||Title ISSN 1923-7871
||August 6, 2010
||Herman Rosenfeld and Carlo Fanelli
||A New Type of Political Organization?: The Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly|
|At the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century, the Left around the world is undergoing reformation. As the Great Recession has vividly demonstrated, more than three decades of neoliberal capitalism have eroded many of the significant gains won in the immediate decades following World War II.|
||August 5, 2010
||Jeffery R. Webber
||Colombia and Venezuela Rattle Their Sabres: Uribe's Parting Shot|
|Outgoing Colombian President, Álvaro Uribe, dropped a figurative bomb in the Andes on Thursday, July 22, just weeks before the scheduled inauguration of President-elect Juan Manuel Santos, Uribe's former Defence Minister. At the behest of Bogotá, an extraordinary session of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) was convened to hear Colombia's accusations.|
||August 3, 2010
||An Interview with Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin, and Greg Albo
||Capitalist Crisis, Radical Renewal?|
|The cause of the crisis was certainly related to competition in the financial sector. But that competition was to some extent the product of state regulation. The American financial system is certainly the most regulated financial system in the world, and probably in history, if you measure it in terms of the number of pieces of legislation, the number of regulatory agencies, and the massive amounts of regulation to which finance is subject.|
||July 29, 2010
||Jonesing for a Slump? Austerity in the Face of Weakness|
|Having successfully avoided depression through a massive, largely coordinated, stimulus program, the world bourgeoisie now looks ready to reverse it – some because they think it a success, and others because they think it was a failure. This is a very dangerous business.|
||July 25, 2010
||Fighting Austerity? The Public Sector and the Common Front in Quebec|
|The previous round of negotiations in Quebec between the rightwing provincial Liberal government of Jean Charest and the public sector unions in 2005 was ended abruptly by the adoption of a special law that unilaterally imposed wages and conditions on the workers, while providing draconian penalties for any disturbance to the normal functioning of public institutions.|
||July 23, 2010
||One Day Longer? The Vale-Inco Strike Comes to a Close|
|On July 7 and 8, 2010, striking members of United Steel Workers Local 6500 in Sudbury, Ontario, voted 75% in favour of a contract that ended a bitter strike against transnational mining giant Vale Inco. The 3300 strikers had been on the picket lines for almost one year.|
||July 22, 2010
||Interview with Pedro Eusse
||The Labour Movement and Socialist Struggle in Venezuela Today|
|In mid-June, 2010, we met with Pedro Eusse, National Secretary of the Venezuelan Communist Party (PCV) and part of the provisional executive committee of the labour confederation, UNT. Revolutionary figures from times past stared down at us from the paintings hung on the walls in the office of the PCV in central Caracas.|
||July 20, 2010
||Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin
||No Time for Public Sector Austerity|
|The 2007-08 financial crash was, in terms of its global impact, the greatest in history. It was only prevented from immediately triggering another Great Depression by governments in so many countries taking on the enormous private debt of their banks.|
||July 17, 2010
||Envisioning the Future, Fanning the Flames|
|15,000 Attend Detroit Social Forum: High-Energy Gathering Fires Up A New Generation of Activists in U.S. Left and Social Movements.|
||July 13, 2010
||Interview with Marlon Santi
||Indigenous Struggle, Ecology, and Capitalist Resource Extraction in Ecuador|
|On July 5, I sat down with Marlon Santi, President of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), in his office in Quito. We discussed the increasing contradictions between the demands of the indigenous movement, on the one hand, around water rights and anti-mining resistance, and the positions of the government of Rafael Correa, on the other, which has labelled indigenous resistance to large-scale mining and oil exploitation as “terrorism and sabotage.”|
||July 12, 2010
||From Water Wars to the Fight for Climate Justice|
|Bolivia's UN ambassador, Pablo Solón, gave this talk to the Shout Out for Global Justice, sponsored by the Council of Canadians and attended by nearly 3,000 people on June 25 in Toronto, during the ten days of protests against the G20 meeting.|
||July 11, 2010
||John S. Saul
||Mozambique: Not Then But Now|
