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Dear Paov,

As we gear up to take on new battles to protect the Internet in 2019, we are also reminiscing on all the amazing work the OpenMedia community did throughout 2018 and we’d like...

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Markets Good, Public Bad: The False Promises of Market Populism

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1746 ... January 22, 2019
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Markets Good, Public Bad: The False Promises of

Market Populism

Ingo Schmidt

Ruling elites stand naked. No more hoping for a rising tide to lift all boats. No more waiting for the trickle down. Fears of drowning in the maelstroms of global finance abound. Feelings of powerlessness among the have-a-little-bits and have-nots fuel the hate of the even more down-trodden and the yearning for the good old welfare state. Bereft of their market populist cover, ruling elites publicly bemoan the rise of xenophobic populism on the right but are really concerned about flares of left populism that might develop into a challenge to the unbridled power of capital.

Yet, the anti-populism from above is helpless in several ways. First, it is blind to the...

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ACTIVlist Update - January 21, 2019

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This daily ACTIVlist e-mail is a compilation of blog posts, media releases and action alerts from the Council of Canadians. For more information about our campaigns, how to get involved, and how to become a member, go to canadians.org. Please use this link to forward ACTIVlist to a friend and encourage them to join! Thank you for your interest and support.

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Call for public inquiry into Offshore NS bolstered by recent news
With the recent news that MKI is holding off on their massive seismic project offshore Nova Scotia, and BP releasing ½ of their lease area, now is the perfect time to initiate a public inquiry into the offshore industry in the province.



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Fact-Checking the Jewish National Fund of Canada

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1745 ... January 21, 2019
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Fact-Checking the Jewish National Fund of Canada

Michelle Weinroth

My parents first met in 1945 on the subway cars of New York city. They were 16 years of age. Like many Zionist youth of the post-war era, they were dedicated to world peace. Emissaries of the Zionist youth movement (Hashomer Hatzair), they gave fiery speeches in support of Jews seeking safe haven in Palestine. The little blue and white tin they passed around the subway riders served to garner countless donations for the Jewish National Fund (JNF), a charitable organization devoted to purchasing and ‘reclaiming’ land in Palestine for Jews -- for Jews only, that is.

Committed to the cause of social justice, but still blithe, my parents saw no contradiction in collecting money...

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To Freeze the Thames

LeftStreamed — Recorded in Toronto, 9 January 2019

To Freeze the Thames:
Geo-Science, Social Risk and Climate Struggles

Is advanced-industrial capitalism capable of finding solutions for the environmental devastation it causes? Or are the logics of capitalism and environmental sustainability inherently and irreconcilably at odds?

This session of the Capitalism Workshop explores the economics and politics surrounding natural geo-engineering – re-wilding agricultural land, freed up by compulsory veganism – to replicate the hemispheric cooling of the Little Ice Age. It features Troy Vettese, whose article “To Freeze the Thames” was recently published in New Left Review (Debating Green Strategy).

Introduced by Greg Albo. Presentations by:

  • Troy Vettese is an environmental historian at New York University, whose dissertation is on the relationship between the tar sands industry and market-based environmental regulation.
  • Gordon Laxer is...

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The Socialization of Society

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1744 ... January 19, 2019
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One hundred years ago this month, on January 15, 1919, the great revolutionary thinker and anti-war activist, Rosa Luxemburg, was murdered in Berlin by the Freikorps paramilitary group, with her body dumped into the Landwehr Canal. Her comrade in opposition to the Social Democratic Party of Germany support for German involvement in World War 1, and in splitting from the SPD to eventually form the Communist Party of Germany, Karl Liebknecht, was also murdered in the course of the same events. Luxemburg occupies a special place in the traditions of the global left for her powerful political interventions and ceaseless invocation of revolution to break the hammerlock of capitalism on democracy and development, and for her major economic text, The Accumulation of Capital (1913), linking capitalist development to...

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ACTIVlist Update - January 18, 2019

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This daily ACTIVlist e-mail is a compilation of blog posts, media releases and action alerts from the Council of Canadians. For more information about our campaigns, how to get involved, and how to become a member, go to canadians.org. Please use this link to forward ACTIVlist to a friend and encourage them to join! Thank you for your interest and support.

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Tackle ecological and human rights crises with good public policies
Lifegate, an online and radio-based news source in Italy that focuses on sustainable development, interviewed Maude Barlow, Honorary Chair of the Council of Canadians, when she is was in Rome, Italy late last year meeting with groups about the growing movement in that country to stop the ratification of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).


Bill 66 will reward...

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Solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en continues across the country : in the news this week


body. rabble.ca logo First Nations leaders rallied in Smithers, B.C., this week to demonstrate support for the Wet'suwet'en First Nation, and demand the federal government respect Indigenous sovereignty.

Solidarity with the embattled Wet'suwet'en continues to pour out across the country after police raided two blockades set up by land defenders last week and arrested 14 demonstrators. The Council of Canadians is just one of many groups to issue strong statements of support.

