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By Micheal OTuathail - October 08, 2009
...[T]he ignorance...in the House of [Commons] is driven by an ideological fervour for the advancement of neoliberalism in Colombia, Canada and around the globe. Massacre, corruption, drug-trafficking and the silencing of opponents is what is being supported by the Canadian government (and the Liberal Party that props it up) as long as it ignores the realities lived by people in Canada and Colombia alike.
This latest issue spotlights Herman Wallace's 68th birthday, Parnell Herbert's play "Angola 3" premieres in New Orleans, Francisco Torres of the SF8, and more.
By Federico Fuentes - September 30, 2009
Since [deposed former President Manuel] Zelaya's return, both repression by the dictatorship and resistance by the people have significantly increased. An unknown number of peaceful protesters have been killed or disappeared, and the regime rounds up protesters daily. Despite this, protests continue on the streets.
By Roberto Lovato - Znet
...[T]he subject...has nothing to do with free speech. [CNN Immigrant Basher Lou] Dobbs has the right to his opinions; but there's nothing in the Constitution that says he deserves a "news" platform to disseminate hurtful and dangerous myths about immigrants...For Dobbs, immigrants are "invaders," and he regularly uses debunked statistics to paint them as disease-carrying criminals.
This interview with author/activist Dan Berger is mostly based on Berger's essay "The Real Dragons: A Brief History of Political Militancy and Incarceration: 1960s to 2000s," which is featured in the book Let Freedom Ring: A Collection of Documents from the Movements to Free U.S. Political Prisoners.
News, updates and analysis on the G20 summit in Pittsburgh and associated protests.
WARNING: This article, while excellent, contains graphic material which some may find disturbing.
A three-month old baby in Louisiana died in her home from blood loss due to rat bites. There were holes in the walls and holes in the floor. Evidently, the landlord spent FEMA money earmarked to repair the house on something else, but the authorities were still trying to determine if they should file criminal charges against the parents!
Author J. Patrick O'Connor was recently video-interviewed in San Francisco about his research into the case of San Quentin death row prisoner Kevin Cooper, whose appeal at the Ninth Circuit Court was recently denied, with Judge William Fletcher writing a stinging dissent, declaring that the "State of California may be about to execute an innocent man.” This fall, Cooper will be appealing to the US Supreme Court, which is last chance to avoid execution.
By Paul Street - September 02, 2009
It's bad enough that working people have to calculate the risks of going without paychecks before daring to challenge their workplace masters to any significant degree. In the U.S., uniquely among modern "capitalist democracies," employees also have to factor in the chances of losing health coverage for themselves and their families along with their jobs. The common 19th century American understanding of the employer-employee relationship as a form of slavery ("wage slavery") takes on new meaning in light of workers' dependence on employers for affordable health care.
In her new book Blood & Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia, Jasmin Hristov seeks to expose the rational motivations behind state violence for capitalism’s economic elites in the US and Colombia. In meticulous detail, Hristov shows how the super-rich benefit from state repression and how the violators of human rights have essentially become immune from any consequences for their actions. If death squads are truly to be abolished in Colombia, we must look honestly at how and why they exist today.
By Justin Raimondo - Antiwar.com
...[T]hat old reliable "lightning rod for protest," George W. Bush, is gone, replaced by a liberal icon whom "progressives" are loathe to criticize...Progressives who were jumping up and down denouncing Bush’s war are silent – and even, in the case of [some] groups...enthusiastic supporters – when it comes to Obama’s wars.
The Angola 3 and their supporters commemorate the anniversary of Katrina by remembering all those who died such needless deaths and acknowledging the suffering that continues to this day due to governmental neglect and deep-seated racism.
By Laura Carlsen - August 27, 2009
In this poor Central American nation, feminists have been organizing for years in defense of women's rights, equality, and against violence. When the democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya was forcibly exiled by the armed forces, women from all over the country spontaneously organized to protect themselves and their families and demand a return to democracy. They called the new umbrella organization "Feminists in Resistance."