Ten years ago, on November 10th, 1995, internationally renowned author and human rights and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other men were hanged in Nigeria. Arrested and held for months without charges, tortured while under detention, and sentenced to death by a “Special Tribunal” convened in violation of international law, these people were executed for their peaceful efforts to defend the indigenous Ogoni people of Nigeria from abuses caused by oil extraction activities of Shell Nigeria.
Duncan Campbell | Heise Online | 04.09.1999
Careless mistake reveals subversion of Windows by NSA [ED: allowing them to see everything going on on your Windows computer and even run their own hidden programs].
Northwest Anarchist Federation
TEACHERS! STUDENTS! PEOPLE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA!
The Provincial Government has once again attacked the fundamental right of free association of Unions in British Columbia. Using the Legislature and Labour Relations Board, they have declared illegal the defiant stand taken by teachers.
There is obviously nothing wrong with increased immigration but we should be aware of what’s actually driving it....The immigration numbers aren’t being increased out of any altruistic goal of enhancing our cultural diversity. It’s driven by the social impact of Liberal economic policies. More immigration is needed because of a widely predicted labour shortage....Economic globalization’s chickens are coming home to roost both in Canada and in the nations of the global south. It has been called the race to the bottom and as it implies, it is a race every worker loses.
David Noble | Canadian Dimension | September/October 2005 Issue
In recent years, the executives of Canada’s universities have been reimagining and representing themselves as private actors, while repositioning the institutions they run from the public to the private sector. Although acknowledging that they derive their authority from public statute and rely primarily upon public funds, in the name of academic freedom these managers have increasingly insisted upon the so-called “autonomy” of their institutions, thereby legitimating and accelerating their incremental shift from the public to the private interest.
In his September 14 debate with George Galloway at Baruch College, born-again neocon Christopher Hitchens laid out his four-point argument for why Iraq had surrendered its right to sovereignty. In his opening statement, the Trotskyist-turned-Bush booster contended that the American invasion of Iraq was a justifiable violation of sovereignty.
a sickening display of politics and profiteering...they're all connected.
otonomA | September 31, 2005
Yesterday Mehmet Tarhan [an anarchist total/conscientious objector] was seriously battered by 7 or 8 guards under the rubric of giving him a haircut. As a result Mehmet went on hunger strike again.
Imperial not backing down// Petroleum News
"Despite a warning from the Northwest Territories government that the venture could be in trouble, Imperial Oil is unwavering in its commitment to the Mackenzie Gas Project.
Exactly how committed will be known in November when it advises Canada's National Energy Board whether it is ready to embark on public hearings in early 2006."
By Sidney Blumenthal | Salon.com
The Republican scandals converge on operators who are the center of the oligarchy. Their own relationships are complicated and tangled. But the outcome of the scandals affecting these major actors will inevitably unravel the Republican project.
A Telecommunications Worker's Union (TWU) member was charged with violating some part of the civil injuction that TELUS has regarding TWU members and the current labour dispute. What is surprising is that (the TWU member) was attempting to protect an elderly person (non TWU) who was being assaulted and then chased by a Security Guard hired by TELUS.
A series of programs entitled Who Owns Knowledge? will be featured from
October 24th - October 29th, 2005. These programs are intended to stimulate
discussion on our loss of access to broad areas of knowledge created by
individuals and organizations subsidized by the public.
Five different areas will be explored:
Without a License: Open or Closed? Software and Information.
Who Owns Your Genes?
Drugs for Profit or Health?
When is There Too Much Copyright?
The World Today | 15 September ,2005 | Michael Rowland
Despite the disappointment expressed by the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on some aspects of the World Leaders Summit, more than 40 leaders, including Australia's Prime Minister John Howard, did sign an anti-terrorism convention.
British Columbia Teachers' Federation | October 5, 2005
Teachers throughout the province have voted 90.5 % to take a stand in protest against Bill 12, the legislation introduced Monday to once again impose a contract and order an end to job action....As a result, teachers will mount picket lines at schools across B.C. on Friday, and will remain off the job until a resolution has been reached and accepted by a subsequent member vote.