Six of ten workers do not receive EI benefits. A high number of claims are being rejected.
STATISTIC CANADA’S latest survey of workers across the country receiving Employment Insurance (EI) is for December 2012. In that month, across Canada, the number of workers receiving regular EI benefits fell for the third time in four months, down 8,300 (-1.6 per cent) to 517,000. According to Statistics Canada, the number of unemployed workers in January 2013 – one month later – was 1,322,800. This means that roughly 39 per cent of the unemployed workers in Canada receive EI benefits. Continue reading
Nazi recast as ‘a distinguished antifascist’
Editor’s note: This article has been updated on 2 March 2013 with the inclusion of the article “Reemerging Interest in the Southeast” (posted at end) containing additional information.
MUNICH (german-foreign-policy.com) – FOLLOWING THE SCANDAL of awarding a prize in honour of the Nazi propagandist, Rudolf Vogel, a state-financed German foreign policy organization has announced that it will assess its own history. Its president, Gernot Erler (SPD), declared that there may be a “continuity of personnel” between Nazi organizations and the Southeast Europe Association (Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft – SOG). In fact, influential Nazi personnel had participated in the founding of not only the SOG, but also of other German institutions involved in Southeast Europe. Years ago, high-ranking SOG officials had denied that Vogel had been involved in Nazi activities. Obviously, in full knowledge of West German media reports on Vogel’s work for Nazi propaganda, the SOG’s honourary president, for example, claimed that Vogel had been a “distinguished antifascist.” He also said that Vogel had discovered “his devotion to Southeast Europe” while he was stationed in Thessaloniki, where, as is known today, he worked as a “consultant with special expertise” – at the time when 50,000 Jews were being deported. The Southeast Europe Association describes itself as “one of the important pillars of External Cultural Politics” for the German government. Continue reading
(Press Release, February 18, 2013) – THE 2nd week of the 82nd Session of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) began today in Geneva Switzerland. Indigenous Peoples, the Canadian government and the world will be paying close attention to the CERD’s consideration of a submission from the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and the Mushkegowuk People of Attawapiskat First Nation in Canada filed last week under the CERD’s Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedures. Continue reading
Alternet – Click on this map, created by Lousiana State professor Sam B. Hillard, to see the rapid loss of land by the Native Americans – starting from when Columbus “discovered” the America and ending in 1895, when the First Nations retained only 2.3 per cent of their original land.
27 Palestinian journalists detained in the last two years by Zionist “democracy”
(23 February 2013) – The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today backed the call by its affiliate in Palestine, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS), which organised a protest in Ramallah to demand the release of their colleagues held by Israel.
The PJS organised the sit-in protest outside the Ofer detention center in east of Ramallah while an Israeli court held a hearing in the case of detained Palestinian journalist Amir Abu Arafah and cartoonist Muhammad Sabanah. Continue reading
For those who can’t access it, we are posting a Canadian Press article about some of the thousands of First Nation children that died in Canadian Indian Residential Schools. The horror of the story speaks for itself.
Dormitories for aboriginal children in disgraced system were disease ‘breeding grounds’
CP [Feb 18, 2013] – AT LEAST 3,000 CHILDREN, including four under the age of 10 found huddled together in frozen embrace, are now known to have died while they were attending at Canada’s aboriginal residential schools, according to new unpublished research.
While deaths have long been documented as part of the disgraced residential school system, the findings are the result of the first systematic search of government, school and other records. Continue reading
Lebanese National News Ageny
Israel’s routine overflights — characterised by UNIFIL in 2009 as not only a “humiliation to the Lebanese government and UNIFIL,” but also an “act of war …
By BRENDA HEARD*
friendsoflebanon.org (February 16) – SINCE MARCH 1978, for thirty-five years, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, has been monitoring the conflict between Israel and Lebanon— the tension, the daring, the mayhem, the killing. The enthusiastic efforts UNIFIL made in the early years soon waned. Perhaps it was the politics, perhaps it was the frustration of an ineffectual mandate, or perhaps it was losing 279 troops to-date. Whatever the cause, public statements from UNIFIL seem to have settled into a laissez-faire yawn. Continue reading
THERE IS an important “disinformation alert” attaching to this story. The breathtaking biography of Fischer’s past accomplishments nowhere mentions that Stanley Fischer is an alumnus, i.e., former partner, of Goldman-Sachs. His time there was contemporaneous with that of Mark Carney, the departing chairman of the Bank of Canada who is taking up duties as head of the Bank of England in July. To have two of its people at the head of the Bank of England and U.S. Federal Reserve at the same time would represent a considerable coup on Goldman-Sachs’ part, and a major repositioning and consolidation of U.S diktat over what happens in international money markets. Continue reading
The Americans, in their intercourse with strangers, appear impatient of the smallest censure and insatiable of praise. . . . They unceasingly harass you to extort praise, and if you resist their entreaties they fall to praising themselves. It would seem as if, doubting their own merit, they wished to have it constantly exhibited before their eyes. – Alexis de Tocqueville
By RAMZY BAROUD
SOON AFTER the joint US-British bombing campaign “Operation Desert Fox” devastated parts of Iraq in December 1998, I was complaining to a friend in the lobby of the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad.
