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What's New: Happy Birthday Rosa Luxemburg!
| March 5, 2015
Rosa Luxemburg [1871-1919], the Polish-born revolutionary and writer, was one of the most original theoretical minds of the early twentieth century. Her work stands as a testament to the great social of upheavals of the time and a life lived in struggle for a better world. She ultimately suffered for her convictions, spending time in jail between 1904 and 1906 and again for three and a half years for opposing the First World War, before her brutal and untimely death in 1919 at the hands of the proto-fascistic Freikorp.
by Brenda Thompson | March 5, 2015
I just got off the phone with a neighbour one street over. She has been following the news about the sunk costs for the Scarborough subway and she is frustrated with Council's refusal to consider Councillor Josh Matlow's administrative enquiries into these costs and ridership levels. Let me first say that my neighbour is not a transit rider. Like most people in Scarborough she drives everywhere.
by Kirk Johnson | March 5, 2015
On Sunday, the county transit system for the Seattle metropolitan area began hurtling down a road that few cities have traveled before: pricing tickets based on passengers' income. The project, which is being closely watched around the nation, gives discounts on public transportation to people whose household income is no more than 200 per cent of the federal poverty level -- for instance, $47,700 or less for a family of four under the 2014 guidelines.
Bullet #1087: The Paris Climate Talks and the Failure of States
by Gabriel Levy | March 4, 2015
The officials in charge of the United Nations climate talks say that no deal will be done in Paris in December (COP21) to avoid dangerous global warming. After preparatory negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, this month, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, confirmed that the target set previously, of limiting warming to 2 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels, would be missed.
by Armine Yalnizyan | March 3, 2015
The Harper government gives five reasons why Canadians ought to be happy with its proposal to double the maximum contribution to the Tax-Free Savings Account. Examine each of its points more closely, however, and it's clear that the TFSA carries far higher risks than rewards -- for individual Canadians as well as for the economy as a whole. Let's unpack the government's arguments one by one.
What's New: The Disappeared in Mexico
| March 3, 2015
According to the United Nations Convention Against Torture, forced or enforced disappearance refers to the involvement of state authorities in the arrest, detention, abduction of people in the form of authorization, support or acquiescence. Calderon's militarization strategy to deal with Mexican cartels and the collusion of authorities and security forces with members of organized crime has resulted in increased drug-related violence resulting in more than 40,000 deaths and more than 20,000 disappeared.
What's New: The murder of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov
by Roger Annis | March 2, 2015
The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond is compiling reports and analysis of the murder of Russian political figure Boris Nemtsov. This includes the filmed comments in Feb. 2012 by Vladimir Putin to a Russian audience warning of violent provocations that would aim to destabilize Russia.
| March 2, 2015
A study by the International Monetary Fund tracked three decades of income and found that as unionization declined, the wealth of the richest 10 per cent in advanced countries showed a continuous increase.
A view from Athens: why the left shouldn't put all its faith in Syriza February 27, 2015
The pursuit of Edward Snowden February 27, 2015
Golden Dawn and the 'Dark Forces' February 27, 2015
Renationalise the railways. Cut military spending. February 27, 2015
Stagnant wages for over 80% of Canadian workers February 27, 2015
Canadian Spies Collect Domestic Emails in Secret Security Sweep February 27, 2015
Privatizations in Energy sector cause rift in Greek government February 27, 2015
Lack of provincial funding blamed for looming Toronto university strikes February 27, 2015
Syriza wins time and space February 27, 2015
Greece: a simple macroeconomic guide February 27, 2015
Greece: a debt colony with a bit of 'home rule' February 26, 2015
The juicy interview of Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis February 26, 2015In The News archive:
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| 2:00pm, Sunday March 15, 2015
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto.
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|Forum: Climate Change Impacts on the Global South and Inadequate UN Agreements|
Climate change is already catastrophic for countless people around the world, especially in parts of the Global South. Some residents of low-lying Island States in the Pacific Ocean are already having to move to other countries as a result of rising sea levels. Water is also rising in Bangladesh, swallowing up coastal areas and contaminating fertile land. In East Africa changing sea surface temperatures have disrupted seasonal rains and lead to severe droughts while West Africa is experiencing rising temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns which are threatening agriculture. Southern Africa is similarly seeing rising temperatures, below-normal rainfall, and droughts. Meanwhile, South Asia and South East Asia have been subjected to extreme weather events that have killed and displaced tens of thousands of people, with more severe climate impacts on the way.
These developments are revealing all too starkly the limits of neoliberal development strategies of building capitalism. There is a pressing need to turn to ecologically-responsible production and egalitarian development.
Yet, wealthy nations continue to look the other way, formulating weak and non-binding agreements on climate change at UN conferences. Even the 2 degree Celsius target set out by developed countries for capping the rise in warming would lead to full-scale humanitarian disasters in the developing world. Indeed, scientists say that at 2 degrees of warming, expected in 20 to 30 years, the world will encounter widespread food shortages, unprecedented heat-waves, and more intense cyclones.
Please join us to hear about the climate impacts in some of the most vulnerable regions in the world, an assessment of the current impasse at the global level, and some thoughts on ways to avoid an escalating crisis.
• Nasima Nektar, Executive Director, Bangladeshi-Canadian Community Services
• Isaac Asume Osuoka, Director, Social Action, Nigeria
• Romain Felli, Senior researcher in Political Science, University of Geneva
The talk is free. The space is accessible by mobile ramp upon request in advance. Washrooms are downstairs and not accessible.
Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly, Socialist Project | Facebook event
|11:00am, Saturday March 7, 2015
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|: International Women's Day 2015|
Start Location: OISE Building, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Rally: 11am, 252 Bloor Street West, OISE Building
Fair: 2pm, 55 Gould Street, Ryerson University
The IWD march this year is on March 7, rally at 11 at OISE Auditorium and March at 1pm, with a fair at Ryerson at 2pm. The march is aimed squarely at Harper's attacks on women and women's rights with the theme of Our Bodies, Our Territories, Our Communities.
Theme: Our Bodies. Our Territories. Our Communities. | iwdtoronto.ca | Facebook event
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