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Heilttsuk nation supporters protest in Bella Bella, Vancouver and Victoria E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 19:13

Jessica Brown speaks on behalf of the Heiltsuk Nation at the Pattison-owned Save-On Foods in Victoria:

http://www.cheknews.ca/protest-in-victoria-against-dfo-ope…/

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First Nations Groups are taking action against the federal government’s move to open a herring-roe fishery near Bella Bella. The Heiltsuk First Nation wants the...
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Here's UVic Radio CFUV "Gorilla Radio" covering today's concurrent solidarity demo in Victoria, during which 75 people demonstrated outside Jim Pattison's Save-On Foods (boycott please) http://www.gorilla-radio.com/index.php?id=792

Here is a report from Ingmar Lee. about the rally in Bella Bella and the occupation of the DFO office in Vancouver.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 21:04
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The Great Game in Afghanistan (Twenty-First-Century Update) And the U.S. Is Losing Out E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:30

By Dilip Hiro

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175975/tomgram%3A_dilip_hiro%2C_afghanistan%27s_china_card/#more

Call it an irony, if you will, but as the Obama administration struggles to slow down or halt its scheduled withdrawal from Afghanistan, newly elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is performing a withdrawal operation of his own. He seems to be in the process of trying to sideline the country’s major patron of the last 13 years -- and as happened in Iraq after the American invasion and occupation there, Chinese resource companies are again picking up the pieces.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 18:43
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Amazon.com moves drone testing to secret Canadian location after U.S. too slow granting permits E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:03

 

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Photo released in 2013 of an Amazon.com test drone. The company is now testing more advanced models in British Columbia.
AP Photo/AmazonPhoto released in 2013 of an Amazon.com test drone. The company is now testing more advanced models in British Columbia.

VANCOUVER – Spurned by U.S. regulators, Amazon.com has turned to the one country where flying delivery robots are still welcome: Canada.

On Monday, the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper revealed that the online retail giant is testing its latest prototypes for package-carrying drones at a top-secret site in British Columbia.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:08
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San Diego Sues Monsanto for Polluting Bay With Banned Carcinogenic Chemicals E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 06:55

By Sarah Lazarre / Common Dreams 

by  on MARCH 18, 2015 ·  

in BUSINESSENVIRONMENTGOVERNMENTHEALTH

Lawsuit says toxins manufactured by agrochemical giant ‘have been found in Bay sediments and water and have been identified in tissues of fish, lobsters, and other marine life’

 

San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge

The San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge. (Photo: Eileen Maher/flickr/cc)

San Diego authorities filed a lawsuit on Monday (March 16) against the agrochemical giant Monsanto, accusing the corporation of polluting the city’s bay with carcinogenic chemicals that are so dangerous to human health they were banned in the U.S. more than 30 years ago.

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Heiltsuk take over DFO office to stop herring fishery E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 30 March 2015 13:48

"We just say we want this to stop,” tearful 12-year-old Latoya Windsor told  DFO officers about the herring fishery, which is set to resume.

Heiltsuk DFO herring fishery protest Denny Island central BC coast April Bencze
Heiltsuk girl Latoya Windsor, 12, sobs to DFO officers to stop the herring commercial fishery in traditional waters on B.C. central coast. Photo by April Bencze of Pacific Wild on Denny Island on Sunday.

Heiltsuk tears and anger were cast at Department of Fisheries and Oceans officers standing on the front steps of the federal office on Denny Island Sunday afternoon, as band Elders, leaders, women and youth pleaded for the controversial herring fishery not to resume on the central B.C. coast.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 13:58
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Baird's appointment to Barrick Gold raises questions E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 30 March 2015 12:40

Media Release

March 30, 2015

Baird at meeting in Davos

Ottawa — On Saturday, Barrick Gold announced former Conservative Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s appointment to its advisory board, raising many questions.  

“John Baird served as both environment minister and foreign affairs minister in a government that gutted freshwater laws in Canada and promoted the interests of Canadian mining companies in the Global South through its policies on foreign aid. One has to ask: is this appointment a reward for these mining-friendly policies?” asks Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians.

