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Bullet #1526: Canada Must Stop Support to Honduras Regime following Botched Election

by Jen Moore | December 15, 2017

In the chaos following national elections in Honduras on November 26, Canadian authorities must take a strong public stand and forcibly denounce evidence of electoral fraud and violent repression of public protests. Across Honduras, tens of thousands of people have been demonstrating their discontent over evidence of electoral fraud by the government-controlled electoral tribunal. As widely reported, while early trends in the vote count indicated that opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla was on track to win, delays, irregularities and evidence of vote-rigging since then favour the incumbent National Party candidate, Juan Orlando Hernández (JOH).

What's New: The Canada Infrastructure Bank and the perversities of predatory capital

by Toby Sanger | December 14, 2017

In their election platform and in ministerial mandate letters, the federal Liberals promised they would 'establish the Canada Infrastructure Bank to provide low-cost financing (including loan guarantees) for new municipal infrastructure projects.' This had the potential to be a positive initiative. The federal government can borrow at very low rates -- significantly below provincial and municipal government rates.

What's New: European conference on settlement activity declares Israel 'apartheid regime'

| December 14, 2017

Representatives from 24 European countries, including parliamentarians, legal experts, journalists, and activists, met in Brussels earlier this week in the first European conference on Israeli settlement activity, agreeing on a declaration that accuses Israel of establishing an 'apartheid regime' in the West Bank. According to a press release, the agreement was named the Brussels Declaration.

Bullet #1525: Québec Solidaire Clarifies Its Support for Independence

by Richard Fidler | December 13, 2017

There were two main tasks on the agenda at the congress of the left party Québec solidaire (QS), meeting in Longueuil December 1-3. One was the adoption of the party's platform for the next Quebec general election, to be held in October 2018. The other was ratification of a proposed fusion with Option nationale (ON), a small party originating in a split from the Parti québécois in 2011 after the PQ had put its goal of Quebec independence on the back burner for the foreseeable future.

Bullet #1524: Canada and Honduras: Election Fraud is Only the Latest Outrage in Eight Year Nightmare

by Tyler Shipley | December 12, 2017

The dictatorship that rules Honduras is in the process of stealing another election, and the Canadian government is doing precisely what it has done the last two times the Honduran dictatorship stole an election: nothing. Actually, to say Canada is doing nothing is far too generous. In fact, Canada has been arguably the biggest supporter of the de facto government of Honduras, which took over the country in a coup d’etat in 2009, and which has plunged the country into a political, economic, and humanitarian crisis in the eight years since.

Bullet #1523: State and Labour During the AKP Rule in Turkey

by Mehmet Erman Erol | December 11, 2017

The AKP (Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi-Justice and Development Party) is celebrating 15 years in power in Turkey. The party came to power in November 2002, against the backdrop of the major 2001 crisis and amidst a legitimacy crisis of the then mainstream political parties stemming from the crisis-ridden 1990s. The AKP’s policies brought about significant transformations in the state, economy and the society.

LeftStreamed: Palestine 101: Not That Complicated

December 10, 2017

Together We Rise includes 101 resources on Palestine, skill-building tools, outlines how U.S. and Israeli colonialism and racism are connected, and what we can learn from Palestinian, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other freedom struggles. Many people are held back from taking a stand on the issue of Palestine/Israel by the common misconception that it is 'complicated.' Here, we explain the steady continuation of the more than 100 year old settler colonial project that is Zionism.

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7:30pm, Wednesday January 24, 2018
CSI Annex, Room #4 (3rd flr), 720 Bathurst St, Toronto.

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The Capitalism Workshop: Work and Organizing in Digital Media

Work and Organizing in Digital Media
While many laud the benefit of digital technologies for the production of digital media—more access, more voices, more ways to tell a story, for example—paying attention to the experiences of workers in digital media demonstrates intensifying struggles underway. This talk presents research on digital journalists’ working conditions, both among self-employed/freelance journalists and those employed in digital-first news outlets. I attend to the social and power relations shaping the use of digital technologies and examine the implications for workers, including forced entrepreneurialism, low pay, exploitation of copyrights, overwork, automation, measurement and surveillance, and deepening inequalities based on gender and race. I examine various forms of collective organizing among digital media workers and discuss the challenges and opportunities they hold for democratizing digital media in contemporary capitalism.

Nicole Cohen is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016) and has published research on a range of issues in the political economy of communication, including social media, collective organizing and activism among media and cultural workers, and the transition to digital journalism. She is part of the international collaborative research project Cultural Workers Organize and is on the advisory boards of the Canadian Intern Association and Shameless magazine, a feminist magazine for teens.

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