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THE LEFT IN LATIN AMERICA

THE LEFT IN LATIN AMERICA: History, Present, Perspectives

International Symposium

Universityof Sao Paulo- FFLCH – History Department               

September 11, 12 and 13, 2012 (from 9am to 10pm)

 

Schedule

 

Tuesday, September 11

OPENING: Emília Viotti da Costa

09:00 h. (AH): FROM PETISM TO LULISM: THE PT YESTERDAY AND TODAY: André Singer – Lincoln Secco – Tales Ab’Sáber – Cyro Garcia

09:00 h. (AG): LEFT, DICTATORSHIPS AND HUMAN RIGHTS Pedro Pomar – Jorge Souto Maior – Olgária Matos – Sergio Adorno

09:00 h. (CPJ): INTELECTUALS AND MARXISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Bernardo Ricupero – Lidiane Soares Rodrigues – Marcos Napolitano – Maurício Cardoso

14:00 h. (AH): COMMUNISM IN THE HISTORY OF BRAZIL: Milton Pinheiro – Apoena Cosenza – Frederico Falcão – Marly Vianna

14:00 h. (AG): CHINA AND LATIN AMERICA: Wilson N. Barbosa – Marcos Cordeiro Pires – Luis Antonio Paulino – Vladimir Milton Pomar

14:00 h. (CPJ): CUBA: PAST AND PRESENT OF THE REVOLUTION: Luiz E. Simões de Souza – Joana Salém – Silvia Miskulin – José R. Máo Jr.

17:00 h. (AH): NATURAL RESOURCES, ENERGY AND CONTINENTAL INTEGRATION: Ildo Sauer – Ariovaldo U. de Oliveira – Mónica Arroyo – Raimundo Rodrigues Pereira

17:00 h. (AG): COMPENSATORY SOCIAL PROGRAMS: THE WAY OUT OF POVERTY?: RuyBraga- Eduardo Januario – Maria Cristina Cacciamali – Fúlvia Rosenberg

17:00 h. (CPJ): PERU, ECUADOR, BOLIVIA: INDIANISM AND ANDINE COSMOVISION: Vivian Urquidi – Enrique Amayo – Tadeu Breda – Mónica Bruckmann

17:00 h. (RXCP): LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE: RESISTENCE DISCOURSES: Elvira Narvaja de Arnoux – Graciela Foglia – Adrián Fanjul – Pablo Gasparini

19:30 h. (AH): THE STUDENTS STRUGGLE IN LATIN AMERICA: Clara Saraiva – Alejandro Lipcovich – Lucia Sioli – Mario Costa

19:30 h. (AG): LATIN AMERICA IN INTERNATIONAL GEOPOLITICS: André Martin – Leonel Itaussu A. Mello – Rodrigo Medina Zagni – Manoel Fernandes

19:30 h. (CPJ): COMMUNISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Antonio C. Mazzeo – Marcos Del Roio – Victor Vigneron – Kennedy Ferreira

 

Wednesday, September 12

09:00 h. (AH): VENEZUELA AND  THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION: Rafael Duarte Villa – Gilberto Maringoni – Flavio Benedito – Flavio Mendes

09:00 h. (AG): SOCIAL NETWORKS, DIGITAL ACTION AND POLITICAL ACTIVISM: Sergio Amadeu – Raphael Tsavkko – Rodrigo Vianna – Luiz Carlos Azenha

09:00 h. (CPJ): BOLIVIA: FROM THE POPULAR ASSEMBLY TO EVO MORALES: Everaldo Andrade – Diego Siqueira – Cristian Henkel – Igor Ojeda

14:00 h. (AH): MARXISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Michael Lowy – Osvaldo Coggiola – Luiz Bernardo Pericás – Carlos Guilherme Mota

14:00 h. (AG): MEXICO: FROM ZAPATA TO ZAPATISM: Waldo Lao Sánchez – Igor Fuser – Jorge Grespan – Azucena Jaso

