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Uruguay and the Threat Posed by Neoliberalism

By: 
Hedelberto Lopez Blanch

As several nations in South America are going through their worst economic-political-institutional crises, Uruguay —which has survived the neoliberal wave in the region— is going to face elections on October 27 that might change a  system that has been benefiting most of its population.

Why the Mauna Kea Protests Are So Challenging to the Mainstream Climate Movement

By: 
Elias König

Mauna Kea shows that science does not happen in a vacuum. It leaves very real traces in the world — from the desecration of Native land at Mauna Kea to the atomic bomb. A science that is not reflective of questions such as for whom is it gathering knowledge, at what cost is it doing so, and what ways of life it is destroying, is perpetuating the kind of positivist thinking that has significantly contributed to the current ecological crisis.

Extinction Rebellion -- Arguments for and Against

By: 
Roger Copple

I am very excited about the success of the growing Extinction Rebellion movement, which often supports the Green New Deal.  If it turns out that these two movements are disguised attempts by the one percent to set the stage for a new world order of global capitalism (with massive growth instead of vastly reducing our ecological footprint) with the same old outrageously large gaps between the rich and the poor--then it is up to us who support global socialism and a system of democratic world law to share our voices all the more.  What is needed is global, democratic, ecological, and egalitarian socialism.    

This article originally appeared on OpEd News

Why the left should unite behind open borders

By: 
Lea Ypi

Left-wing scepticism about open borders and migration may not be rooted in racism and xenophobia, but it takes the same troubling form as its right-wing counterpart.  

The left-wing case against immigration hinges on both a pragmatic and a principled argument. The former appeals to the constraints of electoral politics in representative democracies. Across Europe, in working-class strongholds that have become increasingly susceptible to anti-immigrant rhetoric, the left is losing votes to the far right, who point to the failures of globalisation and blame liberal elites’ relaxed stance to open borders. In response, the left becomes complicit or confused.

Texans could get a year in prison for protesting pipelines on their own land

By: 
Naveena Sadasivam

The fight against a Texas pipeline just got a little more challenging. On Monday, the Texas Senate passed legislation that makes interfering with pipelines and other oil and gas infrastructure a crime punishable by up to a year in prison and $10,000 in fines. And just the “intent to impair or interrupt” operations could still cost you a $4,000 fine and a year behind bars.

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