In response to Judge Brady's ruling this week that overturned Albert Woodfox's conviction for a third time, Amnesty International has released a new statement calling on the Louisiana Attorney General to not appeal Brady's ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court.
By Karl Nerenberg - February 28, 2013
Tom Flanagan was one of Stephen Harper's key mentors, and remains perhaps the most influential ideologue of the current "Conservative movement"...Flanagan's rather overly frank comments on child pornography may have pushed him off that "unique perch"...But Flanagan's ideology is very much alive and well, and living in the halls of power, in Ottawa.
This video -- with commentary in French -- captures several minutes of footage of Montreal police charging protest lines.
By Laura Gottesdiener - AlterNet
The case of a young man with Down's Syndrome who was asphyxiated while in police custody last week has spiraled into a shocking national news story...The tragedy began when 26-year-old Minnesota resident Robert Saylor was reluctant to leave a movie theater, prompting employees to call the police. Without stopping to learn from Saylor’s aide that he had Down's Syndrome, the police handcuffed him and restrained him on the ground until he died of asphyxiation...“A few times each week, across the United States, police shoot and kill mentally ill people in complicated, often incredible circumstances.”
Video showing U.S. President Barack Obama joking about Predator Drones which are used to kill innocent people.
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
The Bush regime’s response to 9/11 and the Obama regime’s validation of this response have destroyed accountable democratic government in the United States. So much unaccountable power has been concentrated in the executive branch that the US Constitution is no longer an operable document...[T]he result is the same: 9/11 was used to create an open-ended “war on terror” and a police state. It is extraordinary that so many Americans believe that “it can’t happen here” when it already has.
The Angola 3 case may help change the arbitrary and sometimes abusive use of solitary confinement.
February 5th, 2013 - Dissident Voice
At least 54 countries including Syria, Iran, Sweden, Iceland, and UK offered CIA “covert support” to detain, transport, interrogate and torture suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks, according to a new report.
After four decades of solitary confinement in the nation’s most populated maximum-security prison — and one of its most historically brutal — a member of the internationally known “Angola 3” has reasonable cause to expect that he will soon be released, his attorneys and supporters say. The request to set free Albert Woodfox, 65, is being heard by the same federal judge who in 2008 ordered that Woodfox be released, a ruling that Louisiana prosecutors successfully appealed and blocked.
Last week, the "Dismantling Racism" class from St. Catherine University in Minnesota was taken on a Black Panther History Tour in Oakland and Berkeley, led by Billy X Jennings from It's About Time BPP Alumni & Legacy...An important friend and ally of the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3, Billy X Jennings' work was previously spotlighted in an interview with Angola 3 News, entitled "We Called Ourselves the Children of Malcolm."
By Zoe Blunt - January 15, 2013
Anti-racist organizers report they have won several skirmishes with a "conspiracy cult" linked to US patriot and militia organizations. Anti-Racist Action says members of a group called We Are Change Victoria (WAC) began sparring with social justice activists and the People's Assembly (Occupy Victoria) over a year ago...WAC is part of a North American network loosely connected to US radio host Alex Jones, the Libertarian Party, the militia movement and patriot groups...The group promotes conspiracy theories about 9/11, chemtrails, gun control, human rights law, climate-change denial, and Holocaust denial.
January 14, 2013 - AlterNet
In an interview broadcast on Al Jazeera English, Noam Chomsky argues that people who have the most privilege owe the most to society. "The more privilege you have the more responsibility you have...It's elementary"...Asked why the opposite seems to be true in America...Chomsky replies that the lack of public responsibility among many elites makes sense; after all, if you've devoted your life to enriching yourself and wealth is what you value the most, you don't care as much about other people..."It's also institutional...[I]t's Ayn Rand ideology: 'I just don't care about anyone else. I'm only interested in benefiting myself'..."
By Nozomi Hayase - January 09, 2013
The indigenous movement sparked in Canada has gone beyond borders and across the ocean to countries like New Zealand and England. It has been gaining strength as a force of healing and regeneration. Idle No More calls for all to join in and participate...This non-violent social uprising is viral in the minds and hearts of everyone across the planet determined to bring healing to our troubled communities, our planet, and the corruption that is eroding the highest places of government around the world.
By MICHAEL DONNELLY - December 31, 2012
Tarantino’s script is superb; the acting excellent; the score beautiful; the cinematography stunning and the absolute horror of Slavery has never been addressed this well in film...It’s the most important film so far on American Slavery...In the end, the movie is a love story: a retelling of the original Broomhilda myth with Django playing...a real-life Siegfried who rescues his love; a story of a man’s undying love for his wife.
Ezra Levant of sunnewsnetwork.ca did a very good job of explaining Treaty 9 between the Government of Canada and First Nations in 1905. Except Ezra forgot one little detail. The diaries of Daniel G. MacMartin.