Throughout his tenure, Washington officials vilified Chavez unjustifiably. So did media scoundrels. He was America's top hemispheric enemy. Donald Rumsfeld once likened him to Hitler. Pat Robertson called for his assassination. Anti-semitism accusations surfaced often.
By Harsha Walia - Sunday, April 2, 2013
Canada’s immigration laws are increasingly geared towards keeping people out...Canada now receives more people on temporary work permits than as permanent residents, ensuring that migrants are cheap labour for big business. While the current government bails out corporations and forces austerity on the rest of us, scapegoating migrants as stealing jobs is a powerful tool to destroy solidarity between people.
By David Walsh - 3 April 2013
US federal and state authorities are continuing their investigations into the shooting deaths of Kaufman County, Texas District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia...[I]nvestigators are considering the possibility that the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT)...may be responsible. Kaufman County authorities were involved in a US government-led investigation that resulted in the indictment in November 2012 of 34 leading members of the ABT on murder, conspiracy, arson, assault, robbery and drug trafficking charges.
By Edward S. Herman - April 1st, 2013
...[A]long with “support our troops” there is an implicit “support our torturers and higher level war criminals.” This flows from the overwhelming and increasingly centralized power in the hands of the dominant elite, including the military-industrial complex (MIC) and leading politicians, and an associated remarkable level of self-righteousness. Anything we do is tolerable because we are not only strong and the global policeman, but also good and always well-intentioned...
By Alex Kane - April 1, 2013
The number of children and teenagers diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has increased remarkably over the past decade...The rise in numbers...has led some to say that the increase is due to parent pressure on doctors and a loose definition of the disorder...Two-thirds of those diagnosed take stimulant medication for the disorder like Ritalin and Adderall, which could lead to anxiety, addiction and potentially psychosis.
By The Real News Network (TRNN) - April 2nd, 2013
Incidents of discrimination have doubled each year since 2008 and are increasingly perpetrated by youth.
Disproportionately harsh penalties harm innocent victims.
Agribusiness giant Monsanto's the world's leading GMO seed producer. They're hazardous to human health. They should be banned. They proliferate.
Grand theft is official Cypriot policy.
By Rocizela Pérez Gómez - April 02, 2013
In the first three months of 2013, a number of social leaders...have been assassinated or kidnapped...These attacks are not isolated events. They have all been directed against men and women who struggle to claim individual and collective rights and have constantly denounced the looting of natural goods on the part of transnational corporations, in complicity with the Government which has instituted policies of repression and criminalization of the organized struggle.
By Alex Kane - AlterNet
A mother is suing the New York Police Department (NYPD) over what she says was an instance of police brutality where cops pepper-sprayed her three little children...Taylor says that police officers pepper sprayed her three children, who are 5-months old and 2 and 4 years old. She claims that as she was on her way to board a Manhattan-bound L Train, officers stopped her and her husband and accused them of trying to skip a fare.
By Laleh Khalili - March 29, 2013
The rise of US Special Operations Forces...using their extensive military, psychological operations and war-fighting skills to train proxy forces in all the places where the US projects its power is alarming...The ascendance of an elite clique of ultra-warriors protected by the cloak of secrecy...means that the tip of the imperial spear can tear through the social fabric of many a country without associated costs in blood and treasure and hidden from the view of the press and the public.
By NICK ALEXANDROV - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
The killings continue in Honduras, where violence targeting lawyers, human rights defenders, LGBT people, women and others has intensified since the June 2009 coup. Two School of the Americas graduates helped topple the democratically-elected leader that month, and Obama supported the ensuing presidential election, a farce the mainstream media would have ridiculed had it taken place in, say, Venezuela.
Palestinians are prevented from returning to their land. They're unable to reclaim stolen property. Israeli law calls it no longer theirs. It does so lawlessly.
By Clay Nikiforuk - April 1, 2013
What do you do when you're detained by powerful officials, everything you say is presumed deceptive, arbitrary "evidence" is held against you, and you're treated like a moral deviant? And what if its 2013, you're a woman, and the "evidence" is that you possess condoms?...It happened three times in two weeks -- being detained by U.S. border officials on my way to or through the States.
Beating up on North Korea persists. It's done for geopolitical reasons. Washington needs enemies. When none exist they're created. North Korea comes straight from central casting.
Poorest Set for "Perfect Storm" on Benefit Cuts: Britain's Low-Paid, Disabled and Jobless Will be Hit Hardest
By Emily Dugan - April 01, 2013
Britain's poorest will be hit by a "devastating" barrage of new cuts and taxes tomorrow, as a range of government welfare changes are introduced...Millions of households will struggle as low-paid workers, disabled people and the unemployed bear the brunt of welfare reform, according to analysis by the housing charity Crisis. It warns that homelessness will rise and queues for food banks will get longer.
By Paul Mitchell - 1 April 2013
Last week UK Prime Minister David Cameron made a major speech on immigration, further stoking up the vicious witch-hunt against migrant workers that has dominated British politics recently....“When it comes to illegal immigrants we are rolling up that red carpet and showing them the door...”
By Mike Davis - March 31, 2013
...[A] dwindling band of conservative realists are discovering that the small-government fundamentalism of the Tea Party, originally heralded as the third wave of the Reagan Revolution, is actually the road to an elephant graveyard...The Tea Party...tapped into a deep well of conservative nostalgia for a white-majority America ruled by fathers and bosses.