Created on Friday, 15 February 2008 21:35
Written by Mike Whitney
Swan Song for NATO: The Real Cost Of Defeat In Forgettistan
by Mike Whitney
t was supposed to be "the good war"; a war against terror; a war of liberation. It was intended to fix the eyes of the world on America's state of the art weaponry, its crack troops and its overwhelming firepower.
It was supposed to demonstrateâ€”once and for all-- that the world's only superpower could no longer be beaten or resisted; that Washington could deploy its troops anywhere in the world and crush its adversaries at will.
Then everything went sideways. The war veered from the Pentagon's script. The Taliban retreated, waited, regrouped and retaliated. They enlisted support from the Pashtuns and the tribal leaders who could see that America would never honor its commitments; that order would never be restored. Operation Enduring Freedom has brought neither peace nor prosperity to Afghanistan; just occupation.
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Created on Friday, 15 February 2008 20:27
Written by Press Release
Date: Feb 15,
2008 8:50 PM
Subject: Logging has stopped - Rally in Langford noon
news: All the police and construction crews have left the Bear Mountain
interchange area, and the heavy equipment is gone. But so is a big section of
forest, both around the cave and on the other side of the highway. The cave has
a welded cap on one entrance and a grate with a lock box on the
other. The fallen trees are still on the site which makes it hard to hike on what's
left of the trail.
We are meeting at the Shell station at Spencer Road
and Highway 1 on Saturday at noon. Some of the neighbours are
also planning a memorial service tomorrow evening and asking folks to
bring stuffed animals, photos,
candles, pictures, signs, banners, or anything else that is meaningful to create
a roadside memorial for all the living things that were lost.
join us in Langford on Saturday. For those with a mind to visit Langford City
Council to discuss this week's events and other issues, the meeting is this
Monday at 7 pm, at City Hall, 855 Goldstream Ave.
Map and directions
are online: http://treesit.blogspot.com
. Phone for more info if needed:
COMMUNITY PROCESSION at the TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY
Bear Witness ~ Oppose Bear Mountain's Interchange
SATURDAY, FEB 16 @ 12 NOON
Meet at Trans-Canada Highway and Spencer Road
(Shell Station at the last lights before Goldstream
Join this community march to witness the effects of Bear Mountain's violent attack on the land and peoples' rights.
Bring friend, family, banners, noise-makers, rain gear, and snacks.
This week, the RCMP launched a para-military operation in the woods near Goldstream. They enforced the arrival of bulldozers, "feller-bunchers," and other logging equipment to begin clearing for Bear Mountain's Interchange, barring access to 20 acres of Crown land along the highway. Archeological and Environment Assessments have been ignored and financing is not yet in place. An estimated rotation of 300 RCMP -- brought in from Nanaimo, Vancouver and other detachments -- used assault rifles and police dogs to remove 3 tree sitters and restrict the movement of law-abiding Langford and CRD citizens. Silence is no longer an option.
Saturday 12 Noon!
PROTECT GOLDSTREAM NOW!
PROTECT THE LAND AND PEOPLE'S RIGHTS!
Transportation: Take BC Transit #50 to Spencer Middle School (then walk 5 minutes).
If the highway is jammed, there is alternate access via Goldstream Ave or Treanor (off Millstream).
Extra parking availabe at Spencer Middle School.
Next Organizing Meeting: Sunday 6:00pm
@ Camas Books (2590 Quadra at Kings)
PS - Please vote in the CFAX news poll: http://www.cfax1070.com/polls.php
Coalition to Protect Goldstream Watershed
Created on Friday, 15 February 2008 20:23
Written by Press Release
Federal Liberals' Fundraising Auction of Cash for Access
by Democracy Watch
Today, Democracy Watch called on the federal Commissioner of Canada Elections and Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner to order the Liberal Party of Canada (and/or its MPs or riding associations) to return any money received from any corporation or other organization as a result of the Party's auction February 13th of golfing with MP Paul Martin, attending a hockey game with MP Ken Dryden, and playing tennis with Liberal by-election candidate Bob Rae and his brother, Power Corporation Vice-President John Rae.
The Commissioners should also penalize the Party and MPs for the scheme.
Read more: Auction for Action? Liberal Fundraising Tactic Called
Created on Friday, 15 February 2008 20:05
Written by Dahr Jamail
The Lights Have Gone Out, Who Cares
Read more: Lights Out in Diyala
by Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail
Lack of electricity in Baquba has shattered businesses, and the lives of families. Months of power failures has darkened morale everywhere.
In Diyala province, just north of Baghdad, a generation has grown up in dark. The province, and its capital Baquba 40 km north of Baghdad has lived with intermittent electricity supply since the times of the sanctions under Saddam Hussein in the 1990s.
