100 years ago: the Ludlow massacre

http://talkingunion.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/100-years-ago-the-ludlow-massacre/

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Didacticide Update: Postmodern Dereliction in the Face of Neoliberal Education Policy

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/postmodern-dereliction-face-neoliberal-education-policy/

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Video: Sibel Edmonds On The Charade In The Ukraine

As I have said in this space, what is going on in the Ukraine is a prearranged partition, and the rancorous exchanges between Russia and the US are for public consumption, both publics. A strong, indpendent Ukraine is something neither Russia nor the West wants. It’s being carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey with the various Ukrainian leaders offered a share of the bird.

Edmonds is one of the most astute political analysts around. Listen for yourself.

Find it here: http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2014/04/11/bfp-roundtable-video-5-our-takes-on-nato-russia-turkey-the-new-cold-war/

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Red Star Over Africa Update

China eyes the Congo River

New development projects along the Congo River are bound to restore colonialist structures and looting of resources in the DRC. These will benefit elite companies and countries, but fail to prioritise poverty and access by the poor – serving only as a repressive tool to locals.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/91300

 

BRICS corporate snapshots in Africa

The BRICS are united in their drive for foreign direct investment, a thirst for natural resources and poor environmental regulation. A closer examination of the predatory capitalist penetration of each BRIC nation reveals multi-national companies carving up Africa in a similar way the countries of the 1884 Berlin conference did to Africa.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/91298

 

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Video: Seattle’s Uber drivers meet to discuss forming a union

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/uber-drivers-meet-discuss-forming-union/nfY8S/

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Red Star Over Africa: Working for China on Nigerian infrastructure

Chinese companies are implementing huge infrastructure projects in Nigeria. But like the colonialists before them, they are engaged in serious labour violations apparently with impunity. How does this ‘south-south cooperation’ benefit the Nigerian worker?

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/91305

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Dis-history And The Mexican Revolution, A Critique Of Two Bourgeois Perspectives

“History is a battlefield.”[1]

One might justly argue that history is inherently interpretive, subjective, perhaps even personal. We are all its products, like it or not, and for those of us who have some sort of axe to grind or torch to carry (and that would be all of us), it is that thing which either validates our position or renders it inconsequent. As Orwell noted, whoever controls the past controls the present. Correct or not, at the very least the elite who do control the present are determined to portray the past in a manner consonant with its interests. Caveat emptor.

I wrote a review of Adolfo Gilly’s The Mexican Revolution, and since then some readers have sent me related material. Listening to the audio below, presented by Sharon Bailey Glasco, one might wonder if the two historians were talking about the same event. The former has a socialist perspective, the latter takes a bourgeois view. Which is biased? No doubt both are, but in the end each will be judged by its veracity. I do not claim objectivity: I share Gilly’s point of view. Given that historical analysis is subjective, one should allow for the possibility of honest disagreement before insinuating deceit, but at a few instances in the presentation I was left wondering if Glasco could believe what she was saying. You will judge for yourselves. But my sole aim here is to demonstrate that while Glasco’s analysis might seem the less biased one because it melds nicely with the prevailing climate of opinion promoted by the ruling class, it is in fact sectarian.

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