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What's New: Turkey: A war of two coups

by Sungur Savran | July 23, 2016

On the night of 15-16 July, Turkey went through a cataclysm that stunned the world: a huge section of the armed forces of the country attempted to take power from the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the AKP, came very close to its objective, but was ultimately defeated. Official statements of imperialist countries celebrate the triumph of democracy.



What's New: Toronto's Questionable Plan to Add a Single Subway Stop

by Chris Bateman | July 22, 2016

After years of fractious, divisive, and sometimes farcical back-and-forth, Toronto is going to extend its subway system. Toronto’s city council voted 28-15 last week to finally reject a fully-funded light rail line (LRT) in favor of a more costly, one-stop subway extension. Both would have run from the present eastern terminus of the subway system to the centre of Scarborough, a formerly independent city that amalgamated with Toronto in 1998. But that's where the similarities between the two proposals end.



Bullet #1284: Implementing Austerity By Downloading Responsibility

by AJ Withers and Yogi Acharya | July 22, 2016

Laura Bardeau had bedbugs and lost all of her furniture. A single mother with two children, trying to survive on social assistance, she applied for emergency housing support from the City of Toronto's Housing Stabilization Fund (HSF). In doing so Laura was one of over 30,000 people annually who try to access this fund. As per her eligibility, Laura requested the maximum $1500 the City allots for replacing necessary furniture. That was in April. Much to her surprise, she was denied; not once, but twice.



What's New: Parting Ways with the Queen

by Stephen Marche | July 21, 2016

In the wake of Brexit, antique assumptions about the inevitability of global integration, and the liberal world order it brought with it, are crumbling by the hour. Canada, a small country permanently in the slipstream of major powers, has to choose its affiliations with extreme care, and generally does so. Trade agreements and military allegiances are matters of life and death for us. And yet our most enduring connection with a foreign power basically comes down to historical inertia. For no good reason, Canada’s head of state is an old English lady. It’s always been pathetic. After Brexit, it’s glaringly pathetic.



What's New: Toppling Lumumba: Canada’s Dark Role in the Congo

by Yves Engler | July 21, 2016

56 years ago the United Nations launched a peacekeeping force that contributed to one of the worst post-independence imperial crimes in Africa. The Organisation des Nations Unies au Congo (ONUC) delivered a major blow to Congolese aspirations by undermining elected Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba. Canada played a significant role in ONUC and Lumumba’s assassination, which should be studied by progressives demanding Ottawa increase its participation in UN 'peacekeeping'.



Bullet #1283: Rethinking Recovery: Poverty Chains and Global Capitalism

by Benjamin Selwyn | July 20, 2016

Contemporary global capitalism is characterized by extreme wealth concentration and a rapidly expanding and largely impoverished global labour force. Mainstream institutions such as the World Bank and International Labour Organization encourage integration into global value chains as a development strategy that, they claim, will reduce poverty. In reality, employment within these chains generates new forms of worker poverty and contributes to global wealth concentration. That is why they should be labelled global poverty chains.



What's New: RNC Brings Fear and Total Lockdown to Cleveland

by Arun Gupta | July 19, 2016

Downtown Cleveland has been transformed into a giant green screen for the 2016 Republican National Convention. On it, is projected Donald Trump’s historic presidential run, the causes of groups ranging from 'Bikers for Trump' and white supremacists to socialists and Black nationalists, and the fears of a country spiraling into a cauldron of simmering racial tensions and killing sprees by angry men with guns.



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7:00pm, Saturday July 30, 2016
1604 Bloor Street West, Toronto.



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: Moncada Celebration

* Music, dance, cash bar, raffle, door prize
* Words from the Cuban Consulate
* Special Video presentation of Fidel Castro’s 90th Birthday

On July 26, 1953, 135 young revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro boldly assaulted the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba, the country’s second-largest military fortress, while two smaller groups led by Abel Santamaria and Raúl Castro targeted important adjacent buildings. Though the Moncada Barracks did not fall, the revolutionary action was highly significant. It signalled the future battles that were to triumph in 1959 when the Cuban people celebrated the defeat of Fulgencio Batista’s brutal dictatorship. As Fidel declared later, “Moncada taught us to turn setbacks into victories.”

Organized by: Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association Toronto, Juan Gualberto Gomez Association of Cubans in Toronto, Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network, Friends of Cuba against the U.S. Blockade, Toronto Forum on Cuba | Facebook event
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