14:00 h. (CPJ): LEFT BOOK PUBLISHERS IN LATIN AMERICA: Marisa Midori – Flamarion Maués – Rogerio Chaves  – Sandra Reimão

14:00 h. (RXCP): SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: A LEFT WING APPROACH: Renato Dagnino – Carlos Sanches – Ciro T. Correa – Marcos B. de Oliveira

17:00 h. (AH): ANARCHISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Edson Passetti – Marcos A. Silva – Ricardo Rugai – Margareth Rago

17:00 h. (AG): THE LEFT AND THE POPULISM: Maria Helena Capelato – Maria Ligia Prado – Antonio Rago – Fernando Sarti Ferreira

17:00 h. (CPJ): COLOMBIA: FROM ‘VIOLENCE’ TO THE ENDLESS WAR: Antonio Carlos R. de Moraes – Yuri Martins Fontes – Ana Carolina Ramos – Pietro Lora Alarcón

17:00 h. (RXCP): SOCIALISM AND ANTI-IMPERIALISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Vitor Schincariol – Carlos César Almendra – Fabio Luis – Alexandre Hecker

19:30 h. (AH): MARXISM IN BRAZIL: Paulo Arantes – Dainis Karepovs – Armando Boito – Ricardo Musse

19:30 h. (AG): ARMED STRUGGLE IN BRAZIL: A BALANCE SHEET: Carlos Eugénio Clemente – João Quartim de Moraes – Ivan Seixas – Antonio R. Espinosa

19:30 h. (CPJ): FEMINISM AND SOCIALISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Fernanda Estima – Cecília Toledo – Sara Albieri – Janete Luzia Leite

 

Thursday, September 13

09:00 h. (AH): PICKETS, OCCUPIED FACTORIES, SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Néstor Pitrola – Josiane Lombardi – Atenágoras Teixeira Lopes – Rodrigo Ricupero

09:00 h. (AG):  THE LEFT AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Francisco del Moral Hernández – Mauricio Waldman – Ana Paula Salviatti – Gilson Dantas

09:00 h. (CPJ): SOCIALISM AND SOCIAL-DEMOCRACY IN LATIN AMERICA: Adalberto Coutinho – Gonzalo Rojas – Lucio Flavio de Almeida – Claudio Batalha

14:00 h. (AH): THE STRUGGLE FOR LAND IN LATIN AMERICA: Gilmar Mauro – Zilda Iokoi – Horacio Martins de Carvalho – Valeria De Marcos

14:00 h. (AG): THE LEFT FRONT IN ARGENTINA(AND BRAZIL): Luis Mauro S. Magalhães – Pablo Rieznik – Valério Arcary – João Batista Araújo ‘Babá’

14:00 h. (CPJ): LATIN AMERICA: IMMUNE TO THE CRISIS?: José Menezes Gomes – Plínio de Arruda Sampaio Jr. – Leda Paulani -Ramón Peña Castro

17:00 h. (AH): THE WORKING CLASS IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY: Ricardo Antunes – Agnaldo dosSantos- Sean Purdy – Mauro Iasi

17:00 h. (AG): LEFT, CHURCHES, SEXUAL DIVERSITY AND HOMOPHOBIA: Laerte – Horacio Gutiérrez – Jean Wyllys – Maria Fernanda Pinto

17:00 h. (CPJ): UNIVERSITY DILEMMAS IN LATIN AMERICA: Gladys Beatriz Barreyro – Afrânio Catani – César Minto – João Flavio Moreira

17:00 h. (RXCP): PARAGUAY: FROM THE WAR TO ITAIPU: Cristiana Vasconcelos – Dorival Goncalves – Brás Batista Vaz – Filipe Canavese

19:30 h. (AH): LATIN AMERICA, THE WORLD CRISIS AND THE LEFT: Plínio de Arruda Sampaio – Jorge Altamira – Ricardo Canese – Valter Pomar

