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What's New: Unpacking Trade and Investment

| August 13, 2017

The year 2017 begins with a peal of thunder. The newly elected U.S. president Trump abandons the Trans Pacific Partnership, a genuine geo-political monster project which aimed at excluding China as main contender of the USA in the Pacific. Simultaneously it looks like the new US administration wants to renegotiate NAFTA, and the future of the TTIP negotiations are also highly uncertain. Does the USA thus abandon their classical political hinterland? What should we do against the next neoliberal moves?

Bullet #1467: An Injury to One is an Injury to All? U.S. Labour’s Divergent Reactions to Trump

by Jonathan Rosenblum | August 13, 2017

Arshiya Chime is a union member helping to rescue the world from climate change. Once she gets her doctorate degree later this year from the University of Washington, she will become a highly prized mechanical engineer, helping economies become less dependent on oil while protecting the environment and creating jobs. But Chime, a leader in her graduate student employees union, United Auto Workers Local 4121, is not welcome in Donald Trump’s vision of America.

What's New: Break the silence on Gaza with people power

| August 12, 2017

After 10 years of Israeli siege, the United Nations says Gaza is effectively unlivable. Israel has consigned the people of Gaza to 'living in abject poverty under practically inhuman conditions unparalleled in the modern world,' the human rights group B’Tselem said last month.

What's New: Monumental Rubbish: With the Statues Torn Down, What Next for New Orleans?

by Adolph Reed Jr. | August 12, 2017

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the first mayor to have received a majority of black and white votes at least since the 1965 Voting Rights Act, proposed removing them not long after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds in Columbia--which itself had been the source of a long-running controversy--in the wake of Dylan Roof’s white supremacist spree killing in a black church in Charleston.

Bullet #1466: Six Glaring Issues with the Supreme Court Line 9 Decision

by David Gray-Donald | August 11, 2017

On 26 July, the Supreme Court of Canada announced its decision regarding Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, located near London, Ontario, had argued that due process had not been followed in the government approving significant changes to the existing pipeline. The Supreme Court ruled against the Chippewas of the Thames, and in favour of the National Energy Board and, in effect, Enbridge.

What's New: Reasons for hope on pipelines

| August 10, 2017

Justin Trudeau government’s plans for new tar sands pipelines face enormous obstacles. British Columbia’s new government (New Democratic Party and Green Party) is pledged to block the Kinder Morgan cross-province pipeline. Indigenous resistance continues to lead the way from opposition to Kinder Morgan to the impending Supreme Court decision on the Chippewa of the Thames and their insistence on the right of consultation concerning their land.

What's New: Leading Israeli journalist says Israel is an Apartheid state

by Ben Norton | August 10, 2017

The author, Bradley Burston, a Haaretz columnist and Senior Editor of, is well-known in the Israeli media. He has all the journalistic bona fides and decades of experience at distinguished outlets under his belt. For years, Burston served as a Gaza and military correspondent for the right-wing Israeli newspaper the Jerusalem Post. Later, he reported for renowned international news agency Reuters.

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7:00pm, Tuesday August 22, 2017
A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, 777 Bathurst Street, Toronto.

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twinkle starForum: The France of Macron, the ‘New’ Neoliberal Reforms and the Left

The France of Macron, the ‘New’ Neoliberal Reforms and the Left
Analyses and Reportbacks from the 2017 Election with Stefan Kipfer and Nathan Rao

The 2017 Presidential and Parliamentary elections produced a paradoxical result: the victory of a youngish Emmanuel Macron who is a pure product of the discredited social democratic François Hollande presidency (as well as the typical institutions of the French ruling class) and a leader of a brand-new political formation (La République en Marche) that managed to marginalize the parties (the Républicains and the Parti Socialiste) that have, under different names, governed France since 1958. Macron's victory blocked the advances of the neo-fascist Front National, the President of which, Marine Le Pen, garnered a record 10.5 million votes in the Presidential election. In turn, Macron threatens to deepen the very conditions that have led to the recurrent surge of neo-fascist politics in France. He wants to radicalize the policies of the Hollande government by making the state of emergency a permanent feature of French law, implementing a new set of neoliberal labour reforms, entrenching austerity to shrink public sector employment and deconstructing the French welfare state all the while defending a central and aggressive role for the French military sector Euro-American imperialism. A force of ‘continuity-in-discontinuity’, Macron's En Marche thus expresses the ongoing crisis of rule in France as well as the wider systemic uncertainties about French capitalism and the future of the European Union. What are the political implications of the French elections for the future of left and popular forces in France?

* Stefan Kipfer just returned from a sabbatical year in France doing research on fascism and anti-fascism. He teaches politics and urban questions at York University.

* Nathan Rao is a writer and political activist living in France.

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Canada, Past and Present: Capitalism, Patriarchy, Colonialism

Capitalism, Patriarchy, Colonialism
The Canadian State celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. It’s the only territory of the Americas that didn’t fight for its independence or reinvent itself to resemble a republic. Yet Canada has had a distinct and ongoing history of conquests and plunder, including the stealing of 98 % of the First Nation’s lands.

This is not our State and we have nothing to celebrate. However, this year represents an opportunity to better understand the long-lasting capitalist, colonial and patriarchal power system that has oppressed and violated people across the land, at the hands of a benefitting small elite.

Time and again, this power has been shaken by uprisings. This history of resistance is our history. And it’s from here that we can map out our movements and our struggles.

Join us at the NCS People's University next August as we retake our history, invent new tools for liberation and imagine another world, a post-capitalist, post-patriarchal and post-colonial society. | Program | PDF poster
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