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Regressive taxes, commodification, and theft

The current economic crisis has led to unprecedented government spending. This spending is funded by borrowing or by 'printing money' (which has an effect similar to borrowing) to support furloughed and unemployed workers to the tune of roughly $80 billion and to subsidize corporate revenue. This has been necessary to prop up basic economic activity in an attempt to delay the impact of the economic consequences of the recession. Unfortunately, neoliberal policy makers are already trying to convince us that giving public services away to private interests is the only way to pay for this debt.

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La marchandisation, c’est le vol

La crise économique actuel a mené à un niveau inédit de dépenses gouvernementales. Ces dépenses supplémentaires, financées par des emprunts publics ou, parfois, en imprimant de l’argent (dont l’effet est semblable à celui des emprunts), secourent les travailleurs en chômage temporaire ou permanent au montant d'environ 80 milliards de dollars et subventionne les revenus des entreprises. Ces actions sont nécessaires pour soutenir l’activité économique essentielle et pour reporter à plus tard l’impact des conséquences économiques de la récession.

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“It is New Brunswick that enriches the Irvings, not the Irvings that enrich New Brunswick.”

The NB Media Co-op interviews philosopher and critic Alain Deneault. ‘… the Irvings have developed their structures in a productive corner of the country, forgotten by the public authorities and big capital, in a bid to marginalize competition. Multinationals like Shell, Total and Exxon are led to act in a concerted manner, notwithstanding the competitive relationship they maintain among themselves, when they need to curry favour with one of the many states in which they operate. This opens up the game a little, while in the Maritimes, the family holds outrageous power. They managed to obtain from legislators both tax benefits and a readiness to oblige such as are rarely seen.’

French author Edouard Louis' Twitter posts about the yellow vest movement (gilets jaunes)

Citizens' Press translated Edouard Louis' reflection on the ongoing yellow vest movement in France.

Actors' Manifesto

A recent news release has pointed out that film and television producers are unsatisfied with the current agreement with the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the union that represents Canadian film, TV and radio performers, and this is forcing our actors to go on strike. Even with all the tax credits and government funding they get, producers are still trying change the rules so that actors can’t get a fair break.

You Tarzan, me Adam: I found out in a theater that my book inspired the film

Imagine my surprise when, a few weeks ago, in a theater of a mall, I encountered two characters I had written about in my own book: King Leopold’s Ghost | by Adam Hochschild | Warning: contains spoilers

Songs to spice up your January | What's Left

Through a guest submission to What’s Left, we present some carefullyselected songs to beat-back the winter blues.

First Nation chiefs ask court to block forestry agreements

Chiefs seek injunction, alleging plan to give more Crown wood to industry violates treaty rights | CBC | Click HERE to read article

Jailed PFLP leader: Only a one-state solution is possible

Ahmad Saadat, currently serving 30 years in Israeli prison, believes peace talks will deepen Palestinian rift. | Haaretz | Click HERE to read article From CounterPunch: *Israel’s Real Target is Not Hamas, It’s Any Possibility of Palestinian Statehood*

US Corporate Tax ‘Inversions', Shadow Banks, & the New Global Finance Capital Elite

by Jack Rasmus | TeleSUR | Click HERE to read article Global capitalism is growing progressively less interested in making things for profit than it is in generating forms of money capital as profit.

August 1914: The Great Betrayal and Collapse of the Second International

By Rob Sewell | IMT | Click HERE to read article This year marks not only 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, but it also marks the centenary of another debacle: the collapse of the Second International, the international body that brought under its banner all the mass workers' parties.

Tariq Ali interviews President Nicolas Maduro

The renowned scholar Tariq Ali conducted an interview today in Caracas with president Nicolas Maduro, as celebrations on the 231st birthday of Simon Bolivar mark the launch of teleSUR English. *Click HERE to watch video.* See also: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/

On the Misrepresentations of Gaza in Canadian News Coverage

Middle East Professor Ariel Salzmann and activist Azeezah Kanji cite specific examples of how Canadian media has misrepresented the ongoing assault and how the Harper government aims to fuel this conflict to ensure high prices for Tar Sands oil | The Real News | Click HERE to watch video

Can we talk about equalization and the delinquent federal role?

by Ralph Surette | Rabble.ca | Let’s examine the Maritimes' continuing struggle with debt, deficits, a weak economy and young people leaving against a wider backdrop of equalization. Click HERE to read article.

The Nightmare in Gaza

by Noam Chomsky | Alternet (via Znet) | Click HERE to read article Amid all the horrors unfolding in the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza, Israel’s goal is simple: quiet-for-quiet, a return to the norm. For the West Bank, the norm is that Israel continues its illegal construction of settlements and infrastructure so that it can integrate into Israel whatever might be of value, meanwhile consigning Palestinians to unviable cantons and subjecting them to repression and violence.

Why Have So Many Ukrainians Fled to Russia?

Journalist Vladislav Gulevich says that many of the 730,000 Ukrainian refugees in Russia see the Ukrainian military as the main threat to their lives | The Real News |*Click HERE to watch video*

Deputy Speaker of Israeli Knesset Calls for Expulsion and Jewish Reoccupation of Gaza

Max Blumenthal tells Paul Jay that Moshe Feiglin’s program is part of a growing incitement to genocide against Palestinians | The Real News | Click HERE to watch video

Despite Growing International Condemnation, No End to Gaza Violence in Sight

As the death toll in Gaza passes 1,000 Lia Tarachansky and Phyllis Bennis respond to a poll which found 86% of Israelis reject a ceasefire, while a growing number of Americans want the Israeli offensive to stop | The Real News | Click HERE to watch video

World War One: The main enemy was at home | RS21

Today marks 100 years since the Serbian campaign that started World War One. Here we republish the Spartacus League’s illegal anti-war leaflet from May 1915. Its author Karl Liebknecht was the most famous anti-war figure in Germany, having been the sole parliamentary deputy to vote against further war loans in December 1914. Liebknecht was sent to the front for consistent anti-war campaigning, despite his immunity as a parliamentary deputy. He continued campaigning until his arrest in May 1916 for organising an anti-war demo.

It Didn't Work for the Nazis and It Won't Work for Israel

Uri Avnery is a former Knesset member and founder of Gush Shalom

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