WHAT IS “ALTERNATIVES”?

WHAT IS “ALTERNATIVES”?

 

“ALTERNATIVES” – it is Alter-Globalist Net-Work, created for the support of the social initiatives, which provides different directions of social, political, educational and research activity:

World Social Forum (Tunisia, 2015)

Call for Social Movements to mobilize for the upcoming World Social Forum (Tunisia, 2015)

Dear friends,

During its last meeting held in Casablanca in December 2014, the International Council decided to organize the upcoming World Social Forum 2015 once again in Tunisia.

This decision was made based on an evaluation of the proceedings of the WSF 2013, and a common assessment of the situation of struggles marshalled by different social movements in the region, and the
world, as well as the new geopolitical context and the evolving nature of the neoliberal crisis.

Russia – Ukraine – the West: Multidimensionality of Contradictions – Definiteness of a Position

«Russia – Ukraine – the West:

Multidimensionality of Contradictions – Definiteness of a Position»

Video- presentation

Professor A.Buzgalin

http://krasnoe.tv/node/22825

English version

The Future of Novorossiya is not being Decided Solely on the Front Lines

Dear colleagues!

 

As you know, the situation in Ukraine is very contradictory. A month ago, after referendum, where absolute majority of population of the East of Ukraine supported creation of independent state, peoples of Donetsk and Lugansk regions initiated creation of new republic, which has now name Novorossia.

 

Population of this region is now under the fair. Thousands of people are killed by bombs, artillery, rockets and tanks of Kiev Authorities. In spite of this fact Novorossia is trying to built new, mow just state.

 

In this situation we, members of editorial board of Russian democratic left journal ‘Alternatives’ wrote the Appeal with our understanding of the situation,  its contradictions and future, with proposals of assistance.

 

Please, read this text and if you acsept at least some key ideas of it, send it to your colleagues via Internet, social net-works, web-sites and so on.

 

More information you can find in our web-site www.alternativy.ru.

If you have any questions or need more information, please, write us buzgalin@mail.ru

With best wishes,

 

Alexander Buzgalin


The Future of Novorossiya is not being Decided Solely on the Front Lines

Open letter from members of the editorial collective of the journal Alternatives to defenders of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics

Dear comrades,

We address you in this fashion since along with you we are experiencing the same tragedies that have fallen to your lot. We are your comrades, since as scholars in Russian universities and research centres who are members of the editorial collective of the journal Alternatives, which has been appearing now for more than twenty years, we have throughout this period consistently spoken out in support of the right of peoples to decide their own fate, defending their honour, dignity and lives. The experience of recent months shows that the majority of you share these principles, despite the diversity of your ideological positions.

Are Economic Growth and Social Justice Incompatible?

Are Economic Growth and Social Justice Incompatible?
Every dollar of new wealth that has been created in the United States since the financial crisis, 93 cents has gone to the top 1%. (Photo: David Guo; Edited: EL / TO)

Professor Jason Hickel and activist Alnoor Ladha discuss the fallacy of economic growth, the battle for social justice and how to organize against the neoliberal system.

This is an excerpt from a discussion between Dr. Jason Hickel of the London School of Economics (LSE) and Alnoor Ladha of /The Rules that took place at the LSE in early 2014.

Austerity/Immiseration Capitalism: What Can We Learn From Venezuelan Socialism?

Austerity/Immiseration Capitalism: What Can We Learn From Venezuelan Socialism?

The Dawn of Austerity/Immiseration Capitalism

Europe

Under austerity/immiseration capitalism, Europe is witnessing its deepest economic and social crisis since the Second World War. In 2012, more people lost their jobs than in any other year in the last two decades. The situation is particularly severe in southern and eastern European countries. For example, in Greece and Spain, one person in four is officially unemployed, with over half of young people without work (Schwarz, 2013). As Peter Schwarz (2013) puts it:

Odessa: the last warning, Stop the Nazis and imperialist intervention! For a united, independent, socialist Ukraine!

Odessa: the last warning, Stop the Nazis and imperialist intervention! For a united, independent, socialist Ukraine!

Every May the 9th, after the end of World War II, humanity used to celebrate the defeat of fascism. But after the Black Friday of May the 2nd and the massacre in Odessa, humanity remains shocked to see again Nazi storm troopers burning alive defenseless civilians, arresting and killing all those who tried to escape, singing the national anthem before their corpses.

Let us transform this terrible shock into decisive action!

Any silence is complicity! Even worse, it is a crime. We have to tell loud and clear the truth about the pogrom in Odessa, to defeat the Big Lie already spread by the perpetrators and instigators of the crime, the Nazis of the Right Sector and of Svoboda, their partners in the illegitimate Kiev “government” of pro-Western oligarchs, and above all the imperialist centers in the United States and the European Union assisted by the “mainstream” mass media.

Is Ukraine Descending into Civil War?

Review of the estimations of the situation in Ukraine and its development by Russian people and society

Review of the estimations of the situation in Ukraine and its development by Russian people and society

 

According to the WCIOM (The Russian Public Opinion Service) 73% of Russian citizens are against of any intervention of Russia into the conflict between opposition and state authorities because this is internal problem of the country, that was announced on the 3 of March. Only 15% of the reviewed do not exclude the intervention.

