"The common motivation behind this frequently asked question is by no means
an innocent one. In fact, the question itself is quite strange: why ask
about suicide bombers rather than about bombers simpliciter? Is the
questioner interested in our view about suicide bombers as distinct from
non-suicide ones? Surely, whether a perpetrator of a bombing commits suicide
in the act is -- morally speaking -- not the principal issue: what matters
most is the bombing. And why confine the question to bombing? Can our
judgment about firing a machine-gun indiscriminately into a crowd differ
from that about detonating a bomb in a crowded place?"
"And this is surely one of the reasons why we find it so hard to accept what the climatologists are now telling us. In our mythologies, an early spring is a reward for virtue. 'For, lo, the winter is past', Solomon, the beloved of God, exults. 'The rain is over and gone; / The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come'. <1> How can something which feels so good result from something so bad?
"It was an extremist reaction to 'communism,' not unlike the current portrayal of all things Arab as terrorist and insidiously dangerous, that put the 'In God We Trust' on our money in the first place. That same hysteria, that went on to kill untold numbers of Vietnamese and Americans in the Vietnam War 'fighting communism,' is responsible for the insertion of the 'One Nation Under God' part of the pledge of allegiance. Let us not use the hysteria of past prejudices, to justify current prejudices. And let's not pretend that displaying Christian propaganda on government property is returning to the foundation of America."
"Dressed in traditional regalia Iskut Chief Louis Louie lead the protest and announced to the Shell Canada representatives, 'There will be no business on Tahltan lands in respects to resource development as of yesterday, due to the moratorium that was imposed by our hereditary elders' council of Telegraph BC on March 1st 2005.'"
"We are caribou people. It is our clothing, our story, our song, our dance and our food that is who we are. If you drill for oil here, you are drilling right into the heart of our existence," said Sarah James, Gwich'in from Arctic Village.
" 'Oil on Ice' brings to life the beauty of this god-given environment and gives voice to the native Alaskans who know the impact of drilling in a wildlife refuge better than anyone in Washington. The majority of Americans support preserving the Arctic Refuge and the surge in grassroots support of protecting this precious area has been truly impressive," said Boxer, who spoke at today's event.
[editor's note, by ron] Bush is currently trying to sneak legislation to drill in the arctic reserve into the upcoming federal budget.
Profiles of the cases of Gerald Chenery, Benny Matson, Robert Wayne Bagnell, Roman Andreichikov, Jeff Berg and Frank Paul, for the Ninth International Day Against Police Brutality (Tuesday, March 15, 7:00pm at Victory Square on the corner of Hastings and Cambie).
"On May 6, President Carlos Mesa caught Bolivia off-guard. He announced that as a result of continual protests and growing blockades, he was no longer willing to, 'govern based on the crazy things different sectors demand,' and planned to submit his resignation to Congress the next day."
The right-wing Bolivian congress has since rejected the resignation in an effort to rally support for Mesa. Opposition groups are digging in, continuing blockades and building alliances.
"The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, has resigned after being charged with war crimes by the UN tribunal in The Hague.
Kosovo government officials said Mr Haradinaj, a former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), would fly to The Hague on Wednesday.
Mr Haradinaj was investigated over his role in the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict."
"What currently remains of the antiwar movement in many places-- in particular Canada-- has rightly seen an importance to discussing Ballistic Missile Defense, or BMD, as an antiwar issue in the age of the 'War on Terror'. However, there are issues involving BMD not even being discussed by the antiwar movement that sorely need exposure, education and hopefully, organization. And it all begins where the first European settlers, the Vikings, ended: on the largest island in the world.
The foreign affairs minister of Denmark spoke to Colin Powell at a ceremony that received next to no fanfare on August 6, 2004, and the attention it did receive was unduly celebratory. One can imagine what kind of celebration was going on here, when FM Per Stig Moeller stated 'It was from here the Vikings went out to discover - and civilize - America'.1 To say this while standing on the Inuit island homeland of Kalaallit Nunaat (still usually referred to as "Greenland") it is clear the colonial mindset is alive and well."
"A delegation of community leaders will speak at the Ontario Regional offices of Citizenship and Immigration Canada tomorrow, in opposition to
the imminent deportation of community activist and artist Wendy Maxwell Edwards. A request to meet with Irene Bader, Director of Ontario Regional, in order to call for a positive decision on Ms. Edward's Humanitarian and Compassionate Application, has gone unanswered."
"Over 1,000 individuals and organizations have signed a petition
in support of Ms. Edwards, and the Immigration Minister's office has been
flooded with calls. A support rally has been scheduled for 12 noon on
Friday at Vancouver's Immigration Canada offices, and a solidarity hunger
strike is underway at Ryerson University."
Adverse possession, or legal squatting, has been in
place in Europe since the 1400's, and in America since the 1600's. Reasons for squatting vary from political motivations to economic necessities. Some reasons for squatting are bringing community and media attention to the homeless and affordable housing crisis, to save lower income housing from demolition, to create community and lifestyle alternatives, to monkeywrench capitalism, and to challenge land ownership systems.
Leaders of the Hopi and Navajo tribes are blasting a decision to use
"reclaimed water" on a sacred site to accommodate a wealthy ski lodge
situated in the Arizona mountains.
"Once again the federal government has made a decision that is clearly in
opposition to the passionate pleas of Native American nations who hold the
peaks as sacred," Hopi Chairman Wayne Taylor Jr. said, adding that the
tribal council will review the ruling and "explore what options we have."
"The rich had a very good year.
The collective net worth of the 691 billionaires we could find is $2.2 trillion, up $300 billion from the combined worth of the 587 people listed last year. Every region saw gains. The world's richest moguls now hail from 47 countries, including, for the first time, Kazakhstan, Poland, Ukraine and even Iceland. The newcomers include 69 Americans and 38 Europeans."
"[I]n 1990, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a Canadian-educated priest who built a movement working in the slums, won Haiti's first democratic election with 67.5 per cent of the vote. The U.S.-backed candidate came second with 14.2 per cent. It was called 'a textbook example of participatory, "bottom up" and democratic political development.' He was overthrown by a U.S.-backed coup in 1991, then reinstalled by U.S. troops in 1994 on condition he scrap his equalizing social policies and implement a brutal 'austerity' agenda."
"(Israelis) first heard of Natan Sharansky (actually Anatoliy Shcharansky, but the name was simplified and Hebrewized when he came here) as a 'dissident' in the Soviet Union. After attracting international attention in Moscow, he was arrested by the KGB and sentenced for treason, in what looked like a particularly clumsy attempt to silence him. As we heard it, he was not broken in the hell of the Gulag but remained a proud fighter for his rights and ideas. A huge international campaign demanded his release....In the end the Soviets decided to get rid of him and exchanged him for a valuable Soviet spy held in America....From then on, the great human rights fighter gradually became an uncompromising activist against the human (and any other) rights of the Palestinians in the occupied territories....The idea that the teachings of this particular political philosopher are the guiding star of the mightiest leader in the world, the commander of the biggest military machine in history, is rather frightening."