Processing Racism: Durban II Does without U.S., Israel

Durban II: Politicizing Racism
by Ramzy Baroud
Many countries are set to participate in the Conference against Racism, scheduled to be held in Geneva, April 20-25. But the highly touted international meet is already marred with disagreement after Israel, the United States and other countries decided not to participate. Although the abstention of four or more countries is immaterial to the proceedings, the US decision in particular was meant to render the conference ‘controversial’, at best.

The US government’s provoking stance is not new, but a repetition of another fiasco which took place in Durban, South Africa in 2001.

Israeli and US representatives stormed out in protest of the “anti-Israeli” and the “anti-Semitic” sentiments that supposedly pervaded the World Conference against Racism (WCAR), held in Durban in 2001. The decision was an ominous sign, for the Bush Administration was yet to be tested on foreign policy in any definite terms, as the conference concluded on September 8, three days before the 911 terrorist attacks.
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20090311b - HEALTH HAZARD ALERT (e.coli ) / DANGER POUR LA SANTÉ (e.coli)
Subject: 20090311b - HEALTH HAZARD ALERT (e.coli ) / DANGER POUR LA SANTÉ (e.coli) Le texte français suit le texte anglais. HEALTH HAZARD ALERT - CERTAIN GROUND BEEF PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN E. coli O157:H7 BACTERIA
OTTAWA, March 11, 2009 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain ground beef products described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli  157:H7.

The following ground beef products, sold in Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Ontario, are affected by this alert.

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The following products, sold in British Columbia are also affected by this alert.  They were sold only from the following Thrifty Foods stores (appear on the bottom of the label): #1 - Fairfield,  # 2 - Quadra,  #3 - Mill Bay, #7 - Nanaimo,  #8 - Colwood,  #9 - Broadmead,  #12 - Courtenay, #14 - Central Saanich, #16 - Longwood Station, #17 - Hillside, , # 18 -Tsawwassen, #19 - Campbell River and  #20 - Coquitlam.
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The Fisherman of the Tigris

Fisherman on the Tigris
by Dahr Jamal
A fisherman in Baghdad speaks to Dahr Jamail and Jason Coppola in the shadow of the massive new US embassy on the Tigris River about life during occupation.


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Pakistan's Lawyers Back in the Streets

Inside Pakistan
by Shahnaz X.
Hi C.;  this is going to be short but not sweet! As you must be knowing from the communications regarding restoration of democracy in Pakistan, there has been a peaceful movement by the lawyers for restoration of an independent judiciary.
The two major political parties in Pakistan, signed declarations to the effect that the Chief Justice of Supreme court of Pakistan, who was removed from office by the then military government, be restored to office within one month of the governments taking charge. However, that Charter of Democracy and the Muree Declaration's key point of agenda was not fulfilled by the present Pakistan Peoples Party coalition government.

The PPP was headed by Benazir Bhutto who as you may be knowing was assassinated on December 27, 2007. Following that, her husband Asif Ali Zardari assumed the party leadership as co-chairperson and his son Bilawal Zardari as the Chairperson, through the handwritten will of the late Benazir. Bilawal Zardari Bhutto is a student at Harvard university. He is the chairperson of the governing peoples party in Pakistan. The will was not made public.

The lawyers in Pakistan have since carried on a peaceful movement to restore the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Choudary back to his office. They say that the existing justices have taken oath unconstitutionally.
UPDATE:  The authorities have detained at least 300 activists from the opposition party lawyers and civil society members including senior citizens, since March 10, 2009.
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Calgary Hosts George W. Bush's Really Big Shoe

Unwelcome War Criminal Bush to Canada!
by CUPW-Calgary Local 109
Former US President and known War Criminal will be speaking in Calgary, AB on March 17th, sponsored by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, and the Law firm of Bennett Jones , whose clients include Terasen Gas, Petro Canada and Husky Oil. This is Bush's first speaking engagement since leaving his disgraced office. He stands to make a pile of (blood)money for this event.

It's important that both organizations that are sponsoring this realize that Canadians abhor torture and war crimes and do not appreciate inviting this demon to our country. The clueless that are sponsoring this event deserve to hear from you and if you feel the need to call them a few times then so be it.
Express your disgust at the welcoming of a mass murderer to Canada ... Please consider acting on at least one of the below e- mails provided ... and PLEASE share this widely. Also, there will be a major shoe throwing at the image of Bush. Anyone who would like to quickly send some shoes on with a message the address is below.  Please alert your contacts in Calgary re. the below, too!  (I intend to send on child's ballet slippers with photos of Bush & Co.'s horrific radioactive D.U. victims).
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Slick Anniversary Reminder: Tankers Are Loonie

By Richard Boyce
The abundance of life along the shorelines of Oceanside at this time of year is truly profound. On a single walk I counted 30 eagles on boulders near the waterline while thousands of gulls pecked away at the herring roe washed to shore by waves.

The calm water of the Strait of Georgia, transformed into a bright turquoise color by the sperm of millions of male herring, was shattered repeatedly by the splashes of massive sea lions as they gorged themselves on adult herring just below the surface. Offshore thousands of Brant Geese were feeding on the herring roe and the eelgrass it clings to underwater. Harlequin ducks, with all their brilliant colors, navigated through the shallow waters between countless other ducks, gulls, and shorebirds.

Locally the Brant Festival provides many opportunities to learn more about shoreline wildlife and habitat. It is important to keep a respectful distance from these birds because they have a very limited time for feeding. Humans, dogs, and boats can disturb these seabirds and cause them to break away from the very important business of eating. The Brant Geese are just stopping here briefly to load up on protein from herring roe before they move north to nesting grounds in Alaska.
March 24th is the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which occurred along the Alaska coastline on Good Friday 1989. This giant oil tanker spilled 40 million litres of crude oil into the sea, killing seabirds, sea otters, whales, sea lions, salmon, seals and many other species along the coastline. This oil slick spread over 28,000 km2 of ocean.

