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Dion's dubious defence of Saudi arms deal raises more questions than it answers

Rabble.ca/ - 22 April 2016 - 9:26am

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The fact that foreign minister Stéphane Dion chose to sit down with the editorial board of one of Canada's largest newspapers on Monday to discuss the controversial $15-billion arms deal between Saudi Arabia and Canada is as encouraging as it is revealing.

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Democracy Now! 2016-04-22 viernes en español

Democracy Now (En Espanol) - 22 April 2016 - 9:00am
Democracy Now! 22 de Abril de 2016
  • El mundo llora la muerte de la leyenda musical Prince
  • 155 países firman acuerdo de París sobre el cambio climático en el Día de la Tierra
  • Gran Barrera de Coral decolorada en más del 90%
  • México: Pemex aumenta a 24 la cifra de muertes por explosión
  • México: Presidente propone legalizar marihuana medicinal
  • Tasas de suicidio en Estados Unidos alcanzan punto más alto en 30 años
  • Ciudad de Nueva York: funcionaria de la Junta Electoral suspendida por fiasco en las votaciones
  • Impiden al responsable de un grupo de rescate sirio ingresar a Estados Unidos para recibir un premio
  • Reino Unido emite advertencia a viajeros LGTB que se dirigen a Carolina del Norte o Mississippi
  • Director del FBI dice que el organismo pagó 1,3 millones de dólares para desbloquear un iPhone
  • Vigilia en conmemoración del primer aniversario de la muerte de un hombre a manos de guardias de una prisión

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EU-Turkey: Merkel, Tusk and Timmermans Must Not Close Their Eyes to Catalogue of Human Rights Abuses against Refugees

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 22 April 2016 - 8:34am
Amnesty International - USA

The high-level European delegation travelling to Turkey on Saturday must address the catalogue of human rights abuses faced by refugees in the country, not sweep them under the carpet, said Amnesty International today.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, will visit Gaziantep in southern Turkey.

Signing of Paris Climate Agreement Marks Key Moment to Turn Aspiration into Action

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 22 April 2016 - 8:31am
Oxfam International

As more than 160 countries come together to sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement, taking a critical step towards its implementation, Oxfam calls on governments to continue to confront climate change collectively and turn their commitments into action, while strengthening their current pledges and agreeing to higher finance levels.

Duffy verdict does not cure what is wrong with the Senate

Rabble.ca/ - 22 April 2016 - 8:27am

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We can now call Mike Duffy Senator Duffy again, without reservation.

Duffy cheerfully accepted an appointment as a senator for Prince Edward Island, despite his own doubts.

The well-known broadcaster knew, in fact, that he lived a few kilometers from Ottawa, far from P.E.I.

However, then Prime Minister Stephen Harper assured his chosen nominee there was no problem.

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VIDEO: Spoken Word Artist Saul Williams Extended Interview on His New Album, "MartyrLoserKing"

Democracy Now (English) - 22 April 2016 - 7:52am

In an extended interview with Saul Williams, a world-renowned spoken word artist, he discusses his career of mixing poetry, music and acting; reads some of his poetry; discusses how he became an activist; and describes the concept of his new album, "MartyrLoserKing."

"Martin Luther King would be one of many martyr loser kings—a martyr as in those who have either been killed because of the work that they've done for the upliftment of humanity or what have you, or those who haven't been killed who give their lives just through service to humanity. OK? So, a martyr is connected to the idea of sacrifice and those who give their lives or sacrifice the possibilities of wealth or what have you for the sake of humanity. The loser, basically what I'm referencing is the disenfranchised, those who identify as belonging to a disenfranchised group."

Williams also discusses his appreciation for hacking, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and the late net neutrality activist, Aaron Swartz.

Twenty years ago, Williams won the title of Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Grand Slam Champion. Over the past two decades, he has forged a career mixing poetry, music and acting. In 2014 he performed in the first Broadway hip-hop musical, "Holler If Ya Hear Me," a musical inspired by Tupac Shakur.

The federal government is selective with its protection of privacy

Rabble.ca/ - 22 April 2016 - 7:13am
Friday, April 22, 2016

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It is now almost a pattern: every time we, as a human rights organization or activist, write to government agencies inquiring about cases of Canadians detained abroad or of Canadians subject to abuse or possible discrimination, the governmental response will certainly somehow contain the issue of "privacy."

"Privacy concerns" have been used as a powerful pretext for inaction or silence and this should be challenged and denounced.

"Privacy concerns" have been used by the Canadian government as a powerful pretext for inaction or silence and this should be challenged and denounced.

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Climate change emergency shakes Canada's corporate establishment and fractures the NDP

Rabble.ca/ - 22 April 2016 - 7:09am

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A fracturing of Canada's social democratic party has opened as party members and much of its electoral base express their dissatisfaction with the conservative economic, social and environmental policies that predominate in the party's decision-making echelons.

