"Can you imagine the BBC and other major broadcasters apologising to a rogue regime which practises racism and ethnic cleansing; which has 'effectively legalised the use of torture' (Amnesty); which holds international law in contempt, having defied hundreds of UN resolutions and built an apartheid wall in defiance of the International Court of Justice; which has demolished thousands of people's homes and given its soldiers the right to assassinate; and whose leader was judged 'personally responsible' for the massacre of more than 2,000 people? Can you imagine the BBC saying sorry to Saddam Hussein's Iraq, or other official demons, for broadcasting an uncensored interview with a courageous dissident of that country, a man who spent 19 years in prison, mostly in solitary confinement? Of course not. Yet, last month, the BBC apologised 'confidentially' to a regime with such a record, so that its correspondent would be allowed back, having promised to abide by a system of censorship that continues to gag the dissident. The regime is Ariel Sharon's in Israel, whose war crimes, appalling human rights record and enduring lawlessness continue to be granted a certificate of exemption not only by the US-dominated west but by respectable journalism."
The workers of Zanon and other social organizations mobilized in front of the central courthouse on April 21 to defend their factory against mounting attacks. At a moment when the courts and government must make a "political and legal decision" concerning the ceramics factory that has been producing under worker control since 2001 - legal attacks, death threats and physical attacks against the workers have increased.
"Canada's short-term memory about its role in the ongoing genocide against the Serbian people of Kosovo is a crime in itself. We must remember, for lest we forget, we are condemned to repeat the horrible acts once more."
"Yesterday, the Wilderness Committee was given written notice by Elections BC that they are banning the distribution of our 'Vote Wild' newspaper as of today. The reason given for suppressing the newspaper is because they've deemed it to be 'partisan advertising,' as it criticizes the government before an oncoming election."
"The United States has donated to Colombia four
airplanes and six helicopters to support the
South American country's efforts to "fight drug
trafficking and terrorism," the Colombian Defense
Ministry said Friday."
Call for International Action Day of Solidarity with the Prisoners of Aachen: Wednesday 4th of May 2005.
Since the 23rd of March 2005, our comrades Gabriel, Jose, Bart and Begona are on trial in Aachen, Germany. Since the day of their arrest, on the 28th of June 2004, it was clear that they are and will be treated with a special vengeance - for months Jose, Gabriel and Bart have been imprisoned in almost complete isolation, for months they have been pictured as dangerous criminals, for months part of the so-called radical left movement have kept silent. All this is standard procedure for the defenders of the existing order, normality and morality.
"George Bush will visit the province of Limburg in the Netherlands to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Europe's liberation on May 8. He will also attend several bilateral talks in the region around Maastricht on May 7th. Local activist groups and students are planning demonstrations to receive Bush in Maastricht. However, a website created to disseminate information about these protests has been censored and taken off air."
a new zine by Political Prisoners Jeffrey 'Free' Luers and Rob 'los Ricos'
Heartcheck is a 40 page zine
with new, unpublished writings and artwork by political prisoners Jeff 'Free' Luers and Robert 'Los Ricos'
Thaxton. The zine is printed on recycled paper by 1984 Printing in Oakland, California and has a 4 color cover.
Canada recently voted AGAINST a resolution condemning Islamaphobia and discrimination against Muslims, at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
Below is a statement by Muslim Canadians condemning this decision and calling on Parliament to investigate the decision.
Further on is the actual vote record where Canada lines up with the United States and other imperialist countries, such as Germany, France, Italy, Japan and the U.K., in opposing the resolution, along with U.S. client states like Australia, Hungary, Ukraine and the Dominican Republic.
Finally, we have Canada's lame justification for it's opposition to the resolution, which also encourages other countries to vote against it, as well.
Something tells me that despite Canada's stated opposition to this so-called "selective" resolution, had it been directed against persecution of Christians and others in some predominantly Muslim countries, the results would have been much different.
Drilling in the Sacred Place Where Life Begins would be a violation of the human rights of the people of the Gwich'in Nation. This fact is something that is continually left out of the debate by the proponents of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
During the recent ANWR debate in Congress, senators in support of oil development disregarded the fundamental basis of our concerns about the risks of drilling and the importance we place on the area where drilling would occur.
The Canadian government Department of Indian Affairs band council
in Kahnawake is launching a "language" auction.
They're selling the Mohawk language to the highest bidder. They're
signing an agreement with multi-national corporation, Microsoft, to
"co-develop an innovative Kanienkehaka language project"!
"If Sharon intends to evacuate the Gaza settlements, he is doing so with
outrageous inefficiency. He is far more efficient in the West Bank. There,
plans are carried out precisely as scheduled. Right from the start, during
the first agreements between Sharon and Netanyahu one year ago about the
disengagement plan, it was agreed that the disengagement would not be put
into effect before the 'separation fence' was completed on the western side
of the West Bank. Indeed, the construction of the wall is moving towards
"An Argentinian former naval officer who threw prisoners, drugged and naked, to their death from planes was convicted of crimes against humanity and jailed for a total of 640 years by a Spanish court yesterday for his part in the 'dirty war' against dissidents conducted by the Argentinian military regime in the 1970s."
"His trial was the first successful prosecution under a Spanish law which allows crimes against humanity committed in other countries to be tried in Spain."
A pharmaceutical company was yesterday found to have undermined an urgent safety restriction on its antidepressant drug and misquoted official guidance on the treatment of depression so as to favour its product.
Wyeth has been forced to withdraw an information pack about the drug Effexor, which is now only allowed to be prescribed by specialists in mental health since it has been associated with more deaths and other side effects than others in its class.
"Fishermen have staged numerous protests against the government's quota system, which guarantees plant owners a fixed share of the supply.
Fishermen, who say the decision is being imposed unilaterally, complain they will no longer be able to sell their catches to the highest bidder."