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The Quebec uprising and Occupy sues NYC

Posted by Charles II on May 26, 2012

Elizabeth Leier, truthout:

On May 22, [angered by tuition hikes] nearly half a million people marched in the streets of Montreal in defiance of a recently adopted law denying protester’s civil liberties, namely the right to protest, freedom of association and of expression. A crowd made up of students, professors, children and citizens from every walk of life marched peacefully throughout the city, ignoring provisions prohibiting any deviation from the planned itinerary and disrupting the commercial and banking district. The crowd openly defied articles of Bill 78, which make any gathering of over 50 protesters illegal, and chanted for the resignation of Premier Jean Charest, who has systematically refused to meet with the students personally. Many consider that the government’s refusal to find a solution and, indeed, its increasingly repressive position have given the movement a second wind.

On Wednesday, May 23, more than 3,000 people assembled in Montreal, in Emilie-Gamelin Square for the 30th nightly protest, while throughout the city, citizens spontaneously took to the streets (in some neighborhoods, over 2,000 people) banging on pots and pans and blocking busy roads, in a situation reminiscent of the Argentinian protests of 2001. No longer just a student strike, the Maple Spring is fast becoming a widespread citizens’ revolt.

Melissa Gira Grant, truthout:

the city [of New York] has offered no explanation as to why the tools of the occupation itself were targeted in the raid [of November 15th]. Along with occupiers’ personal belongings, custom-built Wi-Fi transmitters and the thousands of books in the People’s Library were seized and, in some cases, deliberately destroyed, fed into “crusher” trucks that rolled up to the park while, inside, police pepper-sprayed and arrested those who remained. Throughout, police held the media off blocks away, preventing them from entering the scene.

The seizure of their books immediately called to mind, as Siegel described them yesterday morning in the cold and rain, “the conduct of some of the worst regimes imaginable.” As such, though the suit seeks damages in the amount of $47,000 – accounting for $43,000 for the books and $4,000 for other destroyed library equipment – Siegel explained that “it is more important for us to get into the historic record that the city cannot destroy books.”

Next steps in the suit, said attorney Herbert Teitelbaum, include a discovery process that could turn up records of the raid plan. Depositions of Mayor Bloomberg or Commissioner Kelly could also reveal the extent to which the destruction of the occupation was planned or ordered

Honestly, I don’t know why the entire population isn’t in the streets. The elected leaders are behaving with complete impunity, demonstrating complete contempt for citizens and the principles of democracy as they loot the economy. I guess things will have to crash before people wake up.

Posted in Canada, Occupy movement, The American Uprising | 1 Comment »

Canadian Cons entrench

Posted by Charles II on May 2, 2011

The Liberals lost big, with their own leader Michael Ignatieff, going down to defeat. The Tories have an absolute majority. The NDP is the new opposition party.

I wonder if the Democrats are watching.

Added, 5/3: Interesting discussion on DemocracyNow. Two thirds of NDP’s gains came from Quebec, where the Bloc was severely diminished. The NDP head, Lewis, says that this represents a move away from separatism, which I find doubtful. Judy Rebick says that there were local reasons, that people saw a chance to get a genuine left-wing government in charge, so they dropped the Bloc for tactical reasons. She also says that the only check on Conservative power is Quebec’s secessionist threat. This explanation rings truer to me than that of Lewis. It means that NDP’s gains will likely be reversed unless they can develop a position that is acceptable to the separatists.

Rebick runs the website Rabble.

I like the name.

Posted in Canada, international | 9 Comments »

The Latest (Last?) Word On The NAFTAgate Non-Scandal

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 13, 2008

From the CBC’s Neil Macdonald:

But an offhand remark by a political staffer is just a starting point so CTV brought Tom Clark, the network’s bureau chief in Washington, into the picture. Clark is known to be on friendly terms with ambassador Wilson.

In short order, Clark contacted Wilson, putting to him the tip from Ottawa. We know this because the embassy later confirmed the call. The actual conversation between the two men remains a private discussion, but by the time Clark went to air Wednesday night, his angle was no longer Clinton. It was Obama.

