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Connexions
Connexions compiles and disseminates information about social and economic alternatives. Established in 1975 as an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse, Connexions compiles and publishes a var...
CorpWatch
CorpWatch provides news, analysis, research tools and action resources to respond to corporate activity around the globe, and also talks with people who are directly affected by corporate abuses as well as with others fighting for...
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is an independent media watchdog supported by 360,000 Canadians who share a commitment to expanding the quality and quantity of Canadian radio, television and online programming. Friends relies ent...
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (CLC)
The IAM is a trade union representing some 40,000 Canadian workers in air transport and a wide range of manufacturing including aircraft, autoparts, aerospace, autobuses, electronics, light and heavy machinery, tools and appliance...
Parliamentary Names & Numbers
Parliamentary Names & Numbers is your guide to governments in Canada. It's an invaluable resource, available online, for anyone who needs information about Canada's politicians, senior bureaucrats, and the government sector...

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Aaron Swartz and the Assault on Open Information
Malicious Government Prosecution
Geovanis, Chris
Article
2013
CounterPunch
The great corporate-supported push to hide essential, publicly funded information behind private firewalls and government secrecy, represents a breathtaking breach of the basic tenets of democracy..
Aaron Swartz and the Fight for Information Freedom
They Can't Stop the Movement
Lopez, Alfredo
Article
2013
CounterPunch
Aaron Swartz was a target of a deliberately vicious, sadistic government campaign in which the federal government wanted to make his pain an example to the entire progressive techie community. What's ...
Abandoning the Public Interest
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2000
The neo-liberal drive to cut red tape is costing lives. Exposing the hidden costs of deregulation and privatization.
The airport malls
Rekacewicz, Philippe
Article
2013
Le Monde diplomatique
An airport is a zombie zone between two worlds. The retail spaces are seductive, yet you didn't choose to shop here. You didn't choose to be here. They are controlling you, guiding you, harassing you:...
At the crossroads between 'Green Economy' and rights of nature
Solon, Pablo
Article
2012
Pambazuka News
Under the rhetoric of "green economy", capitalists are actually attempting to use nature as capital, proposing unconvincingly that the only way to preserve natural elements such as water and forests i...
Carbon trading: privatising the world's forests
Austin, Susan
Article
2009
The World Bank sponsored carbon offset program has faced widespread criticism for, in effect, privatising forests and allowing rich nations to evade responsibility for cutting emissions themselves.
Charter Schools Increase Fraud, Corruption, Chaos, and Anarchy
Tell , Shawgi
Article
2016
Dissident Voice
Charter schools, which barely make up seven percent of U.S. schools, are often accused of taking all the antisocial, antipublic, and antipeople practices of medieval autocrats and opportunuties to new...
Croatia's entry fee
Dérens, Jean-Arnault
Article
2013
Le Monde diplomatique
The country has a long coastline and history of sailors, fishermen and shipbuilders, but EU membership will probably put an end to one of its oldest industries. The yards had to be completely privatis...
FLOW
For Love of Water
Salina, Irena
Film
2008
A critical expose of the privatization of water infrastructure. 'Flow' confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause.
A freedom that we can't afford
Rightwing thinktanks profess a love of freedom, but their refusal to reveal who funds them is deeply undemocratic
Monbiot, George
Article
2011
The Guardian
Freemarket thinktanks vastly outnumber those arguing for public spending. The author suggests that these thinktanks allow corporations to exert influence on public life without showing their hand, he ...
Gene wars: the last-ditch battle over who owns the rights to our DNA
McKie, Robin
Article
2013
Guardian Weekly
A US biotech company is fighting to protect the patents it took out on a test for a cancer-causing gene. Scientists say a win for the firm would set back a growing ability to detect diseases.
Google can't be trusted to look after our books
Barron, Simon
Article
2011
The Guardian
The author warns that Google's lack of accountability to the public could put its digital collection in jeopardy should it become too expensive to maintain. He argues that the protection of cultural r...
The Great Seed Piracy
Shiva, Vandana
Article
2016
Toward Freedom
A great seed and biodiversity piracy is underway and it must be stopped. The privateers of today include not just the corporations -- which are becoming fewer and larger through mergers -- but also in...
How Private Prisons Profit From the Criminalization of Immigrants
Lobbying for Lock-Up
Carlsen, Laura
Article
2012
CounterPunch
How a nation uses its power to deny a person’s freedom has always been a critical measure of authoritarian rule. Massive incarceration based on race, ethnic origin or nationality, political beliefs, c...
In Spain they are all indignados nowadays
Ainger, Katharine
Article
2013
Guardian Weekly
The indignado protests that flared up two years ago have become a Spanish state of mind.
Indigenous Communities in Guatemala Fight Against the Privatization of Sacred Sites
Abbott, Jeff
Article
2016
Upsidedownworld
In recent years, the popular tourist attraction of Semuc Champey in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz has become a point of social conflict for the indigenous Q'eqchi' Mayan communities surrou...
Lockdown London
The Olympics will see the UK's biggest mobilisation of security forces since the second world war
Graham, Stephen
Article
2012
The Guardian
The projected expense of security at the upcoming London Olympic Games is $867m -- part of the booming 'security industry'.
A Marxist History of the World part 102: What is neoliberalism?
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Counterfire
The ‘free-market’ theory provides a pseudo-scientific justification for the greed and poverty endemic to the system, and the main beneficiaries are the global mega-corporations of neoliberal capitalis...
Medicare Myths and Realities
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Since medicare is an extremely popular social program, the media and right-wing politicians have learned that it is unwise to attack it directly. Instead, they propagate myths designed to undermine pu...
Nestlé: Malevolent Corporation Capitalizes on Global Water Crisis
Barlow, Maude
Article
2012
Toward Freedom
Demand for water is outstripping supply at an accelerating rate. Nestlé’s goal is to shift government policy away from providing public municipal water supplies to people, and toward a dependency on b...
Parasites in the Body Economic: the Disasters of Neoliberalism
Hudson, Michael
Article
2015
CounterPunch
Michael Hudson discusses his new book, "Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy."
'Poison pill' privatisation contracts could cost £300m-£400m to cancel
Travis, Alan; Syal, Rajeev
Article
2014
The Guardian
Taxpayer stands to lose millions if probation contracts are cancelled.
Privatise Child Protection Services, Department for Education Proposes
Butler, Patrick
Article
2014
The Guardian
Experts sound alarm over UK proposal to outsource children's services to private firms.
Privatising the Oceans
Fished out in our Lifetimes
Mora, Jean-Sebastien
Article
2013
Le Monde Diplomatique
Long-range fishing with the backing of the EU deprives countries elsewhere in the world of employment and a crucial food source. And it is depleting the seas to the point of ecological collapse.
Public Disinterest: Information Commons Dismantled
Morris, David
Article
2010
Toward Freedom
Seventy-five years after the Federal Radio Commission declared there was no room on the public airwaves for “propaganda stations” and denied a license renewal to a station that attacked Jews and law e...
Russia's Crisis: Capitalism in Question
Ticktin, Hillel; Weissman, Susan
Article
1998
Against the Current
THE ECONOMIC CRISIS in Russia is a trigger for the world-wide decline in stock markets and currencies rather than its cause. Russia has been in a sharp economic crisis for a decade, since Gorbachev p...
Social Networking and the Death of the Internet
How Do You "Like" That?
Lopez, Alfredo
Article
2013
CounterPunch
Social Networking is, by its nature, a capture environment. The companies that offer the services, particularly Facebook, host your site and control all the information on it. Facebook — a group of li...
Ten Health Care Myths
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1995
Ulli Diemer
Medicare's opponents have launched a sustained ideological attack on medicare. Their propaganda relies on myths and misrepresentations.
Tory right-to-buy plan threatens mass selloff of council homes
Boffey, Daniel
Article
2015
The Guardian
Speculators circle as London councils could be forced to sell every new house they build, warns housing expert.
Twenty-First-Century Fascism: Private Military Companies in Service to the Transnational Capitalist Class
Phillips, Peter
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
Globalization of trade and central banking have propelled private corporations to positions of power and control never before seen in human history. Under advanced capitalism, the structural demands f...
What is Neoliberalism?
A Brief Definition for Activists
Martinez, Elizabeth; Garcia, Arnoldo
Article
1996
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Neo-liberalism is a set of economic policies that have become widespread during the last 25 years or so. Although the word is rarely heard in the United States, you can clearly see the effects of neo-...
When Water is a Commodity Instead of a Human Right
The Agony of Detroit
Dolack, Pete
Article
2014
CounterPunch
The shutoff of water to thousands of Detroit residents, the proposed privatization of the water system and the diversion of the system’s revenue to banks are possible because the most basic human requ...

