Upon a recent Google search, I discovered that Michael Jackson once posed enthusiastically with Bal Thackeray, the founder and leader of the Shiv Sena, upon a visit to India in 1996. Apparently the occasion for Michael Jackson’s trip was a fundraiser for the urban poor coordinated by Thackeray. The Shiv Sena is a chauvinistic Hindu nationalist organization based in Bombay, which has fueled xenophobic anti-Muslim hatred and violence throughout Maharashtra and elsewhere in India for decades now. (To put this in perspective, Thackeray has repeatedly expressed admiration for Hitler.) The Shiv Sena was also the principal group responsible for the city’s name change, from “Bombay” to “Mumbai,” when they held power in Maharashtra in the late 1990s.
Ah, blissful ignorance…

Upon a recent Google search, I discovered that Michael Jackson once posed enthusiastically with Bal Thackeray, the founder and leader of the Shiv Sena, upon a visit to India in 1996. Apparently the occasion for Michael Jackson’s trip was a fundraiser for the urban poor coordinated by Thackeray. The Shiv Sena is a chauvinistic Hindu nationalist organization based in Bombay, which has fueled xenophobic anti-Muslim hatred and violence throughout Maharashtra and elsewhere in India for decades now. (To put this in perspective, Thackeray has repeatedly expressed admiration for Hitler.) The Shiv Sena was also the principal group responsible for the city’s name change, from “Bombay” to “Mumbai,” when they held power in Maharashtra in the late 1990s.

Ah, blissful ignorance…

motherjones:


On a warm, sticky winter morning, I waited nervously in a parking lot in Foshan, a city in southeastern China’s smog-choked Pearl River delta, for a man I’d never met. His name was Mr. Ou, and he ran the sprawling factory in front of me, a jumble of offices, low-slung buildings, and warehouses. Though the factory was teeming with workers, a Subaru SUV and BMW coupe were the only cars in the lot. Drab, gray worker dormitories loomed nearby, and between them ran a dusty road that led to the factory. At last a young man emerged from an office building. He motioned for me to follow him in…

Mother Jones’ (fiction-free) investigation of Walmart’s China factories.
Illustration by John Hendrix

motherjones:

On a warm, sticky winter morning, I waited nervously in a parking lot in Foshan, a city in southeastern China’s smog-choked Pearl River delta, for a man I’d never met. His name was Mr. Ou, and he ran the sprawling factory in front of me, a jumble of offices, low-slung buildings, and warehouses. Though the factory was teeming with workers, a Subaru SUV and BMW coupe were the only cars in the lot. Drab, gray worker dormitories loomed nearby, and between them ran a dusty road that led to the factory. At last a young man emerged from an office building. He motioned for me to follow him in…

Mother Jones’ (fiction-free) investigation of Walmart’s China factories.

Illustration by John Hendrix

broletariat:

fyeaheasterneurope:

Emma Goldman (1869 –1940)
Born into the Jewish community of what is now Kaunas, Lithuania (it was part of the Russian Empire back then), Emma Goldman immigrated to the United States when she was sixteen. There, she gained notoriety as a feminist, anarchist, pacifist, and anti-capitalist. She was a supporter of gay rights, almost unheard of for the time period. She ran her own magazine and went on speaking tours in between her multiple stays in jail.
In 1919, she was deported back to her homeland - which had gone through revolution in the interim, and was now the USSR. Emma was initially approving of the new communist government, but soon found herself disillusioned. She married a Scottish anarchist in order to gain British citizenship and find a way back to the west, where she continued to make herself unpopular by speaking out against the growing enmity against Nazi Germany. According to Emma Goldman, Britain, France, and the United States were no better than the Nazis - they were all Fascists in disguise.
But nothing fazed Emma Goldman: “The more opposition I encountered, the more I was in my element.”
Thanks to tramriot for suggesting her as a topic.

I was just in Kaunas today, wishing real hard that Emma Goldman had been there with me.

broletariat:

fyeaheasterneurope:

Emma Goldman (1869 –1940)

Born into the Jewish community of what is now Kaunas, Lithuania (it was part of the Russian Empire back then), Emma Goldman immigrated to the United States when she was sixteen. There, she gained notoriety as a feminist, anarchist, pacifist, and anti-capitalist. She was a supporter of gay rights, almost unheard of for the time period. She ran her own magazine and went on speaking tours in between her multiple stays in jail.

In 1919, she was deported back to her homeland - which had gone through revolution in the interim, and was now the USSR. Emma was initially approving of the new communist government, but soon found herself disillusioned. She married a Scottish anarchist in order to gain British citizenship and find a way back to the west, where she continued to make herself unpopular by speaking out against the growing enmity against Nazi Germany. According to Emma Goldman, Britain, France, and the United States were no better than the Nazis - they were all Fascists in disguise.

But nothing fazed Emma Goldman: “The more opposition I encountered, the more I was in my element.”

Thanks to tramriot for suggesting her as a topic.

I was just in Kaunas today, wishing real hard that Emma Goldman had been there with me.

motherjones:

And You Wonder Why We’re Broke?
Check out this International Institute for Strategic Studies infographic on military spending.

motherjones:

And You Wonder Why We’re Broke?

Check out this International Institute for Strategic Studies infographic on military spending.

Police used water cannons and tear gas to break up a march by thousands of Chilean students on Thursday, the first protest this year by student groups whose demonstrations demanding education reform paralyzed major cities in 2011. [READ MORE]

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domesticterrorism:


Union membership vs income inequality - 1917 - 2008 

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domesticterrorism:

Union membership vs income inequality - 1917 - 2008 

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Today, the University simultaneously touts nearing its fundraising goal of $5 billion for real estate acquisition and campus expansion into Manhattanville. The expansion, while in part in the name of research, has also been executed with the promise of local employment for West Harlem. While presenting itself as a job machine for New York City, Columbia must also demonstrate it is capable of producing jobs worth having.

Take a stand for Columbia’s workers

Unusually strong editorial in the Columbia Spectator, addressing Columbia’s recent attempts to cut benefits for unionized workers. By Elliott Grieco, published March 6.

Some footage from last Wednesday’s labor rally, March 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LdoIMSEOCw&feature=youtu.be

This form of deep democracy, the vertical fulcrum of a democracy without borders, cannot be assumed to be automatic, easy, or immune to setbacks. […] For those concerned with poverty and citizenship, we can begin by recalling that one crucial condition of possibility for deep democracy is the ability to meet emergency with patience.
Now reading Deep Democracy: Urban Governmentality and the Horizon of Politics by Arjun Appadurai. The essay examines an Alliance between three organizations led by Mumbai slum-dwellers, offering compelling reflections on federation, patience, the “politics of shit,” and other facets of urban resistance under a globalized economy. In Public Culture 14 (1), 2002. download pdf
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