The Greek government under pressure from international banking has cut jobs and social services drastically, rendering a bad economic situation worse. Costas Panayoktakis is a political economist and activist from Greece who teaches at CUNY and is expert on the economic crisis and its politics. He is the author of Remaking Scarcity: From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the impact of austerity policies on the people of Greece and political movements resisting those policies.
Last weekend was full of Fourth of July celebrations, and in this set of commentaries, the Old Mole's Well-read Reds provide perspective on the state of freedom and democracy now and in the nation's past. The three are:
The Left and the Law. Thousands of prisoners California's Pelican Bay Prison and throughout the state have been on a hunger strike to protest arbitrary sentences to solitary confinement. Attorney Mike Snedeker and psychologist Jan Haaken discuss the conditions and the reasons for the strike.
There will be a rally in solidarity with the strikers Monday, July 8 at 7:30 pm in Chapman Square Park, SW 3d and Main in Portland, followed by a mobile dance party and noise demo.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this edition of the Old Mole dealing with several aspects of freedom and self-determination -- from the extreme unfreedom of solitary confinement in maximum security prisons to wage slavery and mass unemployment.
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