Lybia and the Holy Triumvirate, William Blum
Sri lanka.The simulated politics of diaspora, Nirmala Rajasingam
The Trials of Pinar Selek, Cynthia Cockburn
Israel. The Genie is out of the Bottle, Uri Avnery’s Column
Trade unions in Israel stand in Solidarity with the Egyptian popular revolution, WAC
Israel. In honor of the 100th International Woman’s Day, we march for fair employment and social justice
A Statement for International Women’s Day, March 8, 2011, Asma Agbarieh-Zahalka
Against the Crime of Sociocide, Larry Portis
Tunisia.Hold Police Accountable for Shootings
France.Tear-gassed in the Cévennes, Larry Portis
Stéphane Hessel and the Re-kindling of Protest in France, Larry Portis
Why the French Loathe Sarkozy. Political Disaffection in France, Larry Portis
Barack "I’d kill for a peace prize" Obama, William Blum
Incalculable. Drone warfare in Afghanistan, Kathy Kelly
The responsibility of the mobile phone industry in the war of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cécile Barbeito & Josep María Royo
War Profiteering and Peace Movement Responses
Wisconsin Labor Jams Capitol To Resist Governor’s Attacks, Howard Ryan
Thousands in Wisconsin demonstrate against cuts, Tom Eley and Andre Damon
The War in Madison, Christopher Fons
The American Dream Conspiracy. Cultural Critique in Tennessee William’s "A Streetcar Named Desire", Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman", and Edward Albee’s "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", Barry David Horwitz (1)
The American Dream Conspiracy. Cultural Critique in Tennessee William’s "A Streetcar Named Desire", Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman", and Edward Albee’s "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", Barry David Horwitz (2)
There is a problem with the idea and the reality of popular insurrections. If they are not motivated by a clear ideas about where the people are taking themselves and their institutions, wrong turns are almost inevitable. For this reason we must be careful not to allow euphoria to get the upper hand when reacting to the impressive accomplishments of the "Arab Spring," on the one hand, and the demonstrations and occupation in Madison, Wisconsin, on the other hand.
Yes, advances have been made, but reaction takes many forms, all of which can overturn temporary gains. From the assertion of military control in Egypt, to the repression in Yemen, Bahrain and elsewhere, to the dangers still present in Tunisia and, most clearly, to the prospect of either the reassertion of dictatorial control or of foreign occupation in Libya, political democracy is still threatened by imperialism everywhere throughout North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Neo-colonialism in such regions, and imperialistic culture and its reality-distorting grip on imaginations in the industrial-capitalist countries: here are the most tenacious obstacles to human progress. Will humanity have the time to create new, truly democratic institutions before some combination of circumstances threatens to set us back indefinitely, or even put an end to future prospects altogether? Impossible to say. What we do know is that only collective struggle holds out the hope of building a better world.