Fissures in the global order mean both risks and opportunities
Cracks in the US-EU alliance could mean political openings for the working classes living in the West as well as in Global South nations. In a world facing climate catastrophe, skyrocketing levels of inequality, the threat of more war and even a nuclear war, the costs of missing any such opportunity would be nothing short of tectonic.
The case against Iran sanctions
Canada isn’t “advocating for Iranians and their human rights.” It’s violating those rights. As Greg Shupak argues, sanctions shouldn’t be merely seen as contradicting our stated goal of helping the Iranian people. Rather, the unilateral coercive measures, as sanctions are sometimes called, are perfectly consistent with Canada’s broader policy of hostility against Iran.
Are we seeing the return of a multipolar world?
It’s becoming commonplace to suggest that a multipolar world order is emerging, one that will replace the US-dominated world system that has reined since the end of the Second World War and faced no serious challengers since the fall of the Soviet Union. As Greg Shupak writes, what is certain is that the old order will not fall without a great deal of struggle.
The Summit of the Americas was an embarrassment for Trudeau
Prime Minister Trudeau should have followed AMLO’s lead. People in Canada ought to demand that Trudeau, and any subsequent prime minister, engage in active blockade-breaking and boycott any future SOAs that exclude Cuba, Nicaragua, or Venezuela, or any combination of the three. Such measures could benefit both the peoples of each of these countries and the rest of the hemisphere.
Ukraine is at the centre of a superpower proxy war
Framing Russian aggression as a disastrous escalation in a long-term proxy war is necessary both to accurately make sense of how and why this cataclysm is unfolding. For peace to be achieved, people living in NATO states first have to understand the role our governments have played in setting the stage for Russia’s brutal attack.
China in the world
China’s position in the world system is a crucial aspect of the friction between the nation and Western countries like Canada and the United States. It’s important, therefore, for people who want to alleviate these tensions—and keep them from devolving into a hot war—to understand China’s role in the global economic and political system, writes CD columnist Greg Shupak.
Solidarity with Cuba more crucial than ever
The Biden administration has applied new sanctions to Cuba and is threatening that these steps are “just the beginning.” The media has also cranked up the anti-Cuba propaganda. This latest belligerence follows thousands of Cubans taking part in protests critical of the government and hundreds of thousands participating in pro-revolution demonstrations.
The ‘new Cold War’ and the hegemony of global capitalism
A double-barrelled ‘new Cold War’ is on, with the US-led empire of capital on one side and its rivals in China on one front and Russia on the other. The Canadian ruling class has enthusiastically enlisted to fight alongside its American partners. This camp has been the primary instigators of tensions with China and Russia that could culminate in a disastrous war between major world powers.
After the ceasefire: What’s next for Palestine
The present moment should be read dialectically: on the one hand, imperialist states like the US, Canada, and the EU regard Israel as a valuable asset and will continue providing it with decisive support. On the other, popular and anti-imperialist forces are ratcheting up the struggle, as massive crowds turned out for Palestine across much of the Western world last month.