People’s History articles

The Threat of Liberation: Imperialism and Revolution in Zanzibar – Book Review

The Threat of Liberation: Imperialism and Revolution in Zanzibar – Book Review

by Saraswati Ali, writer and lawyer in Toronto The Threat of Liberation: Imperialism and Revolution in Zanzibar by Amrit Wilson Pluto Press, 2013. 192pp. Paperback. African Studies. CDN$ 32.56 at The Threat of Liberation returns to the tumultuous years of the Cold War, when, in a striking parallel with today, imperialist powers were seeking to

The origins of ‘multiculturalism’ in Canada: colonization and cheap labour

by Steve da Silva Many of us have the impression that immigration policy in Canada is driven by so-called “Canadian values” like humanitarianism.  This may have been part your or your parents Citizenship test, or maybe you learned this in school. However, since the 1870s, Canadian immigration policy has primarily been about attracting workers to

Beating of 24-year-old Innu man by Quebec police caught on camera – Onkwehon:we Week in Review (Aug 5-11)

Onkwehon:we (Original Peoples) – Week in Review (August 5-11, 2013) ‘Onkwehonwe’ is a word used by Haudenosaunee peoples (also known as the Six Nations Confederacy) that means ‘original peoples’ and refers to all Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America). by Steve da Silva – Reproduced from the Two Row Times Flood Evacuees of Siksika

Introducing the Two Row Wampum

An agreement for peace, friendship and respect. by Tom Keefer The Two Row Wampum is one of the oldest treaty relationships between the Onkwehonweh (original people) of Turtle Island (what Indigenous nations called North America before European colonization) and European immigrants. This treaty was made in 1613 between the Dutch and the Haudenosaunee as Dutch

Tecumseh’s Vision, 200 Years Later

by Giibwanisi The occasion of the 200-year anniversary of the War of 1812 has brought Tecumseh back into the spotlight. The Tecumseh that many Canadians have been presented with is a great native leader who fought for the British Crown and helped save Canada from the Americans. This victor’s image of history is presented with

The Long Distance Revolutionary

by Makaya Kelday New York –It was an especially frigid February afternoon in lower Manhattan, as our crowd huddled outside the Cinema Village theatre awaiting our entrance to see the new documentary, Long Distance Revolutionary, about Amerika’s most famous Political Prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal. The film, directed by Stephen Vittoria and produced by Prison Radio director

Contrarian Counterrevolutionary: a Review of Richard Seymour’s “UnHitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens”

By Jordy Cummings Richard Seymour’s  “Unhitched”, a slim and scathing denunciation of turncoat scoundrel Christopher Hitchens is a thoroughly satisfying and politically important book by one of the few remaining great radical left journalists.  I have to hand it to Seymour – this book was a cathartic read.  No one uses words like “yawp”, let

Remembering Thomas Sankara

On saturday, October 13, over 60 people commemorated the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Thomas Sankara at an event held in Toronto. Thomas Sankara had led a revolution in Burkina Faso, from 1983 to 1987, during which the country saw unprecedented participation of the masses toward a collective goal of self-sustained development. Pictures from

Charles Roach, an exemplary drum major for justice

Written by the Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity – October 10, 2012. First published at Charley betrayed the fate of his calling by rejecting blatant complicity with forces of oppression and placing his knowledge and skills at the disposal of Afrikans and suffering humanity. ‘…an authentic national middle class ought to consider as its bounden duty to