Free Public Transit
Sunday 25 Sep 2016, 2:00am
Public transit lies at the intersection of several critical social struggles today. Affordable (or free) public transit is an important mechanism for redistribution, and particularly targets low income women and people of colour. This video mostly focuses on Tallinn, Estonia, and includes interviews with international activists. Video produced by Revo Raudjarv for Tallinna Televisioon (2015).
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The New Climate Denialism: Time for an intervention
For decades, the urgent need for climate action was stymied by what came to be known as “climate denialism” (or its more mild cousin, “climate skepticism”). In an effort to create public confusion and stall political progress, the fossil fuel industry poured tens of millions of dollars into the pockets of foundations, think tanks, lobby groups, politicians and academics who relentlessly questioned the overwhelming scientific evidence that human-caused climate change is real and requires urgent action.
www.policynote.ca | 25 Sep 2016, 6:00pm
Berlin: An Omen for the 2017 German Federal Elections?
There is currently too much dramatic news abroad in the world, mostly bad. What can an election in one single city mean, far from most fronts? Yet the voting in Berlin last Sunday (September 18th) was full of drama and meaning, also outside Germany. The results caused some to grieve, some to applaud, and analysts like soothsayers to turn to arithmetic.
mrzine.monthlyreview.org | 25 Sep 2016, 5:00pm
Prophet and Loss
Does Karl Marx still matter? It’s a question most readers of a new biography of Marx would ask—even if they are already steeped in the contentious scholarship about (or the perpetual ideological skirmishes within) the radical left.
newrepublic.com | 25 Sep 2016, 4:00pm
Hydrogeologist questions Husky's oil spill data
Husky Energy Inc.’s claim that it has recovered 88 per cent of the crude oil released when one of its pipelines failed two months ago in Saskatchewan is “surprising” given the circumstances, according to a hydrogeologist familiar with the spill.
thestarphoenix.com | 25 Sep 2016, 3:00pm
Ships with all-women crews set sail for Gaza, hoping to break blockade
Two boats packed with activists, politicians, and artists from around the world have set sail for the Gaza Strip as part of an effort to break a nearly decade-long Israeli blockade. The boats, named Amal and Zaytouna (“hope” and “olive” in Arabic, respectively), set sail on Wednesday from Barcelona, with only women comprising the crew for each vessel.
nytlive.nytimes.com | 25 Sep 2016, 2:00pm
Over 1,200 Archaeologists and Museum Staff Condemn Destruction Wrought by Dakota Pipeline
In a letter released today, 1,281 archaeologists, museum directors and staff, anthropologists, and historians expressed their solidarity against the destruction at Standing Rock by the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
hyperallergic.com | 25 Sep 2016, 1:00pm
UN Special Rapporteur to USA: 'Indigenous Peoples Must be Consulted Prior to Oil Pipeline Constructi
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, on Thursday called on the United States to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline as it poses a significant risk to the drinking water of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and threatens to destroy their burial grounds and sacred sites.
nativenewsonline.net | 25 Sep 2016, 12:30pm
Let Them Eat Diversity
Though he might not appreciate the cliché, Walter Benn Michaels is no stranger to controversy. In the early 1980s he wrote a series of articles with Steven Knapp entitled “Against Theory,” in which it was argued that literary works meant only what their authors intended them to mean.
www.jacobinmag.com | 25 Sep 2016, 12:00pm
Meet the Horde of Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and Other Extremist Leaders Endorsing Donald Trump
With his many appeals to nativism, bigotry, and bitter discontent, Donald Trump has enthralled far-right extremists with his campaign for president. According to an investigation by Mother Jones and the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, since Trump officially announced his bid in June 2015.
www.motherjones.com | 25 Sep 2016, 11:00am
The End of China Inc?
There's a magic formula to becoming a millionaire in China - borrow big to earn big. For years, individuals, state-owned companies and municipalities have taken massive loans to chase the Chinese dream. Now it's payback time, but a severe economic slowdown means many are struggling to pay their debts.
www.aljazeera.com | 25 Sep 2016, 10:00am
Citing National Security, Israel Likely to Keep Army File on Palestinian Refugees From 1948 Sealed
File includes research material commissioned by Ben-Gurion to 'prove' refugees were not expelled in 1948 War of Independence.
www.haaretz.com | 25 Sep 2016, 4:00am
Science tells us that a new and dangerous stage in planetary evolution has begun, the Anthropocene, a time of rising temperatures, extreme weather, rising oceans, and mass species extinctions. Humanity faces not just more pollution or warmer weather, but a crisis of the Earth System. If business as usual continues, this century will be marked by rapid deterioration of our physical, social, and economic environment. Large parts of Earth will become uninhabitable, and civilization itself will be threatened. Facing the Anthropocene shows what has caused this planetary emergency, and what we must do to meet the challenge.
Bridging the gap between Earth System science and ecological Marxism, Ian Angus examines not only the latest scientific findings about the physical causes and consequences of the Anthropocene transition, but also the social and economic trends that underlie the crisis. Cogent and compellingly written, Facing the Anthropocene offers a unique synthesis of natural and social science that illustrates how capitalism’s inexorable drive for growth, powered by the rapid burning of fossil fuels that took millions of years to form, has driven our world to the brink of disaster. Survival in the Anthropocene, Angus argues, requires radical social change, replacing fossil capitalism with a new, ecosocialist civilization.
Ian Angus is editor of the online ecosocialist journal Climate and Capitalism, and co-author of the Belém Ecosocialist Declaration. His previous books include Too Many People? Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis (with Simon Butler) and The Global Fight for Climate Justice.
Organized by Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project | Facebook event | PDF poster
2:00pm, Sunday September 25, 2016
Beit Zatoun 612 Markham St., Toronto.