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658. July 3, 2012 Zeinab Abul-Magd Egypt: Interpreting the Coup
The newly elected president of Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsy, began his national address by thanking God and the families of the revolution's martyrs for granting him such a victory, and immediately proceeded to deeply thank the armed forces. He saluted the Egyptian military and added, "Only God knows how much love I have in my heart [for it]."
657. June 26, 2012 Todd Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber Paraguay's Parliamentary Coup and Ottawa's Imperial Response
A soft-coup has ousted Centre-Leftist Fernando Lugo from the presidency in Paraguay and replaced him with Vice-President, but long-time political enemy, Federico Franco of the inaptly named Partido Liberal Radical Auténtico. Using as pretext a bloody confrontation last week between landless peasants occupying a large-landholding in Curuguaty, near the Brazilian border, and police forces sent to violently dislodge their encampment, a farcical political trial was carried out last Friday.
656. June 21, 2012 The RIO+20 U.N. Conference
Representatives of governments from all the world will be present at the Rio+20 U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, June 2012. What can we expect from this so-called "Earth Summit" from a social and ecological perspective? Nothing! Or, to be charitable, very little.
655. June 19, 2012 Alex de Jong One Divides Into Two -- Nepal's Maoists in Crisis
After ten years of Maoist insurgency and a coup d'état by the king in 2005, the Nepali people took to the streets in April 2006, forcing the king to hand power back to the parliament. It was the end of the only Hindu kingdom in the world but only a new step in the country's continuing political crisis. The Maoist party, the UCPN(M) has entered into a crisis itself and a split has become inevitable.
654. June 13, 2012 Samir Sonti Greece and Our Illusions
While it may be premature to speculate on the legacy left by the various social upheavals that have occurred since early-2011, the electoral tide sweeping across Europe offers additional evidence that something fundamental is happening.
653. June 12, 2012 G. Dragasakis The Economic Program of SYRIZA-EKM
Alexis Tsipras, the president of the SYRIZA Parliamentary Group already presented a large part of our economic program and primarily the rationale of the program. That allows me to focus on a few specific points. Listening to Mr. Samaras yesterday, and also on other occasions, reading out long lists of measures, I feel the need to explain what we mean when we talk about a program.
652. June 11, 2012 Luke Stobart and Joel Sans Spain: A Spiral of Crisis, Cuts and Indignacion
In March 2011 several regular Guardian columnists analysed the crisis in the Spanish state and the response to "austerity" by the population. All agreed that young people were "apathetic" and even "docile." Two months later that same youth led tens of thousands to occupy city squares and a million to demonstrate across the country -- the movement of "the outraged" (los indignados in Spanish).
651. June 10, 2012 J. F. Conway Quebec: Making War on Our Children
A society at war with its children is a society in deep crisis. Quebec's student strike mobilization has set world records for duration and size. The organizational ability of the students has been remarkable, and escalating levels of disciplined popular support nothing short of astonishing.
650. June 9, 2012 Richard Fidler Where Next for the Quebec Mobilizations?
Despite massive mobilizations throughout Quebec in opposition to Law 78 and the Jean Charest government, the student struggle is once again at an impasse. At the end of May, the government terminated the latest round of negotiations with the four college and university student associations without offering any concessions on the students' key demands: for repeal of the tuition fee increases and repeal of its 'bludgeon law' aimed at smashing student unionism in the province.
649. June 8, 2012 Tyler Shipley Soccer, Imperialism, and Resistance in Honduras
Never let them tell you it's 'just a game.' Much is on the line, as the Canadian and Honduran national soccer teams prepare for their World Cup Qualifying match on June 12 in Toronto, but the real stories that animate this match are taking place a long way from BMO Field. Just ask Honduras' most famed footballer -- once a local star with Toronto FC -- the aptly named Amado Guevara.
648. June 7, 2012 Panagiotis Sotiris Political Crisis, the Left and the Possibility of a New Historical Bloc
The combination of economic crisis, social devastation and open political crisis in 'weak links' of the European Project such as Greece has raised the possibility of social and political change. In Greece we have witnessed a sequence of social and political developments that are based on an extreme case of economic and consequently social crisis have led to an open political crisis.
647. June 6, 2012 Peter Hallward The Threat of Quebec's Good Example
The extraordinary student mobilization in Quebec has already sustained the longest and largest student strike in the history of North America, and it has already organized the single biggest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. It is now rapidly growing into one of the most powerful and inventive anti-austerity campaigns anywhere in the world.
