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Alternative Press Annual 1984, The
Case, Patricia (ed)
Book
AlterNet
Website
Online news magazine and community featuring original journalism as well as material from many other independent media sources. AlterNet's aim is to inspire action and advocacy on the environment, hum...
Asian American Activism Stirring: Against The Current vol. 91
Kurashige, Scott
Article
2001
For a brief but wonderful moment in 2000, the Ralph Nader/Winona LaDuke Presidential campaign drew widespread public attention to its central theme of restoring democracy by challenging corporate powe...
Beware the Poisoned Chalice
Andrews, John
Article
2017
In the aftermath of the recent (2017) UK election Jeremy Corbyn may be well poised to form a Labour government. But there would be huge risks in assuming office in a context of economic chaos.
Beyond Voting
Knabb, Ken
Article
2000
By all means vote if you feel like it. But don't stop there. Real social change requires participation, not representation.
Bolivia's Autonomist Right -- A Dangerous Threat: Against The Current vol. 135
Webber, Jeffery R.
Article
2008
Autonomist right-wing forces in the Bolivian department (state) of Santa Cruz — acting through the offices of the prefecture (governorship) and Santa Cruz Civic Committee — held an illegal May 4 reren...
Bulgaria 1990/Albania 1991: Teaching Communists What Democracy is All About
Blum, William
Article
An account of American intervention in the Bulgarian and Albanian elections of 1990-1991
The Buzz Hargrove election controversy
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2005
We aren't obligated to vote NDP no matter what the circumstances.
Canada After Harper: His Ideology-fuelled Attack on Canadian Society and Values, and How We Can Resist and Create the Country We Want
Finn, Ed (editor)
Book
2015
Essays documenting the breadth and depth of the Harper government's attack on institutions, policies, and programs that embody values and principles shared by most Canadians: education, health care, w...
Canada's Distorted Electoral System
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2000
Canada's electoral system is undemocratic
Canada's Election Needs Outside Observers To Ensure Fairness: Report
Article
2015
Canada needs outside observers to monitor the federal election for fairness due to the rise of big money, nasty attack ads and new voting laws, says a report based on a survey of civil society groups.
Canada's prime minister wants to make it harder for people to vote against him
Konrad, Caroline
Article
2015
Stephen Harper, who won by an uncomfortably small margin in the last election, has passed laws designed to keep voters who oppose him from the polls.
The Caribbean Left's Legacy: Against The Current vol. 112
Abraham, Sara
Article
2004
Sara Abraham interviews Eusi Kwayana of The Working People's Alliance (WPA) in Guyana. The WPA continued to organize and build its ranks through a democratic socialist multi racial agenda, but has con...
Changes to voting system leave Canada worse off
Repo. Marjaleena
Article
2015
How did we end up with this convoluted and discriminatory method of voting when we once had perhaps the best method in the world - door-to-door enumeration and no hard-to-get voter ID requirement?
Chomsky.Info
Chomsky, Noam
Website
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
A Citizen Legislature
Callenbach, Ernest; Phillips, Michael
Book
1985
Arguing from the premise that the present electoral system is unrepresentative and promotes corruption, the authors propose going back to the Athenian system of choosing representatives: by lottery.
A Citizen's Guide to Combating Election Propaganda: Debunking Anti-Welfare Myths
DiMaggio, Anthony
Article
2016
The goal moving forward must be to create a critical citizen consciousness, so the masses don't simply "accept what they're told" once every four years by the pretty faces running for office. What fol...
The Common Good
Chomsky, Noam; interviewed by David Barsamian
Book
1998
Interviews with Noam Chomsky on the U.S. and the world.
The Culture That Created Donald Trump Was Liberal, Not Conservative
Lewis, Jim
Article
2016
Now that Donald Trump, the candidate, has become both widely popular and deeply loathsome, we're seeing a cataract of editorials and commentary aimed at explaining how it happened and who's to blame. ...
Democracy for the Few
Parenti, Michael
Book
1988
How does the U.S. political system work and for what purpose? What are the major forces shaping political life and how do they operate? Who governs in the United States? Who gets what, when, how, and ...
Electing for Democracy: Proportional Representation and the Left
Kuper, Richard
Book
1990
An argument for proportional representation in the United Kingdom.
The Election, Economy, War, and Peace
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2008
Chomsky points out that the Democratic triumph in the 2008 election was indeed historic, but also relatively slight. He explores the factors that played a role in preventing a landslide victory for Pr...
