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1000. June 18, 2014 Sam Gindin Unmaking Global Capitalism
When Karl Marx famously declared that while the "philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it," he was asserting that it was not enough to dream of another world nor to understand the dynamics of the present. It was critical above all to address the question of agency in carrying out transformative change.
999. June 17, 2014 Doug Nesbitt Boycott IKEA: Some Assembly Required
Locked out for thirteen months, over three hundred IKEA workers in Richmond, BC are still holding out. While setting record profits in 2013, IKEA is trying to impose a two-tier wage system and seriously weaken benefits. The stakes are high as IKEA Richmond sets workplace standards for non-union IKEA stores.
998. June 16, 2014 Stop the War in the Ukraine!
On June 7-8 a conference of antiwar left forces from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus was held in Minsk. Its purpose was to strengthen the unity of internationalists of the three countries in the fight against the rampant violence, nationalist hysteria and repressions on both sides of the Ukrainian-Russian border.
997. June 12, 2014 Sabrina Fernandes Brazil on Strike: Class Struggle in the Wake of the World Cup
Many labour unions are either in the process of negotiating with their respective employers (mostly municipal, state, or federal governments) in Brazil, while others are actively on strike. These include federal workers from the government bureaucracy, school teachers, city staff, and university staff and faculty.
996. June 11, 2014 Robert Chernomas, Robin Chang Healthcare in Canada and the U.S. in an 'Age of Permanent Austerity'
In North American debates over healthcare, Canada's universal public 'single-payer' system of health insurance is often celebrated compared to the private employer-delivered system for being lower cost, more accessible, and producing superior health outcomes. But recently, the Canada Health Accord has ended, and 'Obamacare' has been installed, which are major developments in the political economy of healthcare financing in both countries.
995. June 10, 2014 Derrick O'Keefe Revolutionary Activism in the 20th Century and Beyond
Not long ago, I overheard a prominent social democratic politician in British Columbia repeating an old saw sometimes attributed to Winston Churchill, "Any man who is not a socialist at age 20 has no heart. Any man who is still a socialist at age 40 has no head." He was offering this line to the editor of the Vancouver Sun -- a joking way to put a right-wing journalist at ease.
994. June 9, 2014 Evert Hoogers Aeration and the CLC Convention of 2014
When you are slowly suffocating due to oxygen deprivation, it's a bit of a priority to breathe fresh air again. It helps if someone finally opens a window so air circulation can start. In the case of the Canadian Labour Congress of 2014, this invaluable service fell to Hassan Husseini, a union organizer and negotiator with deep roots in the Ontario social justice, international solidarity, left and labour community.
993. June 6, 2014 Esther Vivas Spanish State: After the Abdication of the King, It's Time to Checkmate the Regime
The regime is collapsing, it is dying and in its last-ditch struggle to survive, the king has abdicated. Never has the regime resulting from the Transition been as widely challenged as it is today. The pillars on which it rests, the monarchy, the judiciary, bipartisanship, have been greatly delegitimized for some time now.
992. June 4, 2014 Roger Annis Ukraine: New President Escalates Austerity, Civil War
The newly elected president of western Ukraine is deepening the disastrous course to civil war of his interim predecessor. Within hours of his election on May 25, Petro Poroshenko ordered jet fighters, helicopter gunships, artillery and snipers to back fascist stormtroopers from western Ukraine in attacking the airport and surrounding neighbourhoods in Donetsk in the east, the country's fifth-largest city.
991. June 3, 2014 Chris Schenk Continental Crucible: Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America
Continental Crucible examines the clash between what the authors term the 'corporate offensive' and the movements of resistance on a continental level. The conflict of these forces can be seen through the prism of free trade agreements, the restrictions on social spending resulting in severe cuts to needed social services and the continuing attacks on public sector unions in all three countries (Canada, Mexico and the United States).
990. May 29, 2014 Prasenjit Bose Left's Debacle in 2014 Elections in India: Who's Responsible?
The debacle faced by the CPI(M)-led Left Front in the 2014 general elections, especially in its erstwhile stronghold of West Bengal, has stunned supporters and opponents alike, and caused stirrings within the ranks of the Left activists. Out of the 98 seats it contested this time, the CPI(M) has won only 9 seats.
989. May 27, 2014 Gavin Rae Rather the Useful Idiot: Ukraine in Turmoil
The images from Odessa were truly horrific. Burnt corpses, a strangled pregnant woman, people jumping out of windows to their deaths. Yet perhaps the most disturbing of them all was the scene where a group of young educated looking teenage girls, draped in the Ukrainian flag, were happily making the Molotov Cocktails that would later help cause the deaths of over 40 people.
