Diminishing legitimate 'male' issues: Gary Mason, the Men's Rights Movement and the myth of misandry
Labour news from the Asia Pacific region. Interview with Dian Trisnanti, about a documentary project on women garment workers in Indonesia. Asia Pacific Currents is produced at 3CR radio by Australia Asia Worker Links.
In my former life, back before I had a kid and became a yoga teacher and started a cuss-filled feminist blog, I worked in the financing department of a large international bank. A few months after I started working there (and, coincidentally, a few months after I got married), one of the higher-ups was chatting me and my coworkers up when, out of nowhere, he said:
"Anne, is Thériault your married name or your maiden name?"
Flustered, I replied, "It's just my regular name."
"What do you mean by that?" he asked, totally nonplussed.
"I mean...it's the name I was born with? I didn't change my name when I got married, if that's what you want to know."
Heading into the 2015 election season, the Harper government recently unveiled a bundle of what have been referred to as "family-focused" tax cuts. However, with several figures and complex lingo to sift through, many families across Canada are wondering what types of families these policies are going to benefit and how.
The plans are worth approximately $4.6 billion annually and incorporate income-splitting for families with children under 18. Firstly, the Universal Child Care Benefit will increase from $60 per month to $160 per month for youth under six years old. If your child is aged 7-17 your benefit will be $60.
The union that represents professional public sector employees announced that it will deviate from its long-held policy of neutrality to oppose Harper in the upcoming federal elections.
In a special statement released last week, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) board of directors declared that Harper's policies have created "an exceptional circumstance that requires an exceptional response."
PIPSC represents most of the federal government's scientists as well as other professionals, who have been deeply affected by research cutbacks made by the Conservative government.
As much as we rightly mourned the murders of two young Canadian soldiers last month, this past Remembrance Day inevitably lost some of its focus on the carnage that started it all. World War One ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, after four years of the most prolonged and terrible battlefield slaughter the world had ever known. That's why we wear our poppies and bow our heads on November 11.
In a different area of Lebanon, I meet another Syrian, this time from the Aleppo outskirts. He is wiry, with grey hair though not yet 50, and a bright face, his presence emanating peace and calm...in spite of what he has gone through and lost.
He and his wife and children have been here about a year, leaving behind their home and his work as a tailor. Here, he cleans the simple lodging where I'm staying.
He is a Kurd, from the Syrian village of Ifreen, and while he says he says he would like to have Kurdish taught in schools, he insists that his area was never supportive of the insurgents, nor with the west's manufactured "revolution". (An interesting aside, but Armenians in Syria have founded public institutions to teach their language.)
It's that time again: federal fiscal update time.
The Harper government is annoucing a surplus for the first time in seven years. Notably though, it was projected to be upwards of $7 billion, and will actually oly be $2 billion. Other than that, not much else was annouced.
So, what do you think of the Harper government's fiscal update?Choices It was a joke! Nothing more than pre-campaign talk with very little actual plans. A surplus is a surplus is a surplus. I'm happy! What does it matter? The Cons are just going to waste all the money on this ridiculous income-splitting plan. I'm kind of bummed. This surplus makes Harper look good -- but what about all those public services he slashed? Huh! None of the above.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, capitalism became the, well, exploitative monopoly of choice. And now we see public assests being privatized for the financial elite.
So where does this leave us? With the 1% grooming the 99% for more war.
The following is something I've prepared for the next issue of CUPE's Economy at Work, a popular economics quarterly publication I produce.
In his annual Economic and Fiscal Update (EFU), finance minister Joe Oliver told Canadians that while the federal government will finally record a surplus next year after seven years of deficits, we can't expect the economy to grow much faster than the slow growth we've experienced since the financial crisis, with economic growth expected to average just 2.4 per cent over the next four years.
The Blue Planet Project has supported the call for the right to water to be recognized in El Salvador.
Unfortunately, IPS reports, "On October 30, right-wing lawmakers blocked the single-chamber legislature from ratifying a previously approved reform to article 69 of the constitution, which granted the right to water and food the status of a human right, thus forcing the state to guarantee universal access."
Imagine you could turn back the clock to before 9/11, I suggest to American audiences when I read from my most recent book, What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five.
What if the United States had had its own intelligence agents inside Al Qaeda? What if those agents had uncovered the plot to attack the U.S.? What if, as a result, 9/11 hadn't happened?
How would Americans feel about those agents? They'd be heroes.
But if they'd been successful, of course, most Americans would never have heard of them. That's the nature of the clandestine intelligence world.
The Inter American Human Rights Commission -- an independent office of the Organization of American States -- has added its voice to a growing list of human rights bodies calling on Canada to prevent mining abuses and hold Canadian companies and state agencies responsible to account.
Remembrance Days grow clearer in retrospect. They remember past wars after all, not wars happening now or about to happen. Those are contentious; they involve arguments and disagreements about whether they should proceed. Past wars are simply past. The remembrance focuses on those who suffered or died in them and didn't deserve to, which is the vast majority in all wars.Remembrance Days grow clearer in retrospect. They remember past wars after all, not wars happening now or about to happen. Those are contentious; they involve arguments and disagreements.
What role can men play in the fight to end violence against women? Whether or not men can or should be involved has always been a controversial debate within the feminist movement. Can they be trusted? Does their socialization and male privilege make allyship impossible? Do we even need men in a woman-led movement?
It's a question the feminists have struggled with and continue to struggle with. Often men who claim to be allies end up replicating the very gendered hierarchies feminists fight against, perpetrating abuse, or are simply unwilling or incapable of seeing the space they take up in the movement.
Doug Ford? Doug Ford? Who is Doug Ford again?
I think he's Rob Ford’s brother?
OK. Who is Rob Ford?
Didn't I say back in the summer of 2011 that Margaret Atwood -- and, by contrast, we all know who Atwood is -- was the best thing that ever happened to Doug Ford?
Ford, in case you've forgotten already, was the former Toronto city councillor and sometime candidate for mayor of that city, younger brother of the frequently stupefied and nationally embarrassing mayor of the same last name.