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The Signing Of The Paris Agreement: “A Turning Point For Humanity.”

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 22 April 2016 - 6:58am
Sierra Club

Today, more than 150 nations are gathering at the UN in New York City for the historic signing of the Paris Agreement, which was formally adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the closing of the COP21 climate negotiations in December.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

April 22. NYC. Earth Day. Rally for People and the Planet.

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 22 April 2016 - 6:56am
The Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)

This Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 2016, leaders from over 160 countries will converge in New York City for the historic signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; adopted in December of 2015 at COP21.

Civil Society Reacts to Historic Paris Agreement Signing

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 22 April 2016 - 6:52am
US Climate Action Network

Today at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, leaders from international civil society will join together alongside 170 countries to celebrate the historic signing of the Paris Agreement. At a press conference, civil society leaders representing a wide spectrum of stakeholders will react to the signing, report on what’s been happening since December, and discuss steps forward for climate action.

The Sunrise Ocean Bender: Random Generated Future, Segment 1

Radio 4 All - 22 April 2016 - 6:30am
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Attawapiskat and the importance of community

Rabble.ca/ - 22 April 2016 - 6:02am
Friday, April 22, 2016

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I've never visited Attawapiskat to "cover" its crises, past or present, as many journalists have. Despite that, I want to say something about it. The late Edward Said encouraged non-Muslims to deploy their common humanity to try to understand events in the Muslim world. You don't always need expertise or direct experience, you can go some distance without them.

Why would people who are reeling from the near obliteration of their community be better off going somewhere that lacks even the shards of community left them?

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The Thunderbolt: TB 160422 Good News Bad News 2X, Segment 1

Radio 4 All - 22 April 2016 - 5:11am
This week’s archive show features a contemplation on the effectiveness of our movement, we report on the end of the Spanish Inquisition, we reveal a popular model of imperialism, we describe reactions to the reappearance of Jesus, and we finish off with a potpourri of news stories from 2014.

Death from above: Window strikes kill an estimated 25,000 Canadian birds

Rabble.ca/ - 22 April 2016 - 5:10am

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First came the string of window strikes at a commercial highrise. Then, a flock of bohemian waxwings ploughed into a glass bridge at city Hall. Now, a flock of snow buntings has met its grisly end at the airport, struck by an airbus.

It's tough, being a bird in Ottawa. But it's no different at many other major cities across the country. And, it's only going to get worse.

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Democracy Now! 2016-04-22 Friday

Democracy Now (English) - 22 April 2016 - 5:00am
Democracy Now! 2016-04-22 Friday
  • Headlines for April 22, 2016
  • Honor or Insult?: A Debate on the Significance of Harriet Tubman on the New $20 Bill
  • "He Refused to Live in a Binary": The World Mourns Death of Gender-Bending Music Legend Prince
  • Colorado's First Black Woman Pot Entrepreneur on Edibles, Incarceration & the Industry's Whiteness
  • #EarthDay: As Paris Deal Is Signed, Gulf Coast Residents Demand End to Drilling -- Entirely
  • Debate: Should Boulder, Colorado, Become a Sister City of Nablus in Israeli-Occupied West Bank?

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Global Research News Hour: The Non-Profit Industrial Complex, and the Co-opting of the Environmental Movement: A conversation with Cory Morningstar, Segment 1

Radio 4 All - 22 April 2016 - 2:29am
On this week's Global Research News Hour, on the occasion of Earth Day, we have a frank and candid conversation about the current ecological crisis and the inconvenient truths about prominent environmental organizations, false climate solutions and the dire situation facing humanity. Our guest for the whole hour is investigative journalist, writer and environmental activist Cory Morningstar. Cory Morningstar is an independent investigative journalist, writer, and environmental activist, focusing on global ecological collapse and political analysis of the non-profit industrial complex. She resides in London, Ontario, Canada.

Palestine: A one-state solution to the present impasse?

Rabble.ca/ - 22 April 2016 - 12:29am
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Labour updates of workers' struggles from the Asia Pacific region.

Interview with Ali Abunimah, author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse, and co-founder and director of the The Electronic Intifada on the way forward for the Palestinian struggle.

Asia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia Worker Links

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The fight for civil rights by Polynesians in New Zealand

Rabble.ca/ - 22 April 2016 - 12:24am
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Labour updates of workers' struggles from the Asia Pacific region.

Interview with Will Ilolahia, a co-founder of the civil rights New Zealand organisation the Polynesian Panthers, on racism and human rights in New Zealand.

Asia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia Worker Links

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The Syrian civil war: Perspectives from the region

Rabble.ca/ - 22 April 2016 - 12:16am
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Labour updates of workers' struggles from the Asia Pacific region.

Interview with Farah Kobaissy, member of Socialist Forum in Lebanon, on the Syrian civil war and local perspectives.

Asia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia Worker Links.

APC is produced in the Melbourne studios of 3CR Radio.

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