What's New: 2014 People's Social Forum Takes Aim At Austerity And The Right
The first ever pan-Canadian social forum will be held this year in Ottawa from August 21 to 24. More than 10,000 participants from all over Canada are expected to come to the University of Ottawa to discuss ways and means of combating the austerity policies of the Harper regime and the provincial governments.
What's New: Cuba Needs to Unleash Creative Energy
In this interview with Michael Lebowitz, a leading exponent of socialism for the twenty-first century, discusses mobilizing the creative energy of the population as a decisive factor in building a socialist society. His remarks, made in the context of challenges facing Cuba today, summarize views developed in several books.
In The News Today
Hundreds protest austerity policies in Quebec
Organizers claim that the new government's planned reforms to education and health care will result in cutbacks that will threaten these programs. Protesters claim that the coming cuts will negatively affect women, immigrants, the poor and the working majority while benefiting corporate sectors of the economy.
www.demotix.com | 19 Apr 2014, 5:00pm
Caroline Lucas deserves a medal, not a criminal record, for opposing fracking
This week a court in Brighton will deliver its verdict on the Green party MP Caroline Lucas who is being prosecuted for causing an obstruction outside the Balcombe gas fracking site. The possibility that one of the most sensible politicians in parliament could receive a criminal record, rather than the medal she deserves.
www.theguardian.com | 19 Apr 2014, 3:00pm
In defence of the economic policy of Left Unity
The proposals of the Economic Policy Commission were passed with a few amendments at the Manchester Policy Conference. Unfortunately pressure of time meant that the debate was curtailed and a proposal by Nick Wrack, to extend discussion on a reference back of the whole document, was defeated on a card vote.
leftunity.org | 19 Apr 2014, 12:00pm
BRICS countries to set up their own IMF
Very soon, the IMF will cease to be the world's only organization capable of rendering international financial assistance. The BRICS countries are setting up alternative institutions, including a currency reserve pool and a development bank.
rbth.com | 19 Apr 2014, 7:00am
Voices From Labor Notes
In part 1 of this series I spoke with Kimberly Bowsky an activist in the Chicago Teachers' Union (CTU) and a member of the Caucus Of Rank-and-file Educators (CORE) about how they got involved with CORE and some of the challenges the CTU faces. I also spoke to two activists in the Detroit area who are fighting the austerity agenda of the unelected emergency manager, Kevyn Orr.
rankandfile.ca | 19 Apr 2014, 4:00am