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Thursday, February 12, 2009
  • "In other parts of the world a man like Lieberman – "a very dangerous and sophisticated politician who has won his support through race hatred" – would be shunned, he fulminated. In Israel he was given a top job."
  • "Samajwadi Party MP and former Karnataka Chief Minister S Bangarappa on Thursday resigned from Lok Sabha as well as the party and announced his plans to join the Congress.

    He said that he decided to quit SP and join the Congress as he felt that BJP's winning assembly election in Karnataka was "not a good sign and it's high time all secular parties unite to defeat the communal forces"."

  • "Shutdown is an action-packed documentary chronicling how DASW successfully organized effort to shut down a major US city and how they failed to effectively maintain the organization to fight the war machine and end the occupation of Iraq."
  • "Socialist Revolution 2.0 الثورة الاشتراكية"
  • "The developments in the forces and relations of production, as Marx said, lead to changes in the superstructure. Well, with a quick google search on the implications of Web 2.0 on “business”, you get tons of results–articles, postings and books. But you don’t get the same amount of literature on what these changes mean for revolutionaries. We have not tackled the subject enough, neither organizationally nor ideologically.

    If all our enemies and super-reactionaries from Israel and Obama to the Vatican Pope are embracing the Web 2.0 tools and strategies, doesn’t that arouse our interest if not ring alarm bells…? They have understood the potential of social networks in terms of outreach and mobilization. Shouldn’t we counter that? Shouldn’t we come up with a strategy and aggregate our efforts instead of continuing to act on individual initiatives?"

  • "The following is a new pamphlet on class struggle unionism from the Labor Commission of Freedom Road Socialist Organization. It helps give the lay of the land in the labor movement in the U.S. today and gives some particular guidance to communists intending to organize in the trade unions."
  • "The anger at Wall Street only grew at the news that Merrill Lynch, after reporting $15 billion of losses, had rushed to pay $4 billion in bonuses on the eve of its merger with Bank of America. Because Merrill Lynch and Bank of America were receiving substantial government funds to keep them afloat, the subject became part of the public business."
  • "The White House plan to rescue the nation’s financial system, announced on Tuesday by Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, is far bigger than anyone predicted and envisions a far greater government role in markets and banks than at any time since the 1930s."

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