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NAFTA 2.0 Enshrines Deregulation for all of North America

by JBB — last modified Oct 05, 2018 07:42 AM
The Real News | Trump’s re-negotiated NAFTA, now called the USMCA, pushes food safety and other forms of deregulation to new extremes, making it more difficult to undo the damage even after Trump leaves office, says Patrick Woodall of Food and Water Watch

Brazil Faces a Momentous Choice

by JBB — last modified Oct 05, 2018 07:32 AM
The Real News | This coming Sunday Brazilians will choose a new president. The two front-runners, likely to make it to the run-off, are the far-right Jair Bolsonaro and the center-left Fernando Haddad. CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot analyzes how Brazil got to this point

Is India on its Way out of Poverty?

by JBB — last modified Oct 05, 2018 07:31 AM
The Real News | Jayati Ghosh discusses the UNDP report showing that poverty in India has halved in the last 10 years, and the newly unveiled healthcare plan for the bottom 40% of the population, nicknamed “Modicare.”

A guide to principled anti-Zionism

by JBB — last modified Oct 02, 2018 08:25 AM
Steven Salaita | Mondoweiss | An optimal anti-Zionism supersedes Palestine’s geography. It likewise transcends ethnocentric interests. Anti-Zionism is a politics and a discourse, sometimes a vocation, but at its best it is also a sensibility, one attuned to disorder and upheaval. It is a commitment to unimaginable possibilities—that is, to realizing what arbiters of common sense like to call “impossible.”

Toronto is segregated by race and income | The Toronto Star

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Oct 01, 2018 04:14 PM
"48 per cent of Toronto’s census tracts are low-income neighbourhoods, where the average individual income is $32,000 before taxes.Fully 68 per cent of residents in these neighbourhoods are visible minorities while 31 per cent are white. ... High-income neighbourhoods are almost a reverse image. They make up 23 per cent of Toronto’s census tracts, with average individual incomes of $102,000 before tax. Fully 73 per cent of residents in these neighbourhoods are white, far higher than their share of the city’s population. ... Whites are also overrepresented in middle-income neighbourhoods, where the average income is $49,000. ... (Whites make up 49 per cent of Toronto’s population.)"

Whither Work? The Second Industrial Revolution

by JBB — last modified Oct 01, 2018 10:58 AM
by Jill Eisen | Canadian Dimension | There’s no going back to the so-called golden age of capitalism. Nor should we want to. Our technologies give us the potential to create a far better future. One that’s environmentally sustainable and one in which we have the time and financial security to do what really matters to us. Getting there will require a revitalized commitment to the common good, but there’s no specific blueprint for the ideal society. Each country, city and community will have to work out its own vision of the future it wants through democratic processes. It won’t necessarily be easy, and it may involve years of political struggle, but ultimately, isn’t that the kind of world we want for our children and grandchildren?

The age of unreason or misology: The knowledge-practice relation and its political significance

by JBB — last modified Oct 01, 2018 09:01 AM
By Raju J Das | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | In many contemporary societies, there is a typical distrust of knowledge claims that are backed by reason and evidence. Correspondingly, there is a popular penchant for knowledge claims that have no basis in reason or evidence. It is as if post-modernism is being put into practice in popular circles.
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