March 5 - Dulce Et Decorum
There’s something about the free speech debate that makes everyone act as if they have one of those long white body worms in their brains, writhing to get out through the thinnest pore possible...It makes people state things as fact that would normally only be appropriate in a George Orwell novel...Take, for example, the statement made by Jason Kenney on Israeli Apartheid Week.
A short documentary about the history of the Mental Patients' Association, founded in Vancouver in 1971, recounted by Lanny Beckman, one of the founders of the group.
AIPAC operates lawlessly. It's an unregistered foreign agent. It prioritizes militancy, war, occupation harshness, apartheid, racist hate, and Israel uber alles.
By Carl Bronski - WSWS
A February 15 report in the Toronto Star has detailed the close collaboration between the federal Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Ontario and Quebec provincial police forces with leaders of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) to “exchange information about protests and develop common stances” in the run-up to a 2007 day of action launched by aboriginal activists to draw attention to the abysmal living conditions of native people in Canada.
By Dave Zirin - Znet
For the first time on record, hundreds of students are raising their voices against the renaming of their school’s football stadium. [Florida Atlantic University] decided to sell the stadium’s naming rights to Geo Group, a notorious private prison corporation, and students are saying, “Hell no.” Their efforts signal something even more significant than pushing back against the inviolate prerogatives of a school’s football program. It’s a high-profile sign of the growing movement against our system of mass incarceration otherwise known as “the New Jim Crow.”
By Tobold Rollo - March 4, 2013
Every field has its embarrassing cousin who lives in the proverbial attic...For his part, Flanagan published a book in 2000 titled First Nations? Second Thoughts, in which the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada were disparaged and denied...Today the book enjoys a cult following...Since 2000, Flanagan...[has] contributed to the public discourse on Indigenous rights in a manner not unlike a lonely conspiracy theorist that the media has mistakenly identified as an "expert."
06 Mar 2013 - Al Jazeera
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader's 14-year rule of the South American country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro has said in a televised speech...Maduro, surrounded by other government officials, announced the death in a national television broadcast on Tuesday.
Torture is official Israeli policy. It's longstanding. Palestinian suffering explains best. Thousands every year are subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment. Their physical and emotional scars bear witness.
He's an American diplomat. He's a foreign policy specialist. He's Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. His portfolio includes 50 countries. He's moving on.
By Jordan Shilton - 4 March 2013
Ireland’s Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition have agreed [to] a new three-year plan with the trade unions which will see another €1 billion (US$1.3 billion) eliminated from public spending...The new plan targets public sector workers for pay cuts, longer working hours and the elimination of jobs. The working week will be increased for those working 35 hours or less to 37 hours, and for those working more than 35 hours to 39 or 40 hours. Evening overtime pay has been done away with, while increased pay for working on a Sunday has been cut by 12.5 percent.
By Joshua Stephens - Znet
Students of post-WWI Germany likely see little new in Golden Dawn's strategy. Fascism has historically emerged from the splintered beams of economic wreckage and failed states, mobilizing widespread anxieties, circulating a currency of idealized national identity as a buffer against shame and defeat. What's less well-understood in Greece's case is that Golden Dawn has set about this process, in part, by aping efforts on the other end of the political spectrum, dating back to the winter of 2008, when the police murder of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos sparked riots across the country.
By John Soos - March 3, 2013
John Baird, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs is confirmed to deliver a keynote address at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual policy meeting taking place March 3 – 5, 2013 in Washington, D.C....His presence there further cements the Harper government's uncritical support of Israel in face of its deteriorating record of massive human rights violations in Occupied Palestine...His invitation to address AIPAC reflects that this government's position has not altered in face of Israel's widening breaches of international and humanitarian law against the people and land of Palestine.
Permanent war is official US policy. Bipartisan complicity supports it. Doing so violates international, constitutional and US statute laws.
By Gary Corseri - February 9th, 2013
Reading this scrupulously documented book, I lost count of the times I uttered, “unbelievable!” concerning some nefarious act committed by the US Empire in the name of freedom, democracy and fighting communism or terrorism. Reading Blum’s book with an open mind, weighing the evidence, will bleach out any pride in the flag we have planted in so many corpses around the world.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Early on the morning of Thursday, February 21st, U.S. Marshals arrested Dane Rossman at his home in Tucson, Arizona...acting on a Canadian extradition request. Dane is one of five Americans sought in Canada for alleged offenses stemming from the G20 summit...On June 26th and 27th, 2010, tens of thousands of individuals gathered in Toronto to protest the G20 summit...Dane was arrested along with over 1,100 other protesters in the largest mass arrest in Canada's history. He was processed and released without charges. Now, three years later, he is facing three charges related to alleged property damage.
Since 1990, middle America lost 28% of its wealth. At the same time, rich elites increased theirs by around 50%. Sequester madness promises worse. America's heading for dystopian backwater status. Stagnation and decline are certain. Re-balancing is long overdue. Bipartisan complicity prevents it.
By Eric Walberg - March 2nd, 2013
Canada has graduated as the consummate colonial success story, and has now moved smoothly into its postmodern role as ‘supporter of human rights’ — not by promoting disinterested NGOs and providing lots of funding, but via invasion, exploitation and/or subterfuge at home and abroad. This should come as no surprise, where the indicator for success in economics and politics is not fairness and consensus, but profit and engineered majority-rule.
By Robert Fisk - March 02, 2013
The injection of Jabhat al-Nusra fighters and other proto-jihadis has fouled the secular nature of the battle so badly that Assad’s original claims that al-Qa’ida was the regime’s enemy is beginning to look frighteningly true. There have been battles between the Free Syrian Army and al-Nusra and between al-Nusra’s own commandos.
Israel targets anti-war dissent. Demonstrators are beaten and arrested. So are journalists and activists. Arabs are vulnerable. So are Jews.
By Robert Stevens - 2 March 2013
Former high-level Greek diplomat Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos [said]...last week that discussions had taken place between senior Greek politicians and the armed forces on the military’s response to what Chrysanthopoulos described as an “explosion of social unrest” expected to occur “quite soon”...Since the onset of mass austerity in Greece in 2010 there have been constant rumors of coup discussions among high-ranking military personnel.