Afghanistan is Bush's dystopia, a failed narco-state run by American puppets, Islamic fundamentalists and human rights abusers. The corporate media has done the American people a grave disservice by characterizing this drug-dependent settlement as a burgeoning democracy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Karzai regime has no popular mandate and will vanish in the first hours after the American occupation ends...And, it should end immediately.
Jan 26 2006
The Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP has found that two Nunavut police officers used "intolerable force" when arresting a man in Pangnirtung three years ago, and is recommending disciplinary action against them.
The report also found that the officers acted improperly by removing Qaqasiq from his home in February 2003 without shoes, shirt or a jacket in -50 temperatures.
Conservative justice critic Vic Toews announced Wednesday that Canadian border guards will be armed as soon as possible..."It's simply a practical matter of how soon these officers can be trained and the firearms issued to them," Toews said.
Eleven people [associated with the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front] have been indicted on  charges of carrying out a years-long spree of arson, bombings and other acts of domestic terrorism throughout five Western states, the Justice department said today.
The Justice Department identified those indicted as Joseph Dibee, Chelsea Gerlach, Sarah Harvey, Daniel McGowan, Stanislas Meyerhoff, Josephine Overaker, Jonathan Paul, Rebecca Rubin, Suzanne Savoie, Darren Thurston and Kevin Tubbs.
The Mohawk political prisoners of Kanehsatake were sentenced on January 20th 2006 in St. Jerome Quebec. A stacked white jury had found them guilty of "rioting and confinement". They stood up to 67 paid mercenaries who invaded their community on January 12th 2004.
In Jerry Rubin's classic book, "Do It!," published in 1970, Chapter 31 talks about a "bodyguard" for Rubin, whose name is Bob Pierson. This bodyguard turned out to be a state spy, and bragged about his infiltration later with exaggerated sensationalism in the press. Jerry Rubin was involved with the yippie side of the Chicago Democratic Convention protests of 1968, which is how Bob got assigned to Rubin. With the current unabashed return of Hoover-esque, unregulated, FBI spying activity on Americans, looking back 35 years to the Anti-Vietnam War Movement, shows us not much has changed.
The Canadian Press | January 19, 2006
Ottawa -- A civil liberties group accuses Prime Minister Paul Martin of siding with the Bush administration to undermine a proposed United Nations treaty outlawing forced disappearances.
Human Rights Watch says in its annual report that Martin apparently decided to run interference for the U.S. as a way for Canada to mend strained relations.
Ever since President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao formally took power more than two years ago, they have called on officials to put people's interests first and help build a civil and harmonious society....Achieving "harmony", however, seems to have meant that any dissenting voices are dealt with most swiftly and more harshly than ever before.
AP | 17 January 2006
California executed its oldest condemned inmate early today for arranging a triple murder 25 years ago. [He had been on death row for 23 years].
Clarence Ray Allen was pronounced dead by lethal injection at 12.38am at San Quentin State Prison, less than an hour after his 76th birthday ended at midnight.
It was a cold morning on January 12, 2004, when former Grand Chief James Gabriel got together with Wayne Easter, to play war games. Easter was working for the Solicitor General's Office at that time. They had maps on the wall, an arsenal of weapons and plenty of money, courtesy of the Canadian taxpayer. With a $900,000 Special Anti-Crime subsidy, they had no trouble rounding up 67 untrained mercenaries ready and willing to try out the latest military toys on the unarmed citizens of Kanehsatake.
January 10, 2006 | by Misha Warbanski | The Link
Singh acquitted but officially banned from Concordia after Netanyahu protest
An active member of the Concordia community through his involvement at QPIRG and groups like the International Solidarity Movement and No One Is Illegal, Jaggi Singh was originally charged in October 2002, over a month after the protest. The charges against him included conspiracy, obstruction, illegal assembly and assault.
Jeff Heinrich / The Gazette | Friday, January 13, 2006
It's been two years since a botched police operation by 67 aboriginal police officers in Kanesatake left the grand chief's house in flames and his Mohawk community in tatters.
Now the man who was Quebec's public security minister at the time says the raid was illegal, Duplessis-like, mercenary and the fault of Ottawa, which paid for it.
MONTREAL, Jan 15--Two members of Haiti Action Montreal were arrested yesterday after Liberal party officials alleged that posters featuring Pettigrew were "vandalism". Representatives of the Liberal party are pressing charges, alleging that the posters, which read "Pettigrew: wanted for crimes against humanity in Haiti" damaged their property.
The police were embarrassed off the rez after they realized their unjust role in attempting to arrest and humiliate Tsimshian people in a Tsimshian hall after inflicting harm on two young Tsimshian women. One who suffered a fractured nose and bruises all over her head, and another who was pepper-sprayed in the eyes. The former is planning on pressing charges against one Constable Rusnak, badge #50685.
Democracy is already over
By its very nature the western democracies have become a playground for lobbyists, industry interests and conspiracies that have absolutely no interest in real democracy. The "democracy show" must go on nonetheless. Conveniently, the show consumes the energy of those that might otherwise become dangerous to the status quo. The show provides the necessary excuse when things go wrong and keeps up the illusion of participation.