By William Dotinga - May 29, 2013
A California sheriff's deputy needlessly Tasered and then shot a man to death after his father called 911 seeking help for his son's depression, the family claims in court..."We called law enforcement to see if we could get help for him and we didn't get it...Instead, he shot him."
By Peter Rugh - May 30th, 2013
Amidst the ongoing jobs-vs-environment debate...one voice is noticeably absent: the bitumen workers in Canada who are largely against long-term tar sands extraction and the building of the pipeline...“We’re diametrically opposed to the construction of it...The Keystone XL is not good for the economy, it’s not good for the environment, it violates all kinds of First Nations rights.”
By RUTH HOPKINS - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
...[C]olonial language can be used as a tool to denigrate and discriminate against Native people alive today...These semantics of white privilege serve to enforce old colonial notions that attempt to reduce Natives to primitive caricatures. It suggests that we are not equals. It implies that mainstream society owns Native identity, or that we as Natives are relegated to the past.
By Kaitlin McNabb - rabble.ca
It seemed unreal. An independent, local, radical bookstore survived a renoviction attempt in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia. I spell that out so finitely because all those qualifiers are a sure recipe for a rent hike, renoviction and then subsequent explosion of condos. Yet, here Spartacus Books stands.
By Bill Van Auken - 31 May 2013
The killing of Todashev, and the rapid disintegration of the government’s official story — that he was shot after lunging at interrogators with a knife — is an extraordinary event. It casts into further doubt everything that has been said so far about the Boston Marathon bombings.
Israel gives chutzpah new meaning. War on humanity defines its agenda. It warned Russia about supplying Syria with sophisticated defensive anti-aircraft missiles. It said Israel will react in response.
Obama's a reliable corporate tool. He serves powerful monied interests. He spurns populist ones. He's done so throughout his tenure. He's unfit to serve.
Its four-day meeting occurs annually. It's a rite of spring. British political economist Will Hutton calls the group the "high priests of globalization." Powerful movers and shakers have their own agenda.
By Tom Carter - 28 May 2013
Nine police officers beat an unarmed man to death in Bakersfield, California, and then confiscated cellphones that witnesses had used to record the beating...The police claim that around midnight on May 8, they responded to a report that there was a possibly intoxicated man near the Kern Medical Center. David Dal Silva, 33, was beaten to death on a sidewalk in front of the hospital while as many as seven horrified people looked on.
By Yves Engler - May 29th, 2013
Not only does the current Canadian government engage in gunboat diplomacy, our country has a long, shameful and mostly hidden history of doing so.
By JEFF ARMSTRONG - May 29, 2013
In April, a grassroots movement led by Lakota grandmothers toured the country to build support for a formal complaint of genocide against the United States government and its constituent states. Though temporarily overturned, the recent conviction of Efrain Rios Montt for genocide against indigenous Guatemalans should give US officials...pause before dismissing the UN petition as a feeble symbolic gesture.
By Deepal Jayasekera - WSWS
Maoist guerrillas ambushed a Congress Party convoy in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh last Saturday evening, dealing a major setback to the Congress-led central government’s anti-Maoist counter-insurgency campaign, Operation Green Hunt...Twenty-seven people, including much of the Congress leadership in Chhattisgarh, were killed in the attack, and another 32 injured.
Today, May 29, marks 32 years since Puerto Rican activist Oscar López Rivera was arrested and later convicted of “seditious conspiracy,” a questionable charge that Archbishop Desmond Tutu has interpreted to mean “conspiring to free his people from the shackles of imperial injustice.”
He mocks legitimate governance. It's the American way. He reflects its dark side. It doesn't matter. He retains popular support.
On May 27, the so-called one-year EU arms embargo on Syria's opposition ended. Officially it does so on June 1. EU nations agreed to end what never existed.