The United States is notoriously known as the “incarceration nation.” Michelle Alexander’s 2010 bombshell, The New Jim Crow, examined the explosive growth of America’s prison population in the past three decades—and how this growth relates to the racial disparity in imprisonment. There are now 2.3 million people behind bars, including one in nine young African American men. Although most drug users are white, three-quarters of those imprisoned on drug charges are Black or Latino. Rather than unintentional side effects, these racial disparities provide the key to understanding the prison boom. This talk explores the contradiction of an allegedly “color-blind” society whose justice system systematically and disproportionately targets people of color.
The Crisis in Iraq
Iraq teeters on the brink of yet another sectarian civil war that threatens to engulf the entire region. The U.S., whose 2003 invasion and occupation triggered the sectarian conflict to begin with, has sent troops and naval vessels to bolster Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shia regime. Anti-imperialists must oppose U.S., Iranian, Saudi or any other intervention into the crisis because such actions will only make things worse; the hope amidst the horror is the rebuilding of the left regionally and renewing the struggle that united students, workers and peasants in class struggle against the regimes in the region.T
Hugo Chávez coined the term “Socialism for the 21st Century” to describe the goal of Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution.” What did Chávez mean by this term in theory, and how did he seek to put his ideas into practice? Now that Chávez is dead, what is his legacy? What are possible futures for the Bolivarian Revolution under current president Nicolás Maduro and in the face of angry, organized middle-class opposition?
As the city transforms into a playground for the rich, the gentrified—overwhelmingly Black and Latino—become rent-burdened and forced out of their neighborhoods. From New York to San Francisco, the dispossessed are fighting back and demanding that housing be a right, not a commodity. This session is a discussion about the Right to the City and how working people are organizing to achieve it.
IT’S THE 21st-century version of the old military recruiting poster: Uncle Sam wants you…to hate Muslim “extremists” and trust him to go to war again.
That’s the message of the propaganda onslaught for the latest chapter in the never-ending “war on terror,” coming from Democratic and Republican political leaders alike and parroted by the media.
The U.S. military is once again dropping bombs on Iraq—and now Syria, a newcomer to the list of targets—in a war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The hypocrisies have multiplied with each air strike. ISIS arose as a direct consequence of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and the disaster that imperialism caused in the Middle East. Washington’s celebrated Arab allies in the assault on ISIS are authoritarian regimes every bit as barbaric and oppressive as ISIS. The sectarian conflict between Shia and Sunni, officially decried in Washington, is being further aggravated.
… EVERY WAR overseas is accompanied by a war at home. During the U.S. “war on terror,” the brunt of that war at home has fallen on Arab Americans and Muslims—and suspicion and bigotry is being wound up again as the war on ISIS takes off.
There was a particularly awful example last week following workplace violence at a food processing plant in Moore, Okla. After he was fired from the Vaughn Foods facility, Alton Nolen went to another building and began attacking workers at random. He beheaded one of his victims before he was shot.
The killing was horrific—not just the gruesome beheading, but the fact that Nolen lashed out at fellow employees who had nothing to do with his firing. But of course, the manner of the murder immediately focused attention on Nolen, who was revealed to have recently converted to Islam.
Professional Islamophobe Pam Geller, whose group has funded racist subway and bus ads in cities across the U.S., immediately proclaimed on her website, “The Islamic ritual slaughter of beheading has moved past Iraq, Syria, Algeria, Philippines and into the streets of London and now the American workplace.”
Such a message is an incitement to treat all Muslims, or anyone who might “look Muslim,” as a potential terrorist—even though there is zero evidence to connect this crazed act in Oklahoma with either ISIS half a world away or with Islam itself, as even the FBI declared in a statement.
This is just the latest example in a wave of scaremongering about ISIS terrorism supposedly reaching U.S. shores.
Earlier this month, a Colorado teenager named Shannon Conley pled guilty to a reduced terrorism charge. The young woman, a recent convert to Islam, reportedly engaged in an online relationship with a man claiming to be an ISIS fighter—and planned to travel to meet him, when she was stopped and arrested last April. Her case is one of several that kindled a mini-media frenzy about ISIS supposedly preying on love-struck “schoolgirl jihadis.”
All this fits a very old pattern of imperial scapegoating: the hunting of an “enemy within” to justify war without. Just as Communists and immigrants and radical Black activists once were, Muslims and Arab Americans are the shadowy menace—and everyone is suspect.
haha. thanks for the sentiments. actually, i’ve been dealing lately with a bad bout of depression/anxiety (which i chronically get). still on the mend from that, so i’m limiting my social media time, as that tends to exacerbate my symptoms.
but really, thanks for the concern.
i hear you on that. there’s no way it will get anything less than an “R” rating, unless they massively edit out the scenes that currently contain uncovered penises, vaginas, anuses, and the like. the American movie censors HATE full nudity about as much as they hate sex, and particularly, as you point out, same-gender sex.
i genuinely feel torn as to whether i think this movie was utterly terrible or truly amazing. at one point near the end, i literally had to stop watching and run to the bathroom because i thought i was going to puke. and yet, despite the ample amounts of blood, semen, and feces in this movie, it does come across as quite original, honest, and even tenderhearted. but i would suggest watching this movie on an empty stomach.
Wetlands (Feuchtgebiete)Eighteen year-old Helen Memel (Carla Juri) likes to skateboard, masturbate with vegetables and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parents’ divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend, Corinna (Marlen Kruse). When a shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she sees it as a way to reconcile her parents, but ends up forming an unlikely bond with her male nurse, Robin (Christoph Letkowski) in the process. (C) StrandRating: UnratedDirected By: David WnendtIn Theaters: Sep 5, 2014 LimitedRuntime:1 hr. 49 min.
yes, belief in God has no bearing whatsoever on the existence of sexist and/or patriarchal attitudes or institutions within an individual or society.
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Harvard University’s biggest-in-the-world endowment grew by 15.4 percent in the last year to $36.4 billion. That’s a lot of money.
The U.S. today began bombing targets inside Syria, in concert with its lovely and inspiring group of five allied regimes: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Jordan.
The utter lack of interest in what possible legal authority Obama has to bomb Syria is telling indeed: Empires bomb who they want, when they want, for whatever reason (indeed, recall that Obama bombed Libya even afterCongress explicitly voted against authorization to use force, and very few people seemed to mind that abject act of lawlessness; constitutional constraints are not for warriors and emperors).
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yes. the Palestinians have a right to defend themselves against Israel genocide, land theft, violence, occupation, and despotism.
also, since the US stole the border-states from Mexico and Native Americans, I think the US would react to any attempts by the indigenous population to retake their land (with rockets or otherwise) in precisely the same way that Israel reacts to Palestinians attempting to retake their land — with imperial arrogance, barbaric brute force, and the kind of justifications employed by all modern robber-states.
if one stronger nation (U.S., Israel) takes land or other possessions by violence from a weaker indigenous population (Native Americans, Palestinians), then that stronger nation can make no legitimate ethical claim to hold onto said land or possessions through the further use of violence.
it’s not a question of self-defense. it’s a question of oppression. it would be like supporting a bully’s “right to self-defense” after their victim finally gets the courage to resist their abuse and punches the bully in the face.