Category: Social Movements

  • The United Left Alliance and the Rise of Working-Class Politics in Ireland

    On Friday February 25th, the Irish people voted in what Fine Gael‘s leader Enda Kenny proclaimed a ‘democratic revolution.’ The results of this election are transformative with the unparalleled decimation of the once dominate Fianna Fail. This left Fine Gael and Labour riding a wave of voter discontent into power. It will likely only be … Keep reading »

  • How Can We Aid Libya’s Freedom Movement?

    The brutal massacres of civilians in Libya at the order of the country’s dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, have shocked the world. His air force has carried out air strikes against unarmed civilians. On February 25, Gaddafi followers aimed murderous fire on anti-government protests in his last stronghold, Tripoli. The government declares its intention of reconquering the … Keep reading »

  • Developing a Political Fightback

    Toronto — 19 February 2011. The fightback against Mike Harris and Mel Lastman consisted of community mobilizations, large strikes and impressive Days of Action. How were they successful and how did they fail? Moderated by Élise Thorburn. Panelists: Michaela Murphy was a rank-n-file union activist during the Harris years in Ontario and currently a member … Watch video »

  • 30 Years On: The Toronto Bathhouse Raids and Sexual and Gender Liberation

    On February 5, 1981 150 Toronto cops busted into four gay bathhouses and arrested 306 people on charges of being found-ins or keepers of common bawdyhouses. These arrests were deliberately conducted so as to humiliate and terrify the men who were charged. Doors were kicked in and men were dragged out naked, verbally abused and … Keep reading »

  • The World Social Forum and the Battle for COP17

    In a world plunged ever deeper into an uncivilized global capitalist condition, the World Social Forum (WSF) is a crucial beacon of hope. At its recent gathering in Dakar, Senegal the news of the unfolding democratic revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt electrified the spirit of optimism pervading the multiple axes of deliberation. The geometry of … Keep reading »

  • A Period of Revolutionary Fervour

    Just a week after the Tunisian revolution, at a conference in Beirut, an astute Egyptian social scientist was asked, would the Tunisian contagion spread to Egypt? And his answer was a categorical, ‘it is not likely, Egyptians are religious, conservative and the security apparatus has a good grip on the country.’ Not long after, of … Keep reading »

  • Tahrir Square: This is What Democracy Looks Like!

    “The more late his decision to go away is, the more creative and more beautiful the revolution. So I want him to give us some more time to make a more beautiful revolution.” — pro-democracy protester in Tahrir Square, Ali El Mashad. Since the Egyptian revolution’s first mass protests exploded throughout the country on January … Keep reading »

  • A Movement To Change the World

    Toronto — 30 January 2011. “A Movement To Change the World” Moderated by Kelly O’Sullivan. Brenda Stokely is a human rights activist dedicated to ending all forms of national oppression, racism, sexism and exploitation of workers. She co-found and built several key organizations, including the 2004 Million Worker March Movement, NY Labor Against the War (co-convener), … Watch video »

  • The Egyptian Uprising and Workers’ Grievances

    It is too early to give an explanation for the Egyptian revolt. Much still needs to be understood about the character and the driving forces behind this sustained mass mobilization, as well as its dynamic and development. Some initial thoughts could still be entertained, however, especially with regards to the nature of the protestors’ demands. … Keep reading »

  • From Cairo to Dakar to Durban, Another World Actually Is Possible!

    Last week’s World Social Forum (WSF) in Dakar, Senegal, ended up riotously happy thanks to the eviction of a universally-hated Egyptian Pharoah, after near-debilitating logistical disasters at the event’s outset. Each year, in order to oppose the corporate agenda of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos, tens of thousands of social … Keep reading »

  • The Workers, Middle Class, Military Junta and the Permanent Revolution

    Since yesterday (11 February 2011), and actually earlier, middle-class activists have been urging Egyptians to suspend the protests and return to work, in the name of patriotism, singing some of the most ridiculous lullabies about “let’s build new Egypt,” “Let’s work harder than even before,” etc… In case you didn’t know, Egyptians are actually among … Keep reading »

  • Egypt’s Uprising: Not Just a Question of ‘Transition’

    The events of the last weeks are one of those historical moments where the lessons of many decades can be telescoped into a few brief moments and seemingly minor occurrences can take on immense significance. The entry of millions of Egyptians onto the political stage has graphically illuminated the real processes that underlie the politics … Keep reading »