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Cuba and Canada – Friends or Enemies?

trudeau and raul castro.jpg.size.custom.crop.1086x748On November 25th 2016, Fidel Castro passed away in Havana, Cuba. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement expressing his “deep sorrow” with the death of this “legendary revolutionary” and “remarkable leader” who “made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.” This statement produced an outcry from Conservative politicians, leading Trudeau to cancel his attendance at Castro’s funeral in favour of Canada’s Governor General. However, looking historically, such statements by a Canadian prime minister are not unusual. The relatively cozy relationship between Canada and Cuba has led people to believe that the Canadian government is a friend of the Cuban people and, in opposition to the actions of the Americans, has not been trying to undermine the Cuban revolution. But is this really the case?

Trump's First Week: Welcome to the New Normality

DonaldTrump WhitehouseIt's been a stormy week for America's CEO: a flurry of calls and meetings, a whirlwind of Tweets and press conferences, a blizzard of executive orders flying off his desk. In just a few days, Trump has set his stamp on US and world politics, economics, and relations. It was not mere hyperbole when the Marxists said that sharp and sudden changes were on the order of the day, that the process of crisis and class struggle was accelerating, that this was merely the beginning of the beginning of a new era.

The World vs. Donald Trump

womens march on washington 2017Saturday January 21st 2017 witnessed possibly the largest demonstration in US history. Approximately 4-million hit the streets of the USA against the inauguration of Donald Trump, and were joined by many more around the world. Protests occurred in all 7 continents, and yes, that includes Antarctica. This mobilization marks a dramatic turn in mass consciousness, primarily, but not only, in the United States.

Fidel Castro has died - the Cuban revolution must live!

Fidelcastro1978At 10.29 pm on Friday, November 26, the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died at the age of 90. Today more than ever we say: defend the Cuban revolution, no to capitalist restoration, fight capitalism worldwide!

America’s Brexit: To Fight Trump, Fight Capitalism!

Trump Simpsons_-_Fox_Fair_UseThus ends the “School of the Democrats.” What once seemed unthinkable—akin to an episode of the Twilight Zone—has become a surreal reality. As Hillary’s “blue wall” of “secure” states came tumbling down, tipping irreversibly in The Donald’s favor, the media pundits tried to maintain their composure, but they were clearly shellshocked—along with millions of others.

US Election 2016: On the Eve of Armageddon

trump clinton ap debateThe world waits with bated breath as the “leader of the free world” is selected. Election 2016 has been a rollercoaster for voters, pollsters, pundits, and candidates alike. The campaign has been like no other seen in the US for a century or more.

“Rise Up Tamils!” Demonstration Puts Tamil National Question Back on the Agenda

sri lanka mapThe recent rally in Jaffna, a Tamil populated capital in the Northern province of Sri Lanka, under the banner “Ezhuka Tamil” (Rise Up Tamils!) has once again posed the question of Tamil self-determination to the fore since the bloody defeat of Tamil Tigers 7 years ago. This demonstration is an indicator of swelling discontent among the Tamil minorities. Despite Sri Lankan State’s victory over the armed separatist Tigers the national question has not been solved in Sri Lanka and the misery of the Tamil population in the North and Eastern provinces have only worsened.

Kaepernick’s Stand Against Police Brutality

kaepernick kneelColin Kaepernick, a second-string NFL quarterback of former Super Bowl fame, provoked an eruption of vitriol and solidarity when he refused to stand during the national anthem. His explanation reverberated around the country: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Brexit vote sends shockwaves across European Establishment

BrexitCameronResigns Socialist Appeal UKYesterday, 23rd of June 2016, the people of Britain made a momentous decision. After 40 years as part of the European Union they voted to turn their backs on it. This decision has immense consequences for the future of Britain, Europe and the world.

Brexit: Varoufakis’ mission “to save the EU”

varoufakis brexitThe EU once again faces its darkest hour with the upcoming Brexit referendum. Joining the “Remain” chorus is a familiar face and voice, our rebel super-star economist Yanis Varoufakis. There is no future for the British people inside or outside of the EU on a capitalist basis. The coming referendum is a false choice put forward by the ruling classes, whereby both sides are permeated with reaction.