The Making of the Covid-19 Cataclysm in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi loves to use new, self-proclaimed labels on India, like Atmanirbhar (self-dependent), Vishwaguru (world’s teacher), etc. These labels are as meaningless as they are fictitious. Although for a while, during the pandemic, it did seem that India had managed to fight off the worst of it and was ready to do the same at the service of the whole world, now India’s condition has grown much grimmer.

Trudeau Government breaks strike of Montreal Dock Workers

During the night of April 29, the House of Commons passed legislation to force the 1,160 dockers at the Port of Montreal back to work. For two and a half years since their collective agreement expired in December 2018, the dock workers have been trying to negotiate their working conditions with the Maritime Employers Association (MEA). They finally launched a full strike on Monday April 26 to block the MEA’s imposition of the unacceptable working conditions it has refused to negotiate.

Socialist Action Teams up With ACORN to Demand More Affordable Housing

Sunshine broke through snow fall and high winds in downtown Toronto on April 22 as protesters demanded more affordable housing.  At the site of yet another luxury condo project, members of Socialist Action and ACORN derided the up-side-down priorities of corporate capitalism in Canada's biggest city.  A federal budget that promises over $100 billion in new spending earmarks only $2.5 billion (and re-cycles $1.3 billion in existing funding) to build, repair and support 35,000 existing housing units -- at a time when there is an urgent need for at least 1 million new homes per year if there is to be any hope of putting an end to homelessness and chronic under-housing.  Venezuela could do it.  What about Canada? In the Trudeau/Freeland government, clearly it is warships and fighter jets that take priority over affordable housing.