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by Editors — last modified 2016-02-04T12:54:47-05:00
Contributors: Faiz Ahmed, JBB, Graham H. Cox, R. Dubois, JA Cox

An open letter from some of BC’s technology workers about 'disruptive' technologies

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."

What does black activism look like today in Canada? | CBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 05, 2016 07:26 PM
"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."

Putting democracy back in the NDP

by JBB — last modified Feb 05, 2016 01:10 PM
[At some point, party members and activists, not to mention circumstances, may push the NDP to the point of "reform or split". Either way, a new party is bound to emerge eventually, whether it be a renewed NDP, or a socialist party under a different banner. We are at an important juncture and this article by Tristan Markle and Sarah Beuhler raises some excellent points. -JBB]

The EU no longer serves the people – democracy demands a new beginning | Yanis Varoufakis

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Feb 05, 2016 12:38 PM
"The European Community was, in its early incarnation, a magnificent undertaking. Its construction allowed for the revitalisation of national cultures in the spirit of European cosmopolitanism, disappearing borders, common institutions and shared prosperity. Despite different languages and diverse cultures, Europe began to pull together, in peace and ostensible harmony. Alas, the serpent’s egg was hatching inside the foundations of the emergent union."

German judges issue damming indictment of TTIP

by JBB — last modified Feb 05, 2016 09:16 AM
By Nick Dearden | The New Internationalism | A group of German judges have just dealt a serious blow to the European Commission’s desperate TTIP ‘compromise’. They’ve issued a damning indictment on the proposal for an ‘international investment court’, which the EU Commission hoped would get them out of the deep mess that the TTIP negotiations are in.
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