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Red Guard youth during the Cultural Revolution in China
People are standing up. People are searching and seeking out solutions and philosophies. Various political programs and outlooks have gained influence and followings: “leaderless movements,” “real democracy,” “anti-hierarchy,” “anti-statism” and “horizontalism,” “economic democracy,” and so on.
But the one solution that is dismissed out of hand is communist revolution. Yet it is precisely and only communist revolution that can actually deal with the problems of society and the world that people are agonizing about…and that can realize the highest aspirations that have brought people into the streets.
Raymond Lotta will join us for the hour. Raymond Lotta was interviewed for the new issue of Revolution: You Don’t Know What You Think You “Know” About…The Communist Revolution and the REAL Path to Emancipation: Its History and Our Future.
Raymond Lotta is an advocate for Bob Avakian’s new synthesis of communism. He is a political economist, author of America in Decline, and writer for Revolution. He directs the “Set the Record Straight Project,” which brings out the truth of the Soviet and Chinese revolutions and provides web resources.
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Top: JFK at Fort Bragg in 1961, after which he made “Green Berets” the official name of Army Special Forces. Bottom: Green Berets in action in Vietnam, torturing a prisoner.
November 22, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy.
Was Kennedy a friend of the people? Or the brutal commander-in-chief of US imperialism?
How and why did Kennedy become president? What did he do during almost three years in office, and what was the impact on people in the US, in Latin America, in Vietnam and around the world? What did he do about civil rights, segregation and the oppression of Black people?
Joining us to talk about all this will be C. Clark Kissinger, author, activist and manager of Revolution Books, New York.
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“Who’s the Criminal Here: Stop and Frisk, Shut the Clinics Down and NSA Taps Into Google and Yahoo Servers”
On October 31, a panel of appeals court judges stayed (put a halt to) a trial judge’s ruling that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy was unconstitutional as implemented — and went on to remove the judge from the case. It was outrageous. Carl Dix, founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, and one of the founders of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, will join us to talk about what this ruling represents, and what it would take to bring about a truly just society.
Read more at revcom.us:
Outrageous Ruling by Federal Court on Stop-and-Frisk, by Carl Dix
Behind the Outrageous Ruling in the Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit
Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revolution newspaper and a founder of Stop Patriarchy: just back from a week-long battle to defend the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, she’ll be reporting on what happened, as people came from all over to oppose the Christian fascists trying to close the clinic down. She’ll talk about the abortion rights emergency in the US, and upcoming actions in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Alfredo Lopez, who writes on technology issues for ThisCantBeHappening.net, talks about the latest revelations about NSA surveillance: by intercepting data from Google, Yahoo and other servers, the government is monitoring the Internet use of almost everyone — without a warrant.
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Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revolution newspaper and a founder of StopPatriarchy.org, reporting live from the front lines of the battle to defend the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
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Stop Patriarchy Calls on You to Join in Defending Abortion Rights and the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi
Dr. Willie Parker, Doctor at the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi, Revolution Interview by Sunsara Taylor.
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David Rosen talks about the unspoken epidemic of rape and sexual assault among young people in the US. David Rosen writes regularly on public policy, media, technology, politics and sexuality.
Check out his article on CounterPunch.
Paleoanthropologist Tim White on the recently-published analysis of fossils found in the Republic of Georgia, which casts important new light on the evolution of human beings. The earliest, now-extinct human ancestors, once thought to be multiple species, may actually have been one species.
Tim White is a Professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. He is known for his work on Lucy, Australopithecus afarensis, who lived 3.2 million years ago, and Ardipithecus ramidus, about 4.4 million years ago.
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“The scientific evidence that marine ecosystems are being degraded as a direct result of human activities is overwhelming. . . For the most part, however, the public and policymakers are failing to recognize – or choosing to ignore – the severity of the situation and are not taking the action necessary to address it.”
–From the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) report, October, 2013
A series of five papers on the impact on the ocean of climate change, pollution, decline of coral reefs and fishing was released this month. Its results are alarming. Prof. Alex Rogers, Oxford University and Scientific Director of IPSO, will join us to talk about the report, and the urgent situation faced by humanity.
We’ll be offering the DVD, “A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet,” as a thank-you gift. This is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of “Berkeley in the Sixties,” it is narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep.For a contribution of $100 – A Fierce Green Fire DVD For a contribution of $200 – A Fierce Green Fire DVD + “BA Speaks: Revolution – Nothing Less!” a 3-DVD talk given by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party in the autumn of 2012.
The Shutdown, the Showdown, and the Urgent Need To Repolarize… For Revolution
October 7, 2013 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
The government shutdown dominates the news. Republicans and Democrats fight in a stalemate, unable to agree. There is talk, including by mainstream commentators, that “our democracy is imperiled.” (See Thomas Friedman’s op-ed, “Our Democracy Is at Stake,” in the October 1 New York Times.) Each night witnesses a parade of extreme right-wing demagogues dominating the cable news shows, influencing the thinking of millions, and rallying people to their side.
