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Attenborough: More Socialist than Luvvie

by JBB last modified Aug 27, 2014 08:07 AM
PETER FROST looks back on the career of the director who brought Steve Biko and Gandhi to cinema screens | Morning Star

The link address is: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-8788-Attenborough-more-socialist-than-luvvie#.U_3JHyjEdQE

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The Islamic State, Assad, and the Contradictions Faced by the US in Syria

by JBB last modified Aug 27, 2014 08:00 AM
Investigative journalist Patrick Cockburn says the necessary course of action for the United States would be to team up with Syria and Iran to defeat ISIS, but fear of humiliation will keep them from making overt operations with both countries | The Real News

The link address is: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12290

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Al Engler: Capitalism a leech on publicly funded research | Newcommuneist.com

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Aug 26, 2014 02:04 PM
"Future innovation in the U.S., U.K. and Canada is threatened by current anti-government policies. A few—wealthy capitalists—have unquestionably benefited from neo-liberal policies. Corporations have been freed to move technical and professional employment as well as jobs in manufacturing and services to places where wages are lower, where enforcement of labor and environmental regulations is lax. Meanwhile, cuts to taxes and government spending have widened disparities, aggravated market stagnation, and by reducing funds available for research are prolonging dependence on fossil fuels."

The link address is: http://newcommuneist.com/2014/08/23/capitalism-a-leech-on-publicly-funded-research/

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Keynes is Dead; Long Live Marx! | Counter Punch

by JBB last modified Aug 26, 2014 01:30 PM
"The Keynesian view that the government can fine-tune the economy through fiscal and monetary policies to maintain continuous growth is based on the idea that capitalism can be controlled or manipulated by the state and managed by professional economists from government departments in the interest of all. The effectiveness of the Keynesian model is, therefore, based largely on a hope, or illusion; since in reality the power relation between the state and the market/capitalism is usually the other way around. Contrary to the Keynesian perception, economic policy making is more than simply an administrative or technical matter of choice; more importantly, it is a deeply socio-political matter that is organically intertwined with the class nature of the state and the policy making apparatus."

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/26/keynes-is-dead-long-live-marx/

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Tim’s + BK = $ for Canada right? …. Wrong! (in one table) | David Macdonald

by Graham H. Cox last modified Aug 26, 2014 10:09 AM
":But the loss of US taxes from BK is Canada’s benefit right? Turns out, not so much. The only reason why this particular accounting trick works is because American corporations are taxed on worldwide profits, Canadian companies (and most other countries companies) are not. "

The link address is: http://behindthenumbers.ca/2014/08/25/tims-bk-for-canada-right-wrong-in-one-table/

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The depressing jobs mystery America’s top labor economist aims to solve | Quartz

by Graham H. Cox last modified Aug 25, 2014 04:39 PM
"Heidi Shierholz joined the Economic Policy Institute in 2007. She has researched and spoken widely on the economy and economic policy as it affects middle- and low-income families, especially in regards to employment, unemployment, labor force participation, compensation, income and wealth inequality, young workers, unemployment insurance, and the minimum wage. " -- Economic Policy Institute

The link address is: http://qz.com/255319/the-depressing-jobs-mystery-americas-top-labor-economist-aims-to-solve/

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Marta Harnecker: New Paths Require a New Culture on the Left | Monthly Review Zine

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Aug 25, 2014 04:06 PM
"[V]ery early on I believed it necessary to distinguish between the socialist project and a model. I understood [the] project to mean the original ideas of Marx and Engels ... If we analyze Soviet-style socialism, we see that in those countries that implemented this model of socialism ... transformed into an absolute authority, that controlled all activities: economic, political, cultural. That is, what should have been a popular democracy was transformed into a dictatorship of the party. This model of socialism, which many have called "real socialism," is a fundamentally statist, centralist, bureaucratic model, where the key missing factor is popular participation. ... The question is: how do we ensure [that popular participation] happens? The only way is to de-privatize these means of productions, transforming them into social property. But since the humanity of the early 21st century is still not a humanity without borders, these actions must begin on a country-by-country basis, and the first step is therefore the handing over of ownership of the strategic means of production to a national state which expresses the interests of society. ... In order to successfully advance in this challenge, we need a new culture on the left: [a] left that understands that radicalism is not about raising the most radical slogans nor about taking the most radical actions, which only a few follow because the majority are scared off by them. Instead, it is about being capable of creating spaces for coming together and for struggle that bring in broader sectors, because realizing that there are many of us in the same struggle is what makes us strong and radicalizes us."

The link address is: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2014/harnecker240814.html

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Libya has two governments, assemblies as chaos spreads | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Aug 25, 2014 03:07 PM
"The Libyan parliament that was replaced in an election in June reconvened on Monday and chose an Islamist-backed deputy as prime minister, leaving the chaotic country with two rival leaders and assemblies each backed by armed factions." Full story here.

Also see: Egypt and United Arab Emirates Said to Have Secretly Carried Out Libya Airstrikes | The New York Times

"The strikes are another high-risk and destabilizing salvo unleashed in a struggle for power that has broken out across the region in the aftermath of the Arab Spring revolts, pitting old-line Arab autocrats against Islamists [sic]."
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Forces from Libyan city of Misrata say they seized Tripoli airport | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Aug 23, 2014 09:08 PM
"Tripoli has mostly slipped out of control of the government, with senior officials working from Tobruk in the east, where the new parliament has based itself to escape the violence in Tripoli and Benghazi."

The link address is: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/24/us-libya-security-idUSKBN0GN0AS20140824

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