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The Second Marxism and Psychology Conference, Western Mexico Welcome to the website of the Second Marxism & Psychology Conference, which will be held from 9 to 12 August 2012, at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, located in Morelia, Michoacán, Western Mexico. Like the first conference in Prince Edward Island, Canada, this second conference aims at bringing activists, students and scholars together to discuss exciting issues at the intersection of Marxism and Psychology.  
Conference topic areas include:
Marxist Psychology
Marxism and Educational Psychology
Marxism and Clinical Psychology
Marxism and Social Psychology
Marxism and Critical Psychology
Marxism and Psychoanalysis
Marxism, Humanism and Humanistic Psychology
Marxism, Feminism and Psychology
Marxism, Liberation Psychology and Community Psychology
Activity Theory and Cultural Historical Psychology

Betrayed by Mandela’s CPSA and ANC, South African Workers Rise up Tens of thousands of South Africans marched in the streets of the nation’s major cities on Wednesday in a national strike called by Cosatu, the powerful group of trade unions, a crucial ally of the governing African National Congress that is growing increasingly critical of its policies.,,,“We voted for the A.N.C., but we can’t even send our children to school because of their corruption,” said Thabiso Bopape, 30, a contract worker for the postal system who earns much less than regular government employees doing the same work.
Mr. Bopape and thousands of others gathered in downtown Johannesburg on Wednesday, wearing the T-shirts of their unions and waving placards denouncing corruption and capitalism.

Judge Blocks Release of UC Davis Pepper Spray Attack report An Alameda County Superior Court judge Tuesday temporarily blocked the release of a University of California investigative report about the controversial pepper-spraying of UC Davis student protesters by campus police in November.,0,144818.story

In Fear of Chicago, G8 Runs off To Camp David Group of Eight leaders have been invited to Camp David, Md., to address a broad range of issues ahead of a NATO summit in May, the White House announced.
Chicago had been announced as the site of the G8 and NATO summits scheduled for May but U.S. President Barack Obama invited G8 leaders to Camp David in Maryland ahead of the NATO meeting.

George Schmidt on the Runaway G8 For several months, Chicago has been in the middle of a major debate as the city prepared for the May 2012 meetings of both the “G8” (the largest economic power countries on earth) and the NATO summits. According to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the corporate cheerleaders who relentlessly back him and reprint his daily talking points and publicity stunts as “news,” the purpose of having both the G8 and NATO in Chicago at the same time in May was to recognize that Chicago is a “world class city” and part of the “global economy.” Could it be that someone actually came to Chicago, reviewed the mayor’s actual plans for May 2012, and then drove across the city south from what would be the site of the summits and witnessed, first hand and without media handlers, that tens of miles of tragedy and devastation that globalization and the “reforms” of the past 20 years (“housing reform,” “welfare reform,” “school reform,” and the corporatization of medical care) have wrought?

70 Arrested in Sacramento (it is good to resist, but not to save segregated, capitalist, schooling) Thousands of students and activists marched on the state Capitol on Monday to protest cuts in higher education, and authorities arrested 68 of them who refused to leave the building after it closed in the evening.
Four had been arrested earlier in the day, one on suspicion of possessing a switchblade.,0,718441.story

Bill Blum Lists War Hero Bradley Manning’s Wiki Contributions

The Little Red Schoolhouse

“Capitalist production is not merely the production of commodities, it is essentially the production of surplus-value. The labourer produces, not for himself, but for capital. It no longer suffices, therefore, that he should simply produce. He must produce surplus-vale. That labourer alone is productive, who produces surplus-value for the capitalist, and thus works for the self-expansion of capital. If we may take an example from outside the sphere of production of material objects, a schoolmaster is a productive labourer, when, in addition to belabouring the heads of his scholars, he works like a horse to enrich the school proprietor. That the latter has laid out his capital in a teaching factory, instead of a sausage factory, does not alter the relation. Hence the notion of a productive labourer implies not merely a relation between work and useful effect, between labourer and product of labour, but also a specific, social relation of production, a relation that has sprung up historically and stamps the labourer as the direct means of creating surplus-value. To be a productive labourer is, therefore, not a piece of luck, but a misfortune” (Karl Marx, Capital, Volume I).

NEA’s $500,000 a Year Boss, Van Roekel, Shocked, simply Shocked, at Teacher unhappiness! A recent poll showing teacher job satisfaction at its lowest point in decades is “shocking,” union leaders say, though they say reports of increased parental and community involvement are “bright spots.”