988. May 26, 2014 Panagiotis Sotiris From Resistance to Hegemony
Austerity has been the main battle cry on the part of the forces of capital. New cuts in public spending, new cuts in pensions, new cuts in social expenditure, mass lay-offs of public sector workers, all in the name of dealing with increased budget deficits and increased debt-burden.
987. May 23, 2014 Donatella Della Porta Anti-Austerity Movements and the European Union
The current European Union elections are the first to take place in the midst of the Great Recession. Opinion polls -- including those conducted by Eurobarometer on behalf of the European Commission -- demonstrate clearly the effects the financial crisis has had on the confidence of European citizens in European institutions.
986. May 22, 2014 Steve Ellner Terrorism in Venezuela and Its Accomplices
The private media and important actors both at home and abroad including Washington have downplayed, and in some cases completely ignored, the terrorist actions perpetrated against the Venezuelan government over the past three months.
985. May 19, 2014 NUMSA South Africa: There's No Turning Back
The Central Committee of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) met from May 12 until May 15, 2014. The CC was attended by the National Office Bearers, elected regional representatives, key members of staff, and in this instance was extended to include a number of shopstewards who serve as Local Deputy Chairpersons on the 52 locals of the union. This was indeed a meeting of NUMSA's workers parliament.
984. May 16, 2014 Eren Buglalilar Low-Cost Mass Graves for the Working Class
A mine explosion has just claimed the lives, as of the latest count, of almost 300 workers in Turkey. This event added another link to the long chain of massacres that has taken place during the rule of the AKP government. Leaving hundreds of workers dead and injured, the massacre has brought grief to the rest of the population, whose sharp anger was already directed toward the government.
983. May 15, 2014 Richard Fidler Quebec Election: A Seismic Shift Within the Independence Movement?
The defeat of the Parti Québécois (PQ) and the election of a federalist Liberal party government in the Quebec general election of April 7 raises important questions about the future of the Quebec movement for sovereignty and political independence.
982. May 14, 2014 Roger Annis Popular Rebellion Deepens in Eastern and Southern Ukraine
A political crisis over the future of Ukraine has exploded in the past two months. It's being driven by the longstanding efforts of the big imperialist countries to assert economic and military domination over the republics of the former Soviet Union and to weaken and marginalize rival Russia.
981. May 11, 2014 Richard Roman and Edur Velasco Mexican Workers in the Continental Crucible
The central purpose of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which celebrated its twentieth anniversary on January 1, was the consolidation of the neoliberal domestic agendas of the three member countries (Canada, United States and Mexico). Private corporate interests and the governing bodies of the three countries systematically sought to decrease labour costs and militancy...
980. May 7, 2014 Alexandre Costa Climate Change: Engine of Inequality
Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change started the publication of its 5th Assessment Report (AR5), initially showing the work by the Working Group I, which deals with the physical basis of climate change. Now, the AR5 process continued with the publication of the "Summary for Policy Makers" by the Working Group II, concerning "impacts, adaptation and vulnerability."
979. May 5, 2014 G. M. Tamás Hungary: A Black Hole on Europe's Map
The whole nature of European politics has changed after 1989: the two hegemonic blocs had disintegrated, after the Soviet threat which forced the internal compromise in the West resulting in the welfare state and the toleration of large West European communist parties and communist-influenced trade unions, ceased to exist.
978. May 4, 2014 Susan Spronk Hands Off Venezuela!
The recent destabilization campaign waged by the right-wing opposition has yet again made Venezuela a darling of the international media. While there is always a deafening media silence when the Bolivarian government wins an electoral mandate, throughout the month of February, viewers were assailed with images of 'innocent' student protesters...
977. May 2, 2014 Sungur Savran May Day in Istanbul a Battle Ground
After the people's revolt last summer, after the immense crisis of the state caused by the breakup of the Islamic power bloc in December 2013, after the local elections that gave a new lease of life to Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and his AKP government, May Day in Istanbul became a battle ground.
976. May 1, 2014 Justin Panos Eight Years Gone: The Harper Government's Health Record
The Canada Health Accord ceased functioning on March 31, 2014. There was no state funeral. The Accord was negotiated in 2004 under Prime Minister Paul Martin and set-up the last 10-years of funding and healthcare service delivery agreements. Cash transfer increases of 6 per cent annually ensured the provinces a steady cash flow to build public health systems. The 10-year Plan to Strengthen Health Care ruled until the Conservatives captured a majority in 2011.
