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| March 31, 2015
It has been two weeks since the first occupation of the Bungehuis, one of the main buildings of the University of Amsterdam. The more recent occupation of the Maagdenhuis, which was famously occupied back in 1969, and the breadth of the grassroots movement for a New University exposes the problems of Dutch higher education. Increasing student/staff ratios, chronic underfunding, creeping micromanagement of research and teaching, and growing authoritarianism from university management are all conspiring to turn universities into a bureaucratic version of Walmart.
by Elena Papadopoulou and Michalis Spourdalakis | March 31, 2015
Almost a month after the agreement of the 20th of February between the new Greek government, the European Institutions and the IMF, we need to know where we stand. "We" in this case is not the government. It is not even Syriza's members and voters. "We" includes all those who understand the necessity of a strong democratic reply to aggressive neoliberalism and the austerity it imposes on the people of Europe, and who perceive the victory of Syriza as a gleam of hope against a conservative and reactionary turn of Europe.
What's New: What future for the European Union
| March 30, 2015
As has been the custom for several years now, the transform! europe network is responsible also this year for the Memorandum going to print in several languages. However, in 2015 the publication happens in midst a specific political context. The elections having taken place in Greece at the end of January have led to a landslide victory of the left party of SYRIZA, followed by a government taking office whose declared aim is to bring to an end the affliction imposed on the country.
by Justin Podur | March 30, 2015
York's contract faculty are the precarious academic labourers whose difficulties have been brought into some public light by the York strike and other labour actions in North America. The contract faculty settled earlier in March. The teaching assistants and graduate assistants had to battle on until the end of the month to win their objectives. Although the strike ended in a victory, the struggle was mainly defensive.
Bullet #1097: Brazil: The Débâcle of the PT
by Alfredo Saad-Filho | March 30, 2015
Hundreds of thousands of chiefly white middle class protesters took to the streets in Brazil on 15 March in an organized upsurge of hatred against the federal administration led by President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers' Party. These protests are far more cohesive and better organized than the previous wave of anti-government demonstrations, in 2013; their demands are unambiguously reactionary, and they include primarily the country's elite.
LeftStreamed: Education and Mobilization in Contested Mexico
March 29, 2015
This panel of experts on contemporary Mexico explores the context surrounding these events including the rise of drug violence, long standing popular movements among teachers and students, meaningful democracy, and the links between powerful interests in licit and illicit industries. Recorded in Toronto, 18 March 2015.
What's New: Forum Social Mondial
| March 28, 2015
The International Council's decision to organize the WSF once again in Tunis (Tunisia) was taken within the meeting in Casablanca (Morocco), last November. It responds to a wish formulated by regional and international social movements. After evaluation of the impacts of the WSF 2013 in Tunisia, they estimated that it was still necessary to: Consolidate the dynamics of changes born thanks to the Tunisian revolution and to the democratic movements in the region....
Samir Amin | March 28, 2015
As tens of thousands gather for the World Social Forum in Tunis, Tunisia, we speak to one of the most prominent radical thinkers in Africa -- the Egyptian-born economist Samir Amin. He is considered one of Africa’s leading political economists and was one of the pioneers of describing modern human history from the perspective of the Third World, arguing that the countries of the South were not latecomers to capitalism, but were integrated into the global economy from the start in a position of dependency to the rich, industrialized North.
Greek Crisis: Very Little Wiggle Room for Syriza April 26, 2015
Why is China's Economy Slowing Down? April 26, 2015
Iceland: Workers Overwhelmingly Approve General Strike April 26, 2015
Finland: Millionaire Austerity Proponent Wins Election April 25, 2015
What does Greece look like at the grassroots? April 25, 2015
Why They Hate Cornel West April 25, 2015
ILWU Dock Workers to Shut Port of Oakland April 25, 2015
What the hell is happening in Alberta? April 25, 2015
The NDP and the strategic voting narrative April 25, 2015
Contours of the class struggle in China April 25, 2015
Video: Death to the Arabs April 24, 2015In The News archive:
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| 7:00pm, Tuesday April 28, 2015
People's Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.
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|Forum: Corporate Offensive: Continental Perspectives|
A Panel Discussion of Continental Crucible: Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America, 2nd edition, 2015
* Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, President and General Secretary of the National Union of Mining Metal, Steel and Allied Workers Union of Mexico (SNTMMSRM), continues to lead his union from exile in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of Collapse of Dignity, a book about corporate greed and miners’ struggles in Mexico.
* Jim Sinclair was President of the B.C. Federation of Labour from 1999 to 2014 and has long been active in international solidarity work. He was the editor of Crossing the Line: Canada and Free Trade with Mexico (1992).
* Richard Roman is co-author of Continental Crucible and many articles on workers, unions and the Mexican state.
|10:30am, Tuesday April 28, 2015
255 Front St., Toronto.
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|Protest: Confront Barrick Gold|
Every year, Barrick Gold gathers with their major shareholders and board of directors at their Annual General Meeting in downtown Toronto. And every year, we gather to support campaigns for justice, accountability, and a future for communities directly impacted by their mines.
This company is responsible for the deaths, rapes, and abuse of people who have the misfortune of living next to their mines, and the destruction of these peoples' environments. Meanwhile, Barrick's Advisory board and board of directors includes some of the most prominent and corrupt political figures of our time.
This year, we will be joined by Jethro Tulin, executive officer of the Akali Tange Association and Porgera Alliance. For the past decade, Jethro has been leading an international campaign against Barrick for killings and rapes by mine security. Just this month, teamed up with US-based lawfirm EarthRights International, to win fair compensation for 14 victims of abuse at the mine. But their struggle continues, as there are far more victims and the community seeks the long-term solution of resettlement.
Come for music, speeches, street theatre, and food... but most of all, come to support and amplify the voices of communities affected by Barrick around the world.
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