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Conjure these images, if you will. All over the planet, invisible to a spectacle-obsessed media, indigenous people are putting their bodies on the line in defense of their most sacred places. In recent months: the Uwa of Colombia have dispatched Indigenous Guardians to blockade a road into a national park after a climbing team staged a soccer game on top of the Uwa's most sacred mountain, Zizuma.
To "coexist" implies that there is the existence of two or more entities. Coexistence implies that the existing diversity exists in spite the existence of the others. It also implies that there is no significant negative interaction amongst those existing at the same space-time ambiance. This is the connotation accepted throughout time by those coexisting.
Words, the ideas in them, combine like droplets, eventually forming pools wide and deep enough for reflection. The reader feels something of Galeano in the new book by Richard Pithouse, Writing the Decline: On the Struggle for South Africa's Democracy. Written as more than 40 articles over a period of seven years, Writing the Decline is not astandard book-length work of nonfiction. Its ligaments are looser. Each piece rings against what Pithouse calls "the anvil of the present," but in harmony with the rest.
We recently became aware of an article published in the Chicago Sun-Times, originally titled "Hooker gets 15 years for stabbing Brother Rice teacher to death" (they have since amended the title), that promotes an anti-sex worker, misogynistic gloss on the traumatic events it purports to report on. The Chicago Sun-Times not only saw fit to publish a piece that spread stigma and shame against a survivor of client violence, they also used degrading whorephobic language, and sensationalized headlines.
News outlets around the world have been awash this week with stories on the Panama Papers. The biggest data leak in history, they contain over 11 million documents detailing the secretive activities of Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based legal firm who specialize in creating offshore companies that enable wealthy individuals and corporations to keep their money hidden from prying eyes and out of the hands of the taxman.
Nearly two years ago, Center for American Progress President and CEO Neera Tanden wrote, "We have a historic opportunity to address poverty today, because the interests of low-income people and the middle class are converging." As the first vice-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), I couldn't agree more. In fact, it's one of the reasons I was proud to unveil the CPC's budget for Fiscal Year 2017 -- The People's Budget: Prosperity Not Austerity; Invest in America.
This month, British junior doctors are staging the first full walkout strike in protest against a new work contract that is unsafe and unfair; a contract which will have predictable detrimental effects for both patients and doctors. In February this year, the UK government made its position concerning the ongoing junior doctor contract dispute quite clear: Jeremy Hunt, the secretary of state for health, announced that the Department of Health will "impose" the unfair and unsafe new contract, despite nationwide uproar from frontline doctors like me.
Twenty-four US states have the ballot initiative. Unfortunately, the process is heavily skewed in favor of rich interests and unsuitable for making informed decisions. A much better method of citizen lawmaking is needed. In a ballot initiative, citizens can put a measure (proposed law) on the ballot for a binding vote in an upcoming election by gathering a large number of petition signatures within a set time.
In this interview we talk to the former finance minister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, and philosopher, activist and author, Srecko Horvat. This interview was conducted on the 9th of February, 2016, in Berlin when the Democracy in Europe Movement 25 (DiEM25) was launched. Questions about the movement's solutions and strategies are addressed in the following video.
At a moment of growing resistance to state violence and injustice the world over, a delegation of nineteen anti-prison, labor and scholar-activists from the United States traveled to Palestine in March 2016. Our delegation included former US-held political prisoners and social prisoners, former Black Panther Party members, prison abolitionists, trade unionists and university professors. We are the first US delegation to Palestine to focus specifically on political imprisonment and solidarity between Palestinian and US prisoners.