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With Respect to Journalists Covering 'Indigenous Issues'

With Respect to Journalists Covering 'Indigenous Issues' 
by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
Dear Mr. Taylor; I was compelled today, to respond to your media coverage and the public commentary on the Native issues surrounding the disputes currently active in Ontario. 

As a journalist covering Indigenous issues worldwide, I see similar situations and conflicts between Native and non-Native peoples in every country across the globe. However, I have been an active media supporter to the people of Six Nations since day one of their occupation in Caledonia. My support has continued to expand so that issues at Tyendinaga, Attawapiskat and other reserves are also part of my normal coverage.

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Glad Embrace: America and the Dictator

New Terror War Atrocity: Beheading the Innocent for Bush in Somalia        
by Chris Floyd     
Earlier 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.
 
Bush has gladly embraced the Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi

Now Amnesty International has charged Ethiopian soldiers with killing 21 people in the mosque -- and slitting the throats of seven of their victims, the Herald-Sun reports.

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Boycotting Israel's Rebranded Product

Stopping the Party: Boycotting Israel's Rebranded Product
by Canada Palestine Association
As we approach the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the Israeli government has announced its plans to “rebrand” its 60 years of dispossession and ethnic cleansing. 
 
Here in B.C., the focus of this “rebranding” 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.


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Haiti Group Files Protest Against UN Market Rampage

Protest Brutal Attack on Haitian Street Vendors by UN Soldiers!
by Haiti  Action Committee
On 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
 
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-Prince—the area where the soldier had been killed.
 

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Air War: Basra Hospitals Overwhelmed with Wounded

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
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.


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Unfit Purpose: Starving Democracy

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?
 
 
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Looking At US from "Out There"

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.

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.

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Canada: The Lying Minister of Democratic Reform

The Lying Minister of Democratic Reform
by Democracy Watch
Today, 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.
 
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In response to a question in the House of Commons on April 16th, Mr. Van Loan stated:

"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--"


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Famine! What Famine?

Global Famine? Blame the Fed         
by Mike Whitney
The 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."  
 

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Almost Just: 'Toronto 18' Down to 11

Open Letter on 'Toronto 11' to Authorities from 19 Groups        
by Faisal Kutty
In 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."
 
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In the letter the 19 organizations wrote:

Subject: Authorities asked to consider reasonable bail terms and re-examine solitary confinement for 'Toronto 11'
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British Columbia: Geological Study Pinpoints Quake Zones

British Columbia: Geological Study Pinpoints Quake Zones
by C. L. Cook
Canada'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.
 
"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."
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