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Contributors: Faiz Ahmed, JBB, Graham H. Cox, R. Dubois, JA Cox

A Letter From Stephen Lewis | CUPE 3902

by R. Dubois last modified Mar 25, 2015 08:36 AM
"Given the rejection of the most recent tentative agreement by members of CUPE3902, I am cancelling my participation in the Munk School of Global Affairs Graduate Student Conference on Thursday, March 26. I join the faculty members, undergraduate students and their families, writers, thinkers, and politicians from all parties and levels of government in calling on the University of Toronto Administration to improve its offer and come to the bargaining table to end the legal labour action of the 6,000 education workers of CUPE3902."

The link address is: http://www.weareuoft.ca/2015/03/23/a-letter-from-stephen-lewis/

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US sits out of annual debate on Palestine | Morning Star

by Graham H. Cox last modified Mar 24, 2015 03:36 PM
"THE United States pointedly refused take the floor at the main United Nations human rights forum yesterday during the annual debate on violations committed in the Palestinian territories. Such a step is unprecedented at the forum, in which Washington has hitherto unfailingly defended Israel."

The link address is: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-ca6a-US-sits-out-of-annual-debate-on-Palestine

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How Tony Blair Helped Open the Door for ISIS

by JBB last modified Mar 23, 2015 07:16 PM
A Trail of Blunders and Blood Across the Middle East | by Patrick Cockburn | CounterPunch

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/03/23/how-tony-blair-helped-open-the-door-for-isis/

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Beyond dirty politics: Harperism threatens democracy itself

by JBB last modified Mar 23, 2015 06:58 PM
Ralph Surette | It's getting worse. Stephen Harper is now serving notice that he's willing to tear the social fabric of the country apart if that's what it takes to get his party re-elected.

The link address is: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2015/03/beyond-dirty-politics-harperism-threatens-democracy-itself

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Thousands in Montreal unite against austerity and petro-economy | Rabble

by Graham H. Cox last modified Mar 23, 2015 01:11 PM
Called by the Comité Printemps 2015 (Spring 2015 Committee), the "Popular Protest Against Austerity and the Petro-Economy" in Montreal on Saturday, March 21, was the spring's first major demonstration in what many hope will be a heated season.

The link address is: http://rabble.ca/news/2015/03/thousands-montreal-unite-against-austerity-and-petro-economy

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What's Left This Week March 22, 2015 | Citizens' Press

by Graham H. Cox last modified Mar 23, 2015 08:02 AM
Citizens' Press weekly news round-up. Read and subscribe below. It’s well known that capitalism and industrial development are responsible for climate change and it has become obvious that more capitalism will not reverse the destruction. Unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped the cheer-leading squad for “free markets” from continuing to spin the media.

The link address is: http://www.citizenspress.org/whatsleft/whats-left-2015-03-22-volume-5

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Nicolas Maduro: Venezuela is Not a Threat | Counter Punch

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Mar 22, 2015 03:19 PM
"Never before in the history of our nations, has a president of the United States attempted to govern Venezuelans by decree. It is a tyrannical and imperial order and it pushes us back into the darkest days of the relationship between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean."

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/03/20/venezuela-is-not-a-threat/

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Celebrating 30 years of GNU and Free Software | Graham Cox

by Graham H. Cox last modified Mar 22, 2015 09:14 PM
"Our world is steeped in technology and proprietary knowledge which intersects with ever expanding parts of our lives. Much of this technology and knowledge is protected by copyrights and patents that bestow unfair monopoly rent powers to capitalists and undermine community and innovation."

The link address is: https://citizenspress.github.io/articles/Thirty-Years-GNU/

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Capitalism is not the latest solution to climate change

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Mar 23, 2015 12:56 PM
In the battle between truth and fiction, socialists often find themselves shaking their heads in disbelief at what the right comes up with. Nowhere is this truer than on issues of climate change.

It’s well known that capitalism and industrial development are responsible for climate change and it has become obvious that more capitalism will not reverse the destruction. Unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped the cheer-leading squad for “free markets” from continuing to spin the media.

This week, the CBC published an editorial by Don Pittis who is so in awe of capitalism that he fails to realize that the “market” initiatives he credits for helping to solve climate change are actually government initiatives based on socialist principles. In addition to dozens of government programs across Europe, Pittis credits the free market with a massive expansion of solar and renewable energy in India – an expansion that is actually the result of comprehensive government measures implemented through publicly owned companies to meet the needs of India’s people, not the market.

The UK’s Guardian newspaper has launched a divestment campaign to undermine private investment in carbon-intensive industries. While it’s important to appreciate the campaign’s goal of keeping fossil fuels in the ground, asking people to pull their investments out of carbon-intensive companies will not undermine corporate investment in these processes. To “divest” from a publicly traded company, a stock must be sold to someone else. It might make the former investors feel better about themselves, but their investment has just been replaced by someone else’s.

Regulated public and private investment are the best way forward. We must invest in green transportation, renewable energy sources, and managing energy demand. Heavy regulation, democratic ownership and control of the industry is the only way to halt and reverse the destructive environmental tendencies of capitalism.

In this regard, France has been showing some leadership. It has introduced regulations stipulating that all new corporate buildings must have roofs that are green and/or include solar generation. Additionally, the city of Paris has announced that, starting this week, it will be halving the number of cars on the road (via regulation) and making public transit free to help combat pollution and smog.

Costa Rica has also seen some major success through heavy government investment in sustainable energy production. As of March 16, it had gone 75 straight days without burning any fossil fuels.

While many governments can be accused of spending too much time talking and not enough time acting, the state of Florida isn’t even allowing people to talk. It has banned the use of the words “climate change” by employees.

More: Keep it in the Ground

More: Don Pittis’ capitalism love-in editorial

More: France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels

More: Paris hit by air pollution spike, halves cars on roads

More: Costa Rica powered with 100% renewable energy for 75 straight days

More: The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE): An exceptional public enterprise in an atypical social democracy

More: Florida Environmental Staffer Says He Was Reprimanded For Talking About Climate Change

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Fanning the flames of intolerance | Lana Payne

by R. Dubois last modified Mar 21, 2015 03:55 PM
"What happened to Canada? Have we truly become less tolerant, as is being counted on by our prime minister? Like so many progressives, I yearn for a more equal Canada. Or, at the very least, a more compassionate federal government that does everything in its power to bring out the best in each of us as citizens, as human beings. One that does not fan the flames of fear and racism, but instead acts as a catalyst for consensus and upholds the common good."

The link address is: http://www.thetelegram.com/Opinion/Columnists/2015-03-21/article-4082539/Fanning-the-flames-of-intolerance/

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