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“Chile is Taking the Final Steps of Dismantling Dictatorship” — THE COMPENSATION BUREAU author Ariel Dorfman writes for CounterPunch

October 14, 2021
"It is the mobilization today of young people... from Hong-Kong to Belarus and Nicaragua, from Iran and Sudan to Honduras and Colombia, that give us hope that the world can be a better place. This is particularly so in Chile... because today, inside the building in Santiago that once housed the Chilean Congress, a Constitutional Convention has assembled, with the express purpose of writing a new Constitution that will replace the one that Pinochet fraudulently pushed through in 1980... The Convention is discussing how to inscribe in the new Magna Carta a series of rights, all of them so central to the struggles in Chile, in the United States, in the whole world: water and ecological rights, LGBTQ rights, health care and education and pensions that are meant to lift the majority and not enrich a small group of profiteers, the establishment of a pluri-national, multilingual republic, the end to police brutality, especially against the young, because it is always the young who get beaten and always the young who rise and rebel."
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“Seven books for understanding and changing the world” — BETWEEN CATASTROPHE AND REVOLUTION recommended by Climate and Capitalism

October 14, 2021
"For decades, Mike Davis has been the very model of an activist-scholar — a powerful chronicler, historian and analyst of catastrophe and revolution, of the complex dialectic between nature and society. The contributors to this volume build on and extend his work, refusing outdated political models and rejecting narratives of resignation."
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“Michael Ratner’s Decades-Long Battle to Close Guantánamo” — MOVING THE BAR featured on Democracy Now!

October 14, 2021

“[A] riddle to be deciphered in myriad ways” — Ariel Dorfman's CAUTIVOS reviewed by The New York Review of Books

October 14, 2021
"Notions of authorship, creator, and creatures, as well as of love, folly, and imagination, dominate Rushdie’s and Dorfman’s pages as they did Cervantes’s... Dorfman’s account is more or less faithful to what is known of Cervantes’s life, but the trick of a new narrator for an old story—Pat Barker’s retelling of the Iliad by Briseis in The Silence of the Girls is a magnificent example—lets us imagine the author and his creation in new ways. Dorfman incarnates Quixote out of Cervantes’s idealization of love, betrayals by government agents, and incarceration in the dungeons of Seville."
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“The legacy of corporate Democrats” — THE CENTER DID NOT HOLD author Robert Eisenberg interviewed by Chris Hedges for On Contact

October 14, 2021

“An incisive political memoir with lessons for the whole left” — ALWAYS RED reviewed by Morning Star

September 28, 2021
"In Labour, the left is taking a battering from a vengeful right. But we have recent evidence that things can be very, very different. Always Red is a salutary reminder of that — a fascinating, funny, moving read, but above all an authoritative argument for the capacity of the labour movement to change the world."
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“Michael Ratner spent his life fighting tirelessly for the poor and the oppressed” — MOVING THE BAR featured in JURIST

September 21, 2021
"Indeed, Ratner was a long-time opponent of illegal US wars... He sued Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Rumsfeld, the FBI and the Pentagon for their violations of law. He challenged US policy in Cuba, Iraq, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Israel/Palestine. Ratner was lead counsel for whistleblower Julian Assange, who is facing 175 years in prison for exposing US war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo."
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“Much more than a muse: biography shows us the Maud Gonne we didn’t learn about at school” — THE FASCINATION OF WHAT’S DIFFICULT reviewed by Irish Independent

September 20, 2021
"In this biography, the American author Kim Bendheim explores amazing facets of a woman who was far more than a poet’s muse... Bendheim shows how Maud was a complex figure and details the lesser-known facts about her life. This is a great read and strongly recommended.
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“The autobiography of a very interesting, pivotal figure” — Len McCluskey interviewed about ALWAYS RED on Newscast

September 20, 2021
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“Fascinating… A good story about the way that trade unionism can drastically change people’s lives” — ALWAYS RED reviewed by The Guardian

September 20, 2021
"Always Red is a good story about the way that trade unionism can drastically change people’s lives. [Len] McCluskey was brought up in the Kirkdale area of Liverpool in a house with an outside toilet, by a mother and father who had lost a child to tuberculosis. He slept in his parents’ bedroom until he was 10, and left education at 18 to work on Liverpool’s docks as a planman, drawing up all-important diagrams of ships and their cargo. The book’s best section evokes the dazzling world in which he found himself, and the constant sense that without the unions’ collective vigilance, many of the pillars of working-class life would come crashing down – something that began in earnest with the arrival in power of Margaret Thatcher."
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“A tour de force, a book that informs everyday lives in whole new ways” — Slavoj Žižek interviewed about HEAVEN IN DISORDER on Going Underground

September 20, 2021

“Movingly exemplifies the principles that guided his life and career as a radical lawyer” — Michael Ratner’s MOVING THE BAR featured in LA Progressive

