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Stephen Harper’s income-splitting plan would shortchange Ontarians | Cohn

by Graham H. Cox last modified Oct 30, 2014 10:43 AM
"It’s not merely unfair, but unaffordable. And unfathomably un-federal. Not to split hairs, but income-splitting is perhaps the most indefensible and insidious campaign gimmick ever conjured up by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It’s not just a bad tax break. It’d be a bad break for Ontarians in particular, who would pay the highest price for a discriminatory Tory ploy that could make the rich richer and the poor poorer while impoverishing the province."

The link address is: http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2014/10/29/stephen_harpers_incomesplitting_plan_would_shortchange_ontarians_cohn.html

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Tories not for us. Blatantly anti-worker, income splitting is gift to rich

by Graham H. Cox last modified Oct 30, 2014 09:45 AM
"Many economists have said that income splitting isn’t fair because it mainly benefits higher-income families and stay-at-home parents who have high-earning spouses. “If you have higher-income people, maybe with one child at a high marginal tax rate, they will get considerably more benefit than two spouses (who are) both working with four younger children,” said Fred O’Riordan, a national tax services advisor at Ernst & Young."

The link address is: http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/harper-to-announce-income-splitting-tax-break-1.2078013

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Death, Taxes and the Cuban Blockade

by JBB last modified Oct 29, 2014 07:54 AM
by Matt Peppe | CounterPunch

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/29/death-taxes-and-the-cuban-blockade/

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What's Behind the Defeat of the Left in Toronto?

by JBB last modified Oct 29, 2014 07:34 AM
Professor Leo Panitch discusses the appeal of Toronto's conservative mayor-elect and the failure of the left to galvanize the working class | The Real News

The link address is: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12574

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Mission accomplished? Afghanistan is a calamity and our leaders must be held to account

by JBB last modified Oct 29, 2014 07:32 AM
by Seumas Milne | The Guardian | British troops haven't accomplished a single one of their missions in Afghanistan. Like Iraq and Libya, it's a disaster

The link address is: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/18/afghanistan-mission-accomplished-war-leaders-calamity

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Libya getting 'very close' to point of no return: U.N. envoy | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Oct 28, 2014 02:23 PM
"Western powers worry that the OPEC producer is heading towards civil war as authorities are too weak to control former rebels who helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now defy state authority to grab power and a share of oil revenues."

The link address is: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/28/us-libya-security-idUSKBN0IH1MS20141028

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Where next for the Scottish left? | Morning Star

by Graham H. Cox last modified Oct 28, 2014 01:13 PM
" THE Scottish Labour Party is in turmoil as the aftershocks from the independence referendum continue. But none of this must divert the left in Scotland from the urgent tasks confronting it. One is to rebuild effective campaigning unity in the trade union movement. The next round of local government cuts is due. Already 40,000 jobs have been lost and details of further cuts are leaking out. As senior managers bypass councillors and take the initiative in attacking pay, conditions and jobs, basic services are threatened. In these circumstances effective campaigning means more than just unity within and between unions. "

The link address is: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-9864-Where-next-for-the-Scottish-left

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The Anarchy of Globalization: Intended and Unintended Consequences

by JBB last modified Oct 28, 2014 11:43 AM
by Michael Perelman | CounterPunch | World War I was, indeed, a war of globalization. Industry’s ability to harness the productive capacity of fossil fuel dramatically escalated in the late 19th century, so much so that domestic markets were no longer able to absorb this new level of productivity. This burst in production took the form of a serious depression accompanied by deflation. Colonial conquest seemed to offer a resolution to the current economic problems, providing new access to both markets and resources.

The link address is: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/28/the-anarchy-of-globalization/

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Meet Jesse Brown, The Man Who Broke The Explosive Allegations About Jian Ghomeshi

by JBB last modified Oct 28, 2014 11:08 AM
Jesse Brown doesn't mince words. The man who was the first to report on Jian Ghomeshi's "leave of absence" from the CBC -- which quickly turned into a permanent one -- has spent the last year revolutionizing media criticism in Canada. He speaks with uncommon frankness on his popular podcast "Canadaland" and breaks the kind of stories about Canadian journalism that are usually only shared privately over stiff drinks at the bar.

The link address is: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/10/27/jesse-brown-jian-ghomeshi-canadaland-patreon_n_6052444.html

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Ottawa shooting: Putting security before liberty

by JBB last modified Oct 28, 2014 10:58 AM
Duncan Cameron | Rabble.ca | The never-ending war on terror launched by an American president has inspired the Conservatives and their supporters. That way lies fear as the source of public policy decisions.

The link address is: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2014/10/ottawa-shooting-putting-security-liberty

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