19:30 h. (AG): DRUGS, DRUG TRAFICKING  AND CAPITALISM IN LATIN AMERICA: Henrique Carneiro – Julio Delmanto – Rosana Schwartz – José Arbex

19:30 h. (CPJ): LIBERATION THEOLOGY IN THE 21st CENTURY: Fernando Torres Londoño – Lucelmo Lacerda – Valéria Melki Busin – Jung Mo Sung

AH: History Amphitheater / AG: Geography Amphitheater/ CPJ: Caio Prado Junior/ RXCP: Reinaldo Carneiro Pessoa

 

On-Line Inscriptions: www.esquerdaamlatina.fflch.usp.br      

Support: GMarx – NEPHE – CEMOP – Mouro      

Free Entrance   Frequency certificates will be provided

Organization:LincolnSecco – Osvaldo Coggiola – Rodrigo Ricupero – Jorge Grespan – Marcos A. Silva – Francisco Alambert

Co-Organization: PROLAM (Post Graduation Program in Integration of Latin America) – USP

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

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‘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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RESISTANCE IN LATIN AMERICA

SOCIALIST RESISTANCE MEETING

THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM
Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB
(Kings Cross & Russell Square tubes)

RESISTANCE IN LATIN AMERICA
Across the continent, mass resistance is continuing against the neo-liberal project. In Chile, students have been protesting for months to demand free public education. In Bolivia, protestors have been opposing a highway through an indigenous and ecological reserve in the Amazon. In Mexico, the electrical workers union announce the launch of a new independent working class party. And in Venezuela, the Chavez government is still charting an independent course in the USA’s own backyard. Jeff Webber and Iain Bruce, authors of books on Latin America, will be reporting on the struggles that are going on in the region and outline the prospects for the movement.

Speakers:
JEFF WEBBER, author of “From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia” and “Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia”
IAIN BRUCE, author of “The Real Venezuela: Making Socialism in the 21st Century”.

 

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World Crisis

SPRING & SUMMER EVENTS AT BOOKMARKS BOOKSHOP

From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia

With Jeff Webber

Tuesday 12 April, 6.30pm
Evo Morales rode to power on a wave of popular mobilisations against the neoliberal policies enforced by his predecessors. Yet many of his economic policies bare striking resemblance to the status quo he was meant to displace.
Based in part on dozens of interviews with leading Bolivian activists, Webber examines the contradictions of Morales’ first term in office.
Jeffery R. Webber teaches at the University of Regina in Canada. He has taught at several institutions in Canada, Europe, and Latin America, where he conducts field research. Webber is a member on the editorial boards of Historical Materialism, Latin American Perspectives, and New Socialist.
The event is free to attend, but please contact us to reserve your place: events@bookmarks.uk.com 020 7637 1848

Islamophobia and the Role of the Intellectual
With Hamid Dabashi & a speaker from Unite Against Fascism (UAF)
Monday 9 May, 6.30pm
Dabashi’s book ‘Brown Skin, White Masks’ picks up where Frantz Fanon left off. He extends Fanon’s insights as they apply to today’s world. Dabashi shows how intellectuals who migrate to the West are often used by the imperial powers to misrepresent their home countries. Just as many Iraqi exiles were used to justify the invasion of Iraq, Dabashi demonstrates that this is a common phenomenon, and examines why and how so many immigrant intellectuals help to sustain imperialism.
Hamid Dabashi is professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York and the author of 18 books and countless articles. His books include ‘Theology of Discontent’ (1993), ‘Iran: A People Interrupted’ (2007), ‘Islamic Liberation Theology: Resisting the Empire’ (2008) and ‘Brown Skins, White Masks’ (2011)
Hamid Dabashi is on a short speaking tour of Europe. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear him, and ask questions, in the relaxed atmosphere of Bookmarks Bookshop.
The event is free to attend, but please contact us to reserve your place: events@bookmarks.uk.com 020 7637 1848

