In this installment, the righteous defenders of law and order uphold justice by arresting folks for throwing a sponge, having an argument, having an argument 20 years ago, and for trying to report other crap arrests.
"TransLink's idea of a 'public consultation' is to meet with a few individuals, community groups and other 'stakeholders' for less than two hours, in a meeting that is by invitation only and where the actual decision makers are not even going to be present," says Aiyanas Ormond, a BRU organizer.
The Yukon's largest land-claim vote is so close that ratification officials can't determine whether it's been approved.
WebPosted Nov 5 2004 | CBC
VANCOUVER - A police watchdog group says the Vancouver Police Department may have broken the law with its city-wide enforcement crackdown on the drug trade in the Downtown Eastside.
The Pivot Legal Society says the VPD may have violated the Police Act, by going ahead without the permission of city council.
A anti-nuclear protester has died after his leg was severed by a train carrying atomic waste from France to Germany.
Daily Telegraph | 05/11/2004
By Ambrose Evans Pritchard and Toby Helm in Brussels
Tony Blair's hopes of healing the rift between Europe and America after the re-election of President George W Bush were quickly dashed yesterday, as France led calls for a rival European superpower to confront Washington.
Houston Chronicle | November 5, 2004 | By Tom Lasseter
WITH U.S. FORCES NEAR FALLUJAH, IRAQ - The number of dead and wounded from the expected battle to retake insurgent-controlled Fallujah probably will reach levels not seen since Vietnam, a senior surgeon at the Marine camp outside Fallujah said Thursday.
"(E)lections (even the freest) do not necessarily have anything to do with freedom. The freely cast vote of an individual whose opinions themselves are shaped by an oppressive social structure may easily become a vote for more oppression....The promotion of 'democratic elections' as an end in itself can mask support for highly repressive social systems."
Fallujah and the Reality of War
By RAHUL MAHAJAN - Counterpunch; November 6, 2004
"The assault on Fallujah has started. It is being sold as liberation of the people of Fallujah; it is being sold as a necessary step to implementing 'democracy' in Iraq. These are lies.
I was in Fallujah during the siege in April, and I want to paint for you a word picture of what such an assault means."
November 06, 2004 | by Hillary Lindsay
"Belledune is a small community in Northern New Brunswick that is home to just over two thousand people. It will soon also be home to 100 000 tonnes of toxic soil from Manville, New Jersey. This picturesque hamlet on the shores of the Bay of Chaleur is becoming known to some as a 'sacrifice zone.'"
Forces line up for what might be the final battle over [Alaskas A.rctic N.ational W.ildlife R.efuge]
Voters in the United States put the Republican Party firmly in control of the government this week - to the despair of people trying to stop oil and gas exploration in what's been called "America's Serengeti".
The Porcupine Caribou herd has sustained the Gwitch'in people for countless generations...
"Everyone knows that oil prices have grown volatile in recent months.
Explanations include rising demand from China and supply limits resulting
from pipeline sabotage in Iraq. Some commentators note that global oil
production may be nearing its historic peak, since new discoveries have been
dwindling since the 1960s and spare production capacity is evaporating. One
by one, countries that were oil exporters are becoming net importers (US oil
production peaked in 1970; natural gas production here is also in decline)."
It seems there are more and more protests against the capitalist chinese state recently, maybe with the potential to coalesce into a larger attack on neoliberalism in China. It's also intersting to see how well an authoritarian state can manage rebellion in a situation like this. Normally we would think not very well (relying too much on outright repression), compared to liberal western goverments, but the chinese state is more flexible than this assumption allows -CONTRIBUTOR.
"But these election night indiscretions were not the source of that sick feeling in my stomach, that sense of being punched in the gut, that difficulty in breathing. It was the recognition that what I had run from thirty-nine years earlier had caught up with me. The religious fanatics who had terrorized my childhood and adolescent years were back."
MONTREAL -- Backtracking on a decision that fuelled a furor over free speech, Concordia University in Montreal has agreed to invite former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to speak on its campus.