A Critical Week for the World Social Forum
It all began right here in Porto Alegre in 2001 when this city in the south of Brazil became a major site of popular mobilization. Influenced by the Workers' Party (PT), unions were, along with popular movements, at the forefront of a proactive political effort that included the support of the left within the Catholic Church, inspired by liberation theology.
In The News Today
The Political Thought of Stephen K. Bannon
Every anxious citizen on this currently deranged planet of ours should feel a keen interest in penetrating the hyper-active political brain of Steve Bannon, who has been appointed as 'senior strategist' by President-elect Donald Trump.
crookedtimber.org | 20 Jan 2017, 6:00pm
Why the government can't cut its way to growth
It is now abundantly clear that the Saskatchewan government's 'transformational change' agenda is in reality a not-so-subtle euphemism for fiscal austerity in response to the current economic downturn.
thestarphoenix.com | 20 Jan 2017, 5:00pm
Protests in Mexico Push Country to Brink of Revolution and Nobody's Talking About It
Long-simmering social tensions in Mexico are threatening to boil over as failing neoliberal reforms to the country's formerly nationalized gas sector are compounded by open corruption, stagnant standards of living, and rampant inflation.
theantimedia.org | 20 Jan 2017, 4:00pm
It's Toxic to Demonize Corbyn as Russia 'Collaborator' for Opposing Belligerence
In response to Jeremy Corbyn's call for the 'de-militarisation of the border' between NATO countries and Russia, critics have dismissed the U.K. Labour Party leader as a traitor. Intercept journalist Glenn Greenwald explains why these accusations by what he calls the new 'Cold Warriors' can be extremely dangerous when talking about several nuclear-armed powers.
www.truthdig.com | 20 Jan 2017, 3:00pm
As TCH homes are boarded up, Toronto's homeless shelters are bursting at the seams
Toronto Community Housing will board up roughly 425 homes this year because the money needed to carry out basic repairs has not been provided. Things are expected to get much worse next year and 7,500 homes are at risk of closure by 2023, with an additional 17,500 in critical condition.
ocaptoronto.wordpress.com | 20 Jan 2017, 2:30pm
35 Years After U.S.-Backed El Mozote Massacre, Still No Justice
While El Salvador marks 25 years Monday since the signing of the peace accords that ended a brutal 12-year civil war in 1992, hundreds of survivors and relatives of the victims of one of the most barbaric episodes in the armed conflict have had to be extremely patient in their wait for justice after more than 35 years of impunity.
www.telesurtv.net | 20 Jan 2017, 2:00pm
The UBI Bait and Switch
Earlier this month, Finland launched its much-anticipated universal basic income (UBI) experiment. Media accounts of the new program have been roundly glowing, a fact not lost on Finnish leaders looking to build up the country's image as Socially Innovative Finland.
www.jacobinmag.com | 20 Jan 2017, 1:00pm
This could be the end of Canadian tar sands
The Canadian oil sands are one of the world's largest sources of climate pollution and America's biggest source of imported oil. And they may be about to go bust. Canada's oil sands, also known as tar sands, are the world's fourth-largest reserve of crude oil.
grist.org | 20 Jan 2017, 12:00pm
Two richest Canadians have wealth equal to 11 million poorest
The Council of Canadians vision statement highlights that economic globalization and unregulated market capitalism have divided the world – and Canada – into rich and poor as at no time in living history.
canadians.org | 20 Jan 2017, 11:00am
Just 8 people now have the same wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion
The gap between rich and poor is far greater than had previously been estimated, with big business and the super-rich fueling the inequality crisis by dodging taxes, driving down wages, and using their power to influence politics.
www.oxfamamerica.org | 20 Jan 2017, 4:00am