Skip navigation

Tag Archives: Climate Change

RESIRESILIENCE AND THE ANTHROPOCENE: THE POLITICAL ECOLOGIES OF COMPLEXITY

Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses

Call for Special Issue Abstracts

Deadline: 1 March 2016

The Anthropocene signals a new geological epoch in which humans have become a geophysical force. The possibility that human activity now produces the environments on which it depends destabilizes the image of a stable Earth that has grounded Western philosophy and politics for two millennia. Critical scholars assert that Anthropocene thinking can provoke new understandings of spatiality, temporality, ethics, responsibility and politics. As Simon Dalby (2013) suggests, a new kind of politics becomes possible when we begin to consider that the stakes include (de)forming the world we inhabit. However, Brad Evans and Julian Reid (2014) argue that the Anthropocene just as easily presents a dangerous, vengeful Earth teetering on the brink of systemic collapse – a catastrophic discourse that creates fearful subjects who desire resilience in order to survive a calamitous future. The Anthropocene’s world-deforming vision leads into a reactionary bio-politics of resilience that fashions adaptive neoliberal subjects capable of surviving whatever surprises complexity has in store.

Thus two concepts have been central to the shifting dynamics of power and agency under the political ecology of complexity: the Anthropocene and resilience. And yet, resilience techniques do not produce uniform effects. The deployment of resilience always occurs within particular socio-ecological contexts striated by multiple conflicts and tensions. Resilience intervenes in, and is inflected by, these contextually-specific relations. Ben Anderson’s (2015: 62) call to recognize that ‘‘resilience’ names a fractured, multiple, empirical field rather than a series of generic characteristics’ means that not only will resilience be something different in different times and places, it will also produce uneven and potentially unintended effects as well. Thus, there is no guarantee that resilience interventions will necessarily reinforce neoliberal order; they could just as well catalyze new ways of harnessing complex life’s potentiality. The bio-politics of resilience may attempt to constrain and regulate adaptability, but these constraints are plastic, malleable, and can thus be broken, cast aside or even re-molded into weapons.

This special issue of Resilience: Policies, Practices and Discourses will explore the indeterminate political ecologies opened by the Anthropocene and resilience. It takes seriously the call from Dalby, Evans and Reid, Anderson and others to think through the different ways politics might be thought, practiced, and analyzed through the malleable worlds of the Anthropocene and the complex life of resilience thinking. We invite abstracts from across the disciplines that offer empirically driven, theoretically informed papers that engage with the Anthropocene and resilience to explore the shifting forms of geo-politics and bio-politics that reinforce and challenge neoliberal political ecologies. Abstracts may touch on these themes in any number of fields, including but not limited to climate change adaptation, disaster management and development, international relations, environmental security, or urban development and security.

 

References

Anderson B (2015) What kind of thing is resilience? Politics 35(1): 60-66.

Dalby S (2013) Biopolitics and climate security in the Anthropocene. Geoforum 49: 184-192.

Evans B and Reid J (2014) Resilient Life: The Art of Living Dangerously. Cambridge: Polity Press.

 

Submission Instructions

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted to Kevin Grove (Aberystwyth University, kevinjgrove@gmail.com) and David Chandler (University of Westminster, D.Chandler@westminster.ac.uk) by 12 October 2015.

Deadline for invited full submissions will be 1 March 2016.

 

***END***

‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Advertisements
Raya Dunayevskaya

Raya Dunayevskaya

MARXISM AND ECOLOGY

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014

6:30-8:30 PM

Westside Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd., near Venice Blvd. (free parking in rear)

Suite 101-102, press #22 at door to get into building

Culver City (LA area)

 

SPEAKERS:

Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins

Cristina A., youth activist and participant in NY climate march

Lisa Lubow, historian and activist

At an objective level, the ecological crisis has reached new heights of urgency, while at a subjective level, a massive movement against climate change and fossil fuels has formed, as seen most recently in the 400,000+ march in New York.  Within this movement, including in LA, a strong “system change” tendency, which puts the question of capitalism itself on the agenda, has emerged.  The speakers will respond to this new situation by considering Marxism and ecology both in theory and in practice.

Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

More information: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org and http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

Here is URL for meeting for Facebook, Twitter, etc: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/events/los-angeles-marxism-ecology

Our Facebook page: “International Marxist-Humanist Organization” https://www.facebook.com/groups/imhorg/

**END**

‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Glenn_Rikowski?ev=hdr_xprf

Online Publications at The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM LONDON CONFERENCE 2014: CLIMATE CHANGE STREAM – CALL FOR PAPERS

Call For Papers: Climate Shange Stream at the Eleventh London Historical Materialism Conference, 6-9 November 2014

As business-as-usual continues, annual growth of global CO2 emission now three times higher than in the 1990s, it is becoming abundantly clear that the capitalist mode of production is unable to stave off perhaps the greatest challenge ever faced by civilisation: catastrophic global warming. Rather, it is hurling humanity into the fire with maximum force. Yet capital remains a non-entity in established climate change discourse and politics: unquestioned, unexamined, rarely as much as mentioned. This stream at the HM annual conference 2014 will seek to cast light on the many ways in which the workings of capital raise the temperature of our present and future. Marxist analysis has recently proved a fertile source of critique in this field, but much work remains to be done, on levels of theory as well as of urgent praxis.

