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Workers' Participation During The First Chávez Administration (1999-2006)

Attempts to analyse Venezuela's experiments in cogestión (generally translated as “co-management”) during the first Hugo Chávez administration (1999-2006) have tended to centre on form rather than content. Almost all have concluded that the government ultimately abandoned cogestión, and with it, support for workers' participation.
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Why USAID’s Cuban Twitter Program was Secret

On April 3, three journalists from the Associated Press (AP) published the first in a series of well-investigated stories about a heretofore unknown U.S. government-funded project in Cuba. They described how an opaque organization within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) called the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) proffered a Twitter-like social networking app to Cuban cell phones. Little did the apps Continue reading

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Where's This Dialogue Going?

Venezuelan author and journalist Jose Roberto Duque reflects on Thursday Continue reading

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We Are the Problem We Are Seeking to Solve

Social change movements want to fix a world dominated by exploitative relationships. Most social change theory aims at fixing particular systems, practices, toolkits, etc. Theory that works from the ground up will involve cultural transformation.
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U.S.-Colombia Labour Rights Plan Falls Short

Military checkpoint on the Atrato River. Credit: Jesús Abad Colorado/IPS(IPS) – Three years after Colombia agreed to U.S. demands to better protect labour rights and activists, a Labour Plan of Action (LPA) drawn up by the two nations is showing mixed results at best, according to U.S. officials and union and rights activists from both countries.
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The United States with neither recovery nor inflation

The President of the Federal Reserve of the United States (FED), in confronting the biggest crisis since the Great Depression of 1929, beginning with November, 2008, left aside two of the three objectives of the Bank, financial stability and price controls, and made the third, full employment, the target of their monetary policy. The programmes of Quantitative Easing introduced, he said, would not be withdrawn until the unemployment rate reached 6.5%. Now, however, the United States has begun to taper the monetary stimulus even as there is no sustained recovery of their GDP nor a lowering of unemployment to 6.5%, and they appear to face risks of deflation and new financial bubbles.
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South Africa’s Resource Curses and Growing Social Resistance

The African National Congress (ANC), led during the 1990s by the late Nelson Mandela, is projected to be reelected in South Africa Continue reading

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South Africa: 20 Years Of Apartheid By Another Name

On my wall in London is my favourite photograph from South Africa. Always thrilling to behold, it is Paul Weinberg Continue reading

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Power and democracy on the Net

Over a space of barely two decades, the Internet and digital technologies have found a place in the daily routine of a great part of humankind. And around these technologies an endless number of spheres of our societies are being reorganized. They are so convenient and seductive that to live without them is almost unthinkable; and this is only a beginning, with respect to the changes that are coming.
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Mobilizing for the Common: Some Lessons from Italy

Tens of thousands of protesters marched on Rome this Saturday to denounce the austerity measures and economic reforms of Matteo Renzi Continue reading

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