Monthly Archives: December 2013

Death of US journalism 2013

 

Merchants of Death Speak: PBS

mediaculpaheader.stretchedThe January 23 episode of PBS series Nova was a mostly upbeat report on drones and surveillance. What viewers may not have known about “Rise of the Drones” was that it was funded in part by Lockheed Martin – the giant aerospace corporation that just happens to be a major drone manufacturer. Continue reading

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America: Land of the imprisoned (3)

Local courts revive debtors’ prisons

Fox (Dec. 27) – AS IF out of a Charles Dickens novel, people struggling to pay overdue fines and fees associated with court costs for even the simplest traffic infractions are being thrown in jail across the United States. Critics are calling the practice the new “debtors’ prison” – referring to the jails that flourished in the U.S. and Western Europe over 150 years ago. Before the time of bankruptcy laws and social safety nets, poor folks and ruined business owners were locked up until their debts were paid off. Reforms eventually outlawed the practice. But groups like the Brennan Center for Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union say it’s been reborn in local courts which may not be aware it’s against the law to send indigent people to jail over unpaid fines and fees – or they just haven’t been called on it until now.

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America: Land of the imprisoned,” December 18, 2013

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Sighting. TML’s 2013 Photo Review

Actions at the legislature in Edmonton on December 2 denounce Alberta government's legislative endorsement of state-organized force and violence against public sector workers as a crime.

Actions at the legislature in Edmonton on December 2 denounce Alberta government’s legislative endorsement of state-organized force and violence against public sector workers as a crime.

NewYear2013CarreRouge-F-CYbleedTML Daily concluded today its 2013 Photo Review “One Class, One Program” of actions carried out by workers, women and other collectives throughout the past year with photo coverage of the events of the month of December. The Canadian publication devoted 12 successive editions to the feature, featuring photo highlights from each month. This impressively organized annual presentation of resistance, involving the selection of hundreds of great photographs, from one end of the country to the other, is genuinely inspiring. A photo is worth a thousand words is an old saying; the reality of resistance within Canada is objective – and broadening. Looking back on the events of 2013 confirms that working people can and must rely on one another to collectively resist the assaults on their rights, and that their future lies in the fight for the rights of all. Continue reading

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Sighting. Palestine, a land, a people, a right to be

As curious lenses compete to capture our tears

Our pain-filled smiles radiate, redefining the meaning of beauty. Continue reading

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Harper gutting of federal libraries ’like a book burning’

The Harper government, with its anti-social, anti-national and neo-liberal agenda, is shutting down a “world class” collection on freshwater science and protection, ANDREW NIKIFORUK* reports in The Tyee. We also list other federal library closures (9) and consolidations (27). Continue reading

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Sighting: Dress codes – which ones are religious?

THE Charter of Quebec Values imposes an irrational and backward dress code on the polity of Quebec. The section of the bill entitled Restriction on Wearing Religious Symbols reads:

5. In the exercise of their functions, personnel members of public bodies must not wear objects such as headgear, clothing, jewelry or other adornments which, by their conspicuous nature, overtly indicate a religious affiliation.

This attempt to have the state monitor the clothing of individuals working for the civil service or public schools at any level constitutes state interference with the human person. Continue reading

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Charter of Quebec Values – Brief of the Marxist-Leninist 
Party of Quebec on Bill 60

WE ARE reproducing for the information of readers an extremely important brief by PMLQ on the recent Charter of Quebec Values. The PMLQ thinks that the following sections of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are pertinent when considering the duties of the state in matters taken up by this Bill.

Article 18: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 21: (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.

Article 29: (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

The PMLG concludes “Overall, the PMLQ thinks this bill is fundamentally flawed and should be withdrawn in toto.” Continue reading

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