|I first knew Mozambique through close contact in Dar es Salaam with FRELIMO in the early and difficult years – the 1960s and the first-half of 1970s – of its armed liberation struggle. Then Mozambique was seeking both to unite itself and to find political and military purchase against an intransigent and arrogant Portuguese colonialism.|
||July 10, 2010
||The Right to Dissent: Day of Action For Civil Liberties|
|During the G20 Summit in Toronto on June 26 and 27, 2010, more than $1.2-billion was spent on a reported 20,000 police and security officers, a 5-metre fence, and new weapons designed to stifle dissent and silence public opposition.|
||July 9, 2010
||Tax Revolt Destabilizes Government in British Columbia|
|What were they thinking? Mere days after its re-election in May 2009, the Liberal Party government of British Columbia announced a new consumption tax that took effect on July 1, 2010 and will fleece an estimated $1.9-billion from taxpayer pockets in the first year. It hadn't breathed a word of the tax during the election campaign, except to deny it was considering it.|
||July 8, 2010
||Who Commanded the G20 Commander?|
|It's time for the Prime Minister to take responsibility for the G20 fiasco.|
||July 7, 2010
||Britain’s Austerity Budget: A Class Act|
|Following the inconclusive outcome of the British general election on May 6th, the ‘centrist’ Liberal Democratic Party decided to turn sharply to the right by agreeing to join the Tories in a coalition government. In the run-up to the election, the Tories had argued strongly that Britain faced the prospect of a fiscal crisis unless the government's deficit was brought down further and faster than the outgoing Labour government intended.|
||July 6, 2010
||G20 Protests: Fighting Back Against the Police State|
|On Monday, June 28, a large and boisterous demonstration of about 2500 people that snaked through the streets of Toronto continued the movement to rid this city of the police state regime that took over during the G20 summit. The leaders of the G20 had gone.|
||July 5, 2010
||Massey Workers Fight for Their Rights
|Now that the G20 has left town, let's get down to talking about the reality of maternal health in the City of Toronto. Workers at the Massey Centre for Women are entering their 11th week on a picket line.|
||July 4, 2010
||Interview with Wilder Marcano
||Communal Power in Caracas
|We caught up with Wilder Marcano, director of the network of Comunas in Caracas, on the morning of June 18, 2010. He talked with us just before addressing a crowd of a few hundred representatives of different comunas from around the capital who had gathered in the offices of the Ministry of Popular Power for the Communes and Social Welfare to discuss a whole series of issues related to building popular power from below in the poorest barrios.|
||July 3, 2010
||In the Aftermath of the G20: Reflections on Strategy, Tactics and Militancy
|The events at the Saturday G20 demonstration in Toronto last week have provoked a series of responses already. This article is not meant to review the events of the day itself, but to look at the questions raised by the demonstrations and tactics used for the left.|
||July 2, 2010
||The G20 Debacle
|Hosting the G20 in Toronto was the first of a series of political gambles by the Conservative Canadian government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. At a time when U.S. President Barack Obama, leader of the world's greatest debtor nation, was seeking additional stimulus money and therefore deficit financing...|
||June 30, 2010
||Interview with Lidice Navas
||“To Have and To Be”: Building a Socialist-Feminist Economy in Venezuela
|A long-time revolutionary activist, Lidice Navas is an important socialist-feminist leader within the PSUV and a candidate for the Latin American parliament, among her many other responsibilities...|
||June 29, 2010
||“A Taste of South in the Global North” Demonizing Democracy in Canada
|They never “opened fire” but by Canadian standards the public got a shock – a well-thought out theatrical performance – Southern style! “This only happens in places like Mexico,” one protester told me. Helicopters circling the city 24 hours a day, snipers on roof tops, the liberal use of pepper gas, rubber bullets...|
||June 28, 2010
||The Mass Arrests, the Security State and the Toronto G20 Summit
|The massive police presence in Toronto over this week has been officially justified on the basis of protecting the leaders of the G8 and G20 countries meeting in Huntsville and Toronto. We were told that the creation of the fenced-in fortress, the massive mobilization of police (estimates ranging from 10-20,000) from across Canada...|
||June 26, 2010
||British Columbia's Fossil Fuel Superpower Ambitions
|The province of Alberta is well known as a climate-destroying behemoth. The tar sands developments in the north of that province are the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet.|
