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What's New: Paz Colombia: the latest US attempt to control Colombia?

by Justin Podur | February 12, 2016

The U.S. has announced funding for a new Plan Colombia as the country moves towards a resolution to its civil war. What is its real purpose? Colombia's peace process has entered its final phase. Agreements have been reached on land reform, political participation, and the rights of victims. The discussions are now focused on ending the conflict and implementation and verification of the accords. The deadline for a final agreement is March 23, and it might be met.



Bullet #1220: NUMSA and Allies Call for Dismantling the 'Mineral Energy Complex' in South Africa

| February 12, 2016

We, as representatives of trade unions that organize in the energy sector and delegates from communities that are struggling around outages, loadshedding, high electricity prices and poor quality of energy services, met for four days (June 2nd to 5th, 2015) in the midst of what we consider as a far-reaching electricity crisis in our country.



What's New: The good, the bad, and the ugly of Alberta's new royalty framework

by Ricardo Acuna | February 11, 2016

Alberta's new royalty framework, released January 29 by the government, was one of the most anti-climactic pieces of new public policy released by the NDP government since coming to power last spring. Despite significant anticipation after a number of delays – and an extensive campaign of fear and doom-saying by the province’s oil industry and the extreme political right – five months of study and a 209-page report by the review panel ultimately led the government to assess that the existing regime was working well and that Albertans were getting their fair share of energy revenues after all.



What's New: Better Lives - Toronto

| February 11, 2016

We live in a great city, but some of us are barely hanging on. Good jobs are getting harder to find. Over half of us don’t have the stable and secure jobs we need to support our families, participate in our communities, and plan for our futures -- jobs with predictable shifts, decent wages, and benefits that we can rely on. No wonder Toronto has become the most unequal city in Canada.



What's New: An Economy for the 1%

by Oxfam | February 11, 2016

The global inequality crisis is reaching new extremes. The richest 1% now have more wealth than the rest of the world combined. Power and privilege is being used to skew the economic system to increase the gap between the richest and the rest. A global network of tax havens further enables the richest individuals to hide $7.6-trillion. The fight against poverty will not be won until the inequality crisis is tackled.



What's New: In Egypt, second life for independent trade unions

by Giulio Regeni | February 10, 2016

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi presides over Egyptian Parliament with the highest number of police and military personnel in the history of the country, and Egypt ranks among the worst offenders with respect to press freedom. Yet independent trade unions are refusing to give up. The Center for Trade Union and Workers’ Services (CTUWS), a beacon of independent Egyptian trade unionism, has just held a vibrant meeting.



Bullet #1219: What You Need to Know About the Oil Price War

by Eric Ruder | February 10, 2016

The dramatic crash in the price of oil is rewiring the circuits of global capitalism by creating enormous volatility in the world's stock exchanges, hammering banks that made billions of dollars in loans to energy firms, and ravaging the budgets of the world's largest oil-producing countries. Today, oil is trading at around $30 a barrel – roughly 75 per cent below its price of $114 a barrel in the summer of 2014 – that is, a year and a half ago.



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Anti-Privatization Forum: Hands Off Our Healthcare, Hydro, Transit and Housing

Hands Off Our Healthcare, Hydro, Transit and Housing
Privatization is everywhere in the city, our province, and across the country, whether is is selling off public resources and services; financing and managing public projects through public/private partnerships (P3s); contracting out the public capacity to manage and oversee the operation of programmes we all need.

Privatization seeks to transform our education, healthcare, energy, and transit into more assets for the 1% to profit from. It undermines public healthcare, affordable, sustainable and reliable energy, accessible transit, social and affordable housing, and the livelihoods of those who work in these sectors.

Who loses most from privatization? Workers, the unemployed, oppressed groups and the environment.

A number of movements work to challenge privatization -- campaigns against the privatization of Hydro One and Toronto Hydro, healthcare, housing and transit. They include unions, community groups, ordinary people and others involved in researching and studying forms of privatization.

Join us for a day of discussion, strategy building and deepening our own capacities to understand and challenge privatization, and contribute to a common strategy to fight back.
Speakers to include:
* Rosario Marchese, Citizens Coalition Against Privatization
* Leo Panitch, Prof. York University
* Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition (Toronto Hydro)
* John Camilleri, President, CUPE Local 1
* Brenda Thompson, TTCriders and Free Transit Toronto
* Heather Whiteside, University of Waterloo

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