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Has Harper Finally Gone Unhinged? Putin, Petrodollars and Canada’s Useful Idiot

by JBB last modified Apr 23, 2014 07:53 AM

by Murray Dobbin | CounterPunch | Click HERE to read article

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Sweden’s Great Welfare Heist

by JBB last modified Apr 23, 2014 07:34 AM

by Adam Bolt | Red Pepper | Click HERE to read article

How Sweden’s public services were stolen, and how people are fighting to take them back.

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Toronto Star's digital journalists and the market devalue of journalism

by JBB last modified Apr 23, 2014 07:29 AM

by Wayne MacPhail | Rabble.ca A digital journalist is still a journalist and must be doing the same work as a print journalist. So why is one employee paid less just because his or her work doesn't end up as ink on cellulose? Click HERE to read article.

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The unbearable lightness of being progressive

by JBB last modified Apr 23, 2014 07:27 AM

by Michael Laxer | Rabble.ca The progressive agenda in North America has become so insignificant in its aims that if it got any less so it would simply cease to be. Click HERE to read article.

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Irving behind the push for the Energy East pipeline

by JBB last modified Apr 21, 2014 08:41 AM

by Brent Patterson | Rabble.ca The 4,400-kilometre pipeline would transport 1.1 million barrels per day from northern Alberta to New Brunswick and markets beyond. Click HERE to read article.

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Rally for accessible abortion in Fredericton in pictures and audio

by JBB last modified Apr 20, 2014 09:25 AM

Written by From the Margins & the NB Media Co-op on April 18, 2014 | Click HERE to read article

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BRICS countries to set up their own IMF

by JBB last modified Apr 20, 2014 09:07 AM

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Michael Lebowitz on socialism and creative energy

by JBB last modified Apr 20, 2014 09:03 AM

In the following interview [click here], Michael Lebowitz, a leading exponent of socialism for the twenty-first century, discusses mobilizing the creative energy of the population as a decisive factor in building a socialist society.

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Conservative Mockery of the Charter of Rights: Let's Count the Ways

by JBB last modified Apr 18, 2014 09:25 AM

by Irwin Cotler | Huffington Post | Click HERE to read article

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The myths about Marxism

by JBB last modified Apr 17, 2014 07:59 AM

Written by Marxist Student Federation | IMT | Click HERE to read article

The past two decades have witnessed a barrage of propaganda against Marxism and its revolutionary heritage. Since the collapse of Stalinism – not socialism, but a monstrously deformed caricature of Marxism - from one front to another the mainstream media, universities, professors and historians have gone on the offensive to discredit Marxism. We examine here the most common myths about Marxism and socialism.

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A Practical Solution to an Urgent Need

by JBB last modified Apr 17, 2014 07:54 AM

by Gregg Shotwell | Monthly Review | Click HERE to read article

If there shall ever be a resurgence of union organizing, it will be led by people who aren’t wedded to capitalism. I am convinced they will rise from the ranks. They may not start out to be socialists or communists, but I am certain they won’t promote competition with other workers. They won’t push their comrades to work harder and faster and longer for less. They won’t confine bargaining to a single craft or industry. They won’t be corralled by borders. They will look over their shoulders at the Treaty of Detroit and refuse to relinquish the right to strike or the right to control the workplace.

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BRICS and the tendency to sub-imperialism

by JBB last modified Apr 17, 2014 07:48 AM

by Patrick Bond | Pambazuka News | Click HERE to read article

Despite their anti-imperialist potential, BRICS states have promoted neo-liberal and imperialist practices that facilitate capital accumulation, resource extraction and expansion of their markets. But growing popular unrest against exploitation, ecological destruction and neoliberalism in the BRICS countries may lead to a different, anti- imperialist, course.

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Avoiding the Capitalist Apocalypse

by JBB last modified Apr 14, 2014 08:01 AM

by Paul Street | Znet | Click HERE to read article

In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty says capitalism has avoided a Marxist apocalypse. He misunderstands Marxism, and ignores the ever-increasing degradation and destruction of life on Earth, and the looming threat of climate disaster. 

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Don't airbrush Jim Flaherty's record because of sympathy for his family

by JBB last modified Apr 14, 2014 07:56 AM

David J. Climenhaga | Rabble.ca It is not speaking ill of the dead to say the charming Jim Flaherty held the same beliefs as the charmless Stephen Harper. It is the unvarnished and necessary truth. Click HERE to read article.

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The tragedy of the private, the potential of the public | Hilary Wainwright

by Graham H. Cox last modified Apr 11, 2014 01:43 PM
"Over the past 30 years, since Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan gained office, it is clear that the problems the welfare state was designed to alleviate - hunger, disease, unemployment, poor living conditions - have thrived once again, as these dogmatically pro-market politicians drove the destruction of the model. In the case of too much of the Global South, their ideology contributed to blocking attempts to build public services where they are most needed."

The link address is: http://www.world-psi.org/en/tragedy-private-potential-public

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Rwanda, Twenty Years Later

by JBB last modified Apr 11, 2014 08:44 AM

by Samir Amin | MR Zine | Click HERE to read article

The case of Rwanda is indeed tragic.  There are no signs of the region moving away from continuous wars and chaos allowing permanent imperialist interference and plunder of its resources.  The only acceptable solution would be diluting the violent inheritance of Rwanda through the building of a kind of loose "confederation" of the Great Lakes region, incorporating Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and the Congo (there are Hutu/Tutsi minorities in all these countries), pursuing a common sovereign project as distant as possible from the Western powers.  An immense task for the popular and democratic forces in the region.

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Au revoir, Pauline: Goodbye to Quebec's time of division

by JBB last modified Apr 11, 2014 08:35 AM

by Monia Mazigh | Rabble.ca | Click HERE to read article

Pauline Marois's strategists thought that by raising the spectre of a "Muslim invasion" they would succeed as the Front National in France did. But Quebec isn't France and North America isn't Europe.

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Are CEOs panicking over a new style of tax rage brewing?

by JBB last modified Apr 11, 2014 08:30 AM

by Linda McQuaig | Rabble.ca For years now, public commentary about taxes has been dominated by a rabid anti-tax movement, but recent rumblings from the progressive side of the tax debate have threatened to shake things up. Click HERE to read article.

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Free transit: Three reasons it is an idea whose time has come

by JBB last modified Apr 11, 2014 08:27 AM

by Michael Laxer | Rabble.ca | Click HERE to read article

Free transit is an idea whose time has come and there are three truly significant reasons it needs to be front and centre as an ultimate objective in any left municipal agenda in Canada.

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Report: Syria rebel infighting kills 51 fighters | The Washington Post

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Apr 11, 2014 12:07 AM
"Thousands of fighters have been killed in rebel-against-rebel violence that intensified beginning of the year, particularly in northern and eastern Syria."

The link address is: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/activists-rebel-infighting-in-syria-kills-24/2014/04/10/1f9647aa-c0ad-11e3-9ee7-02c1e10a03f0_story.html

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