By Tony Iltis - Green Left Weekly
[Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] is a progressive, anti-racist movement. The struggle for rights for Palestinians is no more aimed at persecuting Jews than the struggle for non-white South Africans’ freedom from Apartheid was aimed at persecuting whites...For 60 years, Palestinians have been punished for an event in European history that they played no part in.
By Jack Miller - WSWS
Professional hockey can be regarded as a showcase of outstanding talent, exhibited for the appreciation of informed and knowledgeable fans...But given the demands of the market, professional hockey is also an entertainment competing for the largest possible audience with a dozen other mass spectacles. The interplay between these contradictions has driven continual and accelerating change in the way hockey has been played over the past century.
By Rick Kuhn - September 22, 2011
It is possible to oppose anti-semitism on a narrow basis, that the racist persecution of Jews is wrong. A broader and far more effective approach strengthens the fight against anti-semitism by treating it as part of the struggle against all forms of racism and oppression. From this perspective, the front line of the battle against anti-semitism today is the campaign against apartheid Israel.
September 21, 2011 - Vancouver Media Co-op
Not only are the [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] a corrupt and oppressive force...they are also an important instrument in the colonial occupation of Native lands. Originally the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), they were modeled after the Royal Irish Constabulary, then used by the British in their occupation of Ireland. The NWMP were established in 1873 after the Metis-Native rebellion of 1870. Their first major deployment was to crush the 1885 Northwest Rebellion.
By ROBERT JENSEN - September 5, 2011
...I feel no satisfaction in being part of the anti-war/anti-empire movement. Being right means nothing if we failed to create a more just foreign policy conducted by a more humble nation...Ten years later, I feel the same thing that I felt on 9/11 — an indescribable grief over the senseless death of that day and of days to come.
By Chris Hedges - Truthdig
We have, as always happens in war, become the monster we sought to defeat. We destroy in order to save. Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council estimates that the number of Libyans killed in the last six months...has exceeded 50,000. Our intervention, as in Iraq and Afghanistan, has probably claimed more victims than those killed by the former regime. But this intervention [was never]...about protecting or saving Libyan lives. It was about the domination of oil fields by Western corporations.
By Gerard Lefebvre - September 3, 2011
...[T]he [Days of Action] against Harris can only really be called a failure – if an instructive and ultimately useful one. The moment was not seized and Harris felt safe in pursuing his class-war agenda. There was a glimmer of possibility, of widespread frustration and dissent lying beneath the surface of daily life – and it burst forth for a moment, only to be shoved back into the corner by a union leadership too afraid to rock the boat.
By Edward S. Herman and David Peterson - September 04, 2011
On first reading George Monbiot's "Left and Libertarian Right Cohabit in the Weird World of the Genocide Belittlers," we drew up a list of his errors, misrepresentations, and regurgitations of party-line lies, so as to better equip ourselves to respond to his commentary. But as the original list kept growing each time we looked at his work, we soon realized that our list might be almost indefinitely expandable, depending on how finely we parsed his errors, and how much time we wanted to devote to the project.
By Bruce A. Dixon - Black Agenda Report
Forty years ago this week, inmates in upstate New York's Attica Prison took their lives and destinies into their own hands. The prison, designed for 1200 inmates at the time housed nearly double that number, and inmates were limited to one shower per week and one roll of toilet paper per month. Arbitrary beatings and religious discrimination against Muslim inmates were common...“We are men...and not beasts to be driven as such.”
By Peter Schwarz - WSWS
The transition of former liberals and pacifists into the imperialist war camp is so widespread that one cannot treat it as an individual phenomenon. Great social struggles often announce themselves through such political transformations. Political parties are preparing for the role they will play in future class struggles...It is mainly the representatives of well-off layers of the middle class who are bidding adieu to their former pacifist, liberal or “leftist” views.
By Graham Beverly - WSWS
Whenever a consensus has emerged within the Canadian ruling class to deploy the [Canadian Armed Forces] overseas, the [New Democratic Party] has given its support, repeating and frequently amplifying the various “humanitarian” and “democratic” arguments used to bamboozle the population into supporting the bloody overthrow of regimes considered an obstacle to the interests of the western powers and the grabbing of resources and geo-strategic positions.
By Graham Beverly - WSWS
...[T]he [New Democratic Party] have helped rally support for and politically legitimize the use of the [Canadian Armed Forces] to bolster the predatory interests of the Canadian bourgeoisie. On several occasions...the NDP having supported the CAF’s deployment in imperialist wars, subsequently responded to the growth of popular antiwar sentiment by calling for an end to Canadian participation. In so doing, their purpose has been to corral this opposition behind a section of the political establishment and thereby neuter it.
By Stephen Hume - August 17, 2011
...[I]t's creepily fascinating to watch England's moneyed over-class distance itself from the social context in which the recent riots occurred...Knee-jerk recrimination from a British over-class and its apologists, blinkered by self-interest, follows a predictable pattern..."Social problems like poverty and unemployment were once understood as injustices that sprang from flaws within capitalism...Yet today they have become understood as the consequences of personal behaviour, individual defects and even choice."
By ALEXANDER COCKBURN - August 12-14, 2011
[The] endless wars on crime and drugs...have engendered not merely 2.3 million prisoners but a vindictive hysteria that pulses on the threshold of homicide in the bosoms of many of our uniformed law enforcers. Time and again, one hears stories attesting to the fact that they are ready, at a moment's notice or a slender pretext, to blow someone away, beat him to a pulp, throw him in the slammer, sew him up with police perjuries and snitch-driven charges, and try to toss him in a dungeon for a quarter-century or more.
By Verena Nees - WSWS
In the German post-war period, it was long claimed that only the Gestapo (Nazi secret police) were involved in the mass murder and the extermination policies of the Nazis. An exhibition, Order and Annihilation – The Police and the Nazi Regime at the German Historical Museum in Berlin, thoroughly dispenses with this assertion. All sections of the police, including regular uniformed and criminal detection forces, were willing tools of the Nazis.