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Support Workers at Carleton University | CUPE

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 15, 2018 03:22 PM
"Staff at Carleton University are on strike to protect their pensions against demands that could make their retirement precarious and uncertain. Support Carleton workers’ fight for a secure and decent pension by signing the petition letter to Carleton President Alastair Summerlee."

Striking to Win | Jacobin

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 15, 2018 02:44 PM
"In September 2016, management rolled out a new graduate funding model which replaced the work component of graduate funding with a student “fellowship” covering the cost of tuition and stripped teaching assistants of their summer minimum funding. They went on to axe 670 unionized graduate-assistant jobs, thereby stripping master’s students of a secure minimal income not dependent upon management fiat. In the current round of bargaining, York has also proposed concessions that weaken programs designed to secure more full-time positions, longer contracts, and job security for precariously employed contract faculty. ... With remarkable efficiency, 3903 militants have transitioned from bargaining mobilization to strike coordination."

Russia Was a Latecomer to the Cyberwar Game | Jacobin

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 15, 2018 01:10 PM
"The best evidence we have for this are the NSA files leaked by Edward Snowden. In a series of stories in 2014, the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald exposed the array of capabilities at the disposal of UK and US intelligence agencies. ... Other reports by Greenwald detailed operations that involved “pushing stories,” and what the agency itself called “propaganda” and “deception” through various social media platforms; discrediting targets by writing blog posts purporting to be from their victims and posting negative information about them on forums; uploading YouTube videos “containing ‘persuasive’ communications” to “discredit, promote distrust, dissuade, deter, delay or disrupt”; setting up Facebook groups, forums, blogs, and Twitter accounts, as well as “spoof[ing] online resources such as magazines and books that provide inaccurate information” and establishing online aliases to boost such messages."

Trump’s new CIA director oversaw the torture of terror suspects at a secret U.S. prison in Thailand | The Toronto Star

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 14, 2018 05:44 PM
"After Haspel was named deputy CIA director, the European Center for constitutional and Human Rights asked German prosecutors to issue a warrant for her arrest over her role in the interrogations. Federal prosecutors never issued the warrant because the case lacked a connection to Germany. But the rights group’s allegations against Haspel remain part of a preliminary investigation that German authorities could revive at a later date if they receive evidence that any of the parties have links to Germany."

White nationalist leader Matthew Heimbach arrested on domestic battery charges | The Washington Post

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 14, 2018 11:31 AM
"Heimbach grew up in an affluent Maryland community before moving to rural Indiana, and he acknowledged online that he pushed a young black woman at a Trump rally in Louisville in 2016. In the video, Heimbach wears a black shirt and a red baseball cap with the words “Make America Great Again.” He yells at the woman, shoves her once, and then again, shouting at her to leave. Others begin to push the woman, as well. The woman, identified as Kashiya Nwanguma, who at the time was a 21-year-old public health major at the University of Louisville, joined two others in suing Trump in Jefferson County Circuit Court for allegedly inciting a riot ... Heimbach pleaded guilty in July 2017 to disorderly conduct in Nwanguma’s assault, according to the SPLC. His arrest Tuesday puts him at risk of serving jail time for assaulting Nwanguma, as a judge suspended his sentence so long as he wasn’t charged with another offense within two years."

Workers in Manitoba celebrate major victory against P3s | CUPE

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Mar 13, 2018 04:53 PM
"The government initially planned to build four schools under the P3 model, but after a cost-benefit analysis the savings were found to be enough to build an entire fifth school. ... CUPE members were instrumental in this fight. For over a year, they have been raising awareness about the negative impacts of P3s, holding community town halls, presentations to school divisions, taking out advertisements, and going door-to-door to speak to the community about the dangers of privatization."
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