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Thursday, February 19, 2009
  • "As many as 5,000 children in Pennsylvania have been found guilty, and up to 2,000 of them jailed, by two corrupt judges who received kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison facilities that benefited. The two judges pleaded guilty in a stunning case of greed and corruption that is still unfolding. Judges Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan received $2.6 million in kickbacks while imprisoning children who often had no access to a lawyer. The case offers an extraordinary glimpse into the shameful private prison industry that is flourishing in the United States."
  • "On the 30th anniversary of the Iranian revolution Marxists in Austria organised a public meeting to discuss what really happened in 1979, explaining how what was a genuine workers' revolution was hijacked by the Islamic fundamentalists due to the lack of a genuine revolutionary leadership of the working class."
  • "This volume brings together Gramsci's writings on religion, education, science, philosophy, and economic theory. The theme that links these writings is the investigation of ideology at its different levels, and the structures that embody and reproduce it. Concepts such as subalternity and corporate consciousness, hegemony and the building of a counterhegemony recur throughout the book. Further Selections from the Prison Notebooks complements some of the more overtly political analyses published in the 1971 selection from the Notebooks."
  • Blog of Helen Yaffe chornicling her time spent in Cuba.

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