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by Ilan Pappé and Samer Jaber | October 31, 2014
The pine trees in Palestine appeared with the establishment of the state of Israel. The pine is generally a European species which before the 20th century was not seen in the Middle East. It was brought to Palestine by the Zionist settlers for two main reasons. First, it gave the new Jewish settlers the feeling that the place they had migrated to was somehow part of Europe. The second reason for their import was more practical; they were brought to cover up the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
| October 30, 2014
For decades, corporations and some governments have pressured public sector employers to privatize services through contracting out, public-private partnerships (P3s), competitive bidding, or all-out selloffs. Privatizing jobs and services hurts members and the community, as workers' living standards decline and well-paying jobs disappear.
What's New: What's Behind the Defeat of the Left in Toronto?
| October 29, 2014
Professor Leo Panitch discusses the appeal of the victorious conservative party and the failure of the left to galvanize the working class.
by Kevin Skerrett | October 29, 2014
Unrelenting employer attacks on workplace based pension plans are intensifying, and the struggle to defend them is becoming more challenging right across the country. One recent development appears to be an important partial victory. Some 900 workers at Bombardier's Thunder Bay production facility, represented by Unifor, launched an eight-week strike on July 14, and the dispute centred on an employer demand to eliminate the secure, 'defined benefit' type pension plan with an individualized 'defined contribution' savings scheme for all new hires.
What's New: Harper v. First Nations: The assimilation agenda
by Russ Diabo, Shiri Pasternak | October 28, 2014
Last week, in response to this summer's Supreme Court decision in Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia, the Harper government quietly put forward an aggressive revision of Canada's Indian policy. It is the first major revision of Canada's comprehensive land claims and Aboriginal self-government policies since 1986.
What's New: Society for Socialist Studies Conference 2015
| October 28, 2014
The theme of the 2015 CFHSS Congress is 'Capital Ideas.' The theme of the 2015 Society for Socialist Studies Conference is Kapital Ideas: analysis, critique, praxis. Join us for four days of wideranging and engaged analysis and dialogue. June 2-5, at the University of Ottawa. Abstracts for paper proposals should be submitted before Saturday, January 31, 2015.
What's New: Invisible Austerity
by A.J. Withers | October 27, 2014
I lived on social assistance - first welfare and then ODSP ('disability') for many years. I have also been organizing and doing casework with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty for a long time. I was recently training some folks who were just starting to do casework and I wrote down the key benefits that they needed to know because they were relatively quick and easy ways to get people's cheques increased - or at least they used to be.
Bullet #1049: The War Against the Islamic State
by J. F. Conway | October 27, 2014
Stephen Harper finally got his war in Iraq, something he demanded while in opposition when Bush's ill-fated "coalition of the willing" was inveigled by the U.S. to bomb, invade and occupy Iraq, all contrary to international law. Harper's war in Iraq will be a rather sad and inglorious affair, hardly up to the excesses of his war-mongering rhetoric.
Canadian corporate cash hoard rises to $630-billion in first quarter October 11, 2014
Arm the Kurds October 11, 2014
Dumping University Tuition Is Not a Dream October 11, 2014
Tip of the BDS iceberg: Kuwait excludes Veolia from $750m contract October 10, 2014
Four Things the Left Should Learn from Kobane October 10, 2014
America's 'Terrorist Academy' in Iraq Produced ISIS Leaders October 10, 2014
The Great Wage Slowdown of the 21st Century October 10, 2014
The Re-Baathification of Iraq October 10, 2014
From Sect to Mass Party October 9, 2014
Solidarity with Kobanę - an urgent task October 9, 2014
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|Forum: The Maidan Uprising and Civil War in the Ukraine: Questions for the Left|
Last year's events marked not only a turning point in Ukraine's history. It also posed a number of difficult questions for progressive movements and left critical theory. Volodymyr Ishchenko, a sociologist and leftist commentator, will present his perspective on the Ukrainian Maidan and the ongoing civil war. The presentation will discuss questions of revolution, nationalism, fascism, imperialism and the strategy which has been raised in political and academic discussions in and around the Ukraine.
Volodymyr Ishchenko is a sociologist studying social protests in Ukraine. He is the deputy director of the Center for Social and Labor Research, a member of the editorial board of Commons: Journal for Social Criticism and LeftEast web-magazine, and a teacher at the Department of Sociology in the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He authored a number of comments and interviews about Ukrainian Maidan, particularly, for the Guardian and the New Left Review.
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