Articles Tagged ‘Democracy’

  • New bill will give ultra-secret spy agency extensive powers

    Canadian Politics

    Bill C-59 would authorize the Communications Security Establishment to carry out offensive operations “to degrade, disrupt, influence, respond to or interfere with the capabilities, intentions or activities” of foreign actors. In effect, the Department of National Defence-run intelligence agency could seek to take a government offline, shutter a power plant, knock a drone out of the sky, or interfere in court proceedings and elections in countries Ottawa doesn’t deem “democratic.”

  • Cambridge Analytica Ain’t Nuthin: Look Out For i360 and DataTrust

    Media

    There are two dangers in the media howl over Trump’s computer gurus Cambridge Analytica, the data-driven psy-ops company founded by billionaire brown-shirts, the Mercer Family. The story is that Cambridge Analytica, once directed by Steve Bannon, by shoplifting Facebook profiles to bend your brain, is some unique “bad apple” of the cyber world. But the dark art of dynamic psychometric manipulation in politics was not pioneered by Cambridge Analytica for Trump, but by i360 Themis

  • The Very Best Day

    Europe

    In the forthcoming election on March 18th, what is actually on offer is not the election of a peacetime president, but of a Supreme Commander; the type of leader who, in wartime, like Churchill or Stalin, cannot promise anything else but “blood, sweat and tears.” The figure of Putin, as it were, rises above economic and social policy, thereby transferring that obligation to the competence of government technocrats. Putin is the leader of the nation, primarily responsible for issues of war and peace.

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

    Socialism

    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.

  • Iran and the Left: a Dissenting View

    Middle East

    Regardless of how long these protests last and what the outcomes may be, these protests have proven once again that the Iranian regime is fundamentally incapable of addressing people’s most basic social and economic needs, and that is why for forty years it has depended on brute force to control the population. But, rule by brute force alone cannot last forever.

  • America’s Imperial Decline Might Be Our Last, Best Hope to Salvage Our Democracy

    USA Politics

    When the United States vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution asking nations not to build any more diplomatic missions in Jerusalem only to be drubbed 128-9 in the General Assembly, which voted on a similar non-binding resolution last week, America’s ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, loudly proclaimed that the United States would be “taking names.” Her warning fell on deaf ears.

  • Canada Must Stop Support to Honduras Regime following Botched Election

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    While the state of emergency has been lifted across most of the country, it is also urgent that the Canadian government publicly and vociferously call for a full restitution of constitutional rights and clearly denounce police and military repression and criminalization of anti-electoral fraud protesters and all citizens, as well as efforts to silence the press.

  • Venezuela votes in municipal elections

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Municipal elections took on 10 December 2017 in Venezuela, electing 335 mayors. There was also an election for the governorship of the Zulia state. This was the 24th national election in Venezuela since 1998 and the third in less than 4 months. The total number of candidates was 1,568, with voting taking place in 14,384 polling stations. There were 32,700 electronic machines to vote.

  • Solidarity with Venezuela

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    When it comes to Venezuela, the mainstream media is awash with lies and distortions and the Canadian government is complicit in an attempt to force the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Nicolás Maduro. One can easily imagine Trump and Trudeau agreeing that it would be a crime to leave the largest proven oil reserves in the world under the control of a socialist government pledged to use this wealth on behalf of some of the poorest people in the world.

  • Net Neutrality and the Socialist Moment

    Socialism

    The fight for Net Neutrality is but the first salvo in a longer battle over the age-old debates about democracy. Capitalists and their ideological brethren have lined up to fight NN as a barrier towards their profit-making enterprise, and socialists can make the case that if capitalism means antagonism to the very concept that manifests a free internet, perhaps the owners of private industry shouldn’t be trusted with other important aspects of our daily lives.

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