SERGEI PLEKHANOV
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Department of Politics
York University
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ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-19

Reading Review Assignment

Essay 1 Assignment


The Damage Trump Can Do with 4,000 Nuclear Warheads, New York Times editorial: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/26/opinion/trump-nuclear-arsenal.html?smid=fb-share

Liberal democracy and "Other" Democracies, by David Pan, TelosScope: http://www.telospress.com/liberal-democracy-and-other-democracies/

Top British lawmaker tries to censor university professors: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/oct/24/universities-mccarthyism-mp-demands-list-brexit-chris-heaton-harris

Ideological polarization of America - Pew Research Center: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/10/23/in-polarized-era-fewer-americans-hold-a-mix-of-conservative-and-liberal-views/

Catalonia Countdown - RT, Oct.16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogPgMz7BqEM

Who Gets to Have a State? by Graham Fuller: http://grahamefuller.com/who-gets-to-have-a-state/

The Reading Review assignment

Catalonia shuts down in protest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdNad6h8hXI

Catalonia: Thousands protest against Madrid government's crackdown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ise5Bz-mtbI

Catalonia's independence: 90% vote "Yes" for independence from Spain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j49z9Q9mHoo

Catalonia referendum: Fierce clashes in Barcelona - Al Jazeera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1UyWA6oL-4

Arguments for and against Catalan independence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okg_t6nhFFU

Catalonia independence from Spain explained in 4 minutes - video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpoA23fn71o

A Requiem for Puerto Rico, by Miguel A. Cruz-Diaz, Counterpunch: https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/29/memento-mori-a-requiem-for-puerto-rico/

How democracy can breed tyranny (Plato): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04pydmg

The Plague of Nationalism, by William Blum, Counterpunch https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/28/the-plague-of-nationalism/

This robot says she wants to destroy humans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxKFzCVrw2w

Does Humanity Need World War III to Happen? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ieb2S6KR4dE

Items from the 2015-16 school year:

An economy for the 1%: How privilege and power in the economy drive extreme inequality and how this can be stopped - An OXFAM America report: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/static/media/files/bp210-economy-one-percent-tax-havens-180116-en_0.pdf

The Media Bias documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX1hNW_bzAI

Media Lies to the Masses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct5L0nYrVqU

Bernie Sanders champions democratic socialism at Georgetown U. - http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/video_bernie_sanders_champions_democratic_socialism_in_major_20151120

Does surveillance mean the death of democracy? Manuel Arriaga, OpenDemocracy: https://opendemocracy.net/wfd/manuel-arriaga/segmentation-at-fault

How stupid are Americans? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpDEu8KmNj0

Infinet - Stephen Colbert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cGdhUSiX_8

Why Trudeau Matters - E.J. Dionne, Truthdig: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/why_trudeau_matters_more_than_gowdy_20151026

PUNCHING FOR POWER
You are invited to a film and a discussion on the state of Canadian politics. Watch the new documentary "God Save Justin Trudeau" and take part in the follow-up discussion!
TIME: Wednesday, October 14, 6 p.m.
PLACE: Price Family Theater (Room 102), Accolade East

Vote on campus October 5-8! At York University, the voting offices will be running from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and will be located at:
Aviva Centre
Media Rooms A and B
1 Shoreham Drive
Toronto, ON M3N 3A6

Model United Nations meeting at York, Sept. 24: https://www.facebook.com/events/489423871264244/

Markets are not democratic - Noam Chomsky on History Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=14&v=Jh4B1z_NEqs

 

Items from 2013-14 school year

Check this CUPE3903 site for their side of the story: https://storify.com/BetterYork4U/title/

No deal has been reached. CUPE3903 union has voted to go on strike. All classes are suspended as of tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3. Please check this webpage regularly for news.

VIDEO: Union members voting to go on strike, March 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h6krhkRmac&feature=youtu.be

ATTENTION: Contract negotiations between the union and the administration will continue tomorrow. Tomorrow's classes will be held as normal. In case no deal is reached tomorrow, the strike will start on Tuesday, March 3.

Tentative date for final exam: Wednesday, April 22, 9 am

Pope Francis will have some US legislators squirming in their seats: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/2/10/why-pope-francis-speech-will-get-us-legislators-squirming-in-their-seats.html?utm_campaign=wklynewsletter021215&utm_medium=email&utm_source=editorialnewsletter

York Model United Nations Conference

CNN discussion of the Ukrainian Crisis: http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2015/02/08/exp-gps-sestanovich-cohen-sot-putin.cnn

Why rising inequality is great news - Tony Burman, The Toronto Star: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/01/24/why-rising-inequality-is-great-news-burman.html

Richest 1% disappointed to possess only half of the world's wealth - New Yorker satire: http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/richest-one-per-cent-disappointed-possess-half-worlds-wealth

Politics and Law event at York - everyone is invited

Imperialist Feminism and Liberalism: https://opendemocracy.net/deepa-kumar/imperialist-feminism-and-liberalism

Social Media Problems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbBexYs0h3Q

How Social Networks Have Changed the World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trH4iuebjjI

Social Media Revolution 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eUeL3n7fDs

Weapons of Mass Deception, by Danny Schachter:http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/weapons-of-mass-deception/

Propaganda and Manipulation, by Prof. Jerry Kroth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfo5gPG72KM

Obama advisor on the stupidity of the American voter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G790p0LcgbI

Political Polarization and Media Habits - Pew Research poll: http://www.journalism.org/2014/10/21/political-polarization-media-habits/

'Zombie Politics in the Age of Casino Capitalism" - Bill Moyers video interview with Henry Giroux" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_FP-7_UUNI

"Hong Kong has too many poor people to allow direct elections" - Hong Kong Chief Executive: http://qz.com/284352/hong-kong-has-too-many-poor-people-to-allow-direct-elections-leader-says/