Sources Bookshelf

Another world is possible if...
George, Susan
Book
2004
Susan George suggests that we can create a new and better world -- if we act together to bring about changes. She discusses the ifs and hows.
Beyond Banksters
Resisting the New Feudalism
Nelson, Joyce
Book
2016
Beyond Banksters explores how the powers of the Bank of Canada were appropriated in the 1970s, resulting in billions of dollars in public debt. From Milton Friedman to Justin Trudeau's Canada Infrastr...
Blue Gold
The battle against corporate theft of the world's water
Barlow, Maude; Clarke, Tony
Book
2002
International tensions around water are rising in many of the world's most volatile regions.This book exposes the enormity of the problem, the dangers of the proposed solution and the alternative, whi...
Democracy's Oxygen
How Corporations Control the News
Winter, James
Book
1997
Winter shows that far from providing "democracy's oxygen," the news media legitimize a fundamentally undemocratic system. Instead of keeping the public informated, news organizations manufacture publi...
Digital Disconnect
How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy
McChesney, Robert W.
Book
2013
The author argues that the sharp decline in the enforcement of antitrust violations, the increase in patents on digital technology and proprietary systems and massive indirect subsidies and other poli...
A Paradise Built in Hell
The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Solnit, Rebecca
Book
2010
The most startling thing about disasters, according to Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearni...


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