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What's New: Stateless Democracy: The Revolution in Rojava Kurdistan

| November 1, 2014

The fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has often been portrayed as a fight between the West and its Arab allies against Islamic ultra-fundamentalists. Over the last several years, however, a progressive Kurdish-led resistance has been forming in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) amidst the Syrian Civil War.

What's New: What's Your Che Factor?

| October 31, 2014

Welcome to the Che Factor: the quiz that measures how closely your choices match up with Che Guevara's. Your answers are not necessarily right or wrong, just how closely they correspond to some of the decisions made by Che Guevara as guerilla leader and revolutionary. Many of the responses are just, in some cases even humanitarian, but they are not necessarily the path chosen by Guevara.

What's New: Ethnic Cleansing by All Means: The real Israeli 'peace' policy

by Ilan Pappé and Samer Jaber | October 31, 2014

The pine trees in Palestine appeared with the establishment of the state of Israel. The pine is generally a European species which before the 20th century was not seen in the Middle East. It was brought to Palestine by the Zionist settlers for two main reasons. First, it gave the new Jewish settlers the feeling that the place they had migrated to was somehow part of Europe. The second reason for their import was more practical; they were brought to cover up the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

What's New: Our Best Line of Defence: Taking on privatization at the bargaining table

| October 30, 2014

For decades, corporations and some governments have pressured public sector employers to privatize services through contracting out, public-private partnerships (P3s), competitive bidding, or all-out selloffs. Privatizing jobs and services hurts members and the community, as workers' living standards decline and well-paying jobs disappear.

What's New: What's Behind the Defeat of the Left in Toronto?

| October 29, 2014

Professor Leo Panitch discusses the appeal of the victorious conservative party and the failure of the left to galvanize the working class.

Bullet #1050: Can We Defend Our Pensions Without Challenging Financialized Capitalism?

by Kevin Skerrett | October 29, 2014

Unrelenting employer attacks on workplace based pension plans are intensifying, and the struggle to defend them is becoming more challenging right across the country. One recent development appears to be an important partial victory. Some 900 workers at Bombardier's Thunder Bay production facility, represented by Unifor, launched an eight-week strike on July 14, and the dispute centred on an employer demand to eliminate the secure, 'defined benefit' type pension plan with an individualized 'defined contribution' savings scheme for all new hires.

What's New: Harper v. First Nations: The assimilation agenda

by Russ Diabo, Shiri Pasternak | October 28, 2014

Last week, in response to this summer's Supreme Court decision in Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia, the Harper government quietly put forward an aggressive revision of Canada's Indian policy. It is the first major revision of Canada's comprehensive land claims and Aboriginal self-government policies since 1986.

What's New: Society for Socialist Studies Conference 2015

| October 28, 2014

The theme of the 2015 CFHSS Congress is 'Capital Ideas.' The theme of the 2015 Society for Socialist Studies Conference is Kapital Ideas: analysis, critique, praxis. Join us for four days of wideranging and engaged analysis and dialogue. June 2-5, at the University of Ottawa. Abstracts for paper proposals should be submitted before Saturday, January 31, 2015.

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Umbrella City: Thousands still camp in Hong Kong's streets November 1, 2014

Profit drive kills woodworkers in British Columbia October 31, 2014

Palestine: Jewish Settlers Torch 100 of World's Oldest Olive Trees October 31, 2014

Higher Education and the New Brutalism October 31, 2014

Alt-Labor or Not, It Will Take Rank-and-File Power to Revive Us October 31, 2014

Gloves off as Numsa takes on Cosatu, dumps ANC October 31, 2014

Surveillance of social movement groups increases under Harper government October 31, 2014

Greek Politics in the Age of the Euro Crisis and the Urgent Task for Left Unity October 31, 2014

Britain's refusal to save migrants is an act of inhumanity October 30, 2014

Largest Nazi March in Years in Cologne, Germany October 30, 2014

Disrupting Apartheid October 30, 2014

Brazil: a victory and a challenge October 30, 2014

Class divisions at heart of this campaign October 30, 2014

The Limits of Changes - Venezuela: Terminal Crisis of the Rentier Petro-State? October 30, 2014

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twinkle starForum: The Maidan Uprising and Civil War in the Ukraine: Questions for the Left

The Maidan Uprising and Civil War in the Ukraine: Questions for the Left
Last year's events marked not only a turning point in Ukraine's history. It also posed a number of difficult questions for progressive movements and left critical theory. Volodymyr Ishchenko, a sociologist and leftist commentator, will present his perspective on the Ukrainian Maidan and the ongoing civil war. The presentation will discuss questions of revolution, nationalism, fascism, imperialism and the strategy which has been raised in political and academic discussions in and around the Ukraine.

Volodymyr Ishchenko is a sociologist studying social protests in Ukraine. He is the deputy director of the Center for Social and Labor Research, a member of the editorial board of Commons: Journal for Social Criticism and LeftEast web-magazine, and a teacher at the Department of Sociology in the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He authored a number of comments and interviews about Ukrainian Maidan, particularly, for the Guardian and the New Left Review.

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