It is not hyperbole to describe the CIA network, which includes the interests it serves and those through which it operates, as the world’s most wide-spread, sophisticated and well-funded terrorist network today. Particularly, the CIA promotes violence and other tactics internationally as part of efforts to sway opinion in ways that enshrine policies favorable to the commercial interests of the United States and its allies. The CIA could be described as a US-centered terrorist group in service to capital.
The recent coup in the west African country of Mali continues to play out. On March 21st 2012 a rebel faction of the nation’s military took over the elected government over internal disputes in the region. The military faction, naming itself the Committee for the Reestablishment of Democracy and the Restoration of the State, […]
Betty Friedan is often credited with founding second wave feminism, what is today sometimes mockingly referred to as ‘white, middle-class feminism’ or ‘bourgeois feminism.’ Beyond whatever rhetorical value can be found in such phrases, what do they mean? What is the implication of Friedan’s work in relation to other outstanding social relations besides gender? More […]
Beyond Chicanismo presents: Cointelpro101 (Film screening following by panel discussion with Ricardo Romero, Priscilla Falcón, Francisco “Kiko” Martinez.) Monday, April 16th, 11am-2pm St. Cajetan’s at Auraria Campus and Resistencia Mexicana teach-in: “Mexican liberation through decolonial education” Thursday, April 20th, 6pm Sisters of Color United for Education (2895 W. 8th Ave, Denver)
This video does an excellent job of highlighting some of the problematic aspects of the recent Kony2012 campaign and Invisible Children documentary. As always, posting here does not imply endorsement or affiliation and is for educational and discussion purposes. -Nick
The former US Ambassador to Syria, Robert S. Ford, presented part of the keynote address during the 2012 Amnesty International Annual General Meeting, held in Denver, Colorado between March 30th and April 1st. While AI made sure to keep the appearance of Ford under wraps from the public, it was mentioned by supporting media prior […]
Throughout the United States, public outcry and mass outrage have grown over the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by ‘Neighborhood Watch Captain’ George Zimmerman. Martin, a Black youth in Sanford, Florida, was killed by Zimmerman, 28, as he walked home from a convenience store. City and state officials have thus far refused to arrest or […]
This essay by Samir Amin discusses the possibility of forming a revolutionary Fifth International. I’ve abbreviated it for brevity and presentation and to give folks the opportunity to read it in full at the Third World Forum website, where is was originally published. As usual, re-posting here does not imply endorsement or agreement, but is […]
The following graphics offer an interesting relational comparison between different social groups in modern society. Such comparisons, despite their acute relevance, are often missed by most sections of the First World and Third World left. Images originally produced by the Propaganda Times.
On Sunday morning, March 11, an Army Sergeant walked into an Afghan village and went house-to-house killing 16 civilians, 9 of them children. The Sergeant then took most of the bodies, including those of four little girls, and set them on fire. Once his identity is known, there surely will be much discussion in the coming week about […]
The recent Kony 2012 video that has gone viral all over the internet has been talked about almost everywhere as of now. With over 70 million views and counting the 30 minute video by Invisible Children is unprecedented in its dissemination through social media, especially from those who do not usually engage in politics. The […]
Today is International Women’s Day. So the question arises, how do you end oppression? Why, just change your profile pic! Of course, you have to wear red lipstick be really effective. This facebook trend, asking people to change their profile pic to one of them wearing red lipstick, is just another instance of hipster activism, […]
Islam’s roots and early significance lie in the changing conditions of 7th and 8th century Arabia. Not united by a single ethnic-religious formation prior to its development, through its pronouncements on religion, social and legal philosophy, early Islam sought and succeeded in creating a trans-tribal authority and source of identity through which later Arab and […]
The Art of Social Justice Conference is a free event hosted by the Collective for Social Change, being held April 10th-12th in Denver, Colorado at the downtown Auraria campus. Word is, some relevant panels and presentations will include: “Colonialism as ‘self-determination’ in the UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights.” (Tuesday, 10am. Tivoli 440) “Settler Imperialism and […]
Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, flips the script in this response to the Jay Z and Kanye West song, N****s in Paris. We support the appropriation of cultural forms such as hip hop for liberatory purposes. In this case, Bey challenges ideas of sitting at the table of oppressors and the adoption of […]
Since the beginning of the unrest in Syria, “the government has said that while some protesters have legitimate grievances, the uprising is driven by militant Islamists with foreign backing.”  This hardly squares with the view of Western state officials and media commentators who say that an authoritarian regime is killing its people and violently […]
This following video of an interview by historian and author Webster Tarpley offers an interesting, geo-political perspective on modern dynamics related to imperialism and militarism. Posting here is for discussion and additional perspective and does not imply uncritical agreement.
Wages and class struggle Karl Marx’s opening line in the first chapter of Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 states that, “wages are determined by antagonistic struggle between capitalist and worker.” (p. 19) This opening line is often cited by nominal leftists as explanation for exorbitantly high wages of many workers in the United States […]
If you are an American or European citizen, chances are you’ve never heard about shengren, minzhu and wenming. If one day you promote them, you might even be accused of culture treason. That’s because these are Chinese concepts. They are often conveniently translated as “philosophers,” “democracy” and “civilization.” In fact, they are none of those. […]