Natasha Bulowski
Helicopters and other large military vehicles on display at CANSEC in Ottawa on June 1 and 2. Photo by Natasha Bulowski / Canada's National Observer

Nov. 18, 2022

The world’s wealthiest polluting countries spend at least 15 times more on military and arms than climate finance for the world’s most vulnerable countries, a new report revealed in the final week of COP27 negotiations.

Sam Gindin
globe encircled by US dollars

"It is tempting to battle capitalist internationalization by countering it with a working-class internationalism. Specific acts of international solidarity are, of course, possible, and an internationalist sensibility is paramount. But we cannot act substantively on the international stage without being strong at home.

Daniel Tanuro
The River Rhine running dry

Nov. 11, 2022

November 11, 2022  

Global warming, extreme severity of drought in Europe, heatwaves, snowball effect (or cascading reactions) among all these crisis factors… Risk of sudden changes in ocean circulation with incalculable consequences… This article addresses three points: the explanation of this incontestable observation, the possible evolution, and the policies to be implemented.

Lois Ross
Bags of Yara brand artificial fertilizer. Credit: SeppVei / Wikimedia Commons

Oct. 25, 2022

The role that the fertilizer industry plays in the rising cost of food deserves a closer look.

October 16 is World Food Day. And hot on the heels of that annual event the debate is on across Canada. Have you noticed the increase in food prices? Are you buying more or less food because of rising food prices? If Loblaws can freeze prices on its “no-name” brand products, what does that say about price gouging and grocery store profits?

Peter Maass
Tear gas is deployed against pro-Trump rioters breeching the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Nov. 6, 2022

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan radicalized a generation of veterans, many of whom face trials for sedition and other crimes.

NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST was one of the most aggressive generals of his generation, and after his military service ended in a bitter fashion, he went home to Tennessee and found a new way to fight. A defeated general in the Confederate army, Forrest joined the Ku Klux Klan and was named its inaugural “grand wizard.”

Compiled by Gaye Taylor and Farida Hussain
North Sea Oil Platform - GFDL/Wikimedia Commons

Oct. 31, 2022

The world’s seven biggest oil firms are projected to reap gargantuan profits of US$173 billion this year, leading to fresh calls for windfall taxes on a sector that has thrived after Russia’s war in Ukraine led to sky-high fuel prices.


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