Created on Tuesday, 19 February 2008 19:13
The West Coast Tree-sit Raids
by Jeff Muskrat
With the fall of the Bear Mountain tree-sit in Victoria, BC, it seems like this is a very crucial time for activists in the trees up and down the west coast.
There are two campus trees-sits, one under attack right now at UC Berkeley and one at UC Santa Cruz. These actions are opposing the unnecessary development of greenspace.
Photo courtesy of http://insurgentphoto.com/main.html
Read more: Into the Trees: Saving What's Left
The Berkeley Action is opposed to the destruction of a large grove of Coast Live Oaks in order for the campus to place an athletic training center adjacent to the campus stadium.
Created on Sunday, 17 February 2008 11:45
Written by Zoe Blunt
Work crews sent home in Langford
Read more: Update: Bear Mountain Destruction
by Zoe Blunt
bout 40 people showed up at today's rally in Langford and marched up the highway to view the damage. Two dozen or so were inspired to scramble over the fresh-cut trees and stand in front of the yarders and excavators that were working. All four machines had to be shut down for the day. The handful of police on the scene made no arrests and issued no warnings.
After stopping the machines, many of us made our way through the stumps and slash to Langford Lake Cave, which has a huge mass of rebar crisscrossed over the entrance like a drunken spider web. The second entrance has a triangular steel cap welded over it. The forest was cut down to within a few meters of the cave entrances.
Created on Sunday, 17 February 2008 11:16
Written by Tom Engelhardt
The War against Women: A Dispatch from the West African Front
by Ann Jones
Kailahun, Sierra Leone - G
reetings from a war zone that's not Iraq. And not Afghanistan either.
I'm checking in from West Africa, where I've been working with women in three neighboring countries, all recently torn apart by civil wars: Liberia, Sierra Leone, and CÃ´te d'Ivoire.
The Iraq debacle has monopolized attention and obscured these "lesser" wars -- now officially "over" -- but millions of West African women are struggling to recover. For them, the war isn't really over at all, not by a long shot. This is the war story that's never truly told. Let me explain.
Read more: The War on Women: Not All Quiet from the Western Front
Created on Saturday, 16 February 2008 18:40
Written by Press Release
Call to Mass, Peaceful, Direct Action Against the Bear Mountain Development and Further Construction of the Interchange
by Hundred Voices of Conscience
itizens scored a big victory in Langford today, re-occupying the site of the proposed Bear Mountain Interchange and forcing RCMP and "feller-bunchers" to retreat! Let us build on this victory by taking a new step.
This past week's paramilitary-style police operation sanctioned by the City of Langford, to circumvent the growing legitimate public opposition to the Bear Mountain interchange, was a heavy-handed assault against land, local democracy and current, widespread ecological consciousness.
Read more: Bear Mountain Citizen Action: A Hundred Souls of Conscience
At a time of unprecedented ecological crisis, it is the moral obligation of the entire human community to take immediate action to prevent unnecessary harm and destruction to the natural world and all its inhabitants; and to reverse developments that systematically destroy the life-support systems of the earth for profit.
Created on Saturday, 16 February 2008 18:02
Let Us Now Praise Judge Scalia, Who Gives Us Hope in This Dark Hour
by Chris Floyd
must take issue with the voices now being raised against Judge Antonin Scalia's contention that torture is not prohibited by the U.S. Constitution's explicit ban on "cruel and unusual punishment."
Critics such as Scott Horton
have offered withering denunciations of Scalia's claims, which were offered up in an interview with BBC
radio this week. But I think they have underestimated the exquisite subtlety of Scalia's argument.
Read more: Praise Judge Scalia, Who Gives Us Hope in This Dark Hour
Indeed, instead of rejecting this interpretation by a jurist widely praised for the sweaty muscularity of his intellect, I think we should embrace it, champion it -- and use it to put George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and a vast host of their minions in jail.
Created on Saturday, 16 February 2008 16:40
Written by Kathleen Christison
Talking to a Wall: Palestine in the Mind of America
and Bill Christison
ou would think that showing maps clearly delineating the truncated, obviously non-viable area available for a possible Palestinian state and showing pictures that define Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories would have some kind of impact on an audience of astute but, on this issue, generally uninformed Americans.
Read more: Palestine in the Mind of America
We recently spoke to a small foreign affairs discussion group and devoted much of our presentation to these images of oppression -- images that never appear in the U.S. media -- in the probably naÃ¯ve hope of making some kind of dent in the impassive American attitude toward Israel's 40-year occupation of Palestinian territory.
But our expectations that these people would listen and perhaps learn something were sadly misplaced. Few among the elite seminar-style discussion group seemed concerned about, or even particularly interested in, what is happening on the ground in Palestine-Israel, and the event stands as starkly emblematic of American apathy about the oppressive Israeli regime in the occupied territories that the United States is enabling and in many instances actively encouraging.
Created on Saturday, 16 February 2008 15:37
Written by Scott Horton
The Valentineâ€™s Day Torture Trifecta
by Scott Horton
n Valentineâ€™s Day the Bush Administration was out on a mission, straight from the Orwellian Ministry of Love. That ministry of course served in Nineteen Eighty-Four as the center for torture.
And as the shortest month reached its middle point, three apologists appeared on behalf of the administration to explain to the American public that they needed to relax and start getting comfortable with torture.
Read more: Better than the Inquisition: Valentine's Day Torture Trifecta
Itâ€™s the new American Way, after all.