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THE POPE IS NOT GAY!

NEW TITLE:

THE POPE IS NOT GAY

By ANGELO QUATROCCHI

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LONDON LAUNCH EVENT:

THE POPE IS NOT GAY! By ANGELO QUATTROCCHI is launching at POLARI at the Southbank Centre on Tuesday 14th September, 6.30-9.00pm.

After June’s Polari Goes Pop, London ‘s peerless gay literary salon is back with Polari Goes Pope. Mark ing the pontiff’s hotly debated visit to the UK and the publication of Angelo Quattrocchi’s book THE POPE IS NOT GAY!, tonight’s line-up includes Gerry Potter, James Maker, Ste McCabe and David Hoyle.

Admission free, booking fee £1.45 / members £0.00. For more information on the event or to book tickets, call the Ticket Office: 0844 875 0073 or online here:  http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/literature-spoken-word/tickets/polari-goes-pope-54643

See the Protest the Pope! listing here http://www.protest-the-pope.org.uk/2010/08/polari-goes-pope-the-pope-is-not-gay-launch/

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The Pope Is Not Gay! is an irreverent history of homophobic and sexist obscurantism in the Holy Roman Church and an endoscopic examination of its greatest contemporary advocate, Pope Benedict XVI.

In his inimitable style, Angelo Quattrocchi traces the evolution of Joseph Ratzinger’s life, beginning with the Pope’s childhood in Nazi Germany, his membership in the Hitler Youth in Bavaria and his conscription into the German anti-aircraft corps. His has been a startling career, a story that helps explain his development as a reactionary theologian and culminates in his carefully planned election to the papacy in 2005. Quattrocchi contrasts the Pope’s doctrinal rigidity on issues such as birth control, abortion, and homosexuality to his extravagant attire and his controversial relationship with his private secretary, Cardinal Georg Gänswein. Rigidity on all fronts.

Illustrated throughout and including Ratzinger’s key writings on homosexuality as an appendix, The Pope Is Not Gay! sheds new light on the Catholic Church’s sustained interference in contemporary politics and society, and the hypocrisy of its pontiffs past and present.

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Anarchist and poet, ANGELO QUATTROCCHI (1945–2009) reported from London , Paris , and the US for Italian newspapers in the 1960s and 1970s and subsequently worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC, Channel 4, and Italian television. His books include The Beginning of the End with Tom Nairn.

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ISBN 978 1 84467 474 9 / $16.95 / £8.99 / $21.00CAN / Paperback / 192 pages

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To buy this book in the UK: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781844674749/The-Pope-is-Not-Gay!

or

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pope-Not-Gay-Angelo-Quattrocchi/dp/1844674746

To buy the book in the US: http://www.amazon.com/Pope-Not-Gay-Angelo-Quattrocchi/dp/1844674746/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283274839&sr=8-1

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No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 30th AUGUST 2010

 EVENTS

SCREENING – HOWARD ZINN: YOU CAN’T BE NEUTRAL ON A MOVING TRAIN (WITH NAOMI KLEIN)

Wednesday, September 8th
7 pm (Box office opens at 6:30)
The Bloor Cinema
506 Bloor Street West @ Bathurst
Toronto, ON

In co-operation with Continuing Education Students Association at Ryerson, the War Resisters Support Campaign is pleased to present:

Naomi Klein introducing

Howard Zinn: You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train
A documentary screening with film makers Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller and Iraq war resister Jeremy Hinzman, introduced by Naomi Klein

Admission: $10.00

For information or advance tickets, please contact us at resisters@sympatico.ca

War Resisters Support Campaign
http://www.letthemstay.ca/ or http://www.resisters.ca/

Media sponsor: rabble.ca

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BOOK LAUNCH: OUR FRIENDLY LOCAL TERRORIST

Sep 7, 2010
5:00-7:00pm
University of Toronto
Regis College
100 Wellesley St. West
Toronto, ON

Between the Lines welcomes one and all to the launch of Our Friendly Local Terrorist by Mary Jo Leddy.

About the book:

“A chilling story that shakes your faith in our vaunted Canadian immigration system. Secret hearings, spying, betrayal, no accountability are features we associate with desperate dictatorships elsewhere, not our own government here in Canada. It is no wonder Canada’s stature in the human rights world has sunk to its lowest level ever. This is a national disgrace.” – Helga Stephenson, human rights activist

Contact name: Between the Lines info@btlbooks.com

(Also Sep. 8, 5:00-7:00 pm, Romero House, 1558 Bloor St. West, Toronto)

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WOMEN MATTER: MAYORAL CANDIDATES MEETING

Equal Voice, Toronto Women’s City Alliance and YWCA Toronto will host a mayoral
Debate on the issues that matter to Toronto women.

