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Refusing Settler Colonialism,
From Turtle Island to Palestine

Toronto – 15 March 2017.


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The keynote event of Israeli Apartheid Week 2017 focused on articulating connections between ongoing struggles against settler colonial violence and dispossession across Turtle Island (North America) and in historic Palestine. The panelists reflected on the history and current state of these anti-colonial struggles.

Erica Violet Lee is a Nēhiyaw (Cree) writer, student, feminist, and community organizer from misâskwatôminihk (Saskatoon) and Thunderchild First Nation, on Treaty 6 Territory and Métis Homeland. Erica is an organizer with Idle No More, a YWCA Women of Distinction award recipient, an Iris Marion Young scholar, and she was part of the 2015 Canadian Youth Delegation to the United Nations Climate Conference. She has a blog named Moontime Warrior: Fearless Philosophizing, Embodied Resistance, where she writes on environmental racism, colonial borders, and the love, knowledge, and beauty found in the wastelands.



150 Years of Marx's Capital

19 March 2017.


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This is a collection of videos dealing with Karl Marx's Capital: A Critique of Political Economy. This playlist starts with an audio recording of Capital Volume 1. And here's a link to the text of Capital.

It is 150 years since Karl Marx published the first volume of Capital: A Critique of Political Economy in 1867, with the two subsequent volumes coming out under the editorship of Friedrich Engels over the next decades. As its subtitle suggests, Capital is a masterful appraisal of the ‘vulgar’ defences of capitalism focused on exchange and markets and the more ‘scientific’ accounts of classical political economy highlighting the production of an economic surplus and its distribution between the social classes. Capital is, however, foremost a dissection of the historical social relations and mode of production of capitalism. From its initial publication, Marx's Capital steadily gained prominence as the indispensable point of departure for understanding the inner workings of the capitalist system – its modes of exploitation and appropriation of the economic product produced by the working classes, the relationship between the workday, the wage and the social reproduction of the working class family, the continual drive toward technological change, the production of armies of surplus labour, and the social forces polarizing the accumulation of wealth on the one side and poverty on the other. These themes and concepts remain critical guides to understanding our times and the contradictions lived daily under neoliberal capitalism. It is hardly necessary to point out their relevance for dispensing with the theoretical schemas that dominate the bourgeois media and the economic policies of capitalist states. If capitalism has considerably evolved since Marx’s time, Capital retains its importance as a theoretical testament to the unfreedoms, inequalities and crises produced by capitalism and a political manifesto for a democratic socialism as the necessary route forward.

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Global Intern Strike!

20 February 2017.


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On February 20th, young people across the world will come together to push for an end to the exploitative and exclusionary practice of unpaid internships. Decentralised actions will take place in a range of cities, to call on employers and leaders to ensure that quality intern opportunities are paid and accessible to all - regardless of their socioeconomic background.

There is an increasing tendency around the world to hire interns, often without pay and with very little possibility of achieving a real education or a stable job. In the last few years, the rise of the intern economy has attracted the attention of journalists and activists; sociologists, however, are still paying inadequate attention to this phenomenon and its causes. This inattention contributes to a growing ambiguity surrounding the term ‘internship’, making it difficult to understand its aims and to evaluate its abuses. In other words, sociological analysis is very much needed not only to explain the explosion of the intern economy, but also to develop a critical compass to raise awareness about the uses and abuses of internships.

