Saturday, March 19, 2005

Some Reading

I've kind of been storing up some good stuff, so this might turn out to be rather a long list.

  • An LA-based political electronic music project called Ultra-red. (Via Brown Rab Girl Fish)

  • There has been discussion in the US mainstream media about the lack of women writing op-ed pieces in major newspapers, which parallels a recent spate of posts about the "lack" of women writing political blogs. Here's a summary look at those things by Katha Pollitt at The Nation. (Via Feministing)

  • An online photographic exhibit of the African American Holocaust, lest we forget. (Via an email from a wonderful activist in Hamilton, my former city)

  • An interview with Tariq Ali on the situation in Iraq. I would've liked a bit more opportunity for discussion of detail and nuance, but I suppose the interview format doesn't lend itself to that.

  • A dose of radical political economy from John Bellamy Foster. (Via Rabble.CA)

  • A really great post from activistgradgal about her own experiences as part of a grad student union, and linking that to her working-class family's history of experience with the labour movement. (Via Feminist Blogs)

  • An exhibit about the history of Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia. (Via Marian's Blog)

  • The site of Naomi Aldort, "a parenting counselor, internationally published writer, and public speaker." It includes a page with some articles by Aldort. I was particularly struck by the essay "Getting Out of the Way." Overall, I'm not sure yet how much I agree and how much I differ with what she says, but much of it seems to make sense. Words to reflect on: "Parental expectations may be the greatest obstacle to a child's development and a prime cause of difficulties." (Via my friends at Radio Free School)

  • An article by long-time Black labour activist James Warren on Black Commentator. He writes:
    The majority of humanity will free themselves or they will never be free. The prize is the ranks mobilized. Our most prized possession is the ordinary working class men and women waking up as if from a deep sleep, radicalizing and demanding a better life. There is no force on the face of the earth capable of stopping an oppressed people determined to be free if they have a leadership worthy of their fighting capacity. I think we are in the early stages of such an awaking today, not only amongst Blacks but working people as a whole.

  • A good, nuanced post from Rahul Mahajan on the situation in Lebanon.

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