Author: John Riddell

John Riddell is a Toronto-based activist and maintains a blog at

  • Luxemburg, Lenin, Levi: Rethinking Revolutionary History

    Toronto — 14 December 2013. Moderated by Jackie Esmonde. Presentations by: John Riddell, editor of Toward the United Front: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International. Paul Kellogg, author of “The Only Hope of the Revolution is the Crowd: The Limits of Žižek’s Leninism,” International Journal of Žižek Studies. Sponsored by Education Committee … Watch video »

  • Agreement Signed for Democratic Rights in Honduras

    On May 22, Honduran president Porfirio Lobo Sosa and former president José Manuel Zelaya Rosales signed an agreement “For National Reconciliation and the Consolidation of the Democratic System in the Republic of Honduras.” Lobo was elected in November 2009 in a rigged vote organized by the regime installed through the June 28, 2009 military coup … Keep reading »

  • Progress in Bolivia: A Reply to Jeff Webber

    Six years after Bolivians elected their first Indigenous-led government, their ongoing struggle for national and social liberation remains a subject of debate and disagreement among socialists around the world. Have the Bolivian masses been able to score significant gains under the government of President Evo Morales, first elected in December 2005? Or has the Morales … Keep reading »

  • Montreal Conference Rallies Support for Rights of Nature

    Bolivia marked Earth Day (April 22) this year by formulating the Law of Mother Earth, which – when adopted – will establish eleven new rights for nature, including the rights not to be polluted and to continue vital cycles free from human interference. On April 20, the United Nations General Assembly debated a proposal introduced … Keep reading »

  • How Can We Aid Libya’s Freedom Movement?

    The brutal massacres of civilians in Libya at the order of the country’s dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, have shocked the world. His air force has carried out air strikes against unarmed civilians. On February 25, Gaddafi followers aimed murderous fire on anti-government protests in his last stronghold, Tripoli. The government declares its intention of reconquering the … Keep reading »

  • ‘Ask Afghans what would help them, don’t ask Karzai’

    Mike Skinner, co-founder of the Afghanistan-Canadian Research Group and a researcher at the York Centre for International and Security Studies in Toronto, believes a simple question is being left out of the debate about Canada’s continued military involvement in Afghanistan: ”Why are we there?” It is a no-brainer to ask this but there are no … Keep reading »

  • 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. Fuentes described the leading role played by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, together with … Keep reading »

  • Ottawa Citizen Smears Progressive Activists

    It’s not every day that the Ottawa Citizen mentions Socialist Voice, but on November 30 the pillar of the Canwest media empire broke its silence – and misquoted us as part of a smear attack on all progressive activists in Canada. The page three article by Ian MacLeod, headlined “Activists, extremists primed for 2010,” aims … Keep reading »

  • Economic Crisis and Food Sovereignty

    Toronto, June 5, 2009. Around the world, hunger is growing, while millions of working farmers face ruin. Even in Canada, unsound and dangerous corporate practices menace our food supply. The worldwide movement for food sovereignty aims to ensure peoples’ capacity to shape their own food production systems, free from control by agribusiness giants. This is … Watch video »

  • Toronto Janitors Organize for Rights, Respect and Justice

    As darkness falls in Toronto and tens of thousands of office workers pour out of the downtown skyscrapers, another army enters the buildings, quietly and unperceived – the night shift that cleans the office towers and readies them for the next day’s activity. These buildings house Canada’s richest corporations – the banks alone had profits … Keep reading »

  • Coalition Government? Let’s Not Give Away The Store

    The Harper government’s economic proposals, announced November 27, aroused a cry of outrage from unions and social activists across the country: “Throw the bums out.” The Conservative plan for cutbacks, combined with and attacks on the rights of unions and women, showed clearly, as CLC President Ken Georgetti said, that the Conservative government aims “to … Keep reading »

  • Farmers Seek Defenses Against the Giants of Agribusiness

    Around the world, farm income is plummeting, pushing farmers off the land and into destitution. At the very same time, soaring food prices are putting tens of millions onto starvation diets. Welcome to the bizarre world of capitalist agriculture, where the drive to boost profits of giant transnational corporations is imperiling the production of our … Keep reading »