What mechanisms are driving the ever-increasing combustion of fossil fuels? How can historical materialist approaches serve to identify the vested interests of business-as-usual? The ecological implications of capitalist development are only now becoming apparent: this might require a rethinking and recalibration of Marxist theories, from the founding fathers to more recent currents (e.g. autonomist Marxism, political Marxism, world-systems theory, feminist Marxism: what do they have to offer; how do they need to be updated?). Dangerous impacts of climate change have already become part of daily life, but they strike unevenly along lines of class, gender, race, location in the world-economy: can patterns of vulnerability be understood – and altered – without a little help from the Marxist tool-box? As people suffer from the heat, capital is not only surviving but thriving, developing new ways to profit from adaptation and false solutions. This calls for application of all the instruments of critical political economy. Given the speed with which the window for meaningful mitigation is closing, any break with current trajectories would certainly require dramatic upheavals: are some of the old precepts of revolutionary Marxism slated for an unexpected comeback? How, for instance, would it be possible to cut CO2 emissions by 5% per year – as science tells us is necessary – without comprehensive planning of the economy? While the scientific community rings the alarm bells ever louder, climate movements are spreading across the world, though nowhere as fast and extensively as needed. With COP-20 in Paris in 2015 on the horizon, strategies for more effective mobilisation should be on top of the agenda.

Although this stream focuses on climate change, that particular problem cannot be extricated from the ecological totality that is capitalism, and so we welcome contributions on related issues of ecology as well.

Themes of papers may include:

Global capital circuits and their dependency on fossil energy
The history of fossil fuel consumption and production
Urbanisation, global cities and global warming
Obstacles to a transition from fossil to renewable energy
Strategies for radical emissions reductions
The politics of international climate change negotiations
Planned economy as an emergency solution
Geoengineering, carbon trading and other capitalist forms of climate change management
Climate justice movements
Local environmental struggles worldwide and their links to climate justice
Ecologically unequal exchange and imperialism in a warming world
Uneven and combined development and vulnerability to climate change
Neoliberal capitalism as an ecological regime
Catastrophe as a category of Marxist thought / pitfalls of catastrophism
Working-class environmentalism, past and present
Climate change and gender
Peasants’ movements
Advances in ecological Marxist theory (second contradiction, metabolic rift, capitalism as world-ecology…)
Whatever happened to peak oil?
Climate jobs and trade union struggles
Revolutionary subjects in a warming world
Marxist perspectives on climate change science

Please register your abstracts here before May 15: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual11/submit

 

**END**

‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Mountain WalkGLACIAL BALANCE

As a tool to teach the general public about climate change, I’d like to share a few new trailers for my film Glacial Balance. It tells the story of the relationship Andeans have to their nearby glaciers and the worldwide chain reaction effects that will continue to be felt – linking lives around the planet. Along the way it addresses issues of Latin American geography, geology, hydrology, amongst other disciplines as we travel with teams of scientists to study these delicate masses of ice.

The trailers and more info on the film are at http://glacialbalance.com, which is available for personal and education use (on a sliding fee scale).

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or feedback.

Thanks,
Ethan Steinman
ethan@glacialbalance.com

**END**

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski at Academia: https://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Faith Agostinone-Wilson

Faith Agostinone-Wilson

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 7th JULY 2013

EVENTS

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SYRIA?

Friday, July 12
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St, Toronto (walking distance from Bathurst subway station)
Free admission

A public forum on the nature of the Syrian government and the opposition, and on the aims of world powers and regional countries in Syria.

Speakers:
Elias Asad is a Syrian-Canadian and a member of the Communist Party of Canada.
Ali Mustafa is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and photographer who has recently returned from Syria.

Organized by Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly

+++++

WORKSHOP – ACTIVE HOPE: HOW TO FACE THE NUCLEAR AND CLIMATE MESS WE’RE IN WITHOUT GOING CRAZY

Monday July 8
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Please arrive at 6:15 to begin at 6:30 sharp.
Friends House, 60 Lowther, Toronto (St. George subway)
Suggested donation: $2 – 20 (sliding scale) 

This workshop is designed to help us in this time of planetary emergency and the resulting overwhelm and despair that many of us feel. Join us for an evening of dialogue and experiential exercises based on teachings and practices developed by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy and colleagues. You will come away with a sense of the bigger picture and a context for action.

Facilitator: Natalie Zend, M.A., CTDP is a training and facilitation consultant with 14 years’ experience in international development and human rights. She is a member of the Work that Reconnects Facilitators Network and offers the Awakening the Dreamer symposium, compassionate communication, Open Space and other social technologies internationally and in her local community of Toronto.

Contact: angela@cleanairalliance.org

For more info on the Work that Reconnects: http://workthatreconnects.org/

Sponsored by: Greenspiration, Toronto Climate Action Network, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Voice of Women for Peace, PeaceWorks

+++++

HAS THE GIANT AWOKEN? UNDERSTANDING THE MASS PROTEST MOVEMENT IN BRAZIL

Thursday, July 11
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St, Toronto (walking distance from Bathurst subway station)
Free admission

Brazil is currently witnessing the largest mass protests to hit the country in over 20 years. Originally organized by the Free Fare Movement (MPL) in Sao Paulo against a planned 10 cent public transit fare hike, the protests quickly spread to Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and other major cities across the country. At its peak, over 1 million people in over 100 Brazilian cities took to the streets to protest a long list of grievances ranging from political corruption to human rights abuses to World Cup spending.

Who exactly are the protesters taking to the streets? What are the root grievances they want addressed? Why has Brazil erupted now?

Join us for a public forum with four Brazilian activists who will share their perspectives about this exciting moment in Brazilian history.

Speakers:
Mariana Faraz Duarte is a community development and health practitioner concerned with social justice and participatory decision-making mechanisms. She is doing her PhD in Public Health at University of Toronto.
Rubem Silva is a youth activist involved in housing and students’ social movements in Brazil. Currently, he is doing an exchange program in Public Health and Sexual Diversity Studies at University of Toronto.

*We will also hear (via Skype) from two activists in Rio de Janeiro who are involved in the protest movement on the ground.