Friday, September 10, 2010
6pm to 8:30pm
YWCA Toronto
80 Woodlawn Ave. East, Toronto
(North of Summerhill Subway)

Mayoral Candidates:

* Rob Ford
* Joe Pantalone
* Rocco Rossi
* George Smitherman
* Sarah Thomson

Moderator to be confirmed

Child-minding is available. Please call 647-235-8575 to register for child-minding.

Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

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DR. CHUN RESOURCE LIBRARY PRESENTS…LEE MARACLE AND HER BOOK RAVENSONG!

Thursday, September 2, 2010
6:00 PM
The Dr. Chun Resource Library
The Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T
563 Spadina Ave., Room 100 (North Borden Building)
Wheelchair accessible through Bancroft Ave.

Hosted by OPIRG & The Centre for Women and Trans People at UofT

FREE event! Yummy refreshments will be provided!

Ravensong is a passionate novel about a young woman’s search for answers to difficult questions by one of our foremost First Nations writers. Stacey must balance her family’s traditional ways against white society’s intrusive values. It is set in the 1950’s Pacific Northwest.

Lee Maracle is of Salish and Cree ancestry and a member of the Stó:lō Nation. Besides being a professor at the University of Toronto, she has also been the Stanley Knowles Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies at the University of Waterloo. Maracle has been the Traditional Cultural Director of The Centre for Indigenous Theatre and has worked as an instructor of dramatic composition and theatrical representation. Maracle’s works reflect her antipathy toward racism, sexism, and white cultural domination.

The Dr. Chun Resource Library is a joint project of the Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T, and OPIRG-Toronto.

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MAYORAL CANDIDATES’ DEBATE: “INCLUSION: ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PARTICIPATION FOR DIVERSE COMMUNITIES IN TORONTO”

October 6, 2010
6:00-8:00 pm
Yorkwoods Library Theatre
1785 Finch Avenue West, Toronto

Sponsored by the Latin American Community Roundtable, a coalition of 16 organizations working with the Latin American community in Toronto.

To find out more about the October Mayoral Debate, please contact Adriana Salazar of the Mennonite New Life Centre at (416) 699-4527 ext. 229 or asalazar@mnlct.org.

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G8/20 LEGAL DEFENCE POTLUCK FUNDRAISER

Sunday September 5, 2010
2:00 pm
36 Sunnylea Drive
St. Catharines, ON

Guest speakers:

* Judy Rebick – Rabble.ca
* Bryan Palmer – Labour Historian

Music by George Hewison

An Injury to One is an Injury to All

Further info: (905) 934-6233 or (905) 984-1763 email: ballen@cogeco.ca

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BOOK LAUNCH: POWER IN COALITION

Tuesday 7 September
7:00 pm
Paupers Pub, second floor lounge
corner of Bloor and Lippincott Sts. (near Bathurst)
Toronto

Sponsored by Ontario Health Coalition

Coalitions can be important tools for social change and union revitalization. What makes them successful? What causes them to fail? Union and community organizer Amanda Tattersall examines successful coalitions between unions and community organizations in three countries: the public education coalition in Sydney, Toronto’s Ontario Health Coalition fighting to save universal health care, and Chicago’s living wage campaign run by the Grassroots Collaborative. She explores when and how coalitions can be a powerful strategy for social change, organizational development and union renewal.

For more about the book or to buy the book visit www.powerincoalition.com

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NEWS & VIEWS

THE CLASS STRUGGLE IN VAUGHAN: THE SEARS LOCKOUT AND USW

by Jordy Cummings, The Bullet

In the last week of July 2010, workers of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9537, who have been locked out of their workplace and on the picket-lines for nearly five months, found a big pile of shit sitting right smack-dab by their picket-line outside of a warehouse in Vaughan, just north of Toronto. One could not ask for a better symbol of retail-capital’s attitude toward their workers.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/409.php

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VIRTUAL POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION: PRIVATIZATION AND PROFIT

Growing evidence from the U.S. indicates the for-profit virtual university is no solution and Canadian universities, faculty and potential students should be more aware of the potential pitfalls of privatized post-secondary education.

Read more: http://cupe.ca/post-secondary/virtual-post-secondary-education

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25 YEARS ON, STILL P-9 PROUD

by Peter Rachleff, Labor Notes

On the heels of a commemoration marking the 25th anniversary of the landmark strike at the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota, historian and strike supporter Peter Rachleff reflects on the battle waged by Food and Commercial Workers Local P-9 and its legion of backers across the country.)

>From the late summer of 1985 into the early spring of 1986, the small town of Austin, Minnesota, figured prominently in the national news. The dramatic themes and issues, twists and turns, of a labor conflict there captured the national imagination. This interest was not merely passive, as more than 30 support committees formed across the U.S. and aid for the strikers came from nineteen countries. This strike touched a raw, deep nerve.

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2010/08/25-years-still-p-9-proud

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A PLACE FOR EQUITY POLICIES

by Ratna Omidvar, Toronto Star

Employment equity isn’t about quotas. It’s about providing opportunities for competent individuals.

