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How Many “Pastagate” Will People Go Through Before They Realize That Arrogance Is Endemic to Capitalism (And It Is Not Just About Gays)?

WE HAVE MANY REASONS to hate Mr. Guido Barilla: he is a fourth generation billionaire who inherited his fortune from his dad. He lectures at universities. The language he used in the now infamous radio interview was cynical and crude, in particular when he said he respects everybody, including gay couples, as “long as they don’t disturb others”. If you’re familiar with Northern Italian entrepreneurship you are not surprised by this patronising tone disguised as tolerance.

Yet is interesting to see how the collective sentiment seems to tolerate, among the justifiable rights of an industrialist, that of imposing restricting and humiliating rules on almost every aspect of one’s existence, but not to have a reactionary viewpoint on how to portray families in his ads.

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America, Uncategorized

A “Time” Cover We’ll Never See.

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Alternate reality?

It took eight cops and four police cars to arrest Christina West, 44-year-old mother of two, in Florida, for alleged DUI, and less than three minutes to smash her face onto the hood of a cruiser and then onto the ground. With so much force that she suffered a broken orbital bone, a bleeding nose and multiple bruises.

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I Have Never Loved You More: the Narrative of the Establishment and the Infatuation of the Left with Obama

“Four More Years”

Memories.

On May 4, 2009, a few months before Barack Obama won his Nobel Peace Prize, a B-1 supersonic bomber dropped a 2,000 pound missile on the tiny, peasant village of Granai, in Southern Afghanistan. About 140 people, mostly women and children, were torn to shreds and scattered in a range of hundreds of feet.

The Pentagon first tried to cover up what happened. But echoes of the massacre began circulating among the foreign press, and the Army accused the Taliban of having used civilians as shields. The Asian country was soon was inflamed: a caravansary with the bodies of the victims stacked up on carts made its way to Kabul, with thousands of people shouting against the US occupants. The Pentagon then admitted that a few dozens of combatants and a few innocent people were killed. Finally, after a few weeks, almost no one outside of Afghanistan was talking about Granai anymore.

In December, when the Nobel was assigned to Obama, public opinion worldwide reacted with disbelief and scepticism. But the Establishment considered the award “positive”, and so did a number of progressive leaders, European Labour, economist Mohammed Yunus, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the 14th Dalai Lama and even Fidel Castro. The chairman of the Nobel Committee said: “We have not given the prize for what may happen in the future. We are awarding Obama for what he has done in the past year.”

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Interviews

On the state of the unions, working class in New York and the culture of the rich. Interview with Joshua B. Freeman.

Joshua B. Freeman is a professor of History at Queens College (CUNY). He is the author of In Transit, Who Built America?, Working-Class New York. He lives in New York City.

“Certainly Obama is much more supportive of the unions than George W. Bush was. But this trend towards a greater inequality is global, and has been going on for forty years now. New York City, despite the fact that has a long social welfare tradition, has among the greatest inequalities in the entire country. Probably not because there are so many poor people – but because there are so many rich people. And although the NYC union movement is the strongest of any city in the country, it’s also losing power and membership, especially in the private sector. And this because of the change of the kind of job here, the decline of manufactory, but also the growth of .. those trends are continuing. Obama appointed some people in the National labour’s relations that were very progressive. But that doesn’t translate very much into social change.”

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Foreign Affairs

However painful it might be, we should oppose Imperial Order regardless of what Syrians think

Whenever pro-intervention liberals excoriate me for ignoring what Syrians ask, as long as it furthers my political goals, I say they’re absolutely right. In a certain sense, I am less sympathetic to the Syrian population – especially when it’s the orientalist kind of sympathy – than I am ideologically motivated against USA and the NATO.

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