646. June 5, 2012 Celia Garces Mallku Khota
The indigenous community of Mallku Khota (in Bolivia) is in a state of emergency for resisting the continued operations of South American Silver Corporation's (SASC) subsidiary, Compania Minera Mallku Khota (CMMK). On May 28th, 2012, the governor of Potosi pleaded to the national government to militarize the zone where mineral exploration is ongoing.
645. June 1, 2012 SYRIZA SYRIZA's Proposals: The Exit From the Crisis Is On the Left
The national debt is first and foremost a product of class relations, and is inhumane in its very essence. It is produced by the tax evasion of the wealthy, the looting of public funds, and the exorbitant procurement of military weapons and equipment.
644. May 31, 2012 Barry Finger The Bipartisan Assault on Higher Education
Barack Obama and Republican Party Presidential nominee Mitt Romney agree that the Stafford loan program should be maintained at a 3.4 per cent interest rate, rather than being allowed to double by this July. This, somehow, is seen as a great boon to students and evidence of a bipartisan commitment to the upcoming generation.
643. May 30, 2012 Michalis Spourdalakis Syriza's Rise
The rise of Syriza, Greece's Coalition of the Radical Left, in the May elections and in polls since has changed the political landscape of Europe. Michalis Spourdalakis, professor of political science at Athens University, talked to Alex Doherty about Syriza, the reasons for their success and what the prospects are now for the radical left in Greece and beyond.
642. May 29, 2012 Andrew Stevens and Doug Nesbitt Workers at CP Get Railroaded
On May 23, 4800 CP Rail workers went on strike after giving a 72-hour strike notice on May 19. The workers, represented by the Teamsters Rail Conference of Canada, had voted 95 per cent in favour of a strike on April 27. The major issue is pensions, but there are also other areas of dispute such as fatigue management and workplace safety.
641. May 28, 2012 Roger Annis Government Repression of Quebec Student Movement Sparks Massive Protests
Quebec's student movement and the swelling ranks of its popular allies staged a massive rally and march in Montreal on May 22 in favour of the students' fight for free, quality public education and against government repression. Estimates by some mainstream news outlets and by independent observers place the number of participants as high as 400,000.
640. May 24, 2012 Xavier Lafrance and Alan Sears Red Square, Everywhere
The Charest government has turned to repression to try to break the largest and longest student strike in Quebec history. Students had already endured heavy-handed policing, including hundreds of arrests and brutal attacks by riot cops on campuses and in the streets. The new strikebreaking legislation, Bill 78, is a brutal clampdown on the right to organize collectively and on freedom of expression.
639. May 23, 2012 Dan La Botz Mexico: Populist Lopez Obrador Moves Up in Polls
Mexico's voters face an increasingly murky choice in the rapidly approaching July 1 national election between three conservative, pro-business candidates and a populist candidate who until recently offered Keynesian solutions to the country's endemic problems of inadequate economic growth, huge economic and social disparities, and a political establishment dominated by and in the service of a handful of oligopolies.
638. May 20, 2012 Michael Skinner NATO Reality Check: Protestors in Chicago Can Fatally Fracture NATO
The NATO summit in Chicago, on 20-21 May, will be a lightening-rod for protest. This is a historic moment when peace activists have an opportunity to deflect NATO's current trajectory toward expanding and intensifying global warfare. NATO is the most powerful military alliance ever devised in human history. However, the alliance is unstable.
637. May 19, 2012 Roger Annis Quebec Students Mobilize Against Draconian Law Aimed at Breaking Four-Month Strike
The strike of post-secondary students in Quebec has taken a dramatic turn with the provincial government rushing adoption of a special law on May 18 to suspend the school year at strike-bound institutions until August and outlaw protest activity deemed disruptive of institutions not participating in the strike.
636. May 18, 2012 Richard Fidler Quebec Government Bludgeons Student Strikers With Emergency Law
Quebec premier Jean Charest announced May 16 that he will introduce emergency legislation to end the militant student strike, now in its 14th week, that has shut down college and university campuses across the province. The students are protesting the Liberal government's 75 per cent increase in university tuition fees, now slated to take place over the next seven years.