||June 23, 2010
||Global Bonapartism: The G20 and the Planet
|When the Finance Ministers of the Advanced States set up the G7 in 1974-75, their tongues quivered with the taste of centuries of power. The Soviet Union had begun its plummet into obsolescence. Its collapse was held off by a decade through the rise of oil prices and the cannibalization of the remarkable achievements of an earlier generation.|
||June 21, 2010
||Interview with Gustavo Martínez
||Workers’ Control and the Contradictions of the Bolivarian Process
|On June 10, 2010 we caught up with Gustavo Martinez, a union leader in the worker-controlled, nationalized coffee company, Fama de América, in Caracas, Venezuela. The company has 350 workers at the national level, with two separate plants – one in Caracas and one in Valencia. We sat down with Martínez to discuss the centrality of workers’ control...|
||June 19, 2010
||Socialist Project; Sean Smith
||The G20, Capitalism and Austerity
|The Group of Eight (G8) is an annual forum for the leadership of the leading capitalist countries. It was first created in 1975 (then as the G6, as Canada did not join until the next year to form the G7, and Russia was not added until 1997), at the instigation of the U.S. and France to deal with the economic crisis that had broken out in 1973.|
||June 18, 2010
||Liisa Schofield and A.J. Withers
||Their Crisis, Our Misery: OCAP Versus the G20
|On June 26th, the G20 meetings will bring together the leaders of the world's richest 20 states in Toronto, following right on meetings of the G8 in Huntsville, in Northern Ontario. The G20 wants to talk about stabilizing the global economy and Harper wants to celebrate Canada as an economic success story.|
||June 17, 2010
||Gangs and Violence in Jamaica and Haiti
|When police in Jamaica launched a bloody assault in May on poor neighbourhoods in the country’s capital city, news outlets in Canada responded with an ignorance and insensitivity that is all too common in their coverage of the Caribbean islands. As with Haiti, Jamaica is portrayed as incomprehensibly violent and not quite civilized.|
||June 15, 2010
||Toronto Workers' Assembly
||Bargaining in an Era of Wage Restraint
|With the Great Financial Crisis apparently over, economic and political elites across the developed countries have cynically ignored who caused the crisis and turned, as their solution, to cutting back social services and attacking the wages and conditions of public sector workers.|
||June 14, 2010
||The Other Fateful Triangle: Israel, Iran and Turkey
|The thunderous events set in motion by Israel's storming of the Mavi Marmara, the lead ship in the peace flotilla challenging the blockade of Gaza, have thrown important light on the overall situation in the Middle East. Turkey has emerged as the major protagonist among the forces that support the Palestinian cause.|
||June 13, 2010
||Interview with Antenea Jimenez
||Building Socialism from Below: The Role of the Communes in Venezuela
|We met with Antenea Jimenez, a former militant with the student movement who is now working with a national network of activists who are trying to build and strengthen the comunas. The comunas are community organizations promoted since 2006 by the Chávez government as a way to consolidate a new form of state based upon production at the local level.|
||June 11, 2010
||From Cochabamba to Cancun: Building a Climate Justice Movement in Quebec
|The recent Cochabamba Conference on Climate Change has issued a call to build “a global peoples movement for climate justice.” A novel feature of this call is that it is supported by progressive countries, mainly those of the ALBA Alliance, as well as by social movements, primarily but not exclusively, from Latin America.|
||June 8, 2010
||Class Struggles Heat Up in Greece
|Workers in Greece today stand in the forefront of the converging European class struggles against big capital's attempt to make working people pay the costs of its crisis.|
||June 7, 2010
||The Dictatorship of the Market|
|Edward Lewis, of New Left Project, spoke to Colin Leys about some of the themes from his recent books and their relationship to contemporary developments. Colin's recent book is Market-Driven Politics, a close examination of neoliberalism and state policy.|
||June 5, 2010
||What Next? The Freedom Flotilla and the Struggle to Break the Siege of Gaza|
|While people around the world are still in shock at the killing by Israeli commandos of innocent human rights activists on board the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, those who have been following Israeli state actions for some time are not surprised.|
||June 2, 2010
||The Massacre and the Cover-Up|
