Monthly Archives: July 2018

Who is singing now?

(July 11) – The world has been saved from an England-France Brexit final at the 2018 World Cup and the tsunami of British chauvinism unashamedly embraced by the Canadian sports media.

What goes around, comes around. The dodgy English threw their final match in the opening round with Belgium to get a better draw in the knockout stage, that is, to avoid Brazil and thereby build the betting pool, the TV market, the revenues of the English Football Association and diversion from the crisis at home – giving a new definition to match fixing and a level playing field. Continue reading

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Second anniversary of Brexit Referendum: Hysteria and division surround Brexit votes and negotiations

June 23 marked the second anniversary of the referendum called by then Prime Minister David Cameron on the issue of whether to Remain in or Leave the European Union. June 8 was also the first anniversary of the snap election called by current Prime Minister Theresa May that was supposed to provide strong and stable government after Cameron resigned following the Leave result in the referendum. Continue reading

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Croatia at centre of World Cup cover-up as FIFA admit secret let-off over fans’ fascist banners

Croatia at centre of World Cup cover-up as Fifa admit secret let-off over fans' fascist banners

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Fifth anniversary of Lac-Mégantic tragedy: Hold rail monopolies and governments accountable!

By Pierre Chénier

 July 6, 2018 marks the fifth anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, one of the worst train disasters in Canadian history. On the evening of March 5, the Mégantic community participated in a silent march that ended at the cemetery where many of the victims of the tragedy are buried. Continue reading

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Mexican election: Overwhelming expression of people’s desire for change

Victory celebration in Mexico City’s main square, El Zócalo, on election night, July 1, 2018 | AFP PHOTO / MARIO VAZQUEZ

By CLAUDE BRUNELLE

In what has been referred to as an electoral tsunami, on July 1 the Mexican people expressed their desire for change in an overwhelming show of strength by electing Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and his  Together We Will Make History (Juntos Haremon Historia) coalition to the Presidency of the Republic. Not only did Mexican citizens favour AMLO for President, they also formed an absolute majority in the two chambers of the Mexican Congress by electing deputies and senators who were candidates of AMLO’s coalition made up of his National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) Party, the Labour Party (Partido del Trabajo – PT) and Social Encounter Party (Partido Encuentro Social – PES). In addition, the coalition won five of the nine governorships up for election. Continue reading

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Farm warfare: How Israel uses chemicals to kill drops in Gaza

The use of chemical weapons is a crime against humanity. The purpose of herbicides is to enable farmers to grow produce, but Israel is quietly using them to do just the opposite in the Gaza Strip — in the name of security | AMIRA HASS, Haaretz

Palestinian farmers harvest their wheat in a farmland in central Gaza | Reuters

(July 6) – Photographs of military armored vehicles uprooting and crushing trees and vegetation within the Gaza Strip are not foreign to Israelis, but what is less widely known is that since 2014 Palestinian fields are also being  razed through the use of herbicides sprayed from the air — as first publicized by the website 972.

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Israeli forces wound scores of women in Gaza rally

The protest was the first mass women’s demonstration to take place in the strip since March 30 | Adel Hana/AP

 (July 3) – At least 134 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli gunfire as thousands of Palestinian women demonstrated along the heavily fortified fence with Israel in the besieged Gaza Strip. Continue reading

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