Bicycle Bicentenary Year 2017: Bicycle and Women’s Liberation

by T. Vijayendra

Frontier | 04 March, 2017

Source: Internet

Bicycling and Feminism
One hundred years ago, Alice Hawkins, a suffragette, cycled around Leicester (UK) promoting the women’s rights movement, causing outrage by being one of the first ladies to wear pantaloons in the city. During the fight to win the vote the bicycle became not only a tool but also a symbol for the emancipation of women.

The American civil rights leader, Susan B Anthony, wrote in 1896:
“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood.”Read More »

Robotic Reminder Of What It Is To Be Human

by Susan Darlington

ROBOTS in art usually want to kill humans or become more like them through artificial intelligence.

But the success of Pipeline Theatre’s Spillikin is that it places a physically and emotionally static robot as the touchstone for a moving meditation on human change.

Designed as a companion for Sally (Judy Norman) by her now-dead husband Raymond, the robot is programmed with memories of her partner.

Struggling with dementia, Sally first resents the imposition and then, as she grows increasingly confused, accepts and crosses the border of acceptability, putting her husband’s glasses on the robot and holding its hand.Read More »

Return to Roots

A Journal of People report

A person in the United States has found a new life as he has gone back to farming, a root he feels.
An NPR report said:
“Eighteen years ago, on New Year’s Eve, David Fisher visited an old farm in western Massachusetts, near the small town of Conway. No one was farming there at the time, and that’s what had drawn Fisher to the place. He was scouting for farmland.
“‘I remember walking out [to the fallow fields] at some point,’ Fisher recalls. ‘And in the moonlight – it was all snowy – it was like a blank canvas.’
“On that blank canvas, Fisher’s mind painted a picture of what could be there alongside the South River. He could see horses tilling the land – no tractors, no big machinery – and vegetable fields, and children running around.Read More »

Fidel’s concept of Revolution

The concept of Revolution as expressed by the late leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, on May 1, 2000

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Granma | 05 December, 2016

                                Photo: http://www.radiocubana.cu

“Revolution is having a sense of the historic moment; it is changing everything that must be changed; it is full equality and freedom; it is being treated and treating others like human beings; it is emancipating ourselves on our own and through our own efforts; it is challenging powerful dominant forces in and beyond the social and national arena; it is defending the values in which we believe at the price of any sacrifice; it is modesty, selflessness, altruism, solidarity, and heroism; it is fighting with courage, intelligence and realism; it is never lying or violating ethical principles; it is a profound conviction that there is no power in the world that can crush the power of truth and ideas. Revolution is unity; it is independence, it is struggling for our dreams of justice for Cuba and for the world, which is the foundation of our patriotism, our socialism, and our internationalism.”

Protests Head Into Fourth Day as Sanders Urges Trump ‘Heed the Views of Progressives’

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Common Dreams | 12 November, 2016

Anti-Trump protesters hold signs outside Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. (Photo: Lorie Shaull/flickr/cc)

As U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) urges the president-elect “to heed the views of progressives,” protests continue in cities across the U.S. on Saturday, with participants driven by “outrage and fear” over Donald Trump’s electoral victory.

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Note: Today, November 7, is the historic day that shook the world by the political action of the toilers in Russia. On this day proletariat in Russia opened a new horizon for all the exploited people in the world by organizing a successful proletarian revolution.
On this occasion, Journal of People posts excerpts from Ten Days that Shook the World, the classic book on the proletarian revolution in Russia, by John Reed, and a few decrees that the proletarian political power in Russia issued immediately after seizing power.
John Reed, (born: October 20, 1887, died: October 17, 1920) is a journalist from the US. He joined communists while reporting the proletarian revolution in Russia in 1917; and helped form the Communist Labour Party in the US in 1919. John Reed died of typhus in the Soviet Union. “Reed was tall, forceful, and matter-of-fact, with a cool idealism and a lively intelligence tinged by humour.”
As introduction of the classic, Lenin wrote at the end of 1919:
“With the greatest interest and with never slackening attention I read John Reed’s book, Ten Days that Shook the World. Unreservedly do I recommend it to the workers of the world. Here is a book which I should like to see published in millions of copies and translated into all languages. It gives a truthful and most vivid exposition of the events so significant to the comprehension of what really is the Proletarian Revolution and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat. These problems are widely discussed, but before one can accept or reject these ideas, he must understand the full significance of his decision. John Reed’s book will undoubtedly help to clear this question, which is the fundamental problem of the international labor movement.

Migration as Revolt against Capital

by Prabhat Patnaik

People’s Democracy | 09 October, 2016

The fact that a large number of refugees, especially from countries which have been subjected of late to the ravages of imperialist aggression and wars, are desperately trying to enter Europe is seen almost exclusively in humanitarian terms.  While this perception no doubt has validity, there is another aspect of the issue which has escaped attention altogether,namely that it is the first time in modern history that the issue of migration is being sought to be taken out of the exclusive control of metropolitan capital.  Until now migration streams have been dictated entirely by the requirements of metropolitan capital; now, for the first time, people are violating the dictates of metropolitan capital, and attempting to give effect to their own preferences in the matter of where they wish to settle.  Wretched and miserable, and without being conscious of the implications of their own actions, these hapless refugees are in effect voting with their feet against the hegemony of metropolitan capital, which invariably proceeds on the assumption that people would meekly submit to its dictates, including in the matter of where to live.Read More »

Remembering Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara

teleSUR looks back at Guevara’s journey from doctor-in-training to international revolutionary.

Telesur | 07 October, 2016

Remembering Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

Born on June 14, 1928, Ernesto “Che” Guevara did not come into the world a revolutionary. He grew up in a middle-class Argentine family and trained to be a doctor, preparing to live a bourgeois life. But unlike others in his class, he was unable to shut his eyes to the injustices upon which material wealth was based: generational poverty and state-imposed policies designed to keep the poor ignorant and exploited. Life blessed him with the opportunity to live out his days in comfort, but instead he died age 39, fighting for revolution, murdered by CIA agents on Oct. 9, 1967, in the jungles of Bolivia.

Guevara’s eyes were famously opened to the harsh realities of capitalism for those born less privileged than him when, as a medical student in his early 20s, he hopped on a motorcycle and went on a tour of South America. He found disease, destitution and illiteracy—along with the sort of compassion and generosity that appears to be inversely related to the amount of wealth one possess. From that point on, he labored to uplift the working class from Cuba to Guatemala to the Congo. And, although his death was premature, his legacy continues to serve as an inspiration to revolutionaries around the world today.

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Oil in Cuba (Part II)

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Granma | 06 October, 2016

While 99% of Cuban oil is produced on the island’s northern coast, there are geological features indicative of oil throughout the island. Photo: Courtesy of Cupet

Continuing the analysis begun in the pages of Granma International last week, we will now focus on oil exploration and drilling in Cuba, two processes which constitute the backbone of the industry worldwide.

Before getting into details of how fossil fuels are obtained, or could be obtained, on the island, it’s worth recalling that exploration only allows for estimates about the existence of underground deposits; information is not obtained directly.

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