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Jim Prentice was a lonely voice for decency in Harper's government

Rabble.ca/ - 14 October 2016 - 12:02pm

There is a convention that when a person dies, one finds kind words to say about them -- even if many of their views and actions might have been anathema.

When this writer did just that in the case of the late Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, a number of rabble readers reacted with scorn.

Doing the same for Jim Prentice, who died on Thursday night in a plane crash near Kelowna, British Columbia, at the age of 60, may elicit the same reaction.

But here goes, nonetheless.

Although he was an Albertan, Jim Prentice did not start his political career in the 1990s with the Alberta-based, bad-boy, rebel Reform Party.

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Nuevas Tomas Y Liberaciones De Tierra En El Cauca Como Resistencia Indígena A Los Neo-colonizadores

Anarkismo.net - 14 October 2016 - 11:47am
(Diario de la resistencia. Día 1 de la liberación de Vista Hermosa)
Hoy 12 de octubre 400 indígenas nasa del norte del Cauca dieron inicio al proceso de liberación de 1000 hectáreas de tierras de las haciendas Vista hermosa y San Luis Abajo en el norte del Cauca, como un acto de dignidad de las comunidades que recuerda que estas tierras, que hasta hoy se encontraban bajo el monopolio de hacendados, terratenientes y la industria cañera, son de las comunidades indígenas nasa, que les pertenecen por derecho ancestral, derecho mayor anterior y superiora la conquista española y a las leyes estatales que tradicionalmente han protegido la concentración y la inequidad en la estructura agraria en Colombia.

Gov. LePage Calls for Jailing Maine Minimum Wage Leaders

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 14 October 2016 - 11:44am
People's Action

Just days after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested during a televised debate that Hillary Clinton should be jailed, Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday that his political opponents should be imprisoned in a speech to the Lewiston-Auburn Chamber of Commerce.

Public Citizen Applauds Elizabeth Warren for Calling on Obama to Replace SEC Chair Mary Jo White

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 14 October 2016 - 9:48am
Public Citizen

Public Citizen joins with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in calling on President Barack Obama to replace Chair Mary Jo White at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Warren’s letter (PDF) to the White House was sent late Thursday night.

Law Enforcement Arrest 29 Water Protectors on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Continue to Target Journalists Covering DAPL

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 14 October 2016 - 9:44am
National Lawyers Guild (NLG)

Attorneys with the Red Owl Legal Collective (ROLC) of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) call on North Dakota law enforcement to respect freedom of press and the First Amendment rights of Water Protectors resisting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This comes as officers from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department unlawfully confiscated a reporter’s video equipment, and then deployed riot police on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, arresting 29 Water Protectors during a prayer gathering.

Democracy Now! 2016-10-14 viernes en español

Democracy Now (En Espanol) - 14 October 2016 - 9:00am
Democracy Now! 14 de Octubre de 2016
  • Donantes republicanos presionan al partido para que corte vínculos con Trump
  • Primera dama Michelle Obama denuncia comentarios de Trump sobre las mujeres
  • Donald Trump dice que las acusaciones de asalto sexual son “historias inventadas”
  • The New York Times responde ante amenaza de Trump de demandarlo por historias de asalto sexual
  • Presentador de Fox Lou Dobbs se disculpa tras publicar información personal de Jessica Leeds
  • Juez de Nueva Jersey emite citación para el gobernador Chris Christie por escándalo por cierre de puente
  • Presunto atacante con bombas Ahmad Khan Rahami se declara inocente desde su cama de hospital
  • Autopsia revela que la policía le disparó a Keith Lamont Scott tres veces, una en la espalda
  • Trabajadores afroestadounidenses del Departamento de Bomberos de Nueva York presentan queja por presunta “discriminación intencional”
  • Cineasta enfrenta 45 años de prisión por documentar acciones contra el cambio climático en EE.UU.
  • Sheriff retira a efectivos enviados a patrullar la resistencia al oleoducto Dakota Access
  • Tres reclusos de Michigan murieron en un mes en el marco de la represión a la huelga carcelaria
  • Conserjes de Minneapolis y St. Paul logran reconocimiento sindical
  • Se inicia el Tribunal Internacional Monsanto en La Haya

