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Canada before and after Coronavirus
La version française de ce texte est disponible sur La Riposte socialiste. In order to understand what is to come it is necessary to understand what came before. In January and February 2020 the Fightback editorial board drafted the following perspectives document. This piece outlined the general processes in Canadian politics and economy in order […]
How to fight Bill 21: The courts, the constitution and the national question
After years of debate, state discrimination against religious minorities has been enshrined in law in Quebec with the adoption of Bill 21. Unfortunately, opposition to this bill has been confused to say the least. While the left and the workers movement have generally opposed this law, no one seems to know what to do. Up […]
Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en: Revolution, not reconciliation!
What a difference a year can make. Last year, after the RCMP raids on Wet’suwet’en lands the solidarity response was relatively muted. There were solidarity statements, some protests, and slogans of Indigenous struggle were taken up around the country. In the end though, the response paled in comparison to what we have seen after the […]
30 years since the Polytechnique massacre: the fight against misogyny must continue!
“I hate feminists!” shouted Marc Lépine on Dec. 6, 1989, before killing 14 women. Thirty years later, hundreds of articles have been written and thousands of candles have been lit, but violence and hatred against women continues around the world. The Polytechnique massacre was, it seems, an enigma. “Police cannot find what triggered Lépine’s action […]
Gender and sexuality
Trudeau’s blackface unmasks the racist hypocrisy of liberalism
Three separate instances of Justin Trudeau wearing blackface have surfaced this week. Usually this type of scandal is reserved for Republican governors of the Southern United States, but this goes to show that Canada is not exempt from racism as some believe. These racist photos have also come to light during an election where racism […]
Kashmir: Modi’s draconian measures will be fought by the working class of the entire region
Draconian measures by the Modi government regarding Kashmir have sent shockwaves across the whole region. On 5 August, the 70-year status of the disputed Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked by a presidential order. The existing constitutional arrangement was also revoked suddenly without any democratic process. The constitutional arrangement, referred to as Article […]
Mass shootings, the far right, and political incitement
People around the world have once again been shocked by a wave of shootings perpetrated by far-right extremists. The shootings in Gilroy, California and El Paso, Texas, were carried out by individuals who shared fascist manifestos detailing their beliefs prior to the attacks which claimed the lives of 25 people. You would have to be […]
IMT World School 2019 celebrates 100 years of the Communist International
During the week of 23-30 July, Marxists from across the world attended the International Marxist Tendency’s world school in northern Italy. Attendees came from as far away as Pakistan, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela and South Africa. From Europe, there were visitors from Britain, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Yugoslavia, amongst other places. In total, around […]
Puerto Rico: the working class can defeat La Junta
After ten days of stormy mass protests and a general strike that brought the whole island to a standstill, the hated Puerto Rico governor Roselló was forced to resign. As the slogans on the streets are saying: “No renunció el pueblo lo sacó” (“he didn’t resign, the people kicked him out”). This is a first and very […]
Fifty years after Stonewall: Revive LGBTQ radicalism!
On June 28, 1969, a riot just outside the Stonewall Inn bar, located on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, New York City, marked a turning point in the fight for the emancipation of LGBTQ people. That night, the bar was raided by the police, which was all too common at the time with gay bars. […]
Gender and sexuality