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The Canadian Progressive: In Ottawa, protesters denounce Harper’s support of Israel

In Ottawa on Tuesday, July 22, hundreds of pro-Palestine protesters denounced Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s uncompromising support of Israel and its ongoing war crimes in Gaza.

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The Canadian Progressive: TPP trade talks too secret, NDP MP Don Davies says

NDP MP Don Davies has told a downtown Ottawa protest that the Harper Conservatives’ ongoing negotiations on the TPP are unnecessarily secretive.

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The Canadian Progressive: 40 journalists protest plans to nuke CBC documentary team

40 journalists write to CBC President and CEO Hubert Lacroix and Executive Vice-President Heather Conway to protest plans to nuke the CBC documentary team.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Texas cheerleader Kendall Jones brags about killing endangered African animals

Nineteen year old Texas cheerleader claims killing endangered African animals and bragging about it on Facebook is about conservation, animal rights activists disagree.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: The World Cup You Won’t See on TV: Protests, Tear Gas, Displaced Favela Residents

Democracy Now! discusses the stuff you won’t see on TV during the ongoing 2014 World Cup competition in Brazil: poverty, protests, tear gas, and displaced favela fesidents.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Northern Gateway pipeline: B.C. Conservative MPs put on notice

Earlier today, citizens reacting to Stephen Harper’s approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline put B.C. Conservative MPs on notice.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Northern Gateway Pipeline Opponents: This Means ‘War’

by: Lauren McCauley | First published by Common Dreams on June 18, 2014

“It’s official. The war is on,” Grand Chief Stewart Phillip told a crowd of hundreds who had flooded the streets of Vancouver late Tuesday following the announcement that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline.

Phillip, who is president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, told reporters that people are prepared to go to jail over this fight, “because that’s what it’s going to take.”

Phillip’s statement exemplified the widespread condemnation and vows of resistance that swiftly (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: They’ll Be Watching You

Every breath you takeEvery move you makeEvery bond you breakEvery step you takeI’ll be watching you.

-The Police – Every Breath You Take

Recent revelations, some of which I have written about, should make us all acutely aware that in the surveillance state, which now describes much of the world, our privacy is more a cherished illusion than it is a reality. Not only has the Canadian federal government been enjoying easy access to our digital information but also, as we recently learned, it has sent out a directive to all federal departments to report (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Remembering Tiananmen Square

25 years ago in Tiananmen Square there was a protest against the Chinese government. The protest was dealt with lethal force by the government – killing many people. Since then, the Chinese government has blocked any discussion about the protest and has greatly censored information on it. Obviously all of this isn’t good news.

To curtail the efforts of propaganda artists and censors in China there are groups that are trying to ensure that we don’t forget about the protest. This is good because if we forget our collective history we deny ourselves a richer, more knowledgable, existence. If we (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Lindsey Stocker: “Teach boys that girls are not sexual objects”

by: Obert Madondo

Lindsey Stocker protest poster: “Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sexual objects” PHOTO: TWITTER

Canada has a serious women-hating problem. One that’s directly responsible for our perennial scourge of sexual violence against women. And to headlines like these:

One in five Canadians think women encourage sexual assault when drunk

Canada blocking UN efforts to address sexual violence against women

Last week , a 15-year-old girl from Quebec, was send away from her high school for refusing to ditch her jean shorts.

Lindsey Stocker, a grade 11 student at Beaconsfield High (Read more…)

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PostArctica: Citizen’s Party Growing In Spain – Podemos (We Can)

“It’s citizens doing politics. If the citizens don’t get involved in politics, others will. And that opens the door to them robbing you of democracy, your rights and your wallet.”

Pablo Iglesias, Podemos

Podemos hopes to cement rise of citizen politics in Spain after election success

 

PostArctica: Citizen’s Party Growing In Spain – Podemos (We Can)

“It’s citizens doing politics. If the citizens don’t get involved in politics, others will. And that opens the door to them robbing you of democracy, your rights and your wallet.”

Pablo Iglesias, Podemos

Podemos hopes to cement rise of citizen politics in Spain after election success

 

Parchment in the Fire: Thousands across Europe rally against EU policies (VIDEOS) — RT News

Thousands across Europe rally against EU policies (VIDEOS) — RT News.

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

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…)