The Scoop: Alternative News & Views

Gaza News Blackout

Mike Longmoore on 18 June 2017

Several years ago, in Leamington, I met Mennonite women who were preparing to go to Israel. Their goal was to escort Palestinian children to school in order to prevent harassment by Israelis intent on expropriating Palestinian lands.The expropriation continues to this day

Wating for the Bus…

Paul Chislett on 17 March 2017

It took a minute to see the graffiti on the clear window of the bus shelter. After months of seeing videos and photos online showing people encountering racism in person or scrawled somewhere, I gaped at the words in front of me, ironically on a screen of sorts.

From this Nettle Adversity

Mike Longmoore on 16 March 2017

The big auto companies put a gun to the head of Unifor. Ford Motor said give us concessions or you won't be buliding Engines in Windsor.

Stop Outsourcing of Huron Lodge Staff

on 07 February 2017

Stop the outsourcing of Huron Lodge workers. You can call the city councillors who voted in favour of outsourcing to reconsider their vote.

Conversation with Windsor and Detroit area organizers on the Women's March on Washington [audio]

Paul Chislett on 20 January 2017

On January 6 I spoke with Mary Jo Ebert and Ben Gabel by phone, and in the studio Windsor organizer/activist Pat Papadeas organizing as part of the Canadian Women's March. Ben Gabel serves as the Director of Service and Social Justice Ministry at the Birmingham Unitarian Church, and Mary Jo Ebert is program chair for service and social justice at the church as well.

Trudeau Liberals offer Shangri-La to private finance

Duncan Cameron on 03 January 2017

Most Canadians have never heard of Larry Fink. An American, he is the biggest money manager in the world. His firm, BlackRock, has over $4 trillion it directs on behalf of clients. Fink is famous in the financial world. For one thing, he was a key figure in the development of mortgage-backed securities, sometimes called CDOs or collateralized debt obligations.

Cuba's Future According To A Havana Taxi Driver

Margot Pepper on 01 December 2016

Our cab driver's kinky black hair is laced with grey. Judging by his dark skin, it's easy to predict how poor he was before the revolution. It’s also easy to guess whether he supports it or not. "Reynaldo, did people really eat more meat before the revolution than they do now in Special Period?"

Was Fidel A Dictator? A Personal Account. Excerpt from Through the Wall, A Year in Havana (Freedom Voices)

Margot Pepper on 28 November 2016

In 1992, I was one of a handful of international journalists granted a visa to remain on the blockaded island of Cuba a year longer than the usual month or two allotted visitors. The resulting memoir, Through the Wall: A Year in Havana, from which parts of this article are extracted, traces my experience as a Mexico City-born daughter of a blacklisted Hollywood producer to 1993 Havana, where my radical ideals were challenged by what has become known as the bleakest year of the Cuban revolution.

The Gladu Review: A Historical Misunderstanding

Kurt Powell on 28 November 2016

Our MP Marilyn Gladu believes that the Trudeau's Liberals are waging a war on Canadian history. She supported MP Peter Van Loan's argument that celebrating Canada's 150th birthday is celebrating confederation and it should not emphasize youth, indigenous reconciliation, the environment, inclusion, and diversity. Ya think so eh?

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Darlene Costello on 19 September 2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is another terrible Free Trade Agreement and is a bad deal for Canadians. It was poorly negotiated by Harper and Canada came to the table when much of the agreement was already negotiated.

Neolithic to Neoliberal: Trying to Understand how the Economy got here.

Kurt Powell on 15 September 2016

What is the economy? Why do we need an economy? Why is the economy so fucked up now? These questions keep me up at night, especially when the world is being hammered from the global economic elites that manifest themselves as the TPP, US Presidential elections, great depression money velocity conditions.

Terrorist Buzz: A Thought Experiment

Kurt Powell on 25 July 2016

For thousand s of years the Honey Bee (Apis melifera) has developed a symbiotic relationship with humans (Homo sapiens), in which Bees provide a source of nourishment including; pollen, royal jelly, and honey. These goods are used for a variety of medicinal treatments as well as general food consumption. In return humans provide protection from predators, care for the colony during the winter months, and advantageous summer locations to help the bees produce premium honey. Additionally honey bees are extraordinary important to the environment and our food security system as they pollinate the flowers which produces fruits and vegetables.

Essex County could be the model for veterans' healing

John Tomlinson on 01 May 2016

One of the most interesting experiments in the United States with veterans, especially those suffering from PTSD, is a program to introduce them to rural living, and farming.

Significant Themes come out of MayWorks Windsor Festival programming

Susan Gold Smith on 01 May 2016

MayWorks Windsor 2016 celebrates art, labour and community with its 7th Annual Festival. This year artists and workers have come forward again with their creative energy. Stories to the Streets will be a month long opportunity for DIY posters to poster the town with stories! Look for them all during May. They may pop up in your neighbourhood. Or you could be inspired to post.

The New Theology: Harper's Achilles Heel

John Tomlinson on 15 September 2015

Several years ago, I led a KAIROS delegation to MP Jeff Watson's office to lobby for a revised federal government climate change position. Part of the dialogue that occurred had to do with whether the Essex MP would take personal responsibility if he and the federal Conservatives were wrong. Climate change, he said, was a disputed science.

Plurality Voting

Jeffrey Aylesworth on 01 September 2015

We take it for granted that elections ought to be decided by asking every voter who they believe is the most qualified and awarding the election to whoever gets the most votes. We take it for granted because that is how government elections are held in most of the world. In Canada, every official who is voted into office does so in an election with these rules.

Environmental Critique of Bill C-51

Kurt Powell on 01 September 2015

As of June 9, 2015 the Conservative government of Canada has passed Bill C-51, The Anti-Terrorism Act, a law that has been widely denounced by the public, unions, professors and prominent Canadian figures. Environmental activists have been known to participate in civil disobedience from peaceful protests to road blocking. A majority of environmental groups want to regulate pollution output in order to safeguard against health problems in their community.

The Unsaid

Jeff Noonan on 01 September 2015

Unlike the natural world studied by natural science, political reality is not simply given, but is in part the outcome of people’s beliefs, actions, and interactions. There are of course objective structures and forces in social life (laws, institutions, resources), but their effects on people are not like the force of gravity (which is indifferent to peoples' beliefs). Instead, objective social forces change as beliefs and actions change and give rise to new patterns of interaction in the service of different goals and values. One way to understand political power is as the collective capacity to define and change the given reality in according to a guiding value system.