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Bullet #1137: The Women Combatants of Rojava
| July 7, 2015
Interviews with two commanders of the YPJ given to the Italian leftwing daily Il Manifesto, explaining the role and goals of the YPJ. Nesrin Abdullah was interviewed while on a visit to Italy where she met parliamentarians. Commander Rangin was interviewed by telephone in Kobane while combat with Isis was taking place.
What's New: What is Really Going on in Ukraine?
by John W. Warnock | July 6, 2015
On June 10, 2015 the Pew Research Center, based in Washington, D.C., released the results of a major public opinion poll it had undertaken on the conflict between the US/NATO west and Russia over the conflict in Ukraine. The poll results, ignored by the mass media in the NATO countries, presents a picture that is quite different from that of our mass media and our political leaders.
What's New: Greek Referendum July 2015
| July 6, 2015
Results of the referendum: 61 per cent voted No; and 38 per cent voted Yes. All regions of the country in favour of the OXI vote.
What's New: We restarted the Cold War
by Patrick L. Smith | July 6, 2015
Have you picked up on the new trope du jour? We are all encouraged to bask in our innocence as we lament the advent of a new Cold War. The thought has been in the wind for more than a year, of course, at least among some of us. But we witness a significant turn, and I hope this same some of us are paying attention.
What's New: The battle for the Referendum in Greece
by Savas Michael Matsas | July 5, 2015
More than 200 thousand people assembled in Syntagma Square, in front of the Greek Parliament in a tremendous mass rally supporting “No”, in the coming Referendum on July 5 for the ultimatum posed by the EU, the ECB, and the IMF to Greece to accept a new round of measures of social cannibalism or to be evicted from the Euro-zone (the infamous “Grexit”) and then from the EU.
What's New: March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate
| July 5, 2015
The March for Jobs, Justice, and the Climate is being organized by a broad coalition of partners across Canada. On Sunday July 5, thousands of people will take to the streets of Toronto (1pm at Queen's Park) to call for a just transition from dirty energy into a clean energy future.
Bullet #1136: This Is Not an Obituary: Listening to Ornette Coleman
by Jordy Cummings | July 5, 2015
Ornette Coleman died in June of a cardiac arrest on the same day as an infamous bad guy actor, Christopher Lee and legendary professional wrestler Dusty Rhodes. One can't help but chuckle at the Colemanesque improvisation of the Grim Reaper. Coleman was perhaps the jazz musician with the most theoretical depth, even if his own cultural production never hit the highs of his early performances for Atlantic Records.
What's New: Healthcare Protest in London, Ontario
| July 4, 2015
Day of Action rally to stop hospital cuts and home care privatization in front of MPP Bob Chiarelli's office last June 12. Thank you to all our speakers and attendees who made the event a huge success.
A Foot in the Door: Canadians on the Housing Brink June 24, 2015
Greece is Europe's failed state in waiting June 24, 2015
We ain't found shit June 24, 2015
White Terrorism Is as Old as America June 23, 2015
A handbook to the first months of SYRIZA-ANEL government June 23, 2015
The Long History of Southern Terror June 23, 2015In The News archive:
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| 3:30pm, Thursday July 9, 2015
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|Forum: Right to the City/Right to Landscape|
From an Elitist to a More Just Urban Landscape in California's East Bay Area
A talk by Don Mitchell, Professor of Geography, Syracuse University
Both political ecology, especially as it has sought to come to terms with the politics of environmental racism, and critical landscape studies have shown that any landscape is situated within structures operating at other scales. Sometimes the key determinant of a process, outcome, or landscape morphology localist in one locale takes place somewhere far removed from where its effects are felt. Yet movements for both the right to the city and the right to landscape tend to adopt an overly localist approach to the production of space. In this paper, I will draw on an unlikely example – the evolution of the Town of Moraga, a nearly all-white, upper class “bedroom community” in the San Francisco East Bay Area – to examine how highly exclusionary landscape development and politics can be reformulated through a critique of the uneven possibilities for social and racial justice in other political parts of the region, particularly the historically black city of Oakland. Since Moraga’s elite landscape relies on the possibility of ghettoization in cities like Oakland, I will argue that a truly political ecology – and economy – would be one that understands the struggle for the right to landscape always to be conjoined with the struggle for a right to the city.
Hosted by the Department of Political Science, the Department of Geography and the Department of Environmental Studies at York University, and Co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and Program in Planning at the University of Toronto. | PDF poster
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