Parchment in the Fire: Referendums and Social Movements in Italy and Europe | The Bullet No. 1340

Matteo Renzi’s recent attempt to constitutionally embed neoliberalism and simultaneously legitimize and secure his tenure as Prime Minister via a refe Source: Referendums and Social Movements in Italy and Europe | The Bullet No. 1340 Filed under: Europe Tagged: Europe, Italy, Referendums, Social Movements

Parchment in the Fire: Merkel wrongfoots Left opponents (again) – POLITICO

The center-left is holding off on naming its candidate for chancellor in next year’s election. Source: Merkel wrongfoots Left opponents (again) – POLITICO Filed under: Europe Tagged: Germany, Merkel

Canadian Dimension: Protesting the Capitalist University

Photo from UMFA.ca The University of Manitoba is on strike. Since 1st November, more than 1,200 faculty members took to the picket line to protest the lack of funding for education, a need for workload protection and safeguarding for fairer tenure and promotion procedures, in addition to addressing several job security issues for instructors and ...

The Disaffected Lib: How the Leader of the Free World Became the Leader of the Global Right Wing.

AmeriKa’s president, Donald Trump, will not be the leader of the free world. He will, however, be the leader of the global right wing. Across Europe, the radical right is embracing the next US leader as one of their own. Donald Trump validates their ugly bigotry, racism and xenophobia. He is one of them. It’s ...

Parchment in the Fire: Catalan Independence Struggle Impedes Formation of Spanish Government

Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis, Uncategorized Tagged: Catalonia, Spain

Parchment in the Fire: Tipping point for the German far right – POLITICO

Alternative for Germany vying for first place in regional election. Source: Tipping point for the German far right – POLITICO Filed under: Europe Tagged: far-right, German Elections, Germany

Canadian Dimension: Iceland: Exemplary Nation in a Troubled World

Photo by McKay Savage A small land situated between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean, Iceland minds her own business and minds it very well. I was so impressed by what I saw and learned in a recent and first visit there with my family that I decided to write this short piece as ...

Parchment in the Fire: The European Challenge | Jacobin

For all of its success, Podemos has refused to deal seriously with the European Union and what it would take to truly transform Spain. Source: The European Challenge | Jacobin Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Podemos, Spain

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: When the left takes the city

http://rozworski.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Podcast160818-Municipal-socialism.mp3   This week, the focus is on experience of left parties and organizations at the municipal level. Although the left has still exercised only limited political power in many places since the financial crisis, some cities have seen left projects come to power or build new institutions in interesting ways. My two guests shed light ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Nora Loreto slams the Wynne Libs’ “red tape” gimmick, while highlighting the need for people to claim a voice in rules largely intended to protect them as workers and consumers: One person’s red tape is another person’s health and safety, but Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne hopes that ...

Canadian Dimension: Jeremy Corbyn: Labour’s Unelectable Leader

Photo by Thierry Ehrmann “Labour Party in Turmoil!” “Is Labour going to split?” “The Labour Party is increasingly anti-Semitic” “Jeremy Corbyn Told To Do More to Prevent Abuse of Female Labour MPs” “Eagle accuses Corbyn supporters of ‘bullying’ Labour rebels” “The Breaking of the Labour Party” “Jeremy Corbyn’s deselection threat means Labour’s civil war is ...

Canadian Dimension: A Question of Leadership

Photo by Garry Knight He’s a decent man, with great integrity – but he’s not a real leader’ is the constant refrain from Jeremy Corbyn’s critics, questioning his electability. At the same time, half of the voting population has railed – in the Brexit vote – against the establishment, jam packed with would-be and retired ...

Canadian Dimension: Western Propaganda for a New Cold War

Photo by Day Donaldson Western propaganda portrays Russia as the aggressor and NATO as the victim, but the reality looks almost opposite from the ground level, Rick Sterling found on a recent fact-finding trip. Recently I went on a 15-day visit to Russia organized by the Center for Citizen Initiatives. The group visited Moscow, the ...

Canadian Dimension: Brexit: A Workers’ Response to Oligarchs, Bankers, Flunkies, and Scabs

Photo by Ed Everett The European Union is controlled by an oligarchy, which dictates socio-economic and political decisions according to the interests of bankers and multi-national business. The central organs of power, the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have systematically imposed austerity programs that have degraded ...

Canadian Dimension: How Brexit Changes Everything

Winnipeg, July 13, 2016 – Canadian Dimension Magazine convened this panel to discuss the implications, from a socialist perspective, of the British referendum decision to leave the European Union. Moderator Professor Cy Gonick, Canadian Dimension magazine’s founder and publisher Panelists: Professor Radhika Desai Professor Alan Freeman Professor Henry Heller Professor John Ryan Video Production Paul ...

Canadian Dimension: The Left After Leave

Photo by Sam Greenhalgh In a debate that was, from the beginning, dominated on both sides by the Right, there was only ever going to be one winner in last month’s referendum on British membership of the European Union — the Right. Given that the original decision to call the referendum was intended as a ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: In or Out? Democracy, the EU, and the Fate of the Earth

The people of Britain have now voted to leave the EU. That vote has deeper and more far-ranging consequences than many people realize. Among other things, it means the beginning of the dissolution and death of the EU. And I would say that is a very good thing, for the reasons I’ve outlined here. The ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – John Milloy discusses the difference between trade and corporate control – while noting that recent “trade agreements” have tended to favour the latter without being the subject of meaningful public debate: For far too long, elites have characterized trade discussions as too complicated for the general public to ...

Canadian Dimension: The class struggle behind Brexit

Photo by Descrier Depending on whom you speak to, the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union was either a victory for democracy or a frightening reminder of stark divides in one of the world’s most globalized economies. Brexit was an appeal, campaigned for passionately on a nationalistic platform of xenophobia, to ...

Canadian Dimension: After “Brexit”: A Social-Democratic Re-Founding of Europe?

Photo by Jeremy Segrott In light of “Brexit” and within 24 hours after the publication of the final results in the British referendum on EU membership, Sigmar Gabriel, Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) chairman, German vice-chancellor and Minister of Economic Affairs in the Merkel government, and Martin Schulz, EU Parliament President, published a new ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here (via PressReader), on the Brexit vote as both a dangerous step toward an even more business-biased system of international relations, and a cautionary tale about basing votes on frustration. For further reading…– John Hilary highlights the trade negotiations likely to follow from the Brexit vote. And Jamie Doward takes a look at the “passport” ...

Canadian Dimension: Brexit, reality checks and reasons to be cheerful

Image by Rich Girard After a trying evening of commuting through floods, traffic accidents and humidity, I stood in a youth centre and made up my mind about the EU. Like most things in my life, I chose the losing side. Twenty four hours later and the pound has recovered from its 30-year low. The ...

Canadian Dimension: Why the British Said No to Europe

Photo by Fernando Butcher The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media. This was, ...

Canadian Dimension: The Brexit nightmare

Image from freestocks.org The left wing advocates of an Out vote were right about one thing: the immediate consequence of the vote to leave the EU was a crisis in the Tory party. In the small hours after referendum day, as the count drew to a close, David Cameron announced his resignation – and by ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Jeremy Smith argues that the Brexit vote result should serve as a compelling reminder of the dangers of neoliberalism. John Hood focuses on inequality in particular as a driving force behind the willingness of voters to leave the European Union, while Mike Carter points out the connection between ...