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Trudeau provides weak justification for breaking electoral reform promise

Rabble.ca/ - 1 February 2017 - 6:25pm

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And so that's what strategic voting gets you.

During the last federal election campaign, groups such as Leadnow vigorously encouraged Canadians to vote for the candidates in their ridings with the best chance of defeating the Harper Conservatives. 

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Christy Clark gets $50,000 stipend by fundraising for her own party

Rabble.ca/ - 1 February 2017 - 5:57pm
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Duff Conacher of Democracy Watch says British Columbia's rules on political donations amount to a system of legalized bribery. The province's conflict of interest commissioner doesn't agree. Duff Conacher speaks to Redeye host James Mainguy about how B.C.'s political donation system works.

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[Chile] Construyamos una alternativa ecosocialista

Anarkismo.net - 1 February 2017 - 2:53pm
Actualmente el pueblo chileno atraviesa una de las crisis humanitarias, sociales y políticas más profundas de su historia. Nuevamente los pauperizados son los que se llevan la parte más amarga de una inmensa catástrofe que, mientras se escriben estas líneas, no tiene fecha cierta de finalización. Sin embargo, a diferencia de los recientes terremotos o tsunamis, lo que caracteriza a la situación actual es que su causa estructural no se debe a “caprichos de la naturaleza”, sino que encuentra sus raíces más profundas en un modelo de producción que extrae sus ganancias a partir de la renta de la tierra, y que tiene su expresión jurídica acabada en el DL 701, promulgado en dictadura, y que ha sido actualizado en los gobiernos civiles de la Concertación y la Alianza.

Tillerson Receives Highest “No” Vote for Secretary of State, Science Group Expects Him To Uphold Paris Agreement, Recuse Himself from Exxon-Related Matters for Full Term

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 1 February 2017 - 12:38pm
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Today, Congress approved 56-43 President Trump’s nominee, recently retired ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, to serve as secretary of state. The vote against Tillerson’s confirmation was the highest for a secretary of state since World War II. Condoleeza Rice, by contrast, was approved by an 85-13 vote, Henry Kissinger by 78-7 and Dean Acheson by 83-6. 

Tillerson Receives Highest “No” Vote for Secretary of State, Science Group Expects Him To Uphold Paris Agreement, Recuse Himself from Exxon-Related Matters for Full Term

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 1 February 2017 - 12:38pm
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Today, Congress approved 56-43 President Trump’s nominee, recently retired ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, to serve as secretary of state. The vote against Tillerson’s confirmation was the highest for a secretary of state since World War II. Condoleeza Rice, by contrast, was approved by an 85-13 vote, Henry Kissinger by 78-7 and Dean Acheson by 83-6. 

350.org on Senate Confirmation of ExxonMobil’s Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 1 February 2017 - 12:26pm
350.org

Today, the US Senate voted 56-43 in favor of recent former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be the next Secretary of State.

In response, Bill McKibben, 350.org co-founder issued the following statement:

"For years much of America's foreign policy was formulated to benefit the oil industry. Now it's being formulated by the oil industry. There's no disguising the influence any more, which should make it easier to understand and to resist."

May Boeve, 350.org Executive Director said:

350.org on Senate Confirmation of ExxonMobil’s Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 1 February 2017 - 12:26pm
350.org

Today, the US Senate voted 56-43 in favor of recent former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be the next Secretary of State.

In response, Bill McKibben, 350.org co-founder issued the following statement:

"For years much of America's foreign policy was formulated to benefit the oil industry. Now it's being formulated by the oil industry. There's no disguising the influence any more, which should make it easier to understand and to resist."

May Boeve, 350.org Executive Director said:

350.org on Senate Confirmation of ExxonMobil’s Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 1 February 2017 - 12:26pm
350.org

Today, the US Senate voted 56-43 in favor of recent former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be the next Secretary of State.

In response, Bill McKibben, 350.org co-founder issued the following statement:

"For years much of America's foreign policy was formulated to benefit the oil industry. Now it's being formulated by the oil industry. There's no disguising the influence any more, which should make it easier to understand and to resist."

May Boeve, 350.org Executive Director said:

Citizens of the World Will Resist Tillerson’s United States of Exxon

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 1 February 2017 - 12:21pm
Friends of the Earth

The Senate today voted to confirm former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be the United States Secretary of State. In response, Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica issued the following statement:

Welcome to the United States of Exxon, where Big Oil no longer has to buy off the government because it now actually is the government. Rex Tillerson, the country’s chief Oil Baron, is now the country’s chief diplomat.

