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With governance of the Internet as the path being broken first

A new chapter in global governance has been opened with the launch of the NetMundial Initiative (NMI) at the World Economic Forum. This is the first time that such a corporate-led venue Continue reading

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The judge who took an an economy hostage

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Venezuela- revolution and progress versus reaction and empire

In December last year, I had two articles about Venezuela, around regional and mayoral elections. The first Continue reading

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The Silent Success Of Cooperatives In The Bolivarian Revolution

Solidarity, cooperation, and community empowerment are socialist values promoted by the Bolivarian Revolution in contrast to the individualism and selfishness promoted by the corporate-owned mass media. Cooperatives are quietly transforming people's values in Venezuela, and the rest of the world, though they have been mostly ignored by the mass media and by many political leaders, too.
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The irregular path of progressive governments

Several years have passed since many Latin American countries, especially South American countries, gradually began voting for center-left presidents at the ballot boxes. More than a decade later, we can adjust the periscope and see if those governments changed not only the political variables, but also the social situation and if they gave more weight to democracy. Apparently, what happened was like painting a chiaroscuro.
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The big private banks run on LTRO

From 2012, the banks were overflowing with cash and made massive purchases of the bonds issued by their own countries. Sovereign debt securities do not require equity, as they are considered to be non-risk. |1| In Spain, for example, Spanish banks borrowed as much as Continue reading

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Students in the UK March for ‘Free Education’

Those are the calls being voiced in the streets of London on Wednesday as thousands of students marched for publicly-funded (free) education nationwide. The protest was also billed as a direct challenge to austerity cuts to higher education imposed by the conservative government led by David Cameron.
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Small Town America- Racial Apartheid, Cultural Decay and Neoliberalism

Michigan City, Indiana is located 50 miles east of Chicago and 40 miles west of South Bend. Like most cities in the Rust Belt, it was once a bustling town filled with vibrant businesses, primarily various forms of manufacturing and industrial-steel production. From 1947-1975, economically speaking, life was good. However the city, like much of Northwest Indiana, has lost the vast majority of its industrial base, pushed the black population out of what was formerly housing projects, and replaced the former dwellings with the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa, owned by the Boyd Gaming Corporation.
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Radical Routes and the Shell of the Old

Within modern Western activist organizing, there are powerful tensions between different values: allowing people independence and autonomy; including all who can possibly be included; treating everyone equally; and at the same time setting boundaries and being clear about radical principles, about what is acceptable.
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Peace Process in Turkey- Where Are We Now?

For almost two years Turkish intelligence officials have been in dialogue with Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who is sentenced to life imprisonment. As is well-known, the PKK is the main movement in Turkey’s Kurdistan representing the basic national rights of Kurds such as education in mother tongue, local autonomy and asking for the participation of guerillas fighting with the Turkish state since three decades into legal politics. About two years ago, both parties, Turkish government and PKK, declared a cease-fire and expressed their willingness to solve the Kurdish question definitely via a negotiation process. This is called “peace process.”
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