By Independent Jewish Voices - rabble.ca
...Mr. Mulcair's leadership campaign represents an electoral coalition with Canada's Israel Lobby...[Independent Jewish Voices] is a non-partisan organization and is not endorsing any candidate in the [New Democratic Party] leadership race. However, this information raises serious concerns about what direction Mulcair would take the party if he were to win the leadership race.
Cops Unleash Attack Dogs, Students Suspended for "Thought Crimes" After Protesting School Conditions [Video]
By Sarah Seltzer - AlterNet
A group of enterprising public school students in Maryland tried to stage a basic protest over poor conditions, including 40-person classes, bad food, and poor treatment of both teachers and students...In response, police brought attack dogs to the school and a number of students were suspended for what they call "thought crimes."
Filmmakers Noelle Hanrahan and Stephen Vittoria further discuss their new documentary about political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. They explain that the film's title “Long Distance Revolutionary” refers "to a man who in the 1960s, not only cut his teeth and nurtured himself on the revolution that was taking place in the streets, but wholeheartedly believed in all its tenets. Flash-forward to over forty years later and he has never stopped believing, never stopped moving that revolution forward."
Noelle Hanrahan and Stephen Vittoria are working on a new film entitled, Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal.
By Krystalline Kraus - March 14, 2012
Calls for police accountability and community control over policing, and connected demands to stop prison expansion and prison abolition often tie together municipal, provincial and federal security apparatuses, but one branch of federal policing often gets off scot-free: Immigration Enforcement [which]...is a daily brutal reality for the 500,000 people living without status in Canada...Immigration Enforcement is an armed policing unit that terrorizes people as they work, as they access health-care, as they try to sleep...Immigration Enforcement is a police force that must be made accountable to communities.
Ani DiFranco's "¿Which Side Are You On?": A "Radical" Artist Openly Embraces Obama and the Democrats
By Jeff Lusanne - WSWS
¿Which Side Are You On? by independent American folk artist Ani DiFranco, is an album that raises significant issues facing artists today — above all, how to view society critically. In this case, the results are disappointing...In the last 15 years, the fuel of social inequality, war, and repression has begun to light a flame of opposition greater than any seen in decades, yet DiFranco has turned away. She now directs her largely youthful audience toward the existing political system, falsely and misleadingly claiming it is willing to listen to them.
March 15, 2012 - CBC News
Police ordered anti-brutality protesters to disperse, with riot officers charging the crowd as some threw rocks...At least 1,000 people showed up at the Berri metro station Thursday for the annual march against police brutality...In 2011, 258 people were arrested.
British journalist Andy Worthington, the author of “The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison,” has been documenting the array of human rights abuses at Guantanamo for over six years now. He was recently a guest speaker alongside investigative journalist Jason Leopold at the UC Hastings College of Law, in San Francisco, hosted by the college’s chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. The event, entitled “Ten Years of Guantanamo,” was held amidst protests around the world calling for the prison to be immediately shut.
While we may not have been directly implanted with Eldon Tyrell's niece's memories, our DNA reeks of Horatio Alger and our own bootstraps.
Israeli troops respond to International Women's Day demonstration at Qalandia checkpoint with water cannons, flash grenades and tear gas.
By Kellie Tranter - Znet
It's most instructive to read carefully the Stratfor emails WikiLeaks released recently...Their language and tone are alarming: both brutal and ruthless, in my view they reflect all that is wrong with a world now programmed to a rampant neo-liberal economic model that is underpinned by Machiavelli's philosophy of power...Machiavelli's philosophy is now found in the boardroom as well as on the battlefield and in government.
By Jorge Rivas - Tuesday, March 6 2012
Five Lakotas on Pine Ridge Indian land in South Dakota were arrested Monday after attempting to block two tar sands pipeline trucks from entering their land. According to the Lakota activists, the six-hour standoff started when the trucks refused to turn around...["]We oppose the tar sands oil mine in solidarity with Mother Earth and our First Nation allies."
March 4, 2012
From Halifax, Canada, Amir Alwani brings you the latest Potent News Blast:
--> Canada’s Crappy Crime Bill
--> Crazy Weather in US
--> Black Libyans Force-Fed Flags
By Stefan Christoff - February 28, 2012
Tens of thousands of students are on the streets protesting moves by the Québec Liberal government to inflate post-secondary tuition fees by $1,625 in the next five years. A serious grassroots battle is underway as students hold major street protests, sit-ins, and direct actions...Montreal is alive with dramatic protests. Tens of thousands took to the streets in a major demonstration last week, the largest strike action to date, emptying the schools of students.
As sailors have known for thousands of years, when the rats get nervous, the boat has sprung a leak.