The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s vanishing point: Reconciliation and the erasure of Indian personhood

According to Tara Williamson, a singer-songwriter and poet from Manitoba, one of the many problems inherent in Canada’s current effort to reconcile with Indigenous peoples is this: “We must be willing to reconcile, willing to hear apologies, willing to share our trauma with others, willing to heal and willing to forgive.” The post Canada’s vanishing ...

Politics and its Discontents: The World Needs More People Like This

Living in Texas, I doubt this man will have endeared himself to many. All the more reason to laud his courage and integrity in displaying this sign outside of the Islamic Center of Irving, Texas. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: I’ll Keep Posting These Kind Of Videos

…. whenever I find them. Meanwhile, these letters from Star readers remind us that the threat of racism is never far from home. We must be constantly vigilant and ready to take action against it: Re: Signs in Toronto urge white people to join ‘alt-right’. Marilyn May is correct in asserting that these fringe racist ...

Michal Rozworski: Building a Corbyn majority: interview with Richard Seymour

My podcast interview with Richard Seymour on the roots and prospects of Corbynism appeared in Jacobin last week. While the United Kingdom has been reeling from political crisis to political crisis in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, Jeremy Corbyn has never looked stronger. He showed his principles in apologizing for a war he opposed from ...

Joe Fantauzzi: A Brief Note On #Elxn42 And Moving Toward A New Left

This much is clear: with the NDP’s federal collapse last night, the neoliberal Third Way experiment can clearly be declared a failure. But now what? Now, to build ─ not rebuild on a broken foundation. But also this: pillory me as a post-structuralist if you must, but I’m not here for the construction of any next ...

Melissa Fong: Adam Faulkner’s, “The Whitest Thing”

I’m so in love with this poem that I want to marry it. You can read a bunch of stuff on Whiteness and even some really simple consumable stuff by […]

The Ranting Canadian: 2 Tone ska legends The Selecter are touring North America, and…

2 Tone ska legends The Selecter are touring North America, and according to the band’s official website, their only Canadian dates are as follows. Fans outside Ontario will either have to travel to these three cities or head to the United States. September 18, 2013 @ Starlight Room in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada September17, 2013 @ ...

The Ranting Canadian: This post is a bit late, but I figure if the politicians can…

This post is a bit late, but I figure if the politicians can take the whole summer off and still get paid, I can take a bit of a break from ranting about them for free. This music video is “If You Tolerate This, Your Children Could Be Next” by the Welsh alt-rock band Manic ...

The Ranting Canadian: In the Area: Legitime Violence

In the Area: Legitime Violence: The above link is an article about the Quebec-based fascist band Légitime Violence, who are one of the opening acts for the Condemned 84 gig scheduled for Burlington, Ontario on June 22, 2013. Légitime Violence are actually more of a concern to Ontarians than the headline band — due to ...

The Ranting Canadian: Fascist-friendly concert planned for Toronto June 22, 2013

Fascist-friendly concert planned for Toronto June 22, 2013: This link was sent to me by a reliable source. At the moment, no venue for the concert has been announced. Instead of adding my own commentary, here are some highlights from the article. A concert slated for Toronto, featuring Condemned 84 (England), supported by the likes ...

Melissa Fong: Racist humour, Racial humour and Anti-Racist humour: #KondaboluKnows

Racist humour, Racial humour and Anti-Racist humour: #KondaboluKnows I have struggled a long time with stand-up comics and their use of race in jokes.  I have had some downright sexist and racist remarks used against me in comedy clubs very much similar to this incident. (Yes, I DO understand the concept of sassing the front ...

The Ranting Canadian: Doug Christie: The Unauthorized Obituary (article in The Tyee)

Doug Christie: The Unauthorized Obituary (article in The Tyee): Tom Hawthorn of TheTyee reiterates what I wrote in my post about the recently croaked lawyer Doug Christie. Despite his pompous self-declarations, Christie was not a true advocate for free speech; he was merely an advocate for racism, anti-Semitism and other far right views. Christie, in ...

The Ranting Canadian: “Nazi Scum” by the Scottish anti-fascist punk band…

“Nazi Scum” by the Scottish anti-fascist punk band Oi Polloi Standing outsides the primary school gates,with their leaflets stirring up race hate. Creeping round in the dead of night,setting innocent people’s houses alight. They stab and kill in radical attacks. Just how much more before you fight back? Find them – Grind them – Grind ...

The Ranting Canadian: Doug Christie – racist anti-Semitic lawyer, white nationalist…

Doug Christie – racist anti-Semitic lawyer, white nationalist activist and Western separatist wannabe politician from British Columbia  – died on March 11, 2013 at the age of 66 from liver disease. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Historical revisionists – and others who may be well-intended but misguided — are (sieg) heiling the Nazi sympathizer as ...

The Ranting Canadian: http://issuu.com/randalljaykay/docs

http://issuu.com/randalljaykay/docs: The above link is to an archive of various scanned articles and newsletters from the 1980s and 1990s that are related to topics such as anti-fascism, radicalism, socialism, anarchism, prisoners’ rights, anti-imperialism, First Nations rights and anti-racism, They are interesting historical documents, and many of the issues they discuss are still relevant today. Unfortunately ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian activist says Harper is wrong about Iran, gets CSIS visit

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 22, 2013: In January, 2012, outspoken labour and anti-racism activist, Ken Stone argued that “Harper is Wrong in Demonizing Iran” in an editorial piece published by the Hamilton Spectator. On January 15, 2013, two Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) agents showed up on his door and questioned him about the piece ...

The Ranting Canadian: March 15 and 16, 2013 in Montreal: two nights of…

March 15 and 16, 2013 in Montreal: two nights of anti-fascist/anti-racist Oi!, punk rock, hardcore, and a little bit of ska and reggae. It’s a party, not a political rally, but there’s no mystery where the bands and most of the attendees stand on the issues. It will be at Katakombes, which is at 1635 ...

The Ranting Canadian: Ignorant scapegoating: a feel-good pastime for the thick-headed…

Ignorant scapegoating: a feel-good pastime for the thick-headed and big-mouthed Anyone who doubts that racism and religious bigotry are alive and well in Canada in 2013 simply needs to read the online comments for articles about natives or Muslims, or listen to the callers (and sometimes the hosts and guests) on AM radio talk shows. ...

The Ranting Canadian: As a follow-up to my “Harper hates me, Harper hates you,…

As a follow-up to my “Harper hates me, Harper hates you, Harper hates all of us” column, here is the video for the song “Hate Us” by The Prowlers, an anti-fascist, anti-racist Oi! band from Montreal. The song isn’t political, but it fits with the theme of my last post.

Sketchy Thoughts: NOLA: APOCalypse: Survival Strategies for the New Millenium

Just received this callout for an Anarchist People of Color gathering in NOLA later this year, which i figured i’d share with you all: Aah, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: While current paradigms of social, political and economic oppression thrash against their imminent demise, taking the planet down with them, we have ...

Sketchy Thoughts: Granting No Quarter: A Call for the Disavowal of the Racism and Antisemitism of Gilad Atzmon

As a follow-up to the last post, which was a public statement endorsed by over a hundred anti-imperialists, condemning the views of Gilad Atzmon, i am also re-posting this statement by 23 Palestinian activists, “Granting No Quarter: A Call for the Disavowal of the Racism and Antisemitism of Gilad Atzmon”. This statement was first posted ...