These protests against the CPE are just part of a broader movement against the US/UK-style liberalisation of the French economy, and follow other public rejections of these policies, including the referendum which gave a firm ‘non’ to the proposed European constitution and its raft of neo-liberalisations. Despite the mainstream media claiming that the French are being anything from anti-free enterprise to downright racist, a look at the real causes behind the revolt reveals the usual plan: corporate bosses are lining politicians’ pockets for a mutually beneficial carve up of the economy, and the dumping of any regulations – such as workers’ rights - which stand in the way of the fat-cat feeding frenzy.
Three hostages, two Canadian and one British, are free after almost four months in captivity in Iraq following a lightning raid by Canadian, British and U.S. forces that found them alone and unharmed, but failed to turn up their captors. Reports suggest JTF2, Canada's elite commando unit, played a major role in the rescue. Toronto's James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Sooden, a 32-year-old Montrealer who now lives in New Zealand, spent 118 days at the mercy of their Iraqi kidnappers.
"The problem is that when you talk about the war on this and the war on that, and police officers see themselves as soldiers, then the civilian becomes the enemy."
Criminal justice experts agree that no matter how much training officers get, how they react in a situation on the streets depends on their own apprehensions and prejudices and that police work tends to aggravate whatever prejudices they have. Many black officers have those same prejudices as whites. They do not live in or grow up in impoverished black (neighborhoods) and see them as hostile and alien places. Many of them are just as jittery as white cops at the prospect of an armed encounter with other blacks.
Guelph Union of Tenants and Supporters (GUTS) Update on Sexual Assault by Guelph Police Officer
B. Welsh (Badge #107)
1) Updates from call-in campaign
2) Updates from meeting with police
3) Action Callout
1) We would like to greatly thank everyone for their concern and for contacting the Guelph police. Since so many of you have contacted us, GUTS is gonna try to send out general updates. Nicole's not able to write back to everyone anymore but she sends along a huge thank you.
A powerful union leader in France has raised a new threat of a general strike to press the government to withdraw a jobs plan that sent at least a half-million people into the streets in weekend protests...Student and employee unions have given Dominique de Villepin, the prime minister, until Monday night to withdraw the measure, which is designed to increase hiring among the youth but seen by critics as an erosion of workers' rights that will not produce solid jobs.
Iraq: Thousands Killed by Government Death Squads
Doug Lorimer - Green Left Weekly, March 15, 2006
Faik Bakir, the director of the Baghdad morgue, has fled Iraq in fear of his life after reporting that more than 7000 people have been killed by Iraqi interior ministry death squads in recent months, John Pace, the outgoing head of the UN human rights office in Iraq, told the March 2 British Guardian.
Pace said the Baghdad morgue has been receiving 700 or more bodies a month. The figures peaked at 1100 last July - many showing signs of torture.
US-Backed Repression Soars Under President Gloria Macapagal
Philippines: the Killing Fields of Asia
By JAMES PETRAS and ROBIN EASTMAN-ABAYA; March 17, 2006 - Counterpunch
Since President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo joined the US global "War on Terrorism", the Philippines has become the site of an on-going undeclared war against peasant and union activists, progressive political dissidents and lawmakers, human rights lawyers and activists, women leaders and a wide range of print and broadcast journalists. Because of the links between the Army, the regime and the death squads, political assassinations take place in an atmosphere of absolute impunity. The vast majority of the attacks occur in the countryside and provincial towns. The reign of terror in the Philippines is of similar scope and depth as in Colombia. Unlike Colombia, the rampaging state terrorism has not drawn sufficient attention, let alone outcry, from international public opinion.
A Toronto cabbie and a witness are alleging he was assaulted Sunday by two police officers after he was pulled over in the city’s downtown...“[One of the officers] asked me where I was from and I told them Pakistan,” Khan, 22, said of the incident. “They said ‘Are you Muslim?’ and I said ‘Yes, I am Muslim.’”
Last night, on the International Day Against Police Brutality (March 15), about 50 people marched down Hastings Street from Victory Square to the cop shop on Main Street.
A tearful former ESL teacher testified yesterday that two TransLink cops tackled her and then smashed her in the eye with a flashlight after she confronted an ex-boyfriend who had stolen her wallet...Christy Logeman, 30, told a B.C. Supreme Court jury that the November 2002 assault occurred after she and a group of soon-to-be-laid-off fellow workers at the Pacific Language Institute in Vancouver had a few beers.
Sometimes the injustices here in New Orleans leave me numb. But the continuing debacle of our criminal justice system inspires in me a sense of indignation I thought was lost to cynicism long ago. Ursula Price, a staff investigator for the indigent defense organization "A Fighting Chance", has met with several thousand hurricane survivors who were imprisoned at the time of the hurricane, and her stories chill me. "I grew up in small town Mississippi," she tells me. "We had the Klan marching down our main street. But still, I've never seen anything like this."
The Pentagon is aiming for “full spectrum dominance” of the Internet. Their objective is to manipulate public perceptions, quash competing points of view, and perpetuate a narrative of American generosity and good-will
Recently, Tyendinaga community members have been told on two separate occasions, by two different sources, that an invasion into the community, led by the RCMP and backed by the Canadian Military, is planned for Saturday April 1st, 2006.
On March 8, 2006, International Women’s Day, a Guelph cop, Officer B. Welsh (#107), assaulted a female protestor, Nicole Freeborn, before arresting her at a protest at the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal (OHRT).
Officer Welsh pinned Ms. Freeborn’s arms behind her back and then pushed his pelvis into her bottom, asking, “so how do you like that?”