The Teacher Morale Survey More than half of teachers expressed at least some reservation about their jobs, their highest level of dissatisfaction since 1989, the survey found. Also, roughly one in three said they were likely to leave the profession in the next five years, citing concerns over job security, as well as the effects of increased class size and deep cuts to services and programs. Just three years ago, the rate was one in four.

Ohio EA to Allow Testing of Bad-test Teachers? Come September, Ohio will likely be the only state in the country to force thousands of teachers at low-performing schools to take special licensing tests.
A provision in Ohio’s budget law requires that by Sept. 1, the state must rank all public schools and charter schools based on a report card measure called the Performance Index – a calculation of student performance on state tests.
Schools ranked in the bottom 10 percent will require teachers of “core” subjects to take licensing exams within the school year. Core subjects include reading, math, science and social studies.
Re-testing teachers, Gov. John Kasich has said, will hold them more accountable and give districts and charter schools the ability to move ineffective teachers out.

Atlanta Fires 11 teachers in Test Scandal 11 Atlanta teachers implicated in a standardized test cheating scandal have been fired.
Superintendent Erroll Davis said he met with the group last week and asked them to resign, but most refused.
Letters were sent out Friday, informing the employees of why they were being terminated.
The certified letters list names of potential witnesses that could be called if the employee challenges the decision.
Nearly 180 Atlanta Public Schools employees were implicated in the state’s sweeping investigation that found cheating on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test in 44 of the district’s 100 schools. will have more information as it becomes available.

Don Perl in Substance Colorado test resister becomes major news story when Pueblo school district marks the child ‘truant’ and claims that every public school students in Colorado is required to take the TCAP test

MLA on Tucson MAS and Book Banning We believe that teaching Mexican American children about Mexican American history and heritage is teaching them as individuals—indeed, precisely as the individuals they are. But more important, we believe in teaching all American children about Mexican American history and heritage. We therefore reject the reasoning behind HB 2281 and behind the decisions made by Superintendent Huppenthal, Judge Kowal, and President Stegeman, on two counts. First, we reject the idea that Mexican American studies is a subject “designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.” Throughout the United States, and especially in the Southwest, Mexican American studies is an integral part of the study of American identity and history; ideally, every schoolchild should be acquainted with that fact. Second, we reject the idea that Mexican American studies promotes “resentment toward a race or class of people” or advocates “ethnic solidarity.” Mexican American studies is a field of inquiry, not a form of propaganda. It is designed to lead to a greater understanding of the histories and cultures of the peoples of the United States, not to any partisan political outcome.

The International Hot War of the Rich on the Poor

March and April, 1945, Japan Launches Biggest Kamakaze Attacks Ever

RTV Documentary on the US Empire of Bases Featuring Chalmers Johnson Over the course of the last century, the US has encircled the world with a web of military bases unlike any other in history. Today, they amount to more than 700, in 40 countries. No continent is spared. They are one of the most powerful forces at play in the world today, yet one of the less talked-about. They have shaped the lives of millions, yet remain a mystery to most. Why do countries like Germany, Italy, Japan and South Korea still host hundreds of US military bases and thousands of US soldiers? And why is the US aggressively expanding in many new countries? How do the bases affect local populations, and what stance has president Obama taken on this controversial subject? This documentary film answers these and other questions through the words of prominent experts, intellectuals and ex-insiders Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Chalmers Johnson and others and through the shocking but often inspiring stories of those directly affected by US bases in Italy, Japan, the Indian Ocean and elsewhere.!the-documentary

Grand Strategy, and Strategy, from the US Navy Most of the world’s people, resources, and economic activity are not in the Western Hemisphere, but in the other hemisphere, particularly Eurasia. Consequently, a key element of U.S. national strategy, going back many decades, has been to prevent the emergence of a regional hegemon in one part of Eurasia or another, because such a hegemon could deny the United States access to some of the Eastern Hemisphere’s resources and economic activity.

Preventing this is a major reason why the U.S. military is structured with force elements—including significant naval forces, long-range bombers, and long-range airlift—that enable it to cross broad expanses of ocean and air space and then conduct sustained, large-scale military operations upon arrival. The United States is the only country with a military designed to do this. The other countries in the Western Hemisphere don’t attempt it because they can’t afford it, and because the United States is, in effect, doing it for them. Countries of the Eastern Hemisphere don’t do it for the very basic reason that they’re already in that hemisphere, where the action is. Consequently, they instead spend their defense money on forces for influencing events in their own neighborhood.

