Woman Complains to Human Rights Commission That Feds Spend Less for Child Welfare Services on Reserves: Harper Government Responds by Spying On Her
By Daphne Bramham - Vancouver Sun
Cindy Blackstock doesn't look or act like a spy or a subversive. But that's the way the Canadian government treats her...Why? Because in 2007, she filed a complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal against the federal government for spending considerably less for child welfare services on Indian reserves than the average province does for off-reserve aboriginal child welfare services.
Video showing U.S. President Barack Obama joking about Predator Drones which are used to kill innocent people.
By Bruce E. Levine - February 8, 2013
The...fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders...will be released by the [American Psychiatric Association] in spring 2013...[Duke University Professor Emeritus Allen] Frances states, “My best advice...[is] be skeptical and don't follow DSM-5 blindly down a road likely to lead to massive over-diagnosis and harmful over-medication”...For mental health professionals, this advice from the former chair of the DSM-4 task-force is shocking — almost as if Colin Powell were to advise U.S. defense and state department employees not to blindly follow all administration orders.
These reports and similar ones reveal imperialism's dark side. War takes its toll. Civilians suffer most. So do many combatants and veterans after returning home.
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
The Bush regime’s response to 9/11 and the Obama regime’s validation of this response have destroyed accountable democratic government in the United States. So much unaccountable power has been concentrated in the executive branch that the US Constitution is no longer an operable document...[T]he result is the same: 9/11 was used to create an open-ended “war on terror” and a police state. It is extraordinary that so many Americans believe that “it can’t happen here” when it already has.
Feb 10, 2013 - CBC News
An evangelical organization that describes homosexuality as a "perversion" and a "sin" is receiving funding from the Government of Canada for its work in Uganda, where gays and lesbians face severe threats...[T]he federal government is providing $544,813 in funding for Crossroads Christian Communications — an Ontario-based evangelical group that produces television programming — to help dig wells, build latrines and promote hygiene awareness in Uganda through 2014.
By Nick Beams - 9 February 2013
Two leading economists have warned that the Australian economy faces a major “adjustment” with higher unemployment and lower incomes in the coming period as Chinese demand for coal and other minerals declines as a result of “structural” changes in its economy.
By Laura Gottesdiener - January 17, 2013
Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters -- linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire...
By David Edwards - Znet
One really has to be willfully blind, or perhaps not have worked for a corporation, to fail to understand that criticizing the company, the product, the owner - suggesting that the product is harmful and that customers should look elsewhere - is incompatible with the corporate profit drive. It cannot be tolerated because, from the perspective of profit, it is self-destructive and absurd.
In May 2010, Israeli commandos committed premeditated murder. They killed nine humanitarian activists in cold blood. They did so in international waters. They were trying to bring vitally needed aid to besieged Gazans.
09 Feb 2013 - Al Jazeera
Israel's army forced Palestinian activists to evacuate a West Bank encampment they had set up in protest against illegal Israeli settlement construction and declared the site a "closed military zone"...Soldiers on Saturday destroyed tents that were being erected in two different areas near the southern West Bank town of Yatta and forced activists to leave...
Escalating anti-Iranian tensions continues.
Israel is a rogue state. It's a serial abuser. It commits crimes without punishment. It tolerates no criticism.
Extrajudicial killing is official US policy. Doing so violates fundamental international, constitutional, and US statute laws.
By Pierre Mabut and Antoine Lerougetel - 9 February 2013
The French Socialist Party government...has ordered the mobilization of the secret services and police to carry out surveillance of workers fighting mass unemployment and factory closures...The French minister of the interior...revealed on Tuesday that his political police are fully mobilized to spy on the growing revolt of workers at factories slated for layoffs or closure. He said this was necessary due to the risk of “social implosions or explosions.”
On February 6, Obama chose Jewell as new Interior Secretary. She'll be low key and soft spoken. She'll conceal official policy. Whatever Big Oil wants it gets. Jewell's their Washington representative.
The Angola 3 case may help change the arbitrary and sometimes abusive use of solitary confinement.
By Karl Nerenberg - February 1, 2013
Early in January of this year, Zsolt Bayer...a confidant of Hungary's current Prime Minister, told a journalist: “Most Gypsies are not suitable for cohabitation. They are not suitable for being among people. Most are animals, and behave like animals. They shouldn't be tolerated or understood, but stamped out"...At around the same time...the Canadian government was busy putting up billboards in the Hungarian city of Miskolc...telling Roma that if they seek asylum in Canada they will likely be sent home in short order.
A one-hour picket went up at "PiDGiN" in the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside at noon hour on Tuesday February 5 and has recurred since then...You can tell that entrepreneur restauranteur Brandon Grossutti is still feeling antsy about getting that kind of attention a few days after his grand opening.
By Gareth Porter - February 7th, 2013
[The] Bulgarian Interior Minister['s]...dramatic announcement...on the Bulgarian investigation of the July 2012 terror bombing of an Israeli tourist bus was initially reported by Western news media as suggesting clear evidence of Hezbollah’s responsibility for the killings...But more accurate reports on the minister’s statement and the only details he provided reveal that the alleged link between the bomb suspects and Hezbollah was merely an “assumption” rather than a conclusion based on specific evidence.