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Book launch:

A Line in the Tarsands

Toronto — 29 November 2014.


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Tar sands ‘development’ comes with an enormous environmental and human cost. But tar sands opponents – fighting a powerful international industry – are likened to terrorists; government environmental scientists are muzzled; and public hearings are concealed and rushed.

Yet, despite the formidable political and economic power behind the tar sands, many opponents are actively building international networks of resistance, challenging pipeline plans while resisting threats to indigenous sovereignty and democratic participation.

Presentations by:

The book's website: A Line in the Tarsands.org (Between the Lines, 2014).



Endless War?

The Middle East and Canada's New Militarism

Toronto — 27 November 2014.


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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?

Moderated by Lana Goldberg. Presentations by:



Ecosocialism:

Why Greens Must be Red and Reds Must be Green

Ottawa — 16 November 2014.


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Ian Angus discusses the need to build a movement based on socialist and ecological principles to counter and supplant the destructiveness of capitalism. Ian Angus is editor of Climate and Capitalism, a founding member of the Ecosocialist International Network, co-author of the Belem Ecosocialist Declaration, and editor of The Global Fight for Climate Justice.

Moderated by Richard Fidler.


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Tar sands 'development' comes with an enormous environmental and human cost. But tar sands opponents -- fighting a powerful international industry -- are likened to terrorists; government environmental scientists are muzzled; and public hearings are concealed and rushed. Recorded in Toronto, 29 November 2014.
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