It angers Canadians to think that someone could get a job just because of the colour of his or her skin.

And it should.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/847352–a-place-for-equity-policies

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ONTARIO TEACHERS’ PENSION PLAN INVESTING IN PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT WATER SERVICES IN CHILE

In Canada and around the world there is clear evidence that the privatization of water services has meant:

* Rate hikes and cut-offs to low income households
* Violation or elimination of environmental regulation
* Reduction in quality of services
* Lay-offs and poor labour standards

Public private partnerships (P3s) are often used to privatize water services. Water is a human right and a public resource. Privatization restricts access to water – a vital life resource – to those who can afford to pay for it.

This is why the Council of Canadians has launched a campaign calling on the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) to stop investing in private, for-profit water services in Chile.

Read more: http://www.canadians.org/water/issues/OTPP/index.html

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WHY WE VOTE AGAINST OUR INTERESTS

by Alex Himelfarb, The Mark

Quite a bit of work has been undertaken recently on why people often vote against their own interests… this now growing body of thought seeks to explain why those who should most want change often vote for ideological parties that defend the status quo or more accurately, in English speaking democracies, parties that trust to the markets and tradition, even if neither has been very kind to many of us.

Read more: http://www.themarknews.com/articles/2153-why-we-vote-against-our-interests

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

EVERYDAY SCHOLARS: FRAMING INFORMAL LEARNING IN TERMS OF ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES AND SKILLS
Kaela Jubas
Adult Education Quarterly published 24 August 2010, 10.1177/0741713610380444
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0741713610380444v1

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THE LONG MARCH TOWARD NEOLIBERALISM: RACE AND HOUSING IN THE POSTWAR METROPOLIS
Andrew J. Diamond
Journal of Urban History published 25 August 2010, 10.1177/0096144210374465
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/rapidpdf/0096144210374465v1

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ACTIVISM AND WILLINGNESS TO HELP IN UNION ORGANIZING: WHO ARE THE ACTIVISTS?
Gregor Gall Fiorito & Arthur D. Martinez
Journal of Labor Research, Volume 31 Number 3, 10.1007/s12122-010-9092-3
http://www.springerlink.com/content/0504030878778631/

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INEQUALITY AND GROWTH IN ADVANCED ECONOMIES: AN EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION
Amparo Castelló-Climen
Journal of Economic Inequality, Volume 8, Number 3, 10.1007/s10888-010-9133-4
http://www.springerlink.com/content/l3r7h45070642712/

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JOB POSTINGS

PART-TIME ADMINISTRATOR: THE DOMINION NEWSPAPER COOPERATIVE/MEDIA CO-OP, MONTREAL

The Dominion Newspaper Cooperative/Media Co-op is hiring a part-time administrator to communicate with the Co-op’s membership.  The individual will work closely with the Media Co-op team in Montreal and be responsible for communicating with members about subscriptions, distribution, donations and sustaining.

The position may expand to include bookkeeping and payroll in the near future, so experience in managing finances and working in Simply Accounting are an added bonus.

The individual will also have the opportunity to learn more about other aspects of the Dominion’s day-to-day operations by working with the editorial collective in the Dominion’s Montreal office.

The position is for 8 hours per week at a rate of $9.50 per hour with a start date in mid-September. If bookkeeping is introduced into the job description, hours will increase to 12 per week.

Please send your resume and cover letter to info@mediacoop.ca with the subject line DOMINION ADMIN JOB no later than September 7, 2010.

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INTERNSHIPS: ONTARIO CO-OPERATIVE ASSOCIATION
   
The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is seeking applicants for two 26-week internships as part of the Ontario Co-operative Association’s Co-operative Internship (CIEP) program. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or legally entitled to work in Canada, 30 years of age or younger, have a post-secondary diploma or degree and not be currently enrolled in studies related to a diploma/degree program. Deadline for applications is September 7, 2010.

The internship positions are:

* Communications and Web Specialist
* Government Affairs Research Associate 

You can find links to these job postings at: http://www.coopscanada.coop/en/about_cca/EmploymentOpportunities

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PROGRAM DIRECTOR: COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS, SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY

The Program Director, Community Education Programs, will be responsible for the design and implementation of externally-funded, collaborative, community-based programs and projects. The focus of the work will be on creating access to education for non-traditional students, in particular those from groups underrepresented in the University. The Program Director will work with University faculty and staff, community associates, and colleagues in Continuing Studies to design, deliver, evaluate and identify funding for programs and projects related to outreach education.

For further information about the position and details of the application process please visit:
http://www.sfu.ca/human-resources/hr_services/advisory_services/employment_at_sfu/current_job_postings/index.html

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PART-TIME COALITION CO-ORDINATOR: SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO(CONTRACT POSITION TO JUNE 30, 2011)

Social Planning Toronto is a non-profit community organization committed to independent social planning at the local and city-wide levels. We work to improve the quality of life for all people in Toronto through community capacity building, community education and advocacy, policy research and analysis, and social reporting.