We Sell Our Time No More: Workers’ Struggles Against Lean Production in the British Car Industry
With Paul Stewart
Wednesday 11 May, 6.30pm
This is the story of struggles against management regimes in the car industry in Britain from the period after the Second World War until the contemporary regime of lean production.
Told from the viewpoint of the workers, the book chronicles how workers responded to a variety of management and union strategies, from piece rate working, through measured day work, and eventually to lean production beginning in the late 1980s.
Paul Stewart is Professor of the Sociology of Work and Employment at Strathclyde University. He has been researching and writing on the automotive industry for many years and was joint convenor of the Automotive Workers Research Network.
The event is free to attend, but please contact us to reserve your place: events@bookmarks.uk.com 020 7637 1848

Liberate Your Mind
Bookmarks Bookshop
1 Bloomsbury Street
London WC1B 3QE
020 7637 1848
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Uprising

THE COMMUNE – ISSUE 21

The Commune, March 2011

Issue 21 of The Commune is now available. It features reports on local anti-cuts committees, discussion of the next steps for the movement in Egypt, Sheila Cohen on the implosion of the National Shop Stewards’ Network, and much more…

And the best thing is, you can read the PDF free online, click here

Risk of infection: class struggle in China. London public forum, LARC, 7pm on Thursday 7th April

In mid-2010 a strike wave rolled through China’s factories, the most widespread and militant expression of China’s internal migrant workers so far. Their struggle shook the Chinese regime and provoked a world-wide debate about the end of the low-wage-model that stands behind China’s rise to the “factory of the world” and provides Europe and other regions with cheap consumer products.

We will look at the social conditions that stand behind the militant outbreak – the situation and struggles of different groups of migrant workers, such as construction, factory, domestic and sex workers, before examining the strike wave and its implications and discussing the formation of a new working class movement in China.

The discussion will also focus on new forms of reference, exchange and support that take into account the current phase of crisis and the increasing number of social struggles in different parts of the world.

The presentation will be held by someone who has lived in China and worked on publications on China’s migrant workers, including “Dagongmei – Women workers From China’s World Market-Factories Tell Their Story” and “The Take-off of the Second Generation – Migrant Work, Gender and Class Composition in China” (see:www.gongchao.org).

All welcome.

From 7pm on Thursday 7th April at London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, London, E1 1ES

From reform to rebellion in Bolivia: Monday 18th April

Jeffery Webber has written a new book on Bolivia and the interaction between the social movements from below 2000-2005 and the post-2006 Evo Morales government. He was interviewed in the new issue of The Commune and next month he will be addressing a public meeting on the topic.

All welcome.

From 7pm on Monday 18th April at the Lucas Arms, near King’s Cross on Gray’s Inn Road.

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Evo Morales

THE REFORM OF THE BOLIVIAN STATE

Out now!

The Reform of the Bolivian State: Domestic Politics in the Context of Globalization
by Andreas Tsolakis

First Forum Press/Lynne Rienner Publishers (Boulder, CO)
393 pages
ISBN: 978-1-935049-27-2

“A remarkably sophisticated study of the transnationalization of class and state in Bolivia. Tsolakis makes a valuable theoretical contribution to the literature.”—Henk Overbeek, VU University, Amsterdam

“Innovative and novel…. A substantial contribution to the scholarship on Bolivia.”—John Crabtree, University of Oxford

Description:
In 2005, two decades after President Victor Paz Estenssoro’s New Economic Policy heralded the beginning of a profound transformation for Bolivia, violence had become endemic in the country, economic growth was weak, and political corruption was flourishing. Evo Morales was elected to the presidency in a climate of intense social conflict and disorder, promising to deconstruct the entire political and economic edifice so painfully built since 1985. Andreas Tsolakis investigates Bolivia’s trajectory since 1985 in the context of the country’s deepening integration into the world market.

From a historical materialist perspective, Tsolakis assesses why neoliberal restructuring efforts failed, as well as the implications of the continuing internationalization of the Bolivian state for Morales’s reform program and his foreign relations in Latin America and beyond. He provides both a nuanced analysis of collaborative practices among transnational social forces and an up-to-date, critical analysis of the Morales administration.

