Challenging the Media Distortion and Blackout on Venezuela: Interview with Venezuela’s Charge D’Affaires

The purpose of our event was to provide a space to expose and correct the distortions and media blackout of the reality in Venezuela. We explored how to understand Venezuela amidst the media attacks, threat of military intervention, and economic sanctions.

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‘Resistance’ Media Side With Trump to Promote Coup in Venezuela

We like to think we have an adversarial media—one that will stand up, in particular, to Donald Trump. The media assured us that they would perform their crucial democratic role in holding this dangerous new president and commander-in-chief accountable at every turn.

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Interview with Die Linke Executive Board Member Claudia Haydt: Understanding Die Linke (Part 1)

Die Linke which translates as “The Left” is Germany’s left/progressive party. It was founded in 2007 incorporating political strands from West Germany (those dissatisfied with the Social Democrats) and East Germany (former members of the then ruling Socialist Unity Party of Germany).

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Interview With Five Star Movement Deputy Pino Cabras (Part 2): Participatory Democracy

The participation of citizens in public management and political dynamics is one of the fundamental pillars of the 5-Stars Movement. Since the beginning, our goal has been to bring citizens into institutions as well as to bring institutions closer to citizens.

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Interview With Five Star Movement Deputy Pino Cabras (Part 1): Progressives Take Power

On the March 2018 Parliamentary elections, the Five Star Movement won the most votes in Italy’s Parliament (32.5% in the Senate, 32 in the Chamber of Deputies). On June, it entered government by forming a coalition government with the right-wing populist party, the League.

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Is the Moon Administration Still a Part of the Candlelight Revolution?

In a press conference on July 18, 2018, the Intellectuals Declaration Network, comprised of 323 professors and intellectuals, announced the “Intellectuals Declaration Demanding Bold Socio-Economic Reforms from the Moon Jae-in Administration.”

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Going to Meet History

Recently, I joined the ISC’s Labor History Tour, and felt lucky that I could learn and connect to this city and country through living history. Having taught English in Jeollabuk-do before moving to Seoul, it can feel daunting to foster a sense of connectivity to a massive hive of grey high rises compared to a more countryside experience.

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Blackness: An Exploration of Cultural Identity in the African Diaspora

What is Blackness? Are all Black people the same? In an age when #BlackLivesMatter trends, Black athletes lose their jobs standing up against Black deaths, and the U.S. President refers to prominent Black people as “low-class” and “uneducated,”

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Venezuela Fights On! Part II

I want to backtrack a bit and try to understand the current period by contextualizing it within the Aug. 4th assassination attempt on President Maduro and the string of electoral victories by the Chavista government…

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Understanding Africa Part II: From Colonialism to Neocolonialism

We seldom hear about modern Africa from an African perspective. As part of his second of three parts in “Understanding Africa,” a Kenyan organizer writes about how a changing global order after World War II and African people’s collaboration and resistance shaped modern Africa.

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5 Star Movement: A Populist Alternative to Italian Neoliberal Politics

The 5 Star Movement has formed a populist coalition government with the right-wing populist party the League. Ciro Brescia, a self-professed Communist and a founding member of the 5 Star Movement (M5S), explains the contradictions and potential of the M5S in changing Italy, by exploring the political context of its birth and those that compose its ranks.  

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