Elections 2000
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2001
Chomsky reviews the details of the 2000 elections and reveals the tendency of dysfunction in democratic electoral models.
Elections and Regime Crisis: Against The Current vol. 124
The Editors
Article
2006
Will the Democrats "regain control of Congress"? Will Joseph Lieberman change parties? Will Hillary Clinton be the Democratic frontrunner for 2008? How much does any of this matter?
Elections Canada bungled its investigation of Michael Sona and the 2011 robocall scandal
Keefer, Michael
Article
2015
Because the 'robocalls' fraud of Canada's 2011 federal election was insufficiently investigated by state authorities and underreported by the corporate media, Canadians have yet to understand its scal...
Elections & the Democrats: Against The Current vol. 112
Jordan, Joel; Brenner, Robert
Article
2004
Revolutionary socialist political strategy is based on the fundamental idea of working class self-emancipation. This means that working people and the oppressed can generate the power they need to ch...
Elections in the Southern Cone: Against The Current vol. 85
Sobrino, Francisco T.
Article
2000
During the last three months of 1999, presidential elections took place in the three southernmost countries of the Latin American continent.
The Elephant in the Room: Against The Current vol. 136
Miah, Malik
Article
2008
Much of the world is fascinated by the U.S. presidential election. The main reason is that the country may be ready to do something that most developed countries wouldn’t consider: electing a represen...
The End of the Regime?: Against The Current vol. 125
The Editors
Article
2006
The Permanent Detention and Torture Enabling Act of 2006 was the final obscene gesture of a dying Congressional session. (Actually, make that next-to-last: They topped it off with the billion-dollar a...
The Fight for Freedom for Women
Tremain, Rose
Book
1973
The fight for women's rights in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, primarily focusing on Britain and the USA.
From PRI to Foxismo: Against The Current vol. 88
Almeyra, Guillermo
Article
2000
Mexico on July 2 experienced an alternation of parties in power at the national level. But the more fundamental shift away from the one-party state had begun already with the Salinas administration (1...
From Yeltsin to Putin: Modern Democrat Gives Way to Modern Nationalist: Against The Current vol. 85
Ticktin, Hillel; Weissman, Susan
Article
2000
The power brokers in and around the Kremlin have orchestrated a transfer of power that could serve as a model for modern democratic rule—the kind of demonstration democracy (demonstrate the form, forg...
GovernmentSources.ca
Website
A portal with information about government, Canadian and international, with articles, documents, books, websites, and experts and spokespersons. The home page features a selection of recent and impor...
The Great Strike at UNAM: Against The Current vol. 88
Castillo, Christian
Article
2000
The Great Strike of the Mexican National Autonomous University (UNAM), which for more than nine months was occupied by students organized in the Strike General Committee (CGH), started on April 20, 19...
The History of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Book
2013
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...
How to Rig an Election
Collier, Victoria
Article
2012
Election fraud in the United States in the era of computerized voting machines controlled and programmed by far-right corporate executives.
How US Democracy Triumphed Again
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2001
Chomsky explores the discrepancies of the Bush-Gore tie in the 2000 elections such as income correlation and the lack of voter participation, revealing meaningful flaws in the democratic system.
How We Changed Toronto: The inside story of twelve creative, tumultuous years in civic life, 1969-1980
Sewell, John
Book
2015
By the mid-1960s Toronto was well on its way to becoming Canada's largest and most powerful city. One real estate firm aptly labelled it Boomtown. Expressways, subways, shopping centres, high-rise apa...
Inventing Reality: The Politics of News Media
Parenti, Michael
Book
1993
Parenti sets out to demonstrate how the news media distort important aspects of social and political life and why they do.
Just winning next election not enough for Liberals or NDP
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2013
if there is a new government, it will come to power with the extreme right wing more entrenched than ever before.... Aggressive organizations are determined to maintain policies that tend to reward th...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume III: The Dictatorship of the Proletariat
Draper, Hal
Book
1986
Hal Draper examines how Marx and Marxism dealt with the issue of dictatorship in relation to the revolutionary use of force and repression, particularly as this debate has centered on the use of the t...
Korea: The Elections and Sexual Violence: Against The Current vol. 87
Murphy, Terry
Article
2000
In the April 13 South Korean parliamentary elections, the closest the Democratic Labor Party came to victory was in the Hyundai company town of Ulsan. Their candidate was defeated by a small margin (4...
