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Bullet #971: Coeur Mines Treading in Dangerous Water at San Bartolome Mine in Bolivia

by Kirsten Francescone | April 21, 2014

Recent protests surrounding the New Mining Law by the cooperative sector in Bolivia climaxed to dangerous levels this past week. The approval of the law was stalled when legislators modified the project in the Legislative Assembly. They claimed that an article allowing cooperatives to sign third-party contracts with private or foreign capital was unconstitutional and removed it.

What's New: Quebec election: la lutte continue

by Jessica Squires and Benoit Renaud | April 20, 2014

The results are in: Québec solidaire won a third seat in the National Assembly, and the party garnered 7.5 per cent (an additional 1.5 per cent) of the popular vote, and 323,000 votes (an additional 60,000 over last time). Objectively, this does not seem like much. So why does it feel like a huge victory? There are several very good reasons for this.

Bullet #970: Raising Our Expectations

by Sam Gindin | April 20, 2014

Looking back to the defeat of the labour movement since the early 1980s, three lessons seem especially important. First, any gains made under capitalism are temporary; they can be reversed. Second, the kind of unionism we developed in that earlier period of gains was inherently limited; it left us in a poor position to respond to the subsequent attacks. Third, absent new forms of working-class organization and practices, fatalism takes over and worker expectations fall.

What's New: 2014 People's Social Forum Takes Aim At Austerity And The Right

by Roger Rashi | April 19, 2014

The first ever pan-Canadian social forum will be held this year in Ottawa from August 21 to 24. More than 10,000 participants from all over Canada are expected to come to the University of Ottawa to discuss ways and means of combating the austerity policies of the Harper regime and the provincial governments.

What's New: Cuba Needs to Unleash Creative Energy

by Michael A. Lebowitz | April 19, 2014

In this interview with Michael Lebowitz, a leading exponent of socialism for the twenty-first century, discusses mobilizing the creative energy of the population as a decisive factor in building a socialist society. His remarks, made in the context of challenges facing Cuba today, summarize views developed in several books.

Books: New Book Links Climate Activism and Socialism

review by John Riddell | April 18, 2014

An outstanding book by Umair Muhammad, Confronting Injustice, presents a strong case for the necessity of socialism to counter the impending calamity of global warming. Muhammad, an MA student at York University in Toronto, ends his 174-page text by quoting anarchist philosopher Peter Kropotkin: "The bold thought first, and the bold deed will not fail to follow."

Bullet #969: Free Transit: Three Reasons It Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come

by Michael Laxer | April 18, 2014

On January 1, 2013, Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, became the largest city in the world to make mass transit free for its residents. While the effects of having done this are, of course, specific to the context of the city itself, it has shown that a major city can do it and that it has been widely popular with its residents.

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Where's the tax in BC's carbon tax? April 3, 2014

A Call for Solidarity with Q'eqchi' Communities April 3, 2014

NoJetsTO Welcomes City Council Vote as Clear Win for Jet Opposition April 2, 2014

#Stand4Medicare April 2, 2014

Egypt's Revolution at Three April 2, 2014

Game Over for the Climate April 2, 2014

FBI Continues To Withhold Information On Occupy Assassination Plots April 2, 2014

Thousands march against government in Haitian capital April 2, 2014

Striking Halifax nurses ordered back to work by Labour Board April 2, 2014

Climate impacts 'overwhelming' April 2, 2014

Turkey's election may ironically have dealt a blow to democracy April 2, 2014

BC government and Port of Vancouver back down and settle truckers strike April 2, 2014

Labour Movement Asks Youth for Help April 2, 2014

Neoliberalism and class struggle today April 1, 2014

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Forum: Syriza and European Elections

The Possibility and Challenges of the Left in Government in Greece and the May 25 European Elections

Leo Panitch is member of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly, is Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University. Editor of The Socialist Register, his books include Working Class Politics in Crisis (1986); The End of Parliamentary Socialism (with Colin Leys, 1997). He is the co-author with Sam Gindin of The Making of Global Capitalism (2012), winner of the 2013 Deutscher Memorial Prize.

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