Created on Saturday, 18 October 2008 03:29
Written by Chris Genovali
Drill Baby Drill
by Chris Genovali
ictoriaâ€™s Times-Colonist writer Iain Hunterâ€™s recent column on John
McCainâ€™s vice-presidential pick Sarah Palin (â€œOur election needs
Palinâ€™s feistiness,â€ September 8, 2008) exemplifies the type of
feckless punditry plaguing so much of the United States election
coverage. As for Hunterâ€™s wish that the â€œfeistyâ€ Palin was â€œrunning for
high political office in Canada,â€ letâ€™s just say that one manâ€™s
feistiness is another manâ€™s fanaticism.
Alaska governor Sarah Palin is really more frightening than fiesty
It is exactly the cynical circus sideshow surrounding the manufactured
Palin phenomenon that we should do everything in our power to avoid
with regard to Canadaâ€™s electoral process.
Read more: Palin's Cavity Between the Ears
Created on Saturday, 18 October 2008 03:14
Written by Diane Walsh
The Sun's in Our Grasp
by Diane Walsh
Solar energy is
viableâ€”not only as an accepted energy option for heating homes but also
as an energy source for charging car batteries.
Swiss owner of the first solar-supported car ever to drive around the
globe, is rallying for change on the environmental front. Lucky for
usâ€”he (with the endorsement of the Swiss embassy) took the time to
speak in an interview when in DC, so Victoria could learn more [about]
Read more: The Sun Within Our Reach
Created on Friday, 17 October 2008 08:20
Read more: The Abandoned Canadian: The Case of Omar Kadr
The U.S. vs Omar Khadr
by CBC News
he murder trial of Canadian Omar Khadr before
a U.S. Military Commission in Guantanamo is expected in the fall of
2008. Accused of killing an American soldier with a grenade during a
firefight in Afghanistan in July 2002, most of the evidence against him
is based on a series of confessions Omar allegedly made at the age of
15 while in U.S. custody at the military base in Bagram and later in
Guantanamo. Omar's defense team claims that these are false confessions
extracted under torture.
Premiering On: Thursday October 16, 2008 at 9 pm on CBC-TV
Repeating On: Saturday October 18, 2008 at 10 pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld
Created on Friday, 17 October 2008 04:46
Written by The Real News
Canada Reelects Stephen Harper
Murray Dobbin: Harper will continue to dismantle social democracy.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was reelected this week, as his
Conservative Party won its second minority government. Harper called an
early election last month after accusing the Canadian Parliament of
being dysfunctional. Observers called it a calculated political move,
meant to take advantage of his lead in the polls, with the aim, to
secure a majority for his party.
Read more: The Second Harper Minority "Mandate"
Created on Friday, 17 October 2008 04:31
Written by Janine Bandcroft
Read more: 'Tent City' Ruling Takes Victoria City by Surprise
Tent City a Big Surprise to Victoria's OfficialsC
by Janine Bandcroft
City Hall for being so well prepared to respond to the legal decision
we've all been waiting for since June on a court case that's been years
in the making !!!
Presumably you've visited Portland's Dignity
, and talked with their city officials about the logistics
involved with establishing this world class construct. Perhaps you've
contacted one of the four churches in Olympia, Washington who are
helping co-ordinate their tent city.
Created on Thursday, 16 October 2008 06:51
Written by Conn Hallinan
The Killings Go On: Targeting Unions in Colombia
by Conn Hallinan
are lots of places in the world where you need to watch your step. You
donâ€™t want to be a Sunni in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad (or vice
versa). Itâ€™s probably not smart to speak Tamal in southern Sri Lanka.
You might want to keep being a Muslim under wraps in parts of Mindanao.
But most of all you donâ€™t want to be a trade unionist in the U.S.â€™s one
remaining ally in South America, Colombia.
