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Terrell: Prison Industrial Complex
Apr 24, 2013
The quality of life and the very existence of all of us depends on the security and well being of each person, especially of those we label criminal or enemy
Tokar: Vermont Voters Say No To Tar Sands Oil
Mar 07, 2013
At least 29 towns in Vermont, including Montpelier and Burlington, overwhelmingly passed resolutions opposing the proposed transport of tar sands oil through their region
Taylor: Occupy the Justice Department
Apr 24, 2012
Both Trayvon and Mumia will be represented by scores of activists converging on Washington, D.C., on April 24, in an “Occupy the Justice Department” event
Turse: 450 Bases and It’s Not Over Yet
Feb 13, 2012
The Pentagon’s Afghanistan basing plans for prisons, drones, and black ops
Terrell: NATO/G8 In Chicago
Jan 30, 2012
We are at a crossroads and our choices are stark: global domination and the economic and ecological devastation that it makes inevitable or global community
Turse: America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases
Oct 17, 2011
Drones provide remote-controlled strikes anywhere on the planet with a minimal foreign “footprint” and little accountability
Turse: Obama’s Arc of Instability
Sep 19, 2011
For all the discussions here about (armed) “nation-building efforts” in the region, what we’ve clearly witnessed is a decade of nation unbuilding
Dec 29, 2010
Some of my friends in the States have had some concerns about recent events in Venezuela. From here in Venezuela, however, it seems there may be some misinformation, something common, of course, to media portrayals.
Trigona: 4 Years Without Julio Lopez
Oct 01, 2010
Argentina recently commemorated the four year anniversary of the disappearance of Julio Lopez, to demand that the torture survivor and human rights activist be found alive.
Tokar: 40 Years of Earth Days
Apr 22, 2010
The 40th anniversary of the original Earth Day is upon us, and many seasoned environmentalists are nostalgic for the heady days of the 1970s, when 20 million people hit in the streets and eventually got Richard Nixon to sign a series of ambitious environmental laws. Those laws managed to clean up waterways that were turning into sewers, saved the bald eagle from the ravages of DDT, and began to clear the air, which in the early 1960s was so polluted that people were passing out all over our cities.
Tokar: Repackaging Copenhagen
Dec 05, 2009
On the eve of the UNâ€™s long-awaited Copenhagen climate summit, officials are pulling out all the stops to spin the conference as a success, no matter what actually happens.
Trigona: FASINPAT Wins
Aug 14, 2009
The workers at Argentina's occupied ceramics factory FASINPAT won a major victory this week, the factory now definitively belongs to the people in legal terms. The provincial legislature voted in favor of expropriating the ceramics factory and handing it over to the workers cooperative to manage legally and indefinitely. Since 2001, the workers at Zanon have fought for legal recognition of worker control at Latin America's largest ceramics factory which has created jobs, spearheaded community projects, supported social movements world-wide and shown the world that workers don't need bosses.
Tokar: Planet Burns
Jul 02, 2009
A palpable sense of triumph accompanied the passage last week of a first-of-its-kind global warming bill in the US House of Representatives. Rep. Henry Waxman of California, one of the bill's two main sponsors, called it a "decisive and historic action," and President Obama described the bill as "a bold and necessary step."
Trigona: Argentina's Elections
Jul 01, 2009
Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner faced a major test in the recent mid-term election in which she lost considerable power and her party's congressional majority vanished. The June 28 mid-term election could be better described as a referendum on Fernandez. As the first woman president elect her party fed the fire, turning the elections into a poll on the President's popularity. More than 70 percent of voters voted for opposition parties, according to official election results - indicator that Fernandez's popularity and support for her Peronist leaning party, Frente Para la Victoria (FPV) may be waning among the 19 million voters who went to the polls.
Trigona: Chocolate Factory
Jun 06, 2009
We all know the childhood tale of Charley and the Chocolate Factory best emulated in the psychedelic inspired 1971 film. Charley a poor, well intentioned boy wins the Willy Wonka chocolate factory in a stroke of good fortune Ã¢Â€â€œ every child's fantasy and utopia. But would what happen if Charley grew older and greedy against the advice of Willy Wonka? If he ran the chocolate factory into ruins, throwing out the workers and closing up shop? And what if the oompa loompas would take over the plant to demand their unpaid salaries and severance pay? What if they would decide to start up production without Charley, collectively running the plant and relating to other worker occupied factories? Well, this alternate version of the childhood story is becoming a reality for workers in Argentina.
Trigona: May Day
May 01, 2009
May 1, 1909. Police kill thirty workers in a South American city. The workers are gunned down and violently beaten during a protest to demand an eight hour work day and remember the Hay Market Martyrs. Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, was the scene of this massacre targeting the anarchist-labor movement which proliferated throughout the region through the beginning of the 20th century.
Trigona: Worker Occupations
Dec 10, 2008
For many the worker occupation of the Chicago Republic Windows and Doors plant on December 5 may have come as a surprise. But for US workers who are facing a very bleak economic horizon - the Chicago sit-down strike has ignited a spark amongst workers fed up with corporate bailouts and job losses. In the midst of an overwhelming financial crisis, massive layoffs and a deepening economic recession workers are left with little other option that to take direct action in order to defend their rights.
Trigona: Argentina's Recuperation Movement
May 01, 2008
Who wants to work for a boss? I'm guessing that most people would say no. Since the birth of capitalism, workers' movements have pondered the utopian dream of liberating the working class from exploitive bosses. Argentina has been home to a phenomenon called recuperated enterprises. When the owner decided to shut down a factory or business, workers decided to save their jobs and physically occupy their workplace. Overtime the worker takeovers caught on. Today more than 200 worker run businesses are up and running. In the very heart of Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, workers at a 20 story hotel are making this utopian dream a reality.
Trigona: Plan Condor
Dec 07, 2007
Plan Condor: Crimes without borders in Latin America
Inside the BAUEN Hotel, one of Argentina's worker-run workplaces, janitors, repairmen, receptionists and maids sit in an assembly with worried but determined faces and sheets of paper in hand. Each of the workers, some of whom have been working at the hot