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First the Vote, Then the Promise

Vote First. Ask Questions Later.
by William Blum
O
kay, let's get the obvious out of the way. It was historic. I choked up a number of times, tears came to my eyes, even though I didn't vote for him. I voted for Ralph Nader for the fourth time in a row.

During the past eight years when I've listened to news programs on the radio each day I've made sure to be within a few feet of the radio so I could quickly change the station when that preposterous man or one of his disciples came on; I'm not a masochist, I suffer fools very poorly, and I get bored easily. Sad to say, I'm already turning the radio off sometimes when Obama comes on. He doesn't say anything, or not enough, or not often enough. Platitudes, clichés, promises without substance, "hope and change", almost everything without sufficient substance, "change and hope", without specifics, designed not to offend. What exactly are the man's principles? He never questions the premises of the empire. Never questions the premises of the "War on Terror". I'm glad he won for two reasons only: John McCain and Sarah Palin, and I deeply resent the fact that the American system forces me to squeeze out a drop of pleasure from something so far removed from my ideals. Obama's votes came at least as much from people desperate for relief from neo-conservative suffocation as from people who genuinely believed in him. It's a form of extortion – Vote for Obama or you get more of the same. Those are your only choices.
 

Rally for Canada: The Last Refuge for Harper

Rally for Canada: The First Refuge for Harper
by C. L. Cook
T
here is a crisis of democracy unfolding in Canada. Yes, staid, stable, and plainly boring Canada is in the middle of a politcal power struggle that has injected the capital Ottawa and the nation with a substance foreign: Excitement!
 
Forget Obamarama; Canada today is buzzing with the hope three successive minority-government rule will be coming to an end. What this potentially means is real change, for the time being, in the way the country is run.

Canada's Uranium Bonanza Trampling First Nations

Uranium exploration activities in Algonquin homeland
by Ardoch Algonquin First Nation
L
ate on November 28th, the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation was advised that Ontario, Frontenac Ventures Corporation, the Algonquins of Ontario and Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation had signed a memorandum of accommodation in regard uranium exploration in the Algonquin homeland near Ardoch, Ontario.  This memorandum of accommodation was signed while a consultation between Ontario and the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation was still being developed to insure a comprehensive and fair process. The present agreement represents the colonial relationship that the Crown has had with Aboriginal people for the last century and a half in which treaties and land sales follow an extended period of intimidation, denial of responsibility, divide and conquer, and outright illegal actions.  The history of this situation speaks for itself.

Frontenac Ventures Corporation staked and registered mining claims in 2006-2007.  Ontario failed to notify and consult with the affected First Nations.  Ardoch Algonquin First Nation was advised of the staking by private land owners.  Ardoch advised Ontario of its obligation to consult when development of this kind is anticipated.
 
Ardoch, advised Shabot Obaadjiwan of the staking and Ontario's duty to consult.  When Ontario refused to consult with Ardoch in good faith, Ardoch advised Frontenac Ventures to remove their personnel and equipment from the site and Ardoch and Shabot secured the entrance to the land. Ardoch repeatedly asked for fair consultations which followed Supreme Court decisions to take place between Algonquins and Ontario. Frontenac Ventures Corp then sued Ardoch and Shabot leadership for 77 million dollars and obtained court injunctions which demanded the removal of Algonquin security and permitted exploration activity to proceed. 

Canada Secret Service Spying on Ongwehonwe

Canada Secret Service Spying on Ongwehonwe: Desperate for Something to Do, Or is the Colonial Hierarchy Cracking Up?
by MNN
A
s we are seeing more and more clearly everyday, Canada has always been a totalitarian for-profit enterprise even though it tries to masquerade as a democracy. Canada is a Euro colonial settler state that governs by passing race laws. Every now and then declarations of legal rights are made to make things look kosher. But when push comes to shove, these are ignored. Things are done at the point of a gun by open terror and genocide.

What information could the Canadian Secret Intelligence Service [CSIS] possibly be looking for in Mohawk communities? How many dogs we have running loose? How many rusted cars and old fridges are standing in our yards? We notice they don’t want to report on how bad our water is, or how corrupt the band council is or about the lack of funds for our education, medical care and housing. So what’s happening?
 

Hope for Bringing in Canada's Change

Canadians for a Progressive Coalition
by CPC
T
he Liberals and NDP have agreed to form a coalition government with support from the Bloc Quebecois. They will bring down the Conservative minority government with a vote of no-confidence and form a coalition government with mixed cabinet on December 8. This week, we can expect a massive campaign trying to discredit the validity of a coalition government.
 
 
There will be millions of dollars put towards this. It is absolutely critical that we respond strongly.  We may lack the money, but we, the 60% of Canadians who voted for progressive plaforms, certainly have the numbers.  We will need to push with everything we have this week to show the country and our MPs that Canadians support a progressive coalition.
 
