Vicente Fox Not Welcome in Vancouver: Vancouver-Based Human Rights Organizations Denounce and Oppose former Mexican President’s presence and talk on leadership at Power Within event.
March 7, 2007 (Vancouver) – Major international and Mexican human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have documented an extensive list of human rights abuses committed under the presidency of Vicente Fox. These include organized rape and sexual assault campaigns by state forces against the women of San Salvador Atenco and Oaxaca, and systemic negligence, corruption and torture in dealing with a situation in which more than 400 women and girls have been brutally murdered in the cities of Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua.
[Barack Obama] impressed me as progressive, intelligent and charismatic. I distinctly remember thinking 'if only a man of this calibre could become president one day'...On Friday Obama gave a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)...Reviewing the speech, Ha'aretz Washington correspondent Shmuel Rosner concluded that Obama..."passed any test anyone might have wanted him to pass. So, he is pro-Israel."
The United States consulate [in Vancouver] occupies three-and-half floors of a West Pender highrise. More than 60 employees work out of the downtown Vancouver office. They include 12 agents from various branches of U.S. law
enforcement such as Homeland Security, the FBI, Secret Service, [Drug Enforcement Administration] and [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms].
Conservative politicians first began making crime a major political issue as part of a strategy to roll back the reforms won by social activists in the 1960s. The civil rights movement made it no longer respectable to make openly racist arguments, so political figures declared a war on crime to send a coded racial message to the voters...At a time when social spending was being slashed and inequality and poverty were increasing, conservatives blamed bad individuals rather than underlying social conditions for crime.
Before it passed, Anna Arias spoke at the Hazelton, [Pennysylvania] council meeting against the ordinance, warning that its approval would make Hazleton "the first Nazi city in the country." When she asked the crowd if they would deport the children of undocumented workers – utterly "legal" US citizens - the crowd shouted "Yes!"...
Some of the most important threats to democracy in Africa are the International Republican Institute (IRI), USAID and other international NGO’s that are directly funded by the United States Congress. These are US foreign policy institutions that masquerade as philanthropic organizations of good-will all the while furthering American foreign policy. They are currently operating in over 40 African countries including Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
[Housing Advocates]...fumed that the 10 per cent personal income tax cut was billed as a main component of the B.C. [Liberals] housing strategy. They found meagre the promise of a mere 250 new social housing units built in B.C. over the next two years...They wondered how, for people living on social assistance, a $50 boost in shelter allowance was supposed to change their living circumstances in any serious way.
Venezuelan Bolivarianism has a new home of Ecuador.
Hugo Chavez Frias gained an Ecuadoran ally last November when voters rejected Washington's choice and the country's richest man and elected Raphael Correa its President by an impressive margin. Correa is a populist economist and self-styled "humanist, leftist Christian" promising big changes for another Latin American country long ruled by and for the elite and against the interests of ordinary people Ecuador abounds in whose voices finally spoke and prevailed.
Illegal and immoral U.S. aggression is...a bipartisan affair. Democrats and liberals are responsible for their share of the death, destruction, and misery caused by U.S. empire-building along with Republicans and conservatives...(E)ven politicians with...progressive politics can be twisted by the pathology of power and privilege.
Two-thirds of Canadians believe the federal government...should treat drug abuse as a medical problem requiring more prevention and treatment programs, according to a new national poll...But a clear majority of the remaining one-third of Canadians who favour a police crackdown on drug abuse are Conservative supporters...[As well], the Canadian Police Association, representing rank-and-file police officers across Canada, and the RCMP have both criticized harm reduction policies.
The latest opinion surveys look grim for [Stephen] Harper...Canada's rejection of Harper, known as "un clone de Bush"...would be a blow to the already battered psyche of [US] Republicans because Harper copied many of their strategies, even consulting with the architects of what was supposed to be a permanent Republican majority in the United States.
You know that things are serious when a parliamentary select committee puts out a call for sanctions against another sovereign state. Doubly so when that state is supposed to be one of Britain's key allies in the Middle East. Yet today the House of Commons international development committee is calling on the Labour government to press for sanctions against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinian people.
"...[W]e’re not in the business of providing cheap food,”...“There’s a difference. Good food costs money. Cheap food doesn’t cost money. If you want a decent meal, there’s a price associated with a decent meal..."
--Non-Partisan Association [NPA] Park's Board Commissioner Marty Zlotnik on why Vancouver's poor are not entitled to eat "a decent meal" in Vancouver's public parks
(venezuelanalysis.com)-Venezuela’s National Assembly passed a so-called “enabling law” today, which will allow President Chavez to pass laws by decree in eleven different areas for a period of 18 months. Chavez had asked for the enabling law earlier this month, saying it is needed to accelerate the process of transforming Venezuela’s state and economy into “21st century socialism.”