Twenty-four hours after taking over Enbridge’s North Westover pumping station, we’re still here, construction is stopped for a second day, and we’re confident we can hold the space for a while still. We’re confident that energy will continue to build through the weekend, and we invite anyone interested in helping us stop construction to drop by the site.
Hamilton, ON - June 20th, 2013
As this statement is released, we are digging in and occupying Enbridge’s North Westover Pump Station in the Beverly Swamp. We have done this to stop construction in preparation for the reversal of their Line 9 Pipeline to carry toxic diluted bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands through our communities and watersheds, likely for export.
By Brent Patterson - June 4, 2013
Defenders of the Land, Idle No More and other groups are organizing a 'Sovereignty Summer' for the coming months..."The Defenders of the Land is an established network of Indigenous activists that was formally formed in 2008...As a result of the alliance, Idle No More has now agreed to support non-violent direct action, including blockades, in the cause of Indigenous rights."
It's too early to know what's ahead. Clearly people are fed up. They're angry. They're sick and tired of a regime drunk with power.
Natan Blanc's an Israeli conscientious objector (CO). He's a refusenik. He and many others like him are called that for refusing to serve wrong over right. They resist proudly and courageously.
By Revolutionary Anarchist Action - Znet
This is an informative mail about the current situation in Istanbul, Turkey. After two days of protest about the urban gentrification of Gezi Park (biggest park in Taksim where green areas are continually being destroyed), people got fed up with police brutality and violence.
By Catharina Thörn - May 31, 2013
International media surprise that revolts can emerge in Stockholm, the supposedly prosperous “capital of Scandinavia”, stems from near-total ignorance of what has happened here over the last 30 years. Behind the urban revolts that set Stockholm on fire lies another, less visible revolution: the slow, deliberate, devastating assault on the Swedish welfare state.
Today, May 29, marks 32 years since Puerto Rican activist Oscar López Rivera was arrested and later convicted of “seditious conspiracy,” a questionable charge that Archbishop Desmond Tutu has interpreted to mean “conspiring to free his people from the shackles of imperial injustice.”
Speaking on the 13th anniversary of Lebanon's Resistance and Liberation Day, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addressed grave regional dangers.
By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
...[T]he Left seems powerless...to translate critique into practice, to mobilize against wars, to resist incursions against basic civil liberties, powerless to confront rule by the bondholders and hedge-funders, unable to meaningfully obstruct the cutting edge of a parasitical economic system that glorifies greed while preying on the weakest and most destitute...We have reached a moment of historical failure that would make even Nietzsche shudder.
By Jérôme E. Roos - May 25, 2013
Since May 6, tens of thousands of striking miners, teachers and health workers have been marching through the streets of major Bolivian cities, clashing with riot police, paralyzing traffic, and confronting government officials in front of ministry buildings. A group of miners even set off dynamite in the streets of La Paz during violent clashes last week, while another tried to occupy the national airport to force the state into concessions.
Stockholm was braced for a fifth night of riots as violent unrest that began almost a week ago in the northern suburbs of the Swedish capital continued to spread to other corners of the city.
Abusing Prisoners Decreases Public Safety: An Interview with Educator, Author and Former Prisoner Shawn Griffith
This new book’s thoughtful analysis and chilling reflections on what author Shawn Griffith experienced while incarcerated is a remarkable illustration of why the US public must listen to the voices of current and former prisoners who have stories that only they can tell. Griffith writes that “by integrating my own personal experiences with statistics and examples from different corrections systems around the nation, I am attempting to discredit the general perception that the system is designed to enforce and protect justice for everyone."
The Continued Struggle for Educational Access by the Afrikan Community: In Solidarity with the Transitional Year Programme
The Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity (NPAS) stands firmly in solidarity with the Transitional Year Programme (TYP) and the Transitional Year Programme Preservation Alliance (TYPPA). The University of Toronto has been imposing conditions on the TYP that are not beneficial to the success of the program or the well-being of the students the program serves. We call on people of good conscience to support the TYP in resisting a restructuring plan that would dilute or destroy the culture and practice of equity and excellence in education that the TYP has carefully built over the last 43 years!
By Ollantay Itzamná - Znet
President Otto Perez Molina...decreed, this past May 1, the second state of siege of his term in office. This time, it was to repress indigenous people, the Xinca, in the municipalities of Jalapa and Mataquescuintal...and in Casillas and San Rafael Las Flores...and to protect the “investments” of the Canadian mining company Tahoe Resources (the San Rafael mine).