Canadian Dimension: Sunday’s French Election

Photo by Lorie Shaull The good news this May was that French voters rejected far-right Marine Le Pen by a two-to-one margin in the second round of the Presidential election. “At least the French are not schmucks as the Americans!” were the first words that passed the sweet lips of my Provençal partner Elyane when ...

Parchment in the Fire: A Tale of Two Elections

Two extraordinarily different elections occurred last week in Europe. The first, of course, was the 2017 UK general election, which was nothing short of historic. The second, was the French parliamentary elections in the wake of what appeared to be an equally historic presidential election earlier in May. Despite what appears to be a similar ...

Canadian Dimension: Labour party’s plan to nationalise mail, rail and energy firms

Photo by Chatham House Jeremy Corbyn will lay out plans to take parts of Britain’s energy industry back into public ownership alongside the railways and the Royal Mail in a radical manifesto that promises an annual injection of £6bn for the NHS and £1.6bn for social care. A draft version of the document, drawn up ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Tom Parkin writes about the growing opposition to a Lib infrastructure bank designed to turn public needs into private profits at our expense: Paying higher fares, fees and tolls because of a political decision to use more expensive private capital would be a “massive transfer of wealth ...

The Disaffected Lib: Young Europeans Find Democracy Unconvincing

When Europeans lose their taste for democracy, bad things have been known to happen. Whether it’s Hungary or Poland, both of which have authoritarian, illiberal governments, or the rise of authoritarian movements in the Netherlands, France and Britain, good old liberal democracy is taking something of a beating in Europe. Now Deutsche Welle reports that just half ...

Canadian Dimension: “Things are serious”: Update on the French Presidential Election

Photo by Blandine Le Cain “C’est grave,” (things are serious) said the monsieur who sells me the papers every morning. A resident of Mantes-la-Jolie (a working class town at the western edge of the Paris region), he laments a lack of clarity on the dangers of the Front National (FN) not only among colleagues and ...

Canadian Dimension: Believe it’s a new French Revolution? Hold your horses

Photo by Leweb Most of the media were quick to hail a ‘New French Revolution’ following the results of the first round of voting in France’s 2017 Presidential election. Well, at a quick glance, the claim appears to have some substance. After all, it’s the first time since the founding of the Fifth Republic in ...

Montreal Simon: How The Europeans Are Trolling Donald Trump

When you see the way some of Europe's most respectable magazines are portraying Donald Trump, you get a pretty good idea what many Europeans think of him.For their covers couldn't be more brutal or more incendiary.Read more »

Canadian Dimension: ​French Socialists choose leftwing rebel Benoît Hamon for Élysée fight

Photo by Marion Germa Hamon’s trouncing of centrist Manuel Valls is damning verdict on failed presidency of pro-market François Hollande​. The primary race had been a bitter and divisive fight between two warring factions of the Socialist party: the staunch left wing versus the the pro-business, Socialist party of government that aspired to New Labour-style ...

Parchment in the Fire: Referendums and Social Movements in Italy and Europe | The Bullet No. 1340

Matteo Renzi’s recent attempt to constitutionally embed neoliberalism and simultaneously legitimize and secure his tenure as Prime Minister via a refe Source: Referendums and Social Movements in Italy and Europe | The Bullet No. 1340 Filed under: Europe Tagged: Europe, Italy, Referendums, Social Movements

Parchment in the Fire: Merkel wrongfoots Left opponents (again) – POLITICO

The center-left is holding off on naming its candidate for chancellor in next year’s election. Source: Merkel wrongfoots Left opponents (again) – POLITICO Filed under: Europe Tagged: Germany, Merkel

Canadian Dimension: Protesting the Capitalist University

Photo from UMFA.ca The University of Manitoba is on strike. Since 1st November, more than 1,200 faculty members took to the picket line to protest the lack of funding for education, a need for workload protection and safeguarding for fairer tenure and promotion procedures, in addition to addressing several job security issues for instructors and ...

