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One year later, Justin Trudeau is poised to disappoint nearly everyone who voted for him

Rabble.ca/ - 26 October 2016 - 3:26pm

I come not to bury Justin Trudeau but to praise him. Sort of.

Just about everything I believed about him before his 2015 election triumph was largely wrong. I deeply underestimated the man; I did him wrong. Was I blinded by simple partisanship, or has he grown so much so fast since last October 19?

I simply refused to take the man seriously as a potential prime minister. I thought the Conservatives had a winning put-down in their assertion that Justin Trudeau was "just not ready" to be Prime Minister.

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Adam Capay is a case study in the banality of evil

Rabble.ca/ - 26 October 2016 - 1:20pm

UPDATE: CBC is reporting that Capay has been moved from his solitary confinement cell, where he has spent the last four years, to a different cell "with appropriate lighting and access to day rooms, spending time out of their cell for showers, phone calls and access to TV."

Adam Capay, a young First Nations man, has spent four years in solitary confinement in a plexiglass cell where the lights are kept on 24 hours a day. He has not had a trial. He is now likely to be clinically insane. He has no idea whether it is day or night, his speech is slurred, and he has hallucinations.

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Study: Protected Forests on Public Land Burn Less Severely Than Logged Areas

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 26 October 2016 - 1:03pm
Center for Biological Diversity

A new study published in the scientific journal Ecosphere finds that public forests that are protected from logging burn less severely than logged forests. The study is the most comprehensive investigation of its kind, spanning more than 23 million acres and examining three decades’ of forest fire data in the West. Among the major findings were that areas undisturbed by logging experienced significantly less intensive fire compared with areas that have been logged.

Pakistan Sets Execution Date for ‘Insane’ Prisoner

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 26 October 2016 - 1:02pm

Authorities in Pakistan have handed down an execution warrant to a death-row prisoner who is severely mentally ill.      

10 young climate activists you don't know but should

Rabble.ca/ - 26 October 2016 - 10:20am

With over 1,000 boil advisories each day in this country, a government infatuated with pipelines, and a claim to many of worst mining companies on the planet, there are many reasons to be depressed about the environment in Canada. For these reasons and many others, concerned citizens must cling tightly to the faint glimmers of hope that cross their paths. They are few and far between.

It is only fitting then that, on October 18, David Suzuki took time out of his schedule to celebrate some of these country's rising environmental stars -- a well-deserved recharge for one of this country's leading environmental voices.

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Democracy Now! 2016-10-26 miércoles en español

Democracy Now (En Espanol) - 26 October 2016 - 9:00am
Democracy Now! 26 de Octubre de 2016
  • OTAN procura desplegar más tropas en fronteras rusas
  • Trump: Clinton podría comenzar Tercera Guerra Mundial en Siria
  • Amnistía: Ataques estadounidenses en Siria han matado a 300 civiles
  • Trump está estrechamente vinculado a Energy Transfer Partners, responsable del oleoducto Dakota Access
  • “Tenemos que limpiar esto”: WikiLeaks muestra cómo manejaron el escándalo del servidor de correo electrónico los asistentes de Clinton
  • Está programado el comienzo de una ofensiva respaldada por Estados Unidos para retomar la ciudad siria de Raqqa
  • La solidaridad es la única solución: el papa Francisco pide al mundo que reciba a los refugiados
  • Incendian carpas y refugios en campamento de refugiados de Calais, en Francia
  • Juez aprueba acuerdo por 14.700 millones de dólares vinculado al escándalo por las emisiones de automóviles Volkswagen
  • Aumento de precios de Obamacare provoca pedidos de derogación e implementación de sistema de pagador único
  • Project Hemisphere: El programa secreto de AT&T para espiar a los estadounidenses y obtener ganancias
  • Legisladores de la oposición venezolana votan llevar a juicio a Maduro
  • Activistas contra el cambio climático protestan contra la ampliación del aeropuerto londinense de Heathrow
  • Newt Gingrich a Megyn Kelly, de Fox News: “Usted está fascinada con el sexo”

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Six ways to protect every lake and every river

Rabble.ca/ - 26 October 2016 - 8:45am

UPDATE: The Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities has extended the deadline for written comments to November 9, 2016. 

You probably remember that the former Harper government gutted protections for 99 per cent of lakes and rivers under the Navigable Waters Protection Act in 2012. 

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Halifax councillor Lindell Smith is more than a symbol

Rabble.ca/ - 26 October 2016 - 8:30am

First, of course, there is the symbolism. Lindell Smith is Halifax's first Black city councillor since 2000.

But not just... Early in his race for District 8, a campaign worker warned the corn-rowed, goateed Smith he'd have to "deal with people looking at you like you're Snoop Dogg trying to be a politician." Rather than change, Smith made sure voters in white neighbourhoods also got to know bright-young-local-library-assistant-crime-prevention-advocate-inspirational-public-speaker Smith, too.

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President Obama Called on to Power Federal Buildings With Solar

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 26 October 2016 - 8:15am
Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity today urged President Obama to lead by example in the transition to a clean, just energy economy by installing solar panels on all federal government buildings.

350.org on World Medical Association Urging Health Organisations to Divest from Fossil Fuels

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 26 October 2016 - 8:14am

The World Medical Association has urged its 112 national medical association members and other health organisations around the world to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in renewable energy.

Yossi Cadan, Global Senior Divestment Campaigner with 350.org said:

Rise Up: A new board game in which all play as one

Rabble.ca/ - 26 October 2016 - 8:05am
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Most board games pit players against each other but a new kind of board game seeks to subvert that narrative, requiring players to unite and play against the game itself.

