Work, Production and The Common: A Provocation from a tribe of moles

Tue, 2011-07-12 12:28
Submitted by motho

A Provocation:
Questions of decent work and employment have been central to the social antagonisms and political convulsions of postapartheid South Africa. In the wake of the 2007 Polokwane conference, leadership changes and policy shifts in the ANC have focused on the failures of Thabo Mbeki’s agenda of economic liberalisation in making employment a foundation of rights, stability, and inclusion. Labor struggles have constantly reminded the country’s rulers of how democratisation is supposed to be not just a procedural and constitutional matter, but also the fulfillment of popular demands of redemption of work, which past racial domination turned into a largely oppressive reality but unions tried to rescue as a condition of solidarity and empowerment. Social movements have, finally, made the “dignity of work”, and even the “right to work” a central ethical-political component in their demands for redistribution and recognition. In the age of Jacob Zuma and the New Growth Path, “decent work” is for many on the left shorthand for worker-friendly, socially sensitive state developmentalism, as an alternative both to neoliberalism and to repressive government-driven capitalist accumulation.

Libya City Torn by Tribal Feud

Tue, 2011-07-12 11:37
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Ethnic Hatred Rooted in Battle for Misrata Underlines Challenges the
Nation Faces After Gadhafi

MISRATA, Libya?"Traitors keep out," reads graffiti at the entrance of
a housing project in an impoverished neighborhood of Misrata, the
rebel-held city grappling with the physical and emotional scars of
Col. Moammar Gadhafi's siege since March.

A group of men sipping tea in the courtyard on a recent afternoon say

Trickle-Down Cruelty and the Politics of Austerity by: Henry A. Giroux, Truthout | Op-Ed

Tue, 2011-07-12 10:40
Submitted by motho

In Philadelphia, budget cuts have led to fire departments closing on a daily rotating basis, delaying response time.

There is a certain irony in the fact that the party of debt has now
become a flock of austerity hawks. This is the same Republican Party
that gave us two wars, an increase in military spending and whopping

The Strange Silencing of Liberal America by: John Pilger, Truthout | Op-Ed

Tue, 2011-07-12 10:05
Submitted by motho

How does political censorship work in liberal societies? When my film, "Year Zero: the Silent Death of Cambodia," was banned in the United States in 1980, the broadcaster PBS cut all contact. Negotiations were ended abruptly; phone calls were not returned. Something had happened.

But what? "Year Zero" had already alerted much of the world to the
horrors of Pol Pot, but it also investigated the critical role of the Nixon administration in the tyrant's rise to power and the devastation of Cambodia.

World emissions rise, carbon markets fail. Patrick Bond - debate

Thu, 2011-06-30 13:38
Submitted by motho

(In spite of the harsh reality of carbon market failure - even
California yesterday backdated its proposed market by a year, which may be a downpayment on canceling the scheme - the SA government was

Brian Edwards-Tiekert:Climate Change Gridlock: Where Do We Go From Here? (Part 1)(audio)

Thu, 2011-06-30 13:18
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Listen to the audio clip; click here:

Bolivia's UN ambassador, Pablo Solon speaks to a crowd about the need
for real climate change solutions. Photo: Langelle/GJEP-GFC.

Global warming is no longer a fear for the future, it's threatening
human civilization now. But a good portion of humanity doesn't seem that
concerned. On this edition, part 1 of a special 2 part series, Brian
Edwards-Tiekert takes us through the climate change that is happening,

Khadija Sharife on drug company profiteering- Debate

Thu, 2011-06-30 13:03
Submitted by motho

The great billion dollar drug scam

Part one of a two-part series examining methods used by multinational
drug corporations to control markets - and lives.
Khadija Sharife Last Modified: 29 Jun 2011 18:26

Drug corporations such as Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline have stated that companies producing generic drugs - often Indian - are able to bypass costs, and sell their 'copied' drugs for a fraction of the price of the patented product [EPA]

Rehana Dada on civil society space at COP17 in Durban.

Thu, 2011-06-23 12:01
Submitted by motho

As we edge closer to the COP17 event in Durban; Rahana Dada the C17 convener provides a civil society perspective in an interview with the Heinrich Böll Foundation which aims to provide the reader with analysis of the major issues at stake and the context in which the negotiations will be held. View six minute video clip here:

dead prez

Thu, 2011-06-09 15:32
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Dead Prez in Durban? Revolutionary But Gangsta RBG: System Ain't going to change, unless we make it change

Thu, 2011-06-09 15:29
Submitted by motho