Rania Khalek, Truthout: “You can’t predict the future based on what people are willing to accept right now,” Ali Abunimah argues in this wide-ranging interview covering BDS, campus activism, Israel’s existence as a Jewish state and his new book, The Battle for Justice in Palestine.
Michael Johnson, Truthout: Social change movements want to fix a world dominated by exploitative relationships. Most social change theory aims at fixing particular systems, practices, toolkits, etc. Theory that works from the ground up will involve cultural transformation.
Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: The organized post-1945 destruction of the New Deal coalition – unionists, socialists and communists – and the failure to replace those organizations help explain the muted reaction to the bailouts, austerity and other anti-democratic policies pursued by US governments at all levels.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Author and filmmaker John Pilger talks about continuing Australian government policies that assure the cultural – and ultimately material – elimination of the Aborigines.
Roshan Bliss, Popular Resistance: Last month, more than 100 teachers, students and parents from across the country gathered in Denver for the United Opt Out National Spring Action, a conference aimed at growing the resistance to corporate education reform and high stakes standardized testing.
Oliver Willis, Media Matters: Two affiliates of the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity are helping conservative media promote the cause of a Nevada rancher who has made violent threats against the federal government.
Andalusia Knoll, Upside Down World: Juan Francisco Kuykendall Leal, a Mexican teacher and activist, suffered a long drawn out death that made it easier for media outlets to ignore his assassination and allowed government impunity to prevail.
Lennon Flowers, Yes! Magazine: The secret to learning self-awareness, cooperation and other “social and emotional learning” skills lies in experience, not in workbooks and rote classroom exercises.
Raul Gardea, Next New Deal: Bipartisan budget proposals seek to address the debt-burden on students, yet merely underscore the need for a drastic overhaul of post-secondary education financing.
Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service: The world’s finance ministers and central bankers made clear that they were running out of patience with Congress’ refusal to ratify a 2010 agreement by the Group of 20 (G20) to modestly democratize the IMF and expand its lending resources.
John La Forge describes the sentencing hearing of 84-year-old nun and anti-nuclear activist Sr. Megan Rice chained hand-and-foot in the Knoxville Tennessee Federal District Court; Paul Thomas argues for the inherent dignity of children; Cecilie Surasky reports punishing of students boycotting Israel; the National Priorities Project offers a personalized tax receipt breaking down how our tax dollars are spent; Emanuel Pastreich calls on the US government to make a humanly-engaged Asia pivot; James McEnteer meditates on Cleveland’s ball team’s questionable name; the American Studies Association announces increase in membership and support following its BDS endorsement; Musa al-Gharbi explains the (anti)philosophy undergirding his research at the unlikely intersection of theology, cognitive science and Mideast geopolitics; Bill Blum highlights the hypocrisy of US foreign policy; Reverend Billy pokes fun – and his stinger – at Monsanto; and more.
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