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Can a Global Revolution Be Non-Violent?

Can a Global Revolution Be Non-Violent?

Turning the Other Cheek or an Eye for an Eye? September 17, 2012  was  the one-year anniversary of the Occupy movement, and sadly enough it was a sentimental fare illustrating not only the good intentions but also the enormous limitations of the movement. In New York, Occupiers got pushed around by the NYPD without much […]

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Colonialism of the Mind – Part I

Colonialism of the Mind – Part I

“Les intellectuels ont toujours été des courtisans. Ils ont toujours vécu dans le palais.” | “Intellectuals have always been courtesans. They have always lived in the palace.” – Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) Western journalists increasingly assume the voices of subjugated countries’ natives while muzzling them by denying them access to the press. In the United […]

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Muslim Rage: ‘Clash of Civilizations’ as Imperialism Key Narrative

Muslim Rage: ‘Clash of Civilizations’ as Imperialism Key Narrative

It is hard to contest that 9/11 was the opening salvo of the notion of “clash of civilizations”: a simple yet effective concept to justify a state of permanent war. Permanent wars against elusive enemies generate a constant state of fear which, in return, allows governments to curtail some of the most basic liberties.  What […]

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US Election: Same Circus Different Clowns

US Election: Same Circus Different Clowns

The Republican National Convention and the Democrat National Convention are the political equivalent of “America’s Got Talent”. The two conventions should be about serious discussions concerning  issues and policies amongst the rank and file of both parties. They are not supposed to be about showmanship and performances, but in a country where politics have become […]

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Global War Economy: The Empire of the US Military Industrial Complex

Global War Economy: The Empire of the US Military Industrial Complex

Arguably, since entering World War II, the United States of America’s economy has been a war economy. Starting or fostering wars became essentially, independently of geopolitical reasons, a “good” business proposition. The early 1940s marked the start of the era of  systematic wars for profit: war defined as the ultimate capitalist enterprise. The extraordinary war […]

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