by Pascale LaFountain
Rosi Braidotti is at the vanguard of politically active theorists. Her engagement is marked by her intellectual prowess in feminism of the European Union and by the formation of the Netherlands Research School of Women’s Studies, which she founded in 1988 and where she is currently Distinguished Professor. This interview navigates topics ranging from Braidotti’s most recent book Transpositions (2006) to larger questions regarding contemporary nomadism and the role of Deleuzian philosophy in feminism.
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The 10 Worst Corporations of 2008 – by Robert Weissman
There never has been a year like 2008. The financial crisis first gripping Wall Street and now spreading rapidly throughout the world is, in many ways, emblematic of the worst of the corporate-dominated political and economic system that is exposed in the annual 10 Worst corporations list. The "winners" this year are:
AIG: "Money for Nothing" (USA)
Cargill: "Food Profiteers" (USA)
Chevron: "We can’t let little countries screw around with big companies" (USA)
Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)."Fueling Violence in Darfur" (CHINA)
Constellation Energy: "Nuclear Operators" (USA)
Dole: "The Sour Taste of Pineapple" (USA)
GE: "Creative Accounting (USA)
Imperial Sugar: "13 Dead" (USA)
Philip Morris International: Unshackled. Philip Morris USA sells cigarettes in the US and
Philip Morris International tramples over the rest of the world. (USA)
Roche: Saving Lives is Not Our Business (Swiss)
Yasar Kemal’s disappearing world of stories
guardian.co.uk – UK
… emphasis on plot and characterisation looks old-fashioned in a literary world that has been redecorated with the postmodern fantasies of Orhan Pamuk
"Light the blue touch-paper and wait for the fireworks": that just about sums up the response to my book Just Another Emperor? The Myths and Realities of Philanthrocapitalism since its publication in March 2008. Not that I’m complaining. The book was written to stimulate debate about the increasing influence of business on philanthropy and it has done that pretty well – aided and abetted by a free download, the viral-networking potential of the web, and the publication of Matthew Bishop & Michael Green’s homage to the rich and famous, Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich can Save the World.
On the Genealogy of Morals part 2: The slave moralityGiles Fraser: How to believe: Nietzsche believed that Christian doctrine is hatred dressed up as love
On the Genealogy of Morals, part 3: The birth of the übermensch Giles Fraser: How to believe: Nietzsche and the nihilistic, self-destructive rage of the oppressed
Kees Van Dongen (1877-1968), The Wrestlers or Tabarin Wrestlers, 1907-08 Van Dongen – A Fauve In The City Opens Today at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts
A number of well-known novelists have signed a letter defending Milan Kundera, the author of the Unbearable Lightness of Being. The Czech magazine Respekt recently claimed that Kundera (who is an outspoken critic of Communism) was actually secret police informer who got a U.S. spy thrown in jail for fourteen years. Kundera vehemently denies the charges.
“International Comparison of Academic Salaries,” prepared by three scholars at the Boston College Center for International Higher Education, represents one of the more ambitious efforts to compare faculty pay across national lines. While some existing studies look at members of certain groups (the Association of Commonwealth Universities, for example, which tends to have as members the leading universities of a country) or regions (Europe), there have been few efforts to compare salaries across different types of institutions and countries.
Some nine years ago, I had my mind blown by Bruce Sterling’s Viridian Manifesto, a call-to-arms that held:
1. That the world was under serious threat due to anthropogenic global warming, and
2. That the answer wasn’t to live simply, but rather to use better technology to help us make better choices and conduct our lives in a better way
These two ideas are incredibly inspiring, and have served as a powerful antidote against the Three Stupidities of Global Warming: