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Recuperating Jobs and Dignity: Occupied Factories in Latin America

By: 
Marie Trigona
Date Published: 
June 01, 2006
    Latin America’s occupied factories and enterprises represent the development of one of the most advanced strategies in defense of the working class and resistance against capitalism and neoliberalism. The experiences of worker self-management and organization have directly challenged the structures of capitalism by questioning private property, taking back workers’ knowledge, and organizing production for objectives other than profits.

This new phenomenon, which is catching hold throughout Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Venezuela, continues to grow despite market challenges. More than 30,000 Latin American workers are employed at cooperatively run businesses.

A Partial Revolution: Venezuela’s Revolt Against Empire

By: 
Peter Brogan
Date Published: 
June 01, 2006
    The radical transformation inside Venezuela continues to inspire movements around the world. Peter Brogan examines the Bolivarian revolution and looks at why Venezuela’s resistance poses such a threat to US control of the region.

Today Latin America serves as the most dynamic, inspiring, and strongest bastion of resistance against US domination and neoliberalism. Chávez captured this spirit of resistance when he addressed those in attendance of the sixth World Social Forum (WSF) in Caracas this January: “It [the US empire] is the most perverse…in history. It talks about freedom while invading and destroying nations…. The empire is very powerful, but not infallible. This century we will bury the US empire.

Latin America Shifts to the Center-Left

By: 
Laura Carlsen
Date Published: 
February 01, 2005
    On his first trip abroad since re-election, George W. Bush was greeted by thousands of Chileans, protesting his trade and military policies and telling him to go home.

    The protests at last week’s APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) meeting were not just a manifestation of the historic anti-American response to an imperial president. The anti-Bush demonstrations in Santiago highlighted a new political trend in Latin America — where many countries are moving to the center-left, just as the United States takes a sharp turn to the right.

With all eyes focused on the presidential elections in the United States , key elections in Latin American countries went almost unnoticed over the past weeks.

Abu Ammar: The Palestinian National Movement Personified

By: 
Rafeef Ziadah and Ahmed Nimer
Date Published: 
February 01, 2005
    The death of Yasser Arafat has brought forth hundreds of commentaries on a man who for decades personified the Palestinian liberation struggle. The vast range of assessments offered in these obituaries indicate that Arafat - or Abu Ammar as he was known by his nom de guerre - was no simple figure. His long history at the head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the organization he helped found, Fatah, was more recently overshadowed by his leadership of the Palestinian Authority.

The stunned disbelief and grief of Palestinians from around the world that greeted his death provide testament to his charismatic and iconic status. The modern Palestinian national movement is inextricably linked to his figure.

Campaign Against Caterpillar Revs Up

By: 
Mark Lance
Date Published: 
February 01, 2005
    For perhaps the first time in the history of Palestinian solidarity activism in the US, the majority of organizations working against the occupation are coming together around a single long-term campaign.

For decades the Caterpillar Corporation has supplied bulldozers to the Israeli military for use in home demolitions, as well as the construction of settlements on Palestinian territory and more recently of the Apartheid Wall.

Already Stolen: The Electoral Process and Democratic Legitimacy in the US

By: 
Shahid Buttar
Date Published: 
February 01, 2005
    The disputed results of the last two presidential races have caused many across the political spectrum to focus their attention and activism on the functioning of representative democracy in the US. But does the root of the problem lie with the Bush administration or the electoral process itself? Shahid Buttar takes a look.

Some refer to George Bush as a "polarizing" president, as if to hide the embarrassing fact that most the country considers him either incompetent or corrupt. The Bush White House is indeed belligerent, short-sighted, and profoundly threatening to many of our country's fundamental political values – including the separation of church and state, and due process of law.

Take Back the Vote Campaign: Excerpts from Miami Workers Center's Report

By: 
Miami Workers Center
Date Published: 
February 01, 2005
    The faith of Miami-Dade County voters in the electoral system – especially within black communities ­­– has been shaken by a history of disenfranchisement.

While not the only means of civic engagement, voting is the most wide-scale and popular method of political participation. A critical piece of ensuring the broadest participation of voters is securing the public's confidence that every citizen can vote and that each vote is counted. Yet, almost 4 decades after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, the silencing of votes continues.

The 2000 elections were overtly criminal. One out of three Florida black votes (26,000 votes) were thrown out. Florida's Secretary of State paid a private company $4 million to remove primarily black voters from the voting rolls.

Possibilities of a Movement: Reflections on RNC Organizing

By: 
Max Uhlenbeck
Date Published: 
February 01, 2005
    The demonstrations that surrounded the Republican National Convention (RNC) this past summer were the largest counter convention protests since the two major parties first started holding them way back in 1832 and 1856 respectively.

Half a million people took to the streets on August 29th against 'The Bush Agenda' in a march organized by United for Peace & Justice (UFPJ).

Grassroots Uprising?: The Marriage of the Christian Right and the Republican Party

By: 
Alex Hogan
Date Published: 
February 01, 2005
    Many progressives were initially stunned by the margin of the recent Bush victory in the popular vote. While the Republican right has long held the advantage in the corporate media and the political establishment, few realized or expected their success in an arena traditionally dominated by the unions or the Democrats: grassroots organizing.

Occupation on the Rocks: Three Views on War and Liberation

By: 
Rayan El-Amine
Date Published: 
February 01, 2005
    The US occupation of Iraq is passing through a critical stage that may very well decide its fate. The November attack on Fallujah was intended to cripple the Iraqi resistance enough to clear the way for the January 30 elections. Instead it may have inflamed the insurgency and alienated the Sunni population, casting doubt on the legitimacy of any new Iraqi government. Who is the resistance and can it be overcome? What is the state of the occupation going into the elections and can a legitimate government be created under foreign occupation? Rami El-Amine asked several commentators for their views.

Juan Cole is professor of modern Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan and author of Sacred Space and Holy War.