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Oct 10, 2018
NAFTA Initialing Ceremony, October 1992. Photo: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum/Wikimedia Commons

Is there life after NAFTA?

Mel Watkins
With one trade agreement having failed us, some are arguing that we should diversify our trade beyond the U.S. market by signing on to more trade deals. But is that the wrong lesson?
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Feb 27, 2018
Photo: James Laxer/Twitter

Mel Watkins writes on the passing of James Laxer

Mel Watkins
We met in mid-1969 at a small gathering in Toronto of NDP members. The bond we formed in the time of the Waffle was a defining moment of my life politically, and one of its great joys, personally.
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Feb 27, 2018
Jim Laxer. Photo: James Laxer/Twitter

Mel Watkins: Reflections on Jim Laxer

Mel Watkins
We met in mid-1969 at a small gathering in Toronto of NDP members. The bond we formed in the time of the Waffle was a defining moment of my life politically, and one of its great joys, personally.
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Aug 11, 2016
Image: Flickr/Gage Skidmore

Trade deals of yesteryear sow seeds of impending Trexit

Mel Watkins
NAFTA was a disaster foretold, economically and politically. Both Bill Clinton and Jean Chretien promised to oppose it and then signed on anyway. Now those chickens have come home to Trump.
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May 19, 2015
Image: Flickr/Dave Courneyer

Rachel Notley can lead Alberta out of the carbon trap

Mel Watkins
Alberta was stuck in a 'staple trap': an economic monoculture where a single, profitable resource dominates the economy at the expense of diversification. The NDP can finally bust out of it.
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Nov 17, 2014

What caused the Great War? How about dumb luck?

Mel Watkins
To argue that the First World War was "inevitable," a pre-determined result of some conjuncture of historical forces, is wrong from the very moment of the improbable event that triggered it all.
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Oct 24, 2014

Thomas Piketty and the Great War

Mel Watkins
What can the author of 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' tell us about the First World War and wealth inequality?
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Sep 29, 2014

Francis Pegahmagabow: Marksman of the First World War

Mel Watkins
The most prolific sniper of the First World War was Francis "Peggy" Pegahmagabow, an Ojibwa from the Wasauksing First Nation. His name is often forgotten in histories of the period.
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Sep 16, 2014
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Harold Innis goes to war

Mel Watkins
The famous Canadian historian was deeply touched by the First World War and it affected his career and philosophy for the rest of his life.
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Sep 1, 2014

Why did workers kill each other in WWI?

Mel Watkins
Marx and Engels famously wrote: "Workers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains." They should have added: "And if you don't pull together, a lot of you will die in bloody wars."
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Aug 26, 2014
James Keir Hardie, socialist and founder of the British Labour party

Why did workers kill each other in the First World War?

Mel Watkins
Marx and Engels famously wrote: "Workers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains." They should have added: "And if you don't pull together, a lot of you will die in bloody wars."
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Aug 7, 2014

How globalization caused the First World War

Mel Watkins
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand may have lit the spark, but the explosion of communications and national presses may have really caused the Great War.
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Jul 28, 2014

How 'great' was The Great War?

Mel Watkins
The First World War was certainly a great catastrophe with great suffering. But did it really deserve its pre-Second World War moniker?

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