|Only days after Amnesty International issued a report condemning Western powers for their record of blocking international diplomatic action against Israel, the results of this criminal facilitation were once again on dramatic display.|
||May 29, 2010
||Bolivia: When Fantasy Trumps Reality|
|Under the presidency of Evo Morales, Bolivia has achieved a new constitution incorporating the rights of indigenous peoples, the beginning of land reform, the nationalization of important natural resources and increased state social spending to the poor.|
||May 28, 2010
||Katie Mazer and Patrick Vitale
||City Under Siege: The University of Toronto Joins the G20 Security Ring|
|On Friday afternoon, right before the May 24th holiday weekend, Cheryl Misak, Provost of the University of Toronto quietly released a memo to departmental administrators. The memo, entitled “G20 Summit: Restricted Access on St. George Campus,” describes a “series of restricted access measures” for the University's main campus.|
||May 27, 2010
||Toronto's Communities Prepare for the G8 and G20 Summits|
|The leaders of the G20 countries, as well as their central bank governors, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and the European Union (EU) will be in Toronto on June 26-27, 2010. Nearly 20,000 delegates, 15,000 armed police and 5,000 media personnel will descend on Toronto to make it a very hot June weekend indeed.|
||May 25, 2010
||Canada's New Dissenting Academy|
|As the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences prepares for its annual Congress this May in Montreal, now is the time to create a new dissenting academy. A radical, anti-capitalist reorientation of academia – created for the explicit purpose of addressing urgent issues that stand before us – is necessary.|
||May 24, 2010
||Steve D’Arcy and Syrah Canyon
||The Fire This Time: Burning Bridges|
|Across Canada, activists have been reacting to the May 18 arson attack on a bank in Ottawa by a group claiming to be politically motivated. The group – calling itself FFFC – set off a fire bomb inside a Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) branch in the Glebe residential neighbourhood near the city's downtown, and then posted a video of the attack on the internet.|
||May 20, 2010
||Carlo Fanelli and Justin Paulson
||Municipal Malaise: Neoliberal Urbanism and the Future of Our Cities|
|The 2008 Annual Report by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, written when the Federal government was pulling in nearly $14-billion in budget surpluses, paints a grim picture of the coming collapse of Canada's municipal infrastructure.|
||May 18, 2010
||Olivier Besancenot and Pierre-François Grond
||The Greek People are the Victims of an Extortion Racket|
|What is happening in Greece concerns all of us. The people are paying for a crisis and a debt that are not their own. Today it is the Greeks, tomorrow it will be others, for the same causes will produce the same effects if we allow it.
||May 17, 2010
||Bolivia: Between Mother Earth and an ‘extraction economy’|
|The tremendous success of the April 19-22 World People's Summit on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, has confirmed the well-deserved role of its initiator – Bolivian President Evo Morales – as one of the world’s leading environmental advocates.
||May 15, 2010
||Sam Gindin and Michael Hurley
||The Public Sector: Searching for a Focus|
|As capitalism begins to emerge from the ‘Great Financial Crisis,’ there is good reason for working people to refrain from celebration. Though the roots of the crisis were in the private sector, it's clear that the bill will be primarily paid via the public sector.
||May 14, 2010
||Anti-Tory Then and Anti-Tory Now|
|So David Cameron is Britain's new prime minister. His accession to 10 Downing Street is reminiscent of another May election when the smug elite organized in the Conservative Party outpolled the Labour Party.
||May 6, 2010
||Maquila Solidarity Network
||New Wave of Repression Targets Opponents of Honduran Coup|
|Both the Canadian and U.S. governments have praised the January 27 elections in Honduras as a major step forward toward a return to democracy and national reconciliation.
||May 5, 2010
||Cochabamba Eyewitness: A Great Boost to Ecosocialism|
|I attended the alternative Climate Conference in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba as part of an eight-person Quebec activist delegation. I came back convinced that we witnessed a turning point in the global Climate Justice movement.
||May 4, 2010
||Cutting Public Debt: Economic Science or Class War?|
|In The Bullet no.345, Ingo Schmidt showed how the credit rating agencies have sparked an assault by international bondholders on the sovereign debt of Greece, where workers are being made to pay heavily for the fiscal crisis of the state.
