held February 15-19, in Kansas City, MO.

Contact: 509 Delaware St. #101, Kansas City, MO 64105; 816-221-3655; fa@folk.org; http://www.folkalliance.org/.

PROGRESSIVES - The annual Pennsylvania Progressive Summit will be held February 17-18, in Harrisburg. Hundreds of social justice advocates, labor organizers, legislators, bloggers and grassroots activists will come together to advance progressive policy and build the progressive movement.

Contact: 201 Washington St., #534, Reading PA 19601; info@keystoneprogress.org; http://www.paprogressivesummit.net/.

BLACK SOLIDARITY - The 22nd Annual Black Solidarity Conference at Yale University will be held February 16-19.

Contact: PO Box 206471, New Haven, CT 06520; http://www.yale.edu/bsc.

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH - The Take Root Conference will be held February 24-25, in Norman, OK. The conference aim is to root the fight for reproductive health, rights, and dignity in the struggle for social, racial, political, and economic justice.

Contact: http://take-root.org.

MEDIA - The Transform the Media conference will be held March 1-4 in Washington, DC.

Contact: http://tmcmedia.org/.

LABOR - The Southern Labor Studies Association conference will take place from March 2-5 in Tampa, FL.

Contact: Southern Labor Studies Association, c/o Department of History, P. O. Box 8795, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795; http://southernlaborstudies.org/.

WOMYN - March 8 is International Womyn’s Day. Events are planned worldwide.

Contact: http://www.international womensday.com/.

ARTS - Arts Day is March 9, in Madison, WI. It’s a day of celebrating, networking, learning and speaking up, with people who care about Wisconsin’s future.

Contact: PO Box 1054, Madison, WI 53701; 608-255-8316; info@artswisconsin.org; http://www.artswisconsin.org/.

LABOR - The Southern Maine Workers’ Center will hold its annual membership meeting in Portland, March 11.

Contact: PO Box 3902, Portland, ME 04101; 207-200-7692; info@maineworkers.org; http://www.maineworkers.org/.

YOUTH POETRY - Louder Than A Bomb National Symposium, the largest youth poetry festival in the world, through March 15-18, in Chicago, hosted by Youth Chicago Authors.

Contact: http://youngchicagoauthors.org.

SOFTWARE - The LibrePlanet conference will be held March 25-26, in Cambridge, MA. LibrePlanet is an annual conference hosted by the Free Software Foundation.

Contact: https://www.libreplanet.org/2017/.

YOUNG FEMINIST - The 12th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference will be held March 25-27, in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Contact: 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 801, Arlington, VA 22209; 866-444-3652; nyflc@feminist.org; http://www.feministcampus.org/.

PALESTINE - Al-Awda, The Palestine Right To Return Coalition, will spearhead the National Rally to Support Palestine in Washington, DC March 26, 2017. This rally will march from the White House to AIPAC’s annual convention.

Contact: http://al-awda.org/.

WAR/WEAPONS - The Global Network’s Annual Organizing Conference & Protest, Pivot Toward War: U.S. Missile Defense and the Weaponization of Space, will be held April 7-9, in Huntsville, AL.

Contact: Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, PO Box 652, Brunswick, ME  04011; (207) 443-9502; globalnet@mindspring.com; http://www.space4peace.org/.                       

ECONOMICS - The Union for Radical Political Economies (UPRE) will host the conference Left-Wing Economics in a Right-Wing Climate, in Brooklyn, April 8. The Conference will bring together the theoretical perspectives of radical political economics.

Contact: urpe@urpe.org; http://urpe.org/.

PLANET - April 21 in Seattle Ground Zero and allies, featuring Native Americans’ sisters and brothers, will paddle, walk, and speak out against nuclear weapons and the destruction of our planet and demand that the trillions of US Citizen tax dollars dedicated to destroying our planet be redirected to healing.

Contact: 16159 Clear Creek Rd. NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370; 360-930-8697; http://www.gzcenter.org/.

CREECH - The 3rd Annual national mobilization of nonviolent resistance to shut down killer drone operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan,Yemen, Somalia and everywhere, April 23-29 at Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada. Sponsored by CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Nevada Desert Experience , Veterans For Peace, and Voices for Creative Nonviolence!

Contact: https://shutdownc reech.blogspot.com/.

BLACK WOMEN - Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be April 29-30: One Year Anniversary Of The Black Women’s Truth And Reconciliation Commission.

Contact: Black Women's Blutprint, P.O. Box 24713, Brooklyn, NY 11202; 347-533-9102info@blackwomensblueprint.org;  http://www.black womensblueprint.org/tribunal.html.

NY BOOKFAIR - The 11th Annual New York City Anarchist Book Fair will be held in its original site at Judson Memorial Church, May 13, with workshops, books, childcare, video projections, art, panels, more.

Contact: nycabf@riseup.net; http://anarchistbookfair.net/.

AFRICAN LIBERATION - African Liberation Day is May 27. The African PeopleÆs Socialist Party will hold events in Washington, DC.

Contact: 1245 18th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705; 727-821-6620; info@apspuhuru.org; http://asiuhuru.org/.

CLASS - The Working Class Studies Association (WCSA) conference on Class Struggle: Race, Gender, and Revolution will be held May 31-June 3.

Contact: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/conferences/index.php/wcsa/WCSA17/index.

 

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