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Law of the Jungle in Peru: Indigenous Amazonian Uprising against Neoliberalism

Between April 9 and June 19, 2009, what started as a protest demanding attention to basic material and political rights by the most marginalized sectors of Peruvian society turned into a powerful and widespread indigenous-popular uprising. Stereotyped as chunchos (“the … Continue reading

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Winds of Freedom: An Argentine Factory under Workers’ Control*

“Because Zanón is an example of work and freedom”1 Zanón is a ceramics factory located in the remote and frigid Patagonian province of Neuquén. The experience of its workers in struggle has been recounted in many news stories, journal articles, … Continue reading

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The World We Wish To See: Revolutionary Objectives in the Twenty-First Century

Samir Amin, The World We Wish To See: Revolutionary Objectives in the Twenty-First Century (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2008). This book is an important reaffirmation of the necessity for revolution and socialism from one of the left’s preeminent critics … Continue reading

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Dinarzad’s Children: An Anthology Of Contemporary Arab American Fiction

Dinarzad’s Children: An Anthology Of Contemporary Arab American Fiction Editors: Pauline Kaldas and Khaled Mattawa (University of Arkansas Press, 2009). The first edition of Dinarzad‘s Children, released in 2004, was already a remarkable achievement, accurately described as ‘a literary road … Continue reading

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The Slow News of Need, Vol. 1

Time Against Time Richard Duffee, The Slow News of Need, Vol. 1 (Stamford, CT: Yuganta Press, 2008). Unifying The Slow News of Need, Richard Duffee’s provocative and eclectic collection of prose and poetry, is a proposition both simple and challenging: … Continue reading

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Against Schooling – Towards an Education That Matters

Stanley Aronowitz, Against Schooling – Towards an Education That Matters (Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2008). The American system of public education was once envied worldwide. While there were a number of critical factors which led to the ascendancy of the … Continue reading

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Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race

George Yancy, Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). One of the most hideous examples of arrogant eurocentric (white) pretense to knowledge is the Sarah Bartman incident. I call it an incident … Continue reading

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An Empire of Indifference: American War and the Financial Logic of Risk Management

Randy Martin, An Empire of Indifference: American War and the Financial Logic of Risk Management (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2007). For all of the unknowns that this current economic crisis presents, one thing has become increasingly certain: the … Continue reading

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Capitalism Hits the Fan. Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown

Capitalism Hits the Fan. Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown. A Media Education Foundation Production (mediaed.org) DVD 2009. This video is a real tour de force. In just 57 short minutes U. Mass economics Professor Richard Wolff lays out in … Continue reading

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Latin America after the Neoliberal Debacle: Another Region is Possible

Ximena de la Barra and Richard A. Dello Buono, Latin America after the Neoliberal Debacle: Another Region is Possible (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). The 2008 economic crash and subsequent election of Barack Obama ended the neoconservative stranglehold over … Continue reading

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