Our Times 3


  • Israel and the ‘A’ Word

    While use of the apartheid analogy is mainstream elsewhere in the world, Israeli Apartheid Week is routinely criticized by Canadian politicians and media outlets. Canadian IAW activists, and their few public supporters, are put on the defensive and the debate becomes about whether organizers have the right to hold the events at all.

  • Roads to renewal

    Without rebuilding our economies from the ground up, sustainably and on a human scale, we face relentless environmental degradation and planetary chaos. We must see this an opportunity for renewal.

  • The Garden Path

    For many in the mainstream, the risks posed by climate change, while real, can be combated by a combination of new technology, market incentives to nudge industry towards greener production methods, and the greening of consumerism. Many ecologists, however, drawing on the findings of prominent climate scientists like James Hansen, dispute this view.

  • Gasland

    Against a background of snow-capped mountains, surrounded by drilling rigs and refineries a gas-masked Josh Fox strums a slow banjo tune. This fittingly apocalyptic visual transitions into a truly terrifying but remarkable story of corporate greed, negligence and the concentration of power.

  • Neoliberalism and Everyday Life

    Joining the chorus of Canadian voices offering alternative economic prescriptions and critiques in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis, the contributors to Neoliberalism and Everyday Life offer one of the more sweeping and varied contributions to date.

  • Why we can’t win in the Middle East

    Ten years later it’s Afghanistan where the Americans, British, and Canadians among others have decided to dig their geo-political grave. However, the geo-political game in the Middle East and Northern Africa is a disaster and may be coming to an end.

  • Resistance to Pipelines Heats Up in Northern BC

    The explosion of oil production in the Alberta tar sands has created a new push to build pipelines throughout North America. In northern British Columbia, most of which is unceded indigenous land, there are overlapping proposals for new ports and pipelines to transport tar sands oil.

  • Wisconsin Death Letter Blues

    The real story from Wisconsin is the elephant in the living room none want to acknowledge, namely, the cuts that humbled union production workers in the 1980s are now moving up the ladder to include the last bastion of union held territory.

  • The Empire Loses a Publicist: The Epitaph of an Ideologue

    The recent death of one of the United States’ most prominent sociologists, Harvard Professor Daniel Bell, and the effusive eulogies that have accompanied his obituaries highlight the importance of ideological utility over scientific rigor.

  • Egypt: Social Movements, the CIA and Mossad

    The image which most writers, academics and journalists project of the invincibility of the Israeli Mossad and of the omnipotent CIA have been severely tested by their admitted failure to recognize the scope, depth and intensity of the multi-million member movement to oust the Mubarak dictatorship.

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