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Justin Trudeau deploys the politics of hype. Jeremy Corbyn offers politics of hope | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jun 12, 2017 07:58 PM
"In Canada, the closest parallel to Corbyn’s positive program, as well as its media vilification, has been the Leap Manifesto. Canada’s elite opinion-makers wheezed that this broad coalition’s agenda – public ownership of key sectors, taxing corporations and the wealthy, and respecting Indigenous rights as a way to combat climate change - was electoral hemlock, beyond the shade of reasonable opinion. Polls showed the opposite: that a majority of people support it. Now Corbyn’s success proves beyond a doubt that, in these volatile political times, it can form the basis for a winning electoral program."

Chelsea Manning: I leaked reports after seeing how Americans ignored wars | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jun 12, 2017 06:54 PM
"She provided WikiLeaks with the video Collateral Murder, which showed the US army killing a dozen unarmed civilians, including two Reuters employees. Manning was arrested shortly after the video’s release and was not aware of the fallout from her decision until she transferred to the Marine base in Quantico, Virginia – four days after the Afghan war logs appeared in the Guardian."

Cogeco Workers Get Support of Major Unions in Campaign for Respect, Fairness at Work

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Jun 08, 2017 02:13 PM
The United Steelworkers (USW) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are working together to build a stronger voice for Cogeco technicians and customer support workers across Ontario. Cogeco technicians install, repair and maintain cable and Internet services for customers and are taking part in a campaign to join the USW. Cogeco's customer support and administrative staff in its contact centre operations are engaged in a campaign to join CUPE. Cogeco workers are pleased to see USW and CUPE move forward in a cooperative and coordinated way as they exercise their right to form a union. Among the contact centre workers' top concerns are improving shift scheduling, fairer performance targets, disciplinary measures and personal break times and responding to health and safety concerns.

Who Is Really Behind The Qatar Crisis? | Value Walk

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jun 07, 2017 11:02 AM
"Qatar’s relations with Iran also became the catalyst for the country’s isolation in the region, as Iran is one of key enemies of Saudi Arabia. The U.S., which under President Barack Obama’s administration saw its relations with Saudis go south in the wake of Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, is now making wide steps toward becoming a key ally for Saudis. Trump, a vocal critic of Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, is reshaping America’s strategy in the Middle East"

Antonio Gramsci and the Battle Against Fascism

by JBB — last modified Jun 04, 2017 10:24 PM
by Chris Hedges | Truthdig | Antonio Gramsci wrote his “Prison Notebooks” at a time not dissimilar to our own. The political parties led by the liberal class, because they had detached themselves from the working class, were weak or irrelevant. The radical left had been neutered and had failed to articulate a coherent alternative vision to capitalism. There was a “crisis of authority.” Fascism was ascendant and state repression was becoming steadily more severe and totalitarian.

What Would It Take for Jeremy Corbyn to Win the U.K. Election? | Bloomberg

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified May 31, 2017 09:18 AM
"What’s undeniable is that May’s once-unassailable lead has shrunk from as much as 24 points at the campaign’s inception to as little as 5 points closer to the finish line. Polls in the U.K. have been battered by high-profile misses, most recently the Brexit referendum, which is why we’re looking into these improbable outcomes as public opinion vacillates. YouGov Plc came out with a new model on Tuesday that suggested the Tories may even lose their majority."
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