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Relay #31: Winter 2010 / 2011
The current political conjuncture is dominated by enduring struggles and new dilemmas for the Left trying to stop the bleeding. The enduring financial crisis has posed the matter starkly: is neoliberalism in terminal crisis and over, or are the ruling classes intensifying its distributive norms and its political form? The outcome of the May Federal election revealed some of the same patterns: an historical consolidation of the hard Right Conservative government of Stephen Harper, and an unprecedented electoral surge for the social democratic NDP (and however harsh one is on the nature of contemporary social democracy, it is the first time that any political party in North America who has its ideological roots in socialism has captured such a significant part of the electorate and emerged as the second party).
This issue explores some of these enduring struggles and emergent dilemmas. Palestinian solidarity work in Canada has been both. In an important contribution, Abbie Bakan reviews current debates about the usage of the term 'apartheid' and looks ahead at strategies for the BDS movement. Suzanne Weiss and Jesse Zimmerman add to the discussion reviewing recent critical interventions on Israeli apartheid in Canada and the US. Another enduring political struggle has been the transformations in China as capitalism has been built, and a new left struggles to emerge in a radically new context. Articles by Lance Carter and John Riddell explore different dimensions of the political context in China.
In terms of emergent dilemmas, the instabilities of 'world money' as played out in national currency wars is in the first grouping of key contradictions. This is being felt strongly in Canada as the combined impact of a declining US dollar and an ascendant Canadian 'petro-currency' has posed stark economic divergences between different regions of Canada. These issues are debated in essays by Paul Kellogg and Jim Stanford.
It hardly needs stressing that the radical Left in Canada – and in this the Canadian Left hardly stands alone – is facing a significant turning point. The rise in the fortunes of the NDP battling, perhaps, the most neoliberal government in the core countries will draw many social activists within its orbit, and certainly the main leadership of the union movement. This will, in turn, intensify the disorganization, marginalization and drift into even more ultra-left campaigns and strategies of many others. More of the same, only better, is hardly an option. There is need for some bold new adventures in thought and practice.
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|Winter, 2010/2011 (whole issue #31)||Palestine, Israel and Canada; Money; Communications; China||ISSUU.com|
|Abbie Bakan||Israeli Apartheid: A Socialist View|
|Jim Stanford||Foreign Exchange and the Canadian Dollar: A Primer|
|Summer, 2010 (whole issue #30)||Against Austerity, Workers' Assemblies, Debating the United Front, Canada and Apartheid Israel, Dutch Socialism, Neoliberalism and Ecology, Dialectics of Capitalism etc...||ISSUU.com|
|Jane D'Arista||The G20 and the Drive to Austerity|
|Paul Kellogg||‘Progressive’ Europe's Reactionary Stew|
|Ian McKay||Visioning a World Without Capitalism|
|Sam Gindin||Working Peoples' Assemblies|
|John Simoulidis||Thinking About Capitalism: Interview with John R. Bell|
|Marta Harnecker||The Latin American Left Today|
|Jan-Mar, 2010 (whole issue #29)||Municipal Mailaise, Openings for Toronto Workers, Crisis and Social Revolt, Emerging Left etc...||ISSUU.com|
