My Bookmarx 08/26/2011
26 أغسطس 2011 بواسطة Tamer Mowafy
Anti-Imperialism and the Iranian Revolution | libcom.org
“Arya Zahedi looks at the problems associated with anti-imperialist ideology during the Iranian revolution to cast light on struggles against the Islamic regime today. “
This article attempts to discuss how, in the years leading up to the Iranian Revolution, objective and subjective factors contributed to the development of an ideology that was an amalgam of socialism, nationalism, and religious imagery which can broadly be described as a form of third-world populism. The contention here is that the struggle against imperialism so dominated political discourse in the two decades leading up to the revolution that it, in many ways, became a fetter on the struggle for socialism.
The Mind of Egypt’s Military – By Michael Wahid Hanna | The Middle East Channel
“The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has been ruling Egypt since the fall of Hosni Mubarak. But the SCAF’s erratic decision-making process and its complete lack of transparency has left nearly everyone confused about its ultimate intentions. Many think that it aims to re-impose de facto military rule, and rumors swirl about its counter-revolutionary schemes and alleged secret deals.”
Crisis in Africa: capitalism is to blame
“In the Horn of Africa, a famine is raging that has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people. For the first time in 30 years, the UN has officially declared a famine. The drought in East Africa has resulted in a food crisis across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya that has affected over 12 million people”
the food crisis is a direct result of the colossal underdevelopment of the region, alongside the use of the most primitive agricultural methods. Under capitalism however, it is not possible to solve these problems. Farmers are too poor to purchase better tools or fertilisers, and the common grazing land that many villages rely on is increasingly fenced off and privatised for cash crops; coffee, cut flowers, beans and other ‘luxuries’ destined for western markets.
International: Deforestation Much Higher In Protected Areas Than Forests Run By Local Communities – Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources
“Tropical forests designated as strictly protected areas have annual deforestation rates much higher than those managed by local communities – reinforcing a challenge to a long-held belief that the best way to conserve forests is to lock them away in protected areas, according to a new study.”
Anarchism, Foucault and the “Postmoderns” | Anarchist news dot org
“This article is published in the French anarchist journal Réfractions, May 2008 with several other texts about postmodernity, including one by Tomas Ibanez, to which this article refers.”
Historically, the originality of anarchism rested in its critique and denunciation of the pitfalls and lies of modernity, but also, of course, in its capacity to think and adopt social and political practices which broke off severely with such a modernity; it broke up the schemes and procedures of the social and economic order that appeared in the last three centuries; and all this stemmed from new forces, new practices and new subjectivities, with the uncompromising rejection of all representation, the adoption of direct action, federalism, association and autonomy of beings struggling for their emancipation
Treacherous Sympathy with Muslim Women – Qantara.de
“Ever since the attacks of 9/11, feminists in the West have increasingly used the theme of the oppression of women in Islam as justification for war and domination. This strategy of using this rhetoric of “saving the women” in the name of “civilization” is an old ploy used many times in the past by Western imperialists, writes Leila Ahmed”
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