What's New: Gaza and the West Bank: Israel's two approaches and Palestinians' two bleak choices
The areas now known as the West Bank and Gaza, despite geographic differences, were once similar in social, cultural and economic terms. But through a long process of one occupation after another, they were set apart and differentiated. Israel's recent incursion in Gaza follows a pattern of harsher policies of suppression, compared to its counterpart to the East, after the two territories were created in 1948.
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How Tech-Savvy Podemos Became One of Spain's Most Popular Parties in 100 Days
It has been called 'a radical left sensation'; a 'fledgling party' born out of the ashes of the Indignados ('the outraged') or 15-M movement; and 'the new-kid-on-the-block' whose success is yet another example of modern technopolitics or, as some experts have put it, 'the power of the connected multitudes.'
techpresident.com | 24 Oct 2014, 6:00pm
Vancouver Candidate Wants to Put the Public Back in Public Transit
In Vancouver, a mental-health worker named Meena Wong is staking her long-shot mayoral campaign on policies designed to lower the cost of living, such as taxing vacant luxury condos to subsidize affordable housing.
www.businessweek.com | 24 Oct 2014, 4:00pm
Gulf states, neoliberalism and liberation in the Middle East
The twinning of 'democracy promotion' and neoliberal economic prescriptions in the Middle East is not new. It was a perspective articulated by the Bush administration and continued throughout the Obama presidency. It essentially aims at harnessing rhetorical support for 'democracy' as a means of deepening economic liberalisation.
links.org.au | 24 Oct 2014, 2:00pm
Mayoral candidates fight over details, not dreams
How is it that Toronto could once build subways, affordable housing, hospitals, universities, concert halls, art galleries and theatres? Past generations weren't richer than we are. They weren't smarter. They weren't better engineers or urban planners. But they got things done.
www.thestar.com | 24 Oct 2014, 1:00pm
Harper Named World's 'Worst Climate Villain' After Damning Report
Canada does well at many things. Earlier this year, Canadian cities were listed among the world's top places to live. The country ranks high with the best when it comes to wealth and it's been praised for emerging from the financial crisis in decent shape.
www.huffingtonpost.ca | 24 Oct 2014, 12:00pm
The challenges ahead in Venezuela
Venezuelan revolutionaries are continuing to debate the future of the revolutionary process set in motion during the presidency of Hugo Chávez. Since Chávez's death in 2013, the right-wing demonstrations against the government, now led by President Nicolás Maduro, have continued and escalated. Maduro has made further concessions, including initiating 'peace talks' with leading figures of the right-wing opposition.
socialistworker.org | 24 Oct 2014, 4:00am