How The Maker Movement Is Reinventing Retail

The jury is still out on whether the maker movement could bring about a new American industrial revolution. But anecdotal evidence suggests it’s well on its way to reinventing retail. Consider the craft maker whose merchandise got so much exposure through a recent Etsy-Nordstrom partnership that she and her husband both quit their day jobs to handle production and sales. Or take the math professor who sent his rocket cup design to Shapeways to produce a 3D ceramic tool for teaching students about paraboloids. After cup sales went gangbusters on Shapeways, a Fred & Friends wholesale order put it onto Urban Outfitters shelves.


Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, A Tribute to Women in Struggle

In a conversation with Dr. Felicia Mabuza Suttle, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela talks about the challenges her and other women like Albertina Sisulu faced for freedom in South Africa.

“When they came to fetch me from my cell I knew I had to survive fighting or surrender. I was taken to the HQ of Interrogation…this is where people lost their lives. I was interrogated and tortured for 7 days and 7 nights non-stop, continuously… We are the women who gave up our lives for the struggle… Where are the accolades? I will always remind them of the painful past they want us to forget.”

jason talks to leo about it since he knows he sometimes made him felt left out (and he is so sorry leo i’m such a crappy friend) and he paces and paces blabbering about his feelings and how he is so selfish for being this way and he has to be more supportive and understand he is no longer as important for nico as he was (and was i? maybe i was just imposing on him but he laughed sometimes and seemed to have a great time that evening when we marathoned game of thrones) and leo has to interrupt all his monologue and hey this may be a revolutonary concept for you but i think you have the hots for jack skellington

jason grows very very pale and leo wonders if he broke his best friend

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and its military wing, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, mourns the martyr comrade and the fighter Mutaz Washaha, assassinated today by Israeli occupation forces after invading soldiers fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition and a number of shells at his home. Birzeit, West Bank, Occupied Palestine.

Via Translators for Palestine

With All The Forces of History: Documents of the MIR 1968-1974 (in Spanish)

View or download the book in PDF format here

This book presents a collection of writings from Chile’s Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR) from 1968 to 1974. The original compilation, made by members of that organization who saved many internal documents from oblivion or destruction, focused on the work of the Secretary General of the MIR, Miguel Enríquez. For this reason, many important texts to understand the positions and ideas of MIR were absent. However, the expanded edition shows how the thought of Miguel Enríquez represents a collective political and ideological development.  It is also the result of the work of many activists who contributed to one of the greatest political and ideological developments in the history of popular struggles in Chile and in our America.

Heroes of the Revolution: Comrade Sergey Lazo

Sergey Lazo was a Communist leader in the October 1917 Revolution in the Russian Far East. 

 In 1917, he was a cadet at the Imperial Russian military academy when he joined the Bolshevik forces and was entrusted with several missions in Siberia during the Russian Civil War. In March–August 1918 he was a commander of the Zabaykalski (trans-Baikalan) Front, and fought against Ataman Grigory Semyonov. Later he fought in Bolshevik partisan units in the Vladivostok area. 

On January 31, 1920 the Bolsheviks took power in Vladivostok, but on April 5, 1920 Lazo and other commanders were arrested by Japanese troops. Then, Lazo disappeared, along with Vsevolod Sibirtsev and Alexey Lutski. Reportedly they were shot shortly after, but the exact details of the execution have never been known yet. It is widely believed that the Japanese or Cossacks of the White movement burned them in the firebox of a steam engine in Muravyevo-Amurskaya (currently Lazo) station. 

A number of locations in the Russian Far East now bear Lazo’s name.

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FARC-EP Comandante Timoléon Jiménez: 'Key to peace lies with the people of Colombia'

From the video message on Tuesday in Havana:

On August 27, our delegates in Havana, in the revolutionary Cuba of Fidel and Che, in the socialist homeland of José Martí, signed the so-called general agreement to end the conflict and to build a stable and lasting peace. Thus again is a dialogue process to achieve peace in our country initiated, a noble and legitimate aim pursued by the Colombian rebel movement for half a century. … 

We are fully aware that the key to peace lies not in the pocket of the President of the Republic, and also not in that of the Commander of the FARC-EP. The only real depositary of such a key is the people of this country. It is the millions of victims of this elite and violent regime, the victims of neoliberalism, who dream of real democracy in a livable, developing and peaceful country. … 

We call on the entire Colombian population to take a position, to demand his or her participation in the streets and squares, to exercise their power, as we have learned over the centuries. … 

For our part, we come without rancor and without arrogance to the negotiating table, to tell the national government that it must take the people seriously, that their goals should not be judged as stupid, that they cannot act incompetent to do great things, that they must recognize the people’s right to participate in important national decisions.  

With the close support of the masses, we have no plans to rise from this table until these demands have become a reality. We have sworn to win and we will win!