Local advocacy groups condemn deportation of a Filipino live-in caregiver and baby; blame unfair and unjust government policies
by Grassroots Women
VANCOUVER, B.C. - L
ocal advocacy groups are condemning the deportation of a Filipino live-in caregiver and her one-year old Canadian-born baby, saying they are victims of unfair and unjust government policies.
Lilibeth Agoncillo, a 34 year-old single mother from Mindoro province in the Philippines, worked for almost two years in Hong Kong as a domestic worker to help support her daughter. She came to Canada in April, 2005 under Citizenship and Immigration Canadaâ€™s Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP). Despite living and working in Vancouver for over three years she has been ordered to leave Canada immediately for not meeting the 24 months of live-in work within three years requirement.
â€œLike many other live-in caregivers, Agoncillo changed employers several times and because of many bureaucratic hurdles, delays in processing her work permit and a lack of information, she fell through the cracks of the unfair and often confusing immigration system,â€ says Glecy Duran, chairperson of SIKLAB-B.C., an organization of overseas Filipino workers.
Read more: Defending Canada's Imported Caregivers
Created on Saturday, 06 December 2008 21:15
Written by Joe Hueglin
by Joe Hueglin
hether is be dissolution or prorogation Stephen Harper will be making a 180 degree volte-face should he advise the Governor General otherwise than this he gave in 2004 : "should a request for dissolution arise this should give you cause, as constitutional practice has determined, to consult the opposition leaders and consider all of your options before exercising your constitutional authority."
In acting to attack Liberal and NDP collusion with the Bloc, which he did in the Sept. 9, 2004 letter to the Governor General
, and which has had its most virulent manifestation to this point in these words of Bob Dechert, Member - Mississauga-Erindale "That is as close to treason and sedition as I can imagine," there is consistency with precedent.
Created on Saturday, 06 December 2008 21:10
Written by Press Release
Sea Shepherd Crew Heading South to Defend the Whales
by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship Steve Irwin departed the Port of Brisbane today with an international volunteer crew of 48. The crew includes 33 men and 15 women. 14 of the crew are from Australia and 4 from New Zealand with the rest of the crew hailing from Japan, Canada, Great Britain, the USA, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, Hungary, and Bermuda. 8 of the crew are representing Animal Planet for the documenting of the 2nd season of the series Whale Wars. The other 40 crewmembers make up the crew for Operation Musashi. 23 of the crew are returning veterans and for the remaining 25, this is their first time on a Sea Shepherd campaign.
Included in the crew that departed from Brisbane is Daryl Hanna, a longtime dedicated environmental activist and actor whose films include Blade Runner, Kill Bill, Roxanne and Splash.
Created on Saturday, 06 December 2008 20:19
Written by Jason Leopold
Mukasey Tries to Steer Obama Away From Probing Torture, Spying
by Jason Leopold
ince he replaced disgraced Attorney General Alberto Gonzales last year, Michael Mukasey has stonewalled every attempt made by Congress to investigate the Bush administration's most controversial policies related to the so-called global war on terror.
Now Mukasey is taking his loyalty to President George W. Bush even further: by publicly declaring there is no legal basis to prosecute current and former administration officials for authorizing torture, domestic surveillance, and certainly no reason for President George W. Bush to issue blanket pardons when he leaves the White House in January to the individuals who implemented those policies.
"There is absolutely no evidence that anybody who rendered a legal opinion, either with respect to surveillance or with respect to interrogation policies, did so for any reason other than to protect the security in the country and in the belief that he or she was doing something lawful,â€ Mukasey said during a roundtable discussion with reporters Wednesday. â€œIn those circumstances, there is no occasion to consider prosecution and there is no occasion to consider pardon.
â€œIf the word goes out to the contrary, then people are going to get the message, which is that if you come up with an answer that is not considered desirable in the future you might face prosecution, and that creates an incentive not to give an honest answer but to give an answer that may be acceptable in the future. It also creates some incentive in people not to ask in the first place.â€
Created on Saturday, 06 December 2008 20:07
Written by William Bowles
You Bastard, You Burst My Bubble! No not really
by William Bowles
Up until this current crisis manifested itself, it was true to characterize a distinguishing feature of capitalism as the â€œConstant revolutionizing of productionâ€, that is to say, the destruction and recreation of the means of production, new products created and new or existing markets exploited anew.
