June

Filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, lifelong radical

Ousmane Sembene, universally regarded as the “father of African cinema,” died June 9 at the age of 84 at his home in Dakar, Senegal. A lifelong radical, his films tackled the most contentious issues in Africa, frequently provoking the indignation of the ruling class of both his home country and its former colonizer.

The victims of capitalism

Not to say that bad things didn’t happen under socialism; but what happened under socialism doesn’t hold a candle to what has occurred under capitalism. The entirety of what city would be required for a monument to the victims of capitalism? There’s no city big enough.

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Global summit grapples with mass extinctions

If current trends continue, one-third to two-thirds of all species of life on earth will be dead within 150 years, according to a recently published report. This would be “a loss that would easily equal those of past mass extinctions,” said John Scott, of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity, said.