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Parchment in the Fire: Thousands in Paris and Rome protest austerity measures

Thousands in Paris and Rome protest austerity measures

Anti-austerity protests took over parts of Paris and Rome on Saturday, with one demonstration in Rome spurring violence when protesters threw rocks, eggs and firecrackers at police, with at least one person injured.

Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Protest

Parchment in the Fire: Radical Democracy and Collective Movements in Greece, Spain | Euro Crisis in the Press

Radical Democracy and Collective Movements in Greece, Spain | Euro Crisis in the Press.

By Marina Prentoulis and Lasse Thomassen

The 2011 movements of the squares, the ‘aganaktismenoi’ and ‘indignados’ as they came to be known in Greece and Spain respectively, brought to the forefront old and unresolved debates on the Left. During the crisis it became evident that the traditional Left failed to capture the popular imagination. As part of parliamentary politics, and together with the rest of the political establishment, the left had itself lost legitimacy, at least among a large part of society, (Read more…)

Art Threat: VoiceOver documentary reframes the 2011 London riots

VoiceOver | Riots Reframed (2013) is Fahim Alam’s first film, shot in the aftermath of the 2011 riots in London and other UK cities, while Alam was under conditional release and forced to wear an ankle tag after being arrested during a protest.

The film mixes archival, CCTV, and cell phone footage of the riots with interviews recorded both during and after the events, replaying some of the mixed-source footage to show different aspects of the same key moments during the riots. The low resolution of much of the footage taken from inside the riots plays up the harshness of (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Why Arab-Israeli politician protested Harper’s speech to the Knesset

by: Obert Madondo “When you are controlling, discriminating, confiscating, occupying lands from one side and putting them in the corner without any basic rights, you are by this way ruling and committing apartheid in the occupied Palestinian Territories.” The words of Arab-Israeli legislator Ahmad Tibi as he explained to the CBC why he stormed out during… Read More

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The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Papers, Citizen!

As if it couldn’t get any worse, the ridiculous paranoia of the Harper regime has surfaced once more in the wake of a sneaky, but peaceful protest in BC.  Senator Runciman wants a law so that protests like this can’t happen again.

“People who sneak into these kinds of events, using phony ID, impersonate others, or conspire with others to do the same, should face indictable offences with serious fines and/or imprisonment,” said Senator Runciman in a written statement sent to the parliamentary press gallery. 

“The decision not to charge two individuals who impersonated wait staff, avoided RCMP security (Read more…)

Left Over: Right, Right, you’re bloody well Right…

Former Tory minister on the hot seat over Enbridge lobbying gig by Kady O’Malley Posted: January 7, 2014 9:00 AM Last Updated: January 7, 2014 8:58 AM CBC online I was a bit disappointed in the lack of a big anti-pipeline presence outside the location of the Harpster’s meeting with the BC Bored of Trade..happy, of course, with the direct action taken inside the meeting, but wish that there had been something outside the venue, showing our displeasure at the thought of a pipeline here. I no longer live in Vancouver, or even on the Mainland, so I can’t exactly (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: In Vancouver, Climate Justice Activists Disrupt Stephen Harper’s Pro-Big Oil Party

Two climate justice activists peacefully disrupted Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s question-and-answer session at the Vancouver Board of Trade on Monday.

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The Canadian Progressive: In Ottawa, Hundreds Demand Action To “Defend Our Climate”, Communities

More than 150 protesters gathered on Parliament Hill today as part of the Canada-wide “Defend Our Climate, Defend Our Communities” national day of action against climate change and tar sands expansion.

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Cowichan Conversations: Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Farmed Salmon-Video

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

It is at this time of year that we celebrate wild salmon returning to spawn in our creeks and streams and are reminded of the crucial connection we have as Island dwellers with wild salmon.

Our eco system is inextricably linked in so many ways.

The threat of that link being broken or reduced stems in part from the proliferation of farmed salmon being raised along our coast and marketed in our retail stores.

Many stores and restaurants have pulled or discontinued carrying farmed salmon raised in either open net or closed net farms.

WalMart has not.

(Read more…)

Parchment in the Fire: Preparing for the Perfect Storm: Neoliberal Authoritarianism in an Age of Austerity

Two noteworthy news items for this week:

First, the Guardian ran an article last week regarding the soon to be published Social Mobility and Child Poverty report on, well, social moblity and child poverty in the UK. According to the paper, leaked findings of the report indicate a gloomy future for the children of the middle class. As quoted by the Guardian:

The commission is also expected to warn of a gathering “perfect storm” of graduate debt, lack of finance to buy homes and job insecurity that threatens middle-class children as they emerge from full-time education. Graduates will come out (Read more…)

Things Are Good: A Turkish Hotel Wins Hospitality Innovation Award for Accommodating Protestors

During the Taksim Square protests in Turkey earlier this year, Divan Hotels’ flagship property in Istanbul opened their doors to the protestors. Not a bad place to get support after suffering police brutality and tear gassing.

The hotel is adjacent to Gezi Park’s Taksim Square, the site of protests last May and June. During some of the most tense moments, the Divan Hotel’s management took in people protesting against the government of Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to the chagrin of officials. + Adding insult to injury, the hotel staff rebuffed police forces by asking whether they had a (Read more…)

drive-by planet: The more things change…

Things Are Good: A Protest Song About the NSA Reading Your Emails

The band YACHT has gone back to the glory days of Dylan and the like by writing a protest song. The song is about the NSA illegal spying the USA, which should bother pretty much anyone who cares about privacy. Until now, there was no good news to mention about the questionable actions revealed by Edward Snowden so hat tip to YACHT for singing what we all think.