975. April 29, 2014 Matthew Behrens Canada's Coup-Supporting Corporate Cowboy Diplomacy
When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry bloviated last fall about officially ending the Monroe Doctrine (the U.S. belief that God grants only Americans the right to interfere with the internal affairs of other western hemisphere countries), one wonders if Stephen Harper and his foreign affairs pitbull John Baird immediately took the concept on for themselves.
974. April 28, 2014 Raju J Das The Hindu Right's Model of Development: A Marxist Critique
In recent times, the Hindu Right appears to be a resurgent political force in India. One of its bastions has been Gujarat, a State in western India. It has been under the political control of the Right under the leadership of Narendra Modi. He is the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP, the main political wing of the Hindu Right movement.
973. April 24, 2014 Steve Ellner Can A Country Have A Revolutionary State and A Capitalist Economy?
At various moments in the interview with Steve Ellner, I welcomed the explanations that he offered in response to my questions. I most identified with the idea of the state as developed by Nicos Poulantzas in which in addition to, and beyond, being an object of a given class, the state is conceived of as a type of mirror that takes in and reflects the nation's social dynamic.
972. April 22, 2014 Mehmet Erman Erol (Re)Radicalization of the Working Class in Turkey?
Autonomy, occupation, self-management... these long-forgotten terms are back in Turkey since late 2012-early 2013. There have been several factory occupations since last year. The most prominent ones are, among others, Kazova, Greif, Zentiva, Feni?, Moda Socks Factory, Renault, and ?i?ecam Topkap? workplace occupations.
971. April 21, 2014 Kirsten Francescone Coeur Mines Treading in Dangerous Water at San Bartolome Mine in Bolivia
Recent protests surrounding the New Mining Law by the cooperative sector in Bolivia climaxed to dangerous levels this past week. The approval of the law was stalled when legislators modified the project in the Legislative Assembly. They claimed that an article allowing cooperatives to sign third-party contracts with private or foreign capital was unconstitutional and removed it.
970. April 20, 2014 Sam Gindin Raising Our Expectations
Looking back to the defeat of the labour movement since the early 1980s, three lessons seem especially important. First, any gains made under capitalism are temporary; they can be reversed. Second, the kind of unionism we developed in that earlier period of gains was inherently limited; it left us in a poor position to respond to the subsequent attacks. Third, absent new forms of working-class organization and practices, fatalism takes over and worker expectations fall.
969. April 18, 2014 Michael Laxer Free Transit: Three Reasons It Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come
On January 1, 2013, Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, became the largest city in the world to make mass transit free for its residents. While the effects of having done this are, of course, specific to the context of the city itself, it has shown that a major city can do it and that it has been widely popular with its residents.
968. April 16, 2014 Campaign Against Drones in Pakistan Imperialism in South Asia and the War Against the People of Pakistan
On March 12, 2014, Canada's troops formally withdrew from Afghanistan after twelve years of participation in Western military occupation under the banners of NATO and ISAF. Nearly two weeks later the minister for citizenship and immigration, Chris Alexander, appeared on CBC to explain why, although Canada had supposedly succeeded in ensuring Afghanistan is no longer a base for terrorism, the main mission to "create a secure and stable environment" in Afghanistan had been a failure.
967. April 14, 2014 John Clarke Austerity and the Attack on Disability Benefits
At the beginning of this month, Ted McMeekin, the Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services, informed the provincial Legislature that his government will not be merging Ontario Works (OW) with the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Given that the Liberal's own 2012 Report of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario calls for such a merger, this belated statement of intentions is quite significant.
966. April 9, 2014 Herman Rosenfeld The New Struggle for Public Transit
As we in Canada (and especially Toronto) face the painful and seemingly never-ending process of developing actual projects for public transit expansion, the drumbeat of calls for privatization in its various forms is inescapably present. Indeed, there is a failure even to fund properly the existing public transit network in Toronto and other Canadian cities.
965. April 7, 2014 Panagiotis Sotiris The Left and the European Union
What has been happening in Greece, since the beginning of the austerity packages in 2010 can only be described in terms of a giant experiment in neoliberal social engineering. In terms of magnitude and scope it well surpasses the effects of the notorious IMF 'structural adjustment programs.'
964. April 4, 2014 Gal Kirn The Emergence of the New Left Party in Slovenia
Only a few years ago anyone advocating socialism in the Slovenian public media was seen either as an old nostalgic decrying 'good old times' and Josip Broz Tito, or as a leftist extremist, who in the political spectrum does not sit far away from the extreme right-wingers.