635. May 16, 2012 Thomas Sablowski Impoverishing Europe
The crisis is not relinquishing its grip on Europe. From autumn 2008 to early 2009 the world market experienced the deepest slump in economic output since the Second World War. This is a global crisis. Even in emerging economies like China, Brazil or India economic growth declined and could not compensate for the recession in the North Atlantic region.
634. May 15, 2012 Attac Germany and Attac Europe Network Stop the Neoliberal Crisis Politics
We are experiencing the deepest crisis of capitalism since the great depression of the 1930s -- and the European governments continue to pour oil on the fires! From the very beginning, some governments have prevented a solidarity-based solution to the crisis in Europe and are significantly responsible for its exacerbation.
633. May 14, 2012 Esther Vivas M15: A Look Toward the Future
Untimely and unexpected. That's what the emergence of this movement of collective outrage at the Spanish state was. If we had been told on May 14th, 2011 the next day thousands of people would start taking to the streets week by week and occupy squares, organize meetings, challenge the power with massive civil disobedience while staying in the streets... we would never have imagined it possible.
632. May 12, 2012 Haris Golemis A Triumph of the Radical Left in Greece
The recent electoral results in Greece was a serious blow to the governments of Merkel and Sarkozy, as well as to all those arrogant neoliberal parties, politicians, analysts, EU, ECB and IMF officials who thought that the European people can suffer passively and for an indefinite period the extreme austerity policies of neoliberal orthodoxy, which supposedly aim to an exit from the capitalist crisis in Europe.
631. May 8, 2012 Richard Fidler Defiant Quebec Students Reject Shabby Government Offer
Quebec college and university students are now in the 13th week of their militant province-wide strike while voting by overwhelming majorities to reject a government offer that met none of their key demands. After a 22-hour bargaining session involving ministers of the Charest government, university and college heads, and leaders of the major trade-union centrals, the student leaders agreed on May 6 to put the offer to a vote of their respective membership without recommending acceptance.
630. May 8, 2012 Dan Freeman-Maloy European Politics on Palestine: An interview with David Cronin
DFM: In your book, you describe the determination of Israeli planners to develop closer ties with the European Union. Has Israel's traditional policy of trying to limit European diplomatic involvement in the Middle East changed? David Cronin: Yes and no. In recent years, there has been quite a bit of strategic thinking undertaken by the Israeli foreign ministry.
629. May 7, 2012 Thomas Marois Contesting Finance Capitalism in Turkey
Turkey has been touted as one of the great 'emerging market' success stories. As the advanced capitalisms like the U.S. and UK sunk into the Great Recession, Turkey pulled out of crisis earning the moniker of a key 'growth market' in 2011 by Jim O'Neill, the chair of Goldman Sachs Asset Management who originated the term 'BRIC.'
628. May 4, 2012 Paul Kellogg Alberta Election - Party of Big Oil Defeats Party of Big Oil
There was something absolutely wonderful about the failure of Wildrose to win the recent election in Alberta. The party is made up of a gaggle of mostly former conservatives -- so extreme in their views that their party earned the nickname 'Tea Party North.'
627. May 1, 2012 Ingo Schmidt May Day 2012: Why They Are Waging War On the Workers and What To Do About It
Remember the days when bargaining was a backroom affair, or have heard about those days? When union members would only know that contract negotiations were going on when their bargaining team came out of the room and asked for ratification? This old school approach of representation was really flawed in terms of accountability and membership involvement.
626. April 30, 2012 Raul Burbano Harper Pushing Extractive Industry in Latin America But Communities Are Pushing Back
At the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, Stephen Harper spoke to CEOs from across the Americas and unveiled Canada's plans to expand into Latin America with vigor. Trade and investment, especially in the resource extraction sector, will be the engines driving this expansion.
625. April 27, 2012 CLASSE Toward a Social Strike
The student revolt that has been shaking the Quebec state, has been captivating activists across Canada and the world. Coalition large de l'association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (CLASSE) is the major component of the coalition of student unions leading the strike of some 180,000 students out on strike. It is said to represent about half of the coalition.
624. April 27, 2012 Richard Fidler Government Ends Negotiations With Quebec's Striking Students
On Wednesday, April 25, Education minister Line Beauchamp abruptly ended the negotiations with the student leaders to which she had reluctantly agreed two days earlier -- before they had even got to the key issue of the $1625 fee hike. She refused, once again, to negotiate with the CLASSE, the largest student union in Quebec.
