Wed 12.24.14 | Africa's Land Rush

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In Africa, corporations and nation-states are acquiring vast amounts of land, in a move reminiscent of classical imperialism. Sociologist Fouad Makki discusses the enclosure, or privatization, of land in countries like Ethiopia, with terrible social and ecological consequences. He traces the land rush to the global financial crisis, rising food prices, and the inner dynamics of capitalism itself. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 12.23.14 | Courts, Fines, Cops

San Francisco Bar Association's free Legal Advice and Referral Clinic






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Shorter hours, higher fines, fines that compound astronomically if you don't pay them quickly -- just part of the picture of a court system that doesn't appear to serve poor people. Criminal defense attorney and activist Sherry Gendelman discusses whether the courts, both civil and criminal, are functioning as a revenue-generating machine -- as a regressive tax, in effect -- rather than a forum for justice. (Encore presentation.)

Mon 12.22.14 | Black Prison Organizing

Dan Berger, Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era U. of North Carolina Press, 2014






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Recent protests against the police have put the spotlight back on the racism of the criminal justice system. The centrality of prisons to white supremacy was highlighted by earlier generations of black activists, especially inmates, during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Scholar and activist Dan Berger reflects on the history, politics, and legacy of African American prison activism -- embodied most famously in the writings of George Jackson and the prison rebellions of the 1970s.

Mon 12.08.14 through Wed 12.17.14

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Wed 12.03.14 | Ethical Truth

Zuidervaart et al., eds., Truth Matters: Knowledge, Politics, Ethics, Religion McGill-Queen's U. Press, 2013




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Compared to objective truth, truth of the subjective kind may appear shaky, unreliable, even arbitrary. But Jay Gupta, drawing from Kierkegaard, contends that subjective truth is key to ethical understanding and action. To illustrate the point, Gupta examines how war and the horrific toll it takes are reported in the media. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 12.02.14 | Lethal Legacy in Laos

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It was the biggest bombing campaign in history. The United States barraged Laos for almost a decade, killing untold numbers, and littering a third of the country's land surface with unexploded cluster bombs and other deadly ordnance. Journalists Jerry Redfern and Karen Coates discuss the campaign, which started fifty years ago this month, and its lethal aftermath for Laotian children and adults.

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