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Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

WHITHER THE REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST? EGYPT, TUNISIA, AND IRAN

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 

4:00-6:00 PM

 

Westside Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd.

Suite 101-102, press #22 to get into room

Culver City (LA area)

 

Speakers:

Kevin Anderson, author of “Marx at the Margins: On Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Non-Western Societies”

Mansoor M., Iranian cultural worker

 

The Middle Eastern revolutionary and democratic movements reached a crossroads in the summer of 2013. Given the fact that the 2011 Arab revolutions have inspired countless global protest movements, including Occupy in the U.S., the fate of these revolutions is more than a regional matter.  Rather, it is one that affects all of us. This includes those in the U.S. who are at this very moment protesting the racist verdict in the Trayvon Martin case or the military “justice” system’s verdict on Bradley Manning.

The July 2013 overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt involved an unprecedented level of popular mobilization that has created a new opening for the Egyptian and the worldwide revolutionary movement.  At the same time, the new military government carries with it serious dangers, as do the contradictions within the left itself, including on gender.  In Tunisia, the popular outcry after the assassination of a leftist political leader, apparently by fundamentalists, has included a general strike and large demonstrations.  At the same, time the Iranian presidential election in June showed a yearning by the population to get out from under the rule of reactionary clerics. 

 

Suggested reading: “Egyptian Revolutionaries Push Out Islamists, But Face Another Round of Military Rule”  — by Kevin Anderson

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/articles/egyptian-revolutionaries-push-islamists-face-military-rule-kevin-anderson

 

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Egypt

Egypt

CRISIS, RESISTANCE, AND PROSPECTS: THE ARAB REVOLUTIONS AND BEYOND

Call for Papers:

This concerns everyone.” (May 1968 Graffiti)

Crisis, Resistance, and Prospects: The Arab Revolutions & Beyond

Political Science Department, York University, Toronto

March 1, 2 & 3, 2013

The Crisis, Resistance, and Prospects: The Arab Revolutions & Beyond Conference is being planned as a three-day event and is scheduled to take place on March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2013.

The objective of this conference is to provide a critical intervention that seeks to challenge the dominant neo-liberal interpretation of the Arab Spring and the concomitant reductionist tendency to explain this transformative process as one resulting from liberal democratic triumphalism, social media, and youth movements. Rather, this conference is designed to introduce a dialogue that highlights the multifaceted, complex, and contradictory dimensions of the significant historical transformation and social struggle that is ongoing in the Middle East and North Africa. The introduction of this dialogue will be achieved through providing an exploration and analysis of the following themes: Democracies, Social Movements, and Political Power; New Media and Cultures of Resistance; The Social Question; Capital, State, and Internationalization; and Imperialism & Anti-Imperialism.

Interested participants are invited to submit conference paper proposals that engage topics such as the following:

“Humanitarian Intervention” in Libya; tolerated suppression in Bahrain and Yemen; and Western-supported civil war incitement and escalation of violence in Syria · Foreign intervention in Syria and its implications · Urban Geopolitics · & the Militarization of City Spaces, e.g. Aleppo, Benghazi, Cairo, Manama Inter · & Intra Superpower Rivalries: BRICS, US, Canada & EU/NATO Dictatorships without Dictators? · The Long Road to Change: From Arab Revolutions to Socialisms? · Counter-Revolutions and the Militarization of Popular Struggle · Resource Imperialism · Privatization of State Violence: Private Security Firms · & Mercenaries? · GCC: Gulf Monarchies · & and the Potential Intensification of the Crisis · Antiwar and Anti-Imperialist struggles · Democratic Carrots and Economic Sticks: Debt, Fiscal Discipline, and International Investment · Tahrir Square Everywhere: Globalization of the Arab Revolutions · What type of democracy: liberal-, basis-, grassroots-, participatory-, socialist? · Crisis of which Left or Crisis as Opportunity for the Left? · New forms of political and social participation, organization, and representation: women, the unemployed, and the urban poor · The New Patriarchy: The Emergence of Conservative Political Forces and the Question of Gender Equality · Turkish, Iranian, and/or Israeli influence and the Arab Revolutions · The role of Social Networks and New Media in the Arab Revolutions · Popular culture/resistance · Foreign media coverage of the Arab Revolutions · The social question: the role of peasants, workers, social categories, and middle classes in the Arab Revolutions · Displacements: Refugees and Migrations · Environmental Justice issues · Back to the Future: Primitive Economic / Political Accumulation ·

Participants who are interested in presenting at this conference are asked to observe the following deadlines:

January 15, 2013: Abstracts due for paper/presentation proposals ·

February 1, 2013: Notification of acceptance for presentation at the conference ·

February 15, 2013: Final papers/presentations due ·

Note: All abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Please indicate with the submission of your abstract if you will require multi-media support and/or technical services. Final papers should be submitted using Times New Roman, 12 point font in PDF form. Each participant will be given approximately 15 minutes to present. Select conference papers will be chosen to be included in an edited book that is planned to be published following the conference proceedings. Financial assistance for travel and accommodations will be provided as per available funding. If you would like to participate but are not able to physically attend, arrangements can be made to participate via SKYPE.

