At 5pm local time on June 12, the national soccer teams of Brazil and Croatia will kick off the 2014 World Cup at the São Paulo Arena in Brazil’s largest city. The players will compete before a live crowd of tens of thousands and a televised audience of millions more.
Famed-poet Maya Angelou, pictured above with Malcolm X, died yesterday at the age of 86. Her work often used metaphors lifted from nature to explore themes of spiritual triumph through struggles against social injustice.
Since the end of the most active, public phase of the Occupy movement, a number of activists have looked for ways to carry on the fight against the "1 Percent." This ongoing struggle has taken many forms--among them are recent attempts to build an independent political alternative to the two dominant capitalist parties.
Too many supposedly radical books are written by academics for academics, apparently competing to see who can produce the most incomprehensible prose. My list of ‘books to be reviewed’ contains literally dozens of overstuffed and overpriced volumes that only a handful of specialists will ever read, books with little or no relevance to the non-university world.
Nine of the twelve jurors who elected on Monday to convict Occupy activist Cecily McMillan of assaulting a police officer have written to the presiding judge in the case, Ronald Zweibel. They are pleading for leniency at McMillan's May 19 sentencing hearing. The U.K. Guardian reports:
The two main threats to our people and planet are climate change and corporate control of our economy and polity. These intertwined issues will take a mass movement of epic proportions to shift. Time is of the essence as climate, economic, and political disasters keep occurring, gaining in intensity, impoverishing people while enriching the transnational and national corporations. Agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership could further strip national governments of their rights to protect labor and the environment in favor of protecting corporate profits.
Cutting greenhouse gas emissions will throw millions of people out of work! That claim has made many working people reluctant to support action to slow climate change. But is it true?
A report written in 2011 by Jonathan Neale for the European Transport Workers Federation argues the opposite, that changing the ways that goods and people are moved can reduce emissions from the transport sector by 80% while creating over 12 million new jobs – 7 million in transportation and 5 million in renewable energy.
When it comes to the world economy, what you "see" is not usually what you get - especially when it comes to gender. Capitalism has fueled a world in which women are rendered invisible and saddled with the majority of labor. They are responsible for two-thirds of all working hours, produce 50 percent to 90 percent of the world's food and 100 percent of the world's children.
What are our priorities in British Columbia and where do we put our resources?
This week is the big, annual fund drive by the food banks in BC to raise money for their operations. CBC Radio One is devoting its local programming on Dec. 6 to its annual fund drive for them. Food banks began in the province 31 years ago and were supposed to be an “emergency” response to food needs at the time. After all these years of a “temporary” measure, they are still going strong!