"A death squad has killed at least 30 people in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. Authorities say they are looking at the possible role of what they call rogue police, in a potential act of reprisal for recent arrests of eight officers.
Rights groups accuse police of carrying out a 1993 massacre in the state.
Twenty-one people were killed."
"The meeting was without precedent. Four of the Toronto Police Service's most senior and respected black officers, along with 38 other black officers from across the force, gathered on company time to have a frank discussion about what it was like to be a black member of a force facing allegations of racial profiling."
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Bryna Hallam of Concordia University analyzes the latest trend in criminalizing protest: authorities tagging protesters with the label "terrorists." Are mass arrests, pre-emptive arrests, and hyped-up charges the new norm? Supporters of Tre Arrow argue the media conglomerates are happy to push this hysteria over "terrorism" because the hype boosts their profits.
Loblaws to close six warehouses in Ontario and Que
Loblaw president's pay increases to $2.35-million
"It surprises me that DIAND and our MP would be so arrogant as to reappoint this guy to another board, after what happened at the Review Board," said Joe Acorn, an environmental consultant who was fired from the MVEIRB.
Acorn says he suspects the reason for Burlingame's appointment is the Mackenzie gas and pipeline project.
"At another level, we have sort of more brutal sweeps that are targeting the poor en masse. So literally going into poor neighbourhoods and opening fire, or going after known militants, organizers, local leaders in the community, and hunting them down. Nobody really knows how many people have been killed, but we know that just in March , the first month after the coup, the morgue in Haiti had over 1000 bodies disposed of, and a normal month would be like a hundred. So the rate of killing is just astronomical, it's far worse that the '91-94 period, and some human rights people within Haiti estimate that as many as 10 000 people have been killed since February 29 of last year."
"The American media today is sleepwalking towards an American war with Iran with all of the incompetence and lack of integrity that it displayed during a similar path trodden during the buildup to our current war with Iraq.
It was curious that no one in the American media took it upon themselves to confront the President or his Secretary of State about the June 2005 date, or for that matter the October 2004 review by the President of military plans to
attack Iran in June 2005."
"Why is it that when things serve only males, is it not considered 'male-exclusive,' yet anything where women predominate is immediately labeled abhorrent, as subcultural (a women's something or other), or a subcategory of the all-maleness that is considered normalcy? I am stunned how male editors continue to pump out more and more male-exclusive websites, newswires, and magazines, and then have the nerve to call it "alternative" press."
"Haida Indians say they have seized a large quantity of cut timber from Weyerhaeuser for alleged breach of contract.
'We hope we can use this money to get hospitals here ... and all our schools are in debt because they've been funded like everywhere else in the province,' said Guujaaw, president of the Council of the Haida Nation."
The Abitibi-Consolidated owned Kenora Daily Miner and News published a story today entitled "Few objections so far to Kenora Forest harvest plan" which makes the bold and dubious claim that little opposition has surfaced to the 2006-2011 clear-cutting plan for the Kenora area which has been cooked up by government and industry officials.
Have they failed to notice the over two-year long ongoing logging blockade in Grassy Narrows in response to the plan's predecessor, Abitibi's "Whiskey Jack Forest management plan"? Did they miss that many First Nations have taken to boycotting "consultations" after decades of being ignored when they've come to raise their concerns?
No, the Kenora paper has noticed. Buried inside the article we find that all First Nations bodies have dropped out of the planning process, and that "there is also no First Nations representation on the local citizens committee." But the overall tone is one of relief; as long as natives aren't participating, industry can churn out PR assuring us that there was very little opposition to the plan, and that it was well received by the community.
It's time to join our voices with those of the Anishinabek to protect the land, and to give the state-corporate industrial machine a whole lot more to worry about.
"US soldiers have stormed a women and children's hospital in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, a hospital director says....Dr Ahmad Ibrahim, the assistant director of the city's paediatric hospital, told Aljazeera on Saturday that the soldiers entered the hospital on Friday after an explosion on Ramadi's main road."
[editor's note, by ron] The following is a rewrite of the piece originally written and submitted by Liberte, a polish anarchist, about the police attack on a local squat last week. Some of the language is still a little difficult to read, but hopefully it will give you an idea what happened. It is followed by the original.
"(The Unemployed Worker's Union) will make an example of Dennis & the Gourmet shop to show that attacks on the poor and homeless will no longer be tolerated. We will organize ourselves for our own interests, outside the control of politicians and businessmen. We have nothing to gain by capitalist-oriented development of the city, and we will resist the encroachment from those who stand to profit by increasing our misery."
Tens of thousands of Fanmi Lavalas supporters demonstrate in Port-au-Prince to commemorate the 18 years that the Constitution has been in effect
Port-au-Prince, March 29, 2005 (AHP)- "Several tens of thousands of supporters of Fanmi Lavalas demonstrated this Tuesday in the populist district of Bel-Air to call for an end to the violations of the Constitution of 1987 and for the return of democratic government, which was interrupted, they said, by the sudden departure of President Aristide on February 29, 2004."
Port blockade ends in six arrests. Protesters throw rocks at riot police. Barricades snarl rush-hour traffic; more disruptions promised for today
About 200 protesters spent the morning behind barricades of old clothing, tires and other rubbish erected to block traffic outside a Port entrance at Notre Dame and Boucherville Sts. Slogans like "the social peace is over" were emblazoned on the road in orange spraypaint.
The protest was the first event in the CASSEE's so-called "economic disruption week," which is expected to continue this afternoon with a surprise activity.