A few friends sat around a table in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, and started to get to grips with the oncoming whirlwind. “I’ll be frank,” moaned the climate change correspondent, rattling a bunch of academic papers, “we’re fucked.” Most agreed. As the world is hell-bent on building fossil-fueled power stations over the next five years, it will be impossible to hold global warming to safe levels. The last chance of combating dangerous climate will be “lost forever.”
In Memory of Aaron Swartz: Here are 14 Ways to Fight Back Against the "Intellectual Property" RacketIn your standard dictatorship, activists are brought out back and shot. In the United States' crypto-dictatorship, activists are bullied by the state until they go bankrupt, are buried under a mountain of legal woes, are publicly discredited or humiliated, or as in the case of activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz , made to crack under the constant pressure, and commit suicide. While superficially the United States may seem more progressive, a dead activist bullied to death for his political views, is a dead activist - whether it was a bullet in the back of the head by SS officers, or a mountain of litigation dumped upon someone by the US Department of Justice. We are All Aaron Swartz.
With the advent of the internet, a huge shift has occurred from the centralized mass media to the decentralized network power of the new media. INSURGENT ANARCHISM: Part I: An Idea Whose Time Has Come Part II: The Power of Networked Resistance Part III: Forthcoming… By Nozomi Hayase of the Associated Whistleblowing Press .
From a video posted by the Anonymous hacking collective urging the US public to stop the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection act (Cispa) in the Senate Photograph: YouTube/TheAnonMessage Whatever one thinks of WikiLeaks , it is an indisputable fact that the group has never been charged by any government with any crime, let alone convicted of one. Despite that crucial fact, WikiLeaks has been crippled by a staggering array of extra-judicial punishment imposed either directly by the US and allied governments or with their clear acquiescence.
Midwest droughts, growing unrest in the Middle East have prognosticators worried By Keith Johnson The worst U.S. drought since 1936 has devastated crops and livestock across the country and opened the floodgates to opportunists hawking genetically modified (GM) seed products. Worse yet, socioeconomic experts now predict that the world may be less than one year away from a catastrophic food crisis that could lead to even more political instability and civil unrest. Meanwhile, consumers are bracing for a harsh winter as food prices begin their rise to unprecedented levels. Meat and dairy products, which account for 52% of the world’s food basket, are expected to become far more expensive over the next several months as farmers around the globe continue to slaughter millions of hogs, dairy cows and steers because they cannot afford the corn and soybean products used to make feed.
“Those who make peaceful evolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” — John F. Kennedy There’s one thing for sure: 2008 isn’t anything like politics as usual. The corporate media (with their unerring eye for the obvious point) is fixated on the narrative that, for the first time ever, Americans will likely end this year with either a woman or a black man headed for the White House.
London. A general strike in Greece, massive protests by the indignados in Spain, public transport strikes in Portugal (and Spain), and industrial action by aluminium, steel and public sector workers in Italy headlined this week. On Saturday mass protests will erupt again in Portugal as the indignaos movement that brought out a million into the streets of the country on September 15 – the same day there was another huge scale turn out into the plazas in Spain – join action called by the country’s largest trade union, CGTP. And it’s not just in the Continent’s south. On Sunday mass demonstrations are expected in France, calling for a referendum over the EU Fiscal Compact, the ‘permanent austerity’ treaty.
Two recent movements have transformed the political landscape. The Occupy movement literally operates in the light of day. The other movement operates in secrecy, with money as its “speech” rather than … well, you know, speech . The Romney video offers us a rare glimpse of the other movement. This movement of the extremely rich is ruthless, radical, and full of rage. And it’s on the rise.
Keeping your head down keeps you a tool. The current economy is more than 5 times more productive than in 1950 when one person with a high school education could support a middle class family. Over the last thirty years basically all income growth went to the very top.
A quote by Gerrard Winstanley at a 'climate camp' at Heathrow in 2007. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian Anarchists disdain the customary use of "anarchy" to mean "chaos" or "complete disorder".
Cole writes: "Skeptics can be convinced by solid data and argument; contrarians are either harder to convince, or impossible to convince. Some contrarians are committed to their position because it is central to their business model." By Juan Cole, Informed Comment
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Bioregional flag of Cascadia, lovingly referred to as “the doug” By Alexander Baretich I designed the Cascadian flag, aka the Doug, way back in the mid 1990s when I was a graduate student studying in Eastern Europe. Though I totally love the people, cultures and landscape of Eastern Europe, I was deeply homesick for the forests of Cascadia, specifically the Willamette Valley forests I grew up around. One day as I sat on a hill with my companion, I had this vision of a flag where the Cascadian landscape came to mind.
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Over the past 3,5 months, a student strike against tuition hikes in Québec has evolved into one of the biggest anti-capitalist movements in North America. Originally published by Occupy Theory Origins of an unlimited general strike (“ grève générale illimitée ”) Students in Quebec marked their hundredth day of an unlimited general strike on Tuesday, 22 May, the culmination of the most stunning mass protest movement of recent months and North America’s largest student movement in years. In fact, the mobilizations in Quebec might just be Canada’s Arab Spring . Students have been organizing against tuition hikes for nearly one and a half years, when the Quebec government first proposed to raise tuition fees by seventy-five percent over five years (amended to eighty-two percent over seven years by the government at the end of April).