Editorial articles

North Korea’s Nukes: The only reason it hasn’t become the Iraq or Afghanistan of East Asia

North Korea’s Nukes: The only reason it hasn’t become the Iraq or Afghanistan of East Asia

Editorial, BASICS Community News Service Over the past year, the provocations of one rogue nation has pushed the world closer to nuclear war. On August 8, Trump shocked everyone when he threatened North Korea with the “fire and fury” of nuclear strikes which, if carried out, would be unprecedented in both carnage and criminality. Once

Ontario’s Unfair Housing Plan

by Steve da Silva This past April, the provincial government has finally made what appears to be a serious intervention into southern Ontario’s housing crisis. On April 20, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals announced sixteen new measures and regulations in their ‘Fair Housing Plan.’ Renters in Toronto have been clamouring for measures to restrict landlord abuses and

Pink Saris and Bake Sales: The High School NGO Trap

By Priya Rabindranath Ad spaces in the TTC have recently been plastered with images of dejected brown and black girls captioned “Give child marriage the middle finger”.  These posters are part of a campaign organized by Plan International, one of numerous NGOs operating with local branches in Canada. Plan has multiple subsidiary organizations, including Because I

Muslims Are Not Safe in Justin Trudeau’s Canada

The Quebec massacre and the hate that the Canadian state produced By Noaman G. Ali & Shafiqullah Aziz Muslims are not safe in Justin Trudeau’s Canada, and it is not because of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim language and actions in America. For the last sixteen years, Canadian politicians, including Trudeau, have created and fueled a climate

The Fentanyl Crisis: Another Crime of Capitalism

By Aiyanas Ormond These days I arrive to  work braced for the worst.  As a community organizer working for the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, I expect  to hear that we’ve lost yet another member, and I live in dread that the next death will be  of a friend’s. On Thursday December the 16th

The Rob Ford Crack Video

By Shafiqullah Aziz The infamous video of former mayor Rob Ford smoking crack, recorded by Mohamed Siad, has finally been released. Following the completion of court proceedings in the Andrew Lisi extortion case, the publication ban on the 2013 video has been lifted. After the release of U.S. online publication Gawker’s article “For Sale: A

Convincing Your Killers? Black Lives Won’t Matter until Black Power Exists

By Basics Editorial Committee “Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.” – Assata Shakur On Saturday March 26th, over a thousand people gathered for #BlackOut Against Police Brutality to demand justice for Andrew Loku and Alex Wettlaufer

Why Taxi And Uber Drivers Should Unite In Common Struggle

By Liam Fox On December 9th, taxi drivers from across Toronto staged a series of protests against the rival company Uber. Protesters shut down four high traffic areas before finishing with a demonstration at City Hall, calling upon the mayor to ‘bring justice’ to drivers by stopping Uber from operating illegally. These disruptions reverberated throughout

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