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The Will to Power

Ashley Dawson

The World Bank yesterday approved a $3.75 billion loan for a new coal-fired power plant in Limpopo, South Africa.  Named Medupi, the 4,800 megawatt plant will draw on South Africa’s abundant sources of coal to provide power for an increasingly … Continue reading “The Will to Power”

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Postcard: Heaven and/or Hell

Social Text Collective

By Ernest Larsen and Sherry Millner. Suppose you take a barefoot walk along the sweeping stretch of white-powder China Beach toward what the marines called Monkey Mountain (toward Da Nang, that is, where U.S. soldiers were sent for R&R–the first marines deployed to Vietnam, came ashore at Namo Beach, on the north end of Da Nang in ’65). It’s best, if you have any sort of a sensitive streak, not to allow your gaze to stray too far ashore.

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Postcard: My Lai Letter

Social Text Collective

By Ernest Larsen and Sherry Millner.It was the more than 40-year resonance of all those indelible place names that made the final reckoning for us to come to
Vietnam–but no such name was more fraught than My Lai. We hired a car and driver to take us on a cloudy day to what is called–not My Lai–the Son My Vestige Area.

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Postcard from Cambodia: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

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By Ernest Larsen and Sherry Millner. The bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap makes its routine rest-stop in Kampong Thom, a dusty bustling provincial town. From the open-air restaurant, where we consume a quick bowl of pho, Sherry points out that the street corner sign reads in English: “Democrat Street.” I take a quick photo, noticing that we are in fact at the eternally imperiled corner of Democrat Street and National Road.

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collateral murder

Biella Coleman

If anyone claims that “geek” or hacker politics is x (x usually being some version of libertarianism), I wouldn’t buy it. In fact, just like any sphere and arena, geek politics are remarkably varied.

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Party with the Authors

Social Text Collective

Dear ST Collective Friends,
Please join Ed Cohen and David L. Eng, authors of A Body Worth Defending and A Feeling of Kinship for a joint book party on Sunday, 18 April 2010 at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

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Postcard: Phnom Penh Notes

Social Text Collective

By Ernest Larsen and Sherry Millner. Travel: Getting from this place to that place in one piece. We arrived in Phnom Penh on the so-called fast boat from Chau Doc, a mere six hours upriver, and weighing at least two kilos lighter, after the slow/fast sweatbath in the ever-increasing heat. At the Viet/Cambodian border, a minor blip with Sherry’s passport might well have sent us back downriver.

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Author Event and Book Party

Social Text Collective

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics invites you to celebrate publication of Protest and Organization in the Alternative Globalization Era by Heather Gautney.

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Postcard: Saigon Letter

Social Text Collective

By Ernest Larsen and Sherry Millner. Sherry and I arrived at Tan Son Nhut Airport–a designation like so many others with a grim resonance for us for more than forty years–just minutes before Tet, the week-long New Year’s Festival was to begin. Outside the airport people were clamoring for taxis–so anxious or so excited were they to get into Saigon proper before the Year of the Tiger began. We got in the mood.

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Meet the Regents

Susette Min

Who are The Regents of the University of California? What is their role within this recent crisis and the entire UC system? Meet the Regents is an exhibit that raises these questions. More here.

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Postcard from Berlin

Tavia Nyong'o

125 years after the Berlin Conference inaugurated the Scramble for Africa, Black Berliners and their allies marched through the streets of the Kreuzberg neighborhood.

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Survival

Ashley Dawson

Ever since the effective collapse of the Copenhagen Climate Summit, I’ve been thinking about how we represent survival and futurity in a conjuncture in which hegemonic ideology is so clearly bankrupt and the ruling classes in the world’s most powerful nations are so transparently unwilling to take the steps necessary to save civilization.

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