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The Struggle for the Culbertson Tract

OPP Weaponry and Escalation: Update on the Struggle for the Culbertson Tract
by The Tyendinaga Support Committee
While the quarry site, part of the disputed Culbertson Tract, has remained under Mohawk reclamation since March 2007, the Mohawks of Tyendinaga recently successfully halted another non-Native development effort on the Tract – this successful action led to a series of alarming and serious events.
 
In late April, a Kingston realtor, Emile Nibourg, made loud public plans to begin construction on the Culbertson Tract, culminating in a written commitment to bring a crew of "25 to 30 guys" to the site. The Mohawks of Tyendinaga responded by closing roads immediately adjacent to the proposed site, which they held for several days. While the OPP swat team was eventually brought in to remove the Mohawks from the roads, no confrontation ensued, and Nibourg backed away from his plans to build on stolen land.

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"I'm a Camera:" African Women Making Change

"Me, I'm a Camera:" African Women Making Change
by Ann Jones
Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo -- The last time I was back in the U.S.A., everyone was talking about "change." Change seemed to mean electing Barack Obama president and thereby bringing all Americans together in blissful agreement. But real change isn't like that. Didn't the guy who's got the job now promise to be a "uniter"? Real change has content and direction. It's driven by courageous people unafraid to speak up, even -- or perhaps especially -- when it's risky.

Anyway, there are plenty of Americans I'll never agree with, so I'm in self-imposed exile in Africa where I work with women who teach me a lot about real change and the risks involved in going for it. The women I work with live in the aftermath of civil wars -- in the midst of a continuing war on women that's acted out in widespread sexual exploitation, rape, and wife beating. They've had enough.

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Delusion, Hubris and the Empire Breakers

Anglo-American Ascendancy Lost in Unnecessary Wars
by Paul Craig Roberts
In a new book that will infuriate the fake conservatives who inhabit the Republican Party, Patrick J. Buchanan documents how British self-righteousness, delusion, and hubris destroyed both the British Empire and Western ascendancy in two unnecessary wars launched by a small cabal of morons that ruled Britain

'Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War' shows that the two world wars that destroyed European civilization began when England declared war on Germany, thus dragging in the Empire, Commonwealth, and United States. This was a strategic blunder unparalleled in history. Mighty Britain emerged from World War II as an American dependency.


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Seeing Green: Walking the Sacred

Ecological Seeing: Walking in a Sacred Manner
by Charles Sullivan
Late this morning I heard two northern orioles singing along the edge of the back field where I live. The great-crested flycatcher flits amid the green canopy in search of insects and calls out from an unseen perch many feet above the ground.
 
 
I did not see the bird but I know its call. The wood thrush and the scarlet tanager are singing in the forest, and the soil is cooled by shade for the first time this year.  As a result, shade loving plants are in flower, and a host of associated events are set in motion.  And so one season passes into another as the year continually unfurls, like the leaves of a young fern.  

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Somalia - Hidden Catastrophe Hidden Agenda

Somalia - Hidden Catastrophe Hidden Agenda
by Media Lens
On May 1, the BBC website reported an attack on Somalia with the words: "Air raid kills Somali militants."

One might think the BBC's headline would identify the agency responsible for the bombing, but the first few sentences also shed no light:

"The leader of the military wing of an Islamist insurgent organisation in Somalia has been killed in an overnight air strike.

"Aden Hashi Ayro, al-Shabab's military commander, died when his home in the central town of Dusamareb was bombed.

"Ten other people, including a senior militant, are also reported dead." (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7376760.stm)

Only in the fourth sentence, was responsibility ascribed:

"A US military spokesman told the BBC that it had attacked what he called a known al-Qaeda target in Somalia."
 
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Rovics, Tui Hill, J9 May 12, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week: The thirties had Woody Guthrie, the sixties Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs, and today we have David Rovics, ringing the musical alarm for a society veering dangerously towards oblivion; and, a March fire threatened the continuance of Vancouver's Downtown East Side "ground zero" health provider, the Health Contact Centre, Tui Hill is with the HCC and she'll join us in the second half; and, Janine Bandcroft will be here to bring us up to speed with good goings-on in and around the south island for 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
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Counting Down to 350: Civilization's Last Chance on Earth

The World at 350: A Last Chance for Civilization
by Bill McKibben
Even for Americans, constitutionally convinced that there will always be a second act, and a third, and a do-over after that, and, if necessary, a little public repentance and forgiveness and a Brand New Start -- even for us, the world looks a little Terminal right now.

It's not just the economy. We've gone through swoons before. It's that gas at $4 a gallon means we're running out, at least of the cheap stuff that built our sprawling society. It's that when we try to turn corn into gas, it sends the price of a loaf of bread shooting upwards and starts food riots on three continents. It's that everything is so inextricably tied together. It's that, all of a sudden, those grim Club of Rome types who, way back in the 1970s, went on and on about the "limits to growth" suddenly seem… how best to put it, right.

All of a sudden it isn't morning in America, it's dusk on planet Earth.


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A Declaration of Independents

A Declaration of Independents: A New Kind of Politics
by Jack Random
Barack Obama has claimed the nomination of his party for the presidency largely on the promise of a new kind of politics, one that transcends traditional party lines. 
 
Obama and Republican John McCain will be competing in the fall for the decisive independent voters. 
 
So who are the independents?
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Green Scare: The FBI's Domestic Terrorism Program

Green Scare: The FBI's Domestic Terrorism Program
by Kalanu
Hello friends; some of you might have heard me ranting on about the Green Scare, the FBI led witch hunt that has seen almost 20 non-violent environmental activists sentenced to hard time in prison as domestic terrorists.

I don't want to get into the whole background story on this. Needless to say, one of the most disturbing cases that we've been watching involves a 19 year old paid FBI agent provocateur named 'Anna', who strung along a young man and entrapped him into planning with her and two others the destruction of a dam in California.

The bombing never happened, and the planning of it would have never gotten as far as it did were it not for Anna, who went out of her way to keep the group together and on track.


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The Continuing B.C. Rail Scandal

The BC Rail Scandal
by Robin Mathews
The NDP has organized and analysed the materials Justice critic Leonard Krog, MLA, requested from Madam Justice Elizabeth Bennett. When he could get no answers from cabinet members or from Deputy Attorney General Allan Seckel concerning the shift in disclosure protocol made unilaterally by Gordon Campbell in May of 2007, Krog sought help from the court.

On March 10, 2008, Madam Justice Elizabeth Bennett ordered release of "the affidavits [six of them] filed by the government on the application for disclosure of documents seized by way of the execution of the search warrants of the Legislature."

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Working Class Mothers Resist Imperialism! Justice for all Mothers!

Statement of Grassroots Women on Mothers’ Day, May 11, 2008
by Grassroots Women
On the occasion of Grassroots Women’s 5th annual Mother’s Day March and Rally, working class mothers and supporters are taking to the streets to reclaim the political roots of the day in traditions of working class women’s organizing.
 
By doing so, we advance our resistance to the system of imperialism that prioritizes war and plunder over childcare; that tears apart the families of migrant workers who are exploited as cheap and disposable labour; that exploits the labour of working class women who continue to feed, clothe, care for and educate our children and communities while blaming individual women who are unable to buffer their children from the harsh realities of this unjust system.


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