963. April 2, 2014 Austerity, the Hard Right and the French Election: Two Views
Barely two years after assuming office François Hollande finds himself to be the most unpopular French president in history. This past Sunday his Parti socialiste suffered serious defeats in local and municipal elections as French voters either abstained or supported parties of the Right.
962. April 1, 2014 Fabio Amato The Tsipras List
The Italian left seems hopelessly divided and has practically disappeared as a parliamentary left in recent years -- with the exception of Sinistra ecologia e libertà (Left-Ecology-Freedom), which, as a coalition partner of the centre-left government, has assumed responsibility for the neoliberal budget-cutting policies in the wake of the crisis.
961. March 31, 2014 Dan Freeman-Maloy Some Basic Thoughts on Québec and Anti-Imperialist Strategy
The Harper government has dragged Canadian politics to a point where intelligent criticism is difficult. Things are almost too obviously bad. On an international stage, it was enough to see the smug chuckles that Binyamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman exchanged as Harper delivered his speech to Israeli parliament, urging Israel's leadership to stay the course toward regional wars.
960. March 29, 2014 Steve Ellner The Deceptive Use of the Phrase "Peaceful Protests" in Venezuela
The Venezuelan opposition and much of the media use the term 'peaceful protests' to distinguish gatherings of protesting students and other young people from the more violent actions including vandalism and shootings carried out by those outside of the university community.
959. March 28, 2014 Cindy McCallum Miller Hassan Husseini's CLC Challenge
This year's Canadian Labour Congress convention might be worth attending after all. With a presidential challenge in the air, labour leaders will have to trade in their silk shirts for a pair of overalls to show they still are connected to the working-class in order to seek the support of delegates.
958. March 27, 2014 John Weeks Neoliberalism and the Decline of Democracy
In one of his last books Eric Hobsbawm argued that the conflict between capitalism and communism determined the course of the twentieth century (thus the title, The Age of Extremes: the Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991). This confrontation of socioeconomic ideologies without doubt dominated European and global history, especially after 1945.
957. March 25, 2014 Steve Ellner The Strategy of the Venezuelan Opposition and How it Works
The strategy and tactics of the Venezuelan opposition is a replay of events that took place leading up to the coup against Hugo Chávez on April 11, 2002 and is similar (although in some ways quite different) from the script that has been used in the Ukraine and elsewhere. The blatant distortions and in some cases lies of the media (CNN in Spanish playing a lead role) represent an essential element in the strategy.
956. March 24, 2014 Sungur Savran Turkish PM Erdogan Playing with Fire
Three events that occurred in the space of three days create sufficient ground for suspecting that [Turkish Prime Minister] Recep Tayyip Erdogan is playing with the Syrian fire in order to extricate himself out of the situation he faces. First, a commando of three foreign fundamentalist militants engage in a shootout with the gendarmes and the police on a motorway in Central Anatolia, leaving one policeman, one gendarme and one passer-by dead.
955. March 24, 2014 Jeffery R. Webber Contra the Blasé Wisdom of Sober Old Men
"When great hopes have lead in their wings," writes the French revolutionary Daniel Bensaïd, "little ones spring up like mushrooms on the ground, in everyday resistance and miniscule conspiracies." Bensaïd died in January 2010, at the age of 63, from cancer. The cancer was brought on by drugs he had been taking to combat Aids, which he had contracted 16 years prior.
954. March 23, 2014 Sungur Savran Turkey at the Crossroads
So it has come to this! As the whole world is aware, the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken the step of banning Twitter! The government is probably sounding the reaction of the public and planning to ban YouTube as well, since that has been the site where all the wiretapped conversations have been posted.
953. March 21, 2014 Sam Gindin Underestimating Capital, Overestimating Labour
There could not be a sharper analytical difference between Andrew Kliman and I on how we understand the trajectory of U.S. capital and U.S. labour over the quarter century leading to the Great Financial Crisis. He sees it as a period of "secular stagnation" -- i.e. protracted low growth -- while I argue, along with my co-author Leo Panitch, that it has been one of the most dynamic eras for capital in American history.
952. March 20, 2014 Carol-Anne Hudson Pink Wages and the Colour of Economic Exclusion
The current debate in Ontario over raising the minimum wage offers insights into the politics of wage-setting in the neoliberal era, which is based on the notion that labour markets are gender neutral, colour blind, and that workers and employers meet each other on equal ground.