Please refer to the following website for more information regarding the conference and to upload proposed abstracts: http://www.arabrevolutions2013.com

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-this-concerns-everyone-crisis-resistance-and-prospects-the-arab-revolutions-beyond-political-science-department-york-university-toronto-1-3-march-2013

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Andrew Kliman

RADICAL INTERPRETATIONS OF THE PRESENT CRISIS

November 14th, 2012

8-10:30PM

WollmanHall
Eugene Lang Building, 6th floor
65 W 11th St
New York, NY10011

WITH: LOREN GOLDNER | DAVID HARVEY | ANDREW KLIMAN | PAUL MATTICK

The Present Crisis

The present moment is arguably one of unprecedented confusion on the Left.  The emergence of many new theoretical perspectives on Marxism, anarchism, and the left generally seem rather than signs of a newfound vitality, the intellectual reflux of its final disintegration in history.  As for the politics that still bothers to describe itself as leftist today, it seems no great merit that it is largely disconnected from the academic left’s disputations over everything from imperialism to ecology. Perhaps nowhere are these symptoms more pronounced than around the subject of the economy.

As Marxist economics has witnessed of late a flurry of recent works, many quite involved in their depth and complexity, recent activism around austerity, joblessness, and non-transparency while quite creative in some respects seems hesitant to oppose with anything but nostalgia for the past the status quo mantra, “There is no Alternative.”  At a time when the United States has entered the most prolonged slump since the Great Depression, the European project founders on the shoals of debt and nationalism.  If the once triumphant neoliberal project of free markets for free people seems utterly exhausted, the “strange non-death of neo-liberalism,” as a recent book title has it, seems poised to carry on indefinitely.  The need for a Marxist politics adequate to the crisis is as great as such a politics is lacking.

And 2011 now seems to be fading into the past.  In Greece today as elsewhere in Europe existing Left parties remain largely passive in the face of the crisis, eschewing radical solutions (if they even imagine such solutions to exist).  In the United States, Occupy has vanished from the parks and streets, leaving only bitter grumbling where there once seemed to be creativity and open-ended potential. In Britain, the 2011 London Riots, rather than political protest, was trumpeted as the shafted generation’s response to the crisis, overshadowing the police brutality that actually occasioned it.  Finally, in the Arab world where, we are told the 2011 revolution is still afoot, it seems inconceivable that the revolution, even as it bears within it the hopes of millions, could alter the economic fate of any but a handful.

While joblessness haunts billions worldwide, politicization of the issue seems chiefly the prerogative of the right.  Meanwhile, the poor worldwide face relentless price rises in fuel and essential foodstuffs. The prospects for world revolution seem remote at best, even as bankers and fund managers seem to lament democracy’s failure in confronting the crisis. In this sense, it seems plausible to argue that there is no crisis at all, but simply the latest stage in an ongoing social regression. What does it mean to say that we face a crisis, after all, when there is no real prospect that anything particularly is likely to change, at least not for the better?

In this opaque historical moment, Platypus wants to raise some basic questions:

* Do we live in a crisis of capitalism today and, if so, of what sort — political? Economic? Social?

* Why do seemingly sophisticated leftist understandings of the world appear unable to assist in the task of changing it?

* Conversely, can the world be thought intelligible without our capacity to self-consciously transform it through practice?

* Can Marxism survive as an economics or social theory without politics?

* Is there capitalism after socialism?

From: Radical Interpretations of the Present Crisis: http://newyork.platypus1917.org/11-14-2012-radical-interpretations-of-the-present-crisis/

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David Harvey

 

Aesthetics

RICHMOND UNIVERSITY LONDON ANNUAL COLLOQUIUM

“The Future of the ‘Arab Spring’; Western Power-Politics in the Middle East in an Era of Diminished Expectations”

Friday, 23 March 2012, 17 Young Street, London W8 5EH (High Street Kensington)

Programme

10.00am Registration

10.30 Welcome Address by Prof John Annette, President, Richmond University

10.45-11.30 Opening address Prof Mustapha Kamal Pasha, University of Aberdeen, “The winter of neo-liberal discontent; the ‘Arab Spring’ in global context” (Chair/Discussant:  Prof Phil Deans, Provost, RU)

11.30 – 13.00 Prof Francois Nectoux, Kingston University, “France and the Libyan crisis”, Dr. Hasan Turunc, RU, “Turkish foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’” (Chair/Discussant: Dr. James Boys, RU)

13.30 – 14.15 Lunch

14.15 – 15.00 Keynote address by Prof Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, “Western power-politics in the Middle East in an era of diminished expectations” (Discussant:  Dr. Hadi Enayat RU, Chair: Prof Wolfgang Deckers, RU)

15.00 – 15.30 Discussion

15.30 – 16.00 Tea/Coffee

16.00 – 17.30 Dr Nicola Pratt, Warwick University, “The Arab-Israeli conflict in the wake of the ‘Arab Spring’”, Dr. Alexander Kazamias, Coventry University, “Egypt’s blocked revolution: the post-colonial state strikes back” ( Discussant: Dr. Preslava Stoeva, RU; Chair: Dr. Martin Brown, RU)

