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.
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.
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.
Law Enforcement Arrest 29 Water Protectors on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Continue to Target Journalists Covering DAPL
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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?
Με τους εργάτες ή με τους φτωχούς; 
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.