How Not To Fund Infrastructure
Recycling is supposed to be a good thing, so when the federal Liberals quietly announced that 'asset recycling' would be part of their strategy for meeting their much-ballyhooed infrastructure promises, not many eyebrows were raised. They should have been. Asset recycling is an obscure code word for selling our public goods for private profit. It's privatization by another name.
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Early Warning Signs for James Hansen's Superstorms Visible
Extreme weather. It’s something that’s tough to predict 2 weeks out, much less 2 decades. But for more than twenty years Dr James Hansen has been warning that the out-flush of cold water from glaciers in Greenland and Canada into the North Atlantic could set up a storm-producing weather pattern the likes of which human civilization has never seen.
robertscribbler.com | 25 Aug 2016, 6:00pm
Saudis Bomb Yemen's Capital City During 'Million-Person March'
The Houthi Ansarullah Movement that controls most of north and west Yemen staged what was by all accounts an enormous demonstration in the capital of Sanaa on Saturday. It may have been the single largest demonstration in the country’s history.
www.truthdig.com | 25 Aug 2016, 5:00pm
Fraser River sockeye run at lowest level in more than 120 years
This year’s Fraser River sockeye run is the lowest in more than 120 years, and the Watershed Watch Salmon Society says it all has to do with climate change.
vancouversun.com | 25 Aug 2016, 4:30pm
The death of neoliberalism and the crisis in western politics
In the early 1980s the author was one of the first to herald the emerging dominance of neoliberalism in the west. Here he argues that this doctrine is now faltering. But what happens next?
www.theguardian.com | 25 Aug 2016, 4:00pm
What is at stake with the coup in Brazil?
Brazil's current political crisis was stirred up from the day after President Dilma Rousseff was re-elected with more than 54 million votes in October 2014. It was the fourth consecutive victory of progressive forces in the country's presidential elections.
column.global-labour-university.org | 25 Aug 2016, 3:00pm
Construction of giant dam in Canada prompts human rights outcry
Site C hydroelectric dam, which will lead to the flooding of more than 5,000 hectares of land, spurs concerns for indigenous people who rely on the area.
www.theguardian.com | 25 Aug 2016, 2:00pm
If there's no Russian threat to the Baltics, why are Canada's soldiers there again?
Back on June 20, General Petr Pavel let it slip publicly what everyone in the know already knew, and that is that the Russians pose no threat to the three Baltic Republics, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
rabble.ca | 25 Aug 2016, 1:30pm
First Nations don't trust federal pipeline consultation
When First Nations activists -- particularly in the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories near Vancouver -- get together to talk about pipelines, the occasion is usually marked by a resonant, colourful presentation.
www.nationalobserver.com | 25 Aug 2016, 1:00pm
Liberals Abandon U.S. Steel Pensioners, Workers
The federal Liberal government's "deafening silence" is sending a resounding message to 20,000 U.S. Steel Canada retirees suffering from the elimination of their crucial health benefits, the United Steelworkers (USW) says.
www.newswire.ca | 25 Aug 2016, 12:30pm
The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here
Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people.
www.rollingstone.com | 25 Aug 2016, 12:00pm
The expensive 'Italian' shoes made for a pittance in east European sweatshops
Campaigners claim millions of shoppers are being led to believe the expensive shoes they buy in high-street stores are made in Germany and Italy – when many are actually made by workers on poverty wages in eastern European sweatshops.
www.theguardian.com | 25 Aug 2016, 11:00am
Two visions of politics in Turkey: authoritarian and revolutionary
Politics is not a mere choice between white and black, but rather a creative way of people running their daily lives in all their colourful richness.
www.opendemocracy.net | 25 Aug 2016, 4:00am