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June 4, 2007 Weblog:

Haiti: TOURISTAH in Jeremie

On our way from the airport to the center of Jeremie, a town on the tip of Haiti’s southern peninsula, we pass a contingent of UN soldiers decked out in shorts and Oakley shades going for a jog along the road. Our driver informs us that this is part of their usual routine: down to the beach for some swimming or volleyball in the day, jogging in the afternoon, a little game of soccer in the evening. In other words, a military man’s Club Med. It’s deployments like these that have earned MINUSTAH the popular nickname of “TOURISTAH” among Haitians.

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June 4, 2007 Weblog:

Today : GUARDA, G8, SA, new ROSS & FENTON

GUARDA EXPOSED: How a nice Quebec firm found itself in a war zone. The Citizen's Don Butler sings praise to Guarda, Canada's Blackwater. According to Guarda's CEO "We hire locals, which is rare. We're perceived differently because we're Canadian."

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May 31, 2007 Weblog:

Today's news updates

CANADA IN IRAQ: The G&M is reporting that "Four of five Britons kidnapped by gunmen wearing police uniforms in Baghdad [April 29th] are employees of Canada's Garda World Security Corp." The BBC notes that "The company is one of the biggest suppliers of private security in Iraq, and is mainly staffed by Britons."

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May 30, 2007 Weblog:

"Indian Act is Racist": Owen Sound Sun Times

The editor at the Owen Sound Sun Times wrote an amazingly frank editorial (for a CanWest-owned paper), entitled "Indian Act is racist at heart and should be abolished". His opening line: "Canada is a an apartheid state."

More:

Most reserves (the exceptions are communities that have negotiated self-government) still operate under the rule of the Indian Act, first authored in 1876 and "updated" several times since then.

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May 29, 2007 Weblog:

Today's news updates

Editorial by Kate Heartford defending democracy promotion & the invasion of Afghanistanin today's Ottawa Citizen.

BBC is reporting that BP is going to resume operations in Libya, thanks to political wrangling by Tony Blair. BP pulled out of Libya over 30 years ago.

When a snake is not a snake: the limbless lizard.

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May 28, 2007 Weblog:

More RCTV

BoingBoing calls the RCTV decision "a political decision through which Chavez seeks to gain total control of the basic freedoms of the country's citizens."

Is that sort of like a military coup that overthrows a democratically elected government?

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May 28, 2007 Weblog:

In Today's News

Racist threats: hate crime in Kanata, Ontario.

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be visiting Ottawa on Wednesday, May 30th. He brought back the death penalty in California in 2005. Since then three people have been murdered by the state, including Stan "Tookie" Williams.

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May 28, 2007 Weblog:

Reporting and Credibility: RCTV

There's another round of coverage of the expiry of RCTV's broadcast license in Venezuela.

It's entirely understandable that there would be concern about this, but news agencies are only damaging their own credibility by not reporting the relevant facts.

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May 28, 2007 Weblog:

More Homeless than Athletes in Vancouver in 2010

The Tyee has published the first in a series about the 2010 Olympics.

People of Aboriginal identity accounted for 30 per cent of the region's homeless population, while making up only two per cent of the total population.

May 28, 2007 Weblog:

We are all against free speech

FAIR makes the obvious point that if a television channel participated in a military coup against an elected government in the US (or Canada, I'd say), its proprietors would be put in jail.

In this case, nothing like that is being proposed. It's a simple matter of revoking the broadcasting license of a channel that did in fact support a military coup against an elected government.

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May 22, 2007 Weblog:

Hobnobbing with the "Big Eaters"

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* Note : The names of the guilty have been changed to protect the innocent *

On our first full day in Port-au-Prince, Aude and I hit the ground running. A Haitian friend in Montreal had arranged for us to meet with Madame Beauchamp, a Senator, to further a legislative project he'd been working for years. Our mission was simple enough: hand over a few documents and briefly discuss the project with the Senator.

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May 17, 2007 Weblog:

DDoStonia

While interesting, the coverage of the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Estonia's web and internet servers (I was wondering why the Postimees website was down for the last two weeks) leaves out some pretty important technical explanations.

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May 15, 2007 Weblog:

Six of Colonialism, Half Dozen of Capitalism

Phil Fontaine, who is about as un-radical as it gets:

"The number of First Nations children today who have been removed from families and placed into state care is now three times the number of children that were in residential schools at the height of this terrible experience.

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May 11, 2007 Weblog:

Underreported Indigenous Struggles

Ahni at Intercontinental Cry has compiled a list of links to underreported indigenous struggles around the world.

May 10, 2007 Weblog:

Noble and Podur on Climate Change

Historian of technology David Noble wrote an interesting article detailing the corporate turnaround on climate change--from denial to appropriation.

