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The struggle against police brutality — The police execution of Sammy Yatim

The killing of Sammy Yatim by the Toronto Police Services has created an outpouring of grief, anger and indignity at police conduct. Within just days of the killing over one thousands gathered in downtown Toronto to protest the police action. This protest included the family and friends of Yatim, but also many who were attending their first protest.  Many of those who attended identified their own experiences of harassment and violence at the hands of police with the killing of Yatim.

Toronto police murder Sammy Yatim: The brutal face of the capitalist state

The brutal murder of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim, a Syrian youth living in Toronto, by Toronto Police Services has left people across Toronto outraged. Sammy’s death is only the latest example of the sheer criminal violence perpetuated by the state apparatus on the most oppressed sectors of society.

PRISM, the NSA, and privacy in the age of the Internet

In the past couple of weeks, Edward Snowden has become the latest in a long line of whistleblowers. It has been revealed that the US National Security Agency has been given backdoor access to telephone exchanges and a long range of online accounts from major service providers, underlining how the state breaches users’ privacy on a massive scale in order to get intelligence.

Int'l Women's Day: Socialism is the way forward for women's rights

Over the past few years, the world has been reminded of the power of women rising up to change society, whether it is from women leading strikes in Egypt, to the colossal anti-rape movement in India, to women sparking off the Idle No More movement in Canada. Across the planet, working women and men are fighting against increasing poverty and social inequality.

Idle No More re-ignites social struggle across Canada

The Idle No More movement, along with the courageous hunger strike by Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence, has brought out thousands who are dedicated to protecting the environment and Aboriginal treaty rights against new federal legislation. Solidarity rallies have even taken place around the world — from New Zealand to Los Angles to London. In the span of a few weeks, Idle No More has become the most significant social movement in Canada since #Occupy and the Quebec student strike.

Youth in Crisis: Capitalism only gives youth a bleak future

A bleak future awaits today's youth as they are being forced to bear the brunt of the capitalist crisis despite having had nothing to do with its creation. Youth are facing challenges today that are unprecedented in history and they are living less stable and secure lives than previous generations. While record amounts of wealth is being accumulated in private hands, and billions of public dollars are being handed out for bailouts and tax cuts to the banks and corporations who are responsible for the crisis, our generation is expected to live with increasing barriers to accessing post-secondary education and with fewer opportunities for secure employment. How can youth escape this crisis?

XL Foods recall: Cost-cutting threatens food and worker safety

The discovery of E. Coli in meat from XL Foods has prompted the largest beef recall in Canadian history. Like any capitalist enterprise, XL Foods has one key goal: increasing profit. While corporate consolidation grew and agriculture and meat production became more concentrated, the role of factory farming in agribusiness became more prominent. Today over 95% of animals raised and slaughtered for food in Canada are mass-produced on factory farms. As animals rights groups have pointed out, conditions for animals there tend to be overcrowded and unsanitary, allowing disease to spread easily.

One year after #Occupy: How to beat the 1%

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Occupy movement in many Canadian cities.  Occupy captured the imaginations of thousands of youth, and even though the occupations themselves are no longer around, the ideas and language of the Occupy movement persist today.  The key factor in making movements such as Occupy successful is to bring in the labour movement who hold the real power in society.  Today, we publish a recent editorial from our sister paper in the USA, Socialist Appeal.

The importance of fighting for free education: Students and workers must unite against austerity

The common goal of every student and their representative union at this point in time should be the complete abolishment of tuition fees. We are re-publishing an article written by Fightback activist, Jahan Niroomand, on the importance of the student movement fighting for free education and which first appeared in the YorkU Free Press, a student publication at Toronto's York University.  Jahan also helps to organize the Socialist Fightback Club at York.

Save the workers’ game from the owners’ greed: A Marxist look at the National Hockey League lockout

For the second time in seven years, workers in Canada and the northern United States have been deprived of a much-needed respite from a long cold winter.  The owners of the 30 National Hockey League (NHL) teams have imposed a lock-out, demanding that players receive a much smaller piece of league revenues.  A battle between multi-billionaire owners and multi-millionaire players may, on the surface, seem to be a trivial issue — especially when so many workers are losing their jobs or living paycheque-to-paycheque.  But, hockey plays a vital role in the life of workers in Canada and, indeed, this particular lockout has many of the same hallmarks of the bosses’ offensive against other workers. Adopting a cavalier or dismissive view of the NHL lockout only helps to serve the interests of the greedy NHL owners, as well as ignores the way in which we can fight the corporatization of the game and reclaim it as our own.

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