 
[UPDATE: D4/08 The Governor-General agreed today to the prime minister's request to close parliament until January 26th. It si the first time in Canadian history parliament has been closed in this manner. - lex] 
 

Behind the Gaza Blockade

Gaza: Beyond the blockade
by TRNN
Sameh Habeeb reports on the humanitarian crisis taking place inside Gaza's sealed borders
 
 

It has been almost four weeks since Israel decided to completely seal the borders of the Gaza Strip. While Israel has maintained a partial blockade ever since Hamas took power in June of 2007, this is the first time that the Israeli government has elected to stop foreign journalists from entering the Palestinian territory. 
 
On Monday, a small number of trucks bringing much-needed fuel and other supplies were permitted to enter for the first time since the full blockade began on November 5th, but within hours the gates had been sealed shut once again in response to rocket fire emanating from inside Gaza. In our conversation with Sameh Habeeb, via phone from inside Gaza City, we hear first hand of the devastating influence that the blockade is having on the lives of those trapped inside the Gaza Strip.
 

Canada's Slaughter of the Unicorn

The Canadian Slaughter of the Unicorns
commentary from Captain Paul Watson
B
efore reading this, please understand that I write this essay with a smoldering rage deep within my heart. Canada, my country, a nation in which my family has resided since 1648 has just committed one of the most savage and disgraceful crimes against nature imaginable, and once again they have spilled innocent blood into the sea and filled the air with the screams of the most gentle and social of animals - this time it is the Narwhal, the unicorn of the sea.

The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans is the most evil, insidious, incompetent and dangerous bureaucracy in Canada. Nothing in our oceans is safe from the cold, calculating, greed motivated bureaucrats that control Canada's most destructive governmental department.

What they have done in the past with the destruction of the fisheries, the slaughter of the seals, the damage to marine eco-
systems and their abuse of the laws of the nation has been trumped this week with their decision to murder 500 trapped and defenseless Narwhals.
 

Arresting Vancouver's "Contractor Cop" Creep

Pivot calls for private security ban
by PIVOT
V
ancouver - Pivot is calling for a ban on private security patrols in public space, and is asking the City of Vancouver to revoke public funding to Business Improvement Associations to pay for private security guards.
 
The organization is calling for the $1.8 million spent annually by BIAs on private security to be redirected instead into outreach and support services for homeless people.
 
Pivot's new report "Security before Justice" finds that the poorer you are, the more likely you are to be interrogated, harassed or experience violence at the hands of private security guards. The study, based on surveys and focus groups with over 160 residents of the Downtown Eastside, revealed that homeless people have more frequent and more problematic interactions with security guards than people who are housed.
 

Walking on the Moon with Anwar

An Unforgettable Moment
by URI AVNERY

PARALLEL in the MAKING? I have looked for a historical parallel to Sadat’s stepping on Israeli soil to make peace and found none. It could even be compared with the first steps of man on the moon. When I told this to Anwar Sadat, he laughed: The moment the door of your airplane opened, all Israelis held their breath.
 
I live on a main street in Tel Aviv, and at that moment I looked out at the street below. It was totally empty. Nothing moved, except one cat which was probably hurrying home to the television. Thirty-one years have passed from that moment, one of the greatest in Israeli lives.
 
 

Friedman's Sermon from the Mount

Blaming 'The Stupids' for the Financial Disaster: Thomas Friedman’s Sermon From The Mount of the NYT Op-Ed Page
by Danny Schechter
The Stupids are back. You remember that fictional family who appear in series of books portrayed as incompetent to the point of confusing the most simple concepts and tasks. The books were themselves denounced as irresponsible and inspired films which were dismissed as stupid plus.

But now the Stupids seems to have inspired a column by none other than Thomas Friedman of the not your father’s New York Times. In a new column by this best selling hero of all serious media, we finally have a easy to read explanation of the financial crisis—namely the nerds on Wall Street were just plain dumb, or to use an overused term, “stupid.”

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The Private and Profitable World of Corporate Spying

Thick as Thieves: The Private (and very profitable) World of Corporate Spying
by Tom Burghardt
When Comverse Infosys founder and CEO Jacob "Kobi" Alexander fled to Israel and later Namibia in 2006, the former Israeli intelligence officer and entrepreneur took along a little extra cash for his extended "vacation"--$57 million to be precise.

According to investigative journalist James Bamford's exposé of the National Security Agency, The Shadow Factory, Alexander was facing a thirty-two-count indictment by the Justice Department "charging him with masterminding a scheme to backdate millions of Comverse stock options ... that allowed Alexander to realize $138 million in profits--profits stolen from the pockets of the company's shareholders."

When the scandal broke, one former colleague told The New York Times, "The one thing about Kobi is that he did have a sense of entitlement," said Stephen R. Kowarsky, who was an executive at Comverse from 1985-97. "Most people are a little bit shy or self-effacing about asking for something, but not Kobi. It was easy for him to say, 'I want that. I deserve that.'"

Sounds like business as usual to me!
 

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