"Pope John Paul believed that it was contrary to God's law for anyone - Catholic or otherwise - to engage in birth control, abortion, homosexuality, in-vitro fertilization, masturbation, artificial insemination or sterilization. Intercourse between married partners, with no barrier to pregnancy and childbirth, was the only permissible sexual act in his eyes. And you go to hell if you believe otherwise....This was also the man who condemned 'liberation theology' - the belief that the church had a moral obligation to engage politically in the struggle for economic and political justice for the poor."
"Like other major oil companies, ChevronTexaco already has been flourishing, thanks largely to a rapid run-up in oil prices that has pushed U.S. gasoline prices well over $2 per gallon, squeezing consumers and businesses alike.
ChevronTexaco earned $13.3 billion last year, the most profitable year since its inception in 1879. Unocal earned $1.21 billion last year, nearly doubling its profit from the previous year."
"There is a growing sense in the North that the (Mackenzie) pipeline is facing some huge challenges and is possibly in some jeopardy," Handley said in Ottawa.
"They (Ottawa) have to come to an agreement with the Deh Cho, and if they are not able to do that, they have to make it clear that what the Deh Cho are asking for is just something that they are just not ready to accept. And what the Deh Cho are asking for is almost sovereignty." [The nerve!]
"Q: Are you people (opposing the seal hunt) against native peoples subsisting off seals? What gives?
A: There are no indigenous peoples involved in the East coast Canadian seal hunt."
"A man is dead. We anarchists love life and we can't dislike that.
Especially for the unspeakable cruelty of an agony indecently exhibited
on the world by the ecclesiastical hierarchy. Anyway, this day that sees
all politicians, from Fausto Bertinotti [PRC] to Alessandra Mussolini
[ex-AN, 'neo-fascists'], bow down in front of the 'throne of Peter' we
want to remember the man who was at the head of an absolute monarchy
distinguished for centuries in its barbarity. The church that has
perpetuated and blessed the massacre of millions and millions of men and
women, tortured, burned, killed in the name of the cross isn't the memory
of a now disowned past, but found in Wojtila, its deserving descendent."
"(Police) grabbed (APC Organizer) David Cunningham, threw him to the ground and arrested him. We surrounded him, demanding that he be released immediately, but he was picked up and carried into the hotel, out of sight....Three (other APC) members, Lily Loncar, Kim Kerr and Anton Pilipa, sat down and militantly refused to move until David was released. The rest of
the demonstration created a moving picket around the front of the hotel,
screaming our demands that Dave be released. One by one Lily, Kim and
Anton were arrested and carried away."
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FREDERICTON - Rifle shots were fired into the air Friday during a confrontation between sealers and protesters in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the north coast of Prince Edward Island.
"Michael lives in Regent Park, a 50-year-old housing project that was designed as a workers' paradise, only to degenerate into one of Canada's poorest and most violent neighbourhoods. Now, his world is about to undergo an unprecedented change in the hope of altering its dismal course. Beginning this fall, Regent Park will be demolished, making way for a $1-billion development that will mix subsidized housing with market rent units and owner-occupied homes."
"If the caribou are chased out of the birthing grounds, there won't be any caribou, there won't be any Gwich'in, and what's it all about?" said Phillipe Leblond, who took part in the noontime rally. "More oil for feeding the war machine?"
"Yesterday over six hundred Venezuelan indigenous people of the Wayú, Barí, and Yukpa ethnicities marched from the Plaza Morelos to the Presidential Palace of Miraflores in Caracas, protesting coal exploitation in the western state of Zulia. Alongside the indigenous people, civil society groups, political organizations, ecological and environment agencies and NGOs of the region walked the two miles to hand deliver a letter of protest to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez."
Robin Hood would have grinned.
"For six weeks, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty has been holding
special dietary clinics across the city. The purpose is to register welfare
recipients for a special food allowance available to clients with
health-related nutritional needs. Doctors, nurses and midwives are on hand
to sign forms saying that applicants require the $250-a-month supplement."
Vancouver Police Chief Jamie Graham does not take kindly to criticism. Just weeks after publicly flaming Julie Berg, who has been campaigning for justice for her brother Jeff since he was killed after being struck in the neck and head by a violent cop (Graham also later said this thug "deserves a medal" for killing Jeff), Graham is on the offensive against the Pivot Legal Society, who he slams as an "activist group."
Two pieces follow on Graham's contemptuous dismissal of Pivot's findings on systemic harassment and brutality against drug users and the homeless in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and Pivot's response to same (please note the Canadian Press headline which reports the Police Chief's dismissal of the Pivot report as fact).
"There has been a major oil and gas discovery southwest of Tulita that industry officials say will ignite more interest in exploration in the area.
Oil company executives say it's the largest find in decades in the region, 600 kilometers northwest of Yellowknife [in the middle of the Mackenzie Valley!!]."
"VANCOUVER - Four major developers, all of whom are dealing with the city on major projects, put up $30,000 between them to sponsor this week's fundraiser for Mayor Larry Campbell's splinter group 'The Friends of Larry Campbell.'"
"Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, have a $747-million
fortune, of which $14.8 million corresponds to the
candidate. Meanwhile, Vice President Dick Cheney and his
life Lynn Cheney possess private wealth to the tune of
$111.2 million. Edwards has a fortune of $44.6 million and
that of Bush stands at $18.9 million."
"Another difference: the delegates who are elected [in Cuba]
fulfill their services to the community without receiving any
salary whatsoever and without abandoning their professions