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The Tory Anti-Strike Laws Are About Disciplining the Working Class

Anti-strike legislation in the UK is part of a wider shift towards a strategy of class discipline that imposes measures which make it harder for workers to collectively negotiate the terms of their employment, and easier for employers to impose these terms unilaterally on them.The UK government’s new wave of legislation is ostensibly a response to…

The History of the Push to Privatize Healthcare in Canada

Podcast Colleen Fuller, health policy researcher and author Caring for Profit, joins Mitchell Thompson to look at the politics behind for-profit healthcare. Following Doug Ford’s move to outsource 50% of Ontario surgeries to private, for-profit health facilities, PressProgress Ontario Reporter Mitchell Thompson joins Colleen Fuller for an in depth…

The Havana Declaration on the New International Economic Order

The Havana Congress on the New International Economic Order (NIEO), organised by the Progressive International, closed this weekend with delegates agreeing on a declaration and a commitment to advance the New International Economic Order through “securing science and technology sovereignty” for the Global South, as Cuba announces a G77 meeting on…

For Palestinians, There’s No Difference From One Israeli Government to the Next

“We woke up this morning to the invasion of the Jenin refugee camp. To nine Palestinians killed. To the news that the military had gone in disguised as civilians, inside the van of a Jordanian company.” The company is called al-Juneidi, and all Palestinian markets have shelves full of its milk cartons, juices and white cheese, featuring its logo…

Everything you need to know about Ontario’s environmental cuts

The last few months have been an endless rollercoaster of non-stop news in Ontario — and The Narwhal’s team is here to help you make sense of it all. Ontario’s integrity commissioner and auditor general have each announced investigations into the Progressive Conservative government’s plan to open the Greenbelt to development. Meanwhile, the…

US Installs New Nukes in Europe: As Destructive as 83 Hiroshima Bombs

Armed Conflicts, Europe, Global Governance, Headlines, Human Rights, TerraViva United Nations Armed Conflicts War damage in Borodianka, Kyiv Oblast. Photo: Oleksandr Ratushniak / UNDP Ukraine- As if the 100 billion dollars that the United States has so far provided to Ukraine in both weapons and aid were not enough, the US has now started to install…

People Want Publicly Run Healthcare

Here’s one of many indicators about how broken the United States healthcare system is: Guns seem to be easier and cheaper to access than treatment for the wounds they cause. A survivor of the recent mass shooting in Half Moon Bay, California, reportedly said to Gov. Gavin Newsom that he needed to keep his hospital stay as short as possible in order…

Capitalism and Community: The Tragedy of Atomism

Given that the immanent drive and constant tendency of capital is to atomize the working class, what are the effects of this tendency? For the atomized worker, all other workers are competitors; all other workers are enemies in so far as they are competing for the same jobs. All other workers potentially stand between them and the satisfaction of their…

Raids on KCTU, Neoliberal Crisis and Popular Authoritarianism in South Korea

Editor’s Note: On 18 January, the National Intelligence Service and police raided the headquarters of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), invoking the rarely used National Security Act. Within 48 hours, a number of other union offices were raided, and union officers arrested. What happened? And, why did the government raid and attack…

The War Profiteers Overseeing US Pentagon Spending

Earlier this month, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees named eight commissioners who will review President Joe Biden’s National Defense Strategy and provide recommendations for its implementation.But the Commission on the National Defense Strategy, which is tasked with “examin[ing] the assumptions, objectives, defense investments, force…

The US Blockade of Cuba Hurts Medical Patients in Both Countries

Scientists in Cuba believe that the breakthroughs they have made in the health care and technology sectors should be used to save and improve lives beyond the country’s borders. This is why the island nation has developed important scientific and medical partnerships with organizations and governments across the globe, including with those in Mexico…

Deflation Interrupted?