Created on Friday, 15 February 2008 19:52
Written by Ramzy Baroud
Read more: The Iraq Factor
US Elections: The Iraq Factor
by Ramzy Baroud
s the race for the United States presidential nominations progresses, the stances of and attitudes towards both Republican and Democratic candidates continue to bring up causes for concern, in terms of their past behaviour, current appeal and general trustworthiness.
Republican Mitt Romney's exit has practically assured Senator John McCain's victory in his party. While we might expect McCain's narrow-mindedness and pro-war rhetoric to make him an uncontested darling of conservatives, the doubts that remain about his credibility -- and the seemingly absurd accusations by some that he is more liberal than Democratic liberals -- highlight two disturbing trends.
Created on Friday, 15 February 2008 19:29
Written by Mickey Z
Rethinking Rebellion as March 19 Nears
â€œYou can never be too radicalâ€
Q. How many liberals does it take to ward off a potential attacker in a dark alley?
One to blame Fox News; one to chant or meditate; one to blame the anarchists; one to build a website; one to blame patriarchy; one to recognize the attacker is a human and tell him that we all love him; one to blame Ralph Nader; one to remember that excellent saying about non-violence we got from our Pilates teacher; one to blame the Republicans; and finally: One to draw his attention downward and promptly whip out a finger jab to his eyes.
When he brings his hands up (too late) to protect himself, kick him in his balls, doubling him over.
Read more: Rethinking Rebellion: Another Anniversary
Then follow-up by grabbing him by the hair and bringing his face down into a powerful knee blow before getting the fuck out of there as fast as you can.
Moral: We donâ€™t need more conferences, sub- committees, elections, etc. We need bold steps and drastic measures.
Created on Friday, 15 February 2008 19:01
Written by Danny Schechter
Kosovo Independence: Is this the Right Time?
by Danny Schechter
he UN Security Council met today on Kosovo. BBC reported: â€œSerbiaâ€™s
foreign minister has urged the United Nations Security Council to
oppose the province of Kosovoâ€™s expected declaration of independence.
Vuk Jeremic said Serbia would not use force to stop the secession but
warned that allowing it would "give a green light to other separatist
Supporters of Kosovo independence say genocidal ethnic
cleansing by Serbia trumps claims of sovereignty and justifies demands
I wrote about this in some detail, posting it Thursday. For those who missed it, hereâ€™s my take.
Read more: Back to the Balkans: Kosovo Crisis II
Created on Thursday, 14 February 2008 18:02
Written by Ernest Partridge
Letâ€™s Stifle the Happy Talk
by Ernest Partridge
Happy days are here again!
The GOP is in disarray. The factions of this improbable alliance of religious fundamentalists, neo-con war hawks, and market absolutists have discovered, with the emergence of their presumptive nominee, John McCain, that they have little in common. James Dobson, leader of the fundamentalist â€œFocus on the Family,â€ has announced that rather than vote for McCain, he will not vote at all.
Ann Coulter says that she might even support Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, the Democratic base remains solid as party loyalists tell pollsters that they would be quite happy with either Clinton or Obama. And in the primaries so far, seventy percent more Democrats have voted than Republicans. Moreover, the Democratic party is enjoying a substantial funding advantage over the Republicans. Among liberal pundits and talk show hosts, there is a sense of inevitable Democratic triumph in the coming election.
Read more: O! HAPPY DAY!
Created on Wednesday, 13 February 2008 22:29
Written by Chris Cook
Police Assault Langford Tree-Sit
by C. L. Cook
ord came early this morning: Royal Canadian Mounted Police tactical teams and support officers from the Westshore detachment, moved in on a half-dozen protesters occupying a tree-sit in a small forested area slated for destruction to make way for a highway overpass.
Three arrests were made and there are, as yet unconfirmed, reports of injuries sustained by the arrestees. The tree-sit has been continuously occupied since April of last year in efforts to raise public awareness and bring pressure to bear against what the activists say is the needless destruction of an area of unique geological and environmental importance and cultural significance to First Nations.
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Created on Tuesday, 12 February 2008 22:17
Written by William Bowles
O-Bummer â€“ the man without a past for a country without a future
Read more: O-Bummer: The Man Without a Past for a Country Without a Future
by William Bowles
hat both a black man and a woman are the â€˜front runnersâ€™ in the â€˜raceâ€™ for the presidency speaks reams about the desperate state of the Union these days, not that the up-coming US election has much relevancy to anything of import but the illusion that voting every five years is a reflection of real democracy, has to be maintained.
And regardless of what the polls say, itâ€™s obvious that the corporate press are pushing for an Obama win, perhaps because the Clintons are vulnerable to attack and also because Obama can be better sold as a â€˜fresh faceâ€™, (no obvious skeletons in his closet). Yet look at who Obama has grouped around himâ€”almost without exception they are from the Cheney/Bush propaganda team.