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Indigenous activists, leaders: "This is what we fought for"

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Massive support for new UN Declaration Bill C-15

Indigenous activists, scholars and leaders have come together to make it clear that new legislation Bill C-15 (the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act) will be a major step forward if it becomes law. In a Read more: Indigenous activists, leaders: "This is what we fought for"

Neoliberal Authoritarianism in Egypt

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Neoliberal Authoritarianism in Egypt

Yanis Iqbal

The whiplash of authoritarianism is being ruthlessly used in Egypt. On January 6, 2021, Ahmed Khalifa, social news editor of Egypt 360 website, was arrested after publishing a series of reports on workers’ legitimate protests. He was falsely charged with joining a terrorist group and spreading fake news, and remains in detention to date. Before his arrest, Khalifa published articles about strikes at the state-owned ElDelta Company for Fertilizers and Chemical Industry.

In 2011, bold protest chants flowed out from Tahrir Square: from “The people want the fall of the regime!” to “Down, down with military rule!” – everything seemed full of new possibilities....

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Understanding Navalnyi

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Understanding Naval’nyi

David Mandel

To understand Aleksei Naval’nyi’s significance for Russia as a leading figure of the opposition, one needs some idea of the nature of the political regime of President Vladimir Putin. This is ‘Bonapartist’-type regime, in which the state administration, and proximity to it, are the principal sources of accumulation. Consequently, this administration’s holding onto power is the core interest of the state, and corruption is at its core. (The constitution was recently amended to allow for a possible Putin presidency until 2035.) This regime was initially established with the enthusiastic support of the major capitalist states, which eventually became disappointed when their creation rebelled against its...

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Support Kanahus Manuel in securing legal representation

Support Kanahus Manuel in securing legal representation r1 Hi Paov We're calling on the Idle No More community to support land defender Kanahus Manuel as she seeks justice after an arrest for Tiny House Warriors Trans Mountain pipeline resistance. ...

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The US is Trying to Provoke a Soft Coup in Cuba

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The US is Trying to Provoke a Soft Coup in Cuba

Rosa Miriam Elizalde

We are in the era of soft coups. Old-fashioned coups d’état and invasions get terrible press. The images of US troops invading the Dominican Republic in 1965 or marching through El Chorrillo in Panama in 1989, for example, produced resentment and anger. Over the years, US military interventions in Latin America have fallen into disrepute and gone out of style.

A soft coup, on the other hand, is when a group of people who are in the minority masquerades as the majority, creates controversies and confrontations, and wears down the majority until everyone gives in to...

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Stock Market Pipedreams

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Stock Market Pipedreams

In this episode we chat about Biden’s cancelling of the Keystone XL pipeline and Jason Kenney’s hilarious reaction to it, as well as present a socialist perspective on the GameStop stock surge and financial market ‘democratization’.

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Hi A, quick question: The UK government just lifted a ban on neonics, so we need to get as many bee-lovers as we can to speak up for safer, pesticide-free farming. Will you join us?

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The UK government just lifted the ban on bee-killing pesticides -- this could be a death sentence for our bees!

But this isn't over yet -- the government is doing a public consultation on the issue. With online ads we can get thousands of bee-lovers to flood the consultation before it's too late for the bees.

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Trump May Be Gone, But Neofascism Remains

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Trump May Be Gone, But Neofascism Remains

Vishwas Satgar

At last, the Donald Trump Presidency has crash landed and he is out of the White House. Now, we can all start dealing with ‘Trump trauma’ and shock. What did we live through over the past four years? This is a planetary question. It is a question we are all grappling with because the world is now capitalist on a global scale and America is the leading power making that world. Post the Cold War we were all conscripted to be Americans and the ‘American Dream’ was declared the global dream. Even China bought into it through its own self...

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Tragic bee BOMBSHELL

The UK government just lifted the ban on bee-killing pesticides -- this could be a death sentence for our bees!

But this isn't over yet -- the government is doing a public consultation on the issue. With online ads we can get thousands of bee-lovers to flood the consultation before it's too late for the bees.

Can you chip in CA$90 to save the bees?

Photo of healthy honey bees

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A,

Bee-killers are making a come-back in the UK: A few days ago the Conservative government decided to lift the ban on bee-killing pesticides.

But we can stop this, A.

The government just launched a public consultation on pesticides. If we can get tens of thousands of bee-protectors like you to speak out, we can beat this threat to the bees.

But we need to act quickly -- the consultation closes in a few weeks. With your help, we’ll launch online ads to flood...

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Socialist Activist, Ecologist: The Wayne Roberts We Knew

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Socialist Activist, Ecologist: The Wayne Roberts We Knew

Harry Kopyto, Gord Doctorow and John Darling

The tributes that have been made to Wayne Roberts (born 30 September 1944) for his work as a food-policy leader and activist are well known and continue to be made after his untimely death on January 20th, 2021. There is no question that “this kid from Scarberia,” as he described himself, played a highly respected role as an environmentalist, writer, speaker, professor, food-policy leader, and teacher of “food actionism skills.” His unique talents as a mentor, popularizer, writer, and inspirer of anti-corporate food visions were widely acknowledged.

We worked with Wayne in the 1960s, 70s,...

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Amazon oil

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Hi friend,

I have incredible news to share: last week, four big European banks announced that they will no longer finance the trade of Amazon crude oil from Ecuador – a critical step in protecting one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.

