Alan Grayson Talks About TPP, Globalization, NAFTA and Obama

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 5:31 pm

I interviewed Alan Grayson on my radio show on March 18th.

This segment of the transcript of the interview covers our discussion of TPP and globalization trade deals. It’s not pretty.

 

A Conversation With Scott Crow, Part 1: Occupy & Activism

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 6:59 pm

Scott Crow is a co-founder of the Common Ground Collective which provided grassroots solidarity and mutual aid after Hurricane Katrina. An anarchist activist, author and public speaker, he travels regularly to share his views. The second edition of his book about Common Ground, Black Flags and Windmills is due out soon. It’s one of multiple book-length projects in the works.

Both Scott & I call Austin home, so I invited him out for coffee and conversation on a recent break from an unusually chilly Central Texas winter.

The U.S. Government Uses Sweatshops, Too

By: Saturday January 4, 2014 1:00 pm

The collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh last April exposed the cruel link between abusive Global South factories and the Western brands they supply. But while consumers may have been shocked to learn of the Gap or Benetton‘s latest designs strewn amid the wreckage of “death trap” factories, they might have missed another bit of debris: the label of the U.S. government. In fact, much of the clothing churned out by overseas sweatshops is custom-made for Uncle Sam.

Video: OBEY – based on the book “Death of the Liberal Class” by Chris Hedges

By: Saturday November 30, 2013 6:40 pm

This is a film based on the book “Death of the Liberal Class” by journalist and Pulitzer prize winner, Chris Hedges.

It charts the rise of the Corporate State, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.

Is TPP Even a Trade Deal?

By: Friday November 15, 2013 2:20 pm

Opposition does seem to be mounting to TPP, the question remains as to whether it is enough to stop the deal. This is when activism matters the most.

FDL Movie Night: The Last Safari

By: Monday October 7, 2013 4:59 pm

In The Last Safari, photographer Elizabeth L. Gilbert sets out for Kenya’s Great Rift Valley and to give back to the tribes she photographed a decade earlier. Gilbert explains that because so many photographers show up, take pictures, and never return, the tribes feel exploited. Because many of the warriors and their tribes have never seen photographs of themselves, her goal is give copies of her books to people she has photographed and to show the villages slide shows of their vanishing cultures, while Matt Goldman documents the experience.

The Ancestral Values We Inherited: Protecting Indigenous Water, Land, and Culture in Mexico

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 5:45 am

Within our indigenous community of Xoxocotla, we continue to hold the ancestral values we inherited. It never crosses our mind to leave them behind. Because in daily life we are always in contact with nature, with our lands, with our water, with our air. We live in harmony with nature because we don’t like the way that modernity is advancing, destroying our territory and our environment. We believe technological modernity is better named a death threat.

Without Our Land, We Cease To Be a People: Defending Indigenous Territory and Resources in Honduras

By: Monday August 26, 2013 2:55 pm

We live on the Atlantic coast of Honduras. We are a mix of African descendants and indigenous peoples who came about more than 200 years ago in the island of San Vicente. Without our land, we cease to be a people. Our lands and identities are critical to our lives, our waters, our forests, our culture, our global commons, our territories. For us, the struggle for our territories and our commons and our natural resources is of primary importance to preserve ourselves as a people.

Chinese Communist Party Memo Warns of ‘Seven Perils’

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 10:00 am

Senior Chinese Communist Party leaders have been briefing party members about the dangers facing the party in the coming years. Identified in a secret memo as the “seven perils”, the concerns center around Western ideas creeping into Chinese society and the threat they pose to the party’s continued dominance of the country.

More Bad Apple: Watchdog Exposes New Chinese Factory Abuses

By: Saturday August 10, 2013 5:20 pm

Apple’s growth and reputation for innovation have long been built on the shaky foundation of rock-bottom wages and poor labor conditions in Chinese factories. Now, a new investigation by the New York-based advocacy group China Labor Watch has further revealed the abuses, including wage violations and chemical exposures, at the warped core of Apple’s corporate empire. The report focused on Apple supplier the Pegatron Group, which has become a major producer of an upcoming new model for a scaled-back “cheap iPhone” for lower-end markets.

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