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by Editors — last modified Jul 29, 2015 01:12 PM
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Against Charity | Jacobin Magazine

by Graham H. Cox last modified Aug 28, 2015 01:10 PM
"Rather than creating an individualized “culture of giving,” we should be challenging capitalism’s institutionalized taking."

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/08/peter-singer-charity-effective-altruism/

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A choice of billionaires (or why Bernie is different) | LMD

by Graham H. Cox last modified Aug 28, 2015 01:09 PM
" Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both spent around $1bn on their 2012 presidential campaigns. Rather than fund a candidate in 2016, New York billionaire Donald Trump decided to stand himself. “My income is $400m a year,” he claimed. “Sure, I would spend it [on campaigning].”"

The link address is: http://mondediplo.com/2015/09/01billionaires

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The Devaluation of the Yuan

by JBB last modified Aug 27, 2015 09:14 PM
by Prabhat Patnaik | MR Zine | The Chinese central bank's decision last week to let the yuan depreciate, in three stages by almost 4 percent against the US dollar, was officially explained as a move towards greater market determination of its exchange rate. Though this explanation pacified stock markets around the world, China's devaluation of the currency portends a serious accentuation of the world capitalist crisis.

The link address is: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2015/patnaik270815.html

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Making Sense of China’s Stock Market Meltdown

by JBB last modified Aug 27, 2015 08:52 PM
by Peter Lee | CounterPunch

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/27/making-sense-of-chinas-stock-market-meltdown/

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What About the Greek Communist Party?

by JBB last modified Aug 27, 2015 08:50 PM
by Giorgos Charalambous | Jacobin | What explains the Greek Communist Party’s stance toward Syriza and the euro crisis?

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/08/tsipras-syriza-debt-greece-kke/

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Chavista theory of transition towards the communal state

by JBB last modified Aug 27, 2015 08:47 PM
by Frederick B. Mills | Open Democracy | If the Maduro administration steps up the counter-offensive against speculation, such measures might well result in the retention of a Chavista majority in the National Assembly this December.

The link address is: https://www.opendemocracy.net/frederick-b-mills/chavista-theory-of-transition-towards-communal-state

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Asking the Right Questions

by JBB last modified Aug 27, 2015 08:45 PM
The Left in Europe and beyond faces enormous challenges. What kind of political strategy do we need going forward? by Catarina Príncipe & Dan Russell | Jacobin

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/08/greece-syriza-tsipras-elections-euro-left-strategy-die-linke/

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Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century | Monthly Review

by Graham H. Cox last modified Aug 27, 2015 10:43 AM
The new Monthly Review is focused on what they term as a new phase of imperialism driven by the dominant corporate players in international finance -- known as monopoly finance capital. In this summer's edition of Monthly Review, the authors argue for a fundamental update of the theories that drive the left's critique of imperialism and how capitalism drives it. Some of the articles can be heavy reading for the summer. However, when else are you going to find time to read something that takes your analysis of political economy to the next level? Grab a big cup of coffee first.

The link address is: http://monthlyreview.org/2015/07/01/imperialism-in-the-twenty-first-century/

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Attorney Hounding Climate Scientists Is Covertly Funded By Coal Industry | The Intercept

by Graham H. Cox last modified Aug 26, 2015 03:49 PM
"Christopher Horner, an attorney who claims that the earth is cooling, is known within the scientific community for hounding climate change researchers with relentless investigations and public ridicule, often deriding scientists as “communists” and frauds."

The link address is: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/08/25/chris-horner-coal/

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Factory farms bad for animals, bad for people, bad for the planet | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) last modified Aug 25, 2015 02:26 PM
Factory farms have become a fixture in capitalist food production. Capitalists ignore the rights of animals and factory farms use genetic manipulation and oppressive conditions to turn animals into meat, egg and milk producing machines.

As an example, chickens have now been genetically manipulated in such a way that allows for greater poultry production. This is done by shortnening their lifespan, while engineering them to grow bigger, and faster thus doubling their weight every few days. Most chickens are full-grown and slaughtered within six weeks of their birth - less than two months. All the time being force-fed in small 1-square foot cages.

And though these animals suffer such horrific conditions, the impact to the climate is just as shocking. Factory farms produce more pollution in a year than all forms of transportation in the world combined.

Factory farms are part of a large corporate infrastructure whose influence isn't just felt on farms. Corporate agriculture has a significant influence on government (both through campaign donations and relentless wining and dining), and rural communities (through increased local inequality and land grabbing). Putting a spotlight on widespread animal abuse, land abuse, and worker safety violations is already difficult in most jurisdictions, and the agricultural lobby has gone so far as to convince some US state governments to make it even harder – rendering it illegal to document animal abuse. Even taking a photo from a public road is an indictable offense.

While these laws are now being successfully challenged on constitutional free speech grounds, there is little comfort for the billions of suffering animals raised and slaughtered every year.

More: The Disturbing Ways America Keeps Up With Its Demand for Meat

More: Exposing Abuse on the Factory Farm

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