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Vanis Varoufakis and Alexis Tsipras before the split in Syriza

Summary — Karel Ludenhoff assesses the climbdown of the Tsipras government in the Brussels bailout negotiations days after the Greek people voted down the EU’s austerity demands — Editors

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Friedman-UkraineSummary: As interviews with participants make clear, the Ukrainian Maidan movement was a political revolution. How can we avoid similar lost opportunities to create a revolutionary movement that can save humankind? — Editors

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gh1776Summary: Response to Gerald Horne’s recent book portraying the American Revolution as a pro-slavery rebellion by Alan Gilbert, author of Marx’s Politics: Communists and Citizens. Originally appeared in Journal of American History — Editors

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usa-shooting-south-carolinaSummary: The shooting of 9 Black elders at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina was not a fluke or an isolated incident, but one of the effects of an alienating, racist, and otherwise oppressive economic system on humanity — Editors

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Dylann_Roof_mugshotSummary: I do not oppose the word “terrorism” here, mainly because it breaks down the racist and xenophobic notion that “terrorists” can only be non-White and not U.S. citizens — Editors.

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glSummary: A discussion — in light of the Great Recession and of current debates over economic crisis and its causes — of Henryk Grossman’s 1929 critique of  Rosa Luxemburg’s thesis in Accumulation of Capital that overproduction is the cause of crises, and Grossman’s (and Raya Dunayevskaya’s) defense of Marx’s notion of the tendential fall in the rate of profit  — Editors

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imho-20150714Summary: Interview with Peter Hudis on his Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism and on his work on Rosa Luxemburg. This article was first published in The Ritual, Issue 0 – Editors

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SARGEWho knew that my New is ancient?  Forgotten in 2/2014
bored faces of new generations of semi-olds
Gnawing sushi and fresh wasabi, stock value on the Cubs?
Who knew that my postcard collection will stay virgin, unstamped,
Lost in the present? Buried at the bottom of a shoe box lay the best times of my life, heavily breathing under piles of beige hand-written paper.

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img_5953On February 17, 2015 Dr. Feliks Tych passed away in Warsaw at the age of 85. The distinguished Polish scholar is well known to North American and UK historians mainly for his important research results on the famous Polish-German socialist Rosa Luxemburg and the Jewish Bund.

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Polling_station_6_may_2010An unexpected, narrow majority for the Conservatives; a phenomenal success for the Scottish National Party (SNP); the collapse of the Liberal Democrats; the Labour Party squeezed between right and left; the United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip) on the right and the Greens on the left severely under-represented by the electoral system, holding just one seat each; some of the complex, contradictory outcomes of the British general election of May 2015.

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anderson-book-marx-at-margindsSummary: Author’s last version of his response in Dialectical Anthropology to a symposium on Marx at the Margins that featured review essays by Aijaz Ahmad (India), David Norman Smith (USA), Michal Buchowski (Poland), and Eamonn Slater (Ireland). Open access version first published in University of California eScholarship – Editors

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20131213bSummary: Presentation to Open University of the Left, Chicago, April 18, 2015. Covers Marx on the alternative to capitalism, worker cooperatives, and overcoming value production, with discussion from the floor (118 minutes) – Editors

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KagarlitzkyBYSummary: Often celebrated by the international left, Russian intellectual Boris Kagarlitsky is in fact close to the Putin regime and its neofascist allies. First published in English by Ukraine Solidarity Campaign — Editors

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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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William_Blake_-_John_Bunyan_-_Cristian_Reading_in_His_Book_-_Frick_Collection_New_YorkSummary — Peter Linebaugh’s review of Helen Macfarlane: Red Republican: The Complete Annotated Writings, including the first translation of the Communist Manifesto, edited by David Black (London: Unkant Publishers, 2014), first appeared in Metamute — 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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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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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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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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may-daySummary: Joint resolution by seven independent Iranian labor unions and organizations has been issued amidst a growing wave of strikes by workers, protests by teachers and nurses, and arrests of union leaders. First appeared in Iranian Progressives in Translation – Editors

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1455896_10206644676695485_5075419077400679402_nSummary: Account of brutal police response to a demonstration against police brutality and murder in Denver — Editors

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PeterMclarenSummary: Review of the new sixth edition of Life in Schools, Peter McLaren’s classic critique of the educational system under capitalism, now updated through the Obama administration. Copyright Truthout 25 January 2015, reprinted with permission – 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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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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