Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2008 21:44
Written by Press Release
Dr. Al-Arian Faces Shocking Abuse in New Facility
by free sami al-arian
Yesterday morning, [April 15, 2008] Dr. Sami Al-Arian was transported by immigration agents to the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Since arriving at the facility, he has been subjected to numerous, shocking abuses, even worse than those he experienced at a detention center in Maryland.
Read more: American Justice at Work in Al-Arian Case
Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2008 18:10
Written by Press Release
Civil Liberties Group Calls for End to RCMP Impunity
The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) is calling for the creation of a new federal agency to enhance accountability of and public confidence in the RCMP.
In a submission to Paul Kennedy, Chair of the Commission for Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC), the BCCLA reveals that it has made 14 death-in-custody complaints involving the RCMP since 2005. None of the complaints has yet been resolved.
Read more: Deaths in Custody: Civil Liberties Group Calls for End to RCMP Impunity
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2008 22:06
Written by Haiti Information Project
Haiti: Aristide and the removal of Alexis
by Haiti Information Project
he situation in Haiti was thrown into further confusion on April 12 as the Haitian parliament passed a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis.
Read more: Haiti: PM Alexis Ousted
Led by rightists in Haiti's parliament such as Senators Youri Latortue, Adris Riche and renegade Lavalas party Senator Roudy Herveaux, the vote of censure was passed on April 12, 2008 at 11:55 am EST.
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2008 21:38
Written by Tom Engelhardt
The End of the World as You Know It
â€¦and the Rise of the New Energy World Order
by Michael T. Klare
il at $110 a barrel. Gasoline at $3.35 (or more) per gallon. Diesel fuel at $4 per gallon. Independent truckers forced off the road. Home heating oil rising to unconscionable price levels. Jet fuel so expensive that three low-cost airlines stopped flying in the past few weeks.
Read more: The World is Dead: Long Live the World!
This is just a taste of the latest energy news, signaling a profound change in how all of us, in this country and around the world, are going to live -- trends that, so far as anyone can predict, will only become more pronounced as energy supplies dwindle and the global struggle over their allocation intensifies.
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2008 20:35
Written by Mike Whitney
Financial Collapse will End the Occupation: And it won't be "A time of our choosing"
by Mike Whitney
he US Military has won every battle it has fought in Iraq, but it has lost the war. Wars are won politically, not militarily.
Bush doesn't understand this.
He still clings to the belief that a political settlement can be imposed through force. But he is mistaken. The use of overwhelming force has only spread the violence and added to the political instability.
Now Iraq is ungovernable. Was that the objective?
Read more: Leaving Iraq: Not at "A Time of Our Choosing"
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2008 19:49
Written by Jack Random
Read more: The Price of War
The Cost of War: Steep and Irreversible
by Jack Random
he Battle for Basra gave way to the Siege of Sadr City, leaving in its wake a broken Iraqi government, the promise of inclusion irrevocably betrayed, a surge of violence, death and destruction, and the words of General David Petraeus on the progress of the war still ringing in our ears: â€œFragile and reversible.â€
In contrast to his first testimony before Congress, the second round of the Commanderâ€™s report to Congress elicited sympathy. It was sad, even tragic to witness yet another military leader playing point man for the White House in defense of a strategic catastrophe.
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2008 19:00
Written by Jason Leopold
FBI Email Says Bush Signed Exec Order Authorizing Harsh Interrogation Methods
Read more: Torturer in Chief: FBI Memo Links Bush
by Jason Leopold
President George W. Bushâ€™s comment to ABC News â€“ that he approved discussions that his top aides held about harsh interrogation techniques â€“ adds credence to claims from senior FBI agents in Iraq in 2004 that Bush had signed an Executive Order approving the use of military dogs, sleep deprivation and other tactics to intimidate Iraqi detainees.
When the American Civil Liberties Union released the FBI e-mail in December 2004 â€“ after obtaining it through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit â€“ the White House emphatically denied that any such presidential Executive Order existed, calling the unnamed FBI official who wrote the e-mail â€œmistaken.â€
Created on Sunday, 13 April 2008 20:08
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Howard Zinn, Mordecai Briemberg, J9 Mon. April 14, 2008
his week on GR: Historian Howard Zinn and a People's History of American Empire; Vancouver-based peace and justice activist Mordecai Briemberg and facing down the corporate media Goliath; Janine Bandcroft brings up to speed with all that's good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every
Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on
the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing
editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR
blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
Created on Sunday, 13 April 2008 19:42
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Men Explain Things to Me: Facts Didn't Get in Their Way
by Rebecca Solnit
still don't know why Sallie and I bothered to go to that party in the forest slope above Aspen. The people were all older than us and dull in a distinguished way, old enough that we, at forty-ish, passed as the occasion's young ladies.
Read more: Listening to Men: Regardless of the Facts
The house was great -- if you like Ralph Lauren-style chalets -- a rugged luxury cabin at 9,000 feet complete with elk antlers, lots of kilims, and a wood-burning stove. We were preparing to leave, when our host said, "No, stay a little longer so I can talk to you." He was an imposing man who'd made a lot of money.
Created on Sunday, 13 April 2008 01:36
Written by Robert Jensen
The End of Osheroffâ€™s Dance: Lessons from a Life of Resistance and Love
by Robert Jensen
s Abe Osheroffâ€™s body slowly began to betray him in his 80s and 90s, one of his favorite lines was, â€œI have one foot in the grave but the other keeps dancing.â€ That dance ended on Sunday, April 6, when the 92-year-old Osheroff died of a heart attack at his Seattle home.
Read more: Lessons from a Life of Resistance and Love
Osheroff 1938 - fighting with Abraham Lincoln Brigade.
Osheroff is remembered most for his rich life of political activism. From the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War to streets all across the United States, he was a master strategist, energetic organizer, and courageous fighter. But when I think about a world without Abe, itâ€™s Osheroff-the-philosopher I will miss the most.