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  • Kanesatake Resident Begins Hunger Strike to Protest Ongoing Colonial Land Fraud

    Canadian Politics

    Earlier this summer, Sean Carleton sat down with Ellen Gabriel to talk about the recent developments Kanehsatà:ke. Canadian Dimension stands with the Kanien’kéha:ka (Mohawk) of Kanehsatà:ke and proudly publishes their full press release about the hunger strike to protest ongoing colonial land fraud.

  • On voting, roads, and prairie privilege

    Canadian Politics

    No one can say what it would take to shift the weight of government expenditure toward a future where, instead of pipelines and extractive industries, we fund education and child welfare for all Canadians and harness the economy to a climate change Marshall Plan, but we can be certain that tax cuts and less government will not get us there.

  • The underdog roots of Jagmeet Singh

    At the start of the 2017 leadership campaign, many thought of the slogan “love and courage” as vapid and clichéd. Many forgot that this slogan and Singh’s chardi kala spirit echo Jack Layton’s parting words to Canadians back in 2011: “Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear”. Layton’s underdog Orange Wave continues to be the high water mark for where Singh ought to take the NDP.

  • Trudeau government’s ‘blackface’ in Haiti

    Canadian Politics

    Trudeau is likely ignorant of the social reality his policies in Haiti are entrenching, yet it’s unlikely he understood that blackening his face also flowed from and contributed to centuries of racial subjugation. It was just popular in the elite social circles he operated in. The same can be said of his humiliation of the impoverished black masses in Haiti today.

  • Red Flags: Reflections on racism and radicalism

    Social Movements

    Capitalism lives and breathes racism. It can’t survive without it. It picks it up, cultivates it, and injects it into everything. Because of this, the particular racial strategies of Winnipeg capitalists in 1919 are crucial for understanding the racism of our striking ancestors. In turn, this requires that we comprehend that those businessmen were the products of a specific racist tradition, namely the process of colonial conquest that reached its most violent depths just three decades before the strike.

  • Justin Trudeau, Liberal Let-Down

    Canadian Politics

    It all started so promisingly. It’s hard to forget the bright, warm day in early November 2015, when Justin Trudeau, in a perfectly fitted suit and with perfectly tousled hair, strolled with his new cabinet members to the steps of Rideau Hall, opened to the public to witness the swearing-in ceremony of Canada’s new Liberal Party prime minister. Onlookers took in the equal number of male and female ministers, the first gender-balanced federal cabinet in Canadian history.

  • Is Justin Trudeau really a climate criminal?

    Canadian Politics

    The Liberals spent $4.5 billion on the Trans Mountain pipeline and related infrastructure. This important government intervention is designed to expand extraction of heavy carbon emitting tar sands oil. Overwhelmingly, scientists argue that these fossil fuels must stay in the ground if we are to avoid catastrophic climate disturbances. While some might consider it hyperbolic, the case for labeling Trudeau a climate criminal is overwhelming.

  • Austerity round two in Manitoba

    Canadian Politics

    Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives, led by Premier Brian Pallister, won the provincial election on September 10, albeit with a slightly smaller majority than they had going into the campaign. We can expect the government to continue on its path of “fiscal responsibility”. Of specific concern to the Pallister government has been bringing down the government deficit, which was approaching $1 billion when it first assumed office in 2016.

  • The 2019 National Convention of the Democratic Socialists of America

    USA Politics

    Over the past two years, DSA has doubled its membership from 25,000 to 40,000, and that expansion translated into an increase in the number of delegates to the convention, from 700 to 1,000. The election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2018 and Rashida Tlaib in 2019, both members of the DSA, to the House of Representatives helped spur the organization’s growth. Many of the delegates were new members attending their first convention.

  • The Untold Story of the Trump-Ukraine Scandal: The Routine Corruption of US Foreign Policy

    USA Politics

    What’s not being talked about in the mainstream is the context of this story, which shows that Biden should indeed be investigated in both Ukraine and in the United States. We know from the leaked 2014 telephone conversation between Victoria Nuland, then assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, and Geoffrey Pyatt, then U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, that Biden played a role in “midwifing” the U.S.-backed overthrow of an elected Ukrainian government.

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