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What's New: Quebec election: la lutte continue

by Jessica Squires and Benoit Renaud | April 20, 2014

The results are in: Québec solidaire won a third seat in the National Assembly, and the party garnered 7.5 per cent (an additional 1.5 per cent) of the popular vote, and 323,000 votes (an additional 60,000 over last time). Objectively, this does not seem like much. So why does it feel like a huge victory? There are several very good reasons for this.

Bullet #970: Raising Our Expectations

by Sam Gindin | April 20, 2014

Looking back to the defeat of the labour movement since the early 1980s, three lessons seem especially important. First, any gains made under capitalism are temporary; they can be reversed. Second, the kind of unionism we developed in that earlier period of gains was inherently limited; it left us in a poor position to respond to the subsequent attacks. Third, absent new forms of working-class organization and practices, fatalism takes over and worker expectations fall.

What's New: 2014 People's Social Forum Takes Aim At Austerity And The Right

by Roger Rashi | April 19, 2014

The first ever pan-Canadian social forum will be held this year in Ottawa from August 21 to 24. More than 10,000 participants from all over Canada are expected to come to the University of Ottawa to discuss ways and means of combating the austerity policies of the Harper regime and the provincial governments.

What's New: Cuba Needs to Unleash Creative Energy

by Michael A. Lebowitz | April 19, 2014

In this interview with Michael Lebowitz, a leading exponent of socialism for the twenty-first century, discusses mobilizing the creative energy of the population as a decisive factor in building a socialist society. His remarks, made in the context of challenges facing Cuba today, summarize views developed in several books.

Books: New Book Links Climate Activism and Socialism

review by John Riddell | April 18, 2014

An outstanding book by Umair Muhammad, Confronting Injustice, presents a strong case for the necessity of socialism to counter the impending calamity of global warming. Muhammad, an MA student at York University in Toronto, ends his 174-page text by quoting anarchist philosopher Peter Kropotkin: "The bold thought first, and the bold deed will not fail to follow."

Bullet #969: Free Transit: Three Reasons It Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come

by Michael Laxer | April 18, 2014

On January 1, 2013, Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, became the largest city in the world to make mass transit free for its residents. While the effects of having done this are, of course, specific to the context of the city itself, it has shown that a major city can do it and that it has been widely popular with its residents.

What's New: We Are Not Beginning a New ColdWar, We are Well into It

by Stephen Cohen | April 17, 2014

As negotiations over the crisis in Ukraine begin in Geneva, tension is rising in the Ukrainian East after security forces killed three pro-Russian protesters, wounded 13 and took 63 captive in the city of Mariupol. Ukrainian officials said the pro-Russian separatists had attempted to storm a military base.

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The Palestinians and the 'Jewish state' April 20, 2014

John Clarke from OCAP on Jim Flaherty April 20, 2014

Building a more inclusive and representative labour movement in Canada April 20, 2014

Auto Parts Workers Strike for Recognition April 20, 2014

Ukraine: Government risks whirlwind to halt protests in east April 20, 2014

A new wave of environmental protest rocks China April 19, 2014

Hundreds protest austerity policies in Quebec April 19, 2014

Caroline Lucas deserves a medal, not a criminal record, for opposing fracking April 19, 2014

In defence of the economic policy of Left Unity April 19, 2014

BRICS countries to set up their own IMF April 19, 2014

Voices From Labor Notes April 19, 2014

Surviving the post-employment economy April 18, 2014

McDonald's foreign workers call it 'slavery' April 18, 2014

Can China's Workers Get Their Government to Follow Its Own Labor Laws? April 18, 2014

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Leo Panitch is member of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly, is Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University. Editor of The Socialist Register, his books include Working Class Politics in Crisis (1986); The End of Parliamentary Socialism (with Colin Leys, 1997). He is the co-author with Sam Gindin of The Making of Global Capitalism (2012), winner of the 2013 Deutscher Memorial Prize.

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