New Orleans' experience may also explain why religion plays such an enormous role in American politics.
Jules Paivio was 19, working in a Sudbury department store when he decided to head for Spain along with more than 1,200 other Canadians, to join the fight against fascism.
The year was 1936. General Francisco Franco led a military coup against Spain's elected leftist government.
In Bolivia, Evo Morales has swept into the presidency after years of popular mobilization; the long-suffering indigenous and poor majority is demanding an alternative economic and social order.
In Venezuela, seven years after Hugo Chavez first won power, the Bolivarian Revolution is demonstrating an alternative path, powered by a people awakened to political action and in the process of transforming their society.
Part of the reason for the resurgent radicalism in Latin America is the fact that the United State
Parents and children are seen on TV bidding tearful farewells to their soldier husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, as military authorities warn that the Kandahar region, which Canada has taken over from the Americans, is the most dangerous part of Afghanistan and that the public must know there will be casualties. There have been already.
In order to send soldiers off to risk their lives, the cause must be great.
Canada is operating along the southern border between Pakistan and Afghanistan in Kandahar province. This is a crucial area for two reasons: it is the location of Taliban strongholds and it is the proposed route for the multibillion dollar Trans-Afghan pipeline.
Hotel workers now want to share in the prosperity that their hard work generates, according to UNITE HERE Canada.
The only difference was that, in 1982, the enemy was the PLO.
Since Porto Alegre in 2001, the WSF has existed as a space for activists, scholars and organizations to network and envision a world beyond neo-imperialism.