Author: Richard Fidler

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

  • The Battle Against Austerity: Lessons From Greece

    Ottawa — 10 August 2015. Moderated by Susan Spronk. Presentations by: Leo Panitch is Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy at York University, Toronto Richard Fidler is life long socialist, activist and writer who blogs at “Life on the Left,” where he published “Greece: Was, and Is There, an Alternative?” Sponsored by Socialist Project … Watch video »

  • The Pope’s Message in Bolivia and to the World

    Report by a Canadian participant In retrospect, it must be said that the College of Cardinals made an astute decision in 2013 when they chose Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the Vicar of Christ. Pope Francis, as he is now called, has emerged as a world leader in speaking out on the major social and … Keep reading »

  • Bolivia’s Voters Reaffirm ‘Process of Change’

    But Issue Warnings to the Governing MAS Up to 90 per cent of the electorate voted in Bolivia’s “subnational” elections March 29 for governors, mayors and departmental assembly and municipal council members throughout the country. These were the second such elections to be held since the new Constitution came into force in 2009, the first being … Keep reading »

  • Release of Cuban Five Opens New Chapter in Cuba-U.S. Relations

    The release December 17 of the remaining three of five Cubans held for 15 years in U.S. prisons is an historic victory for the Cuban people, their government and supporters around the world. Ramón Labañino, Geraldo Hernández and Antonio Guerrero joined Fernando González and René González, released earlier, in an emotional reception in Havana with … Keep reading »

  • Bolivia to Host 2015 Meeting of Social Movements to Fight Climate Change

    In wake of UN’s COP20 Failure, ALBA Summit Backs Proposal to Draft Alternative Plan Meeting in Havana December 14, the 13th summit of ALBA leaders endorsed a Bolivian proposal to host an international assembly of social movements in 2015 to discuss and adopt a united strategy for fighting climate change. The decision by the Bolivarian Alliance … Keep reading »

  • How Bolivia is Leading the Global Fight Against Climate Disaster

    Bolivia goes to the polls on Sunday, October 12, in the country’s third national election since the victory of Evo Morales and his Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) in December 2005 and the second since the adoption of its radically new constitution in 2009. The MAS list, led by President Morales and his Vice-Presidential running mate … Keep reading »

  • Scotland’s Referendum: Some lessons for Quebec… and Canada

    Superficially, the 55-45 victory of the No forces in Scotland’s referendum September 18 was a clear rejection of independence. The Yes forces won a majority only in the four poorest and most deprived of the nation’s 32 local divisions, although a class breakdown of the vote would show a majority of the working-class voted for … Keep reading »

  • From Bolivia, a Trade-Union Appeal for International Anti-Capitalist Solidarity

    As a follow-up to the June summit meeting of the G77 + China leaders, held in Santa Cruz, the Bolivian government and the Bolivian Workers Central (COB) sponsored an “Anti-Imperialist International Trade Union Conference” in Cochabamba, June 30-July 2. The conference was attended by representatives of unions in 22 countries, affiliated with the World Federation … Keep reading »

  • Quebec Election: A Seismic Shift Within the Independence Movement?

    The defeat of the Parti Québécois (PQ) and the election of a federalist Liberal party government in the Quebec general election of April 7 raises important questions about the future of the Quebec movement for sovereignty and political independence. And it poses some major challenges to the left party Québec Solidaire (QS), as it seeks … Keep reading »

  • Bolivian Government Authorizes Workers to Take Over Closed or Abandoned Firms

    On October 7, President Evo Morales issued a government decree that allows workers to establish “social enterprises” in businesses that are bankrupt, winding up, or unjustifiably closed or abandoned. These enterprises, while private, will be operated by the workers and qualify for government assistance. Morales issued Supreme Decree 1754 at a ceremony in the presidential … Keep reading »

  • Pipeline Politics: Can Popular Protest Stop the Tar Sands Leviathan?

    Petroleum giant Enbridge Inc. has taken huge strides in recent weeks to complete its plan to transport tar sands oil to eastern Canada and from there to foreign markets. Already assured of support from the Harper government, the company is rapidly lining up further backing from provincial politicians and industry players, including a key trade … Keep reading »

  • Quebec Student Leader Convicted in Outrageous Political Trial

    Quebec student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois was convicted November 1 of contempt of court for publicly criticizing a court injunction issued during last spring’s student strike. The injunction ordered the strikers to allow dissident students who opposed the strike to attend classes. Nadeau-Dubois will be sentenced on November 9. He faces a fine of up to … Keep reading »