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Africa as Battlefield

by JBB last modified May 23, 2015 11:10 AM
The US is trying to win “hearts and minds” in Africa. It’s not going well. | by Nick Turse | Jacobin

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/05/africom-africa-counterinsurgency-army/

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A Plea for Culinary Modernism

by JBB last modified May 23, 2015 11:09 AM
Rachel Laudan | Jacobin | The obsession with eating natural and artisanal is ahistorical. We should demand more high-quality industrial food.

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/05/slow-food-artisanal-natural-preservatives/

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Europe faces second revolt as Portugal's ascendant Socialists spurn austerity

by JBB last modified May 23, 2015 10:59 AM
Germany is worried that any concession to Greece will set off political contagion and cause fiscal discipline to collapse across southern Europe | By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | The Telegraph

The link address is: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11616002/Europe-faces-second-revolt-as-Portugals-ascendant-Socialists-spurn-austerity.html

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Socialist Economist Dimitris Kazakis: Syriza Has No Plan B

by JBB last modified May 23, 2015 10:57 AM
By Joshua Tartakovsky, Truthout | Interview

The link address is: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30852

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Hijacking the Anthropocene

by JBB last modified May 23, 2015 10:55 AM
How the anti-green ‘Breakthrough Institute’ misrepresents science to advance a technocratic agenda and undermine grassroots environmentalism | Ian Angus | Climate and Capitalism

The link address is: http://climateandcapitalism.com/2015/05/19/hijacking-the-anthropocene/

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The challenges of advancing toward socialism via the institutional road

by JBB last modified May 23, 2015 10:51 AM
By Marta Harnecker and Isabel Rauber | Source: Life on the Left (via Znet) | Marta Harnecker, a Marxist writer and lecturer of Chilean origin, is one of the foremost international exponents of the revolutionary process in Latin America today. In the following interview she outlines some of the lessons she has derived from her experience with the Popular Unity government of Chile’s Salvador Allende (1970-73) that are applicable to current attempts in Latin America to build “an alternative society to capitalism that is essentially democratic.”

The link address is: https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-challenges-of-advancing-toward-socialism-via-the-institutional-road/

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Can we stop subsidizing executive stock options and enriching the rich?

by JBB last modified May 23, 2015 10:48 AM
Linda McQuaig, Neil Brooks | The overindulged corporate set surely doesn't need additional financial help out of the pockets of ordinary, hard-working Canadians.

The link address is: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2015/05/can-we-stop-subsidizing-executive-stock-options-and-enriching-rich

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Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel areas | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed last modified May 22, 2015 10:40 AM
"Four trucks were searched in the southern province of Adana in raids by police and gendarmerie, one in November 2013 and the three others in January 2014, on the orders of prosecutors acting on tip-offs that they were carrying weapons, according to testimony from the prosecutors, who now themselves face trial."

The link address is: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/21/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-arms-idUSKBN0O61L220150521

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On loss of life and public infrastructure: the Amtrak disaster | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) last modified May 20, 2015 10:06 AM
After the deadly crash of the (publicly owned and managed) Amtrak train in the US, it was raised that it likely could have been avoided if the signaling system had not been so old. Questions about aging infrastructure and why it is not being upgraded have surfaced.

The reality is that western capitalist countries were modernized through massive pubic works programs after both world wars and then again in the 1970s before massive neoliberal privatizations and tax cuts. Unfortunately, the resulting privatized and shrunken government financing capacity meant that the state lost its ability to pay for upgrades as that money went into private profit.

The question is how many people are going to have to die from public infrastructure underfunding and privatization until we demand and end to the rip-off? Only the public sector has the ability to mobilize enough to fix the issue and this can only be done through recouping the revenue lost to the private sector.

More: In Washington, Amtrak's funding has long been under threat

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