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Social change at the end of an era

Add Kim Jong-Il to the year's already substantial fallen dictator list. Take your news from Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of Canada, or from Mayan temple walls. Look at the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement or the demise of Durban and Kyoto. These all point to a similar outlook for the year ahead: we are at the end of an era.

But, hey, whether we like it or not, it's at the end of things that what comes next is birthed. But first the hard labour.

Choosing Bank of Canada language, this is "the end of the 'debt super-cycle.'"

David P. Ball

A year that set hearts on fire: From #ArabSpring to #Occupy and beyond

| December 29, 2011
Seth Klein

Reflections on the year past: Inequality explodes into the public discourse

| December 23, 2011

rabble.ca's top stories for 2011 in news and features

Scrooge or the mad hatter? You decide. Montage by Stig/www.stig.net

Over the holidays we will continue to have new videos, podcasts, blogs and discussions on our live forum babble, but our articles and book reviews will return in the New Year. We hope you enjoy this review of 2011's most memorable news, opinion and feature stories out of the almost 400 original pieces published in the news & features section of rabble alone this year. It was a profoundly eventful year.

And we'd like to hear from you over the break -- what were your favourite stories, videos, podcasts or babble threads on rabble.ca in 2011? Add your thoughts in the comments below.

All the best of the season, and a peaceful and productive 2012 to all our readers.

January

At rabble.ca, we were already planning ahead for the election.

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Progressive Voices

Occupy McMaster University

December 12, 2011
| There is something special happening at McMaster University -- students have occupied the university-owned "student centre" and created a real community space.
Length: 17:48

Occupy Los Angeles and City of L.A. call for an end to corporate personhood

On Dec. 3, just two days before Occupy L.A. was evicted by police, the General Assembly of the occupation passed a unanimous resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood.

Then on Dec. 6, the City Council of Los Angeles also voted, also unanimously, for a resolution making the same appeal.

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OCAP and the origins of Occupy Toronto

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those they oppress.

- Frederick Douglas, U.S., escaped slave and abolitionist, 1844

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

HOUSING!

WHEN DO YOU WANT IT?

NOW!

WE'RE HUNGRY, WE'RE ANGRY

WE WON'T GO AWAY

STOP THE WAR ON THE POOR!

MAKE THE RICH PAY!

- Frequent chants at housing and antipoverty marches and protests

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Occupy and the struggle over reproduction: An interview with Silvia Federici

Silvia Federici is a veteran activist and writer who lives in Brooklyn. Born and raised in Italy, Federici has taught in Italy, Nigeria, and the United States, where she has been involved in many movements, including feminist, education, and anti-death penalty struggles. Her influential 2004 book Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation, built on decades of research and activism, offers an account of the relationship between the European witch trials of the 16th and 17th centuries and the rise of capitalism.

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Krystalline Kraus

Occupy Canada: City status report

| December 6, 2011

occupy - what now?

 

Many people are asking how is occupy going to move forward? What now?

These are extremely important questions because occupy is on a precipice of a major decision. Phase two some are calling it. Take the right step; they're on strong ground, able to redefine their approach and perhaps, success itself. If it takes the wrong path - they might not recover from the fall in support or relevance.

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