Monday, August 02, 2004
By Leonard Peltier
The Constitution protects against *cruel and unusual punishment,* and,
therefore, if the Constitution has meaning, then you, as citizens, MUST
care. To ignore the cruel and extreme conditions prisoners endure --
overcrowding, poor medical care, and unhealthy conditions
-- is to return to a way that the Eighth Amendment was intended to end.
Saturday 07 August 2004 ;
Aljazeera has vowed to continue its Iraq coverage despite the one-month
closure of its Baghdad office announced by the Iraqi interim government on
Aliant Inc, now in it's 107th day of a strike by Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union members for a new collective agreement, is rumored to have advised AFI (Accufax International Group) to "step-up" a campaign of intimidation (under the guise of injunction enforcement) against strikers on the picket lines in Atlantic Canada.
"....the decision that (former Candian Prime Minister) Jean Chretien made not to go to Iraq is something that angered the Americans, and the same thing with (French President) Jacques Chirac deciding not to go to Iraq with Bush, because he figured they already had access to oil in Iraq, therefore it wasn't a 'good idea' to accompany Bush in his adventure. These people needed to make peace with Bush, and Haiti offered the perfect opportunity for them to become 'friends' again."
"The way my son died ... [He] didn't die no accidental cause. I don't believe in that. What did cause his death? The way that they were on him. They were six policemen, smashing his head on the cement"
According to Labor Minister Maria Cristina Iglesias and journalist Martin Pacheco, heavily armed men broke into Comando Maisanta headquarters in Indio Mara, Maracaibo, yesterday, attacking people and vehicles. Approximately 45 community media journalists were there for a meeting with pro-Chavez political leaders.
Four people were injured and taken to medical centers. Seven vehicles were destroyed by gunshots and heavy blows, including Minister Iglesias' vehicle.
It is now ten years since the UN held its International
Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. Its
Programme of Action was the first and most comprehensive
international policy document to promote the concepts of
reproductive rights and reproductive health...One decade later, however, some 600,000 women die each year...while 18
million are left disabled or chronically ill because of largely preventable complications during pregnancy or childbirth.
("Terrorism Experts")....use a common language to describe their subjects and their environment; they are extremely ideological under a thin veneer of scientific jargon; they possess a keen sense of selective observation; they always pretend to possess a psychological understanding though few if any have dealt close up with their subjects in any clinical sense except perhaps under conditions of incarceration and interrogation....Their style is self-righteous, highly moralistic, vitriolic, hyperventilating and yet slippery with euphemisms when it comes to dealing with the violence of their partisan states.
CBC ; 06 Aug 2004 ; Written by CBC News Online staff
VANCOUVER - Advocacy groups are welcoming the announcement of an investigation into the use of Taser guns by police in Vancouver, but they still have concerns about the scope and impartiality of the inquiry.
August 7, 2004 ; Richard Gott ; The Guardian
To the dismay of opposition groups in Venezuela, and to the surprise of international observers gathering in Caracas, President Hugo Ch�ez is about to secure a stunning victory on August 15, in a referendum designed to lead to his overthrow.
The American hostility against Cuba is very distinctive, and indeed unique. No other foreign policy toward a country has ever seen such an arsenal of coercive measures which, for the most part, violate most international conventions. The American hatred for the Cuban revolution goes much further than the historical Cold War framework, completely inopportune if even minimal attention is paid to the relations between the two countries since the end of the eighteenth century.
UNPRECEDENTEDLY FIERCE BATTLES RAGE IN AL-FALLUJAH SUNDAY NIGHT AS RESISTANCE BURNS THE GROUND UNDER THE AGGRESSORS' FEET.
Resistance battles US invaders in and around al-Fallujah once again after nightfall Sunday.
Iraqi Resistance fighters late on Sunday launched a series of varied attacks on the US aggressors in and around al-Fallujah.
Elitsa, a 20-year-old Bulgarian anarchist, has become the latest victim in the Bulgarian government's attempts to criminalize dissent and label protesters as threats to "national security".
and the United States have expanded military co-operation in a possible
precursor to Ottawa joining the U.S. missile-defence program, though
Defence Minister Bill Graham insisted yesterday that the Liberal
government remains "a long way" from deciding whether to take that