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People's Voice Podcast
4 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Episode 43: Unity and Solidarity With Indian Farmers
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caThe Communist Party of Canada extends its full support to India’s farmers who are struggling against mass, brutal police and government repression to protect their farms and their livelihoods from the catastrophic consequences of new laws imposed by the fascist Modi government in September. The new laws will corporatize agriculture and throw hundreds of millions of small and marginal farmers into bankruptcy and starvation. The current market protections for farmers will evaporate, including government procurement policies and minimum price guarantees, government staple food quotas, state subsidies, marketing boards, farmers’ co-ops, the co-op banking system which provided farmers with cheap loans and the system of Commission agents which advanced funds to small and marginalized farmers. The new laws will enable the agricultural monopolies to dictate what crops will be grown, what the price of food will be to surviving contract producers and to consumers. They will enable unprecedented corporate price-fixing and profiteering in food production and will give the food monopolies the ability to create massive food shortages in order to do it. These neoliberal laws, in line with World Trade Organization (WTO) demands that countries eliminate farm-gate price controls, income subsidies and other assistance to small farmers, have stripped small farmers of their power to negotiate with government and corporations, and their legal rights to take disputes to court. The new laws force them to accept resolution from third parties named by the fascist Modi government. Read the article in full.
12 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Episode 42: Canada-led Regime Change: the Lima Group Under the Microscope
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caThe Lima Group is a Canada-led organization dedicated to the ouster of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. In January 2019, National Assembly member Juan Guaidó tried to declare himself president of Venezuela, and Lima Group countries—with the exception of Saint Lucia—recognize Guaidó as president. The Lima Group has faced criticism within Canada and from member states’ politicians and journalists. Dr. Maria Paez Victor, a Venezuelan sociologist living in Canada, explained: “Unable to get the Organization of American States (OAS) votes needed to agree to their nefarious plot, this group of governments with no official international standing, few democratic principles, most led by known discredited leaders… allied itself, throwing all of its diplomatic and economic support behind a man who self-proclaimed himself president of Venezuela in a public plaza, violating the country’s constitution and all electoral rules. So much for the ‘respect for the rule of law’ that the Canadian Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland so frequently spouts.”Read the article in full.
8 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Episode 41: “A Confession From the Profession”
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caPresstitutes: Embedded in the Pay of the CIA Author: Udo Ulfkotte Publisher: Progressive Press, 2019 Review by Tim Pelzer It is well documented that the CIA uses the media to spread disinformation. After 1945, in what is known as “Operation Mockingbird,” the agency recruited journalists in major US media to promote its anti-communist Cold War perspective. According to former CIA agent turned whistleblower Philip Agee, the agency has journalists on its payroll across Latin America. In Presstitutes: Embedded in the pay of the CIA, Udo Ulfkotte, a former editor for the mass daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), reveals how the CIA and the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND) use the German media to manipulate and shape public opinion. The BND recruited Ulfkotte while he was in university and then placed him at FAZ. As a naive young man, he was thrilled to work for his country’s intelligence agency. “However, looking back, l was corrupt, l was manipulative and dealt in disinformation.” Read the article in full.
11 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Episode 40: Colonialism and the Criminalization of Indigenous Media
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caOn September 2, Karl Dockstader from One Dish One Mic Indigenous media was arrested while covering the land defense at 1492 Land Back Lane near Caledonia, Ontario. People’s Voice editor Dave McKee spoke with Karl about that conflict, the struggle against colonialism and the criminalization of Indigenous media. DM: Can you give an overview of what is happening at 1492 Land Back Lane? It’s a struggle that has received very little, if any, attention in mainstream media. KD: It all really goes back to 1492, but this most recent land reclamation was initiated on July 19, when a group of Haudenosaunee land defenders saw that an intensive urban development was set to start the heavy construction phase of building homes on land that was a farm for the last century or so, and that for a thousand years before that was traditional hunting territory. There was supposed to have been a moratorium on the territories in the Haldimand Tract, because of the activity that happened in 2006 around the Kanonhstaton and Douglas Creek land reclamation. The federal government, the Crown, the provincial government and the County of Haldimand – the powers that be – are not interested in any way in giving land back to Indigenous people. So, they took land back. And in the words of land defender Skyler Williams, “We took this land back forever.” Read the article in full.
