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  • A Nightmare of Homelessness: A Knapsack Full of Dreams

    Cathy Crowe’s book A Knapsack Full of Dreams: Memoirs of a Street Nurse comes out of decades of witnessing and challenging a growing blight of destitution and poverty in Toronto that has developed with the advance of the neoliberal agenda. In writing this review, I should make clear that I have known Cathy for a … Keep reading »

  • Imagine a Free Palestine

    I wrote Siegebreakers because I can’t liberate Gaza or Palestine, but I can dream about it. I wanted it to be a proximate dream, a dream of the next step from now, not a distant dream that depends on too many unpredictable things going right. I wanted to write about how just a few things … Keep reading »

  • German Unions and the Climate Crisis

    German trade unions have realized that the green transition needs to happen – and they’re fighting to make sure it’s bosses, not workers, who pay for climate justice. Keep reading »

  • Kashmir, Solidarity and the Canadian State

    In his essay, “India’s Kashmir Crackdown Poses Risk of War,” John Riddell argues that India unilaterally revoked the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, flooding the region with troops, imposing a curfew, and shutting down all communications, and imposing direct rule by New Delhi, India’s Hindu nationalist government, under the leadership of Narendra … Keep reading »

  • Solidarity and Unity in Opposing Global Militarization

    The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian society, shares the shock and anger of Kashmiris and democratic forces in India and across the world over the authoritarian decision of the Bharatiya Janta Party-led (BJP) Indian government to effectively nullify overnight the relative autonomy of the state of Jammu … Keep reading »

  • Austerity Without End

    In 2019, the now 187-member International Labour Organization celebrated its 100th anniversary. As one of the oldest agencies of the United Nations, the ILO used the occasion to renew calls for improved opportunities and working conditions, social protections and collective bargaining rights. The ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work (2019, 2) proposed a … Keep reading »

  • Green Designs for 21st Century Socialism

    Before turning to the subject matter at hand two abiding issues in Marxist thinking need to be addressed. First, when Marx inveighed against Utopian Socialist futuristic model building, he never intended it to become a mantra dissuading socialists from thinking practically about socialist institutional design. Rather, Marx simply insisted that such endeavors only be undertaken … Keep reading »

  • Ways of Seeing Children: The Facile Psychology of Capitalism

    The majesty and burning of the child’s death…After the first death, there is no other. – Dylan Thomas The sniper who shot at Muhammad the childBeneath his father’s armWasn’t acting alone – Aharon Shabtai J’Accuse If you are overcome by the horrific crimes committed against children and then wonder how such cruelty can be, it … Keep reading »

  • PC Government Plans Many More Healthcare Cuts

    The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) Economic and Budget Outlook review has identified planned government spending savings that come via [1] announced program changes (program cuts like the government’s cut to OHIP+), [2] announced efficiency targets (identified areas where the government hopes it will find savings without service cuts), and [3] cuts that have … Keep reading »

  • India’s Kashmir Crackdown Poses Risk of War

    On August 5, India’s Hindu nationalist government unilaterally revoked the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, while flooding the region with troops, imposing a curfew, and shutting down all communications. The state is to be broken in two, with the eastern portion (Ladakh) under direct rule by New Delhi. The government of Prime … Keep reading »

  • Mass Mobilization Shakes Hong Kong

    Analysis of the strikes and protests that are shaking the government in Hong Kong. Keep reading »

  • Disablement, Oppression, and Political Economy

    It is often claimed that disabled persons are invisible, disregarded by mainstream society, and irrelevant to the workings of society. This analysis has attempted to explain that the “unemployables” have been deliberately shut out of the labor force due to a capitalist economy that so far has dictated their exclusion by measure of economic calculations … Keep reading »