(Re)Discovering Frantz Fanon

This week we speak with Christopher J. Lee about the revolutionary writer Frantz Fanon. Christopher J. Lee is a professor at Lafayette College and is the author of Frantz Fanon: Toward a Revolutionary Humanism (Ohio University Press, 2015) and edited the new, annotated version of A Soviet Journey (Lexington Books, 2017).

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Not a new episode. Just thought we'd share something beautiful...

A new Tom Waits song. It’s a cover of the Italian classic. You can read more about it here.

One fine morning
I woke up early
o bella ciao, bella ciao
bella ciao, ciao, ciao
One fine morning
I woke up early
to find the fascists at my door

Oh partigiano
take me with you
bella ciao, bella ciao
goodbye, beautiful
oh partigiano
please take me with you
I’m not afraid anymore

And if I die
a partigiano
bella ciao, bella ciao
goodbye, beautiful
Bury me
up on that mountain
beneath the shadow of the flower

So all the people
the people passing
bella ciao, bella ciao
goodbye, beautiful
So all the people
the people passing
will say: “What a beautiful flower”

This is the flower
of the partisan
bella ciao, bella ciao
bella ciao
this is the flower
of the partisan
who died for freedom

this is the flower
of the partisan
who died for freedom

Are things really getting worse? Jeremy Lent on Steven Pinker.

This week we speak with Jeremy Lent about Steven Pinker’s new book Enlightenment Now. Jeremy Lent is author of The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, which investigates how different cultures have made sense of the universe. He is founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering a sustainable worldview.

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Orientalism and Education Reform in Egypt

We speak with Maged Mandour about education reform in Egypt. We discuss why the middle class supports these types of policies, the corrosive role that orientalism plays in Egyptian political life, and the real reason the government fears the Muslim Brotherhood. Maged Mandour graduated from Cambridge with a Masters in International Relations. He is a political analyst and the columnist of “Chronicles of the Arab Revolt” on openDemocracy. He is also a writer for Sada, the online journal for Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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Evoking the 1930s: Italy's sharp right turn

We talk with Vito Laterza about Italy's new government. We discuss the rise in violence against migrants in recent months, the increasing isolation of the Roma community, and the emergence of a coordinated international far-right social media strategy. Vito Laterza is associate professor in development studies at the University of Agder, Norway. He is an anthropologist and political analyst working on the crisis of capitalism, inequalities, race and class, and Africa and the West.

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Note: the case of the coastguard ship not allowed to land has resolved after several more days of stalling, here is a link that updates listeners on how it ended:

https://news.sky.com/story/italy-allows-migrants-to-disembark-ship-10-days-after-rescue-in-mediterranean-sea-11482640

 

There's no going back: the battle for abortion rights in Argentina

We speak with Celeste Fierro about the fight for legalized abortions in Argentina. We discuss the increasingly radical feminist movement, the role the Pope played in trying to defeat the bill to legalize abortion, and how capitalism and patriarchy are both barriers to emancipation. Celeste Fierro is an activist with Junas y a la Izquierda, a feminist organization in Argentina’s Socialist Workers Party (MST).    

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The rise of authoritarian capitalism in Hungary

We talk with Gábor Scheiring about the changes Hungary has undergone over the last eight years. We discuss how countries slide towards authoritarianism, the failures of the liberal elite, and what West Virginia has in common with rural Hungary. Gabor Scheiring works as a research fellow at the University of Cambridge. As co-founder of a local progressive green party he was elected to the Hungarian Parliament in 2010, serving as shadow minister of finance for his party. 

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How France uses the CFA as a tool of financial domination

We talk with economist Ndongo Samba Sylla about why France's former colonies must leave the CFA franc. We discuss the origins of the CFA, the ways in which France uses the CFA franc as an instrument of control, and how countries in Central and West Africa might leave the CFA.  Ndongo Samba Sylla is a Senegalese development economist. He is currently a Research and Programme manager at the West Africa office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (Dakar).

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First as tragedy, then as farce: Joe Biden in 2020?

Early polls show that Biden would be the front-runner. We talk with journalist Branko Marcetic about the prospect of a Biden candidacy, bankruptcy law, the war on drugs, and the direction of the Democratic party. 

