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LeftStreamed: Thomas Sankara Commemoration

November 19, 2017

30th Commemoration of the Assassination of Thomas Sankara: Which way forward for Africa & the Caribbean? Thomas Sankara, Pan-African revolutionary and former President of Burkina Faso (1983-1987) had a vision for the sustained and dignified progress of his country, the 'land of the incorruptible.' During his short period of rule in Burkina Faso, the country saw an unprecedented participation of the population towards a collective goal of self-sustained development.



What's New: Marx, Engels, and Ecology

by Michael Löwy | November 18, 2017

The following is a brief survey of Marx and Engels’ views on ecology, from the viewpoint of their relevance for 21th-century ecosocialism. While there are some serious limitations in the way both consider the 'development of productive forces,' there are powerful insights in their discussion of the destructive consequences of capitalist expansion for the environment--an expansion that generates a disastrous metabolic rift in the exchanges between human societies and nature.



What's New: Unions in Court

by Brad Walchuk | November 17, 2017

Unions in Court: Organized Labour and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, co-authored by Larry Savage and Charles W. Smith, examines the labour movement’s increasing use of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to defend and expand the rights of Canada’s working class. Steeped in history yet rife with contemporary cases, the book provides an important and critical look at labour’s political weakness under neoliberalism, both at the ballot box and under a string of right-wing governments across the country.



What's New: Forget the 'slippery slope' -- Israel already is an apartheid state

by Neil Macdonald | November 17, 2017

The time has come to call the duck a duck. It's time to agree with a long list of Israeli political leaders, academics and public figures on both the political left and right, including three former prime ministers, a winner of the Israel prize, two former heads of the Israeli internal security service Shin Bet, and one of the country's principal newspapers, all of whom have warned that the Jewish state is becoming, or already is, an apartheid state.



Bullet #1513: Whither Catalonia?

Josep María Antentas interviewed by Dan La Botz | November 16, 2017

My traditional position is the defense of the right to self-determination, with the idea that when a group rises to exercise this right its position must be made specific. In the current situation and since the independence movement began in 2012, the defense of a 'Yes' vote has a more democratic content than the 'No' vote, which is associated exclusively with the reactionary defense of the Constitution and the political regime.



What's New: Protests paralyze Catalonia as pro-independence groups debate election alliances, strategy

by Richard Fidler | November 15, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans demonstrated November 11 calling for immediate freedom for leaders of pro-independence parties and social movements jailed by the Spanish government. In Barcelona alone, the municipal police estimated 750,000 marched, while large demonstrations were held in other cities and towns across Catalonia.



Bullet #1512: A Just Transition From Climate Change and Unemployment

by Joseph Mathunjwa | November 14, 2017

The global economy is facing numerous structural challenges. With the looming fourth economic revolution characterized by even more technological development and mechanization, the future of productive labour is bleak. Most unskilled and semi-skilled workers are likely to lose their jobs. Even some skilled workers are not spared from this emerging catastrophe, as numerous job categories - such as brick-layers - are increasingly becoming redundant.



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twinkle starRed Talks: Toronto’s Housing Crisis

Toronto’s Housing Crisis
Why it’s happening and what to do about it.

Presentations by:

* Simon Wallace - The Parkdale Rent Strike

* Niko Block - Why Housing Costs are Skyrocketing

Organized by the Socialist Project, co-sponsored by Centre for Social Justice | Facebook event | PDF poster
6:30pm, Tuesday November 21, 2017
A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, 777 Bathurst Street, Toronto.



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The Capitalism Workshop: Cracks and Fissures in Europe

Cracks and Fissures in Europe
Authoritarian Statism, the Hard Right and Challenges for the Left

Presenters: John Kannankulan and Stefan Kipfer

What is distinctive about the new conjuncture is the growing delegitimation of the key institutional supports of neoliberal hegemony, which have sponsored the making of global capitalism under its ideological auspices. This stretches from the bureaucracies of the European Union, the IMF, and the WTO and, in the context of the Trump presidency, to possibly even the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve, whose capacity to manage the economic contradictions of capitalist globalization will be severely challenged. The most visible expression of this institutional crisis is the delegitimation of all the political parties of the centre-left and centre-right that promoted neoliberal globalization. But it is important to note that this is not a matter of the ideology promoting capitalist globalization having only recently and suddenly become unpopular. There has long been opposition to internationalization projects like NAFTA and the EU constitution amongst the popular classes. This has been a key reason for the decline of social democratic parties as they governed as neoliberals in defence of liberal markets and the rise of the far right, most recently of far right political forces in the Germany and Austria, but hardly limited to those cases as the alt-right and Trump in the US underscore. The success of xenophobic right-wing political forces today calls for the development of a socialist praxis fit for this perilous political moment. Taking this seriously requires that we address the inroads of the far right into working class constituencies that were bastions of trade unionism for much of the 20th century, and traditionally voted heavily not only for New Deal Democrats, or Labour and Social Democratic parties on the centre-left but even, as in France, for Communist parties.

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