It was an election by younger people if the faces on TV are any indication. Mind you, at my age, almost everyone looks young! It was also an election of change which inevitably means that “strategic voting” took the place of selecting the person that voters think will do the best job. Nowhere was that more obvious than in my riding of West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, Sea-To-Sky Country where the unpopularity of Prime Minister Harper and his local toady, John Weston, saw the Liberals (usually an endangered species here) swamp the Green candidate – a very good one indeed and former...

December 19, 2015

By Bill Fletcher

Before I get onto the federal election, let me say I have never been more depressed about governance in this country. A recent note from a reader pointed out the atrocious record of the Christy Clark government in erasing emails, losing emails, redacting emails (that’s bureaucratese for blacking out anything that might possibly embarrass the government), throwing sand in the gears for anyone who wants public information and on it goes. What struck me is that this egregiously evil behaviour is buried in scandals in the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Children and Families...

I find it amazing to read stories that suggest that when President Obama links those who attack the Iran deal with the war-mongers who lied us into the Iraq invasion, that he is somehow going too far. I would propose that he is actually not going far enough. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was one of those who advanced the thesis that the USA needed to invade Iraq and that this would bring peace and stability to the Middle East. I have never heard a self-criticism from the Prime Minister. In the USA, most of the war hawks hid in closets as the Iraq situation deteriorated, though some...

November 25, 2015

By Jorge Vilches

October 20, 2015

By Rafe Mair

Decades ago central bankers decided that Money would no longer store any value in and of itself. Thus, today’s non “money” of sorts was invented. Now, with no effective Money in the economy (I kid you not) the world finds itself navigating unchartered waters with fully blindfolded skippers and with deadly coral reefs all around it. This unique financial experiment does not bode well. The problem is that what regular people, governments and banks still insist in calling “Money”… is not. It’s just non “money“… or rather fiat “legal tender currency” (LTC) designed for settling financial...

February 2, 2016

By Jorge Vilches

August 9, 2015

By Bill Fletcher

November 21, 2015

By Rafe Mair

August 26, 2015

By Rafe Mair

More than 50,000 people from around the world came together in Paris in December 2015 to address the single biggest threat to the survival of the natural world — the climate crisis. There is virtual unanimity among scientists that the burning of fossil fuels is causing the warming of the planet, and if critical steps are not taken, a habitable world will cease to exist. But there are entities that stand to lose if alternative sources of energy overtake coal, oil and natural gas. They are huge corporations, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and Texaco.

The Canadian Establishment has always believed that some newcomers are more desirable than others. A small example – my father, aged 7, arrived with his parents in Vancouver in 1914, the same year the Komagata Maru did. They came from New Zealand and were British subjects. The passengers on the Komagata Maru came from India and were also British citizens. My family were white and, nominally Christian – the Indians were not. I needn’t tell you the difference in reception. Many concerns are raised about the current lot from Syria. 

January 12, 2016

By Marjorie Cohn

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Since 2008, the Fed has been running a massive fiat “money” printing experiment never ever attempted in the history of mankind as no alternative “non-fiat” currency exists anywhere in the world today. This is uniquely unprecedented. The nasty mess the Fed has gotten everybody into --including itself-- is definetly not new. As a matter of fact, government-imposed fiat currencies have been historically plentiful albeit short-lived. What´s new is the lack of real Money alternatives to the one-and-only failed world reserve currency we have today.

It is not just Donald Trump; nor is it just Trump and Marine Le Pen (leader of the Front National in France). The specter of right-wing populism haunts the planet and places us all in a state of perpetual anxiety. Right-wing populism is not equivalent to the entirety of the political Right. It is a specific trend within which one can find movements such as fascism. It rises in response to progressive social movements and it specifically seems to emerge in times of economic crisis when the larger capitalist system has proven dysfunctional.