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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

On Capital, Real Socialism, and Venezuela: An Interview with Michael A. Lebowitz

by Gülden Özcan and Bora Erdağı | MR Zine | Click HERE to reed article “It is essential to articulate what is implicit in current struggles to show how these contain within them the elements of a new society. To see the future in the present is what is needed if we are to build that future.”

'U.S. Complicity Brought Up to Date' in Israel's War against Gaza

Phyllis Bennis says the calls in Israeli for genocide against Gaza are not only coming from fringe elements in the political establishment | The Real News | Click HERE to read article

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