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1983-85: Bolivian Protests and Strikes Defeat President

In 1983 Bolivia elected a left wing president supported by a coalition of leftist parties and union federations. However the President priorities the paying of foreign debt and brought in neoliberal reforms and lowered wages and living standards for many Bolivians. As a result he alienated his allies and thousands of industrial workers and peasants rebelled with a series of protests and strikes.

Careerists and Corporate Interest: Why despite endless failure the drug war will continue indefinitely

A look at why drug war policies continue despite totally failing to achieve their stated objectives.

Protesters in Chicago take action to reclaim MLK weekend

Protesters shuting down Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Credit Union

Protesters in Chicago are marking Martin Luther King Jr weekend with actions targeting the city's mayor and racist police force.

Paranoia and terror as models of governance – Alèssi Dell’Umbria

A 2011 essay on Mexico’s descent into chaos under the blows of NAFTA and the “drug war”, whose purpose is not only to transform northern Mexico into a security zone for the U.S., but also to hasten “primitive accumulation” (driving peasants off their land—which is then handed over to agribusiness or extraction industries—and into the “colonias” where they will be prey to the drug war and intensive police and military repression) by destroying the surviving communal social forms in “a war against society” that is traumatizing the population but also generating a largely indigenous, assembly-based autonomous movement that is forming militias to defend its communities (e.g., Chiapas).

Concerning the irrelevance of Dolezal and the continuing relevance of the racist “war on drugs”

Six days after the media frenzy began, Rachel Dolezal is still making headlines; a brief look into what is and what is not being discussed in the media.

Heroin and Italy's 'Disappeared' Generation - Emilio Torrini

Heroin

An article describing the devastating effects of the Italian Mafia (with conspiracy theories alleging CIA assistance) disseminating cheap heroin within anti-establishment circles in 1970s Italy.

America's 'crack' plague has roots in Nicaragua war - Gary Webb

Crack cocaine

This article from 1996 explores how the crack cocaine explosion in black neighbourhoods in the US was facilitated by the CIA.

"Professor Xu": Laid-off plastics worker becomes China's Walter White

the cool way to smoke meth in china

Repost of a story of interest less for its similarity to "Breaking Bad," and more for what this similarity (and differences) reveal about capitalist development, increasing precarization and exclusion of "surplus" proletarians, and how criminality enables a few proles to prosper at the expense of many others, in a vicious circle of class cannibalism.

"Powerless": treatment programs within the prison industrial complex - Nick O.

Mandatory prison treatment program

A critique of the role of prison treatment programs by an anarchist and ex-prisoner.