Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan Protests-Helicopter Rides To View the SIA Contaminated Landfill-Wednesday, January 6th between 9 am and 3 pm

On Wednesday, January 6th between 9 am and 3 pm, the #SaveShawniganWater Community Action Group has arranged to provide aerial tours by helicopter from Shawnigan Village to the south end of Shawnigan Lake. Politicians Read more…

The Disaffected Lib: How the Fearsome Become the Fearful

A Weapon of Weakness? How did we become indentured to a culture of fear?  Fear-mongering has become a modus operandi in today’s morally corrupt, visionless politics.  It is the stock in trade of authoritarians like our own Stephen Harper and it’s effective. The thing is democracy cannot thrive in the presence of a culture of fear. ...

The Canadian Progressive: #GlobalNoDrones: First global day of action against surveillance and killer drones

On Saturday, October 4, 2014, thousands of people around the world are expected to protest the burgeoning use of drones for surveillance and extrajudicial killings. The post #GlobalNoDrones: First global day of action against surveillance and killer drones appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

drive-by planet: Hashtag hypocrisy: #on the other hand my husband orders drone strikes that have killed hundreds of kids

The kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls by Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, also known by the Hausa name Boko Haram, happened over a month ago. By now a percentage of these girls are likely dispersed… transported across the porous Nigerian border into Chad, Cameroon and Niger where Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and other BH ...

drive-by planet: Calls for U.S. drone strikes on Boko Haram

Stop Canadian Complicity in Torture: FINALLY THE DRONES !!! And hopefully A LOT MORE to come about them !

First Look Media: The // Intercept – LAUNCHED February 10, 2014 https://firstlook.org/theintercept/ Feb 10, 2014 – Article By Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/02/10/the-nsas-secret-role/ More: Death by Metadata – Feb 10, 2014                 FIRST LOOK MEDIA – https://www.firstlook.org/#/home 

Stop Canadian Complicity in Torture: FINALLY THE DRONES !!! And hopefully A LOT MORE to come about them !

First Look Media // The Intercept – LAUNCHED February 10, 2014 Defying Threats to Journalism, Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald Launch New Venture, The Intercept – Feb 10, 2014 http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/10/defying_threats_to_journalism_jeremy_scahill  THE INTERCEPT – https://firstlook.org/theintercept/                    FIRST LOOK MEDIA – https://www.firstlook.org/#/home 

drive-by planet: RT’s Breaking the Set: George Galloway on ‘Killing of Tony Blair’, Yemen drone attack and the death of Abbas Khan

In this RT interview British Respect Party MP, George Galloway, talks about his upcoming documentary film The Killing of Tony Blair. He also gives his views on the harassment of The Guardian by British authorities and the strange death of Dr Abbas Khan in a Syria prison. British citizen Khan died mere days before he ...

LeDaro: A drone in your neighbourhood soon.

Americans are going to issue drone driver licence for safety. That is what NRA says about guns too – that they are safe. Where are we headed? Riley Morgan, 14, flies a home-built drone AfterDARC on Oct. 11. Morgan  has been working with drones for half a year. This drone took him two days to ...

drive-by planet: OK when we do it: U.S. hypocrisy on ‘heinous weapons’

Cowichan Conversations: War Crimes Attorney Says He Will Get George W. Bush

Richard Hughes Political Blogger The ‘Truth Seeker’ is revealing legal efforts to arrest and prosecute George W. Bush and Barack Obama for illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Further charges for illegal surveillance, war crimes including torture, genocide, drone attacks world wide are being pursued against President Obama as well. It is unlikely that any ...

drive-by planet: Lowkey ‘Obama Nation:part 3’: featuring Malcolm X footage, M1, Lupe Fiasco, 2Pac

This post follows up on earlier posts of Lowkey‘s Obama Nation… here is part 3. Obama Nation includes input from M1, 2Pac, Lupe Fiasco and others. Also includes footage from a speech by Malcolm X. Syria comes up in the lyrics: “Drones over Pakistan, Yemen and Libya… is Obama the bomber getting ready for Syria?” ...

eaves.ca: The Past, Present and Future of Sensor Journalism

This weekend I had the pleasure of being invited to the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School for a workshop on sensor journalism. The workshop (hashtag #towsenses) brought together a “community of journalists, hackers, makers, academics and researchers to explore the use of sensors in journalism; a crucial source of information ...

