By Robert Lovelace - December 21, 2012
When Aboriginal women experience violence of any kind it is a political act. It is so, because Aboriginal women as a group are the most vulnerable sector in the Canadian population...Not only are they most vulnerable to physical violence...Aboriginal women are the most likely to experience economic, employment, social and educational marginalization. If any other part of the Canadian population were statistically experiencing what Aboriginal women face in this country daily it would be considered an immediate national crisis.
The Global BDS (Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions) movement is one of the most important initiatives challenging Israeli lawlessness, occupation harshness, apartheid, and viciousness.
Palestinians are denied justice. Thousands are lawlessly arrested. They're brutalized in Israel's gulag. Prisoners committed no crimes.
By Grahame Russell - December 12, 2012
On December 7 and 8, 2012, there was yet another act of mining-related aggression against community members of San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc, 45 minutes outside of Guatemala City, who are defending their environment and community well-being...Community members have been legally and peacefully engaging in a nine-month encampment at a place known as “La Puya” by the entrance to the proposed “El Tambor” mine site.
By Steve D'Arcy
The 'gun control' debate is dominated by two positions: a "libertarian" position that favours the unfettered right of people like Ted Nugent to bring an assault rifle into a coffee shop or a school whenever he chooses, and a "liberal" position that wants "the authorities" to exercise unilateral power from above in imposing gun regulations deemed by politicians to be "sensible." Is there a third position? More specifically, is there a radical-Left position, based upon the principles of egalitarian democracy and worker empowerment?
By Eric Jacobs - December 11, 2012
Beyond the populist rhetoric of taking a “tough stance on crime”, recent Conservative efforts such as C-309 are best understood as part of a massive expansion of this country's Prison-Industrial-Complex, and a shift towards a more Americanized system of incarceration...The myth of prisons...ignores the rampant culture of recidivism fostered by a system that does not address the root causes of crime, and purposefully makes the process of reintegration into society more difficult for those leaving prison. It also shrouds the much more important role of the Prison-Industrial-Complex as both a lucrative site of corporate profit and a vital tool of State control.
By Claudia Cinatti - Thursday, December 6, 2012
The old slogan, that hundreds of thousands were shouting against the Mubarak dictatorship at the beginning of 2011, is again resounding with all its force in the streets of Cairo and the main cities of Egypt, this time directed against the government of M. Morsi and the Freedom and Justice Party (linked to the Muslim Brotherhood) and the Constituent Assembly with a majority from Islamist parties.
Today is the five year anniversary of the historic action at Vancouver Airport that prevented the deportation of Laibar Singh, an almost two year struggle that many of No One Is Illegal's Vancouver activists were deeply involved.
By Ali Abunimah - Electronic Intifada
In its report on Hamas leader Khaled Meshal’s speech in Gaza on Saturday, The Observer...quoted Meshal saying the following words: We don’t kill Jews because they are Jews. We kill the Zionists because they are conquerors and we will continue to kill anyone who takes our land and our holy places … We will free Jerusalem inch by inch, stone by stone. This however is a blatant mistranslation.
By Ramzy Baroud - Znet
How did Gaza manage to fight back with such ferocity and undying vigor in quelling the latest Israeli war despite years of a bloody siege and one-sided war in 2008-9? It simply cannot be explained by the outmoded language of today’s media analysts. Notwithstanding, a new reality is about to emerge.
By Claudia Cinatti
Thursday, November 29, 2012
These days, Egypt is going through one of the biggest political crises since the fall of former dictator Mubarak in February, 2011. The crisis erupted on November 22, when the Egyptian President, M. Morsi, announced that, because of a “constitutional declaration,” his acts, those of Parliament, and of the Constituent Assembly, were not subject to appeal and were outside of any judicial challenge.
Costa Rica: Thousands of Young People Mobilized Against Police Repression and the Criminalization of Protest
By Brayan Brenes - Tuesday, November 20, 2012
On Thursday, November 15, we, more than 20,000 young people, marched through the streets of San José to condemn the police repression of November 8, as well as demanding the resignation of Security Minister Mario Zamora and Chief of Police Raúl Rivera, for being the main culprits on a day in defense of social security … that ended with more than 30 comrades arrested and dozens of people beaten up.
The Unis’tot’en are now calling for solidarity and support actions to reaffirm their position and to amplify the message to Industry and Government that no proposed pipelines will proceed in their territories. There is a call for immediate actions on Tuesday November 27th to ensure that corporations, investors, and governments get a clear message that they have no right or jurisdiction to approve development on Unist’ot’en lands.
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 LYNDA BURSTEIN BRAYER - Counterpunch
The right to protect human life is absolute, even if the means used are conditioned. Therefore, according to all human norms, natural law, legal norms and international law and jurisprudence, the Palestinians have a legitimate right of response. It must be remembered however, that the Palestinians have been denied a state and an accompanying army by Israel and the United States. Therefore the response available to the Palestinians in Gaza is extremely limited and is confined to rockets fired into Israel...[T]hat is all that the Palestinians have for their defense.