What the U.S. media still doesn’t know about the use of chemical weapons in Syria last week has done little to keep it from accepting statements from the U.S. government with barely a whiff of the skepticism one would expect after the colossal -…
Abby Zimet reports on Common Dreams: Days before Bradley – now Chelsea – Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for helping expose U.S. war crimes in Iraq, the Obama Department of Justice filed a petition in federal court arguing that the perpetrators of those crimes – Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al – enjoy “absolute immunity” against criminal charges or civil liability. The filing came in a suit brought by Sundus Shaker Saleh, an Iraqi single mother and refugee now living in Jordan, who alleges that the planning and waging of the Iraq war under false pretenses constituted (Read more…)
Monday, August 26, 2013
The United States and Canadian governments cannot maintain any global credibility if they support this dictatorship.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Some 100,000 people in all gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial to be a part of a demonstration to mark the 50th anniversary of…
It’s only too easy for a Canadian visitor — all right, a Toronto visitor — to go gaga in Chicago. Everybody knows why: the waterfront that remains a vibrant part of the city instead of secreted away behind an impenetrable wall of identical con…
Top White House officials dismissed a Sunday announcement that Syria had agreed to allow United Nations investigators access to sites of Wednesday’s alleged chemical attacks, declaring that the development is “too late” in what appears to be a hardening U.S. stance.
“There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people,” wrote the late historian Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States.
These words were included in a statement by Pfc. Bradley Manning, read by his defence attorney David Coombs, at a press conference following Manning’s sentencing to 35 years in military prison for releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistleblower website Wikileaks. The statement accompanies Manning’s request to President Barack Obama for a presidential pardon.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Every aspect of this case sets a dangerous precedent for future prosecutions of whistleblowers, who play an essential role in dem…
Former BC Premier, the man who led the successful fight over the hated HST, has now turned his energies towards the threat of chemtrails.
Those trails in the sky most of us have believed to be jet stream are thought by many to be dangerous aluminum and barium released to alter weather patterns.
The charismatic populist Bill Vanderzalm is on it.
Are we being poisoned or being treated like unknowing guinea pigs?
Check this out. The governments at all levels have been put on notice!
More information from Canada Sky Watch available here
Listen to Bill Vanderzalm discussing his concerns (Read more…)
Hip-hop hit a milestone this week, turning 40 years old. The same week, federal district court Judge Shira Scheindlin, in a 195-page ruling, declared the New York Police Department’s practice of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional. Hip-hop and stop-and-frisk are central aspects of the lives of millions of people, especially black and Latino youths.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
In truth, the Nobel Peace Prize needs Bradley Manning much more than the other way around.
Bradley Manning is exp…
As the Obama family heads to their annual summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, perhaps the president should take along a copy of Catch-22 for some beach reading. Joseph Heller’s classic, satirical anti-war novel, published in 1961 and based on his experiences as a bombardier in World War II, is sadly relevant today, as Obama’s wars, in Afghanistan and beyond, drag on.
This is a classic expose of the rich and powerful tax cheats enjoying a free ride in the United States. This applies through Canada as well.
In the U.S., the “M” word has been on the lips of politicians from the left to the right of the political spectrum, albeit for different reasons. President Obama is not an exception. Indeed, he made the mention of the middle-class part of his electoral rhetoric immediately after the 2008 financial crisis and after hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their houses, their American dream.
As the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington approaches, commemorating that historic gathering where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech, it is important to recall the extent to which King was targeted by the government’s domestic spying apparatus. The FBI operation against King is one of the most shameful episodes in the long history of the U.S. government’s persecution of dissenters.
Fifty years later, Edward Snowden, who is seeking temporary asylum to remain in Russia, took enormous personal risk to expose the global reach of surveillance programs overseen by President Barack Obama. His revelations continue to provoke worldwide condemnation of the United States.
Activists in Vancouver, Washington dropped a banner off a bridge protesting fossil fuel exports on the Pacific coast.
Coal, oil, gas: None shall pass!
This past weekend, activists in Vancouver, Washington dropped a banner off a bridge protesting fossil fuel exports on the Pacific Coast. While the action was directly responding to an approved oil export terminal in the Port of Vancouver, Wa…
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Voices across the progressive community were expressing mixtures of outrage and sadness after the Judge found Manning guilty on 19 …
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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…)