Graphic details. Africa is really big

The True Size of Africa. KAI KRAUSE

A few years back there was an exhibition in a London gallery by the Royal Geographic Society, and the curator asked the edge.org group to contribute “unusual maps”. Thinking it would be for a few hundred people at most, I put together a little map that I had made previously in the mid 80s before, then as an example of scientific visualization graphics software (which I spent a decade on, actually). Continue reading

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To defend Iran deal, Obama boasts that he’s bombed seven countries

In the midst of a speech in defence of an important deal with Iran, Obama proudly summarizes his disgraceful legacy of militarism, aggression and conquest. GLENN GREENWALD

Protest against President Obama’s warmongering in the name of fighting terrorism, UN Headquarters, New York City, September 29, 2014.

Protest against President Obama’s warmongering in the name of fighting terrorism, UN Headquarters, New York City, September 29, 2014.

(August 8) –  President Obama yesterday spoke in defence of the Iran deal at American University, launching an unusually blunt and aggressive attack on deal opponents. Obama’s blistering criticisms aimed at the Israeli government and its neocon supporters were accurate and unflinching, including the obvious fact that what they really crave is regime change and war.
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A privatized debate to disinform the polity

A point which is overlooked completely by the monopoly media is the significance of the assault on the CBC and the Broadcast Consortium simulcast format used to date. SAM HEATON*

110501-OttawaMayDay-32crop4The Maclean’s Magazine leaders debate on August 6 served to disinform Canadians, mostly because it was a platform for a self-serving exchange of each party’s calculation of what will garner votes. It had nothing to do with posing how the problems facing the society might be provided with solutions. But a point which is overlooked completely by the monopoly media is the significance of the assault on the CBC and the Broadcast Consortium simulcast format used to date. As a result of the fact that it has been abandoned in favour of a form of privatized debates, the political discourse is even more incoherent than was already the case under the Consortium debates which already kept the electorate out in the cold. Continue reading

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Maclean’s leaders debate: A phoney debate – all show and no substance

940900-TorontoLabourDayBobRaeEffigycropA “Leaders Debate” was held on August 6 with the leaders of four of the 18 registered political parties present. As expected they all gave pat responses to questions which fell into the four categories said to be of major concern to Canadians – the economy; energy and the environment; democratic institutions; and foreign policy and security. Despite the fact that Mulcair managed to get Harper to admit the country is in a recession and all of the opposition leaders managed to pin the recession on Harper’s bad management, plus one or two other successful “punches” landed by this or that leader, the pundits on CBC’s “At Issue” panel pretty much declared the contest a draw. Nobody delivered any knockdown punches nor was anyone knocked out of the ring. On the contrary, the media pundits seemed to think that despite this or that odd thing, the leaders stood up for themselves well enough. They ran clips of the low or high points in various leader’s performance, thereby erasing any memory of the event save the one they wanted highlighted to back up their own rendering of what had taken place. Continue reading

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August 6 leaders’ debate: Further destruction of the public authority

By ANNA DI CARLO*

150418-TorontoStLawrenceMktC15Picket-02-CR3The August 6 Maclean’s Magazine leaders’ debate will exclude 14 of Canada’s registered political parties. It is a form of censorship, no matter how much Canadians have been immunized against this particular form of official control over political opinion. It bans the airing of views held by large numbers of Canadians, such as those who stand against Canada’s participation in war, to mention but one example.

This has been the norm ever since the political parties of the establishment were challenged through the formation of other political parties. The power and privilege accorded to the political parties of the establishment is enshrined in official election broadcasting guidelines and has been upheld by the Canadian judiciary as well. Continue reading

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70th anniversary of bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Never again! Fight for an anti-war government!

Seventy years ago on August 6 and 9, 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki causing the instant slaughter of 200,000 people and damage from nuclear fallout which has lasted generations. The action, authorized by U.S. President Harry S. Truman, was ostensibly to end the Pacific War and save American lives.

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History Will Absolve Me… Fidel, 1953

july-26-bannerThe following is the reconstruction of Fidel Castro’s four-hour speech made on 16 October 1953 in his own defencc in court against the charges brought against him after he led the attack on the Moncada Barracks. It was published as La Historia Me Absolvera (History Will Absolve Me) and laid out the national and social goals of the revolutionary movement that eventually triumphed on January 1st, 1959. History has vindicated Moncada!

HONORABLE JUDGES:

Never has a lawyer had to practice his profession under such difficult conditions; never has such a number of overwhelming irregularities been committed against an accused man. In this case, counsel and defendant are one and the same. As attorney he has not even been able to take a look at the indictment. As accused, for the past seventy-six days he has been locked away in solitary confinement, held totally and absolutely incommunicado, in violation of every human and legal right. Continue reading

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