Mon 6.13.11| Moving Toward Socialism in Bolivia?

The actions of militant social movements in Bolivia over the past ten years, which led to the election of indigenous president Evo Morales, have heartened many radicals in Latin America and beyond. But what if Morales, and his Movement Toward Socialism, represent not a break from the past quarter-century of neoliberalism, but a reconfigured version of it? Marxist scholar Jeffrey Webber makes that assertion, tracing the recent political economy of Bolivia and analyzing the trajectory of social movements toward the ballot box.

Wed 6.08.11| The Punitive Turn

Loïc Wacquant, Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity Duke U. Press, 2009

 

 

 

What are the real reasons for this nation's unprecedented (in world history) boom in incarceration? Is the prison a tool to fight crime, or does it serve an entirely different function? And what about the notion of a Prison Industrial Complex: does it have any relation to reality? Loïc Wacquant shares his thoughts about the relationship between penal policy and welfare/workfare policy, and much more.

Tues 6.07.11| Revolution in Mexico

James Cockcroft, Mexico's Revolution Then and Now Monthly Review Press, 2010

 

 

 

Mexico has a grand revolutionary tradition, a radical lineage that James Cockcroft argues lives on in current-day struggles both within Mexico and among US-based immigrants. Cockcroft discusses the radical visions of the revolutionaries of 1910-1917; the ideological roots of waves of resistance to Mexican and US elites; and the elections-related turmoil that's periodically plagued Mexico.

Mon 6.06.11| Dispossessing the Palestinians

Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine Oneworld, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday Israeli forces fired on unarmed civilians who were marking the anniversary of the 1967 Mideast War.  That moment, 44 years ago, compounded the dispossession of the Palestinian people, which has been at the heart of the Zionist state from its inception. Israeli historian Ilan Pappe examines the origins of the catastrophe of 1948, subsequent waves of dispossession, and Israel's increasing isolation in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Wed 6.01.11| Body Merchants

It grosses billions of dollars a year, yet is invisible to most of us, even when it's right under our noses. It's the trade in human organs and tissues, most of which is legal, and much of which is highly disturbing. Investigative journalist Scott Carney has spent years tracking down the impoverished who sell their organs, the middlemen -- often hospitals and government institutions -- who profit particularly from the industry, and the affluent recipients who are often unaware of the provenance of the body parts they acquire.

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Tues 5.31.11| Wallerstein on the Arab Revolts

Popular uprisings continue to shake the Arab world; the Libyan conflict drags on; the Hamas-Fatah rapprochement suggests new directions for the Palestinian struggle. Immanuel Wallerstein comments on these and other developments; he also analyzes the current state of US power and global influence.

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