Author: Roger Annis

Roger Annis is a socialist and union activist who writes regularly on topics of social justice and peace. He blogs at

  • Ukraine Ceasefire: Underlying Political Conflicts Unresolved

    A ceasefire in the war in eastern Ukraine was announced in Minsk, Belarus on September 5. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko made a simultaneous announcement in Wales where he was a special guest at the summit meeting of the NATO military alliance. A 12-point agreement was signed in Minsk by representatives of the Kyiv government and … Keep reading »

  • Reflections on the Maidan Protests and the Pro-Autonomy Political Movement in Eastern Ukraine

    The following interview was conducted by Roger Annis for Truthout with Daniel Grigor’ev, a social researcher at the Moscow-based Institute for the Study of Globalization and Social Movements and a graduate of Moscow State University. Among his academic duties, Grigor’ev teaches courses in social and political engagement to activists from eastern Ukraine who attend the … Keep reading »

  • NDP Lurch to the Right Underscores Need for A New, Left-Wing Party in Canada

    Voters in Canada’s largest and most industrialized province went to the polls on June 5 to choose a provincial government. The choices were limited lesser evils, ‘bad,’ or ‘worse,’ constrained by a lurch to the political right by the union-based Ontario New Democratic Party (ONDP). This follows elections last year in Nova Scotia and British … Keep reading »

  • Ukraine: New President Escalates Austerity, Civil War

    Popular Resistance Deepens The newly elected president of western Ukraine is deepening the disastrous course to civil war of his interim predecessor. Within hours of his election on May 25, Petro Poroshenko ordered jet fighters, helicopter gunships, artillery and snipers to back fascist stormtroopers from western Ukraine in attacking the airport and surrounding neighbourhoods in Donetsk … Keep reading »

  • Popular Rebellion Deepens in Eastern and Southern Ukraine

    NATO and the Kiev Government Step Up Attacks A political crisis over the future of Ukraine has exploded in the past two months. It’s being driven by the longstanding efforts of the big imperialist countries to assert economic and military domination over the republics of the former Soviet Union and to weaken and marginalize rival Russia. … Keep reading »

  • Mass Protests Grow as Military Drags Egypt Back to Dictatorship

    The military-dominated regime that seized power in Egypt in July 2013 has escalated its attacks on freedom and democracy in the country. A series of pronouncements were issued in late December, including the banning of the country’s largest political movement – the Muslim Brotherhood. By all evidence, Egypt’s economic and military elite are taking the … Keep reading »

  • The Fossil Fuel Wars in British Columbia and Canada

    The fossil fuel industry offensive in British Columbia and across Canada is proceeding relentlessly. This is a report from some of the key fronts of the fossil fuel wars. Tar Sands On December 16, Kinder Morgan company made its official application to the National Energy Board for approval to build a $5.4-billion tar sands pipeline from … Keep reading »

  • Time for Protest Against the Degradation of Postal and Other Public Services

    As Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper was mixing it up with world leaders at the funeral service for Nelson Mandela, his government at home dropped a bombshell, a shocker. Harper’s government wants Canada to become the first advanced capitalist country to eliminate door-to-door postal delivery. The stealth announcement by Canada Post was also timed to … Keep reading »

  • The Canadian Appointed Senate and the Drift to Authoritarian Rule

    Stephen Harper and his governing, Conservative Party hierarchy were hoping that the brawl they have picked with Canada’s appointed Senate would be wrapped up in time for the party’s two-day national convention in Calgary this past weekend. That would allow them to more easily play up the great news of yet another destructive, globalization/investment treaty … Keep reading »

  • Damage Control: Oil Train Derailment in Alberta and Gas Fracking Protest in New Brunswick

    Another oil train derailment and explosion in Canada has sent nearby residents fleeing from their homes in the middle of the night. It happened at 1 a.m. on Saturday, October 19 on a CN Rail line outside the hamlet of Gainford, Alberta, 85 km west of Edmonton. The accident coincides with new steps by the … Keep reading »

  • Climate Change and Social Change

    Lessons from the oil train disaster at Lac Mégantic, Quebec As the toxic oil from the July 6 oil train disaster in Lac Mégantic, Quebec seeps deeper into the town center’s soil and disperses into waterways, and as town residents slowly reestablish their shattered lives, the corporate interests that caused the disaster and have been keeping … Keep reading »

  • “Silence is complacency”: Against the Coup in Egypt

    The following article is based on a speech given by Roger Annis to a rally in Vancouver on August 17 that was convened by Egyptian-Canadians in the city to condemn the coup d’état in Egypt of July 3 and the police and military violence that has continued in the country. The original speech has been … Keep reading »