About the author:
Andreas Tsolakis is a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick and an analyst at the Fundación Secretariado Gitano in Madrid.

Contents:
·         Bolivia’s Political Trajectory Since 1985
·         The Impact of the National Revolution
·         Transnational Forces and Global Restructuring
·         The Internationalization of the Bolivian State
·         Polyarchy in Bolivia
·         Evo Morales, the MAS, and Elite Resistance to Change
·         The Bolivian Case and Beyond
·         Appendices

More information at: https://www.rienner.com/title/The_Reform_of_the_Bolivian_State_Domestic_Politics_in_the_Context_of_Globalization

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No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 6th DECEMBER 2010

EVENTS

PARTY: ANTI-CAPITALIST HOLIDAY BASH!

Saturday, December 18 2010
7 PM
U of T Grad Students Union Gym
16 Bancroft Ave., Toronto

Does the hyper-consumer craziness of the holiday season have you feeling down? Amidst the twinkle lights and the insidious calls to shop, shop and shop some more, are you spending your spare moments plotting the eventual demise of capitalism?

If so, you should join us for the Anti-Capitalist Holiday Bash! On Saturday, December 18th the Community Solidarity Network Fundraising Committee will be throwing the anti-capitalist event of the season to fundraise for our friends and allies facing G20 related charges.

Join us for a community dinner (vegan and vegetarian options will be served), followed by an evening of low key musical performances, workshops, games, prison letter writing, and a ‘really really free market’ exchange.

Tickets: $10-15 sliding scale, or PWYC (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
All proceeds go to the G20 Legal Defence Fund.

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CALL FOR PAPERS

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR STUDIES IN CO-OPERATION (CASC) & THE ASSOCIATION FOR NONPROFIT AND SOCIAL ECONOMY STUDIES (ANSER)

The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) and the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Studies (ANSER) have issued their calls for papers to be presented at their conferences in June.

The theme of the CASC conference is Co-operation in a Changing Economy: The Role of Social Innovation and Collective Entrepreneurship.  CASC is seeking abstracts that reflect on the processes of social entrepreneurship as they relate to co-operative practice. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 24, 2011.

Download the call for papers: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/CASC%20call%202011%20English.pdf

About CASC: http://www.coopresearch.coop/

The theme of the ANSER conference is Building Communities: Exploring the Contributions of Nonprofits and the Social Economy. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 11, 2011.

Download the call for papers: http://www.anser-ares.ca/files/conf11/UNBCallAnnouncement2011-Eng%20_1_jq.pdf

About ANSER: http://www.anser-ares.ca/

Both conferences will take place at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University in Fredericton on June 1-3 as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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NEWS & VIEWS

THOUSANDS PROTEST IRISH NIGHTMARE ECONOMY

by Leo Panitch, The Bullet

Last weekend in Ireland, thousands of people demonstrated against austerity measures and against bearing the burden of the Irish crisis. Just how did the Irish miracle turn into the Irish nightmare? Paul Jay of The Real News Network recently interviewed Leo Panitch. Panitch is a distinguished research professor at York University, teaches political science there, and he’s the author (with Greg Albo and Sam Gindin) of the book In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives
(http://inandoutofcrisis.wordpress.com/).

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/436.php

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WE WILL NOT BE CENSORED: WIKILEAKS

WikiLeaks now running in over 208 locations

http://wikileaks.ch/mirrors.html

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NEW RESOURCES FOR EVALUATING COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

As Alliance for Justice has developed tools and strategies for evaluating advocacy work, we have often been asked for more specific information about evaluating community organizing. We have found that the range of organizing styles, approaches, and philosophies in use can make it challenging to formulate a consistent mechanism for evaluating the organizing process and its outcomes.  This lack of consistent evaluation often contributes to a misunderstanding or devaluing of organizing work by funders, policy makers, and community-based organizations. 