- â€œColombia is the
most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist,â€ says Jeremy
Dear, chair of the British trade union organization, Justice For
Colombia (JFC), â€œIn fact, more trade unionists have been murdered in
Colombia during [Alvaro] Uribeâ€™s presidency than in the rest of the
world over the same period.â€
Read more: Targeting Unions in Colombia
Created on Thursday, 16 October 2008 05:53
Not Enough Money in the World: The Real Monster in the Meltdown Closet
by Chris Floyd
he myth has quickly taken hold that the global financial crash was
caused by bad mortgages.
This has allowed rightwing hatemongers to
blame the meltdown on the "liberal" programs that encouraged home
ownership among a small percentage of lower-income people (a poisonous
canard that parts of the mainstream media have actually done a fairly
good job of knocking down), while "progressives" of various stripes
have denounced banks and other financial institutions for pushing
over-easy credit on people who couldn't really afford it.
Unsustainable mortgages are a key factor in the global crash, of
course. And many people (most of them white, by the way) did take out
mortgages they would not be able to afford if the housing bubble ever
burst, which it has, most spectacularly. And yes, it is undeniable that
the financial services industry has been tempting people with easy
credit like schoolyard pushers flashing reefers.
All of this was bound to end badly, and did. But this alone would not
have been enough to threaten the destruction of the entire global
financial system, nor cause the blind, screaming panic that has
strangulated the financial markets, seized up the vital flow of money
between banks, and caused the "free" market-worshipping governments of
the Western world to carry out nationalizations and interventions that,
in sheer numbers, dwarf anything ever seen following a Communist
revolution. (As John Lancaster notes in the London Review of Books, the
Bush Administration's takeover of Fannie Mae and Fannie Mac alone was
"was, by cash value, the biggest nationalisation in the history of the
world." And that was just the beginning.)
Read more: All the Money in the World: The Real Monster in the Meltdown
Created on Thursday, 16 October 2008 05:17
Written by The Real News
Pakistani Lashkars Join Fight Against Taliban
Read more: Pakistan: Laying the Pistol at the Shepherd's Feet
ariq Amin-Khan : Pakistani government is playing with fire by arming more tribes with modern weapons.
The violence in North Western pakistan continues to grow. Responding to
the upsurge, the Pakistani government approved the deployment of local
tribesman or lashkars in its offensive against the Taliban and al
qaeda. Professor Tariq Amin-Khan believes the Pakistani government "is
playing with fire."
Created on Thursday, 16 October 2008 05:04
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Can Obama See the Grand Canyon?
Let me begin, very obliquely, with the Grand Canyon and the paradox of trying to see beyond cultural or historical precedent.
first European to look into the depths of the great gorge was the
conquistador Garcia Lopez de Cardenas in 1540. He was horrified by the
sight and quickly retreated from the South Rim. More than three
centuries passed before Lieutenant Joseph Christmas Ives of the U.S.
Army Corps of Topographical Engineers led the second major expedition
to the rim. Like Garcia Lopez, he recorded an "awe that was almost
painful to behold." Ives's expedition included a well-known German
artist, but his sketch of the Canyon was wildly distorted, almost
Neither the conquistadors nor the Army engineers,
in other words, could make sense of what they saw; they were simply
overwhelmed by unexpected revelation. In a fundamental sense, they were
blind because they lacked the concepts necessary to organize a coherent
vision of an utterly new landscape.
Read more: On Presidential Blindness and Economic Catastrophe
Created on Thursday, 16 October 2008 04:34
Written by Ernest Partridge
The Road to Catastrophe
by Ernest Partridge
economy of the United States, and by extension of the world, has
arrived at the present crisis after traveling along a road marked with
an abundance of warning signs. At this moment in time, it is rather
easy to recognize the folly that caused the present emergency.
â€œHindsight,â€ as they say, â€œis 20/20.â€
in this case foresight was not blind. A decade ago, an intelligent and
unbiased observer could readily realize that ongoing trends were
unsustainable and thus could forecast that sooner or later the ongoing
economic circus would lead to disaster. â€œHubert Steinâ€™s Lawâ€ predicted
â€œThat which can not go on forever, wonâ€™t.â€
Read more: Road to Catastrophe