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LeftStreamed: Refusing Settler Colonialism, From Turtle Island to Palestine

March 26, 2017

The keynote event of Israeli Apartheid Week 2017 focused on articulating connections between ongoing struggles against settler colonial violence and dispossession across Turtle Island (North America) and in historic Palestine. The panelists reflected on the history and current state of these anti-colonial struggles. Featuring Erica Violet Lee. Recorded in Toronto, 15 March 2017.



What's New: Extracted Carbon Re-examining Canada's Contribution to Climate Change through Fossil Fuel Exports

by Marc Lee | March 25, 2017

Canada helped usher in the Paris Agreement on climate change, but wants to continue reaping the economic benefits of being a fossil fuel exporter. A major shortcoming of the Paris Agreement is that countries have committed to reducing emissions within their boundaries, but not the carbon that is extracted at home and burned elsewhere. So if Canada expands fossil fuel exports, only the emissions from extraction and processing prior to export are counted in our greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, not the much larger emissions when the fuel is combusted in the US or Asia.



What's New: The problem with the past is that it doesn’t pass: On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolutio

by Boaventura de Sousa Santos | March 25, 2017

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution (RR)1 and also the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of Karl Marx’ Das Kapital. Combining the two historic dates may seem strange because Marx never wrote in detail about the revolution and communist society and, even if he had, it is unimaginable that what he might have written could bear any resemblance to what the Soviet Union (USSR) was, especially after Stalin took over the leadership of both the party and the State.



What's New: Playing Chicken: Discovering a Diverse Working Class in Trump Country

by Patrick Dixon | March 24, 2017

Since the election of 2016, much has been written about rural working-class voters who helped elect Donald J. Trump to the presidency. Most of those stories have assumed that the rural working class is overwhelmingly white. But if we look at one of the most significant parts of the rural economy - the poultry industry - we get a different picture. Not only do we see more workers of color, we also see more exploitation and greater potential for resistance.



What's New: How Immigrants Built the American Left -- And Can Build It Again

by Nelson Lichtenstein | March 24, 2017

Last Thursday’s 'Day Without Immigrants' work stoppages, which closed hundreds of restaurants, grocery stores, garages, retail shops, and other businesses, offered a taste of the capacity for militant action wielded by immigrant America. Led in many cities by Latino activists calling for a 'huelga general,' the February 16 coast-to-coast walkouts augur well for an even larger set of strikes and demonstrations, including a March 8 Day Without a Woman.



Bullet #1387: Women Rise Up Against Gender Violence in the Caribbean

by Justin Podur interviews Joan Joy Grant Cummings | March 23, 2017

On March 11, survivors of violence against women and their allies and supporters held marches in six Caribbean countries. Started by two Barbadian women, Ronelle King and Allyson Benn, the movement had the hashtag #LifeInLeggings. In Jamaica, one of the groups marching was the Tambourine Army, a movement of activists dedicated to eradicating sexual violence against women and girls. Some of the Tambourine Army are survivors themselves of sexual violence.



What's New: Saskatchewan Speaks: Policy Recommendations for Transformational Change

by SaskForward | March 22, 2017

In December, SaskForward began an online public consultation process that asked people across the province to answer the question, 'What ‘transformational change’ would you introduce to make Saskatchewan a happier, healthier, and more prosperous place for all?' After receiving over one hundred submissions from individuals and organizations and hosting a policy summit and discussion with over 120 participants, SaskForward releases this report which puts forward a series of policy recommendations based on the ideas and suggestions Saskatchewan people shared with us.



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Palestine’s Right to Education: The Politics of the Academic Boycott

Speaker: Prof. Vijay Prashad (George and Martha Keller Chair in South Asian history and International Studies at Trinity College)

Israeli universities have long denied Palestinians their right to education, freedom, equality, and self-determination. They have a crucial role in maintaining occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. They have played a critical role in Israel’s war crimes in Palestine and Lebanon through their military research and development of weapon systems and military doctrines. Israeli universities continuously theorize and justify the ongoing colonization and annexation of Palestinian lands. The call for an academic boycott of complicit Israeli academic institutions is a call for universities, academic associations, student governments and unions to refuse to be complicit in and normalize Israel’s war crimes, ongoing occupation, oppression and apartheid.

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