A Debate on the Obamagogue’s War Strategy my doctrine I would describe as the — as defending the pax Americana, preserving American primacy around the world and not allowing serious challenges to our ability to dominate the world’s oceans, to dominate the world’s skies, to keep space and cyberspace free of serious disruptions and to intervene decisively when we face threats on the ground, whether from genocidal-type human rights violations, from cross-border incursions such as the Iraqi invasion into — into Kuwait, or from dangerous developments, such as the Taliban rule in Afghanistan which allowed it to be used as a launching pad for attack on United States.
And I think we have to keep the ability to fight and win two conflicts at the same time, because again, our enemies are not necessarily going to be obliging enough to fight us in sequence. And it’s not hard to imagine that, for example, the crises in Iran and North Korea could come to a head simultaneously and we would have to be able to exert decisive influence in both theaters at once. And if we can’t, that will be an invitation, I fear, for aggression.

Obamagogue’s Private Army, the CIA, to Stay on in Afghanistan (o boy, we are so faked out) Top Pentagon officials are considering putting elite special operations troops under CIA control in Afghanistan after 2014, just as they were during last year’s raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, sources told The Associated Press.
The plan is one of several possible scenarios being debated by Pentagon staffers. It has not yet been presented to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the White House or Congress, the sources said.
If the plan were adopted, the U.S. and Afghanistan could say there are no more U.S. troops on the ground in the war-torn country because once the SEALs, Rangers and other elite units are assigned to CIA control, even temporarily, they become spies.

Leaked Stratfor Emails Show Special Ops Forces in Syria for Months Special operations forces from the U.S. and its allies have been on the ground in Syria since at least December, according to confidential emails from the private intelligence firm Stratfor that were released by WikiLeaks.

There goes the Taliban! US to turn Prison Control over to Karzai? Washington has yielded to pressure from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, agreeing to cede control of all Afghan prisons to Kabul upon departure of most U.S. troops in 2014.

China, an 11.2 Percent Hike in Military Spending (as the “Red Army is used repeatedly to attack the people) China announced a double-digit increase in military spending on Sunday, a rise that comes amid an intensifying strategic rivalry between the United States and China in Asia and concerns in Washington about the secrecy surrounding the Chinese defense budget.

French Agents Caught in Syria Thirteen French officers have been captured by the Syrian Army, according to Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper. It claims it received the information from a pro-Syrian Palestinian in Damascus.
According to the source, the officers were taken captive in the city of Homs – the heart of the internal conflict between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, and insurrectionists – and are being held in a field hospital there. The source claims the French and Syrian governments are locked in negotiations over the fate of the men.
If confirmed, it would be an embarrassment to France. However the French Foreign Ministry has categorically stated that there are no French soldiers in Syria. Perhaps more intriguingly, the Ministry of Defense has not issued an outright denial, saying instead that it has no knowledge of the situation.

US Special Forces in India, and More US special forces teams are currently stationed in five South Asian countries including India as part of the counter-terrorism cooperation with these nations, a top Pentagon commander has disclosed.
These teams have been deployed by US Pacific Command as part of its effort to enhance their counter-terrorism capabilities, in particular in the maritime domain, Admiral Robert Willard, the PACOM Commander said on Thursday.
“We have currently special forces assist teams – Pacific assist teams is the term – laid down in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, as well as India,” Willard told lawmakers at a Congressional hearing in response to a question on co-operation with India on counter-terrorism issues.

AIPAC Beats War Drums for Attack on Iran Calling the Iranian threat “more serious than anything faced by the United States and Israel” during his time in office — a claim that would include al-Qaeda, Iraq, China and the Soviet Union — Lieberman pressed for an “iron-clad” resolution: “The United States will prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability — by peaceful means if we can, but with military force if we absolutely must.”
The AIPAC participants roared again.

