Reflections

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act,” George Orwell

The traumas and dramas of post-Cup, pre-Olympic Brazil

by Christopher Gaffney on August 25, 2014

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A decade of mega-events is unrecognizably transforming Brazil’s urban landscape, with the poor excluded and the benefits reaped unequivocally by the rich. 

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Post image for What happens in Ferguson does not stay in Ferguson

For African Americans, the state of emergency has long been a permanent one. Now, under neoliberalism, it is fast becoming generalized across the globe.

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The social upheaval and military coup in Thailand reveal a crisis of democracy that may have implications for the future of democracies everywhere.

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Ferguson: breaking out of post-racial hypnosis

by George Ciccariello-Maher on August 19, 2014

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The Ferguson uprising shows that we are breaking out of the post-racial hypnosis of the Obama presidency to enter into a greater willingness to resist.

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The Islamic State: a monster US empire created

by Jerome Roos on August 18, 2014

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The rise of fundamentalism is a decidedly modern phenomenon in which US imperialism has always played a major role. The Islamic State is no exception.

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Post image for Notes on Rabaa: revolt does not happen in a vacuum

One year after the Rabaa massacre, Egypt’s prisons are full of dissidents of all political stripes. If we don’t stop this, we face a future of horrors.

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As the prospect of Kurdish independence becomes ever more imminent, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party transforms itself into a force for radical democracy.

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Post image for Israel’s turn to the right: the occupier devours itself

The cyclical nature of Israel’s wars on Gaza and its crackdown on internal dissent is increasingly starting to look like a case of collective ouroboros.

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Financial fundamentalism of vulture funds and US Judge Griesa — not Argentine contempt — are to blame for the country’s second default in 13 years.

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Manolada workers: ‘no Greek would want this job anyway’

by Tamara van der Putten on August 1, 2014

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As a Greek court frees the shooters and employer of 35 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers, the plight of Greece’s migrant workers is brought back into focus.

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