623. April 26, 2012 Raju J. Das The Dirty Picture of Neoliberalism
The Bollywood movie The Dirty Picture (apparently) runs on three things: entertainment, entertainment and entertainment. The dirty picture of neoliberalism runs on three things, as well: class, class, and class. Indeed, neoliberalism must be seen as the restoration and reinforcement of class power (Harvey 2005), class power of large owners of business over the working masses.
622. April 25, 2012 Richard Fidler Massive Student Upsurge Fuels Major Debates in Quebec Society
A crowd estimated at 250,000 people or more wound its way through Montréal April 22 in Quebec's largest ever Earth Day march. They raised many demands: an end to tar sands and shale gas development, opposition to the Quebec government's Plan Nord mining expansion, support for radical measures to protect ecosystems, and other causes.
621. April 24, 2012 Natalia Tylim A "Fair" Protest in New York City?
If you ride the New York City subway system, then you've become accustomed to reading the signs in stations across the city that let riders know about service changes. Most often, there are delays, or you find that you must take a different line to get to where you need to go.
620. April 20, 2012 James Cairns Democracy in the Age of Austerity: Beyond the Robocall Scandal
A lot of people are angry about the robocall scandal. Even by the low standards of the Harper Conservatives, the covert attempt to block thousands of people from voting in the 2011 federal election is pretty disgusting. In a recent poll, 75 per cent of respondents said they want a formal inquiry into the Conservative Party's dirty campaign tricks.
619. April 19, 2012 Matthew Brett The Student Movement: Radical Priorities
The student movement in Quebec is an incredibly important development, with implications that reach well beyond provincial borders. The movement emerged in response to a 75 per cent increase in tuition fees to be implemented over the next five years, but it has quickly evolved into something far more significant.
618. April 17, 2012 Steven Tufts Can Labour Precipitate a 'Useful Crisis' at Air Canada?
Shortly after being appointed Ontario's Minister of Training and Education by Mike Harris in the mid 1990s, John Snobelen stated that it was necessary to create a 'useful crisis' in education to allow for neoliberal reforms. A number of 'useful' crises have been created in Canada over the last three decades.
617. April 16, 2012 Nicole Colson The Unraveling Occupation
The U.S. war and occupation of Afghanistan was supposed to bring stability and democracy. Instead, Afghanistan remains a country on the brink of disaster -- one that has clearly been exacerbated by the U.S. presence.
616. April 13, 2012 Pham Binh Lenin and Occupy
Many socialists have cheered Lars Lih's demolition of the textbook interpretation of Lenin's work in Lenin Rediscovered without examining how many of our own preconceptions on the subject are now part of the same pile of rubble.
615. April 10, 2012 Herman Rosenfeld The Electro-Motive Lockout and Non-Occupation
Along with everything else, the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath created new openings and potentials for working people in the struggle against neoliberalism. A number of struggles initially opened up, including factory occupations, efforts to defend pensions and the rights of younger workers. There were important political struggles, as well, as in Wisconsin, along with newer projects to link labour and communities, in the Occupy movement.
614. April 9, 2012 Adrie Naylor Economic Crisis and Austerity: The Stranglehold on Canada's Families
The claim that economic crises and austerity have an uneven impact on the working-class -- with the greatest effects being felt by women and children -- is one we hear often on the Left. However, with some important exceptions, this claim is all too often just an aside or a footnote.
613. April 6, 2012 Matt Fodor Mulcair's Victory: What Does It Mean?
On March 24, the membership of the Federal New Democratic Party elected Thomas Mulcair to succeed the late Jack Layton as their national leader, who tragically died of cancer in August 2011. With about 65,000 of the party's 130,000 members participating in the leadership election, Mulcair prevailed over runner-up Brian Topp on the fourth ballot.
612. April 4, 2012 Raja Khalidi After the Arab Spring in Palestine
Over the past year, as Arab peoples in surrounding countries erupted in protest against dictators, security regimes, and failed social and economic policies, the Palestinian people living in their occupied homeland have remained quiescent. Neither have mass protests targeted the Palestinian "regime's" policies or negotiating performance, nor has resistance to Israeli occupation escalated or taken more effective forms.
611. April 2, 2012 Richard Fidler Mulcair's Victory: A New Direction for the NDP?
There is a lot of speculation going the rounds about whether or to what degree Thomas Mulcair will change the direction of the federal New Democratic Party (NDP). Mulcair, as everyone who pays attention to Canadian politics knows by now, emerged the winner in the NDP's contest to replace deceased leader Jack Layton.
