Monthly Archives: January 2013

Graphic details. Massive waste of natural gas

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Daily Mail, UK – THIS incredible picture from space shows how the U.S. oil industry has boomed to such an extent that a gas field now burns as brightly as a major city.

The rapid increase in shale oil production means it is now often more profitable to “flare off” unwanted gas than to sell it.

As a result, one field in North Dakota, the state leading the energy revolution, is now burning off enough gas to power all the homes in Chicago and Washington D.C. combined.

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Hyping for Hillary

By SAM SMITH

HAVING BEEN RAISED on the now disappearing notion that journalism was meant to spread facts rather than political propaganda, I am a bit confused over the recent coverage of Hillary Clinton, from which I gather she has been a fantastic Secretary of State and is about to be our inevitable next president.

To be sure, she and her husband are no longer running a real estate scam called Whitewater where, thanks to the sleazy financing, about half the purchasers, many of them seniors, lost their property. And her appearance before a congressional committee on Benghazi was far more impressive than the time she appeared on more personal matters and swore she couldn’t remember, didn’t know or similar things 250 times. Continue reading

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Canada Post: Reckless path to privatization

Veteran postal worker LOUIS LANG, former president of the Ottawa Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, exposes how Canada Post is continuing to squander postal assets.

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Global Day of Action: January 28 actions to affirm First Nations’ rights

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Graphic details. How Visualizing Palestine designed a fight for justice

Visualizing Palestine infographic compares Palestinian versus Israeli conflict-related deaths (view full size) Continue reading

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US does not acquiesce to State of Palestine, Rice says

PRESS TV (Jan. 24, 2013) – THE United States has objected to the presence of a senior Palestinian official sitting behind a nameplate that read ‘State of Palestine’ at the United Nations Security Council.

Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, expressed Washington’s disapproval of the latest move by Palestinians to capitalize on their upgraded UN status as Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki spoke at the Security Council on Wednesday.

It was the first Palestinian address to the Council since the UN General Assembly voted to upgrade the status of Palestine to non-member observer state on November 29, 2012. Continue reading

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Stolen books, stolen identity: What did Israel do with Palestinians’ literary heritage?

NORA LESTER MURAD* recently went to see Benny Brunner’s film, The Great Book Robbery, the story of 70,000 looted books.

AP 1 corrTHE CAMERA follows two Palestinians with Israeli citizenship from the counter at Israel’s National Library to a table. They carry a small stack books from a collection labeled “AP” for “Absentee Property.”  They sit in front of them awestruck. They touch covers showing respect for the books, their rightful owners, and the Nakba that caused Palestinians to lose their country and heritage. Continue reading

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Event – Tales of Terror: The U.S. War on Cuba

cuba-terrorismoPanel discussion followed by Q&A 

with acclaimed journalists Keith Bolender & Stephen Kimber

7pm, Thursday • February 7, 2013

Room 302, Dalhousie Student Union Building 

6136 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Since the early 1960s, few other countries have endured more acts of terrorism against civilian targets than Cuba. The US has had its hands in much of these terror attacks. The impact on the Cuban civilian population has been enormous, with over 1,000 documented incidents resulting in more than 3,000 deaths and 2,000 injuries.

Canadian journalists Keith Bolender and Stephen Kimber will examine different facets of this tragic history. Continue reading

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Symposium Announcement – Africa’s Unknown War: Apartheid Terror, Cuba & Southern Africa Liberation

September 27 & 28, 2013,

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Mandela Fidel

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‘Paid content’ is the degeneration of the monopoly media

Recent paid content strategies threaten to blur the line between news and advertising, analysts say

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Screen shot from The Atlantic’s offending Scientology paid content advertisement

ON MONDAY, Jan. 14, The Atlantic raised some eyebrows with the publication of a “sponsor content” article on its website celebrating the Church of Scientology. The magazine took the article down within hours following outcry from readers and journalists, reported Poynter. As media organizations search for ways to leverage their brands online, critics warn about blurring the lines between news and advertising. Continue reading

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Legacies: Lives lived / past progressive – Joseph Peter MacLean and Peter Jack MacLean

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Joe Peter MacLean
Eòs Peadair mac Theàrlaich ‘ic Eòis

(Updated Jan. 22) The following obituary appeared in Cape Breton yesterday.

Joseph Peter MacLean

Hello, if you are reading this I am gone from the earth. I am here with my parents Charlie and Katie (Campbell) MacLean, also my baby sister Mary Margaret is here too. I never had a chance to know her on earth as she died when she was one and a half years old.