Nurses Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 1 February 2017 - 11:11am
National Nurses United

“National Nurses United will oppose the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and called on Democratic members of the Senate to follow the standard set by the Senate majority last year in taking whatever steps they can, including the use of the filibuster, to block the confirmation of Gorsuch.

Originalism and the U.S. Constitution is a mug's game

Rabble.ca/ - 1 February 2017 - 10:49am

The Donald's pick to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States is Neil Gorsuch. He is a constitutional originalist.

That means he interprets the U.S. Constitution according to its original meaning. I haven't gone deeply enough into the man's beliefs to determine whether he is among the minority of originalists who look for the drafters' intent, or, instead, is a textualist who goes by the original plain-language meaning of the Constitution as understood at the time it was written.

Both propositions, of course, are a nonsense.

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'We feel unsafe now': Quebec Muslims respond to mosque terror attack

Rabble.ca/ - 1 February 2017 - 10:41am

An engineering professor, a halal grocery shop owner, a civil servant and father of four. These were among the six men gunned down by a French-Canadian nationalist in a Quebec City mosque on Monday evening.

Police reported that 19 people were also wounded during the evening prayers at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec (Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre) and that all the men killed had ranged in age from 35 to 70. Thirty-nine people escaped the mosque without injuries.

"We're not talking about a war zone here, we're talking about Quebec," Samer Majzoub, the president of the Canadian-Muslim Forum and a resident of Montreal for 28 years, told Middle East Eye.

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LIBERARE OCALAN, LIBERARE TUTTI/E

Anarkismo.net - 1 February 2017 - 10:04am
La vicenda che ha portato l'esponente curdo Ocalan nell'isola-carcere di Imrali passa anche per l'Italia con precise responsabilità nel governo di allora.
In vista della grande manifestazione di Milano dell'11 febbraio 2017 per la liberazione di ogni prigioniera/o politica/o può servire un ripasso in merito ai meccanismi del potere e della repressione

'Love Does' wonders for the Women's Centre of Halton

Rabble.ca/ - 1 February 2017 - 9:13am

We are living a hopefully brief moment in history when women's emancipation is not only under scrutiny, but is being attacked by entitled white males who happen to lead a couple of influential world governments -- Russia and the United States. It's during times like these that it's essential to remind ourselves that grassroots initiatives remain the bedrock of hope and change within our communities.

I like to quote Canadian feminist and social activist Rosemary Brown during dark times like this; "We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through."

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Democratic Boycott of Scott Pruitt Committee Vote is Necessary and Commendable

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 1 February 2017 - 9:07am
Food & Water Watch

Today the Democratic members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee refused to vote on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. In response, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:

Democratic Boycott of Scott Pruitt Committee Vote is Necessary and Commendable

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 1 February 2017 - 9:07am
Food & Water Watch

Today the Democratic members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee refused to vote on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. In response, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:

Democratic Boycott of Scott Pruitt Committee Vote is Necessary and Commendable

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 1 February 2017 - 9:07am
Food & Water Watch

Today the Democratic members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee refused to vote on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. In response, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:

ACLU Statement on Nomination of Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 1 February 2017 - 8:34am
ACLU

American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony D. Romero issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:

“Americans need an independent Supreme Court justice who will defend our hard-won civil rights and civil liberties and stand up to overreaching executive actions. The Supreme Court has a special obligation under our Constitution to protect the rights of all people to equal treatment, of women to control their reproductive choices, and of everyone to privacy and free expression. 

ACLU Statement on Nomination of Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 1 February 2017 - 8:34am
ACLU

American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony D. Romero issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:

“Americans need an independent Supreme Court justice who will defend our hard-won civil rights and civil liberties and stand up to overreaching executive actions. The Supreme Court has a special obligation under our Constitution to protect the rights of all people to equal treatment, of women to control their reproductive choices, and of everyone to privacy and free expression. 

ACLU Statement on Nomination of Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

http://www.commondreams.org/ - 1 February 2017 - 8:34am
ACLU

American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony D. Romero issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:

“Americans need an independent Supreme Court justice who will defend our hard-won civil rights and civil liberties and stand up to overreaching executive actions. The Supreme Court has a special obligation under our Constitution to protect the rights of all people to equal treatment, of women to control their reproductive choices, and of everyone to privacy and free expression. 

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