The Green Chain: Nothing is Ever Clear Cut!

Nothing is Ever Clear Cut!
by MLY
The battle between loggers and environmentalists is defining, dividing and destroying communities in Canada and around the world. The Green Chain is a powerful, funny and thought-provoking film about the conflicts between people on both sides of the battle who love trees -- and are willing to risk anything to protect their personal visions of the forest.
 
The Green Chain examines a community and a way of life through a series of riveting inter-linking monologues inspired by the true tales and personalities that define today’s forest.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Why the Pentagon Can't Put America Back to Work

Is the Next Defense Budget a Stimulus Package? Why the Pentagon Can't Put America Back to Work
by Frida Berrigan
"Shovel-ready." It's the magic incantation to fix our economic woes. Many states and federal agencies have already gone from scouring their budgets for things to cut to green-lighting construction projects. The Obama administration's $787 billion stimulus package is sure to muster many shovels in an effort to rouse a despondent economy and put Americans back to work.
   
Here's the strange thing though: That package was headline news for weeks, bitterly argued over, hailed and derided in equal measure. And yet road construction, housing projects, and green retrofits aren't the only major projects getting the shovel-ready treatment via massive infusions of cash.
 
At the end of February, another huge "stimulus" package was announced but generated almost no comment, controversy, or argument. The defense industry received its own special stimulus package -- news of the dollars available for the Pentagon budget in 2010; and at nearly $700 billion (when all the bits and pieces are added in), it's almost as big as the Obama economic package and sure to be a lot less effective.
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Roadblock!: Barricades Along the Secwepemc

CP Rail and Trans Canada Highway expansion desecrates our Secwepemc burial sites.
by NYM
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 10:30 am Secwepemc Peoples and their allies will be conducting a roadblock to demand the halt of the Trans Canada Highway and Canadian Pacific Railway expansion traversing unceded Secwepemc Territory, between Kamloops and Chase, BC, near Pritchard, BC (about 3 km from Pritchard).

Look for cars, signs and tent.  Coming from Kamloops will be in the right hand side before Pritchard and coming from Chase is on the left after Pritchard, BC.

Demands: Halt the expansion of the Trans Canada Highway and CP Railway along this highway corridor bordering the South Thompson River and Shuswap Lake because this is the home to thousands of ancient burial and village sites that must be protected.
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Know Your Terminology: A Working Word Guide to the Middle East

Lexicon of Resistance
by Gilad Atzmon
Palestine: - a piece of land on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. For many years Palestine was the home of the Palestinian people: Muslims, Christians and Jews who lived in peace and harmony for hundred of years. In the late 19th century, in the light of emerging European nationalism, a few Jews had decided that Jews should not be left out. They then invented the notions of: ”Jewish people”, ”Jewish history” and ”Jewish nationalism”.  They decided to settle the majority of world Jewry in Palestine. Throughout the years the Jewish national project, i.e., Zionism, had become more and more sinister and ruthless. In 1949 70% of the indigenous Palestinian population had already been ethnically cleansed. Nowadays the majority of Palestinians are living behind barbed wire in a state of terror guarded by Israeli soldiers.

Jews: - the people who happen to identify themselves as Jews. Jews are not a race, they do not follow a single belief system either. I made myself a rule. I categorically refrain from dealing with ”the Jews” as a collective or an ethnic group. Instead I restrict myself to criticism of Jewish politics, Jewish ideology and Jewish identity.
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Galloway Addresses Canada from Afar

Galloway Addresses Canada from Afar
by George Galloway
Say what you will about George Galloway, the Government of Canada was not justified in labeling him a terrorist and banning him from the country. It was nothing but politically motivated censorship. Canadians who wished to do so had the right to hear him speak.
 
 
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What Women Desire

You heard it here! Reflections on a Queer
by Diane Walsh
If you make it on the Charlie Rose show you know you’re hot, right?  Well last week sex experts Daniel Bergner and Meredith Chivers did—touted as the authorities to know—for groundbreaking research on women’s desire.  

Daniel Bergner’s new book, “The Other Side of Desire: Four Journeys into the Far Realms of Lust and Longing” published this month and with a bang. 
 
Meredith Chivers who’s also becoming a name in the field is a Psychology Professor from Queen’s University who’s said to be all about female desire being considered a legitimate separate research category—(What a concept). 
 
Needless to say both are operating within the context of this notion of a post-feminist world to which Mr. Rose unquestioningly refers to and clearly accepts.

 
 
Oh, goody, the wheel is reinvented. Yet again. Thanks kids.
 
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Fooled Yoo: Bush Council Italian Arrest for War Crimes

Former U.S. Official Arrested in Italy
by P.V. Maro
ROME - John C. Yoo, a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States, was arrested on Tuesday in Milan, Italy, and is being held for possible extradition to Spain, where he and five other retired officials who served under former President George W. Bush are expected to be indicted by a Spanish court for violations of the Geneva Conventions, the Convention Against Torture, and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Yoo, 41, is a visiting professor of Law at the Chapman University School of Law in Orange County, California, on leave from the University of California Berkeley School of Law. He served in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice from 2001 to 2003. Yoo authored memos permitting the use of torture. Torture is banned by both U.S. law and international conventions.

Milan prosecutor Andrea Spolini released a statement indicating that Yoo can be held for up to 90 days awaiting an indictment in Spain under the international standard of "Rompi Testiculo."