Social Planning Toronto is seeking an experienced and skilled part-time co-ordinator to support the organizing efforts and co-ordination of the Coalition for Change (approximately 50 hours a month for 10 months).

The Coalition for Change is a newly established coalition with a diverse grassroots membership of organizations focused on improving the rights and conditions facing temporary migrant workers.  One of the key principles of the coalition is to support the leadership and participation of migrant workers themselves in participating in activities and campaigns to improve working conditions and immigration status in Canada.

Deadline for Applications is September 3rd at 5:00pm, 2010.

For more information visit: http://socialplanningtoronto.org/news/social-planning-toronto-job-posting-for-part-time-coalition-co-ordinator/

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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Capitalism

CAPITALIST CRISIS, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE

 tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation): Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society

Vol. 8. No. 2: Special Issue on Capitalist Crisis, Communication & Culture
Edited by Christian Fuchs, Matthias Schafranek, David Hakken, Marcus Breen
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/issue/current

Suggested citation: Fuchs, Christian, Matthias Schafranek, David Hakken and Marcus Breen. Eds. 2010. Special issue on “Capitalist crisis, communication & culture“. tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation): Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society 8 (2): 193-309.

“Capitalism […] is approaching an apocalyptic zero-point” (Slavoj Žižek).

What is the role of communication in the general situation of capitalist crisis?
The global economic downturn is an indicator of a new worldwide capitalist crisis. The main focus of most public debates as well as of economic and policy analyses is the role of finance capital and the housing market in creating the crisis, less attention is given to the role of communication technologies, the media, and culture in the world economic crisis. The task of this special issue of tripleC is to present analyses of the role of ICTs, the media, and culture in the current crisis of capitalism. The seven papers focus on the causes, development, and effects of the crisis. Each paper relates one or more of these dimensions to ICTs, the media, or culture.

Capitalist Crisis, Communication, & Culture – Introduction to the Special Issue of tripleC
Christian Fuchs, Matthias Schafranek, David Hakken and Marcus
Breen (Special Issue Editors)
pp 193-204
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/228/189

Computing and the Current Crisis:
The Significant Role of New Information Technologies in Our Socio-Economic Meltdown
David Hakken
pp 205-220
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/161/193

The Virtual Debt Factory: Towards an Analysis of Debt and Abstraction in the American Credit Crisis
Vincent R. Manzerolle
pp 221-236
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/149/192

Calculating the Unknown. Rationalities of Operational Risk in Financial Institutions
Matthias Werner and Hajo Greif
pp 237-250
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/184/194

Crisis, What Crisis? The Media: Business and Journalism in Times of Crisis
Rosario de Mateo, Laura Bergés, Anna Garnatxe*
pp 251-274
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/212/195

Anglo-American Credit Scoring and Consumer Debt in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis of 2007 as Models for Other Countries?
Thomas Ruddy
pp 275-284
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/176/198

Crise, Genre et TIC : Recette pour une Dés-Union Pronon- cée. L’Exemple de l’Afrique du Sud (in French)
Joelle Palmieri
pp 285-309
http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/141/197

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Priv.-Doz. Dr. Christian Fuchs
Unified Theory of Information Research Group
christian.fuchs@uti.at
Personal Website: http://fuchs.uti.at
NetPolitics Blog: http://fuchs.uti.at/blog
Research Group: http://www.uti.at
Editor of
tripleC – Cognition, Communication, Co-Operation | Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society
http://www.triple-c.at
Fuchs, Christian. 2008. Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age. New York: Routledge.
http://fuchs.uti.at/?page_id=40

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Capitalism

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Wanstead Flats

SAVE WANTSEAD FLATS! MASS COMMUNITY PICNIC!

Sunday 5th September

All welcome at 1.00pm on the spot to the west of Centre Road where the police want to site their Olympic operations base in 2012

Ever since over 250 attended a packed public meeting in July, residents living near Wanstead Flats have been demanding answers about plans by the City of London Corporation to allow the Metropolitan Police to base its Olympic operational centre on the Flats in 2012. In order to push this proposal through, the Corporation would need to amend an Act of Parliament that has protected Wanstead Flats for community use for well over a century.

Local people want to know why the proposed site for this police base, west of Centre Road, has been chosen, how that decision was made and why the Olympic stadium site itself cannot be used. There has been no consultation, even though the plans involve locating a fenced, high-security compound – with building, parking areas, stables and apparently even police holding cells – for at least 120 days and so close to residential neighbourhoods.

The Save Wanstead Flats Campaign is organised by local people and on Sunday 5th September, we would like to invite you to show your opposition to the City of London Corporation’s plans by joining us for a picnic – occupying the very spot where the police operations base would be constructed.

