The FBI hatched a “plot to identify and assassinate Occupy leaders”? It’d seem so, according to the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and civil liberties activists. Information obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund via a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that the FBI: a) “collaborated with other federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland READ MORE
On this one year anniversary of the Occupy Canada movement, here’s a magnificent piece of reporting by Rolling Stone‘s Sabrina Rubin Erdely, on how the United States government “turned five stoner misfits into the world’s most hapless terrorist cell.” Five Occupy Cleveland activists “who had grown disenchanted with the Occupy movement, which they considered too conservative” decided to “make [...]
Assorted news and notes from the NDP’s leadership campaign as we approach today’s final debate…
- Niki Ashton pointed out how the NDP should be able to tap into the desire for democratic decision-making that once motivated the Reform Party before it was turned into a top-down organization under the thumb of Stephen Harper.
- Nathan Cullen is suggesting that he may have enough momentum to come up the middle at the leadership convention. And in an interview with Planet S, he had this to say about some of the major challenges to the Cons’ corporate-driven agenda: PS: Are you
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It was a different kind of protest today as Occupy Ottawa activists defiantly returned to Confederation Park for the movement’s first “Warm Up Your Heart Against Cold Capitalism” event. The activists set up shop on …Read More
Golly. It looks like that fancy pajama party in Davos, has considered the state of the capitalist pig, and found its condition rather alarming.
For decades, this ritzy Swiss resort has hosted an annual celebration of capitalism where luxurious Audis ferry potentates and presidents between lavish hotels so they can bemoan the perils of socialism, high taxes and debt. And yet, this year, the veteran founder and Chairman of the Davos World Economic Forum, Professor Klaus Schwab, declares that “Capitalism, in its current form, no longer fits the world around us.”
And is so shaken by the situation it’s taking
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Wednesday, November 16 saw plenty of direct clash between the Cons and the NDP on an issue that’s been in the news again today. And lest there be any doubt, while the Cons have raised their level of inflammatory rhetoric, they’ve been less than convincing when it comes to anything of substance.
The Big Issue
In the wake of several days of criticism over Keystone XL, the NDP brought plenty of challenges to both the Cons’ actions and their selective memory. Brian Masse and Kennedy Stewart responded to the Cons’ criticisms of the NDP’s work in Washington by pointing out
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What if you went into work today and were told that you would have to take a 50% wage cut? Could you pay your mortgage? Your rent? Your bills? Feed your family?
Think about that. Your pay cut in half.
Well that’s what’s happening in London, Ontario. After purchasing Electro-Motive Diesel, Caterpillar Inc. is playing tough, using the same tactics they used in Illinois, when that state proposed an increase in the corporate tax rate. Staunch Republicans, Caterpillar threatened to move to a state less union friendly.
They even offered to help the
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Assorted content to end your year.
- Paul Krugman once again laments the determination of anti-government fundamentalists to avoid learning the lessons that should have become glaringly obvious over 70 years ago: In declaring Keynesian economics vindicated I am, of course, at odds with conventional wisdom. In Washington, in particular, the failure of the Obama stimulus package to produce an employment boom is generally seen as having proved that government spending can’t create jobs. But those of us who did the math realized, right from the beginning, that the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (more than a third of
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Assorted content to end your week.
- Jeffrey Simpson manages to write an entire column on important political developments he managed to miss in 2011 without uttering the words “NDP” (or any member thereof). Which surely looks like an early nominee as a continued blind spot in 2012.
- Peter Thurley wishes for a national housing strategy in the new year. But judging from the Cons’ insistence on casting blame rather than doing anything to address even the most glaring needs for which the federal government has the most direct responsibility, I don’t see much reason for optimism.
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This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- Paul Krugman comments on how Republicans’ cheerleading for total corporate control – which has of course been matched at every turn by Canada’s Cons – has resulted in their declaring war on any policy which could possibly result in environmental improvements: (T)he payoff to…new rules (on mercury emissions) is huge: up to $90 billion a year in benefits compared with around $10 billion a year of costs in the form of slightly higher electricity prices. This is, as David Roberts of Grist says, a very big deal.
And it’s a deal
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I visited St James Park the other day, about a month after the Occupy Toronto campsite was torn down. And not even the Christmas lights on the old gazebo, could brighten up the bleakness.
I much preferred it when it was full of gentle dreamers, talking about changing the world.
For long after this horrible year is history, I will always remember how after the horror of Stephen Harper’s majority, and the tragedy of Jack Layton’s passing, the birth of the Occupy movement made me feel alive again.
