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Guy Debord screening on Sunday

NOT BORED! | In response to the way he was slandered in the French press during its coverage of the murder of his friend, Gerard Lebovici, on 5 March 1984, Guy Debord withdrew all six of his films from world-wide distribution. It wasn’t until shortly after his death (a suicide) on 30 November 1994 that two of Debord’s films were finally screened on French TV. Finally, in November 2005, Debord’s films were re-released as a collection. Most of these films have never been screened in New York. In this retrospective, all six of Debord’s films will be shown in chronological order and in the original French. No subtitles. Translations and other relevant printed materials will be available. more...  4 Comments

Google Map Hack Envisions Brooklyn's Future

No Land Grab |

Atlantic Yards

This image is a sneak peak of what has been billed as the coolest Google Map hack to date.

On Monday, OnNYTurf, the web site that brought you the clickable and searchable NYC Subway map, will launch a clickable Google map that offers wide-angle shots around the footprint [Read More at No Land Grab || Read More at OnNYTurf]

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Cartoon Controversy: US Left Nationalists* Join the Islamists Against Freedom

Mahmood Ketabchi | The international protests mounted by the Islamist currents had nothing to do with confronting racism and xenophobia.
While the Islamist have pulled out their swords to amputate freedom of expression and the right to blasphemy, the leftist apologists keep beating on an empty drum to convince people that the Islamists are fighting racism. Such a characterization of the Islamists campaign is only intended to create legitimacy and credibility for political Islam, a movement in which the left nationalist current in the US finds an ally against imperialism. more...  4 Comments

International Women’s Day

Workers World | Women have an especially large stake in fighting for a society where the ownership of the wealth and resources is taken out of the hands of the few and shared by all.

In this struggle, working-class women will be leaders of the multi-national force—African American, Latino, Asian and Native—that can break politically with the capitalist parties and fight for a total overhaul of society. more...  0 Comments

Anti-women bigots go on rampage

Sue Davis | But reproductive rights aren’t related merely to sexuality, though they include full rights for lesbians, bi and trans women, freedom from stereotyped gender roles, an end to sexual harassment and vio lence against women and no forced sterilization. Reproductive rights are a constellation of social, economic and cultural conditions that allow every woman to make informed decisions about her life.

It’s really a program for women’s right to control their lives—a platform of demands needed for women’s liberation. more...  2 Comments

Rachael Corrie's Voice Crushed Again

Katharine Viner | Last week the New York Theatre Workshop canceled the production — or, in its words, "postponed it indefinitely." The political climate, we were told, had changed dramatically since the play was booked. more...  17 Comments

Grassy Narrows Warns Weyerhaeuser: “Withdraw or Face Fierce Campaign”

Rainforest Action Network | The Grassy Narrows First Nation, an indigenous community in Northwestern Ontario, has issued an ultimatum to logging giants Weyerhaeser and Abitibi-Consolidated. The companies must either immediately stop their destructive use of the land or prepare themselves for a fierce international campaign. more...  0 Comments

Crimethinc: In Love With Love Itself, or a Revolution in Everyday Life?

Jed Brandt and Matt Wasserman | In January 2005, Indypendent writer Matt Wasserman had this to say about ""Recipes for Disaster": "Crimethinc is the American heir to situationism, born in punk shows and hopped trains instead of cafés and garrets. They have yet to inspire a May ‘68 but in their second book, Recipes for Disaster, they move from their previous manifestos and pamphlets to suggestions for taking action. They offer up a “moveable feast,” with 61 recipes ranging from “Antifascist Action” to “How to Make a Bicycle into a Record Player” to “Squatting.” All are forms of direct action, or “acting directly to meet needs.” (This book turns “just do it” into an anarchist slogan.) And nearly all take the status quo as a given." [Read The Original Review]

Now, Jed Brandt takes his two cents to the pages of Clamor magazine, and here to the open-publishing newswire: "If the Situationist author Raoul Vaneigem was right that those who speak of revolution without mentioning everyday life 'have a corpse in their mouth,' then maybe its fair to say that those who equate revolution with the lifestyle choices of well-read drop-outs confuse making love with jerking off. .""

The Brandt review, and assorted commentary, follows below. more...  82 Comments

RSF replies to false accusations regarding Dublin riots

AeZeR | RSF replies to false accusations

Republican Sinn Féin
Teach Dáithí Ó Conaill,
223 Parnell Street,
Dublin 1, Ireland
e-mail:  saoirse@iol.ie
 http://www.rsf.ie/
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International Women's Day 06- Solidarity with 'Great Walk against Anti-women Laws in Iran's Islamic Republic'

iwdsolidairty2006nyc | Stand in unity and solidarity with the "Great Walk Against Anti Women Laws in Iran's Islamic Republic" in Europe!

In New York on International Women's Day, March 8, we will bring together a multinational gathering of women, men and young people in solidarity with the Great Walk in Europe.

