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25 Years After the Oslo Accords, Independence Remains More Elusive than Ever for Palestinians

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1671 ... September 21, 2018
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25 Years After the Oslo Accords, Independence Remains More Elusive than Ever for Palestinians

Rashid Khalidi

September 13, 2018, marks 25 years since the first of the Oslo Accords was signed by Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on the White House lawn amid great fanfare. Many Palestinians hoped that they would finally be free of Israel’s then-quarter-century-old military rule and have a state of their own.

Having taken part for two years in the Madrid and Washington Palestinian-Israeli negotiations preceding the Oslo accords, and having seen the obduracy of the Shamir and Rabin governments about allowing the Palestinians anything resembling self-determination, independence, and statehood, I had few hopes for Oslo. Sadly, my pessimism proved all too well-founded. Read more: 25 Years After the Oslo Accords, Independence Remains More Elusive than Ever for Palestinians

ACTIVlist Update - September 20, 2018

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Bold steps are needed toward a 'new normal' that allocates water fairly in South Africa
Discussions of the water crisis that has hit Cape Town tend to focus on supply and demand. In other words, a severe and unusual drought has created a situation in which there is not enough water (supply) to meet people’s needs (demand).

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Working Together? First Nations Movements Respond to Liberal Government

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1670 ... September 20, 2018
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Working Together? First Nations Movements Respond to Liberal Government

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Statement on Recognition and Implementation of the Inherent and Treaty Rights of Indigenous Peoples Framework Legislation Engagement Document


This Fall, the Trudeau government is planning on unilaterally introducing into Parliament their "Federal Recognition and Implementation of the Inherent and Treaty Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada" legislation.

The "Framework" is a collection of federally imposed law and policy designed to terminate our pre-existing sovereignty and collective rights as Indigenous Nations and get our peoples to surrender to Crown sovereignty to essentially turn the original people into ethnic minorities.

The core of the planned federal "legislative framework" is to shift bands currently under the...

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Tune In, Turn On, and Break Out on the Ecosocialist Network

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HAPPENING NOW: BC NDP Orders Surprise Raid on Namegans Nation tent city in Saanich

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Authoritarian Fordism in Ontario Trumps the Far Right Elsewhere

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1669 ... September 18, 2018
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Authoritarian Fordism in Ontario Trumps the Far Right Elsewhere

Leo Panitch

On the day the Ford government’s ham-fisted attempt to alter the balance of political forces in Toronto came to a head in open confrontation with the judiciary, the international media’s attention was focused on a far right political party winning third place in the Swedish election with 17 per cent of the vote.

Any mention abroad of what was happening in Ontario -- with a population larger than Sweden’s, and where the party in government had recently secured over 40 per cent of the vote -- was notably thin on the ground.

Yet the rapidity, as well as the scope, of the new Ontario government’s intervention to change the basis of a...

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The Politics of Hurricanes

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1668 ... September 18, 2018
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The Politics of Hurricanes:
How Climate Catastrophe Victimizes the Poor

Phil Hearse

Climate change catastrophe is, as this article is written, facing hundreds of thousands on the eastern seaboard of the United States and on the Philippines island of Luzon, as Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut make landfall simultaneously. Mangkhut also threatens Hong Kong, South China and maybe Vietnam.

In the United States, Donald Trump has promised all necessary aid to the affected states -- North and South Carolina and Virginia in particular. But the recent hurricane history of the United States is one of neglect and indifference toward poor and non-white populations -- often the same people -- not least by the Trump administration toward the people of Puerto Rico.

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Tell Doug Ford to save green jobs in Ontario.

Doug Ford’s government is scrapping the cap and trade program in Ontario -- and along with it, 758 renewable energy projects.

Tell Doug Ford to save green jobs for the good of the climate and economy.

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In his first ten weeks in office, Doug Ford has been on a rampage and one of his biggest targets is the cap and trade program. His government just announced it’s scrapping 758 renewable energy projects funded by cap and trade income, threatening over 6,000 middle class,...

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Elections in Pakistan: A Populist Moment?

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1667 ... September 16, 2018
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Elections in Pakistan: A Populist Moment?

Ayyaz Mallick

The third consecutive general election was held in Pakistan on July 25th, with the Pakistan Movement for Justice party (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, PTI) of celebrity-cricketer Imran Khan emerging as the largest party in parliament. For a country marred by long bouts of military rule, the continuity of (at least formal) democracy might be taken as good news. However, the conditions leading up to the elections, the prevailing balance of forces in the country, and the populist coalition forged by Khan and his party, may not bode well for the prospects of a substantive democracy centred on Pakistan’s working masses.

The lead-up to these general elections was marred by accusations of "pre-poll rigging" by the military-dominated establishment of...

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Palm oil, this is big

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Worldwide Internet disaster

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This is terrible: The EU Parliament just caved in to giant corporations and passed a massive overhaul of...

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Carceral Capitalism and Anti-Capitalist Politics

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1666 ... September 14, 2018
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Carceral Capitalism and Anti-Capitalist Politics

Dillon Wamsley

Jackie Wang’s Carceral Capitalism (MIT Press, 2018) is arguably one of the most wide-ranging, critical, and theoretically nuanced examinations of the political economy of the carceral state in the USA to date. While there has been a substantial growth in writing on the criminal justice system in recent years, particularly following critical engagement with Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow (2010), there remains important theoretical gaps in understanding the political and economic dynamics of mass incarceration under neoliberalism. Wang helps to fill those gaps by taking seriously the relevance of radical political economy to understanding the foundations of the carceral state and outlining the limitations of these approaches in acknowledging the centrality of anti-black racism which, as Wang...

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Palm oil, this is big

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