The following day, April 28th, the London-based Institute for Fiscal Studies made a major intervention in the British election campaign, publishing a report which called on the three main parties to ‘come clean’ about their plans for dealing with Britain's very own fiscal crisis...
||May 1, 2010
||Bryan Evans and Greg Albo
||Celebrating and Struggling This May Day|
|The fight of popular and workers' movements across the world against neoliberal capitalism in the current period is not an easy one. The increasing reliance on global markets and corporate power as the vehicles for organizing economic, social and political life over the last two decades has yielded increasing inequalities between and within countries...
||April 30, 2010
||Beware the Canadian Austerity Model|
|Paul Martin was Canada's Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2003, then served a short term as Prime Minister. He spoke on Canada's 1990s debt reduction strategy to a February, 2010 Public Services Summit organized by the Guardian in the UK, and Canadian newspapers report that he is being tapped by the Europeans for advice on fiscal matters.
||April 29, 2010
||Cochabamba: Climate Justice Has a New Program, and New Hope for Victory|
|On April 22, a mass international assembly in Cochabamba, Bolivia, adopted a charter for action to protect our planet from ecological devastation.
||April 28, 2010
||A State of Terror: The Death of Human Rights in the Philippines|
|The Philippines is second only to Colombia for being the most dangerous place in the world for union activists. From January 2001 to October 2009, there have been 1,118 extrajudicial killings, 204 enforced disappearances, 1,026 people tortured, 1,946 illegal arrests, and 255 political prisoners jailed under trumped up charges.
||April 27, 2010
||Greece: Driven into Crisis|
|Neoliberal order reigns in the world. Stock markets are recovering from the crash in the fall of 2008. Private banks are no longer weighed down by bad loans that were added to public deficits.|
||April 25, 2010
||May First: High Noon in Nepal|
|There are moments when Kathmandu does not feel like a city on the edge of revolution. People go about all the normal business of life. Venders sell vegetables, nail-clippers and bootleg Bollywood from the dirt, cramping the already crowded streets.
||April 23, 2010
||Who Pays for the Crisis? The ‘Special Diet’ Cut – An Injury to One...
|The Liberal Government of Ontario's decision in the spring Budget to eliminate the ‘Special Diet’ will remove the one means by which a major section of people on social assistance had been able to compensate partly for the huge loss of real income that has taken place over the last decade and a half.
||April 19, 2010
||Ontario’s Big Pharma Drug War
|The Ontario government has recently announced major changes to the way that it will pay for generic drugs for those covered under its public drug plan, primarily people 65 and over and those on social welfare. The aim is to rein in rapidly increasing costs for the Ontario Drug Benefit Program.
||April 17, 2010
||Memories of Michel
|Michel Chartrand, an outstanding leader of the Quebec labour, nationalist, socialist and social justice movements, died on April 12 at the age of 93.
||April 15, 2010
||Canadian Funding for the Only Palestinian Research Center in Israel Cut
|Added to the list of civil society organizations under attack in Canada by the Harper government's devastating position on the Zionist-Palestinian conflict is MADA al-Carmel, the Haifa based Arab Center for Applied Social Research.
||April 12, 2010
||What Kind of Palestinian State in 2011?
|In December 2007, the Palestinian National Authority (PA), in close consultation with donor states and institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, proposed the Palestinian Reform and Development Plan (PRDP), a program based on “rebuilding the Palestinian national institutions” and “developing the Palestinian public and private sectors.”
||April 10, 2010
||BOLIVIA: Bittersweet Victory Highlights Obstacles for Process of Change
|Although final figures will not be known until April 24, the results of Bolivia's April 4 regional elections have ratified the continued advance of the “democratic and cultural revolution” led by the country's first indigenous President Evo Morales. However, it also highlights some of the shortcomings and obstacles the process of change faces.
||April 8, 2010
||Call for Margaret Atwood to Join Cultural Boycott of Israel
|The Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott Initiative (PACBI) has issued a statement encouraging Margaret Atwood not to accept the Dan David prize, which is based at Tel Aviv University (TAU).