A future of Islamic Fundamentalism vs. the Bush regime's "McCrusades" is a brutal disaster for the world's women and people, and we cannot and will not accept it. Support those risking their lives to oppose barbaric Islamic fundamentalist laws and practices against women -- be part of bringing forward movements of women and people the world over to reject both deadly and crushing ruling orders, instead fighting for relations of equality between women and men, and against domination and plunder of the world's nations and countries by a handful of imperialist powers.

To those who still wonder whether George Bush and his regime can deliver some kind of liberation to the women and people of the Middle East or any corner of the globe -- as one of the Great Walk statements says: "The American government has declared that it seeks to liberate the women of the Middle East from the yoke of Islamic fundamentalism. This is a ridiculous claim that makes a mockery of real liberation and is an insult to the women of the Middle East. The march of events in Afghanistan and Iraq should have helped those who were taken in by these self-styled liberators of Middle Eastern women to realize how badly they were fooled. If anyone still believes that George Bush and his ilk are liberators of women, please talk to American women fighting to prevent him from taking away their right to abortion as well as against the efforts of the Christian fascists to dominate every aspect of the lives of women in the U.S. What George Bush is taking away from the women in the USA he will not deliver to women in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan or any other country."

Join with us in supporting the Great Walk in Europe. As their material states: "In this rally there is a place for all freedom-loving women and men, all political and progressive and revolutionary forces, who want equality between men and women in every aspect of life, a place for all those who oppose gender discrimination in any form." And: "Celebrate 8 March 2006 with us and help us to build the independent ranks of women against U.S. imperialism as well as the reactionary states governing these countries."

Wed, March 8th, 2006
March: 5:00 PM Starts at 83rd and Roosevelt Ave.
(7 train to 82st St.)
Rally: 6:30 PM 73th Street and Broadway
(7, E, F, R, G trains to 74th St/ Roosevelt)



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A Very Dangerous Trap: Clash of Cultures

Thomas Assheuer | Islam may not be combatted, only the crime perpetratd in its name. more...  2 Comments

Jewish Labor Activists Zap NYU Scab Conference

rozele | Jewish supporters of workers’ rights zapped a Yiddish studies conference this weekend at NYU, where graduate teachers have been on strike for over 100 days. Since fall 2005, NYU’s graduate teachers have been on strike for a new contract, and the entire campus has been under picket; attending events held in NYU buildings is crossing a picket line. The conference’s organizers aligned themselves with that effort by placing it on the NYU campus, rather than at one of the many community venues which have hosted events during the strike. more...  0 Comments

Opio Oscar

Fernando Buen Abad Domínguez | Fetichismo de la Mercancía Fílmica more...  0 Comments

Rachel Corrie Play Delayed by New York Theater

free speech | Anyone for mounting a staged reading at a large public hall? more...  7 Comments

Call for Activist Poetry

Sparkplug |
Poems Against War: A Journal of Poetry and Action is looking for poems for its fifth "Liberation" issue, especially image-driven poems on the subject of personal liberation, and poems that incorporate and describe an activist event, experience, or action. more...  1 Comments

New York celebrates International Women's Day with Music and Human Rights advocates

Vicrum Puri, The Hunger Project | New York celebrates International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8 with leading human rights activists and music! The event is open to the public. Join musical performers and women’s rights leaders at St. Bart’s Church (Park Avenue at 50th in Manhattan) from 7:30-9:30pm to discuss progress in the global struggle for women’s rights.
Speakers include immediate past president of Planned Parenthood, Gloria Feldt, former Vice President of Uganda, Dr. Speciosa Kazibwe, executive director of MADRE, Vivian Stromberg. Entertainers include Yummy Bingham, Candace Jones and Rebeca Vallejo.For information and to RSVP, contact Carol Coonrod at 212 251-9104,  csc@thp.org.
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Miss Tammy Faye Starlite

small WORLD Podcast | Country singer Miss Tammy Faye Starlite talks about Southern Babtists, the Rapture, religious intolerance, the war in Iraq and much more. more...  0 Comments

Help us to finish the film about Zanon's workers.

Ernesto | This film narrates the whole story about the fight of Zanon's workers. Now is in postproduction. Help us to finish the film. Visit our website where is all the information.
The address is www.filmraymundo.com.ar/default.htm
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IWW-Starbucks Workers Union annual Winter Benefit Show Extravaganza!!!

Worker Freedom | So come on over to Bklyn. for cheap drinks, live music, union solidarity, and all the standard debaucherous debauchery that comes along with any great house par-tay!
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Science Fiction Writer Octavia Butler Dead at 58

Kazembe Balagun | According to Democracy Now, Butler "died on Friday night after a fall outside her home in Washington state. Her best-known work included "Parable of the Talents" and "Kindred." Butler was considered to be one of the first African-American women to break into the world of science fiction. Jane Jewell, of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, said 'She is a world-class science fiction writer in her own right. She was one of the first and one of the best to discuss gender and race in science fiction.'"

In January 2006, the Indypendent interviewed Butler while she was on tour promoting Fledgling, her first novel in nearly a decade.

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Winner of the Hugo Award for science fiction and a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, Butler’s fiction bends the boundaries of race and gender, while focusing on the problems of pollution, the legacy of slavery, and racism. more...  7 Comments

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