â€œConstant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of
all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation
distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones ... All that is
solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last
compelled to face with sober senses, his real conditions of life, and
his relations with his kind.â€ â€” Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
However, in a world where there is now global over-production and increasingly impoverished working classes unable to afford the products of their own labours, is it possible that this distinguishing feature has reached a dead-end? And if so, what are the implications? Will general war, as it has in the past, be the only â€˜solutionâ€™ to this, the greatest crisis of the over-accumulation of capital in history?
Or has the capitalist system finally ran out of road? And if so, are we in a position to replace it with something else?
Created on Saturday, 06 December 2008 02:46
Written by Chris Cook
Three Canadians Killed in Afghanistan
by C. L. Cook
Canada's state media is reporting three Canadian soldiers were killed today when their vehicle encountered a roadside bomb. The three deaths bring to 100 the number of Canadians killed in Afghanistan since 2002.
The Canadian Broadcast Corporation says Cpl. Robert McLaren, Pte. Demetrios Diplaros, and Warrant Officer Robert Wilson, all based in Petawawa, Ontario, were killed near Kandahar when their armoured patrol vehicle was struck, around 9am local time this morning.
Created on Saturday, 06 December 2008 01:54
Written by Ron Jacobs
Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers!
by Ron Jacobs
he Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers were the Weatherman before there was Weatherman. They were the Yippies without the media bullshit. They were the Black Panthers without the discipline or the uniforms. They were the Diggers with a New York City edge and guns. They were crazy street kids who needed other like themselves to run with in the streets of New York Cityâ€™s Lower East Side. They were political activists who believed in the propaganda of the deed. Osha Neumann, who called himself Tom at the time and whose stepfather during his preteen and teen years was the so-called Father of the New Left Herbert Marcuse, joined the gang early in its inception.
The times he spent with them are what he chronicles in his recently published book Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers: A Memoir of the 60s, With Notes for Next Time
. The tale told therein is open to criticism for the occasional pointlessness of the acts described. Yet it is a criticism that usually can occur only via retrospect. Neumann tells a story of street living, street politics, fights with biker gangs and police, and an ever-increasing sense of impending apocalypse. Indeed, it was this sense of apocalypse that fed many individuals involved in the antiwar movement and the counterculture and it can easily be argued that it was that same sense that seeded the birth of Weatherman and the myriad of other revolutionary and radical groups that turned to armed struggle as the 1960s became the 1970s.
Created on Saturday, 06 December 2008 01:17
Written by Press Release
Lockheed Canadian Census Objector on Trial
by Sandra Finley
The corporatist agenda of privatizing public services means that more and more of the data that was originally handled by various levels of government are now being handled by corporations. When the 2006 Canadian Census was contracted out to the worlds largest military contractor, Lockheed Martin (an American multinational that is subject to the US Patriot Act), Saskatchewan resident Sandra Finley objected and refused to fill out her Census form.
Please pass this video link along http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEe5WuN0Hsc
Sandra is featured in my soon to be released documentary â€œYou me and the SPP â€“ Trading Democracy for Corporate Ruleâ€.
Created on Friday, 05 December 2008 06:26
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Who Are the Taliban? The Afghan War Deciphered
by Anand Gopal
there is an exact location marking the West's failures in Afghanistan,
it is the modest police checkpoint that sits on the main highway 20
minutes south of Kabul. The post signals the edge of the capital, a
city of spectacular tension, blast walls, and standstill traffic.
Beyond this point, Kabul's gritty, low-slung buildings and narrow
streets give way to a vast plain of serene farmland hemmed in by sandy
mountains. In this valley in Logar province, the American-backed
government of Afghanistan no longer exists.
government officials, men in muddied black turbans with assault rifles
slung over their shoulders patrol the highway, checking for thieves and
"spies." The charred carcass of a tanker, meant to deliver fuel to
international forces further south, sits belly up on the roadside.
police say they don't dare enter these districts, especially at night
when the guerrillas rule the roads. In some parts of the country's
south and east, these insurgents have even set up their own government,
which they call the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the name of the
former Taliban government). They mete out justice in makeshift Sharia
courts. They settle land disputes between villagers. They dictate the
curricula in schools.