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What's New: Ethnic Cleansing by All Means: The real Israeli 'peace' policy

by Ilan Pappé and Samer Jaber | October 31, 2014

The pine trees in Palestine appeared with the establishment of the state of Israel. The pine is generally a European species which before the 20th century was not seen in the Middle East. It was brought to Palestine by the Zionist settlers for two main reasons. First, it gave the new Jewish settlers the feeling that the place they had migrated to was somehow part of Europe. The second reason for their import was more practical; they were brought to cover up the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

What's New: Our Best Line of Defence: Taking on privatization at the bargaining table

| October 30, 2014

For decades, corporations and some governments have pressured public sector employers to privatize services through contracting out, public-private partnerships (P3s), competitive bidding, or all-out selloffs. Privatizing jobs and services hurts members and the community, as workers' living standards decline and well-paying jobs disappear.

What's New: What's Behind the Defeat of the Left in Toronto?

| October 29, 2014

Professor Leo Panitch discusses the appeal of the victorious conservative party and the failure of the left to galvanize the working class.

Bullet #1050: Can We Defend Our Pensions Without Challenging Financialized Capitalism?

by Kevin Skerrett | October 29, 2014

Unrelenting employer attacks on workplace based pension plans are intensifying, and the struggle to defend them is becoming more challenging right across the country. One recent development appears to be an important partial victory. Some 900 workers at Bombardier's Thunder Bay production facility, represented by Unifor, launched an eight-week strike on July 14, and the dispute centred on an employer demand to eliminate the secure, 'defined benefit' type pension plan with an individualized 'defined contribution' savings scheme for all new hires.

What's New: Harper v. First Nations: The assimilation agenda

by Russ Diabo, Shiri Pasternak | October 28, 2014

Last week, in response to this summer's Supreme Court decision in Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia, the Harper government quietly put forward an aggressive revision of Canada's Indian policy. It is the first major revision of Canada's comprehensive land claims and Aboriginal self-government policies since 1986.

What's New: Society for Socialist Studies Conference 2015

| October 28, 2014

The theme of the 2015 CFHSS Congress is 'Capital Ideas.' The theme of the 2015 Society for Socialist Studies Conference is Kapital Ideas: analysis, critique, praxis. Join us for four days of wideranging and engaged analysis and dialogue. June 2-5, at the University of Ottawa. Abstracts for paper proposals should be submitted before Saturday, January 31, 2015.

What's New: Invisible Austerity

by A.J. Withers | October 27, 2014

I lived on social assistance - first welfare and then ODSP ('disability') for many years. I have also been organizing and doing casework with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty for a long time. I was recently training some folks who were just starting to do casework and I wrote down the key benefits that they needed to know because they were relatively quick and easy ways to get people's cheques increased - or at least they used to be.

Bullet #1049: The War Against the Islamic State

by J. F. Conway | October 27, 2014

Stephen Harper finally got his war in Iraq, something he demanded while in opposition when Bush's ill-fated "coalition of the willing" was inveigled by the U.S. to bomb, invade and occupy Iraq, all contrary to international law. Harper's war in Iraq will be a rather sad and inglorious affair, hardly up to the excesses of his war-mongering rhetoric.

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October 12: Day of Indigenous Resistance October 13, 2014

Defend Our Pensions! October 13, 2014

Hundreds demonstrate in Toronto in support of Syrian town battling Islamic State October 13, 2014

Wave of Contingent-Faculty Organizing Sweeps onto Campuses October 13, 2014

Making Peace with a Painful Past: Remembering the Navajo Long Walk October 13, 2014

Isis in Kobani October 13, 2014

Why is the world ignoring the revolutionary Kurds in Syria? October 12, 2014

NGF scabs sent packing in Guelph October 12, 2014

Go back to China October 12, 2014

Cuban Doctors at the Forefront of Ebola Battle in Africa October 12, 2014

A Report Back from the Good Jobs Summit in Toronto October 12, 2014

Corporate welfare is vastly bigger than benefit fiddling and must be cut to paydown the deficit October 12, 2014

Surviving the post-employment economy October 11, 2014

The Death of American Universities October 11, 2014

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twinkle starForum: The Maidan Uprising and Civil War in the Ukraine: Questions for the Left

The Maidan Uprising and Civil War in the Ukraine: Questions for the Left
Last year's events marked not only a turning point in Ukraine's history. It also posed a number of difficult questions for progressive movements and left critical theory. Volodymyr Ishchenko, a sociologist and leftist commentator, will present his perspective on the Ukrainian Maidan and the ongoing civil war. The presentation will discuss questions of revolution, nationalism, fascism, imperialism and the strategy which has been raised in political and academic discussions in and around the Ukraine.

Volodymyr Ishchenko is a sociologist studying social protests in Ukraine. He is the deputy director of the Center for Social and Labor Research, a member of the editorial board of Commons: Journal for Social Criticism and LeftEast web-magazine, and a teacher at the Department of Sociology in the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He authored a number of comments and interviews about Ukrainian Maidan, particularly, for the Guardian and the New Left Review.

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