Dalit Protests Paralyse India: 5 Dead

  | April 02, 2018

Protests that swept north India have cost five lives today as Dalit groups tried to enforce an all-India shutdown over a Supreme Court order. In Madhya Pradesh, four people died during clashes and a man was killed in firing in Rajasthan’s Alwat. Violence was also reported from parts of Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh. Punjab came to a standstill as the government put the army on stand-by and transport off the roads.Read More »

U.S: Thousands of teachers march in Kentucky and Oklahoma

Journal of People report

Teachers rallied in front of KEA headquarters before

Photo Courtesy: Courier Journal

Media reports said:

“Thousands of Kentucky teachers descended on Frankfort on Monday morning to rally against a surprise pension reform bill that passed through the legislature late last week.

A Courier Journal analysis shows all 120 Kentucky public school districts are closed, mostly due to spring break. Twenty-one counties are closed directly related to the rally.

Counties that closed schools specifically for the rally include McCreary, Whitley, Rockcastle, Letcher, Floyd, Meniffee, Estill, Powell, Wolfe, Lee, Breathitt, Perry, Magoffin, Knott, Floyd, Pike, Boone, Kenton, Pendleton, Lewis, and Morgan. Martin County schools are also reportedly closed.”Read More »

Our commitment to Cuba

Granma | April 02, 2018

Photo: Archive

The Cuban Workers Federation (CTC) and national trade unions convoke our people to a massive mobilization to celebrate May Day, under the maxim of “Unity, Commitment, and Victory,” at a very special time, as we undertake a fundamental process at the grassroots level leading to the 21st CTC Congress.

There are many reasons that motivate us to make the world proletariat’s day a great demonstration of support for the Revolution, for Raúl, and the Party – in a new context of tribute to our historic leader Fidel Castro Ruz, in which we reaffirm our determination to fulfill the concept of Revolution he bequeathed to us.Read More »

Technology and capitalism 150 years after Das Kapital

by Tony Smith

Logos Journal | Winter 2018 Vol. 17, No. 1

Technology and apitalism 150 years later

Today, one hundred and fifty years after the publication of the first volume of Capital, Marx remains our contemporary.

The commodification imperative (goods and services must take the form of commodities), the monetary imperative (money is required to gain access to the objective preconditions for human life – means of subsistence, means of production), and the valorization imperative (capital must be accumulated; monetary returns (M’) must exceed the initial monetary investment, M) continue to be the dominant organizing principles of social life today. Social relations continue to take the form of relations among things; it continues to be the case that each individual “carries his social power, as also his connection with society, in his pocket.”1 Human flourishing continues to be systematically subordinated to capital’s flourishing. Essential human ends continue to be systematically sacrificed to the end of capital accumulation.2 Marx’s theory helps us comprehend key features of any form of capitalism, including its contemporary variant. It remains indispensable.Read More »

Commoditisation and the public sphere


Newsclick.in | March 30, 2018

JNU Crisis

Central to liberalism is a distinction between two spheres, the sphere of the market (or more generally of the economy) where individuals and firms interact to exchange their wares; and the sphere of public discourse where individuals interact as citizens of a polity to debate and determine the actions of the State. The importance that liberals attach to this second sphere was underscored by Walter Bagehot, the nineteenth century British essayist of liberal persuasion, who had lauded democracy as “government by discussion”. He had thereby emphasized two basic liberal political tenets, namely the role of public discourse and need for the State to be responsive to it.Read More »

Glimpses of Bourgeois Democracies


Countercurrents.org | March 28, 2018

Following are three political incidents/developments from two matured bourgeois democracies.

Alleged bribe

Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, isn’t shameful for all the election bribery he allegedly accepted gladly from a foreign “friend”, who was murdered later, and in this murder ploy, the French leader was an aggressive participant. A stark show of bourgeois politics with “friendship”!Read More »

Mozambique forced to restructure after debt default

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Pambazuka News | March 22, 2018

African Leadership Magazine

Economic growth proves unsustainable for the Southern African state of Mozambique in present world situation due to financial implications that have been going on for some time now. 

Since 2014 many energy producing emerging states in Africa and worldwide have fallen into recession resulting in long term financial implications. Mozambique was declared in default and plans to work out new terms of payment of at least US $2 billion in bonds held by western investors. The escalation in national debt is clearly related to the significant decline in commodity prices and the lack of currency reserves to offset the rise in payments demanded by international financial institutions.

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Poll Shows Facebook Popularity Tanking. And People Don’t Like Zuckerberg Much Either

Common Dreams | March 30, 2018

"Americans have been playing close attention to story after story involving Facebook's failure to protect our elections from foreign interference, and now its failure to protect our personal data," says Factual Democracy Project founder Melissa Ryan. (Photo: sue seecof/flickr/cc)
“Americans have been playing close attention to story after story involving Facebook’s failure to protect our elections from foreign interference, and now its failure to protect our personal data,” says Factual Democracy Project founder Melissa Ryan. (Photo: sue seecof/flickr/cc)

The Cambridge Analytica scandal appears to have taken a toll on public opinion of Facebook, as a new poll shows that love for the social media site has tanked in recent weeks.

The new survey (pdf) of 577 registered voters conducted by Public Policy Polling for the Factual Democracy Project (FDP) took place March 23-25—right after the public learned of the massive data breach.

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