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CANADA: against Privatization, Health Coalition Demands Funding for Hospitals

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… Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs – Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 1217, Feb 5, 2016.

… A sampling of recent cuts:

  • North Bay: 30 – 40 beds closing and 140 staff positions to be cut.
  • Brockville: 17 Registered Nurses cut affecting departments across the hospital.   Continue Reading…

Between debt and the devil, in the eye of a new global financial storm

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Special Event – Wednesday 10 February 2016, New Economics Foundation (NEF), 10 Salamanca Place, London SE1 7HB, 18:00 – 19:30, refreshments provided - Space limited – register.
Website: New Economics Foundation, economics, as if people and the planet mattered (on en.wikipedia).

Uploaded on YouTube by New Economics Foundation:
Can we measure happiness? 11.43 min, Feb 3, 2016 … NEF’s Saamah Abdallah on Sky News;
GDP release by NEF’s Olivier Vardakoulias, on Sky News, 5.06 min, Jan 28, 2016;   Continue Reading…

Basic income for the Swiss?

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Published on Market, by Deutsche Welle DW, Feb 2, 2016.

Pauper or billionaire: Switzerland prepares for a vote on a basic income for all. Here are the arguments pro and con – and why the referendum is most likely to fail.
To work or not to work for a living – that may no longer be an issue in Switzerland in the near future.
The Swiss go to the polls on June 5 in a referendum on an unconditional basic income (UBI). A guaranteed income for everyone, no questions asked … // Continue Reading…

Whistleblowers and the banks

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The Bank Whistleblowers United – Who are We, and Why are We Trying to Help Implement Real Banking Reform? on New Economic Perspectives, by William Black, Jan 31, 2016. At this time (January 29, 2016), we consist of four founding members: Continue Reading…

Migrationsrealität … noch nicht im Griff

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Zuerst ein paar Fragen: erlauben wir unserem Nachwuchs, sich so aufzuführen? Wenn nicht, warum akzeptieren wir das Benehmen nachfolgender Hitzköpfe, ohne sofort abzuschieben? Diese Leute verstehen nur eine Sprache, die sie in die Schranken weisst. Sind wir noch erziehungsfähig? Sind wir wirklich diese beschimpften Weicheier? Wenn nicht, warum führen wir uns dann so auf? Continue Reading…

Working-class History 101

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Ruth Hurley, Feb 1, 2015.

A people’s history of the U.S. working class starts with the conflict between resistance and repression.

As income inequality widens in the U.S., the narrative that we need to “take back” our country, or return to an America where hardworking people are rewarded for playing by the rules, is everywhere. But is this really the history of the U.S.—or a fairy tale that obscures the U.S.’s path to industrial dominance? … // Continue Reading…

On Greece, Syriza, Podemos and the Democracy in Europe Movement

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Translation in spanish, and in persian (Farsi) language – Published on ZNet, interview with Yanis Varoufakis (first on his blog), Jan 31, 2016.

Why did you resign the very next day after the ‘no’ victory in the Greek referendum?

  • Because the Prime Minister told me, on the night of that magnificent result, that it was time to surrender to the troika. Not what I had entered politics for and certainly not what the mandate that the 62% NO vote we had just received stipulated.   Continue Reading…

10,000 kids missing in EU as criminals ‘exploit’ migrant flow – Europol chief of staff

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Published on RT, Jan 31, 2016.

Human traffickers are taking advantage of Europe’s refugee crisis to find sex and labor slaves, particularly children, Europol says. The EU police’s chief of staff told the Observer that some 10,000 minors have gone missing since crossing into the EU.

Thousands of underage refugees have reportedly disappeared since registering with authorities, Europol’s chief of staff, Brian Donald, told The Observer. Continue Reading…