Americas

Why Bolivian Indigenous Movements Draw Their Power from Oral History

Benjamin Dangl’s The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia is a vitally important book. Not only scholars and activists interested in the Bolivian struggles, but a wide range of oral historians, ethnographers and others will find the author’s pursuit of multiple hidden histories useful in their own work.

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Global News and Analysis

A People’s History of Robin Hood

Source: Yes Magazine

For hundreds of years, he’s fought tax injustice, tyranny, and the seizure of the commons. Why we still need him today.

In the late 1950s, a handful of peaceniks protested mandatory ROTC on a major U.S. university campus by carrying signs and wearing green buttons. Back when The Adventures of Robin Hood was a giant hit on television, most everybody knew that green was Robin Hood’s color and that Robin could not side with the king’s soldiers or future soldiers of any empire. Five decades later, the lead protagonist of a cult favorite American cable show, Leverage, announces at the beginning of each episode: “The rich and the powerful take what they want; we steal it back for you.” read more

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Americas

Old Days of the Radical Jews: How American Yiddish Theater Survived Through Satire

The world of Yiddish theater in its glory days on Second Avenue in Manhattan of the 1910s-1940s seems like one more leftwing Jewish tale of another faraway universe. However, the productions have not ceased entirely and various forms of translations bring the theater to new audiences. What we've lost more than anything is the vernacular qualities, the ways in which this theater drew upon various forms of entertainment and edification from the shtetl to the immigrant ghetto, and how fully it engaged an excited and sometimes infuriated Jewish public.

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Media

Book Review – The Political Economy of Media: Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas

Writer Danny Schechter once quipped that what Ben & Jerry's is to ice cream and Elvis was to hip-shaking, Robert W. McChesney is to media analysis. In his news book, The Political Economy of Media, McChesney writes, "Today we understand that media systems are the result of complex political economic factors and crucial policy decisions. The need for engaged scholarship has never been more pronounced, in the United States and worldwide. This is our moment in the sun, our golden opportunity, and as political economists of the media we must seize it."