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Defending the Bolivarian Revolution, one commune at a time 26.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Fernando Arce In Venezuela, socialist communes play a key role in the production and distribution of food directly to families as hyperinflation, price speculation and illegal U.S. and Canadian sanctions limit access to many necessities. In the wake of Juan Guaido's unconstitutional self-proclamation as president, communes have also taken a more active role in the defence of the Bolivarian Revolution by holding those who are leading it accountable, including incumbent president Nicolas Maduro's government. Direct democracy A commune is an amalgamation of communal councils, each made up of at least 250 neighbouring families. Each council elects members to be part of working committees that identify the issues affecting their communities as well as brainstorming solutions as a community. Those solutions are presented to a citizen's assembly made up of at least 10 per cent of the families within each communal council. Funding and resources come from government ministries. Communes are not only large ...
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73,000 co-op housing societies ignore HC directive on holding polls 10.8.2017 Pune – The Indian Express
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Podcast: Eccentric communes go mainstream 14.7.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Desert love, the original tiny houses and Joan Didion’s West.
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Over 20,000 housing societies in Pune may come under GST 8.7.2017 Pune – The Indian Express
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How to Make Friends and Influence People 16.4.2017 Lifestyle – The Indian Express
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This eco-village is designed to be fully self-sufficient, from energy to food to waste 2.6.2016 TreeHugger
RegenVillages aims to create the "Tesla of eco-villages," and its first development is underway outside Amsterdam.
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This eco-village in Panama will be constructed from recycled plastic bottles 10.5.2016 TreeHugger
Plastic Bottle Village demonstrates another approach to repurposing single-use bottles.
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Thoughts on Rojava: An Interview With Janet Biehl 18.1.2016 Truthout.com
Women's assembly near Qamislo on December 6, 2014. (Photo: Janet Biehl ) In this interview, independent filmmaker and journalist Zanyar Omrani talks to Janet Biehl about her late companion Murray Bookchin, her trips to Rojava and the important question of how to build bottom-up power structures without risking the reversal of the process over time. Janet Biehl has traveled to Rojava twice in the past year and has written extensively about her experiences and observations while visiting the autonomous cantons in northern Syria. She is the author of the book Ecology or Catastrophe: The Life of Murray Bookchin . Zanyar Omrani has visited Rojava several times, where he documented life behind the front-lines of the struggle against ISIS. His documentary, Inside Kobane: Keeping Islamic State at Bay, was screened by the BBC. *** Zanyar Omrani: Can you tell us about your first encounter with the Kurdish issue, and explain why it caught your attention? Janet Biehl: After Bookchin died in 2006, several people sent ...
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Climate Change This Week: Record Hot Christmas, Cozy Cohousing, and More! 6.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OO This Christmas Shattered Heat Records There was no white Christmas for the eastern half of the U.S. Record hot temperatures in several states -- 86 F in Tampa, FL; 83 F in Houston, TX; 67 F in Boston, MA; 68 F in Burlington, VT and 66 F in New York City, are examples of what will be the globe's hottest year to date. heat added fuel to severe weather in several Southern states, helping create deadly storms. Related Headlines: OO The Warmest Christmas Eve Shatters East Coast Records OO East Coast Heads For Record Christmas Heat Wave As Cold Air Stays Locked In Arctic - under an unusual, long-lasting weather pattern. OO Unusual Winter Has Millennials Concerned About Climate Change and it dominated the conversation on social media for the holidays. * * A GROWING VISION FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES Ecovillage Ithaca members participate in a yearly winter ceremony centered around friendship, not material consumption. Credit Frank Muller at the National Geographic OO US Cohousing: A Growing Model For ...
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Get Smart: Commune and Grow Your Food With Your Neighbors 24.12.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Food is more powerful than we think it is. Have you ever noticed how your body felt after you stuffed your face with Taco Bell? How about your mind? Were you living in a heavenly state filled with peace and love? Or did you just want to go to sleep and not be active at all, waking up the next morning with a stomach ache from hell? It wasn't until after the Industrial Revolution did growing food become a corporate owned company that chose not to think about the welfare and well being of their customers, but rather make it a for profit business with no compassion or understanding. While attending a byo-dynamics permaculture conference in the hills of Eastern Tennessee, I had the pleasure of communing with some of the most Conscious Farmers in the country. They take their food seriously, from what soil they use, to how it is harvested, to when it is served. Everything they do with food is based on one simple principle: compassion. It wasn't until after the Industrial Revolution did growing food become a ...