8 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Episode 39: Farmers Dig in for Long Haul Against Modi’s Neoliberalism
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caAs I move away from the massive kisan (farmers and peasants) assemblage at the Singhu border between the province of Haryana and Delhi, a heavy drizzle starts to add to my misery in the bone-chilling cold of late Indian winter. I plan to drive along several narrow link roads to gain access to the otherwise blocked NH 44 highway, and then to move into the city en route to the airport. Soon I have to stop as the car is surrounded by several dozen Sikh kisan. They come bearing not only pennants, flags and festoons as souvenirs of my stay, but touchingly, pots of home-cooked food: they remain curiously bare-chested even as the icy rain persists. Asked why, their aged mukhiya (village head) informs me that the entire gathering would sing and dance in the fierce wintry downpour and shout slogans for a couple of hours to show the jan-virodhi (anti-people) Modi government that “even nature could not cow them down.” Read the article in full.
6 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Episode 38: Trump Defeat a Victory in the Struggle Against Fascism
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caThe defeat of Donald Trump in the US presidential election is an important victory for the progressive and democratic forces in the US who worked tirelessly over the past four years to expose and build broad opposition to the racist, misogynist, reactionary and pro-fascist agenda of the Trump administration. Trump’s defeat is a victory for all those opposing the drive to authoritarianism, reaction, war and fascism in the US, though the battle is far from over and the new administration continue to be the agents and stewards of the most powerful and violent imperialist power on earth. President-elect Biden, like all US Presidents before him, represents the interests of Big Business, the transnational corporations and the military-industrial complex, and his job is to protect and expand US corporate profits and US imperialism. Wall Street supports Biden because he is predictable, accountable and dependable, and will work to restore stability at home and US imperialism’s influence, authority and trade globally. Working people who expect more from the new government will be disappointed. For the working class, the unemployed, farmers, women and youth who have been the victims of Republican and Democratic Party policies over decades, there will be little relief and no fundamental change. For that, they will need a working class party that will fight for their interests and for working class power. Read the article in full.
6 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Episode 37: Norman Bethune - Forgotten in Canada But More Relevant Than Ever
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caHenry Norman Bethune was an accomplished surgeon, a communist internationalist and a forgotten hero of Canadian history. As a member of the Communist Party of Canada he fought with anti-fascist forces in Spain and later volunteered in the National Revolutionary Army of China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. He was born in Gravenhurst, Ontario on March 4, 1890, and died in the Chinese province of Hebei on November 12, 1939. Despite his enormous courage and deeply felt global solidarity, Bethune has been commemorated quite differently by his native country on the one hand, and the country for which he gave his life on the other. Read the article in full.
8 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Episode 36: No Rest for Anti-colonial Struggle Under Lockdown
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caIn some ways, the spring lockdown associated with the COVID-19 pandemic came as a boon to the Canadian state, which, over the winter of 2019-2020, saw a series of increasingly successful examples of resistance to its colonial projects explode into unprecedented large-scale demonstrations of solidarity in nearly every major city. The loud calls to respect Indigenous sovereignty and account for the ongoing effects of colonization found common voice with a sweeping international movement to address anti-Black racism, police violence and the consequences of racism, historical and ongoing. These actions, growing from a fertile history of struggle (more recently Idle No More and Black Lives Matter) and driven by egregious new attacks, seriously challenged the ability of federal and provincial governments to continue portraying themselves as caring patriarchs or partners in the development of either group. Read the article in full.
7 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
Episode 35: Ontario Tories Gift Corporations With Nearly $1b in Tax Cuts – Paid for by Public Sector Wage Restraint
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caThe Ontario Tories have more than doubled the exemption from the Employer Health Tax (EHT) announced in the Ontario budget (and included in the budget bill), increasing it from $490,000 in payroll to $1 million. Currently, employers with payrolls over $400,000 have to pay 1.95 percent of that, so the additional savings for a business with $1 million – $5 million in payroll would be $9,945. This change would make permanent a temporary change that was introduced earlier this year “due to COVID.” The government is also increasing the level of payroll before employers have to make monthly EHT payments. Previously, employers with an annual Ontario payroll over $600,000 had to make monthly EHT instalment payments. With this legislation, that will change to $1.2 million after the end of this calendar year. Another perk. Read the article in full.