Citing what he would later describe as a “source at a senior level in the embassy,” Clark reported that an Obama “operative” had phoned Wilson personally in previous weeks, warning that “Obama would take some heavy swings at the trade deal,” but assuring the ambassador it would just be “campaign rhetoric,” not to be taken seriously.

The story, Clark emphasized, went beyond trade: “It goes to the question of truthfulness. In other words, did Barack Obama say one thing privately to a foreign government and then say something entirely different to the voters of Ohio and Texas? And it appears tonight that’s exactly what he did and that’s exactly what the Clinton campaign is zeroing in on,” concluded the reporter.

Oooh, sounds nasty! Too bad it never actually happened: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, beat the press, Canada, Hillary Clinton | 3 Comments »

Greg Palast: Stop The Insanity!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 7, 2008

The inimitable Palast looks at the Bush Junta’s efforts to accuse Hugo Chavez of — of — well, something:

This past weekend, Colombia invaded Ecuador, killed a guerrilla chief in the jungle, opened his laptop – and what did the Colombians find? A message to Hugo Chavez that he sent the FARC guerrillas $300 million – which they’re using to obtain uranium to make a dirty bomb!

That’s what George Bush tells us. And he got that from his buddy, the strange right-wing President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe.

So: After the fact, Colombia justifies its attempt to provoke a border war as a way to stop the threat of WMDs! Uh, where have we heard that before?

Why, that does have more than a tinge of the yellowcake nonsense about it, doesn’t it? And for good reason:

What the US press did not do is look at the evidence, the email in the magic laptop. (Presumably, the FARC leader’s last words were, “Listen, my password is ….”)

I read them. (You can read them here) While you can read it all in español, here is, in translation, the one and only mention of the alleged $300 million from Chavez:

“… With relation to the 300, which from now on we will call “dossier,” efforts are now going forward at the instructions of the boss to the cojo [slang term for ‘cripple’], which I will explain in a separate note. Let’s call the boss Ángel, and the cripple Ernesto.”

Got that? Where is Hugo? Where’s 300 million? And 300 what? Indeed, in context, the note is all about the hostage exchange with the FARC that Chavez was working on at the time (December 23, 2007) at the request of the Colombian government.
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Bush, Bush Family Evil Empire, BushCo malfeasance, Canada, Chavez, half-vast rightwing conspiracy, Latin America, liars, Libby trial, media, Media machine, mediawhores, mythmaking, Venezuela | 2 Comments »

Debunking The Obama-NAFTA Smear

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 5, 2008

Remember how it was alleged by the CTV that a “senior member” of Obama’s campaign had phoned Canadian Ambassador Michael Wilson to advise him to “not be worried about what Obama says about NAFTA”? The implication being, of course, that Obama was being less than truthful in his public anti-NAFTA stance. Both the Obama campaign and the Canadian embassy have strenuously denied this ever happened. Yet both McCain and Hillary Clinton used that smear to keep Obama from winning in both Texas and Ohio primaries.

Well, guess what? The CBC’s looked into the whole deal and has come down on the side of Obama and the Canadian embassy, and said that sources stated that the Conservative government of Stephen Harper had leaked the smear in order to hurt Obama (h/t mattw). Furthermore, according the CBC, Canadian government officials privately question the wisdom of trying to influence the US presidential elections.

03/06/08 UPDATE: Check this out

Seems the NAFTAgate leak started with — surprise, surprise — the Chief of Staff to Canada’s conservative PM Stephen Harper. Only the first hint wasn’t about stuff the Canadians had heard from the Obama camp. It was about reassurances the Canadians got from the Clinton campaign. According to a reporter who heard the original conversation, Brodie said “someone from (Hillary) Clinton’s campaign is telling the embassy to take it with a grain of salt. . . That someone called us and told us not to worry.”

Only somehow this evolved into a story about the Obama campaign giving such reassurances.

The Globe and Mail has the latest details.

So was Hillary bashing Obama for what her own campaign had done? Did they both do it? Was it all a set up? I think the overarching story here is that friendly governments should not interfere in our elections.

–Josh Marshall

The other overarching story is to not trust anything Stephen Harper or his people say or do.   It sounds like a big ol’ effort to start “let’s you and him fight”.

Posted in 2008, anti-truth, Barack Obama, Canada, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, mythmaking, Texas, The smear industry | 6 Comments »

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