Endorsed by: Greater Toronto Workers Assembly, Centre for Social Justice, Toronto New Socialists, Socialist Project, Socialist Action

+++++

THEATRE, PEDAGOGY AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY: BOOK LAUNCH AND PLAY READING

Friday July 12
7:00-9:00pm
Aluna Theatre studio
1 Wiltshire Ave. Unit 123, Toronto

Aluna Theatre in partnership with Latin American Researchers of Ontario (LARO) is pleased to invite the public to the book launch of Como Integrar Artes Escénicas y Ciencias Sociales en el Aula / How to Integrate Scenic Arts and Social Sciences in the Classroom: A Pedagogic Experience Based on Historic Memory, written by Jorge Arcila.

The event will also feature a reading and bilingual (English/Spanish) performance of “Real Mother” a scene from the play Harriet’s House/La Casa de Harriet, by Tara Goldstein. Harriet’s House is a play about love, loss, and adoption in a Canadian lesbian family.

The book, “How to Integrate Scenic Arts and Social Sciences in the Classroom” analyzes the research journey of a group of 16 teenagers who collectively explored historical memory through practices of process drama.

Jorge Arcila holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Political Studies from La Pontifica Universidad Javeriana, Colombia. Tara Goldstein is a professor at the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto.

This event is dedicated to the memory of OISE/UT Professor Roger Simon and Arlan Londono, Colombian artist, curator and scholar who recently passed away.

+++++

SEMINAR:  ABLEISM AND THE QUESTION OF THE HUMAN

Tuesday, July 30
1:00-5:00 pm
OISE, 252 Bloor Street West (St. George subway), Toronto
5th Floor, Room 5-280

This conversation promises to provoke questions regarding the meaning of “human” that can be revealed in everyday assumptions of ability. How, for example, do medical, legal, or educational forms of engaging those who are typically excluded do more than confirm the normative order of ableism or, worse, reproducing human degradation?

This free, public, accessible seminar brings us together with Drs. Dan Goodley from Sheffield University, UK; James Overboe, Waterloo University; Anne McGuire, New College, University Toronto along with Rinaldo Walcott and Tanya Titchkosky from OISE with Lead Discussant Dr Kirsty Liddiard, Post-Doc fellow from Ryerson University.

+++++

NEWS & VIEWS

REFORM REKINDLED

By Mark Brenner, Labor Notes

The sight of tens of thousands of striking teachers and their allies marching through the streets of Chicago last fall had a back-story, a little-discussed trend in organized labor—reform movements.

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/06/reform-rekindled

+++++

LABOUR IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA AND CANCER

By Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson, The Bullet

A recent book, The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills, makes the reasonable point that, “the price of austerity can be measured in human lives.” Austerity programs have obvious negative impacts on well being when public health programs are cut but it also creates poor health in less obvious ways through the stress of a labour market involving high unemployment and a decimated safety net. A quick glance at the history of the United States can help demonstrate that it is not only recent austerity programs that kill but, rather, that when economic policies favour the business community, death and disease will follow. In fact, a reasonable case could be made that ill health and early death are more a result of economics and politics than germs and genes.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/845.php

+++++

SHORTAGE OF PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKERS IN ONTARIO HOME CARE FEARED

By Shawn Jeffords, Toronto Sun

TORONTO – For 28 years Millie Hickson has risen at 4 a.m.

She dresses in her scrubs and gets into her truck and hits the road. She visits her first client at 6 a.m.

Millie is a personal support worker, the glue that holds Ontario’s troubled home care system together. She will spend the next 10 hours bouncing from client-to-client.

But Millie says there is never enough time. Not for anyone.

Read more: http://www.torontosun.com/2013/06/29/shortage-of-personal-support-workers-in-ontario-home-care-feared

+++++

NEW REPORT – IT ALL BEGINS WITH SPACE: MAXIMIZING USE OF PUBLIC ASSETS FOR ENGAGED AND HEALTHIER NEIGHBOURHOODS

The SPACE Coalition and Social Planning Toronto present new research on the importance of having access to safe places for youth (and all residents) to gather and play.

Access to space connects the pieces with regard to human development from 0 to 20 years old (and beyond). When you provide the space for children and youth to learn, play and build their resilience you provide the space for them to grow into Toronto’s healthy, self-reliant, dynamic leaders of tomorrow. Much has been accomplished through the provision of community use policies and programs. However, many barriers to accessing space still exist and service provision remains a patchwork, unable to meet complex neighbourhood needs due to escalating costs and an overall lack of space in neighbourhoods that need it most. The report release coincides with that of the City of Toronto’s Toronto Youth Equity Framework, which also notes that the provision of space is central to meeting the needs of Toronto’s youth.

Read the report: http://spacecoalition.ca/wp-content/uploads/Toronto-Report-Final5.pdf

+++++

THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE STANDARDIZED

By Owen Davis, Waging Nonviolence

The ground under education reform is beginning to shift. Families, chafing under years of state and mayoral control, are demanding a return to democratic processes. There’s the feeling of something lurching under the public education system, and with it our understanding of how resistance should look in the years to come. As high school students take to the streets, unions must do the same or fade into irrelevance.

Read more: http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/the-revolution-will-not-be-standardized/

+++++

VIDEO: DEMOCRACY AGAINST CAPITALISM

From LeftStreamed

Toronto — 24 June 2013.

A presentation by Brian Roper, author of The History of Democracy – A Marxist Interpretation.

Brian Roper is a long-time activist on the socialist left in New Zealand and an Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Otago. He is the author of Prosperity for All? Economic, Social and Political Change in New Zealand since 1935 (Cengage, 2005) and The History of Democracy — A Marxist Interpretation (Pluto Press, 2012). He maintains a blog at http://briansroper.blogspot.ca

Moderated by David McNally.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls181.php

+++++

HOW ONE CITY’S GRASSROOTS ACTIVISTS DID THE ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ AND PUSHED BACK THE POLITICIANS’ AUSTERITY AGENDA

By Mark Vorpahl, Alternet

On June 20, Oregon’s Portland City Council unanimously voted to approve a budget that had been one of the most grassroots-contested examples of austerity in recent memory.

