By Falguni A. Sheth - Znet
The lesson from the hoopla of the last month is that white, wealthy, or powerful people do not like to be subject to body searches...In other words, body searches are legitimate when they happen to Muslims, or little old ladies with colostomy bags, or other [folks]...It’s only a civil liberty issue when body searches happen to white folks.
By KENNETH E. HARTMAN - November 18, 2010
Life without the possibility of parole, the other death penalty, has a radically different set of realities affixed to it...[Y]ou will remain in prison until you die, however long that takes. You will serve your time in the most violent and repressive of prisons crammed into a cell designed for one person with whoever happens to be pushed in the door. No lawyers will volunteer to help you...[W]ell-funded national and international [anti-death penalty] organizations...will not work to overturn your sentence. In fact, they will lobby against your interests.
Healing Sarnia and Aamjiwnaang
In this interview, Zak Nicholls shares his experiences with struggles and impacts around Sarnia's Chemical Valley.
By Janet Newbury - October 28, 2010
I returned home...feeling fearful that the next generation is being duped into believing their power lies within their role as consumers, not citizens. I admire the passion of the young people who attended...but I worry that their good intentions are being harnessed to support the hegemony of corporations, which directly corresponds to increasing global inequities and injustice...I lament the fact that this single message of the value of ['corporate social responsibility'] is being delivered to them from every direction.
By Malalai Joya - October 18, 2010
Why are Obama and Harper wasting so much money on this war when they cannot give jobs or even houses to their own poor people? There are many homeless in Vancouver, but instead Harper spends billions of dollars [on] new weapons of war...Harper is saying that Canada will stay to do "training" of troops of the puppet Karzai regime...We Afghan people don't need any more "training" from the Canadian government...
By JONATHAN COOK - October 15-17, 2010
In all likelihood, I will be one of the very first non-Jews expected to swear loyalty to Israel as an ideology rather than as a state...[I] am likely to make such a pledge through gritted teeth and with my fingers crossed behind my back. Whatever I declare publicly...will be a lie. Here are the reasons why.
[Cross-posted from the Media Co-op]
By Kota Kimura and Toban Black
September 16, 2010
Many of the prisoners in Iran are of the generation of revolutionaries who took inspiration from revolutionary movements such as those in Cuba and Algeria, and whose heroes were people like yourself, Lumumba, Mandela, Gandhi, Che Guevara, and Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh. Among them are many of those who were involved in the movement for nationalization of Iranian oil, and the struggle against the coup d'état government after Mosadegh's government was overthrown.
Tuesday, September 14 2010 - Infoshop News
In the aftermath of the 2000 Republican National Convention, I was charged with multiple felonies...I approached my case with the attitude that the only way to stop the attempts to criminalize me - and dissent in general - was to organize more effectively than the forces of the state...Largely due to successful organizing strategies and community solidarity, I was acquitted after three-and-a-half years. Today, we face similar challenges and must adopt similar strategies in fighting those who wish to put our comrades behind bars and criminalize our visions.
Some experiences and photos from an August climate camp gathering and protest in Dunham, Quebec -- just north of Vermont. A tar sands pipeline ("Trailbreaker") and pumping station project was our main target at the camp. That campaign is a way of blocking tar sands expansion, while helping out local victims, at the same time. The pipeline project cuts across Maine, Quebec, Ontario, Michigan, Chicago, and other areas -- so there are plenty of points of intervention, and plenty of grounds for solidarity.
By Stefan Christoff - August 24, 2010
Under fluorescent lights at the U.S./Canada border, south of Montreal, questions on the war in Iraq and the Palestinian Intifada were fired towards me by officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security..."Can you tell me what you think about the war in Iraq?" questioned the young American man in uniform.
Here Be Dragons: Sprained Ankles, Air Conditioning, Farting Contests and Other Snapshots from the American War in Afghanistan
By Ann Jones - August 03, 2010
Throughout Afghanistan, insurgent attacks have gone up 51% since the official adoption of [counterinsurgency] as the strategy du jour. On this eastern front, where the commander had served six years earlier, he now faces a “surge” of intimidation, assassination, suicide attacks, roadside bombs, and fighters with greater technical capability than he has ever seen in Afghanistan...“What we’re fighting here now -- it’s a conventional war.”
By Dan Merchant - August 1, 2010
This summer marks seven years since a routine medical exam changed the course of Tim Moorley’s life. For four and a half years, Moorley has been seeking justice against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, for harm they have caused him and countless others. His fight has been hindered by suspicious behaviour in the medical system and a lack of cooperation by the [British Columbia] provincial government.
Snitching on the Resistance: How Celebrity Activists Have Set Off a Witch Hunt Against Anarchist Militants
July 12, 2010 - Vancouver Media Co-op
The public denunciation by celebrity leftist activists and "civil libertarians" validates the state's position and weakens the defense arguments of those comrades who face serious jail time. While in state custody, our comrades face beatings, torture, intimidation and extreme fear. As someone who's had a family member and several friends in government cages, I have zero tolerance for those who would endanger the freedom of people working for a better world.
July 13, 2010
I’m feeling pretty frustrated and concerned at the moment with a tendency I’m seeing more and more in local activism[:]...[A] censorious and...quite vicious attack from a small group of people on anyone and everyone who puts forward a critique of the black bloc. Derisive and offensive, this response has become all too common in recent months and is entirely incompatible with any meaningful resistance or community-building.