Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Torture Cons

We have all read the horrifying stories about the CIA's torture campaign. The systematic brutality, the mechanical cruelty, the monstrous depravity.And a lot of Americans are finally understanding how they got from 911 to Ferguson. When hijacked airliners slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and an empty Pennsylvania field in 2001 everyone knew that ...

Montreal Simon: The Slow Death of Ashley Smith

It is without a doubt one of the worst things I have ever seen. The slow death of Ashley Smith.While her guards watched.Read that and weep.Or watch the video here.If you can bear it.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Harperland and the Con Teabaggers

It was such a beautiful day. After the greyness caused by the tail end of Hurricane Sandy, the sun shone brightly in a clear blue sky.And it felt so great, especially after Obama's amazing victory, which made me feel happier than I've felt for a long time.Until I remembered that I'm still living in Harperland.Until ...

Montreal Simon: Ashley Smith and the Cruelty of the Cons

I think this image will haunt me forever.The image of a bound, hooded, 18-year-old Ashley Smith being duct taped into a seat on a plane.Like she was some kind of dangerous terrorist on her way to Guantanamo.When she was just a poor mentally ill teenager on her way to one of the nine Canadian prisons ...