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Taking forward the political vision that inspires the Leap Manifesto

Rabble.ca/ - 14 October 2016 - 8:18am

Author and environmentalist Naomi Klein published a feature article in The Globe and Mail' on Saturday, Sept. 24 in which she defends the Leap Manifesto against its detractors. Her unique argument in this essay explains that Canada's "founding economic myth" has been that of the "good" created by the vast pillaging of the country's natural resources following the arrival of settlers from Europe. She argues that the myth's endurance helps to explain the failure of Canada's contemporary capitalist elite to making the necessary political and economic changes in the face of the global warming emergency.

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A rational voice in a time of austerity, Douglas Peters could have set Canada on a different path

Rabble.ca/ - 14 October 2016 - 7:10am
Friday, October 14, 2016

After sweeping to power in 1993 with promises of expanded social programs, the federal Liberals did a dramatic turnaround in office, deeply slashing social spending in the name of reducing the deficit.

By the late 1990s, the deficit was gone and Finance Minister Paul Martin was the toast of Bay St.

But the drastic cuts he introduced in his 1995 budget ushered in an austerity agenda of underfunded social programs and increased inequality that continues to this day.

Back then, there were few in Ottawa inner circles resisting Martin's deep spending cuts, but one strong dissenting voice came from Douglas Peters, who died last week at the age of 86.

There were few in Ottawa inner circles resisting Paul Martin's deep spending cuts as Finance Minister, but one strong dissenting voice came from Douglas Peters, who died last week at the age of 86.

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Atlantic Jewish Council doesn't speak for all Jewish Haligonians on Pinkwashing

Rabble.ca/ - 14 October 2016 - 6:39am

The Atlantic Jewish Council (AJC) took over Halifax Pride's Annual General Meeting the evening of October 5, packing it with over 200 people, an action that one Palestinian activist likened to "an occupation."

Halifax Pride is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ+) association whose main activity is organizing that city's Pride Week every July. The AJC is the mainstream body that claims to represent Halifax's 1,500 Jews.

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What's a mesmerized, terrified outsider to do about the U.S. election spectacle?

Rabble.ca/ - 14 October 2016 - 6:21am
Friday, October 14, 2016

Are these really days of awe? That's how the Jewish holidays just past are known. It also sounds like the U.S. election.

Hillary Clinton told the New York Times, "I'm the last thing standing between you and the apocalypse." She sounded Trumpian. The Times aptly ended an interminable story on her with it.

Fareed Zakaria says the world is "freaking out" over Trump. By world Zakaria always means those with wealth and power but it applies to the remnant as well. CNN's Michael Smerconish said last weekend it had been a unique moment in the history of politics -- and I already can't remember which moment he meant.

The main reason the "world" can't avert its eyes from the Trump drama isn't because it's imaginative and dazzling but because it's happening in a nation that has fateful impacts on everyone beyond it.

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Students feel Canadian universities still aren't safe spaces for diverse voices

Rabble.ca/ - 14 October 2016 - 5:57am
If you ask universities themselves, Canadian campuses are fertile settings for diversity and marginalized people. The problem is the students don't agree. Despite their best protests, Canadian universities still aren't safe spaces for diverse voices

Federal government opens door to paradigm shift in environmental assessment

Rabble.ca/ - 14 October 2016 - 5:56am

No less than six cabinet ministers stood in the foyer of the House of Commons yesterday to announce sweeping reviews of key environmental laws. The details are not clear yet -- in fact, the government has (perhaps wisely) asked for public input before it finalizes the review processes.

