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  • 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.

  • Protest Alone Won’t Save Our Planet

    Environment

    Protests are not without limits. They can move one forward on the path to seriously confronting concentrated wealth and power, but they can also serve as pressure-reducing safety valves, providing emotionally potent illusions of popular power and functioning as strange vehicles of incorporation and co-optation. The deadly system marches on, without serious disruption of its inner workings.

  • Fifty-four Canadian Armed Forces personnel under investigation for right-wing extremism

    Canadian Politics

    Candyce Kelshall, President of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies says there are 54 active duty troops being investigated by the Canadian Armed Forces for links to right-wing extremism. MKelshall says the specialized training CAF members could have could make them very valuable to an extremist group. In their bulletin, CASIS argues that the Armed Forces has taken a reactive approach in responding to instances of right-wing extremism.

  • The Problem With Impeachment

    USA Politics

    Impeaching Donald Trump would do nothing to halt the deep decay that has beset the American republic. It would not magically restore democratic institutions. It would not return us to the rule of law. It would not curb the predatory appetites of the big banks, the war industry and corporations. It would not get corporate money out of politics or end our system of legalized bribery. It would not halt the wholesale surveillance and monitoring of the public by the security services

  • Washington Gives Guaido $52M in Funding, Slaps Venezuela with New Sanctions

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Self-proclaimed “Interim President” Juan Guaido and the Venezuelan opposition have been given US $52 million by the Trump administration. According to a statement from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the funding will be destined for independent media, civil society, the health sector and the opposition-controlled National Assembly. The new aid package dovetails with a fresh round of US sanctions against Venezuela’s oil sector.

  • We’re stepping up – join us for a day to halt this climate crisis

    Environment

    On September 27, at the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis, the greatest existential threat that all of us face. It’s a one-day climate strike, if you will – and it will not be the last. This is going to be the beginning of a week of action all over the world. And we hope to make it a turning point in history.

  • 1919: Recovering a Legacy

    Social Movements

    Reclaiming the legacy of the 1919 general strike is a formidable task – one that will only happen if the unions and the Left are rebuilt in a reciprocal renaissance of the politics of opposition and class struggle.The prospects of either of these linked movements reviving alone, without the advance of the other, are slim indeed. Recovering and reclaiming the legacy of 1919 is, in 2019, challenging and complicated. Yet it is also desperately necessary. It may well be our only option.

  • Why Friday’s Climate Strike gives me hope for the future of our planet

    Environment

    I know all too well that my son will probably read this one day. I hope that he will see the positive results of our actions. Depending on our choices and decisions in the coming years, he can learn about this chapter in human history, one in which we made real sacrifices and stopped a serious catastrophic event. Or, he can learn about how we failed to rise to the occasion and left his generation to deal with the consequences of our inaction.

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