I lived for 67 years, it was a good life. I enjoyed playing music and speaking my beloved Gaelic — my native tongue. I played with the Boisdale Trio, the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association, made a CD, “Back to Boisdale” and had several trips to Scotland. It is great here, lots of Gaelic music too. Continue reading

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Syria: French colonizers have not accepted the loss of their colony

French General Georges Catroux is walking next to Nur-Eddin al-Khatib, the grandfather of Mouaz al-Khatib, the incumbent president of the foreign terrorist so-called National Coalition for Opposition Forces and the Syrian Revolution. Photo taken in 1941.

By ELENA GROMOVA (Photos, captions and sidebar by Tony Seed)

A PHOTOGRAPH taken in 1941, when Syria was still under the rule of French colonisers, has recently been circulating on social networking sites. In the worn black and white photograph, French General Georges Catroux is walking next to an elderly man with cunning eyes, Nur-Eddin al-Khatib.

More than 70 years has passed and the grandson of this Nur-Eddin – Mouaz al-Khatib, a former preacher at the Umayyad mosque in Damascus and now a deserter and traitor – has been elected head of the “Qatar Coalition” (the so-called “National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Groups” or Syran National Coalition, cobbled together by the United States – TS), which was created on 11 November 2012 at a meeting in Doha. Continue reading

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Postal workers accept tentative contract by narrow margin

Veteran postal worker LOUIS LANG, former president of the Ottawa Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, in a sobering analysis of the tentative contract and the pressures exerted to force this collective to accept concessions and severe roll-backs by eliminating the active participation of the workers, raises the question:

Where do we go from here?

AFTER MORE THAN A MONTH of ratification meetings across the country, postal workers voted 57 per cent in favour of accepting the proposed tentative contract. The details of the vote are yet to be released but all indications are that the turnout was very low. In fact, one of the most important issues (other than the concessions and roll-backs) that needs to be discussed is the significance of the number of workers who didn’t participate in the ratification votes. Continue reading

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One Class, One Program

CPC(M-L) New Year’s Statement

THROUGHOUT 2012, Canada witnessed the strengthening of the working class as one class in defence of the rights of all and general interests of society. The New Year began with a militant protest by 800 Rio Tinto workers in Alma, Quebec, who even before their contract expired had been locked out by the neo-liberal regime in power and control of their aluminum plant. Their struggle and the growing upsurge of Quebec students in opposition to tuition fee increases became a beacon of the resistance and organization of the working class to neo-liberal attacks. These struggles implanted in the minds of many workers, youth and seniors across the country that concessions and an austerity agenda to pay the rich are not inevitable and can be beaten back with resistance and organization. As the year concluded, the working class spirit of resistance and organization reached new heights with the active participation of Ontario teachers and education workers in defence of their rights and public education to kill Bill 115 and the resistance of First Nations to the assault on their hereditary and human rights. Continue reading

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Record low water levels in Lake Huron, Lake Michigan

December’s monthly average level smashes record low set in 1964

By ANDREA GERMANOS*

AS the ongoing drought continues to push levels in the Mississippi River to historic lows, water levels in two of the Great Lakes are also succumbing to its effects.

The water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron have reached historic lows. (Photo: epa.gov)

Preliminary figures from the US Army Corps of Engineers show Lakes Michigan and Huron, considered a joint body of water, had record low water levels in December. The lakes’ water ended the month at 576.15 feet above sea level, just under the record 576.2 feet set in 1964. Continue reading

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New Year’s greetings

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ON THE OCCASION OF THE NEW YEAR we wish you safe and happy holidays and success in all your endeavours in 2013. TML DAILY has well put the challenges ahead. “It will be an important year to make decisive headway in the fight to uphold the rights of the working class and people. The Harper dictatorship and governments at all levels are stepping up the cruel anti-social offensive to dismantle all existing state arrangements which recognized public right. The Harper government also keeps pushing for war as it refuses to sort out conflicts on the basis of negotiations and peaceful means. In this regard, the most important right is the right to participate in taking the decisions which affect our lives so as to make sure the crisis is sorted out in a manner that favours the people. The fight to renew the democratic process and modernize Canada’s constitutional arrangements is central to opening society’s path to progress.” We will continue to develop journalism, publish information and create enlightened public opinion to bring this about. – TS

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