PRINCE GEORGE - Some people from the Seton Lake First Nation say their temporary rail blockade Thursday was only the beginning of their fight for justice. It came one day after the $1 billion sale of B.C. Rail to Canadian National was finalized.
Members of the Seton Lake Indian Band stopped one freight train south of Lillooet before lifting their blockade.
by Robert Fisk; UK Independent; July 14, 2004
The Mongols stained the Tigris black with the ink of the Iraqi books they destroyed. Today's Mongols prefer to destroy the Iraqi teachers of books.
Since the Anglo-American invasion, they have murdered at least 13 academics at the University of Baghdad alone and countless others across Iraq. History professors, deans of college and Arabic tutors have all fallen victim to the war on learning. Only six weeks ago - virtually unreported, of course - the female dean of the college of law in Mosul was beheaded in her bed, along with her husband.
The following article, by U.S. Labour Journalist & Anti-War activist David Bacon, is an inspiring example of what working people have historically achieved through democratic organization and militant action. As Bacon explains:
"The general strike and the creation of the ILWU (International Longshore & Wharehouse Worker's Union) had a ripple effect. Other workers saw dockers win a hiring hall, freeing them from the humiliating shapeup, when workers had to beg a job from a gang boss every morning. The workforce was integrated. Today Black, Latino and Asian workers are the majority in big ports like San Francisco and Los Angeles, and women drive huge container cranes. People called bums and derelicts in the 20s and 30s had some of the best-paying, most secure jobs in industrial America by the 50s and 60s. As a result, a wave of union organizing spread inland from the ports, a social movement inspiring everyone from department store clerks to farm laborers."
A Kahnawake man living in Kanehsatake was brutally assaulted by members of the Kanesatake Mohawk Police. The incident occurred on the evening of Thursday, July 1 in the town of St. Eustache. Shawn Hurley, along with his girlfriend Kim Gabriel and their two daughters, 8 and 11, were on their way to St. Hubert Barbecue in St. Eustache.
On July 11th, a group of anarchists attacked the "Regina Pacis" immigrant detention centre in San Foca, Italy. The detained responded by trashing the centre and attempting to escape. One anarchist was arrested.
The seeds of the Vietnam war were sown by the US installing a client regime in Saigon. And unless Bush and Blair are stopped by the American and British peoples, a similar catastrophe is in the making in Iraq and the wider Middle East. But it will not be a war of Arabs against Kurds, Sunnis against Shia or Muslims against Christians, but an equally devastating war between a US-backed minority (of all religions, sects and nationalities) against a similarly composed overwhelming majority of the Iraqi people. The killing fields of this war could eventually stretch from Afghanistan to Palestine.
Some things just never seem to end! Here are some details on 3 ongoing job actions in the Lower Mainland.
By Jo Best ; news.com
[S]chool authorities in the Japanese city of Osaka have decided the benefits [of using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags] outweigh the disadvantages and will now be chipping children in one primary school.
July 13, 2004
The Bus Riders Union condemns TransLink's decision to increase fares and to proceed with a two billion dollar rail line from Vancouver to Richmond (the RAV line). The Bus Riders Union plans to wage a massive campaign to stop the fare increase which comes into effect on April 1, 2005. The campaign will be launched at a public meeting at the Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch, Alma Vandusen Room), on Saturday July 24 at 1 PM.
Recent statements by New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, reported in the New York Daily News ("Anarchy Threat to City: Cops fear hard-core lunatics plotting convention chaos", July 12), give us a taste of the kind of hysteria New Yorkers can expect in the weeks leading up to the Republican Convention in August.
by Jon Elmer and Uri Avnery; fromoccupiedpalestine.org; March 07, 2004
Jon Elmer: Israel's raison d'etre is to be a national safe haven for Jews of the world, yet we know now that Israel is the most dangerous place in the world for a Jew to live. Elsewhere you have written that Israel is a breeding ground for anti-Semitism internationally. How has Israel helped or hindered the security of Jews, both within Israel and internationally?
Uri Avnery: There is a lot of irony in this: One of the reasons for setting up the State of Israel was to create a safe haven for the Jews of the world after the Holocaust, one place the Jews would be safe. But what actually happened - and it has been said before me by the late professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz - is that the one place in the world where the Jews are in danger is Israel. They are in danger of annihilation in the end, because if this war goes on, eventually weapons of mass destruction will be employed in the war between us and the Arabs.
1. Pigs Throw Man Off Bridge!
Vancouver Pigs are pretending that a man fell out of their hand and off a bridge, but $20 says they intentially threw him.
2. Saanich Pigs Blow Away Fleeing Man!
On Sunday Morning the Saanich Pigs killed an unarmed man infront of many witnesses, at a schoolyard, while people were in a church service nearby.
3. Genius Steals Victoria Pig Cruiser!
Despite the crown calling for jail time to deter people from excercising their right to demonstrate, the judge handed down "Conditional Discharges" for those convicted in the Britannia 9 trial.
Haaretz ; 9/07/2004 ;
By Aluf Benn
The International Court of Justice ruled Friday in The Hague that the
separation fence being built by Israel in the West Bank was in breach of
international law, and called on Israel to tear it down and compensate
Palestinians harmed by its construction.
July 8, 2004 ;
The Venezuelan Referendum ;
The Truth About Jimmy Carter ;
By JAMES PETRAS
On August 14, 2004, Venezuelan voters will decide on a referendum, which
has the utmost world historic and strategic significance. What is at
stake is nothing less than the future of the energy world, the relations
between the US and Latin America (particularly Cuba), and the political
and socio-economic fate of millions of Venezuela's urban and rural poor.