Mon 4.04.11| Labor Upsurge

Dan Clawson argues that organized labor's decline could be reversed, and the Left's prospects greatly enhanced, if workers and their unions actively connected with social movements pushing for economic, racial, gender, and global justice. Clawson articulates his vision for labor's resurgence, discusses recent attacks on unions and public-sector workers, and describes the last great labor upsurge.

Wed 3.30.11| Media, Race, and the Tea Party

Black Agenda Report

Laura Flanders, At the Tea Party Or Books

Richard Kim, "The Mad Tea Party" The Nation

Essential Dissent



The anti-tax and anti-worker Tea Party took the mainstream media by storm, coming to prominence during debates over healthcare, and alarming those hoping for a shift to the left, not the right, during this time of crisis. The Tea Party's popularity, however, has been slipping over the past year. Left journalists Glen Ford, Laura Flanders, Richard Kim, and Adele Stan discuss the Tea Party's rise, its racist appeal, and the troubles that currently beset it.

Tues 3.29.11| North Africa Now, Asia Then

George Katsiaficas, "The Real Egyptian Revolution is Yet to Come" Sri Lanka Guardian

George Katsiaficas, "The Eros Effect Comes to Cairo" The Egyptian Gazette



In North Africa popular movements have sprung up challenging entrenched dictatorial regimes with the eyes of the world watching. Less known, at least in the West, are similar movements that swept Asia in the 1980s and '90s -- in Bangladesh, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea, Nepal, the Philippines, Burma, Thailand, and beyond. George Katsiaficas discusses the impulse behind the uprisings in Egypt and Asia and considers why they have often ended up strengthening the regimes they sought to overthrow.

Mon 3.28.11| Looking Left, Looking Forward

The past several months have witnessed the emergence of significant protests movements in the US and abroad. But what led to them and where are they headed? Those were some of the questions posed and answered by Barbara Ehrenreich, Richard Wolff, Paul Mason, and Frances Fox Piven at the annual Left Forum gathering in New York City.

Wed 3.23.11| Tunisia's Unfinished Revolution

Juan Cole, "Labor movement Drives Egypt, Tunisia Protests" Detroit News, February 2011








Faced with soaring food prices, meagre wages, and rampant unemployment, a revolutionary movement in Tunisia emerged late last year and quickly acheived the unthinkable: the toppling the country's longtime autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Three leaders of Tunisia's labor movement who were instrumental in the revolution that shook North Africa -- Abdellatif Hamrouni, Najoua Makhlouf, and Sami Al-Awadi -- discuss the actions that inspired uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, and even the American Midwest.

Tues 3.22.11| Ian Rankin on Crime and the City

Ian Rankin, The Complaints Reagan Arthur Books, 2011







"Crime fiction is about social inequality," claims international bestselling Scottish writer Ian Rankin. Does that explain the enormous popularity of the genre, which continues to strike a chord globally? Rankin discusses his life and the social and political context of his work. And he considers the relation between the city as protagonist -- such as Edinburgh -- and how police procedurals can lay bare the dark underbelly of corruption, deceit, and class conflict at the polar ends of society.

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