The Disaffected Lib: How the Leader of the Free World Became the Leader of the Global Right Wing.

AmeriKa’s president, Donald Trump, will not be the leader of the free world. He will, however, be the leader of the global right wing. Across Europe, the radical right is embracing the next US leader as one of their own. Donald Trump validates their ugly bigotry, racism and xenophobia. He is one of them. It’s ...

Parchment in the Fire: Catalan Independence Struggle Impedes Formation of Spanish Government

Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis, Uncategorized Tagged: Catalonia, Spain

Parchment in the Fire: Tipping point for the German far right – POLITICO

Alternative for Germany vying for first place in regional election. Source: Tipping point for the German far right – POLITICO Filed under: Europe Tagged: far-right, German Elections, Germany

Canadian Dimension: Iceland: Exemplary Nation in a Troubled World

Photo by McKay Savage A small land situated between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean, Iceland minds her own business and minds it very well. I was so impressed by what I saw and learned in a recent and first visit there with my family that I decided to write this short piece as ...

Parchment in the Fire: The European Challenge | Jacobin

For all of its success, Podemos has refused to deal seriously with the European Union and what it would take to truly transform Spain. Source: The European Challenge | Jacobin Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Podemos, Spain

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: When the left takes the city

http://rozworski.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Podcast160818-Municipal-socialism.mp3   This week, the focus is on experience of left parties and organizations at the municipal level. Although the left has still exercised only limited political power in many places since the financial crisis, some cities have seen left projects come to power or build new institutions in interesting ways. My two guests shed light ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Nora Loreto slams the Wynne Libs’ “red tape” gimmick, while highlighting the need for people to claim a voice in rules largely intended to protect them as workers and consumers: One person’s red tape is another person’s health and safety, but Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne hopes that ...

Canadian Dimension: Jeremy Corbyn: Labour’s Unelectable Leader

Photo by Thierry Ehrmann “Labour Party in Turmoil!” “Is Labour going to split?” “The Labour Party is increasingly anti-Semitic” “Jeremy Corbyn Told To Do More to Prevent Abuse of Female Labour MPs” “Eagle accuses Corbyn supporters of ‘bullying’ Labour rebels” “The Breaking of the Labour Party” “Jeremy Corbyn’s deselection threat means Labour’s civil war is ...

Canadian Dimension: A Question of Leadership

Photo by Garry Knight He’s a decent man, with great integrity – but he’s not a real leader’ is the constant refrain from Jeremy Corbyn’s critics, questioning his electability. At the same time, half of the voting population has railed – in the Brexit vote – against the establishment, jam packed with would-be and retired ...

Canadian Dimension: Western Propaganda for a New Cold War

Photo by Day Donaldson Western propaganda portrays Russia as the aggressor and NATO as the victim, but the reality looks almost opposite from the ground level, Rick Sterling found on a recent fact-finding trip. Recently I went on a 15-day visit to Russia organized by the Center for Citizen Initiatives. The group visited Moscow, the ...

Canadian Dimension: Brexit: A Workers’ Response to Oligarchs, Bankers, Flunkies, and Scabs

Photo by Ed Everett The European Union is controlled by an oligarchy, which dictates socio-economic and political decisions according to the interests of bankers and multi-national business. The central organs of power, the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have systematically imposed austerity programs that have degraded ...

Canadian Dimension: How Brexit Changes Everything

Winnipeg, July 13, 2016 – Canadian Dimension Magazine convened this panel to discuss the implications, from a socialist perspective, of the British referendum decision to leave the European Union. Moderator Professor Cy Gonick, Canadian Dimension magazine’s founder and publisher Panelists: Professor Radhika Desai Professor Alan Freeman Professor Henry Heller Professor John Ryan Video Production Paul ...

Canadian Dimension: The Left After Leave

Photo by Sam Greenhalgh In a debate that was, from the beginning, dominated on both sides by the Right, there was only ever going to be one winner in last month’s referendum on British membership of the European Union — the Right. Given that the original decision to call the referendum was intended as a ...