They've gone at each other before. Neither one likes the other.
By Ernst Wolff - 17 January 2013
French warplanes and ground units continued their offensive yesterday against Islamist-led rebels in the impoverished African country of Mali...French ground troops began an attack on the rebels in the small border town of Diabaly, 220 miles north of the Malian capital of Bamako. It has reportedly been surrounded and blocked off by French and Malian soldiers and is witnessing hand-to-hand fighting.
Throughout his tenure, Obama's done what supporters thought impossible. He's governed to the right of George Bush. He mocks rule of law principles and other democratic values. He prioritizes wars on humanity. He's waging multiple direct and proxy ones. War on terror subterfuge disguises them.
By Vic Neufeld - 12 January 2013
Canada has a long history of importing workers from abroad to perform heavy, undesirable work at depressed wages, then expelling them when they are no longer needed...However, the unions’ campaign to block Chinese-owned HD Mining International from importing “temporary” Chinese workers is a dangerous, chauvinist diversion. The United Steel Workers, the Council of British Columbia Building Trade Unions and other unions are pitting worker against worker in the name of “defending Canadian jobs.”
By Zoe Blunt - January 15, 2013
Anti-racist organizers report they have won several skirmishes with a "conspiracy cult" linked to US patriot and militia organizations. Anti-Racist Action says members of a group called We Are Change Victoria (WAC) began sparring with social justice activists and the People's Assembly (Occupy Victoria) over a year ago...WAC is part of a North American network loosely connected to US radio host Alex Jones, the Libertarian Party, the militia movement and patriot groups...The group promotes conspiracy theories about 9/11, chemtrails, gun control, human rights law, climate-change denial, and Holocaust denial.
By John Pilger - Znet Commentary
The Shammies celebrate the finest sham media. “Competition for the 2013 Gold Shammy,” said the panel of judges, “has been cutthroat.” The Shammies are not for the tabloid lower orders. Rupert Murdoch has been honoured enough. Shammies distinguish respectable journalism that guards the limits of what the best and brightest like to call the “national conversation”.
Venezuelans welcome good news. They pray for Chavez's full recovery. News from Havana is encouraging.
By Alex Lantier - 16 January 2013
The war in Mali is a brutal imperialist war, fought by France in the heart of its resource-rich, former West African colonial empire. The justifications cynically advanced by France — that it is a war for “democracy,” or to restore Mali’s “territorial integrity,” or to fight “terrorism” — are shot through with contradictions to the point of incoherency.
Israeli governance combines militarism, repression, corruption, and neoliberal harshness. It's no fit place to live in. Many Jews vote with their feet and leave. Others prepare by securing foreign passports.
By Isabel Infanta
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The news of a horrendous murder of a woman that occurred in New Delhi, the capital of India, overshadowed the end of 2012. The pain of a young female student, 23 years old, who was raped for more than an hour on December 16 and disemboweled with a iron bar by six men, on a bus, and who, after being thrown from the bus, which was still moving, remained in the street, next to her male companion, also naked and seriously injured, during dozens of never-ending minutes of police apathy, ended with her death in a Singapore hospital, on December 29.
FAIR reports regularly on major world and national issues. It discusses what people most need to know. It covers Venezuela and Chavez. It exposes media lies and distortions.
He was an Internet folk hero. He supported online freedom and copyright reform. He advocated free and open web files. He championed a vital cause. He worked tirelessly for what's right.
By Carl Bronski - WSWS
The escalation of Idle No More’s fight against chronic native poverty, inequality, the abrogation of treaty rights and environmental degradation comes in the wake of a series of events last week that have brought to the fore issues surrounding the historic oppression and dispossession of Canada’s native peoples, a renewed push by big business to develop huge northern fossil fuel and mineral deposits, and the growing social stratification amongst the native population itself.
By Alex Hundert - January 13, 2013
As imprisoned people, it could not be more obvious to us that both the austerity and so-called “tough on crime” agendas symbiotically constitute an intentional attack on poor people and communities of colour. Consequently, our hunger strike was not to be a protest just against yet another heartless austerity cut, but also in opposition to capitalism and racism, two defining features of Canada’s colonial culture.
January 14, 2013 - AlterNet
In an interview broadcast on Al Jazeera English, Noam Chomsky argues that people who have the most privilege owe the most to society. "The more privilege you have the more responsibility you have...It's elementary"...Asked why the opposite seems to be true in America...Chomsky replies that the lack of public responsibility among many elites makes sense; after all, if you've devoted your life to enriching yourself and wealth is what you value the most, you don't care as much about other people..."It's also institutional...[I]t's Ayn Rand ideology: 'I just don't care about anyone else. I'm only interested in benefiting myself'..."
By Robert Stevens - 14 January 2013
A further £14.2 billion in spending cuts were announced in December by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government, including an annual 1 percent cap on welfare benefit payments until 2016...The cuts take place on top of austerity measures totaling £155 billion...Many benefit payments, including Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Maternity Allowance and Sick Pay, will be cut.
Netanyahu wages war on democracy. He threatens his own people. He gives chutzpah new meaning. He spurns Palestinian rights. He accelerated lawless settlement construction. He's stealing Palestinian land faster than ever.
By Arun Gupta - January 2013
The U.S. government described the five as hell-bent on sowing terror to fulfill their “violent anarchist ideology.” In reality, the FBI supplied ten pounds of inert plastic explosives to drifters, suicidal drug addicts and emotionally troubled. Like hundreds of post-September 11 cases against Muslim-Americans, the FBI conjured up the terrorism it takes credit for pre- venting.
By David P. Ball - January 12, 2013
Across from Parliament Hill, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and several cabinet ministers met with a selection of First Nations leadership as several thousand protested outside the meeting..."Essentially, the chiefs are saying that we could shut down the country if we really wanted to...[Harper] should be dealing with this as an emergency situation...The situations we're talking about...are really hitting the bottom of the barrel...That's why there's so many missing and murdered women; there's a lack of justice, a lack of equality, there's poverty."