— by Graham H. Cox — last modified Feb 09, 2016 09:14 AM
"The Canadian Federation of Students used about 200 meetings in a week of lobbying on Parliament Hill to argue for a federal post-secondary education bill that would repurpose cash used for programs like the registered education savings plan into a $3.3-billion annual transfer for provinces to make post-secondary education free."
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Written by Hamid Alizadeh | IMT | Even before they started, the so-called peace talks about the future of Syria have collapsed. UN special envoy to Syria, Steffan de Mistura, has called for a “pause” in the talks and a resumption on 25 February. Meanwhile the Syrian Arab Army and its allies have dealt a crushing blow to western-supported Jihadists in northern Aleppo. As the balance of forces shifts in the war, none of the parties on the ground have any reason to take serious steps in the talks.
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By Vijay Prashad | Source: Alternet (via Znet) | The Extreme Center is dying. At its ends emerges a politics of anti-austerity. What divides the Right and the Left is their attitude to society, whether to pursue inclusive and diverse social worlds or not
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Resisting the commodification of information is a political struggle, not a technical one. | by Rob Hunter | Jacobin
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by Vincent Emanuele | CounterPunch | Indeed, the more the Left focuses on the most prescient issues of our time – ecology, militarism and economics – the more likely people will be to gravitate toward leftist political organizations and movements. Right now, identity politics is all the rage. But those days are coming to an end. As the seas continue to rise and the rich continue to plunder, people will seek truly radical alternatives, not liberal rubbish.
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by Paul Craig Roberts and Michael Hudson | CounterPunch | Globalization was invented as a tool of American Empire. Russia should be shielding itself from globalization, not opening itself to it. Privatization is the vehicle to undercut economic sovereignty and increase profits by raising prices.
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A sensible interview on the CBC.
— by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 07, 2016 11:58 AM
"We want on-demand services that fuel innovation, job creation and the tech sector in BC, and it isn’t clear how services that send 20% of every transaction back to Silicon Valley investors accomplish that. We want affordable housing for British Columbians, instead of housing prices driven up by people buying Airbnb investment properties. We welcome the flexible work opportunities that are enabled by peer-to-peer services, but we want that work to provide a living wage and decent benefits. We want the convenience of on-demand services ourselves, but not at the cost of fundamental fairness and safety for workers and consumers."
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"We have the power now with our own cellphone cameras to document a protest and to send it real time around the world. ... Social media can be deceptive, however, because the real work is not happening there. The real work is happening in communities, it's happening in small groups of people."
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Opposition to pension reform has cut across wide swath of occupational groups | CBC