Bring Food! Picnic blankets, your children, and your friends! Meet all your neighbours who also want to save Wanstead Flats!

Please copy this and pass on to friends and neighbours and those concerned with the environment and wildlife in London

Don’t give the property developers, banks and corporate lawyers a chance and a legal loophole to ruin Wanstead Flats!

C/o Community Involvement Unit, Durning Hall, Earlham Grove, London E7 9AB

Email: savewanstedflats@gmail.com

Save Wanstead Flats Campaign: http://www.savewansteadflats.org.uk/

SWFC on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Protect-Wanstead-Flats-and-Epping-Forest/142307172448681

Article in The Socialist, ‘Save Wanstead Flats’, 4th August 2010: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/10074/04-08-2010/save-wanstead-flats

‘Does Wanstead Flats Really Need Saving?’ by Flash Bristow, in the Epping Forest, Waltham Forest and Wanstead and Woodford Guardian, 24th August 2010, online at: http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/blogs/8350467.Does_Wanstead_Flats_really_need_saving_/?ref=rss

‘Plan to sell off nature reserves risks ‘austerity countryside’’, by Juliette Jowitt, Severin Carrell and John Vidal, The Guardian, Friday 13th August 2010, at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/aug/13/plan-sell-nature-reserves-austerity-countryside

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Karl Marx

MARXSITE IS BACK!

After months of technical problems and staffing difficulties, Marxsite returns. Expect a cascade of postings as we struggle to catch up with the momentous events which the current phase of the capitalist crisis has unleashed.

Please let other people know. During our absence the site continued getting more than 1000 hits a day, despite not updating. This can only be because of the range of accumulated materials and links that the site now deploys.

At: http://www.marxsite.com/

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Antonio Gramsci

THE POLITICAL THOUGHT OF ANTONIO GRAMSCI

The Political Thought of Antonio Gramsci: New Developments in Theory and Practice
Manchester Workshop in Political Theory
September 1-3, 2010

Panel 1: New Debates on Gramsci’s Political Thought
Chair: Ian Bruff

Antonio Gramsci and the Lyons Theses: The Dialectics of Living History
Adam Morton

Democratizing the Alliance: Lenin, Bukharin and Gramsci
Mark McNally

Panel 2: New Debates on Gramsci’s Political Thought 2
Chair: Adam Morton

Gramsci and the autonomy of the political
Peter Thomas

Thinking in a ‘Common Sense’ Gramscian Way about Capitalist State Practices
Ian Bruff

The Struggle for Signification and the Construction of Hegemony
Javier Balsa

Panel 3: New Applications of Gramsci in International Relations
Chair: Mark McNally

Transnational Capitalist Practices and the Political Economy of Biofuels. A Gramscian Approach to the Study of European Environmental Policy
Kim Bizzarri

Gramsci and Ambekar on Subalterns/Dalits
Cosimo Zene

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Credit Crunch

THE GREAT CREDIT CRASH

NEW TITLE FROM VERSO:

The Great Credit Crash

Edited by MARTIJN KONINGS

With contributions from WALDEN BELLO, PETER GOWAN, STANLEY ARONOWITZ, LEO PANITCH

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Most accounts of the current financial crisis tell a story of deregulation, out-of-control markets and irresponsible speculation. But few of those works have done more than regurgitate the newspaper coverage. In contrast, THE GREAT CREDIT CRASH digs deeper, drawing on some of the most prominent radical analysts of the modern market to foreground key questions that are still waiting to be answered.

This volume presents a more complete and convincing analysis of the recent economic disaster, which is revealed as a product of a social order built during the triumphalist years of neoliberal capitalism. The essays are collected across sections examining the origins and causes of the crisis, its global dimensions, and the political ramifications of the credit crash, with contributors assessing current events and political responses and critically examining official rhetoric and hegemonic narratives to point the way to an understanding of the crisis that goes beyond the subprime headlines.

Contributors to the volume include: Walden Bello, Peter Gowan, Stanley Aronowitz, Leo Panitch, Dick Bryan, Gary A. Dymski, Thomas Ferguson, Sam Gindin, Michael Hudson, Robert Johnson, James Livingston, Scott MacWilliam, Johnna Montgomerie, Anastasia Nesvetailova, Ronen Palan, Michael Rafferty, William I. Robinson, Herman Schwartz, Susanne Soederberg, Jeffrey Sommers, Henry Veltmeyer.

