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Socialists barking at the American back door?

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April 27, 2011
Socialists barking at the American back door?

There’s a federal election in the Land of the Igloo Dwellers and the left is surging. But guess what? In America, you’d never know it.  There’s something happening – a moose jumped maybe – in one of the two other occupiers of the North American continent? You’d be forgiven for not knowing about it since...
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Joe Bageant left a ‘left’ legacy

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March 31, 2011
Joe Bageant left a ‘left’ legacy

Many people will not have heard of Joe Bageant who died on March 27, 2011, at 64 after a four-month battle with cancer. He went down fighting, did Joe, and I don’t mean cancer. He fought the American system with a passion and a vengeance that deserved our respect and our deep attention.  He...
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Banks robbing the poor…again

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March 21, 2011
Banks robbing the poor…again

The banks aren’t made of marble. They’re made of exorbitant fees charged to the jobless and the poor. That’s what about 50 protesters told US Bank on March 18, 2011. The protesters, many of them local trade union members, marched in front of a Eugene, OR, branch of US Bank chanting “Oregon families are...
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Oregon backs Wisconsin workers – A photo essay

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February 27, 2011
Oregon backs Wisconsin workers – A photo essay

More than 1,000 people gathered outside the state legislature in Salem, OR, on Feb. 26, 2011, show their support for the public employees of Wisconsin who are under attack by the Republican governor.
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Madness in Madison

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February 26, 2011
Madness in Madison

Now they’ve done it. The Wisconsin legislature has gone and passed their anti-union bill. It’s a crazy place, America, and it’s getting crazier by the minute. But turning on its public employees – the very people who make life slightly more liveable – is about the craziest move yet. What’s going on here?
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Dogtooth

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February 20, 2011
Dogtooth

The movies have always been interested in exploring family life and this is even truer with television, but Oscar nominee Dogtooth takes that exploration several steps beyond the normal examination of familial foibles and everyday crises.
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Nothing is for free, not even nothing

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February 16, 2011

A big American magazine recently offered me a year’s subscription for free. How ‘bout that! In these tight times, it’s hard to imagine that anything is free. Well, guess what? It isn’t.
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The Social Network

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February 15, 2011
The Social Network

There wasn’t a single character that I liked in The Social Network, a film about the making of Facebook. Now, maybe I wasn’t supposed to like anyone. But it saddened me to see young people portrayed as greedy, status-seeking, sex-crazed, dope- and booze-addled bimbos and wannabe billionaires.
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Radical Cheek

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February 15, 2011
Radical Cheek

In the early 1980s, I initiated a discussion about starting a new national alternative magazine to be called Goodwin’s after the British Columbia labour martyr and socialist trade union leader, Albert ‘Ginger’ Goodwin.
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Power opera

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February 14, 2011
Power opera

It isn’t really opera unless someone dies, said a friend the other night at the end of a Vancouver performance of Mozart’s last opera, La Clemenza di Tito. Well, no one died although we came close and I came away wondering about the child prodigy’s politics.
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