Alternative Media Assembly publication now out!

rabble news - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 7:57am

The Alternative Media Assembly takes place Saturday afternoon, at the Peoples' Social Forum in Ottawa, and online via livestream.

Full details at: psfaltmedia.tumblr.com

We have prepared a publication to cover some of the issues related to the Assembly. It is available in print at the PSF, but also online. Copies will be available at rabble's table on the 2nd floor of the university centre and at our event Thursday evening and workshop Friday.

ENGLISH EDITION: 8-page publication in PDF format (8.5"x11")

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Dred Scott's struggles persist on the streets of Ferguson

rabble news - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 6:56am
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ferguson, Mo. -- The ghost of Dred Scott haunts the streets of Ferguson.

Thousands have been protesting the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. He was due to start college just days after he was shot dead in broad daylight. Police left his bleeding corpse in the middle of the street for over four hours, behind police tape, as neighbours gathered and looked on in horror. Outraged citizens protested, and police brutally cracked down on them. Clad in paramilitary gear and using armored vehicles, they shot tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and flash-bang grenades, aiming automatic weapons at protesters. Scores of peaceful protesters as well as journalists have been arrested.

The ghost of Dred Scott haunts the streets of Ferguson. Miles from his final resting place, the echoes of his life and his struggles persist, amidst clouds of tear gas.

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Albertans have a right to ask questions about the integrity and preservation of their government's records

rabble news - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 1:08am

There's a whiff of panic in the air nowadays in some of the most politicized corners of the Alberta government.

Of course, every government that has been in power for more than a few years, regardless of its ideology or party name, has secrets it would rather not reveal.

But with the sense Alberta's government very well could change hands after the next general election, Progressive Conservative politicians and some of the senior bureaucrats who are an essential part of the nearly 44-year-old PC Dynasty have to be asking themselves what they are going to do about it.

This is an important question for we citizens who want to know what happened within our government during their long watch, not to mention who care about our history.

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Talking about Ferguson: We need social movements if we want change

rabble news - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:56pm
Emotional responses to material forces of oppression are insufficient for the job at hand. We must employ reason and emotion in a methodical manner. We must organize. On the rebellion in Ferguson, Missouri: Organizations are the lifeblood of social change
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On the rebellion in Ferguson, Missouri: Organizations are the lifeblood of social change

rabble news - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:07pm
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Emotional responses to material forces of oppression are insufficient for the job at hand. We must employ reason and emotion in a methodical manner. We must organize.

The people of Ferguson, Missouri, have mobilized in a rebellion over the killing of the unarmed Afrikan American teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. In order to sustain the resistance against racial and class domination in Ferguson and elsewhere for the long haul, the people who are currently mobilized need to organize.

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The Globe and Mail continues habit of ignoring public opinion

rabble news - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:34pm

Ottawa Globe reporter Campbell Clark penned an article on August 18 that is a textbook example of how the mainstream media ignores and marginalizes the public in key debates that are clearly in the public interest.

Here's what practically all established media do now: they ignore public protest and opinion on key issues, and later, when doing a half-baked analysis of issues, say there's no response or concern from the public.

Clark wrote: "The long-awaited text of the Canada-European Union trade agreement was leaked, to deafening silence. Industry groups and political parties yawned and blinked and didn't find much to say."

Apparently the public opposition to CETA merit even a mention.

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MP Sana Hassainia leaves NDP because of its position on the Israel-Palestine conflict

rabble news - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:47pm
Sana Hassaini says she will sit as an independent because she cannot stand by the NDP's position on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Join the discussion at babble. NDP MP Sana Hassainia quits party over position on Israel-Palestine conflict
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NDP MP Sana Hassainia quits party over position on Israel-Palestine conflict

rabble news - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:49pm

Sana Hassainia, finira son mandat en tant que députée indépendante

C’est après une mûre réflexion que Sana Hassainia a décidé de quitter le NPD et de siéger en tant qu’indépendante jusqu’aux prochaines élections fédérales.

« La décision n’a pas été facile à prendre, même si cela fait des mois que j’y songe. Mon intention de quitter le NPD a été précipitée, entre autres, par les positions du Parti sur le conflit Israélo-palestinien ». Rappelons qu’après le début des violences en Israël, le NPD est passé par différentes positions.

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Grassy Narrows youth to deliver demands to Weyerhaeuser: No logging in our territory

rabble news - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:11pm

Kenora, Ontario -- A delegation of youth from Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation), joined by nearly two dozen Anishinabe and non-Indigenous supporters carrying protest signs and banners, will deliver today a letter and a set of demands to Weyerhaeuser. The group will arrive at the Kenora Timberstrand Trus Joist Mill, shortly before 11 a.m.

"We are here to remind Weyerhaeuser that Grassy Narrows Youth have already said clearly that there will be no logging in our territory," says Corissa Swain, 13, from Grassy Narrows.

