Partisan №58

Is This the End of Austerity?

The victory of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) in the parliamentary election of January 25 in Greece was greeted with joy, or at the very least enthusiasm, by many who oppose the austerity measures of the capitalist governments here in Canada. It is very likely that this enthusiasm will soon encounter disappointment, if not anger.

Greece is certainly one of the countries, if not THE country where the so-called “austerity measures” has been applied with more rigour since the 2008-2009 crisis. The masses have suffered on every front, while the country’s leaders applied, one after the other, all

In recent weeks, massive protests unfolded in Québec against austerity measures imposed by the Couillard Government. Thirty thousand people took part in the October 31st demonstration organized by a coalition of local trade unions, student associations and community groups. A few days later, there were tens of thousands rallying in 12 cities against rate increases for child care. At the time of going to press, 100,000 people, and perhaps a little more, were expected in the streets of Montréal and Québec City on November 29 at demos organized by the provincial trade unions. All this, as calls are spreading for

On Wednesday, November 19th, the Revolutionary Student Movement—an anti-capitalist, militant student organization—carried out a protest against a Royal Canadian Mounted Police recruitment event on University of Toronto campus. The protest outside the Medical Science Building was joined by comrades from the Proletarian Feminist Front and the Proletarian Revolutionary Action Committee. Protestors handed out pamphlets to passing pedestrians and attendees of the RCMP propaganda session. The comrades led chants denouncing the RCMP’s recruitment presence on St. George Campus, and held speeches denouncing capitalism, imperialism and settler-colonialism, all of which are the foundation upon which the RCMP functions as the strong arm

Partisan №57

The Rebellion of the Oppressed

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The reporting of sexual assaults by CBC’s star host Jian Ghomeshi unleashed a tide in which thousands of victims of assault and harassment were engulfed. On social networks and elsewhere, many, anonymously or openly, condemned their attackers, sometimes going so far as to provide names. As stated by the authors Martine Delvaux and Pascale Navarro: “It has taken centuries, several waves of feminists… and the recent events for women to detonate the lock of silence.”

The ensuing wave proved irresistible; it even reached the corridors of the House of Commons, sweeping in two barely known Liberal MPs. It was therefore

Partisan №57

A Calculated Delirium

The Parliament Hill shooting in Ottawa in late October still fascinates the mainstream press. In a pitiful attempt to draw an analogy between the shooting of a single soldier and the “9/11” attacks on the World Trade Centre, Canadian journalists have followed Harper in proclaiming the shooting “a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.” In a farcical repetition of the 9/11 event, the shooting has been cast as justification for a renewed commitment to imperialism because, as this pathetic logic goes, attacks on Canadian soil must

This is a condensed version of an article that ran in the Nov. 7 issue of The Philippine Reporter. Reprinted with permission. — Ed.

About 35 people gathered at the Bathurst-Wilson parkette on Friday, Oct. 24, many of them members of Filipino organizations under the umbrella of BAYAN Canada to demand “Justice for Our Sisters.” Gabriela Ontario, Anakbayan Toronto, Migrante organizations, FMWM, Binnadang, IwWorkers, and other progressive organizations held solidarity, to protest the recent deaths of two Filipinas, Evelyn Bumatay Castillo, a 43-year-old caregiver, murdered on Oct. 11 in Mississauga and on the same day, 26-year old transgendered woman Jennifer

PRAC Toronto and the Partisan would like to extend a message of solidarity to the newly formed Toronto Harm Reduction Workers Union (THRWU), Local 610 of the Industrial Workers of the World. On Tuesday, November 11, THRWU officially went public in two workplaces—South Riverdale and Central Toronto Community Health Centres—with plans to roll out in more workplaces over the coming months.

THRWU defines harm reduction as “an evidence-based and practical approach to dealing with the harms associated with drug use. Harm reduction is any program or policy designed to reduce drug-related harms without requiring the cessation or stopping of drug

QUÉBEC CITY – On Sunday, November 9, more than a thousand people gathered in front of the National Assembly. At the same time, similar rallies were held in a dozen cities across the province, bringing together tens of thousands of people. The objectives of these events were manifold: to protest against cuts in subsidized daycare, to support the public daycare network, and to oppose the increase in daycare fees that was later confirmed by the Couillard government.

The austerity measures that the government is implementing show that victories won in the past are never guaranteed under this capitalist system. In

On October 22, bandits paid by landowners cowardly shot Cleomar Rodrigues de Almeida in the North-East of Brazil. At 46 years old, Comrade Cleomar was coordinating the League of Poor Peasants (LCP) in the Minas and Bahia states; he was known as a humble and courageous activist dedicated to the agrarian revolution and to the building of a new people’s power.

A collective beekeeper, he worked in the “United Revolutionary Territory”—an agricultural project where new egalitarian social relations are built in opposition to those that exist in Brazilian society. Neighbouring landowners had threatened Cleomar and other comrades for years because

After making its decision in secret, the Canadian government has declared war on the organization called the “Islamic State” (IS), first in Iraq and then possibly in Syria. Posing as a “great defender of democracy and freedom,” Stephen Harper announced a six-month operation involving 600 troops, ships and planes to bomb the areas controlled by the sectarian organization whose territory extended rapidly since June.

The cost of this operation, based on the one conducted three years ago in Libya, could amount to more than $500 million. In a shorter period of time, the Canadian assault on Libya cost around $350