6 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Episode 34: Legault’s “Green Plan” More of a Holiday Gift to Corporations
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caOn November 16, François Legault’s Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) government presented its “Plan for a Green Economy 2030” to the people of Quebec. It’s considered long overdue by the environmental movement, the trade unions and everyone who fears the climate apocalypse, as well as by Legault’s allies in the ruling class, who advocate the economic model that has led us to the precipice we face today. The plan’s content will not surprise anyone. The focus is on electrification of transport and heating with a ton of money for the private sector, subsidies for research into “renewable” natural gas and other “innovative” sectors, while targeting greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions to 37.5 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Funding for the first 5 years of the plan is not even the same amount of money set aside to pay down government debt. Furthermore, a significant amount will be paid directly to the private sector, which amounts to paying those who are largely responsible for the crisis, instead of making them pay. Read the article in full.
10 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Episode 33: Alberta’s Open-pit Coal Mining Plan Must Be Stopped!
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caSpread your legs Alberta. Australian mining corporations are already preparing to open-pit mine in the Bighorn area of the Rocky Mountains. Since 1976 the Coal Development Policy has guided land use over many aspects of coal development, including open-pit coal mining and coal exploration in some of Alberta’s most environmentally sensitive areas. This policy was developed with extensive public consultation, to create a fair balance between environmental protection, economic development and the social needs of all Albertans. But on June 5, Jason Kenney’s United Conservative government rescinded the Coal Development Policy. Recent documents show that at least seven months before announcing the cancellation, the provincial Minister of Environment and the Minister of Economic Development, Tourism and Trade held conversations with coal companies that supported development in these sensitive areas. The lack of public consultation in parks and lands use runs counter to the UCP election commitments to increase consultation in parks and land use decisions and to increase tourism in Alberta. Read the article in full.
8 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
Episode 32: Strong Movement Needed to Confront the Looming Threat of Austerity and Privatization in Newfoundland and Labrador
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caNewfoundland and Labrador’s new premier, Andrew Furley, entered the provincial legislature in October, after winning a byelection in the riding of Humber-Gros Morne which had been left vacant by previous Liberal leader Dwight Ball. Ball is remembered for leading the province into a period of what could generously be called “tough decisions” in 2016, including an austerity budget which was widely protested. The costs of the ongoing hydro dam on Innu lands in Labrador have become an endless source of criticism and worry over the province’s future, and the COVID 19 pandemic has also taken its toll. The oil sector in particular is in a rocky place; the industry that was supposed to bring Newfoundland and Labrador into prosperity after the collapse of our once enormous fishery now seems on the brink of throwing thousands of workers under the bus, and no serious plans are in place for a just transition to a green economy. Read the article in full.
7 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
Episode 31: China’s Poverty Alleviation Campaign Ends in Victory
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caNovember 23, 2020 is a significant day in the history of the People’s Republic of China and possibly of the world. China Central Television (CCTV) announced that 9 counties in Guizhou Province, one of the poorest provinces in the country, have been lifted out of absolute poverty. With the results in these last few localities, living standards in all of the 832 previously poor counties across China’s 22 provinces are now above the poverty line. The Chinese government’s ambitious Poverty Alleviation Campaign, the largest of its kind in human history, is ending victoriously. Read the article in full.
4 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Episode 30: No “Normalization” of Occupation!
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caThe recent agreements that both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have signed with Israel, establishing full diplomatic relations, are a boon to US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The two politicians desperately need some wind in their sails – Trump to revive his flagging re-election campaign, and Netanyahu to cover the stain corruption for which he is being legally pursued. The mainstream corporate media has portrayed these agreements as peace accords that bring security, stability and prosperity to the signatory states and to the region as a whole. Canadian politicians and pundits gave themselves calluses tweeting out their congratulations. It all seems so lovely, especially during this time of global pandemic and economic chaos. Read the article in full.
10 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Episode 29: Identity Politics, Unity and the Class Struggle
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caWith the rise of the far right it is worth considering the issue of identity politics and the left. This is a type of politics that takes identity, often essentialized, as the central category for organization and analysis. Its left-wing variant is suspicious of power, preferring to engage in academic taxonomies of oppression which prove incapable of addressing underlying causes. On the right, identity politics is leveraged to deliberately divide and fracture workers, pitting them against each other, most frequently on the basis of race, gender, religion or nationality. The left variant of identity politics emerged from the post-modern paradigm that has come to dominate much of progressive politics within the academic world. As the past thirty years have shown, a politics that over-emphasizes individual identity and difference over the potential to unite disparate groups under shared class interests leaves much to be desired. Nevertheless, the focus on identity and difference is necessary, even if it served as an over-correction to certain historical tendencies on the left that treated the working class as a homogeneous, abstract, uniform mass. The problem here is not universality but rather abstract universality. In the overreaction against such descriptions, the post-modern position throws the baby of concrete universality out with the bath water of abstract universality. Forgoing universality as a concept and reveling in difference has led to nothing but the fracturing of progressive forces into small cliques incapable of pursuing a collective emancipatory project with the power to address the needs of the majority in society. Read the article in full.
