Hamas and History in Palestine

Engaging Hamas: Will History Repeat Itself?
by Ramzy Baroud
The political outcomes of the Gaza war are yet to be entirely decided with any degree of certainty. However, the obvious political repositioning which was reported as soon as Israel declared its unilateral ceasefire promised that Israel’s deadly bombs would shape a new political reality in the region.

In the aftermath, Hamas can confidently claim that its once indisputably ‘radical’ political position is no longer viewed as too extreme.
“Hamas” is no longer as menacing a word, even amongst Western public, and tireless Israeli attempts to correlate Hamas and Islamic Jihadists’s agendas no longer suffice.
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Tar Sands Sinking

Dirty Oil: Alberta's Tar Sands Explained
by Andrew Nikiforuk
Renowned environmental journalist Andrew Nikiforuk breaks down the tar sands operations in northern Alberta, Canada in this video.
Based on his new book, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, this concise presentation explains how this "unconventional oil" - the majority of which is exported to America - is ruining forests, wiping out woodland habitat and draining our water systems, not to mention wreaking havoc on economic systems and energy policy.
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Beyond Redemption: Terminating the Company

THE CIA: BEYOND REDEMPTION (And Should Be Terminated)
by Sherwood Ross
The Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) has confirmed the worst fears of its creator President Harry Truman that it might degenerate into “an American Gestapo.” It has been just that for so long it is beyond redemption. It represents sixty years of failure and fascism utterly at odds with the spirit of a democracy and needs to be closed, permanently.

Over the years “the Agency” as it is known, has given U.S. presidents so much wrong information on so many critical issues, broken so many laws, subverted so many elections, overthrown so many governments, funded so many dictators, and killed and tortured so many innocent human beings that the pages of its official history could be written in blood, not ink.
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Vets for Peace in Vancouver

Speaking Truth to Power: Vets for Peace in Vancouver
by Veterans for Peace
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To Their Credit: Credit Unions Survive as Casino-Banks Crash

Casino Capitalism: How Credit Unions Survived the Crash
by Ralph Nader
While the reckless giant banks are shattering like an over-heated glacier day by day, the nation's credit unions are a relative island of calm largely apart from the vortex of casino capitalism.

Eighty five million Americans belong to credit unions which are not-for-profit cooperatives owned by their members who are depositors and borrowers. Your neighborhood or workplace credit union did not invest in these notorious speculative derivatives nor did they offer people "teaser rates" to sign on for a home mortgage they could not afford.

Ninety one percent of the 8,000 credit unions are reporting greater overall growth in mortgage lending than any other kinds of consumer loans they are extending. They are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) for up to $250,000 per account, such as the FDIC does for depositors in commercial banks.

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Homegrown Security in Post-Modern America

The Department of Homegrown Security
by Chip Ward
Common to sudden catastrophes is the shock of finding the world upside down. The water is suddenly on top instead of under; the rumbling earth swallows houses and spits out lava; the mud wall slides down from above; the flames roar up; the wind spins; the tower topples. In an instant, everything is broken and nothing works. What you relied upon is gone.

The destruction of the World Trade Center towers was that kind of deep disturbance, even if it was man-made. The shock of 9/11 was so profound that we thought it would define the twenty-first century, and even now it's hard for any event to match the immediacy, the drama, the sheer horror of that single autumn day. When the smoke cleared we learned that we had never really been quarantined from the epidemic of planetary violence that, until 9/11, was always "over there." Suddenly, the shocking violence most of us only witnessed on our television screens had blown back to our very doorstep. Our world shifted over night. Fear reigned. It became our ideology. It became their means of controlling us. It was called "homeland security."

In the second big shock of the young century, seven years later, Wall Street collapsed. Although a few wise voices had warned us it could happen, we didn't see that one coming either. If 9/11 put an American sense of physical safety to flight, the meltdown of casino capitalism took away our economic security.
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Gaza Caravan Readies for Libya Crossing

Convoy Update - 23 .30 (GMT) Thursday 26th February 2009
by vivapalestina.org
The mood today was of relief. After a marathon drive through Algeria and further south in Tunisia, the convoy has been relaxing today in good standard hotels in the city of Gabes.
Please check out the excellent pictures here from the crossing into Algeria and beyond from photographers Younes Oubaiche and Alaeddine Bouimout of the newspaper ECHOROUK daily and Aouni from Bir El Arch.

They are enjoying nice food and the facilities of the hotel complex including swimming pools. Some are sleeping, the others are taking strolls on the beach to walk off those stiff legs and muscles.

