UPDATED June 8: Doug Ford Leads PCs to Majority in Ontario

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By Lucas Powers  - CBC.ca

Led by Doug Ford, Ontario's Progressive Conservatives have secured a majority government, ending nearly 15 years of Liberal power in the province.

The NDP will form the Official Opposition, while the embattled Liberals were handed a historic rebuke from voters, losing the vast majority of their seats at Queen’s Park with their lowest-ever share of the popular vote. 

Shortly after results were announced, Kathleen Wynne revealed she will resign as Liberal leader, as the Grits failed to pick up the eight seats necessary to maintain official party status. 

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-election-vote-ford-horwath-wynne-pc-ndp-liberal-green-1.4696736


Is This the Beginning of Trade War?

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US Slaps Tariffs on Steel, Aluminum from EU, Canada, Mexico 

VOA News

The United States is escalating trans-Atlantic and North American trade tensions, imposing a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico beginning on June 1.

The U.S. also negotiated quotas or volume limits on other countries, such as South Korea, Argentina, Australia and Brazil, instead of tariffs, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also told reporters by telephone.

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https://www.voanews.com/a/us-to-impose-steel-aluminum-tariffs-on-eu-canada-mexico/4417727.html

Canada Hits Back at U.S. With Dollar-for-Dollar Tariffs

CBC News

Canada is countering the United States' move to slap punishing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports by imposing dollar-for-dollar tariffs of its own on everything from steel products to maple syrup.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada is hitting back with duties of up to $16.6 billion on some steel and aluminum products and other goods from the U.S. — including beer kegs, whisky, toilet paper and "hair lacquers."

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trump-steel-deadline-1.4685242

Will 2018 Election Result Be A Repeat of 1990?

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Who Will Become Ontario's Premier?

The 42nd Ontario general election will be held on June 7, 2018, to elect the 124 members of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario. The Ontario Liberal Party will attempt to win their fifth consecutive general election, dating back to 2003.


4.5B to Buy Trans Mountain Pipeline System and Expansion

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By A Correspondent       

The Liberal government will buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and related infrastructure for $4.5 billion, and could spend billions more to build the controversial expansion.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced details of the agreement reached with Kinder Morgan at a news conference with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr on May 29 morning, framing the short-term purchase agreement as financially sound and necessary to ensure a vital piece of energy infrastructure gets built, writes Kathleen Harris in CBC News.

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Rally Against the Killings of Protesters in Tamil Nadu

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By A Correspondent

South Asian activists came together to protest against the killings of 12 demonstrators by the Tamil Nadu police at Holland Park in Surrey on Saturday evening, May 26.

Organized by Radical Desi, the rally started with a moment of silence for the demonstrators killed by the police in Thoothukudi, and also for nearly 60 Palestinian protesters killed by the Israeli forces in Gaza recently.

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India’s Public Banks Are Its Lifeline: Privitisation Will Ruin Them

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By Moin Qazi

The current crisis in the Indian banking sector led to calls for privatisation of public sector banks (PSB). However, the private sector is no paragon of great virtue. Moreover the faithful supplicants of privatization are ill-informed of the real issues. The huge crowds that throng public banks and put up with various inconveniences indicate the enormous faith that the public has in these banks. The challenge today doesn’t involve providing ultra-sophisticated banking to the 10% upper crust. Instead, the true challenge is to provide basic financial services to India’s 90%, who may not be the source of great revenue to banks. Almost all government pensioners bank exclusively with public banks.

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https://countercurrents.org/2018/05/27/indias-public-banks-are-its-lifeline-privitisation-will-ruin-them/

Chattisgarh 'South Bastar Division': The Last Maoist Bastion

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On May 27, 2018, a 45-year-old villager identified as Vanjami Sukda, was hacked to death by cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoists (CPI-Maoist) in Punpalli village under Dornapal Police Station limits in Sukma District. In a pamphlet recovered from the spot, the Maoists accused the deceased of being a ‘Police informer’.

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Strife Torn Kashmir: Longings for Peace

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By Ram Puniyani *

The Green of the valley has been regularly witnessed the blood of militants, Kashmiris, personnel from armed forces and now even those of tourists. In the month of May (2018) earlier this year a school bus was stoned leading to the death of an eleven year old child. This is the background in which Mehbooba Mufti the Chief Minister of Kashmir, sitting on the heap of a coalition, which is ideologically spilt down to the last, requested for a unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir in the holy month of Ramadan.

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Canada’ s Adventure in Neoliberal Imperialism Continue

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By Jim Miles *

Not a month goes by without Canada demonstrating in many ways that it is a strong supporter of the neoliberal imperial agenda of the – take your choice – one percenters, military-industrial-financial complex, the deep state.  Since the last report, many things have lined up with U.S. desires for global hegemony.

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Sting Operation Reveals Big Indian Media Outlets Agree To Spread Communal Hatred

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By A Correspondent

In what could be a bombshell in Indian journalism Cobrapost, an investigative news portal on Friday May 25 posted ‘sting’ videos to show executives of media houses discussing lucrative offers to promote communal content and criticise Opposition leaders In more than 30 videos posted Cobrapost showed virtually all major media outlets falling over each other to accept lucrative offers to promote communal hatred, divisive agenda and character assassination of non-BJP political leaders.

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JUNE 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 11










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