Toussaint, the most unhappy of men!
Whether the whistling Rustic tend his plough
Within thy hearing, or thy head be now
Pillowed in some deep dungeon's earless den
O miserable Chieftain! where and when
Wilt though find patience! Yet die not; do thou
Wear rather in thy bonds a cheerful brow:
Though fallen thyself, never to rise again,
Live, and take comfort. Thou hast left behind
Powers that will work for thee; air, earth, and skies;
There's not a breathing of the common wind
That will forget thee; thou has great allies;
Thy friends are exultations, agonies,
And love, and man's unconquerable mind.i
- To Toussaint L'Ouverture, William Wordsworth
Organization of American States insider reveals details of illegal foreign intervention against Haitian democracy
New book is a detailed account of a proposed coup against Haiti's President René Préval and the overturning of Haitian elections following 2010 earthquake
By the Center for Economic Policy Research
Do tortured child soldiers belong in Canadian prisons? The fact that Omar Khadr has spent 4254 days in prison, 537 of those days in Canadian detention, should make every Canadian question the essence of our humanity and respect for the rule of law.
Omar's recent transfer from a maximum to a medium-security prison is a hopeful indication that Correctional Service Canada (C.S.C.) is making decisions independent of prejudicial government pressure, but we have to ask ourselves why Omar is still in jail? Unfortunately for Omar, political interference in the judicial process has a disturbing history, and since his repatriation the intervention of right-wing, Islamophobic government officials, foreshadowed an unjust delay or even a complete denial of his freedom.
(Note: The Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) refers to the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem which have been under Israeli occupation since 1967 )
Apartheid roads and restrictions on freedom of movement
Following the failed compensation talks in Geneva in September 2013, an agreement has now been reached and a process established to compensate the victims of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh. Very few of the 28 retailers involved, however, have signed the accord or agreed to provide compensation to victims and their families.An agreement has now been reached and a process established for compensation, but victims of the Rana Plaza garment factory disaster have yet to see any compensation.
On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Lyn Adamson, Dewan Afzal, and Rita Bijons talk about Climatefast, a group that uses fasting as a form of witness to call people to action on climate change, with the vision of contributing to a broader movement.trr_rpn_feb24-28_2014_climatefast.mp3
It seems that every February comes with the feeling that the old guard is crumbling and new energy is lurching. Fires are lit and the grassroots transmits.
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A National Energy Board audit of TransCanada -- the company behind the proposed 1.1 million barrels per day Energy East pipeline and the 830,000 bpd Keystone XL pipeline -- has found that the company is non-compliant in four areas:
1. Hazard identification, risk assessment and control
"TransCanada developed a new management program for high pressure piping in gas facilities. This new program has been assessed and is adequate in terms of its content, but has not yet been fully implemented throughout all of TransCanada's facilities."
2. Operational control in upset or abnormal operating condition
NDP MP Ellen Brosseau (Berthier—Maskinongé) tabled a motion in the House of Commons "to ensure that the Conservatives uphold their promise to compensate cheese producers, who may be overlooked in the ratification of the Canada-EU trade agreement." The government made this promise in October after admitting that doubling Canada's import quota for European cheeses in CETA could impact the Canadian cheese industry.
According to Brosseau:
2014 is the year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People according to the United Nations General Assembly. Now, more than ever before, activists are getting the word out about the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
In a stunning development, membership in the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has slumped close to 17 percent -- from six members, to five!
Alert readers will recall Alberta Diary's revelation in March 2013 that the much-quoted organization, which is as pure an example of political AstroTurfing as can be found in Canada, in reality has only five members.
Governments, media and much of the public are preoccupied with the economy. That means demands such as those for recognition of First Nations treaty rights and environmental protection are often seen as impediments to the goal of maintaining economic growth. The gross domestic product has become a sacred indicator of well-being. Ask corporate CEOs and politicians how they did last year and they’ll refer to the rise or fall of the GDP.
Last week, Canada's federal court handed down a ruling that media outlets across the country reported as having significant implications for Canadian Internet users. While the headlines have tended to focus on the threats to users' privacy, and the possibility of U.S.-style lawsuits over alleged infringement coming to Canada, the real-world consequences may turn out to be much less dramatic, as new rules proposed by the court bode well for Canadians.
I belong in a museum.
At least, that's what Rod Mickleburgh, former labour beat reporter for the Vancouver Sun and Province, says as we begin our interview about a beat he covered for close to 16 years, and that I have been assigned to for the past six months.
"You're actually a paid labour reporter," he said, with a slightly incredulous chuckle.
He's joking, of course, but the joke comes from a place of truth. The labour beat -- the reporters who write about workers, unions and all that it encompasses -- has all but disappeared from newsrooms across North America. And with it, stories about workers' struggles that are now slipping through the cracks.
Member of Parliament for Yukon
Former premier of Alberta Ralph Klein, a man big on partisanship and short on principles, considered an educational public radio station, CKUA, a thorn in his side. To solve this problem, he appointed a crony as both board chair and CEO of CKUA. According to Marylu Walters' book, Radio Worth Fighting For, Gail Hinchliffe paid herself, board members and friends huge salaries and fees while bankrupting the radio station and blaming staff for financial mismanagement. Problem solved from Klein's point of view.
It's two days after #Lib2014 came to an end, and I feel strangely unfulfilled, but I'm not a Liberal, so there you go. Some closing commentary is called for: here are three highlights of the Convention that for me sum it all up.
The Harper government has introduced a parliamentary bill to boost their chances of winning seats in the next general election. Laughingly entitled the Fair Elections Act, Bill C-23 would legislate advantages for the Conservatives through voter suppression, and curtail the role of Elections Canada in promoting voting -- the exercise of the democratic franchise -- guaranteed under Section 3 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The Harper government has introduced a parliamentary bill, laughingly entitled the Fair Elections Act, to boost their chances of winning seats in the next general election.
Here is a guest post from Paul Pugh, from Thunder Bay, who provided us a couple of years ago with some interesting and encouraging data about Uruguay's incremental successes in building a more inclusive, sustainable economic and social model. In light of The Economist's surprising choice of Uruguay as its first ever "country of the year," we asked Paul to reprise his commentary. Here are his impressions. Thanks Paul!
With his bizarre comment that the Russians might march into Ukraine because they're upset about losing at hockey, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau seemed a bit like the dinner guest who loudly belches during the meal and then explains he is only complimenting the food.
With one flippant and careless slip of the tongue the Liberal leader managed to walk all over his much-touted good showing at the Party's Montreal Convention.
When asked about that comment, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said it showed lack of judgment. The Ukrainian crisis is no joking matter, he added.
The Conservatives did not wait to be asked.