In the Great Darkness of Harperland, where so many look on helplessly
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Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School has declared “We are the 99 per cent”, the political slogan of the Global Occupy movement, the heavy weight champ of the quotes for 2011. It’s another unavoidable …Read More
Time magazine has chosen “The Protester” as Person of the Year.
From the Arab Springs to the “Occupy” movement, those who literally stand up for democracy are being honoured. Time said it is recognizing protesters because they are “redefining people power” around the world.
“People power”. What a lovely term. And the nice thing is that just as the word “people” includes those of all ages, cultures and political goals, so too are the protesters.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report yesterday, showing that Canada’s income disparity is growing faster even than that of the U.S. Low paying jobs and a diminishing middle class, are partly to blame, but also deregulation, that allowed the wealthy to become even wealthier, is a huge factor.
Jim Flaherty was on the defensive in the House yesterday, suggesting that his government has been creating good jobs, but all they created was a marketing strategy: The Economic Action Plan. They had no real economic plan, other than to move lobbyists and Goldman Sachs
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Uh oh. I mean oink oink. I see the unrepentant capitalist pig just can’t help itself. Stuffing itself with human misery. While the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.
A new report finds that the gap between the rich and the poor just keeps getting wider in Canada.
So much for the Con plan to cut government jobs, drive down wages, reduce benefits by attacking unions, while giving the rich juicy tax breaks.The study suggests there may no longer be truth to the notion that the poor will automatically benefit as the rich get richer, said
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Smedley Darlington Butler (1881-1940), was at the time of his death, the most decorated marine in the United States. However, the final years of his life were spent in publicly denouncing wars, which he decided were being fought for corporate interests; speaking at pacifist rallies and advocating for veterans.
On August 21, 1931, invited to address an American Legion convention in Connecticut, he made the first no-holds-barred antiwar speech of his career. It stunned all who heard it or read it in the few papers that dared to report it: I spent years . . . being a high-class muscle man for Big Business,
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This week in the Winnipeg Sun, a column by Tom Brodbeck; Hooligan Harper haters: Crime bill protestors partisan hypocrites, irked me on many levels.
From the eye rolling “Harper haters” that’s been done to death, to the notion of opposition to Bill C-10, being a partisan issue.
I contacted Mr. Brodbeck and asked if he had actually spoken with any of the protesters. He dismisses anyone who challenges this government’s policies, as simple “Harper haters”, without asking those protesting how they actually feel about Mr. Harper. Why is it that when Liberal governments bring in tougher sanctions for serious
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I see that Kalle Lasn, one of the Canadian instigators of the Occupy Wall Street movement, laments the way things turned out in Canada.
While protesters from Halifax to Vancouver emulated their global counterparts by pitching tents in public spaces and brainstorming ways to challenge the status quo, Lasn said the efforts he witnessed lacked some of the passion that characterized rallies in the United States.
I don’t question Lasn’s good intentions, but it all sounds a bit hollow. Firstly, since he only visited the campsite in Vancouver his views of the Canadian movement are obviously extremely limited. Secondly, since
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I understand it’s considered bad form for rank and file progressives to criticize the Canadian Occupy protests in any way, even while being supportive of the American ones. But if anyone is in a position to do so, it would be the malcontent responsible for setting off the entire movement with that first #occupywallstreet hashtag. [...]
Twenty four hours after this little campsite was demolished, I see that Margaret Wente couldn’t restrain herself from going down to St James Park, squatting on all fours, and delivering this dreary dump.
Despite the current circumstances, every single protester in North America is pretty well guaranteed a comfortable middle-class existence – so long as he or she can manage to finish school, show up for work and avoid excessive substance abuse – in a functioning democracy with the rule of law.
Right. Just remember which end of her it came from eh?
But of course she wasn’t the only
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This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Frances Russell wonders what happened to the concept of the public good: Our political language about taxes has changed. Gone is “ability to pay.” The new catchphrases are “user pay” and “pay as you go.” The bottom-line message to citizens is “if you can’t pay, you don’t go.” You don’t get to drive into our congested cities without a toll; you don’t get your garbage collected without a fee; and who knows, soon you won’t get to visit a doctor without a charge.
So pervasive is everyone-for-himself that there
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By the time I got to the Occupy Toronto campsite this afternoon it was mostly gone.
The library, where some guy in a Clockwork Orange bowler hat had barricaded himself, was being dismantled.
Some of the neighbours were taking back “their” park.
So be careful where you step from now on eh?
But the good news is it ended peacefully. And I have to admit the police were great. They arrived after 5:30 this morning so they wouldn’t have to arrest anyone for just being in the park. They left their riot suits and
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