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West Papua Independence Teach In @ #OccupyWallStreet

West Papua Independence Teach In @ #OccupyWallStreet

November 05, 2011
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Two weeks ago thousands of people peacefully gathered in West Papua to demand their independence from Indonesia. Some 500 Indonesian police and military personnel surrounded the gathering with a cordon of armored cars and began firing assault weapons as the delegates started to disperse. During this crack-down by the security forces, at least three people were killed and dozens were injured […]

Arundhati Roy: Walking with the Comrades

Arundhati Roy: Walking with the Comrades

November 09, 2011
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Deep in the forests, under the pretense of battling Maoist guerillas, the Indian government is waging a vicious total war against its own citizens—a war undocumented by a weak domestic press and fostered by corporations eager to exploit the rare minerals buried in tribal lands […]

Patrick Bond: Discussing Climate Justice Strategy

Patrick Bond: Discussing Climate Justice Strategy

November 09, 2011
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South African Climate Justice activist Patrick Bond will be leading a discussion of Climate Justice (CJ) strategy for the upcoming United Nations Conference of Parties Summit (COP17) in Durban, South Africa regarding the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol […]

Jeremy Brecher: What Can 99-Percenters Learn from the History of Social Movements?

Jeremy Brecher: What Can 99-Percenters Learn from the History of Social Movements?

November 22, 2011
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Today our individual self-interest depends on what the author calls common preservation–cooperation to provide for mutual well-being. But is that possible? As world leaders fail to cooperate to address climate change, nuclear proliferation, economic meltdown, and other threats to our survival, more and more people experience a pervasive sense of denial and despair. But common preservation can reshape the human future. Jeremy Brecher has seen common preservation in action, and in Save the Humans? he shows how it works.

Clean Up and Shape Up! Revolution, Bodies, and Urban Space in Egypt

Clean Up and Shape Up! Revolution, Bodies, and Urban Space in Egypt

February 10, 2012
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This working paper discusses young, middle class activists’ attempts to remake people’s relationships to urban space in the aftermath of Mubarak’s resignation in February 2011. It examines the deep political-economic factors, from the Mubarak era, that led to a deluge of garbage cleaning and urban beautification projects, as well as campaigns to change people’s movement and behavior in public space. The reproduction of social hierarchies in these projects suggests the limits of revolutionary practice…

Engseng Ho — Dubai and Singapore: Global City, Maritime Port, or Merchant State?

Engseng Ho — Dubai and Singapore: Global City, Maritime Port, or Merchant State?

February 21, 2012
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Engseng Ho is Professor of Anthropology and Professor of History at Duke University. He was previously Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University and Senior Scholar at the Harvard Academy. He is currently interested in the international and transcultural dimensions of Islamic society across the Indian Ocean, and its relations to western empires. Ho has conducted research in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, India, and Southeast Asia. His book The Graves of Tarim: Genealogy and Mobility across the Indian Ocean, is published by the University of California Press, in the California World History Libra…

Costa Rican Democracy, Oppositional Movements, and the Central American Free Trade Agreement

Costa Rican Democracy, Oppositional Movements, and the Central American Free Trade Agreement

February 28, 2012
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In October of 2007, mounting contention over the Central American Free Trade Agreement in Costa Rica culminated in a historic referendum, pitting the decentralized, grassroots movement of the “No” against a “SÍ” campaign supported by big businesses together with the Costa Rican and US governments. This panel will discuss the significance of CAFTA for Central America as well as the contention over the treaty’s ratification in Costa Rica. We will explore how this conflict over “free trade” contributed to the creation of new political subjectivities and forms of political participation, while raising fundamental questions about the meaning of democracy and popular sovereignty in the context of neoliberal globalization…

Prabhat Patnaik: Capitalism at an Impasse

Prabhat Patnaik: Capitalism at an Impasse

February 29, 2012
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Prabhat Patnaik is a renowned Marxist economist and political writer, vice-chairman of the Kerala State Planning Board, and member of a four-person UN task force on the 2008 financial crisis. He taught economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi for over thirty years.

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