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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Word: Cable 08TELAVIV2447_ Israeli plans for collapse of Gaza economy

Wikileaks US leaked cable November 2008

“As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to econoffs on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge (see reftel &D8).”

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War crimes tribunal finds Israel guilty of genocide against the Palestinian people

Green Line, Beirut 1982

Green Line, Beirut 1982 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Judgment will be submitted to the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, UN and the UN Security Council for further action.


By MICHEL CHOSSUDOVSKY | Video by RT

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec. 15): The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal (KLWCT) today found former Israeli army general Amos Yaron and the state of Israel guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide stemming from the massacre of Palestinians in Beirut’s Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982. Continue reading

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Harper to undertake first official visit to Israel

Toronto protest against Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to Toronto for Zionist fundraising dinner, December 1, 2013.

Toronto protest against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Toronto for Zionist fundraising dinner, December 1, 2013.

By NATHAN J FREEMAN

TML Daily (Dec. 3) – FLYING in the face of international opinion and the Canadian people, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has chosen this moment in history and contemporary international relations to honour the State of Israel with his first official visit as Canadian head of government. Continue reading

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Sighting: A Lioness of Palestine

By Nahida Exiled Palestinien

مخيف و مهول

Fearsome and Awesome

Lionness of Palestine.1

This little fist of yours

Slams before the world

The final word

This little fist of yours

Says it all

RIGHT is GREATER than MIGHT Continue reading

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Sighting. Getting it close to where you live so you can take it from there

Thanks Mr Chopra

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December 19, 2013 · 11:03 pm

‘Environmental data from the Canadian Arctic’?

A mean-looking bugger, isn’t it?

HERE is the full text of a news release from Northrop Grumman, the American arms manufacturer with some $34 billion in Pentagon contracts, whose president Ronald D. Sugar notably was also a member of the board of directors of the U.S. oil company Chevron Texaco Corp., one of the world’s largest and most profitable oil monopolies, as printed verbatim in the Ottawa Citizen’s Defence Watch. Continue reading

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America: Land of the imprisoned (2)

100222-USDCWitnessAgainstTorture-01cropProgressive (Dec. 17) – THE United States has about five per cent of the world’s population and houses around 25 per cent of its prisoners. In large part, that’s the result of the “war on drugs” and long mandatory minimum sentences, but it also reflects America’s tendency to criminalize acts that other countries view as civil violations. Continue reading

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Harper honours Mandela

Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week announced a new scholarship in honour of the late Nelson Mandela, which will allow up-and-coming African public servants to pursue graduate studies at a Canadian university for one to 2 years. Continue reading

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Mandela is dead: Why hide the truth about apartheid?

A refelection by FIDEL CASTRO

Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro

(December 12, 2013) – Maybe the empire thought that we would not honor our word when, during days of uncertainty in the past century, we affirmed that even if the USSR were to disappear Cuba would continue struggling. World War II broke out on September 1, 1939 when Nazi-fascist troops invaded Poland and struck like a lightning over the heroic people of the USSR, who contributed 27 million lives to preserve mankind from that brutal massacre that ended the lives of 50 million persons. Continue reading

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The hoax of Afghanistan reconstruction

Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund Contribu...

As on December, 2012. Click on to Enlarge.

Project on Government Oversight (Dec. 12) – A COLLECTION of 16 airplanes paid for by the U.S. Air Force is collecting dust at the Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan after being deemed nonfunctional due to consistent maintenance issues. According to Bloomberg, the broken down transport aircraft cost American taxpayers at least $486 million, which has been pocketed by the very rich. The G222 turboprop aircraft, produced by the Italian arms monopoly Finmeccanica, only logged 200 of their planned 4,500 flying hours before being grounded. Continue reading

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What the Queen of Canada is up to

Daily Mail, UK (Dec 12) – THE Queen was “upset” about police officers eating nuts left out for guests before the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, the trial into alleged phone hacking at the News of the World has heard. Continue reading

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An exposé of Israeli war crimes in Lebanon: impunity

One Norwegian officer left Lebanon with a typed report on torture taped to his chest, ROBERT FISK recounts in a commentary on Odd Karsten Tveit’s latest book, Goodbye Lebanon: Israel’s First Defeat. Continue reading

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Obama’s unfulfilled Gitmo promise

Five years after his election, the U.S. President has not closed the prison on the illegally held Guantánamo Naval Base Continue reading

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Mandela: We admire the achievements of the Cuban Revolution

Speech by Nelson Mandela, Moncada Day Rally, Matanzas, Cuba, July 26, 1991

After 27 years of imprisonment by the racist/fascist apartheid system, Nelson Mandela chose Cuba as one of the first countries outside of Africa and the first Latin American country to visit. During that visit he delivered the following speech outlining Cuba’s decisive contribution to the South African liberation struggle. Continue reading

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Mandela is an unsurpassable example for Latin America and the Caribbean

• Speech given by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the funeral honours for the historic leader of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg, December 10, 2013, Year 55 of the Revolution Continue reading

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Biography of Nelson Mandela, 1918–2013

Government of South Africa

Early Years 

A young Nelson Mandela during his days as a lawyer.

A young Nelson Mandela during his days as a lawyer.

ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA was born in Mvezo, a village near Mthatha in the Transkei, on July 18, 1918, to Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Henry Mgadla Mandela. His father was the principal councillor to the Acting Paramount Chief of the Thembu royal house.

