Since the Nakba (the “Day of the Catastrophe”) in 1948, the Palestinian people have been the target of violent colonial policy—a policy that never stopped, despite various condemnations from the UN. Settlers stole crops and destroyed olive plantations; millions were expelled from their land and were forced to take refuge in neighbouring countries in conditions of misery, with the help of Arab countries more concerned about the health of their monarchy (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Jordan) or their military regimes (Egypt, Turkey, Syria) than the life of the Palestinian people.

The Zionist racist and colonial policy that led to the

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Bring Back Djaber!

Friday, August 22 at 12:30pm
365, Laurier Avenue West (corner Kent St.)

On June 26, Iranian activist Djaber Kalibi was forced to leave the country after the Immigration and Refugee Board gave him a deportation order.

After having lived for nine years in Canada, Djaber Kalibi, who is now 78 years old, has been deemed inadmissible for “serious criminal offence.” His “crime?” Having supported the fight against the Islamic regime in Iran around 30 years ago while he was living in France.

For more than 50 years, Kalibi has been a vocal political opponent to the reactionary regimes that

On August 23rd, J. Moufawad-Paul will be in Ottawa to attend the launch of his book, The Communist Necessity. A sleek and punchy treatise about the problems of social movementism and the need for a “new return” to a revolutionary communist tradition, The Communist Necessity is a philosophical intervention that forces the reader to think through the problems presented by contemporary capitalism that are not answered by mainstream left-wing theories of organization and strategy inherited from the anti-globalization movement.

According to Robert Biel, author of The Entropy of Capitalism, Moufawad-Paul’s book is “important and timely” and “profoundly reconnects

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Full Citizenship Rights for All!

Photo Kaveh Partovi

The recent adoption of Bill C-24 in Ottawa is a new step in the tightening of the Canadian state’s immigration policy. Now it is increasingly difficult—if often impossible—to enter Canada and obtain the right to stay, whether one is a refugees or a poor and low-skilled worker. The latter are still welcome to work shit jobs under the Temporary Foreign Worker program, but as soon as their contract ends so does their residency in Canada. According to the capitalist class, these people are good enough to work, but not good enough to stay.

Accepted on June 19th, Bill C-24 is

This past month saw increased resistance to the Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline reversal project across Ontario. On July 14th, protestors shut down a construction site in Etobicoke. The Line 9 pipeline runs through several proletarian neighbourhoods in Toronto including Rexdale, Jane and Finch and East York. It runs under a number of schools, workplaces, homes and even Finch subway station.

While the line 9 pipeline has existed for some time, transporting oil from Montréal down to refineries in Sarnia, it was just recently that Enbridge was approved by the National Energy Board to proceed with the flow reversal, as well

On Friday, July 25, 2014, three members of the 32 Counties Sovereignty Movement (32CSM) had planned to speak with communist organizers in Toronto about the revolutionary struggle in Ireland. The event was jeopardized by the fact that the Canadian state refused entry to the three Irish comrades, despite the fact that they had committed no crime in Canada. They were detained—one of them at Maplehurst maximum security prison—before being deported back to Ireland. Nevertheless, the event went ahead with Martin Rafferty, one of the speakers, joining us by speakerphone from his home in Ireland.

The refusal of entry for these

“Québec – Palestine, Solidarity!” This slogan was enthusiastically chanted on Saturday, July 26 in Québec City during a demonstration in solidarity with the Palestinian people where a hundred people gathered outside the National Assembly. The demonstrators first walked through the Vieux-Québec, stopping in front of the consulates of France and the United States where they chanted: “Israel Murderer, France & USA Accomplice!” They then stopped at the CBC studios and also walked on the popular Saint-Jean Street.

Several bystanders, residents and small traders in the crowded streets, either supported the demo or delivered pro-Zionist verbal attacks. The latter reaction demonstrates

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Resistance in Québec City: an art!

Mark Boulos’ “No Permanent Address” shows comrades of the New People’s Army organizing peasants and leading a Maoist revolution in the Philippines.

The seventh edition of the “Manif d’Art” exhibit (“Art Demo”) was held from May 3 to June 1 in Québec City. Under the theme of “Resistance,” this biennial exhibit presented various works whose common purpose was to question the current system and even propose a new society—communism.

At the exhibit’s central venue, the works of Claire Fontaine critically examined capitalism. The words “CAPITALISM KILLS LOVE”, written in neon like a giant billboard, greeted the visitors at the entrance. Also written in neon, the word “STRIKE” would appear when visitors stopped moving at the same time, suggesting that a joint effort

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Bring Back Djaber!

Despite Public Safety Canada’s failure to prove that he engaged in or instigated “the subversion by force of any government” or terrorism, Iranian activist Djaber Kalibi was given a deportation order by the Immigration and Refugee Board. Kalibi complied and left the country on June 26 to return to France (where he possesses citizenship), leaving his two stepdaughters in Montréal where they are pursuing their studies.

Kalibi is a communist of Iranian origin who has lived in Canada for nine years before being deported. In July 2013, while returning from a trip to France, the authorities confiscated Kalibi’s passport and

In Ottawa at the end of May, a politically charged art installation by Rehab Nazzal caused a significant amount of controversy. Entitled Invisible and exhibited in a gallery space connected to Ottawa’s city hall, Nazzal’s installation focused on images of Palestinian political prisoners and martyrs—“traces,” in the words of the artist, of the Palestinian experience of oppression under the settler-state of Israel. Due to the installation’s presence in a site of local state power, the Israeli ambassador immediately demanded that the city of Ottawa censor the exhibit on the grounds that it celebrated terrorism. All of the typical reactionary lobby