(Tony) Blair's penchant for making right-wing friends across the world has been much commented on during his term of office. One particular friendship that is about to move from uncomfortable to highly embarrassing is with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velaz, a statesman not noted for his pursuit of social justice.
MONTREAL | August 27, 2004 | Jaggi Singh
Jaggi Singh has written a response to the corporate media on the involvement of anarchists (they mention him by name) at the upcoming Republican National Convention. They are building "the fear" in preparation for what seems likely to be a large police crack-down on the rights of people to raise their voice in opposition to a oppressive government and a two-party/one-voice electoral system.
Listen to an interview with Mahmoud Ziadi, spokes person of the Committee
for the Families of Political Prisoners and Detainees in the West Bank.
The interview focuses on the current hunger strike of more than 7000
Palestinian political prisoners throughout Occupied Palestine, while also
drawing the links between the current hunger strike and the ongoing
Palestinian struggle for liberation from the deadly and illegal Israeli
CBC | Aug 25 2004
The province recently renewed the license for Metz Farms to continue its operations, with the proviso that it build a treatment facility for its liquid manure.
Gary Sanipass, Chief of Bouctouche First Nation, says the Lord government should have consulted with his band first.
Hundreds of protestors will be converging on Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops, BC on August 29, 2004 to protest Sun Peaks Resort expansion onto unceded Secwepemc territories. The provincial and federal government's complicity in granting Sun Peaks leases on unceded traditional territories demonstrates that the government is yet again turning a blind eye to Aboriginal rights and to Aboriginal people who have occupied the lands since time immemorial.
The CBC is running story about how a Canadian gas company is buying "emission-reduction credits" from another company in Chile. This scheme, allows rich, polluting contries to use their dollars to allow them to pay-off poor contries for the 'right' to dump toxins in to the global environment and take away the 'rights' of those in the poor contries to do so in the future.
oneworld.ca | August 25, 2004
(Vancouver) The provincial government is playing a shell game with social housing in BC, diverting $89 million in federal funds earmarked for new social housing into assisted living spaces in the health care system, according to a new report.
Let's begin with this: 77% of Venezuela's farmland is owned by 3% of the population, the
'hacendados'....I met one of these farmlords in Caracas at an anti-Chavez protest march.
Oddest demonstration I've ever seen: frosted blondes in high heels clutching
designer bags, screeching, "Chavez - dic-ta-dor!" The plantation owner
griped about the "socialismo" of Chavez, then jumped into his Jaguar
The joining of hands across America's illusory political divide has a long history. The native Americans were slaughtered, the Philippines laid to waste and Cuba and much of Latin America brought to heel with "bi-partisan" backing. Wading through the blood, a new breed of popular historian, the journalist in the pay of rich newspaper owners, spun the heroic myths of a super sect called Americanism, which advertising and public relations in the 20th century formalised as an ideology, embracing both conservatism and liberalism.
lefthook.org | Adam Levenstein
[A]dvocates of independent political action are faced with an unfortunate situation. Faced with two pro-war, pro-Patriot Act candidates from the capitalist parties, the only response we have is a Green Party with no campaign to speak of and an independent campaign (Nader) that lacks the resources of a political party.
(Cartoon by Jeff Parker, Florida Today)
Third World Resurgence | July/August 2004 |
By Diego Cevallos
While world attention has been focused on the murders of young women in
Mexico's Ciudad Juarez, `femicide' in neighbouring Guatemala, where on
average, one woman a day is killed, goes unnoticed.
On Sunday, August 8, Ward Churchill was the keynote speaker at the 15th annual Under the Volcano: Festival of Art and Social Change, Celebrating Peoples Resistance to War, Occupation and Empire, Vancouver, British Columbia.
A number of extremists with ties to the 1970s radical Weather
Underground have recently been released from prison and are in New
York preparing to wreak havoc during the Republican National
Convention, The Post has learned.
A top-level source with extensive knowledge of police plans wouldn't
disclose the names of the aging rabble-rousers but said a handful of
them are already here and will play a behind-the-scenes role in
attempting to disrupt the GOP gala.
| Aug 24 2004
Government to spray controversial herbicide