Category: Social Movements

  • Die Linke: Now What?

    Three Suggestions for a Left Strategy Discussion Society is being transformed. The party system is in a state of upheaval. Parties continually find themselves in troubled waters, and Die Linke (The Left Party) is no exception. Keep reading »

  • France at a Crossroads

    The nationwide general strike in France, now entering its record seventh week, seems to be approaching its crisis point. Despite savage police repression, about a million people are in the streets protesting President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed neoliberal “reform” of France’s retirement system, established at the end of World War II and considered one of the … Keep reading »

  • We Must Overcome Our Atomization to Beat Back Neoliberal Fascism

    The recent impeachment hearings in the United States made clear that President Donald Trump abused his office and committed a crime against the Constitution. Not only did he attempt to pressure the Ukrainian government into investigating his presidential political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in exchange for military aid, Trump also used … Keep reading »

  • Indian Government Going to War Against Its Own People

    On December 13, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights released a powerful statement that criticized India’s new citizenship law. This “fundamentally discriminatory” Citizenship (Amendment) Act of 2019 would expedite citizenship for persecuted religious minorities from India’s neighboring countries. But in the list of those minorities, it names only Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians. It does … Keep reading »

  • The Unwoke are Awake

    For many on the British left, now in deep grief as the implications of last Thursday’s general election results sink in, the most abiding memories of the Labour Party’s campaign in this, and the 2017 election, will be those stirring videos, featuring music by Emeli Sandé and Lily Allen and directed by towering talents like … Keep reading »

  • The British Election and Political Crisis: Corbyn versus Johnson

    Having recently returned from canvassing in the British election in Yorkshire and London, Leo Panitch addresses the strategic orientations, pitfalls and dilemmas faced by the Jeremy Corbyn leadership of the UK Labour Party. Watch video »

  • The Vilification of Jeremy Corbyn

    The vilification of the leader of the UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, as an antisemite has intensified in the run up to the December 12 election in Britain. What makes this especially troubling, not to say bizarre, is that since he first became a member of parliament in 1983 Corbyn has been the most consistent … Keep reading »

  • Québec Solidaire Congress: A Few Skirmishes, But Shift Right?

    Congress focuses on completing fusion with Option nationale In the fusion agreement with Option nationale (ON) adopted at its previous congress, in December 2017, Québec solidaire committed to aligning its program with that of ON. This was the major objective of the unified party’s congress that met in the Montréal suburb of Longueuil on November 15-17. … Keep reading »

  • One Year of the Yellow Vests in France

    Converge With Planned Labour Strikes This past weekend the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) celebrated their first birthday, with convivial barbeques on traffic circles (roundabouts) all over France followed by direct actions like liberating tollbooths. Although number of protestors has declined to about 10 per cent of the estimated 400,000 who rose up a year ago on … Keep reading »

  • British Labour: The Future is Ours to Make, Together

    Today we are launching the most ambitious and radical campaign our country has ever seen to bring real change to our country. If you want to live in a society that works for everybody and not just the billionaires, if you want to save our hospitals, schools and public services from Tory cuts and privatisation, … Keep reading »

  • Beyond NAFTA and CUSMA: Democracy Not Corporatocracy

    The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) falls short of any real alternative, rather it follows a long line of neoliberal trade agreements that have little to do with trade and everything to do with facilitating profit generation for multinational corporations. We discuss the trade agenda and the current political context in Mexico and Canada as well … Watch video »

  • Canadian Unions and the Student-Led Global Climate Strike

    A week of student-led global strike actions to address the climate change crisis, under the banner FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike, was kicked off this past Friday with actions across the world. This Friday September 27 students, First Nations, workers and allies will be mobilizing across Canada in the tens of thousands. Canadian Labour Congress Stands in Solidarity … Keep reading »