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Ukraine foreign minister makes news in Canada for wanting to scuttle Arctic co-operation with Russia

Rabble.ca/ - 12 October 2016 - 7:59am

Last week, The Globe and Mail published an odd news report featuring the appeal by a representative of the foreign ministry of Ukraine that Canada should cease co-operation with Russia in the Arctic region.

The Ukrainian appeal was prompted by the latest of several statements in the past year by Canadian Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion saying the new Liberal government in Ottawa will not sacrifice Arctic co-operation with Russia on the altar of NATO's efforts to weaken and destabilize the Russian government.

Canada and Russia will hold a conference in Ottawa next month to discuss their Arctic co-operation.

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Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine: Between the Lines for the Week Ending October 21, 2016, Segment 1

Radio 4 All - 12 October 2016 - 7:52am
Group Warns Trump's Recruitment of 'Election Observers' Can Lead to Voter Intimidation; 'Alt Right' White Supremacists Go to College; City Promotes Dialogue on Climate Change as Essential Prerequisite to Action

Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine: Between the Lines for the Week Ending October 21, 2016, Segment 1

Radio 4 All - 12 October 2016 - 7:52am
Group Warns Trump's Recruitment of 'Election Observers' Can Lead to Voter Intimidation; 'Alt Right' White Supremacists Go to College; City Promotes Dialogue on Climate Change as Essential Prerequisite to Action

Manitoba's Bill 7 invokes democracy even as it threatens the right to unionize

Rabble.ca/ - 12 October 2016 - 7:41am

Democracy. The word carries a deep meaning for citizens of nations rooted in western democratic traditions. The full measure of the word far exceeds the individual rights it implies. For Canadians, it is viscerally connected to the foundations of our history.

The word embodies the weight of sacrifices made by the many who defended democracy against grave dangers in the past and their memory occupies the deepest recesses of our collective consciousness, imploring us to forever stand vigilant against future dangers. As Canadians, we will never lack the inspiration to defend our rights. We are bound by these principles, not only as Canadians but across borders with citizens of other nations, near and far.

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Lil MacPherson won't be elected mayor of Halifax, but that was never the point

Rabble.ca/ - 12 October 2016 - 7:09am

It will come as a surprise to no one -- least of all to Lil herself -- when I predict Lil MacPherson will not be mayor of Halifax after all the votes are counted this Saturday.

But that was never the point, especially for MacPherson.

And that is a point the rest of us should also consider.

Although you may not need a weather forecast to know which way the electoral winds blow, consider this reality tsunami. The most recent public opinion poll from Corporate Research Associates -- taken this summer -- showed incumbent mayor Mike Savage with the support of an overwhelming 85 per cent of decided voters.

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Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara on 'The White Helmets,' Syria, courage and fear

Rabble.ca/ - 12 October 2016 - 7:01am
Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara on The White Helmets, Syria, Courage and Fear

On today’s TIFF episode I talk to Orlando and Joanna about their moving new film The White Helmets, Syria, courage and doing the right thing in the face of fear.

For more information on The White Helmets (IMDBtrailerwebsite) and TIFF.

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European Parliament Member and CETA Critic José Bové Denied Entry to Canada

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 12 October 2016 - 6:43am
Global Justice Now

In response to CETA critic and MEP José Bové being denied entry to Canada, Nick Dearden director of Global Justice Now said:
 
“This is yet another example of how serious a challenge to our democracy CETA is, and how desperate governments are to avoid scrutiny. When even elected representatives are barred from properly criticising CETA, there can be no doubt that deals like CETA are a direct attack on our democracy”.
 

Women's Boats to Gaza: Interview with activist Wendy Goldsmith

Rabble.ca/ - 12 October 2016 - 6:29am
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Goldsmith is on one of the Women's Boats to Gaza. Her boat didn't make it out of Sicily, but they remained in contact with the Zaytouna-Oliva up until it was boarded and kidnapped.

