By Chris Spannos
September 8th, 2004
With up to 13,802 Iraqi civilian deaths to date, Canadians will now be providing one of the most basic necessities for the US occupation forces in Iraq: bullets. The Canadian company SNC Technologies Inc. (SNC TEC) is now part of a multinational consortium of small-caliber ammunition producers whose purpose is to supply between 300 million -500 million more bullets to occupation forces per year, and potentially for at least five years.
by Arundhati Roy
Radical change cannot and will not be negotiated by governments; it can only be enforced by people. By the public. A public who can link hands across national borders.
So when we speak of "Public Power in the Age of Empire," I hope it's not presumptuous to assume that the only thing that is worth discussing seriously is the power of a dissenting public. A public which disagrees with the very concept of empire. A public which has set itself against incumbent power - international, national, regional, or provincial governments and institutions that support and service empire.
While struggling for truth and equality, true partnership and reconciliation
between Jews and Palestinians, we need to address the wrongs inflicted by
Zionism not only on Palestinians but on Arab Jews as well.
Since, the Marines were rebuffed last April in a three week siege that killed an estimated 650 Iraqis, the military has repeatedly bombed sections of Fallujah using the spurious claim of targeting terrorist "safe houses." Every incident involved the wanton destruction of personal property and the loss of innocent life....These attacks are part of larger "psy-ops" (psychological operation) strategy that requires the long-term terrorizing of the population to make them more compliant to American wishes.
In little-publicised moves, the American military has launched a broad series of attacks in Iraq to try and forcibly subdue many of the major centres of armed resistance to the US-led occupation. Scores of people, many of them innocent men, women and children, have been killed in airstrikes, tank and artillery barrages and aggressive patrols aimed at intimidating and terrorising the population as a whole.
Fresno, September 3, 2004. Today at 5.45 pm, Judge Wanger issued a
historic decision holding Modesto resident Alvaro Saravia responsible for his
role in the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador as he was
saying mass on March 24, 1980. Judge Wanger ordered Saravia to pay $10 million
to the plaintiff, a relative of the Archbishop, who has still not been
identified for security reasons.
CATHERINE SOLYOM | The Montreal Gazette | Sept 8, 2004
They've tried marches and petitions, occupying the immigration minister's
office, even holing themselves up in churches.
Now, a group of Algerians in Montreal is trying a more conventional
approach to getting legal status: finding sponsors.
Climate change will
soon make the Arctic regions of the world nearly
unrecognisable, dramatically disrupting traditional
Inuit and other northern native peoples' way of life,
according to a new report that has yet to be publicly
When the world learned of the death of Aisha El-Zaben, 55, a participant in the hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners held by the state of Israel, it was a sobering reminder of the tragedy of the struggle in the Middle East. So too, is the music of Al-Awda, a band from Palestine whose members were on a North American tour when the death was announced.
On Sept. 14, in a reversal of 118 years of civic amnesia, a memorial to
the Haymarket Incident of 1886 is to be unveiled at the site of the
carnage....the Haymarket Riot, a classic clash of the era between oppressed workers
and brutal authority, marked the birth of a national movement for an eight-hour workday.
Dear friends, as many of you already know, two Italian and two Iraqi humanitarian workers affiliated with A Bridge to Baghdad and another Italian NGO, were kidnapped in Baghdad yesterday. Many who have been working against sanctions in Iraq and for an end to the U.S. occupation know these folks and are familiar with their work. We are hoping that wide-spread support from the global peace and justice movement will help win their quick release. Please sign this Appeal, and send all the names (individuals and organizations) to the email listed at the bottom.
"As we learned from France's battle for Algiers in the 1950s, Argentina's dirty war in the 1970s, and Britain's Northern Ireland conflict in the 1970s, a nation that harbors torture in defiance of its democratic principles pays a terrible price. Its officials must spin an ever more complex web of lies that, in the end, weakens the bonds of trust that are the sine qua non of any modern society. Most surprisingly, our own pro-pain pundits seemed, in those heady early days of the war on terror, unaware of a fifty-year history of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)..."
VANCOUVER - The Vancouver nurse who set up an unauthorized safe injection site for I-V drug users on the Downtown Eastside last year has won an international human rights award.
Police will wait for talks between Sun Peaks protesters and native leaders
to conclude before attempting to enforce an injunction ordering them from
The New York Model: Indymedia and the Text Message Jihad
by Jeremy Scahill
NEW YORK--The guerrilla musicians from the Infernal Noise Brigade were tuning
their instruments, preparing to lead an unannounced, unpermitted march from
Union Square to Madison Square Garden. Independent journalists from the
Indymedia Center were putting fresh cassettes in their video cameras. An
activist was instructing people to line up two-by-two in a straight line
because "that way the police don't have a legal right to stop us when we
march." The cops were mulling about waiting for whatever would come.