By Harsha Walia - December 30, 2012
Christie Blatchford seems to have a penchant for horse manure. In her vitriolic piece about Attawapiskat Cree Chief Theresa Spence...Blatchford writes, "all around her, the inevitable cycle of hideous puffery and horse manure that usually accompanies native protests swirls"...In her most recent piece, Blatchford has the audacity to refer to Chief Spence's action as "one of intimidation, if not terrorism."
Expect anything in 2013. War could preempt Russian/Syrian conflict resolution initiatives. Washington categorically spurns them.
By Carl Bronski - WSWS
The last weeks of 2012 have seen protests by Canada’s impoverished native population snowball...As Attawapiskat First Nations Chief Theresa Spence enters her fourth week of a hunger strike aimed at drawing attention to the federal government’s failure to honor native treaty rights, aboriginal peoples across the country continue a series of road and rail blockades, demonstrations, and sympathy hunger strikes in what has become known as the “Idle No More” movement.
New reports about Chavez's health raise concerns. He's struggling to recover from complicated cancer surgery. On October 7, Venezuelans overwhelmingly reelected him. They want no one else leading them. He transformed national politics responsibly. He established participatory democracy and social justice. He significantly improved the lives of Venezuela's poor. Constitutional and statute law mandate vital social services.
By Markus Salzmann - 31 December 2012
The latest anti-Semitic outburst by a leading member of the far-right Jobbik party was met with little serious opposition from the side of the governing Fidesz party and marks a further turn to the right in Hungarian politics. Faced with rising social protests against austerity, the government is increasingly relying on fascist forces.
Responsible governance isn't rocket science. Nor is effective economic policy. Fiscal cliff resolution is as simple as doing the right thing. Both parties spurn doing so.
Instances indeed are rare. An important one deserves mention. In mid-July 2010, Knesset members stripped MK Hanin Zuabi of key parliamentary rights and privileges.
By Dana Gabriel
The U.S. and Canada share similar goals and concerns in the Arctic and are further building up their military presence in the region. With a strategic framework in place, both countries are working towards establishing a North American Arctic foreign policy. At times, Canadian and Russian rhetoric in regards to Arctic sovereignty has been reminiscent of the Cold War era. Rising tensions could further escalate the militarization of the far north. While the process to resolve territorial disputes and the scramble to secure resources has thus far been peaceful, the Arctic still remains a potential flashpoint for conflict.
Extremist settlers reflect much about Israel's dark side. Messianic interlopers have no place in civil society.
By Alex Hundert - Narrative Resistance
Austerity, by cutting public spending, makes more people poor and makes life harder for those already impoverished. In order to maintain control over an increasingly impoverished and alienated population, along with austerity inherently comes increased criminalization of the poor accompanied by increased militarization of the state’s security system. Hence in this country for example, along with omnibus austerity budgets we get omnibus crime bills which together drastically reshape the state for the age of austerity.
America's political process is lawless, corrupt and dysfunctional. Fiscal cliff hype, noise and theater continue. Destroying fundamental civil society social protections aren't mentioned.