||April 7, 2010
||Research on Money and Finance Group
||Eurozone Crisis: Beggar Thyself and Thy Neighbour
|The crisis facing the eurozone looks at first sight as German efficiency clashing with Portuguese, Irish, Greek and Spanish sloppiness. But in many respects Germany has performed worse than the 'peripheral' countries in the last decade.
||April 1, 2010
||Why the Parti Québécois Expelled SPQ Libre
|A five-year long attempt to reform the Parti Québécois (PQ) as an independentist and “social-democratic” party ended abruptly on March 13 when the PQ's national executive decided not to renew recognition of its left-wing “political club” as an authorized grouping with the party.
||March 24, 2010
||Federico Fuentes and Kiraz Janicke; Ali Mustafa
||For Venezuela, There is No Going Back
|As Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution enters a new decade of struggle and defiantly advances toward its goal of ‘21st Century Socialism,’ serious challenges to the future of the process emerging from both inside and outside the country still abound.
||March 23, 2010
||Selling South Africa: Poverty, Politics and the 2010 FIFA World Cup
|Why is it that governments can find billions of dollars for global sporting events and little to deal with the grinding poverty that affects impoverished populations? Canada applauded itself for the $135-million in aid and disaster relief it sent to an earthquake ravaged Haiti while spending nearly $6-billion on the two-week long Vancouver Olympics.
||March 22, 2010
||Notes on Israel's Triumph to Disaster
|Who will stop Israel in its relentless expropriation of Palestine and from triumphing to disaster? Isaac Deutscher, from whom I borrow my title, believed that the occupation of 1967 would have catastrophic consequences for Israel. It wouldn't end well, he feared.
||March 21, 2010
||Haiti’s Earthquake Victims in Peril
|It's been nearly eight weeks since the devastating earthquake in Haiti and familiar patterns of interference and neglect by the major powers that dominate the country are firmly entrenched.
||March 20, 2010
||Todd Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber
||Canada’s Long Embrace of the Honduran Dictatorship
|Peter Kent recently returned from a three day trip (February 17-20) to Honduras, proudly declaring the mission a success. As Canada’s Minister of State for the Americas, Kent is the Tory government’s point person for Canada’s growing political and economic interests in the region.
||March 19, 2010
||Liisa Schofield and John Clarke
||Driving the Poor Deeper Into Poverty
|Since 2005, a large part of OCAP's (Ontario Coalition Against Poverty) work has involved organizing to obtain and defend access to a benefit known as the Special Diet Allowance (SDA). Under this, people living on the Province's sub poverty social assistance system who obtain the appropriate diagnoses from a medical provider, can receive up to an additional $250 a month for food.
||March 18, 2010
||Tour Builds Venezuela Solidarity in Canada
|Federico Fuentes and Kiraz Janicke concluded their ten-day tour of Canada on March 7, with a rally in Vancouver entitled "Change the System, Not the Climate." Fuentes shared the platform with Pablo Solon, Bolivia's UN ambassador and chief spokesperson on climate change.
||March 17, 2010
||Cadillac Fairview: Where was the Labour Movement?
|On March 5, 2010, after a conflict that stretched over almost 9 months, the maintenance and skilled trades workers of CEP (Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union of Canada) Local 2003 working in office towers in downtown Toronto voted to accept an offer from real estate developer Cadillac Fairview.
||March 16, 2010
||Sungur Savran; Gülden Özcan
||The Tekel Strike in Turkey|
|The strike of Turkish workers across the winter of 2009-10 at Tekel, a former state enterprise in the tobacco and alcoholic beverage sector, has attracted the attention of the left and unions around the world.
||March 13, 2010
||Greg Albo, Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch
||In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives
|With the recent publication of their new book on the financial crisis and the crisis of the North American Left, In and Out Of Crisis (PM Press, 2010), ZNet took the opportunity to interview Greg Albo, Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch on some of the themes of the book and the struggles that now confront the Left. The authors all teach political economy at York University, and edit the Socialist Register. The Bullet reproduces that interview here.
