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PastedGraphic-2Summary: The police killing of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina is placed in the context of institutionalized racism and the origins of police in the night watch and the slave patrol — Editors

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Norouz_1392Summary: The West Coast Chapter of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization held a well-attended Nowruz (Persian New Year) celebration that combined enjoyment of food and drink by our members and friends, as well as speeches on Yemen, ecology and the new society, and Marx’s concept of communism/free association. It also featured Iranian-Latin Fusion Music/World Music by “Mansoor and Friends” – Editors

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Michaeler Square, Vienna, during the 1848 Revolution

Michaeler Square, Vienna, during the 1848 Revolution

Summary: Dave Black and Ben Watson celebrate the publication of the collected writings of Helen Macfarlane and her translation of the Communist Manifesto, serialized in the Chartist Red Republican in 1850. First published in Radical Philosophy, issue 187 (Sept/Oct 2014) /  Reprinted in The Assassin: an Unkant Reader (2015).  – Editors

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Rosa-LuxemburgfanonSummary: This article connects the concepts of the self-emancipation and self-consciousness of the oppressed in Rosa Luxemburg to those of Frantz Fanon and G.W.F. Hegel, also drawing a contrast to Lenin’s concept of the vanguard party. First published in Turkish in Felsefelogos No. 52 (2014/1) — Editors

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12250338844_f86f73e328_bSummary: The international conference on forthcoming volumes of (and research based on) the Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe (Complete Writings or MEGA) that took place in Tokyo in February 2015 covered a wide range of issues, from crisis theory and colonialism to ecology. A 2014 conference in Amsterdam on “Capital- an Unfinished and Unfinishable Project” is also discussed. Originally published in Frontier (Kolkata, India) on March 15, 2015 – Editors

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imho12Summary — Translation of a statement by the partner of “Da Tu” (Giant Rabbit), one of the feminists detained on March 7, focusing on mutual aid between feminists and workers, with solidarity photos workers have posted online. Followed by translation of a petition by students at Da Tu’s alma mater, Sun Yat-sen University (one of many petitions circulating in China, despite censorship). –Editors

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lhwmSummary: Discussions of Lenin and Hegel since the 1995 publication of Kevin Anderson’s Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism are assessed critically, as is Lenin’s own 1914-15 return to Hegel and its implications for today. Originally appeared in Socialism and Democracy, Vol. 28: 1 (2014) and now available online HERE – Editors

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marx-als-prometheus-1843Summary: Karel Ludenhoff continues the discussion on Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis’s relation to Marx and ‘Marxism’ – Editors

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Anderson_Marx_400Wx300HSummary: The concept of intersectionality is used to examine Marx’s theory of race and class during the US Civil War, his writings on gender, and their relationship to the work of the founders of US Marxst-Humanism, Raya Dunayevskaya and Charles Denby. This includes their differences with C.L.R. James as discussed in Jacqueline Jones’s recent book on race. Originally appeared in Logos 14:1 (Winter 2015) – Editors

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mg_news2_3720Summary: A Latino youth’s account of the February 7 Oakland climate march, in light of the dimensions of race, class, and capitalism – Editors

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greeceWith a last-ditch, compromise deal worked out with the European Union, the Syriza coalition government of Greece led by Alexis Tsipras has bought some time for its anti-austerity program, but still faces massive challenges. The challenges come not just from the European Union, in which Angela Merkel’s Germany has clearly shown its hand as the most powerful force in European capitalism. Syriza’s climbdown from key parts of its radical program may also test the staying power of its radical wing, especially the Left Platform, led by the economy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, and the economist, turned MP, Costas Lapavitsas.

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jrnlSummary: Although few questions are more important than whether a viable alternative to capitalism is possible, radical theory has tended to shy away from directly engaging the issue—even when the theoretical and practical cost of the claim that “there is no alternative to capitalism” is acknowledged. This essay argues that the barrier towards envisioning a viable alternative needs to begin by revisiting Marx’s critique of capitalism as well as his many criticisms of the socialist and communist tendencies of his time. Originally appeared in Praktyka Teoretyczna (Poland) in 2014.

