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AWOL Newswire: “The Class War Is Over”

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Steve Spires

December 20, 2009

In mainstream politics, there has always been an aversion to speaking in terms of “class.” Any discussion of class is slandered as too leftist, too smacking of Marxism to be taken seriously by Democrats and Republicans. In the past, any politician who brought up the notion of class was branded a ra...

Divorce and Dereliction of Duty Down South

Steve Spires

December 20, 2009

Embattled South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford made headlines this summer with his opposition to the federal stimulus touted by President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. Nothing compared, though, to his six-day disappearance to Argentina to visit his self-proclaimed “soul mate,” his lying to hi...

Copenhagen, the New Berlin

Chris Lewis

December 20, 2009

Guardian environmentalist extraordinaire George Monbiot on the Copenhagen climate negotiations: Watching this stupid summit via webcam (I wasn't allowed in either), it struck me that the treaty-making system has scarcely changed in 130 years. There's a wider range of faces, fewer handlebar moustaches, f...

AWOL Newswire: Pentagon Hacks Still ‘Experts’

Chris Lewis

December 13, 2009

According to a recent Huffington Post article, retired US generals are still appearing on network news as expert "military analysts" without disclosing clear conflicts of interest. The piece is worth quoting at length: One of these men in particular -- NBC News military analyst and retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey -- has appeared on MSNBC at least 10 times in the past month to cri...

Academic Talk: An Expanded Marxist Approach

AWOL

December 10, 2009

Academic Talk is an AWOL blog feature that steps out of the newsroom and into the classroom -- highlighting theory's relevance and manifestation in the country's conversations. In the latest New Left Review, London-based academic journal, Erik Olin Wright expands the scope of his Marxist critique -- ...

AWOL Newswire: You’re a Secret Muslim, Charlie Brown

Peter Harrison

December 6, 2009

In the past week, two news stories arose that, despite their comedic value, served only to shave still more dignity from this country's dignity-deficient conservative voice; The Obama Muslim-smearing that reared its ugly head before the election is still a right-wing trope -- along with the right's ...

Magazine launch party

Amberley Romo

December 2, 2009

Fall 2009 "Divided" issue release tonight! Where: Hughes Formal Lounge When: 8-10pm Why: Must you ask?

Aramark at AU: The Search for Solidarity

Aramark at AU: The Search for Solidarity

Rory Drohan

November 18, 2009

The typical AU student lives an economically-secure life on a tidy campus of material comforts. But for the 106 campus custodial employees who do the tidying, the prospect of a secure and comfortable future remains indefinite. They are caught between a powerful yet sluggish union and a multinational ...

Missing the Boat

Missing the Boat

Richard Phillips

November 18, 2009

Most political movements, especially of the radically-oriented variety, attract zealous followers. Yet too often, a movement’s zeal can morph into rigid rules that alienate more than welcome. The recent controversy over The Eagle’s sex column, “Sex-perimentation defines Welcome Week, Don't let hook-ups be brea...

Barry Farm: A Development Plan Shrouded In Uncertainty

Alex Burchfield

November 18, 2009

Anthony Gualtieri, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, looked exasperated. Trying in vain to conduct order in a classroom chirping with boisterous children who insouciantly waltzed in and out of the corridor, civility seemed unattainable. Oreos, squeeze bottles of yogurt, and half-eaten hot dogs scat...

The U.S. In Colombia: Splitting South America

The U.S. In Colombia: Splitting South America

Robbie Cavooris

November 18, 2009

President Obama will soon throw American troops deeper into the war-torn jungles of Colombia. An agreement he recently signed called the US-Colombia Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA), will allow American troops to operate in seven Colombian military bases for the next ten years. The US Forces, who ...

Passing Thoughts Column: Division

Passing Thoughts Column: Division

John Bly

November 18, 2009

The "obelus." That short horizontal line and the two dots it separates introduced division to us as just another mathematical function early in our childhood. As we grew older, we began to see division didn’t solely occur between numbers. It parted families and carved up cities; it dissected countrie...