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I-Spy: The Talking Taboo Against Israel's U.S. Snooping

Breaking the Taboo on Israel's Spying Efforts on the United States
by Christopher Ketcham   
Israel runs one of the most aggressive and damaging espionage networks targeting the U.S., yet public discussion about it is almost nil. Scratch a counterintelligence officer in the U.S. government and they'll tell you that Israel is not a friend to the United States. This is because Israel runs one of the most aggressive and damaging espionage networks targeting the U.S.
The fact of Israeli penetration into the country is not a subject oft-discussed in the media or in the circles of governance, due to the extreme sensitivity of the U.S.-Israel relationship coupled with the burden of the Israel lobby, which punishes legislators who dare to criticize the Jewish state. The void where the facts should sit is filled instead with the hallucinations of conspiracy theory — the kind in which, for example, agents of the Mossad, Israel’s top intelligence agency, engineer the 9/11 attacks, while 4,000 Israelis in the Twin Towers somehow all get word to escape before the planes hit. The effect, as disturbing as it is ironic, is that the less the truth is addressed, the more noxious the falsity that spreads.

Israel's spying on the U.S., however, is a matter of public record, and neither conspiracy nor theory is needed to present the evidence.
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Bernard Madoff Circus Goes Public Today

The Bernard Madoff Circus Goes Public Today: Will There Be Justice?
by Danny Schechter (Author of Plunder)
Thursday is “BM Day” in New York, the day that Wall Street Wonder Bernie Madoff, wearing his electronic bracelet perhaps, surrounded by a phalanx of security goons on guard for some modern day Jack Ruby among his distraught investors, and followed by a voracious media pack, meets Da Judge, the Honorable Denny Chin in the new federal courthouse named after former Senator Moynihan.
For some those initials “BM” might be thought of in the bowel movement sense for a discredited financial system, as this big bad wolf gets some comeupance, or at least a first recknoning, but clearly he didn’t act alone and was surely not the only one.
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Not Quite... Neocons Rattle Yet

The Neocons Strike Back
by Robert Parry
The neoconservatives have demonstrated that their power in Washington remains strong as they have succeeded in keeping veteran diplomat Chas Freeman out of a top intelligence job. Freeman dropped out of the running for chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which oversees preparation of intelligence estimates about threats to the United States, after an intense campaign spearheaded by neocons angered over Freeman’s criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
Jon Chait of The New Republic

In effect, the neocons showed that their influence over the national news media, especially the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, combined with solid Republican support and some key Democratic backing, still lets them blackball potential government appointees who favor a more evenhanded approach toward the Middle East.
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Iraq +6: Accountability Rally

Rally in Richmond Va for Peace on 6th Anniversary of Iraq Invasion
by David Swanson
March 19, 2009, 5:30 p.m., Kanawha Plaza, Richmond, Virginia We will gather in downtown Richmond to mark the 6th anniversary of the occupation of Iraq, with an action and rally to express support for a major shift in our country's priorities. The sponsoring coalition aims to draw attention to bloated U.S. spending on war and foreign occupations at this time of severe economic crisis.

The coalition calls for:

• Deep cuts in military spending and real funding for jobs, housing, schools, health care, green infrastructure, services for the poor, and returning veterans.

• An end to war and foreign occupations, including immediate withdrawal from Iraq, ending the occupation of Afghanistan and no attacks on, sanctions against or covert interference in Iran.

• Putting people’s needs before bank profits and taking monetary policy out of the hands of private banks and the Federal Reserve.
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Not the Path a Reverend Would Walk

by Sherwood Ross
Because I will not allow terrorists to plot against the American people from safe havens half a world away” is the reason President Obama gave for forging “a new and comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan…”
Yet Americans, in their anger over 9/11, need to ask if subjecting Afghanistan to escalating conflict in order to bring Osama bin Laden to justice and/or punish the Taliban, is the way to go about it.

If past is prologue, once the Pentagon’s war machine revs up, there will be a wave of new civilian casualties, more wedding parties slaughtered on misinformation, more children killed in their beds, more hospitals bombed by accident, more people that want to live just as much as you and I do who will never see another sunrise.
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Langford Lord Lout Says: "Bailout the Bear"

Langford City Council Special Meeting on a
Federal Bailout for Bear Mountain Projects
by Zoe Blunt
Turns out Mayor Stew Young's statement at the South Skirt Mountain public hearing was true -- Langford is lining up to demand a taxpayer bailout for its debt-ridden interchange and controversial South Skirt Mountain development plan. A special meeting of Langford City Council is set for tomorrow, Thursday, March 12 at 5:30 pm. Council will consider a proposal for the Building Canada Fund, the infrastructure grant money from Ottawa.

It takes a special kind of hypocrisy to brag (loudly and constantly) that this interchange will be 100% paid for by developers, and then turn around and beg for a federal grant. Of course, the grant would have to be matched by municipal revenue, meaning taxpayers get soaked twice for a bridge to nowhere. That would be enough for most public officials, but here Langford ups the ante and demands millions more for a parkway to service a half-built, half-abandoned golf resort. That takes real gall. 

Here's a thought: why not ask the taxpayers what projects deserve a federal grant? Or how about  considering what projects would benefit the most people? Hint: most people don't own property on Skirt Mountain, and don't stand to make $1.7 billion in profit from an "investment" of millions in public money.

The notion is absurd. The language in the proposal is also really strange.
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