Don’t get me wrong, I love Adbusters, the Vancouver-based magazine that first called for the occupation of Wall Street. They are “culture-jammers” by belief, which means they seek to disrupt the dominant image machinery and, in so doing, awaken a radical culture of resistance. In some ways they are descendants of Marshall McLuhan, also a Canadian, who fostered the 1960s concept that the “medium” itself is “the message” and, more particularly, they idealize the French Situationists who took to the barricades in 1968, and the Zapatistas who rose in 1994. Their roots go back further to their proud identification with the Paris Commune of 1871, which Karl Marx and many others extolled. Anarchists in particular celebrate the Commune as an early example of revolutionary direct action “prefiguring” the new society they imagined would come, with the emphasis on self-management from below. The Commune itself was decimated by the French Army with as many as 20,000 killed and tens of thousands marched off to prison.
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Published by Tom Hayden, The Peace Exchange Bulletin is a reader-supported journal, critically following the Pentagon's Long War in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, as well as the failed U.S. wars on drugs and gangs, and U.S. military responses to nationalism and poverty around the world.
The triumph of Scott Walker and the Tea Party Republicans in Wisconsin is heartbreaking for the many thousands who devoted over a year of their lives to one of the most inspired social movements of the current century.
Left candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador – AMLO - is only four points behind the PRI’s presidential pacesetter Enrique Pena Nieto, according to Reforma, after a year in which the mainstream media and political analysts had written off the PRD presidential candidate. In Reforma’s poll, Nieto led with 29 percent to AMLO’s 26, ahead of the ruling PAN’s candidate, Josefina Vasquez Mota, with 20. The election is not until July 1, so the trends are fluid.
Endlessly blockading Cuba. Accepting the Honduran coup. Freezing Aristide in Haiti. Sending troops into Honduras. Expanding the secret drug wars. The list seems endless.
After ruling 5-2 that Julian Assange can be deported to Sweden, Britain’s Supreme Court has granted a two-week reprieve for consideration of treaty issues not previously heard during the two-year case. With the new hearing unpredictable, Assange also has the further option of appealing his extradition order to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
After reading Medea Benjamin’s Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, I can only wish she will invest more time in writing and less time getting arrested, because there are so few activists with her gifts of research, analysis and communication. But she wouldn’t be Medea without being arrested and pepper-sprayed on one front or another, because she is a true witness in both the Quaker moral sense and as a seeing journalist in the thick of things.
I have always sensed that Chris Hayes was more centrist than a typical Nation progressive, and marveled at his ascendancy within mainstream media’s punditry. Looks like Chris crossed the secret but official line, however, when he spoke up for the freedom to voice anti-war views on NBC’s Memorial Day broadcast.
After a detailed account of the history of the region, and how the US became involved in a protracted war in Southwest Asia, Tom Hayden and Johan Galtung weigh in on the implications of a US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Longtime gang peace process advocates in Los Angeles announced new support on Memorial Day for the 11-week truce called by incarcerated Mara Salvatrucha and 18th Street gang leaders which has sharply reduced homicides in El Salvador