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.
By Harsha Walia - December 30, 2012
Christie Blatchford seems to have a penchant for horse manure. In her vitriolic piece about Attawapiskat Cree Chief Theresa Spence...Blatchford writes, "all around her, the inevitable cycle of hideous puffery and horse manure that usually accompanies native protests swirls"...In her most recent piece, Blatchford has the audacity to refer to Chief Spence's action as "one of intimidation, if not terrorism."
By Krystalline Kraus - rabble.ca
There is a rich history of resistance against colonialism in North America-Turtle Island...Drawn from the deep water of this legacy, the Idle No More movement has sprung up -- starting in early December 2012 and promising to continue into the new year.
By Leonard Peltier and Amy Goodman - Znet
Leonard Peltier, one of the nation’s most well-known and longest-incarcerated prisoners, speaks out from the U.S. Penitentiary at Coleman, Florida, where he is currently held. Peltier is the Native American activist and former member of the American Indian Movement who was convicted of aiding in the killing of two FBI agents during a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. Sentenced to prison in 1977, Peltier is now 68 years old.
By MARK WEISBROT - December 19, 2012
Venezuela is a middle-income country where the rule of law is relatively weak, as is the state generally...But compared with other countries of its income level, it does not stand out for anything in the realm of human rights abuses. Certainly there is nothing in Venezuela comparable to the abuses by Washington allies such as Mexico or Honduras – where candidates for political office, opposition activists, and journalists are regularly murdered...By contrast, we in the United States are not doing so well by comparison to our own history and income level. We have suffered a serious loss of civil liberties under the administrations of George W. Bush and President Obama.
Below is an article, reprinted in full, reporting on an event in London, England that was organized by the Cage Prisoners organization. One of the featured speakers was Robert H. King of the Angola 3, who was released in 2001 after 29 years in solitary confinement. King's comrades Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace remain behind bars and have now been in solitary for over 40 years.
Today is the five year anniversary of the historic action at Vancouver Airport that prevented the deportation of Laibar Singh, an almost two year struggle that many of No One Is Illegal's Vancouver activists were deeply involved.
By Ali Abunimah - Electronic Intifada
In its report on Hamas leader Khaled Meshal’s speech in Gaza on Saturday, The Observer...quoted Meshal saying the following words: We don’t kill Jews because they are Jews. We kill the Zionists because they are conquerors and we will continue to kill anyone who takes our land and our holy places … We will free Jerusalem inch by inch, stone by stone. This however is a blatant mistranslation.
What you don't see in the media about Gaza. Horrifying!
By Dave Zirin - November 29, 2012
State referenda earlier this month legalized small amounts of marijuana for personal use in Colorado and Washington State. These votes threaten to raise a massive legal and public relations headache for the NFL. Two of their teams, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, now play in states where marijuana is legal. This could have implications for where players choose to go in free agency as well as how players desire to treat their injuries...The NFL is trying to nip this...in the bud.
By Julian Assange - Friday, November 30, 2012
In his most extended interview in months, Julian Assange speaks to Democracy Now! from inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been holed up for nearly six months. Assange vowed WikiLeaks would persevere despite attacks against it.