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Bullet #1514: Zimbabwe Civil Society Organizations Joint Statement on Military Takeover

| November 21, 2017

We the undersigned civil society organizations guided by the Constitution express our concern over the political developments in Zimbabwe, today Wednesday 15 November 2017. We call for the peaceful and constitutional resolution of the situation and the immediate return of Constitutional order and democracy in Zimbabwe. As civil society we reiterate our position that the political transition in Zimbabwe must be guided by the Constitution.

What's New: The Case for Free Public Transit

by Tricia Wood | November 20, 2017

Metrolinx recently announced a program to discount TTC fare for those transferring from the GO Transit system. (Other TTC riders and those transferring from other systems get nothing.) It’s a little gift that will cost about $18 million, but in the greater scheme of things, it’s a pretty weak gesture. People need to leave their homes to work, buy food, get educated, acquire services, find recreation, and so on. To thrive in a city requires mobility.

What's New: The solution to the climate crisis is in our peasant struggle for Food and Energy Sovereignty!

by Via Campesina | November 20, 2017

With Mother Earth heating up dramatically and humanity plagued by unprecedented adverse weather and rising sea levels. The capitalist system, fuelled by the profit greed, is not capable of addressing the current climate crisis. Even the COP21 Paris Agreement and its inadequate proposals to keep temperature increases below 2 degrees celsius is in limbo, with the recent pull out by U.S. President Donald Trump.

LeftStreamed: Thomas Sankara Commemoration

November 19, 2017

30th Commemoration of the Assassination of Thomas Sankara: Which way forward for Africa & the Caribbean? Thomas Sankara, Pan-African revolutionary and former President of Burkina Faso (1983-1987) had a vision for the sustained and dignified progress of his country, the 'land of the incorruptible.' During his short period of rule in Burkina Faso, the country saw an unprecedented participation of the population towards a collective goal of self-sustained development.

What's New: Marx, Engels, and Ecology

by Michael Löwy | November 18, 2017

The following is a brief survey of Marx and Engels’ views on ecology, from the viewpoint of their relevance for 21th-century ecosocialism. While there are some serious limitations in the way both consider the 'development of productive forces,' there are powerful insights in their discussion of the destructive consequences of capitalist expansion for the environment--an expansion that generates a disastrous metabolic rift in the exchanges between human societies and nature.

What's New: Unions in Court

by Brad Walchuk | November 17, 2017

Unions in Court: Organized Labour and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, co-authored by Larry Savage and Charles W. Smith, examines the labour movement’s increasing use of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to defend and expand the rights of Canada’s working class. Steeped in history yet rife with contemporary cases, the book provides an important and critical look at labour’s political weakness under neoliberalism, both at the ballot box and under a string of right-wing governments across the country.

What's New: Forget the 'slippery slope' -- Israel already is an apartheid state

by Neil Macdonald | November 17, 2017

The time has come to call the duck a duck. It's time to agree with a long list of Israeli political leaders, academics and public figures on both the political left and right, including three former prime ministers, a winner of the Israel prize, two former heads of the Israeli internal security service Shin Bet, and one of the country's principal newspapers, all of whom have warned that the Jewish state is becoming, or already is, an apartheid state.

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7:00pm, Friday December 1, 2017
Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto.

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twinkle starRed Talks: Toronto’s Housing Crisis

Toronto’s Housing Crisis
Why it’s happening and what to do about it.

Presentations by:

* Simon Wallace - The Parkdale Rent Strike

* Niko Block - Why Housing Costs are Skyrocketing

Organized by the Socialist Project, co-sponsored by Centre for Social Justice | Facebook event | PDF poster
6:30pm, Tuesday November 21, 2017
A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, 777 Bathurst Street, Toronto.

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The Capitalism Workshop: Cracks and Fissures in Europe

Cracks and Fissures in Europe
Authoritarian Statism, the Hard Right and Challenges for the Left

Presenters: John Kannankulan and Stefan Kipfer

What is distinctive about the new conjuncture is the growing delegitimation of the key institutional supports of neoliberal hegemony, which have sponsored the making of global capitalism under its ideological auspices. This stretches from the bureaucracies of the European Union, the IMF, and the WTO and, in the context of the Trump presidency, to possibly even the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve, whose capacity to manage the economic contradictions of capitalist globalization will be severely challenged. The most visible expression of this institutional crisis is the delegitimation of all the political parties of the centre-left and centre-right that promoted neoliberal globalization. But it is important to note that this is not a matter of the ideology promoting capitalist globalization having only recently and suddenly become unpopular. There has long been opposition to internationalization projects like NAFTA and the EU constitution amongst the popular classes. This has been a key reason for the decline of social democratic parties as they governed as neoliberals in defence of liberal markets and the rise of the far right, most recently of far right political forces in the Germany and Austria, but hardly limited to those cases as the alt-right and Trump in the US underscore. The success of xenophobic right-wing political forces today calls for the development of a socialist praxis fit for this perilous political moment. Taking this seriously requires that we address the inroads of the far right into working class constituencies that were bastions of trade unionism for much of the 20th century, and traditionally voted heavily not only for New Deal Democrats, or Labour and Social Democratic parties on the centre-left but even, as in France, for Communist parties.

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