Marking 60 years since the assassination of journalist Carlos Bastidas

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For an informed vote: Through the pages of Ontario Political Forum

The Ontario general election is scheduled to be held on Thursday June 7. There are over 20 political parties registered, yet the horserace journalism of the monopoly media now restricts the “sole choice” to one of two parties that their polls deem electable.

Something else is happening in the real world. In this election, working people are leading an effort to hold forums, panel discussions, town hall meetings, round tables, open mics and other activities where they themselves speak about their concerns and how they think solutions can be implemented for problems they face. Steelworkers, injured workers, teachers and education workers are amongst those taking the lead to bring forward issues they consider to matter by discussing their rich experience in fighting for their rights. Continue reading

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Injured Workers Day: On the 4th Annual Justice Bike Ride in Northern Ontario

Yesterday I read a really interesting and inspiring article in the Ontario Political Forum on the theme of standing up for injured workers in Northern Ontario. Four days of action, centring around the fourth annual Justice Bike Ride, a quite wonderful initiative. Continue reading

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Palestinian journalists condemn Israeli bill criminalizing photography of soldiers

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U.S. Navy refurbishes Second Fleet to control Caribbean and North Atlantic

Protest against warships in Halifax harbour and expansion of the Canadian navy, CFB Stadacona, May 29, 2012.

The U.S. Navy is reestablishing its Second Fleet to control the North Atlantic, navy sources report.[1] It will be operational by July 1 and headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. According to reports, U.S. plans are to increase its fleet, including reactivating the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates. The lives of the ships already in active service could be extended in order to meet the goal of a 355-strong navy. There are plans to install vertical launch systems on at least six San Antonio-class landing ship docks and six auxiliary vessels, in order to increase the navy’s missile strike capability. Continue reading

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For your information: British royal wedding II

Front page of The Sun newspaper on January 13, 2005 shows a photograph of Britain’s Prince Harry wearing a red and black swastika armband and an army shirt with Nazi regalia at a friend’s fancy dress party, which he attended on January 8, 2005 – two weeks before Queen Elizabeth was due to lead Britain’s holocaust memorial events. He later apologized.

Once again, the media has been carrying wall-to-wall coverage fawning over yet another royal wedding held on May 19 of the Victoria Day weekend formerly celebrated by imperial decree of 1904 throughout the British Empire as Imperial Day to honour Queen Victoria’s birthday. Every hook is being used to catch one’s attention: a “Canadian connection”; a multimillionaire “American princess”; the war pilot and Invictus Games of “wounded warriors”; a dysfunctional family; “expectations” of the new African-American member of “the family”; the royal bling, etc.  Continue reading

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Open letter to Derek Stoffel, CBC Middle East Bureau chief

From: Peter Larson <peter.larson@sympatico.ca>
Sent: May 26, 2018 9:36 AM
To: ‘derek.stoffel@cbc.ca‘ <derek.stoffel@cbc.ca>
Cc: ‘jennifer.mcguire@cbc.ca‘ <jennifer.mcguire@cbc.ca>; ‘jack.nagler@cbc.ca‘ <jack.nagler@cbc.ca>
Subject: Open letter to Mr. Derek Stoffel, CBC Correspondent in Jerusalem, about his coverage of the Palestinian protests in Gaza Continue reading

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