"Ward Churchill is one of the most outspoken activists and scholars in North America and a leading commentator on indigenous issues...Churchill has recently come under attack for views expressed in the article 'Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens,' written in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. An important part of the future of US academic freedom in the coming years will likely be determined by the outcome of the ongoing attempts to strip Ward Churchill of his academic position at Colorado University in Boulder. Two members of Autonomy & Solidarity sat down with Ward Churchill in Toronto in November of 2003 to do this interview."
"On January 17th, 2005, former Ontario Attorney General Marion Boyd recommended that the province of Ontario allow religious law-such as Muslim law, also known as 'sharia'-to be used in private arbitration to settle commercial and family disputes if parties agree to it. Private arbitration is toted as a wonderful voluntary alternative to the public court system. Boyd's report examining the question of religious arbitration was commissioned by current Attorney General Michael Bryant."
"There was some fast backpedaling on the secretly negotiated agreement between the Canadian government's Indian Affairs band council of Kahnawake and Microsoft of Seattle Washington. Many people attended a meeting that was called on short notice - elders, men, women, young people, even some children. People came from other Mohawk territories such as Akwesasne and Kanehsatake and even from as far away as British Columbia. The two band councillors stated they would not sign this agreement as it stands!"
"This article will examine how the Canadian state continues to undermine the livelihoods of the Anishinaabe and the political factors that are shaping Grassy Narrows' present fight for their lands."
"Retired Canadian Major-General Lewis MacKenzie says the (British Columbia New Democratic Party) was wrong to force one of its candidates to resign over his views of former Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic....MacKenzie, who commanded peacekeeping troops in Kosovo, says (Rollie) Keith was just telling the truth....And he says much that was said and reported about the Serbs has since been proven to be just 'propaganda' that many people believed."
"It is clear that the middle class do not understand what is going on when it comes to the struggles of people in poverty, because they are not being presented with those struggles. As a matter of fact, part of the job of the mainstream media, our government, and the police, is to HIDE homelessness and poverty struggles from the middle class and elite sectors of society. Part of the 'freedom' America is fighting for in Iraq, is the freedom to benefit from a wide capitalist class chasm WITHOUT GUILT. Without guilt is huge. It is no fun to have a mansion if everyone stands outside your gates calling you a pig and you are shamed and scorned as a glutton always. Mansions are only fun if everyone envies you and treats you as superior for such acquisitions. Having expensive trendy clothing is not fun if you are called a jerk, rather than cool, for having them. It is pretty easy to take the 'joy' out of exclusive perks for the privileged, by just pointing out how elitist they are. That is why they try to keep poor people out of sight, and out of mind, of the privileged classes. So part of class insulation is not having to be called out for gluttony, and to be gated and protected from seeing or hearing about the plights of the poor."
"After four months of mounting political pressure and constitutional crisis, the people of Ecuador have driven President Lucio Gutierrez from office. In the face of unstoppable mass protest, and growing calls for the dissolution of Congress and establishment of popular assemblies, Ecuador's right-wing Congress abandoned Gutierrez, leaving vice-president Alfredo Palacio to assume the role."
"Attempts to overhaul mental health law in England and Wales suffered a withering blow last month when a Joint Parliamentary Committee described the draft bill as 'fundamentally flawed' and sent it back to committee."
"The BC Liberals' Skeena riding association president Lael McKeown stepped down Tuesday, after the District of Kitimat discovered that the $360 it paid to attend a forum was a political contribution to the Liberal party.
Last May, when officials from several Northern BC towns were invited to a forum on economic diversification, the invitations were issued on government letterhead, giving the impression the event was official business. But the BC Liberal Party collected the attendance fees, according to Elections BC records."
"With an agreement looking likely, a lawsuit is now being prepared to bring against Weyerhaeuser based on Title, damages and breach of contract. The issue of damages is based on the land and timber taken from Haida Gwaii and the breach of contract relating to a violation of five parts of the Six Point Agreement, made with Weyerhaeuser in 2002, that the Haida allege was broken. This agreement covered things like respecting the Haida's cultural rights and the limitation of harvesting machinery...
'They just do not seem to be good stewards of the land,' said Mills about Weyerhaeuser. 'They're in the business of making money and they'll do that anyway they can.'"
"In a meeting held at the Ayacucho Hall of the Miraflores Palace, the decree to nationalise the Constructora Nacional de Valvulas was signed.
After two long years of struggle at long last the expropriation of the CNV was put into practice. The CNV had been taken over by the workers throughout this time."
"[T]he opposition are reporting that groups of armed men raided polling stations in areas where their support is traditionally strong and destroyed or took away the ballot boxes."
"The stuffing of ballot boxes is occurring on a large scale and we haven't heard of a single polling station where everything is going well," Mr Akitani said.
[from another story:] "Protesters threw up flaming barricades across Togo's capital and a furious opposition urged people to resist after Faure Gnassingbe, son of the late long-ruling president, was declared winner of a presidential poll marred by violence and fraud allegations."
Round up the criminals. Hang'em high.
"Wrapping up his investigation into Saddam Hussein's purported arsenal, the CIA's top weapons hunter in Iraq said his search for weapons of mass destruction "has been exhausted" without finding any.
Nor did he find any evidence that such weapons were shipped officially from Iraq to Syria to be hidden before the U.S. invasion, but he couldn't rule out some unofficial transfer of limited WMD-related materials"
"SALIM al-Adra opens a plastic bag to display the green
pellets that Palestinian villagers in the West Bank village
of Tuwani say signify a dramatic and deadly escalation
of attacks by Israeli settlers. The pellets, according to
laboratory tests, are 2-fluoroacetamide, a rat poison
banned or severely restricted in many countries but
produced by two Israeli factories."
"(W)hile the Gomery (Inquiry) issue built to a crescendo last week, hardly
any attention was paid to the release of a defence policy review that
signalled Ottawa's intention to make the Canadian military more part of
the US war machine - a change that would likely offend most Canadians,
if they were aware of it."