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A political earthquake just hit San Francisco when, amid much controversy, plans for construction of 331 high-end rentals and deluxe condos in the heart of San Francisco’s working-class Mission District collapsed.

Designed for the busy neighborhood transportation hub of 16th and Mission streets, the ten-story housing complex by Maximus Real Estate Partners, would have been the largest ever built in the history of the neighborhood. Yet, it all came down before it ever went up. (more…)


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Earlier this year, one article peaked my interest. It was an article by Darnell L. Moore, senior editor of MicNews and co-managing editor of The Feminist Wire, which focused on unarmed black women murdered by police. Moore argued that people might know the names of unarmed black men but not names of black women and made a powerful point: that for years, including during the black freedom movement and Black Lives Matter, “racial justice has often been imagined as liberation specifically for black (heterosexual) men… despite the presence and leadership of many black women in both movements.” (more…)


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The egalitarian dream of hairy youths fifty years ago can be blamed on the rainbow colours that had lit up the post-war greyness, on electric guitars and psychedelic drugs, but it was also nourished by the ageless speculation on the virtues of isonomy. Though it may have happened elsewhere, the first occurrence that left any trace was in the Greek Peloponnese when the Dorian invaders discovered the remains of Mycenaean kingdoms with their vast palaces at the heart of the urban architecture. The absolute monarchs and the heroes of Achaean times went to war in chariots and were prone to individual feats and deaths. The Dorian soldiers fought on foot in a phalanx of hoplites armed with long lances. Their efficacy came from training and unity of purpose. The phalanx was the union of free and equal members who practised the martial arts. This originated in the family bonds that tie together clans and tribes in pre-urban societies. The problem was how to maintain their homogeneity in a wealthy metropolis. (more…)


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Paragliders are flying over the stunning emerald sea. Summer hordes are descending on the Greek island of Kos from all corners of the increasingly aggressive European Union. On the faces of visitors, there seems to be no regret, no shame, that Europe just raped and humiliated Greece, forcing its government to cancel democracy, instead succumbing to the dictates of the mighty Germany and other dictatorial powers.

Tourists are busy frying themselves, stuffing their stomachs with seafood and boozing it up in countless cafes, bars and restaurants of the old city. Hotels and eateries are packed. It is yet another hot and sunny day. Crisis? What crisis? Yes, it is somewhere… there, maybe in Athens, or maybe just outside the city center. (more…)


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(An excerpt follows from the keynote speech at the kickoff rally for Bernie Sanders on July 29 at the Grange in small town Sebastopol, attended by 180 people. Half a dozen other house gatherings occurred elsewhere in Sonoma County, Northern California, with the one in Graton village drawing 55 people. Over 3,000 such gatherings for Bernie happened that night, drawing over 100,000 people.)

In 1961 Republican President and General Dwight D. Eisenhower warned in his historic Farewell Address against the rise of what he described as the “military-industrial complex.” At that time I was a high school student born into the Southern fighting family that gave its name to Ft. Bliss, Texas. I was later commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army. My father was Air Force, my brother Marine, and my sister married Coast Guard. (more…)


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The bombing of the Amara Cultural Center was meant to inspire fear and keep people from acting in solidarity with Kobane. We must not let ISIS succeed.

The bomb attack that took place at midday on Monday, July 20, at the Amara Cultural Center in Suruç will go down in history as a tragedy. Suruç is a border-town within 15 kilometers of Kobane, and has been the center for relief operations and the logistical hub of all support activity. (more…)


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And what if the whole drama was only an exercise of deception? What if the wily Persians did not even dream of building an atomic bomb, but used the threat to further their real aims? What if Binyamin Netanyahu was duped to become unwittingly the main collaborator of Iranian ambitions?

Sounds crazy? Not really. Let’s have a look at the facts. (more…)


Arbenzagrario

Abstract

This article examines the discussions surrounding the 1954 coup d’état in Guatemala, in which a small paramilitary force, trained by the CIA, overthrew the democratically elected President Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán. Since the publication of Bitter Fruit in 1982, scholars of Latin America have debated the legitimacy of Kinzer’s and Schlesinger’s claim that the U.S. supported the coup primarily because of the United Fruit Company, a U.S. corporation who risked losing millions of dollars if President Arbenz initiated his land reform policies. This article argues that the historical fixation on the United Fruit Company and the Eisenhower Administration more generally fails to consider the mechanisms of American power itself, the process in which knowledge and power operate concurrently to constitute a means of regulating the behavior of the Guatemalan populace. In other words, the current historical narrative, even despite recent modifications, overlooks the structural composition of power, and in this way fails to explain the scope and exercise of U.S. geopolitical control.

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[We republish this article by Yanis Varoufakis in the aftermath of the historic ‘no’ vote in Greece and his resignation as Finance Minister. It was originally published in December 2013, based on a talk given in May 2013 at the 6th Subversive Festival in Zagreb.] [1]

1. Introduction: A radical confession

Capitalism had its second global spasm in 2008, setting off a chain reaction that pushed Europe into a downward spiral that is currently threatening Europeans with a vortex of almost permanent depression, cynicism, disintegration and misanthropy.

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Greenland_Glaciers

At the end of May, a few friends and I opted to climb a couple of the larger volcanoes in Washington State. We started on Mount Adams, a 12,280-foot peak in the southern part of the state.

We were able to drive to the Cold Springs Campground at 5,600 feet, where the climb would begin. This itself was an anomaly for late May, when the dirt road tended to still be covered with snowpack. But not this year, one in which Washington’s Gov. Jay Inslee has already declared a statewide drought emergency, given this year’s record-low snowpack.

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