Created on Sunday, 06 April 2008 12:46
Written by Scott Horton
Worst. President. Ever.
by Scott Horton
Americaâ€™s historians, it seems, donâ€™t think much of George W. Bush.
â€œIt would be difficult to identify a President who, facing major international and domestic crises, has failed in both as clearly as President Bush,â€ concluded one respondent.
â€œHis domestic policies,â€ another noted, â€œhave had the cumulative effect of shoring up a semi-permanent aristocracy of capital that dwarfs the aristocracy of land against which the founding fathers rebelled; of encouraging a mindless retreat from science and rationalism; and of crippling the nationâ€™s economic base.â€
Read more: History's Verdict: Worst President Ever
Created on Sunday, 06 April 2008 11:29
Written by Chris Cook
Read more: Momin Khawaja: Torturing Canadian Justice
Momin Khawaja: Torturing Canadian Justice
by C. L. Cook
he computer programmer arrested under Canada's newly coined "Terrorism Laws," replete with Homeland Security-like abuses of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms so hard fought for may, rumour has it, get a chance after four years of incarceration to have his legally determined day in court next June.
CanWest Global's Ottawa Citizen, not known for its sympathies with Muslims or the concept of fair and balanced journalism, reports Khawaja tossed into solitary confinement due to "medical" reasons coinciding with the announcement his case would finally see the light of open court (sorta maybe).
Created on Saturday, 05 April 2008 22:28
UBC student protesters face charges
by CBC News
ineteen people are facing charges including assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest following a demonstration at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver late Friday.
Vancouver police and RCMP officers arrested several students when they staged an impromptu rally at UBC.
Read more: 19 Reported Arrested in UBC Protest
(CBC) Police said they were called by campus security and arrested 19 people.
A large crowd of UBC students had gathered outside the Student Union Building to demonstrate against the redevelopment of a grassy knoll at the location. A bonfire was lit as the protest neared its end.
Created on Saturday, 05 April 2008 19:23
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
his week, Iraqi ex-patriot, Raed Jarrar and the five things you must know to understand Iraq; Toronto-based writer and analyst, Justin Podur and Ontario's new Injun' Wars; Janine Bandcroft bringing us up to speed with good goings-on in and around Victoria in the coming week.
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Raed Jarrar, Justin Podur, J9 Apr. 7, 2008
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. You can check out the GR blog
Created on Saturday, 05 April 2008 19:03
Written by Kurt Nimmo
Fusion Centers to Data-Mine Suspect Citizens
by Kurt Nimmo
Call it Stasi, the American version, circa 2008.
- â€œThe government is rounding up your cell phone numbers, insurance claims, credit reports, financial records, and the names of your associates and relatives and sharing them with law enforcement officials nationwide,â€ reports John Byrne for Raw Story.
Read more: Getting Fusioned: One Small Goose-Step from the Concentration Camp
- â€œSo-called â€˜fusion centersâ€™ set up after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks collect, store and analyze commercial and public data on unknown millions of Americans. Little is known about the centers, though they received $254 million from the Department of Homeland Security between 2004 and 2007.â€
Created on Saturday, 05 April 2008 15:08
Written by INDY Media
Violent Repression At NATO Summit in Romania
by UK Indymedia
t approximately 12:30pm on 2nd April hundreds of Romanian police violently raided a convergence center in Bucharest, the countryâ€™s capital. The convergence space was set up to facilitate an anti-NATO gathering and was legally rented.
It is reported that during the raid at least two protesters were hospitalized. Various reports state people are badly beaten while in custody and even while taken to hospital.
Read more: NATO Shows Its Fangs in Bucharest
Numerous people are reported to be seriously injured and some have been refused medical assistance while in custody.
Created on Saturday, 05 April 2008 14:45
Written by Jack Random
Read more: Iraq: The Peace Exiled
Showdown in Iraq: The Battle for Basra
by Jack Random
y general agreement, the most powerful man in Iraq is currently residing in Iran. At various times over the course of Americaâ€™s five-year occupation, he has been an invaluable ally and our most feared enemy. His power and influence have been both exaggerated and dangerously underestimated.
More than any other individual, including General David Petraeus and George W. Bush, this man was responsible for the decline in death and destruction during the American escalation known as â€œthe surge.â€
Created on Saturday, 05 April 2008 14:32
Written by Press Release
Farley Mowat Attacked by Mob of Angry Fishermen
ea Shepherd Conservation Societyâ€™s ship, the Farley Mowat, was attacked this morning by a mob of 30-40 angry fishermen. The attack took place while berthed in the French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon.
Read more: Seal Pup Slaughter: Farley Mowat Attacked by Mob
The Farley Mowat was berthed in St. Pierre to transfer video footage of the Canadian seal slaughter onto shore and await the resumption of the slaughter, which was temporarily suspended after the death of four sealers.
Created on Saturday, 05 April 2008 11:17
Written by Ramzy Baroud
No Checkpoints in Heaven
by Ramzy Baroud
still vividly remember my fatherâ€™s face - wrinkled, apprehensive, warm - as he last wished me farewell fourteen years ago.
He stood outside the rusty door of my familyâ€™s home in a Gaza refugee camp wearing old yellow pyjamas and a seemingly ancient robe. As I hauled my one small suitcase into a taxi that would take me to an Israeli airport an hour away, my father stood still.
I wished he would go back inside; it was cold and the soldiers could pop up at any moment.
Read more: Free at Last: No Israeli Checkpoints in Heaven
As my car moved on, my father eventually faded into the distance, along with the graveyard, the water tower and the camp. It never occurred to me that I would never see him again.
Created on Friday, 04 April 2008 22:01
Written by Mike Whitney
Paulsonâ€™s Fixit Plan for the Financial Markets: Less Regulation, More Power to the Fed
by Mike Whitney
t is being billed as a â€œmassive shakeup of US financial market regulation,â€ but donâ€™t be deceived. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulsonâ€™s proposals for broad market reform are neither â€œtimelyâ€ nor â€œthoughtfulâ€. (Reuters)
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson
In fact, itâ€™s all just more of the same free market â€œwe can police ourselvesâ€ mumbo jumbo that got us into this mess in the first place. The real objective of Paulsonâ€™s so-called reforms is to decapitate the SEC and increase the powers of the Federal Reserve.
Read more: Fixit Plan for the Financial Markets: Less Regulation, More Power to the Fed