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What Happened to the Pink Tide?

by JBB — last modified Jul 27, 2016 12:03 PM
by Kyla Sankey | Jacobin | Latin America’s “pink tide” governments challenge neoliberalism and US hegemony, but leave the basic structures of capitalism intact.

Labour figures call for probe into 'shadowy' anti-Corbyn backer

by JBB — last modified Jul 27, 2016 11:56 AM
SENIOR figures within Labour are calling on the Electoral Commission to investigate a controversial group set up to oust Jeremy Corbyn as party leader. Prominent critics have labelled Saving Labour as a shadowy and anonymous organisation whose source of funding is unknown.

Sanders is reduced to tears as his emotional brother Larry votes for him during historic delegate roll call | Daily Mail

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jul 27, 2016 10:38 AM
"Larry Sanders also started to cry as he spoke to the crowd in Philadelphia, telling them their late parents would have been immensely proud of their son's achievements. The emotional 82-year-old said he wanted to mention the pair's mother and father, Dorothy Glassberg and Eli Sanders, who 'did not have easy lives and died young'. 'They would be immensely proud of their son and his accomplishments,' he added. 'They loved the New Deal and Franklin Roosevelt, and would be especially proud that Bernard is renewing that vision. 'It is with enormous pride that I cast my vote for Bernie Sanders.'"

Labour leadership: Legal action against Corbyn ballot vote | BBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jul 27, 2016 10:32 AM
"At the end of the hearing, the judge, Mr Justice Foskett, said that he hoped to hand down his judgment on Thursday, when he will also consider any application for permission to appeal. The outcome of the leadership election is due to be announced on 24 September. It emerged on Monday that Labour is facing legal action from people who have joined the party since the EU referendum after the NEC decided that only those who signed up on or before 12 January could automatically vote."

Hillary Clinton’s real opponent in the election is herself | Market Watch

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jul 25, 2016 12:02 PM
"Clinton is apparently so confident that opposition to Trump will carry her into the White House, she did not hesitate to snub the millions of progressives who voted for Bernie Sanders by picking a milquetoast “centrist” as her running mate. Not only does the choice pass over progressive candidates like Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, but actually kicks sand in the eyes of the progressives by picking someone diametrically opposed to Sanders’ stance on trade accords and banking regulation."

Here’s What Happened When Ben Okri And Jeremy Corbyn Met To Talk Literature | The Culture Trip

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Jul 25, 2016 11:10 AM
"The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love.’ These were words quoted by Jeremy Corbyn in his victory speech after he was unexpectedly elected leader of the Labour Party last summer. The man who wrote them, Man Booker Prize-winning Postcolonial author and poet Ben Okri, penned a new poem in response, A New Dream Of Politics, inspired by the politician. Last Friday, in an event seven months in the making, they came together publicly for the first time in London to discuss art, creativity, and their dreams of a better world."
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