Wendy Goldsmith is an activist and social worker from London, Ont. She is on one of the Women's Boats to Gaza. Goldsmith's boat didn't make it out of Sicily, but they remained in contact with the Zaytouna-Oliva up until they were boarded and kidnapped in international waters by the Israeli Occupation Forces. 

rabble.ca's Meg Borthwick spoke to Goldsmith about her journey with the Women's Boat to Gaza.

How did you become involved with the Women's Boat to Gaza?

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New Report: Disastrous Toll of Drug Use Criminalization

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 12 October 2016 - 6:26am
ACLU

The massive enforcement of laws criminalizing personal drug use and possession in the United States causes devastating harm, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a joint report released today. Enforcement ruins individual and family lives, discriminates against people of color, and undermines public health. The federal and state governments should decriminalize the personal use and possession of illicit drugs.

Not Rex: Revolution on!

Rabble.ca/ - 12 October 2016 - 6:25am
Is this show currently playing? October 12, 2016 The airwaves and wires are full of circus debates, so the revolution is not being televised! YouTube

Never mind the U.S. election circus... the struggle is getting so real, it's a revolution! Not Rex takes stock of revolutionary actions breaking out in the U.S. and around the world -- even as mainstream media fixates on American election mayhem.

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Documenting the lack of services available to Indigenous children: An Interview with film director Alanis Obomsawin

Rabble.ca/ - 12 October 2016 - 5:57am
Obomsawin's documentry, featured at the Vancouver International Film Festival, highlights the lack of services for Indigenous children living on reserves. 'We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice': Interview with director Alanis Obomsawin

Grassroots Indigenous organizing against the Site C dam

Rabble.ca/ - 12 October 2016 - 5:48am
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On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh speaks with Helen Knott. She is a member of Prophet River First Nation, a mother, a writer, and a social worker, and she has been deeply involved at the grassroots level in the opposition to the Site C hydroelectric dam project.

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Trump smears Canadian health care. Here are some facts.

Rabble.ca/ - 12 October 2016 - 5:24am

Donald Trump has committed far more egregious outrages than attacking the Canadian health care system.

In case you missed it in the welter of ugly and vicious slurs, during last Sunday’s presidential debate the New York billionaire-who-is-proud-of-paying-no-income-tax accused Hillary Clinton of wanting to institute a Canadian-style, single payer health care system.

The Canadian system, the real estate developer claimed, engenders long wait times and causes a great many Canadians to seek treatment in the United States.

The accusation against Clinton is entirely false. It is Bernie Sanders who advocates something resembling the Canadian system, not Ms. Clinton, who argued vigorously during the primaries that Sanders’ idea was, in essence, pie-in-the sky.

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Democracy Now! 2016-10-12 Wednesday

Democracy Now (English) - 12 October 2016 - 5:00am
Democracy Now! 2016-10-12 Wednesday
  • Headlines for October 12, 2016
  • Leaked Hillary Clinton Emails: Could Bernie Sanders Have Won Primary If Leak Occurred Earlier?
  • Climate Direct Action: Activists Halt Flow of Tar Sands Oil by Shutting Off Valves of Five Pipelines
  • Will Racist, Anti-Immigrant Trump Supporter Sheriff Joe Arpaio Be Jailed for Contempt of Court?
  • Women's Boat to Gaza: 13 Activists Detained by Israel, Weeks After U.S. OKs $38B in Military Aid

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Radio Curious: The Underground Railroad in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Segment 1

Radio 4 All - 12 October 2016 - 2:34am
Radio Curious tours the town of New Bedford, Massachusetts, a safe haven for black slaves seeking refuge from the south through the underground railroad during the 1800's. National Park Ranger Mark Mello is the tour guide.

Where's Pat Paulsen, now that America needs him? And why didn't Jason Kenney phone Brian Jean?

Rabble.ca/ - 11 October 2016 - 11:12pm

Where’s Pat Paulsen, now that America needs him?

Or, to put this another way, seeing as Paulsen permanently departed this vale of political tears back in 1997, if he were running for president of the United States today, he'd probably have a fighting chance to get elected. Considering the competition!

