"It's outrageous to hear of the school [closing] because of lack of money when we
see cash being spent hand over fist: $3,000 per week for a lavish hotel
room, $17,000 per month for "National" Public Relations firm, $83,400 per
month for Price Waterhouse Coopers, $26,000 per week for the police hotel
As Jews around the world celebrate 'freedom' this weekend during Passover, a holiday commemorating the exodus of the slaves from Egypt, we are reminded that the land of milk and honey, the land of freedom, has become a jail for those living behind the wall, separated from their own land and families.
Geneva - "The United Nations Commission on Human Rights on Thursday condemned
Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians and called on Israel to
stop building settlements in the occupied territories."
"It is a public service to be courageous. Courage is something that needs to be built up, like a muscle, with exercise. It is a skill that one needs to practice, like any talent or interest. It is a calling that rises one above mediocrity and peer pressure. Courage is the seed of autonomy and independence. It is essential for the survival of life on this planet, and it is essential people begin to step up to the plate sooner, not later. This is my challenge to all reading this article right now, to make a pledge to become more courageous in one important arena of your life, starting today."
"In 2004, a study commissioned by US bishops would conclude that 4 percent of US priests were sexual abusers....While the Vatican turned an even more blind eye to clergy sex-abuse than even the US bishops did, Ratzinger had his eyes out for priests and theologians who strayed over the party line. In the mid 1980s, he cracked down on 'liberation theology' among the poor in Latin America, saying it was too much allied with Marxists. He led the Vatican in revoking the authorization of the Rev. Charles Curran of Catholic University for his challenge to the ban on contraception. Ratzinger disciplined several other priests and nuns for their liberal views."
"Just days after Arar arrived at a Syrian military prison, Pillarella's memos back to Ottawa say his Syrian contact has told him that Arar was being interrogated and had confessed to links with terrorist organizations, alluding to groups based in Pakistan.
While Pillarella says the Syrians will allow Arar to have consular visits, nowhere does he note having asked about Arar's treatment or how the confessions were obtained."
An article of breath taking anti-Indian racism... from an Indian born Zionist...
"The goal of logging companies like MacMillan-Bloedel and Weyerhaeuser is to make a profit at any cost. These big corporations are extremely important for West Coast capitalism-and protecting business-as-usual is important to the government and the FBI. In this regard, the environmental movement is a thorn in the side of the multinational corporations and the US state. So the FBI has deployed a tried-and-true tactic, the tactic of divide and conquer. The FBI calls one half of the environmentalist movement 'ecoterrorist' and other half 'pacifist' and then steps back and watches us fight amongst ourselves, effectively diverting our attention from the main cause, namely saving the environment."
"The cult of Joseph Stalin, once worshipped as a near deity but later reviled as one of history's worst monsters, is enjoying a revival across Russia and beyond.
To the dismay of many, proposals to erect new monuments to the tyrant for what apologists see as his 'outstanding' war leadership have won support from figures close to President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin."
"Members of the Haida Nation bring their insurgency against Weyerhaeuser to Seattle today, one day before the global forest-products giant holds an annual meeting at its Federal Way headquarters.
Back home on the Queen Charlotte Islands, non-Indian residents and Haida have banded together to seize millions of dollars of logs from Weyerhaeuser. And they have set up land and sea barricades, paralyzing two huge sorting yards from which the company has loaded a wealth of logs onto barges to feed the world's hunger for timber."
"The truth about Falluja is far different than the bogus reports in the AP and Times. The fact that even now, a full 6 months after the siege, camera crews and journalists are banned from the city, tells us a great deal about the extent of America's war crimes. Just two weeks ago, a photographer from Al Aribiyya news was arrested while leaving Falluja and his equipment and film were confiscated. To date, he is still being held without explanation and there is no indication when he will be released."
"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reiterated
his opposition to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) on
Tuesday, saying his stance seems to concern 'Mr. Danger'
-an apparent reference to U.S. President George W. Bush."
"(Jamie) Graham is clearly out of control....(Last month) the Georgia Straight reported our chief is riding around the countryside in cars provided gratis by auto manufacturers. I since discovered Graham posed for photos in the cars while in his VPD uniform. Those photos accompany articles complete with his impressions about the cars: 'outstanding handling and tremendous acceleration.'"
"A controversial heavy oil project on lands Alberta's Lubicon Lake First Nation claims as its own has run into another hurdle.
The chief said it would be irresponsible for Ottawa to let the project proceed without dealing with the unresolved Lubicon land claim and without an independent assessment of environmental, social and economic impacts of the project."
"Last summer, in the lull of the August media doze, the Bush Administration's doctrine of preventive war took a major leap forward. On August 5, 2004, the White House created the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, headed by former US Ambassador to Ukraine Carlos Pascual. Its mandate is to draw up elaborate 'post-conflict' plans for up to twenty-five countries that are not, as of yet, in conflict. According to Pascual, it will also be able to coordinate three full-scale reconstruction operations in different countries 'at the same time,' each lasting 'five to seven years.'
Fittingly, a government devoted to perpetual pre-emptive deconstruction now has a standing office of perpetual pre-emptive reconstruction."
"Rejecting pleas for clemency from William Cottrell, a 24-year-old doctoral candidate in physics at the California Institute of Technology, U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner added more time to the sentence after finding that Cottrell was trying to sway consumers with his anti-SUV message."