Weeks earlier, in a vote to approve the framework of this budget on May 29, the City Council’s long-maintained show of consensus was broken when Commissioner Amanda Fritz voted “No.” (More on her vote later). However, by the final budget vote last Thursday she had been compelled to change her mind.

So what worked in Portland to move things towards a better outcome? For starters, Mayor Hales and the City Council’s pursuit of austerity was met with a public outpouring of opposition at public budget hearings. The resistance culminated on April 11 when over 400 protesting participants surprised the City Council and overwhelmed their staff.

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/activism/portlands-austerity-resistance-movement-sparks-changes-city

+++++

JOBS/INTERNSHIPS

LABOUR BEAT REPORTER, RABBLE.CA

In partnership with the Canadian Auto Workers union, rabble.ca is pleased to announce our second annual Labour Beat Co-op Placement. The placement will provide the successful candidate with unique opportunities to develop a grounding for reporting on national labour issues. The internship will involve access to meetings, conferences, media briefings and interviews with leaders in the labour movement, and may include shadowing rabble’s Parliament Hill reporter to committees and scrums.

Applications for the Labour Beat reporter are due July 23rd and the position is for 12 hours a week for 26 weeks. This is a paid internship, sponsored by the Canadian Auto Workers.

For more info and to apply: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/rabble-staff/2013/07/announcing-co-op-placement-opportunity-labour-beat-reporter

+++++

FRENCH-LANGUAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ANIMATOR(S), FOODSHARE

FoodShare Toronto is seeking one full-time, or two part-time, French Language Community Development Animator(s) to implement the community development work plan of the Toronto Partners for Student Nutrition, made up of Toronto Public Health, the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board and Conseil scolair Viamonde, Toronto Foundation for Student Success, the Angel Foundation for Learning, FoodShare Toronto, and St. Felix Centre. The Community Development Animators are promoters of healthy eating in the school and community environments, with a strong understanding of student and youth nutrition programs. They establish new and support existing sustainable student nutrition programs through community development and engagement.

For more info and to apply: http://www.foodshare.net/careers#animator

++++++++++
++++++++++

ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

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 this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

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

Global Economic Crisis

Global Economic Crisis

 

**END**

 

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 1st JULY 2013

EVENTS

CONFERENCE – WORK IN A WARMING WORLD: LABOUR, CLIMATE CHANGE AND SOCIAL STRUGGLE

Nov 29-Dec 1, 2013
Toronto, Canada

Work in a Warming World (W3): a research initiative among academics and community partners is proud to announce its 1st International Conference.

We invite abstract submissions (deadline: Aug. 15) for panels and papers for a major international conference on the role of labour and work in the struggle to slow global warming.  The Conference is for labour and environmentalists, students, academic researchers, policy makers and the concerned public.

The 3-day Conference will explore 18 themes, creating a forum where researchers and unions can critically discuss particular topics, share knowledge and experiences, while also developing ties that will enable innovation and change. In addition to our keynote speakers—David Miller, Former Mayor of Toronto and President & CEO of WWF Canada and Philip J. Jennings, General Secretary of UNI-Global Union—we will be having a series of panel discussions and paper presentations. We encourage scholars, students and activists to submit abstracts for papers by following the submission guidelines/deadlines located on the W3 International Conference website.

For more information, please contact: Ann Kim (ann_kim@yorku.ca), T: 416.736.2100 ext. 44106.

W3 International Conference Website/Call For Papers: http://www.workinawarmingworld.yorku.ca/w3conference/

W3 Website: http://www.workinawarmingworld.yorku.ca

+++++

BETWEEN THE LINES SUMMER READING FLASH SALE!

From the stunning Harvest Pilgrims to the provocative Eating Fire, we have lots of books for 50% off AND we are offering FREE shipping on ALL BTL titles until July 31st. 

Sale flyer: http://www.btlbooks.com/titleimages/July13%20Flash%20Sale_web.pdf

Don’t forget you can hear about new books, events, and sales through our social media sites:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BTLbooks
Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/btlbooks/
Twitter – (@readBTLbooks)
BTL YouTube channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/BTLbooks?feature=mhee

+++++

WEBINAR – DIALOGUE CIRCLES: BUILDING INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN IMMIGRANT AND INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

July 23 in North America
4:00 pm PDT Vancouver, San Francisco
5:00 pm MDT Edmonton, Denver
7:00 pm EDT Toronto, New York

July 24 in New Zealand, Australia
9:00 am EST Melbourne, Sydney
11:00 am NZST Auckland, Wellington

Join Cities of Migration for this free webinar to learn about groundbreaking initiatives in Wellington, New Zealand, and Vancouver, Canada, that are bringing new immigrant and indigenous communities together for intercultural learning and meaningful exchange as an essential part of newcomer settlement and welcome in these multicultural societies.

For more info and to register: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6961147981

+++++

SYMPOSIUM – ENGAGING GIRLS, CHANGING COMMUNITIES

Saturday, July 6
11am-2pm
Metro Hall
55 John St., Room 308 (South-east corner of King and John, two blocks east of Spadina)

Engaging Girls, Changing Communities (EGCC), in collaboration with Working Women Community Centre, invites you to a youth symposium showcasing 13 youth led community projects.

EGCC is a community-based research in the Faculty of Education at York University, led by Dr. Nombuso Dlamini. It investigates how young women and girls engage in leadership and civic activities in new urban environments.

R.S.V.P by June 28th to Flavia Genovese at EGCCDATA@edu.yorku.ca or by calling 416 736 2100 ext 44562.