It is clear that there is an opportunity to not only undo the damage that the Harper government had done to environmental assessment and the protection of fish and fish habitat, but to go much further and fundamentally change our approach to environmental planning and industrial development.

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Food security is more complicated than producing more and wasting less

Rabble.ca/ - 14 October 2016 - 5:02am

Sunday, Oct. 16 is World Food Day. Many of you might not know it, but this day has been celebrated for the past 37 years. First observed in 1979, World Food Day honours the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada.

This year’s theme is, "Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too." It builds upon the FAO’s vision of achieving food security for all through regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active and healthy lives.

The FAO’s three main goals are:

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Democracy Now! 2016-10-14 Friday

Democracy Now (English) - 14 October 2016 - 5:00am
Democracy Now! 2016-10-14 Friday
  • Headlines for October 14, 2016
  • Central Park Five's Yusef Salaam: Donald Trump Needs to Be Fired from Running for President
  • ACLU & HRW Call to Decriminalize Drug Use & Possession After Documenting Arrests Every 25 Seconds
  • Is Trump's Rise a Result of America Declaring War on Institutions That Make Democracy Possible?

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Με τους εργάτες ή με τους φτωχούς; [1]

Anarkismo.net - 14 October 2016 - 3:05am
Μέρος ΙΙ
Μα πάνω απ’ όλα, θα πρέπει να έχουμε κατά νου ότι η ροπή προς την κοινωνική απελευθέρωση δεν εκδηλώνεται κατ’ ανάγκη με θετικό τρόπο, με την έννοια του συνειδητού προσανατολισμού ενός κοινωνικού υποκειμένου προς την αναρχία και τον κομμουνισμό, αλλά εκφράζεται περισσότερο με αρνητικούς όρους. Πρωτίστως σαν ρήξη με αυτό που υπάρχει και σαν δυνατότητα για την αυτοθέσμιση της κοινωνίας που διαφαίνεται στη μορφή και το περιεχόμενο των μέσων πάλης που είναι υποχρεωμένο να επιστρατεύσει το προλεταριάτο ως κοινωνική υπο-ολότητα για να διασφαλίσει την αναπαραγωγή του μέσα σε ένα εχθρικό, για τις δικές του δυνάμεις, κοινωνικό περιβάλλον.

(pt) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - sindicalismo, "Há ainda está lutando! "Reunião constitutiva em 15 de Outubro em Paris (en, it, fr) [traduccion automatica]

A Infos - 13 October 2016 - 11:47pm
Exceder a forma inicial da chamada "em todos os blocos" no sentido de uma luta inter-rede? Essa é a questão que se liga a reunião constitutiva realizada em Paris, este meados de outubro, intitulado "Ele ainda está lutando! ". ---- Nós somos sindicalistas affilié.es a diferentes organizações (CGT, Solidaires, CNT-SW CNT, FSU, FO, laboratório, Camponesa Confederação ...). Juntos, retrouvé.es na chamada "Tudo o que blocos! " . ---- Desde março, nós trouxemos as propostas em reuniões, nas nossas estruturas, com os nossos amigos, nossos colegas. Temos ajudou a mobilizar ampla e determinada para a retirada da lei "trabalho", e popularizar o objectivo de bloquear a economia. Ainda estamos lutando pela revogação desta lei. ...

(pt) [Polônia] Após protestos de mulheres, autoridades polonesas recuam na proibição total do aborto By A.N.A.

A Infos - 13 October 2016 - 11:46pm
O vice-primeiro-ministro da Polônia, Jaroslaw Gowin, reconheceu nesta quarta-feira (05/10) que os protestos maciços das mulheres da última segunda-feira contra a proibição total do aborto fizeram seu partido refletir, e afirmou que o parlamento não aprovará a proibição total do aborto. ---- Gowin, que também é titular de Cultura, disse à "rádio Koszalin" que após as manifestações das mulheres "não será aprovado um projeto de lei que proíba o aborto nos casos em que a mulher seja vítima de estupro ou quando sua vida ou sua saúde correrem perigo". ---- A mobilização das mulheres polonesas "nos fez pensar e foi uma lição de humildade, (...) avaliamos a importância destes protestos e a boa intenção de grande parte dos que protestaram", explicou o vice-primeiro-ministro Gowin. ...