||March 12, 2010
||The Newly Benevolent Harper|
|Anyone who monitors Canadian media closely will recognize the recent and drastic shift in policy, or at least rhetoric, stemming from the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) and Cabinet. It started with a lofty call issued by the Prime Minister on January 26, just prior to the World Economics Forum in Switzerland.
||March 11, 2010
||Workers, Banking, and Crisis in Mexico
|A striking feature of the global financial crisis is the narrow and technical focus on banks and financial corporations without accounting for ordinary workers in these institutions and in society more broadly. Yet through the intensification of work, workers have also underwritten the profitability of finance. This has been generally ignored.
||March 10, 2010
||A View From Toronto – A Hub of “Israel Delegitimization”
|As a Palestinian refugee, the city of Toronto has always been a place of exile to me. I usually think of it as a large (rather cold) waiting room on my way back to Haifa where my grandparents were born. However, following the publication of a recent report by the prominent Israeli think-tank, the Reut Institute, I felt some pride for my adopted city.
||March 8, 2010
|This year marks the celebrating of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day (IWD). International Women’s Day was proclaimed at the meeting of the Second International of socialist parties in Copenhagen in 1910, following on years of campaigning by women in the labour and socialist movements for equality.
||March 4, 2010
||Israel Is an Apartheid State and That is Why They Are Losing Legitimacy
|Before Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) even began members of the Ontario Legislature and the Canadian Parliament are falling all over each other to denounce it. I can't remember another time when elected legislators formally denounced a student activity like this. Perhaps during the 1950s when McCarthyism was rampant but that was before my time.
||March 2, 2010
||The Case For Keeping Our Hydro Utilities Public
|Most people don't pay much attention to electricity, except when the lights are out or when they get their bill. But, they soon will. The most valuable asset in virtually every Ontario municipality is its hydro utility. For 90 plus years, local municipal hydro utilities ran at cost and returned ‘profits’ to residents in the form of lower and stable rates.
||March 1, 2010
||Ontario MPPs Ignore International Denunciations of Israeli Apartheid
|On February 25, a group of Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP) voted unanimously on a motion to “denounce” this year's Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). Claiming to send a message of so-called “moral suasion” to all “fair-minded Ontarians,” Peter Shurman, the MPP who tabled the motion, argued that the mere application of the phrase 'Israeli apartheid' is “about as close to hate speech as one can get without being arrested.”
||February 23, 2010
||Post-Strike Musings: Assessing the Outcome of the Museum Workers’ Struggle
|On December 15th, after a strike lasting 86-days, PSAC workers voted to accept the tentative agreement reached between Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Local 70396’s bargaining unit and the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC). The strike occurred after weeks of stalled negotiations resulted in an offer deemed unacceptable by 92% of the voting membership.
||February 22, 2010
||Venezuela’s Revolution Faces Crucial Battles
|Decisive battles between the forces of revolution and counter-revolution loom on the horizon in Venezuela.
The campaign for the September 26 National Assembly elections will be a crucial battle between the supporters of socialist President Hugo Chavez and the U.S.-backed right-wing opposition.
||February 20, 2010
||Michael A. Lebowitz
||Socialism: the Goal, the Paths and the Compass
|There's an old saying that if you don't know where you want to go, any road will take you there. As I've said on many occasions, this saying is mistaken. If you don’t know where you want to go, no road will take you there. In other words, you need an understanding of the goal. You need a vision for the future.
||February 19, 2010
||Pro-sports, Anti-Olympics: Reclaiming the games, From the Games
|One of the first photographs I ever posed for was of my dad and me skating on our frozen backyard in Winnipeg. I wasn't even a year old but I was already engaged in an activity that would frame my moral and ideological compass for the better part of three decades (and counting.) Hockey has given me community – even as it has been used to legitimate politics that destroy communities.
||February 16, 2010
||Thousands Protest Opening of Vancouver Winter Olympics
|Five thousand people took to the streets here on February 12 to protest the opening of the corporate spectacle known as the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. The largest social rights action in Vancouver in many years coincided with the Games’ opening ceremony at a downtown arena attended by 60,000 people.
