Venezuela’s Marching Campesinos Meet Maduro, Denounce Corruption & Revolutionary ‘Reversals’

by Paul Dobson

VENEZUELANALYSIS.COM | August 02, 2018

Campesinos finally managed to enter the presidential palace after a 20-day march traversing half the country
 Campesinos finally managed to enter the presidential palace after a 20-day march traversing half the country. (Francisco Batista / Presidential Press)

Merida, August 2, 2018 (venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuela’s campesino marchers achieved their immediate objective Thursday, holding a public meeting with President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, where they presented proposals for far-reaching reforms to state agrarian policies and institutions.

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South Korea: After 12 Years of Protests, Women Workers Get ‘Dream Jobs’ Back

Labor Notes | August 02, 2018

After 12 years of campaigning against unjust layoffs, 180 female attendants at South Korea’s premier train service are getting their jobs back, having defeated a ham-handed privatization effort and corrupt political collusion. Photo: Labor and the World

After 12 years of campaigns and protests against unjust layoffs, 180 female attendants at South Korea’s premier train service are getting their jobs back. These tenacious women workers defeated a ham-handed privatization effort and corrupt political collusion.

The KTX is South Korea’s answer to bullet trains. The country’s Railroad Administration launched it in 2004 and selected 351 female attendants, all in their twenties, from a pool of 4,600 applicants who dreamed of becoming “flight attendants on the ground.”

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Fight the Boss

Labor Notes | July 02, 2018

Credit: UFCW

You’re not asking co-workers to join a social club or an insurance plan. You’re asking them to join a fight over issues that matter.

Why do any of us pay union dues? It’s because we feel our union fights for us, and we consider it important to our lives. So one key to surviving an open shop is to do the essentials that unionists should be doing anyway: Win grievances. Fight for a good contract. Report your victories and struggles.

Consider the Jeffboat shipyard. In the years after Indiana went right-to-work, only one person dropped out of the union—in a workforce of 700.

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Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani on her slave-trading grandfather

by Biko Agozino

Pambazuka News | July 21, 2018

Cutting News

Adaobi Nwaubani narrates in the NewYorker the fact that there is hurt in every family that is self-inflicted. Having the humility to confess past wrongs and ask for forgiveness is part of the healing. Having the courage to forgive those who wronged you frees you from the resentment, which Mandela called a poison that you take and hope that it kills your enemy. 

Desmond Tutu teaches that there is nothing that is unforgivable and there is no one who does not have something to be forgiven. Africans have forgiven the unforgivable crimes of 400 years of slavery; 100 years of colonisation and 70 years of apartheid but some Africans still find it difficult to ask for forgiveness or to forgive members of their family for past wrongs.

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Microbes are Striking Back

by Amit Sengupta

People’s DemocracyJuly 29, 2018

THE development of new knowledge is a fascinating exercise. Since humans evolved, they have been driven by curiosity to learn more and more about nature. Over time the knowledge accumulated came to be systematised and this is what we call science. The hunger for knowledge deepened and expanded our collective understanding of nature. This knowledge is utilised to create tools and other artifacts that humans use to improve conditions of living. Science has always been a collective activity, though under capitalism today there are attempts by corporations to claim ownerships over knowledge through the exercise of intellectual property rights – in the form of patents, copyrights, etc.Read More »

If Earth Were a Novel, Would the Historical Sciences Be Reliable Narrators?

by C.P. Rajendran

The Wire | August 03, 2018

If Earth Were a Novel, Would the Historical Sciences Be Reliable Narrators?

The idea is that geology or even cosmology is imprecise because it deals with incompleteness, poor data resolution and lack of experimental control. Credit: skeeze/pixabay

Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), the American palaeontologist and writer, delivered a memorable extemporaneous speech upon receiving the ‘History of Geology Division’ award during the 100th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA), Denver, 1988. A copy of its transcription had been sitting quietly among some paper clippings in my possession, having followed me around all these years, and I recently rediscovered it by accident.Read More »

Forest Communities Pay the Price for Conservation in Madagascar

by John Cannon

The Wire | August 03, 2018

Forest Communities Pay the Price for Conservation in Madagascar

An indri, the largest lemur in Madagascar. Credit: Andriambolantsoa Rasolohery.
  • In a two-year investigation of a REDD+ pilot project, a team of researchers spoke with more than 450 households affected by the establishment of a large protected area called the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor, a 3,820-square-kilometer (1,475-square-mile) tract of rainforest in eastern Madagascar.
  • The REDD+ project, supported by Conservation International and the World Bank, was aimed at supporting communities by providing support for alternative livelihoods to those communities near the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor protected area.

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