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    The Leviathan Reaches the Pacific Northwest

    by  • August 8, 2014 • Sasha, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room • 0 Comments


    Staving Off the Monster Oregon has a complicated history. Perhaps it is its distance from DC, or its proximity to the wildlands of the Pacific Northwest that has defined its rugged and unpredictable history. It was a stronghold of “radically-led” unions—in particular the ILWU—but at the same time deeply segregated. Even the Portland longshore...

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    Solidarity against Gentrification: Turn off the Internet!

    by  • January 3, 2014 • Sasha • 1 Comment


    by Sasha The Security of the City On January 1, an anti-gentrification rally took to the streets of the Mission District to protest gentrification. The rally chanted anti-capitalist slogans and carried banners praising the Zapatistas. Much of the demonstration was aimed against increased police presence, as well as rising evictions, which many see as resulting from...

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    The Modern Culture Industry and the New Media Disposition

    by  • November 24, 2013 • Sasha • 1 Comment


    By Sasha While consuming a large cup of coffee with comrades at Green Bean in The Peoples Republic of East Portland, I nosed around a sea of newspapers. The New York Times, The Willie Week, The Mercury, (theoretically) The Intelligencer. Allow me to make some preliminary observations before I begin the analysis. First of...

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    Exxon After Arkansas: Greenwashing from Coast to Coast

    by  • April 17, 2013 • Sasha, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room • 1 Comment


    By Sasha Ross If you live in Oregon, you are familiar with the spectacle of greenwashing at the highest levels of political theater. As Portland gears up to host the UN’s World Environment Day, the international attention almost obscures the plans for multiple freeway expansions, a Nestle water bottling plant, huge timber sales (whispers...

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    The Politics of Instagram: War, Apartheid, and Aesthetics

    by  • March 4, 2013 • Sasha • 0 Comments


      The Dictator is a Hipster! Today, there is an interesting Guardian report on the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who has just opened a new twitter account. He bemoans the problem that “if, for people, Instagram is just entertainment, for me it’s an additional burden.” Already we have the dictatorial language of ennui: “everyone...

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    The problems of borders and rape

    by  • January 14, 2013 • Sasha, The Shaming Room • 0 Comments


    The most recent increase of border jingoism and rape in India intimates the political establishment of patriarchy that extends from a certain global coloniality of power. The important thing to do is not simply compare borders with rape, but to recognize how borders can be and are used in the power struggle of bio-politics....

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    A debate between powers, or part of the coming community: the Stewart-O’Reilly debate and what it means for media

    by  • September 18, 2012 • Sasha, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Toward Values Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly will be going head to head in a debate next month. Before we get too excited, let’s examine the current political economic realities that we face as a society. Here is David Harvey’s seventh lecture on Reading Capital. He gets into the nuances of Capital Vol. 2...

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