||February 15, 2010
||The Venezuelan Call for a New International Organization of the Left
|The call by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez for discussion of the formation of a ‘Fifth International’ has generated a lot of debate amongst the left around the world. As an addendum to the ‘Caracas Commitment’ of November 2009, a resolution was passed to form a preparatory committee...
||February 12, 2010
||The Need for Consistent Politics In the Wake of 22 Bahman
|February 11, or 22 Bahman, marks the 31st anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. On this day, massive street fights between government troops loyal to the Pahlavi dynasty and Iranians opposing its repressive rule culminated in a final collapse of the last monarchy of Iran.
||February 11, 2010
||The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism: What It Means For Canadians
|We are here tonight primarily to hear about the effects of an illegal occupation and war on the people of Gaza, and to express our solidarity with the Palestinian people. In the anti-apartheid movement, a popular slogan was the old Wobbly saying “An injury to one is an injury to all.” What I hope to show you tonight is that, indeed, the “injuries” affecting people half way around the world are about to have serious consequences for us all.
||February 10, 2010
||Foundation for “Political Warfare” Takes Cue from U.S. Strategy
|Indicating further integration with its closest neighbour and ally's foreign policy priorities, the Canadian government is in the advanced stages of establishing a foundation to promote liberal democracy, akin to the controversial U.S. National Endowment for Democracy.
||February 9, 2010
||People's Summit Against War and Militarism to be Held in Montréal
|The Montréal-based antiwar collective Échec à la guerre (which translates roughly as “Stop war”) is organizing a People’s Summit Against War and Militarism to be held March 19-21 in that city. Featuring workshops and panels as well as a plenary session that will issue a Joint Declaration.
||February 6, 2010
||Todd Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber
||Consolidating the Coup in Honduras? Pepe Lobo, Imperialism, and the Resistance
|A country of sharp inequality and class polarization, Honduras recently returned to the frontlines in the battle for Latin America’s soul. The terrain of struggle has shifted on multiple occasions over the last seven months, following the military coup against the democratically-elected President, Manuel “Mel” Zelaya.
||February 5, 2010
||Jeffery R. Webber
||Honduran Resistance in the Streets of Tegucigalpa|
|Interview with Rafael Alegría, a key leader in the National Resistance Front.
||February 4, 2010
||Olympic Flame Parades Through Ravaged Northern British Columbia
|February 2, 2010 — The Vancouver Winter Olympic torch relay is winding its way across northern British Columbia this week. It arrived in the coastal town of Kitimat yesterday. The celebration was subdued. Like most towns on the relay’s route, Kitimat is suffering huge economic blows from the barons of the natural resource industries that are the mainstay of the province’s economy.
||February 3, 2010
||Liisa Schofield and John Clarke
||A Call to Action Against the Cuts to Come|
|The Ontario Government's pre-budget consultations are currently underway at Queen's Park. The Federal budget is set to be released at the beginning of March (that is unless Harper decides for another spontaneous vacation), with the Ontario Budget, and most Provincial budgets, then set to be released by the end of March or beginning of April.
||February 2, 2010
||Beyond “Stimulus”: Fiscal Policy After the Great Recession
|As the communiqué from the Pittsburgh G20 summit put it, “it worked.” Unprecedented macro-economic stimulus in the form of ultra low interest rates and large government deficits has pulled the global economy back from the abyss, at least for now. But what comes next?
||February 1, 2010
||Carleton’s War Portfolio: Students Demand Divestment from Apartheid
|General Dynamics. Shell. Apache Corporation. Philip Morris. Pfizer. These are weapons manufacturers, oil companies, mining corporations, tobacco companies, and pharmaceutical giants. Notorious war profiteers, environmental destroyers, and human rights violators.
||January 29, 2010
||Todd Gordon, Jeffery R. Webber, Carlos Danilo Amador
||Canadian Mining and Popular Resistance in Honduras
|In the case of Valle de Siria, where the Canadian mining company Goldcorp is active, the company has essentially come to destroy our natural resources, to divide families in our communities. Valle de Siria is a community in which people lived off of agriculture and raising animals before the arrival of Goldcorp. Once Goldcorp became active in Valle de Siria, through the project of San Martín, all of this [agriculture and farming] went under.