Created on Friday, 11 January 2008 18:57
Written by Zoe Blunt
Work Stopped at Bear Mountain Mountain
by Zoe Blunt
nvironmentalists and surveyers for the Bear Mountain (Spencer Road) Interchange faced off in Langford again Thursday, Jan 10.
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A small crew of workers arrived at the highway to take measurements and place stakes just before noon, and they were met by the tree sit crew.
Created on Friday, 11 January 2008 18:34
Written by Ramzy Baroud
US Elections: Just Like the Movies
by Ramzy Baroud
he United States political process bears an uncanny resemblance to mainstream filmmaking. Elections and speeches are scripted to the letter, politicians put on a tirelessly rehearsed act, catering endlessly to the whims of the target audience.
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A successful Hollywood filmmaker can't afford to risk raising issues in a way that don't immediately reflect audience sympathies. Good politicians vying for votes are similar in that they speak according to the already existing expectations -- and prejudices -- of the voting public.
Created on Friday, 11 January 2008 18:26
Written by Jim Miles
Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies â€“ Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation
by Jim Miles
f I had to provide an overall rating for Barbara Slavinâ€™s â€œBitter Friends, Bosom Enemiesâ€ I would have to tell the reader that it is well worth reading, but with several qualifications that make the recommendation somewhat underwhelming.
Read more: Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation
It is an uneasy read, something I could not quite put into thought until two phrases summed it up.
Created on Friday, 11 January 2008 18:10
Written by Charles Sullivan
Henry Thoreau and the Patrons of Virtue
by Charles Sullivan
he form of government we have is anything but the democratic republic it purports to be. The more access to wealth a person has the more responsive to his or her needs the government is.
Justice and equality cannot follow where access is denied or restricted. Far from a government of the people, for the people and by the people, we now have a government that is the exclusive domain of the rich and powerful and has the same level of exclusivity as an expensive country club or resort.
The poor and disenfranchised are barred from entry and are thus marginalized.
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Created on Thursday, 10 January 2008 23:41
Written by Press Release
The Right to Communicate
by Ad Busters
Jammers and creatives; today is our big moment in court. Ever since the first issue of Adbusters was published seventeen years ago we've been fighting to break the corporate monopoly on access to the airwaves.
After countless delays, and over $100,000 spent on legal fees, we've arrived at a critical juncture in the case. At issue is our freedom of speech on the most powerful social communications medium of our time, television.
Below is a copy of our press release as well as a sneak preview of an article that will appear in the upcoming issue of Adbusters (on newsstands February 18th). Please give us your support by getting the word out there.
If our lawsuit is successful in Canada, we'll try to raise the funds necessary to launch a suit in the United States as well. What's at stake here is a critical new human right for our information age, the right to communicate.
Read more: You're Right to Say
Created on Thursday, 10 January 2008 22:44
Written by Bev Harris
Read more: The Cat Behind the Primary Polls
The Cat That Controls New Hampshire Elections Programming
by Bev Harris
Silvestro and his small private business, LHS Associates, has exclusive
programming contracts for ALL New Hampshire voting machines, which
combined will count about 81 percent of the vote in the primary. And as
to Super Tuesday and beyond: Silvestro also has the programming
contracts for the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont.
Silvestro IS the New Hampshire chain of custody in New England -- Or at least, a very large component in it.
Please distribute widely, Digg, Blog,
reprints, get this to the media, etc.
Created on Thursday, 10 January 2008 07:30
Written by Stephen Lendman
Read more: Minding Media: Guardians of Power
Reviewing David Cromwell and David Edwards' "Guardians of Power"
by Stephen Lendman
avid Cromwell is a Scottish writer, activist and oceanographer at the National Oceanography Centre in Britain. David Edwards is also a UK writer who focuses on human rights, the environment and the media. Together they edit an extraordinary "UK-based media-watch project" called Media Lens. It "offers authoritative criticism of mainstream media bias and censorship, as well as providing in-depth analysis, quotes, media contact details and other resources."
Today, the media is in crisis, and a free and open society is at risk. Fiction substitutes for fact, news is carefully filtered, dissent is marginalized, and supporting the powerful substitutes for full and accurate reporting. As a result, wars of aggression are called liberating ones, civil liberties are suppressed for our own good, and patriotism means going along with governments that are lawless.
Created on Wednesday, 09 January 2008 21:42
Written by Jim Miles
Canada Report 2007 â€“ Part I â€“ Reaching for Subnation Status
by Jim Miles
anadians have always prided themselves on the â€œgoodnessâ€ if not the â€œgreatnessâ€ of their country. Sitting north of the United States, Canadians struggle with an ideal that rejects many American ideas, yet accommodates in one way or another most of those ideas â€“ more so currently than in the past.
From medical care to military purpose Canadians view themselves as essentially different from their southern neighbours, who remain for the most part steadfastly ignorant of us. There is very much about Canada, however, that indicates that we are not quite as independent of thought and action as the average Canadian realizes. This statement by itself would not bother many Canadians, but on specific issues there is opposition to current policies.
Read more: Canada: Nearly Achieving Sub-Nation Status
Created on Wednesday, 09 January 2008 20:42
Written by Scott Horton
The Other Scandal Involving Destruction of Evidence
by Scott Horton
just finished poring over yet another set of written answers from a former senior Justice Department official whoâ€”extremely unconvincinglyâ€”insists over and again that he â€œhas no present recollectionâ€ of communications between the White House and figures in the Justice Department about a series of matters which have Karl Roveâ€™s fingerprints all over them.
However, the incessant stonewalling by the Justice Department is, if anything, actually exceeded in its outrageousness by the White House, which has issued a steadily lengthening series of contradictory explanations.
Read more: Forgotten Crimes: The Other Scandal Involving Destruction of Evidence
Created on Wednesday, 09 January 2008 19:23
The Bomb in the Shadows: Proliferation, Corruption and the Way of the World
by Chris Floyd
his week, the Sunday Times lifted the lid
on one of the most important stories of the last quarter-century: how American officials sold nuclear arms technology to illegal proliferators -- including ideological allies of al Qaeda -- in return for bribes and other inducements.
This widespread corruption has been protected from exposure by the highest levels of the U.S. government, which has gone to enormous lengths to protect the truth from coming out.
The entire planet has been put at grave risk by the greed -- and geopolitical gamesmanship -- that lies behind this criminal enterprise, which actually is even more extensive, and goes back further in time, than the newspaper's remarkable revelations.
Read more: Shadows: Proliferation, Corruption and the Way of the World