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Rojava's Democratic, Feminist Revolution a Source of Hope Among Horror 22.11.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Members of Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) converse with each other on August 11, 2015. In the Rojava region of Syria, despite the difficulties, people are organizing communes and women's councils. (Photo: Kurdishstruggle ) Truthout combats corporate power by bringing you trustworthy, independent news. Join our mission by making a donation now! Syria can seem an endless black hole of misery, but in the northern, largely Kurdish region of Rojava, it is also the scene of a profoundly democratic and humanist revolution, which places the rights of ethnic minorities and women's liberation at its centre. Ironically, given the horror that surrounds it, Rojava is the site of the most profound experiments on grassroots, participatory democracy outside of the revolutionary projects in Latin America. Like in Venezuela, the ideal of "the commune" is at the heart of Rojava's burgeoning democracy. The Rojavan revolution came to the world's attention largely through the heroic resistance by the fighters of the ...
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In This Abandoned Spanish Village, An Off-The-Grid Ecovillage Thrives 20.10.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As you sit before your laptop, cell phone or other screen of choice, ponder this: Somewhere, in an abandoned Spanish village populated by eco-conscious folks who have dispensed with their former lives, you have to hike for 30 minutes to get cell phone service. Uphill. If you want to update your Twitter or Facebook, you'll have to use the mutual village accounts, which are normally used to update non-villagers on sustainable practices and communal lifestyle. Not many #selfies.  This not quite mythical land, known as Matavenero, is one of hundreds of former ghost towns sprinkled throughout Europe, revamped as eco-friendly meccas with no use for outlets whatsoever. When photographer Kevin Faingnaert heard word of this fairytale land, he was engrossed.  "When I read about Matavenero and their independent lifestyle, I was hooked immediately," Faingnaert explained to The Huffington Post. "They turn away from the way of modern life, based on efficiency and consumption, to live according to their beliefs. They ...
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Cohousing: The sharing economy for housing, explained in an infographic 29.7.2015 TreeHugger
It's sometimes hard to get a handle on what cohousing is. This can help.
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Officers’ COOPeratives: Bureaucrats can sell flats in open market 2.6.2015 DO NOT USE Maharashtra – The Indian Express
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Simply Home: A tiny cohousing community grows in Portland (Video) 29.5.2015 TreeHugger
Using a cohousing model, this small community of tiny house residents have their own private spaces in addition to sharing an existing big house, and other resources.
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The Lucky Penny: A small home in one tiny co-housing community (Video) 14.5.2015 TreeHugger
The themes of this stunning little house are copper, lots of natural light, and participation within an intentional tiny co-housing community.
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The No State Solution: Institutionalizing Libertarian Socialism in Kurdistan 11.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
In what many outside of the territory are referring to as the Rojava Revolution, a major shift in political philosophy and political programmatics has taken place in Kurdistan. Yet, this shift is not limited to the region of Rojava, or what many call Syrian or Western Kurdistan – a region where the Democratic Union Party (PYD) has taken an active part in this change. In “Turkish,” or rather Northern Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has been the foremost leader. In Eastern Kurdistan (lying within Iranian borders) the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK) has taken to the change in ideological orientation as well. It is an expanding movement towards what is internally being described as a “democratic, ecological, gender-liberated society” – a collection of ideas, institutions, and practices that compose the political, economic and social outlook of Democratic Autonomy and Democratic Confederalism. As stated in Democratic Autonomy in North Kurdistan – a book written by a group from TATORT ...
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Cohousing: The real sharing economy at its best, and a great example in Berlin 9.2.2015 TreeHugger
This is a housing form that we should be building a lot more of.
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Remembering the Paris Commune: When Workers and Women Rose Up Against the Oligarchy 29.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Many historians regard the Paris Commune as the precedent for subsequent uprisings against the plutocracy and ruling elite. Who were the Parisians who revolted against the ruling class ensconced in Versailles and suffered deadly retribution as a result? (Photo: Basic Books) The short-lived Paris Commune of 1871 lasted only a little more than two months before being ruthlessly crushed. A new book by Yale Professor John Merriman, "Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune" provides a remarkably detailed account of an armed uprising that rejected oligarchical government. Click here to get the book by contributing to Truthout!   Many historians regard the Paris Commune as the precedent for subsequent uprisings against the plutocracy and ruling elite. Who were the Parisians who revolted against the ruling class ensconced in Versailles and suffered deadly retribution as a result? The following is an excerpt from chapter 3 of "Massacre" entitled "Masters of Their Own Lives" that begins to answer that ...
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The sharing economy comes home in Cohousing 2.9.2014 TreeHugger
Copper Lane, a cohousing project in London, shows how design by committee doesn't have to look like a camel.
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