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Palestine 101: Not That Complicated


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“Palestine 101: Not That Complicated” is part of Together We Rise: Palestine as a Model of Resistance, our political education curriculum designed to provide critical voices, context, and resources to strengthen liberation struggles from the U.S. to Palestine. Together We Rise includes 101 resources on Palestine, skill-building tools, outlines how U.S. and Israeli colonialism and racism are connected, and what we can learn from Palestinian, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other freedom struggles.

Many people are held back from taking a stand on the issue of Palestine/Israel by the common misconception that it is “complicated.” Here, we explain the steady continuation of the more than 100 year old settler colonial project that is Zionism. Palestine 101: Not That Complicated can help folks both familiar and unfamiliar with the issue understand the ongoing process of Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and the legacy of Palestinian resistance to the colonization of their homeland.



Higher Education and
the Plague of Authoritarianism

Toronto – 26 October 2017


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Higher education in our politically desperate age is threatened by a legacy that it does not dare to name and that legacy with its eerie resonance with an authoritarian past asserts itself, in part, with the claim that education is failing. The Trump administration needs education to fail in a very particular way. Hostile to its role as a public good and democratic sphere, it is attempting to reshape education according to the market-driven logic of neoliberalism with its emphasis on privatization, commodification, deregulation, fear, and managerialism.

Under such circumstances, higher education is threatened for its potential role as a public sphere capable of educating students as informed, critical thinkers capable of not only holding power accountable but also fulfilling the role of critical agents who can act against injustice and resist diverse forms of oppression. In this lecture, Professor Giroux posits that the modern loss of faith in the marriage of education and democracy needs to be reclaimed, but that will only happen if the long legacy of struggle over education is once again brought to life as part of a more comprehensive understanding as education being central to politics itself.

Dr. Henry A. Giroux holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the Department of English and Cultural Studies. His most recent books include: Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education (2014); Dangerous Thinking in the Age of the New Authoritarianism (Routledge, 2016); America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017); and The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of Authoritarianism (Routledge 2018).

The John Eleen Annual Lecture in Global Labour was hosted by the Global Labour Research Centre, York University.



Transcending Pessimism, Reimagining Democracy - Session 3

Building Capacities: Education for Democracy


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This conference is in honour of Professor Emeritus Leo Panitch (York University). The conference was held October 6-7 at York University. More information here.

Session 3 was moderated and introduced by Dennis Pilon (York Unversity). Presentations by:


