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The student parliament: reflections on the Sunflower movement

The Taiwanese students movement against Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement with China was hardly a radical movement in any way, it nonetheless politicized a lot of people and perhaps opened up space for a more radical critique of existing relations. The following are a few reflections and impressions of events that took place in Taipei from middle of March to beginning of May.

The necessity of experimentation and the immanence of change today

A short piece on the uncertainty of the present and the need for experimentation and creativity.

Politics as an alienated sphere of life

A short article on politics as an alienated separation of social life, and the need for constructing collective practices that challenge the divisions and relationships that constitute political activity in favor of libertarian alternatives.

Disarm: part 1

Part 1 of post I decided to split up. This part is more of a short rant about the demonization of youth by older, failed generations. The upcoming second part features a more personal story of a friend from my past, in other words, one of the youth being demonized.

On balance: guidelines for the representation of women and men in English language teaching materials

Article by Women in EFL Materials written in 1991 offering a good overview on how to avoid discriminatory language and stereotypical images in ELT publishing.

Young workers' rights - TEFL lesson

A TEFL handout for advanced / upper-intermediate students from the book 'Functional skills English: health & social care workbook' (aimed at students who would like to find work in health care).

I punched my boss in the face - TEFL lesson

A lesson plan based on this article, which appeared in Vice Magazine in January of 2013.

Victory against wage stealing language school!

After a short but intense campaign, Marta, a receptionist at the Speak Up London language school, has won a week’s unpaid wages and a glowing reference.

33 country fast food strike - TEFL lesson

A lesson plan around the "Fight for 15 campaign" and a recent international one-day strike in support of US fast food workers fighting for better wages.

Marta: 2, Speak Up: 0

A successful action and a short Twitter callout regarding wage theft at the Speak Up School of English in London.

Student protest in Italy - TEFL lesson

TEFL lesson from the British Council for intermediate students around the topic of student protests in Italy. A reading or listening task is followed by a matching exercise.

Unproductive bodies [part 2]: vulnerability and pharmaco-syndicalism

Second part of two piece article on the production of dependent bodies. Introduces the idea of vulnerability and what could be called pharmaco-syndicalism, or autonomous pharmacological practice (and idea that will be returned to elsewhere).

Wealth inequality in America - TEFL lesson

TEFL handout aimed at advanced students based around the video Wealth Inequality in America. Activity mainly focused on vocabulary building and listening practice

Is life worth living or should I blast myself?

An account of being a juvenile delinquent and having to live with a family who had a multitude of issues.

Exhibit A

Introduction to Poe Man's Dreams, a blog about experiencing 'the struggle' in the American midwest.

Disaster communism part 3 - logistics, repurposing, bricolage

A look at the recent debate over capitalist logistics concludes our three-part discussion of disaster communism, bringing us full circle in looking at the repurposing of infrastructure to meet human needs.

Strike in Shanghai in May 2014

Arrest during strike in Shanghai, May 2014

The wave of strikes in China's industrial heart lands continues. This is an example of a strike in Shanghai. As often, the Chinese state and capital tried to repress the strike with force, but also started negotiations to get the situation under control.

Utopia, by John Pilger

A comprehensive and impassioned denunciation of Australia's policies towards its aboriginal people.

"If Gezi never happened, the anger at mass murder at Soma could not have burst forth from the people"

In keeping with tradition, the following is an interview with Turkish IWW member Yusuf Cemal about the Soma mining disaster.

Profession and movement

Wildcat Germany on Aufhebengate and the phenomenon generally of activists in paid types of "radical" or academic employment.