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Tough Questions and Easy Answers at the Gatekeepers-inspired Pathways to Peace panel; Film Plays Through Sunday at Coral Gables Art Cinema

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The Gatekeepers is unprecedented in the open confessionals it gathers from the formerly mute heads of the Israeli security agency Shin Bet. Incisive comparisons between the Israeli occupation and the German occupations of Poland and Czechoslovakia, references to the Hannah Arendt-coined term the “banality of evil,” acknowledgement that “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom […]

Documentary Surrealism: Oscar Nominations Play Out Farce of Occupation

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A mysterious prisoner died in Israeli custody! There’s a Palestinian hunger strike! Ethiopian women are given forced sterilization! It’s been a few weeks since the Israeli elections have passed, and the country’s looking as good as it ever has, for better or worse (for worse, obvs). The bid between Bibi Netanyahu, the war criminal in […]

Garment Workers in Haiti Fight Exploitation, Call for International Movement

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In October 2012, members of One Struggle met in Port-au-Prince with members of SOTA (Union of Textile and Apparel Workers) and SOKOWA (Union of Workers at CODEVI Free Trade Zone in Ouanaminthe) — autonomous trade unions organized through Batay Ouvriye (Worker’s Struggle). What follows is a glimpse into the garment assembly industry, its expansion in […]

Oscars Blind Spot: Rafi Pitts’ “The Hunter”

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The Foreign nominations in the Oscars has always been a bit weird. Essentially, it’s one category for the rest of the world, but somehow Britain always makes the cut on Best Picture, giving the sectioning a neo-colonial bent. Last year, the Academy awarded A Separation with an Oscar. It was the second Iranian film to […]

Benny Toraty Makes an Eastern

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Last Thursday, the Michael Ann Russell Jewish Community Center screened Benny Toraty’s new film, The Ballad of the Weeping Spring, as part of its bi-monthly Israeli cinema night. Toraty’s film is a swan song and utopian what-if, a Blues Brothers/Magnificent Seven hybrid in which the “get the band back together” storyline is filtered through the […]

Q&A With Anu Muhammad About the Garment-Factory Fire in Bangladesh

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  Anu Muhammad, an anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist activist and Professor of Economics at Jahangirnagar University (Dhaka, Bangladesh), is the author of more than 20 books. He is the editor of the website Meghbarta.info. The fire occurred in the Tazreen Fashions factory on November 24, 2012 in Savar, north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing more than a hundred workers. The factory produced clothing for […]

Capitalist Food Production: A Leading Cause of Hunger, Illness, Ecocide, Exploitation, and Imperialist Domination

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Capitalism is a dysfunctional economic system that benefits a few while exploiting and neglecting the majority. But it’s not only that. It’s also a social relationship of domination, where a small class of capitalists exerts power over the whole society through the private ownership of the means of production. Under capitalism, the purpose of all commodity production (including food) is […]

Fun With Numbers: What Countries Have a Lower GDP Than the Estimated Cost of Our Election?

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As the 2012 contest comes to a close, those of us with election fatigue are not only looking forward to drinking away any and all memories of the campaign trail this evening. We are also taken aback by just how much $6 billion — the estimated cost of total election spending — really is. So, […]