The APC Blog
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Tariq Ali, "Venezuela After the Referendum: Lessons for the Bolivarians"
"The Mirror and the Hammer"
by Simon Black
Art can be a mirror to reflect reality or a hammer with which to shape it, noted Bertold Brecht. Simon Blacks writes 'the same could be said of sport. For a brief moment in July, Iraq was one: no Sunnis or Shiites, Arabs or Kurds, Christians or Muslims. United in their hopes of soccer glory, it was a moment that encapsulated the potential of sport to be a force for good — the Brechtian hammer. Huddled around their television sets, millions of Iraqis excitedly watched their national team defeat Saudi Arabia in the championship game of the Asian Cup of soccer.' Read more…
Canadian Dimension (Nov-Dec 2007)
"Latin America’s Shock Resistance"
by Naomi Klein
The revolt against neoliberalism is in its most advanced stage in Latin America. Latin Americans, as the first 'shock laboratory,' have had the most time to understand how shock politics works. From what neoliberals did to Chile to the movements and politics in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela today.
Z Net / The Nation (11/14/07)
"Gender and Mathematical Ability: the Toll of Biological Determinism"
by Richard York and Brett Clark
This article addresses the issue of biological essentialism
with regard to ability in science and engineering. The authors convincingly
discredit the arguments put forth by leading academics by showing that the
evidence for significant sex-based differences in mathematical ability is
nonexistent; studies of differences in this ability show only negligible or
small differences related to sex and do not explain the persistent
underrepresentation of women in the fields of science and engineering. Read more…
Monthly Review (November 2007)
"Democracy’s Invisible Line"
by Daniel Mermet
The US writer Noam Chomsky talks about the mechanisms behind modern
communication, an essential instrument of government in democratic
countries--as important to our governments as propaganda is to a
dictatorship. Daniel Mermet interviews the best known dissident in the
United States, including some comments on libertarian socialism and what's
democratic realistic today.
Le Monde Diplomatique (August 2007)
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