The Left and the Elections: Against The Current vol. 110
Phelps, Christopher; Luce, Stephanie; Brenner, Johanna
Article
2004
Two electoral paths will be taken by those left of center this year, and all the spilled ink in the world won't affect the choices.
A Left Voice in Pakistan: Against The Current vol. 131
Tariq, Farooq
Article
2007
Following the October 18 attack on the massive procession into Karachi welcoming Benazir Bhutto back from an eight-year exile, Farooq Tariq, General Secretary of the Labour Party Pakistan, expressed h...
Letter to a Progressive Democrat: Against The Current vol. 110
Felton, Paul
Article
2004
Dear Progressive Democrat: I voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 and I'm proud of it. You voted for Nader and you regret it (or, you voted for Gore, even though you liked Nader better).
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Herman, Edward S.; Chomsky, Noam
Book
1988
Contrary to the usual image of the press and cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitious in its search for truth, Herman and Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets...
Montreal: A Citizen's Guide to Politics
Roy, Jean-Hugues and Weston, Brendan (eds.)
Book
1990
Nader, Greens and Socialists: Against The Current vol. 91
Hawkins, Howie
Article
2001
Blaming Ralph Nader for Bush is like blaming the abolitionists for slavery. The Greens ran Nader to end corporate oligarchy, not to support one wing of the oligarchy as a lesser evil against the other...
The Nation is Not Divided and Still Prefers Bernie Sanders
Harms, Gregory
Article
2016
The reportage of the presidential primaries has been heavy on personalities and the latest numbers, and light on information useful to voters. Comparisons to a horse race are apt. Were the news to tak...
New group urges progressives to build 'One Big Campaign' to take on Harper: Sources News Release
Article
2012
A campaign urging Canadian social activist groups to work together under one massive umbrella to take on the Harper regime and his right-wing supporters was officially launched today.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 8, 2015: Elections
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Richwood, Darien Yawching (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Elections are the topic of the week, with items related to the October 19 Canadian federal election, and also to broader issues of parliamentary democracy, voting and whether voting can bring about ch...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - February 20, 2016: Connexions Enters Its Fifth Decade
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
This issue of Connexions Other Voices falls on the 40th anniversary of the publication of the very first Connexions newsletter, which was published in February 1976. That first issue carried the title...
Parliamentary Names & Numbers Online
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Lists all federal Members of Parliament and Senators, all provincial legislators, federal ministries, federal agencies and Crown corporations, Canadian embassies abroad, provincial and territorial min...
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Harman, Chris
Book
1999
Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals.
The phantom election
Savran, Sungur
Article
2015
The author criticises the elections took place on 1 November 2015 in Turkey.The ruling party AKP took away two millon votes from the fascist party MHP, one million from HDP the predominantly Kurdish p...
The Policy of Abstention
Morris, William
Article
1887
Morris argues that socialism should be fought for using mass action rather than parliamentary action.
Politics of Illusion
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1980
Elections have become a contest to determine who is the best actor.
The Politics of South Africa: The Transition to Democracy
Hinshaw, John
Article
1998
OVER THE PAST few years, South Africa has undergone the dramatic political transition from apartheid to non-racial democracy. As one might expect in a country where racial and economic inequality is s...
Racism and Structural Solutions: Against The Current vol. 135
McCarthy, Michael A.
Article
2008
When Barack Obama raised the specter of race in a March 18 speech that went far beyond what one would expect from the Democratic Party, some of us on the left were hopeful. Since the 1970s, race-speec...
Radical Digressions 2
Diemer, Ulli
Website
1981
Radical Digressions 3
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2001
Ralph Nader and the Legacy of Revolt: Against The Current vol. 88
Sheasby, Walt Contreras
Article
2000
Ralph Nader, announcing his presidential candidacy in Washington, D.C. on February 21, 2000, said, "The struggle between the forces of democracy and plutocracy has ebbed and flowed throughout our hist...
Reverend Wright and Black Liberation Theology: Against The Current vol. 134
Miah, Malik
Article
2008
The groundswell of broad support for Barack Obama (both among Blacks and whites) is a phenomenon that deserves a serious analysis and understanding. It cannot be down played by passing it through the ...
Review falsifies history
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1991
It is only because Canada's electoral system is profoundly undemocratic that it was possible for the Mulroney Tories to form a majority government with only 43 per cent of the votes. They then used th...
