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National Popular Palestinian Conference

By: 
Noura Erakat and Monadel Herzallah
Date Published: 
April 09, 2008

Especially since the advent of the Palestinian-Israeli "peace process," Palestinian-Arab identity has been severely and systematically fragmented. Like the bantustanization of Palestinian lands, Palestinian national identity has been bantustanized by a series of laws, processes, and events. Today there are the Palestinians within Israel, those within the Occupied Territories, those in refugee camps, those in the global diaspora, and most recently those in the West Bank have become distinct from those in the Gaza Strip. Making Palestinian identity whole necessitates articulating a single narrative that addresses the whole and not just several of its parts.

Get Ready for the "Bloodlust" Campaign

By: 
Max Elbaum
Date Published: 
December 05, 2007

Right-wing Evangelist Pat Roberston endorsed Rudy Giuliani for President November 7 with the following words: "To me the overriding issue before the American people is the defense of our population from the bloodlust of Islamic terrorists."

A few hours later, conservative pro-war pundit Andrew Sullivan cut to the heart of this event's significance:

"It seals the deal. Robertson...

What's Behind Bhutto's Assassination?

By: 
Junaid Ahmad
Date Published: 
January 01, 2008

Benazir Bhutto, the "life chairperson" of Pakistan's largest and most popular political party, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), is now dead. Her assassination took place while she was campaigning for national and provincial assembly elections, scheduled for January 8. After the assassination rioting ensued throughout the country, particularly in Karachi and Bhutto's native province of Sindh, which have been aflame with protests and social unrest. The assassination and suicide bombing occurred in Rawalpindi, the headquarters of the Pakistani military and supposedly one of the nation's most secure areas. In an even further twist of irony, the site of the tragedy is also the place Pakistan's first Prime Minister, Liaquat Ali Khan, was assassinated in 1951.

A People’s History of Shock and Awe

By: 
Pranjal Tiwari
Date Published: 
December 20, 2007

Naomi Klein chronicles a violent, global ‘revolt of the elites’ in her latest book The Shock Doctrine.

Guerrilla Media: Women take over the TV in Oaxaca

By: 
John Gibler
Date Published: 
August 13, 2006

Oaxaca TV OccupationIn many parts of the world being a reporter allows one a respected and even an envied position in society. Not here. Protestors with the Oaxaca People’s Assembly (APPO by its Spanish initials) aggressively confront reporters with icy looks of distrust. They demand to see press credentials and chase off correspondents from the national television networks before they can even turn on their cameras.

Ten Questions for Movement Building and Reflection

By: 
Dan Berger, Andy Cornell
Date Published: 
October 01, 2006

Dan on TourFor five weeks in the late spring of 2006, we toured the eastern half of the United States to promote two books--Letters From Young Activists: Today's Rebels Speak Out (Nation Books, 2005) and Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity (AK Press, 2006)--and to get at least a cursory impression of sectors of the movement in this country.

From Music to Movement: An Interview with From Monument to Masses

By: 
James Tracy
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001
    From Monument to Masses (FMTM) proves that creating politically engaged music doesn’t mean sacrificing artistic form. Their complicated, textured music in virtually lyric-less opting to sample political speeches and soundbites from the global intifada. Left Turn sat down with Sergio Robledo Moderazo and Matthew Solberg just after a US Summer tour to talk about the rock and roll and revolutions past and future.

LT: FMTM rips apart the basic formula of a protest song-lyrical, anthemic, and direct and replaces it with long, textured songs with samples of political speeches and rallies.

Washington's Wars and Occupations

By: 
Max Elbaum
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

War Times/Tiempo de Guerras
Month in Review #21

THE ANTI-SURGE GETS ROLLING

OutNowIt's not about Bush's surge anymore. It's the Antiwar Surge that's capturing the headlines and threatening to upset all the warmakers' calculations.

On Jan. 27 "a raucous and colorful multitude" (Washington Post) brought their "Out Now!" message to the streets of Washington. With participants ranging from active duty GI's to members of Congress, the demonstration put the peace movement's muscle on display at a crucial moment.

The APPO Comes Back Strong in Oaxaca

By: 
Nancy Davies
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

from http://www.narconews.com/Issue45/article2571.html

The Teachers, Indigenous Peoples and Civil Society Regroup

February 23, 2007

No Defeat in OaxacaSection 22 of the National Education Workers Union (SNTE, by its Spanish initials) decided that the truce asked for by the state governor was without value and took over the government office of the Secretary General (Segob, as it is referred to) in the city of Oaxaca on February 21, along with thirty-two other offices statewide.

New Orleans Community Spaces in Crisis

By: 
Jordan Flaherty
Date Published: 
March 07, 2007

Common Ground Womens CenterCommunity centers have long been central to New Orleans organizing, serving as a gathering location for people, culture and ideas. One activist recently explained, "organizing here looks like neighborhood get-togethers, potlucks, block parties, and conversations on a neighbor’s porch. Its about culture and community." But 18 months after Katrina, many of New Orleans’ community spaces, vital resources in the reconstruction of the city, remain shuttered.