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Canada-EU trade talks put Canada's water up for sale, says new report


For Immediate Release

December 16, 2010

Ottawa, ON -- Canada's already challenged public water systems are under threat from a broad free trade agreement being negotiated by Canada and the European Union (EU). A new report released today, Public Water for Sale: How Canada will privatize our public water systems, warns that public water in Canada will be lost unless the provinces and territories take immediate steps to remove water from the scope of the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).



Is Stephen Harper a Straussian?

I'm talking political philosophy here, not Viennese waltzes. People keep asking why Stephen Harper acts as he does, it looks so buttheaded. He seems to muck up his own prospects: firing decent people, lashing out, raising the partisan rhetoric, proroguing Parliament haughtily, binging on military toys, mauling the census -- he's a bright boy, it's hard to figure.

I used to favour a theory of political Tourette's, the kind portrayed by Robert Redford in 1972's The Candidate. You suppress your political ideals for the sake of electability as long as you can; then the buildup leads to random outbursts. But there's another explanation: Straussianism.

Forgery. Murder. Deception. The Canada-Colombia free trade agreement

The Canada-Colombia free trade agreement currently before the House of Commons Trade Committee has all of the elements of a fast-paced action novel.

In the last week alone, breaking news of a forged letter of support from Canadian activist Maude Barlow was distributed to all Liberal MP's and there were emerging allegations of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez's brother, Santiago, being directly involved in brutal murders by the government`s paramilitary forces. It should be enough to put the scandals around the agreement on pages of the nation`s newspapers.

So why are Canada's big corporate media refusing to pay attention and cover the issue?


Debunking the Bogeyman: Neoliberalism, austerity and economic agenda

Photo: flickr/401(K) 2012

In August 2011, the U.K.'s The Independent stated that the head of sovereign ratings at Standard & Poor's (S&P) "might be the most powerful man in the world that you've never heard of." S&P had just cut the triple-A credit rating of the U.S. down to AA+, a move that "changed the financial world."



How corruption became a global problem in an age of neoliberalism

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When it comes to corruption, we are so parochial. Gas plants, gas plants, gas plants. (That Twitter parody of Tim Hudak's "Jobsjobsjobs" was the most sophisticated line of the campaign, IMHO.) You'd think from the hysteria that Ontario is uniquely awful. We aren't. Corruption is trending globally.

Africafiles: The Pulse

The myth of Africa rising

June 11, 2014
| The idea of "Africa rising" may be popular, but is it true? Political economist Patrick Bond pulls apart the "Africa rising" narrative.
Length: 27:19 minutes (25.01 MB)

Death of a Zapatista: Neoliberalism's assault on Indigenous autonomy

Photo: ompañer@s in the Medios Libres, Alternativos, Autónomous, o Como Se Llame

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 …from the mountains of the Mexican Southeast…

On Friday May 2, 2014 an Indigenous Zapatista teacher, Jose Luis Solís López -- known by his name 'in the struggle' as 'Compañero Galeano' -- was ambushed and murdered. He was beaten with rocks and clubs, hacked with a machete, shot in the leg and chest, and as he lay on the ground gasping for air -- he was executed by a final bullet to the head.



Europe disenchanted: After the European Parliament elections

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The great French poet Victor Hugo speaking to an international peace conference in 1849 called for the establishment of a United States of Europe. With the blood hardly dry after World War II ended in Europe in 1945, a group of French thinkers, notably Jean Monnet, drew up plans for European economic co-operation.

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