“Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those […]
Diane Francis is an imbecile and a traitor. The Chicago-born conservative immigrant to Canada should be deported to her homeland, as should all foreign-born right-wing elitists who want to give away Canadians’ sovereignty as if it’s no big deal. Canadian-born traitors like Stephen J. Harper and his spineless sycophants will require another kind of treatment.
Francis, the American/Canadian dual citizen, recently wrote a shitty book (and an opinion piece in the money-losing Conservative Party propaganda rag National Post) arguing that Canada and the United States should merge into one country. In her Harper-like column full of inaccuracies and of (Read more…)
There is a deeper reason for the war on drugs, which is the central reason for the policy, even outweighing profits from private prisons and seizure of property by law enforcement officers, both of which no doubt are also significant and strong motivations for keeping the “war on drugs” going. Nearly thirty years ago, Chomsky […]
Globalization as we have come to know and love it is misnamed. As it advantages corporations while disadvantaging workers and governments, it might more appropriately be called corporatization or some such thing.
Among its sins, it allows corporations to escape the democratic confines of the nation state and it allows corporations to blackmail nations into providing cheap labour. Manufacturing
Municipal workers across the United States — and especially those already retired — were dealt a warning shot in mid-July when the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy. Municipal bankruptcies, which have particularly set their sights on cutting the pensions of public-sector retirees, might become a more favoured tool in imposing austerity and deepening neoliberal attacks on the working class, particularly in what had once been the labourfriendly industrial heartland of the US.
The governor of Michigan appointed Kevyn Orr “emergency manager” with the power to force dramatic restructuring of the former Motor City. Emergency managers can impose cuts and (Read more…)
Tax evasion is a crime. Multi-national corporations are criminals. In fact, the G20 is warning that advanced countries are facing “global tax chaos” as multi-nationals evade taxes by laundering their revenues through low-tax or no-tax havens.
The buggers really do think they’re above the law, a clear impression they’ve received from our politicians for thirty years or more.
On Friday, the [British] chancellor, George Osborne, will hail a two-year action plan drawn up by the OECD thinktank to clamp down on questionable international corporate tax practices.The long-awaited report, prepared for a meeting of the G20 (Read more…)
If I were asked what I felt were the top priorities facing human beings today, in the 21st century, I would have to say there are four that top the list, in my mind. 1. Halt the global corporate coup. Defeat the corporate war on democracy, which is now escalating daily, and take democracy back. […]
Robert Reich argues there’s just one way remaining to wrest domination from global capitalism. We need multinational tax policy to halt the excesses of multinational corporatism.
As global capital becomes ever more powerful, giant corporations are holding governments and citizens up for ransom — eliciting subsidies and tax breaks from countries concerned about their nation’s “competitiveness” — while sheltering their profits in the lowest-tax jurisdictions they can find. Major advanced countries — and their citizens — need a comprehensive tax agreement that won’t allow global corporations to get away with this.
Google, Amazon, Starbucks, every other major corporation, (Read more…)
The world needs creative interpretations of global issues, not better descriptions of things people are accustomed to. by Santiago Zabala Perhaps rather than God, as Martin Heidegger once said, it is art that can save us. After all, artistic creations have always had political, religious and social meanings that also aimed in some way to save us. Certainly, they also express beauty, but this depends very much on the public’s aesthetic taste, which varies according to the cultural environment of each society.But when the political meaning is manifest, aesthetics (our sensations and taste) lose ground in favour of . . . → Read More: Walking Turcot Yards: Only art can save us now
Faces of Evil
This one isn’t a music video; it is chilling old footage of Margaret Thatcher having afternoon tea with her close personal friend and political ally Augusto Pinochet, the murderous quasi-fascist dictator of Chile who overthrew a democratically elected government in a bloody coup.
Thatcher was an evil, evil, dirty politician, Hopefully her last few days on Earth were full of pain and suffering, as punishment for the pain and suffering she inflicted on millions of others.
Of the main 1980s proponents of Chicago School trickle-down capitalism — Milton Friedman, Pinochet, Ronald Reagan and Brian Mulroney —Thatcher is (Read more…)
In grade 9 or 10 French class, we had an assignment to write a page of text in French and accompany it with some graphics. I chose to write about the French Revolution, and for the picture, I cut out magazine photos of Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Brian Mulroney and used them to represent the French aristocrats getting their heads cut off by guillotines. I learned much later that my teacher reported this to the vice-principal, concerned that I was disturbed and violent. She was way off base, and when the vice-principal contacted my parents, they told him so.
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RBC declares war against Canadian workers:
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is firing dozens of its employees in Canada and replacing them with lower-paid temporary foreign workers. RBC is forcing their soon-to-be-unemployed Canadian employees to train their own replacements. RBC made $7.5 billion in profits in 2012. Also about a year ago, they increased their service fees.
