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International Conference: Economics, Politics, Ecology: Post-Soviet Capitalism in Historical and Global Context

Posted by Sjur Cappelen Papazian den august 16, 2010

Moscow, 4-5 September 2010
Sponsors: Praxis Research and Education Center, Moscow
International Victor Serge Foundation
Ecopolis Research Center, Moscow
Informational support: Alternatives magazine

The purposes of the Conference are: 1) to establish the context of global tendencies in capitalism 2) within this context to discuss the problems of the genesis, nature, contradictions and prospects of the social system in contemporary Russia and other post-Soviet countries 3) to search for alternative paths of social and environmental development. Contributions to the conference are invited on the following basic themes:

ECONOMY: World economic crisis: cyclical phenomenon or manifestation of system’s decline? Post-Soviet and global capitalism, common and specific features. Place and role of Russia, Ukraine and other ex-Soviet countries in the world capitalist economy under conditions of globalization. Origins of the post-Soviet social system. Transformation of the “really existing socialism”: restoration or change of models of capitalism? Nature and contradictions of post-Soviet capitalism. Historical dynamics of social contradictions and class structure of post-Soviet societies. Conceptual alternatives to the dominating economic order.

POLITICS: Fate of democracy in contemporary world. The international left today: theoretical thought and political practice. Factors of establishment of authoritarian bureaucratic regimes in most of post-Soviet states. Rise of reactionary forces across the world (religious fundamentalism, nationalism etc) and ways of countering them. Is there a danger of (neo)totalitarianism now? Condition of global civil society and problems of social self-organization in ex-Soviet countries. Nature of contemporary military conflicts and post-Soviet states’ participation in them. Reasons for weakness of the left and democratic forces in ex-Soviet countries. Perspectives for anti-totalitarian socialism.

ECOLOGY: The problem of global climate change and climate politics. Socio-political dimension of the ecological crisis. Ecological situation in the present-day world and on post-Soviet space. A search for strategies and tactics of struggle to solve ecological problems. Could sustainable development be possible under capitalism? Condition and prospects of Green movements. Possibilities for a dialogue and cooperation between Green and non-authoritarian left political forces.

The working languages of the conference will be Russian, English and French. Conference fee (for organizational expenses): 40 Euros. Proposals for papers should include brief summary and authors’ CV. Deadline for submitting proposals is 1 August, 2010. Inexpensive housing available in Moscow apartments.

Contact with the organizing committee: praxiscenter@gmail.com
Website: www.praxiscenter.ru



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Skal syke ta regningen?

Posted by Sjur Cappelen Papazian den august 16, 2010

En regjeringsoppnevnt arbeidsgruppe har foreslått å fjerne særfradragsordningen for store sykdomsutgifter. Sykdomsgrupper som vil bli særlig hardt rammet dersom forslaget gjennomføres er blant annet personer med diabetes, revmatikere, astmatikere og allergikere, personer med psoriasis, ms-rammede, personer med dårlig tannhelse samt hjerte- og lungesyke. Det reagerer vi svært negativt på! Forsvinner denne fradragsordningen vil det rett og slett bli dyrere å være syk og funksjonshemmet i Norge.

Også funksjonshemmede og kronisk syke har et sterkt ønske om å bidra til samfunnet og fellesskapet, og de av oss som har mulighet til å delta i arbeidslivet betaler derfor gjerne inn skatt til fellesskapet. Dette ønsker vi også å fortsette med. At vi skal straffes økonomisk på grunn av sykdommene våre er det derimot langt vanskeligere å akseptere.

Vår klare oppfordring til finansministeren som nå har forslaget om å avskaffe særfradragsordningen til vurdering, er derfor å legge bort dette usosiale forslaget, som vil bidra til større sosiale forskjeller og mer urettferdighet. Isteden bør det nå grundig vurderes hvordan kompensasjon for store sykdomsutgifter kan gjøres på en bedre og mer rettferdig måte enn i dag.

Sammen med en rekke andre organisasjoner har Diabetesforbundet lansert en underskriftskampanje.