To fully grasp the import and potential staying power of the sudden, dramatic spike in consumer price inflation requires that we briefly step back in time to look at the constituents of the neoliberal world that took shape from the 1980s. Paradoxically, as will be shown, these came together to crystallize the opposite trend. Decades of relatively crisis-free…

Cut Police Budgets: Police Violence Reached an All-Time High Last Year

The year 2022 was the deadliest year on record in the United States for fatalities at the hands of law enforcement. According to the Washington Post’s police shootings database, law enforcement officers shot and killed 1,096 people last year. In comparison, there were 1,048 shooting fatalities at the hands of police the year before, 1,019 the year…

Ford’s Plans to Privatize Ontario’s Hospital – a Fatal Threat

Posted: January 16, 2023(January 16, 2023) Toronto – The Ford government’s plans to privatize our public hospitals’ vital services are a fatal threat to the core tenet of Canadian Public Medicare that extra user fees are forbidden and patients will not be faced with user charges in their time of need. Already existing private for-profit clinics…

More than 90 countries slam Israel over ‘punitive measures’ against Palestine

More than 90 countries have expressed their "deep concern" in a statement on Monday at Israel's punitive measures against the Palestinian people, following a UN request for an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The UN General Assembly voted 87-26 with 53 abstentions on 30 December in favour of the resolution calling for…

LPSSE launch: Capitalism, Colonialism, Canada /w Bryan Palmer

In these uncertain and dangerous times, The Leo Panitch School for Socialist Education (LPSSE) is a space to listen, discuss and challenge the contemporary relevance of socialism. The inaugural presentation is by Bryan D. Palmer, Professor Emeritus at Trent University. Introduction by Sam Gindin. 13:00 1500 to 1790: Capital Cravings and the Coming of…

Capitalism and Slavery revisited

Penguin’s 2022 republication of the seminal and path-breaking 1944 study Capitalism and Slavery in its “modern classics” series is hugely welcome. The reprint of the book, written by black Trinidadian historian and politician Eric Williams, comes in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter movement. It will help enable an even wider reception and…

The Crisis of the Care Economy in Africa

A country that attains the passing grade on the UNDP’s Africa Care Economy Index is one that has basic minimum legislation and public spend in place to ensure a population that is able to take on the challenges of development as well as manage future pandemics. But not one African country scores more than half of the passing grade. With the rise of…

Survival of the Richest

How we must tax the super-rich now to fight inequality We are living through an unprecedented moment of multiple crises. Tens of millions more people are facing hunger. Hundreds of millions more face impossible rises in the cost of basic goods or heating their homes. Climate breakdown is crippling economies and seeing droughts, cyclones and floods force…

Labour Against Apartheid

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More Cops? Not What Our Communities Need

Listening to Chief Myron Demkiw’s pitch for the 2023 budget request to the Toronto Police Services Board (TPS), it sounded like the rationale for the budgets put together by school boards: the increased needs of population served, declining portion of the overall budget, inflation, plans to do more and so on. Except that school boards have been consistently…

The NDP and the Right to Strike

Ontario Premier Doug Ford recently found himself in hot water for removing the right to strike from educational workers, imposing terms and conditions of employment on them, and using the Notwithstanding Clause to bar them from asserting their constitutional rights. New Democratic Party (NDP) leaders across the country have regularly condemned such…

In Memory of G. M. Tamås: I Went to the Nth Degree

G.M. TamĂĄs (November 28, 1948 – January 15, 2023) was a comrade of many socialists in Canada. He served as a guide to political developments in Eastern Europe, and particularly Hungary and what he referred to as post-fascist politics. In memory, we reprint a recently translated interview from Hungarian. He answered the questions of Litera editors…

The Failure of Liberal Democracy

How would you define yourself politically? Well I think I’m a man on the left and I would call myself a Marxist. Your lecture is titled, “The Failure of Liberal Democracy in Eastern Europe
and Everywhere Else.” For this interview, I’d really like to focus on the nature and content of that lecture, perhaps just beginning with your understanding…

Climate activists vow to continue anti-coal mine protests in Germany

German climate activists vowed to continue anti-coal mine protests in the western village of Lutzerath after dozens of protesters were injured in a heavy-handed police crackdown on Saturday.“We’ll continue our resistance in the coming days,” Mara Sauer, a spokesperson of the activists, told Anadolu on Sunday, adding that coalmine expansion plans…


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