Created on Friday, 24 October 2008 09:23
Written by The Real News
Read more: Colombia: Rising Against Uribe
Colombia's indigenous protest against UribeT
housands gather for 62-mile march to demand justice and land
10,000 indigenous Colombians are marching against President Alvaro
Uribe's policies. The protest comes one week after violence erupted
during demonstrations to press for land reform and dialogue with the
Created on Friday, 24 October 2008 06:44
Written by Chris Cook
The Torturer's Apprentice: Canada's Role in Horror War
by C. L. Cook
course it's hardly news: 'Canada had role in torture.' Yeah. What?
Maher Arar. Omar Kadr. Actions committed and crimes of omission;
habeas corpus went the way of the PATRIOT Act long ago up here, and
it's worse in Over There
Canadians are getting next to no
real information from the front. Apart from casualty figures, and the
attendant interviews with families surviving their loss, the day to day
details on Canadian Forces commission of the occupation are vague. The national press seem disinterested in the details.
So imagine my surprise to find Canada of interest, and in the headlines over there?
Read more: The Torturer's Apprentice: Canada's Role in Horror War
Created on Friday, 24 October 2008 04:50
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Wrecked Iraq: What the Good News from Iraq Really Means
the Smoke Clears in Iraq: Even before the spectacular presidential
election campaign became a national obsession, and the worst economic
crisis since the Great Depression crowded out other news, coverage of
the Iraq War had dwindled to next to nothing.
National newspapers had
long since discontinued their daily feasts of multiple -- usually front
page â€“ reports on the country, replacing them with meager meals of
mostly inside-the-fold summary stories. On broadcast and cable TV
channels, where violence in Iraq had once been the nightly lead, whole
news cycles went by without a mention of the war.
The tone of
the coverage also changed. The powerful reports of desperate battles
and miserable Iraqis disappeared. There are still occasional stories
about high-profile bombings or military campaigns in obscure places,
but the bulk of the news is about quiescence in old hot spots,
political maneuvering by Iraqi factions, and the newly emerging
routines of ordinary life.
Read more: War Without End: What the Good News from Iraq Really Means
Created on Friday, 24 October 2008 04:23
Written by Mickey Z
Chomsky, Zinn, and Obama
by Mickey Z.
nother Election Day approaches and Iâ€™m reminded of something the late
Pakistani dissident, Eqbal Ahmad said about Noam Chomsky in the book,
Confronting Empire (2000):
â€œHe (Chomsky) has never wavered. He has
never fallen into the trap of saying, â€˜Clinton will do better.â€™ Or
â€˜Nixon was bad but Carter at least had a human rights presidency.â€™
There is a consistency of substance, of posture, of outlook in his
But along came 2004â€¦when Chomsky said stuff like this:
Read more: Chomsky, Zinn, and Obama
- â€œAnyone who says
â€˜I donâ€™t care if Bush gets electedâ€™ is basically telling poor and
working people in the country, â€˜I donâ€™t care if your lives are
destroyedâ€™.â€ And like this: "Despite the limited differences [between
Bush and Kerry] both domestically and internationally, there are
differences. In a system of immense power, small differences can
translate into large outcomes."
Created on Friday, 24 October 2008 03:31
Written by Chris Davenport
Read more: Canada: Harper Promises Half-Trillion Dollar Military Expansion
Dr. Evil to Spend $490 Billion on Military Implementation of the SPP
by Chris Davenport
anada is currently on a course that will see its military incorporated into neoconservative plans for a "New American Century". This
plan is being facilitated by a "Revolution in Military Affairs" (RMA),
a high-tech "transformation" of the U.S. military which depends upon
the domination of space.
The Project for a New American Century
successfully predicted in 2000 that "the process of transformation,
even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one,
absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl
The Harper government is pushing the RMA agenda in
Canada through the "Canada First Defence Strategy" (CFDS). Under the
CFDS, Canada will spend $490 billion over the next 20 years to
transform its military to be entirely "inter-operable" with the U.S.