|Carlo Fanelli and Justin Paulson||Municipal Malaise|
|Herman Rosenfeld||New Openings for Toronto Workers|
|Mary Thibodeau||Copenhagen and Carbon Trading|
|Rob Albritton||Let Them Eat Junk|
|Oct-Dec, 2009 (whole issue #28)||The Dexter NDP, An Inconvenient Party, Chinese Revolution, Emerging Left, Copenhagen etc...||ISSUU.com|
|Greg Albo and Herman Rosenfeld||What Should We Do To Help Build A New Left?|
|Matt Fodor||The Dexter NDP: Old Wine, New Bottle?||HTML|
|Julia Barnett and Carlo Fanelli||Lessons Learned: Assessing the 2009 City of Toronto Strike||HTML|
|Sam Gindin||On the Revival of the Working Class as a Social Force|
|Jul-Sep, 2009 (whole issue #27)||Labour & Workers' Control, Toronto Strike, Culture and Politics etc...||ISSUU.com|
|Ross Sutherland||Privatizing Health Care|
|Harry Glasbeek||Public Sector Strikes and Democracy|
|Sean Smith||Occupy, Resist and Pose for the Camera|
|Apr-Jun, 2009 (whole issue #26)||Impasse of the Union Movement, Auto Industry, Canadian Media etc...||ISSUU.com|
|An Interview with Robert McChesney||Media Capitalism, the State and 21st Century Media Democracy Struggles||HTML|
|Jan-Mar, 2009 (whole issue #25)||Financial Chaos and Emerging Resistance etc...||ISSUU.com|
|Jan-Mar 2009||Tammy Findlay||Gendering Democracy, Democratizing Social Policy|
|Jan-Mar 2009||Steve da Silva||Bank Bailouts and the 2009 Federal Budget|
|Oct-Dec, 2008 (whole issue #24)||Election 2008, Credit Meltdown, The Emerging Left, The U.S. Election and the American Left etc...||ISSUU.com|
|Oct/Dec 2008||Peter Graefe||Poor Prospects: McGuinty's Poverty Strategy|
|Oct/Dec 2008||Hepzibah Munoz-Martinez||The Global Crisis and Mexico: The End of Mexico's Development Model?|
|Oct/Dec 2008||Michalis Spourdalakis||Left Prospects in the Post-PASOK Era|
|Oct/Dec 2008||Stefan Kipfer||Tackling Urban Apartheid|
|Jul-Sep, 2008 (whole issue #23)||Harper's Bunker, Socialist Realignment, Labour and Anti-Poverty Struggles, Bolivia, Haiti etc...|
|Jul/Sep 2008||Ingo Schmidt||Visions of Class, Visions Beyond Class|
|Jul/Sep 2008||Susan Spronk||Mapping Regional Tensions in Equador & Bolivia|
|Jul/Sep 2008||Steven Tufts||Labour and (Post)Industrial Policy in Toronto|
|Apr-Jun, 2008 (whole issue #22)||Finance, Crisis and Empire; Culture Front; Haiti, China, Mexico etc...|
|Apr/Jun 2008||Bryan Evans||Importing Blair's Failure: Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy|
|Apr/Jun 2008||David McNally||Global Finance, the Current Crisis and Challenges to the Dollar||HTML|
|Jan-Mar, 2008 (whole issue #21)||Credit Crisis; Thirty Years of Market Reforms in China; Venezuela etc...|
|Jan/Mar 2008||Bryan Evans, Greg Albo||The Harper Government Two Years On|
|Jan/Mar 2008||Fletcher Baragar||The Credit Crisis in Canada: The First Six Months|
|Jan/Mar 2008||Cathy Walker||Unions in China: A View from a Canadian Unionist|
|Nov-Dec, 2007 (whole issue #20)||CAW and Magna; Russian Revolution
Ontario Votes; Labour and Community etc...
|Nov/Dec 2007||Bryan Evans, Greg Albo||Limited Horizons: Assessing Ontario's Election||HTML (updated)|
|Nov/Dec 2007||Gabrielle Gérin||Another Quebec is Marching!|
|Nov/Dec 2007||David Kidd||Measuring the Miller Regime|
|Sep-Oct, 2007 (whole issue #19)||Special feature on the Ontario vote
Neoliberal Culture; Electoral Reform; SPP; Atlanta Social Forum etc...
|Sep/Oct 2007||Bryan Evans||Treading Water: Four Years of Ontario's Liberals|
|Sep/Oct 2007||Dennis Pilon; Besmira Alikaj; Elizabeth Rowley||Ontario's Referendum on Electoral Reform (MMP)|
|Jul-Aug, 2007 (whole issue #18)||Immigration; CUPE Convention; Manufacturing Crisis
Quebec; Atlantica; The Political Poet etc...