"We are providing an alternative to games like Monopoly and Risk," Brian Van Slyke told rabble in a Skype interview from Chicago. Van Slyke is one member of a five-person collective, The Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA), which launched more than five years ago.

Rise Up is their latest invention.

Most board games pit players against each other but a new kind of board game seeks to subvert that narrative, requiring players to unite and play against the game itself.

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Not Rex: Hail Wallonia!

Rabble.ca/ - 26 October 2016 - 7:10am
Is this show currently playing? October 26, 2016 The Canada-EU trade agreement has met its Waterloo in Wallonia. Turns out CETA, which the Harper regime said was a done deal, may indeed be done. YouTube

The Canada-EU trade agreement has met its Waterloo in Wallonia. Turns out CETA -- the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement -- which the Harper regime said was a done deal, may indeed be done. Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland's dream of a done deal has been laid to ruins by Wallonians.

Thanks, Wallonia. Canada owes you one.

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Safeguarding our digital security with cardboard doors and paper locks

Rabble.ca/ - 26 October 2016 - 6:43am
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Imagine the houses in your hometown all have cardboard doors, or leave their doors wide open. Now imagine inside all those houses there are safes, jewellery cases, storage lockers and desk drawers all protected by locks made of paper. As you would expect, all of those houses and lockers and drawers would be easy pickings for professional burglars or even for unskilled thieves looking for something to pawn.

Now, imagine instead of stealing anything, the home invaders hid tiny devices inside all those poorly locked containers. Let's suppose those devices could make phone calls whenever and to wherever the invaders chose. Maybe the gizmos lay hidden in all those storage lockers and desk drawers, in all those homes, for years -- undetected and benign.

In a rush to create smart homes and make our devices talk to each other, we have allowed a threat into our houses through our cardboard doors and paper locks.

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87 Voting and Civil Rights Groups Urge State Election Officials to Prevent Voting Discrimination and Disruption

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 26 October 2016 - 6:32am
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Amid threats of Election Day intimidation, 87 national civil rights and voting rights groups are urging state election officials to create plans to prevent voting discrimination in advance of the first presidential election in 50 years without a fully operable Voting Rights Act.

Ecojustice: Using law to defend the environment

Rabble.ca/ - 26 October 2016 - 6:03am

On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh speaks with Dyna Tuytel and Barry Robinson.

The two are staff lawyers in the Calgary office of Ecojustice, a Canada-wide environmental law charity that is committed to improving the environment through law. The organization as a whole has represented environmental organizations in many key struggles in the last two and a half decades, and Tuytel and Robinson in particular have mostly worked on cases seeking to challenge the many harms caused by the oil and gas industry, tar sands and pipelines.

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CETA's forgotten impact on Roma refugees from EU countries

Rabble.ca/ - 26 October 2016 - 6:01am
CETA between Canada and the EU is on life support. Media wrongly call the resisting Belgian region tiny, while everybody has forgotten the Roma, whom Canada has massively deported. CETA has bigger problems than not-so-'tiny'-after-all Wallonia

Chippewas of the Thames take Line 9 to court

Rabble.ca/ - 26 October 2016 - 5:33am
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 An interview with Myeengun Henry from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, who is part of the group presenting a constitutional challenge to the Supreme Court of Canada against Enbridge's Line 9.

Myeengun Henry is from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and is an elected band council member with the health portfolio. He is manager of Aboriginal Services at Conestoga College, where he teaches a Native Studies course. He also teaches about traditional medicine at McMaster University. Henry is among a group of people who are presenting a constitutional challenge to the Supreme Court of Canada on the basis that Enbridge's Line 9, which runs through their traditional territory, does not meet the criteria for proper consultation with affected First Nations.

I understand that the Supreme Court case is to be heard on Nov. 30.

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USA Must Come Clean About Civilian Deaths Caused by Coalition Air Strikes in Syria

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 26 October 2016 - 5:31am
Amnesty International

US-led Coalition forces carrying out air strikes in Syria must conduct thorough investigations into reports of civilian casualties from its operations and disclose their findings, said Amnesty International. Eleven Coalition attacks examined by the organization appear to have killed some 300 civilians during two years of strikes targeting the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS).

Ενάντια στην αστυνομική βαρβαρότητα

Anarkismo.net - 26 October 2016 - 5:19am
“Επόπτης Mthembu” - Ποίηση ενάντια στην αστυνομική βαρβαρότητα
Εμπνευσμένο από τα γεγονότα της 28 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016 στη Νότια Αφρική, όταν η αστυνομία πυροβόλησε φοιτητές, σκοτώνοντας κάποιους και τραυματίζοντας άλλους.

(pt) France, Alternative Libertaire AL October - Livro: I, Viyan, lutando contra Daech (en, it, fr) [traduccion automatica]

A Infos - 26 October 2016 - 5:01am
É 2008, Viyan 18 anos. É pastora em uma aldeia curda na região de Ayn al-Arab - mas então Ain al-Arab, seu nome em árabe, porque a língua curda é proibido sob o regime de Assad. Viyan depositado ao lado da cama de caixa de jóias de sua mãe. Ele faz isso em silêncio, para não acordá-la. Hoje à noite ela vai se juntar aos guerrilheiros. Ela não disse nada a ninguém, nem sua mãe nem suas irmãs, nem o seu irmão, que é chefe do escritório da família. Seu irmão, precisamente, queria que ela se casar com um de seus primos, enquanto Viyan tem outros desejos: para aprender, para lutar por seu povo de ser livre. ---- Sua partida é incrível. Um casal trata de entrar em uma van com outra garota da sua aldeia. Quase não têm que viajou a poucos quilómetros que o irmão de Viyan aparece em sua motocicleta e os persegue. A menina pergunta: se ele pega-se, acabou, ele nunca vai se ...