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On the Doorstep of Power

by JBB last modified Jan 25, 2015 08:39 PM
A Syriza election win today will be a victory against both austerity and the European right. | by Leo Panitch | Jacobin

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/01/panitch-syriza-election-austerity-greece/

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Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois sees conviction overturned | Montreal Gazette

by R. Dubois last modified Jan 24, 2015 12:07 PM
"The Quebec Court of Appeal has reportedly overturned a contempt-of-court conviction for former student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois."

The link address is: http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/gabriel-nadeau-dubois-sees-conviction-overturned

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Mexico looks the other way as contractors fleece oil giant Pemex | Reuters

by Graham H. Cox last modified Jan 23, 2015 09:25 AM
-- The deregulation of the Mexican oil market will only make this worse: "Reuters identified more than 100 Pemex contracts signed between 2003 and 2012, worth $11.7 billion, that were cited as having serious problems by the Federal Audit Office of the lower house of the Mexican Congress. The allegations ranged from overcharging for shoddy work to outright fraud. The deals were worth about 8 percent of the $149 billion in Pemex contracts registered in Mexico’s federal contracting database in that period. "

The link address is: www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/pemex-contracts/

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Understanding the Greek Communists | Jacobin

by R. Dubois last modified Jan 22, 2015 06:33 AM
"The prospect of a Syriza victory in Sunday’s Greek election is big news, and the international left has taken notice. The attention is welcomed, but Alexis Tsipras’ electoral prowess has obscured what the real political landscape in the country is like."

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/01/understanding-the-greek-communists/

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President Correa: Economic War in Venezuela Echoes Chile Coup | teleSUR

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jan 20, 2015 01:50 PM
"Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has compared the current economic war against the Venezuelan government to what happened in Chile in the early 1970s, which led to the toppling of socialist President Salvador Allende."

The link address is: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/President-Correa-Economic-War-in-Venezuela-Echoes-Chile-Coup-20150120-0010.html

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Venezuela Poor Keep Faith in Maduro’s Subsidies as Oil Plunges | Bloomberg

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jan 19, 2015 06:56 PM
"As oil prices collapse, scarcities reach new heights and the bottom falls out of Venezuela’s already troubled economy, a line of anxious shoppers is Venezuela’s new common sight. Yet frustration hasn’t boiled over. ... In the working-class neighborhood of Catia in western Caracas, many residents blame speculators, hoarders and capitalists -- not Maduro -- for the worsening shortages."

The link address is: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-19/venezuela-poor-keep-faith-in-maduro-s-subsidies-as-oil-plunges.html

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Technology Transition in (Progressive) Organizations | Graham Cox

by Graham H. Cox last modified Jan 19, 2015 11:02 AM
It seems like every week I hear of another progressive organization making a large, organization-wide transition to newer technology. The feedback I have received from folks enduring these transitions tend to be these moves are frustrating, time consuming and costly. So, the question is how can these organizations can make this transition more easily without undermining their progressive values."

The link address is: https://citizenspress.github.io/articles/Tech-Transfer/

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The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle | Spiegel

by Graham H. Cox last modified Jan 19, 2015 11:00 AM
"The NSA's mass surveillance is just the beginning. Documents from Edward Snowden show that the intelligence agency is arming America for future digital wars -- a struggle for control of the Internet that is already well underway."

The link address is: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/new-snowden-docs-indicate-scope-of-nsa-preparations-for-cyber-battle-a-1013409.html

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Government should not force charities into social investment, says Barnardo's Liam Duffy

by Graham H. Cox last modified Jan 19, 2015 09:49 AM
"The commercial director of the children's charity says it's wrong to compel charities to sign up to social investment schemes as a condition in a contract or programme"

The link address is: http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/government-not-force-charities-social-investment-says-barnardos-liam-duffy/finance/article/1329183

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French nationality given to Malian deli attack hero | The Daily Star

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jan 15, 2015 05:26 PM
"Lassana Bathily, a 24-year old shop attendant Lassana Bathily hid several people in the store’s freezer, turned off the light and told them to stay calm. He then escaped to look for help. After initially being suspected of being an accomplice, he was able to tell police what was happening inside the store."

The link address is: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2015/Jan-16/284286-french-nationality-given-to-malian-deli-attack-hero.ashx

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