Lunch will be provided

Read more about EGCC at the Jean Augustine website: http://edu.apps01.yorku.ca/jeanaugustinechair/projects-research/egcc/
and on https://www.facebook.com/EGCC.York?ref=hl

+++++

WORKSHOP – CAMPAIGN PLANNING WORKSHOP FOR ACTIVISTS AND CHANGE MAKERS

Thursday July 11, 6.30pm – 9pm and
Thursday July 25, 6.30pm – 9pm.

This workshop is designed to help you and your organization learn valuable steps, tools, techniques and approaches that will help you effectively plan and execute a winning campaign plan to help you achieve your policy goals.

Participants will learn the basic components of a campaign, how to choose a strategic campaign goal, choosing strategies and tactics that suit your goals, working with individuals and groups to build influence, and understanding the key ingredients of successful campaigns. It’s recommend that multiple people from one group attend the workshop as there will be ample time to strategize to achieve your goals.

Trainer: Jessica Bell is a facilitator and educator. She teaches advocacy and government relations at Ryerson University. She is the co-founder of Tools for Change, which provides skills-based advocacy training to Torontonians.  More information about Jessica is at http://www.jessicabell.org.

Cost: $25 for one session; $40 for two.  A discount rate is available if more than one person from a group attends.

Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4121441342

Location: 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto (near St. George Subway)

Host: PeaceWorks.  For more information email: peaceworks@primus.ca or call at 416-731-6605.  Contact peaceworks@primus.ca if you have difficulty paying
for the course.

+++++
+++++

NEWS & VIEWS

FAST FOOD STRIKES: WHAT’S COOKING?

By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes

After years of downplaying strikes, the union that’s funding fast food organizing is now embracing the tactic. The Service Employees have underwritten short strikes by fast food workers in seven cities in the last two months—including the largest, in Detroit, where 400 workers walked out of dozens of restaurants and completely shut down three.

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/06/fast-food-strikes-whats-cooking

+++++

THE TRAINING WHEELS ARE OFF: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CANADA JOB GRANT

By Michael Mendelson and Noah Zon, Caledon Institute

In this just-published Caledon/Mowat report, authors Michael Mendelson and Noah Zon assess the Canada Job Grant proposal and find it to be deeply flawed. Aside from additional cost of up to $600 million plus administrative expenses and jurisdictional issues, the Canada Job Grant is likely to deliver inferior results at higher costs, while remaining out of reach to many of the unemployed and underemployed Canadians it is intended to serve.

Read more: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=1013

+++++

THE EXPENDABLES: HOW THE TEMPS WHO POWER CORPORATE GIANTS ARE GETTING CRUSHED

By Michael Grabell, ProPublica

It’s 4:18 a.m. and the strip mall is deserted. But tucked in back, next to a closed-down video store, an employment agency is already filling up. Rosa Ramirez walks in, as she has done nearly every morning for the past six months. She signs in and sits down in one of the 100 or so blue plastic chairs that fill the office. Over the next three hours, dispatchers will bark out the names of who will work today. Rosa waits, wondering if she will make her rent.

In cities all across the country, workers stand on street corners, line up in alleys or wait in a neon-lit beauty salon for rickety vans to whisk them off to warehouses miles away. Some vans are so packed that to get to work, people must squat on milk crates, sit on the laps of passengers they do not know or sometimes lie on the floor, the other workers’ feet on top of them.

This is not Mexico. It is not Guatemala or Honduras. This is Chicago, New Jersey, Boston.

Read more: http://www.propublica.org/article/the-expendables-how-the-temps-who-power-corporate-giants-are-getting-crushe

+++++

THE PERILS OF STANDARDIZED TESTING: 6 WAYS IT HARMS LEARNING

By Saga Briggs, InformEd

Not so long ago, Google famously asked every job candidate for a transcript, G.P.A., and test scores before considering them for a position.

But as you might expect from a fundamentally data-driven company, Google regularly examines its own hiring methods, collecting and analyzing tremendous amounts of information from employees and adjusting its policies accordingly.

In 2011, Google released the results of a study called Project Oxygen, which showed that its old hiring model proved very little about a candidate’s potential for success.

“One of the things we’ve seen from all our data crunching is that G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless — no correlation at all except for brand-new college grads, where there’s a slight correlation,” said senior vice president for people operations Laszlo Bock.

Read more: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/the-perils-of-standardized-testing/

+++++

SNEAK PREVIEW – OUR TIMES SUMMER ISSUE

Our Times’ summer issue is full of interesting and invigorating reading. Journalist and communications strategist Sima Sahar Zerehi talks to Toronto & York Region Labour Council organizer Jennifer Huang, NOW Communications president and CEO Marie Della Mattia, OFL communications director Joel Duff, and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Ontario director Trish Hennessey about Canadian labour’s revitalized efforts at communicating with the Canadian public. We’re proud to be publishing Part 3 of our series about leadership, feminism and equality in unions in Canada, this time with a focus on revitalizing union women’s committees. And we bring you a day in the life of a recreation-centre director in this instalment of our Working for a Living series. Plus, our film and book reviews give you some excellent ideas for summer reading.

If you would like to order extra copies of this issue (more than 20) as an education resource for your workshops, conferences or schools, please place your order with our business manager by June 26 (email: office@ourtimes.ca).

Telephone: 416-703-7661 Toll free: 1-800-648-6131. Special bulk order prices are available.

Website: http://www.ourtimes.ca

++++++++++
++++++++++

ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

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 this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

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

 

**END**

 

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

HarvestingCONFRONTING THE CLIMATE CRISIS

A conference bringing together climate scientists, trade unionists and environmental activists

11am – 5pm Saturday 8 June 2013
London Metropolitan University, 277-281 Holloway Road, LondonN7 8HN

Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have passed 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. This means we are facing an environmental crisis of the most serious magnitude. Despite this threat, action from governments is limited. Unwilling to challenge the profits of the largest corporations, politicians would rather see the world burn than take serious action on climate change.

