The arrival of Christopher Columbus was commemorated last week in countries across the Americas except in Venezuela.
This past October 12, President Hugo Chavez did not commemorate the arrival of Columbus to this continent in 1492. Instead, Chavez paid homage to 16th Century indigenous chief, Guaicaipuro, at the National Pantheon in Caracas.
October 21, 2004 | Vancouver
"A city police officer has been criminally charged with assault after allegedly throwing a local activist through a plate-glass window."
Kenny Milley, a member of the Innu Nation, has been sentenced to two years in prison for his resistance to a police attack on the reserve of Sheshatshiu. Innu women and children occupied the band council office in March, after waiting five and a half years for the council to delegate them housing. RCMP officers and Child, Youth and Family Services officials were repelled by about 50 to 60 family members who rushed down to defend those occupying the offices.
This is regarding an Ottawa anti-poverty organizer who has been targetted by the police. There have been big legal battles in Ottawa for radicals
in the 7 Year Squat, Jane Scharf, the homeless tent cities and again and again, Heidi Rimke. She was recently found guilty for yelling at Ottawa
Mayor Bob Chiarelli for breaking his promises to start new initiatives to combat homelessness. The homeless epidemic in Ontario is about to go into
another winter and people cannot sit idly by.
October 19, 2004
"In total violation of international law, five million US citizens are still being deprived of their right to vote in the upcoming presidential
elections, due to their criminal records, according to a Reuters wire. Meanwhile, a study estimates that four to six million people were not registered to vote in the last elections. Another survey reports the use of a variety of intimidation techniques to prevent a countless number of citizens from voting."
"...A deal was offered by the mayor. The five prisoners would be released in exchange for the 'organizers.' He later made a statement denouncing the 'anarchists' that had carried out the action, and 'washing his hands' of whatever might happen to them in the courts. Most sickeningly, Freddy Bernal vowed to restore the statue to its previous state. Many people here are utterly disgusted at the idea that a section of the Bolivarian government intends to use public funds to repair a statue of Christopher Columbus, which had been torn down by the same people who would give their lives to protect that same government."
Nearly 50 per cent of the homes in the community contain black mould and need to be washed with water and bleach regularly, Mr. Moonias said.
A one-litre bottle of water sells for $6 in the town.
PARIS -- France has quietly begun expelling Muslim girls for wearing head scarves to public schools in defiance of a new law banning conspicuous religious symbols, treading carefully for fear of endangering two French hostages in Iraq.
Six Arrests Made at CSIS as Sit-in Demands Secret Evidence Used to Detain Canada's Secret Trial Five
TORONTO, OCTOBER 20, 2004
"Six people were arrested today following a
sit-in in the lobby of the building that houses the Toronto offices of
Canada's national spy agency, CSIS. The group, made up of folks from
Burlington, Hamilton, Dundas, Durham, and Toronto, had been seeking a
meeting to discuss the secret 'evidence' which has been used to detain five
> Muslim men a collective 164 months, or 13 and a half years, behind
Canadian prison bars without charge or bail.
OTTAWA - The Tli Cho Land Claims and Self-Government Act was introduced in the House of Commons Tuesday by Indian Affairs Minister Andy Scott.
Washington Post | Tuesday, October 19, 2004; Page E01 | By Jonathan Weisman and Ben White
rash of new data, including Treasury Department figures released yesterday
showing a net sell-off by foreigners of U.S. bonds in August, has stoked
debate over whether overseas investors -- private individuals, institutions
and government central banks -- are growing dangerously bearish on the U.S.
The Guardian | October 12, 2004 | By Alan Freeman
The article compares the choices two governments have made given their available resources: Germany with the neocon model of imposing economic hardship for their poor even in times of prosperity (for some) and the Venezuelan model of using economic surplus to actualize social goals.
The author claims, "Reforms that are presented as economic necessities are in fact usually political choices".
"Last May a major scandal erupted inside the British Columbia labour movement when it came to light that Concert Properties (a huge development corporation controlled by the trade union movement) had donated $16,665 to Gordon Campbell's Liberal Party.... What Concert's directors (union leaders!) seem to be saying.... is simply this: 'We will take the pension money of our members and donate it wherever we want. We will do this without seeking a mandate from our members, or even informing them that we are giving their money away to our enemies. We will join the P3 crusade to privatize public services, regardless of the democratically adopted positions of our unions in opposition to this privatization. We will also pay ourselves whatever directors fees and perks we deem to be fit, and conceal this information from our membership. We are answerable to no one. We are accountable to no one. And if you don't like it, you can lump it.'"
| Oct. 18, 2004
The governors of the Great Lakes states have a plan for diverting water from the Great Lakes Basin. Under their scheme, neither Canada nor the provinces would have any right to approve or veto the diversion of Great Lakes waters regardless of their duration, scale, or impact on the waters of this shared ecosystem.