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Archive for 31 مارس, 2012

  • “Egypt’s ruling military council has warned it will not allow civilians to encroach on the armed forces’ extensive business enterprises. The rare comments from the military about its secretive economic interests come as it faces increasing demands for public scrutiny.”

    tags: Egypt military SCAF economy business corruption

  • “Spanish workers angry at a labour reform the government calls an “unstoppable” necessity staged a general strike on Thursday, bringing factories and ports to a standstill and igniting flashes of violence on the streets.”

    tags: spain strike workers general_strike europe violence

  • “اتسمت العلاقة التاريخية بين مسلمي ومصر وأقباطها في معظم مظاهرها بالاستيعاب والتسامح, إلا أنها لم تسلم في فترات متعددة في تاريخها من توترات واحتكاكات.”

    tags: Egypt sectarian_violence sectarianism copts violence

  • “This essay argues that anarchists can learn from the theory of “intersectionality” that emerged from the feminist movement. Indeed, anarchist conceptions of class struggle have widened as a result of the rise of feminist movements, civil rights movements, gay and lesbian liberation movements, etc. But how do we position ourselves regarding those struggles? What is their relationship to the class struggle? Do we dismiss them as “mere identity politics”? “

    tags: anarchism feminism gender LGBT queer Intersectionality

    • Intersectionality posits that our social locations in terms of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation of origin, ability, age, etc. are not easily parsed out one from the other. To speak of a universal experience as a “woman”, for example, is problematic because “womanhood” is experienced quite differently based on race, class, sexuality– any number of factors. As such, a non-reflective feminist movement centered ostensibly on the concerns of “women” tended to reflect the interests of the most privileged members of that social category.
    • all structured forms of inequality add to the nihilistic belief that institutionalized hierarchy is inevitable and that liberatory movements are based on utopian dreams.

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  • “Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc and his entire cabinet resigned on Monday in hopes of quelling anti-austerity demonstrations that began more than two weeks ago. Demonstrators took to the streets to support a cabinet member who resigned to protest a plan by Romanian President Traian Basescu to privatize parts of the country’s health care system.”

    tags: Romania austerity protests government privatization demonstrations labor

  • “أبطال عاديون حياتهم لا تلفت النظر. قد تكون تعاملت معهم ذات يوم، ولكنك غالبا لم تشغل بالك كثيرا بقصص حياتهم ولم تلتفت إلى جدول أعمالهم اليومى.. بائعة خبز ثلاثينية العمر، صبى ميكانيكى فى العقد الثانى من عمره، صياد سمك تعدى الخمسين، سواق أتوبيس لم تعد قسمات وجهه تنم عن عمره من كثرة ما فعلته به مشقة المشوار اليومى.. سيدة منتقبة تعمل خياطة فى مصنع لا تستطيع أن ترى غير عينيها ولكنهما كافيتان لتعرف كم هى مصرة على الحق.”

    tags: Egypt workers unions unions_rights trade_unions law jurisdiction

  • “Affirming belief that America is an exceptional nation has become a test of patriotism in American politics. Standing up for America’s right to make its own rules and live its own unique destiny has become an obligatory part of campaign rhetoric at a time when China is on the rise and the American economy is struggling back to its feet.”

    tags: USA imperialism domination exceptionalism

    • Law, after all, constrains power, and the United States, like any great power, is likely to support a law-bound international order only if it ties up the power of its competitors more than it constrains its own. Other great powers have subscribed to this realist calculus in advancing international law. America is exceptional in combining standard great-power realism with extravagant idealism about the country’s redemptive role in creating international order.
  • “The private papers of the former prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, have been opened to the public. They contain a note written by Thatcher’s press secretary, Bernard Ingham, of a private meeting she held with Rupert Murdoch, the owner of News International.”

    tags: uk Margaret_Thatcher Rupert_Murdoch capitalism media domination

    • The meeting took place on January 4, 1981, at a lunch at Chequers, the grace and favour home used by sitting prime ministers. The note strongly suggests that a deal was agreed there that enabled Murdoch to bypass parliament’s Monopolies and Mergers Commission.
    • Ingham’s note explains how Murdoch, with Thatcher’s approval, was able to establish a dominant position over the press in Britain that has been used over the last 30 years to manipulate public opinion and prop up successive right-wing governments.
  • “قال اللواء محمود نصر، مساعد وزير الدفاع للشؤون المالية والمحاسبية، عضو المجلس الأعلى للقوات المسلحة، إن القوات المسلحة لا تحصل من ميزانية الدولة إلا على 4.2%، وهى أقل من نصف موازنة وزارة مثل التربية والتعليم، رغم ضخامة مصروفات القوات المسلحة، ولذلك قررت الاكتفاء الذاتى من صناعات غذائية، وملابس للجنود، وغيرها من الاحتياجات التى كانت ستزيد العبء على الدولة، مؤكداً أن الجيش ملتزم بدفع الضرائب، وكل مشروعاته مراقبة من الجهاز المركزى للمحاسبات، وتساءل: «ما هو المطلوب من الجيش إذن؟»”

    tags: SCAF politics economy Egypt Kamal_Al_Ganzoury

  • “رفض المجلس الأعلى للقوات المسلحة تحميله أو تحميل حكومة كمال الجنزوري وحكومات ما بعد الثورة المسئولية عن تدهور الأوضاع الاقتصادية. وقال اللواء محمود نصر مساعد وزير الدفاع للشئون المالية وعضو المجلس إن “هناك شيوعا في المسئولية ولا يستطيع أحد حساب المجلس أو حكوماته لأن ما يحدث وضع قهري حتى القانون يعترف به ويميزه”، مستبعدا القدرة على تقديم تقييم سليم في ظل الانفلات الأمني.”

    tags: SCAF politics economy Egypt Kamal_Al_Ganzoury

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