Reflections

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

Recuperating Marcuse against a culture of cruelty

by James Anderson on July 29, 2014

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Can an affective politics based on Marcuse’s pleasure principle help us overcome our culture of violence and prefigure relations of love and pleasure?

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Post image for A struggle to save Europe’s soul from privatization

As the EU sells its soul by pushing Greece to privatize its natural and cultural heritage, ordinary citizens are mobilizing to save their common wealth.

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Post image for This is what “unimaginable restraint” looks like for Israel

If this is the IDF showing restraint, as officials claim, what kind of horrific atrocities would it be capable of unleashing if it went “all the way”?

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Post image for Rojava revolution: building autonomy in the Middle East

Kurdish rebels are establishing self-rule in war-torn Syria, resembling the Zapatista experience and providing a democratic alternative for the region.

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In Crete, a naval protest to stop the chemicals of war

by Leonidas Oikonomakis on July 25, 2014

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As NATO prepares to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons on board a warship in the Mediterranean Sea, a local movement in Crete stages a big naval protest.

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Post image for Rojava: a struggle against borders and for autonomy

As ISIS lays siege on the autonomous Kurdish enclave of Kobanê, thousands of Kurds try to break down the Turkish-Syrian border to join their comrades.

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Post image for By brutalizing Palestinians, Israel dehumanizes itself

As bombs rain down on hospitals and Israeli politicians call for the ethnic cleansing of Gaza, it becomes clear that you cannot reason with fanaticism.

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Post image for Marinaleda: the village where people come before profit

The thriving Spanish town of Marinaleda runs on the principles of mutual aid and direct action. In a country paralyzed by debt, is this an alternative?

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Why does Argentina not simply default again?

by Jerome Roos on July 13, 2014

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Constructing authentic economic sovereignty will require a number of sacrifices that Argentina’s government does not appear to be willing or able to make.

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Post image for From Lampedusa to Hamburg: time to open the gates!

As European countries throw up their walls and clamp down on refugees and migrants, the latter are increasingly responding with peaceful resistance. 

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