951. March 19, 2014 Gregor Gysi Ukraine -- Diplomacy Is the Only Way
The following is the text from a speech delivered on March 13th by Gregor Gysi, a prominent member of the German Left Party (Die Linke). In his address to the Bundestag, Gysi sharply criticizes Germany and other Western countries, as well as Russia, for their intervention in Ukraine. He points to a new power struggle between the United States and Russia and to violations of international law by all sides.
950. March 17, 2014 Simon Kiss Ontario NDP Waging War on Public Investment
Public transit remains a crucial policy issue for the province of Ontario, but it is not clear that citizens will get good solutions any time soon. Investment in public transit is expensive, often requires raising taxes and can get bogged down in the nitty-gritty politics of neighbourhood planning, not to mention partisan competition.
949. March 14, 2014 Alex Wilson The Blossoming of Idle No More
The First Nations-led movement Idle No More emerged in Canada in December 2012 to protest legislation that threatened both the rights of First Nations and environmental protections. The movement has since spread into the U.S. and beyond -- and has become one of the central voices in the struggle for Indigenous and ecological justice.
948. March 12, 2014 David Mandel Ukraine Between Popular Uprising for Democracy and Fascist Putsch
Let's begin with Prime Minister Stephen Harper's version. One can think what one likes about deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, but his election in 2012 was recognized as legitimate by international observers and, after a certain hesitation, by the defeated candidate, Yulia Timoshenko.
947. March 10, 2014 Steve Ellner Violence in Venezuela Caused by Opposition, Not Government
The slant of Venezuela's private media and the international media on what is happening in Venezuela is clear: the government is responsible for the violence. In the first place, it is said, government-ordered gunmen are shooting at peaceful demonstrators and the violence generated by the opposition is just a response to the brutality of police and military forces.
946. March 6, 2014 NUMSA The State of Class Struggle in South Africa
It is impossible to deny that the world has seen the most severe crisis of the global capitalist system. And, there is no end in sight, to this crisis. More than anything else, what makes the current systemic and structural global crisis of capitalism more dangerous and frightening than in the past is the total intellectual, ideological, political and moral bankruptcy of the world capitalist leaders and their capitalist theorists.
945. March 5, 2014 Faculty for Palestine The Academic Boycott of Israel Demands Freedom for All
Monday March 3rd marked the start of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2014 on campuses across Canada. 2014 is an especially important year for IAW in Canada because it is an opportunity to hear a narrative that runs counter to the one that Prime Minister Stephen Harper presented during his recent visit to Israel, an understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict that was then amplified by an uncritical mainstream media.
944. March 4, 2014 Judith Marshall Building a United Front Against Neoliberalism
Watching the events to commemorate Nelson Mandela's death was to watch history being re-written. Mandela the terrorist was forgotten. International leaders of every stripe struggled to bask in his aura of courage and forgiveness as if they'd always been at his side.
943. March 3, 2014 Richard Greeman Ukraine, Coup or Revolution?
The Ukraine is no longer 'in flames.' With the hurried flight of the detested Viktor Yanukovych, peace and order have descended on Kiev (except for some fistfights in the Parliament!) There is no looting. Self-organized popular militias protect the luxurious Presidential Palace as crowds of citizen file through to gape at his collections of antique and modern automobiles.
942. February 28, 2014 Jeffery R. Webber and Susan Spronk February Traumas
"Today the counter-revolutionary Right is reactivating itself," according to long-time Venezuelan revolutionary Roland Denis, "taking advantage of the profound deterioration that this slow revolutionary process is suffering. Its reappearance and interlacing with 'democratic civil society' is a clear signal to the popular movement that we either convert this moment into a creative and reactivating crisis of the collective revolutionary will, or we bid farewell to this beautiful and traumatic history that we have built over the last 25 years."
941. February 26, 2014 Esther Kuperman Time for Changes
Brazil is not an easy country to understand. Over the past 20 years, despite the apparent changes in the relationship between state and society, there has not been in fact a substantial disruption in economic, social, and policy structures. The rise of the Workers' Party and its election in 2002 have created an expectation of great changes in the political direction of Brazil.
940. February 25, 2014 Mate Kapovic A Revolution on the Periphery of Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina on Fire
On 7 February, government buildings were on fire all over Bosnia and Herzegovina. The people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, silent for a long time, finally decided to speak their minds. And when they did, those were not words -- it was a roar. It was fire, stones and heavy fighting with the police.
