Venezuela: A “Critical Evaluation” of the Bolivarian Process By Vladimir Acosta

22 June, 2009 –

[Translator’s Note: This presentation by Vladimir Acosta, broadcast on the state-owned television channel VTV, was part of a forum ‘Intellectuals, Democracy & Socialism’ organized by the Centro Internacional Miranda over June 2-3, which has sparked a debate about the role of criticism within the Bolivarian process.]

Well, in ten minutes it’s hard to say a great deal, above all when referring to a process as rich and as complicated as this. Of the three themes that are established here, it appears to me that the least important is the first one, the most important are the second and third, that is, a critical and self-critical evaluation of this process and to think a bit about the things that can be done. But the second is a pre-requisite for the third, that is, firstly we need to carry out a critical evaluation in order to then think about what can be done. Therefore, I’m going to refer fundamentally to a critical evaluation of this process, beginning with what Juan Carlos Monedero said a little while ago, which is something I agree with: there has to be space for criticism here, we have to lose our fear of making criticisms due to any dismissive insult of what we say.

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Video: A People’s History of the American Empire by Howard Zinn

A People’s History of American Empire by Howard Zinn

Read by Matt Damon and Howard Zinn

Parts 2-53:

A People’s History of The US (The 20th Century) Howard Zinn (playlist)

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A People’s History of American Empire by Howard Zinn

March 28, 2008

Empire or Humanity?
What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me about the American Empire
by Howard Zinn
Narrated by Viggo Mortensen
Art by Mike Konopacki
Video editing by Eric Wold


Wallace Shawn reads Howard Zinn

Anthony Arnove
January 28, 2008

Actor Wallace Shawn reads the speech of historian Howard Zinn given at Johns Hopkins University on Civil Disobedience, November 1970.

Part of a reading from Voices of a People’s History of the United States (Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove,) May 2, 2007 in New York, NY.

Interview with Cynthia McKinney on Gaza

26 June, 2009 – Dignity

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Lessons from Struggle: Forming the Anti-Neoliberal Social Bloc: The Need to Unite the Party Left and the Social Left By Marta Harnecker

25 June, 2009 translated by Federico Fuentes for Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

[This is the sixth in a series of regular articles. ]

1. The rejection by a majority of the people of the globalization model imposed on our continent intensifies each day given its inability to solve the most pressing problems of our people. Neoliberal policies implemented by large transnational financial capital, which is backed by a large military and media power, and whose hegemonic headquarters can be found in the United States, have not only been unable to resolve these problems but, on the contrary, have dramatically increased misery and social exclusion, while concentrating wealth in increasingly fewer hands.

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What’s Next for the Ecosocialist International Network? By Ian Angus

25 June, 2009 – Climate & Capitalism

The Ecosocialist International Network was founded with great enthusiasm and optimism in October 2007, but since then it seems to have stalled. A discussion has begun on what needs to be done now.

I was one of the original ‘group of four’ who called for a new international organization of ecosocialists in 2007. I participated in the founding meeting. I thought, and still think, that the Ecosocialist International Network was a good idea.

With virtually no promotion, more than 500 people in nearly 40 countries signed the EIN’s Belem ecosocialist declaration. That proves that there is interest in and support for the ideas the EIN stands for.

But we have not succeeded in turning that interest into activity. The EIN is still a “good idea” but it isn’t  a “good organization.”

Several EIN members have been discussing how to move forward. Joel Kovel (another of the original four) has made a series of organizational proposals. Steve D’Arcy (of London Ontario Mobilization for Climate Justice) and I have argued that the problem is not organizational but political. The discussion has been very friendly, with none of the sectarian rancour that often marks left debates.

In an attempt to expand the discussion, I posted the following submission to the EIN email group today. I hope Climate & Capitalism readers will join in, either by commenting here on C&C or (better) by participating in the EIN email group at
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Iran's identity crisis By Abbas Barzegar

17 June, 2009 –

Anyone expecting another Prague Spring or Tiananmen Square does not understand the nature of Iranian society’s duality

With rival rallies and a return to street politics over the last three days, Tehran has come to look like Beirut over the last few years. Crowds too large for any camera to cover have been organised by pro- and anti-Ahmadinejad groups. The controversial president has the support of the state infrastructure and a revolutionary culture with 30 years of experience in mobilising millions. Meanwhile, the opposition has harnessed the energy of massive discontent from multiple cross-sections of society. But even as at least seven confirmed deaths have turned the tension here into tragedy, on e can be sure that Iranians, like the Lebanese, will choose anything but a return to civil strife and social breakdown.

Of course alarmist press coverage over the last few days is understandable. Most acutely because the Iranian government has pursued a self-defeating policy of blocking international press access and internet communication sites, making the outside world rely on video clips from phone cameras and blogs for information on the ground. Nor did authorities here help the situation by pouring riot police on to the streets and failing to restrain vigilante motorbike gangs in the days following the election results. These are hardly conditions suitable for good reporting.

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Video: Free Gaza Special Edition Departing to Gaza

25 June, 2009 –

Boats have not left today due to Israeli pressure on the Free Gaza Movement. We try again tomorrow. [read their statement here]

More on public advisory on

Footage by : Alex (Free Gaza)
Footage by : Dianne Lee
Footage by Amed Badwan
Footage by : International Solidarity Movement activists in Gaza
Photo by : Sameh A. Habeeb
Music by : Plastilina Luminosa

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