(Edited by Antonio Gramsci)

© Chompson 2009 All rights reserved
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Canada's Parliament and Iraq Deserters

Canadian Parliament votes again to let U.S. war resisters stay
by Mike Ferner
Two days ago, for the second time in 10 months, Canada’s House of Commons told Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government, including Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, to stop deporting U.S. soldiers resisting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The vote united the three opposition parties, the Liberals, the Bloc Quebecois and the New Democratic Party in a close 129-125 vote.

Last week, the War Resisters Support Campaign rallied for former Army soldier, Kimberly Rivera, the first female U.S. soldier to go to Canada.  Nearly 100 people filled the chairs and lined the aisles at the Steelworkers hall in Toronto for Rivera, her husband and three children, the youngest born in Canada six months ago.
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A New Coat on a Failed Strategy

Putting A New Coat on a Failed Strategy
by Ron Jacobs
I turned on the television Friday, March 27, 2009. It was tuned to C-SPAN. Barack Obama’s speech on Afghanistan was being televised. Listening only to the words of his introductory comments and ignoring the person who was speaking them, I could have been listening to George Bush.
 
The same old catchphrases appeared: 9-11, terrorism, Al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda, terrorism, 9-11.
 
A few new words were added. Pakistan and diplomacy were two of them. Yet, the idea behind the supposedly new Obama plan was the same. Washington and its NATO cohorts will stay in Afghanistan until the world is safe from Al-Qaeda. Left unsaid by Obama, just like it was unsaid by George Bush, is the reality that foreign troops killing Afghans and Pakistanis has done very little to end the supposed threat from Al-Qaeda. The proof lies in the fact that foreign troops are still in Afghanistan under the impression that destroying Al-Qaeda is why they are there.
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Palestine: Islands Paradise

Strange Maps: Palestine's Island Paradise
by Mary Rizzo
 
Thanks to Miguel for forwarding this incredible map. (Strange Maps) The Bible contains at least two stories equating the aquatic with the amoral. As Red Sea pedestrians, Moses and the Israelites didn’t even get their sandals moist, while the Lord did some expert smiting on the pursuing Egyptians, by way of the gurgling waters closing in on them. And a few thousand years earlier, Noah kept his binary boatload afloat while all the rest of humanity (and the now extinct species of the animal kingdom) met their watery grave.


 

Even though this map of L’archipel de Palestine orientale (‘The Archipelago of Eastern Palestine’) is set in the same area and uses a similar theme, the cartographer behind it refutes any allegation that it is meant to reflect the same Biblical dry = good, wet = bad analogy. “The map is not about ‘drowning’ or ‘flooding’ the Israeli population, nor dividing territories along ethnic lines, even less a suggestion of how to resolve the conflict,” gasps Julien Bousac, the Frenchman who created this map.

A small excerpt of the map (focusing on the Greater Jerusalem area) was published a bit earlier on this blog, but the map in its entirety (sent in by Mr Bousac but also earlier by Baptiste Hautdidier) merits a separate entry, not only because “without a legend, it […] gives ground to various misinterpretations, due to the high sensitivity of the subject,” as Mr Boussac relates – but also because it just looks so nice.
 
And strange, of course.
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Canadians Challenge Viva Palestina "Terrorist" Rap

As Judge refuses injunction, follow Gerry Hawke!
by WorldPressNetwork
Dear friend, As Judge refuses injunction, follow Gerry Hawke! In Canada, a federal judge today refused an injunction to force the Canadian government to allow George Galloway to speak at a series of meetings.

We're asking everyone to follow the example of Gerry Hawke. He donated $20 to Viva Palestina, which is accused by the Canadian government of supporting terrorism because it sent aid to Gaza, and has turned himself in to the police, challenging them to prosecute him!

Please click this link https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?c ... id=4159493 to donate to the special fund to fight Kenney’s political ban and to support Viva Palestina’s political campaigning work to lift the siege of Gaza. If you’re sick of illiberal, pro-war policies – help fund opposition to them. Follow Gerry's example of donating and then letting the authorities know what you've done. Gerry also wrote to his local newspaper letting them know - all of which helps not only to show the minister's actions up for what they were, but also to keep Gaza alive in the media.

And please keep the pressure up by emailing the minister responsible for the decision, Jason Kenney:
KenneJ@parl.gc.ca; Kennej7@parl.gc.ca; minister@cic.gc.ca
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The State of Science in Texas

The State of Science in Texas and the Bias of Language
by LARAY POLK
The debate on the teaching of evolution and Texas continues to evolve, mutate and creatively adapt though news sources, ranging from the Dallas Morning News to the Discovery Institute, are declaring premature and decisive victories.  It depends on whose version of events one would like to believe.  As they say, "perception shapes reality."  
 
The truth of the matter is that the story of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) is a sordid, implicit, complicated one and isn't anywhere close to resolution. The continuing struggle is not about science or even scientific process. Or even about fifteen elected adults in agreement that their sole purpose in public service is to ensure that students in public schools are learning concepts in line with international scientific standards. (Seven of the members are ideologues; six are equivocating ideologues; and two, Berlanga and Nuñez, are clear, concise voices of reason who have the humility--and audacity--to defer to the experts.)
 
If the issue is not one of sound science, what is it then? It is a fierce battle over language and the concepts language can potentially carry into the classroom. 
 
 
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