In response to these requests and to help raise the profile of community organizing as a critically important change strategy, we have developed Resources for Evaluating Community Organizing (RECO). RECO includes detailed summaries of each resource so users can find the resources that are most useful for their evaluation needs.

Read more: http://www.afj.org/for-nonprofits-foundations/reco/

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THE BOLIVIAN ROAD TO SOCIALISM

by Mike Geddes, Bolivia Rising

Politics in the UK and the EU is likely to be dominated for the foreseeable future by massive cuts in public service provision. The furious demonstrations that have taken place in Greece may be a harbinger of the popular protest to come. These demonstrations would have looked very familiar in Bolivia, where in the early years of this century a sustained popular uprising over several years succeeded in overthrowing a hated neoliberal regime and installing the progressive and radical government of the MAS (Movement towards Socialism) led by President Evo Morales. Can we learn from Bolivia about resistance to the neoliberal agenda and building an alternative? The answer is certainly yes – but that means understanding what has been happening there.

Read more: http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/2010/12/bolivian-road-to-socialism.html

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REPORT: PRECARIOUS HOUSING IN CANADA (2010)

by the Wellesley Institute

Precarious Housing in Canada (2010) is a powerful, new research and policy report from the Wellesley Institute. Using the most comprehensive and current data, research and analysis, Precarious Housing sets out a pragmatic, five-point plan targeted to the millions of Canadians who are living in substandard, over-crowded and unaffordable homes – plus those who are living without any housing at all. Housing is one of the most important factors for a healthy life.

Download the full report: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/download/224
Download the executive summary: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/download/221

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LIFE HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER FOR RICHEST CANADIANS

By Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canada has entered a 1920s-like Gilded Age, where the super-rich consolidate their wealth while the middle class stagnates.

That’s the conclusion of a new study based on income-tax forms filed up until 2007, showing that the richest one per cent of Canadians took home 13.8 per cent of all incomes claimed that year.

The share of total income going to the richest of the rich has risen steadily since the early 1980s, reversing a long-term trend toward a more equal distribution of the country’s income during the postwar ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, the study says.

Read more: http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1214751.html

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HOLIDAY GIFTS WITH A CONSCIENCE

21 HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR THE ACTIVISTS & “ECO-TERRORISTS” IN YOUR LIFE

As you’re out prowling for holiday gifts, consider supporting some of these incredible artists, journalists, activists, and entrepreneurs. It’s hard to pay the bills doing what you love, and I know these folks would be thankful for your support (and so would those receiving what they’ve made!).

Read more: http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/gift-ideas-for-activists/3279/

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ECO-FRIENDLY GREENPEACE GIFTS ONLINE

Stuck for gift ideas this holiday season? Greenpeace can help. Take care of all your holiday shopping without ever stepping in a busy shopping mall: we have a wide range of fun and eco-friendly gift options that you can order online right now!

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WRAP UP THE GIFT OF SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Struggling to find that perfect something for the budding activist, environmental champion or political junkie on your gift giving list?

Skip the socks and underwear and wrap up the gift of social justice – give a 2011 membership in the Council of Canadians to your loved ones today!

Instead of more stuff, this year choose to expand a mind, challenge a viewpoint and promote positive change. Give a 2011 Council of Canadians membership to friends and family. By doing so, they become part of Canada’s largest independent citizens’ advocacy group.  Membership is a gift that keeps on giving – throughout the year Council members are kept informed on pressing issues of social justice across the country and around the world, and join with tens of thousands of people in taking collective action through creative local, national and international campaigns. Together, Council members advocate for clean, public water, trade and climate justice, better public health care and true democracy.

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RETHINKING SCHOOLS MAGAZINE HOLIDAY GIFT OFFER!

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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.

