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September 17, 2007 Weblog:

Outremont election spin

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So, the conventional spin is that the Liberal lost all three by elections in Quebec today, including the "Liberal stronghold" of Outremont, and oh what a disaster for Stéphane Dion.

But the truth is, Outremont elected yet another Liberal in 2007... he just had orange campaign signs. Less than seven months ago, Thomas Mulcair was minister of the environment in Jean Charest's Liberal government. (Yes, that Jean Charest.)

The key challenge for the NDP will be to keep Mulcair from crossing the floor to the Liberals when they recover in the polls. That, or take the Liberal Party's place by becoming cynically opportunistic by running from the left and governing from the right.

Cynics will note that despite the fact that the anti-war vote contributed to Mulcair's victory, the fact that the Liberal Party is weak in Quebec is apparently likely to have the opposite effect on actual policy when it comes to Afghanistan.

Believers in party politics will tell you that Quebec now has a strong progressive voice in the house of commons, who will pressure the government to withdraw from Afghanistan and fulfill Kyoto obligations.

But he surely won't be to blame if troops remain in Afghanistan, and greenhouse gas emissions and the extractive industries that drive them remain undeterred.

September 15, 2007 Photo Essay

At the Gates of Fortress North America

Opposing the Security and Prosperity Partnership: Demonstrations in Montebello

September 3, 2007 Weblog:

Tadamon! Solidarity Night.

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A cultural benefit event for Tadamon! Montreal...

Friday, September 7th, 8pm
La Sala Rossa
4848 St. Laurent
Montreal.
Entrance: $5-15

Tadamon!

* Montreal Launch of the film ‘Roads Through Palestine’:

Screening / Launch of a film by Brett Story, with a piano score composed by Stefan Christoff. A cinematic journey through the roads of occupation and resistance in the West Bank of Palestine.

Including performances from.

» continue reading "Tadamon! Solidarity Night."

August 31, 2007 Weblog:

Letter to Council of Canadians

[Andrea from People's Global Action picked up the CoC's petitions at the anti-SPP demonstration and decided to make a few points while offering to deliver them.]

Dear Maude and Staff at the Council of Canadians,

I just wanted to write to let you know that the 10,000 petitions you delivered with great fanfare to the gates of the Chateau Montebello last week are safe. You know, the ones in the three clear plastic bins with the blue lids. The ones featured in that photo on your website ( www.canadians.org).

» continue reading "Letter to Council of Canadians"

August 21, 2007 Weblog:

Oddities from Montebello

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Canadian Energy and Paperworkers Union leader David Cole physically outs a police provocateur dressed as a black bloc protestor in front of news cameras in Montebello. [Update: Canadian Press report here]

SQ and OPP police protect the dead from the living for 7 hours on Monday.

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August 20, 2007 Weblog:

From Montebello: What Stephen Harper's Video Feed May Have Missed

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Photo: IMC Montebello

The tear gassing appears to have started around 5:30 PM. By that time, much of the corporate media had left Montebello, and many of the demonstrators had left for Ottawa and Montreal.

‘They’re going to wait for the media to leave before they start to clear the demonstrators,’ my friend Kabir had remarked 20 minutes before. It ended up being a dead-on prediction.

» continue reading "From Montebello: What Stephen Harper's Video Feed May Have Missed"

August 13, 2007 Opinion

Bringing the SPP Out of the Shadows

Protesters mobilize against new trade and security talks

May 12, 2007 Accounts

NGOs, Invasions and the News

Part two of an interview with veteran reporter Jooneed Khan

April 20, 2007 Canadian News

Spies at work

CSIS questioning of Canadian Muslims threatens their jobs

March 28, 2007 Weblog:

Victory for Reactionary Xenophobia: Quebec Election

The Quebec election was characterized by a great deal of discontent with the traditional establishment parties, the PQ and the Liberals. The remarkable thing about this election was that this discontent was successfully shifted from the policies that ostensibly pissed people off in the first place, onto to Muslims living in Quebec. Turning anger at unrelated issues into anger at immigrants is hardly a new political technique, but watching it happen here in Montreal is pretty astounding.

It sounds far-fetched to me, too, but the media, led by Quebecor's Journal de Montreal was able to stir up a lot of discontent about basically nothing (even the Gazette didn't buy it). The ADQ's Mario Dumont had been pushing this for months, hoping to get a bump in the polls from latent racist discontent. The PQ's André Boisclair got in on it, late in the campaign (see below). With the media's help, a few isolated incidents (a kid wearing a dull ceremonial dagger to school, a girl playing soccer in a headscarf) were turned into a debate about what "accomodations" are reasonable for Quebeckers to extend to immigrants. (One assumes the Mohawk and Algonquin nations ask themselves the same question, with a bit more substance.)

» continue reading "Victory for Reactionary Xenophobia: Quebec Election"

March 24, 2007 Weblog:

300, take II

Here's a letter I sent to the two corporate-owned alt-weeklies in Montreal. The Mirror didn't print it, and while I confess I haven't picked up the Hour yet, I'm not holding my breath.

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Dear Hour,

During a visit to New York last week, I went to see the movie 300 on its opening day. The consensus among the New Yorkers I spoke to was that the timing of the movie was "septic," its appearance coinciding with the Bush administration building for an attack against Iran (with Harper and the Canadian media close behind). There, it seemed obvious that a movie that depicted pasty-white greeks slicing up their attackers--veiled and masked Africans and Arabs led by an eight-foot tall dark-skinned king wearing eyeliner, facial piercings, and sporting a throaty lisp--was politically and ethically problematic. The racism and homophobia permeating this movie were never in doubt.

» continue reading "300, take II"

March 14, 2007 Weblog:

Resistance and Hezbollah

There's a screening on Tuesday in Montreal's Mile End of what looks like a pretty interesting documentary about Hezbollah.

March 14, 2007 Weblog:

International Womens' Day assault

Police assaulted several marchers at an International Womens' Day demonstration last week. This thursday, a demonstration opposed to police brutality is being organized in Montreal as well.

March 12, 2007 Weblog:

Native blockade in western Quebec

CBC: "About 50 aboriginal demonstrators blocked a highway in western Quebec's Outaouais region Monday in a protest over logging and living conditions."

March 6, 2007 Media Analysis

Correcting Selective Reporting

An interview with Jooneed Khan of La Presse

March 6, 2007

Jooneed Khan

by Iraqi Peace Team
February 14, 2007 Photo Essay

Haiti Aux Haitiens!

Montreal mobilizes in solidarity with Haiti

December 4, 2006 Food

Locked Dumpsters Full of Mangoes

dumpster_fp.jpgMoira Peters investigates the politics of dumpster diving within a food system that results in hungry people and wasted food.

Hungry people, wasted food, and the politics of dumpster diving

November 29, 2006 Accounts

Preventative Justice

JaggiArrest_fp.jpgActivist Jaggi Singh speaks from jail about his arrest--not for what he did, but for what he might do.

Activist Jaggi Singh is arrested for what he might do and threatened with six months in detention

June 5, 2006 Arts

A Novel Cause

north911bg_fp.jpgMacdonald Stainsby reviews David Bernans' first book: a novel about war, racism, and hysteria - and the people who fight against them.

"North of 9/11" is a book about war, racism, and hysteria - and the people who fight against them

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