The momentous rebellion, Occupy Wall Street, was in
its earliest stage when this issue of Dimension was
in its final planning stage. We had one article, “The
Assault on Public Services,” by Sam Gindin and Mike
Hurley, that clearly relate to the cause of the rebellion,
but as the rebellion turned into a movement, we
managed to pull together an early CD take on what
looks like the most promising development for radical
politics in many decades. We call it “The Ballerina_and the Bull.”
The focus of this Dimension, “Stepping up for the
Planet,” is a joint production of CD and the South
African journal,Amandla. It arose from discussions
between CD collective member David Hugill and Patrick
Bond, the Irish born political writer who resides
in Durban, South Africa. Patrick put us in touch with
Amandla’s Brian Ashley and together we collaborated
on this issue.
While it focuses on the Durban COP 17 United
Nation’s meeting on Climate Change it also gathers
reports on grassroots opposition to some of the worst
contributors to Green house Gas (GHG) emissions in
both Canada and South Africa including Alberta’s
tar sands, shale gas (fracking) and uranium mining.
Interestingly, this is the first in its nearly nearly 50
years history, that Canadian Dimension has jointly
produced an issue with another publication.
Why is Stephen Harper so keen on a Free Trade agreement with Morocco? In answer is uncovered
in Josh Campbell’s article, regarding the sale of
phosphate to the Potash Corp of Saskatchewan in
Morrocan-occupied Western Sahara.