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Dimitri Lascaris

  • Canada must prepare for America’s rapid decline

    In a true democracy, government policy generally reflects the will of the people and prioritizes the interests of the most vulnerable citizens. By that standard, the United States is no democracy at all. Indeed, we Canadians should stop describing and thinking of America as a “democracy.” Instead, we should acknowledge the reality of what our neighbour to the south has become.

  • Green Party members give preliminary approval to bold progressive policies

    On August 19, four days after the Trudeau government called a federal election, the Green Party of Canada disclosed that its members had given preliminary approval to a series of bold climate and social justice policies. If given final approval by GPC members, these policies will position the GPC as the most progressive party in Canada’s Parliament by a wide margin, writes Dimitri Lascaris.

  • Michael Spourdalakis on Leo Panitch, Syriza, and challenges for the Greek Left

    In December of last year, COVID-19 took the life of one of Canada’s most widely respected public intellectuals, Leo Panitch. Leo was a researcher, teacher and author whose work had a profound impact on the thinking of democratic socialists around the world. One of the countries in which Leo took a passionate interest, and in which he exercised considerable influence among leftists, was Greece.

  • Why is the Guardian promoting more Pentagon propaganda?

    Recent reporting by the Guardian reinforces the false (and dangerous) impression that the United States is threatened by Chinese and Russian expansionism and that the Pentagon is justified in adopting an even more aggressive posture toward Chinese naval forces in the South China Sea. With liberal ‘journalism’ such as this, who needs US government propaganda?

  • Why the Trump administration’s extradition request against Meng Wanzhou is a farce

    The case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has generated a mountain of press coverage, but precious little of it—including John Ivison’s National Post op-ed—exhibits a meaningful understanding of Canada’s unjust extradition regime. What’s more, there are strong grounds to believe that the United States government’s allegations against Meng are political in nature, and meant to disguise ulterior geopolitical motives.

  • The king is dead, long live the king

    The real Joe Biden will re-emerge in the weeks ahead, as he selects and announces the members of his cabinet. But the best indication we have about the type of leader he will be is the assurance he provided to some of his rich donors at a ritzy Manhattan fundraiser in June of last year: if he were to become the President of the United States, Biden told them, “nothing would fundamentally change.”

  • Cooperative foreign policy for the multipolar world

    As the world faces ecological and public health emergencies that know no borders, few things are more important than cooperative foreign relations with countries working toward effective responses. Creating truly cooperative relations will involve radical changes in Canada’s foreign policy and in the institutions of international governance.

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