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How Left/Right Partisanship Starts a Civil War in Spain | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1936 Part 2 of 4

How Left/Right Partisanship Starts a Civil War in Spain | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1936 Part 2 of 4

I suppose you could call the Spanish Civil War World War Two’s practice run. The mass killings, industrial warfare, and blurring of lines between civilians and combatants that we will see in the years 1939 to 1945 will already happen from 1936-1939 on the Iberian Peninsula. But how has Spain, a country which has mostly kept itself out of international affairs, found itself in this position? Why has it become such a powder keg? As we will soon see, the…

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Laura Flanders and Richard Wolff on the UK election

Laura Flanders and Richard Wolff on the UK election

FLANDERS: And to be honest, I think the kind of work (and this is what I was gonna say before), the kind of ongoing political education work, the popular education work that unions used to do, that free schools used to do, that community organizations, even churches, used to do, isn’t happening. So you can have a Corbyn- McDonnell revival in the last five or six years of the Labor Party that is finally going back into communities, animating those…

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FROM FAMINE TO FREEDOM: A NORTH KOREAN’S STORY OF ESCAPE | JI SEONG-HO | 2018 OFF IN TAIWAN

FROM FAMINE TO FREEDOM: A NORTH KOREAN’S STORY OF ESCAPE | JI SEONG-HO | 2018 OFF IN TAIWAN

This is a picture I took in 1992 with my primary school classmates in Hoeryong City, Hamgyoung Province. When I was in middle school, I started noticing empty desks in my classroom. Starting in 1994, many people in my hometown in North Korea starved to death, including my friends. Many people from the mountainous mining village where I lived, looked for food. And people who looked for grass or tree bark to eat eventually died, including my neighbors. On April…

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History vs. Che Guevara – Alex Gendler

History vs. Che Guevara – Alex Gendler

His face is recognized all over the world. The young medical student who became a revolutionary icon. But was Che Guevara a heroic champion of the poor or a ruthless warlord who left a legacy of repression? Order, order. Hey, where have I seen that guy before? Ahem, your Honor, this is Ernesto Che Guevara. In the early 1950s, he left behind a privileged life as a medical student in Argentina to travel through rural Latin America. The poverty and…

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China, Russia, North Korea and Iran Form Anti-American Alliance

China, Russia, North Korea and Iran Form Anti-American Alliance

A New Threat to World Order Has Arisen a new “Axis of Evil,”, has emerged on the world stage. China, Russia, North Korea and Iran, the World’s most dangerous nations are working together to weaken the American-led world order. Will they succeed. I know the answer to that. It’s basically A New Threat to the Post War World Order, that’s what it looks like. This recent alignment of rogue nations poses a direct threat to all the strategic, trade, economic…

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55 Voices for Democracy: Jan Philipp Reemtsma

55 Voices for Democracy: Jan Philipp Reemtsma

What does it mean to speak about – and for – democracy in an emphatic sense? Is there a common let’s say: project we – we democrats – stand for and even would fight for in difficult and dangerous times? Hopefully we would do so. But we should not conjure up such times when they are not at stake just to dress up our democratic habits. Of course: democracy always was and is an endangered political concept. Endangered is it…

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How Democracy Works in Cuba

How Democracy Works in Cuba

If you live in any of these countries, and by these countries I really mean this country, it may come as a shock to you that Cuba is not a totalitarian dictatorship ruled by a single person. In fact, Cuba has a very interesting system of participatory democracy that I’m going to explain to you in this video. Thank you to the Swedish-Cuban Organisation in Gothenburg for helping me with this video. It’s been very helpful to be able to…

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Economic Update: The Contributions of Karl Marx (Part I)

Economic Update: The Contributions of Karl Marx (Part I)

Welcome to part one of a four-part series on the work and the contribution made by Karl Marx. We do this now because it’s the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, but of course the real reason we do it, is because we think that that work, that criticism of the capitalist economic system, remains a source of important insights, that can be useful for all of those who want to make a better world out of the one we’re…

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55 Voices for Democracy: Francis Fukuyama

55 Voices for Democracy: Francis Fukuyama

I’m very delighted to be asked to participate in this “55 Voices” series in honor of Thomas Mann and to be in Thomas Mann’s house in Pacific Palisades. I think that Thomas Mann is particularly relevant to the present moment in a couple of respects. I think that the role that he played as an exile from Nazi Germany, his “Listen, Germany!” lectures that were delivered into Nazi Germany during the war, in a way set a important precedent for…

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