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An Alternative Explanation for the "Health Emergency" in Mexico
flupaper.pngAs many are beginning to notice, the number of deaths attributed to the swine flu in Mexico has been greatly exaggerated. The first sign that something was amiss should have been the absence of information on the identities of the deceased. Missing were the normally present stories on the tragic lives of the victims. The second sign that something was amiss should have been the impressively small number of attributed deaths outside of Mexico. Despite all the hype, we are now finding out that this strain of swine flu is largely benign. How could such a small story have enveloped the world and caused global panic? The only real disaster has been memetic. The virus that threatens us is not a physical virus, but a memetic virus: the false rumor of a pandemic.
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01 May 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / International
Sculpture Artist Receives Life Achievement Award
richardhunt2.jpgFor the most part, his representationalist sculpture captures and sets forth a message with the force of a sudden wind storm. And in a city held together by threads of promise, the sculpture of the artist Richard Hunt breaks free from formality and brings one quickly into a realm of light, text, and shadow which only folded, hammered, heated and burnished bronzes and steels can do. His work directs, without speaking.
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29 Apr 2009 | Filed under: News / International
Who's the Dummy Now? Police Overreact, Deactive Mannequin
dummy.pngOn March 31st, a brand new organization called Mannequins for Climate Justice chained a dummy to the door of a Kenmore Square Bank of America (BOA) with a bike lock, setting in motion a bizarre chain of events.

Police rushed to the scene and shut down all of Kenmore Square—taping off the area and blocking traffic—followed closely by ambulances, swarms of reporters and even news helicopters. Next, according to the Boston Phoenix, “bomb squad guys—one in a full space suit, plus their bomb-killing robot—were called in,” adding to the absurd spectacle.
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27 Apr 2009 | Filed under: News / Environment
BAAM Issue 20
baam20opt-1.pngThe monthly newsletter of the Boston Anti-Authoritarian Movement
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21 Apr 2009 | Filed under: News / Media
The World to Come: Mumia Abu-Jamal on the Economy
jlbook.gif"I'm always intrigued when talking heads rush to comfort their viewers with news that the economy is bouncing back because, for that day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average may be performing well..." [LISTEN TO AUDIO]

BOSTON EVENT FOR MUMIA, APRIL 24: Friday, April 24th, 6:30 pm, Boston, MA: Great Hall, Codman Square, 637 Washington St, Dorchester, MA
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20 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Globalization
Controversial Senate elections planned in Haiti
haiti.pngThe apparent decision to green light the contentious ballot by Obama comes on the heels of a ruling by Haiti's Provisional Election Council or CEP to exclude the Fanmi Lavalas party of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide on procedural grounds.
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13 Apr 2009 | Filed under: News / International
What Obama's Trip to Europe Revealed
capitalism.pngDeclaring something a success doesn’t necessarily make it so. We learned this at the Bush-led G-20 summit only four months ago, when global leaders were expected to do something far-reaching in response to the world-wide economic crisis, instead of chatting about it. When nothing came of the meeting, we were told that the summit “succeeded” because it “laid the groundwork” for the next G-20 gathering, recently led by Obama.

The four months between G-20 summits was one of rising massive unemployment and social misery for millions of people, creating an urgency that was unmet by the world leaders in London.

RELATED: Indymedia reporting on the G-20 protests:
http://london.indymedia.org.uk/articles/943
Climate Camp (alternative to G20):
http://www.climatecamp.org.uk/g20
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08 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / International
NorthEast Anarchist Network: "Direct Action = Solidarity. Confront the Bankers in April!"
The NorthEast Anarchist Network is endorsing the "Self Described Anarchist Collective" and Global Justice Action calls for a diversity of tactics, including direct action, to disrupt the Spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington, DC. Even in this era of uncontrolled economic retraction and collapse, the IMF and World Bank continue to reach for their misleading, self-proclaimed objective of "eradicating poverty", while paradoxically ignoring the needs of poor and indigenous communities.
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08 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Announcement / Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : International
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