9 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Episode 28: Opposition to Interference in Belarus Grows
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caAs People’s Voice goes to press, Western governments are escalating their threats to intervene in Belarus against the elected government of Alexander Lukashenko. In response, a growing number of voices around the world are warning of the dangers of intervention to the people of Belarus and of the region. Here, we reprint an analysis from the Party of Labour of Austria. In the wake of the presidential election in Belarus, there has been over a week of escalating clashes and protests. The clearly defeated opposition accuses the government of electoral fraud, while the re-elected President Lukashenko considers himself to be in office legally. It is impossible for us to verify how the election process was conducted and how the votes were counted. The view propagated by the opposition candidate Tikhanovskaya, that she actually won with about 80 percent of the vote, is an assertion for which there are no clues or evidence. This version seems implausible, even if one has doubts about the official result. However, it was clear long before the vote that the opposition would not recognize the result in the event of defeat. This makes it obvious that this is a planned staging. Read the article in full.
10 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Episode 27: Demand a Recovery Plan for Women!
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caNot one step further behind! The coronavirus pandemic coincided with forecasts of the coming economic recession. The combination, as we know, has been cataclysmic and both have had an overwhelmingly negative impact on women. The recovery from both must put jobs, services and supports for women at the forefront of the rebuilding agenda – governments must invest in the public social infrastructures that will assist women in moving toward equality in the workplace. The disaster also reminds us that inequality will continue as long as the capitalist system remains. Read the article in full.
6 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Episode 26: Massive Wave of Protests hits Poland, to defend abortion rights
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caThe Constitutional Court’s ruling, that abortion of terminally ill fetuses is unconstitutional, has sparked a nationwide outrage and a wave of protests that has terrified the authorities. Thousands of people have been taking to the streets of Polish cities since October 22, despite bans and the pandemic. The protest is gaining momentum and the situation developing into a turning point. Demonstrations are not only taking place in large cities, where resistance to the imposition of clerical morality has always been strong, but also in smaller centers. Several hundred gatherings, blockades and marches have taken place, including in cities and towns considered to be bastions of the PiS [the ruling, right-wing populist Law and Justice party]. They have mostly involved young people, who have no experience in similar activities or no specific political views. This is an accelerated course in civil disobedience for them. The slogan “this is war,” adopted as one of the main ones during the social mobilization, shows there is no lack of radicalism. The protests have surpassed the expectations of many left groups. Read the article in full.
3 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Episode 25: Kenney - a Blood-sucking Profiteer (Literally)
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caIn 1972, the impoverished and oppressed people of Nicaragua suffered a terrible crisis when an earthquake struck the capital of Managua. An estimated 5000 people were killed, and the city centre was destroyed. International humanitarian aid flowed to the country, including blood and plasma donations from all over the world. Perversely, then dictator Anastasio Somoza intercepted large amounts of the emergency blood donations, which he then exported from his stricken country, at a huge profit. Almost 60 years later, Alberta premier Jason Kenney seems to be taking a page from Somoza’s playbook. His government’s Bill 204, The Voluntary Blood Donations Repeal Act, will cast aside legislation that guarantees blood and plasma as public resources and open the field to corporate blood banks who sell blood products for profit on the international market. Read the article in full.
7 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Episode 24: Morneau Endorsement Shows CLC President No Leader for Class Struggle
Welcome to the People's Voice Podcast. Visit us online at www.peoplesvoice.caOn July 19 in the evening, land defenders moved onto unceded Haudenosaunee lands that were close to being heavily developed. Free, prior and informed consent to develop these lands was not attained. A construction project to be named Mackenzie Meadows would effectively destroy the ability to resolve the disputed status of the land and this heavy land alteration was and is set to begin. Land defenders stopped this development and have renamed the land 1492 Land Back Lane and intend to keep it as Haudenosaunee territory, in the words of one of the many land defenders Skyler Williams, “forever.” Read the article in full.
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