The RBC website insanely claims that it is:
One of Canada’s “Best 50 Corporate Citizens” One of Canada’s “50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations” One of the “Best Workplaces in Canada” Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures
Don’t be confused into believing
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Jim Flaherty, the most incompetent finance minister in Canadian history, released his pathetic 2013 budget on March 21 and almost immediately snuck off to Hong Kong, en route to Thailand. He only stopped in Vancouver along the way – to give a scripted speech to an exclusive audience of Conservative-friendly corporate insiders. He won’t be back in parliament until at least the middle of April.
Flaherty understood that his piece-of-crap budget of cooked-up dollar figures and phony economic projections was indefensible, so he did what any coward would do: run away. That was no surprise. What is
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Interview with Glen “the Hamilton Kid” of the Steeltown Spoilers:
The above link is to an interview with Glen “the Hamilton Kid” of the punk band Steeltown Spoilers.
Glen talks about his band of course, but he also discusses the economic decline and political destruction of the city he loves. The interview reveals some real insight into to the economic and cultural situation in Hamilton since the traitor Brian Mulroney started the ball rolling on globalization, and subsequent Liberal and Conservative governments incrementally continued the class war against Canada’s workers. He speaks in plain language and tells it like
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By the time you’re in your 60s you’ve developed a sense of a certain cadence to life, something like a master Circadien rhythm that regulates life on our planet. Every now and then something happens and mankind skips a quarter or half a beat. That’s what happened in the Great Depression and World War II. But before long we get back into the beat and life goes on. We have families, we make plans, we look to the future silently trusting in the metronome of life.
We don’t do well when our civilizational beat becomes erratic,
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During the Quebec student protests against the tuition hikes, members of the press came under attack by the SPVM (Montreal Police). This video aims to raise the issue of press freedom in face of suppressive and brutal tactics by the SPVM to deny access of coverage to members of the media. The Canadian Progressive recommends: READ MORE
Rarely have I read a more accurate and succinct chronicle of what the last few decades have done to the people of this country. Enjoy, compliments of The Toronto Star:
Re: Credit cards main cause of high debt, Jan. 27
Growing up in Ontario in the 1960s I remember a good many of my friends’ fathers worked in the local steel mill. It was a typical job an immigrant would occupy — unionized, with a pension plan, health benefits, a decent wage that allowed the family to own a modest home, put food on the table, own a car,
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U.S. corporations have launched an alarming new offensive against Canadian health and environmental policies under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Three U.S. firms recently announced plans to use the “trade” pact to seek nearly one billion taxpayer dollars in private, NAFTA-created tribunals as compensation for Canadian policies on fracking, wind energy, and medicine patents.
Of the three corporate threats, perhaps most worrisome is the notice filed by U.S.-based pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, which became public this week. It marks the first attempt by a patent-holding pharmaceutical corporation to use the investment provisions in NAFTA
. . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension Feed: U.S. Corporations Launch Wave of NAFTA Attacks on Canada’s Energy, Fracking, and Medicines Policies
This is your last chance to submit your comment against the treasonous, anti-worker, anti-environment Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement to the Canada Trade Agreements Secretariat. The deadline is November 11, 2012. http… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: This is your last chance to submit your comment against the…
Our current home renovation project put us back in the market for major appliances. That brought to mind a 2010 piece, providing my view of Maytag, a once successful manufacturer that lost independence and ended up as one more brand name of Whirlpool Corporation. The following was first published March 3, 2010:
When did someone last spin a story about washing machines and appliance manufacturers? Sounds riveting, eh? Yet, within it, we find failures that repeat because common lessons go unlearned.
In decades of keeping house, my family has purchased more than a few major appliances. The best
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Brian ‘Hollow Man’ Mulroney
Brain Mulroney was boasting about his magnificent act in getting the US-Canada free trade agreement signed. What he did not talk about – and probably does not realize – is that he is one the Hollow Men: those who, consciously or unconsciously, set about hollowing out the industrial heartland of Canada and America. The Hollow Men favoured globalization and its means, free trade agreements (as opposed to fair trade agreements), as a way to enrich corporations and shareholders, while helping workers in poorer countries to find jobs in the many factories that were relocated there . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Globalization’s Discontents: Maude Barlow, the Hollow Men, and the Conversation that’s just beginning
The 2015 election is already on, with Stephen Harper trying to choose the ballot question as anything but the poor Conservative performance in so many areas, the party’s blunders and scandals, and the fact that deep down so many Canadians still do not really trust his party and particularly him. What is the Ballot Box Question? Harper’s choice for the ballot box question is therefore this: Which party is the best to manage Canada’s economy? And which party leader is the best man to do so Mulcair knows this, and he is trying to come to grips with it. The . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Should Mulcair channel Hillary Clinton on the Ballot Box Question?
That the new global economy is a corporate construction is not in doubt. It is arranged to benefit investors and employers, not employees. Canadian and American companies can freely enter Mexico to exploit cheap labour but Mexican workers cannot freely enter Canada or the U.S. to exploit higher wages. It’s a one-way street.
And of course not only Mexicans are open to predation. U.S.-based