New Challenges to Market Democracies - Brookings Institution brief: http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports2/2014/10/new-challenge-market-democracies?utm_campaign=Brookings+Brief&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=14599003&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8dIgNQJtGYPlBBPsUxmUK1xU6kuU7545vHTl3iJpI9krozjpKgahSrSjRFnvdVsv29GzOOMhy5CNXScIR4DTrQtZowkQ&_hsmi=14599003

Workers rights are human rights - Open Democracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/virginia-mantouvalou/workers%E2%80%99-rights-really-are-human-rights

Who's in charge during the Ebola crisis? - http://thebulletin.org/who%E2%80%99s-charge-during-ebola-crisis7723

Evo Morales has proved that socialism doesn't damage economies - http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/14/evo-morales-reelected-socialism-doesnt-damage-economies-bolivia#start-of-comments

Out of Control: How the World's Health Organizations Failed to Stop the Ebola Disaster - http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2014/10/04/how-ebola-sped-out-of-control/?wpisrc=al_national#

YOU ARE INVITED! The York Political Science Annual Faculty/Students Meet and Greet - Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 1130-1230, The Underground, Student Centre

8 mln. people have watched this BBC interview: British comedian Russell Brand on the need for revolution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YR4CseY9pk

Take the Quiet Life, by Nicholas Barrett, Open Democracy - why people are so politically passive: https://www.opendemocracy.net/nicholas-barrett/take-quiet-life

Every e-mail college students send professors: http://the-toast.net/2014/09/08/every-type-email-students-send-professors/

Driving American Politics Underground, by Chris Hedges: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/driving_american_politics_underground_20140907

END OF THE 2012-13 SCHOOL YEAR

Mar. 1:

Beppe Grillo, Clown Prince of Italian Politics:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7duWlDJE8c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpgavJ17uTk

Feb. 9:

"Trust Us Won't Do" - How to Hold Obama Responsible for Drone Strikes, Garrett Epps in The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/02/trust-us-wont-do-how-to-hold-obama-accountable-for-drone-strikes/272989/

Feb. 4:

People's Recovery Summit - a new democratic initiative: http://summit.peoplesrecovery.org/

Jan. 29:

Writing workshops - February schedule

Women redefine customs as crimes: http://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/ruth-rosen/gender-wars-women-redefining-customs-as-crimes

Jan. 15:

Experts predict collapse of global civilization: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/280/1754/20122845.full.html#sec-7

Dec. 2:

Canada's new politics of discord could carry a heavy price - Michael Valpy in Toronto Star: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1308380--canada-s-new-politics-of-discord-could-carry-a-heavy-price

Dec. 30:

World Trends 2012, Pew Research: http://www.pewglobal.org/2012/12/20/slideshow-pew-researchs-global-year-in-review/pg_12-18-12_yearslides_00_title-2/

Dec. 14:

Inside Walmart's manager training: http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/inside_walmarts_manager_training_20121214/?ln

Nov. 18:

Sun unleashes monster prominence (NASA): http://www.space.com/18528-sun-unleashes-monster-prominence-video.html

Nov. 5:

York chapter of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association invites you to a public discussion on online surveillance Bill C-30 pending before Parliament.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 7 pm
WHERE: Room 001 in Health, Nursing, and Environmental Building at York University Keele Campus.

See details:http://ccla.org/2012/10/31/ccla-york-university-chapter-hosting-discussion-on-online-surveillance-and-privacy-with-micheal-vonn/

Best ongoing analysis of the US election: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/

Oct. 29:

Writing Workshops to teach you to write better

Writing Workshops, November schedule

Oct. 28:

Would You Do If Money Were No Object? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siu6JYqOZ0g

Oct. 27:

IMPORTANT: THE JUST-RELEASED WINTER EXAM SCHEDULE ERRONEOUSLY LISTS A POLS1000C EXAM ON DEC.14. THE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE APPARENTLY CONFUSED OUR COURSE WITH ANOTHER 1000C COURSE. I HAVE EMAILED THEM A REQUEST TO CORRECT THE ERROR. I CONFIRM THAT THERE WILL BE NO MIDTERM EXAM IN 100OC. S. PLEKHANOV

Republical Congressman calls for kicking United Nations out of America: http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/26/connie_mack_declares_war_on_un_over_its_nonexistent_election_monitors

What Sex Means for World Peace: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/24/what_sex_means_for_world_peace

Oct. 26:

Peace and Culture absent from US election campaign, CBC Radio: http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2012/10/25/torquils-rant-on-peace-culture/

The younger you are, the more likely you are to read books - survey results: http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/10/23/younger-americans-reading-and-library-habits/#src=prc-newsletter

Oct. 24:

Nominate Malala for Nobel Peace Prize: https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/nobel-peace-prize-for-malala?alert_id=dWFVdOuEug_EEPZrvYoVP+style%3D&utm_campaign=12354&utm_medium=email&utm_source=action_alert

Oct. 22:

Oct. 21:

Freedom for Sale, Why the World is Trading Democracy for Sercurity, a book by John Kampfner, review: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/sep/13/freedom-for-sale-john-kampfner

Oct. 14:

The self-destruction of the 1% - Chrystia Freeland in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/opinion/sunday/the-self-destruction-of-the-1-percent.html?pagewanted=all&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

Oct. 12:

Wall Street has turned against Obama: http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/the_enemy_of_my_enemey_is_my_president_20121011/

Oct. 11:

Humanity's last pictures to be sent into outer space: http://creativetime.org/projects/the-last-pictures/

Oct. 9:

At stake in US election: erasing 20th century gains: http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012/07/11/Return-Of-The-Gilded-Age/

US Presidential election won't affect US foreign policy much: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/09/4893974/presidential-election-will-cause.html

Oct. 7:

Mass protest demos in Spain: http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/spain-faces-fresh-street-protests-5119640

Oct. 6:

Experiments with Democracy and Diversity in the Occupy Movement(s), OpenDemocracy.org: http://www.opendemocracy.net/marianne-maeckelbergh/experiments-in-democracy-and-diversity-within-occupy-movements

Sept. 26:

In Spain, Austerity and Hunger: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/09/24/world/europe/20120925-SPAIN.html?src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB#1

Sept. 24:

Sept. 22:

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. A presentation by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association at York, Sept. 27, 2-3 pm

Sept. 21:

Why Presidents Love Foreign Affairs, The New York Times: http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/why-presidents-love-foreign-affairs/?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120921

The Moocher Class, Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/the-moocher-class/2012/09/20/a8a7658a-029d-11e2-8102-ebee9c66e190_story.html

The Freeloaders in Mitt Romney's Orbit, Truthdig: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/thats_the_real_romney_talking_20120921/

Not everyone who needs help is a moocher: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/not-everyone-who-needs-help-is-a-moocher/2012/09/18/699a67b4-01c8-11e2-b260-32f4a8db9b7e_story.html?wpisrc=nl_persfin

Who are the 47% Romney regards as moochers? Fact check, graphs from Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/tax-reality-check/notax.html?hpid=z3&wpisrc=nl_persfin

Sept. 19:

Romney doesn't know America - David Brooks, The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/opinion/brooks-thurston-howell-romney.html?src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

Sept. 17:

Obama and others described in one word: http://www.people-press.org/2012/09/05/obama-in-a-word-from-inexperienced-and-change-to-good-and-trying/ in one word - Pew Research:

"Neocons Slither Back" - Romney-Ryan on foreign policy, by Maureen Dowd: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/opinion/sunday/dowd-neocons-slither-back.html?src=me&ref=general

"The Foreign Relations Fumbler", by Nicholas Kristoff: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/opinion/sunday/kristof-the-foreign-relations-fumbler.html?src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

"The American Election's Global Reach", by E.J. Dionne, Jr.: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_american_elections_global_reach_20120916/?ln

"Why Romney and Ryan Are Going Down", by Robert Reich: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/why_romney_and_ryan_are_going_down_20120917/?ln

Sept. 11:

George Lakoff "The Brain and Its Politics": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEb__-szK4k

Sept. 10:

The Rifts Canadians Can't Ignore, comment on the Quebec election by Prof. Raymond Blake: http://www.leaderpost.com/news/rifts+Canadians+cannot+ignore/7215940/story.html

A Tight US Presidential Election May Be Tangled in Legal Battles, The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/us/politics/legal-battles-on-voting-may-prove-a-critical-issue-in-election.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120910

Mar. 21:

The Deadly Scramble for the World's Last Resources - Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/the-mad-scramble-for-the-worlds-last-resources-20120319#ixzz1phZUztrI

NASA Crushes 2012 Mayan Apocalypse Claims - Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=nasa-crushes-2012-mayan-apocalypse-claims&WT.mc_id=SA_20120316

Mar. 19:

"Small" Nuclear Blast Would Devastate Downtown D.C., FEMA Says:http://www.nti.rsvp1.com/gsn/article/small-nuclear-blast-would-devastate-downtown-dc-report/?mgh=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nti.org&mgf=1

Mar. 14:

"Capitalism, 2012" - Thomas Friedman, The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/opinion/friedman-capitalism-version-2012.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=general

Mar. 11:

Why Europe's leaders are afraid of democracy: http://www.opendemocracy.net/markha-valenta/all-stick-no-carrot-why-are-europes-fiscal-technocrats-so-afraid-of-democracy

EU propaganda video reminds of Europe's darker side: http://www.opendemocracy.net/anya-topolski/eu-propaganda-video

Mar. 3:

Could the unfolding robo-call drama lead to the downfall of the Tory government? A discussion by Profs. Robert MacDermid and Alice MacLachlan,Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 12:00–1:00 p.m. in York Lanes 280A

Feb. 28:

Can Nuclear Weapons Be Abolished? Welcome to a public forum at York, Tuesday, March 6, 2-5 pm

Feb. 21: YOU ARE INVITED TO A MCLAUGHLIN LUNCH TAL,: FEB.28, 12-1:30: RUSSIA'S POLITICAL TURMOIL

Feb. 18: Financing Transition to a Green Economy, by John Mathews: http://www.opendemocracy.net/openeconomy/john-mathews/financing-transition-to-green-economy

Feb. 10: Intelligent, Condescending Life Discovered in Distant Galaxy - The Onion: http://www.theonion.com/articles/intelligent-condescending-life-discovered-in-dista,27276/#enlarge

Feb. 6:

Arctic climate change may spark domino effect: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/arctic-climate-change-to-spark-domino-effect-20120130-1qpgv.html

Is climate change bringing the Arctic to Europe? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/science-behind-the-big-freeze-is-climate-change-bringing-the-arctic-to-europe-6358928.html

Jan. 31:

You are invited to McLaughlin College Lunch Talk: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 12:00-1:00, McLaughlin College Senior Common Room (140 MC)

Sergei Plekhanov
RUSSIA’S POLITICAL TURMOIL: A REVOLUTION IN THE MAKING?
“Never awaken a bear in winter”, warns an old Russian proverb. By deciding to run for President for the third term, Vladimir Putin ignored the warning. And, since December 2011, the country has been in political turmoil triggered off by Putin’s drive to return to the Kremlin. By voting against Mr. Putin’s party in the December parliamentary election, by taking part in mass demonstrations against election fraud and against Mr. Putin’s candidacy, millions of Russians have awakened from political hibernation. A new wave of democratic activism is reshaping Russian politics. The word “revolution” has become popular in Russia – but is Russia really moving toward a revolution?