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184. 18 August 2013 France: One year after the Sarkozy defeat
François Hollande and his Socialist Party came to power following presidential and legislative elections in May-June 2012. While the defeat of hard-right president Nicolas Sarkozy and his UMP party certainly came as a huge relief, Hollande and his government have essentially pursued the same agenda as the defeated forces of the right and have plummeted in the opinion polls.
183. 4 August 2013 Architecture, Occupation, and Resistance
Justin Podur interviews architectural researcher Suzy Harris-Brandts, who studied and worked with the Decolonizing Architecture group in the West Bank. They discuss the limitations of negotiations, design tactics under occupation, and the responsibility of architects.
182. 14 July 2013 Has the Giant Awoken?
Brazil is currently witnessing the largest mass protests to hit the country in over 20 years. Originally organized by the Free Fare Movement (MPL) in Sao Paulo against a planned 10 cent public transit fare hike, the protests quickly spread to Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and other major cities across the country. At its peak, over 1 million people in over 100 Brazilian cities took to the streets to protest a long list of grievances ranging from political corruption to human rights abuses and World Cup spending.
181. 7 July 2013 Democracy Against Capitalism Roper, Brian
A presentation by Brian Roper, author of The History of Democracy - A Marxist Interpretation. Brian Roper is a long-time activist on the socialist left in New Zealand and an Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Otago. Recorded in Toronto, 24 June 2013.
180. 30 June 2013 Chapuling in Turkey
Occupy Gezi and Reflections from the Turkish Left. Presentations by Baris Karaagac, Ezgi Dogru and Balca Arda. Recorded in Toronto 23 June 2013.
179. 23 June 2013 The State and The Future of Democracy in Turkey Baban, Feyzi; Sabine Dreher; Mustafa Koc
In recent years Turkey has been presented as a "model democracy" for the Middle East. In recent weeks, what started out as a protest against the conversion of a park to a shopping centre in Istanbul, has evolved into a national protest movement about democracy and grievances related to neoliberalism, unfettered urban development, repression of political dissent and free media, state intervention into personal lifestyles, disregard for constitutional rights and freedoms and police brutality.
178. 22 June 2013 Waiting for 2014 in Afghanistan Podur, Justin
A short documentary by Justin Podur about Afghanistan's perils and prospects leading up to the 2014 NATO withdrawal and election. Includes interviews with Afghan MPs: Ramazon Bashardost, famous for his anti-corruption politics, and Shukria Barakzai, famous as a writer of Afghanistan's constitution. Based on a visit to Kabul in March 2013.
177. 16 June 2013 The Crisis and Socialist Strategy Spourdalakis, Michalis
Lessons from the Greek Left with Michalis Spourdalakis. Spourdalakis is a founding member of Syriza and currently serves on its policy planning committee. Professor of Political Science at Athens University and current chair of the Hellenic Political Science Association, he is also on the Secretariat of Nicos Poulantzas Institute, and a corresponding editor of the Socialist Register.
176. 19 May 2013 Reportback from Ecosocialism Conference 2013
Taking place at New York's Barnard College, the Ecosocialist Conference drew some two hundred activists around the slogan "System Change not Climate Change." It was endorsed by numerous progressive organizations and individuals in the U.S. and Canada, and featured speakers from a wide spectrum of organizations and perspectives. Introduced by Abbie Bakan and John Riddell. Moderated by Greg Albo. Recorded in Toronto, 4 May 2013.
175. 12 May 2013 After the Canadian Jewish Congress Freeman-Maloy, Dan
Dan Freeman-Maloy talks about the deterioration of Canadian Jewish politics and implications for leftist strategy. It also outlines the broader politics of Western Zionism and identifies the relationship between the Palestine question and the rise of budgetary authorities within communal leadership structures.
174. 11 May 2013 Fighting Austerity
The panelists discuss the history and scope of the austerity agenda, its effects on the environment, indigenous peoples and working people the world over. Who and what is driving this agenda and how do we conceive of a fight back strategy that might begin to challenge the current hegemony of corporate power.
173. 5 May 2013 The Problem of Labour Imperialism
A forum with Kim Scipes and Marion Pollack to discuss the issues and challenges in building international labour solidarity. Moderated by Farid C. Partovi. Recorded in Toronto, 21 April 2013.
172. 4 May 2013 May Day 2013: Solidarity City
Solidarity City is a unified struggle for: Respect for Indigenous Sovereignty, Status for All, an End to Imperialism and Environmental Destruction, an End to Austerity and Attacks on the Poor and Working-Class, continued resistance against Patriarchy, Racism, Ableism and Homophobia and Transphobia. The march ended with a rally in support of the striking workers at Porter FBO. Recorded in Toronto, 1 May 2013.
171. 28 April 2013 Book Launch: Continental Crucible
The crucible of North American neoliberal transformation is heating up, but its outcome is far from clear. Continental Crucible examines the clash between the corporate offensive and the forces of resistance from both a pan-continental and a class struggle perspective. This book also illustrates the ways in which the capitalist classes in Canada, Mexico and the United States used free trade agreements to consolidate their agendas and organize themselves continentally.
170. 14 April 2013 No Tar Sands in Toronto! Stop Line 9 Bowman, Sabrina; Ron Plain; Ian Angus
Moderated by Bryan Dale and Emma Cane. Presentations by three activists talking about the struggle against tar sands pipeline: Sabrina Bowman, Ron Plain and Ian Angus. Recorded in Toronto, 7 April 2013.
169. 31 March 2013 Queerly Political: Activism, Feminism, Marxism and Queer Politics Black, Johannah May and Alan Sears
How can we build a united movement that respects difference and autonomy, and also advances common struggles against oppression and exploitation? What are the linkages, and tensions, between feminism and queer politics? And how can we understand women's liberation in the context of other movements against oppression? Presentations by Johannah May Black Alan Sears. Recorded in Toronto, 23 March 2013.
168. 24 March 2013 Amir Khadir: Quebec and Quebec Solidaire Khadir, Amir
Amir Khadir, member of the Quebec National Assembly (Mercier) and former co-leader of Québec Solidaire gave the 2013 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture: Quebec and Quebec Solidaire: Linking Sovereignty, Equality and anti-Neoliberalism. Recorded in Toronto 18 March, 2013.
167. 17 March 2013 Book Launch: Boom, Bust and Crisis
Boom, Bust and Crisis: Labour, Corporate Power and Politics in Canada -- edited by John Peters. Part of the Labour in Canada Series, published by Fernwood. Recorded in Toronto, 27 February 2013.
166. 10 March 2013 Unity, Democracy, Militancy: New Trade Union Initiative in India Mody, Gautam
Gautam Mody is Secretary of the New Trade Union Initiative, a trade union centre in India founded in 2002. NTUI proclaims itself as independent from political parties and it's slogan is 'Unity, Democracy, Militancy'. Its core constituent is the National Centre for Labour, a trade union of informal sector workers.
165. 9 March 2013 Austerity and Ontario's Universities
The contributors challenge the neoliberal mantra that there is no alternative but austerity to deal with the economic crisis and government deficits; in fact, austerity is shown to be counterproductive to the ostensible aim of fiscal prudence... not to mention the significant harm it does to our valued public services in general, and universities in particular. Recorded in Ottawa, 29 January 2013.
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