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Supreme Court of Canada Upholds the Constitutional Right to Strike

by Graham H. Cox last modified Jan 30, 2015 10:26 AM
"... To determine whether there has been an infringement of s. 2 (d) of the Charter , the test is whether the legislative interference with the right to strike in a particular case amounts to a substantial interference with a meaningful process of collective bargaining. The prohibition in the PSESA on designated employees participating in strike action for the purpose of negotiating the terms and conditions of their employment meets this threshold and therefore amounts to a violation of s. 2 (d) of the Charter ... " "...The unilateral authority of public employers to determine whether and how essential services are to be maintained during a work stoppage with no adequate review mechanism, and the absence of a meaningful dispute resolution mechanism to resolve bargaining impasses, justify the conclusion that the PSESA is not minimally impairing. It is therefore unconstitutional..."

The link address is: http://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/14610/index.do

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Spying program leaked by Snowden is tied to campaign in many countries | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jan 28, 2015 10:35 AM
"The new findings suggest that [individuals' keystroke habits] was shared among the so-called Five Eyes—the United States, United Kingdom, Canada Australia, and New Zealand."

The link address is: http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/01/28/cybersecurity-spyware-idINKBN0L101B20150128

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The triumph of Syriza and the challenge to social democracy and austerity

by JBB last modified Jan 26, 2015 07:15 PM
Michael Laxer | The victory of Syriza, while being clearly a victory within the specific Greek context, still stands as a challenge to the bankrupt narrative of social democratic acceptance of austerity.

The link address is: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/michael-laxer/2015/01/triumph-syriza-and-challenge-to-social-democracy-and-austerity

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Now in Power, SYRIZA Faces Herculean Task

by JBB last modified Jan 26, 2015 06:59 PM
Dimitri Lascaris says breaking up the troika and the power of oligarchs that control Greece is not going to be an easy task

The link address is: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13059

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Historic Victory for SYRIZA Greece

by JBB last modified Jan 26, 2015 06:58 PM
Leo Panitch says it is the first left party to come to power since the 2007-2008 crisis of neoliberalism

The link address is: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13058

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On the Doorstep of Power

by JBB last modified Jan 25, 2015 08:39 PM
A Syriza election win today will be a victory against both austerity and the European right. | by Leo Panitch | Jacobin

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/01/panitch-syriza-election-austerity-greece/

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Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois sees conviction overturned | Montreal Gazette

by R. Dubois last modified Jan 24, 2015 12:07 PM
"The Quebec Court of Appeal has reportedly overturned a contempt-of-court conviction for former student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois."

The link address is: http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/gabriel-nadeau-dubois-sees-conviction-overturned

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Mexico looks the other way as contractors fleece oil giant Pemex | Reuters

by Graham H. Cox last modified Jan 23, 2015 09:25 AM
-- The deregulation of the Mexican oil market will only make this worse: "Reuters identified more than 100 Pemex contracts signed between 2003 and 2012, worth $11.7 billion, that were cited as having serious problems by the Federal Audit Office of the lower house of the Mexican Congress. The allegations ranged from overcharging for shoddy work to outright fraud. The deals were worth about 8 percent of the $149 billion in Pemex contracts registered in Mexico’s federal contracting database in that period. "

The link address is: www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/pemex-contracts/

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Understanding the Greek Communists | Jacobin

by R. Dubois last modified Jan 22, 2015 06:33 AM
"The prospect of a Syriza victory in Sunday’s Greek election is big news, and the international left has taken notice. The attention is welcomed, but Alexis Tsipras’ electoral prowess has obscured what the real political landscape in the country is like."

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/01/understanding-the-greek-communists/

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