I was disappointed with the fact that our busy schedule in Iraq – mostly visiting hospitals packed with injured or Depleted Uranium Victims – left me no time to purchase a few Arabic books for my little daughter back in the states. As I got ready to embark on the long bus journey back to Jordan, an Iraqi man with a thick moustache and a carefully designed beard approached me. “This is for your daughter,” he said with a smile as he handed me a plastic bag. The bag included over a dozen books with colourful images of traditional Iraqi children stories. I had never met that man before, nor did we ever meet again. He was a guest at the hotel and somehow he learned of my dilemma. As I profusely, but hurriedly thanked him before taking my seat on the bus, he insisted that no such words were needed. “We are brothers and your daughter is like my own,” he said. Continue reading
By DAVE THOMAS
TWO DAYS AGO Press TV was removed from Galaxy 19 This satellite carries mostly unscrambled signals so they can be seen just with a dish and receiver box and no fees, “Free-to-Air” as they say. Galaxy 19 is at 97 degrees west. Last month the same thing happened on Hispasat 1 at 30 degrees west. Continue reading
Alternet – Debtor prisons seem to belong in America’s past. But if you think the existence of prisons for people who can’t afford to pay their debts in the past, think again.
… Prison time for poor people in debt remains something that is practiced throughout the United States, despite the fact that a 1983 Supreme Court decision ruled that a prisoner on probation who could not afford to pay his debts could not be thrown in jail for that reason. Continue reading
A credit information organization says the levels of personal debt in Canada have reached an all-time high, Press TV reports.
TransUnion said in a recent report that the working class people in Canada are compelled to face increasing personal debt in order to attain basic subsistence. Continue reading
To justify aggression against Syria and the Islamic Republic of Iran, like the fairy tale a decade ago about weapons of mass destruction buried in the deserts of Iraq, deafening propaganda is being floated world-wide – especially from the United States and Israel – about the alleged dangers of Syria using chemical weapons and Iran developing a nuclear bomb. In this feature NIMA SHIRAZI* provides multiple snapshots of media headlines from the 2002-04 and the current periods. The real issue is the ambition of the U.S. camp to eliminate Syria and Iran’s political independence, especially Iran’s independent development and management of current and future oil production on its territory. The gauntlet is openly being thrown down by the Big Powers, in which the monopoly media is providing all the facilities for the state to disinform the polity as to the real dangers posed. – TS
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Could this repeated history be any more obvious?
This was August 5, 2002:
And this was November 8, 2011:
President Obama has now charged seven people with violations of the Espionage Act. All previous presidents in American history combined only charged three people with violating the Espionage Act. And the Espionage Act is a WWI-era act that was meant to deter German saboteurs during that First World War. And now it is being used to silence critics of the government.
But so far all seven of these cases that have made their way into a courtroom have either collapsed of have been dismissed, including mine. All of the three espionage charges against me were dropped.
So, I think frankly the Obama administration is cheapening the Espionage Act. The Espionage Act should be used to prosecute spies and traitors, not to prosecute whistleblowers or people who are exercising their first amendment right to free speech.
From an interview in Russia Today with John Kiriakou, a former CIA agent and torture whistleblower. Kiriakou is now awaiting a summons to start a prison sentence. One of the first to confirm the existence of Washington’s waterboarding program, he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail for revealing the name of an undercover agent. The first person to be convicted with regards to the torture program is the man who shed light on it.
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Guardian, UK – US news organizations are facing accusations of complicity after it emerged that they bowed to pressure from the Obama administration not to disclose the existence of a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia despite knowing about it for a year. Continue reading
Living in a constitution-free zone | TODD MILLER*
“Now, the entire U.S. perimeter has become part of a Fortress USA mentality and a lockdown reality.” | Ryan Bayne
(February 7, 2013) – Before September 11, 2001, more than half the border crossings between the United States and Canada were left unguarded at night, with only rubber cones separating the two countries. Since then, that 4,000 mile “point of pride,” as Toronto’s Globe and Mail once dubbed it, has increasingly been replaced by a U.S. homeland security lockdown, although it’s possible that, like Egyptian-American Abdallah Matthews, you haven’t noticed. Continue reading
Can the world survive the Obama drone war doctrine?
ONE OF THE MAIN FEATURES of Obama’s second term in office will be the unfettered promotion of his so-called drone war doctrine. This is the reliance of U.S. imperialism on drones to conduct targeted assassinations, coupled with use of black ops to foment civil wars, mayhem and chaos. This is a desperate hope born out of anarchy that the U.S. can prevail over its rivals, including both competitors amongst the imperialist powers and against developing nations’ intent on making a way for themselves and against the peoples of the world fighting for their right to be.
The Obama drone war doctrine contends that the security of the United States and its empire-building project can be achieved through the destruction of individual and collective rights at home and abroad. This conception is false and doomed to failure as it runs counter to the trend of history towards the affirmation of individual and collective rights. The security of any modern nation lies in the fight for the rights of all both nationally and internationally. Continue reading
FAIR – The PBS Nova broadcast “Rise of the Drones” was sponsored by U.S. drone manufacturer Lockheed Martin – a clear violation of PBS’s underwriting guidelines.
As Kevin Gosztola reported (FireDogLake), the January 23 broadcast was a mostly upbeat look at surveillance and weaponized drones. “Discover the cutting edge technologies that are propelling us toward a new chapter in aviation history,” PBS urged, promising to reveal “the amazing technologies that make drones so powerful.” Continue reading
FOR THE information of our readers, we are providing an indepth, secret history of U.S. drone warfare during the past year by CHRIS WOODS, JACK SERLE and ALICE K. ROSS, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Drone warfare is a political program of warfare and extra-judicial assassination that operates directly from the White House against citizens of sovereign states, without any charges or judicial process, constituting an inhuman war crime and a reckless disregard for international law. Continue reading