The Tunisians have shown their hospitality by offering free fuel, servicing and repairs to the vehicles and accommodation. The alarm clock will go off at 06.00am when the convoy will head for the border with Libya. It is anticipated that they will cross into Libya sometimes during the day.
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Hidden News Radio

The Hidden News
by VPC
Host Mehdi Najari will talk to independent filmmaker and journalist Kevin Pina on the fifth anniversary of the overthrow of the elected government in Haiti.
Mehdi's second guest is Ray Zimmerman of Sea to Sea Greenbelt Society who will talk about the Western Forest Product subdivision applications west of Sooke and the BC government's disregard for the Regional Growth Strategy.

and on cable 104.3
Fridays 9 am
CFUV 101.9 FM in Victoria

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Why Vegan: Knife and Forking the World to Death

Why Vegan?
by Janine Bandcroft
It was 1987, and I was a first year student at De Anza College in California when my environmental/social justice awakening began. Their Liberal Arts degree program got me thinking about evolution, ancient history, and the magical ecological processes of planet Earth. 
With other concerned students and supportive professors we launched the Green Future Club, hosted a Rainforest Awareness Week, and established an on-campus recycling project that exists to this day.  I gave up my traditional Alberta-raised, British parent-influenced meat-centric diet, learned to soak beans and spice tofu, and reveled in my new 'direct action' veggie lifestyle.

Years later, still studying, still living in poverty, I was searching for affordable accommodation in Victoria. I found an opportunity with a compromise attached - the animal rights occupant insisted on a vegan flat-mate.  What the heck, I thought, it's time for the next phase of my personal evolutionary growth.  Who knew the rather enormous learning curve involved in living without any animal products at all!  I'm now adept at reading labels, scanning websites for hidden animal products in products from soap to dental floss to beer and wine.  I've never been physically healthier, or more spiritually self-satisfied.  
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Gaza Convoy - Safely Into Tunisia

Convoy Update 22 .00 (GMT) Wednesday 25th February 2009 - SAFELY INTO TUNISIA
by vivapalestina.org
Early this evening the convoy crossed into Tunisia to the tears and cheers of the massive Algerian crowds who waived them off at the border crossing. The Algerian consul as well as some officials wished them all the best for the remainder of their long journey.

The convoy will not be travelling via Tunis. The next stop for the night will be in GAFSA (click) where hotel accommodation has apparently been arranged. They are driving under police escort and everyone is doing well, reflecting on crossing Algeria - the second largest country in Africa.

I have just received a first-hand account of the massive public support the convoy received from its crossing the borders to the town of Gafsa where people have lined the streets and greeted the Viva Palestina convoy with cheers, flags, water, juice, dates, food...

Even at this time of the night, the town is buzzing as it receives the heroes who are a symbol of hope to a just cause.

The next stop will be the borders with Libya unless the convoy decides to take a well deserved day off.

Farid Arada 
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Breaking the Banks

It's Time to Break up the Big Banks
by Mike Whitney
Timothy Geithner is putting the finishing touches on a plan that will dump $1 trillion of toxic assets onto the US taxpayer. The plan, which goes by the opaque moniker the "Public-Private Investment Fund" (PPIF), is designed to provide lavish incentives to hedge funds and private equity firms to purchase bad assets from failing banks.
It is a sweetheart deal that provides government financing and guarantees for illiquid mortgage-backed junk for which there is currently no active market. What's got Geithner worried, is the fear that the public will see through this latest boondoggle and set off a political firestorm. If that happens, the markets will go into a swan-dive and Geithner's career at Treasury will come to an abrupt end.

Details of the plan remain sketchy, but the PPIF will work in concert with the Fed's new lending facility, the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility, or TALF, which will start operating in March and will provide up to $1 trillion of financing for buyers of new securities backed by credit card, auto and small-business loans. In contrast, Geithner's financial rescue "partnership" will focus on cleaning up banks balance sheets by purging mortgage-backed securities. (MBS)
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Our Sacred Rivers: British Columbians Fight to Save Our Rivers

Save British Columbia's Rivers
by Save Our Rivers
Save Our Rivers Society is pleased to present a new three-minute video by filmmaker Damien Gillis, Watershed Election - click here to view video  narrated by Official Spokesperson Rafe Mair, which summarizes for all British Columbians the critical battle now raging over our rivers and historic public power system.
The video, entitled "BC's Watershed Election," is designed to introduce to a broader audience, across BC's multi-cultural communities, the until-recently secretive push to hand over BC's most valuable assets - our rivers and energy security - to some of the world's biggest corporations.  The video will soon be available with subtitles in multiple languages on SaveOurRivers.ca. 
It features high-definition footage shot all around the province over the past year by filmmaker Gillis - to show fellow British Columbians our spectacular wild places at risk from this program, and those already being decimated by the construction of large, environmentally destructive private river power projects.
Save Our Rivers Society Declares May 12, 2009 "BC's Watershed Election" - Watch Video Below!
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