By Debra Watson - 9 January 2013
Thousands more Michigan families who are unemployed or underemployed will abruptly lose welfare cash benefits when a new law passed by the Michigan legislature in December is signed by the governor and goes into effect. The determination of legislators to drive the most vulnerable in the state into destitution is consistent with the reactionary nature of many other laws that passed the Michigan State House and State Senate during its infamous 2012 lame duck session.
Rarely ever are presidential nominations rejected. Expect nothing different this time. Candidates are carefully vetted. Selection depends on full support for US policies.
The record of America's newspaper of record is deplorable. It supports wealth, power, privilege and dominance. It backs corporate interests. It spurns popular ones. It endorses imperial wars.
By John Bonnar - rabble.ca
“We know that every one of these deaths is preventable...Affordable housing and services are the critical factor.”
By Nozomi Hayase - January 09, 2013
The indigenous movement sparked in Canada has gone beyond borders and across the ocean to countries like New Zealand and England. It has been gaining strength as a force of healing and regeneration. Idle No More calls for all to join in and participate...This non-violent social uprising is viral in the minds and hearts of everyone across the planet determined to bring healing to our troubled communities, our planet, and the corruption that is eroding the highest places of government around the world.
Since early 2011, Washington waged war on Syria. Proxy deaths squads are used. They're recruited abroad. They're heavily armed, funded, trained and directed. They infiltrate across borders.
Austerity reflects predatory capitalist harshness. Bankers, other corporate favorites, and super-rich elites are enriched at the expense of most others.
Since Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011, Washington, key NATO allies, Israel, and other regional allies recruited, armed, trained, and directed death squads.
By Glen Coulthard - rabble.ca
"Canada, if you do not deal with this generation of leaders, then we cannot promise that you are going to like the kind of violent political action that we can just about guarantee the next generation is going to bring to you...We want to let you know that you're playing with fire. We may be the last generation of leaders that are prepared to sit down and peacefully negotiate our concerns with you."
- Warning from the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Georges Erasmus, in 1988
By MICHAEL DONNELLY - December 31, 2012
Tarantino’s script is superb; the acting excellent; the score beautiful; the cinematography stunning and the absolute horror of Slavery has never been addressed this well in film...It’s the most important film so far on American Slavery...In the end, the movie is a love story: a retelling of the original Broomhilda myth with Django playing...a real-life Siegfried who rescues his love; a story of a man’s undying love for his wife.
America is in recession. Media scoundrels don't explain. Nor do talking head economists. They put a brave face on lackluster data.
By DAVID MACARAY - Counterpunch
I once worked with two schizophrenic men. When I say “worked with,” I don’t simply mean I was employed by the same company as they, or that I vaguely knew them. I mean that I had occasion to work side-by-side with each of them for several weeks, as part of a five-man production crew in a manufacturing plant (a paper mill, actually).
By Mumia Abu Jamal - Znet
[Rosa Luxemburg's] spirit...of principled resistance to Imperialism and advocacy of revolution over reform, endears her to us, and informs young activists involved in struggle against the US Empire.
By Chris Marsden - 7 January 2013
The sectarian character of the opposition and the fact that it is sponsored by the US and Europe, in alliance with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, is Assad’s main source of internal support. Many who oppose his brutal regime — Sunnis as well as Alawites, Christians and other minorities — back him for fear of what will come next.
With or without Chavez, it's institutionalized. It greatly improved the lives of most Venezuelans. It's become part of the national culture. It won't wane and die.
By Noam Chomsky - Friday, 04 January 2013
The "Iranian threat" is overwhelmingly a Western obsession, shared by Arab dictators, though not Arab populations...As numerous polls have shown, although citizens of Arab countries generally dislike Iran, they do not regard it as a very serious threat. Rather, they perceive the threat to be Israel and the United States; and many, sometimes considerable majorities, regard Iranian nuclear weapons as a counter to these threats.
By MICHAEL LEONARDI - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
In just a few short months a grassroots movement has grown in North America that is inspiring people across the planet. Idle No More has been the rallying cry of the indigenous people in Canada that have now been joined in solidarity by people all over the world...In Canada the cry of Enough! is sounding across the snowy landscape.
Chavez is vilified for doing things right.
It shouldn't surprise. He's a world class thug. He deplores democratic principles. He spurns peace. He menaces the region. He prioritizes racist persecution. He stresses neoliberal harshness.