Published Articles

map_of_iranSummary: Persian and English-language analyses which have attempted to comprehend these events have ranged from a dismissal of the election process as a completely engineered one, to uncritical support for the election results. [Originally appeared in Iranian Progressives in Translation, July 24, 2013.]

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map_of_iranSummary: Mohammad Nourizad and Mohsen Makhmalbaf are both filmmakers.  Both were active supporters of the Iranian regime but later turned against the regime and became ardent advocates of human rights.  Now they have openly broken with another feature of their past:  prejudice against religious minorities. [Originally appeared in Iranian Progressives in Translation, July 24, 2013]

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Justice for Trayvon Martin: July 15

Summary: The acquittal of the murderer of Trayvon Martin shows, “beyond reasonable doubt,” that unconscionable acts of murder and abuse against Black Americans continue to define the social and legal structures of this land, and that racism is more than ever the Achilles heel of American “civilization” — Editors

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Tahrir Square: June 30

Summary: The overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood government involved an unprecedented level of popular mobilization that has created a new opening for the Egyptian and the worldwide revolutionary movement.  At the same time, the new military-backed government carries with it serious dangers, as do the contradictions within the left itself, including on gender – Editors

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Oxford Covered Market

Summary: This exchange of emails followed a discussion at a public meeting of the Oxford Communist Corresponding Society on the subject of “A beginner’s guide to economic planning” on 30 May 2013. Both authors take part in these meetings but are not members of the OCCS. Richard Abernethy is a member of International Marxist-Humanist Organization and Phil Walden is a member of the Democratic Socialist Alliance  – Editors.

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Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 decision represents a crucial leap forward for LGBT rights. However, it takes place at the very time that the Court has pushed the country further backward on race relations – Editors

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9780956817679_cov_frontSummary: Labor historian and activist Dan La Botz reviews David Black and Chris Ford’s 1839: The Chartist Insurrection. This critical review stresses that “The authors aim is to show that modern Britain, so often thought of as a model of moderation and gradualism, …does indeed have a revolutionary, working class tradition.” Originally appeared in  New Politics  – Editors.

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2816Summary: This article, written by a member of the Slovenian Marxist left, covers the impact of the global economic crisis in terms of its effects on the population and the neoliberal maneuvers of established political forces, including on the part of the center left.  At the same time, anger and a clarity of vision concerning capitalism itself are building among the population — Editors

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map_of_iranSummary: Although the recent disqualification of two candidates Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei from the election, is very significant and further reveals the intense power struggles within the regime, more significant are the defining issues which continue to fuel the grassroots discontent inside Iran. Originally appeared in Iranian Progressives in Translation, May 25, 2013.

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May Day in Los Angeles

Summary— We present reports from Marxist-Humanist participants on the 2013 May Day celebrations— EditorsPDF

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