Inter Press Service |
October 2, 2004
WASHINGTON -- Thursday's decision by the Russian government to endorse
ratification of the Kyoto Protocol to curb greenhouse gas emissions has
thrown a particularly stark spotlight on the degree to which President
George W Bush has isolated the United States on the issue of global warming,
as well as other transnational problems.
Vancouver Sun | October 2, 2004
By David Pugliese
Ottawa -- The U.S. air force has for the first time developed a formal plan
to fight a war in space, putting together a list of targets that range from
weather and communications satellites to spacecraft-launch facilities of
PunkVoter.Com Became Just Another Tool of the Democrats
By SCOTT EVANS,
Although for many of us the last four years have brilliantly
demonstrated the undemocratic nature of American democracy, it
seems that some
radicals have missed their cues. Presented with endemic alienation
as a result of the failure of American political structures, most
strikingly expressed in the 2000 election, many activists have
actually chosen to channel residual anger into the very system
it. As the facade of capitalist democracy crumbles, the usual suspects
are rallying the public--and preparing to charge, full-force, back
into the smoldering rubble.
"....social entitlements such as welfare and unemployment insurance are an important means to protect the wages and conditions of working people. Decent welfare and unemployment benefits provide a security guarantor for working people who may fear losing their job. When decent social entitlements exist, invariably workers' bargaining power is improved. In short, the strength of welfare and unemployment benefits helps determine a country's social wage -- its generally accepted minimum pay and benefits."
By Bill Tieleman - Georgia Straight; 30-Sep-2004
"Finance Minister Gary Collins can dance around it as long as he likes, but the bitter reality is that the B.C. Liberals' entire budget surplus this year is equal to the annual amount they have slashed from poor people, the disabled, abused children, and needed social services."
(from the Solidarity Caucus, a rank and file group of trade union militants)
"Every single New Democratic Party (NDP) government in the history of British Columbia has brought in strikebreaking legislation during its term of office."
The Vancouver Sun | September 25, 2004
By James Baxter
"Banff, Alta. -- The U.S. dollar is fast reaching a point at which foreign
investors will abandon it and send it into a freefall, says Bill Clinton's
former economic adviser."
By Rupert Wingfield-Hayes |
BBC correspondent in Beijing
China is not the biggest oil consumer in the world, that prize goes to
America, nor is it the biggest importer - which is also the USA.
What China outdoes the rest of the world at is the growth of its appetite.
October 2, 2004
Haiti Information Project (HIP)
Port au Prince,Haiti (HIP)- A slum in the capital is
under siege from the Haitian National Police (HNP)
following three days of violence and unrest.
Jewish Chronicle (UK), 16 July 2004 and Jewish
Voice for Peace (US), August 5, 2004
By Tony Klug
It doesn't seem so long ago when an explosion of joy consumed Israel and the
wider Jewish world as the barricades that had divided Jerusalem for 19
suffocating years were triumphantly dismantled in the wake of Israel's
military victory in the 1967 war. Now the barbed wire, fences and concrete
barriers - eight metres high in some places - are back, courtesy of Israeli
politicians and engineers, not only in the capital city but all over the
OCAP | Sept 30, 2004
In this Wednesday's food grab from a high-end grocery store, members of
the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty walked away with $3525.00 worth of
food and tolietries.
September 24, 2004 |
By Murray Dobbin - Globe and Mail
(Recently we) saw fierce controversy in the labour movement as
Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) president Ken Georgetti tried desperately to
explain to his federation members' media - read CanWest - claims that he now
supported free trade. In an email to CLC union heads Georgetti stated
official CLC policy: "We continue to oppose NAFTA and other similar trade
deals." But the speech reported on, and a CLC position paper on the economy,
were much more ambiguous. Georgetti talked of a North American economy and
how, regarding NAFTA, it was hard to "unscramble an omelette." The CLC paper
said free trade had not been the "economic disaster" once predicted.
(M)ainstream Iraqis seem to have been all but forgotten by both the American left and right. Iraqis must be valued for who they are, not as pawns in some partisan political agenda. Such chauvinism might be expected of 'America-first' right-wingers, but such a position is hardly defensible for any conscientious progressive. It's no wonder instead of seeing Iraq's highly complex and, indeed, contradictory political reality, so many American leftists have chosen instead to cling to the comfort that comes from simple sloganeering.
October 1, 2004 |
Haiti Information Project
Port au Prince, Haiti (HIP) - Last September 11th more than 10,000 Lavalas militants took to the streets to demand the return of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The marchers were accompanied by a large
contingent of Haitian police who returned fire when unidentified gunmen shot at the demonstration as it passed the Office of National Insurance on Delmas 17. The crowd immediately took up the chant, "Down with the army. Long live the police!"
The following is a press release from Vancouver media artist Kai Ling Xue.
Canada Customs' targeting of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender material has had an impact on more than just book stores. Independent multi-media artist Kai Ling Xue knows that now.
Xue's latest short film "A Girl Named Kai" has been showing at numerous film festivals throughout North America this year. Recently it was screened at the Austin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The film, en route back to Canada, was seized and held by Canada Customs.