Richard Grossman, ¡Presente!

Richard Grossman, activist and thinker ahead of his time by Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero Research Associate, Institute for Social Ecology November 17 2014 This month marks three years since the passing of my good friend, activist and valuable anti-corporate crusader Richard Grossman. What made his work unique was his research and critical thinking on the nature of …

Kurdish teach-in in NYC: Livestream Tues. 11/18

On Tuesday evening, November 18th, at the City University of New York (160 Convent Avenue in Manhattan, 5-7 pm), will be a panel titled “Kobanê & the Rojava Revolution,” featuring David Phillips, Salih Muslim, Nazan Üstündağ and Mutlu Çiviroğlu.  The event will be livestreamed at http://www.kurdslist.org/kobane_and_the_rojava_revolution_live. The announcement for this event states in part: The …

Leading British filmmaker on Bookchin & the Kurds

The influential documentarian Adam Curtis has posted an excellent, detailed blog post at the BBC on the connection between Murray Bookchin and Abdullah Ocalan of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). This piece is more explicit about Bookchin’s specific contributions than most of the earlier articles.  The post also features several short film clips of  key …

Scarcity, post-scarcity and community after the Italian earthquake

Our good friend and past ISE intensive participant Federico Venturini writes from the University of Leeds in England, where he’s finishing his dissertation on revolutionary social movements in Rio de Janeiro.  You can follow Fede’s blog at http://rioprarua.noblogs.org; which also features some photos from the recent Ecological Challenges conference in Oslo: I am very pleased to …

New Murray Bookchin collection in French

From our colleague Vincent Gerber in Geneva: October 16th will be the publication date for our book “Murray Bookchin, une écologie sociale et radicale,” in the series titled Precursors of Degrowth, produced by Serge Latouche. For more information, see my posting here. This project comes up after the publication of my earlier book on Bookchin …

2 items on social movements and power

ROAR Magazine has posted two thought provoking articles on social movements and the contest for political power:  an interview with John Holloway on movements and the state, and a reflection from Greece on the current and potential role of the leftist Syriza alliance. From the latter story: The effects of such a [left] electoral victory …

Call to support Kurds under attack in Syria

Urgent Call International People’s coalition against ISIS – for Kobanê – and for humanity! On the 15 September 2014 the ISIS launched a major multi-front military campaign against the Kurdish region of Kobanê (Arabic: Ayn Al-Arab) in Rojava/Northern Syria. This is the third ISIS onslaught on Kobanê since March 2014. As the ISIS was unsuccessful …

Scarcity and Post-scarcity in SciFi

ISE Board member Blair Taylor draws our attention to an amusing illustrated review of images of post-scarcity in science fiction, and the ways in which the narrative seems invariably pulled along by the introduction of a uniquely scarce essential need.  Might this say more about the limits of our imagination than any inherent tendency toward …

Brian Tokar: Defying Apocalypse

This commentary appears on the occasion of the forthcoming “Apocalypse Now?” issue of the Occupied Times of London, as well as the People’s Climate March in New York City and events before and after, and also the publication of the newly revised and expanded edition of my book, Toward Climate Justice.  It also appears on …

More links on Kurdish communalism

I originally added a series of updated links as a comment to our earlier post on this topic, but there are now enough of them to easily justify a new post:  •  Surprising coverage of this story on (commercial) British TV this week: www.channel4.com/news/pkk-kurdistan-workers-party-islamic-state-kurdish-spring! •  Also a current on-the-scene report: rojavareport.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/village-communes-emerging-in-colemerg. •  An earlier account, …