September 20, 2021
"Michael’s passionate opposition to imperialist U.S. wars goes back to Vietnam. In the 1980s he attempted, albeit unsuccessfully, to challenge U.S. wars against the revolutionary governments of El Salvador and Nicaragua. In 2008, Michael made clear his and the Center for Constitutional Rights’ opposition to war: 'We have been involved in cases regarding the roundups, warrantless wiretapping and torture. We are firmly against the war in Iraq, and [opposed] the war against Iraq three months before it started. It is a made-up war, an illegal war. We are anxious to [litigate] the Blackwater case because it will deal with the war. The war is hard to get at legally.' For this reason he attacked it from as many angles as possible, while always insisting on the outrageousness of wars."
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“What to expect from the Labour conference” — Len McCluskey’s ALWAYS RED featured in Left Foot Forward

September 20, 2021
"Former Unite leader and fervent critic of Starmer, Len McCluskey, claims that the leader 'reneged' on his commitment to restore the whip to his predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn. Furthermore, in a visceral excerpt from his new book Always Red, McCluskey comments on how Starmer could 'finish Labour' due to his unrelenting crackdown on the left."
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“Lessons from the Public Power Campaign” — PEOPLE’S POWER author Ashley Dawson writes for Dissent

September 16, 2021
"This summer, two popular bills to democratize New York’s energy system died in the state legislature. A revived campaign will need both sympathetic legislators and the direct action tactics of social movements."
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“Corbynism ‘changed politics forever,’ Len McCluskey says at launch of autobiography” — ALWAYS RED launch party covered by Morning Star

September 16, 2021
"Corbynism has 'changed British politics forever' and Unite’s role in the movement is one of his proudest achievements, Len McCluskey told a packed launch for his autobiography Always Red on Wednesday night. The former Unite general secretary’s book traces his life from growing up in Liverpool and becoming a shop steward when workers’ industrial power in this country was at its height in the 1970s to becoming general secretary and helping shift Labour to the left from 2010, culminating in the 'extraordinary journey' of the Jeremy Corbyn movement’s challenge to British capitalism."
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“Len McCluskey says public could see Labour leader as ‘someone who can’t be trusted’” — ALWAYS RED author featured in The Independent

September 16, 2021
"Keir Starmer agreed a backroom deal to lift Jeremy Corbyn's suspension from Labour but then rowed back on it following a backlash, Len McCluskey has claimed. The former Unite chief warned the Labour leader 'risks becoming fixed in the public’s mind as someone who can’t be trusted' – citing both the episode and Sir Keir's decision to abandon some leadership election pledges."
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“Len McCluskey lifts lid on secret chats with Starmer” — ALWAYS RED featured in The Express

September 16, 2021
"Jeremy Corbyn ally and former Unite Union leader Len McCluskey has launched a blistering attack on Sir Keir Starmer, revealing details of private conversations that risk splitting Labour down the middle. In his autobiography, due to be released later this month, the hard-left union baron accuses Sir Keir of being 'dishonourable' and 'wrongheaded'. And in a dire warning to the party, the life-long Labour affiliate warns the party's leader faces the damning possibility of being seen as deceitful in the eyes of the public."
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“Packed with leading figures from the Labour left” — ALWAYS RED launch party covered by BBC News

September 16, 2021
"Sir Keir Starmer is 'bereft of vision' and needs to let voters know what he stands for, Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey has told the BBC... [Len McCluskey] was speaking to the BBC at the launch of his autobiography, Always Red. The launch party, in a room above a Westminster pub, was packed with leading figures from the Labour left, including former shadow chancellor John McDonnell and ex-communications chief Seumas Milne.

Mr Corbyn gave a speech praising Mr McCluskey's leadership of Unite - and for his 'support and friendship during some very difficult times', particularly during the failed 'coup' against him in 2016."

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“Len McCluskey accuses Keir Starmer of reneging promise to readmit Jeremy Corbyn to party” — ALWAYS RED author Len McCluskey featured in i

September 16, 2021
"Former union boss Len McCluskey has accused Sir Keir Starmer of going back on a private deal to readmit Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour party. The former general secretary of the Unite union said Sir Keir was 'dishonourable' and would become someone the public would not trust."
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“Len McCluskey accuses Keir Starmer of 'breaking deal' over Corbyn's readmission to Labour” — ALWAYS RED featured in The Mirror

September 16, 2021
"Former Unite boss Len McCluskey has accused Keir Starmer of breaking his promise to let Jeremy Corbyn back into the Labour party. Mr McCluskey claimed that Mr Starmer had reneged on a pledge to readmit the former leader back into Labour's ranks... The story was redacted from review copies of Mr McCluskey's new autobiography Always Red due to its sensitive nature."
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