“The farmers not only know how to farm, but they also know how to protect their fields,” said a farm leader from Punjab at the protest site on the outskirts of Delhi, where protesting farmers have been camping since last November. “We will fight over and over again and generation upon generation, but we will not let our land go,” a slogan at the camp site reads. The farmers are protesting the three new farm laws adopted in Parliament in September 2020, which, taken together, open markets to (...)
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Agrarian Crisis and the Longest Farmers’ Protest in Indian History
12 August 2021, by Navsharan Singh
Genocide and Colonialism: Challenging the Canadian State
12 August 2021, by Nouveaux Cahiers du socialisme collective
Public opinion has been shaken by the “discovery” of unmarked graves of children who died in residential schools. The word “discovery” has to be placed in quotation marks because Indigenous communities have been saying for many years that terrible things had taken place in these places. The time has come to call this what it is – a genocide.
The birth of European colonialism
Following the “discovery” of the Americas in 1492, a brutal process of plunder was unleashed by European powers with the (...)
Canada’s Colonialism Extends Through Its Foreign Policy
12 August 2021, by Stefan Christoff
Bilateral free trade agreements are not often at the heart of public focus around political firestorms today, however trade accords can speak profoundly to both the inherent priorities and long term foreign policy orientation of Canada.
In 1997, the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) came into effect on January 1st, marking Canada’s first free-trade pact outside of the western hemisphere. This trade accord is significant in substance, but also in political signalling, an (...)
Mohammad Ali Shah
12 August 2021, by Alternatives international
With the passing away of Mohammad Ali Shah we have lost a dear comrade, friend and an untiring fighter for human rights of the most marginalized section of Pakistani society. He was a veritable leader of over 5 Million people from the fishing community of Sindh and Balochistan. He was the founding Chairperson of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF). Formally founded in 1998, PFF has a membership of 100 000 with over 35% of women members.
Mohammad Ali Shah was leading the battles at multiple (...)
Afghan People Abandoned by President Joe Biden
30 August 2021, by Donald Cuccioletta
After twenty years of war, led by a NATO coalition headed by the United States, the abandoned Afghans are looking to the international community for help, while apprehending what the future will be under the rule of the Taliban.
On August 15th, 2021, the Taliban rolled into Kabul the capital city, as if they were on a welcome mat. This defeat for U.S. policy in the Middle East and Asia in general is froth with evidence, that from the beginning of this enterprise in Afghanistan, the U.S. (...)
After the Blast
12 August 2021, by Suleiman Mourad
It has been just over a year since the devastating explosion at Beirut’s port on 4 August 2020, which destroyed several neighbourhoods and shattered the national psyche. The blast was all too predictable: the upshot of a 2013 decision by port authorities to confiscate a cargo ship carrying 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate and store it in a warehouse without proper safety provisions. Few believed that the political system would survive the fallout. Yet so far it has persisted, even in the (...)
Feminist Protests in Palestine
12 August 2021, by Fidaa Zaanin
Palestine looks back on a long history of women organizing dating back to as early as 1917, as well as a vibrant history of women’s social and political participation in the country. Nevertheless, the coordinated feminist protests that took place on 26 September 2019 took some by surprise.
On that day, thousands of Palestinian women – some of them for the first time in their lives – hit the streets of 12 cities across the Occupied Palestinian Territories, as well as in refugee camps and the (...)