"We are demanding that Weyerhaeuser commit to not use any wood that comes from our territory," says Kimiwan Assin, 15, also from Grassy Narrows.

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Dismantling the myth of Canada's economic recovery

rabble news - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:36am
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ever since the global meltdown of 2008, it's been an article of faith in Canadian economics that we somehow handled the whole mess better than the rest of the world. No banks collapsed. Our recession, while painful, was not nearly as bad as America's. Our deficits were smaller, and will disappear sooner. Not surprisingly, there's a strong political aspect to that smug mindset: Federal Conservatives never tire of claiming credit for this supposedly superior performance.

Ever since the global meltdown of 2008, it's been an article of faith in Canadian economics that we somehow handled the whole mess better than the rest of the world.

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Watch the book trailer for 'This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate'

rabble news - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 7:44am
Is this show currently playing? August 20, 2014 In her most provocative book yet, Naomi Klein tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth. Watch the trailer here. YouTube Screenshot from "This Changes Everything"

The new book by Naomi Klein. In stores September 16 and available for pre-order. For more information, tour dates, or to buy the book: http://thischangeseverything.org/

Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it's not about carbon -- it's about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.

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Laying groundwork for resisting tar sands pipelines in Quebec

rabble news - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:55am
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On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, climate justice organizers Aurore Fauret and Lily Schwarzbaum talk about "La marche des Peuples pour la Terre Mère," a month-long walk across Quebec that connected urban radicals with activists in communities under threat from proposed tar sands pipelines.

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No, this is not the Fringe Festival! Premier's line on airplanes and Sky Palace descends into theatre of absurd

rabble news - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:57am

Premier pro tempore Dave Hancock, not looking particularly rested despite just having returned from five weeks in sunny Italy, accompanied by a much more chipper Finance Minister Doug Horner, tried to slam the hanger door on the Air Redford Scandal yesterday.

No such luck. Alas for both of them and their foundering Progressive Conservative Government, that flight's already left the tarmac. It's approaching cruising altitude now and won't be disappearing from the radar any time soon. Both of them know it.

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TTC Votes To Restore WheelTrans Contract Driver Wages

Toronto Media Coop Featured - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:27pm
Commission also considers major reform package for 2015

 

Check out our full story on Storify!

 

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Surprise! Teen girls are having anal sex because they’re being pressured into it

rabble news - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:59pm

My first boyfriend was pissed that I wouldn’t have anal sex with him. Not just because he, you know, wanted to try out all the super sexy things he'd learned watching porn, but because I’d done it before --with other guys who weren’t him. No fair, amirite?

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Steelworkers welcome Mount Polley mine spill investigation and inquiry

rabble news - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:52pm
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Listen to an interview with United Steelworkers's Stephen Hunt, Director, District 3 – Western Canada

Mount Polley is an open pit copper/gold mine with a developing underground project, located in south-central British Columbia.

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Canada, would you help the injured children of Gaza?

rabble news - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:24pm
Is there any hope that our Prime Minister will pause in his sideline cheer leading for Israel long enough to act constructively on behalf of Gaza's wounded children? Why won't Canada help the injured children of Gaza?
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I, for one, scoff at our robot overlords

rabble news - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:20pm
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Apart from vampires and the rain-soaked kiss of true love, there is no more persistent cinematic trope than computers ruling the world. They are the Skynet of the Terminator movies, the HAL of 2001, the Matrix of The Matrix and the Johnny Depp of Transcendence. In these films computer intelligence has moved far beyond the cranial capabilities of mere humans. The machines can out-think us, outfight us and can even invade other machines and reproduce themselves. Humans are merely slaves or, at best, fresh batteries.

Robots that can walk, run, skitter and swarm are already among us. Should we be very, very afraid? Nah, not really.

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Leaders must put people before politics

rabble news - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:06pm

When we elect people to office, we give them power to make and enact decisions on our behalf. They should have a vision that extends beyond the next election and the latest Dow Jones average — to our children and grandchildren.

We expect our leaders to have a clear picture of our world and the conditions necessary for human life and well-being. If they don’t, how can they make informed decisions? So let me outline some simple, scientifically validated truths about us and the world we live in — truths that should guide our political decisions.

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Haligonians gather in solidarity with protestors in Ferguson, MI

rabble news - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 5:40pm
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Haligonians rallied in solidarity with Ferguson protesters today in downtown Halifax, part of a Canada-wide movement. Organizers talk about why it is important tp stand in solidarity.

Halifax, Hands Up, a rally in solidarity with Ferguson protesters was held this Tuesday in downtown Halifax. It was about much more than the police killing of an unarmed black young man and subsequent police violence in faraway Missouri.

The rally was just as much about Nova Scotia, spoken word artist and teacher El Jones told the Halifax Media Co-op. Jones is one of the organizers of the event.

"Systemic violence does not just take place in one part of the globe, it is part of a 500-year history of violence against African people everywhere," said Jones.

"I have been in court while the police openly admitted that they committed brutality against black people," she said.

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