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Neoliberalism no more: Making common cause to defeat the Harper agenda

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 Stephen Harper has an agenda and it is all about turning Canada into a resource-extraction economy. He would like to make sure that nothing and no one stands in the way of exploiting the oil and the gas, the minerals and the water.

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Common Causes: Progressive forces acting together to build a better society

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Common Causes actions are taking place Monday in over 20 cities and towns across Canada, part of a global day of action called by Idle No More. Visit our dedicated rabble.ca page for full coverage of Common Causes. 

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Uniting in common causes for peace and prosperity, not war and austerity

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The sweeping changes that Harper's government are steamrolling ahead with present a serious threat to people and the planet. A coordinated response to bring this destructive agenda to a halt is necessary.

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Let's show Harper who's in charge and build a country based on fairness and equality

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If you have the sentiment that the country is headed in the wrong direction, you are absolutely right.

Like me, you are probably wondering what happened to building a society based on fairness, solidarity and equality for all Canadians.

 Well, let's be clear. The Conservative government has been acting against these principles during its too many years in office. The protection of the environment has become less important, the rights of working people and of vulnerable communities have come under attack, and Stephen Harper is building a Canada that is devoid of compassion and solidarity.

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#J28 Day of Action: It's time to send Harper a message he can't ignore

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 Our country is at a crossroads. Inspiring social movements are meeting a wall of Conservative spin. The incredible power of the Idle No More movement is being belittled in the mainstream media. Conservative forces are attempting to divide Indigenous voices, and paint the grassroots as out of touch and politically naive.

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Toronto exists because of a swindle of epic proportions

A map of the Toronto purchase. 1860. City of Toronto Archives, James Salmon coll

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Toronto exists because of one of the biggest swindles you can think of.

In 1787, the British Crown first made what was known as the Toronto Purchase from the Mississaugas who were the Indigenous Peoples in the region. However, this was no tidy real estate transaction, the deed for the original purchase was left blank, the exact size of land was unclear and the names of Mississauga chiefs were attached to it by separate pieces of paper. Payment for this dubious purchase was some small arms and tobacco.

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Time for an Idle No More style campaign to confront climate change?

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If climate change is such a serious danger but action through the Harper economy preoccupied government is impossible, could an Idle No More style grassroots disobedience campaign be effective in creating change?

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Reversing the flow? Quebec says 'no' to tar sands pipelines

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When Enbridge shelved its Trailbreaker project due to the 2009 economic downturn, Quebecers heard right through the company’s talking points.

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Racism, hunger and laziness: A First Nations youth perspective on Idle No More media coverage

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As Chief Theresa Spence has demonstrated since December 11th, there is supreme hunger in this country. For too many First Nations people, that hunger is literal, as they struggle to find a way to feed themselves despite the wealth that is being extracted from their lands. For others, this hunger is more abstract.

As a Kanien'kehá:ka and Anishinàbeg woman (that’s Mohawk and Algonquin) who was raised off-reserve, I have been sustained throughout my life by strong connections to my home communities and my First Nations identity.

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How 20 tents rocked Israel: Palestinians take the fight to their occupiers

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When the Palestinian leadership won their upgrade to non-member observer status at the United Nations in November, plenty of sceptics on both sides of the divide questioned what practical benefits would accrue to the Palestinians. The doubters have not been silenced yet.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has done little to capitalise on his diplomatic success. There have been vague threats to "isolate" Israel, hesitant talk of "not ruling out" a referral to the International Criminal Court, and a low-key declaration by the Palestinian Authority of the new "state of Palestine".

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