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What's New: Canadian Alliance of United Seniors (CAUS)

| November 27, 2014

CAUS is a new progressive seniors' organization in Canada -- an organization to rally and organize Canadians age 50 and over. Our intention is to design, build and develop a strong national organization that can reach and attract a significant portion of Canadian seniors who are still working, seeking work or retired -- and create a strong, effective voice for progressive programs and policies for seniors.

Bullet #1059: 43 Students and the Future of Mexico

by Justin Paulson | November 26, 2014

Nearly two months ago, on September 26, a group of students from the Normal Rural Raśl Isidro Burgos -- a boarding school for student teachers in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero -- was soliciting funds in nearby Iguala when they were attacked by local police, acting under orders. Six people were killed; the remaining 43 students were arrested and were not heard from again. They have, for now, joined the ranks of Mexico's disappeared.

What's New: Report on SANDA film screening

| November 25, 2014

A diverse group of more than 60 attended a unique film screening and discussion event at the North York Civic Centre last Saturday. The event started with Korean folk drumming which revved up the crowd, continued with an 83-minute film called Sanda (Surviving), and carried on a well-participated discussion which extended the program for 20 extra minutes. More than 40 people from the Civic Centre walked together in the rainy evening to a Korean restaurant a few blocks away.

What's New: 2014 Global Slavery Index

| November 25, 2014

This is the second edition of the Global Slavery Index, the flagship report of the Walk Free Foundation. The Global Slavery Index estimates the number of people in modern slavery in 167 countries. It is a tool for citizens, non government organisations, businesses and public officials to understand the size of the problem, existing responses and contributing factors, so they can build sound policies that will end modern slavery.

What's New: 40 journalists protest reported plans to close down documentary team at CBC

| November 25, 2014

The undersigned journalists have become alarmed at the precipitous decline of documentaries in the CBC-TV schedule, which has occurred not just for financial reasons, but because of programming priorities over many years. Now there are plans to shut down in-house production of feature documentaries. CBC Television, to be true to its core mandate, needs more long-form journalism and legacy programming -- not less.

What's New: David Suzuki gives fiery speech on Burnaby Mountain to Kinder Morgan protesters

| November 24, 2014

Legendary environmental leader David Suzuki walked up to a police line defending Kinder Morgan drill crews on Burnaby Mountain on Sunday, at a protest gaining world-wide attention.

What's New: Extractivism vs. the climate

by Michal Rozworski | November 24, 2014

Naomi Klein's big book on climate change, This Changes Everything, is at once an extensive catalogue of climate change failures and a passionate defence of budding shoots of resistance. Much more than just an up-to-date account of where we are and how we got here, it is also a meditation on how to move forward -- one that needs to be critically examined.

What's New: Climate Crisis, the Deindustrialization Imperative and the Jobs vs. Environment Dilemma

by Richard Smith | November 24, 2014

Since the 1990s, climate scientists have been telling us that unless we suppress the rise of carbon dioxide emissions, we run the risk of crossing critical tipping points that could unleash runaway global warming, and precipitate the collapse of civilization and perhaps even our own extinction.

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Inequality: what really matters November 19, 2014

TransCanada hired world's largest PR firm to target Council of Canadians' Energy East campaign November 19, 2014

Rosebud Sioux Tribe: House Vote in Favor of Keystone XL Pipeline an Act of War November 19, 2014

Mexico's murderous alliance of state, the army and the drug cartels November 18, 2014

Ferguson Speaks: A Communique From Ferguson November 18, 2014

Leaked Documents Expose Global Companies' Secret Tax Deals in Luxembourg November 18, 2014

Naomi Klein's 'Hard-Money' Ideas Undermine Her Laudable Climate Action Goals November 18, 2014

The Green Coast: What you need to know about Vancouver's election November 18, 2014

SACP's divisive role in the fracas November 18, 2014

The low wages fallacy November 18, 2014

GERM - neoliberal policy infecting the world's classrooms November 18, 2014

UK companies at their most profitable since 1998 November 18, 2014

On climate change, the world is leaving Harper behind November 17, 2014

Divisions threaten to undermine labour movement efforts to defeat Harper in 2015 November 17, 2014

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twinkle starForum: Endless War? The Middle East and Canada's New Militarism

Endless War? The Middle East and Canada's New Militarism
In 2003, the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq on false pretenses and left the country in ruins almost a decade later, creating the conditions for ISIL's ascension in the region. Now the U.S. is spearheading a campaign to return to Iraq and enter Syria to fight off ISIL. Canada has heeded its neighbour's call for support and is already on the ground "helping" with the mission. Canadian reinforcement for U.S. imperial endevours around the world is standard procedure, but Canada has its very own imperial strategy as well. A new foreign policy stance has led to interventions in Afghanistan, Haiti, Libya, and Mali, among other places.

Canada is (again) intervening in the Middle East with fighter jets, logistics, forward bases, and other supports. This is another escalation in the 'new militarism' that is dominating Canadian foreign policy and increasingly, society. Can the intervention succeed even on its own militarist terms? What are the alternatives for the anti-war movement?

In the midst of the conflict is the besieged city of Kobane, part of the Kurdish region of Rojava in northern Syria. Two years ago Syrian Kurds declared autonomy and set up a system of direct democracy called "Democratic Confederalism." What is happening on the ground and how can the Left support the Rojava Revolution and Kobane?

* Sabah Alnasseri, Professor of Political Science, York University
* Judy Deutsch, Science for Peace, Canadian Dimension Magazine
* Tyler Shipley, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humber College
* Sardar Saadi, PhD Student at UofT, Toronto-based activist

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