A Summer of Workers’ Revolts and Ethnic Divisions in China

By JOMO and BaoYunCheng Two major incidents in China have grabbed international headlines recently. First are the workers protests, occupations and strikes against the privatization that took place in Jilin and Anyang. Second, are the inter-ethnic rebellions in the Xinjiang Autonomous region, also known by some as East Turkestan. The authoritarian measures taken by the

Analyses of Blomkamp’s District 9 & Abrams’ Star Trek

-BaoYunCheng I wrote these analyses immediately following the releases of these two summer blockbuster sci-fi films. My Analysis of Peter Jackson/Neill Blomkamp’s District 9: District 9 is one of the more entertaining films of our generation. Despite its elaborate critique on systematic racism, though, the movie itself prescribes liberal racism and elitism to overcome the

Weekend Links

Irving Kristol, Godfather of Modern Conservatism, Dies at 89 From Trotskyist fellow-traveler to godfather of neo-conservatism. House votes to deny all federal funds for ACORN Democratic-majority House and Senate votes to cut off all federal funds to ACORN after right-wing hit. South Carolina and the other race battle behind Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst The changing

Not a Recession, but a Depression for Black workers

Despite some important examples of struggles in this country in response to the effects of the economic crisis, it is the capitalist who have carried out a consistent offensive. The devastation from unemployment is the worst since the 1930s, and the real percentage of which is above 16%, with over 20% in some areas. But

Queer Liberation and the Pakistani State

This summer, Pakistan’s supreme court ruled that hijras, a name for South Asia’s historic transgender community, will be registered by the state, ostensibly to provide social services and prevent police brutality.

This article from The Guardian written by Basim Usmani indicates that, though the ruling has been lauded by official media and Pakistan’s middle classes, both the motivations and the effects of the ruling are less than liberating for queer people in Pakistan.

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Students as Positive Proletarian Actors from Advance the Struggle

Here is an article originally from the blog, Advance the Struggle. The author, Esteban, raises important questions considering the size of the student population in the United States, the role students have played in radicalizing movements, and how they can think about themselves in terms of their own emancipatory capabilities. This is especially pertinent when