What is going on? Is the situation as serious as some say? Why? Who are these Republicans? Are they just lunatics, fools, and racists—or are they actually proceeding with a strategy and a goal in mind? And what about the Democrats—are they “finally standing up for reason”? Why do these disagreements seem so bitter—is it for real, is it for short-term advantage, or is it just fakery altogether? What is really being fought over—is it only about health care? What stakes, if any, do the masses of people—in the U.S. but, more important, all around the world—have in this conflict? And what challenge does this pose to those who really want to see a better world?
Read it at revcom.us
I. The Health Care Law—What It Does, What It Doesn’t Do, and Why the Republicans Hate It
II. The Hidden Depths
III. Two Sharply Contending Blocs—and the Pyramid of Power
IV. What Must Be Done
Plus: Health and Medicine in a Revolutionary Socialist Society
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“Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in May 2009, there are only four American doctors left who openly provide third-trimester abortions. ‘After Tiller’ paints a complex, compassionate portrait of these physicians, who have become the new number-one targets of the anti-abortion movement, yet continue to risk their lives every day to do work that many believe is murder, but which they believe is profoundly important for their patients’ lives.”
“After Tiller” opens in theaters Friday, October 4. At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Michael Slate interviewed two of the four courageous doctors who participated, Drs. LeRoy Carhart and Warren Hern, as well as Martha Shane, Co-Director along with Lana Wilson.
For more on the film, see the website.
Plus, we’ll hear “The Oppression of Women: Bound Up With This System . . . a Driving Force for Revolution,” an excerpt from the DVD, “BA Speaks: Revolution – Nothing Less,” a film of a talk given in the autumn of 2012, by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party. For more on Bob Avakian, click here.
Check out “A Declaration: For Women’s Liberation And The Emancipation Of All Humanity,” special issue of Revolution.
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There are moments in history, when people have to make the decision to stand up against the injustices of their times.
Carl Dix, a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party and one of the initiators of the October 22 Coalition, will join us to talk about the outrage of police brutality and murder, and why only revolution can put an end to it, and why people should be in the streets for the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation.
“In the Bitter Aftermath of the Trayvon Martin Verdict: The Outrages of AmeriKKKa… and the Need for Revolution,” Interview with Carl Dix – Read it at revcom.us
Written by Larry Kramer, AIDS activist and founder of ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), this exclusive LA revival of The Normal Heart deals with the outbreak of AIDS among gay men and others in the early 1980s, and how to fight it. As the death toll rises relentlessly, and government policy is to let people die, activist Ned Weeks, loosely based on Kramer himself, argues for action and resistance in the face of death, at a time when there were still state laws against being gay.
Two of the lead actors, Tim Cummings and Bill Brochtrup, will join us. Now playing at the Fountain Theatre.
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The Pale Blue Dot: February 14, 1990, at a distance of 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles), Voyager I turned its camera toward earth, and took this photograph.
Last week, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) announced that Voyager I, a spacecraft launched in 1977, had crossed the boundary between the area influenced by the sun and become the first human-made object to enter interstellar space, the space between stars. It is twice as far from the sun as the farthest planet. Suzanne Dodd, Voyager project manager, joins us to talk about the significance of this event, and what lies ahead.
Learn more at JPL online.
Sikivu Hutchinson, author of Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels, a collection of essays that challenge the myths behind Americana images of Mom, Apple pie, white picket fences, and racially segregated god-fearing Main Street USA. It probes deeply into the roles of faith and radical humanist politics in an era of racial, sexual, and religious warfare.
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Actors Robert Keasler and Katherine McGehee, and playwright Steve Julian, from What Kind of God?, a play that explores the chasm between Belief and Trust in the Catholic Church. A gifted boy pleads for love. His only family member cries out for safe passage. One priest turns a deaf ear while another wages war against his own demon.
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In the wake of President Obama’s speech this week, U.S. planes and cruise missiles are still poised to inflict more suffering and death on people in Syria – all as part of meeting the needs of U.S. empire. Others in powerful places in the US are opposing this, not because it would be totally unjust, but because it might not work – because it might backfire and give rise to something far bigger and potentially out of control.
The threat remains and the contradictions that gave rise to all of this have not gone away.
Larry Everest, reporter for Revolution newspaper and author of Oil, Power and Empire: Iraq and the US Global Agenda, will join us again to talk about what underlies all these complex contradictions and maneuvers, and why this is not the time to relax.
For more on Obama’s speech, see “Obama’s September 10 Speech on Syria: More Lies for War from the Liar-in-Chief,” at revcom.us.
“Fire in the Blood,” opening nationwide this weekend, is the story of the crime of the century. Western governments and pharmaceutical companies mounted an aggressive campaign to deny low-cost AIDS drugs to people in poor countries, killing ten million or more people. The movie is also about a diverse collection of people who fought back against this kind of chemical warfare. Millions of lives have been saved in the countries hardest hit by AIDS — but the fight is far from over.
We’ll hear an interview that Michael Slate did at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year with Director Dylan Mohan Gray and Dr. Jamie Love, a participant in the film, and an expert on patents, profits and “intellectual property rights,” which are still used to keep antiretroviral medicines from dying people.