Følgende organisasjoner står bak:

Diabetesforbundet

Landsforeningen for Hjerte- og Lungesyke (LHL)

Munn- og halskreftforeningen

Norsk Revmatikerforbund (NRF)

Norsk Lymfødemforening (NLF)

Norsk Thyreoideaforbund (NTF)

Unge Funksjonshemmede

Funksjonshemmedes Fellesorganisasjon (FFO)

Norges Astma- og Allergiforbund (NAAF)

Multippel Sklerose Forbundet (MS-forbundet)

Selve forslaget om å fjerne særfradraget for store sykdomsutgifter er nå sendt på høring, med høringsfrist 15. august.

Vi oppfordrer deg til å skrive under på kampanjen og spre denne informasjon til venner og kjente. Vi må stå sammen for å vise at vi er uenige!

Du kan signere her

Med vennlig hilsen

Bjørnar Allgot

generalsekretær

Tlf: 901 77 631

Tlf: 23 05 18 00

www.diabetes.no

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Solidaritet med de anklagde COP15 aktivistene (rettssaker i august)

Posted by Sjur Cappelen Papazian den august 16, 2010

Call for Solidarity actions with the accused COP15 activists

On the 18th of August there will be a solidarity demonstration in Copenhagen to mark the trial of the first two people accused of ‘organizing’ the protests around the COP 15. We urge everyone to spend the day or the following days on demonstrations and statements of support and solidarity – demonstration and manifestations outside Danish embassies, press work and articles – all are welcome and appreciated.

During the climate summit in Copenhagen, around 2000 people were arrested preventively and held in custody while they were trying to get their voices heard. These people along with thousands of other activists from around the world were trying to set a different and more just political agenda in the climate debate.

Approximately 20 people were detained for up to a month, out of which four people are faced with trials this autumn.* These people are accused of charges including planning violence against police, systematic vandalism and serious disturbance of public peace and order. Some of these charges are drawn from the Danish terror package and the penalties are strenghtened by the new Danish anti-protester laws introduced just prior to the COP 15. The charges they face are unfounded, but can still potentially result in years in prison.

During COP15 thousands of people from around the world gathered in Copenhagen to challenge the farcical political negotiations at the Bella Center and demand just solutions to the climate crises. We demonstrated for solutions that are not only favouring the rich western world. We protested for real solutions which are challenging the capitalist system, because this system has a constant focus on growth and profit that is obviously not able to solve the climate problems.

This dawning climate justice movement was met with antipathy and arrogance of power from the Danish government, which was reflected in the form of a massive police repression. During 2009 the Danish government and the Danish police carried out an intense scare campaign in the media to demonize protesters and activists. Police were given extra power and economic resources for the COP 15. This led to thousands of preventive arrests, month-long surveillance of telephone and raids of private homes and accommodations, and grotesque and unnecessary detentions.

The police actions were completely out of proportion and a clear violation of our democratic rights. Their actions attempted criminalization of our right to organize ourselves politically. It was made clear that any movement that dares to challenge existing power structures and demand political changes are not welcome in Denmark today. Instead of listening to the massive criticism of the negotiations, the Danish government revealed a hypocritical lack of interest in solving the climate problems. And now the Danish state is trying to make four individuals responsible for a whole movement’s collective decision-making and collective protests.

In our view – the right to protest and everyone’s right to be heard, is an essential element in a democracy – even if you are speaking against the existing capitalist system. We therefore call on everyone to show solidarity with the accused and make the criticism of the ongoing processes visible.

We would like to receive information and documentation of any actions you take to collect on our website.

The coming trials is not just about the fact that innocent people might be convicted, but about everybody’s fundamental right to demonstrate, protest, take action and organize politically. It is important that we do not sign away these rights, but continue the fight.

In Solidarity – The Climate Collective

Solidaritet med de anklagede COP15 aktivister

Call for solidarity actions with the accused COP15 activists

email: cop15repression@climatecollective.org

* The four accused are: Natasha Verco, Noah Weiss, Stine Gry Jonassen and Tannie Nyboe. Natasha and Noah’s trials are on the 24th, 25th and 31th of August, and Stine and Tannie’s trials are on the 6th, 27th and 28th of October. The prosecution case against the Danish state about the preventive arrests are on the 23th and 30th of August and the 1st of September.

Facebook event for the demonstration taking place in Copenhagen

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