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Democracy Now! 2014-01-07 Tuesday

Democracy Now (English) - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 13:00
Democracy Now! 2014-01-07 Tuesday
  • Headlines for January 07, 2014
  • Court Ruling on Gay Marriage Ban Makes Utah an Unlikely New Front in Struggle for LGBT Equality
  • Weather Whiplash: As Polar Vortex Brings Deep Freeze, Is Extreme Weather Linked to Climate Change?
  • From Sandy to Haiyan, Year of Extreme Weather Brings More Coverage of Climate Change
  • From Funding Climate Deniers to Shadowy Groups, Koch Brothers Network Spent $400 Million in 2012

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The Malatesta Club

Libcom - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 11:14

A short account of the celebrated anarchist Malatesta Club of 1950s London.

One of the signs of a revival of the post-World War Two anarchist movement was the setting up of a regular speaking pitch at Hyde Park Corner in 1950. The number of speakers was added to over the next decade as people were introduced to the movement. Among these were Philip Sansom, Rita Milton and Frank Hirschfield.

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Forgiveness as a Sovereign Exception: Pussy Riot, Winter Olympics, and the New Russian Biopolitics

Infoshop News - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 03:57

“2013 has been a challenging year,” said president Vladimir Putin in his New Year’s address to Russian citizens. “In the...

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"Earthwatch with Robert Knight": Best In Peace - Father Paul Mayer, RIP, Segment 1

Radio 4 All - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 03:47
BEST IN PEACE: - REV. FATHER PAUL MAYER, RIP Pacifists, civil rights activists, progressives, liberation theologists, and radical ecologists gathered Sunday, 5 Jan 2014, at New York’s Judson Memorial Church for a final farewell to a trans-generational inspiration for social justice -- REVEREND FATHER PAUL MAYER, who passed away on 22 Nov 2013. Born a Jewish child of refugees from Nazi Germany, Paul unlikely became a Benedictine monk for nearly two decades, before his novel vestment as a Roman Catholic priest – until a conservative Vatican stripped him of that honorific following his marriage to a Catholic nun and his persistent protests, along with the equally-radical Berrigan Brothers, against the US’ nuclear war machine, and for Japanese radiation victims, as well as challenging racial injustice in America, and US-backed clandestine warfare throughout the hemisphere. He was an early friend and supporter of, and co-marcher with, the SCLC’s REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Just as Martin expanded the civil rights movement into anti-Vietnam war territory, so did Paul revision the US-dominated military-corporate-capitalist system as the smoldering fuse for a global environmental crisis, as cofounder of the Climate Crisis Coalition. Paul was a constant prophetic and friendly presence at such protest venues as the United Nations during the US-backed overthrow of Haiti’s democratically elected President Aristede, for Native-American rights, and against the US blockade of Cuba, invasion of Iraq, the overthrow of Libya, multi-trillion-dollar military spending, and so many other salient issues that separate today’s ‘liberals’ from true progressives in this epoch of reactionary ‘bipartisan’ media monopoly. Paul Mayer was also a personal friend of mine, to my eternal gratitude for his persistently pioneering the path to radical evolution, interpersonal compassion, and political clarity. In his memory, we herewith present The Rev. Father Paul Mayer – in his own words – during some of our on-air encounters about certain issues of substance, including the MLK legacy, war, peace, and the environment. [With processional music from The Byrds, Pete Seeger, Spanky & Our Gang, Stevie Wonder, Odetta, and David Bowie]
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This Way Out: Leslie Jordan + 2013 Comings & Goings + global LGBT news, Segment 1

Radio 4 All - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 03:18
Emmy-winning entertainer Leslie Jordan's dishes Hollywood with some "Show Pony" tales; "Rainbow Minutes" remember queer comings and goings in 2013; nightmare anti-gay laws pass in Nigeria and Uganda, Cuban lesbians & gays get workplace anti-bias protections, a U.S. Supreme Court stay stymies Utah marriage equality while the high court in the "Land of Enchantment" opens civil marriage to same-gender couples, but an unrepentant United Methodist Church pastor gets defrocked for Christmas, and more global LGBT news.
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State and Capital

Libcom - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 02:02

Excerpts about the relationship between the state and capitalism from Michael Heinrich’s recent book, An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital.

[i]Capitalism touches every moment of our lives, and always for the worse. That’s why capitalism must be replaced with a new and better society. The state is everywhere too. But how do the two relate? What is the role of the state in maintaining capitalism? And what is the role of the state in creating a new society? Like many people, those of us who edit Recomposition want capitalism to end.

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The Final Straw: Court Dates: NATO3 Announcement & Malik Rahim on Angola3 (January 5, 2014), Segment 1

Radio 4 All - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 01:54
This week there are two political court dates going on in the United States we wanted to bring attention to, followed by about 30 minutes of METAL!!!!!!!! WOAH!!!! First: on Monday, January 6th the NATO3 will be facing trial, starting with the jury selection. There's a callout for solidarity and support for the NATO3. The call out can be found at http://nato5support/ . A past episode of the Final Straw talking about the basics of the case can be found at: Second: on Tuesday, January 7th Shaka Cinque, known by the state as Albert Woodfox, will be facing a court date to determine if the earlier overturning of his conviction will be upheld in Louisiana or if he'll continue his indefinite time in imprisonment in Solitary Confinement at the Angola Prison in Louisiana which has thus far lasted 42 YEARS. Shaka Cinque is the only remaining imprisoned member of the Angola 3, three prisoners imprisoned Black Panthers accused of participation in the murder of a prison guard in the early 1970's. Robert Hillary King ( was released from prison when his case was overturned in 2001 and has written and spoken about the case of the Angola3 since. Herman Wallace ( served 41.5 years in solitary confinement for the case and died 3 days after his release near the end of 2013. More about the case can be found at The playlist from this episode can be found here: Episodes will later be archived at and you can contact us via thefinalstrawradio (a t) riseup (d ot) net
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Noam Chomsky: The drug war is the latest manifestation of a centuries-old ‘race war’

Infoshop News - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 01:23

“It’s a race war. Almost entirely, from the first moment, the orders given to the police as to how to deal with drugs were, ‘Y...

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Co-ops or workers' revolution?

Libcom - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 01:02

An article by Tom Wetzel (under a pseudonym) which lays out the limitations of cooperatives as an alternative to capitalism.

Originally appeared in ideas & action #1 (Winter 1982)
Made available courtesy of the Workers Solidarity Alliance archives in NY
Scanned by Juan Conatz

On the Eve of Albert Woodfox’s 5th Circuit oral arguments, Amnesty International demands his release

Infoshop News - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 23:30

Featured below are statements released today by both ...

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The Sunrise Ocean Bender: For What's Ailin' You, Segment 1

Radio 4 All - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 18:10
Sunrise Ocean Bender sets sail every Monday morning, 1 – 3 a.m., to find something for your ears, and something for your head … From psych to prog to pop and whatever tributary we can find on the way … and right back around again. There might be a map, but the destination is up for grabs. If it all goes right, we may just get lost. Meet me at the muster station … it might be a long week.
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!earshot 20: !earshot 20 - Jan 3, 2014, Segment 1

Radio 4 All - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 15:33
Anthony Enman and Brian Cleveland count down some of the "Best of the Rest" from the top 200 of 2013 in preparation for the Top 20 of 2013 show next week.
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