by Madeleine Baran; The NewStandard; August 19, 2004 - Znet
As union activists prepare for the October Million Worker March in Washington, DC, the AFL-CIO continues to distance itself from the event.
Public debate highlights the growing tension between members of the labor movement who strongly back (Democratic candidate) John Kerry's bid for the presidency and those who argue that the AFL-CIO should not be so enthusiastic about the Democratic Party. The latter group points out that the candidate supported NAFTA, Clinton-era welfare cutbacks, and wants to send additional troops to Iraq....
by Jonah Gindin; August 21, 2004 - Znet
All over the world, the international Left -- including the global social justice movement -- is peering sceptically at Venezuela, unsure of what to make of President Hugo Chavez' alleged democratic revolution.
Hesitation, wariness, doubts -- these feelings are understandable; the Left has been taken in before by Latin America's infamous, ephemeral caudillo.
(D)etails on the incredible lengths (New York Police are) taking to keep the most radical protestors expected at the Republican Convention under control.
By Krystal Spring ; Havre Daily News ; Montana, USA
With notes on tribal sovereignty by Hunter Bear
ROCKY BOY AGENCY - The Chippewa Cree Tribal Court is attempting to resurrect the traditional justice method of peacemaking and mediation, a tool tribal officials say their elders used in the past.
[...] Still, such violent opposition wouldn't spill over onto the streets of a Quebecois city like Montreal, now would it? That's what I thought, in any case.
Having called what was to be a fairly small picket of support for the Bolivarian Revolution on Sunday August 15, I did something I normally don't: I made up several placards for myself and several comrades to hold, making us easily identifiable to one another. There were only six: My favourite being "Chavez, NO se va!" among others. We headed for the Venezuelan Consulate after learning that each Consulate and Embassy around the world was also a polling station. Upon arrival, I was merely holding my placards and walking towards the lineup of people queued to vote. This crowd was primarily made up of wealthy and light-skinned Venezuelans who could afford to travel to a place like Montreal, so the fact that the line-up was mostly opposition supporters was of no surprise at all. Within 20 seconds I personally was surrounded, as several people began to yell, boo and hiss at me in the most ballistic fashion.
Associated Press; August 20, 2004
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - U.S. forces launched two airstrikes Friday on
the troubled Iraqi city of Fallujah, hospital officials and witnesses
1.Homeless Man Charged For Threatening Premier - Halifax
2.Cheif Justice a Drunk Driver - QUE.
3.Perverted Politician Arrested - Inuvik
4.Police Cause Deadly Accident - Jasper
5.Marc Emery (pot advocate) Goes Down - Saskatoon
6.Top Pig Can't Shut His Mouth - Vancouver
7.Councillor Wants Homeless Campers Evicted - Ottawa
8.54,000 Beers Missing in Action - Fredericton
9.Deputy Suspended For Disrobing in Public - Utah
Their reputation precedes them.
Now, as the Republican National Convention is about to begin in New York City, the police are bracing for the actions of this loosely aligned and often shadowy group of protesters, and consider them the great unknown factor in whether the demonstrations remain under control or veer toward violence and disorder.
Toronto Star, August 17 --
Joe Dale's home is under the Spadina bridge. He's got a bed, a living
a front door. Now he wants regular garbage pickup.
"This is our home and we're taking a stand," Dale says, slipping his key
into the padlock on his front door . a chain-link fence blocking off the
underside of the bridge at the foot of Spadina, a stone's throw from
SkyDome. Above the lock is a "No Trespassing" sign, adorned with the
handwritten rules of Shantytown: "No needles or crack."
In Britain they now have an "(Anti-) Anti-Social Behaviour Act," another repressive law curtailing civil liberties and quashing dissent.
Here it is applied against protestors whose "anti-social" behaviour led them to protest crappy McDonald's food.
For six decades, the inhabitants of Okinawa have lived alongside thousands of US troops. Now new plans for base expansion have provoked fierce resistance.
On August 17, immigrants rioted and clashed with police at the Regina Pacis immigrant detention centre in San Foca, Italy. Six immigrants managed to escape. Hours later, a firebomb was thrown at the home of Don Cesare Lodeserto, the manager of the centre.
1.Why No One Trusts the Pigs
2.Former Judge Pleads Guilty To Sex Charges -BC
3.Julie Berg's Open Letter Regarding Jeff's Death -BC
4.Pigs Assault 71 Year Old Blind Woman - Oregon
5.Racist Toronto Swine Kill 17yr Old- ONT.
6.Judge Accused Of Using Penis Pump on Beach - Oklahoma
7.ANTI-PIG JOKE OF THE WEEK
PINE RIDGE, S.D. - After living in their Pine Ridge Indian Reservation home for 12 years, Jerome High Horse's family moved out in 2002 because black mold made living conditions unbearable.
On the Pine Ridge Reservation, one of the poorest areas in the nation, the tribal Health and Human Services Department has created a Mold Task Force with a five-year plan to address the problem, but it may be short of money.
The Greek state and the bosses killed dozens of workers in order to finish the Olympic stadiums on time...Then they poisoned thousands of stray animals (mostly dogs and cats)...
They installed surveillance cameras and brought two surveillance Zeppelins to stop public dissent...They deployed 80,000 police, riot police and army troopers all over Athens...
Now they are kidnapping drug addicts and immigrants....in order to make Athens seem "clean" and "civilised" like some of the western capitalist cities...