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Bosnia: The Wheel Has Started Turning

David Wilson of Islington Left Unity looks at recent developments in Bosnia Three years ago, the Museum of Broken Relationships was set up in Zagreb by former lovers Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubiši?.Displays include an axe used by a woman to smash her ex-girlfriend’s furniture together with a splintered chair, a wedding dress with its note saying, “I liked the idea that I could give something away that aw ...

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Time for Noah’s Ark again?

Michael Roberts looks at the impact of climate change across the world The world is experiencing extreme weather.  In the US, California’s drought is the worst in 100-years while the East Coast faced a massive snowstorm with freezing temperatures. On the other side of the world, Australia continues to deal with intense summer heat and droughts, causing major bush fires. There has been severe winter flooding ...

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Strategy For Deglobalization

[Focus on the Global South, 2003] It is in response to the growing clamor for alternatives to the current system of global governance that Focus has elaborated the strategy of deglobalisation as the guiding paradigm for its programmatic work in the next three-year period. Deglobalisation is not a synonym for withdrawing from the world economy.  It means a process of restructuring the world economic and poli ...

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Afghanistan: The USSR left, the US wants to stay

Just before noon on Feb. 16, 25 years ago, Lieut. Gen. Boris Gromov, top Soviet commander in Afghanistan, solemnly walked across the Friendship Bridge over the Amu Darya River into Uzbekistan. He uttered the words: "Our 9-year stay ends with this." The USSR was officially out of Afghanistan. It was a unilateral withdrawal -- even as Daddy Bush, then US President, wanted to keep weaponizing those Afghan "fre ...

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Greece’s EU-presidency a blow to democracy

Since the 1st of January 2014 the presidency of EU is held by the Greek prime-minister Antonis Samaras. In Greece, this was “celebrated” from the one side with a feast where the European leaders were invited and from the other side with arrests and teargas against the protesters who took to the streets of Athens. ...

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Thank you Mr Edward Snowden!

On the occasion of the European Day for the Protection of Personal Data that every year on 28 January reminds us of this serious matter, we, a sociology and psychology students' group attending the course " Sociology of Privacy and Surveillance" by Professor Minas Samatas, in the Department of Sociology, University of Crete , have authorized him to send this letter to the Greek press and the Guardian . ...

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Worldwide Inequality

Where and to whom one is born is, it seems, arbitrary, chance, fate or karma being the divine decision maker. Wake from innocence to middle class parents in one of the developed wealthy nations of the world, and be blessed with comfort, opportunity, good health care and education and a life of profitable possibilities. Find yourself in a slum in Nairobi, Kenya or the daughter of tea pickers in Assam, India, ...

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The euro crisis and contradictions between countries in the periphery and centre of the European Union

The crisis that started in the United States in 2007-2008, hit the European Union head on in 2008, and has been causing major problems in the eurozone since 2010. [1]| Banks from the strongest European countries are responsible for spreading this plague from the United States to Europe, because they had invested massively in structured financial products. It is important to explain why this crisis has struc ...

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Lenin’s State and Revolution Today– The Preface

It's been 97 years since Lenin first wrote what has since become a "classic" of Marxism: The State and Revolution: The Marxist Theory of the State and the Tasks of the Proletariat in the Revolution, hereafter referred to as SR. I propose to discuss the significance of this work for today (the beginning of the 21st Century) and so will not spend a lot of time discussing its relevance to the world of 97 years ...

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