Curated Links

What’s Happening In Ferguson?

Posted in Curated Links on August 12th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Here are a couple of links which yield some perspective on the situation in Ferguson. I’ll post more as I find them.

Why Ferguson burned: Explaining St. Louis area riot to kids, outsiders : Parenting | St. Louis Post Dispatch. – Aisha Sultan

A Missouri city erupts against police murder | Socialist Worker. – Nicole Colson

Things That Caught My Eye – Week of August 4th, 2014

Posted in Curated Links on August 7th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Here are some links to articles that caught my eye this week.

6 Ways Wall Street Is Hosing Chicago Teachers - Matthew Cunningham-Cook unpacks how the country’s biggest investment firms are endangering the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund.

We Need to Fight for Equality – William Spriggs reflects on how the Labor Movement and the Civil Rights Movement must be united.

Catholic Social Teaching and Adjunct Faculty Organizing – John Russo writes about Catholic Universities and the Social Teaching of the Church.

Some Facts That Poverty-Deniers Don’t Want to Hear – Three-quarters of conservative Americans think poor people have it easy. Paul Buchheit shows that they don’t.

Imagine If People Were Paid What Their Work Is Really Worth to Society – Professor Reich imagines.

Films that Debunk Corporate Education Reform – A list of must-see videos from Diane Ravitch’s Blog.

Israel/Palestine FAQ - Who are the Palestinians? Who are the Israelis? Is Folk Singer David Rovics a self-hating Jew? Find out in this FAQ.

Do Palestinians Really Exist? – When he was nine years old, Dean Obeidallah finally learned about his father’s people.

Debunking Israeli Propaganda on Gaza

Posted in Curated Links on July 28th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Israel claims that it is merely exercising its right to self-defense and that Gaza is no longer occupied. Here’s what you need to know about these talking points and more, from The Nation’s Noura Erakat.

Read the article: Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza—Debunked | The Nation.

Understanding the Latest Wave of Immigration

Posted in Curated Links on July 9th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Justin Akers Chacón offers some context with regard to the latest wave of immigration from the South.

The children and youth coming to the U.S., chiefly from Central America in the current wave, are victims of faceless economic, political and military policies engineered and implemented by the U.S. government, either unilaterally, or working through ruling elites in the region.

These young migrants are journeying north to be reunited with their families or in a desperate search for work and security. It is a further indictment of the U.S. government’s inhuman immigration policy that these innocent victims are treated as criminals and undesirables.

Please read the full article: Children forced on a dangerous journey |

Marx and America

Posted in Curated Links on July 4th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Here are some words of wisdom from James Patrick Cannon’s essay, written for July 4th, 1951. He says that if you go to Marx, you find America.

It is wrong to confuse internationalism with anti-Americanism; to relinquish the revolutionary traditions of our country to the reactionaries; to let the modern workers’ revolutionary movement, the legitimate heir of the men of 1776, appear as something foreign to our country.

Read it at the Northern Worker: James Cannon on the 4th of July.

Happy Independence Day!

The Corporate Court in Context

Posted in Curated Links on July 3rd, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Peter Montgomery from People for the American Way puts this week’s Supreme Court decisions in historical context.

Samuel Alito is the single most pro-corporate Justice on the most pro-business Court since the New Deal. Still, Alito’s one-two punch was another extraordinary milestone for the strategists who have been working for the past 40 years to put business firmly in the driver’s seat of American politics.

Many would suggest that the modern right-wing movement began with the failed presidential bid of Barry Goldwater. But there’s a strong case to be made that it begins in earnest with a 1971 memo by Lewis Powell, who argued that American businesses were losing public support and called for a massive, continuing campaign to wage war on leftist academics, progressive nonprofit groups, and politicians. The memo by Powell, who was later appointed to the Supreme Court via a nomination by Richard Nixon, inspired a few very wealthy men like Adolph Coors, John M. Olin, and Richard Mellon Scaife, who set about creating and funding a massive infrastructure of think tanks, endowed academic chairs, law schools and right-wing legal groups, including the Federalist Society, which has nurtured Alito’s career.

Read the full article: Samuel Alito: A Movement Man Makes Good on Right-Wing Investments | Peter Montgomery.


Posted in Curated Links, Resources on June 24th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

I’ll be attending the Socialism 2014 conference in Chicago June 26th through the 29th. Here’s the schedule for the event.

See you in Chicago!

To The Unknown Deserter

Posted in Curated Links on June 22nd, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Bill Ayers considers the Bergdahl controversy.

A few years ago a group of German radicals and peace activists created a huge depiction of a soldier in profile, running hard as his helmet and rifle are flying away from him, and called it The Monument to the Unknown Deserter. They displayed their monument from town to town and city to city all over the country. We need that kind of sentiment—that monument—here, now more than ever.


Read More: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl | Bill Ayers.

Glenn Greenwald Interview

Posted in Curated Links on June 17th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

I’m looking forward to hearing Glenn Greenwald speak in Chicago at the Socialism 2014 conference next week. His presentation via Skype last year was one of the highlights of the conference. He recently spoke with Nicole Colson and Eric Ruder about the startling revelations of the past year, the mainstream media’s reaction and what’s still to come.

There’s a human shame that comes from doing things that people are willing to do only when they think people can’t watch them. And yet this is exactly the realm in which all forms of dissent, creativity and exploration of what it means to be a free individual reside in–when we have a private realm.

That’s why human beings instinctively seek out a private realm, a place where they can go and think and be and do without other people watching. That’s the reason why tyrannies always want to turn to surveillance–because they know that creating the perception one is always being watched is the most powerful instrument for keeping people in line and forcing people to comply with the wishes of authority.


Read the full interview: Unmasking Big Brother |

What’s Really Going On In Iraq?

Posted in Curated Links on June 17th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

The mainstream media would have us believe that it’s a war between a terrorist group called ISIS, and the U.S. installed government of Iraq, led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki – but is it really just a sectarian battle between the Sunni terrorists and the Shiite-dominated government, with the people of Iraq caught in the middle?

Not according to Michael Schwartz.

For the last couple of years, local folks in the Sunni areas of Iraq–many of whom are now involved in this insurgency–have been organizing protests, nonviolent and violent, against the government, based on numerous justified grievances.

As the government has escalated its repression of these protests, what is essentially a guerrilla war has developed (or rather a large number of uncoordinated local guerrilla-type insurgencies) in the various cities and towns in Anbar, Nineveh and other northwest provinces. ISIS–with a multi-local presence in many, but not all, of the local areas–is an (often vicious) element in the mix. It sometimes takes leadership, but most often, it is not the dominant force in any locality.

Read On: Understanding the crisis in Iraq |