Jan. 25:

Mayor Ford compares his rivals to Stalin: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/01/24/toronto-rob-ford-joseph-stalin.html?cmp=rss

Jan. 24:

Essay 2 topics

Stunning images from outer space: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/images-from-space/2012/01/12/gIQAH8i3vP_gallery.html#photo=16

Jan. 18:

Hacking Democracy: an HBO documentary about electoral fraud in America: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVTXbARGXso

Jan. 12:

Colbert Report on the New Hampshire Primary: http://www.thecomedynetwork.ca/Shows/TheColbertReport?videoPackage=101371

There Is Hope for Republicans Yet, by Bob Scheer: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/theres_hope_for_republicans_yet_20120112/?ln

Dec. 30:

2012 world preview, by Simon Tisdall, The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/dec/29/simon-tisdall-2012-world-preview

Finland's education system is world's best because it is based on equality: http://m.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/12/what-americans-keep-ignoring-about-finlands-school-success/250564/

Dec. 28: Gun sales at record levels before the start of the 2012 election campaign: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/27/us/record-gun-sales/index.html

Dec. 26:

Growing wealth widens distance between lawmakers and constituents, Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/growing-wealth-widens-distance-between-lawmakers-and-constituents/2011/12/05/gIQAR7D6IP_print.html

Dec. 23:

Italian MPs pondering over matters of state: http://svpressa.ru/society/photo/37/545#f

Dec. 15:

Mass demonstrations in Russia in protest against election fraud: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/8947840/Russian-protests-live.html

Dec. 3:

Planetary Landscapes, Space and Cosmos, by Michael Benson: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/12/02/science/space/20111202-planetscapes.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=thab1#28

Nov. 30:

Steven Pinker's video interview on the decline of human violence: http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/11/28/science/100000001194711/steven-pinker.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=thab1

Nov. 28:

Kansas Governor goes after high school student who said something unpleasant about him: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/teen-whose-tweet-about-kan-gov-got-her-in-trouble-at-school-refuses-to-write-apology-letter/2011/11/27/gIQAd21m2N_story.html?fb_ref=NetworkNews

Nov. 27:

THE DECEMBER 6 CLASSES (BOTH LECTURE AND TUTORIALS) ARE CANCELLED. THIS WEEK IS THE LAST WEEK OF FALL TERM CLASSES IN POLS1000C.

Nov. 26:

Successes of The 99%: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/how_the_99_won_in_the_fight_for_worker_rights_20111126/?ln

99% letter to President Obama: http://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/11/22/374904/obama-gets-a-note-from-the-99-percent-movement-we-got-sold-out/

Nov. 24:

Pepper-spraying cops: http://peppersprayingcop.tumblr.com/

TV discussion of the 99% movement: http://rt.com/programs/crosstalk/ows-assaulted-people-inequality/

Nov. 16:

Prospects for the 99% Movement: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/nyregion/occupy-wall-street-organizers-consider-value-of-camps.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2

US middle class shrinks, poverty grows: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/us/middle-class-areas-shrink-as-income-gap-grows-report-finds.html?ref=us

Nov. 11:

11 most embarrassing political moments of the past 11 months: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/eleven-excrutiating-political-moments-of-2011-so-far/2011/11/11/gIQAO71YCN_blog.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics

Nov.5:

Stock trader explains the coming crash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqN3amj6AcE&feature=related

Oct.31:

Essay 1 instructions

Oct.29

Michael Moore on CNN about the meaning and prospects of the 99% Movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oncRpIAPyIc

Federal Reserve is the real government of the USA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAztH_mkGwo&feature=related

The West sees Libya as open for business at last: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/29/world/africa/western-companies-see-libya-as-ripe-at-last-for-business.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2

Oct. 28:

How an obsolete but powerful doctrine is strangling the economy - Paul Krugman in the NYTimes on European decisions: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/28/opinion/krugman-the-path-not-taken.html?ref=general&src=me&pagewanted=print

Euro Haircut - a TV discussion of European Union's decisions to deal with the financial crisis: http://rt.com/programs/crosstalk/euro-haircut-eurozone-help/

Oct.27:

Politicians' fist fights around the world: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/gallery/2011/oct/27/1?INTCMP=SRCH#/?picture=381027363&index=0

Attitudes to role of government in US political spectrum: http://pewresearch.org/databank/dailynumber/?NumberID=1337

Oct.19

The 99% Declaration: https://sites.google.com/site/the99percentdeclaration/

Wall Street Journal agrees with Occupy Wall Street movement - to some extent: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204618704576641254288688880.html

167 million Americans support Occupy Wall Street: http://www.zcommunications.org/167-million-people-support-occupy-wall-street-by-kevin-young

Global 99% demos last Saturday - cities and numbers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/15_October_2011_global_protests

Oct.13

Most Americans distrust Wall St. and the government - new poll: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/312751

Oct.11

Who Are the 99%? http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/who-are-the-99-ways-to-teach-about-occupy-wall-street/

Oct. 8

Confronting the Malefactors, NY Times op-ed on the Occupy Wall St movement: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/07/opinion/krugman-confronting-the-malefactors.html?src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

Oct. 7

Is Violence History? Review of Steven Pinker's new book: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/09/books/review/the-better-angels-of-our-nature-by-steven-pinker-book-review.html?_r=1&nl=books&emc=booksupdateema1

Sept. 28

ATTENTION POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJORS! The Undergraduate Political Science Council is hosting a "Meet and Greet" on Tuesday, Oct.4, 11:30-12:30, at the Underground in the Student Center.

