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Misusing the City Statute in São Paulo

By Patricia Rodrigues Samora*: The City Statute and subsequent São Paolo Master Plan were seen as victories for the housing movement, but the city and state governments of São Paulo, and to a certain extent the federal government, seem to have chosen another way to build the future of our cities. This is a future […]

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Tensions of Citizenship

By Be Young and Shut up: In the much debated discourse over the consequences of economic globalization and the pervasive constructs of neoliberal governmentality that is seemingly creeping into every imaginable space of the world today, it appears that the contested frameworks of citizenship and the democratic principles it assumes have once again come into […]

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A Emancipação Política e a defesa de direitos

Por Sérgio Lessa: [excerpts] “O “império” da “cidadania” e do “Estado político”, ao emancipar politicamente a propriedade privada burguesa, “despojou o mundo inteiro” (“tanto o mundo dos homens como a natureza”) “de seu valor peculiar”, e o converteu em um “universal” abstrato (abstrato, no sentido que cancela o “valor peculiar” de todas as coisas) que […]

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Gli ultimi saranno gli ultimi

Nuove (e vecchie) logiche securitarie. A partire dall’inchiesta sul sistema degli Ospedali Psichiatrici Giudiziari di Dario Stefano Dell’Aquila by Paolo Graziano Prima di tutto vennero a prendere gli zingari e fui contento, perché rubacchiavano. Poi vennero a prendere gli ebrei e stetti zitto, perché mi stavano antipatici. Poi vennero a prendere gli omosessuali, e fui […]

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The humanitarian myth

By Richard Seymour Within days of Haiti suffering an earthquake registering 7.0 on the Richter scale, the U.S. government had sent thousands of 82nd Airborne troops and Marines, alongside the super-carrier USS Carl Vinson. By this Sunday, a total of more than 20,000 U.S. troops were scheduled to be operating in Haiti, both on land […]

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The Visual Construction of Criminality

RAB’s Photo Sessions and the Visual Construction of Criminality November 16th, 2009 Posted in Bangladesh, governance By Rahnuma Ahmed The title of my column is somewhat misleading, I think it’s best to state that right away. Intrigued by the press briefings that RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) offices hold every so often where `criminals’ are displayed alongwith crime artefacts […]

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PUBLIC NOTE ON ELTON BRUM’S MURDER FOR THE MILITARY POLICE OF RIO GRANDE DO SUL – BRAZIL – August 21, 2009

MST releases photo and public note to society: The Rural Landless Workers Movement (MST – Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra) comes to public to manifest his grief again for the loss of companheiro Elton Brum loss, to manifest  solidarity to the family and for: 1. To denounce one more harsh and violent action of […]

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Inscribing Subjects to Citizenship: Petitions, Literacy Activism, and the Performativity of Signature in Rural Tamil India

By Francis Cody “But for the women who had come to the office that day from Katrampatti, my sense is that they would only have been satisfied that they had performed the act of petitioning at grievance day if they had been able to see the collector and plead with him orally using generic conventions […]

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Capitalism and Social Rights

By Ellen Meiksins Wood “In fact, we could just as easily say that the history of rights has been a contraction, not an expansion, of political rights — not an expansion from one set of rights to another but a contraction of political rights to exclude the social and the economic. Political rights have certainly […]

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Israel’s blonde bombshells and real bombs in Gaza

By Yosefa Loshitzky “Israel’s cruelty — manifested through its use (or rather abuse) of language, and creative “strategy” of “re-branding” its continuous assaults on the Palestinians as a war of defense, using their tautological logic to justify the extermination of an “entity” which they designate as “hostile” — should be interpreted in the spirit of […]

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Shoot the citizen, save the customer: participatory budgeting and bare citizenship

By Sérgio Baierle “In this text we reasoned that the deconstruction of the popular-democratic project in Brazil opened space for the reemergence of the neoliberal project as a hegemonic act, meaning that it was based on active acquiescence. Articulated by the concept of good governance, this new version of the same concept, now in its […]

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