What's New: Second NDP Leadership Debate: With Youth Issues as Backdrop, Differences Start to Emerge
This past Sunday in Montreal, the Federal NDP held its second leadership debate, with the same cast that was in Ottawa two weeks ago. While that debate served to introduce Canadians to the contenders, the general questions meant that the whole event was an ‘I agree, and’ fest. This time around, the focus on youth issues showcased greater specificity, and thus brought out both different positions, along with divergent means to reach similar ends.
Building the 'Saskatchewan Advantage': Saskatchewan's 2017 Austerity Budget
Saskatchewan's 2017 budget landed with an unenthusiastic thud last week. Riddled with cuts, job losses, public sector wage reductions, and tax increases, the Saskatchewan Party's austerity budget has garnered few friends, with critics ranging from organized labour movement to small businesses. The government's budget has several fiscal goals: aggressively tackle its $1.3-billion deficit in three short years, overhaul the tax structure away from progressive forms of taxation to consumption taxes, and dismantle key aspects of the social welfare state.
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The deathbed of capitalism
The crisis of our time – financialization, the questions of income and wealth and inequality, climate change, droughts, ocean acidification and so on – we need to answer how all of those questions fit together, how they are connected.
www.h-alter.org | 28 Mar 2017, 6:00pm
WikiLeaks Reveals How the CIA Can Hack a Mac's Hidden Code
If the CIA wants inside your Mac, it may not be enough that you so carefully avoided those infected email attachments or maliciously crafted web sites designed to plant spyware on your machine. Based on new documents in WikiLeaks' ongoing release of CIA hacking secrets, if Langley's hackers got physical access, they still could have infected the deepest, most hidden recesses of your laptop.
www.wired.com | 28 Mar 2017, 5:00pm
Greenwashing capitalism: Conservation's cosy relationship with corporations
Since the year 2000, there have been many partnerships between conservation organisations and the industrial corporations responsible for destroying nature. Mining companies are particularly popular.
www.conservation-watch.org | 28 Mar 2017, 4:00pm
Two years on, Saudi intervention in Yemen leaves trail of death
Facing destructive fighting, hollowed out institutions and a looming famine, Yemen is on the verge of irreversible collapse two years since a Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened to restore the internationally recognized government.
www.dw.com | 28 Mar 2017, 3:30pm
Brazil: The future of generations will be defined in 2017
Massive mobilisations involving 1 million people across Brazil and a mood for general strike unlike anything seen in some time marked March 15. That day, various organised sectors came onto the streets to protest a packet of reforms proposed by the government of President Michel Temer.
www.greenleft.org.au | 28 Mar 2017, 3:00pm
Why the World Economy Has to Be Carbon Free by 2050
Global warming is a scientific fact as much as the hole in the ozone layer or Earth's orbit around the sun. Global temperature records have been broken three years running.
mobile.nytimes.com | 28 Mar 2017, 2:30pm
Working class white Americans are now dying in middle age at faster rates than minority groups
This year, as part of the Spring 2017 edition of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Professors Case and Deaton are following up on that research to further investigate the rise and its causes, examining midlife mortality rates of white non-Hispanics in the U.S. by geography, education, birth cohort, and more.
www.brookings.edu | 28 Mar 2017, 1:00pm
Historical ban on potlatch ceremony has lingering effects for Indigenous women
The ban on the potlatch was legislated under an 1884 amendment to the 1876 Indian Act by the Canadian government, which came into effect in 1885, according to the Canadian Encyclopedia.
www.cbc.ca | 28 Mar 2017, 12:30pm
Trump Is Dragging Us Into Another War... And No One Is Talking About It
Quietly, while Americans have been focused on the ongoing drama over repealing the Affordable Care Act and the new revelations about the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, President Trump has been busy dramatically expanding the American troop presence inside Syria.
m.huffpost.com | 28 Mar 2017, 12:00pm
Release of Arctic Methane 'May Be Apocalyptic,' Study Warns
The study highlights the fact that the most significant variable in the Permian Mass Extinction event, which occurred 250 million years ago and annihilated 90 percent of all the species on the planet, was methane hydrate.
www.truth-out.org | 28 Mar 2017, 11:00am
Britain's divided decade: the rich are 64% richer than before the recession, while the poor are 57%
Evidence of Britain's rapidly growing wealth gap was revealed by the Social Market Foundation (SMF), which analysed the changing incomes and savings of thousands of people. Its findings will be seized on by Labour as evidence that any recovery from the downturn is uneven and not shared across all income groups.
www.independent.co.uk | 28 Mar 2017, 10:00am
We're not going to give up on destroying the healthcare system
Paul Ryan speaks the truth on healthcare.
m.youtube.com | 28 Mar 2017, 4:00am