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Praise for the contributors:

Walden Bello: “The world’s leading no-nonsense revolutionary.” – Naomi Klein

“The world’s best guide to American exploitation of the globe’s poor and defenceless.” – Chalmers Johnson

Peter Gowan: “One of the most formidable intellects among young radicals from the 1960s New Left….[an] intellectual giant” – Misha Glenny, The Guardian

Stanley Aronowitz: “To say that Stanley Aronowitz is a national treasure is an understatement.” – Peter McLaren, UCLA

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MARTIJN KONINGS is a lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney . He is co-editor with Leo Panitch of American Empire and the Political Economy of Global Finance.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 431 2 / $26.95 / £19.95 / CAN$33.50 / Paperback / 416 pages

ISBN: 978 1 84467 433 6 / $100.00 / £60.00 / CAN$118.50 / Hardback / 416 Pages

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For more information visit: http://www.versobooks.com/books/klm/k-titles/konings_martin_great_credit_crash.shtml

To buy the book in the UK : http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781844674312/The-Great-Credit-Crash

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Harvesting

PRODUCTIVE FORCES IN CAPITALIST AGRICULTURE

Journal of Agrarian Change

© Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Volume 10, Issue 3 Page 299 – 453
The latest issue of Journal of Agrarian Change is available on Wiley Online Library
 

Productive Forces in Capitalist Agriculture: Political Economy and Political Ecology

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joac.2010.10.issue-3/issuetoc

The Bernstein and Byres Prize in Agrarian Change (page 299)
Deborah Johnston, Cristobal Kay, Jens Lerche and Carlos Oya
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00271.x

Introduction: Some Questions Concerning the Productive Forces (pages 300–314)
HENRY BERNSTEIN
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00272.x

The Accelerating Biophysical Contradictions of Industrial Capitalist Agriculture (pages 315–341)
TONY WEIS
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00273.x

Issues in the Political Economy of Agricultural Biotechnology (pages 342–366)
DAVID WIELD, JOANNA CHATAWAY and MAURICE BOLO
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00274.x

Impeding Dispossession, Enabling Repossession: Biological Open Source and the Recovery of Seed Sovereignty (pages 367–388)
JACK KLOPPENBURG
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00275.x

The End of the Road? Agricultural Revolutions in the Capitalist World-Ecology, 1450–2010 (pages 389–413)
JASON W. MOORE
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00276.x

The Material Conditions of a Polarized Discourse: Clamours and Silences in Critical Analysis of Agricultural Water Use in India (pages 414–436)
PETER P. MOLLINGA
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00277.x

Beyond Industrial Agriculture? Some Questions about Farm Size, Productivity and Sustainability (pages 437–453)
PHILIP WOODHOUSE
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.
1471-0366.2010.00278.x

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Capitalist Schools in Crisis

CRITICAL EDUCATION – UPDATE, 27th AUGUST 2010

Critical Education has just published its latest issue at
http://m1.cust.educ.ubc.ca/journal/index.php/criticaled.

We invite you to read the following article:

“A Dialogic Pedagogy: Looking to Mikhail Bakhtin for Alternatives to Standards Period Teaching Practice”
Trevor Thomas Stewart

ABSTRACT
Instructional practices in American schools have become increasingly standardized over the last quarter century. This increase in standardization has resulted in a decrease in opportunities for teachers to engage in student-centered instructional practices. This article discusses how the theories of Mikhail Bakhtin can serve as the foundation for educators who are seeking alternatives to standards period teaching practices. A Bakhtinian view of language can be the basis for the creation of a dialogic pedagogy, which can help teachers and students navigate the complexities of teaching and learning in the secondary English classroom. More importantly, perhaps, Bakhtin’s theories can serve as a framework on which educators might build their arguments supporting the implementation of alternatives to standards period skill and drill instructional activities.

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DAVID HARNEY ON THE CURRENT CAPITALIST CRISIS

A tremendous interview with David Harvey on the current crisis of capitalism. It’s on HARDtalk, BBC iPlayer.

You can view it at: http://beta.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00scbd2/HARDtalk_David_Harvey_Marxist_Academic/

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Alternative Culture

 

COMMONALITIES CONFERENCE

Please join us for “Commonalities: Theorizing the Common in Contemporary Italian Thought,” a conference sponsored by the journal diacritics. The event, to be held at Cornell University on September 24-25, 2010, will bring together a number of leading thinkers around the theme and question of the common. Participants will include Kevin Attell, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Remo Bodei, Bruno Bosteels, Cesare Casarino, Roberto Esposito, Ida Dominijanni, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri (by video conference), and Karen Pinkus. More information can be found at the conference website (www.commonconf.com) or by contacting Professor Timothy Campbell (tcc9@cornell.edu)

Il manifesto
For the better part of a decade the position of Italian thought in the Anglo-American academy has increasingly grown in importance. From issues as far ranging as bioethics and bioengineering, to euthanasia, to globalization, to theorizing gender, to the war on terror, works originating in Italy have played a significant, perhaps even the dominant, role in setting the terms and conditions of these debates. Indeed it might well be that no contemporary thought more than Italian enjoys greater success today in the United States. If twenty years of postmodernism and poststructuralism were in large measure the result of French exports to the United States — Derrida, Lacan, Deleuze, and Foucault — today a number of Italian philosophical exports are giving rise to a theoretical dispositif that goes under a variety of names: post-Marxist, posthuman, or most often biopolitical. Yet the fact that Italian thought enjoys such enormous success in the United States and elsewhere begs an important question, one put to me polemically recently by a prominent Italian philosopher. Is there really such a thing as contemporary Italian thought? And if there is what in the world do its proponents have in common?

