Provincial and Federal Housing Ministers will be meeting in Nova Scotia Sept 22-23, ostensibly to discuss affordable housing. However, the absence of community consultation and the inaccessible situtation of the meeting at a beach resort >100km from Halifax, clearly show that this is nothing more than a beach party for the rich and powerful.
Ramsey Clarke, Former U.S. Attorney General is heading up this site, and campaign.
I hope we can get Canada here doing their own "Impeach Bush Rally" on Sept.24th, and help to show the world how you feel, and stand on this issue.
By: Samir Shaheen-Hussain | September 3, 2005
The goal of the delegation was to focus attention on the prolonged hunger strike of these two men, while urging the PM to act immediately to have their demands met so that their health and lives are no longer at risk. Their demands are modest, to say the least, given that they have been held without charges and without having access to any evidence that may be being used against them as part of the security certificate process for four and five years, respectively; Mr. Almrei's principal demand is to be allowed to have one hour outside his solitary confinement cell while Mr. Mahjoub's is to have contact visits with his wife and children. Although two men are not convicted of any crime, they are demanding no treatment beyond that which is accorded to most federal prisoners!
Food Not Bombs groups all across the southern United States are feeding families displaced by Katrina. We need clothes,cooking equipment, food, cooks and money to provide for thousands of hungry homeless people.
By Herbert Docena | Asia Times Online | September 1, 2005
LAST JUNE 30, the Iraqi newspaper Al-Mada published the latest draft of the Iraqi constitution that was then being negotiated by Iraqi politicians. Its contents would have been enough to give former occupation authority chief Paul Bremer a heart attack.
The Iraqis - even those who were willing to cooperate with the United States - wanted, at least on paper, to build a Scandinavian-type welfare system in the Arabian desert, with Iraq's vast oil wealth to be spent on upholding every Iraqi's right to education, health care, housing, and other social services.
By the time the next version was leaked in late July, the progressive provisions in the draft constitution had disappeared.
By Kirsten Anderberg
We all remember quite well in 2003 how GWBush sent troops invading Iraq STRAIGHT to the oil fields to protect THEM first and foremost. While America "guarded" Iraq's oil supply, they let the hospitals, museums, universities and libraries become gutted and looted. Some of the oldest pieces of art ever found are now lost, thanks to GWBush. I feel what we just saw in New Orleans after Katrina was very similar. America has become a government to protect elite business profits WORLDWIDE. We all know about the Cheney - Haliburton connection and we all know about the Bush family oil connection. At this point, people are just little bumps in the road for the SUVs and military vehicles of the Bush administration worldwide.
By Lucinda Marshall | 02 September, 2005 | Countercurrents.org
For the last four years, the anti-war movement has been seriously handicapping itself with its 'We support the troops but we're against war' mantra of qualified dissent. Initially, the phrasing of this message was a reflexive attempt to fit into the context of pro-militarism created by the Neocon spinmeisters who quickly established a flag-waving, 'Support our troops' litmus test in the aftermath of the tragedies of September 11th.
Wanting to avoid being branded as un-American traitors from the get-go, the left promptly started couching their verbage in the newly minted criteria for patriotism. Unfortunately, that line of thinking is still alive and well today and has become a serious detriment to bringing an end to the agenda of empire.
Strike! | Sept. 2005 | Vol.1, Issue ..3 (Ontario Edition)
anarchist news and commentary
- CBC Workers Locked Out - J.Shantz
- Community Power vs. Fire-power: Getting to the Root of Gun Violence in
- Toronto - G.Sweetman
- Anarchy in New Orleans? - P.Lilley
- Labour Day: From Parades to Pickets - J.Shantz
- Bad Boss of the month: Amato Pizza
+ Community Events Listings
Tahltan Blogger | September 03, 2005
Tahltan Territory, BC - The Tahltan Elders, youth and families were disappointed by the injunction granted against their blockade to protect their lands and people against Fortune Mineral's open pit coal mine and Shell's coalbed methane proposals. However, their commitment to ensuring no unsustainable development takes place remains strong.
"We view this as a minor setback in a much longer struggle for the Tahltan to protect the future of their people and the air, land and water on which they rely, said Rhoda Quock, "We believe the courts will set aside this decision once our lawyers have a chance to tell our story."
I have not seen one person of color, anywhere, on any news broadcast, on any TV special, in any print article, even on the streets themselves, saying that the response to Katrina in New Orleans had "nothing to do with race." The mere fact that the ONLY people saying that are white says it all to me. Last night, I saw the Mayor of Houston whose name is ironically "Mr. White" pooh-poohing the racist part of this wholly. There is something totally obnoxious about this white mayor of Houston, saying it is "divisive" to try to address race in the Katrina response. Indeed, white boy President Bush said that any mention of this massacre in New Orleans being racially driven is merely a "political agenda" put out there by his opponents. I am sure Bush is scrambling to find some black faces to publicly deny the racist part of this, and that is why we have Condi Rice around. For times like these. You can tell just how racist this country is, by how many white men are working round the clock to pooh-pooh what is obvious to the world at this point.
by Walter Lippmann | Sep. 03, 2005
Yesterday Fidel Castro spoke on Cuban television's nightly news magazine, the Mesa Redonda (Round Table) where he explained in detail the effors which Cuba's government made DISCRETELY to send 1100 doctors to New Orleans immediately. No response has yet been received from the United States government. Cuba has provided such assistance to many countries all over the world for many years.
September 3, 2005 -- The firms that received the contract are big GOP contributors. Adding to the controversy regarding the Army Corps of Engineers diverting $250 million from the SELA (Southeast Louisiana) Urban Flood Control Program to Iraq and Halliburton reconstruction projects, is the revelation that FEMA outsourced hurricane recovery planning to the Baton Rouge-based consulting firm Innovative Emergency Management (IEM), Inc. to develop a "Catastrophic Hurricane Disaster Plan for New Orleans & Southeast Louisiana."
The award was announced on June 3, 2004 on the firm's web site but was taken down just as Hurricane Katrina's winds and waves first started pounding New Orleans. It would now appear that the hurricane plan IEM and its team developed wasn't worth a damned thing.
We have all heard the terms "old money," and "new money" with regards to familial wealth. "Old money" is perceived to be more noble, and more dignified in stature somehow. "New money" is considered superficial, transitory, or even happenstance. These same concepts can be applied to the poor. And what is interesting is the way society will try to separate out the "new poor" from the "old poor" when determining who to give aid to.
A bunch of Katrina related stories in the queue this morning. Who is to blame for the weather and could it have been prevented? Who is suffering most and why is Pat "kill Chavez" Robertson benefiting? Can global warming continue to be written off as myth? Find out how the Bush administration cut funding to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the The Army Corps of Engineers in order to pay for the war for oil resulting in an escalation of damages.
10 Year Anniversary of Ts'Peten Standoff Anniversary Gathering
September 10 & 11, 2005
@ Ts'Peten (Gustafsen Lake, BC)
Six years before the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the USA, Native peoples in Canada faced their own `9-11' terrorist attack (by the RCMP). On Sept.11, 1995, RCMP fired tens of thousands of rounds against Secwepemc warriors, and blewup a vehicle using an explosive charge. Despite being lightly armed, warriors succeeded in disabling a Bison APC used by police.
Come and honor our Native warriors who withstood the largest RCMP terrorist attack in Canadian history.