From South Africa's Mail & Guardian
| Harare, Zimbabwe |
17 September 2004
Hundreds of black peasant farmers in Zimbabwe were this week forcibly
evicted from two formerly white-owned farms that they occupied during the
2000 land invasions, witnesses, civic groups and police said on Friday.
This situation has been brought about by a shortage of timber resulting from a dispute between the Algonquin communities of Lac Simon and Winneway and the Government of Quebec. A barricade erected on
August 30 has prevented wood harvesting and transport in the sectors supplying these two facilities. Domtar Inc. is the third largest manufacturer of non-coated papers in North America.
Judge raps police in profiling case
Throws out motorist's drug charge
Fantino takes comments `very seriously'
PETER SMALL -
STAFF REPORTER | Toronto Star | Sept 17, 2004
A judge has thrown out a drug charge against a young black motorist,
finding that two Toronto police officers used racial profiling when they
stopped him and later "fabricated" evidence.
Sep. 18, 2004 | The Star |
In a city that has earned the nickname Vansterdam because of its liberal views on marijuana, a shop openly selling renowned B.C. bud is hardly big news.
But the Da Kine Food and Beverage Shop has been grabbing headlines for a couple weeks now as dozens of people file through its storefront on the city's Commercial Dr. and plunk down $10 a gram for marijuana or pick up some pot-laced baked goods.
An Arctic native leader offered a passionate plea to the U.S. government and its citizens Wednesday to aggressively combat climate change. Addressing a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on global warming, Inuit Circumpolar Conference Chair Sheila Watt-Cloutier said the Inuit are already suffering dramatic changes to their Arctic environment.
Watt-Cloutier, who represents the 155,000 Inuit in Greenland, Canada, Alaska and the Russian Federation, described the Inuit struggle as "a snapshot of what is happening to the planet."
The Guardian | Thursday September 16, 2004
By Ewen MacAskill and Julian Borger in Washington
The United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, declared explicitly for
the first time last night that the US-led war on Iraq was illegal.
Mr Annan said that the invasion was not sanctioned by the UN security
council or in accordance with the UN's founding charter.
Madonna is in our country now for an Israeli - organised tour for a
spiritual Kabbalah group. She is visiting parts of the occupied territory.
Yesterday Palestinians and internationals - some of them her fans-gathered
at the entrance of Bethlehem and song "Don't cry for me Falastina" a
rewording of her hit song from "Evita". Israeli peace groups and others
expressed that Madonna's visit might be manipulated to lend unconsciously
support for Israeli expansionism the policy of expropriation and the caging
of the Palestinian people.
The Toronto Star | 15 September 2004
by Tony Clarke
As the television cameras zoomed in on the First Ministers' health-care
summit this week, one of the major players was missing the brand-name
pharmaceutical companies known as 'Big Pharma.' After all, when it comes to
health-care programs in this country, especially developing a national
pharmacare program, the brand-name drug corporations are arguably among the
most powerful decision makers.
THE HAGUE - The UN court here has suspended the trial
of Slobodan Milosevic until October 12 to allow the
defence lawyers assigned to the former Yugoslav
president more time to prepare their case, the judges
Kay earlier complained that many witnesses scheduled
to appear in the defence case had refused to come
because Milosevic is no longer conducting his own
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ST. JOHN'S -- Police in riot gear showed up to escort managers and other workers into the Taxation Centre in St. John's Thursday afternoon.
Striking workers with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) formed a hard picket line outside the centre.
A growing populace
has grown weary of talking business suits, delivering embedded news
stories, on a corporate budget. The sterilization of public opinion
through the nightly news is no longer effectively sedating American
thought processes, and alternative media has never been so powerful,
organized, promising, or important, as it is right now. With a growing
international alliance of environmentalists, free trade activists,
anarchists, etc., and the use of the web and internet for immediate
updates and news reporting, combined with new street
technology, we are successfully reclaiming the airwaves and press in an
alternative media movement, creating an unprecedented threat to
corporate controlled media and news.
Jerusalem -- Israel is not following the Mideast peace road map, Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon said in an interview published Wednesday,
acknowledging that he is casting aside the U.S.-backed plan for now, even as
Washington insists it is still valid.
BADIL Resource Center by ADIL Resource Center Sept 16, 2004
On 11 September 1982, Israeli Defence Minister Ariel Sharon, the architect of the invasion, announced that "2,000 terrorists" had remained inside the Palestinian refugee camps around Beirut. ...Around mid-day on Thursday 16 September 1982, a unit of approximately 150 Israeli-allied Phalangists entered the first camp. For the next 40 hours members of the Phalangist militia raped, killed, and injured a large number of unarmed civilians, mostly children, women and elderly people inside the encircled and sealed camps. The estimate of victims varies between 700 (the official Israeli figure) to 3,500.
Adrian Dragan has been held for 16 months awaiting removal to Romania.
He is a Roma (also known as "Gypsy") and faces serious danger and
repression if removed to Romania, where Roma people are regularly attacked