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What's New: The Problem Is Capitalism

by Fred Magdoff | October 11, 2014

The "environmental crisis" is actually a number of crises. These crises have generally adversely affected the poor more so than the wealthy and will probably continue to do so. This makes it even more important to advance the fight for environmental justice as an integral part of the struggle for environmental health.

What's New: Stepped Up ODSP Medical Reviews Will Mean Improper Denial and Needless Hardship

| October 10, 2014

The Ontario government is moving to restore and accelerate the process of carrying out medical reviews on a large section of those on the Ontario Disability Support Program. This will apply to that 30 per cent of those on the program who were granted benefits on the basis that their conditions might later improve and, accordingly, they would be subject to a future medical assessment.

What's New: The Tyrant Jean-Claude Duvalier Is Dead, but His Legacy Still Lives in UN-Occupied Haiti

by Roger Annis | October 10, 2014

Jean-Claude Duvalier, the tyrant who ruled Haiti from 1971 to 1986, has died in Haiti at the age of 63. His death provides a moment for political reflection by the Haitian people, especially in view of the reality that so much of Duvalier's harsh political legacy remains alive and well in the island country.

Bullet #1046: Moving Forward After the People's Climate March

by Kamran Nayeri | October 9, 2014

The September 21 People's Climate March in New York City was a huge success. Over 310,000 people consisting of hundreds of contingents of various origins and interests marched in New York (some have put the number of marchers as high as 400,000). The organizers report that 2,807 similar actions took place in 166 countries during that weekend.

What's New: More war in Iraq will just make things worse

| October 8, 2014

From the beginning, the Harper government has been unwilling to provide Canadians with meaningful details about their current march to war. That credible information tells us that the Prime Minister all but begged to be part of the fight club is a clear indication that, as with his government's Canada First Defence Strategy, Harper is seeking war at all costs.

Bullet #1045: Protecting European Democracy or Reviving the Cold War?

by Liz Fekete | October 8, 2014

A new report by Human Rights First on fascism in Hungary and Greece raises important questions. But its orientation toward U.S. national interests smacks of Cold War thinking.

Bullet #1044: Climate Justice Resurfaces Amidst New York's Corporate Sharks

by Patrick Bond | October 7, 2014

The world's largest ever march against climate change on Sunday (Sept 21) brought 400,000 people to the streets of New York, starting a lively parade at Central Park. On Tuesday, 120 of the world's political leaders -- notably not including the Chinese and Indians -- gathered 25 blocks away at the United Nations.

What's New: Toward a cybernetic communism

| October 6, 2014

Firestone's vision of a future without natural inequality or the nuclear family is breathtaking in its scope as well as in its conviction that technology holds the key to the emancipation of women and children. However, her argument is not without serious problems, practical as well as theoretical. This essay, while greatly sympathetic to Firestone's aims, addresses three of these problems.

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Largest Nazi March in Years in Cologne, Germany October 30, 2014

Disrupting Apartheid October 30, 2014

Brazil: a victory and a challenge October 30, 2014

Class divisions at heart of this campaign October 30, 2014

The Limits of Changes - Venezuela: Terminal Crisis of the Rentier Petro-State? October 30, 2014

Obama Withholding 2,100 Iraq and Afghanistan Torture Photos 'Worse than Abu Ghraib' October 29, 2014

London activists occupy Airbus to protest Israel weapons deals October 29, 2014

This is what happens to racists in Canada... October 29, 2014

Forget Suburbs vs. City, Toronto Is Now Divided Along Income Lines October 29, 2014

Twenty-four European banks fail financial stress tests October 29, 2014

In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis October 29, 2014

Mission accomplished? Afghanistan is a calamity and our leaders must be held to account October 29, 2014

The Shifting Politics of Cuba Policy October 28, 2014

Why the Left Continues to Win in Latin America October 28, 2014

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2:30pm, Sunday November 2, 2014
Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto.

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twinkle starForum: The Maidan Uprising and Civil War in the Ukraine: Questions for the Left

The Maidan Uprising and Civil War in the Ukraine: Questions for the Left
Last year's events marked not only a turning point in Ukraine's history. It also posed a number of difficult questions for progressive movements and left critical theory. Volodymyr Ishchenko, a sociologist and leftist commentator, will present his perspective on the Ukrainian Maidan and the ongoing civil war. The presentation will discuss questions of revolution, nationalism, fascism, imperialism and the strategy which has been raised in political and academic discussions in and around the Ukraine.

Volodymyr Ishchenko is a sociologist studying social protests in Ukraine. He is the deputy director of the Center for Social and Labor Research, a member of the editorial board of Commons: Journal for Social Criticism and LeftEast web-magazine, and a teacher at the Department of Sociology in the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He authored a number of comments and interviews about Ukrainian Maidan, particularly, for the Guardian and the New Left Review.

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6:30pm, Thursday October 30, 2014
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto.

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Book launch: Captive Revolution

Palestinian Women's Anti-Colonial Struggle Within the Israeli Prison System (Pluto Press)
by Nahla Abdo

Joined in discussion by Professors: Himani Bannerji, David McNally, Alan Sears.

Women throughout the world have always played their part in struggles against colonialism, imperialism and other forms of oppression. However, there are hardly any academic books on Arab political prisoners, fewer still on the Palestinians who have been detained in their thousands for their political activism and resistance.

Nahla Abdo’s Captive Revolution seeks to break the silence on Palestinian women political detainees, providing a vital contribution to research on women, revolutions, national liberation and anti-colonial resistance. Based on the stories of the women themselves, Abdo draws on a wealth of oral history and primary research in order to analyse Palestinian women’s anti-colonial struggle, their agency and their treatment as political detainees.
11:30am, Thursday October 30, 2014
York University, Ross S701, 4700 Keele St, Toronto.

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Forum: What the Public Thinks About Unions and What the Labour Movement Should Do About It

In this public talk, which is part of the ongoing Global Labour Speakers Series, Professor Juravich uses Gallop poll data from the US, as well as polling data collected in Wisconsin during recent labour struggles in that state, to examine public attitudes towards unions and the implications for labour movement strategy. For more details, visit our website.

Tom Juravich is a Professor of Labor Studies and Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1984 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. From 1984 to 1993 he was on the faculty of the Department of Labor Studies at Pennsylvania State University, where he directed a workers' education program in the greater Philadelphia area. Juravich joined the UMass Labor Center in 1993, and from 1996 to 2007 served as Director of the Center.

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