International

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NYC
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Six women directors take their lens up close to women making news in countries riven with conflict and dictatorial regimes, and asks the question when journalists are constantly under threat, what drives these women to do their jobs? Executive Produce Napur Basu worked with women directors from four countries - Illang Quijano(Philippines), Deepika Sharma (India) Pochi Tamba Nsoh (Cameroon) and Eva Brownstein (USA/Bangladesh) who produced films in five countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, India, Philippines.

As research in action, we wish to use this film as a starting point to open up discussion around the people and the media. The questions of wherein lies our responsibility to the audience/readers and to listen to the people on this question.

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In 1979, the Iranian Revolution overturned a key pro-US power in the Middle East. Since then Washington has sought to overthrow the Iranian government, as it did before in 1953. The US has used crippling economic sanctions, internal subversion, and threats of war. Little known about the Islamic Republic of Iran are the progressive changes made in the country, such as programs to eliminate poverty, improving the rights of women. Dan Kovalik will discuss his new book now coming out on Iran. Sara Flounders will discuss the movement to stop a US war on Iran. Ben Norton will review the genocidal US-Saudi war on Yemen.

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It is now popular to speak about intersectional analyses of oppression and collaboration among social justice organizations. However, how many organizations or movements really walk the walk across ideological lines? We will walk across the timelines of movements and develop correlations between the past (Selma, Freedom Riders, and Palestine movements in the 40s – 80’s), the present, and the future. We will attempt to facilitate conversations that integrate the intersections of Liberation in Palestine, Black Justice and Liberation, Migrant and Immigration rights, Water and Land Liberation (such as Flint, Palestine and Fighting against the Dakota Pipelines), Islamophobia, political prisoners, and the ascendency of Trump’s regime. The interconnecting thread of these varied movements is the push for justice. It is hoped that by turning a critical lens to the intersections of varied movements for justice, specific and concrete steps towards an integrated plan that is realistic and implementable will be developed that will move those who are marginalized towards freedom. In short, do our lives really matter?

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Late night comedians may try to laugh him off, but Trumpism has created a dangerous instability in our political system and across the international political order. So in terms of a "left" strategy, what is the "Trump phenomena"? Is it a "nouveau" assertion of "American Exceptionalism"; a rehash of "Manifest Destiny"; or part of the new wave of authoritarianism threatening the legitimacy of democratic rule across Europe, North Africa and Asia? And how should the left respond to a crisis of democratic legitimacy that is, in part, of its own making? By way of self criticism, how should the unexpected advent of Trumpism inform the strategy of the left both here in the United States and around the world? Join us for our wide ranging discussion of this perplexing topic.

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NYC
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The overwhelmingly Black South African working class has slipped into deeper poverty - measured at $4/day at nearly two thirds of the population, up from half at the fall of apartheid 1994. In response to a tightening World Bank-authored 1996 austerity plan, enacted by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), contemporary South Africa has become perhaps the world's most intense site of class struggle (as even the World Economic Forum admits in its annual reports on worker militancy). In 2012, 34 striking platinum Lonmin mine workers were massacred by cops who were emailed 24 hours earlier by current president Cyril Ramaphosa, who was Lonmin's main South African investor. So far no one has been punished. Moreover, charges of massive corruption, which included former President Jacob Zuma, have shaken the country. Ramaphosa is a former mineworker union leader but now is worth over $500 million. Ramaphosa has introduced intensified neo-liberal, anti-labor legislation and an austerity budget since his ascent to power in mid-February. A powerful new South African Federation of Trade Unions, spearheaded by the large metalworkers union (NUMSA), the largest union in the country with 350,000 members, says it is time to break with the status quo and capitalism. Meanwhile, a massive student struggle to democratize and de-racialize education has swept the country. Discussing these developments and more will be Patrick Bond, a political economist. Also speaking will be Glen Ford, editor of the popular Black Agenda Report, Marty Goodman, a writer for Socialist Action newspaper and others. Please join us for a unique and sometimes shocking look at South Africa today decades after the fall of legal apartheid.

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Roundtable participants--Rodolfo Pastor de María y Campos from the LIBRE Party, Vicki Cervantes of the Honduras Solidarity Network, Alex Main from CEPR and Adrienne Pine (American University) will discuss the ongoing crisis in Honduras, with a particular focus on the increasing, and increasingly militarized consolidation of power since the recent installation of Juan Orlando Hernández as dictator following blatant electoral fraud. Today, over 40 people who protested the 2017 fraud are dead and dozens of anti-fraud political prisoners languish, pre-trial, without healthcare, adequate food or access to family members in new, post-coup U.S.-style maximum security prisons that have enriched foreign corporations with no accountability or transparency. International extractive and tourist corporations, in collusion with powerful drug lords, oligarchs and politicians (often the same people) harass and murder activists and journalists with complete impunity. While the 2017 electoral fraud was roundly and internationally condemned, it came as no surprise to Hondurans that the U.S. State Department supported its outcome, just as the Clinton State Department supported the 2009 coup that laid the path for the nation's downward spiral into neoliberal fascism. Similarly unsurprising are the crickets coming from mainstream media regarding U.S.-supported violence in Honduras, compared with depictions of state violence in, for example, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Despite this bleak panorama, Hondurans continue to bravely resist. This panel will provide examples of that resistance on multiple levels, and will discuss strategies for effective solidarity.

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“No is not enough.” To save the planet from impending catastrophe, people need a positive vision of a better world and the roads leading to it. In other words, a credible picture of a possible Ecotopia and plausible account of how to get from here to there. But is “Another World” REALLY possible?

To answer that question, we “Future Historians” have decided to perform a thought experiment. Our premise: if there is even once chance in a hundred for a better world – we ought to be able at least to imagine it. So we place ourselves in the position of Future Historians living in the year 2118 on a damaged, but stabilized, planet. Our project is to look backward a century and reconstruct HOW our great-grandparents got us from THEN - today’s capitalist death-spiral - to NOW - a sustainable, egalitarian global society free of war, oppression and exploitation.

Future Historians is an international study group of scholar/activists from Moscow to California meeting bi-monthly via conference call and publishing our findings on a wiki at futurehistorians.org

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2018 marks the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, than whom, as even his ideological opponent Isaiah Berlin had to admit, “no thinker in the nineteenth century has had so direct, deliberate, and powerful an influence upon mankind.” This panel seeks to bring together intellectuals of all sorts, whether academics or activists, who are committed to exploring Marx’s legacy in this post-Marxist age, those who, once more, seek somehow to bring that legacy to bear upon the world. Specifically, the panel seeks to address what is legacy of Marx’s life as a revolutionary intellectual, that is the legacy of the political writings and activities he contributed to the socialist workers’ movement.

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NYC
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This will be an opportunity to discuss the Cuban Revolution today and the prospects for the normalization of US-Cuban relations.

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In spite of the fact that Russia is a country of capitalism’s Jurassic Park and oligarchic capitalism, it has manifested itself as a geopolitical opposition to NATO, which raises a number of urgent and important questions and challenges to the Left: 1) NATO is world policeman. Will be Russia another world policeman? 2) New Cold War inevitable? 3) Do we need new world wide peace movement? Who can be main actors of this movement?