Archive for July 2013

Capitalism’sand neoliberal globalization’s structural violence and genocidal nature against human societies and the environment and looking forward toward alternative emergent economies

Garry Leech is  the director of the Center for International Studies and a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia, Canada.  As an independent journalist and author his research has focused upon the global struggle for social justice and on the U.S. intervention in Colombia under the “war on drugs” and the “war on terror.” Garry’s articles have appeared in numerous publications in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Latin America. For eleven years he was the founding editor of the Columbia Journal, with over 350 scholarly articles. He is the author of seven books, dealing with Colombia, the drug trade, broader critiques of capitalist globalization and the influence of the fossil industry on global economics and politics.

His most recent book is Capitalism: A Structural Genocide which takes a hard look at how contemporary capitalism’s inherent and fundamental structure generates inequality, violence, and increased human suffering and death. His website is GarryLeech.com

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Poverty in America and how Corporate America and the financial elites benefit from our ever-increasing inequality gap

Professor Frances Fox Piven is a professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of new York where she has taught for 30 years.  She served as the president of the American Sociological Association until 2007.  Prior to her arrival at City University, she was on the faculty at Boston University with Howard Zinn and Murray LevinMuch of Frances’ career has been a commitment to addressing those conditions leading to poverty.  Her theory of ending  social reform, devised with her late husband Richard Cloward, became known as the Cloward-Piven Strategy – a plan to increase enrollment in social welfare programs designed to collapse the system that would force reforms leading to guaranteed annual income.

A life long social activist and public advocate, Frances has received many honors and awards and has written important books dealing with America’s wars against  it own people – including, “Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America” and “The War at Home: The domestic Costs of Bush’s Militarism.”

Her last book published in 2011 is “Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven: The Essential Writings of the Professor Glenn Beck Loves to Hate”

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Democratizing our economy from the ground to build community and strengthen local sustainable economies that allow people to be more locally self sufficient

Prof. Gar Alperovitz is the Lionel Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and the founder of the Democracy Collaborative. He is a former fellow of politics at Harvard and Cambridge Universities and has served as a legislative director for the House of Representatives, the US Senate, and as a special assistant to the State Department. Prof. Alperovitz has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and major media such as the New York Times and Washington Post. His focus has been on political economics that deal with class struggle and the conflict between government economic policies and democracy.

His most recent book is What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution,” which has been praised by Richard Wolf, Daniel Ellsberg, Naomi Klein and others for offering bottom up solutions for systemic economic change. His website is GarAlperovitz.com AND DemocracyCollaborative.org

Sarah van Gelder is co-founder and executive editor of YES! Magazine and YesMagazine.org, one of the few remaining progressive publications challenging current dominant paradigms and offering feature powerful ideas and practical solutions for building a more just and sustainable world. The magazine, which was founded in 1996, recently won the Utne Reader Media Award for General Excellence.  Sarah also sits on the board of the Positive Futures Network, and has founded and co-founded local community projects for low-incoming house, and building cooperative operations and ventures linking organic farmers to urban markets. She is also a board member of the Suquasmish Tribe and is part of the efforts to stop anti-Indian hostility and return lands where Chief Seattle once lived to the Suquamish people. She is the lead author of “This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement. The Website is YesMagazine.org

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How to prepare ourselves emotionally to take on the challenge  to oppose the threats from government, corpoations, media.

Professor Robert Jensen is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Autism and a long time radical social activist. His writings cover radical feminist critiques of pornography, post-modern masculinity, race issues, and foreign policy and politics. Recently he conducted an online personalized survey to gather emotional actions from people around the nation about the particular economic, political, environmental and social challenges and crises that most people are facing. We will discuss some the most common responses together in his survey. He has written many books dealin\g with the media and postmodern American society. His most recent is Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue

Professor Robert Thurman holds the Jay Zong Kah-pa Robert Thurman Chair of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University. He is the President of Tibet House US – which is dedicated to preserving Tibetan civilization, and is President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. The New York Times has hailed Bob as the “leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism.”   In 1962, Prof. Thurman was ordained as a Buddhist monk by the Dalai Lama, with whom he has remained a close colleague to this day.  He is a passionate advocate not only for the rights of Tibetans but for human rights and social justice globally. He has been sought by policy makers on the Tibetan holocaust, and has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Prof. Thurman has written many books on Tibetan culture, art, politics and Buddhism. His earlier book Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Real Happiness laid down the argument that individual happiness is interrelated with the happiness of all which can serve as a guide for social activism as well. His forthcoming book to released in September, and co-written with Sharon Salzberg, is Love Your Enemies: It will Drive Them Crazy

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TOPIC:  A look at America’s history of government and intelligent agency assassinations and lost persons who whistleblow on government corruption or interfere with politicians’ designs

Michael Ruppert is a former LAPD narcotics investigator and whistleblower who later became an investigative reporter and an author focusing on America’s War on Drugs, the oil cartels, peak oil, and a post-oil society. Michael was best friends with Pulitzer prize winner Gary Webb, the journalist who exposed the Iran-Contra scandal and the CIA running cocaine into Los Angeles, resulting in his suicide. Michael has written several important books including “Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World”, which explore the relationship between the forces of power and wealth behind oil and the 2008 financial collapse, and became the basis for Chris Smith’s award-winning documentary “Collapse”

Daniel Hopsick is an investigative journalist, documentary film producer and director, publisher of the ezine Mad Cow Morning News. His investigations into the Saudi-Raytheon-911 connections, much which is described in his documentary Mohamed Atta and the Venice Flying Circus and a book entitled Welcome to Terrorland. He is also the author of “Barry and the Boys: The CIA, the Mob and America’s Secret History” and “The New American Drug Lords.”  Daniel has investigated many mysteries killings and activities conducted by American intelligence, including the US attempts to induce cancer in Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez with cancer-inducing technologies developed by a Dr. Ferris. His website is www.MadCowProd.com

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