Sept. 26

The Reading Review assignment

Sept. 24

Data and analysis concerning the Ontario Provincial election: http://www.electionalmanac.com/canada/ontario/

Sept. 21

Information for students concerning the Oct.6 Ontario election

Sept. 16

2 views on the government's role in the economy

Free to Die, by Paul Krugman, The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/16/opinion/krugman-free-to-die.html?src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

The Planning Fallacy, by David Brooks, The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/16/opinion/brooks-the-planning-fallacy.html?src=me&ref=general

Sept. 13

You are invited to a lecture on nuclear disarmament by Senator Doug Roche, Sept. 20, 2:30

Lecture ad

Doug Roche's website: http://roche.apirg.org/public_html/index.html

Mar. 23:

Qaddafy, moral interventionism, and revolution, by Richard Falk: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/03/2011322135442593945.html#

Fears of a "counterrevolution" in Egypt, by Steve LeVine: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/03/201132071452793639.html

How Fukushima meltdown was averted: http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110322/full/471417a.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20110324

Mar. 21:

World news is so bad people turn to Fox for junk: http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/afraid_to_watch_the_news_millions_turn_to_fox_20110320/

Existing radiation safety norms were established during the Cold War to reduce fears of nuclear weapons: http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/features/nuclear-world-what-the-meaning-of-safe

Mar. 19:

UN Resolution 1973 on Libya - A huge human rights milestone, by Michael Byers: http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2011/03/18/Resolution1973/

JAPAN TSUNAMI AFTERMATH: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/03/11/natpkg.tsunami.wrap.cnn?hpt=Mid

Half a million people have lost everything. You can help them. How to donate to relief efforts: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/953284--how-to-donate-to-relief-efforts-in-japan

Mar. 17:

EXAM MEMO - FINAL VERSION

Japan's nuclear concerns explained: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2011/03/world/interactive.nuclear.japan/index.html?hpt=C2

Mar. 16:

Q and A on the Japanese nuclear crisis: http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/nuclear_power_risk/safety/nuclear-reactor-crisis-faq.html

Implications of the Japan nuclear crisis for the United States: http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/nuclear_power_risk/safety/senate-briefing-on-japan-nuclear-crisis.html

A warning from a Hiroshima survivor: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Japan+crisis+shows+danger+nuclear+power+Hiroshima+survivor+warns/4437324/story.html

No Nukes is Good Nukes, by Robert Scheer: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/no_nukes_is_good_nukes_20110315/

Mar. 15:

Mother Nature and Nuclear Power, by David Krieger: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/03/15-2

Mar. 12:

How foreign media affect revolutions: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/9421899.stm

What may happen in Libya: http://www.opendemocracy.net/print/58455?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=201210&utm_campaign=0

Libya's youth anxious to fight against Qaddafi: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/12/world/africa/12youth.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2

Mar. 10:

The power of non-violence: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/10/opinion/10chenoweth.html?_r=1

Mar. 9:

Victims of the Age of Global Conflict. The Buddhas of Bamian, built 1,500 years ago, destroyed in the Afghan civil war: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12674541

Mar. 8:

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY!

The global democratic revolution: a new stage: http://www.opendemocracy.net/martin-shaw/global-democratic-revolution-new-stage

Mar. 7:

Degrees and Dollars: Value of education is eroded by the information revolution: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/opinion/07krugman.html?_r=1&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

A Miilion Women March is planned in Egypt to demand rights: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/egypts-women-plan-mass-march-against-military-rulers-2234235.html

Republicans in the US want to limit student voting rights because students "naively" vote liberal: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/06/AR2011030602662.html

Mar. 1:

Fact-Free Science, or how Republicans block action on climate change: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/magazine/27FOB-WWLN-t.html?src=un&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fjson8.nytimes.com%2Fpages%2Fmagazine%2Findex.jsonp

Feb.28:

FINAL EXAM WILL BE HELD ON Sat., April 9, 7-10 pm, at Tennis Canada Rexall Center: http://www.tenniscanada.com/rexall/directions.html

YOU ARE INVITED to a lecture on Ideas for Disarmament, Thursday, March 3, 2:30-4:00

Feb. 23:

Cairo in Wisconsin: It's all about democracy: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/22/AR2011022203412.html

Feb.14:

The Arab 1989? An analysis of the ongoing democratic revolutions in the Middle East: http://www.opendemocracy.net/print/58020?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=201210&utm_campaign=Nightly_2011-02-14%2005%3A30

Feb.12:

The West loses its favourite tyrant: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,745104,00.html

Democratization in the Middle East challenges the West: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/13/west-no-longer-honest-broker-peace

Historic Change in New Egypt - Egyptians clean up Cairo with a new sense of being masters of their country: http://www.cnn.com/video/

The military formally in control of Egypt - what will they do? http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/02/12/egypt.revolution/index.html?hpt=T1

How non-violent protest defeats injustice - lessons from American history, by Nicolaus Mills: http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/02/12/mills.egypt.selma/index.html?hpt=C1

Food prices as a cause of the Egyptian Revolution: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/commentary/jeff-rubins-smaller-world/food-whats-really-behind-the-unrest-in-egypt/article1898470/

Eighteen Days That Shook the Middle East: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/937617--eighteen-days-that-shook-the-middle-east

Feb.11:

This is the clip that sparked off the Egyptian Revolution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgjIgMdsEuk

And here is another poem by Matthew Sperling. You really should read it: Everything Is Possible.

Feb.9:

"Revolution 2.0" - Interview with Wael Ghonim: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/02/09/wael.ghonim.interview.cnn?hpt=C2

ATTENTION: a teach-in at York on "Turmoils in the Mideast", Thursday, Feb.10, VH 2187

Feb.8:

Free people of Liberation Square: http://english.aljazeera.net/video/middleeast/2011/02/20112875522335783.html

What keeps Mubarak on his throne: http://www.opendemocracy.net/opensecurity/mohammed-hussainy/what-keeps-mubarak-on-his-throne

Toward post-Islamist Mideast: http://www.opendemocracy.net/asef-bayat/egypt-and-post-islamist-middle-east

The Arab Revolution and Pax Americana - a round table: http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/empire/2011/02/20112875931593543.html

Egyptians who are tired of the revolution: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12387034

Feb.7:

A POEM ABOUT THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION: One Day, At Last, by Matthew Sperling, Toronto

China's rise, America's decline, growing rivalry: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/01/02/think_again_american_decline?print=yes&hidecomments=yes&page=fu