610. March 29, 2012 Alan Sears Austerity in the Mind Factory
Educational struggles are breaking out all over. In March 2012, over 200,000 Quebec students are waging a general strike against tuition increases and have faced brutal police repression. British Columbia teachers just finished a three-day strike against an austerity budget and are set to engage in further strike action. Teacher collective bargaining seems to be headed toward an impasse in Ontario.
609. March 27, 2012 Nathan Prier and Max Johnson Decolonization Against Austerity
The community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) poses a challenge and opportunity for the left in Turtle Island to (re)think strategic alliances between leftist anti-austerity struggles and indigenous anti-colonial struggles taking place in the area commonly called 'Canada.' KI is a small fly-in Anishaninii community in Northwestern Ontario, about 580 km north of Thunder Bay, and has a long history of survival and resistance in the face of the colonial settler state.
608. March 26, 2012 Hugo Radice The Consequences of the EU Bank Rescue
Through the second half of 2011 there were persistent signs of financial stress in many banks right across Europe -- not only in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy, but in France and even Germany too. The banks were already struggling to meet the higher capital and reserve requirements that have been emanating from the Basel III international regulatory proposals.
607. March 25, 2012 Jeff Noonan Capitalist Life-Crises and The North American Left: Problems and Prospects
The struggles across the Middle East and North Africa and on-going resistance to austerity in Europe catalysed a fightback in North America -- the Occupy Movement -- that no one saw coming. Together, all testify to the pervasive and deepening crisis of capitalism, not just as an economic system, but as a comprehensive way of living and valuing.
606. March 21, 2012 Richard Fidler Massive Demonstrations Support Quebec Students Striking Against Fee Hikes
Tens of thousands of students and their supporters marched in major Quebec cities on March 18, in opposition to the Jean Charest government's promise to impose a 75 per cent increase in post-secondary education fees over the next five years. In Montréal some 30,000 "former, present and future university students" responded to the call.
605. March 15, 2012 Dan La Botz Mexico: Why López Obrador?
While in Mexico last week as part of a labour union delegation from the United States to meet with Canadian and Mexican union officials, I was given this book by a professor of history and design at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is also a labour and political activist, and, in fact, one of the book's authors.
604. March 12, 2012 Patrick Bond State and Market Climate Failures Amplified by Civil Society Failure
In 2007, former World Bank chief economist Nick Stern termed climate change the worst "market failure" in history -- since those who pollute with greenhouse gases are not charged, and since they threaten future generations and vast swathes of natural life -- and at that moment, even the 1991 ravings of another former World Bank chief economist, Larry Summers, made sense.
603. March 1, 2012 Orlando Sepulveda Factory Occupation Saves Jobs
A 12-hour occupation by workers at a Chicago factory on February 23 won an agreement that will save workers' jobs for at least three months so they can seek other ways to keep their plant open and producing. The factory on the northwest side of the city is the former Republic Windows and Doors plant, where union members occupied for a week in December 2008.
602. February 26, 2012 David McNally Greek Lessons: Democracy versus Debt-Bondage
It is a truism to say that democracy began with the Greeks -- less so to say that it originated in popular rebellion against debt and debt-bondage. Yet, with the Greek people ensnared once more in the vice-grip of rich debt-holders, it may be useful to recall that fact.
601. February 23, 2012 Working Group on Green Economy Is the 'Green Economy' a New Washington Consensus?
The current environmental and climate crisis is not simply a market failure because nature is not simply a form of capital. Putting a price on nature under the label of the 'Green Economy' is an attempt to expand the reach of finance capital and privatize our planet.
600. February 21, 2012 Justin Panos Drumming Up a Healthcare Crisis
In a Maclean's interview in November 2008, former TD Bank Chief Economist and head of the eponymously titled 'Drummond Report' spoke truer than he might have then known. Don Drummond, who spent 23 years in the Federal Ministry of Finance, was asked if he missed "being in the middle of the action," to which he replied: "There's definitely a buzz from being there when the economy is turbulent."
599. February 16, 2012 Hilary Wainwright An 'Excess of Democracy'?
The ability of the Occupy movement to create platforms outside our closed political system to force open a debate on inequality, the taboo at the heart of the financial crisis, is impressive. It is a new source of political creativity from which we all have much to learn.