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2008 07:39
Written by Jim Miles
Hope Destroyed, Justice Denied: the Rape of Palestine
by Jim Miles
he cover of Hope Destroyed, Justice
Denied: the Rape of Palestine tells a significant story on its own:
from a Palestine of green dotted with a few Jewish settlements, mainly
in the north, transiting through the UN partition plan designation and
the 1967 war to what is now the reverse - a small strip of green on the
coast at Gaza, and a small sprinkling of isolated green bantustan
communities huddled in the middle of Israel.
The Jewish community in
Israel has been very successful in their ongoing purpose to achieve
dominion over all the lands of Palestine. They have achieved this by
abrogating and denying almost every international law that has been
established to govern how one group of people should interact with
another in times of peace and war, but mostly war.
many themes supported in William Cookâ€™s powerful book, the most
frequently reiterated is that of the corruption, abuse, and plain
denial of international law. Combined with other themes, Hope
Destroyed, Justice Denied sends out a very clear message: that the
Palestinians live under the control of one of the most brutal regimes
in our current world.
Read more: Reviewing the Rape of Palestine
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2008 06:55
Written by Peter Zaza
9/11 Truth Is "Splitting the Sky"
by Peter Zaza
entral to this Iroquois history is the legend of The Peace
Maker named Deganawida, a 19 year old Huron prophet and political
statesman who brought the Great Law to all five warring nations of the
Iroquois; Mohawk, Onieda, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca, uniting them
into a grand confederation.
Upon his visit to the Onondaga he was met
with opposition, as they would not consent to join the others, so the
Peace Maker made a deal that they should be known as the Faith Keepers,
and guard the sacred law.
Read more: Enter Twice the Peace Maker: Truth Is "Splitting the Sky"
Peace Maker and his legend grew as he brought good fortune along with
his message of togetherness. When the first League meeting was to
commence, the representatives from the five Iroquois nations brought
their weapons. The Peace Maker convinced them to bury their weapons
under the Great Tree of Peace, entrusting those who lived there to
always stand guard for the sake of the League.
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2008 06:11
Written by Press Release
South African Company Unveils World-Class Locally Developed Electric Car
by Optimal Energy
cape town, south a
frica - Optimal Energy, a
privately-owned South African company based in Cape Town that
specialises in optimal solutions for urban transport, has revealed
plans to launch Africaâ€™s first all electric vehicle.
Read more: South Africa's Newest Joule Discovery
named Joule, the zero emission car is a six-seater MPV (multi-purpose
vehicle). Designed by Optimal Energy in association with legendary
South African born automotive designer, Keith Helfet, the ultra sleek
Joule is scheduled to make its global debut at the Paris Motor Show
(04-19 October 2008).
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2008 05:50
Written by Press Release
Five Found Innocent of the â€œDespicableâ€ Crime of Observing the Murder of Seals in Canada
by Sea Shepherd News
Today, Quebec Provincial Court Judge Jean-Paul DÃ©coste declared the
defendants in the case of five seal-hunt observers innocent.
verdict has been anticipated by The Humane Society of the United States
and the Humane Society International since the case first began in
The defendants â€“ Canadians Rebecca Aldworth and Andrew Plumbly,
Americans Chad Sisneros and Pierre Grzybowski, and British citizen Mark
Glover â€“ are all representatives of the Humane Society of the United
States or members of the media.
Read more: â€œDespicableâ€ Crime of Observing the Murder of Seals in Canada
Created on Thursday, 23 October 2008 05:17
Written by The Real News
Zinn: Vote for Obama but Direct Action Needed
Read more: Zinn Backs Obama (with a proviso)
oward Zinn says real change will come when people take direct action to stop house foreclosures
Howard Zinn says vote against McCain, vote for Obama. Even though Obama
does not represent any fundamental change, he creates an opening for a
possibility of change. Obama will not fulfill that potential for
change, unless he is enveloped by a social movement, which is angry
enough, powerful enough, insistent enough, that he fills his abstract
phrases about change with some content. We need direct action, because
only that kind of indignation is going to have some affect on the
people in Washington.