Monthly Archives: September 2012

Case of the Cuban Five: A challenge to journalism

By RICARDO ALARCÓN DE QUESADA, President, National Assembly of Cuba

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES committed flagrant violations of the Constitution and Law to guarantee the unjust convictions of the five Cuban patriots who will soon complete 14 years of arbitrary and illegal punishment. It was not an isolated act but rather a systematic effort that encompassed the period of the Five’s prosecution, in which many millions of dollars were invested. Continue reading


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Newfoundland: Genocide of a people

ACCORDING to Queen Elizabeth II, the landfall in Newfoundland in June, 1497 of the Venetian navigator Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot), financed by Henry VII of England,  “represented the geographical and intellectual beginning of modern North America…” (Vancouver Province,25 June 1997). As is well known, in Newfoundland the genocide of the Beothuk Indians occurred, like the Taino of the Caribbean. Queen Elizabeth was right – the pattern was set there. So far as the native peoples are concerned, of course, the pattern set was genocide. Continue reading


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People’s Tribunal and Assembly for the Cuban Five

September 21-23, Toronto

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Will the real terrorist please stand up


Film showing, question, answer & discussion with internationally acclaimed film-maker & scholar 

Saul Landau

7pm, Tuesday, September 25 • Room 224, Dalhousie Student Union Building • 6136 University Avenue • Halifax, NS Continue reading

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Off the Hook this fall

[From Dave Adler at EAC] OFF THE HOOK is back for the fall season. The season begins on September 22, with four weekly deliveries planned in the following communities: Halifax (Brewery Market and Ecology Action Centre), Wolfville, Truro, Bedford, Dartmouth, Tatamagouche, Tantallon, Lower Prospect, Musquodoboit Harbour, and the Islands (Digby Neck).  If you didn’t already know, Off the Hook is a Community Supported Fishery (CSF) that connects people who eat fish to the people who catch it. Subscribers get weekly shares of fresh, sustainably harvested fish, and the fishing families get a fair price for their catch. Fresh. Fair. Fish. Subscribe online at Subscribe by Friday at noon to be included in Saturday’s delivery.

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Canada’s hooligan behaviour: Severing relations with Iran

THE CANADIAN government announced Friday, September 7, that “Canada has closed its embassy in Iran effective immediately and declared personae non gratae all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada.” Canada’s diplomatic relations with Iran have thus come to an end.
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CNN and the business of state-sponsored TV news

The network seriously compromises journalism on the feudal Gulf states, footmen of Washington, by blurring the line between advertising and editorial. GLENN GREENWALD in the London Guardian
CNN state-sponsored program on Kazakhstan

CNN’s state-sponsored program on Kazakhstan. Photograph: via CNN

TODAY I reported on the refusal of CNN International (CNNi) to broadcast an award-winning documentary, “iRevolution”, that was produced in early 2011 as the Arab Spring engulfed the region and which was highly critical of the regime in Bahrain. The documentary, featuring CNN‘s on-air correspondent Amber Lyon, viscerally documented the brutality and violence the regime was using against its own citizens who were peacefully protesting for democracy. Commenting on why the documentary did not air on CNNi, CNN’s spokesman cited “purely editorial reasons”.

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Why didn’t CNN international air its own ‘iRevolution’ documentary?

A former CNN correspondent defies threats from her former employer to speak out about self-censorship at the network

A Bahraini protester

A Bahraini protester in Manama | Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images

IN LATE MARCH 2011, as the Arab Spring was spreading, CNN sent a four-person crew to Bahrain to produce a one-hour documentary on the use of internet technologies and social media by democracy activists in the region. Featuring on-air investigative correspondent Amber Lyon, the CNN team had a very eventful eight-day stay in that small, US-backed kingdom.

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