By way of responding, it might be useful to recall some details about the recent reception of Italian thought in the American academy. In the aftermath of the end of the postmodern — which a number of American observers savored as spelling the end of the use and abuse of philosophy by large numbers of literary critics — two works appeared in English within a span of three years: Giorgio Agamben’s ‘Homo Sacer’ and Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s ‘Empire’. Stepping into the void left by the departure of what in the United States was known as “theory,” these works made a number of bold theoretical claims about the relation between political power and individual life (Agamben) and globalization and collective life (Hardt and Negri), claims that uncannily – sometimes almost prophetically – addressed some of the most pressing issues in our current state of affairs. Equally a number of important works of Italian feminism appeared over roughly the same period. Works by Adriana Cavarero and Rosi Braidotti, among others, deeply influenced a whole generation of American theorists in fields like gender studies, political philosophy, and law. Looking back it’s difficult to overestimate the influence of all these figures when accounting for the intellectual success of Italian thought today. Certainly it became possible for other voices to be heard, Paolo Virno, and more recently Franco Berardi, Roberto Esposito, and Maurizio Lazzarato among others.

But to take up again the question at hand: what do authors as seemingly different as Agamben and Negri, Berardi and Esposito, Braidotti and Bodei, or Cavarero and Virno have in common outside of the mere fact of writing in Italian? Beyond a common language, is there, for example, such a thing as a common Italian philosophical tradition of which they are all a part? Some, most notably, Mario Perniola, would say yes, one found in the elements of repetition, transmission, mixture, and body that together forged an Italian philosophical culture over the last 300 years. Deleuze and Guattari would have said no, arguing that Italy has historically “lacked a milieu” for philosophy. For them the reason for this lack could be found in Italy’s proximity to the Holy See, which continually aborted philosophy across the peninsula, reducing Italian thought to mere rhetoric, philosophy’s shadow, and allowing only for the occasional “comet” to briefly light up the philosophical sky. Yet what if Italian thought today does in fact enjoy a milieu? What “event” or “events” in the recent past might have fashioned a milieu for the emergence of Italian thought? What would the features of that milieu look like?

Undoubtedly, the decade-long Italian 1968 would have played the decisive role. The votes on abortion, the emergence of counterculture and student and feminist movements, and changes in labor and production all deeply changed the space in which politics — as well as philosophy – was practiced. Indeed one of the central features of the Italian 1968 was precisely the emphasis on politics as philosophy and philosophy as a form (among others) of politics. We can see this in the place 1968 and 1977 awarded political militancy; in the increasing prominence given to questions of subjectivization; and more broadly in the birth of new forms of social and political life separated from those that had previously dominated.

Yet Italy’s long 1968 wasn’t enough on its own. It was only with 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall that politics and philosophy truly begin to pass intensely into each other, to stay with the language of Deleuze and Guattari. Although it may seem less the case for those writing in Italy, when seen from the outside 1989 was experienced as trauma more in Italy than in the rest of Europe. The result forced a number of thinkers to re-examine the fundamental political and philosophical categories that had underpinned decades if not centuries of thought: what meaning would the end of a certain form of common life have for politics, for philosophy, for culture? Such a calling into question of the previous understanding of the common had the effect of reterritorializing politics and philosophy under new terms and new problematics, one of which will be “life,” broadly speaking. It is only when 1968 is considered as the motor for deterritorialization of the common in political theory and philosophy and 1989 as the turn toward its reterritorialization as newly mapped by (among other things) biopolitical theory that something like a milieu is constructed for contemporary Italian thought.

This is not to say that proponents of Italian thought share the same understanding of the common or even celebrate it. Clearly they do not. Yet the centrality of the common raises a number of questions about Italian thought and Italian public life today. What does it mean to be or have in common in 2010? What are the effects of questioning the weight of shared life and what possible futures are there for the common? How might singularities be thought together so as to create new forms of life and what kinds of co-habitations or contaminations might reinforce these new forms of life? These kinds of questions are ones Italian thought, in all its diversity, has placed at the forefront of contemporary theory, questions that in turn raise fundamental questions about the nature of relationality and of a politics that would seek to strengthen relations and to extend them in order to create yet further relationality. Such is the force of Hardt and Negri’s discussion of the capacity for love near the end of Commonwealth, though one can well imagine others, including a capacity for play, for attention, and for compassion too.

