What's New: The Canada Infrastructure Bank and the perversities of predatory capital
In their election platform and in ministerial mandate letters, the federal Liberals promised they would 'establish the Canada Infrastructure Bank to provide low-cost financing (including loan guarantees) for new municipal infrastructure projects.' This had the potential to be a positive initiative. The federal government can borrow at very low rates -- significantly below provincial and municipal government rates.
What's New: European conference on settlement activity declares Israel 'apartheid regime'
Representatives from 24 European countries, including parliamentarians, legal experts, journalists, and activists, met in Brussels earlier this week in the first European conference on Israeli settlement activity, agreeing on a declaration that accuses Israel of establishing an 'apartheid regime' in the West Bank. According to a press release, the agreement was named the Brussels Declaration.
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New Conservative Argument: Climate Change Is So Awesome, You Guys
In my worst post-apocalyptic imaginings, there is a place in my mind where a ravenous sea has encroached over every surface, ankle to knee to thigh to belly to throat. On a lone and desolate promontory clings one last living human who shrieks into the maelstrom a final defiance.
www.truth-out.org | 14 Dec 2017, 7:00pm
Is The Left Finally Waking Up To Eurozone Realities?
The fact that the mainstream European left continues to believe, with some notable exceptions, that the European Monetary Union (and European Union) can be reformed in a progressive direction and transformed into a fully-fledged supranational democracy remains one of the most baffling mysteries of our time.
www.socialeurope.eu | 14 Dec 2017, 6:00pm
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip promises expensive delays to Kinder Morgan Canada President Ian Anderson
Unceded Coast Salish Territories/ Vancouver-- As Kinder Morgan President Ian Anderson, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr speak today to the Vancouver Board of Trade to muster support for the struggling pipeline and tanker project, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs promises more delays that will force the project's cancellation.
www.coastprotectors.ca | 14 Dec 2017, 5:00pm
I Guess I'm About to Do a Highly Immoral Thing
The goal of The Vietnam War, as stated explicitly by one of its directors, Ken Burns (the other is Lynn Novick), is reconciliation: to account for the war in such a way that patriotic veterans and peace activists alike could each nod their heads in quiet approval and finally lay their grievances to rest.
nplusonemag.com | 14 Dec 2017, 4:00pm
The Hidden History of How California Was Built on Genocide
In 1943, the legal scholar Raphaël Lemkin coined a new word for an ancient crime. Defining the concept in 1944, he combined 'the Greek word genos (tribe, race) and the Latin cide,' or killing, to describe genocide.
portside.org | 14 Dec 2017, 3:00pm
It Takes Willful Stupidity to Continue Buying into the Republican Con of Trickle-Down Economics
To put it bluntly, the theory of trickle-down economics is based upon the idea that the best way to help the poor and middle class is by allowing the rich to hoard more money. Sounds incredibly stupid, right? It should -- because it is.
forwardprogressives.com | 14 Dec 2017, 2:00pm
YUFA solidarity with academics in Turkey
The York University Faculty Association (YUFA) is proud to express its solidarity with academics who have been exiled from Turkey, purged from their positions, and/or put on trial in Turkey.
www.yufa.ca | 14 Dec 2017, 1:00pm
Power company 'gamed' $100M from Ontario's electricity system
Hydro customers shelled out about $100 million in 'inappropriate' payments to a natural gas plant that exploited flaws in how Ontario manages its private electricity generators, CBC News has learned.
www.cbc.ca | 14 Dec 2017, 12:30pm
Chinese President Calls for East Jerusalem as Capital of Palestinian State
Xi Jinping addresses Arab League in Cairo before planned visit to Iran, announces millions in aid to Palestinians.
www.haaretz.com | 14 Dec 2017, 11:00am
The Election Is Being Stolen
In the face of state repression and blatant fraud, Hondurans are demanding their right to a democratic election.
www.jacobinmag.com | 14 Dec 2017, 10:00am
U.S. Looking to Divide Honduran Opposition: Ex-President Zelaya
Former president of Honduras and coordinator of the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship Manuel Zelaya denounced that spokespeople for the Organization of American States asked the opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla to disassociate himself from Zelaya 'for being a Chavista and promoting Democratic Socialism.'
www.telesurtv.net | 14 Dec 2017, 9:00am
In article on Jerusalem, New York Times falsifies history of 1948, 1967
The writers, Sewell Chan, Irit Pazner Garshowitz, Mona Boshnaq and Gaia Tripoli, base this outlook on the fact that in 'December 1917 – 100 years ago this month – the British general Edmund Allenby seized control of Jerusalem from its Ottoman Turkish defenders.'
electronicintifada.net | 14 Dec 2017, 4:00am