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Don’t Feed the Snakes

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Published on JACOBIN, by Rejane Carolina Hoeveler, Sept 2, 2016 - translated by Sean Purdy.

The history of the Brazilian Workers’ Party is a cautionary tale for left parties everywhere … //

… From São Bernardo to Brasília: … //
… The Transformation: … // Continue Reading…

Weekly Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff

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AUDIOS – uploaded by Democracy At Work:

  • from Sept 1, 2016 – Puerto Rico’s crisis, 57.35 min … US income inequality vs rest of world, Europe exposes Apple Corp’s tax evasion; TTP and TTIP face rising opposition; even Martin Wolf sees capitalism’s contradiction with democracy. Interview with Prof Ian Seda on Puerto Rico’s economic/colonial crisis;
  • from Aug 25, 2016 – Capitalism’s Craziness, 55.38 min … updates on universities, politicians, and grad student unions, Bill Gates obscene wealth, Harley-Davidson’ illegal pollution and more. Analyses of capitalism’s craziness: insufficient demand, unemployment’s wastes, state subsidies for all systems;   Continue Reading…

Clinton’s “American Exceptionalism” Speech: A Bipartisan Policy of Militarism and War

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Published on Global (first on World Socialist Web Site WSWS), by Patrick Martin, Sept 2, 2016.

Hillary Clinton’s speech to the American Legion convention Wednesday was a full-throated declaration of the right and responsibility of the United States to control the world by military force. Clinton pledged to keep the US the dominant global military power, to uphold the military alliances through which US imperialism controls Europe and the Far East, and to wage war unilaterally if deemed necessary, regardless of world opinion. Continue Reading…

China Heads West: Beijing’s New Silk Road to Europe – part 1

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Erich Follath, Aug 31, 2016 (Photo Gallery – Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

China is building new roads, railroads and pipelines from Central Asia to Europe in an effort to build new connections to the rest of the world. The results may be good for the Chinese – but less so for the other countries involved.   Continue Reading…

Impeachment is the failure of Brazil’s political system

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Published on plus55, by Gustavo Ribeiro, Aug 31, 2016.

The definitive removal of Dilma Rousseff from office means much more than the end of a political cycle.   Continue Reading…

US: A Turning Point for the Charter School Movement

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Published on truthout, by Molly Knefel, Aug 30, 2016;

A political battle is being waged over charter schools in Massachusetts right now, and it’s a microcosm of the state of the charter debate across the country. In the lead-up to a November ballot measure in which voters will decide whether or not to lift the state’s cap on charter schools, known as Question 2, Democrats passed a resolution this month opposing charter school expansion. Continue Reading…