Yet the relationality implicit in these new forms of shared life doesn’t only lead to greater and more positive capacities for relationality among singularities. The deterritorialization of the common as biopolitics, the posthuman or even insurrection by no means conjures away the specter of power; thus with greater capacity on the one hand comes the possibility of more intense and invasive forms of power on the other. The question then becomes: how are new forms of the common that are being forged today — shared singularities, mirror neurons, impersonality – also being reterritorialized and recontained, and by whom? Is it possible that more intense forms of relationality might signal a return to the very terms that earlier critiques of the common had attempted to uncover? On the one hand the recent success of social networking sites like Facebook suggests that new forms of virtual relations involving vast numbers of “friends” are not only possible but involve ever greater exposure to others. On the other hand such exchanges continue to be premised on the notion that my body and my opinions belong to me, what the Invisible Committee unforgetably characterized as treating “our Self like a boring box office,” using whatever prosthesis is at hand “to hold onto an I.” In such a neo-liberal scenario, the circulation of information, of goods, of persons, of persons as goods is taken to mean a return to a common mode of being-together. It’s a film we’ve seen countless times before: the common’s reinscription in contexts less open to affect that are continually based upon a conflation of connnectivity with more open modes of relating.

These questions among others will be the foundation for a two-day conference sponsored by the journal Diacritics to be held on the campus of Cornell University on September 24-25, 2010. The conference, titled “Commonalities: Theorizing the Common in Italian Thought,” will bring together a number of Italian voices so as to think together not only the relation between Italy and the common but to consider emerging forms of the common and common life today as well as consider the efficacy of a term like the common for a progressive (bio)politics. Equally, the event, the first of its kind of recent memory in the United States, is an occasion to register the state of Italian thought today. When seen from the other side of the Atlantic, no other contemporary thought more than Italian seems better suited today to offer what Foucault called an ontology of the present. At a minimum, and pace my doubting Italian philosopher, the editorial and intellectual success of Italian thought merits a closer look.

Featured at the conference will be some of the leading philosophical figures from Italy today, including Franco Berardi, Remo Bodei, Cesare Casarino, Ida Dominjanni, Roberto Esposito, Michael Hardt, and Antonio Negri. The conference will be transmitted over the internet at http://www.commonconf.com. A number of Cornell students will be blogging the conference live over the two days.

Antonio Negri

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ENVISIONING REAL UTOPIAS

NEW TITLE FROM VERSO:

ENVISIONING REAL UTOPIAS

By ERIK OLIN WRIGHT

Published 10th September 2010

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PRAISE FOR ENVISIONING REAL UTOPIAS:

“A benchmark contribution to necessary radical thinking.” Goran Therborn

“Hugely rich and stimulating.” Adam Swift, Balliol College, Oxford

“Encyclopedic in its breadth, daunting in its ambition, this is the culmination of Erik Olin Wright’s revamping of Marxism … Only a thinker of Wright’s genius could sustain such a badly needed political imagination without losing analytical clarity and precision.” Michael Burawoy, UC Berkeley

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As the economic and environmental crises compete to usher in the apocalypse, the perils of unfettered capitalism are increasingly thrown into sharp relief. Big oil, big money, endless war, and rising inequalities of income and power all make the search for alternatives more urgent than ever.

Many argue that the Left is adept at rehashing critiques of capitalism, yet unable to suggest concrete, viable alternatives. Inured to the new globalised neoliberal paradigm, analysts are quick to dismiss as utopian any attempts at a solution. As Fredric Jameson poignantly remarked, it is now easier for us to imagine the end of the world than an alternative to capitalism.

Renowned sociologist Erik Olin Wright fills the vacuum with a call for an emancipatory social science. After decades of examining the changing modes of class relations, Wright now turns his attention to the critique and diagnosis of capitalism—and in turn, its alternatives and possible transformations. Instead of yet another idealized blueprint, his transitional program is more like a compass, oriented to the goal of putting the ‘social’ back in socialism.

Wright’s vision is one of radical democratic egalitarianism; a society that is mutualist, communitarian, and liberates social power from its state and market counterparts. From worker owned cooperatives and Wikipedia to basic income and participatory city budgeting, his comprehensive case studies present inspiring examples of real utopias and emancipatory alternatives that are tangibly changing the world.

Erik Olin Wright has been elected President of the American Sociological Association from 2011-2012. He will choose the theme for the 2012 ASA symposium.

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A special website has been set up for the book at www.realutopias.org. Along with collections of Wright’s articles, book extracts and video lectures, the site contains a section detailing the other six books in the Real Utopias project, all of which are available from Verso. A set of supplementary materials discussing the development of the Real Utopias project and the process of writing the book will also be made available via the website shortly. 

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ERIK OLIN WRIGHT is Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. He is the editor of the REAL UTOPIAS series, which includes his DEEPENING DEMOCRACY (cowritten with Archon Fung), and is the author of many other books, including CLASS COUNTS, INTERROGATING INEQUALITY, THE DEBATE ON CLASSES AND CLASSES.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 617 0 / $26.95 / £16.99 / CAN$33.50 / Paperback / 412 pages

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