939. February 23, 2014 Sam Gindin The UAW at Volkswagen: Workers, Unions and the Left
For those of us who continue to believe in the potential and importance of the working-class to the eventual transformation of capitalism, it is easy enough to explain away the majority vote against unionization of the VW plant in Chattanooga as a failure of the UAW bureaucracy. But that is too easy.
938. February 20, 2014 Sabrina Fernandes Brazil and Coercion
If 2013 put popular protests back into the historical map of Brazil, 2014 is certainly prone to be even more essential for asserting the lasting power of contestation by the radical Left. It was already a special year because of major elections for legislative and executive positions, including the presidential office, and due to the international attention expected during the FIFA World Cup.
937. February 17, 2014 Greg Sharzer The Contradictions of Localism
First I'd like to quickly define some terms. 'Local' is a space distinct from larger regional, national and international spaces. But it's also relational, a moment in the global capital circuit. It's amorphous, changing depending on what you're measuring: political, social, economic, and so on.
936. February 14, 2014 Irvin Jim "Manifestos and Reality"
I speak to you today with a powerful and united mandate from 341,150 metalworkers. They made their views extremely clear in our workers' parliament in December last year -- the parliament we called the NUMSA Special National Congress. In that parliament there was vigorous debate.
935. February 12, 2014 Sam Ashman and Nicolas Pons-Vignon NUMSA Rupture Could Mark New Start for Socialist Politics in South Africa
The resolutions adopted at the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa's congress in December mark an important rupture in South African politics. NUMSA, the Congress of South African Trade Unions' largest affiliate, has refused to endorse the African National Congress ahead of this year's elections and is to explore the establishment of a new movement for socialism.
934. February 7, 2014 Esther Vivas Spain: Popular Resistance Delivers Results
"Resisting is pointless," we hear endlessly repeated. "So many years of protest but the crisis continues, why bother?" insist others, inoculating us with apathy and resignation. "Protests could lead to something that's even worse," whispers the machinery of fear.
933. February 5, 2014 Leonard Gentle Forging a New Movement: NUMSA and the Shift in South Africa's Politics
The decision of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) to cut ties with the African National Congress has received poor analysis. Comment has tended to focus on the possibility of a new political party in 2019 or whether all this means that suspended general secretary of COSATU Zwelinzima Vavi will get his job back.
932. January 29, 2014 Alan Sears and James Cairns Austerity U: Preparing Students for Precarious Lives
Almost everywhere you look around the world, policy-makers are introducing big changes to university systems and pondering deeper transformation. It isn't surprising that these changes take different forms on campuses in countries as different as Canada, Britain, the United States, Chile, Greece, and India, but there are also important common themes in the change agenda globally.
931. January 27, 2014 Michal Rozworski Ideology and Central Banking in the Crisis: The Canadian Experience
'Privatizing gains and socializing losses' could be the motto for the neoliberal era. Alongside this and 'there is no alternative,' few slogans better capture the ideology that has been so successfully diffused throughout the world over the past several decades.
930. January 23, 2014 Adam Hanieh Lineages of Revolt
The book was written over the course of 2011 and 2012 and was intended as a contribution to some of the debates that emerged in these first years of the Arab uprisings. I did not want to write another narrative account of the uprisings themselves.
929. January 20, 2014 Ronnie Flores What Drives Gentrification?
The gentrification of a neighborhood often produces conflicting impressions on residents and non-residents. On the one hand, the area seems safer than in the past, houses are increasingly renovated, and new cultural and commercial resources are established.
928. January 15, 2014 Roger Annis Mass Protests Grow as Military Drags Egypt Back to Dictatorship
The military-dominated regime that seized power in Egypt in July 2013 has escalated its attacks on freedom and democracy in the country. A series of pronouncements were issued in late December, including the banning of the country's largest political movement -- the Muslim Brotherhood.
927. January 13, 2014 Alfredo Saad Filho Two Transitions in Brazil: Dilemmas of a Neoliberal Democracy
This article reviews the background and the implications of two transitions in Brazil: the political transition from a military regime (1964-85) to democracy (1985-present), and the economic transition from import-substituting industrialization (ISI, 1930-80) to neoliberalism (1990-present).
926. January 10, 2014 Andreas Bieler Crucible of Resistance
Many commentators make Greece and other peripheral EU members responsible for the sovereign debt crisis. People in these countries would have lived above their means and it was only right that they should tighten their belts now, the argument goes.
