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Slavoj Zizek: Catastrophic But Not Serious

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Tariq Ali: From Cairo to Madison – The Arab Revolution and a World in Motion

Tariq Ali: From Cairo to Madison – The Arab Revolution and a World in Motion from N Alexander on Vimeo.
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In London and Athens, protesters are rekindling the true European spirit

by Costas Douzinas from The Guardian Dual identities create tensions. I was born in Greece but have lived most of my life in Britain. When I arrived in London, after the fall of the Greek dictatorship in 1974, I was told in no uncertain terms by an elderly gentleman walking his bulldog that Britain does not belong [...]
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Not Crushed, Merely Ignored

by Tariq Ali from: London Review of Books A Kashmiri lawyer rang me last week in an agitated state. Had I heard about the latest tragedies in Kashmir? I had not. He was stunned. So was I when he told me in detail what had been taking place there over the last three weeks. As far as [...]
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No New Deal is Possible

by Antonio Negri from: Radical Philosophy John Maynard Keynes was a gentleman ? that is, an honest bourgeois, not a petty-bourgeois like Proudhon, or an ideologue, but an easy man ? and when political economy was still concerned with the political ordering of market and society every classical economist knew this. Keynes thought that knowledge functioned factually [...]
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Cornelius Castoriadis interviewed

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Greek debt crisis: Let's not return to status quo

by Alexandros Stavrakas from: The Guardian If by “hope” we mean a feeling of yearning and expectation for something to happen, and by “change” we mean an improvement of our present condition, then this is Greece’s moment of hope and change – and it is an overdue moment indeed. But, before this moment is [...]
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The Greek Crisis – Politics-Economics-Ethics

Listen here to the debate at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, held on May 5th. Speakers: • Stathis Kouvelakis, Kings College, London • Kevin Featherstone, Director, Hellenic Observatory, LSE • Costas Lapavitsas, Economics, SOAS • Peter Bratsis, Politics, Salford University • Costas Douzinas (Chair) Birkbeck Introduction by speakers: [audio http://bedeutung.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/2010_05_05_greekcrisis_speakers.mp3] Open debate: [audio http://bedeutung.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/2010_05_05_greekcrisis_audience_comments.mp3]
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Beg, Borrow or Steal: the Greek Crisis

by Alexandros Stavrakas The commentary on the Greek crisis has predictably descended into a spectacle of cheap moralisation. Over the past months, we have been bombarded with accusatory tirades aimed against corrupt politicians, greedy bankers, depraved technocrats and more or less anyone who’s had a chance to use and abuse the system in order to advance [...]
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Jacqueline Rose on the Dreyfus Affair

Jacqueline Rose’s talk at the Asia Society on April 21 – organised by the London Review of Books on their 30th anniversary. Rose discusses parallels of the Affair with today’s political predicaments, including the role of the public intellectual. [audio http://bedeutung.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/dreyfus-affair-jacqueline-rose1.mp3] If the player doesn’t work, click the link below: Dreyfus Affair – Jacqueline Rose(1)
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Obama's War

A talk by Tariq Ali in New York on Monday April 19th – organised by the London Review of Books [audio http://bedeutung.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/obamas-war-tariq-ali.mp3] If the player doesn’t work, click below: Obama’s War – Tariq Ali
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The End of Politics (2): Europe

by Costas Douzinas How different does Europe look today from ten years ago. In 2000, influential commentators hailed the dawn of the ‘new European century’ to replace the atrocious ‘American’ 20th century. Europe was on the way to becoming the model polity for the new world. The re-unification of Germany, the successful introduction of the Euro [...]
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The end of politics and the defence of democracy

In this month of the ‘Greek passion’ one thing is certain. The country will never be the same again. But while the commentators, academics and ‘experts’ discuss endlessly the economic crisis, the deep political malaise has gone unnoticed. The three ‘waves’ of ‘stability’ measures have befallen Greece like an evil tsunami which will turn the current recession into a depression with no clear end. But they also attack the foundations of democracy. The unfolding events offer a panorama of the symptoms of ‘the end of politics’.
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Thatcher, Thatcher, Thatcher

by John Gray from the London Review of Books There wasn’t anything inevitable about David Cameron’s rise. If Kenneth Clarke had stirred himself into running something like a campaign when competing for the leadership with Iain Duncan Smith and been ready to appear more tractable on Europe; if David Davis had moved decisively in the immediate aftermath [...]
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Why Google is the Nike of the internet

by Alexandros Stavrakas from The Guardian Google decided two weeks ago to shut down its hitherto self-censoring search service in China. This allegedly costly gesture, intended as a bold statement rather than a formal articulation of corporate “foreign policy”, is congruous with the company’s liberal philosophy and juxtaposed to the aged conformity of, say, Microsoft. But far [...]
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Peter Hallward on “Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment”

from Democracy Now Haitian President Rene Preval said Sunday that the death toll from the earthquake could reach 300,000 once all the bodies are recovered from the rubble. We speak to Peter Hallward, professor of Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University. “Unless prevented by renewed popular mobilisation in both Haiti and beyond, the perverse international emphasis [...]
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Our role in Haiti's plight

by Peter Hallward from The Guardian Any large city in the world would have suffered extensive damage from an earthquake on the scale of the one that ravaged Haiti’s capital city on Tuesday afternoon, but it’s no accident that so much of Port-au-Prince now looks like a war zone. Much of the devastation wreaked by this latest [...]
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Slavoj Žižek – Living in the End Times

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The Pictures of War You Aren’t Supposed to See

By Chris Hedges from truthdig.com War is brutal and impersonal. It mocks the fantasy of individual heroism and the absurdity of utopian goals like democracy. In an instant, industrial warfare can kill dozens, even hundreds of people, who never see their attackers. The power of these industrial weapons is indiscriminate and staggering. They can take down apartment [...]
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In the next decade, I hope to become more radical

by Costas Douzinas from The Guardian How different things looked in 1900 and 2000. The end of the 19th century was drowned in fin de siècle gloom. The end of the 20th century was, on the contrary, exuberant. President Bush Sr triumphantly announced in 1991 that a “new world order” was coming into view in which “the [...]
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