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July 30, 2013
U.S. Army whistleblower Bradley Manning was found gu…
Army private Bradley Manning received an outpouring of support over the weekend as people around the world launched rallies, vigils, and civil disobedience actions demanding the release of the whistleblower.
Yet, inside the courtroom, Manning has been met with anything but support: the whistleblower faces a last-minute change in charges that his lawyers say defies due process and could weaken his defense.
The National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has been given permission leave the Moscow airport where he has been stranded for over a month. Snowden applied for… Read More
It was just a few months ago that Aaron Swartz, a co-founder of Reddit and a distinguished Internet pioneer and activist, took his own life. Swartz had found himself in serious trouble under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), and was looki…
The shooting of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of his killer continues to shed light onto the open sore that is race relations in the United States.
I can’t comprehend how you get to a culture that justifies this sort of homicide. I d…
“We are living in an age of surveillance,” concludes Professor Neil Richards, privacy law and civil liberties expert at Washington University. “There’s much more watching and much more monitoring, and I think we have a series of important choices to make as a society — about how much watching we want.”
Earlier this year, Michael Walli made a blunt confession in a Tennessee court. “I was employed as a terrorist for the United States Government,” he told the judge hearing his case. And sure enough, Walli is facing down a potential 35 years in prison for what his prosecutors successfully argued was an action that fit the “federal crime of terrorism.”
Needing the blues. Last weekend, trying to avoid thinking about how demoralizing the not-guilty verdict in Trayvon Martin’s death must be for black people in the U.S., I turned to the unique, vast anthology edited by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors, A New Literary History of America. I seem to open it every summer. It’s 1,050 pages of brief essays starting with The Name America Appears on a Map in 1507 and ending with Barack Obama in 2008. I happened to have reached 1938, on jazz immortal Billie Holiday. Essayist Robert O’Meally quotes James Baldwin on the “uses” of the blues: “. . .
As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, it is timely to reflect on his life, spent fighting for equality for people of colour who long suffered under South Africa’s apartheid regime. Mandela was arrested in 1962, a year before Martin Luther King Jr. would give his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. After 27 years in prison, Mandela was released in 1990. Four years later, he would become the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
We should use Mandela’s incredible life to shine a light on injustice in the United States, as George Zimmerman is acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin, and as a massive hunger strike envelops the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, where scores of men have been held without charge for more than a decade.
For those of us who are not American, George Zimmerman’s acquittal may give an added sense of helplessness.
While we feel rage and pain, the fact that the verdict is not in our justice system may leave us feeling that we have no avenue for action.
Here, however, are some things Canadians can do.
1) Educate ourselves about the prison system in Canada.
You’re probably sitting there wondering “What could possibly be funny about the tragic wrongful death of a young black man whose only crime was being outside at night in Florida?” First of all, congratulations; by merely entertaining this thought, you’ve passed the world’s easiest psychopath test.
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
When Gasland first hit for many it was an early wake up call. Nominated for an Academy award Jeff Fox blew the lid of the dangerous risks and terrible damages done by fracking for natural gas.
The same threats face BC residents as the BC Liberal government accelerates catering to the ‘Fracking Industry’ and refusing to allow for independent scientific reviews of threats to our water aquifers.
Ironically promoted as a ‘Clean Option’ it is anything but. Methane leakage from fracking operations dramatically increases our ecological footprint and established BC as a major polluter at a time when (Read more…)
Thousands poured into Times Square in New York City Sunday night to protest. (Photo: @NerdyWonka / Twitter)
Photos from the Ottawa Vigil for Trayvon Martin
Politics aside, economists on both sides of the political spectrum advise that a revenue-neutral carbon tax is the most effective mechanism to decrease GHG emissions, while stimulating green energy.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
We were in Washington, D.C., for the fourth annual Citizens Climate Lobby Conference and Lobby Days. We met with 439 congressional off…
As I read through Rick Perlstein’s book, Nixonland, about American politics and life in the 1950s and 60s, the Civil Rights movement and the reaction to it by white Americans, the narrative astounds me. Such anger, such violence. Such sadness. … Continue reading →
Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger
It is becoming hard to keep track of all the ‘Whistleblowers’ and the tunes that they are whistling. It is clear that many countries spy, snoop and infiltrate. It has been going on for centuries but accelerated during World War 2 and the Cold War that followed.
What seems to have changed is the surveillance over citizens on such a widespread level. Our emails, and phone calls are being systematically captured and stored on massive computers. Our media has been corporatized with fewer and fewer owners resulting in a homogenized and predictable product that renders much (Read more…)
The most significant, recent news — that trust in neoliberalism is dead, that confidence in the unrestrained free market has become unfathomable to the majority of U.S. citizens — has become more evident since 2008. The event is of course obscured by neoliberalism’s continued dominance of conservative and centrist governments, political parties and media, yet it is evident that we are now witnessing its inevitable sequence of delegitimation, ruin and replacement.
We hear from Onur Bakiner on the situation in Turkey, Chris Hedges on a pending revolution, Henry Giroux on social movements and youth, plus a comic book and the live in care giver program, and troubles with an important psychology book.
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The Week perfectly summarizes the GOP’s rationale behind the great Chuck Hagel freakout: Hagel, a former GOP senator, won by the narrowest margin of any defense secretary since the job was created in 1947, raising concerns even among his supporters that he would emerge as a wounded leader as he takes over a Pentagon facing […]
In yet another illustration of extreme conservative self-unawareness, The Quittah From Wasilla is makin’ a movie about… herself you betcha darn tootin! What could go wrong, given the incredible success of her self-promotin’ outdoor-adventurin’ “Sarah…