At this week’s rally, Wayne Christian, a chief from the Secwepemc Nation, told the crowd: "reconciliation cannot be done at the end of a gun.” Beyond the Wet'suwet'en’s resistance to the Coastal GasLink pipeline, a natural gas pipeline that would run through Wet’suwet’en territory to an export facility in Kitimat, B.C., the struggle is a sign of deeper troubles.

This week, David Suzuki writes that the blockade shines a light on deeper fractures in our systems of governance and economics.

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Why Does No One Care That Neo-Nazis Are Gaining Power In Ukraine?

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1743 ... January 18, 2019
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Why Does No One Care That Neo-Nazis Are Gaining Power In Ukraine?

Michael Colborne

I can't count the number of times I’ve been told Ukraine doesn't really have a problem with its far-right. It's all Kremlin propaganda; you’re personally helping Putin by talking about it; other countries have far-right problems too, so why single out Ukraine? I’ve heard it all.

But I expect to hear even more lines like this in the New Year, all because I’m going to point out the obvious: Ukraine really does have a far-right problem, and it's not a fiction of Kremlin propaganda. And it's well past time to talk about it.

Ukraine's far-right is like a hydra, with ugly heads that pop-up far too frequently. Just within...

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R&F.ca Weekly Update

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6,000 of us have shown solidarity with Thai railway workers - will you join us?

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ACTIVlist Update - January 17, 2019

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This daily ACTIVlist e-mail is a compilation of blog posts, media releases and action alerts from the Council of Canadians. For more information about our campaigns, how to get involved, and how to become a member, go to canadians.org. Please use this link to forward ACTIVlist to a friend and encourage them to join! Thank you for your interest and support.

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Ontario: Just 3 days left to register your opposition to Bill 66. Take 2 minutes to do so now!


One year after the announcement..where is the ombudsperson?
Today January 17, 2019, marks exactly one year since the Canadian government announced it would create the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), an office to independently investigate allegations of abuses by Canadian companies operating overseas.



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Well, that was unexpected

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glyphosate

Why won't Canada take the cancer risks of glyphosate seriously?

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Health Canada just announced that it's siding with Monsanto on the registration of Monsanto's toxic pesticide, glyphosate. Despite public pressure, Health Canada says it won't re-open the registration process for glyphosate.

But we know that, with enough pressure, we can change that.

Already, over 22,000 SumOfUs members like you have signed the petition calling on Health Canada to re-open the review of the glyphosate's registration.

Will you help us get to 40,000 and send a strong message to Health Canada to protect the health of people in Canada?

More information:

Health Canada doubles down on glyphosate cancer fight, The National Observer, 11 January 2019




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A Tale of Two Austerities

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1742 ... January 17, 2019
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A Tale of Two Austerities

John Clarke

The greatly intensified austerity that has been imposed in the UK since 2010 has been looked to with considerable approval by right wing imitators. Among countries that had developed a relatively adequate ‘welfare state’, the attack on social provision in the UK has been outstandingly severe. One of the key elements of this has been a drive to degrade social benefit systems. The central objective has not been, as is generally claimed, to save money but rather to ensure a level of desperation that drives people into low wage precarious work and depresses the level of real wages.

In Canada, where a federal system of government exists, most of the political decisions related to the undermining of...

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New Democracy Against Democracy

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1741 ... January 16, 2019
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New Democracy Against Democracy

Aris-George-Baldur Spourdalakis, Dionysia Pitsili-Chatzi, Hilary Wainwright, Jodi Dean and Leo Panitch

There's only one country in the world where the decade long crisis of neoliberal global capitalism swept a radical left party into government: Greece. But in 2019, the capacity of its left to successfully confront the far right's continuing political ascent will be severely tested.

There was a very rapid passage from euphoria to disappointment on the international left when the SYRIZA government, elected in January 2015, was forced by the EU and IMF to succumb less than six months later to a further austerity bailout package, despite a referendum rejecting a similar creditor proposal by over 60 per cent. Despite this, the SYRIZA-led government was re-elected later in...

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Catching 200 million fish in the Georgia Strait?

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The Wet'suwet'en Stand Strong - The Land Is Still Protected



Wet'suwet'en Strength Inspires Global Solidarity


HEAL THE PEOPLE - DEFEND THE LAND

Dozens of Solidarity Actions Across Canada and Around the World

Halifax: Monday Jan. 14. Dozens of supporters shut down the city's main intersection as days of rolling solidarity actions kick-off on Mi'kmaq territory.


A Message From the Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidumt'en Territory


The World watched in horror as militarized RCMP descended onto unceded Wet'suwet'en territories on Monday January 7, 2019. Peaceful women and eldersw were faced with heavy assault rifles. Fourteen land defenders were arrested, including Gitdumt'en Caln spokesperson Molly Wickham.

The interim injunction was issues and RCMP militarized raid occurred BEFORE the named defendants and Wet'suwet'en Nation has even had chance to respond in court. They will be appearing in BC Supreme Court on January 31, 2019 to affirm Wet'suwet'en Rights and Title.

As the Unist'ot'en Camp says: "This fight is far from over. We paved the way with the Delgamuuk'w court case and the time has come for Delgamuuk'w II.



To see a full list of actions taking place see the Wet'suwet'en Support page.

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