No matter how the revolution ends, Egypt will be less pro-American: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/02/04/this_week_at_war_the_pakistan_scenario?print=yes&hidecomments=yes&page=full

Mubarak holds on, US backs off, government-opposiiton talks going nowhere, revolution continues: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/07/world/middleeast/07egypt.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2

Feb.6:

Fear has been defeated - there's no turning back. Anderson Cooper reporting from Cairo: http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/05/reporters-notebook-witnessing-egypts-uprising/

George Soros on the Egyptian Revolution: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/02/AR2011020205041.html

Feb.5:

We Are All Egyptians, Nicholas Kristoff blogging from Cairo, The NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/04/opinion/04kristof.html?src=me&ref=general

This is not a joke: former US Ambassador to Egypt says, "This is an ideal moment for Mubarak to show the way forward": http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12374753

Egypt's political future - it is a classic fight for democracy, a discussion with Tariq Ramadan and Slavoj Zizek: http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/rizkhan/2011/02/2011238843342531.html

Lesson from Egypt - Internet freedom is fragile: http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/02/05/rushkoff.egypt.internet/index.html?hpt=C1

Feb.4:

Summing up the Day of Departure: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/41433367#41433367

Human chain at Liberation Square: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/02/04/ac.egypt.land.king.cnn?hpt=Mid

Crackdown on foreign media, 1 journalist killed, 24 arrested, Al Jazeera office destroyed: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/02/04/egypt.protests/index.html?hpt=T1

2 detained reporters describe the horrors inside secret police headquarters: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/weekinreview/06held.html?_r=1&hp

Citizens divided: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/02/04/egypt.robertson.alexandria/index.html?hpt=T1

What will the Egyptian army do? http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/02/04/clancy.egypt.military.cnn

Feb.3:

Emboldened by Egypt, protests spread in the Arab world: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41415499/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/

The army protects protesters in Tahrir Square: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/02/2011237260541818.html

Media in the line of fire in Egypt: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/02/201123131258705359.html

Feb.2:

CNN's Anderson Cooper beaten up by pro-Mubarak crowd: http://www.cnn.com/

Live coverage of the Egyptian revolution: http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/

Egypt - Why the army won't shoot protesters: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54323

Egypt: Protest against systematic police torture: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54321

Into Egypt's uncharted territory, by Hesham Sallam, Joshua Stacher and Chris Toensing, Middle East Report Online: http://www.merip.org/mero/mero020111.html

Jewish prayers for Egypt's uprising, Al Jazeera TV: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/02/2011218490882163.html

Jan. 31:

What corruption and force have wrought in Egypt, by Chris Hedges: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/what_corruption_and_force_have_wrought_in_egypt_20110130/

Jan. 29:

Causes of the political upheaval in the Arab world: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/01/201111413424337867.html

Jan. 25:

Essay 2 topics

Jan. 24:

"Political Change for a Climate in Crisis": a public discussion of environmental issues, University of Toronto, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 7-9 p.m.

"The Rise of the New Global Elite, by Chrystia Freeland, Atlantic Monthly: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/01/the-rise-of-the-new-global-elite/8343/

Jan. 23:

How a Single Match Can Ignite a Revolution, New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/23/weekinreview/23worth.html?ref=africa

Jan.19:

Tunisia's Wall Has Fallen - analysis of the Jasmine Revolution: http://www.merip.org/mero/mero011911.html

Jan. 14:

Number of independent states will grow, perhaps to 300: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/01/13/breaking_up_is_good_to_do

Jan. 4:

INTERESTING LECTURE ON CANADA TOMORROW AT VANIER COLLEGE

Jan. 1:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dec. 31:

Tax cuts - good for politicians, bad for the economy: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/11/business/economy/11tax.html

Dec. 29:

Global competitiveness, erosion of checks and balances, and demise of liberal democracy: http://www.opendemocracy.net/global-competitiveness-erosion-of-checks-and-balances-and-demise-of-liberal-democracy?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=201210&utm_campaign=Nightly_%272010-12-29%2005%3a30%3a00%27

Dec. 28:

How Wall Street gets what it wants: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/28/AR2010122800322.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics

Dec. 24:

Watch out! "A Christmas Carol" is a dangerous leftist tract: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/24/opinion/24krugman.html?src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

Dec. 22:

US SENATE RATIFIES THE NEW START TREATY: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12056024

Dec. 21:

How a different America responded to the Great Depression: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1810/public-opinion-great-depression-compared-with-now

Dec. 14:

Virginia judge deals a major blow to Obama's health reform: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/health/policy/14legal.html?src=me&ref=health

Dec. 6:

Is Obama weak, stupid, or complicit? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwha89nwXhI&feature=topvideos

Nov. 30: BROADCAST BLUES documentary exposes ideological bias in US mass media: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaRuzUrmugQ

Nov. 29: 11 mln. Britons find themselves in a "squeezed middle": http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/brian-landers/britains-squeezed-middle-defined-11-million-facing-triple-crunch?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=201210&utm_campaign=Nightly_2010-11-29%2005%3a30

Where WIKIleaks leaves diplomacy, BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/mattfrei/

Nov. 28: Brazil - the Army vs. gangs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Xo3ZoIVpss

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-1Z3DfPcXw

Nov. 24

Obama's Turkey Pardon:

http://www.theonion.com/video/obama-outlines-moral-philosophical-justifications,18509/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78ofgmnAj1Q

Nov. 11

Global Zero Canada: http://www.globalzerocanada.org/

Nov. 8

Opinions on where America is going

A new Republican Congressman's chief of staff has advocated hanging illegal immigrants, Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/09/AR2010110904767.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics

Our Banana Republic, Nicholas Kristof in New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/opinion/07kristof.html?ref=general&src=me&pagewanted=print

A Recipe for Fascism, Chris Hedges in Truthdig: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/a_recipe_for_fascism_20101108/

Washington Laughs at "Revolution", Richard Reeves in Truthdig: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/washington_laughs_at_revolution_20101109/?ln

