A View from Burnaby Mountain: Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything
The recent Vancouver panel discussion on Naomi Klein's new book, This Changes Everything, from which this article took form, was organized weeks before a local Blockadia event took place. By the time the five panelists came together, two had been arrested for defying a court injunction
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The making of neoliberal Mexico
It's more than 20 years after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect, and Mexico has not become the developed country that was promised back in the early 1990s. Meanwhile, on the political front, what was considered a democratic opening with the end of the 70-year reign of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) defeated by the National Action Party (PAN) in 2000, has closed -- 12 years later, the PRI is back.
socialistworker.org | 27 Mar 2015, 6:00pm
BDS after the Israeli election
Bill Mullen, a Purdue University professor and leading voice in the BDS movement, analyzes the effects of Netanyahu's re-election on the Palestine solidarity struggle.
socialistworker.org | 27 Mar 2015, 4:00pm
First Nations finance their own demise through land claims process
After two decades of negotiations, the Algonquin of Ontario are burdened with an $18 million debt to the Canadian government. Growing up Algonquin Anishinaabeg was confusing. A huge castle, which Canadians called Parliament, stood on top of Algonquin land. In its magnificence, it made the poverty of the our people nonsensical even to our young minds. What was going on with the Algonquin? Were they invisible? Were our grandmothers even people? Were we?
ricochet.media | 27 Mar 2015, 3:00pm
It's Time to End Tuition at Public Universities and Abolish Student Debt
The mother of all problems in higher education today is high tuition at public colleges and universities, which forces students into decades of debt and makes for-profit schools seem like a plausible alternative.
www.thenation.com | 27 Mar 2015, 2:00pm
Time Isn't on Our Side
Ever since the media spin that presented the February 20 agreement between the Greek government and the Eurogroup as almost a victory started subsiding, the main argument of its supporters has been that 'it bought some time.' Some concessions had to be made, proponents say, but they took place within the framework of a 'propellant compromise,' to use the terminology of deputy prime minister and prominent figure of Syriza's 'realists' Yiannis Dragasakis.
www.jacobinmag.com | 27 Mar 2015, 1:00pm
Breaking the vicious circle
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday as the European rulers' pressure on the left-wing government remained unrelenting, pushing Greece closer to bankruptcy.
socialistworker.org | 27 Mar 2015, 12:00pm
Historic Algonquin claim of Ottawa area nearly done
Ontario is close to settling a historic land claim encompassing 36,000 square kilometres stretching from Parliament Hill to Algonquin Park and CFB Petawawa. More than 30 municipalities and counties are affected in the settlement, which involves a 'substantial' cash payout and could see vast tracts of Crown land ceded to the Algonquin Nation.
www.thestar.com | 27 Mar 2015, 11:00am
Tsipras letter to Merkel: the annotated text
If you didn't know what the standoff over Greece's bailout was all about, Alexis Tsipras, the new Greek prime minister, has provided an excellent primer in a letter sent a week ago to his German counterpart, Chancellor Angela Merkel, who he is scheduled to meet Monday night in Berlin.
blogs.ft.com | 27 Mar 2015, 4:00am
This conference will explore how precarious labour market arrangements and changes to social policy have exacerbated low-waged and no-waged work. Presentations will advance or challenge theoretical approaches, explore the intersections of race, class, gender and other subjectivities in the context of full-time, part-time and casual work, the experiences of migrant and undocumented labour as well as unpaid work in the sphere of social reproduction, voluntary and probationary work. Other topics from a broad range of theoretical, methodological and disciplinary approaches include:
• Job insecurity in the context of youth, students and labour unions
• Public sector austerity and marketization
• New forms of paid/unpaid workplace and community organizing
• Low-waged workers in private services and manufacturing
• Self-employment, apprenticeship labour and paid/unpaid internships
• Alliances with non-governmental organizations, community researchers and social movements
• Changes in labour law and labour relations
• Questions of political strategy and campaigning
The above list is not exhaustive and we welcome proposals that explore work and labour from a broad range of theoretical, methodological and disciplinary approaches.
Registration: 8:30 - 9am | Conference: 9am - 4:15pm | Reception: 6pm at the Imperial Pub
www.alternateroutes.ca | www.eventbrite.ca | PDF poster
9:00am, Friday March 27, 2015
Ryerson University 55 Dundas St West, Toronto.