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Counter Revolution Disguised as Democracy in Egypt

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May 31, 2012
Counter Revolution Disguised as Democracy in Egypt

by Shamus Cooke In a country where the embers of revolution are still glowing, you would assume that a presidential election would produce a revolutionary-appearing government. Not so in Egypt. The revolutionaries who toppled the hated dictator Mubarak will have zero representation in the upcoming runoff election for president. Those who opposed the revolution,...
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“You Will Hang” and Other Things You Don’t Want to Hear on a Saturday Afternoon

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May 30, 2012
Brotherhood II March, 1987 - photo by J Michael

by Kip Silverman photos by J. Michael Author’s Note: There’s an interesting internet experiment called The Listserve ( http://thelistserve.com/) where people opt in to get one email from a member each day. The members are randomly selected and have 48 hours to submit their entry. It can be on any topic and often is...
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From the Chilean Winter to the Maple Spring

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May 29, 2012
From the Chilean Winter to the Maple Spring

by Andrew Gavin Marshall On the night of May 16, thousands of Montréal students and supporters took to the streets for the 23rd consecutive night of protests, this time spurred on by the Government of Québec’s announcement that it would legislate an end to the 14-week student strike which has gripped Quebec for the past...
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Can Obama Stop Casino Capitalism?

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May 28, 2012
Can Obama Stop Casino Capitalism?

by Shamus Cooke The recent JPMorgan scandal where billions of dollars were lost in risky bets has re-ignited the move to properly regulate the U.S. banking system. Among those asking for new regulations is Robert Reich, former labor secretary to Bill Clinton. Recently Reich made a plea of sorts to President Obama, whom he...
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Real Lessons from the Age of Industrial Violence

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May 27, 2012
Clockwise from top left: Child labor circa 1923; Alexander Berkman addressing the IWW in Union Square, April 1914; depiction of a confrontation during the 1892 Homestead Strike; State Militia entering Homestead, PA. All images in the public domain.

The Gilded Age is very much in the news. In early April, President Obama derided a budget proposal favored by Mitt Romney as “thinly veiled Social Darwinism,” referring to ideas usually associated with such men as Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. During his campaign to secure the Republican nomination, Newt Gingrich derided child-labor...
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The First Domino Falls in Greece

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May 26, 2012
The First Domino Falls in Greece

by Shamus Cooke After the last Greek elections rejected austerity and caused a global uproar, early polling indicates that the next Greek elections — scheduled for June 17 — will do the same, albeit with more fury. Greece’s situation is not an isolated event, but a bellwether for the industrial world and beyond. The...
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Strategically Incapacitated in Chi-Town

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May 25, 2012
Strategically Incapacitated in Chi-Town

by David “Däv” O’Bryant The following is my general report on the events of my arrest and detention on May 20th, 2012 during the NATO summit protests in Chicago, Ill. I was arrested at around 4:15 in the back of the main march today in Chicago. I was detained until 11:45. I was walking...
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Statement from PLOC: Militancy for Liberation

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May 24, 2012
Statement from PLOC: Militancy for Liberation

by the Strategy & Vision Cluster of the Portland Liberation Organizing Council download pdf of this document Introduction On May Day 2012, the Black Working Group and the Portland Liberation Organizing Council helped Alicia Jackson liberate her house.  Jackson faced threats from the banks and self-evicted in August of 2011.  Ongoing community organizing, going...
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Occupy Northeast: The Coffee Shop

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May 23, 2012
Occupy Northeast: The Coffee Shop

by Kendall Reflections is a coffee shop where people meet to change the world. It’s a meeting space, book store, theatre, art gallery, music venue, and park. It’s one of the few places in Portland where people can buy African-American greeting cards and cowrie shells, fridge magnets and baskets. It’s a place to play...
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Demogogues and Controversy: Erick Stakelbeck on Islam and Israel at PSU

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May 22, 2012
Demogogues and Controversy: Erick Stakelbeck on Islam and Israel at PSU

by Joel Sjerven Erick Stakelbeck had gained much controversy before coming to speak at Portland State University on Monday, May 14. The week prior to his arrival Students United for Palestinian Rights (SUPER) had put out a call for “all students, faculty, staff, and members of the broader community to join us for a...
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