• Protect the Inlet is really about preventing future generations from enduring climate hell

    Canadian Politics

    The national mainstream media in Canada rarely talks about climate change in connection with its coverage of the dispute over the Kinder Morgan project. But the math can’t be ignored forever. Donner noted that even under a low-end scenario with the pipeline replacing diluted bitumen shipments by rail over just 20 years, “oil sands emissions would represent 34% of Canada’s 1.5 °C carbon pie, or 9-37% of Canada’s 2 °C carbon pie”.

  • No evidence Vladimir Putin was behind U.K. assassination


    Canada’s Justin Trudeau too has decried Russia’s “likely” involvement. The leaders’ careful use of the words “likely” and “plausible” reflects the fact that, to date, there is no hard evidence on who was behind the attack. Skripal, a former Soviet intelligence agent who had worked secretly for Britain’s MI6 during the 1990s, was probably not on Moscow’s Christmas card list. But he was not killed after being arrested and jailed by the Russians in 2004.

  • US State Department no Longer wants Elections in Venezuela

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    With presidential elections announced in Venezuela, the US State Department moved quickly to declare that the contest would not be recognised. But less than a year ago the tune was quite different, as a cursory look through State Department briefings and press releases will show. We also examine how political developments from the past year have led to the current scenario, and how US demands for “free and fair” elections are not only arrogant and hypocritical but also misleading.

  • Ontario NDP has no answers for Toronto’s homeless death crisis

    Canadian Politics

    There’s no reason why this needs to be viewed as a crisis only for the currently poor, either. The economic shifts and the effects of austerity described by research coalition Homeless Hub, affect all working people in Toronto. In Globalization, Precarious Work and the Food Bank, Lightman, Mitchell and Herd write that with the onset of grinding austerity brought about by the Common Sense Revolution in 1995 , the number of food bank users in Toronto jumped from 115,000 to 170,000.

  • In defense of free speech


    This crisis of free speech and academic freedom runs very deep and suggests that something profoundly disturbing is afoot in North American universities. It can scarcely be denied that the far-right has effectively taken hold of free speech as its cause célèbre, however, this cannot but be seen as profoundly cynical insofar as right-wing governments globally have seized every available opportunity to crack down on dissent.

  • NDP insiders suppressing Palestine resolution

    Canadian Politics

    If after a half-century of illegal occupation, one can’t call for boycotting Israeli settlement goods, then when? After a century? Two? Or is the problem the particular country to be boycotted? Does the NDP hierarchy believe that anti-Semitism can be the only possible motivation for putting economic pressure on Israel to accept a Palestinian state?

  • International Women’s Day 2018 (#IWD2018)


    In 1977 following the long-standing movements for women to participate equally in society, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day. IWD has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration.

  • The World Will Not Mourn the Decline of U.S. Hegemony

    USA Politics

    The biggest costs have fallen on the many millions killed and maimed by the U.S. military and allied and proxy forces in the last seven decades and before. The victims include the many U.S. military veterans who have killed themselves, many of them haunted by their own participation in sadistic attacks and torture on defenseless people at the distant command of sociopathic imperial masters determined to enforce U.S. hegemony by any and all means deemed necessary.

  • How We Fight Fascism

    Social Movements

    Zetkin’s analysis, eerily prophetic and reprinted in the book Fighting Fascism: How to Struggle and How to Win, edited by John Riddell and Mike Taber, highlights the principal features of emerging fascist movements. Fascism, Zetkin warned, arises when capitalism enters a period of crisis and breakdown of the democratic institutions that once offered the possibility of reform and protection from an uninhibited assault by the capitalist class.

  • Social democracy without social democrats: how can the left recover?


    If Keir or Keira Hardie were to create a party today to make the 21stcentury both social and democratic it would look nothing like the Labour Party. Can Labour and other social democratic parties change? Or will they be replaced? On one hand the omens aren’t good. The tribalism and the arrogance of Labour runs deep. But then organisations can reinvent themselves. But this time it’s more than a switch back to Blairites or the continuation of Corbynism that is required.

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