by Horace G. Campbell
Pambazuka News | November 16, 2017
All over Africa the conditions exist for revolution. But there is urgency to clarify the ideas, organization and leadership necessary for the African Revolution. The Russian Revolution of 100 years ago provides important lessons for African Revolutionaries in their quest to dismantle oppression and build just societies today.
On November 7, 2017, the world celebrated 100 years of the Bolshevik Revolution. The Revolution took place in the midst of the First Imperialist War of 1914-1918 on November 7, 1917. This war was one where the colonial powers fought over the re-division of the world. W. E B. Du Bois had succinctly outlined the feature of the imperial scramble when he wrote on the African Roots of War. This text preceded the study ofimperialism by Lenin, Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism. Indeed, at the end of the war, the colonial territories of Germany were handed to Britain and France.
Granma | November 23, 2017
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 »
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 »
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.
Countercurrents.org | November 21, 2017
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 »
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. 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 »