Rigged
Swanson, David
Article
2016
The 2016 Republican presidential primary was rigged. It wasn't rigged by the Republicans, the Democrats, Russians, space aliens, or voters. It was rigged by the owners of television networks who belie...
The Russian Hack That Wasn't
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2017
Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept exposes the fake news put out by the US Department of Homeland Security (an euphemistic name for a Big Brother operation that spies on US citizens) that Russia hacked ...
The Russian Hacking Story Continues to Unravel
Whitney, Mike
Article
2017
An examination of the text from a recent report by an IBM executive, which disproves the claim that Russia interfered in the US elections or hacked the servers at the DNC.
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
Seven News (7 News) was a community newspaper published in the area of Toronto east of downtown which at the time was known as Ward 7. Seven News was published from 1970 to 1985. Seven News is no long...
A Short History of Black Voter Suppression
Parker, Nicholas
Article
2012
The Right's organized movement to suppress the votes of African Americans and Latin Americans, and the urban and rural poor by means of the passing of voter ID (Poll Tax) laws in states receives no me...
The Socialist Register 1966: Volume 3: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1966
South Africa's Political Change: Against The Current vol. 90
Bond, Patrick
Article
2001
On December 5, slightly less than half of South Africa's registered electorate went to the polls, and Thabo Mbeki's ruling African National Congress (ANC) emerged with just under sixty percent support...
Strong voter registration campaign could mean the end for Harper
Fillmore Nick
Article
2015
The primary objective of Stephen Harper's absurdly-named Fair Elections Act is to prevent hundreds-of-thousands of Canadians from voting for the NDP, Liberals, Greens, etc. But efforts to help people...
Suffrage (Voting Rights): Connexipedia Article
Article
The civil right to vote, or the exercise of that right.
These Quakers Are Asking Tougher Questions Than Many in the Press
Fang, Lee
Article
2016
American Presidential candidates these days are accustomed to mainstream reporters quizzing them on process and politics, with a typical media scrum filled with questions about the latest polls, repea...
Thieving Sons of Bushes: Against The Current vol. 91
Miah, Malik
Article
2001
“Never Trust a Son of Bush” was one of many signs at George W. Bush's presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. on January 20. Some 25,000 marched in Washington and 15,000 rallied in San Francisco...
Time for an Independent Party
Hawkins, Howie
Article
2016
More than in most presidential cycles, there is reason to hope for a mass breakaway in 2016. Sanders' campaign has revealed that a mass base exists now for an independent party of the left.
Trump and Clinton: Censoring the unpalatable
Pilger, John
Article
2016
A virulent if familiar censorship is about to descend on the US election campaign. As the cartoon brute, Donald Trump, seems almost certain to win the Republican Party's nomination, Hillary Clinton is...
Trump and the Liberal Intelligentsia: a View from Europe
Bricmont, Jean
Article
2016
A new specter haunts the American elites: the candidacy of Donald Trump in the US President election and his success so far in the Republican primaries. The Republican establishment itself hopes to bl...
25 Years After the Gdansk Uprising: Against The Current vol. 121
Weissman, Suzi
Article
2006
Suzi Weissman interviews David Ost. The occupation of the Gdansk shipyard by Polish workers in 1980, demanding recognition of their independent trade union Solidarnosc, rocked the Eastern bloc and ins...
2004 Elections
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2004
Chomsky explores potential implications of the 2004 election results in America, concluding they are, in fact, of little significance. For insight, he points instead to those public opinions which wer...
Update on Pakistan: After the "Emergency": Against The Current vol. 132
Tariq, Farooq
Article
2008
General Pervez Musharraf has “taken off the uniform” and lifted the emergency as of December 15th. But Labour Party Pakistan rejects the Musharraf’s claim that the emergency is lifted. It is “lifted” ...
The Vogeler Senate Campaign: Against The Current vol. 124
Sanson, Marc; Wunsch, Mike; Vogeler, Rae
Article
2006
With just four months until the general election, Green Party candidate Rae Vogeler has established herself as the main opposition to millionaire incumbent Senator Herb Kohl. Vogeler's campaign took o...
Voter ID Laws, Voter Fraud: Against The Current vol. 133
Miah, Malik
Article
2008
The close primary election inside the Democratic Party between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton shows that every vote counts. The fiasco in the 2000 presidential election because of “hanging chads” al...