Rolihlahla literally means “pulling the branch of a tree.” After his father’s death in 1927, the young Rolihlahla became the ward of Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the Paramount Chief, to be groomed to assume high office. Continue reading

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Mandela: Madiba is gone – The struggle continues

Nelson Mandela addresses a jubilant mass rally of 100,000 people in Soweto, February 13, 1990,  two days after his release from 27 years of political imprisonment by the racist apartheid regime of South Africa, his freedom the result of sustained political action and armed struggle in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela addresses a jubilant mass rally of 100,000 people in Soweto, February 13, 1990, two days after his release from 27 years of political imprisonment by the racist apartheid regime of South Africa, his freedom the result of sustained political action and armed struggle in South Africa.

By ISAAC SANEY

Historic march by 20,000 women in Pretoria against the racist pass laws, August 9, 1956, today commemorated as Women's Day in South Africa. The women chanted the phrase “wathinth’ abafazi, wathinth’ imbokodo” which translates as “you strike a woman, you strike a rock.”

Historic march by 20,000 women in Pretoria against the racist pass laws, August 9, 1956, today commemorated as Women’s Day in South Africa. The women chanted the phrase “wathinth’ abafazi, wathinth’ imbokodo” which translates as “you strike a woman, you strike a rock.”

TML (Dec. 7) – ON THURSDAY EVENING DECEMBER 5, Nelson Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa. The life of the man known to the anti-apartheid movement as Madiba spanned almost the entire existence of the African National Congress (ANC). The ANC was founded under British colonial rule in January 1912 and it was within it that Madiba would play many leadership roles. The ANC provided the umbrella under which all those opposed to white minority rule, from revolutionary communists to trade union activists to dispossessed township youth, came together and worked out a program of struggle aimed at achieving black majority rule. Continue reading

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Sighting: The next generation

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December 9, 2013 · 1:45 am

In Memoriam – Reginald Maloney

Photo by Cheryl Maloney

June 6, 1941 – December 3, 2013 | Photo by April Maloney

A Reflection by Tony Seed

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Keptin Saqamow Reginald Maloney, 72, left us forever when he passed away in Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro, Nova Scotia, surrounded by family and close friends.

A respected Elder, political leader, Chief, proud Mi’kmaq warrior and a friend, Chief Maloney was a leader in the epochal battle of the Mi’kmaq nation in defence of their hereditary rights and to affirm their right-to-be. Continue reading

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In Memoriam – Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela passes away

July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013

THE Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) sends its deepest condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela, to the people of South Africa and to the African National Congress at the sad news of the death of Nelson Mandela. Mandela passed away on December 5 at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95. South African President Jacob Zuma announced that Mandela, “the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed,“ adding that he “passed on peacefully.” Mandela played a legendary role in the anti-colonial struggle of his people and in ending the cruel apartheid regime. He became the first black president of South Africa. He remained true to his principles and, to the end of his days, he continued to stand with all those who helped South Africa win freedom. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” Zuma said. “Our thoughts are with the millions of people who embraced Mandela as their own and who saw his cause as their cause…. This is the moment of our deepest sorrow.” Mandela will be accorded a state funeral, Zuma said, and national flags will be lowered to half-mast.

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Bourgeois science has lost its way at a cost to humanity

At a time when scientists and personnel in the fields of science and research are coming out with ever greater determination to stand against the politicization of science as part of the neo-liberal, anti national and anti social agenda of the Harper and Obama regimes, revelations are emerging that many basic cancer studies in the USA simply cannot be validated. In the life sciences, it seems that parallel forces, similar to those in theoretical physics and in mathematics, are at work, making it sterile and useless, and separating it from the needs of the people. And this is not at all accidental. Science, which at one time was useful to the rising European bourgeoisie, is now in a state of marasmus and disintegration. The scientific method has been buried and replaced with hocus-pocus. The imperialist system – unable to give the people anything but devastating wars – is holding back the development of the productive forces, and is a brake on progress, science and culture. “Billions of dollars in worldwide resources devoted to finding and developing remedies for the diseases that afflict us all is being thrown down a rathole,” concludes MICHAEL HILTZIK* in the LA Times.

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wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock

IN TODAY’S WORLD, brimful as it is with opinion and falsehoods masquerading as facts, you’d think the one place you can depend on for verifiable facts is science.

You’d be wrong. Many billions of dollars’ worth of wrong.

A few years ago, scientists at the Thousand Oaks biotech firm Amgen [2] set out to double-check the results of 53 landmark papers in their fields of cancer research and blood biology. Continue reading

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Word. Is the US Congress from another planet?

The Science Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held a 90-minute hearing on extra­terrestrial life on December 4, called “Astrobiology: The Search for Biosignatures in Our Solar System and Beyond.” The hearing was called by the committee chairman, Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), the subject of a previous post on this blog.* Not until the hearing was nearly over did a lawmaker address the issue head-on.

“Rep. Ralph M. Hall (R-Tex.), the chairman emeritus of the committee, asked the panel: ‘Do you think there’s life out there, and are they studying us? And what do they think about New York City?’”

Related reading on this website

U.S. congressman demands that scientific papers be approved by politicians, May 5, 2013, https://tonyseed.wordpress.com

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