February 22, 2013 - Vancouver Media Co-op
With the 170 million dollar installment of the fare gates, the Transit Police's ridiculously above average wage and a $27 million dollar annual budget, you would think they would be in high spirits and excited to criminalize the poor by handing out tickets and hassling riders? Nope, these bastards are complaining about their morale slipping because of "negative" reports by the mainstream media.
THE history of human growth and development is at the same time the history of the terrible struggle of every new idea heralding the approach of a brighter dawn. In its tenacious hold on tradition, the Old has never hesitated to make use of the foulest and cruelest means to stay the advent of the New, in whatever form or period the latter may have asserted itself.
By James Ridgeway - February 24, 2013
...[O]therwise progressive labor unions [further] America's addiction to mass incarceration. In terms of prisoners rights in general, and solitary confinement in particular, unions are seen as a major obstacle to more-humane conditions...[U]nions have fought proposed facility closures and the establishment of programs that would divert offenders into treatment and other lockup alternatives. They have frequently opposed reforms that could affect their members' autonomy, including oversight programs designed to curb abuses by prison employees.
There's far too little of it around. TV talking heads shun it. All's well in the world, they say. They don't dare report accurately. Their jobs depend on manipulative deception.
February 19, 2013
I had the honor of conducting this conversation with a Syrian in Syria. Aref Hamdoush has many interesting things to say about Syria, the US, and the world.
By Ramsey Hart - February 23, 2013
Inspired by their own traditions and teachings...members of Neskonlith have drafted a water declaration stating the importance and sanctity of their watersheds and their opposition to mining in the territory. The Secwepemc women who spearheaded drafting the declaration are now circulating it throughout the community to build grassroots support.
Western-recruited death squads ravage Syria. They've done so for two years. They're imported from abroad. Rules of engagement include mass murder, torture, and other atrocities.
On February 21, the UN News Centre headlined "French President Francois Hollande awarded UNESCO peace prize." It's for his "valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa." He's waging lawless imperial aggression. He's slaughtering innocent civilians. He's committing crimes of war and against humanity.
They violate international law. They prioritize land theft. They prevent peace. On January 31, the UN International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory condemned them for good reason.
By Carl Bronski - 23 February 2013
The [New Democratic Party] and the unions have responded to the deepest crisis of world capitalism since the Great Depression of the 1930s by shifting still further to the right. They have imposed $20 per hour per worker concessions on workers at the Detroit Three, surrendered before Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s contracting out demands [and] facilitated the Ontario Liberals’ imposition of spending cuts and wage freezes...
By Abayomi Azikiwe - February 23, 2013
Although several thousand troops from various African states...have entered the battle alongside the French, the former colonial power also made an appeal for the United Nations to take over the operations which are really designed to secure the resources of Mali for the benefit of western industrialized states.
The Latin American Exception: How a Washington Global Torture Gulag Was Turned Into the Only Gulag-Free Zone on Earth
By Greg Grandin - February 19, 2013
It seems that, between 9/11 and the day George W. Bush left the White House, CIA-brokered torture never saw a sunset...All told, of the 190-odd countries on this planet, a staggering 54 participated in various ways in this American torture system...No region escapes the stain. Not North America...Not Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia. Not even social-democratic Scandinavia...No region, that is, except Latin America.
Israel mirrors the worst of Western societies. It's one of the most unequal OECD countries. Its privileged do extraordinarily well. Most others fall far behind. The gap between rich and poor expands exponentially.
By Matthew Behrens - February 21, 2013
...[T]he utter failure to implement a fully-funded action plan to end violence against women in all of its broad contexts...stands in stark contrast to the open coffers for Canada's weapons manufacturers and torture-complicit spy agencies. Their narrative of alleged and unproven threats lurking in the shadows takes priority over factual findings on violence against women...
Police states govern this way. Israel's one of the worst. Racism is institutionalized. Arabs have no rights. They're considered subhumans. They're viciously persecuted.
By Alex Lantier - 22 February 2013
Amid a wave of attacks on Syrian government facilities in Damascus yesterday, a massive car bomb hit a security checkpoint in the central Damascus neighborhood of Mazraa. It killed at least 53 people and wounded 235...This is the latest in a series of terrorist atrocities against Syrian civilian or government targets, many of which have been openly claimed by US-backed armed opposition groups and hailed in the US media as victories in Washington’s proxy war to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
By Dave Zirin - February 20, 2013
It’s a global problem that will get solved only with a global response if we want to even dream of a world where violence against women is a relic of history...This very solidarity was displayed by Reeva Steenkamp herself just before her death...Steenkamp sent out an instragam message. It read, “I woke up in a happy safe home this morning. Not everyone did. Speak out against the rape of individuals in SA...” Short of a billion of us rising, happy and safe homes will not be a reality for the women of the world. It should be.
By Michael Laxer - February 21, 2013
There can be little doubt anymore, other than to the willfully blind, that neither the federal [New Democratic Party] nor any of its provincial wings are socialist parties...The NDP clearly no longer sees itself as a movement to change society, but rather as a "government in waiting." This is entirely within the framework of capitalism. The party has turned a corner.
Canadian war industries are flogging their wares at IDEX, the largest weapons bazaar in the Middle East and North Africa. Over 1,000 exhibitors from 52 countries and over 60,000 attendees have converged on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for IDEX 2013. This huge arms show is a golden opportunity for Canadian military exporters to schmooze with procurement officials from the US client states that dominate this oil-rich region.
The 2011 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) never really went away. It ducked and covered for another day. It's more about destroying personal freedom than online security. It gives government and corporate supporters unlimited power to access personal/privileged information online.