Author: richard-fidler

Richard Fidler is a member of Solidarity Ottawa and a member of Québec solidaire. He blogs at Life on the Left.

  • Solidaires Score Important Breakthrough in Quebec Election

    Analysis of the 2018 Quebec general election and the growth of the Québec solidaire party. Keep reading »

  • New Governments in both Spain and Catalonia: Will the Impasse Persist?

    On June 1, less than three weeks after a new government was finally allowed to take office in Catalonia, the Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy‘s People’s Party (PP) – which had headed the central state’s harsh repression of Catalan self-determination – was defeated in a parliamentary no-confidence vote prompted by a High Court conviction of … Keep reading »

  • First Nations Leaders Pledge to Block Pipeline Expansion

    At the 2015 Paris COP 21 climate conference Justin Trudeau pledged his newly-elected government would help “to limit global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius as well as pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees.” The strategy adopted was two-pronged and contradictory on its face: implementing gradual carbon price increases … Keep reading »

  • Madrid Repression of the Catalan Movement: Call for International Solidarity

    The Spanish state’s repression against Catalonia’s democratic rights gets worse every day. There are at this moment 10 leading politicians and activists in prison, without having been condemned of any crime. Keep reading »

  • Imperialism Today: A Critical Assessment of Latin American Dependency Theory

    Argentine Marxist Claudio Katz analyzes Marini’s work in light of contemporary developments in global capitalism. He assesses Marini’s attempt to understand and explain the initial developments in neoliberal globalization and suggests some ways in which dependency theory might now be renewed and updated. Keep reading »

  • Québec Solidaire Clarifies Its Support for Independence

    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), … Keep reading »

  • A New Stage Opens in the Spanish State’s War on Catalan Self-Rule

    Spanish PM Rajoy reacts to declaration of independence by launching assault on Catalonia’s government, parliament and other institutions. The Spanish government’s war on Catalan autonomy and democracy is now in full offensive mode, following the Catalan parliament’s October 27 decision to proclaim their nation’s independence of the Spanish state. In the following article, Dick Nichols, … Keep reading »

  • Quebec Independence – A Key to Building the Left in Canada

    The 2017 edition of the Université populaire (the People’s University), meeting in Montréal August 17-19, included a panel of speakers from Quebec and English Canada on the possibilities for building a convergence of left forces in both nations. It was chaired and introduced by Andrea Levy, a Montréal-based editor of Canadian Dimension, and included André … Keep reading »

  • Quebec Solidaire Congress: United Front Against Austerity and For Independence

    As expected, the 500 delegates to the congress of Québec solidaire (QS), held in Montréal on May 19-22, voted to work toward a fusion with Option nationale, debated and adopted the remaining part of the party’s draft program with few major amendments, and elected a new leadership headed by “co-spokespeople” Manon Massé and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. … Keep reading »

  • Major Decisions Face Québec Solidaire at its Forthcoming Congress

    Quebec’s broad party of the left, Québec solidaire (QS), will open a four-day congress on May 19 in Montréal – the 12th congress in its 11-year history. The delegates face a challenging agenda. It includes the final stage of adoption of the party’s detailed program, a process begun eight years ago; discussion of possible alliances … Keep reading »

  • Solidarity With the People of Syria! Build the Antiwar Movement!

    David Bush’s article “Syria and the Antiwar Tradition,” in the November 3 issue of The Bullet, is a commendable attempt to debate what antiwar activists in Canada and other “Western” countries should be saying and doing about the current war in Syria. In that country, the rebel cities that rose up four years ago in … Keep reading »

  • Can People’s Power Save the Bolivarian Revolution?

    Rightists’ election victory poses major threat to Venezuela’s advances Seventeen years after Hugo Chávez was elected Venezuela’s President for the first time, the supporters of his Bolivarian Revolution, now led by President Nicolás Maduro, suffered their first major defeat in a national election in the December 6 elections to the country’s parliament, the National Assembly. Coming … Keep reading »