Nov. 4

Essay 1 assignment

Nov. 3

Ideology in US election results

A surge of conservative votes: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/03/AR2010110305474.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics

Analysis of the vote, Pew Research: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1789/2010-midterm-elections-exit-poll-analysis

The state of liberalism, Jonathan Alter, NYTimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/24/books/review/Alter-t.html

The state of conservatism, by Christopher Caldwell, NYTimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/24/books/review/Caldwell-t.html

Nov. 2

Mugged by the Moralizers, Paul Krugman in the NYTimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/01/opinion/01krugman.html

The Phantom Left, Chris Hedges in TruthDig: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_phantom_left_20101031/

Only in America: a university offers a Lady Gaga sociology course: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-11672679

Oct. 31

The inequality delusion in America: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_44/b4201008238184.htm

Oct. 30

Workers in Ohio are told by their employer to vote Republican: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/30/us/politics/30ohio.html?src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

Oct. 21

Young American voters don't give a... about the midterm election: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/young-voters-not-engaged-in-mi.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics

Oct. 20

Tea Party gets support from militant racist groups: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/20/AR2010102004020.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics

Oct. 8

Review of several books on the Tea Party: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/10/books/review/Brinkley-t.html?_r=1&nl=books&emc=booksupdateema3

Oct. 3

STARTING THIS TUESDAY, WE'LL HAVE CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR OF TORONTO SPEAK TO OUR CLASS. PREPARE YOUR QUESTIONS! For info on the mayoral campaign, go to: http://www.thestar.com/topic/torontomayoralrace

Tea Party leader Glenn Beck is obsessed with Hitler: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/30/AR2010093005267.html?sub=AR

Oct. 2

Tea Party turns to old books: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/02/us/politics/02teaparty.html?th&emc=th

Oct. 1

Cell phone safety and the government's role in assuring it - report from Washington: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/30/AR2010093006444.html?wpisrc=nl_tech

Sept. 24

Congressional election campaign in the US: Republican Party unveils its Pledge to America: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/22/AR2010092206707.html?wpisrc=nl_politics

Critique of Republican platform - Paul Krugman in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/24/opinion/24krugman.html?_r=1&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

The Founding Fathers vs. the Tea Party: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/24/opinion/24chernow.html?src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

Sept. 22

THE READING REVIEW - topic and instructions

Sept. 17

Tea Party rises: Interview with Republican candidate for Governor of New York Carl Paladino - http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/17/new-york-republican-sends-stinky-message/

World's happy and unhappy countries, Gallup poll: http://www.forbes.com/2010/07/14/world-happiest-countries-lifestyle-realestate-gallup-table.html

Sept. 14

2000s decade recap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1dydu2spvw

April 5

Who's White? Review of "The History of White People", New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/books/review/Gordon-t.html?nl=books&emc=booksupdateema1

Mar. 25

US and Russia report breakthrough on arms: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/25/world/europe/25start.html?=

Mar. 16

Behind Taliban Lines, a PBS documentary on the Afghan war: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/talibanlines/view/?utm_campaign=viewpage&utm_medium=grid&utm_source=grid

Mar. 13

The climatic consequences of nuclear war: http://thebulletin.org/web-edition/op-eds/the-climatic-consequences-of-nuclear-war

Mar. 9

US Government is in the grip of financial oligarchy - The Atlantic Monthly: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/05/the-quiet-coup/7364/

Mar. 8

How Not to Contain Iran, article by Stephen Walt: http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/03/05/how_not_to_contain_iran

Mar. 6

Republicans claim they want to save America from socialism - what they really mean: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/05/opinion/05krugman.html?em

Mar. 5

Election humour, thanks to Mina S.: http://www.fairvote.ca/en/election-humour

Feb. 3

A corporation wants to run for a US Congressional seat as a person (!!!): http://politics.theatlantic.com/2010/02/murray_hill_inc_for_congress.php

Jan. 31

America is stuck: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/31/opinion/31friedman.html?th&emc=th

China leads in alternative energy solutions: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/31/business/energy-environment/31renew.html?hp

Jan. 29:

How possession of nuclear weapons leads to dictatorial power: http://www.truthdig.com/arts_culture/item/jeremy_bernstein_on_garry_wills_bomb_power_20100128/

Jan. 26:

Courts as battlefields in climate fights: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/business/energy-environment/27lawsuits.html?hp

Jan. 25:

Political effects of Obama's defeat in Massachusets: http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/754717--walkom-obama-s-humbling-will-affect-canadian-policy

Jan. 23

Obama announces decision to tighten government regulation of banks: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/business/economy/22policy.html?th&emc=th

US Supreme Court removes limits from corporate financing of election campaigns: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/us/politics/22scotus.html?th&emc=th

Jan. 20

A good article on Obama's defeat in Massachusets yesterday: http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/what_massachusetts_got_right_20100120/

Jan. 17

China vs. Google: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/13/AR2010011301168.html

Jan. 10

Most Canadians disapprove of Harper's prorogation decision: http://www.ekos.com/admin/articles/cbc-2010-01-08.pdf

Compare with the data from a similar poll a year ago on the 2008 prorogation: http://www.ekos.com/admin/articles/5dec2008.pdf

California citizens angry, try to change the state by referenda: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/us/10calif.html?th&emc=th

The American Far Right, slide show: http://www.thenation.com/slideshow/20091005/slideshow_rightwing/1

Jan. 5

Citizens of Iceland persuade the President not to reimburse foreign bank investors for their losses: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8441312.stm

Canadian political scientists call for electoral reform

Jan. 2

Canada's freedom of the press is enhanced by Supreme court rulings: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/02/opinion/02sat3.html?th&emc=th

Dec. 23

Obama and US Senate to blame for failure of Copenhagen talks: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/dec/21/copenhagen-failure-us-senate-vested-interests

