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What's New: Our Best Line of Defence: Taking on privatization at the bargaining table

| October 30, 2014

For decades, corporations and some governments have pressured public sector employers to privatize services through contracting out, public-private partnerships (P3s), competitive bidding, or all-out selloffs. Privatizing jobs and services hurts members and the community, as workers' living standards decline and well-paying jobs disappear.

What's New: What's Behind the Defeat of the Left in Toronto?

| October 29, 2014

Professor Leo Panitch discusses the appeal of the victorious conservative party and the failure of the left to galvanize the working class.

Bullet #1050: Can We Defend Our Pensions Without Challenging Financialized Capitalism?

by Kevin Skerrett | October 29, 2014

Unrelenting employer attacks on workplace based pension plans are intensifying, and the struggle to defend them is becoming more challenging right across the country. One recent development appears to be an important partial victory. Some 900 workers at Bombardier's Thunder Bay production facility, represented by Unifor, launched an eight-week strike on July 14, and the dispute centred on an employer demand to eliminate the secure, 'defined benefit' type pension plan with an individualized 'defined contribution' savings scheme for all new hires.

What's New: Harper v. First Nations: The assimilation agenda

by Russ Diabo, Shiri Pasternak | October 28, 2014

Last week, in response to this summer's Supreme Court decision in Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia, the Harper government quietly put forward an aggressive revision of Canada's Indian policy. It is the first major revision of Canada's comprehensive land claims and Aboriginal self-government policies since 1986.

What's New: Society for Socialist Studies Conference 2015

| October 28, 2014

The theme of the 2015 CFHSS Congress is 'Capital Ideas.' The theme of the 2015 Society for Socialist Studies Conference is Kapital Ideas: analysis, critique, praxis. Join us for four days of wideranging and engaged analysis and dialogue. June 2-5, at the University of Ottawa. Abstracts for paper proposals should be submitted before Saturday, January 31, 2015.

What's New: Invisible Austerity

by A.J. Withers | October 27, 2014

I lived on social assistance - first welfare and then ODSP ('disability') for many years. I have also been organizing and doing casework with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty for a long time. I was recently training some folks who were just starting to do casework and I wrote down the key benefits that they needed to know because they were relatively quick and easy ways to get people's cheques increased - or at least they used to be.

Bullet #1049: The War Against the Islamic State

by J. F. Conway | October 27, 2014

Stephen Harper finally got his war in Iraq, something he demanded while in opposition when Bush's ill-fated "coalition of the willing" was inveigled by the U.S. to bomb, invade and occupy Iraq, all contrary to international law. Harper's war in Iraq will be a rather sad and inglorious affair, hardly up to the excesses of his war-mongering rhetoric.

What's New: Socialist Feminism: A Strategy for the Women's Movement

| October 26, 2014

We have written this paper to express and share with other women ideas for a new strategy for the women's movement. Currently there are two ideological poles, representing the prevailing tendencies within the movement. One is the direction toward new lifestyles within a women's culture, emphasizing personal liberation and growth, and the relationship of women to women.

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Looming London transport crisis 'risks sparking riots' November 22, 2014

Massive crowd on Burnaby Mountain, as Kinder Morgan injunction takes effect November 22, 2014

Shock and horror at killings, but not when victims are Palestinians November 21, 2014

Conservative shrugs off own department's greenhouse gas projections as just 'opinion' November 21, 2014

COPE Exceeded All Expectations November 21, 2014

International union solidarity with Hong Kong democracy movement November 21, 2014

The Commons and Defending the Public November 21, 2014

Jobbik commemorates Miklós Horthy's 1919 march on Budapest November 21, 2014

Burnaby Mayor says he'll stand in front of a bulldozer to stop Kinder Morgan expansion November 21, 2014

CO2 emissions must be zero by 2070 to prevent climate disaster November 21, 2014

ROJAVA: Syria's Secret Revolution November 21, 2014

The centre is falling apart across Europe November 20, 2014

Big developers retain control of Vancouver's City Hall November 20, 2014

Global worker protest against the world's richest family November 20, 2014

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7:00pm, Thursday November 27, 2014
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twinkle starForum: Endless War? The Middle East and Canada's New Militarism

Endless War? The Middle East and Canada's New Militarism
In 2003, the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq on false pretenses and left the country in ruins almost a decade later, creating the conditions for ISIL's ascension in the region. Now the U.S. is spearheading a campaign to return to Iraq and enter Syria to fight off ISIL. Canada has heeded its neighbour's call for support and is already on the ground "helping" with the mission. Canadian reinforcement for U.S. imperial endevours around the world is standard procedure, but Canada has its very own imperial strategy as well. A new foreign policy stance has led to interventions in Afghanistan, Haiti, Libya, and Mali, among other places.

Canada is (again) intervening in the Middle East with fighter jets, logistics, forward bases, and other supports. This is another escalation in the 'new militarism' that is dominating Canadian foreign policy and increasingly, society. Can the intervention succeed even on its own militarist terms? What are the alternatives for the anti-war movement?

In the midst of the conflict is the besieged city of Kobane, part of the Kurdish region of Rojava in northern Syria. Two years ago Syrian Kurds declared autonomy and set up a system of direct democracy called "Democratic Confederalism." What is happening on the ground and how can the Left support the Rojava Revolution and Kobane?

* Sabah Alnasseri, Professor of Political Science, York University
* Judy Deutsch, Science for Peace, Canadian Dimension Magazine
* Tyler Shipley, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humber College
* Sardar Saadi, PhD Student at UofT, Toronto-based activist

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