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What's New: We Need Support from All Over the World
| June 2, 2013
After a series of peaceful demonstrations for preserving a recreational area in Istanbul city centre, which is planned to be demolished for the construction of a shopping mall, Turkish police attacked the protesters violently with tear gas and water cannon, directly targeting their faces and bodies. Dozens of protesters are hospitalized and access to the park is blocked without any legal basis.
| June 2, 2013
A conference on "national convergence," which met May 26-28 in Montréal, brought supporters of Quebec's three pro-independence parties together to explore the possibility of common action that would help clear the way for the election of a pro-sovereignty majority in the National Assembly. The conference also attracted activists who are much more critical of the PQ. A featured speaker was Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, a leader of the militant student strike of 2012, an anticapitalist and not a PQ member.
What's New: Socioecological Transformations
| June 1, 2013
Due to the multiple crisis of finance and the economy, of climate change and resource depletion, of gender relations, societal integration and political representation, in recent years the term 'transformation' has become more and more prominent. It has the potential to become a new oxymoron -- like 'sustainable development' and currently 'green economy' -- that opens up an interesting epistemic terrain which might lead to the formulation of diverge political strategies.
Bullet #831: Report from Turkey: A Taste of Tahrir at Taksim
by Sungur Savran | June 1, 2013
Istanbul has become a battlefield covered by tear gas. The police, no doubt at the behest of the Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP government, have been attacking protestors in the centre of the city, near Taksim Square, for five consecutive days. This would have been no news at all: Turkish police are famous for their brutality in dealing with demonstrations unwelcome to the government.
What's New: The right-wing gong show/meltdown
by Roger Annis | June 1, 2013
The annual convention of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities opened in Vancouver on 31 May. On the agenda for discussion (though, alas, not for decisive and meaningful action) will be pressing and critical issues of public transit, affordable housing, environmental protection and enhancement, poverty and critical health care service.
What's New: Turkish police break up Istanbul park protest
| May 31, 2013
Turkish riot police used tear gas and water cannon in a dawn raid Friday to end a peaceful sit-in by hundreds of people trying to prevent trees from being uprooted at an Istanbul park. The move ignited furious protests and clashes that injured at least 12 people. The protest then spread to the capital Ankara, where hundreds of others gathered at a park and chanted anti-government slogans in solidarity with those in Istanbul.
What's New: The People's Assembly Against Austerity
| May 31, 2013
This is a call to all those millions of people in Britain who face an impoverished and uncertain year as their wages, jobs, conditions and welfare provision come under renewed attack by the government. With some 80% of austerity measures still to come, and with the government lengthening the time they expect cuts to last, we are calling a People's Assembly Against Austerity to bring together campaigns against cuts and privatisation with trade unionists in a movement for social justice. To be launched June 22.
Betray Snowden, betray freedom June 17, 2013
Foreign Branch of Tar Sands Industry June 17, 2013
Tariq Ali is giving hope to Turkish youth! Resist!!! June 17, 2013
Quebec construction sites idle as general strike begins June 17, 2013
It Is About the Park: A Struggle for Turkey's Cities June 17, 2013
Poland does away with the 8-hour day June 17, 2013
Debunking the Myth of the Zionist Left June 17, 2013
Regional bloodbath beckons as US declares war June 16, 2013
The end of the 'Golden Age' for university graduates June 16, 2013
The Palestinian struggle is a black struggle June 16, 2013
The Silent Death of the American Left June 16, 2013
Reading Marx in Tehran June 16, 2013
We're A Turnkey Away From A Police State June 16, 2013In The News archive:
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| 3:30pm, Sunday June 23, 2013
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto.
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|Forum: #Chapuling in Turkey|
Occupy Gezi and Reflections from the Turkish Left
Since the end of May, Turkey has seen the rise of a social movement that has serious implications, both for freedom and democracy within the Turkish state as well as broader geopolitical ramifications. The movement and its protests have galvanized Turkish society and is notable for the inclusion of Kurdish activists. It has been met with horrible repression and staged violence by agents provocateurs. Even in the face of international condemnation, whether from powerful governments or international social movements, the Tayip Erdogan regime continues to repress the movement, which grows stronger by the day.
This forum, with three activists of Turkish origin, will explore the origins and potentialities of this exciting situation.
* Balca Arda is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her PhD thesis focuses on the artistic performances of Muslim Diaspora on the post-September 11 period in North America. During her undergraduate studies at Bogazici University in Turkey, she co-founded “Davetsiz Misafir” (The Uninvited Guest), an intellectual magazine of science-fiction, cinema and critique, and she became the chief editor and art director of the magazine. She pursued her graduate studies at the University of the Arts London in the field of Digital Arts. From 2008-2010, Balca was a member of the artist residency of Borusan Art Center that selected 10 young Turkish artists to support their artistic works. She pursued another MA in the political science department at Bogazici University, and her thesis was on the Transformation of the Kurdish Oppositional Art in Turkey.
* Ezgi Dogru is a graduate of Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and is currently a PhD student in Political Science at York University studying urban political economy and regional accumulation strategies in Turkey. She has been organizing some of the support demonstrations in Toronto.
* Baris Karaagac went to school in Istanbul and is currently teaching Development Studies at Trent University. He is the editor of Accumulations, Crises, Struggles: Capital and Labour in Contemporary Capitalism.
* Chapuling (Turkish: çapuling) is a neologism originating in the May 2013 protests in Turkey, derived from Prime Minister Erdogan's use of the term "çapulcu" (roughly translated to "looter" or "marauder" ) to describe demonstrators.
Sponsored by: Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly; Socialist Project; Centre for Social Justice | Facebook event | YouTube video
| 7:00pm, Thursday June 20, 2013
Theatre Centre Pop-Up, 1095 Queen St. West, Toronto.
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|Theatre: Socialist Games|
Mammalian Diving Reflex is getting downright jockish this summer with Socialist* Games - an evening of shifting our asses into gear and engaging in some aggressive merriment. And we don't mean sitting around a table sipping cappuccinos and playing some pussy-ass boardgames. Socialist* Games calls on strangers to play with strangers in wave after wave of summer-camp style activities - minus the summer camp, plus awkwardness and double the hotness.
So give your laptop the finger and head over to The Theatre Centre. By the end of the night you will be much more sweaty, much less of a stranger, and a much more of a socialist*.
*Socialist, n. One inclined to seek out and enjoy the company of others.
Venue: The Theatre Centre Pop-Up / 1095 Queen St. West
Dates: June Thursdays 13, 20, 27 @ 7:00 - 9:00
Cost: Sliding scale - From each according to her finances, to each according to his need (Or PWYC: something around $5-10 would be nice).
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|June 10 - June 21, 2013
York University, Toronto.
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|Summer School: Radical Food and Hunger Politics in the City|
Radical Food and Hunger Politics in the City
Monday June 10 to Friday June 21, 2013
10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Ross S674, York University
Guest Instructor: Nik Heynen - Associate Professor, University of Georgia
Summer School Director: Liette Gilbert - Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies
Since 1991, the annual Summer School investigates one salient issue within the field of international political economy and ecology. A prime objective of the course is to bridge the gap between theory and practice, and between ecology and democracy.
2013 Course Description (ENVS 6275, GEOG 5395, POLS 6282)
The IPEE Summer School invites applications from graduate students, activists and other interested individuals. The application deadline is Monday April 15, 2013 | fes.yorku.ca/ipee
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