Contradictions of High-tech Capitalism

Invitation to the XVIII. InkriT-Conference 2014

The Institute for Critical Theory (InkriT) invites you to its annual conference from June 19th to 22nd, 2014 in the ver.di-Bildungs- und Begegnungszentrum Clara Sahlberg in Berlin-Wannsee. The theme of the conference is:


»Contradictions of High-tech Capitalism«.

The conference theme – approved by last years‘ plenary meeting of the InkriT fellows – resulted from the discussions of the financial and economic crisis of transnational high-tech capitalism at last years’ conference. We want to explore the ambiguities of many of the new technologies in the contradictory field between productive forces and relations of production.

Черный Д. В.

ДМИТРИЙ ВЛАДИМИРОВИЧ ЧЕРНЫЙ

Литературная мастерская

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Натаров Н. А.

Николай Артемьевич Натаров родился 17 августа 1921 г. в селе Городище Алчевского р-на Луганского округа (ныне Луганская область на востоке Украины).

Capitalism and Unemployment

Capitalism and Unemployment

Jaime Rodriguez, who said he interviewed unsuccessfully with at least eight companies since being laid off, volunteers with Alba Davila, right, at a community resource center in New York, February 6, 2013. (Photo: Karsten Moran / The New York Times)Capitalism as a system seems incapable of solving its unemployment problem. It keeps generating long-term joblessness, punctuated by spikes of recurring short-term extreme joblessness. The system's leaders cannot solve or overcome the problem. Before the latest capitalist crisis hit in 2007, the unemployment rate was near 5 percent. In 2013, it is near 7.5 percent. That is 50 percent higher despite the last six years of so-called "effective policies to address unemployment."

Capitalism and the Destruction of Life on Earth: Six Theses on Saving the Humans

Capitalism and the Destruction of Life on Earth: Six Theses on Saving the Humans

When, on May 10, 2013, scientists at Mauna Loa Observatory on the big island of Hawaii announced that global CO2 emissions had crossed a threshold at 400 parts per million for the first time in millions of years, a sense of dread spread around the world - not only among climate scientists.

CO2 emissions have been relentlessly climbing since Charles David Keeling first set up his tracking station near the summit of Mauna Loa Observatory in 1958 to monitor average daily global CO2 levels. At that time, CO2 concentrations registered 315ppm. CO2 emissions and atmospheric concentrations have been climbing ever since and, as the records show, temperatures rises will follow. For all the climate summits, the promises of "voluntary restraint," the carbon trading and carbon taxes, the growth of CO2 emissions and atmospheric concentrations has not just been relentless, it has been accelerating in what scientists have dubbed the “Keeling Curve."

De-Americanizing the World

De-Americanizing the World

Noam Chomsky

During the latest episode of the Washington farce that has astonished a bemused world, a Chinese commentator wrote that if the United States cannot be a responsible member of the world system, perhaps the world should become "de-Americanized" — and separate itself from the rogue state that is the reigning military power but is losing credibility in other domains.

The Tragedy of Greece as a Case Study of Neo-Imperial Pillage and the Demise of Social Europe

The Tragedy of Greece as a Case Study of Neo-Imperial Pillage and the Demise of Social Europe

In early 2010, Greece, a weak and peripheral economy in the euro area, went bankrupt but was subsequently "bailed out" by its euro partners and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Ever since, the small southern Mediterranean nation and birthplace of democracy has been a guinea pig for the policy prescriptions of a neoliberal European Union (EU) under the command of Germany and its northern allies, with the IMF serving as a junior partner. A public debt crisis has been used as an opportunity to dismantle a rudimentary social state, to sell off profitable public enterprises and state assets at bargain prices, to deprive labor of even its most basic rights after decades of hard-fought struggles against capital, and to substantially reduce wages, salaries and pensions, creating a de facto banana republic. It has been done with the support of a significant segment of the Greek industrial-financial class and with the assistance of the domestic political elite, which since the onset of the crisis has relied heavily on dictatorial action to carry out the commands of the country's foreign creditors.

An Alternative View of Events in Russia

An Alternative View of Events in Russia
August-September 2013

 

1. The Russian Academy of Sciences: The Struggle Continues

As a result of efforts by the scientific intelligentsia, the struggle against legislation aimed at reforming the Russian Academy of Sciences remains as before at the centre of public attention.

On Suvorov Square in Moscow on 24 August more than a thousand people, including scientists, teachers, other members of the intelligentsia and concerned citizens took part in a demonstration against the reform of the Academy. The protest action was aimed at drawing the attention of society prior to the opening of the autumn session of the State Duma, at which it is proposed to adopt the fundamentally antisocial draft law on Russia’s leading scientific body. In their slogans, the demonstrators put special emphasis on the government’s aim of transforming science and education from areas of social benefit, and values in themselves, into objects of sale and purchase.

Russia enters in the summer with a series of protests against capitalist reforms of social sphere

Alternative View

«Russia enters in the summer with a series of protests against capitalist reforms of social sphere»

Monitoring of major events by All Russian movement "Alternatives"

1. Reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Ministry of Education and Science met resistance from the public.

The Ministry of Education and Science at the end of June 2013 had introduced to the State Duma a bill of the Federal Law № 305828-6 «On the Russian Academy of Sciences ...". The bill requires a radical reform of the Academies of Sciences.

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