Archive | March, 2010
The Crisis of Capital:  Economy, Ecology, and Empire

The Crisis of Capital: Economy, Ecology, and Empire

John Bellamy Foster ‘How is it that we could be facing a crisis of empire, of imperialism, of war, of conflict internationally, we could be facing an environmental crisis on a scale that threatens the whole planet as we know it, and we could be facing at the same time being in the midst of […]

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What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism

What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism

What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism by Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster For those concerned with the fate of the earth, the time has come to face facts: not simply the dire reality of climate change but also the pressing need for social-system change. The failure to arrive at a world climate […]

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Brazil

Brazil

The United States Misreads Brazil’s World Policy By Immanuel Wallerstein When the United States first realized circa 1970 that its hegemonic dominance was being threatened by the growing economic (and hence geopolitical) strength of western Europe and Japan, it changed its posture, seeking to prevent western Europe and Japan from taking too independent a position […]

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Organising

Organising

Organizing Comes Before Mobilizing By Grace Lee Boggs ‘Last week veteran Detroit activist and TV producer Ron Scott shared his thoughts on the recent massive demonstrations in support of the Jena 6. Emphasizing the distinction between organizing and mobilizing, he reminded us that the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which began fifty-two years ago on December 1, […]

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Left renewal conference

Left renewal conference

Australian Left Renewal Conference – from global crisis to green future – May 29-30, 2010, University of Technology Sydney Building 2 Broadway, Sydney Democratic responses to the social and ecological failure of global capitalism. Alliances between environmentalists and unionists that show the way forward. The Left and its strategic direction 12 Workshops and 4 Participatory […]

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Oppose nuclear dump

Oppose nuclear dump

For some time NT activists have been opposed to a Nuclear dump. I was informed about this struggle in a 2007 DVD by Tara Jones “Nowhere here in the middle”. She interviews the aboriginal people affected. She interviews Dr Helen Caldicott: “Its supreme scientific arrogance to say that we’ll find a way to store radioactive […]

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Gillard's OHS in trouble?

Gillard’s OHS in trouble?

The recent tragic loss of life and house fires due to a deregulated labour market in the insulation industry and poor health and safety must not be repeated nationally. But DPM Gillard is ruthlessly pushing ahead with her lower national OHS ‘harmonisation’ model approved December 2009, despite major union criticism (see earlier blogs). One feature […]

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ICT school research

ICT school research

Social networking provides new opportunities for learning ‘Information Communication technologies (ICT) including social networking and games provide new opportunities for education a review of research released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) argues. But, according to Australian Education Review 56, the ‘off the shelf’ mentality which currently underpins the provision of computers […]

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Venezuela struggle update

Venezuela struggle update

Venezuela’s Revolution Faces Crucial Battles by Federico Fuentes ‘Decisive battles between the forces of revolution and counter-revolution loom on the horizon in Venezuela. The campaign for the September 26 National Assembly elections will be a crucial battle between the supporters of socialist President Hugo Chavez and the U.S.-backed right-wing opposition. But these battles, part of […]

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