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[l] at 10/20/19 12:14pm

In April 1996, we published a text by the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu in which he analysed his own participation to a show – ‘Arrêt sur images' – and questioned the nature and the workings of television, and the capacity of that mass medium to criticise itself. In our democracies of opinion, while the media exercises such a powerful influence, such questioning is obviously political. Daniel Schneidermann, the producer of the program in question – which is rare in France for doing the (...)

- 1996/05 / 1996 Bourdieu TV, Newly translated
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[l] at 10/20/19 12:14pm

Several television programmes claim to decipher the images audiences receive on their sofas. Based on the idea that television can critique television, they attempt to combat the public's growing mistrust of the medium. Here, Pierre Bourdieu, who in January 1996 took part in one of these programs, ‘Arrêt sur images', gives an account of his experience. I wrote these notes in the days after my appearance on the television program ‘Arrêt sur images.' Already then, I felt my trust had been abused, (...)

- 1996/04 / Newly translated, 1996 Bourdieu TV
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[l] at 10/17/19 6:02am

What began as peaceful protests on 1st October morphed into chaos and violent clashes between protesters and Iraq's security forces within a few days. Among the protesters' demands were basic services, the right to work and an end to corruption. The protests — which were concentrated in Baghdad and the southern regions of Iraq, and had no effect on the Kurdish region in the north of the country — have now ceased more or less, but resulted in more than a hundred deaths and over 6,000 wounded. (...)

- Outside in / Comment
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[l] at 10/11/19 4:41am

How many African migrants will come to Europe this century? There's a huge dispute about projected figures for migration and the economic factors that push people to leave. Migration to the EU is now at its lowest level since the start of the refugee crisis provoked by the war in Syria, and the number of people crossing EU borders illegally has fallen from 1.8 million in 2015 to 204,219 in 2017. But the issue could still dominate the 2019 European elections, if France's president Emmanuel (...)

- 2018/11 / article
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[l] at 10/8/19 3:52am

In both countries, new presidents gutted their predecessors' attempts to create more fairness and access in radio, television and print, and returned control to a wealthy, anti-progressive few.

- 2019/07 / article
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[l] at 10/7/19 4:32am

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- 2019/10 / perspective
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[l] at 10/7/19 4:32am

If the US was wise enough to come up with a state-backed plan for its economic future, it could cooperate rather than compete with China, which already has such a programme. China's economy will surpass that of the US in about 15 years, and become the largest in the world. As this moment approaches, a consensus has formed in US government that China poses a significant threat to US interests and wellbeing. General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that ‘China (...)

- 2019/04 / article
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[l] at 10/7/19 4:32am

China is richer than Russia (except in nuclear weapons) and not prepared to take financial risks on Russia just because the countries have for now reached an entente. The next move is Moscow's. Western commentators are quick, and right, to point out the power imbalances between Russia and China. They claim these are bound to jeopardise cooperation eventually, even as Russia and China's leaders continue to declare the solidity of their partnership, and express mutual trust. Since the (...)

- 2018/08 / article, 2018/08 - Russia-China
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[l] at 10/7/19 4:32am

Amazonian Amerindians don't want independence from Peru; they want control of their ancestral land to halt its exploitation. But is Peru ready to declare itself plurinational like Bolivia and Ecuador? It's a five-hour journey by launch from Santa María de Nieva, the capital of Condorcanqui province in northern Peru, to La Poza, a settler town of 10,000 in the heart of Wampis territory in northern Peruvian Amazonia, which straddles the Amazonas and Loreto regions . La Poza's original (...)

- 2018/08 / article, 2018/08 - Wampis
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[l] at 10/7/19 4:32am

Why did the disgraced movie producer fundraise and cheerlead for decades for progressive causes, and the Democratic Party? When the Harvey Weinstein case first came to light, I had never heard of him before, which makes me unique among American journalists. Who was this movie producer accused of sexually harassing enormous numbers of women? As I read up on him, I discovered that, once upon a time, he was renowned for something quite different: his intimacy with leaders of the Democratic (...)

- 2018/02 / article
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[l] at 10/7/19 3:50am

The Democratic Federation of Northern Syria has had talks with the Damascus government on its de facto autonomy, without success. But tensions between Arab and Kurdish populations are decreasing.

- 2018/12 / article
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[l] at 10/7/19 3:50am

Russia has strengthened its grip on the Black Sea since annexing Crimea. Turkey controls the Bosphorus and Dardanelles, curbing Moscow's maritime expansion. Between them, they keep western forces in check.

- 2019/02 / article, 2019/02 Black Sea
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[l] at 10/6/19 12:59pm
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[l] at 10/4/19 4:51am

Portugal's leftwing coalition has boosted the economy. But pursuing privatisation rather than public spending means it has neglected housing, education and forest fire prevention, in favour of tourism.

- 2019/09 / article
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[l] at 9/30/19 7:57am

Socialism in the US has been variously described as unnecessary, un-American and non-existent. In this month's podcast, historian Edward Castleton challenges that view and examines the prospects for progressive politics as the 2020 election approaches.

- 2019/07 / Podcasts, 2019/07 Socialism

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Did anti-Soviet, or anti-Russian, prejudice block an intervention that could have averted the 1938 Czechoslovakian crisis? And changed the timing of the outbreak of war? The Marquis de Custine, whose family had perished under the guillotine during the French Revolution, sought refuge in autocratic Russia in 1839; later he returned to Paris, disgusted and convinced the Russians were ‘Chinese masquerading as Europeans'. Two centuries later Harold Nicolson, the British writer and diplomat, (...)

- 2018/10 / article
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[l] at 9/30/19 3:41am

Socialism in the US has been variously described as unnecessary, un-American and non-existent. In this month's podcast, historian Edward Castleton challenges that view and examines the prospects for progressive politics as the 2020 election approaches.

- 2019/07 / Podcasts

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[l] at 9/28/19 7:19am

A Dutch company trying to manufacture and market a fair trade mobile faces hard-to-solve sourcing and human rights problems. Smartphones are the flagship of the global economy — the slogan on the back of every iPhone is “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China” — and 1.4bn were made in 2015 . The two biggest brands, Apple (231m phones sold in 2015) and its South Korean rival Samsung (324m) , compete ruthlessly, which has led to terrible working conditions in their Asian assembly (...)

- 2016/04 / article
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[l] at 9/26/19 12:12pm

Europe is still an important supplier of arms to Yemen, despite attempts to ban their export after growing unease at the deaths and injuries. And now Saudi Arabia and UAE are producing arms locally with European help.

- 2019/09 / article, 2019/09 arms
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[l] at 9/25/19 3:54pm

In 2007 Jeffrey Epstein struck a secret deal with prosecutors to avoid serious charges that could have brought a life sentence. His case demonstrates what's wrong with the US justice system.

- 2019/10 / article
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[l] at 9/25/19 3:54pm

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, who remembers the generation of artists and academics who returned from exile in the hope of creating a socialist future?

- 2019/10 / article

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