17.30 – 17.40 Profs Alex Seago, Head of Social Sciences, RU, and Vassilis K. Fouskas, RU, “Concluding remarks”

Further information and booking from: jelena.pivovarova@richmond.ac.uk, 0207-3688437

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‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Egypt

EXPLOITATION, DEBT AND AID IN EGYPT AND TUNISIA

MONDAY JANUARY 23rdExploitation, Debt & Aid in Egypt and Tunisia: What Direction for the Revolutions? with Dr Adam Hanieh

At The Gallery, Farringdon, London
70/77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ. (near Farringdon Tube station)
note new start time at 6.45 p.m. to 8.45 p.m.

We suggest you arrive 15 minutes beforehand in order to settle in with your glass of wine.
Entrance fee: £3 (£2 concessions)

In the wake of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, international financial institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, in partnership with the Gulf Arab States, have rushed to offer loans and investment packages to the new transitional regimes. The possible conditionalities attached to these aid packages have provoked widespread concern from the region’s political movements, and need to be seen in the context of ongoing struggles to achieve the social and economic demands that underpinned the uprisings.

Dr. Adam Hanieh will examine the logic of financial aid in the Middle East, locating the discussion within the political economy of the uprisings and the neoliberal transformation of the region over the past two decades. Dr. Hanieh is a Lecturer in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and is author of the recently published Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States (Palgrave-MacMillan 2011).

Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique is a UK-based affiliate of the Les Amis Le Monde Diplomatique which supports the writings and tradition which has evolved over 50 years of publication of the Le Monde Diplomatique Newspaper. Our “Cafe Diplo” meetings at The Gallery at Farringdon, in the City of London on selected Monday evenings, are presented (in English) in the context of our global anti neo-conservative-liberal tradition, and give an opportunity for lively debate between speakers and audience.

See: http://mondediplofriends.org.uk/calendar.htm

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Raya Dunayevskaya

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES FROM U.S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS

U.S. Marxist-Humanists: http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/

APRIL 2011

1. ARAB REVOLUTIONS AT THE CROSSROADS – BY KEVIN ANDERSON

The revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and the uprising in Libya have exhibited a post-Islamist and post-nationalist character.  After challenging both the political and the economic order, they face dangers from old forces like the military and the Islamists (Egypt) or of violent repression (Libya) – Editors

2. HUGE MOBILIZATION IN LONDON AGAINST CUTBACKS SHOWS BOTH PROMISE AND CONTRADICTIONS – BY DAVID BLACK

The March 26 London demonstration organized by the Trades Union Congress to protest against the Tory-Liberal coalition’s public sector cuts was the largest labor outpouring in over two decades. Various tendencies participating, from reformist to anarchist, are discussed — Editors

3. ACCUMULATION, IMPERIALISM, AND PRE-CAPITALIST FORMATIONS: LUXEMBURG AND MARX ON THE NON-WESTERN WORLD – BY PETER HUDIS

Both Marx and Luxemburg were intensely interested in the impact of the expansive logic of capital accumulation upon non-capitalist or developing societies. At the same time, there are also serious differences in their approach, in that Marx adopted a far less unilinear and deterministic approach to the fate of non-Western social formations as compared to Luxemburg — Editors

4. VIETNAM: DISSENT, REPRESSION AND THE EMERGENCE OF AN INDEPENDENT WORKERS’ MOVEMENT – BY RICHARD ABERNETHY

A look at Vietnam today: the land question, the status of women, attempts to build independent unions, state repression, political dissent, and possibilities of revolution — Editors

5. EGYPT: THE TIMES ARE CHANGING – BY PAULO MOREL

The Egyptian upheaval, along with a smaller one inMexico, signals the dawn of a new era of revolution, after decades of neoliberal hegemony – Editors.

6. ON EGYPT: A BIT TOO LATE, BOSS! – BY KAVEH BOVEIRI

Written in diary form as the Mubarak regime was teetering, this article by a participant in the demonstrations in Toronto in support of the Egyptian revolution reflects on the nature of revolution, today and in the past — Editors

7. THE LETTERS OF ROSA LUXEMBURG, EDITED BY ANNELIES LASCHITZA, GEORG ADLER AND PETER HUDIS, TRANSLATED BY GEORGE SHRIVER (VERSO 2011)

Links to reviews by Sheila Rowbotham and others in the [Manchester] Guardian, [Toronto] Globe and Mail, New Statesman, and elsewhere.

8. MARX AT THE MARGINS: ON NATIONALISM, ETHNICITY, AND NON-WESTERN SOCIETIES, BY KEVIN ANDERSON

Links to reviews by Michael Lowy and others in New Politics, Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, and elsewhere.

THE SITE ALSO INCLUDES OTHER ARTICLES FROM THE PAST DECADE BYU. S.MARXIST-HUMANISTS

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