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What's New: Ethnic Cleansing by All Means: The real Israeli 'peace' policy

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.

What's New: Our Best Line of Defence: Taking on privatization at the bargaining table

| 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.

Bullet #1050: Can We Defend Our Pensions Without Challenging Financialized Capitalism?

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.

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The Fight for $15.37 an Hour November 27, 2014

Why It's Impossible to Indict a Cop November 27, 2014

Support for justice in Palestine soaring on US campuses November 27, 2014

Bailouts, bail-ins and the banks November 26, 2014

Labor Leaders Speak on Ferguson Ruling November 26, 2014

Carding, Racial Profiling and Racial Discrimination in Ontario November 26, 2014

Women Arrested Demanding Safe Space November 26, 2014

Numbers sleeping rough highest since records began November 26, 2014

WTF? Canada votes against UN resolution condemning glorification of Nazism! November 26, 2014

A struggle erupts over UC tuition hikes November 26, 2014

Why I Left The CBC And Its Toxic Atmosphere November 26, 2014

Safety for some, violence for the poor: Five reasons to support feminist action November 26, 2014

Radical Independence: a mass, united left is possible November 26, 2014

Israel has arrested 380 Palestinians in 20 days November 25, 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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