Dec. 15

ARE WE HAPPY? The Happy Planet Index: http://www.happyplanetindex.org/public-data/files/happy-planet-index-2-0.pdf

Nov. 29

Presidential election in Honduras - a facade for a coup d'etat: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=4535

Nov. 18

The future of the news: http://www.opendemocracy.net/natalie-fenton/future-of-news

Nov. 16

5 things US can learn from China, TIME magazine: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1938671,00.html

Drug makers raise prices in the face of health care reform: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/16/business/16drugprices.html?em=&pagewanted=print

Nov. 9

The Internet is becoming an effective tool of protest in China: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/08/AR2009110818166.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter

Free market flawed, says global public opinion study - BBC World News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/8347409.stm

Oct.24

Michael Bloomberg spends $85 mln. of his own money in campaign for Mayor: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/24/nyregion/24mayor.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

Arizona may put prisons in private hands: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/24/us/24prison.html?th&emc=th

Oct.21

EVER HEARD OF CLIMATE CHANGE? Watch this hot new doc, The Age of Stupid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUcjqOzHy1E&feature=related

"Democracy: America's Greatest Spectator Sport". Prof. Noam Chomsky, MIT, video - http://bigthink.com/noamchomsky/democracy-americas-oldest-spectator-sport

Oct. 11

3 GREAT CLIPS ON DEMOCRACY AND THREAT OF FASCISM

Two opposing concepts of liberty in Western thinking - Hunter Rawlings: http://fora.tv/2009/08/24/Hunter_Rawlings_Two_Strands_of_Liberty_in_the_Western_Canon#According_to_the_Ancient_Greeks_Youre_Not_Free

What's so good about democracy? - John Keane: http://fora.tv/2009/08/24/John_Keane_Whats_So_Good_About_Democracy

Noam Chomsky likens right-wing media to Nazi Germany - FORA.TV: http://fora.tv/2009/10/06/Noam_Chomsky_Philosophies_of_Language_and_Politics#Chomsky_Likens_Right-Wing_Media_to_Nazi_Germany

Oct. 9

MORE GOOD SOURCES ON AFGHANISTAN:

Long War Journal - http://www.longwarjournal.org/
Afghanistan Conflict Monitor - http://www.afghanconflictmonitor.org/
Afghanistan Analysts Network - http://aan-afghanistan.com/index.asp?id=1

Foreign Policy - The AfPak Channel - http://www.foreignpolicy.com/afpak
Pajhwok Afghan News - http://www.pajhwok.com/
Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) - http://www.areu.org.af/

Oct. 7

BEWARE OF SOCIALISM! The Daily Show goes to Sweden:

Part 1 - http://watch.thecomedynetwork.ca/#clip165123

Part 2 - http://watch.thecomedynetwork.ca/#clip165127

Watch the new PBS documentary on Afghanistan, OBAMA'S WAR: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/obamaswar/?utm_campaign=ObamasWar&utm_medium=NewsSiteTarget&utm_source=image

"What I saw at the Afghan Election" , by Peter Galbraith, recently fired as deputy chief of the UN mission in Kabul: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/02/AR2009100202855.html

Sept. 27

President Obama's first speech at the United Nations General Assembly (audio) - http://stream.state.gov/streamvol/libmedia/usinfo/4770/eng/ia_eng_092309_fea_obama_unga.mp3

Mikhail Gorbachev: Two First Steps on Nuclear Weapons - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/25/opinion/25gorbachev.html?_r=2&ref=opinion&pagewanted=print

Bill Maher: Can Americans ever get good things done? - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-maher/new-rule-if-america-cant_b_299383.html

Sept. 25

Multitasking is bad for you - http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/20090923_now_where_was_i/

Tracing the origins of human empathy - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125382470366238705.html

Sept.9

Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics

Feb. 25

We Are All Socialists Now - "Newsweek": http://www.newsweek.com/id/183663

Feb.23

"US Government Gets Chance to Prove It Can Work" - Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/22/AR2009022201759.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter

Feb.14

"Rise in Jobless Poses Threat to Stability Worldwide" - The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/business/15global.html?hp

Nov.13

Global opinion poll: Most people around the world want governments to ensure food, health and education needs: http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/

Nov. 4

THE GREAT MANDALA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj1YxTl1e2I

US Military Index: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=4198&print=1

A compelling explanation of the financial crisis: http://rppe.wordpress.com/2008/01/29/exlpaining-subprime-with-some-humor-and-a-lot-of-truth/

Population growth or greed of the rich - what is straining world resources?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2248419,00.html

Goodbye to US Hegemony: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/magazine/27world-t.html?th=&emc=th&pagewanted=print

George Soros on the stock market crisis: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1a7af090-c956-11dc-9807-000077b07658.html

Someone's counting - 935 lies about Iraq: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=40887

World Values Survey: http://www.worldvaluessurvey.org

Human rights risks around the world - a global survey:

A political initiative to make US Government more open to electronic information searches: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/10/AR2007121001663.html?wpisrc=newsletter

More on Bush authoritarianism:

http://www.salon.com/opinion/blumenthal/2007/11/15/2008_election/print.html

New books on US Presidential power - NY Times review:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/books/review/Bazelon-t.html?_r=1&8bu&emc=bu&oref=slogin

The Picture of Conformity - in the Age of Surveillance... (a Washington Post article):

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/15/AR2007111502482_pf.html

New book explains why many Americans vote against their interests:

http://www.truthdig.com/arts_culture/item/20071115_nicholas_von_hoffman_on_the_conscience_of_a_liberal/

http://www.whydemocracy.net/ - This is a brand-new global online project open to all who would like to discuss the meanings and challenges of democracy in our world.

http://www.unep.org/Documents.Multilingual/Default.asp?DocumentID=519&ArticleID=5688&l=en -

The UN Environment Programme has just released its GEO-4 report summing up the changes in our natural environment in the past 20 years. Very important read...