At the same time working people are facing an unprecedented assault on their jobs and services. In the name of austerity governments are trying to make ordinary people pay for the crisis caused by the bankers. We are told that we can no longer afford public services and our jobs, pay and conditions are under attack.

The Campaign Against Climate Change is campaigning for One Million Climate Jobs as a solution to the climate and economic crises. Their trade union group is hosting a conference to bring together leading climate scientists, trade unionists and environmental campaigners to discuss how best we can fight to stop global warming and create jobs.

The conference is also designed to brief trade unionists on the latest climate science. It will address questions such as “what is the significance of the Arctic ice melting” and “why is our weather strange”? Other workshops will discuss the fight for climate jobs and how trade unions can work with other campaigners over these issues.

Speakers include world renowned scientists Professor Kevin Anderson and Dr. Richard Allan. They will be joined by Joan Walley MP, the chair of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, Manuel Cortez, Gen. Sec. of the TSSA, Chris Baugh, Ass. Gen. Sec of the PCS, Andreas Ytterstadt, Chair of the Union of Concerned Scientists Norway and Dr. Lara Skinner of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy in America.

This is a unique opportunity for trade union activists to discuss the threat of climate change and get involved in the wider environmental movement. The conference is supported by the FBU, CWU, TSSA, PCS. UCU and UNITE unions.

Registration is £10 waged, £5 unwaged. You can book online at: www.climatetradeunion.eventbrite.com

More information at www.campaigncc.org or contact 079 585 35231

**END**

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

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

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

The Island

HISTORY, MEMORY AND GREEN IMAGINARIES

NOW BOOKING:

History, Memory and Green Imaginaries
A symposium presented by the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories, University of Brighton
Friday 30th November 2012
9.30am – 5.00pm
M2, Grand Parade, University of Brighton

This symposium invites reflection on the ways in which history and memory inform and shape contemporary green imaginaries. It brings together cultural theorists, historians, cultural geographers, educators and policy actors.

Keynote: ‘The problem of the past’
Alastair Bonnett, Professor of Social Geography, NewcastleUniversity

Roundtable: ‘Austerity and sustainability’
The Home Front and ‘austerity Britain’ are significant points of reference in current debates about sustainability. What kinds of possibilities and limitations follow from the use of historical resources in public debate about environmental issues?

Ayers Rock

Tim Cooper, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Exeter, ‘The limits of
history in green imaginaries’.

Victoria Johnson, Head of Climate Change and Energy, New Economics Foundation, ‘“Ration me up” and other nef projects’

James Piers Taylor, British Film Institute Documentation Editor and permaculture educator, ‘Re-member, re-vision and re-claim: using archival film to facilitate local conversations about community resilience’.

Panel: ‘Ecological history’
How can historical research inform environmental thinking? Three historians discuss this question in relation to their research and practice.

Vinita Damodaran, Senior Lecturer in South Asian History, University of Sussex, ‘“Primitive places and wild tribes”: colonial and indigenous understandings of nature in Eastern India in the nineteenth century’.

Erin Gill, environmental journalist and historian, ‘“Lost” environmental histories: the stories we’ve forgotten’.

Karin Jaschke, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, University of Brighton, ‘Historiography as process: towards an Ecological History of Architecture’.

Closing remarks: ‘Culture is natural: biosemiotics, recycling, and the evolutionary structurations of biological and cultural change’ Wendy Wheeler, Professor Emeritus of English Literature and Cultural
Inquiry, London Metropolitan University.

Registration:
This event is open to all. Please register in advance by following the link below. The registration fee is £35, or £25 for students/unaffiliated delegates, including lunch and refreshments.

Enquiries: Cheryl Roberts / cr16@brighton.ac.uk
Programme and abstracts: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/mnh
Register: http://shop.brighton.ac.uk/

Dr Rebecca Bramall
Senior Lecturer in Media Studies
Faculty of Arts
University of Brighton
+44 (0)1273 644651
r.bramall@brighton.ac.uk
http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/staff/rebecca-bramall

 

**END**

 

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Sociology

ENGAGING SOCIOLOGY: BSA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The theme for the 2013 Annual Conference is: Engaging Sociology.  The conference will take place at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London from 3-5 April 2013. 

This conference highlights Sociology’s contribution as it engages with topical issues affecting contemporary society – whether this is the recent riots, the financial crisis, climate change, social mobility, the Big Society, or the London Olympics.  Presentations from scholars throughout the UK (and beyond) demonstrate the value of engaging with sociological theory, combined with rigorous methodological approaches, in illuminating how these compelling issues impact on us all – over the life course; in the domestic sphere; in our communities and localities; in our dealings with institutions (the worlds of work, education, the arts and media; the justice system, religion, politics and the State); through our leisure pursuits and sport; via civic participation and political involvement; and as members of a European and global society. Fifteen concurrent streams (including, for example, social divisions/identities; cities, space, mobilities & place; media, culture & consumption) allow delegates to focus on specific interests. Our engaging plenaries bring delegates together, encouraging broader sociological debate and providing an opportunity to explore synergies with other disciplines.

The 2013 annual conference promises to be dynamic, informative, inspiring and is definitely not to be missed.  

Our themes are deliberately broad and all-encompassing, designed to appeal to the entire spectrum of sociologists and stimulate lively debate.  You are at the heart of the discipline. Your voice is important. Join the finest scholars from across the globe to lead the debate. Policy makers are coming to hear what you – the people with real experience – have to say.

 

Who should attend?

* Senior academics looking to engage in a lively, stimulating debate with peers and bright new stars.

* Researchers looking to connect with like-minded colleagues.

* Teachers looking for new ideas and inspiration.

* Students looking and learn from experts and Postgraduates looking to present and get ideas on their research.

* Policy-makers looking for scientific facts to back or steer their ideas or to develop new directions in policy.

