By Yves Engler - Znet Commentary
Cars kill...but do they also destroy our sense of community and solidarity that is the foundation of socialism and progressive politics?...In North America there is a strong correlation between automobile-dominated landscapes and right-wing voting patterns...Right-wing politics generally intensify as suburbs sprawl further outwards.
February 22, 2013 - Vancouver Media Co-op
With the 170 million dollar installment of the fare gates, the Transit Police's ridiculously above average wage and a $27 million dollar annual budget, you would think they would be in high spirits and excited to criminalize the poor by handing out tickets and hassling riders? Nope, these bastards are complaining about their morale slipping because of "negative" reports by the mainstream media.
By Amira Hass - October 26, 2012
Four warships, a Black Hawk helicopter, 10 fast-patrol boats and several other vessels were required to intercept the lone sailboat Estelle on Saturday...The Israel Navy intercepted the pro-Palestinian activists' boat off the Gaza coast to prevent it from running Israel's blockade of the Strip.
SchNEWS - 2nd August 2012 | Issue 822
London's Olympic ceremony didn't stand a chance of competing against Beijing in scale or spectacle, but Team [Great Britain] is sure as hell giving the Chinese a run for their money when it comes to state repression.
By Maher Arar - rabble.ca
Canada is not the only decision-maker when it comes to refusing air travelers on overseas trips, and on some selected domestic flights which pass through U.S. airspace. This fact made many civil rights activists question whether Canada has lost its airspace sovereignty...[T]he negative impact of this list on civil liberties and on the lives of many innocent human beings has been significant: Lives have been destroyed...and worst of all, the psychological scars endured by those who are targeted by the list persist and may never go away.
By Mike Head - 20 April 2012
[Australia's] Labor government is completely at one with Washington...in seeking to lock Assange away and crush WikiLeaks. That is because the thousands of documents that WikiLeaks has published have helped expose the US-led war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as other abuses, conspiracies, war preparations and repression organized around the world by the imperialist powers, including Australia.
Travelers beware. Israel criminalized entry earlier. Rogue officials are at it again. At issue are so-called "flytilla" activists. Reports suggest about 1,500 planned West Bank trips. Their purpose is peacefully challenging Israel's illegal occupation and bonding with Palestinians they support.
By John Pilger - March 23, 2012
As in Britain and America, [Australian] unions have long been tamed, co-opted and policed by their own leaderships. [Australian Labour Prime Minister Julia] Gillard’s workplace relations minister is Bill Shorten, a former union boss whose political ambitions and boasts of close ties to business elites are highlighted in US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.
By Michelle Shephard - Thursday, March 15 2012
Shahid Mahmood has no desire to be in the media again. He has no axe to grind with the federal government, or Air Canada, or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or the RCMP, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, or any of the Canadian and American officials who have had roles in his eight-year byzantine journey...All Mahmood wants to do is get through an airport like a normal passenger.
By Joshua Holland - December 30, 2011
A protester associated with Occupy London was barred from boarding his flight home to Malaga [Spain] for Christmas because he was carrying "anarchist" literature...The demonstrator was kept off the flight because the pilot worried that he would distribute literature and "upset" other passengers.
December 12, 2011 - Occupy Wall Street
We are the front-line workers who haul container rigs full of imported and exported goods to and from the docks and warehouses every day...We are inspired that a non-violent democratic movement that insists on basic economic fairness is capturing the hearts and minds of so many working people. Thank you “99 Per centers” for hearing our call for justice. We are humbled and overwhelmed by recent attention. Normally we are invisible.
By Eric Doherty - December 12, 2011
Early on Sunday morning...the Mayor of Mexico City sent hundreds of riot police into a working class neighbourhood to evict occupiers and ensure that work can proceed on his pet freeway project...Residents of the neighbourhood Magdalena Contreras along with supporters from the...(Broad Front Against the Western Superhighway and in Defense of the Environment) have mounted an occupation which has been ongoing for over a year.
By Ali Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada
A bill introduced in the United States Congress last month would require the State Department to investigate “The sources of any logistical, technical, or financial support for the Gaza flotilla ships, including the Audacity of Hope, that were set to set sail from Greece on July 1, 2011”...The bill, which contains numerous inflammatory and unsubstantiated claims from an Israeli “anti-terrorism” organization, would further criminalize American citizens’ solidarity with Palestinians.
On November 2, two vessels blocked last summer from reaching Gaza sailed again from Fethiye, Turkey. Canada's Tahrir and Ireland's Soairse (Freedom) comprise the Freedom Waves to Gaza mission. On board were 27 international activists, journalists, and crew.
By Mick Sweetman - rabble.ca
Following the seizure of the Canadian boat, the Tahrir, by Israeli authorities in international waters off the coast of Gaza, impromptu protests erupted across Canada Friday in a show of solidarity with the activists arrested...Activists in Canada are still waiting on word about the delegates, media, and crew who were on board the two boats seized by the Israeli Navy and presumably taken into custody.