This is an unbelievable victory for Indigenous communities who’ve been fighting to protect their home from extractive industries and it’s a direct result of people like you taking action as part of the Stand.earth community to protect our forests. Thank you!

But there are still three other major banks: Natixis, UBS and Societe Generale, who are financing oil trade from the Ecuadorian Amazon to the U.S. Now it’s time to turn up the heat while the world is watching.

Will you take 30 seconds to add your name and urge Natixis, UBS, and Societe Generale to immediately make commitments to no longer finance the trade of Amazon crude oil?

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Council This Week

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Should white supremacist organizations be designated as terrorist groups?

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The white nationalist insurrection at the Capitol in the US on January 6, 2021 has prompted the Canadian government to designate the Proud Boys a as terrorist entity.

The BCCLA is strongly committed to confronting and ending white supremacy and all forms of hate that harm Indigenous, Black, Muslim, Jewish, and racialized communities. Violent hate threatens democratic and equality rights for all of us. But is part of the solution to designate white supremacist organizations as terrorist organizations?

Last week, after a motion to designate white supremacist groups as terrorists passed unanimously in Parliament, I spoke with Hasan Alam, a BCCLA board member and Islamophobia Hotline Community Liaison lawyer. We talked about what this designation means, what the impacts of post 9/11 security measures have been on Hasan and others, and whether a terrorist designation can meaningfully combat violent white supremacists. Read my interview with Hasan here.

We’ve been raising the alarm about Canada’s post 9/11...

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Tragic bee BOMBSHELL

The UK government just lifted the ban on bee-killing pesticides -- this could be a death sentence for our bees!

But this isn't over yet -- the government is doing a public consultation on the issue. With online ads we can get thousands of bee-lovers to flood the consultation before it's too late for the bees.

Can you chip in CA$90 to save the bees?

Photo of healthy honey bees

Donate CA$90 now

A,

Bee-killers are making a come-back in the UK: A few days ago the Conservative government decided to lift the ban on bee-killing pesticides.

But we can stop this, A.

The government just launched a public consultation on pesticides. If we can get tens of thousands of bee-protectors like you to speak out, we can beat this threat to the bees.

But we need to act quickly -- the consultation closes in a few weeks. With your help, we’ll launch online ads to flood the government consultation and save Britain’s bees.

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Coming up this year

Coming up this year r1 PBI webinar on how to become a field brigadista happening on Sunday February 28 … Read more... Colombian regulator says three new contracts for fracking pilot projects to be awarded on March 8 … Read more... ...

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01/06/21: The Insurrection that Wasnt

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01/06/21: The Insurrection that Wasn’t

Bryan Palmer

“Only the chief … can still save bourgeois society. Only theft can still save property; only perjury, religion; bastardy, the family; disorder, order!”

Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

Trump is now gone. But his leaving was not without a certain drama. His legacy is about as tarnished as it is possible to imagine, but a part of Trumpism’s message remains relevant. The swamp really does need draining. The bog that is Washington overflowed with crocodile tears on 6 January 2021.

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Trump’s troops, summoned by the Líder Máximo, assembled in Washington, D.C., their minds mangled by an ideological fusillade...

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Put your hands in the dirt

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Launching Socialist Register 21: Beyond Digital Capitalism

Join us on Wednesday February 10th (7pm EST) for the launch of Socialist Register 21: Beyond Digital Capitalism (Merlin Press, 2020), with presentations by Greg Albo, Sam Gindin, Bryan Palmer, Joan Sangster, Stephen Maher, Pat Armstrong, Hugh Armstrong, Tanner Mirrlees, and Derek Hrynyshyn.

In memory of Leo Panitch, 1945-2020.

As digital technology became integral to the capitalist market dystopia of the first decades of the 21st century, it not only refashioned our ways of communicating but of working and consuming, indeed ways of living. The Covid-19 pandemic revealed not only the lack of investment, planning and preparation that underlay the scandalous slowness of the responses by states around the world, but also grotesque class and racial inequalities as it coursed its way through the population and the owners of high-tech corporations were enriched by tens of billions of dollars. Rejecting both technological determinism and facile ‘cyber-utopian’ thinking, the 57th annual volume of the Socialist Register addresses how to imagine, struggle for, and plan for, new democratic socialist ways of living after the pandemic.

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Unions, Just Transition and the Struggle for Radical Social Transformation

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Unions, Just Transition and the Struggle for Radical Social Transformation

John Treat

For more than a decade, trade union responses to the unfolding climate and ecological crisis have mainly focused on the idea of “just transition.” This idea has brought much-needed attention to the serious disruptions facing many workers, and to the need to minimize those disruptions where possible, or provide alternatives where necessary. Unions have generally affirmed the findings of climate science and recognized the urgent need for dramatic transformation of our societies, but this affirmation has mostly found expression in echoing broader social calls for “more ambition” from governments.

At the international level, and especially in Europe, union...

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Trudeau: End Hassan Diabs Ordeal Now!

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Trudeau: End Hassan Diab’s Ordeal Now!

Michelle Weinroth

Forty and some years have elapsed, yet the French authorities have failed to find the real culprit for the 1980 bombing of the synagogue on rue Copernic, Paris. Not only have they failed to carry out their original mission, they have failed to admit, let alone face, their obvious defeat. Recent events prove ever more strikingly that, for 14 years, French authorities have been pursuing the wrong man – the wrongfully persecuted Dr. Hassan Diab.

Indeed, the last shred of evidence – handwriting analysis – on which they relied for so long (in concert with members of Canada’s justice system), was recently...

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