By Jorge Rivas - Colorlines
Meet Matthew Fogg, a former U.S. Marshal whose exploits led him to be nicknamed “Batman.” When he noticed that all of his team’s drug raids were in black areas, he suggested doing the same in the suburbs.
Hundreds came out in Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories, for an emergency protest against Israeli Deputy Minister Eliaz Luf, Canadian Deportation Minister Jason Kenney, and former Tory Cabinet Minister Stockwell Day.
By MIKE KING - Counterpunch
Police violence is not an epidemic, not a new disease ravaging an otherwise healthy body politic. Police violence is a metastasized form of the cancer that has been present in this political order since it was in the colonial womb. Institutionalized racial violence is a cancerous mutation built into the very nature of “American Democracy” – the primary condition that has kept it forever fragmented, hypocritical, and lying to itself with one eye closed so as not to see its own behavior – a condition which has consistently fueled this cycle of violence for hundreds of years.
Canadians Rally Outside Halifax War Conference to Uphold Principles of Sovereignty and Self-Determination [Video]
The Halifax International Security Forum was recently held at the Westin hotel for three days. On the second day, 100-200 protestors stood outside the hotel in solidarity with Palestine, Syria and Iran while denouncing Israel’s behaviour and boldly calling for Canada to exit NATO.
By Nozomi Hayase - Dissident Voice
“The people of this world are treated like mushrooms: Kept in the dark, and fed shit. Wikileaks is a fundamentally anti-mushroom organization…. Wikileaks proposed that the people reject their status as fungi – find out what their governments are doing, what corporations are doing, what the powerful are doing, what the 1% are doing...[WikiLeaks] may become the most powerful intelligence agency on earth, an intelligence agency of the people.”
- Dan Mathews, speaking at a rally in Melbourne, Australia, in support of Julian Assange
On a chilly Thursday evening, with next to zero notice, hundreds of activists and citizens in Vancouver mobilized to show their solidarity with the brave people of Palestine, resisting the continuing onslaught of the oppressive Israeli occupation, condemned as completely illegal by almost the entire world.
By Norman Finkelstein
Also including a time-line from the Electronic Intifada on how Israel shattered the Gaza truce leading to escalating death and tragedy.
By Tariq Ali - Znet
Israel maintains it's conducting a successful operation, despite the rising number of civilian casualties in Gaza and amid international efforts to mediate peace.
The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battlefield on a largely defenseless civilian population, is the final phase in a decades-long campaign to ethnically-cleanse Palestinians...It is not a war, it is murder.
By Jérôme E. Roos - November 15, 2012
...Southern Europe continues to tremble on its very foundations. As smoke rises from the streets of Madrid, Lisbon, Rome and Athens, one thing is becoming ever more clear: the question is no longer if but when the social explosion will hit. The outrage is building up, and with unemployment rising, austerity deepening, and a generation of Europeans increasingly disillusioned by state intransigence and outraged by police violence, such an outburst of popular rebellion seems ever more inevitable. All it will take is a spark.
"We're talking about immigrants coming here, people of colour exploited for labour, being sent out of the country, denied status, who cannot have their spouses come over, who can't have access to health care. I'm curious to know how that's not xenophobic..."
By Peter Boyle & Patrick Harrison - Green Left Weekly
We’ve seen charred bodies of dead and injured children pouring in to Al Shifa hospital of Gaza City and the other depleted hospitals around the Gaza Strip. There have been at least 50 air strikes all over the Gaza Strip so far. Deafening explosions shook us all as bombs landed close to us in the streets near the Universities -- the windows of my house were broken as a result of Israeli bombing.
By Dave Zirin - November 11, 2012
Few...girls are described as a “young — very young — Walter Payton.” But that’s what people are calling Sam Gordon...Gordon has become an Internet sensation after the spread of viral videos showing her shredding Pee Wee football defenses with a series of dynamic touchdown runs...At 9 years old, she has her own reason for playing football. “Most of the times it’s just really fun to be the one scoring the touchdowns...Rather than the boys.”
Montreal health workers and migrant justice activists disrupt Conservative Minister Maxime Bernier in Montreal.
October 30, 2012 - Coop Média de Montréal
Montreal police are coming under increasing criticism for their use of lethal force. Over the past two years, three people have been shot to death during what could have been routine police interventions.