Loonie Protest Undeterred by Mint Threat

Mint Backs Down
by Dogwood Initiative
After initial threats of fines and imprisonment, the Royal Canadian Mint is now allowing BC based citizens watchdog group Dogwood Initiative to continue its current campaign against tar sands related tankers on BC's coast.
 
Tanker protesters escalate blackened loonie campaign 

"We're taking the Mint's silence as consent" stated Charles Campbell, Dogwood Initiative's Communications Director. "We just got our second batch of 250,000 decals in and will be flooding Canadian cities with them on March 24th, the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill."

Dogwood Initiative began distributing removable decals which simulated an oil spill when applied to Canadian one dollar coins in February and soon clashed with the Mint over its right to use Canadian currency to get its message across.

"We gave them an unequivocal response - we're continuing this campaign. We haven't heard from them since," says Campbell.
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Exposed: Treatment of America's Imprisoned Muslims

Treatment of Imprisoned Muslims at Terre Haute's Communications Management Unit (CMU)
by Stephen Lendman
In February 2007, it was learned that Washington had a secret new facility for so-called "high-security risk" Muslim and Middle Eastern prisoners in violation of federal law that prohibits severely limiting or cutting them off entirely from other inmates as well as outside contacts and communications.
 
Segregating prisoners by race, national origin, or language violates the Supreme Court's February 2005 decision in Johnson v. California that affirmed 14th Amendment protection against racial discrimination. Specifically, the Court: "rejected the notion that separate can ever be equal-or 'neutral' - 50 years ago in Brown v. Board of Education (this Court repudiated it and) refuses to resurrect it today."

US Prison Bureau regulations also stipulate that "staff shall not discriminate against inmates on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or political belief (including) administrative decisions (involving) access to work, housing and programs." Nonetheless, the Bush administration instituted these practices, and they continue under Barack Obama at the Terre Haute federal prison's Communications Management Unit (CMU). Perhaps at other federal and state facilities as well at a time Muslims are vilified and persecuted.
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Meaningful Change Is Deliberate

The Only Constant Is Change But Meaningful Change Is Deliberate
by William A. Cook
The will to change requires fortitude, a firmness of mind to endure pain, conviction in belief that stands against self-interest, and commitment to act regardless of consequences. To stand against the will of those with power and resources, those determined to force their ideology on a government appointed by the people, necessitates confrontation of intellect and will. It is ultimately a battle of individual rights against forces committed to destruction of those rights.

In a Democracy, the people give their consent to their representatives to act on their behalf believing in the integrity of their elected officials to act in their best interest. When those officials become the lackeys of a foreign government, subservient to its will, they become by consent traitors to their own. This is the conundrum that confronts the citizens of the United States of America as their Congress, in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, acts, not on behalf of their constituents, but on behalf of the Zionist government of Israel and their representatives in AIPAC.
 
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Langford Land Developers Beg Ottawa for Funds

Vancouver Island Community
by Forest Action Network
Re: City of Langford Application for Building Canada Fund grant Langford North Connector Road March 18, 2009

We write to draw your attention to what we perceive to be serious deficiencies with the City of Langford’s application for public funding to complete the Langford North Connector road and to urge you to deny this application for funding.
 
Should the City of Langford’s application be approved, the end result will be a ‘gift’ of taxpayers’ money to the  developers of the controversial Bear Mountain Resort. We set out below the history of the Local Service Area and borrowing by the municipality.

A summary of the grant application reads as follows:

"Local Roads: completion of the Langford North Connector road that extends north from the current Spencer Interchange to established communities on Bear Mountain. This project will include completion of ramps located in the southwest quadrant of that intersection [sic]."
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A Palestinian Evening with Ramzy Baroud

A PALESTINIAN EVENING 
by CAIA (Victoria)
In Support of Palestinian Land Day (March 30) and the Global Day of Action for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) is organizing a Palestinian Dinner to be served at:
 
St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church, 1806 San Juan Road, Saanich
(at the corner of San Juan and Tyndall),
 
Sunday, March 29, 5p.m. – 8p.m.

Speaker: Ramzy Baroud, will inform us about the situation in Gaza.  
 
In addition to dinner there will be a speaker and entertainment. 
 
A Palestinian-American journalist, living in Seattle, Ramzy has taught Mass Communication at Australia’s Curtin University of Technology and he is Editor-in-Chief of the website, www.PalestineChronicle.com. He is sought after as a speaker and his articles are published world-wide.
 
 
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Busting the Scarcity Myth: The City that Ended Hunger

The City That Ended Hunger
by Francis Moore Lappé
In writing Diet for a Small Planet, I learned one simple truth: Hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food but a scarcity of democracy. But that realization was only the beginning, for then I had to ask: What does a democracy look like that enables citizens to have a real voice in securing life's essentials? Does it exist anywhere? Is it possible or a pipe dream? With hunger on the rise here in the United States-one in 10 of us is now turning to food stamps-these questions take on new urgency.

To begin to conceive of the possibility of a culture of empowered citizens making democracy work for them, real-life stories help-not models to adopt wholesale, but examples that capture key lessons. For me, the story of Brazil's fourth largest city, Belo Horizonte, is a rich trove of such lessons. Belo, a city of 2.5 million people, once had 11 percent of its population living in absolute poverty, and almost 20 percent of its children going hungry. Then in 1993, a newly elected administration declared food a right of citizenship. The officials said, in effect: If you are too poor to buy food in the market-you are no less a citizen. I am still accountable to you.
 
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Want Justice for Wall Street Crooks?

Americans Want Justice for Wall Street Crooks
by Ralph Nader
Indicators of avoidance are what come to mind while absorbing the various rescue, recovery, stimulus and guarantee programs coming out of the Obama Administration to slow and reverse a splintering and shattering economy.
 
