Forest Grove residents seize school
cbc.ca Jul 5 2004 11:33 AM PDT
FOREST GROVE, B.C. - The B.C. Teachers' Federation is throwing its support behind a controversial protest in Forest Grove, B.C.
Several dozen people in the community near 100 Mile House have taken over the Forest Grove Elementary School in a bid to prevent School District 27 from shutting it down.
Canada for anti-imperialists, Part II
by Justin Podur; July 03, 2004
From local 'threats' to global 'threats'
Desmond Morton, another completely mainstream and conventional historian, nevertheless makes a good point about the implications of Canada's military relationship with the US. The only plausible military threat Canada has ever faced has been the United states, and in Morton's words: "Canadians found that one good way to keep the peace is not to prepare for a hopeless war. Imagine if Canadians had dutifully assumed the old British defence burden... hundreds of thousands of Canadians would have spent their youth drilling and maneouvring for a war they could never win. Ottawa would have spent millions of dollars on defence, but it could never be enough. Alarmed at military threats on their border, Americans would have mobilized armies and matched cannon for cannon." (6, pg. 10)
The New American Apartheid Part III
by Randall Shelden and William B. Brown; http://www.sheldensays.com/; June 22, 2004
Jailing Minority Kids
Growing numbers of African-American youths are finding themselves within the juvenile justice system. They are more likely to be detained, more likely to have their cases petitioned to go before a judge, more likely to be waived to the adult system and more likely to be institutionalized than their white counterparts. As noted in several studies, black youths are more likely to be detained than white youths, regardless of offense charged.
Indeed, according to 2001 official data, no matter what the most serious offense charged happens to be, black and Latino youths are far more likely to be detained that whites. For blacks, the detention rate for all offenses is about five times that of whites and about double that for Latinos. For index crimes against the person, the black detention rate is just over 5 times greater than whites, while the Latino rate is about 2 and one-half times as great. The rate difference is the greatest for those charged with drug offenses: black youths are seven times more likely to be detained than white youths. The importance of being detained cannot be denied, for studies have shown that those who are detained are far more likely to receive the most severe final disposition. This last point is further underscored by commitment rates to youth prisons (2001 data).
Posted by - Mohammad Basirul Haq Sinha
Money is intended for rebuilding use; international board plans to do audit
By Mark Matthews
Sun National Staff
Originally published July 3, 2004
WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials in charge of the Development Fund for Iraq drained all but $900 million from the $20 billion fund by late last month in what a watchdog group has called an "11th-hour splurge."
Canada for Anti-Imperialists
by Justin Podur; July 03, 2004
In most of (the) ventures (carried out by U.S. Imperialism), Canada has been openly supportive; in others, its support has been behind-the-scenes. What is the historical pattern of Canadian foreign policy? What is Canada up to today and why? Opposing imperial depredations is something everyone of conscience must do, but we can have more effect (can we?) over what Canada does, so it is important to know what that is: the record is mainly one of complicity, hypocrisy, and the occasional open crime.
NEWS REPORTS FROM POLICE MURDER ON JUNE 19th in BELLEVILLE ONTARIO
Police Chief Wayne Tremble reports that the victim was killed in a parking lot after the pursuit led officers to the scene. Paramedics arrived and performed C.P.R. on the man for several minutes, but to no avail.
People close to the area when the bullets began to fly said McDonald was shot several times in the legs and upper torso. Witnesses also claim he wasn't armed. Authorities haven't verified any of these accounts.
Posted by-Mohammad Basirul Haq Sinha
By Lisa Myers
Thursday 01 July 2004
'It's just a gravy train'
- Marie deYoung, former company auditor.
The Pentagon has already awarded Halliburton Co., the controversial military contractor, deals worth up to $18 billion for its work in Iraq. But now former Halliburton insiders have come forward with new allegations of massive waste of taxpayer money.
According to Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA case officer who served in the Middle East, "Two facts stand out about (Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad) Allawi. One, he likes to think of himself as a man of ideas; and, two, his strongest virtue is that he's a thug."
July 3/4, 2004
It's Illegal, But It's Our Right
Korean Labor Won't Back Down
By GREG MOSES
Twenty-five teachers from the Korean Teachers and Education Worker's Union (KTU), who were just released from jail Thursday evening, are planning to resume their protest Saturday with an overnight vigil near the Ministry of Education (MOE), says a KTU source, who was reached by telephone at the union's headquarters in Seoul.
June 12 / 13, 2004
Not Really a Puppet Government?
Meet the New Iraqi Leaders
By GARY LEUPP
Former CIA officer Robert Baer recalls that a bombing during (the early 1990's) "blew up a school bus; schoolchildren were killed." In the mid-1990s, Baghdad claimed that terrorists had exploded a bomb in a movie theater, producing many civilian casualties; CIA officials state that (Iyad) Allawi's group was the only such organization engaging in bombings and sabotage at that time. It almost sounds as if the new Prime Minister has a background in terrorism.
ABC of Opportunism
By STAN GOFF
After a coup d'etat planned, coordinated, and executed by the most reactionary elements in Haiti, with the substantial material support of the governments of the United States and its ever-obedient Dominican Republic, the proud nation of Haiti is again under foreign military occupation. The shameful fact, however, is that this time the occupation is being carried out by not only by the French, whose savage imperial history there is well known, and by the Canadians (perennial handmaidens of the US), but by Argentina, Brazil, and Chile--three nations who have themselves been victimized by the covert operations establishment of the United States, and governments who are making the now-specious claim that they are "progressive."
Before leaving the wreckage of his imperial mission, (outgoing US "Proconsul" Paul) Bremer had issued a string of edicts to tie the hands of Iraqi governments for years to come, including legal immunity for foreign soldiers and contractors. Perhaps the 2% of Iraqis who, according to the Bush administration's own polling, regard the US and Britain as liberators, are impressed. For most of the rest, a handover to a government protected by 140,000 US troops with a good deal less functional independence than the state of Alabama is a transparent sham.
Within (Columbia), various private contractors, some of them intimately connected to the circles of power in Washington, work for the U.S. government.....Its contractors fumigate coca fields, operate airplanes and helicopters for the State Department, organize programs of alternative development, repair aircraft and evaluate intelligence information for the Colombian Ministry of Defense. This U.S. mini-army also provides pilots, technicians and almost every kind of personnel required to wage the war in Colombia, including administrative personnel.
There is now little doubt that there is a close correlation between the "war on drugs" (and on "gangs") and the growth of the prison industrial complex. This "war" was officially launched by President Reagan in the mid-1980s when he promised that the police would attack the drug problem "with more ferocity than ever before." What he did not say, however, was that the enforcement of the new drug laws "would focus almost exclusively on low-level dealers in minority neighborhoods."
"Why do they want to spend so much money on a Skytrain to the Airport, when I can't event catch a bus that will get me to work on time?!" This is the reaction of angry bus riders throughout the region to the news that TransLink will be revisiting the RAV line decision on June 30, 2004.
Representatives from the Bus Riders Union will be attending the special TransLink meeting where TransLink will be voting yet-again on whether or not to move to BAFO (Best And Final Offer) on the RAV line.