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Reimagining Socialism: A Nation Forum

Barbara Ehrenreich and Bill Fletcher, Jr., "Rising to the Occasion"

The responses:

Immanuel Wallerstein, "Follow Brazil's Example" Bill McKibben, "Together, We Save the Planet" Rebecca Solnit, "The Revolution Has Already Occurred" Tariq Ali, "Capitalism's Deadly Logic" Robert Pollin, "Be Utopian: Demand the Realistic" John Bellamy Foster, "Economy, Ecology, Empire" Christian Parenti, "Limits and Horizons" Doug Henwood, "A Post-Capitalist Future is Possible" Mike Davis, "The Necessary Eloquence of Protest" Lisa Duggan, "Imagine Otherwise" Vijay Prashad, "The Dragons, Their Dragoons"

Public Outcry Forces Lawmakers to Say They’ll Recoup Millions in AIG Bonuses, But Why Not the Billions in Taxpayer Bailout Funds?

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have responded to growing public outrage with a pledge to recoup million-dollar bonuses paid out by the bailed-out insurance giant AIG. But the hundreds of millions of dollars in bonus money pales to the billions used to bail out AIG a second time. We speak to consumer advocate Ralph Nader and economist Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect. Kuttner says, “I think [Treasury Secretary Timothy] Geithner is probably gone within sixty days, because he has become a liability to the administration.”
Edward Liddy, the Chief Executive of failed insurance giant American International Group, will testify before a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee today, as outrage continues to grow over the nearly $165 million dollars AIG paid as taxpayer-subsidized bonuses this year. While angry lawmakers proposed legislation that would impose a special surtax on these bonuses to recoup taxpayer money, the Treasury Department announced i…

Kafka Era Double Standard, Edward Hermann on Coverage of Gaza

The U.S. political class and those of the EU and the new "hope" and "change" leader of the United States, Barack Obama, justify Israel's attack on Gaza as based on its "right of self-defense." There is, of course, the question of whether it is acceptable to defend yourself by a massive attack on a civilian population when this is not the only route to self defense—the Israelis could withdraw from an illegal occupation, they could stop starving the Gaza population, and they could abide by negotiated ceasefires (in this case, effectively and almost surely deliberately ended by their November 6 killing of six Gaza Palestinians). There is also the problem that the Israeli action violated the UN Charter. Article 51, the self-defense exception, requires immediate notification of the Security Council and, after any immediate attack is contained, giving over remedial action to the Security Council. There is also the problem that this "self-defense" …

Finkelstein at Birkbeck College (University of London): "How can we help the Palestinian cause?" 1/23/2008

On Wednesday 23rd January [2008], The Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) hosted a workshop entitled "How can UK Residents Help the Palestinian Cause?" The guest speaker was Norman Finkelstein, and this audio is a record of the event. The first part consists of Finkelstein's introductory remarks, and Part 2 is a recording of the workshop, and a short Q&A session.Finkelstein's introductory remarks - mp3 (58MB)

How can we help the Palestinian cause? - mp3 (79MB)During the workshop, Norman Finkelstein recommends four books as good introductory texts to the conflict. They are:

1) Noam Chomsky - Fateful Triangle
2) Robert Fisk - Pity the Nation
3) Benny Morris - Righteous Victims ("good up until 1956")
4) Zeev Maoz - Defending the Holy Land

If you're thinking of reading them, try ordering them through your public library.

Link to the Hebron report referred to by Finkelstein. 

Transcript: 03.11.2009 | Original (pdfhtml)