What's New: Canadian armed forces hit by spate of suicides
A sudden spate of suicides in the Canadian armed forces has raised urgent questions about care for Afghanistan veterans amid criticism of the government for failing to provide mental health support professionals for soldiers. Four men have killed themselves in the past two weeks. The latest was Master Corporal Sylvain Lelievre, 46, who was found dead at his military base near Quebec City on Monday.
Climate Change: 'The Greatest Challenge of Our Time'
The 2014 issue of Alternate Routes came together as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its fifth report in Stockholm, Sweden. Founded in 1988 by the United Nations (UN) and the World Meteorological Organization, the most recent IPCC report brings together over 600 climate scientists from over 130 countries. Because every last word of the IPCC reports must be signed off by all UN members, the reports are among the world's most comprehensively vetted and exhaustively reviewed scientific publications.
In The News Today
Spain's Communist Village Is Making The Rest Of The World Look Bad
Marinaleda, a small village outside of Seville, has tried for the last thirty-five years to construct what has failed numerous times before -- a communist utopia. In 'The Village Against The World,' author Dan Hancox traveled to the countryside of Andalusia, Spain to find the story of the incredible village. Here are a few excerpts that Hancox shared with Business Insider.
www.businessinsider.com | 9 Dec 2013, 6:00pm
London's biggest university bans student protests
Students protesting in an area at the centre of London's student district could be imprisoned or fined, after the University of London obtains a court order banning protests on campus for six months.
www.channel4.com | 9 Dec 2013, 4:00pm
Tony Clement's Student Days
I don't normally concern myself with details of the histories of individual right-wing politicians, but I happened across this story when I was wading through old newspaper archives for my work. So I thought I would share it.
scottneigh.blogspot.ca | 9 Dec 2013, 3:00pm
Mandela's economic legacy
The death of Nelson Mandela reminds us of the great victory that the black masses of South Africa achieved over the vicious, cruel and regressive apartheid system first encouraged by British imperialism and then adopted by a reactionary and racist white South African ruling class to preserve the privileges of a tiny few. Mandela spent 27 years in prison and the people he represented fought a long and hard battle to overthrow a grotesque regime, backed by the major imperialist powers, including the US, for decades.
thenextrecession.wordpress.com | 9 Dec 2013, 1:00pm
Conservatives dismantling social programs built over generations
A Toronto Star analysis has for the first time pulled together a detailed account of the range of recent cuts seen under Stephen Harper's government.
www.thestar.com | 9 Dec 2013, 12:00pm
Venezuela's Maduro to raise pressure on business after local vote
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged to deepen his 'economic offensive' to force businesses to cut prices after his ruling Socialist Party won the most votes in weekend municipal elections. With three-quarters of the 337 mayoral races counted by Monday morning, the Socialists and their allies had 49 percent of votes, compared to 43 percent for the opposition coalition and its partners.
www.reuters.com | 9 Dec 2013, 11:30am
Energy workers union backs First Nations against Northern Gateway
Canada's largest private-sector union has thrown its support behind First Nations in opposing the Northern Gateway pipeline project, vowing to hit picket lines in solidarity if the project goes ahead.
www.theglobeandmail.com | 9 Dec 2013, 11:00am
Mandela's Socialist Failure
In the last two decades of his life, Nelson Mandela was celebrated as a model of how to liberate a country from the colonial yoke without succumbing to the temptation of dictatorial power and anti-capitalist posturing. In short, Mandela was not Mugabe, South Africa remained a multi-party democracy with free press and a vibrant economy well-integrated into the global market and immune to hasty Socialist experiments.
opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com | 9 Dec 2013, 4:00am