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The Promised Land

by JBB — last modified Jul 02, 2019 09:22 AM
by Tony Norfield | Economics of Imperialism | Palestine really was the Promised Land. So much so that it was promised to three different groups within a couple of years. The promises were made by British imperialism, a real world power, not by an imaginary deity in a book of very dubious provenance. What made the promises remarkable was that they were about a land which, at the time, the British neither possessed nor controlled. But imperial arrogance was a commodity in ample supply when the promises were made, and it has not become scarce in the years since.

Imperial Overreach in Iran

by JBB — last modified Jul 02, 2019 09:20 AM
by Suvrat Raju | Research Unit of Political Economy (via MR Online) | The origins of these tensions are often traced to the U.S. dispute with Iran on its nuclear programme. However, both the Iranian nuclear issue and the current war-tensions should be more properly viewed within the context of a four-decade-long effort by the United States to undermine the Iranian government and assert U.S. hegemony over West Asia. In this article, I will review the history of the Iranian nuclear issue from this perspective. This history is instructive because it sheds light on political trends both within the United States and Iran; it also reveals how arms-control issues have been used by Western nations to destabilize governments that they view unfavourably. I will conclude with some comments on the positions adopted by the Indian government, and a brief outlook on where these events might lead.

Late Imperialism

by JBB — last modified Jul 02, 2019 09:16 AM
Fifty Years After Harry Magdoff's The Age of Imperialism | by John Bellamy Foster | Monthly Review

Solidarity with Sudanese movement for democracy and human rights | CUPE

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jun 30, 2019 06:39 PM
"CUPE condemns this violence, including the sexual violence. We recognize the courage of the Sudanese people, who continue to call for democracy and assert their right to protest. Our union supports the demands of Sudanese trade unions and social movements. These include: Establish an international committee to investigate the killings that have occurred since a new wave of resistance began in December 2018, including the massacres on May 13 and June 3, 2019."

The Climate Struggle – a Struggle for Social Power | Asbjørn Wahl

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Jun 24, 2019 08:46 AM
"Because measures to combat climate change will require great changes in society, we face a major social struggle. A narrow focus on environmental policy issues simply will not suffice. The climate and environmental struggle must therefore be put into a wider political context. A system critical approach is needed. Increasingly, our entire social model, the way we produce and consume, is under question. The way out of these crises requires a system change and this can only be achieved if we are able considerably to shift the balance of power in society. "

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Campaign Organizers Are Training Working-Class Progressives to Take on the Consultant Class | The Intercept

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jun 13, 2019 02:00 PM
"The Campaign Fellows program is meant to create a pathway for young activists from working-class backgrounds to enter official campaign roles and to preserve the lessons grassroots campaigns have learned throughout the years by passing them down to future staffers — all while setting up an alternative political infrastructure that operates outside of the Democratic Party."

How the British royal family killed off republicanism | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jun 13, 2019 10:47 AM
"In his diaries, Tony Benn describes watching the establishment gather for the service in St Paul’s cathedral to mark the Queen’s silver jubilee in 1977. “We haven’t removed the grip of this crowd from British society, far from it, but on the other hand the public accepts it all and the press plays it up to divert people from unemployment and the cost of living and the EEC and so on. It is a very important ingredient in British life and it has to be thought about.”"

Fundamental research is anything but basic | Julia Boughner in University Affairs

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Jun 12, 2019 11:42 AM
"Perhaps scientists are spurred by feelings of shame that fundamental research doesn’t conform to corporatized university models here in Canada and abroad favouring rapidly translatable results that satisfy profit-driven ideals of efficiency and success. Or, maybe, we fear that by advocating for fundamental research, we won’t attract government subsidies or be able to justify taxpayers’ returns on investments, all within a short election cycle. Maybe there are other reasons, too."

Energy, Economic Growth, and Ecological Crisis

by JBB — last modified Jun 11, 2019 01:49 PM
by Erald Kolasi | Monthly Review | Can economic growth continue forever? This relatively simple question has posed some intellectual headaches for modern capitalism. In the Grundrisse, Karl Marx argued that capital cannot tolerate any limits, by which he meant that the drive for growth and the search for new markets are both necessary for the political and economic survival of capitalism. Viewed in this light, the implications of the question present something of an existential challenge to the current order. Capitalism cannot acknowledge any natural limits to economic growth, for that would mean acknowledging its ultimate demise.
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