Capitalism

19/05/22
Illustration: Eva Bee/The Guardian

May 19, 2022

Massive food producers hold too much power – and the regulators scarcely understand what is happening. Sound familiar?

For the past few years, scientists have been frantically sounding an alarm that governments refuse to hear: the global food system is beginning to look like the global financial system in the run-up to 2008.

16/05/22
Author: 
William I. Robinson
Capitalism is pushing to expand on the backs of working masses who can tolerate no more hardship and deprivation. AYO WALKER / TRUTHOUT; ADAPTED; JASON ARMOND / LOS ANGELES TIMES, SALMAN ALI/HINDUSTAN TIMES AND DANIEL ROMERO / LONG VISUAL PRESS / UNIVERSAL IMAGES GROUP, VIA GETTY IMAGES

Unfortunately, this article doesn't make reference to right-wing "anti-vaxxer" and related protests, comparing them to, and distinguishing them from, the progressive protests covered here. But there is a lot of good info, and the last sentence of the article poses the key strategic task for all of us.

   -- Gene McGuckin

May 14 2022

12/05/22
Author: 
Damian Carrington and Matthew Taylor
Revealed: the ‘carbon bombs’ set to trigger climate breakdown

"The Middle East and Russia often attract the most attention in relation to future oil and gas production but the US, Canada and Australia are among the countries with the biggest expansion plans and the highest number of carbon bombs. The US, Canada and Australia also give some of the world’s biggest subsidies for fossil fuels per capita."

May 11, 2022

06/05/22
Author: 
By Timothée Parrique, originally published by Timothée Parrique blog

It took me a while but I finally digested the 107 pages of Chapter 5: Demand, services and social aspects of mitigation in the last IPCC report on Mitigation of climate change. This chapter is worth the read if only because it’s the first one fully dedicated to demand-side strategies.

04/05/22
Author: 
Jake Johnson
Vaccine equity campaigners hold a demonstration outside of Pfizer's U.K. headquarters on April 28, 2022 in Tadworth. (Photo: Jess Hurd via Global Justice Now)

Apr. 28, 2022

"When over 80% of people in low-income countries still haven't received a single jab and deaths are still mounting, this is unconscionable: Pfizer has blood on its hands."

As major pharmaceutical executives and investors convened virtually on Thursday for their annual shareholder meetings, campaigners took to the streets in the U.S., the U.K., India, South Africa, and elsewhere to condemn major drug companies for hoarding technology and prioritizing profits over equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines.

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03/05/22
Author: 
Amanda Stephenson The Canadian Press
Cenovus CEO Alex Pourbaix in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh

Apr. 27, 2022

The investment tax credit unveiled by the federal government earlier this month isn't enough to convince Canada's major oilsands producers to begin construction on a proposed massive carbon capture and storage transportation line, the chief executive of Cenovus Energy Inc. said Wednesday.

28/04/22
Author: 
Graeme Goossens
Image adapted from an original illustration by Ben J.P./Flickr. - Wind Farm Fire

Apr. 18, 2022

A critical review of Seth Klein’s ‘A Good War’

I can’t forget those crisp November mornings. I’d stand respectfully still, a Scout’s red sash across my shoulder. I remember the veteran steadying himself with his cane, standing as straight as he still could, crying silently as the “Last Post” rang out.

“How many of you would have fought?” Ms. Allen had asked our class.

Every tiny hand was raised.

The heroism of the Second World War was etched into my memory.

23/04/22
Author: 
René Bruemmer
People mark Earth Day with a march, Friday, April 22, 2022 in Montreal. PHOTO BY RYAN REMIORZ /The Canadian Press

Apr 22, 2022 

Hundreds marched through the downtown core calling for an end to fossil fuels by 2030 and higher taxes on the rich to fund climate change programs.

Chanting “We want climate justice — now!”, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Old Montreal and the downtown core Friday afternoon to mark Earth Day.

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