Voting Patterns and Abstentions
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2001
Chomsky analyzes the phenomena of low voter participation and income correlation with election results as symptoms of an unhealthy democracy.
Waiting for Democracy: A Citizen's Journal
Salutin, Rick
Book
1989
Rick Salutin's account of the pivotal 1988 "free trade" election. Waiting for Democracy makes a strong case that our political system is anything but democratic, though it offers little hope of changi...
War(s) With No Exit: Against The Current vol. 136
The Editors
Article
2008
The raging debate on “war policy” between the corporate presidential campaigns has come down to this:
What Die Linke Should Do
Riexinger, Bernd
Article
2016
The German right made stunning gains in this month's regional elections. The Left must rise to the challenge.
What is Stephen Harper doing to Canada? How can we stop him?
Article
2015
The Harper regime has had a toxic effect on Canada. The wealthy are better off, but most Canadians are worse off, and rights and freedoms, democracy, access to information, and science have suffered. ...
What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election
Miller, Anita
Book
2006
Documents fraud in the 2004 U.S. election.
Where the Anti-Russian Moral Panic is Leading Us
Raimondo, Justin
Article
2017
This is how the smear campaign scores points: you don't have to be on the Russian payroll -- you can be a "useful idiot" just because of your political views, which condemn you as an "unwitting" agent...
Why aren't people voting?
Repo, Marjaleena
Article
2011
There is much ado about "voter apathy", with a focus on young people, who in creative and desperate ways are urged and "mobbed" to vote. Unfortunately, much of this effort is barking up the wrong tree...
Why Hillary Won the Debate (Even though She Didn't)
Leupp, Gary
Article
2015
CNN and Facebook co-sponsored last week’s Democratic presidential frontrunners' "debate." After the event, CNN conducted a poll. "Who won the debate?" it asked. The result: 83% Bernie Sanders; 12% Hil...
Why People Vote Against Themselves: Wisconsin and the Collapse of Liberalism
Smith, Sam
Article
2012
The reasons people vote against their self-interest are numerous and varied but key to them is often a culture under great stress believing false promises being made to it by the powerful.
Why Voters Aren't Motivated by a Laundry List of Positions on Issues
Brewer, Joe; Lakoff, George
Article
An introduction to cognitive policy – the values, frames, and arguments that make sense of the political process.
Worthington provokes election controversy
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1984
The Committee to Defeat Peter Worthington stirs things up in the Broadview-Greenwood election campaign.

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Chomsky.info
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
Fair Vote Canada
A multi-partisan citizens' campaign for voting system reform. Canadians from all points on the political spectrum, all regions and all walks of life are joining FVC to demand a fair voting system - a ...
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, an...

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Canadian Encyclopedia
The full text of The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources has been made available online by the Historica Foundation as a public service since 1999. Since its publication in book form in 1985, The Canadian Encyclopedia ...
Fair Vote Canada
Representing over 55,000 Canadians, Fair Vote Canada is a grassroots, multi-partisan citizens' campaign for voting reform. We promote the introduction of an element of proportional representation into elections for all levels of g...
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Its objective is to strengthen democratic institutions and...
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
With 56 States drawn from Europe, Central Asia and America, the OSCE is the world's largest regional security organization, bringing comprehensive and co-operative security to a region that stretches from Vancouver to Vladivostok....
Organization of American States
The Organization of American States (OAS) brings together the nations of the Western Hemisphere to strengthen cooperation on democratic values, defend common interests and debate the major issues facing the region and the world. T...
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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Iran bars foreign media from reporting on protests
Sources News Release
2009
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Iranian government's decision to bar foreign journalists from leaving their offices to report, film, or take photographs--a restriction intended to pr...
Mercenary of Reaction
Lynton Crosby in Canada
Kampmark, Binoy
2015
Lynton Crosby has a full schedule. He is the modern electoral PR hitman for parties in dire straits. He is hired to stir the pot of resentment and undermine hopes for change. His very existence sugges...
100 Trump voters explain why they voted for him even though they think he 'could destroy the whole world'
Altman, Sam
2017
After the election, I decided to talk to 100 Trump voters from around the country. I went to the middle of the country, the middle of the state, and talked to many online.

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Double Standards
Website
Focusing on double standards in the media and in international politics. "Double Standard 1. a rule or principle applied more strictly to some people more than others (or oneself)."