|Jul/Aug 2007||John Clarke||Raise the Rates|
|Jul/Aug 2007||Justin Podur & Kevin Skerrett||The Good Imperialist? Canada and the New Haiti|
|Jul/Aug 2007||Stephanie Ross; CUPE Ontario Action Caucus||Debating CUPE|
|May-Jun, 2007 (whole issue #17)||Child Care Politics; Qeubec; Minimum Wage Campaign
Beyond Kyoto; Afghanistan etc...
|May/Jun 2007||Roger Annis||Air Canada Workers Protest 700 Job Cuts|
|May/Jun 2007||Joel Davison Harden||Unions Learn from Defeat of Anti-Scab Bill|
|May/Jun 2007||Colin Leys||Total Capitalism|
|Mar-Apr, 2007 (whole issue #16)||Continental Wage Campaign; Wheat Board; Student Movement
World Social Forum in Africa; Mexico's Free Market Crisis; Dutch Elections etc...
|Mar/Apr 2007||Yen Chu||The Ugly Canadian|
|Mar/Apr 2007||John Saul||Development and Resistance to the Empire of Capital|
|Mar/Apr 2007||Rachel Brewer and Ewa Cerda||Youth Activists at the 2007 World Social Forum|
|Mar/Apr 2007||Susan Spronk||A Movement Towards or Beyond 'Statism'? Bolivia in 2006|
|Mar/Apr 2007||Hepzibah Muñoz Martínez||Corn Crisis and Market Discipline|
|Jan-Feb, 2007 (whole issue #15)||Israeli Apartheid; U.S. Elections; America Sinking?
Cuba in the Coming Period; Pinochet is Gone; Democracy in Greece etc...
|Jan/Feb 2007||Ken Kalturnyk and Karen Naylor||A Proposal for a Discussion on Party Building|
|Jan/Feb 2007||Sedef Arat-Koc, Aparna Sundar and Bryan Evans||Echoes of the 1930s|
|Nov-Dec, 2006 (whole issue #14)||Focus on Mexico: Uprising in Oaxaca; Ivory Tower Crisis
Kurdish Struggle; CUPE's Palestine Campaign; War and the Media etc...
|Nov/Dec 2006||Eric Newstadt||The Knowledge-Based Society and the Crisis of Higher Education|
|Nov/Dec 2006||Rogelio Cuevas Fuentes
& Lindsay Windhager
|Oaxaca: The Popular Uprising Escalates|
|Sept-Oct, 2006 (whole issue #13)||Cities Issue: War on Black Youth; Lebanon
Organizing in the Somali Community; Policing; CAW Convention etc...
|Sep/Oct 2006||Yen Chu||Time to Assess Toronto's Mayor Miller|
|Sep/Oct 2006||Hicham Safieddine||The Future Face of Policing in Montreal and Beyond|
|Sep/Oct 2006||Deborah Cowen||Hipster Urbanism|
|Sep/Oct 2006||John Clarke||Organizing Against Hunger and Poverty in the Somali Community|
|Sep/Oct 2006||Saeed Rahnema||Can This Be The Last Arab-Israeli War?|
|July-Aug, 2006 (whole issue #12)||Immigration Protests; Waiting for Health Care
Caledonia; Justice for Migrant Workers etc...
|Jul/Aug 2006||Pat Armstrong||Waiting for Care|
|Jul/Aug 2006||James C.B. Lawson||The Caledonia Occupation|
|Jul/Aug 2006||Evelyn Encalada Grez||Justice for Migrant Farm Workers|
|May-June, 2006 (whole issue #11)||Emerging Euroleft; Democracy & Imperialism
Canada in Afghanistan; Hotel Workers Rising etc...
|May/Jun 2006||Jess MacKenzie and Ernest Tate||Resistance on the Mexican “Riviera”:
The Zapatistas visit Manzanillo, Colima
|May/Jun 2006||Nicole Cohen||Hotel Workers Rising|
|May/Jun 2006||David Skinner||Media Democracy in Canada|
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