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Contributors: Faiz Ahmed, JBB, Graham H. Cox, R. Dubois, JA Cox

Syria: at which stage is the war?

by JBB — last modified Feb 08, 2016 10:53 AM
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.

The Curse and Failure of Identity Politics

by JBB — last modified Feb 08, 2016 10:31 AM
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.

Privatization: the Atlanticist Tactic to Attack Russia

by JBB — last modified Feb 08, 2016 10:23 AM
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.

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]
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