Alert! Radio #200: The global debt crisis, Rob Ford's cuts, and civic amalgamation

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In this week's episode, ALERT! takes a look at the European debt crisis in the context of the wider global economic downturn. What are the consequences of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's cuts? Is civic amalgamation leading to right-wing governments?

(0:54-6:48) ALERT HEADLINES

(6:53-11:14) AROUND THE LEFT - Events and activities of interest across the country.

(11:14-21:11) SAM GINDIN - Political economist Sam Gindin unravels the European debt crisis and austerity agendas of governments everywhere and their impact on a stagnating global economy. He examines the limitations of resistance movements as they emerged in 2011 and suggests new strategies for 2012.

(21:21-32:38) CARLO FANELLI - Carlo Fanelli analyzes what was accomplished at Toronto City Hall to limit the regressive measures introduced by Mayor Rob Ford and the shape of the battles still to come.

(32:57-40:00) DENNIS PILON - Political scientist Dennis Pilon reflects on the history of municipal amalgamations that bring to power right-wing mayors like Rob Ford in Toronto and Larry O'Brien in Ottawa largely owing to votes from once independent outlying middle-class and wealthy suburban communities that swamp the votes of those residing in the city proper.

(40:00-54:55) MUSIC IS THE WEAPON - Mitch Podoluk celebrates the rise of radical movements worldwide by resurrecting the music of the civil rights era.

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