drive-by planet: Who is the real terrorist?: LowKey – Terrorist video

Definitions of terrorism: “The systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.”  – Merriam Webster “Systematic use of violence and intimidation to achieve some goal.“  – Free Dictionary “The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.”  – Dictionary.com Noam Chomsky clarifies the definition with recourse to law: ...

drive-by planet: Eric Schmidt’s privacy concerns about drones more than a little ironic

Executive chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt,  recently went public with his concerns about ‘everyman’ drones getting into the wrong hands. Thinks they should be banned… might be a privacy threat. Guess Schmidt should know being a top exec of a company that some regard as one of the biggest privacy threats on the planet. Google ...

Left Over: Droning on and On at the NDP Convention…(but no drones, please!)

Tiny socialist caucus raises ruckus at NDP convention Party forces protesting delegates to put away anti-drone banner By Laura Payton, CBC News What a bunch of middle of the road drones the NDP has become…now  there is  a muzzling of dissent? I have always voted NDP – not because I agreed with them on everything – ...

Politics and its Discontents: Dennis Kucinich: US An ‘Orwellian State’

Some refreshing honesty from an American politician – well-worth watching: H/t Disinformation Recommend this Post

LeDaro: Barack Obama’s Drones

bastard.logic: Unpacking the Ramifications of Obama’s Targeted Killing Memo

Rosa Brooks unpacks the Obama JD’s targeted killing memo: “Like many legal documents, this one does fine on its own terms, but looks a lot less satisfying when taken out of its hermetically sealed legal universe.” Related: John Fugelsang talks with Harper’s Scott Horton and Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK about the kill memo and a ...

bastard.logic: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney On Targeted Killing: Lethal Strikes On U.S. Citizens ‘Legal,’ ‘Ethical,’ And ‘Wise’

Words fail (h/t): A friendly reminder from TAFKAdnA: The Obama administration claims that the secret judgment of a single ”well-informed high level administration official” meets the demands of due process and is sufficient justification to kill an American citizen suspected of working with terrorists. That procedure is entirely secret. Thus it’s impossible to know which rules the administration has established to protect due ...

The Canadian Progressive: Cornel West Is Upset Obama Was Sworn In On Martin Luther King’s Bible

Dr. Cornel West, America’s most provocative public intellectual, progressive and champion for racial justice, explains why he’s upset that President Barack Obama was sworn in on Martin Luther King’s bible. He questions the first black president’s commitment to the values the slain anti-war civil rights leader stood for, including: peace, truth and justice. “You don’t play with ...

LeDaro: Civilian Casualties in Pakistan From Obama’s Drone Attacks

Does this man deserve a Noble Peace Prize ? “I want to make sure that people understand actually drones have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties…. For the most part, they have been very precise, precision strikes against al Qaeda and their affiliates. And we are very careful in terms of how it’s ...

Drive-by Planet: ‘Mass trauma’ in Pakistani tribal areas under threat of drone attack

An important new report – ‘Living Under Drones‘ – disputes the Obama administration’s claim that few civilians have died in drone strikes. The report details the mass trauma caused by the ever-present threat of drone attack… ‘men, women and children are subjected to almost constant trauma – including fear of attack, severe anxiety, powerlessness, insomnia ...

Canadian Progressive: How U.S. Gov’t Talks About a Drone Program it Won’t Acknowledge Exists

by Cora Currier | ProPublica Drones have become the go-to weapon of the U.S.’s counter-terrorism strategy, with strikes in Yemen in particular increasing steadily. U.S. drones reportedly killed twenty-nine people in Yemen recently, including perhaps ten civilians. Administration officials regularly celebrate the drone war’s apparent successes— often avoiding details or staying anonymous, but claiming tacit credit for the U.S. In June, a ...

Drive-by Planet: US drone strikes: Imran Khan to lead protest in Waziristan

Imran Khan who heads up Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) will go ahead with a protest against American drone attacks in the region despite a reported Taliban threat. Khan plans to lead a demonstration in the town of Miranshah in North Waziristan accompanied by party members and activists. The area is a tribal stronghold of the Taliban. An ...