Subsequently, Justin Podur zeroes in on three recent articles by leftists expressing different levels of skepticism or denial about climate change (of which Noble's is one), and responds to them at length.

May 9, 2007 Weblog:

The needs of Nepal overshadowed by the UN’s guise for peace and security.

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By Amy Miller [1] and Mahmood ALI [2]

The world hasn’t been paying attention to Nepal lately. Why would they? As the plan of action seems to go for the Goliath International Institution, the UN comfortably settled into the poor South Asian country last year ready to play its usual role of peace broker, supplier and judge and the global gaze moved on to newer, more exciting stories. The few stories that we can read are often published from New Delhi, and follow the UN line.

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May 7, 2007 Weblog:

Independent Journalism in the Philipines

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Independent journalist Stefan Christoff is holding a film screening tomorrow night of turbulent waters, a documentary about the international shipping industry--a topic familiar to former Prime Minister, Paul Martin.

May 6, 2007 Weblog:

Climate Debate?

At the request of ZNet, George Monbiot has written a rebuttal to Alex Cockburn's persistent contrarianism on the topic of climate change.

May 2, 2007 Weblog:

Barrick Gold Protest Today

Today was an international day of action against Toronto's Barrick Gold, said to be the largest gold mining company in the world. Here's one activist with a concise summary:

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May 2, 2007 Weblog:

Russian Riots in Estonia, Estonian Humour in English

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Estonia isn't in the news much, but after the government decided to implement a controversial law to move a Soviet memorial to soldiers who died fighting the Nazis, and unearth the bodies of several soldiers buried near the monument--which is referred to in the Estonian press simply as pronkssõdur, or bronze soldier--an international furor has ensued, with German, US, Russian and other governments weighing in.

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May 2, 2007 Weblog:

Stanley goes to Kandahar

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The Stanley Cup is in Afghanistan, visiting the troops. And helping fight off the hordes of the east, specifically Persia, no doubt.

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May 1, 2007 Weblog:

"Only the blood from a thousand decomissioned F-16s could sate his lust for principled non-violence."

A Tiny Revolution continues to combine worldly political savvy with a sharp sense of humour.

April 30, 2007 Weblog:

Sarkozy's Office Vandalized in Montreal

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Upon hearing that Nicholas Sarkozy's Montreal office had been vandalized, I couldn't help but bike over and snap a few photos. They didn't seem to be in much of a hurry to clean things up; they hadn't even taken down the sheets of paper that had been pasted to the window.

Some of the slogans: Sarkozy, sacre ton camp d'ici; Ni en France ni au Canada: pas de patrie pour les fachos; Lutte sans frontière contre le fascisme.

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April 30, 2007 Weblog:

Iron, like Dion, in Zion

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion celebrates the anniversary of the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians (the UN says 711,000) from their homes, cities and villages that marked the founding of the state of Israel. And he dances the Hora, which would be more amusing in a different context.

April 27, 2007 Weblog:

The Next Scandal

So. It's been determined that Canada was sending Afghani POWs to be tortured. If true, it means that Canadian officers are guilty of war crimes.

But its also the case that Canadian soldiers are directly engaged in combat operations, undoubtedly resulting in civilian deaths. Which there is no doubt information about, but it's not available. The press seems content to repeat claims that "40 Taliban were killed" in fighting, and so on.

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April 26, 2007 Weblog:

The UN Spins its Mission on Haiti

I've just published a new article about the UN's propaganda machine in Haiti and the way it has been misrepresenting its humanitarian work in the country. The article deals with the mass arrests in February in Cite Soleil and the photo ops and lies that followed each phase of these arrests. These lies continue to this day via the UN News Service and were unexamined by Canadian journalist Jean-Michel Leprince (Radio-Canada) when he was embedded with MINUSTAH in February during these missions. To read the article, go to Montreal Serai Magazine.

April 26, 2007 Weblog:

Haiti: Interview with Haiti's leading human rights lawyer

When in Haiti recently, I conducted an extensive interview with Mario Joseph, the head lawyer of the Bureau des avocats internationaux, the only legal firm working on the tens of thousands of human rights violations that preceeded and followed the Feb 29th, 2007 coup d'etat. In the interview, Mario discusses the impact of the coup on the justice system, the struggle to rebuild the rule of law, the thorny problem of MINUSTAH, the continued problem of foreign (including Canadian) hypocrisy and more.

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April 25, 2007 Weblog:

Moyers on Iraq and Media

Bill Moyers' documentary about "how the media got it so wrong on Iraq" will apparently be available to view on the PBS web site after it is broadcast tonight.

I would imagine it will have some relevance to contemporary coverage of, say, Afghanistan.

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