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What's New: Impérialisme au XXIe siècle, Empires et confrontations

| May 26, 2015

En 1914, l'histoire contemporaine basculait avec la Première Guerre mondiale. Celle-ci lançait le monde entier dans un conflit d'une violence sans précédent. Cette guerre interétatique aux accents de lutte de classes voyait s'affronter différentes puissances impérialistes dans une rivalité qui allait en éliminer plusieurs. C’est à cette époque que le marxisme s’est d’abord intéressé, avec une attention particulière, à la question de l'impérialisme.

What's New: The abuses of the World Social Forum: Towards the end of the process?

by Mimoun Rahman | May 26, 2015

The World Social Forum (WSF) was born following the emergence of the anti-globalisation movement in the 1990s, including the Zapatista uprising against NAFTA in 1994, the campaign against the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) in 1998 and the great mobilisation in 1999 in Seattle against the WTO summit, with nearly 50,000 participants from around the world.

Bullet #1122: Polarizing Development: Introducing Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis

by Thomas Marois and Lucia Pradella | May 25, 2015

Neoliberal economic policies, with their emphasis on market-led development and individual rationality, have been exposed as bankrupt not only by the global economic crisis but also by increasing social opposition and resistance. Social movements and critical scholars in Latin America, East Asia, Europe and the United States, alongside the Arab uprisings, have triggered renewed debate on possible different futures.

Bullet #1121: From FAILURE20 to COP21

by Asbjørn Wahl | May 24, 2015

Climate change is going on. Extreme weather conditions, storms, floodings, landslides, droughts and ice melting are reported ever more regularly from many parts of the world. Millions of people are losing their livelihood, their homes, their jobs -- and many also their lives. The successive reports of the United Nation-IPCC have increasingly called for urgent action in order to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.

What's New: Hijacking the Anthropocene

by Ian Angus | May 23, 2015

What can lobbyists do when science contradicts their political messages? Some simply deny the science, as many conservatives do with climate change. Others pretend to embrace the science, while ignoring or purging the disagreeable content. That's what the Breakthrough Institute (BTI) is doing with one of the most widely discussed issues in 21st century science, the proposal to define a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene.

Bullet #1120: How UNITE Took on the Fast Food Companies Over Zero Hour Contracts and Won!

by Mike Treen | May 22, 2015

Workers in the fast food industry in New Zealand scored a spectacular victory over what has been dubbed 'zero hour contracts' during a collective agreement bargaining round over the course of March and April this year. The campaign played out over the national media as well as on picket lines. The victory was seen by many observers as the product of a determined fight by a valiant group of workers and their union, Unite.

What's New: Scottish Left Project

| May 21, 2015

Scotland needs a new citizens' politics. The days of a professional political class running our lives are numbered. Hundreds of thousands of citizens in Scotland want radical change and their voices must be heard. Let's talk, lets act, and lets work together to ensure that at 2016 there is a co-ordinated socialist challenge engrained in the communities and campaigns who are at the forefront of changing Scotland.

What's New: Selling Hydro One

by Paul Kahnert | May 21, 2015

After announcing the possible sale of Hydro One, Premier Wynne, on March 10, went on the record in the Globe and Mail and said, "whatever we do, we are going to control prices. We are going to make sure that the regulatory regimes that will protect people in this province stay in place." She has repeated that promise in the media several times since.

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Syriza's Left Platform call not to pay next IMF tranche May 26, 2015

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Netanyahu thanks US for blocking push for Middle East nuclear arms ban May 26, 2015

Bill C-51 violates Universal Declaration of Human Rights May 26, 2015

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Why Does Greece Not Simply Default? May 26, 2015

Default Looms in Greece May 25, 2015

Spanish elections: Podemos and Ciudadanos make gains May 25, 2015

Gaza economy 'on verge of collapse', with world's highest unemployment May 25, 2015

Costas Lapavitsas: 'It's time to bite the bullet' May 25, 2015

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Socialist Register 2015:
Transforming Classes

Continental Crucible:
Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America

Empire's Ally:
Canada and the War in Afghanistan

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 Events Listings 

5:30pm, Tuesday June 2, 2015
Avant-Garde Bar, 135 1/2 Besserer St, Ottawa.

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Book launch: Transformin Provincial Politics

Transformin Provincial Politics
Transforming Provincial Politics: The Political Economy of Canada's Provinces and Territories in the Neoliberal Era.

Over the past thirty-five years, Canada's provinces and territories have undergone significant political changes. Abandoning mid-century Keynesian policies, governments of all political persuasions have turned to deregulation, tax reduction, and government downsizing as policy solutions for a wide range of social and economic issues. Transforming Provincial Politics is the first province-by-province analysis of politics and political economy in more than a decade, and the first to directly examine the turn to neoliberal policies at the provincial and territorial level.

Food and drink will be served at the reception. Books will be available for purchase. | PDF poster
5:30pm, Tuesday June 2, 2015
University of Ottawa, 201 Monpetit Hall, Ottawa.

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: The Unmaking of Global Capitalism?

The Unmaking of Global Capitalism?
The Rik Davidson/Studies in Political Economy present the 2014 Book Prize Lecture:

"The Unmaking of Global Capitalism?"

Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin are the recipients of the 2014 Rik Davidson/Studies in Political Economy Book Prize for their book The Making of Global Capitalism [Verso Press 2012].

Co-sponsored by the Society for Socialist Studies and the Canadian Association for Studies in International Development. | PDF poster
May 29 - May 31, 2015
City University of New York, New York.

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Conference: Left Forum 2015

No Justice, No Peace

Left Forum is the culmination of the creative efforts of thousands of participants, panel and workshop organizers, and hundreds of volunteers who engage the gamut of conference organizing activities, from helping generate artistic events and panels, to outreach and involvement of a rainbow of organizations and individuals. The 2014 gathering involved 4,500 participants, 1,200 speakers and hundreds of panels, workshops, and events. Left Forum conferences have included talks by Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Angela Davis, Harry Belafonte, Naomi Klein, Michael Moore, Cornel West, Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera, Amy Goodman, Slavoj Zizek, Grace Lee Boggs, RoseAnn DeMoro, Marina Sitrin, Nnimmo Bassey, Immortal Technique and Oliver Stone.

Labor and the Left in the U.S.: Socialist Register 2015 Transforming Classes
As the international socialist movement forges an anti-neoliberal and anti-capitalist politics, it is necessary to survey the concrete state of working class organization and politics. This panel -- and the 2015 Socialist Register volume -- provides indispensible assessments of the current phase of capitalism and working class organization.
Leo Panitch, Charles Post, Mark Dudzic, Rishi Awatramani, Jane McCalevey (Session 5, Room: L2.84, Sun 10:00am)

The U.S. Middle Class in Crisis
One of the central tasks of class analysis in the 21st century is to take into account the way working classes are being made and remade in the struggles against neoliberalism, austerity and authoritarian governments. Indeed, the purpose here is to take an account of the balance of class forces, the old and emerging forms of workplace and political organization, and the strategies being debated and adapted.
Leo Panitch, John McCullough, Jeff Goodwin, Greg Albo, Liza Featherstone (Session 2, Room: 1.125, Sat 12:00pm)
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