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What's New: Thank You Greece
by Maria Helena dos Santos André | January 30, 2015
In a time when in Paris Marine Le Pen is 'Ante Portas', when xenophobic populists are marching through the streets of Dresden, when in London the UKIP sets the tone for an ever more Anti-European hysteria, and when in Helsinki the Finnish government becomes the most ardent proponent of more austerity for Greece, for no other reason but the fear of a success of the 'real Finns' at the next ballot box, the Greek people have given a clear signal, voting against more austerity and for the European values of democracy, the welfare state, tolerance and inclusive societies.
Bullet #1074: Ecological Economics and Changing Everything
by Patricia Perkins | January 30, 2015
I would like to thank and acknowledge the First Nations of the territories where we live and are meeting, the Anishinaabe Mississauga, Seneca, Huron-Wendat, 'Neutrals,' and other peoples whose ancestors lived here. The land claim of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, relating to the Crown's 1805 acquisition of land running from Ashbridge's Bay westward to the mouth of the Credit River, and extending 28 miles northward, is still under negotiation.
What's New: Wreck Park
| January 29, 2015
When Woody Guthrie says "if I had a hammer," he's not talking about selling hammers to everybody at the fuckin Nuremburg rally. But yet, "this land's for you and me" -- it's not a selfish fuckin' Ayn Rand trip either.
What's New: Free Trade Benefits Canada, eh?
by John Warnock | January 29, 2015
Every time I pass through Oshawa, Ontario I think of the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the USA. Oshawa is the home of General Motors of Canada, the largest producer of motor vehicles in Canada. Not that long ago Canada was the fourth largest producer of cars and trucks in the world.
| January 28, 2015
"This is the victory of the line of freedom over the dark ISIS," said YPG General Command, extending their thanks to all the Kurdish people, those in North Kurdistan in the first place, peshmerga, Burkan Al F?rat and FSA forces that have supported them in this battle.
Bullet #1073: Rapid Transit Rip-Off
by Brenda Thompson | January 28, 2015
Campaigning for re-election in April 2014, Liberal leader and Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne announced that Ontario would invest $29-billion in roads and transit. She did not make this announcement from the Office of the Premier at Queen's Park or at Metrolinx headquarters on Bay Street. She spoke at the Toronto Regional Board of Trade, at an event sponsored by global, mostly foreign, multinational corporations.
What's New: Syriza's 'national' strategy
by Richard Seymour | January 27, 2015
Why did Syriza choose to forge an alliance with the right-wing, racist ANEL? There were alternatives. One was to coalesce with a neoliberal, austerian centrist bloc. Another was to form a minority government, although from the responses by Syriza members and supporters, this doesn't even seem to have come up.
What's New: Quand l'histoire frappe à la porte
by Sam Gindin | January 27, 2015
Naomi Klein est une icône de longue date des mouvements sociaux et des médias, forte en synthèse et vulgarisatrice douée, elle est, depuis deux décennies, l'une des principales chroniqueuses des mouvements d'opposition aux grandes sociétés, à la mondialisation et au capitalisme (une série de mouvements «antisystémique» qui exigent sans doute certaines explications).
How Trans Mountain Project Will Pump Profits to Its Texas Owners January 16, 2015
Race, Nation and Class Formation: From Engels to the Present January 16, 2015
The real reason Bibi wants French Jews to move to Israel January 15, 2015
Will France Repeat US Mistakes after 9/11? January 15, 2015
London bus driver: why we're striking January 15, 2015
A Greek Election Primer January 15, 2015
No to the 'national union' backing imperialists! January 15, 2015
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: OEB expert reports on Energy East January 15, 2015
The CBC's Kathy Tomlinson speaks on the record about Amanda Lang January 15, 2015
Is Solidarity without Identity Possible? January 15, 2015
Did Arthur Laffer kill Kansas? January 14, 2015In The News archive:
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| 2:30pm, Sunday February 8, 2015
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|Forum: The Historic Victory of Greek Left: What Now?|
On January 25 2015, Greece elected a new government representative of a range of radical and left forces after years of protests and street battles against the extreme policies of austerity imposed by the so-called Troika composed of the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Syriza represents the first and the strongest democratic response to the bizarre deepening of neoliberalism after the 2008 crisis.
Were such a democratic government to be stymied or brought down by the hostility of its domestic capitalist class working in cahoots with international capitalists and their political representatives, this would be a tragedy for democracy. It would reinforce the notion, growing ever stronger in Europe today, that the only way to protect people from the neoliberal austerity is through supporting right-wing ethno-nationalist parties. For the moment -- at least until Podemos reclaims the mantle at the end of this year -- a democratic Greece under Syriza represents what democratic Spain represented for the international left in the 1930s. The prospects for a different outcome are much better, provided there is strong international support for giving a Syriza government the breathing room it needs.
This forum brings together two important commentators on the left, socialist strategies and Greece to comment on the openings and dilemmas now confronting the Greek, and indeed the European and international, left.
* Peter Bratsis, Political Science, at City University of New York (see The End of TINA)
* Leo Panitch, Political Science, at York University (see The Greek Election)
Sponsored by Centre for Social Justice, Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly and Socialist Project | Facebook event | PDF poster
| 2:00pm, Sunday February 1, 2015
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto.
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|Forum: Environmental Justice, the Tar Sands, and Indigenous Rights|
Tar Sands extraction projects, located primarily in Treaty 6 and 8, have radically damaged and contaminated a huge area of land in so-called Alberta, and poisoned the Athabasca watershed. As a result of the toxic operations, some Indigenous communities are experiencing unusually high rates of rare cancers and other illnesses. Traditional ways of life are also at risk as hunting, fishing, and collecting medicinal plants is becoming more difficult in polluted waters and lands.
These lands are the traditional territories of a number of Indigenous Nations whose right to hunt, fish, and live are protected by Treaties, which are currently being violated.
* Heather Milton Lightening, Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign
* Keith Stewart, Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator, Greenpeace Canada
* Anna Zalik, Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
Recommended reading: A Line in the Tar Sands.
This is the second talk in the series: Capitalism vs. Ecology: We Need to Change Everything! Discussion series on ecology, economy, and social justice. Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly, Socialist Project. | Facebook event
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