* Anyone looking to engage with the wider sociological community.

The aims of this conference are: to showcase the latest sociological research; to attract a concentration of international specialists in our major research fields; to provide a forum in which to discuss the teaching of sociology and the professional practice of being a sociologist; and to facilitate debate, networking and professional development opportunities.

The BSA annual conference is the primary annual conference for sociology in the UK with opportunities for everyone connected to the discipline.

 

UPDATE: ABSTRACTS

Engaging Sociology: Are you engaging with topical issues affecting contemporary society?

Submit your abstract for the BSA Annual Conference 2013

To find out more about the BSA Annual Conference 2013, or to submit an abstract, please visit our website: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/bsa-annual-conference.aspx

The conference promises to be yet another dynamic, informative, inspiring meeting of minds and is definitely not to be missed.

Deadline for abstract submissions: Midnight on Friday 5 October 2012.

SUBMIT Your Abstract online NOW!

3-5 April 2013
BSA Annual Conference:  Engaging Sociology
Grand Connaught Rooms, London

www.britsoc.co.uk

events@britsoc.org.uk

 

**END**

 

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

Deadwing

THE ATMOSPHERE BUSINESS

ephemera: theory & politics in organization

volume 12, number 1/2

 

The atmosphere business
Issue editors: Steffen Böhm, Anna-Maria Murtola and Sverre Spoelstra 

The contributions collected in this special issue of ephemera question the underlying ideologies and assumptions of carbon markets, and bring to light many of the contradictions and antagonisms that are currently at the heart of ‘climate capitalism’. They offer a critical assessment of the political economy of carbon trading, and a detailed understanding of how these newly created markets are designed, how they (don’t) work, the various actors that are involved, and how these actors function together to create and contest the ‘atmosphere business’. In 5 notes, 6 articles, 1 interview and 3 book reviews, some of the most prominent critical voices in debates about the atmosphere business are brought together in this special issue. 

Table of Contents:
Editorial

The atmosphere business  
Steffen Böhm, Anna-Maria Murtola and Sverre Spoelstra 

Notes 

Privatising the atmosphere: A solution or dangerous con? 
Mike Childs 
 
Carbon markets after Durban 
Oscar Reyes 
 
A dark art: Field notes on carbon capture and storage policy negotiations at COP17 
Gökçe Günel 
 
Durban’s conference of polluters, market failure and critic failure 
Patrick Bond 
 
The people’s climate summit in Cochabamba: A tragedy in three acts 
Tadzio Mueller 

Interview  

Critiquing carbon markets: A conversation 
Larry Lohmann and Steffen Böhm 
 
Articles  

Capitalizing on chaos: Climate change and disaster capitalism 
Robert Fletcher 
 
The prey of uncertainty: Climate change as opportunity 
Jerome Whitington 
 
Carbon classified? Unpacking heterogeneous relations inscribed  into corporate carbon emissions 
Ingmar Lippert 
 
A colonial mechanism to enclose lands: A critical review of two  REDD+-focused special issues 
Joanna Cabello and Tamra Gilbertson 
 
Mapping REDD in the Asia-Pacific: Governance, marketisation  and contention 
Rebecca Pearse 
 
Planting trees through the Clean Development Mechanism:  A critical assessment 
Esteve Corbera and Charlotte Friedli 
 
Reviews
The ‘third way’ for climate action 
Siddhartha Dabhi 
 
Carbon trading in South Africa: Plus ça change?   
Peter Newell 
 
Can capitalism survive climate change?
David L. Levy

 

Ephemera: http://www.ephemeraweb.org

 

*****END*****

 

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Gilles Deleuze

TRANSDISCIPLINARY TEXTS
‘Dialectic of Enlightenment’ and ‘Capitalism and Schizophenia’
22–23 March 2012
The Cinema, The French Institute, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7

DAY 1 (22 March) 

Anti-systematic Systematicity: Negative Anthropology and Dual Authorship in Horkheimer and Adorno’s ‘Dialectic of Enlightenment’

9.30–10.00  Registration
10.00–10.15   Introduction: Peter Osborne (CRMEP)
10.15–11.00  ‘Adorno and the Weather: Critical Theory in an Era  of Climate Change’, Ackbar Abbas (University of California, Irvine)
11.00–11.45  Discussion
11.30–11.45  Break
11.45–12.30  ‘Why Do the Sirens Sing?’ Collaborating, Configuring and Categorizing with Dialectic of Enlightenment’, Nancy S. Love (Appalachian State University, Boone, NC)
12.30–13.00  Discussion

DAY 2 (23 March) 

Transversality: Experimentation and Dual Authorship in Deleuze & Guattari’s ‘Capitalism and Schizophenia’

9.30–10.00  Registration
10.00–10.15   Introduction: Éric Alliez (CRMEP/University of Paris 8)
10.15–11.00   ‘Deleuze and Guattari: Capitalism and Sovereign Freedom’, Dorothea Olkowski (University of Colorado)
11.00–11.45  Discussion
11.30–11.45  Break
11.45–12.30  ‘Is the Collective Assemblage of Enunciation Humanly Possible?’ Stéphane Nadaud (Hôpital de Ville-Évrard, Seine-Saint-Denis)
12.30–13.00   Discussion

The talks are free, but registration is essential, at: http://transdisciplinaritytexts.eventbrite.com/

Organized by the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) Kingston University London, as part of their AHRC research project, ‘Transdisciplinarity and the Humanities: Problems, Methods, Histories, Concepts’ –  Workshop 2: Case Studies 1

**END**

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic

LINKS

LINKS UPDATE – 19th SEPTEMBER 2011

What’s new at Links: Thailand, Pakistan, ecosocialism, 9/11, Sudan, Egypt, GCC, Venezuela, Palestine, Swaziland, Blacks & Comintern, Australian left

* * *
Subscribe free to Links – International Journal of Socialist Renewal – at http://www.feedblitz.com/f/?Sub=343373

You can also follow Links on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LinksSocialism or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10865397643

Visit and bookmark http://links.org.au and add it to your RSS feed (http://links.org.au/rss.xml). If you would like us to
consider an article, please send it to links@dsp.org.au

*Please pass on to anybody you think will be interested in Links.