598. February 14, 2012 Panagiotis Sotiris Greece: From Despair to Resistance
On Sunday February 12, the people of Greece, in demonstrations and street fights all over the country expressed in a massive, collective and heroic way their anger against the terms of the new loan agreement dictated by the EU-ECB-IMF troika. Workers, youth, students filled the streets with rage, defying the extreme aggression by police forces, setting another example of struggle and solidarity.
597. February 13, 2012 Rachael Boothroyd ALBA Advances toward 'Alternative Economic Model', Pursues Anti-Imperialist Agenda
Member countries of Latin America's alternative integration bloc, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), met in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas last weekend in order to discuss the advancement of the organization at its 11th official summit.
596. February 10, 2012 Murray Cooke The NDP Leadership Race: Sleepwalking Toward the Centre?
For the first time, the New Democratic Party (NDP) is holding a leadership race that involves picking the leader of the Official Opposition and someone that can, with some credibility, claim a decent shot at becoming the next Prime Minister of Canada.
595. February 6, 2012 Pat Armstrong Canadian Health Care: Privatization and Gendered Labour
In my reading of Marx, work and the political economy are where the analysis should start because they are so powerful in shaping our lives; however, both productive and reproductive work have to be understood in historically specific ways and in ways that comprehend contradictions as well as interrelations.
594. February 2, 2012 Gary Lawrence Labour Leadership Squabbles in Ontario
As the capitalist crisis intensifies, austerity measures against public sector workers continue to mount. In Ontario, another round of cuts will soon be proposed by the Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services, headed by Don Drummond.
593. January 30, 2012 Carlo Fanelli An Incomplete Victory or the Beginning of the End for Ford Nation?
Does the 2012 City of Toronto budget represent an incomplete victory for the Rob Ford Administration or is it indicative of its impending demise? It really depends on how you look at it. The tax and service cuts of the first year of Mayor Ford's term remain in place.
592. January 28, 2012 Alan Sears Toronto Politics in the Year of the Lockout
We are still very early in 2012 but so far it seems to be shaping up as the Year of the Lockout. A lockout is a labour disruption initiated by management, shutting unionized workers out of the workplace if they do not agree to the employer's contract demands.
591. January 26, 2012 Tithi Bhattacharya Standing Up to Indiana's Attack on Unions
Some 10,000 angry workers swarmed around the Indiana State House January 23 to protest a pending anti-union 'right-to-work' bill that the Republican-controlled state Senate passed by a vote of 28-22. The next day, another 7,000 workers returned, enraged by the Senate vote.
590. January 25, 2012 Christoph Hermann Neoliberalism and the End of Shorter Work Hours
While in previous crises shorter work hours were discussed as a measure to combat growing unemployment, an astonishing feature of the current economic downturn from 2007 on was that work time reductions were nowhere on the political agenda.
589. January 24, 2012 Steve Ellner The Distinguishing Features of Latin America's New Left In Power
Most political analysts place the governments of Hugo Chávez, Evo Morales and Rafael Correa in the same category but without defining their common characteristics. Beginning with the publication of Leftovers in 2008, critics of the left sought to overcome the shortcoming by characterizing the three presidents as 'populist leftists,' which they distinguished from the 'good leftists.'
588. January 23, 2012 Hans Bennett; Bret Grote The Torture of Mumia Abu-Jamal Continues off Death Row
On December 7, following the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to consider the Philadelphia District Attorney's final avenue of appeal, current DA Seth Williams announced that he would no longer be seeking a death sentence for the world-renowned death row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal - on death row following his conviction at a 1982 trial deemed unfair by Amnesty International, the European Parliament, the Japanese Diet, Nelson Mandela, and many others.
587. January 20, 2012 Paul Kahnert and Sam Gindin Tax Cuts, Privatization and Deregulation Disguised as Public Policy
Where are we going as a society? We once proudly invested in our schools, pools, libraries, daycare, healthcare, roads, electricity, water and sewers. Today we're busy slashing social services and letting our infrastructure crumble.
586. January 17, 2012 Doug Nesbitt Canadian Labour At The Crossroads?
A wage cut of fifty per cent. An elimination of pensions. Cuts to benefits. These demands have inevitably led to a major showdown at a locomotive factory in London, Ontario between the 700 unionized workers of Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) and Caterpillar, a massive U.S.-based corporation.
585. January 6, 2012 John S. Saul A Poisoned Chalice: Liberation, ANC-Style
There is good and obvious reason to celebrate the long history of the African National Congress (ANC): the organization's marked dedication over one hundred years to the cause of the betterment of the lot of the oppressed African people in South Africa.