“We claim full citizenship in the nation of Internet,” Evans told me over email, by way of explanation. “We wouldn’t be where we are if it weren’t for the existence of (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Sixty Activists Risk Arrest at State Department in Protest of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Sixty activists risked arrest Monday outside the State Dept building in Washington, D.C. during a sit-in and protest over the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

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The Canadian Progressive: In the US, an “open season on black boys” after Zimmerman acquittal

by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

(AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

In the US, an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, is murdered in cold blood. The jury finds the alleged murderer, Florida neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman, not guilty. President Barack Obama calls for “calm reflection”. He mentions neither “George Zimmerman” nor the issue at the heart of this case – racism.

Gary Young, a columnist with The Guardian (UK), says such calls for calm are “empty words for black families”.

But first, Obama’s statement.

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one (Read more…)

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PostArctica: Medgar Evers

Medgar Evers was murdered 50 years ago.

Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) was an African-American civil rights activist from Mississippi involved in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. After returning from overseas military service in World War II and completing his secondary education, he became active in the civil rights movement. He became a field secretary for the NAACP.

Evers was assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens’ Council. As a veteran, Evers was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery His murder and the (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Medical Students Condemn Conservatives’ Refugee Health Cuts

The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) and the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ), condemn the federal government’s cuts to essential health services for refugees.

This press release:

OTTAWA, June 17, 2013 – On June 17th, 2013, National Day of Action Against Refugee Health Cuts, the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) and the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ), together representing all Canadian medical students, express their firm stance against the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) cuts.

The CFMS has repeatedly expressed its staunch opposition to the changes to the IFHP since their inception last Spring, and continues to support (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Today, Canadians Fight For Refugee Health Care: 2nd National Day of Action

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

Today, June 17, 2013, is the 2nd Annual Day of Action for refugee health care!

Canadians, rights activists, doctors and other health care workers assemble in cities across the country to protest the federal government’s 2012 draconian cuts to essential health services for refugees.

On June 30, 2012, the federal government made drastic cuts to health care services for refugees.

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care explains the impact of the inhumane cuts:

For example, many refugees living in Canada will no longer qualify for coverage for necessary medication such as insulin. Some refugee claimants will also (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Nova Scotians condemn RCMP repression of anti-fracking protesters

By: Council of Canadians | Press Release

HALIFAX, NS, June 14, 2013 – Representatives of several- Halifax-based environmental, social justice and cultural groups are condemning the heavy-handed actions of the RCMP which have led to the arrest of 12 protesters seeking to halt the advance of fracking in Kent County, NB, north of Moncton.

Members of the Council of Canadians, The Sierra Club of Canada and other concerned citizens visited the sacred fire yesterday and were outraged to learn that the RCMP had made several arrests this morning in order to facilitate the exploratory drilling of the area by (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Londoners arrested for protesting petrocrat Stephen Harper, tar sands

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

Activists outside the British Parliament protest Canada’s tar sands. (Photo: Facebook/Idle No More UK Solidarity Action)

Environmental activists protesting “petrocrat” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and our dirty tar sands were arrested at the British Parliament earlier today, The Guardian (UK) and other media report.

The protesters, identifying themselves as Love Canada, Hate Tar Sands, were arrested after climbing the roof of the British Parliament building with T-shirts saying ‘oil out of politics’, ‘stop Harper’ and ‘stop the tar sands’. They also spilled molasses on the floor outside the building.

The activists criticized the UK government for (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: Massive anti-tar sands protest to greet PM Stephen Harper in London

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

A massive anti-tar sands protest will greet Prime Minister Stephen Harper when he arrives in London on Thursday en route to the June 17-18 G8 summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland.

The UK Tar Sands Network and a coalition of environmentalists hope to show Harper “that there is huge opposition to tar sands in the UK”. And that Canada’s lobbying against the EU’s fuel quality directive is unacceptable.

The organizers also argue that Harper is unworthy of the honour of addressing the UK Parliament. Harper is scheduled to deliver the first speech by a Canadian PM to the British (Read more…)

Art Threat: Fearless photography explores the Egyption women of the revolution

The woman in a red dress being blasted by pepper spray in Gezi Park, Istanbul, is not an anomaly. Women are on the front lines of Turkey’s protest movement and were also well represented in the series of upheavals that was dubbed the Arab Spring. But to gain a full appreciation women’s contributions, it’s probably best to look beyond the mainstream news media.

Fearless: Egyptian Women of the Revolution

Photographer and multimedia documentarian Tatiana Philiptchenko has given western audiences a rare insight into the revolutionary role of women through her new book, Fearless: Egyptian Women of the Revolution. The book (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: ‘This Is Our Last Chance’: Deep-Pocketed Dems Urge Obama to Reject Keystone XL

To avoid ‘catastrophic climate disruption,’ warn donors, president must take a historic stand By: Jacob Chamberlain | Published by Common Dreams on Friday, May 10, 2013 In a letter sent to President Obama on Friday, 150 high profile Democratic donors urged the president “to proclaim with clarity and purpose that our [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Indigenous resistance grows strong in Keystone XL pipeline battle

By: Crysbel Tejada and Betsy Catlin | First published by Waging Nonviolence on May 8, 2013: On cloudy days, heavy smoke fills the air of Ponca City, Okla., with grey smog that camouflages itself into the sky. The ConocoPhillips oil refinery that makes its home there uses overcast days as a disguise to release more [...]

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