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What's New: Opposing war means opposing dictatorship
by Rory Fanning | October 28, 2016
A debate about violence and repression in Syria is raging on the antiwar left internationally. There is a lot at stake. The U.S. antiwar movement currently lacks the numbers and momentum to effectively challenge the ongoing wars perpetuated by Democratic President Barack Obama that will undoubtedly continue--and possibly intensify--with the next president. So rebuilding antiwar struggle must be a priority of the left. And the health of what we build will rest, in part, on how we deal with the Syria question.
Bullet #1320: Fighting the TPP: Niagara Labour Organizes
by Bruce Allen | October 27, 2016
I want to take this opportunity to present a short overview of local activity in Niagara in response to the TPP. It will emphasize in particular the leading role which the Niagara Regional Labour Council (NRLC) has played in this activity. The first actions to show opposition to the TPP were initiated last autumn. They essentially came from outside of the labour movement.
by Levon Sevunts | October 26, 2016
About a dozen immigration detainees at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario, have been on a hunger strike for eight days to protest Canada’s immigration detention system, says a migrants’ rights advocacy group. The immigration detainees, who are holding their third hunger strike this year, are calling for an end to indefinite detention, with a 90 day limit on detentions, as an initial step to ending detentions, said Syed Hussan of No One Is Illegal.
Interview with Michael Lebowitz | October 26, 2016
I think it is essential to understand that neoliberalism is not simply a set of policies which support capitalism and which remove all obstacles to the growth of capital; significantly, it is also ideology — an ideology which has supported the growth of capitalism for centuries. Indeed, many of the perspectives of neoliberalism parallel very closely the arguments of Adam Smith and, in general, classical liberalism.
by Panagiotis Sotiris | October 25, 2016
The elephant in the room is now visible to everyone. All the developments of the past years, from the extreme violence and cynicism of the 'memoranda of understanding' imposed upon Greece to the decision of the British referendum in favour of Brexit, point to the same direction: the deep crisis of European Integration. It was supposed to be the most advanced example of economic and political integration and the first successful introduction of a single currency in such a broad area. It presented itself as a paragon of stability and human rights. Yet the reality is very different.
by Chris Williams | October 24, 2016
The Inuit in the Canadian Arctic are engaged in a centuries-old fight to retain their culture and reestablish self-determination and genuine sovereignty. In particular, Inuit in the autonomous territory of Nunavut are resisting what American Indian studies scholar Daniel R. Wildcat has described as a 'fourth removal attempt' of Indigenous people, coming on the heels of failed efforts at spatial, social and psycho-cultural deletion.
What's New: transform! newsletter October
| October 24, 2016
Conference Report - Writing Feminism into Marxism; The limits of Corbyn’s Labour: social democracy and the radical left; Hegemony or Negotiated Consensus?; Europe Deserves Better: Building Alliances Toward a New Model of Development.
Climate Emergency: Global Insurgency October 27, 2016
Struggling to Serve at the Nation's Richest University October 27, 2016
How far will North Dakota go to get this pipeline October 27, 2016
The Nature of Capitalism October 27, 2016
Free Tuition: An Antidote to Elitism October 27, 2016
UFCW Jim Beam Strikers Win Big, End Two-Tier Wage System October 27, 2016
Court order issued for arrest of land protectors, journalist October 27, 2016In The News archive:
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|Forum: Chinese Workers’ Uprising: Unions, Workers, and Resistance in China Today|
China has been the fastest growing major economy in the world for three decades. It is also home to some of the largest, most incendiary, and most underreported labour struggles of our time. But under China’s labour management system, independent unionism is severely restricted, and the ACFTU official trade union body monopolizes worker representation for more than 800 million workers. Independent organizations are barred from agitating for their interests, despite growing wealth inequalities, and where long hours, safety hazards, and authoritarian management define life in the factories.
But this has not prevented the emergence of workers’ resistance and fightbacks across almost all sectors of work. The China Labour Bulletin reports that the number of strikes has been increasing over the past two decades. At any given time, numerous strikes are taking place, and walkouts and slowdowns over work conditions and pay are a regular and growing occurrence. Workers’ rights NGOs, while operating from a distinct disadvantage, have become increasingly involved and visible.
* Lu Zhang, Temple University, author of Inside China’s Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance
* Eli Friedman, Cornell University, author of Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China
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