For those of you too young to recall Paulsen's heyday, he was a deadpan comedian who frequently appeared on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (Who? What? — Ed) and briefly had his own TV comedy program.

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Hot air in the cool North

Rabble.ca/ - 11 October 2016 - 10:31pm

A funny thing happened when the Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski popped into the local supermarket to perhaps pick up some groceries. He called a territorial election.

This election call was no surprise. An election had to be called this month as the current five year mandate has expired. What was a bit odd was having the photo opportunity of the election call at a grocery store. The fresh produce aisle, if you must know.

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The Michael Slate Show: Still Not Free: Students Sue for the Constitutional Right to Literacy; Escaped Slaves Find Freedom in the Dismal Swamp; “Birth of a Nation” and the Attacks on Nate Parker, Segment 1

Radio 4 All - 11 October 2016 - 9:38pm
Alisa Hartz, Public Counsel, on a lawsuit vs Michigan charging that it holds Detroit low income students of color prisoner in schools where they are denied their human right to literacy and knowledge of the world. Richard Grant, Recent archaeological discoveries show how escaped slaves found freedom deep in the Great Dismal Swamp. Sunsara Taylor - Just before the release of “Birth of a Nation,” a “controversy” was created based on director Nate Parker's 17-year-old *acquittal* on rape charges.

TUC Radio: Julia Whitty - For Love and Protection of the Deep Ocean (ONE of TWO), Segment 1

Radio 4 All - 11 October 2016 - 8:51pm
I met Julia Whitty in August 2010 after her investigation of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. This is an updated program of a memorable evening triggered by the August 2016 release of the movie: Deepwater Horizon that makes no mention of the ecological consequences. In a small Northern California town where she lives she was giving a reading from her book: Deep Blue Home, An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean. That book had been described as: "breathtakingly learned and lyrical, written with humor, reverence and curiosity." Julia Whitty is a diver, former nature documentary filmmaker, author and environmental correspondent for Mother Jones. She explained why the deep ocean is the foundation of life for the upper layer of the sunlit sea. Many whales, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, sharks, manta rays, and smaller predatory fish are nocturnal hunters, dependent on the movements of a vast community of organisms that live in the deep ocean. That community is known only since the 1920s as the Deep Scattering Layer. And this Deep Scattering Layer that rises and falls with day and night and that is visited by the creatures of the sunlit sea is threatened by oil spills. I begin this program with a reading by Julia Whitty from Deep Blue Home followed by her comments on the BP oil spill. The reading is introducing the Deep Scattering Layer in an indirect way. A whale is sinking to the bottom of the sea and that journey from sun to twilight to perpetual darkness introduces you to the creatures of another world.

TUC Radio: Julia Whitty - For Love and Protection of the Deep Ocean (ONE of TWO), Segment 2

Radio 4 All - 11 October 2016 - 8:51pm
I met Julia Whitty in August 2010 after her investigation of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. This is an updated program of a memorable evening triggered by the August 2016 release of the movie: Deepwater Horizon that makes no mention of the ecological consequences. In a small Northern California town where she lives she was giving a reading from her book: Deep Blue Home, An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean. That book had been described as: "breathtakingly learned and lyrical, written with humor, reverence and curiosity." Julia Whitty is a diver, former nature documentary filmmaker, author and environmental correspondent for Mother Jones. She explained why the deep ocean is the foundation of life for the upper layer of the sunlit sea. Many whales, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, sharks, manta rays, and smaller predatory fish are nocturnal hunters, dependent on the movements of a vast community of organisms that live in the deep ocean. That community is known only since the 1920s as the Deep Scattering Layer. And this Deep Scattering Layer that rises and falls with day and night and that is visited by the creatures of the sunlit sea is threatened by oil spills. I begin this program with a reading by Julia Whitty from Deep Blue Home followed by her comments on the BP oil spill. The reading is introducing the Deep Scattering Layer in an indirect way. A whale is sinking to the bottom of the sea and that journey from sun to twilight to perpetual darkness introduces you to the creatures of another world.

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