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Socialism and Hope

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST REVIEW 73

FROM REFORM TO REBELLION

http://www.isreview.org/

Issue 73: September–October
From Reform to Rebellion
Image and reality in the Bolivia of Evo Morales

Election 2010

Lance Selfa • Analysis in brief
Preparing for a Republican comeback? The political terrain of the mid-term elections

Phil Gasper • Critical Thinking
The Democrats’ broken promises: Obama’s progressive supporters have been disillusioned in record time

Immigration

Justin Akers Chácon
The preventable rise of Arizona’s SB 1070

Justin Akers Chácon
Free trade without free people: Politics of the U.S.-Mexico border

International

Antonis Davanellos
Crisis, austerity, and class struggle in Greece

Toufic Haddad • Interview
The future of the Palestinian movement

Jeffery R. Webber
From rebellion to reform in Bolivia: Image and reality under Evo Morales

The economy

David McNally
The mutating crisis of global capitalism

David Harvey
Explaining the crisis
Interview with the author of The Enigma of Capital

Books

Geoff Bailey
Searching for the new, resurrecting the old
Review of The Coming Insurrection

Jeff Bale
Making sense of modern imperialism
Review of Imperialism and Global Political Economy, by Alex Callinicos

Leela Yellesetty
How the racial caste system got restored   
Review of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow

plus Nagesh Rao on Marx’s approach to non-Western societies; James Illingworth on Marxism and history; Scott McLemee on Irving Bernstein’s books on workers during the Depression

Debate

Tom Wetzel, Sebastian Lamb, and Eric Kerl
Contemporary anarchism: An exchange

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Evo Morales

BOLIVIA UNDER MORALES

Dear Reader,

Latin American Perspectives is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a dual special issue,

“Bolivia Under Morales”

ISSUE EDITORS: BENJAMIN KOHL & ROSALIND BRESNAHAN

Part 1 Available May 1, 2010
CONSOLIDATING POWER, INITIATING DECOLONIZATION

Part 2 Available July 1, 2010
NATIONAL AGENDA, REGIONAL CHALLENGES, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR HEGEMONY

The 2005 election of Evo Morales as the first indigenous President of Bolivia was a watershed not only for Bolivia but for the all of the Americas. The breadth of the political, economic, social, and cultural changes envisioned in the “decolonization” advocated by the MAS (Movement toward Socialism) movement headed by Morales places Bolivia at the forefront of social change in Latin America. As Morales begins his second term, Latin American Perspectives presents a broad-ranging collection of articles from leading Bolivian, U.S. and other international theorists and scholars that offer multiple perspectives on the rise of the MAS, its program for the decolonization of Bolivia, and the conflicts engendered by this struggle for social transformation.

May 2010 – Part 1 – Table of Contents

“CONSOLIDATING POWER, INITIATING DECOLONIZATION”

INTRODUCTION

Bolivia under Morales: Consolidating Power, Initiating Decolonization

BENJAMIN KOHL AND ROSALIND BRESNAHAN

ARTICLES

Morales’s MAS Government: Building Indigenous Popular Hegemony in Bolivia

NANCY POSTERO

Political Processes and the Reconfiguration of the State in Bolivia

PABLO REGALSKY

Carlos Mesa, Evo Morales, and a Divided Bolivia (2003-2005)

JEFFERY R. WEBBER

Confounding Cultural Citizenship and Constitutional Reform in Bolivia

ROBERT ALBRO

Evo Morales and the Altiplano: Notes for an Electoral Geography of the Movimiento al Socialismo, 2002-2008

FERNANDO OVIEDO OBARRIO

Bolivia under Morales: A Work in Progress

BENJAMIN KOHL

A Neoliberal Nationalization? The Constraints on Natural-Gas-Led Development in Bolivia

BRENT Z. KAUP

Decolonization and Its Paradoxes: The (Re)envisioning of Health Policy in Bolivia

BRIAN B. JOHNSON

The Localism of Bolivian Science: Tradition, Policy, and Projects

KATHERINE MCGURN CENTELLAS

Language, Signs, and the Performance of Power: The Discursive Struggle over Decolonization in the Bolivia of Evo Morales