If the Obamites do not act now, when the political time is ripest, to put into motion forces of deterrence and prevention, the casino capitalists of tomorrow will again be able to de-stabilize our economy.
 
The other day I saw Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, just about predicting another round of recklessness in about fifteen years. But he called it "human nature" not casino capitalism.
 
Here are seven avoidance indicators which outline what Washington is not doing to prevent another round of greed and misdeeds by the Wall Street few against the innocent many throughout the country.
 
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The End of Jewish History?

War On Terror Within: The End of Jewish History
by Gilad Atzmon
The issue I am going to discuss today is probably the most important thing I’ve ever had to say about Israeli brutality and contemporary Jewish identity. I assume that I could have shaped my thought into a wide-ranging book or an analytical academic text but instead, I will do the very opposite, I will make it as short and as simple as possible.

In the weeks that have just passed we had been witness to an Israeli genocidal campaign against the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza. We had been witnessing one of the strongest armies in the world squashing women, elderly people and children. We saw blizzards of unconventional weapons bursting over schools, hospitals and refugee camps. We had seen and heard about war crimes committed before, but this time, the Israeli transgression was categorically different. It was supported by the total absolute majority of the Israeli Jewish population. The IDF military campaign in Gaza enjoyed the support of 94% of the Israeli population. 94% of the Israelis apparently approved of the air raids against civilians.
 
The Israeli people saw the carnage on their TV screens, they heard the voices, they saw hospitals and refugee camps in flames and yet, they weren’t really moved by it all. They didn’t do much to stop their “democratically elected” ruthless leaders. Instead, some of them grabbed a seat and settled on the hills overlooking the Gaza Strip to watch their army turning Gaza into modern Hebraic coliseum of blood.
 
 
 
Even now when the campaign seems to be over and the scale of the carnage in Gaza has been revealed, the Israelis fail to show any signs of remorse. As if this is not enough, all throughout the war, Jews around the world rallied in support of their  “Jews-only state”.
 
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The Post-Presidential Gravy Train: Bush Bids Canada Farewell

First Whistle Stop Past on the Post-Presidential Gravy Train: Bush Bids Canada Farewell
by C. L. Cook
Like the Saint's day, George W. Bush's big day in Calgary came up green, and has gone, leaving participants of both observances feeling a little left-over.
 
Following the new tradition, Bush is collecting thousands from talks to the industries he supported during his tenure in the White House.
 
Calgarians protest Bush visit/speech

As Bill Clinton did before him, George W. Bush is making the luncheon rounds, extolling his virtues to, according to Reuters, 1500 business types willing to fork over 400 beans for the privilege. The Associated Press cited attendance at 2,000 diners, paying $3,100 per table to the invitation-only soiree marqueed, 'A Conversation with George W. Bush.'
 
Either way, event organizers declined to say how much Bush would grab for what he described as just the first of his speaking appearances. Bush reportedly quipped, he needed the money to pay for his new house in Dallas, saying;
 

"I think I'm the only American to have bought a house in the Fall of 2008."

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Obama, Hillary, Dick and W.

Obama and His Dick (Cheney)
by Mickey Z.
Here's how well they have us trained: The powers that be are no longer gonna call the illegally detained terrorism suspects (sic) by the name of "enemy combatants." Like the pre-programmed robots we've all become, we'll celebrate this as a welcome and much-needed change from the reviled Bush-Cheney administration. A step in the right direction, we might even say. In addition, the Pope of Hope has promised not to torture. Our society is so fuckin' corrupt that a US president can announce—without shame—a purported plan to say no to committing crimes against humanity. Of course, we view this as "normal" and we foolishly believe him and even praise him.

Obama's blood brother, Dick Cheney, happily plays his pre-ordained role in this passion play by going on national television and declaring that our (sic) president's vague pledge to possibly adhere to accepted international law—a pledge more honored in the breach—is making the US less safe. The pundit patrol gleefully spins into action. You see, what passes for intelligence and insight in America typically involves being handsomely paid to put on a suit and go on TV to debate whether its Obama or his Dick that's got it right.
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The Militarization and Annexation of North America

Updating the Militarization and Annexation of North America
by Stephen Lendman
The title refers to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), also known as the North American Union - formerly launched at a March 23, 2005 Waco, the Militarization and Annexation of North America Texas meeting attended by George Bush, Mexico's President Vincente Fox, and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. It's for a tri-national agreement, below the radar, for greater economic, political, and security integration with secret business and government working groups devising binding policies with no public knowledge or legislative debate.

In short, it's a military-backed corporate coup d'etat against the sovereignty of three nations, their populations and legislative bodies. It's a dagger through the heart of democratic freedom in all three, yet the public is largely unaware of what's happening. Last April, New Orleans hosted the last SPP summit. Ever since, progress may have stalled given the gravity of the global economic crisis and top priority need to address it. Nonetheless, what's known to date is updated below plus some related information.
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Cheney's Mission Accomplished?

Cheney's Mission Accomplished
by Juan Cole (Informed Comment)
Dick Cheney: "I guess my general sense of where we are with respect to Iraq and at the end of now, what, nearly six years, is that we've accomplished nearly everything we set out to do...."
 
Cheney avoids mentioning all the human suffering he has caused, on a cosmic scale, and focuses on procedural matters like elections (which he confuses with democracy-- given 2000 in this country, you can understand why). Or he lies, as when he says that Iran's influence in Iraq has been blocked. Another lie is that there was that the US was fighting "al-Qaeda" in Iraq as opposed to just Iraqis. He and Bush even claim that they made Iraqi womens' lives better.

The real question is whether anyone will have the gumption to put Cheney on trial for treason and crimes against humanity.
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