Created on Saturday, 26 April 2008 16:58
New Terror War Atrocity: Beheading the Innocent for Bush in Somalia
by Chris Floyd
arlier this week, we noted reports that Ethiopian invaders in Somalia had killed several moderate clerics and other unarmed people in a mosque north of Mogadishu during the recent bloody reprisals against civilian areas launched by the Bush-backed invaders and their Somali allies. At the time, sketchy reports from the BBC indicated that at least 10 people had been killed in the mosque.
Read more: Glad Embrace: America and the Dictator
Created on Saturday, 26 April 2008 11:52
Written by Press Release
Stopping the Party: Boycotting Israel's Rebranded Product
by Canada Palestine Association
s we approach the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the Israeli government has announced its plans to â€œrebrandâ€ its 60 years of dispossession and ethnic cleansing.
Read more: Boycotting Israel's Rebranded Product
Here in B.C., the focus of this â€œrebrandingâ€ is the promotion of wines under an Israeli label in B.C. liquor stores, which are now carrying products from the Galil Mountain Winery, the Golan Heights Winery and the Dalton Winery.
Created on Saturday, 26 April 2008 11:02
Written by Press Release
Protest Brutal Attack on Haitian Street Vendors by UN Soldiers!
by Haiti Action Committee
n Saturday, April 11th, a little past 3 p.m., a MINUSTAH (UN) soldier, Nigerian Cpl. Nagya Aminu, was shot and killed in downtown Port-au-Prince. While this killing was widely reported in the international media, what followed the killing was not.
Bullet holes are visible in this photo from UN assault on Haitian street vendors
Read more: Haiti Group Files Protest Against UN Market Rampage
In the immediate aftermath of the killing, at approximately 3:30 p.m. that same afternoon, MINUSTAH troops launched a massive assault on Haitian vendors at the open-air sidewalk market near the main Cathedral in downtown Port-au-Princeâ€”the area where the soldier had been killed.
Created on Friday, 25 April 2008 23:31
Written by Press Release
Air War: Basra Hospitals Overwhelmed with Wounded
by Doctors for Iraq
Hospitals overwhelmed by number of casualties following intense fighting between the Mehdi army militia and the Iraqi army
Read more: Air War: Basra Hospitals Overwhelmed with Wounded
Five days of intense fighting between the Mehdi army militia and the Iraqi military has left hospitals in Iraq overwhelmed with the number of casualties. Doctors for Iraq's network of doctors across the country report that hospitals are lacking many medical supplies such as IV fluid, antibiotics and specialist doctors to treat the injured.
Doctors in Basra estimate that 800 people have been injured and 200 killed during the fighting. Basra is Iraq's third biggest city and has an estimated population of 1.7 million people. Much of the fierce fighting in the city took place in densely populated civilian areas. Many of those who were injured are reported to be women and children. Doctors in Baghdad say they received 350 casualties and 120 bodies. Doctors at the Zahraa hospital in Kut, South East Iraq, report the number of injured at 120 and 30 bodies were brought to the hospital morgue.
Created on Friday, 25 April 2008 22:36
Written by William Bowles
Not Fit for Purpose
by William Bowles
The word Socialism is unfortunately, much-discredited yet and still the idea lives on regardless, as events in the Southern Americas reveal. But what of us in the so-called developed world?
Revolution I hear you cry? In the West? Not likely is it? In fact, both Marx and Lenin, when asked about revolution in the UK were a little more than disparaging about the idea. And what goes for the UK probably goes for the rest of the West.
Then what hope is there for the future?
Read more: Unfit Purpose: Starving Democracy
Created on Friday, 25 April 2008 22:20
Written by Danny Schechter
LOOKING AT US FROM "OUT THERE" - Last Thoughts From The Glorious Republic; Heading Back To The USSA
by Danny Schechter
When you slip outside the empire, and travel as I try to do when others are kind enough to pay my way, I see the world through other eyes.
Read more: Looking At US from "Out There"
Yes, gang, there is more to the world than the overheated passions between the Obama and Clinton camps.
First, you experience the decline of American power right away. Our dollars are a joke in terms of purchasing power. The privileges of being an American, if they every existed, are long gone. Some still admire us, but many, too many, pity us.
Created on Friday, 25 April 2008 21:30
Written by Press Release
The Lying Minister of Democratic Reform
by Democracy Watch
oday, Democracy Watch sent a letter to federal Conservative House Leader and Minister for Democratic Reform Peter Van Loan demanding that he apologize for lying last Wednesday, April 16th in the House of Commons about Democracy Watch's position concerning the Conservatives' TV advertising spending scheme during the 2006 federal election.
In response to a question in the House of Commons on April 16th, Mr. Van Loan stated:
Read more: Canada: The Lying Minister of Democratic Reform
"In terms of our spending practices, I would like to quote Duff Conacher of Democracy Watch, who was on CTV today. He said, "The Conservatives did something in the last election that all parties have done for years. That's legal, and parties can donate as much as they want to a local candidate and often do to candidates that don't have a lot of local support and can't raise money on their own. And then what happens is those candidates use some of that money to buy materials for national headquarters, like pamphlets, signs, platforms to hand out to people. That's all--"
Created on Friday, 25 April 2008 21:16
Written by Mike Whitney
Global Famine? Blame the Fed
by Mike Whitney
he stakes couldn't be higher for Ben Bernanke. If the Fed chief decides to lower rates at the end of April, he could be condemning millions of people to an agonizing death by starvation. The situation is that serious; there's no room for error. Food riots have broken out across the globe destabilizing large parts of the developing world. China is experiencing double-digit inflation. Indonesia, Vietnam and India have imposed controls over rice exports. Wheat, corn and soya are at record highs and threatening to go higher still. Commodities are up across the board. The World Food Program is warning of widespread famine if the West doesn't provide emergency humanitarian relief. The situation is dire.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez summed it up like this;
"It is a massacre of the world's poor. The problem is not the production of food. It is the economic, social and political model of the world. The capitalist model is in crisis."
Read more: Famine! What Famine?
Created on Friday, 25 April 2008 19:41
Written by Faisal Kutty
Open Letter on 'Toronto 11' to Authorities from 19 Groups
by Faisal Kutty
n an open letter, the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) in partnership with the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF), Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC), Federation of Muslim Women (FMW), Islamic Ahlul Bayt Assembly of Canada, Islamic Circle of North America Canada (ICNA Canada), Islamic Society of North America Canada (ISNA Canada) and Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), along with an additional 11 organizations, today asked authorities to consider reasonable bail terms and re-examine the use of solitary confinement for the "Toronto 11."
Read more: Almost Just: 'Toronto 18' Down to 11
In the letter the 19 organizations wrote:
Subject: Authorities asked to consider reasonable bail terms and re-examine solitary confinement for 'Toronto 11'
Created on Thursday, 24 April 2008 22:48
Written by Chris Cook
British Columbia: Geological Study Pinpoints Quake Zones
by C. L. Cook
anada's CTV reports on a study recently released by the U. S. Geological Survey placing in the earthquake crosshairs two of Canada's most desirable addresses.
Read more: British Columbia: Geological Study Pinpoints Quake Zones
"Two British Columbia fault lines running south of Abbotsford and south of
Victoria could potentially cause earthquakes measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale,
according to a new study released by U.S. seismologists."