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rosa-81dc903b4af5670fad4b69187cb50572Summary: Discusses Rosa Luxemburg’s last writings on the anniversary of her assassination by proto-fascists on Jan. 15, 1919; originally appeared in Verso’s blog, HERE — Editors

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paris-banlieues-creaphis.1181308035Summary: The killings at Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket in the context of global jihadism and imperialism, which feed on each other, and of free speech/ethnic oppression and their contradictions, especially in France — Editors

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girlwalks_topppageSummary: Allegorical Iranian horror film interpreted in terms of its political and social meaning, especially around gender oppression — Editors

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Denver ProtestSummary: Protests in the USA over the police murders of Black youth have exposed the great divides in American society. Has a critical mass been formed that raises the possibility of real movement against the system? — Editors

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6041021_GSummary: Account by a longtime socialist and labor activist of the arrest by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) of over 100 Ferguson support demonstrators who took to the streets on November 26, and of their inhuman treatment in jail — Editors

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800px-Middle_of_the_crowd_in_FergusonSummary: There is no justice in America—not for victims of police abuse, and surely not for Blacks and Latinos who are enduring the oppressive apparatus an American “civilization” that long ago shed its last trace of humanity.

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pic-20141125Summary: A long-time Turkish activist discusses how the potential unleashed by the Arab Revolutions risked being stifled by the most recent incarnations of Islamic fundamentalism as well as the short sighted and self-interested policies of the U.S. and NATO, especially when it comes to Syria and Iraq — Editors

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20131213Summary: Heather Brown, author of the acclaimed book, Marx on Gender and the Family: A Critical Study, is interviewed by Estelle Cooch on differences between the approaches of Marx and Engels to gender, feminism today, and intersectionality; originally published in the Autumn 2014 issue of rs21 magazine and can be accessed HERE - Editors

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F194158894Summary: Large payouts by Denver sheriffs in deaths of two Black men is tied to race/class structure of U.S. — Editors

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2tpv7qkv-1378698750Summary: This narrative of an experience in the “health” care system by a leading writer on Black liberation and feminism underlines how today, more than ever, illness in the U.S. is big business and a source of relentless profit—with the needs of the human individual rendered almost completely superfluous — Editors

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F192882791Summary: All eyes are on Kobane, Syria, where Kurdish forces, women as well as men, are under threat of extermination from the reactionary ISIS, even as they seek to defend their social gains. They are doing so in the face of several other forces of reaction, whether US imperialism, the genocidal Assad regime, or the virulently anti-Kurdish Turkish regime — Editors

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earth+wikiSummary: The following is adapted from the Call that preceded our July 2014 Convention in Chicago. It takes up several issues of key importance to those struggling to overcome the stranglehold of capitalism, from the economy and Ukraine to the dialectics of race/class/revolution and the contributions of Marxist-Humanists to the fight for a new humanist society. We also call attention to our July statement of the IMHO on Gaza and to our August analysis of Ferguson, Missouri, as well as to our June statement on the challenge of ISIS. — Editors

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33_bp033Summary: The hypocritical response of the Obama administration to the influx of child refugees from Central America is tied to US imperialist policies over the last century — Editors

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iranSummary: Although this was presented to the West Coast Socialist Scholars Conference in April 1993, it has never been published. We do so now because the issues raised here still speak to problems faced by serious Marxists in Iran and beyond — Editors

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10511218_267675350097501_5316503147472260491_n1Summary: Statement by social activists of Tabriz, Iran, on the revolutionary character of the Kurdish movement in Kobani, and its betrayal by all global and regional powers — Editors  Link >>>

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10403701_376731665812724_1080763069415110899_nSummary: This article notes the writers experiences at the Peoples Climate March in New York in September and discusses the linkages between climate destabilization and capitalism through a Marxist lens – Editors

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5778877be1a35482f319be586a4e5dc3_XLSummary: Trade unions, political parties and more grassroots forms of organisation are discussed with respect to the UK, Thailand, and Cambodia; edited version of a talk at the Convention of the International Marxist-Humanist Organisation on 27 July 2014 in Chicago – Editors

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Summary: This article is a participant perspective from the Peoples Climate March, Los Angeles (September 20, 2014) – Editors

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Summary: Discusses new interest in Marxist humanism in Eastern Europe, the relation of economics to philosophy in Piketty and Marx, and that of philosophy to organization for Marxist-Humanism, from Dunayevskaya to today; slightly edited version of a presentation to the Convention of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization, July 26, 2014 in Chicago – Editors

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