The International Economic War of the Rich on the Poor

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After Thoroughly Corrupting every Aspect of Afghanistan and Married to the Dope Dealing Karzai, the US Searches for an Honest Man The Americans and Afghans blame each other for the problem’s seeming intractability, contributing to the deterioration in relations that now threatens to scuttle talks on the shape of ties between the countries after the NATO combat mission ends in 2014. What is clear is that the pervasive graft has badly undercut the American war strategy, which hinged on building the Karzai administration into a credible alternative to the Taliban.Still, the Obama administration has concluded that pressing the fight against corruption, as many American officials tried to do in recent years, could further alienate Mr. Karzai and others around him whom Washington is relying on as it tries to manage a graceful drawdown.“It’s a little late in the game to worry about anticorruption measures because what in the world is the alternative going to be?” said Anthony H. Cordesman, a military analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “If you find people who aren’t corrupt, it is largely because they haven’t had the opportunity.”

Moodys Declares Greece In Default—Who’s Next? Moody’s Investors Service has declared Greece in default on its debt after Athens carved out a deal with private creditors for a bond exchange that will write off $140 billion of its debt.
Moody’s pointed out that even as 85.8 per cent of the holders of Greek-law bonds had signed onto the deal, the exercise of collective action clauses that Athens is applying to its bonds will force the remaining bondholders to participate.
Overall the cost to bondholders, based on the net present value of the debt, will be at least 70 per cent of the investment, Moody’s said.

Detroit Social Services Corruption Drags on A City of Detroit social worker used tax dollars intended for poor people to buy herself furniture, a used car, home repairs and high-end washers and dryers, according to charges filed Wednesday by a joint task force investigating the city’s Human Services Department.
Nellie Lavern Jenkins-Kendrick, 47, also accused of sending her daughter to summer camp on the taxpayers’ dime, is the first person to be charged since a series of Free Press stories uncovered millions of dollars in misspending and mismanagement at the scandal-plagued agency.|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Jury Convicts Ponzi Gangster Stanford A federal jury on Tuesday convicted R. Allen Stanford, a Texas financier, on 13 out of 14 counts of fraud in connection with a worldwide scheme that lasted more than two decades and involved more than $7 billion in investments.

The Emergence of Fascism as a Popular Mass Movement

“Bourgeoisie democracy BREEDS fascism…The more workers place their trust in legalism, in constitutionalism, in bourgeois democracy, the more they make sacrifices to save the existing regime, as the “lesser evil’ against the “menace” of fascism, the heavier become the fascist attacks and the more rapid the advance to capitalism. To preach confidence in legalism, in constitutionalism, in the capitalist state, means to invite and guarantee the victory of fascism.” R. Palme Dutt, Fascism and Social Revolution, 1935.p49

Obamagogue Signs Anti-Trespass Bill in a Hurry Only days after clearing Congress, US President Barack Obama signed his name to H.R. 347 on Thursday, officially making it a federal offense to cause a disturbance at certain political events — essentially criminalizing protest in the States.

Fascist Eric Holder announces suspension of Civil Liberties if he doesn’t Like You In his most forceful defense yet of the Obama administration’s use of lethal force against U.S. citizens linked to terrorism, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that the Constitution does not protect U.S. suspects plotting to kill other Americans.

Baghdad–Stoned to Death for Western Dress At least 14 youths have been stoned to death in Baghdad in the past three weeks in what appears to be a campaign by Shi’ite militants against youths wearing Western-style “emo” clothes and haircuts, security and hospital sources say.
Militants in Shi’ite neighborhoods where the stonings have taken place circulated lists on Saturday naming more youths targeted to be killed if they do not change the way they dress.
The killings have taken place since Iraq’s interior ministry drew attention to the “emo” subculture last month, labeling it “Satanism” and ordering a community police force to stamp it out.

Popular Hitler Memorabilia Fetches Pounds on Pounds A silver tray presented to Hitler as a 50th birthday present yesterday fetched a staggering £28,000 at auction.
The silver presentation tray, which had The Fuhrer’s personal German eagle crest and his initials on it, was expected to sell for around £5,000.

NGOs to Mexico–So Long, Partners As Mexico battles narcotics and crime groups, U.S. medical and religious missions that for generations had come to build houses, tend the sick and conduct goodwill activities have been forced to retreat.

