The position of Canada’s Conservative Party boss is up for grabs. On offer from the three front-runners are right-wing populist libertarianism, Tory nostalgia, and evangelical culture war. Canada’s left should pay attention.
For decades, the American right has eroded the federal right to an abortion, while Democrats have failed to safeguard it. Democrats must now use their power to fund abortion access and protect basic reproductive freedoms.
The Right in the US has long been a brazenly antidemocratic force. The latest example is the apparent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade — contrary to the wishes of the vast majority of the population and the individual rights of millions of people.
In what appears to be yet another escalation in Silicon Valley’s redoubled efforts to quash dissident voices since the beginning of the Ukraine war, PayPal has just blocked the accounts of multiple alternative media voices who’ve been speaking critically against official US empire narratives. These include journalist and speaker Caleb Maupin, and Mnar Adley and Alan MacLeod of MintPress News.
Last fall, 59 percent of Berliners voted to nationalize the big landlords’ housing stock — only for city hall to throw up barriers to implementation. The impasse shows how real estate lobbyists and weak-tea progressives combine to thwart the popular will.
Justin Trudeau has built a bank dedicated to using public-private partnerships to fix Canada’s crumbling infrastructure — partnerships that burden taxpayers with extortionate interest rates that benefit wealthy members of the rentier class.
At only 19 years old, Joe Thompson is one of the youngest lead organizers with Starbucks Workers United (SWU), the umbrella organization at the forefront of one of the most exciting labor successes of the last few years. Thompson, who started working at the coffee chain at age 16, told me in a recent interview, “Starbucks likes to claim it’s super-progressive, and a lot of workers there are, but we’re the ones actually holding Starbucks accountable to that standard.”
A tax loophole so bad that President Trump had it partly closed in the United States is still wide open in Canada. The business meals and entertainment expense deduction allows businesses to deduct half the cost of restaurant meals and drinks, private boxes and tickets to sporting events and concerts, and much more. Some forms of meal and entertainment expenses such as office parties can even be fully deductible.
Prabhat Patnaik | The American establishment and the new cold-warriors of that country put the blame on the Sri Lankan government’s developing close economic relations with China (and we shall no doubt hear much more of it in the coming days); others blame the sheer “irresponsibility” of the government which is accused of “sleeping” when Sri Lanka’s external debt was building up.
Apart from inflation and war, what grips current economic thought is the apparent failure of what mainstream economics likes to call ‘globalisation’. What mainstream economics means by globalisation is the expansion of trade and capital flows freely across borders.
Next to starting a war, the most reprehensible act would be keeping one going when more people will die with little hope the outcome will improve. Yet, there are several lines of evidence that suggest that the US is inhibiting a diplomatic solution in Ukraine. Years prior to the war, when diplomatic avenues were open to prevent war, the United States already seemed to be setting up roadblocks.
Rapper and activist Lowkey is facing down a campaign by pro-Israel lobbyists to get his music taken off Spotify. He speaks to Tribune about the censorship of pro-Palestinian voices – and the outpouring of support he