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THE MYTH OF HUMANITARIAN WAR

International Socialist Review: http://isreview.org/
Issue 77: May–June

The Myth of Humanitarian War

Lance Selfa 
Libya’s revolution, U.S. intervention, and the left

Michael Corcoran and Stephen Maher 
Hypocrisy, ideology, and imperialism 
The myth of humanitarian intervention inLibya

Lee Wengraf 
Somalia’s Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1994 
How an ostensible “humanitarian” operation made things worse

Roger Annis and Kim Ives 
Haiti’s humanitarian crisis 
Haiti’s crisis is rooted in a history of military coups andU.S. occupations

Learning from Wisconsin

Phil Gasper • Critical Thinking 
Class Struggle in Wisconsin 
Signs of the end of a one-sided class war?

Lee Sustar 
Lessons of Wisconsin’s labor revolt

Other features

Mostafa Omar 
Egypt’s unfinished revolution 
The dictator is gone‹and the battle begins over how far the revolution will go

Chris Williams 
The case against nuclear power 
In the shadow of a still-unfolding nuclear crisis inJapan, an argument for why nuclear power should be dismantled everywhere

Arundhati Roy, interviewed by David Barsamian 
Rebellion and revolt in India

Duncan Hallas 
The nature of revolutions 
Speech to a socialist conference in 1998

Reviews

Lee Sustar 
What are the roots of capitalist crisis? 
Review of Chris Harman’s Zombie Capitalism

Hadas Thier 
Roots of Egypt’s revolution 
Review of Egypt: The Moment of Change

PLUS: Sharon Smith on voices of U.S. labor, Jason Farbman review’s From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia; Natalia Tylim reviews The Millenium trilogy; Elizabeth Schulte reviews The Triangle Fire; Gary Lapon reviews The History of White People

 

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Japan Crisis

THE JAPAN SOCIETY OF POLITICAL ECONOMY – 59th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Japan Society of Political Economy (JSPE)

Declaration on the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake and Fukushima Nuclear Accident

The JSPE expresses its deep condolences to the victims of the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake and the giant tsunami it triggered. We sympathize with those in the disaster area who are still in distress and appreciate the efforts of those engaged in the disaster response, relief, and recovery in that area. Further, we express our deep concern over the ongoing accident at the First Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, its spreading radioactive contamination, and the flaws in the present system of nuclear power plants that the accident has revealed.

The JSPE decided to devote a special plenary session to the problems raised by this disaster on the second morning of the 59th JSPE Annual Conference, which is to be held on September 17 and 18 at the Ikebukuro campus of the Rikkyo University, Tokyo (for details http://www.jspe.gr.jp/drupal/en_cfp2011). Yasuo Goto (Fukushima Univ.), Koji Morioka (Kansai Univ.), and Kiichiro Yagi (Setsunan Univ.) were nominated as its organizers. In the proposed plenary session we plan to discuss the problems jointly based on all the comments and proposals that are directed to the organizers of this session. We hope that this discussion will be a step toward the realization of a new concept in the activities of JSPE. We therefore welcome all opinions presented in the spirit of social science, from members as well as non-members, for this special plenary session. Please send your opinion within 200 to 400 words to the JSPE (Jspecice@jspe.gr.jp) by 10 June.

Even though the scale of the earthquake was well beyond anything anticipated, we as social scientists cannot set our judgment aside by saying that this was an “unprecedented natural disaster.” Concerning the temblor alone, a series of questions promptly emerges: Was sufficient forecasting, warning and prevention provided? Wasn’t a more effective relief system that would have avoided the loss of information at the early stage possible? What was the reason for the vulnerability of the lifeline revealed by this disaster? Has an appropriate system of aid and recovery been established? What form should the economic support for relief, maintenance and recovery take? As for the accident at the nuclear power plant in particular, we cannot avoid asking whether the system and policies that have promoted the use of nuclear energy thus far lie behind the occurrence of the disaster and the apparent delay and helplessness in efforts to deal with it. Nuclear energy policy in Japan has been promoted by a closed circle of the government and the so-called “atomic lobby” of politicians, agents of the atomic energy industry including certain scientists and journalists. Along with the measures taken for disaster prevention and response, the system of policy formation as well should be placed under comprehensive and critical examination. Further, we need plans for the maintenance of industry and daily life under the current condition of electric power shortage, for recovery and its concomitant economic burdens, as well as the future renovation of our industrial economy and finances.

As the Japanese term for economy, or keizai, was derived from a classic term for “managing society and salvaging the life of the people” (keisei saimin), political economy as a discipline is concerned with relieving society and the lives of each of its members from distress and restoring their stability. Political economy as a social science emerged when this task shifted from being one of the arts of rule to a constituent of the self-knowledge of civil society. We believe that all of the researchers who together make up the JSPE are in accord in seeking to deal with this disaster from the viewpoint of social scientists, and to consider the problems associated with this disaster as significant challenges for the development of the theory of political economy.

Executive Board of the Japan Society of Political Economy
April 16, 2011

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Crisis in Japan

THE CRISIS IN JAPAN

The Crisis in Japan: Is Nuclear Power a Viable Alternative?

Following a catastrophic Earthquake and Tsunami, a nuclear crisis on the scale of Chernobyl is taking place in Japan.  This human catastrophe poses many questions not least of all that of the viability of nuclear power.

Marxism 21 is hosting a delegation from the Japanese Revolutionary Communist League who will provide an eyewitness report and Marxist analysis of the current situation in Japan.

An Eyewitness Report by Japanese Marxists
Thursday 28th  April ,  7:00 – 9:00 PM

INCA – Italian General Confederation of Labour
Italian Advice Centre
124 Canonbury Road, Islington
London
N1 2UT
(Opposite Highbury and Islington London Overground/London Underground)

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