925. January 8, 2014 Prabhat Patnaik The Elusive Recovery
The world capitalist crisis which began in 2008 not only persists but is worsening. The second half of 2013 was supposed to be the period when growth in the major advanced countries would gather momentum. The IMF had predicted in spring that activity would "gradually accelerate."
924. January 6, 2014 Brian Ward First Nations Fight Against the Frackers
After facing months of protest led by the Mi'kmaq people of the Elsipogtog Nation in New Brunswick, the frackers of Houston-based Southwestern Energy Co. (SWN) have left the province and announced they won't be back before 2015.
923. January 3, 2014 The Geopolitical Ecology of Empire's Ally
Jordy Cummings interviews Greg Albo and Jerome Klassen, co-editors of Empire's Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan.
922. January 2, 2014 Mario Candeias Which Way to the Winter Palace, Please?
Tiggered by the Arab Spring, a series of transnational movements, such as the Indignants and Occupy Wall Street, began gathering pace in 2011 in Europe, Turkey, the U.S., Chile and Brazil. The events are being driven by an urban precariat that is better educated than ever before. Time and again, spaces open up for protests and organizing.
921. January 1, 2014 Christoph Hermann Fifteen Years of Postal Service Liberalization in Europe
In 2013, a fifteen year process of the liberalization of postal services in the European Union came to a preliminary end as the last member states abolished the remaining sections of the national post monopolies. In theory, any private company that obtains a license from the market regulator can now provide postal services in Europe.
920. December 31, 2013 Sam Gindin Puzzle or Misreading? Stagnation, Austerity and Left Politics
That the many attempts to theorize the crisis of 2008, the deepest crisis since the Depression, have at best been inconclusive should not be all that surprising. After all, as Michael Bernstein noted in the late 1980s, a half-century after the Great Depression there was not yet any general agreement on the causes of that economic collapse. Another quarter century later, such a consensus over that long passed crisis has still not emerged.
919. December 30, 2013 Priscillia Lefebvre Young Workers and Union Organizing: CUPE and Unionizing at Carleton University
It is no secret that the conditions for young workers are deteriorating. Many are not only struggling to keep up with rent increases and the cost of living but are also lumbered with overwhelming student debt. CUPE states that it recognizes young workers as especially vulnerable to exploitation.
918. December 27, 2013 Mario Pianta An Industrial Policy for Europe
A new departure for industrial policy in Europe is needed for five major reasons. The first is rooted in macroeconomics; exiting the current depression requires a substantial increase in demand, which could come from a Europe-wide public investment plan.
917. December 26, 2013 Mike Treen Migrant Workers Fight Exploitation in New Zealand
In the course of this past week, Unite Union has dealt with several cases of extreme exploitation of migrant workers. It seems that some of the liquor shops around Auckland have been employing students from India and paying a pittance -- four or five dollars an hour, well below the legal minimum of $13.75 an hour. The students were working well in excess of the legal 20 hours a week allowed under their student visas.
916. December 25, 2013 Paul Bowles and Henry Veltmeyer Voices of Resistance to the Northern Gateway Pipeline
At the time of writing, the National Energy Board's Joint Review Panel has just published its recommendation that the Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway to transport Alberta's tar sands oil to the northwest coast of British Columbia should be approved subject to 209 conditions.
915. December 23, 2013 Roger Annis The Fossil Fuel Wars in British Columbia and Canada
The fossil fuel industry offensive in British Columbia and across Canada is proceeding relentlessly. This is a report from some of the key fronts of the fossil fuel wars.
914. December 20, 2013 Chris Williams Warsaw Climate Talks Go Up in Smoke
"The smell of inaction" is how Dipti Bhatnagar, Friends of the Earth Mozambique's international program director for climate justice and energy, summed up the atmosphere inside the giant Narodowy Stadium after the first week of the latest round of international climate negotiations, Conference of the Parties, otherwise known as COP 19, taking place November 11-22, 2013, in Warsaw, Poland.
913. December 19, 2013 Doug Nesbitt and David Bush We Can Beat The Right And Win The Fight At Canada Post
The decision by Canada Post to end home-delivery, increase postage and eliminate approximately 10,000 jobs is, in our opinion, an egregious assault on public services in Canada. If this plan goes through it will weaken the union movement, put a key federal public service on the path to privatization, and land another neoliberal blow against social solidarity.
