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by Editors — last modified 2017-11-11T12:55:50-04:00
Original articles by non-sectarian socialist student, labour and community organizers based in Canada.

Labour Le Travail: A Significant Collection in Canada's Working Class History

by Dana Brown — last modified Oct 29, 2008 10:30 AM
Labour / Le Travail is a bilingual and biannual journal covering a broad range of approaches to studying the working class in Canada. Based out of Newfoundland's Memorial University, L / LT has received international acclaim as a pioneer in Canadian working class history. This journal was born out of the political and socially tumultuous years of the '60s and '70s. Labour / Le Travail emerges from the New Left movement, and it might, as Verity Burgmann alludes, be a product of increased access by working class youth to universities across the country during the ‘50s and '60s.[1] The journal received its intellectual inspiration by a circle of historians inside the Communist Party of Great Britain, such as Eric Hobsbawn and E. P. Thompson.[2]

China: The Impact of Reform & Development

by Chris Walker — last modified Oct 29, 2008 10:21 AM
In 1998, the Yangtze River flooded killing more than 3000, demolishing five million homes and inundating 52 million acres of land. The economic losses have been estimated to be greater than $20 billion. There are two reasons for this catastrophe. The first and most obvious – two decades of unconstrained logging combined with destruction of wetlands. Without the basic ecological infrastructure required to manage the annual hydrological cycle, three thousand lives and more than $20 billion was lost overnight. The other reason, elusive in contemporary economic and political discourse, is the awareness of ecological systems as organs within a composite biosphere - a biosphere that possesses both the potential to preserve and expand wealth, as well as the capacity to annihilate it in seconds. Not only is this rather self evident truth marginalized generally, within China, total disregard for such considerations had been institutionalized as we will discover in the final pages of this essay.

The Middle Ground Is Not Rational When It Comes To Climate Change | Citizens' Press

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Jan 15, 2015 10:38 AM
A NYT article tries to suggest that there is a new position coming from the scientific community when it comes to climate change. It continues by stating that this position is the 'middle' position, presumably between those that deny that the entire science community is correct in their analysis that the earth is warming because of human behaviour and those radicals that make the absurd claim that we should do something about it.

Francis of Atlantica

by Charles Fournier — last modified Oct 29, 2008 10:15 AM
The realities facing the future of New Brunswick and the larger Atlantic Provinces are stark: young people leave for opportunity elsewhere, mills are closing, resource depletion and an environment that is getting more and more loaded with pollutants. All of these trends call for action. The region and it’s people have to reverse this course if we are to offer a decent life for future generations.

Capital Rules!

by Chris Walker — last modified Oct 29, 2008 10:03 AM
The economy has radically changed since the era when Adam Smith championed the "upstart" businessmen who dared to challenge the merchant monopolies that dominated the economy of his day. For Smith, the government created monopoly distorted the market, and granted unfair privilege and power to one sector of the population. In his view, this privilege could not be justified. It is highly unlikely Smith could have foreseen the day when private power would become so great that it would be possible for mega-corporations to sue governments for damages, and win! For reasons Similar to Smith's, I view NAFTA as a means by which Canada institutionalizes its subordination to American corporations.

Come Clean On Blood Coal

by Pat Hanratty — last modified Oct 29, 2008 09:51 AM
On March 22nd, 2008, Adolfo Gonzalez Montes, was murdered. He was a worker at the Cerrejon Coal Mine in Colombia, and also a union leader with the National Union of Coal Mine Workers. He left behind a wife and four children.
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