584. January 2, 2012 Vishwas Satgar Reclaiming the South African Dream
During the 20th century, South Africa's national struggle occupied an iconic place in the global political imagination. International opposition to apartheid came together in the heady days of socialist revolutions, anti-colonial struggles and the rise of the 1968 new left.
583. December 29, 2011 Simten Cosar and Gulden Ozcan Talking About Dissent in Turkey? Hush, Hush!
With the successes of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in three consecutive general elections in Turkey (getting 34% of the total votes in 2002, 47% in 2007 and almost 50% in the 2011 general election), Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has emerged as a world figure.
582. December 27, 2011 Carlo Fanelli Mayor Ford versus CUPE Locals 79 and 416: Some Thoughts on Strategy
As the Canadian government and its provincial equivalents take part in the global push for austerity, its after effects have significantly strained the fiscal and political dimensions of municipal governance.
581. December 22, 2011 Ursula Huws Crisis as Capitalist Opportunity
I think the left, certainly the British left, has very much focused on seeing the financial crisis as something to do with banks and something to do with financialization and the finance economy. All the political action that we've seen recently is all focused on how the banks are the baddies, how to change the banking system, how to make it responsible etc.
580. December 19, 2011 Richard Fidler Québec Solidaire Struggles to Define its Space in Shifting Political Landscape
About 400 members of Québec solidaire met in Montréal, December 9-11 in a delegated convention to debate and adopt positions on major social and cultural questions.
579. December 13, 2011 Steven Tufts Greening Work in an Age of Uncertainty
The theme for the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Durban was "Working Together: Saving Tomorrow Today." Canada's conservative government, backed by the U.S., is, however, clearly not interested in working with others on addressing global warming.
578. December 9, 2011 Adam Hanieh Class and Capitalism in the Gulf
The Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) supplies of oil and gas are among the highest in the world. There are various estimates here, but a commonly cited figure is that the GCC holds about 40-45 per cent of global proven oil reserves and 20 per cent of world gas. This gives the region a vital importance to the patterns of accumulation in the global economy.
577. December 6, 2011 Samir Amin Audacity, More Audacity
The historical circumstances created by the implosion of contemporary capitalism requires the radical left, in the North as well as the South, to be bold in formulating its political alternative to the existing system. The purpose of this paper is to show why audacity is required and what it means.
576. December 2, 2011 John W. Warnock Social Democracy and the Economic Crisis: The Saskatchewan Case
In the Spanish general election, the Socialist Party government was soundly defeated. The rightist Peoples Party won the election but only increased their vote by a very small margin. The Indignados, the people who staged mass street mobilizations, asked the voters to stay home, spoil their ballot or vote for the numerous smaller parties.
575. November 30, 2011 Dan Freeman-Maloy Kadima's Black Flags and Israel's Image Problem
Israel is currently experiencing an internationally visible collapse of its 'liberal democratic' camp, raising significant problems for a state whose underlying theocratic and apartheid features have historically been partially covered from international view by liberal democratic pretenses.
574. November 28, 2011 Hugo Radice The Next Banking Crisis
In the ongoing Euro-crisis, our political leaders are constantly criticized for 'playing catch-up' and not being 'ahead of the curve' (although others might feel that they are completely round the bend). Perhaps, therefore, it is time to look up from the turmoil in the sovereign bond markets and the counsels of the European Union.
573. November 25, 2011 Hilary Wainwright Resistance Takes Root in Barcelona
The Catalans have a phrase: em planto. It has a double meaning: 'I plant,' or 'I've had enough.' At end of the huge 15 October demonstration of Indignados ('outraged') in Barcelona - the papers put it at around 250,000 - we were greeted with an impromptu garden under the Arc de Triomf, the end point of the march.
572. November 22, 2011 Larry Lohmann Unravelling Carbon Markets
The carbon market creates new asset classes (and opportunities for accumulation) at a time of profit crisis. It is part of a 'new phase of accumulation' that is also reflected in - to take two other prime examples - the trends in public service commodification described in Ursula Huws' chapter in this year's Socialist Register, and the growing global trade in 'ecosystem services' generally.
571. November 18, 2011 Matthew Brett Resisting Expropriation of the Occupy Movement
The occupy movement is currently being forcefully dismantled by police across North America and Europe. The pretext for these police interventions are health and safety concerns, but the reality is that public space is being re-occupied by the status quo.
