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Holding onto the joy in teaching

Robert JensenI am a tenured professor in a relatively stable university, which is quite possibly the best job in the world. I get paid well to read, think, talk, and write, and I have more job security than almost anyone I know.

Like many professors, I am critical of the increasingly corporate nature of universities. The conservative/neoliberal project of turning public schools into educational factories is also gathering steam in higher education, and there is much organizing work necessary just to protect what little space for critical thinking still exists.

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s DayZionist US denies Right to Life of Born Muslims

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day on which we reflect on the great gains in women’s rights around the world but also on the progress that needs to be made against sexism, misogyny and other violation of women’s rights. A major area of concern remains the reproductive choice of women that is opposed by religious fundamentalists who declaim the Right to Life of the Unborn. However in a process of appalling and deadly hypocrisy these same US Alliance Christian fundamentalists ignore or dismiss the Right to Life of Born infants, of whom 7 million currently die avoidably each year on Spaceship Earth with religious right-dominated America at the helm.

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Public Sector Banks

home-loanFrom Black Sheep to Global Leaders
by Ellen Brown

Once the black sheep of high finance, government owned banks can reassure depositors about the safety of their savings and can help maintain a focus on productive investment in a world in which effective financial regulation remains more of an aspiration than a reality.-- Centre for Economic Policy Research, (January 2010)

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Literature in a Locked Down Land

classwarWorking class literature is alive and well and living in prison. It is "well" not in the sense of being contented and happy but rather of being vital and impassioned. And it is imprisoned not just in the sense of being locked behind bars but also of being locked into poverty. Some prisons have walls of iron and stone, others walls of economics and racism. It is their efforts to escape from this second prison that get most inmates incarcerated in the first. As Mumia Abu-Jamal said, "I've been in prison my whole life."

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Reciprocity and Self-Defense in Relation to Targeted Killing

Attorney General, Eric HolderThis article is a modified and expanded text of a contribution to a Jadaliyya roundtable on targeted killing posted on March 5, 2012, and responding to the article by Lisa Hajjar referred to in the opening paragraph.

There is an emergent Israeli/American controversy on the lawfulness of targeted killing. Although the policy has not yet attained the status of being a national debate, there are signs that it may be about to happen, especially in light of the Attorney General, Eric Holder’s Northwestern Law School speech on March 5, 2012 outlining the Obama’s administration’s controversial approach to targeted killing in some detail. Lisa Hajjar convincingly narrates how the “legalization” of targeted killing has evolved over the course of the last twenty years. [Hajjar, “Lawfare and Targeted Killing  evelopments in the Israeli and U.S. Contexts,” Jadaliyya, Jan. 15, 2012] She there calls attention to the analogy to the torture debate that, in many ways, defined the political and moral identity of the Bush presidency in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and even caused moral and legal fissures to develop that divided the American people unto this day.

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