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Why Russell Brand is Wrong On Not Voting

Eric Simpson | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Eric Simpson

While being a citizen encompasses more than voting, elections can make significant differences in polity and policy; there are interests that impact our lives which we should vote for and, just as importantly, against.

Viv Albertine Deconstructing Her Own Legend

Lydia Hughes | Posted 02.27.2015 | Books
Lydia Hughes

Continuing to subvert expectation, she is both punk and pioneer, pushing the boundaries in music and as a woman, but in a world where personal insecurities closely lurk.

What Piketty Gets Wrong About the Third World

Hernando de Soto | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
Hernando de Soto

LIMA -- The wars over capital have already begun right under Europe's nose in the Middle East and North Africa. Quite the contrary to what may be true for Europe, Piketty misses the glaring evidence that these wars are not revolts of the poor against capital but of the poor for capital.

36th Anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution Victory

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Although not many experts, politicians and scholars held the belief that the Islamic revolution, its political system and the cleric rule would last long, the new system of governance which created upheaval in the socio-political system of Iran has survived for 36 years.

Out of a Nightmare, I Saw How to Build Joy -- and Love -- Rada Boric

One Billion Rising | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact
One Billion Rising

Perhaps the hardest lesson we have to learn in life is -- nothing is ever safe. Think about the things you take most for granted. The streets where you live. The job you have. The possibility of a future. All these things -- they can be revealed as illusions in a heartbeat.

I Survived Abuse, And It Led Me To Start An Uprising -- Karabo Tshikube

One Billion Rising | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
One Billion Rising

I grew up in a small town called Messina, near the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe. I was part of a huge family. I lived with my mother, and my father lived nearby. I blocked out a lot of my childhood memories (good/bad) until recently. Never wanted to think about my childhood.

The Familiar Yet 'Forgotten' Tragedy of Hama

Maryam Saleh | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Maryam Saleh

On February 2, 1982, Syrian troops -- acting under the orders of then-President Hafez al-Assad and led by his brother, Rifaat al-Assad -- besieged the city of Hama in an effort to quell an anti-government uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Watch the Impossible Become the Inevitable

Indra Adnan | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Indra Adnan

What we have been witnessing across the world in the form of uprisings are not simply a loud shout for single issues. These are people who bring with them new practices, new social values, new forms of organizing and a plethora of new ideas.

My Husband Was Murdered -- But It Gave Me the Strength to Save My Country's Girls

One Billion Rising | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
One Billion Rising

I stayed away from my country for 11 years, raising my three daughters in the calm and safety of Canada. I decided I could not let everything my husband tried to achieve be forgotten or destroyed. When I landed back in Mogadishu, I was amazed by what I saw. And what shocked me most was what had happened to women.

I Watched Traumatized Women Fight Back And Transform My Country -- Rosi Orozco

One Billion Rising | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
One Billion Rising

In Mexico, a few thousand abused women rose up, and we have prevented a huge amount of trafficking. If one billion women rise, is there anything we would not be able to achieve?

Our Man in Havana: Part II

Alan Jones | Posted 03.14.2015 | Arts
Alan Jones

Thinking about Cuba is like trying to sort through the bits and pieces thrown haphazardly together in a data junk yard. Everyone has an opinion about this morality play. Actually, it's more of a cartoon except for the deeply tragic element.

What Happened to Poland's Red Capitalists?

John Feffer | Posted 03.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

In Poland in the late 1980s, Polish sociologist Jadwiga Staniszkis began writing about "political capitalists." These were colloquially known as "red capitalists" -- technocrats and enterprise managers who were technically part of the Communist system but had already begun to function like capitalists.

Waking Up: The New American Revolution

Patrick Pitu | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Patrick Pitu

With every protest, now, is a clear and hopeful war cry: We will be heard. We will not be dismissed.

Our Democracy Is Dying

Marianne Williamson | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

In case anybody hasn't noticed, democracy in America is dying now. This isn't an overstatement; it's a fact. Corporate interests dominate our politics so much at this point that our government, for all intents and purposes, is merely its handmaiden. Whatever Wall Street wants, Wall Street gets. Corporatism is the new order of the day.

Revealed: Rising Inequality Kills American Jobs

Lynn Parramore | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Barry Z. Cynamon and Steven M. Fazzari are exploring how the massive debt which led to the Great Recession, the spending collapse that followed, and the stagnation that persists are all linked to income inequality. In this interview, they discuss what their findings mean for America.

Russell Brand Impersonates Noam Chomsky

Democracy Now! | Posted 01.14.2015 | Comedy
Democracy Now!

British comedian and actor Russell Brand sat down with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! for an extended interview about his new book.

Do You Hear the People Sing?

David Sable | Posted 01.13.2015 | Media
David Sable

Since the dawn of time we have marched to war with music. Drums beating, trumpets blaring -- music was created to stir the soul of one side and fre...

Democratic Islam Is the Best Antidote to ISIS

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Tunisia, which had shown Arabs a way out of the prison of dictatorship through peaceful protest, is today demonstrating that on the ruins of the old order a democracy could be built.

Forbes "Under 30 Summit" Circles in on the Now and Next Game Changers, Billionaires, and Entrepreneurs

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business
Sugar Rautbord

The Forbes "Under 30 Summit" in Philidelphia ended Wednesday, having brought together the now and present future. Malala Yousafzai, now 17, who re...

The Elephant in the Activist Livingroom

Michael Goldstein | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Michael Goldstein

Saturday I attended the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California, a forum about "inspiring a shift to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of...

Religion and Revolution: The Promise of a Fresh Look

SpearIt | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion
SpearIt

For students of religion and students of revolution, the upcoming dialogue between Cornel West and Bob Avakian should be a valuable lesson.

The Shot Heard Round the World Wide Web

Mark Weinstein | Posted 12.14.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The privacy revolution is here!

The Climate March: Beyond Asking Those Beholden to the Wrong People to Do the Right Thing, Part II

Michael Goldstein | Posted 12.13.2014 | Green
Michael Goldstein

Part II of II In Part I I asserted "two truths": that the People's Climate March was an amazing and valuable achievement, and that it was a po...

In Character: The Wizards Who Gave Us Power, with Eric Brach

Jarod Cerf | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Jarod Cerf

Continuous articles in text are fine, sure. But do you ever wonder what the folks who author books sound like, in person? Before the editorial reviews? I'll give you a hint: They're all characters, too.

Beyond the Paradox: Realising Africa's Agricultural Revolution (AGRF 2014)

Liz Wilson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

Africa spends about $35 billion per year importing food. Imagine if it went to our farmers and fishing communities instead. Attending the Alliance f...