570. November 17, 2011 Marcello Musto Political Crisis in Italy and Greece: Marx on 'Technical Government'
In recent years Karl Marx has again been featured in the world's press because of his prescient insights into the cyclical and structural character of capitalist crises. Now there is another reason why he should be re-read in the light of Greece and Italy: the reappearance of the 'technical government.'
569. November 15, 2011 Pham Binh You Can't Evict a Revolution
At 1 a.m. the New York Police Department began clearing Liberty Plaza of the hundreds of occupiers who camp there every night. People were told to leave with their property or face arrest. About 100 or so refused to move. Some of them chained themselves to trees, others linked arms.
568. November 13, 2011 Michael Roberts Italy and Greece: Rule by the Bankers
It looks as though, by Monday, both Greece and Italy will be ruled by so-called 'technocratic' governments. Even though both Greek prime minister George Papandreou and Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi were elected comfortably in parliamentary polls and were never defeated in any vote of confidence in parliament, they have been ousted -- to be replaced by unelected ex-central bankers.
567. November 11, 2011 Shadi Chaleshtoori and Justin Podur The Regressive Politics of the Iranian-Canadian Khavari Petition
On October 12, members of the Iranian-Canadian community sent a petition to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney expressing concern about the arrival in Canada of Mahmoud Reza Khavari, the former chairman of the largest Iranian state-owned banking institution (Bank Melli).
566. November 10, 2011 Tammy Ko Robinson South Korea's 300 Day Aerial Sit-in Strike Highlights Plight of Precarious Workers
From atop the No. 85 crane's cab 35 meters above Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction's Yeongdo Shipbuilding Yard in Busan, Kim Jin Sook has been protesting the company's December 15, 2010 announced plan of a reduction in the workforce, is supported on the ground by the Korean Metal Workers' Federation.
565. November 7, 2011 Gavin Fridell Corporations Occupy Fair Trade
Over the past few weeks the Occupy Wall Street movement has shone the spotlight on corporate power and social inequality, and calls have begun to emerge from within the movement around an array of demands, from a windfall tax on the richest 1 per cent, to Adbuster's "Robin Hood" tax.
564. November 3, 2011 Samir Sonti Organized Labour and the Occupations Movement
The Occupy Wall Street phenomenon has achieved a stature and longevity unrivaled by recent demonstrations in the United States, and has understandably struck a chord with a wide range of people dismayed by the barbaric level of inequality that is the defining feature of contemporary American society.
563. October 31, 2011 J. F. Conway Saskatchewan Election 2011: the Looming Debacle
A reporter covering Tory Prime Minister Kim Campbell's campaign during the 1993 election likened it to watching a dog die slowly. Campbell replaced Brian Mulroney after his public support collapsed and she was punished for his sins, winning only two seats and 16 per cent of the vote.
562. October 26, 2011 Roger Annis Canadian Government Announces Multi-Billion Dollar Warship Building Program
The champagne corks were popping in Halifax and Vancouver on October 19 when the Canadian government announced that two shipyards there have been chosen to build a new, multi-billion dollar generation of warships and coast guard vessels.
561. October 23, 2011 Aris Leonas Greece on the Brink of Emergency: A Matter of Days
In Greece a number of factors stand out, suggesting that Greece is on the verge of some major changes. The disruption of basic operations of the state in conjunction with the wide spread certainty that the Greek debt cannot be controlled compose the picture of political instability and crisis which seems to be the precursor of a more generalized political crisis.
560. October 21, 2011 Alan Sears Occupy Actions: From Wall Street to a Campus Near You?
The Occupy Wall Street movement and the mobilizations of the 'indignant' in Europe have sparked solidarity actions in many places around the world. October 15, 2011 was a massive day of action that included over 60 marches in Spain, a huge demonstration of over 100,000 in Rome and Occupy actions in cities and towns across North America and in many other places.
559. October 20, 2011 Bashir Abu-Manneh A 'Palestinian Spring'? Not Yet
The 'Palestinian Spring' is the only one of the 'Arab Springs' to be announced from the General Assembly platform of the UN. "At a time when," Mahmoud Abbas declared in his speech for UN recognition of Palestinian statehood, "the Arab peoples affirm their quest for democracy -- the Arab Spring -- the time is now for the Palestinian Spring, the time for independence."
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