Slow, low intensity, (so far largely bloodless), class warfare

http://www.zcommunications.org/slow-low-intensity-so-far-largely-bloodless-class-warfare-by-diana-valentine

Venezuela’s ‘National Strike’ has been going on for over a month. The opposition, who attempted a military coup in April 2002, has attempted to shut down the economy, and especially the oil industry, of the country in order to try to oust the elected government of Hugo Chavez. In response, a movement of supporters of the government’s program has come out, as they did in April, to defend the government, the constitution, and its reforms.

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Anti-Semitism And Anti-Colonialism

http://www.zcommunications.org/anti-semitism-and-anti-colonialism-by-justin-podur

When Judy Rebick, in her recent Znet Commentary (“Is anti-semitism an issue for the left?”) told this story:

“My father had to fight his way to school every day against gangs of boys calling him dirty Jew. In his day, he used to tell me, signs on Sunnyside beach on the Lakeshore in Toronto said, “No dogs or Jews allowed.””

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Yes, Americans can understand suicide bombers

http://www.zcommunications.org/yes-americans-can-understand-suicide-bombers-by-justin-podur

It might be hard to believe, but Americans have within themselves all of the emotional equipment needed to understand suicide bombers. What is required is shock, rage, and an irrational desire for revenge that goes so deep that it ceases to be picky about what the targets for that revenge actually are. Such feelings can then be manipulated into support for bombing innocents.

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10/7

http://www.zcommunications.org/10-7-by-justin-podur

10/7 will not go down in history or live in infamy the way 9/11 did. Those who wish that it would are guilty of something called moral equivalence.

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Handmade in Colombia

Colombian community leaders Alirio Arroyave and Arquimedes Vitonas were in Toronto last month to give talks, part of the Canada-Colombia Solidarity Campaign. rabble interviewer Justin Podur caught up with both men during their stay and spoke with them about participatory politics, direct democracy and what can happen when the people making the decisions are also the people affected by them.

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