* * *

Thailand: Why aren’t the generals in jail?

By Giles Ji Ungpakorn

September 19, 2011 — On the fifth anniversary of the September  19, 2006, military coup inThailand, General Sonti Boonyaratgalin should be facing charges for staging an illegal coup and tearing up a democratic constitution. General Prayut Junocha should also be facing charges for ordering the killings of nearly 90 unarmed pro-democracy demonstrators last year.

Read more

 

Pakistan: Arrested, tortured for assisting climate change victims

[Urgent: Please send messages calling for the release of Baba Jan and his comrades c/- farooqtariq@hotmail.com. Farooq Tariq will be a guest speaker at the Climate Change Social Change activist conference inMelbourne, over September 30 to October 3.]

By Farooq Tariq

September 15, 2011 — Baba Jan, a federal committee member of the Labour Party Pakistan (LPP), has been taken from jail … and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is torturing him on the name of investigation”, fears the LPP.

Read more

 

Derek Wall: ‘Ecosocialism places Marx at the centre of its analysis’

September 10, 2011 — Economist, activist and writer Derek Wall is a member of the Green Party of England andWales(and the Green Left grouping within it) and is the author of several books on ecology and politics. Wall will speak via video link at the Climate Change Social Change activist conference inMelbourne,r September 30 to October 3. He maintains the ecosocialist blog Another Green World. He spoke to Green Left Weekly’s Simon Butler about the politics of ecosocialism.

Read more

 

US rulers turned 9/11 outrage into blank cheque for endless war

By Rupen Savoulian
September 17, 2011 — Near where I live inSydney, there is a war memorial commemorating all those people from the area who have died serving the Australian armed forces in wars overseas. There are columns for each war Australians have participated in, followed by the names of those who never returned. For instance, there are columns for World War I (1914-1918), World War II (1939-1945), the Korean War (1950-53), and also the “International Campaign against Terrorism (2001– )”. Notice that last one? Unlike the others, the war on terror has no end date.

Read more

 

Sudan: Secret police target Communist Party press

September 15, 2011 — The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed alarm at the growing censorship of opposition newspapers inSudan. The regime’s secret police, the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), halted the distribution of four different opposition newspapers without cause.

Read more

 

Dateline Egypt: Everything up for grabs in ongoing revolt

By Raul Bassi, Cairo
September 11, 2011 — After the overthrow ofEgypt’s dictator Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, a new chapter in Egyptian history is being written and its authors are the people themselves. Anything could happen and everything is up for grabs given the profound political, social and economic crisis in whichEgypt’s neoliberal system finds itself in.

Read more

 

Thailand: Free Somyot Prueksakasemsuk!

September 17, 2011 — Australia Asia Worker Links reports that jailed trade union activist Somyot Prueksakasemsuk was denied bail on September 12. Somyot is in jail for allegedly insulting the Thai king, under the country’s notorious lèse majesté law.

Read more

 

New book: Adam Hanieh’s ‘Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States’; Modern slaves in the GCC

Long-time friend of Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Adam Hanieh, has just released a book that is essential reading for all those following developments in theMiddle East. With Hanieh’s permission, Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal publishes an interview with the author, conducted by Jadaliyya, and a short excerpt from the book.

Read more

 

Venezuela: Communes in Caracas

September 7, 2011 — Translated by Owen Richards  — Among the aims of community organisation is that of building the communal state, where power is exercised directly by the people, through self-government, with an economic model of social property and local self-development. Based on this premise, 236 communes and more than 9000 communal councils have been established, according to information from the Ministry of Popular Power for the Communes.

Read more

 

Palestine: Ilan Pappe — At the UN, the funeral of the two-state solution

By Ilan Pappe
September 12, 2011 — We are all going to be invited to the funeral of the two-state solution if and when the UN General Assembly announces the acceptance ofPalestine as a member state.

Read more

 

Black liberation and the Communist International

By John Riddell
September 11, 2011 — The influence of the Communist International was decisive in the early 1920s in winning a generation of black revolutionaries to Marxism. On this the historians agree. But what did this influence consist of, and how was it exerted?

Read more

 

Eyewitness Swaziland: The birth of ‘Liberation Friday!’; ‘The struggle for a democratic Swaziland continues’

By the Swaziland Democracy Campaign
September 10, 2011 — Friday,  September 9, marked the last day in the second Global Week of Action on Swaziland, culminating in a large protest march in Mbabane that resulted in pitched battles between a heavily armed and aggressive security detachment, and mostly poor workers, students and the unemployed, who gathered legally and peacefully as they have done all week.

Read more

 

On the Australian left: ‘Let’s unite behind Green Left Weekly’

September 8, 2011 — For many years we were regular contributors to Green Left Weekly and proud supporters of the paper. We’ve now decided to resume writing for GLW and we urge other former contributors to consider doing the same.

Read more

* * *
Links seeks to promote the international exchange of information, experience of struggle, theoretical analysis and views of political strategy and tactics within the international left. It is a forum for open and constructive dialogue between active socialists coming from different political traditions. It seeks to bring together those in the international left who are opposed to neoliberal economic and social policies. It aims to promote the renewal of the socialist movement in the wake of the collapse of the bureaucratic model of “actually existing socialism” in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

ATTENTION: Sign up for regular “what’s new” announcement emails at http://www.feedblitz.com/f/?Sub=343373

Follow Links on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LinksSocialism or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10865397643

 

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com