Americanization from a European Perspective

A change of pace to celebrate the successful conclusion of the Canadian academic year, what follows are two European pop radio hits which deal with the Americanization of European culture.  Americanization as a concept has been popular since the 1960s and refers to claims that European media forms are exhibiting direct influence by and a… Read More Americanization from a European Perspective

The Revolutionary Distemper in Syria That Wasn’t

In celebration of the release of his outstanding book Washington’s Long War on Syria, I am republishing an excerpt written by Canadian writer Stephen Gowans, originally published in October 2016 on his blog What’s Left. The book is availiable to order from Montreal publisher Baraka Books and I encourage all our readers to get a copy and… Read More The Revolutionary Distemper in Syria That Wasn’t

Trump, Empire, and Syria (or, The Elites Just Bought Another War)

DONALD TRUMP: ANOTHER MAN FOR EMPIRE “After losing thousands of lives and spending trillions of dollars, we are in far worst shape in the Middle East than ever, ever before. I challenge anyone to explain the strategic foreign policy vision of Obama/Clinton. It has been a complete and total disaster.” — Donald J. Trump, Campaign… Read More Trump, Empire, and Syria (or, The Elites Just Bought Another War)

Book review: Samir Amin – Russia and the Long Transition from Capitalism to Socialism

This review was written by Carlos Martinez and originally appeared in the UK paper Morning Star and on his blog, Invent the Future.  The book is available from Monthly Review Press In this short book, the renowned Egyptian Marxist Samir Amin presents an overview of the world’s first large-scale experiment building socialism – the Soviet Union –… Read More Book review: Samir Amin – Russia and the Long Transition from Capitalism to Socialism

APPEAL: Stop the attacks against Indigenous Peoples and human rights defenders! (Philippines)

Dear Readers, Please support the Urgent Appeal below from the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) to demand the Philippine government to drop the trumped-up charges filed against CPA pioneer Sarah Abellon-Alikes, stop the attacks against indigenous peoples and human rights defenders, continue the peace talks between the Government of the… Read More APPEAL: Stop the attacks against Indigenous Peoples and human rights defenders! (Philippines)

Maple Spring saved Quebec Students $1465 per year.

[Pictured: the distinctive wolf from the Printemps 2015 movement nicknamed “Critique Loup” by some. Printemps 2015 continued much of the praxis of the 2012 Maple Spring, including the practice of General Assemblies and attempts at city-wide shutdowns. I participated in solidarity work with the Printemps movement in my high school.] The following is a news… Read More Maple Spring saved Quebec Students $1465 per year.