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Mexico: What to expect from AMLO

We speak with Dan La Botz about the recent Mexican election and what to expect from a Lopez Obrador administration. We discuss the future of Nafta, the state of the Zapatista movement, and the possibility of drug legalization in Mexico. Dan La Botz is a prominent American union activist, academic, journalist, and author. He was a co-founder of Teamsters for a Democratic Union and has written extensively on worker rights in the United States and Mexico. La Botz ran in 2010 for a seat in the US Senate for the Socialist Party. He is a member of the DSA and a co-editor of the socialist journal New Politics.

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Current Events: Making industrial policy

This week we discuss industrial policy in Africa with Emily Wolff.  We talk about production possibilities, global trade, and why it's so hard to trust the United States. Emily Wolff is an MSc Global Politics student at the London School of Economics interested in inequality, trade policy and global political economy. She is a contributor to Africa is a Country

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"I am from Wisconsin and I am your future": The Janus decision and what it means for you

In this episode we talk with Bob Peterson about the recent Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision. We discuss the impact of this decision on labor unions, how studying what happened to workers in Wisconsin under Governor Walker is instructive, and the emergence of a militant national teachers union movement. Bob Peterson was a 5th-grade teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools, and former president of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association. He is the founder of Rethinking Schools

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Advice for New Teachers: In conversation with Richard Miller

Today we speak with our good friend Richard Miller about his (recently concluded) teaching career. As this podcast is designed with teachers in mind we thought it would be wise to bring on the best teacher we know and pick his brain. In this episode we discuss what good pedagogy looks like, why it should be easy to start good schools,  Michael Jordan's retirement, and financial advice for new teachers. Enjoy!

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Current Events: The Barren Terrain of Indonesian Politics

This week we talk with Professor Max Lane about Indonesian politics and economics. We discuss the 1965 "Red Slaughter" in which one million people were killed, the legacy of the Suharto regime, and the role the U.S, Europe and Australia continue to play in keeping Indonesians poor.  Max Lane is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. In addition to numerous academic publications, he has actively supported political change in Indonesia since the mid-1970s, and has translated work by the acclaimed Indonesian novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer. He is the author of many books including Unfinished Nation (Verso).   

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Current Events: Ethiopia and Eritrea: What comes next?

In this episode with speak with Abraham T. Zere about the historic peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia. We discuss the origins of the conflict, the political and economic changes that we might expect in both countries, what life is like under the dictatorship in Eritrea, and how to report on a closed regime from exile. Abraham T. Zere is a US based Eritrean writer/journalist who is the executive director of PEN Eritrea. His articles have appeared in The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, The Independent, Africa is a Country and Index on Censorship Magazine.

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Good News: Episode 1

We are trying something new here at A Correction! Once or twice a month we will be recording a podcast where we talk about all of the good things happening in the world. People around the globe are making positive change and we think it's important to recognize that! In this episode we talk about free public transportation in Estonia, plastic-free supermarket aisles, dogs and honeybees, a wild Staten Island, and the high levels of American support for more immigration.  Let us know what you think: acorrectionteam@acorrectionpodcast.com

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Current Events: Can a billionaire turn things around in South Africa?

In this episode we talk with Niall Reddy about what to expect from Cyril Ramaphosa, the new President of South Africa. We discuss how Ramaphosa went from union leader to billionaire to president, how he plans to tackle corruption, and what the abandonment of the left by the ANC has meant for the country.  Niall Reddy is a PhD candidate at NYU and a frequent contributor to Africa is a Country

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Current Events: What lessons can be learned from Ocasio-Cortez's victory?

We talk with Professor Susan Kang about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's huge primary win over Congressman Joe Crowley. We ask: How did this happen? Why now? What does this mean for other left-wing candidates around the country? Susan Kang is an associate professor of political science at John Jay College, City University of New York. She is the author of Human Rights and Labor Solidarity: Trade Unions in the Global Economy. Professor Kang a member of the NY citywide leadership committee of the Democratic Socialists of America.

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The Euro Crisis: Slovenia is the future

Lev and Gal Kirn discuss all of the things you ever wanted to know about Slovenia but were afraid to ask. They talk about the recent election, Yugoslav partisans in WWII, historical revisionism in the Balkans, and the powerful myth of Slovenia as Switzerland East. Professor Kirn is a political theorist and researcher at TU Dresden. He is the author of several books, including Partisan Ruptures and Contradictions of Market Socialism in Yugoslavia. In his home-town Ljubljana, he is engaged in the Workers-Punks’ University. 

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