(it) fdca-nordest: Vaso, creta o fiore? Educare alla libertà - Incontri sulla Educazione libertaria organizzati dalla Biblioteca "A. Borghi"

A Infos - 13 October 2016 - 11:46pm
La Biblioteca Libertaria "Armando Borghi" (BLAB), in collaborazione con l'Assemblea degli anarchici imolesi e la Biblioteca comunale "Luigi Dal Pane" di Castel Bolognese, organizza un ciclo di 5 incontri sulla Educazione libertaria, che si svolgeranno nel periodo tra ottobre e dicembre 2016. Titolo del ciclo è "Vaso, creta o fiore? Educare alla libertà". ---- L'iniziativa si colloca nell'ambito delle celebrazioni del Centenario della fondazione della "Biblioteca Libertaria" di Castel Bolognese, avvenuta nel 1916 a opera di un gruppo di giovani anarchici raccolti attorno a Nello Garavini. ---- Nel pensiero libertario e nella storia del movimento anarchico il tema della educazione ha sempre avuto un ruolo centrale e di grande rilievo Esiste quindi una lunga tradizione a cui rifarsi, che continua ad aggiornarsi e arricchirsi, e che merita di essere conosciuta e ...

(it) France, Alternative Libertaire AL October - Eddy Talbot (SUD-PTT): "Il caso di Emeline è una breccia nel muro del silenzio postale" (en, fr, pt) [traduzione automatica]

A Infos - 13 October 2016 - 11:46pm
Lo scorso febbraio, Emeline, una lettera vettore in Villeneuve d'Ascq, colpito da un ictus al suo posto di lavoro. Il caso ha avuto un impulso e Sud-PTT federazione ha intrapreso in difesa della Emeline. Una delle sfide è quella di rompere il codice del silenzio che regna nel Messaggio per il deterioramento delle condizioni di lavoro. Intervista a Eddy Talbot, un membro del Federal Bureau of fattore di per sé Sud e PTT. ---- Si può tornare a quello che è successo a Emeline 19 febbraio? ---- Eddy Talbot: Quel giorno, Emeline invia un SMS dalla sua casa ai suoi superiori per evitare che lei può andare a suo posto di lavoro per paura di disagio. Il suo team leader è poi la pressione per venire a lavorare in ogni caso, dicendo che non verrà sostituito e che il tour non sarà assicurato. Emeline è ancor più pressione è a tempo determinato e la speranza di passare in CDI. ...

(fr) France, Communistes Libertaires CGT - Goodyear: Les territoriaux en grève les 19 et 20 octobre

A Infos - 13 October 2016 - 11:46pm
La Fédération des Services Publics a émis un préavis de grève couvrant l'ensemble des salariés de la fonction publique territoriale afin de permettre aux syndicats et aux militants qui le souhaitent de se retrouver à Amiens pour le procès en appel des militants de Goodyear, condamnés en première instance à de la prison ferme. ---- C'est le signe que la mobilisation prend sa force et que les cars qui partent de nombreuses villes de France pour converger sur Amiens seront pleins! ---- Cette journée pour les Goodyear est aussi un point d'appui pour tous ceux qui veulent poursuivre la lutte de terrain contre la loi El Khomri. ---- Ci joint le préavis de la FSP: ---- Madame la Ministre, Monsieur le Ministre, Les 19 et 20 octobre prochains, huit militants CGT de GOODYEAR sont convoqués devant la Cour d'Appel d'Amiens. Ils ont été condamnés à 24 mois de prison dont 9 mois fermes ...