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Syriza: A Party of Modern Class Struggle

Picture credit: Cubanet Video Speaking about the historic victory of Greece’s anti-austerity party, Syriza, Leo Panitch, distinguished research professor at York University in Toronto says Syriza is a party of modern class struggle, in which not only the working class in the old sense, but more dynamically the new working class made up of knowledge workers, women and immigrants, are represented. Syriza is a party that embedded itself in social movements in the last decade, so it's a very different beast. Panitch...

Slavoj Zizek on Looming Split between Capitalism and Democracy and Rise of Neo-Apartheid

Picture credit: Verso Book Video Philosopher Slavoj Zizek argues that our current brand of global capitalism is quickly outgrowing democracy and that a divorce between the two is inevitable. This leads to an array of social and geopolitical concerns regarding the public commons, including the emergence of new forms of apartheid. New walls are emerging between, for example, the United States and Mexico, Israel and the West Bank in addition to a new obsession with how to isolate Europe from Africa. The paradox of...

Grandmas Smoke Weed for First Time

Picture credit: Cut Video Video Just over two months ago three grandmothers were introduced to pot for the first time by an intrepid video production team in the state of Washington in the United States where the use of recreational marijuana is legal. The women were given a bong, a vaporizer, marijuana tea and offered some snacks and a card game. The results are both hilarious and sobering. We witness the grandmothers starting to relax, laugh a lot, tell some dirty jokes, talk about their new experience and realise that...

The South African State Is Becoming Too Secretive

Picture credit: Cream Media Video SACSIS columnist, Prof. Jane Duncan, talks to Creamer Media about her new book, which examines the rise of securocrats in South Africa. Securocrats are officials located in the security establishment – the police, intelligence services or the military – that have the power to influence government policy in their favour. Duncan raises genuine concerns about their growing influence, which is leading to an excessive and unnecessary focus on secrecy and security as well as resulting...

Chris Hedges on the Roots of Terrorism and Translating 'Je suis Charlie'

Picture credit: Chris Hedges courtesy United Church Observer Video RT’s Abby Martin speaks with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, Chris Hedges, about the roots of the attacks in France and the relationship between global events and the rise of radicalisation. Hedges argues that young men like the Kouachi brothers, responsible for the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, are easily preyed on by radical organisations because of their dispossession, aimlessness, poverty and despair. Worse, the Kouachi brothers were of Algerian descent and their...

Settlers, Olives, and Occupation

Picture credit: West Bank Israeli Settlement courtesy Daily Telegraph Video In response to last year's Gaza conflict, the Israeli government announced the construction of further settlements in the West Bank. The expansion of the settlements has consumed privately owned Palestinian land, causing the destruction of Palestinian homes, produce, and livelihoods. Despite Israeli settlements taking up only 1% of land in the West Bank, they now exert control over 42%, with settlement boundaries often 10 times larger than the settlements themselves. VICE News traveled to...