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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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251. 1 March 2015 Green Jobs
We cannot develop an ecologically-responsible and just economy without considering the consequences for work and employment. But what is the meaning of 'green work' in capitalist societies of endless production and consumption for the purposes of profits? If we scale back on tar sands, fracking, and other dirty energy projects, as we must, workers who lose their jobs will need retraining, temporary income support, and a green energy infrastructure to work in. This will require a whole range of collective investments and decisions.
250. 22 February 2015 Europe's Crisis and the Rise of the Right: Challenges for the Left Eley, Geoff; Gaspar M. Tamas; Liz Fekete
Presentations by Geoff Eley, Gaspar M. Tamas and Liz Fekete. Recorded in Toronto, 16 February 2015.
249. 15 February 2015 The Historic Victory of Greek Left: What Now? Panitch, Leo; Peter Bratsis
On January 25 2015, Greece elected a new government representative of a range of radical and left forces after years of protests and street battles against the extreme policies of austerity imposed by the so-called Troika composed of the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Syriza represents the first and the strongest democratic response to the bizarre deepening of neoliberalism after the 2008 crisis.
248. 14 February 2015 Burying Nuclear Waste in Ontario?
There are significant critiques about burying nuclear waste, and a history of failures for the industry. This forum presents frontline voices who have been resisting both the creation of nuclear waste, and the burial. Recorded in Toronto, 7 February 2015.
247. 8 February 2015 Environmental Justice, the Tar Sands, and Indigenous Rights
Tar Sands extraction projects, located primarily in Treaty 6 and 8, have radically damaged and contaminated a huge area of land in so-called Alberta, and poisoned the Athabasca watershed. Moderated by Greg Albo. Presentations by Keith Stewart, Heather Milton-Lightening and Lana Goldberg. Recorded in Toronto, 1 February 2015.
246. 25 January 2015 Launching the Socialist Register 2015: Transforming Classes
This 51st annual Socialist Register completes the investigation of class formation and class strategies on a global scale begun with last year's volume. Presentations by David McNally, Sue Ferguson, Adolph Reed, John McCullough and co-editors Leo Panitch and Greg Albo. Recorded in Toronto, 15 January 2015.
245. 18 January 2015 This Changes Everything Muhammad, Umair; Patricia Perkins, Sam Gindin
Umair Muhammad, Patricia Perkins and Sam Gindin discuss the importance of Naomi Klein's new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, where she argues that the main culprit of runaway climate change is the system itself: capitalism. Recorded in Toronto, 11 January 2015.
244. 21 December 2014 Partners in Crime
The signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement came with the promise of prosperity and jobs for all and the extension of human rights. These are, it needs hardly saying, promises unkept. Recorded in Toronto, 12 December 2014.
243. 14 December 2014 Book launch: A Line in the Tarsands
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.
242. 7 December 2014 Endless War? The Middle East and Canada's New Militarism Shipley, Tyler; Judy Deutsch; Sabah Alnasseri; Sardar Saadi
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? Recorded in Toronto, 27 November 2014.
241. 30 November 2014 Ecosocialism: Why Greens Must be Red and Reds Must be Green Angus, Ian
Ian Angus discusses the need to build a movement based on socialist and ecological principles to counter and supplant the destructiveness of capitalism. Recorded in Ottawa, 16 November 2014.
240. 23 November 2014 Left Strategies for the 21st Century Panitch, Leo
Leo Panitch was invited by the Slovenian Institute for Labour Studies to give a lecture on left strategies.
239. 22 November 2014 Class 101: Workers, Middle Class, and the 1% Cummings, Jordy; John Sharkey
A discussion between John Sharkey and Jordy Cummings about class... what is class, manual vs intellectual labour, what is exploitation, and how does it relate to other oppressions?
238. 9 November 2014 The Maidan Uprising and Civil War in the Ukraine Ishchenko, Volodymyr
Last year's events marked not only a turning point in Ukraine's history. It also posed a number of difficult questions for progressive movements and left critical theory. Volodymyr Ishchenko, a sociologist and leftist commentator, presents his perspective on the Ukrainian Maidan and the ongoing civil war.
237. 2 November 2014 Beyond the Gridlock
Struggles to expand public transport and to block privatization are central to overturning neoliberalism and addressing climate justice. This forum brings together some of the leading public transit activists in Europe and North America.
236. 26 October 2014 Radical Political Poetry
Poetry allows us to rethink violence, justice, resistance and revolution. It opens up the possibilities for radical imagination and allows us to think new ways of being into existence. Readings by Kaushalya Bannerji, Cheran, and Himani Bannerji. Recorded 18 October 2014.
235. 15 October 2014 Chicago Teachers' Strike Potter, Jackson
Jackson Potter, a co-founder of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) and a full time organizer for the Chicago Teachers' Union, discusses how rank and file teachers led one of the most successful strikes in decades.
234. 13 October 2014 Fight for Fare Free Transit in Toronto Pietrzyk, Kamilla; Michael Laxer
Kamilla Pietrzyk of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly's Free and Accessible Transit Campaign; Ward 6 Socialist city council candidate Michael Laxer, who is campaigning for Free Transit. Recorded in Toronto, 28 September 2014.
233. 5 October 2014 Neoliberalism and the Far Right Albo, Greg; Bill Fletcher Jr
Analyzing neoliberalism and the far right with Greg Albo and Bill Fletcher Jr. Recorded in Toronto, 24 September 2014.
232. 21 September 2014 Teachers Teaching Teachers Potter, Jackson
Preparing for Tough Negotiations. Q+A discussion with Helen Victoros and Jackson Potter, Staff Coordinator/Organizer with the Chicago Teachers' Union (CTU) and member of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE).
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