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  • A Policy Puzzle of U.S. Goals and Alliances in the Middle East - NYTimes.com on Mar 28, 15
    • In Yemen, the Obama administration is supporting a Saudi-led military campaign to dislodge Iranian-backed Houthi rebels despite the risks of an escalating regional fight with Iran.

      But in Iraq and Syria, the United States is on the same side as Iran in the fight against the Islamic State, contributing airstrikes to an Iranian-supported offensive on Tikrit on Thursday even while jostling with Iran for position in leading the operation.

      All that while the Obama administration is racing to close a deal with Iran to remove economic sanctions in exchange for restraints on its nuclear program, alarming Saudi Arabia and Israel.

    • an ever-growing patchwork of strained alliances and multiple battlefields in the aftermath of the Arab Spring four years ago.
    • The chaos gives regional rivals “more reasons to fight out that power struggle and more arenas to do it in,” Ms. Wittes said.

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  • Plantation workers interests sacrificed to keep owners happy - Radical Socialist on Mar 20, 15
    • The eastern states of India, Assam and West Bengal, together contribute around 70% of the tea produced in India. Employing 1.2 million workers in around 1,500 tea gardens,
    • 6-7 million people depend on the tea industry in the region for their livelihood
    • the most poorly paid workers in the organized sector.

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  • Branded Forever: How tribals are framed, tortured and raped by police | Tehelka.com on Mar 13, 15
    • Murugayee, Shelvarani and Latha belong to the ‘Denotified Tribe’ (DNT) called Korava in Tamil Nadu, a community that is absolutely alienated and marginalised from the great Indian debate of constitutional promises and fundamental rights. Branded by the British as one of the Criminal Tribes, along with 150 other communities throughout India, the Koravas are still treated as ‘criminals by birth’ by all the institutional mechanisms of the state including the police, judiciary, political executive and, significantly, mainstream media and influential ‘high’ caste people.
  • Where are we going after the agreement? | SocialistWorker.org on Mar 10, 15
    • THE LAST meeting of the Central Committee of SYRIZA showed what type of party SYRIZA is. It is a broad network of political activists with all of the resistance struggles against austerity of recent years running through it. It is a party marked by a transitional approach [in a situation that is not revolutionary] that seeks social and political victories. It is a party whose "base," the vast majority of its membership, is committed to achieving its demands for democracy and paving the way for the complete socialist liberation of society.
    • Faced with this two-pronged threat, the government retreated. There is no room for sugarcoating the February agreement and the list of measures that Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis promised to carry out. If the government chooses--or is forced--to honor this agreement, it will have renounced its commitment to overturn austerity. The same thing will happen to SYRIZA as a party if it is asked to politically defend and justify the bitter contents of this agreement among the people.
    • The actions of the government clarify a contradiction in the commitments made by SYRIZA leaders during the election. On the one hand, there was a sincere commitment to the promise to reverse austerity. On the other hand, they promised that this could happen smoothly and without instability, within the framework of the eurozone. The second part of the SYRIZA leadership's election rhetoric now appears unrealistic and even utopian.

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  • International Socialism: Pitfalls and radical mutations: Frantz Fanon’s revolutionary life on Mar 07, 15
    • Employing Sartre’s work on anti-Semitism Fanon explains that being black is made in confrontation with others and created by the racist’s gaze. Race and racism, Fanon argues in the book, are relationships of intersubjectivity that orbit around a superiority and inferiority complex, with whiteness at the centre of a supposed superiority.
    • Towards the end of 1956 Fanon decided he could no longer stay—for his family’s safety but also because he could not practise his profession. He resigned, stating in a letter to Algeria’s Resident-Minister (governor): “If psychiatry is a medical technique which aspires to allow man to cease being alienated from his environment, I owe it to myself to assert that the Arab, who is permanently alienated in his own country, lives in a state of absolute depersonalisation”.
  • U.S. Criminal Deportations and the Future of Black Immigrants | Abraham Paulos on Mar 01, 15
    • according to the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), Black immigrants are detained and deported at five times the rate of other populations of undocumented people. As Black noncitizens, many of us experience the policy of criminal deportation as another manifestation of racist policies and state violence in the United States. Just like incarceration and felonies strip Black people in the US of basic human rights -- Black non-citizens are further criminalized and stripped of human rights via the U.S. deportation system.
    • As defined in our Justice Detained report, an aggravated felony "is a federal immigration category that includes more than 50 classes of offenses, some of which are neither 'aggravated' nor a 'felony' (for example, misdemeanor shoplifting with a one-year sentence, even if suspended). This category is one of the government's most powerful tools for deportation because it strips an immigrant of most choices in the deportation process. An immigrant - including a lawful permanent resident -- who is convicted of an offense categorized as an "aggravated felony" is subject to no bond (mandatory and indefinite detention) and no possibility of relief (mandatory deportation).
    • This term was first created during the War on Drugs by the 1988 Anti- Drug Abuse Act, but Congress expanded this term numerous times over the years, and most extensively in 1996."
  • Campaign for Peace and Democracy on Mar 01, 15
    • In the abstract, especially to someone who grew up after the dismantling of the welfare state, a second New Deal in Europe sounds great. But I hope to have shown why that cannot occur under the current political context. Now that the left is in power in Greece, it must take the steps to strengthen the organizational capacities of popular classes in the long run. And the truth is that a working class that is highly fragmented in an economy that is weak and unproductive will have a difficult time organizing against capital in a sustained manner. Again the examples of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador are relevant. Given the weakness of the Greek economy, then, and given its potential fate of stagnation if it remains in the Eurozone, we must seriously consider what the alternatives are for raising its productivity as we begin navigating a path toward socializing it. And I think it's necessary and possible to be having those conversations sooner than later.
    • In a situation where the population can be mobilized but that remains largely unorganized, Syriza has the opportunity to, for instance, build on its earlier contributions to the network of neighborhood assemblies that emerged after the Syntagma occupation. And this time, instead of just articulating an anti-austerity politics, it can use these fora as places to really discuss what's needed for a sustainable transition out of stagnation and toward socialism.
  • Bipolar capitalism | Michael Roberts Blog on Mar 01, 15
    • The CBO reckons that the US trend growth rate will slow to just 1.7% and will never be above 2% a year for the foreseeable future!
    • In another paper just out, three economists find that long-run US real GDP growth has been declining for some time and the main reason is a slowdown in the growth of the productivity of labour (http://www.voxeu.org/article/tracking-gdp-when-long-run-growth-uncertain). Capitalists are failing to boost productivity growth enough through new technology.
  • Asia to drive global infrastructure spending, says PWC study | Down To Earth on Mar 01, 15
  • Findings of Economic Survey 2015 are cause for worry | Down To Earth on Mar 01, 15
    • the government has identified subsidies—oil, food and fertiliser—as the most important sector that must now be “rationalised” to unleash the economic potential of the country.
    • the Survey has pointed to a sharp decline in rural wages, declining rate of employment and also, a declining rate of agricultural growth.
    • all three worrying facts have been manipulated to argue that subsidies have not reached or are not reaching the people. Thus, they must be rationalised or done away with. The deep decline in rural wage rate has been articulated as a sign of recovery of the economy

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