Vol. 7 No. 5
David BERNANS, 4 February 2003
NDP parliamentarians say they will unite behind their new leader, Toronto municipal politician Jack Layton. But does he have what it takes to unite his party membership, and more importantly, to inspire voters and activists with a leftwing vision of Canada?
Olik VALERA, 3 February 2003
Since the 1970s, Venezuela’s middle and elite classes have been profiting from the nation’s lucrative oil industry. Chavez’s government put an end to this through a series of social and economic reforms. This was one of the factors that sparked the current insurrection, which Venezuela’s affluent have been waging against the government in the name of democracy.
Melanie TAKEFMAN, 2 February 2003
Under the threat of hemispheric free trade, Bolivia, South America’s poorest country, is resisting foreign dominance. With little economic clout, Bolivians rely on non-violence and the solidarity of the working classes to counter globalization.
ALTERNATIVES, 1 February 2003
Jeremy GANS, 1 February 2003
In August 2002, the U.S. State Department distributed $6.6 million to various American Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), for the purpose of conducting humanitarian relief projects in Northern Iraq. But in the five months since then, no work has occurred on the ground. The obstacle: the U.S. Treasury Department.
Jason GONDZIOLA, 1 February 2003
A landmark decision by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) has led Canada Customs to adopt a pilot project that will help determine whether or not Customs uses race as a criterion for determining who is searched at Canadian borders, a practice more commonly known as racial profiling.
Judy REBICK, 1 February 2003
This week at the World Social Forum (WSF) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, delegates from Quebec and Canada discussed the idea of a Canada-Quebec social forum. Alternatives, as well as other groups, will propose that we organize a Canada-Quebec Social Forum sometime this year.