This week Muslims around the world marked Eid al-Adha, a holy day in which sacrifice and charity are celebrated. As Syrian Muslims observed the occasion, the implementation of a new ceasefire agreement gave additional reasons to give thanks. While the agreement appears to be largely holding, though there have been reports of some violations and […]

Yesterday President Obama, flanked by former president George W. Bush, spoke at a ceremony commemorating the lives of police officers killed in Dallas last weekend. Cutting through the sanctimonious and pious eulogies and calls for unity is a demand to understand. Yet, understanding the shooting of officers in Dallas is difficult. It’s easy to fall […]

INTRODUCTION Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s 2014 military operation in Gaza, involved many of the consequences of desperate and destructive urban and asymmetrical warfare that characterizes each hot flare up of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. One of the charges often levied during the 2014 round of hostilities is the use of human shields, voluntary and involuntary, by […]

I. INTRODUCTION Arguably the most important rights contained in the International Covenant on Social Economic and Cultural Rights (“ICSECR”) are those concerning availability, security and conditions of work. One does not need to travel far to see how necessary these rights have become in the modern world of globalized, technology-based, monopolized, finance capitalism. From Bangladesh […]

TABLE OF CONTENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY INTRODUCTION I. BACKGROUND A) The Question of Palestinian Statehood (1947-Present) B) Israeli Opposition, Acceptance and Recognition in 1993 C) Palestine’s Change of Status from “Observer” to “Non-Member State” by the United Nations General Assembly III.ANALYSIS. A) The Principles and the Mandates for the ICC B) ICC and Palestine C) Israeli […]

Philanthropy is often touted as a great achievement of capitalism and an obligation oo the wealthy? But the roots of philanthropy show that it is little more and another example of capitalist expropriation of the best human qualities. Finally philanthropy is unable to cure the social ills of capitalism and is therefore little more than personal propaganda campaigns for the elite.

Here’s my only issue with all the discussion of white privilege. Let me first say I acknowledge the phenomenon and it’s obvious outcroppings. My issue is that the phenomenon can be draped in classic identity politics, i.e. race and gender, but that is really just masking the true underlying problem: class inequality. When you look […]

Even if President Obama’s Job’s Plan were to be voted on and passed today, workers everywhere continue to suffer from the economic crisis and jobless “recovery”. Some, however, fare better than others. Since the end of World War II with the advent of the G.I. Bill, higher education has been touted as the means by […]

Even if President Obama’s jobs plan were to be voted on and passed today, it will not overnight solve the problem that workers everywhere are suffering from the economic crisis and jobless “recovery.” Some, however, fare better than others. Since the end of World War II with the advent of the G.I. Bill, higher education […]

The Recession that began in 2008 has not affected everyone equally. While large banks including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and JP Morgan Chase –the same lenders who pushed for the widespread implementation of sub-prime mortgages and then compiled them into mortgage backed securities, and who further bet against the viability of these toxic securities […]

The bombing in Boston is just one of several bombing that happen each day around the world. But unlike any other day, today people are freaking out!   The difference? It happened here.   Acts of terrorism, such as the one yesterday in Boston, particularily against unarmed civilians (including children) are terrible. But it’s terrible […]

I recently read this pair of wonderful articles by Leon Trotsky about the Kronstadt rebellion. http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1938/01/kronstadt.htm http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1938/07/kronstadt2.htm I showed the second to a Christian Libertarian colleague of mine. The following discussion ensued: ME: I need to get out why I would defend War Communism, understanding the social conditions and relations of the time (which, I […]

    Italians awoke today to the announcement of a new government under the newly appointed Prime Minister Mario Monti. Replacing Former Prime Minister and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi who resigned over the weekend amid internal and external pressure regarding the ongoing debt crisis in the Euro Zone, Monti is the antithesis of Berlsconi. While […]

Written with: Susan Webb   Eight months ago, Libyans, swept up in the fervor of the Arab Spring, rose up against the regime of Col. Moammar Gaddafi. With the announcement of Gaddafi’s death on Wednesday, it was clear that this uprising had entered a new phase.   Mystery still surrounds the events of Gaddafi’s death. […]

Introduction: Common Misconceptions about communism 1)      Communism is a totalitarian dictatorship wherein the people are oppressed and allowed little to no freedom 2)      Communism has nothing to say about the world today as it lost the war of ideas after the breakup of the Soviet Union 3)      Communism leads to dictatorships like Stalin in Russia […]

Glenn Beck has become America’s right-wing sweetheart. The boisterous, overly emotional faker has captivated dim-witted audiences for years, and has ventured into the “non-fiction” and fiction realm of print, and even had the audacity to publish a children’s book. Although on the surface his anger and positions may seem sincere, and has surely mobilized a […]

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has an issue with food. Not only evident by his somewhat plump contour, but by his battle with the Orlando Chapter of Food Not Bombs, Dyer’s issues with food have ventured from the dinner table to Lake Eola Park and the Fifth District Court of Appeals. This battle, over the esteemed […]

The “Great Recession” of 2008 continues to be a lesson in Marx’s theory of value and crisis as Capitalist government’s attempts to, once again, save the economic system from its own contradictions. As Marx shows, Capitalism’s inherent contradictions, specifically the production of great quantities of commodities, capital and wealth while simultaneously limiting the means to […]

Rick Scott’s 2010 victory in the Florida Gubernatorial race ushered in by Tea-Party euphoria over his and fellow Tea-party favorite Marco Rubio’s radical conservative agenda has pushed Florida back into the realm of the far right not seen since Jeb Bush. Ironically, Rick Scott has positioned himself to be even more conservative than the former […]

Last week the Greek parliament voted to approve an austerity program to procure additional loans from the IMF and World Bank in order to ensure the Greek government would be able to pay all the necessary bills. The situation in Greece stems directly from the worldwide crisis, caused by the bursting of the housing bubble […]

Robin Hood would be turning over in his grave after the outcome of today’s vote on the Bush Era Tax Cuts. Thanks to the party of the rich voting down the tax cut bill proposed by Senate Democrats to extend the cuts to hard-working families across the country,  53-36, it looks like the President will […]

Irony may not be the right word to describe the scene at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Robinson Street in Orlando on November 14, 2010. It may have appeared like any other church does on Sunday, but this congregation was a quite different sort. At first glance the packed pews showed some of the goers […]

So often in both philosophic and physical tenses the idea of the Utopia is or has been categorized as mere fantasy, so much so mostly because the term utopian in the real sense refers to something ideal but impossible. The notion of a utopian vision is seen nothing more than mere ramblings of idealistic or […]

It has become apparent that Law Enforcement agents are ready prepared, not only to use the trusty pistol carried to intimidate us, but that lovely secondary weapon: Taser. As we have seen, just in the last few weeks, the taser has become the weapon of choice for the long hand of the law because it […]

I would like to comment not about the shootings themselves. Of course, the shootings, the shooter and the whole police debacle it became were all horrendous, ridiculous, and really confusing. Rather, what I would like to comment on is 1) the note the killer left and 2) the convocation ceremony that happened yesterday. First, the […]