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December 31st, 2012



Chiapas Cries Out: The Sound Of Zapatista Silence, on ZNet (first on, by Leonidas Oikonomakis, December 26, 2012, included 2 videos;

Being female in India: A hate story, on Intrepid Report, by Bev Conover, Dec. 21, 2012;

A Reputation in Ruin: Deutsche Bank Slides into a Swamp of Scandal: on Spiegel Online International, by Spiegel Staff, Dec. 12, 2012: Deutsche Bank was once Germany’s proudest financial institution. Now, though, the giant is facing myriad investigations, legal troubles, scandals and accusations of malfeasance. Its current leadership has pledged a new beginning, but several executives are tainted as well … (Photo-Gallery);

Democracy: fact and fetish, a long text on International Socialism, Oct. 8, 2012:
… Conclusion: It is common to talk about democracy without regard to the specific social context in which it is operating. Hopefully this article has shown that is a profound mistake, and that meaningful discussion must always differentiate between the different types. Because capitalists own the means of production it is inevitable that their version of democracy separates form from content; representation from rule; demos from kratei; leaders from led. Proletarian democracy unites all of these elements in a dialectical synthesis which alone can bring collective control to the majority and liberate humanity.77
The current capitalist crisis poses an unprecedented challenge to those who believe in democracy. In many places the pressure of the money markets and corporations is such that the falsity and superficiality of bourgeois democracy are exposed. At the same time there is a wave of resistance. It takes many forms; but in every case, whether it is a general strike, a popular revolution or a mass movement such as Occupy, the sinews of the popular will to collectively rule can be seen at work. The history of democracy from ancient Greece to present-day Greece shows the potential for genuine rule by the masses once and for all.
(full long text).

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