The Russian Revolution and Pan African revolutionary traditions

by Horace G. Campbell

Pambazuka News | November 16, 2017

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A century after the Bolshevik Revolution: We need a new spectre to haunt the world

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The democratic essence of Cuban elections lies within the people

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Granma | November 23, 2017

To elect the best, it is firstly necessary to know about the candidates. Photo: Dunia Álvarez Palacios

Like anything, our electoral system is perfectible. To believe it to be perfect would be, at the least, pretentious. But there are, let’s say essential, principles that distinguish it – principles on which our country has been built, based on an ideal of the just and the democratic, that puts the people at its very center.Read More »

Uruguay: Montevideo Declaration calls for unity in the struggle against neoliberalism

Granma | November 22, 2017

Photo: Prensa Latina

Following several days of exchanging experiences in the struggles against imperialism, transnational corporations, and neoliberal policies, the Continental Encounter for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism, held in Montevideo beginning November 16, concluded with a declaration that calls for the unity of Latin American progressive forces and social movements.Read More »

Facebook to Tell Users If They ‘Fell’ for Russian Propaganda

teleSUR | November 23, 2017

In a row of social media outlets taking action against ‘foreign meddling’, Facebook seeks to show users if they were affected by Russian ‘disinformation.’

Facebook is set to release a new tool that will allow users to see if they were duped by ‘Russian propaganda’ during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to an announcement made on Wednesday.

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India: Protesting Farmers Hold Their Parliament, Pass Bills As The Real One Looks Away

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Countercurrents.org | November 21, 2017

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More than 3 lakh suicides in three decades and millions of other lives ruined would qualify as a national disaster forcing the government to tackle it all guns blazing in any democracy.

Alas, it does not in the one that claims to be the largest of them all, the democracies. In fact it hardly gets registered even as a minor irritant barring the particularly bad months causing a spurt in farm suicides and thus making the phenomenon escape the confines of inside pages of the vernacular dailies and reach the “English”, national press. The months are all well marked: from April to July when many of Indian states face drought, December and January when occasional hailstorms destroy crops and with them the hopes.Read More »

WTO and Commodification of Education

by Neha Chauhan\

Frontier | November 23, 2017

Is it tenable to propose and perceive education as a commodity or a good which can be traded? Is education a state responsibility or an “opportunity” which only the select few can avail? When citizens become consumers and corporations’ rights are protected with more vigour than human rights, there seems to be nothing wrong with the scenario wherein education can be treated as a commodity with profit and loss as its guiding factor.

Under the WTO regime education is a tradable service and therefore subject to the same liberalization rationale as other tradable commodities and services. In 1994, with the conclusion of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) national laws and regulations of many countries governing education became the object of an international trade regime. At the time, few members of the education community noticed.[1] The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) also contains the cross border provisions of education. Currently negotiations are underway to expand the scope of the liberalization commitments in GATS.Read More »