Jul 092014

TORONTmarielacastroinlonden04072009_2O, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – June 26, 2014) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has presented Mariela Castro Espin of Cuba with the OFL Outstanding Workers’ Rights Advances Award for 2014. Ms. Castro Espin was presented the award by Sid Ryan, President of the OFL, at a reception hosted by the Canadian Labour Congress at Pride Labour House on June 26, 2014.Mariela Castro Espin is a Member of the Cuban Parliament and Director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX).

CENESEX campaigns for effective AIDS prevention as well as recognition and acceptance of homosexuality, bisexuality, transvestitism, transsexuality and human rights. Continue reading »

Jul 042014

a-fs_logo.1_2By Darrell Rankin

Nearly 80 years after the 1935 On to Ottawa Trek which demanded work or wages for unemployed workers during the Great Depression, thousands of activists are expected to gather in Ottawa to discuss social change strategies, August 21‑24.

This time, it is less likely that a Conservative government will be able to stop people from attending, like the Bennett Tories did by staging the “Regina Riot.” Still, the people who attend will be Harper’s worst nightmare.

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Jul 042014

The fragile Iraqi state is being torn apart by sectarian strife. The Sunni religious extremist army ISIS has already seized control of several towns and cities in the northern and central parts of the country. Why is this happening and what is the way out of the crisis?

With Thamer Alsafar, an Iraqi ecologist, journalist and leading member of the Iraqi Communist Party.

PV Forum, 2014-07-20, Iraq