Category: Social Movements

  • Whither Egypt? Gilbert Achcar interviewed by Farooq Sulehria

    Farooq Sulehria (FS): Do you think that Mubarak’s pledge on February 1st not to contest the next election represented a victory for the movement, or was it just a trick to calm down the masses as on the very next day demonstrators in Al-Tahrir Square were brutally attacked by pro-Mubarak forces? Gilbert Achcar (GA): The … Keep reading »

  • Assessing Current Struggles

    Toronto — 29 January 2011. The opening panel on Saturday includes key activists from different sections of the working class movement: representatives of non-union generally precarious workers, the public sector, the chronically unemployed and poor. They assess the state of their own struggles and address key issues in developing the class capacities and mobilization to … Watch video »

  • Tomorrow’s Tunis and Egypt: Reform or Revolution?

    Arab uprisings are taking place with the historical speed of light. I began writing this piece following the downfall of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali and closed with the imminent downfall of the Egyptian one Hosni Mubarak. The Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings are not, as some armchair pundits called the Tunisian one, Jasmine Revolutions. They are … Keep reading »

  • Interview with Hossam el-Hamalawy

    Mark LeVine, professor of History at UC Irvine, managed to catch up with blogger Hossam el-Hamalawy via Skype to get a first-hand account of events unfolding in Egypt. Mark LeVine: Why did it take a revolution in Tunisia to get Egyptians onto the streets in unprecedented numbers? Hossam el-Hamalawy: In Egypt we say that Tunis … Keep reading »

  • A European Strategy for the Left

    The global effects of the crisis have been made even worse by what is happening in Europe. For thirty years the contradictions of capitalism have been overcome with the help of an enormous accumulation of phantom rights to surplus value. The crisis has threatened to destroy them. The bourgeois governments have decided to preserve them … Keep reading »

  • Student Protests and the Emerging Discontent of Youth

    The “iPod generation” have long been written off as apathetic, pampered wasters; a collection of illiterate Nathan Barleys draining their parents resources. Yet, from the storming of Tory HQ to campus occupations across the country, it is those same youth now leading public resistance to the Coalition’s cuts. The tripling of tuition fees is unquestionably … Keep reading »

  • Austerity, Disabilities and Union Rights: Opposing Bill 83

    On the twenty-eighth of October, a bill passed Second Reading in the Ontario Legislature, a bill that is a clear danger to the labour movement’s ability to win fair contracts and defend public services. Bill 83 which essentially outlaws picketing outside of group homes housing people with intellectual and other disabilities that require home-care. Read … Keep reading »

  • Capitalism and Confrontation

    Ottawa — 19 March 2010. Keynote address by Bryan Palmer, Trent University. Recorded at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Critical Social Research Collaborative (CSRC).

  • South Africa in 2010: A History That Must Happen

    South Africa is a country on a roller coaster to disaster. A recent paper written by the leadership of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) attests to this. While the paper argues that the country is at a crossroads, a close reading reveals a deep anxiety and even panic among union leaders who … Keep reading »

  • Workers Without Status in France Emerge as a Social Force

    At the end of the afternoon of May 27, a mass demonstration marched into the Place de la Bastille in Paris. The march itself represented what can now be viewed as a low point in the national union mobilizations to challenge the proposed weakening of France’s public pension regime and other reactionary responses of Nicholas … Keep reading »

  • Rally in Support of Alex Hundert

    Toronto, September 18, 2010. G20 defendant and alleged ‘ringleader’ Alex Hundert appeared in court on Saturday September 18, 2010 for an alleged breach of his existing bail condition to not participate in any public demonstration. The police and Crown have made the preposterous and unbelievable claim that Alex’s two public speaking events on university campuses … Watch video »

  • Book Launch: Power in Coalition

    Toronto, September 7, 2010. Moderated by Steve Watson, CAW staff. Part 1: Amanda Tattersall – is an Australian researcher, union and community organizer and the founder of the Sydney Alliance, a diverse coalition of unions, community organizations and religious organizations. Amanda spent three years in Canada, Australia and the United States researching some of the … Watch video »