ROSALEEN HOWARD

COMMENTARY
Beyond the Earthquake: A Wake-Up Call for Haiti

ALEX DUPUY

July 2010 – Part 2 – Table of Contents

“NATIONAL AGENDA, REGIONAL CHALLENGES, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR HEGEMONY”

INTRODUCTION

Bolivia under Morales: National Agenda, Regional Challenges, and the Struggle for Hegemony

BENJAMIN KOHL AND ROSALIND BRESNAHAN

ARTICLES

Taking the High Road: On the Campaign Trail with Evo Morales

JAMES LERAGER

Controlling State Power: An Interview with Vice President Álvaro García Linera

LINDA FARTHING

The State in Transition: Power Block and Point of Bifurcation

ÁLVARO GARCÍA LINERA

When States Act Like Movements: Dismantling Local Power and Seating Sovereignty in Post-Neoliberal Bolivia

BRET GUSTAFSON

Agrarian Capitalism and Struggles over Hegemony in the Bolivian Lowlands

GABRIELA VALDIVIA

Between the Romance of Collectivism and the Reality of Individualism: Ayllu Rhetoric in Bolivia’s Landless Peasant Movement

NICOLE FABRICANT

Migrants’ Voices: Negotiating Autonomy in Santa Cruz

JOSHUA KIRSHNER

A Distinguished People: Autonomist Populism in Santa Cruz

CLAUDIA PEÑA

Anatomy of a Regional Conflict: Tarija and Resource Grievances in Morales’s Bolivia

DENISE HUMPHREYS BEBBINGTON AND ANTHONY BEBBINGTON

Savina Cuéllar and Bolivia’s New Regionalism

MIGUEL CENTELLAS

Approaches and Limits of the National Development Plan as a Political Economic Strategy in Evo Morales’s Bolivia

CLAYTON MENDONÇA CUNHA FILHO AND RODRIGO SANTAELLA GONÇALVES

Social Control: Bolivia’s New Approach to Coca Reduction

LINDA FARTHING AND BENJAMIN KOHL

Women’s Voices on the Executive Council: Popular Organizations and Resource Battles in Bolivia and Ecuador

PAUL DOSH AND NICOLE KLIGERMAN, with photographs by JAMES LERAGER

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The Commoner

New Issue

 

The Commoner, No.13 – Winter 2009 – ‘There’s an Energy Crisis (among others) in the Air …

 

http://www.commoner.org.uk/

 

 

CONTENTS:

 

Kolya Abramsky and Massimo De Angelis: Introduction: Energy Crisis (among others) is in the Air

 

Tom Keefer: Fossil Fuels, Capitalism, and Class Struggle

 

Kolya Abramsky: Energy and Labor in the World Economy

 

Evo Morales: Open Letter on Climate Change: “Save the Planet from Capitalism”

 

George Caffentzis: A Discourse on Prophetic Method: Oil Crises and Political Economy, Past and Future

 

Ewa Jasiewicz: Iraqi Oil Workers’ Movements: Spaces of Transformation and Transition

 

Patrick Bond: The Global Carbon Trade Debate: For or Against the Privatisation of the Air?

 

Ariel Salleh: Climate Change, Social Change – and the ‘Other Footprint’

 

Shannon Walsh: The Smell of Money: Alberta’s Tar Sands

 

Jane Kruse and Preben Maegaard: An Authentic Story about how a Local Community became Self-sufficient in Pollution Free Energy and Created a Source of Income for Citizens

 

TRAPESE Collective: The Rocky Road to a Real Transition: The Transition Towns Movement and What it Means for Social Change

 

Monica Vargas Collazos: The Ecological Debt of Agro-fuels

 

Tatiana Roa Avendano and Jessica Toloza: Dynamics of a Songful Resistance

 

Sergio Oceransky: Wind Conflicts in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec – The Role of Ownership and Decision-Making Models in Indigenous Resistance to Wind Projects in Southern Mexico

 

Jane Kruse: The End of One Danish Windmill Co-operative

 

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