912. December 18, 2013 Michal Rozworski Canada's Profitability and Stagnation Puzzle
Most developed economies continue to experience fall-out from the financial crisis of 2007-08. The Eurozone has been most ravaged, but the U.S. and UK have not fared much better. After the initial rebound from the most severe crisis, growth in many economies has been decelerating to the point that some are once again contracting in real terms. At the same time, unemployment remains high, real incomes are flat for the vast majority, inequality is on the rise and austerity programs targeted at social services are eating further into living standards.
911. December 16, 2013 Roger Annis Time for Protest Against the Degradation of Postal and Other Public Services
As Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper was mixing it up with world leaders at the funeral service for Nelson Mandela, his government at home dropped a bombshell, a shocker. Harper's government wants Canada to become the first advanced capitalist country to eliminate door-to-door postal delivery. The stealth announcement by Canada Post was also timed to follow the Christmas adjournment of Parliament.
910. December 15, 2013 Noaman G. Ali Elections in Nepal and Questions for People's Struggles
As a result of the constitutional impasse, November elections were called with some 120 parties contesting for 601 seats in a new Assembly. Nepal has been one of the few political openings for the Left anywhere in the world, and these results in South Asia merit considerable scrutiny and debate. The Bullet presents two contributions to that discussion.
909. December 13, 2013 John S. Saul A Flawed Freedom
Has the time come when it might be possible to move past the well-deserved praise-song phase of the marking of Nelson Mandela's death in order to strike a more careful balance-sheet on the meaning for present-day South Africa of his storied career? Of course, it remains extremely difficult to speak dispassionately on such matters this close to his impressive funeral.
908. December 11, 2013 Dan Freeman-Maloy Palestine in Canadian Politics
Early this month, the Canadian section of Israel's quasi-governmental Jewish National Fund (JNF) made a big show of honouring Stephen Harper at its annual "Negev Dinner." It was the first time a sitting Canadian prime minister served as the gala's honouree -- and a grating reminder of how bad Canadian politics on Palestine have gotten.
907. December 10, 2013 Mike Treen Climate Change and Socialism
By embracing the fight against climate change, we need to explain that this is a fight for a new world that restores the balance between Mother Earth and our needs as a species. The continuing pretense that the world governments will do anything about climate change was exposed once more at the latest round of climate negotiations held in Poland November 11-22. This was the 19th round of annual negotiations.
906. December 9, 2013 Carlo Fanelli Climate Change: 'The Greatest Challenge of Our Time'
The 2014 issue of Alternate Routes came together as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its fifth report in Stockholm, Sweden. Founded in 1988 by the United Nations (UN) and the World Meteorological Organization, the most recent IPCC report brings together over 600 climate scientists from over 130 countries. Because every last word of the IPCC reports must be signed off by all UN members, the reports are among the world's most comprehensively vetted and exhaustively reviewed scientific publications.
905. December 4, 2013 Suzanne Weiss Solidarity Saved Me from Hitler: Now it Must Save Palestine
We hear disturbing reports this year from southern Israel. The government proposes to relocate some 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins from their present homes to government-approved townships. This is called the Prawer Plan, and Israel's parliament approved it by a three-vote majority in June. The Prawer Plan would destroy 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev region and extinguish Bedouin claims to land seized from them after the foundation of Israel.
904. December 2, 2013 Ben Campbell System Change or Climate Change?
Amid disputes between developed and developing countries, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP19) in Warsaw, Poland are set to conclude November 23rd with little in the way of progress. Environmental groups and trade unions walked out of the conference last Thursday, just after developing nations had staged a dramatic exit of Wednesday morning's session.
903. November 30, 2013 Doug Nesbitt Heinz Leamington: Ripe for a Cooperative
The closure of the Leamington, Ontario Heinz factory by mid-2014 will result in 740 job losses in the industrial and agricultural region of southwestern Ontario between London and Windsor, Ontario. Over thirty tomato farms are losing contracts with Heinz which will also put 350 migrant worker jobs at risk.
902. November 28, 2013 Charles Smith Privacy and the Right to Strike in Canada
The neoliberal assault on labour has now entered its fourth decade. While Canada's labour union density continues to hover around thirty percent, that number hides declining density rates in the private sector. Equally concerning for the labour movement has been the long assault on the post-war labour freedoms to organize, bargain, and strike.
901. November 26, 2013 Herman Rosenfeld No Transit Fare Increase!
The entire Canadian urban public transit system is in serious crisis after years of neglect and underfunding from the neoliberal policies adopted by all levels of government in Canada. This is compounded by Canada's singular lack of a national transit strategy -- a stunning example of the utter backwardness of the Canadian state system and the stifling political hegemony of the capitalist classes.
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