Lawrence Martin
Gantry cranes sit idle as a container ship is docked at the Port of Vancouver on July 19. DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Aug. 30, 2023

An important point that some of us have overlooked: Canada will come under increasing pressure to market fossil fuels to other nations to balance our trade accounts!!! 

              - Gene (Vancouver Ecosocialists)

In Canada, which is heavily trade-dependent, free trade has been popular for several decades. For Conservative or Liberal governments, inking a new pact was reflexively hailed as a big achievement.

 Robert Reich
Robert Reich - art

Aug. 30, 2023

And why that’s a good thing

[For those unfamiliar with the author, Robert Reich, check out the bio-note at the bottom.

          - Gene McGuckin]

President Biden is making a break with decades of free trade deals and embarking on an industrial policy designed to revive American manufacturing.

This has caused consternation among some of my former colleagues from the Clinton and Obama administrations.

Zack O’Malley Greenburg
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Aug. 30, 2023

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Frederick Clayton
Image credit: Flickr water facility

Aug. 29, 2023

Water pressures like droughts are intensifying due to global warming and population growth. Treating wastewater is a powerful solution, finally gaining more public support.

Population growth and climate change are stretching America’s water supplies to the limit, and tapping new sources is becoming more difficult each year—in some cases, even impossible. New Mexico, California, Arizona, and Colorado are facing the nation’s most significant strains on water supplies. But across the entire American Southwest, water stress has become the norm.

Yarimar Bonilla
A row of crosses in a brown field in front of mountains and dark clouds - Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

Aug. 27, 2023


Dr. Bonilla is a contributing Opinion writer who covers race, history, pop culture and the American empire.

Naomi Klein

Aug. 16, 2023

For years the writer laughed off being mistaken for fellow author Naomi Wolf. Then her ‘double’ drifted into a world of conspiracy theories and became a favoured guest of Steve Bannon and Tucker Carlson. With the US standing on a political precipice, suddenly the stakes were a lot higher

In my defence, it was never my intent to write about it. I did not have time. No one asked me to. And several people strongly cautioned against it. Not now – not with the literal and figurative fires roiling our planet. And certainly not about this.

Sam Gindin
UPS workers with signs - Just Contract

 August 24, 2023  

There is a debilitating tendency on the Left to instantly judge bargaining settlements as either sellouts or breakthroughs. But neither the cynicism nor the cheerleading gets us very far in grasping the actual significance of these agreements.


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