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191. 3 November 2013 Fiduciary Duty: A legal shield for corporate capitalism? Weststar, Johanna; Simon Archer and Murray Gold
Session 3 of the "Pension Fund" series -- this panel focuses on those situations where trade unions have the power to name trustees to pension trustee boards, and examine more closely what the expectations are of both nominating unions and the trustees themselves.
190. 27 October 2013 Understanding Globalization Gindin, Sam; David McNally
Presentations by: Sam Gindin, co-author with Leo Panitch of The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire; and David McNally, author of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance. Recorded in Toronto, 19 October 2013.
189. 20 October 2013 Trade Union and 'Progressive' Strategies Soederberg, Susanne; Jim Stanford
It is noteworthy that as finance has been on the 'rise', some activists began to formalize anti-corporate and targeted activist campaign strategies through pension and personal investment funds. In Canada and the U.S., several faith organizations began to argue that anti-social corporate behaviour should be, in some sense, sanctioned by individual investors and ultimate owners, on the basis of social principle or humanitarian values.
188. 6 October 2013 From Pension Fund Socialism to Pension Fund Capitalism?
Peter Drucker's famous 1976 warning that the growth of workers' pension funds was leading to 'socialism' in the United States has not aged well. This conception inspired many trade unionists and some on the left, and led to various experimental proposals for seizing 'worker control' of finance and the economy via the pooled savings of workers, whether in pension funds or in individual savings.
187. 29 September 2013 Tied in a Knot - discussion with the director Kukreja, Reena
This documentary examines the newly emergent phenomenon of bride buying and commoditization of the female body in India, and the attendant gender based violence that the sourced, bought, or trafficked brides undergo in their marital homes. Years of repressive social morés that promoted girl dispreference is now seeing men from these regions breach customary rules and travel to distant poorer regions of India to find wives.
186. 15 September 2013 Prime Your Mind for Resistance to the 'Right to Work' Lie
Bankers get bailed out, corporations get incentives, workers get attacked... and 'right to work' laws threaten to take this much further. A GTWA labour forum with John Cartwright, Sonia Singh, and Sam Gindin. Recorded in Toronto, 12 September 2013.
185. 1 September 2013 How Tar Sands Threaten Our Communities
Concern is growing. Word is getting out about Enbridge Corp.'s plan to convert an aging cross-Toronto pipeline (Line 9) to transport a toxic mixture of bitumen (tar) and chemicals. Hundreds of East End Toronto residents have expressed alarm about the dangers of a spill and the effect on climate change. Recorded in Toronto, 25 August 2013.
184. 18 August 2013 France: One year after the Sarkozy defeat
François Hollande and his Socialist Party came to power following presidential and legislative elections in May-June 2012. While the defeat of hard-right president Nicolas Sarkozy and his UMP party certainly came as a huge relief, Hollande and his government have essentially pursued the same agenda as the defeated forces of the right and have plummeted in the opinion polls.
183. 4 August 2013 Architecture, Occupation, and Resistance
Justin Podur interviews architectural researcher Suzy Harris-Brandts, who studied and worked with the Decolonizing Architecture group in the West Bank. They discuss the limitations of negotiations, design tactics under occupation, and the responsibility of architects.
182. 14 July 2013 Has the Giant Awoken?
Brazil is currently witnessing the largest mass protests to hit the country in over 20 years. Originally organized by the Free Fare Movement (MPL) in Sao Paulo against a planned 10 cent public transit fare hike, the protests quickly spread to Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and other major cities across the country. At its peak, over 1 million people in over 100 Brazilian cities took to the streets to protest a long list of grievances ranging from political corruption to human rights abuses and World Cup spending.
181. 7 July 2013 Democracy Against Capitalism Roper, Brian
A presentation by Brian Roper, author of The History of Democracy - A Marxist Interpretation. Brian Roper is a long-time activist on the socialist left in New Zealand and an Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Otago. Recorded in Toronto, 24 June 2013.
180. 30 June 2013 Chapuling in Turkey
Occupy Gezi and Reflections from the Turkish Left. Presentations by Baris Karaagac, Ezgi Dogru and Balca Arda. Recorded in Toronto 23 June 2013.
179. 23 June 2013 The State and The Future of Democracy in Turkey Baban, Feyzi; Sabine Dreher; Mustafa Koc
In recent years Turkey has been presented as a "model democracy" for the Middle East. In recent weeks, what started out as a protest against the conversion of a park to a shopping centre in Istanbul, has evolved into a national protest movement about democracy and grievances related to neoliberalism, unfettered urban development, repression of political dissent and free media, state intervention into personal lifestyles, disregard for constitutional rights and freedoms and police brutality.
178. 22 June 2013 Waiting for 2014 in Afghanistan Podur, Justin
A short documentary by Justin Podur about Afghanistan's perils and prospects leading up to the 2014 NATO withdrawal and election. Includes interviews with Afghan MPs: Ramazon Bashardost, famous for his anti-corruption politics, and Shukria Barakzai, famous as a writer of Afghanistan's constitution. Based on a visit to Kabul in March 2013.
177. 16 June 2013 The Crisis and Socialist Strategy Spourdalakis, Michalis
Lessons from the Greek Left with Michalis Spourdalakis. Spourdalakis is a founding member of Syriza and currently serves on its policy planning committee. Professor of Political Science at Athens University and current chair of the Hellenic Political Science Association, he is also on the Secretariat of Nicos Poulantzas Institute, and a corresponding editor of the Socialist Register.
176. 19 May 2013 Reportback from Ecosocialism Conference 2013
Taking place at New York's Barnard College, the Ecosocialist Conference drew some two hundred activists around the slogan "System Change not Climate Change." It was endorsed by numerous progressive organizations and individuals in the U.S. and Canada, and featured speakers from a wide spectrum of organizations and perspectives. Introduced by Abbie Bakan and John Riddell. Moderated by Greg Albo. Recorded in Toronto, 4 May 2013.
175. 12 May 2013 After the Canadian Jewish Congress Freeman-Maloy, Dan
Dan Freeman-Maloy talks about the deterioration of Canadian Jewish politics and implications for leftist strategy. It also outlines the broader politics of Western Zionism and identifies the relationship between the Palestine question and the rise of budgetary authorities within communal leadership structures.
174. 11 May 2013 Fighting Austerity
The panelists discuss the history and scope of the austerity agenda, its effects on the environment, indigenous peoples and working people the world over. Who and what is driving this agenda and how do we conceive of a fight back strategy that might begin to challenge the current hegemony of corporate power.
173. 5 May 2013 The Problem of Labour Imperialism
A forum with Kim Scipes and Marion Pollack to discuss the issues and challenges in building international labour solidarity. Moderated by Farid C. Partovi. Recorded in Toronto, 21 April 2013.
172. 4 May 2013 May Day 2013: Solidarity City
Solidarity City is a unified struggle for: Respect for Indigenous Sovereignty, Status for All, an End to Imperialism and Environmental Destruction, an End to Austerity and Attacks on the Poor and Working-Class, continued resistance against Patriarchy, Racism, Ableism and Homophobia and Transphobia. The march ended with a rally in support of the striking workers at Porter FBO. Recorded in Toronto, 1 May 2013.
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