Solidarity Fornever

Postmodernisim–Religion with an Angry Cloak

The Konyi Diversion: let’s get two things straight: 1) Joseph Kony is not in Uganda and hasn’t been for 6 years; 2) the LRA now numbers at most in the hundreds, and while it is still causing immense suffering, it is unclear how millions of well-meaning but misinformed people are going to help deal with the more complicated reality….in 2006, the LRA was pushed out of Uganda and has been operating in extremely remote areas of the DRC, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic — where Kony himself is believed to be now. The Ugandan military has been pursuing the LRA since then but had little success (and several big screw-ups). In October last year, President Obama authorized the deployment of 100 U.S. Army advisors to help the Ugandan military track down Kony, with no results disclosed to date.,,, Along with sharing the movie online, Invisible Children’s call to action is to do three things: 1) sign its pledge, 2) get the Kony 2012 bracelet and action kit (only $30!), and 3) sign up to donate.
There is intense criticism out there over Invisible Children’s finances, including that it spends too much money on administration and filmmaking, while still touting its on the ground NGO-style projects…There are many reasons uninformed and oversimplified advocacy can cause trouble, and Siena Antsis catalogues some of them here, noting that Invisible Children expertly “commodifies white man’s burden on the African continent.” Buy a bracelet, soothe some guilt.
But as researcher Mark Kersten notes, after “stoping Kony”, then what? Or what if the activism just results the the 100 U.S. advisors staying but no Kony?
One of the biggest issues with a simplistic “Stop Kony” message is that discussions of Navy Seals or drone strikes are inevitable when patience runs out with Ugandan-led efforts . But what about the dozens or hundreds of abducted and brainwashed kids? Should we bomb everyone? Will they actually stop fighting after Kony is gone? What if they shoot back?

Who Is the Rich SoCal White Boy behind Invisible Children whose every sentence starts with “So…”? , Jason graduated from the University of Southern California’s film school with a degree in Cinema Production. He admires Oprah, Bono, Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Baz Luhrmann, and Dan Eldon and believes wholeheartedly in magic and the impossible.

The Konyi Delusion Take for example the fact that one of the 12 ‘policy makers’ (US politicians) that they are targeting to help them ensure Kony is arrested is George ‘Dubya’ Bush. The puppet president who presided over the murder of 1.5 million Iraqi civilians. And we’re all meant to believe that people like him are going to care about the plight of Ugandan children? Kony is Bush’s ideological brother for god’s sake.

Other than their complete ignorance of the fact that the US political elite is populated by the world’s worst war criminals, the makers of this video are also massively ignorant of the truth about WHY Uganda, and many other African nations, are subjected to the brutal excesses of war lords and have been for so many decades,,,,To cut a very long and complex story short, people like Joseph Kony (who, by the way, is no longer a real threat to the people of Uganda) and so many other African tin-pot dictators are the product of long-term US (CIA), British, Israeli and French interference in African nations.

CSM on the Konyi Hustle Of course Joseph Kony should be captured. But this approach is flawed. The video shows only a Western audience, without any reference to African partners or leaders. They are disempowering and undermining the role of Africans. They failed to recognize the role of individuals like Betty Bigombe, a long-time Ugandan activist, or seek partnerships with African organizations for the launch, such as Ushahidi or Africans Act for Africa.
Invisible Children and other Africa-focused advocacy organizations should deliver more sophisticated, nuanced, and respectful narratives that recognize capturing Kony is a collective responsibility and that Africans must play the primary role in bringing peace to the region.

More on the Konyi Hysteria

California Teachers Association Top Spending Lobbyist in State The California Teachers Assn. spent the most, as it does periodically: $6.5 million

FBI Busts Sabu and Sabu Busts Anonymous Federal prosecutors in New York on Tuesday charged five men allegedly associated with the hacking group Anonymous, based on information provided by a group leader who had secretly been working with the FBI since last year.
Prosecutors were led to the five men by Hector Xavier Monsegur, a New York-based hacker known as Sabu, who had pleaded guilty last year in U.S. District Court in New York to 12 charges, including conspiracy to commit computer hacking. Some of the hackers belonged to LulzSec, an offshoot of Anonymous formed in May 2011.

Bobby Ferguson Robbed Detroit of $58 million plus of money the kids needed Indicted contractor Bobby Ferguson obtained more than $58.5 million by extorting contractors and through other illegal conduct, and he spent a fraction of the money on his kids’ college education, his girlfriend and construction equipment, according to federal court records…. He has been indicted as an alleged member of the “Kilpatrick Enterprise,” which prosecutors say robbed taxpayers of millions of dollars and instilled a culture of corruption in one of the nation’s poorest cities. A trial is set for September.|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

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