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Ideas for the Struggle
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LeftStreamed: Green Jobs

March 1, 2015

We cannot develop an ecologically-responsible and just economy without considering the consequences for work and employment. But what is the meaning of 'green work' in capitalist societies of endless production and consumption for the purposes of profits? If we scale back on tar sands, fracking, and other dirty energy projects, as we must, workers who lose their jobs will need retraining, temporary income support, and a green energy infrastructure to work in. This will require a whole range of collective investments and decisions.

What's New: The "Snipers' Massacre" on the Maidan in Ukraine

by Ivan Katchanovski | February 28, 2015

This paper is an updated and revised version of the first academic study on the mass killing of the Euromaidan protesters and police in the Maidan area of Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 20, 2014. This massacre is crucial from both political science and politics perspectives because it represented a turning point in Ukrainian politics; in particular, it led to the government's overthrow and was a tipping point in the escalating conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. The research question is which side was involved in the "snipers' massacre."

What's New: Dynamite: the story of class violence in America

by Louis Adamic | February 28, 2015

Complete PDF of Louis Adamic's superb history of class violence in the USA. It traces the origins of gangsterism and racketeering in unions in the 1930s to its roots in workers needing to defend themselves from the armed violence of the state and bosses' thugs.

What's New: The rise of Europe's new Left

by Bryan Evans | February 27, 2015

A spectre is haunting Europe -- the spectre of a failing capitalism unable to deliver the broad-based prosperity and stability it once did. And in several countries, it is even less than this. As the Great Financial Crisis deepened and spread through 2007-08, alarmed governments and central banks mobilized an unprecedented intervention. The rapid and unexpected reanimation of Keynesianism encouraged Centre-left types to declare the Reagan-Thatcher neoliberal counter-revolution dead. Recent history has proven otherwise.

Bullet #1086: The Disaster in Libya

by Greg Shupak | February 27, 2015

The title of Horace Campbell's book on NATO's 2011 Libyan intervention, Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya, is an allusion to a Guardian article by Seumas Milne entitled, "If the Libyan war was about saving lives, it was a catastrophic failure." Echoing Milne's use of "catastrophic" is apt. Claudia Gazzini of the liberal NGO International Crisis Group points out that, if the casualty figures provided by Libya's National Transitional Council are accurate, "the death toll subsequent to the seven-month NATO intervention was at least ten times greater than the tally of those killed in the first few weeks of the conflict" before NATO intervened.

What's New: Dramatic shifts in the political and military situation in Ukraine

by Roger Annis | February 26, 2015

The backdrop to the dramatic events at Debaltseve is the ceasefire agreement reached on February 11 in Minsk, Belarus which went into force on the morning of Feb. 15. Several analyses of this agreement have already been published on New Cold, but a new one today by Alexander Mercouris in Russia Insider sheds important new light on the subject.

What's New: Social movements and the fall of Compaoré

| February 26, 2015

Blaise Compaoré became President of Burkino Faso in 1991 as a result of a coup in 1987 in which his predecessor Thomas Sankara died. In 2000 the opposition succeeded in amending the constitution to limit a President to two five year terms. In 2014 Compaoré attempted to change the constitution back to allow him to remain in power and was eventually forced from office in October 2014. Afriques en Lutte spoke to Burkina Faso specialist Lila Chouli about how the social movements led to the fall of Compaoré.

What's New: The SYRIZA Moment: A Skeptical Argument

by The Polemicist | February 26, 2015

The victory of Syriza in Greece is an important moment. Indeed, I think it is going to be a historic turning point for Europe and the world, for better or for worse. Syriza defines itself explicitly as "as a party of the democratic and radical Left," and radical it is. It's comprised of "many different ideological currents and left cultures," "has its roots in popular struggles for Greek independence, democracy and labour and anti-fascist movements," and includes serious and influential socialist, Marxist, and generally anti-capitalist currents.

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Syriza Holds Its Ground February 19, 2015

The people are the real 'red line' February 19, 2015

PBPA welcomes trade union call for a united pre-election platform to offer a real alternative to aus February 19, 2015

Details of rejected draft Euro statement February 19, 2015

Russian fear of U.S. hypersonic missiles threatens new arms race February 19, 2015

OCAP Delegation of Mayor's Office Confronts Continued Overcrowding February 19, 2015

Greece gets lifeline as ECB agrees €3.3bn extra emergency funds February 19, 2015

Call to 'Let Greece Breathe' Sweeps Europe February 19, 2015

Connecting Palestinian and Indigenous peoples' struggles for freedom February 19, 2015

Greece: tensions rising after Eurogroup talks break up... February 19, 2015

Metal Workers Keep Defending the Rights of the Working Class in Turkey February 19, 2015

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1:00pm, Sunday March 1, 2015
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto.

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Forum: TRANSITogether: Building A Movement

TRANSITogether: Building A Movement
The election of John Tory creates new openings and challenges for the public transit movement in Toronto, as does the large vote for Ford in the city’s inner suburban areas. How are we to understand this moment, and how do we move forward as a transit movement? These are some of the questions posed at this forum. Invited is any one interested in public transit as well as organizations seeking to build, expand and defend the public transit movement. The forum will include speakers, small group discussions and a summary session.

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