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Mauna Kea Protest E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Monday, 30 March 2015 10:35

PRESS RELEASE

Media Inquiries contact: Kamahana Kealoha 808-853-8062 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Websitehttps://sacredmaunakea.wordpress.com/

What: Mauna Kea Protest

When: starting THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015-Indefinite

(camp-out 24/7 or drive up and down daily the choice is yours)

Where: PUUHULUHULU Saddle Road at the entrance to the Mauna Kea Observatory Road

PUBLIC STATEMENT:

Tomorrow we are moving to Hold OFF the desecration of the mauna, to stand in all our truth. They have the machines in place to begin ripping open the earth on Mauna-a-Wakea! We must not let these machines move!

Thursday, March 26th 6am, Pu'uhuluhulu. Be prepared for the long haul. Rotations are being encouraged. For the next week we must hold ground 24/7.

Contact your ohana near and far. We need many in order to protect our mauna.

We need a constant presence, rotating new bodies, relieving those there. Food and water support.

We are looking to hold ground at the base of the mauna at the MaunaKea Access road.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 10:42
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Hold the Rich Accountable in New U.N. Development Goals, Say NGOs E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 30 March 2015 09:25

By Thalif Deenl

A man lives in the makeshift house behind him, Slovak Republic. Photo: Mano Strauch © The World Bank

A man lives in the makeshift house behind him in the Slovak Republic, a member of the EU. Photo: Mano Strauch © The World Bank

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 23 2015 (IPS) - When the World Economic Forum (WEF) met last January in Switzerland, attended mostly by the rich and the super-rich, the London-based charity Oxfam unveiled a report with an alarming statistic: if current trends continue, the world’s richest one percent would own more than 50 percent of the world’s wealth by 2016.

And just 80 of the world’s richest will control as much wealth as 3.5 billion people: half the world’s population.

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Nuclear Threat Escalating Beyond Political Rhetoric E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 30 March 2015 08:38

By Thalif Deen

Every nuclear power is spending millions to upgrade their arsenals, experts say. Credit: National Nuclear Security Administration/CC-BY-ND-2.0

Every nuclear power is spending millions to upgrade their arsenals, experts say. Credit: National Nuclear Security Administration/CC-BY-ND-2.0

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 27 2015 (IPS) - As a new cold war between the United States and Russia picks up steam, the nuclear threat is in danger of escalating – perhaps far beyond political rhetoric.

Dr Randy Riddel, a former senior political affairs officer with the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) told IPS he pities the general public.

 

“Nuclear strategy has become a cockpit of rogue regimes and regional foes jostling with the five original nuclear weapons powers (the U.S., Britain, France, China and Russia), whose own dealings are infected by suspicion and rivalry.” -- The Economist

“They’re being fed two competing narratives about nukes,” Dr Rydell said, in a realistic assessment of the current state of play.

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Heiltsuk Nation occupies DFO office in face of expected herring fishery E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 29 March 2015 18:21

by Damien Gillis March 29, 2015 in First Nations

http://commonsensecanadian.ca/heiltsuk-nation-occupies-dfo-office-in-face-of-expected-herring-fishery/Heiltsuk Nation occupies DFO office in face of expected herring fishery


Heiltsuk Nation members confront DFO officers at Denny Island coast guard station (Pacific Wild)

Heiltsuk-Eviction-Notice

Updated 7 PM

Tensions continue to escalate on the waters of the Great Bear Rainforest over a highly controversial herring fishery, as members of the Heiltsuk Nation are now occupying the local DFO office in opposition to a planned gillnet opening.

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A World of Violence On Women Who Refused to Live in Silence and Be Consigned to Oblivion E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 29 March 2015 16:42
 by Eduardo Galeano at 4:01pm, March 29, 2015.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1568584784/ref=nosim/?tag=tomdispatch-20[
The following passages are excerpted from Eduardo Galeano’s bookChildren of the Days: A Calendar of Human History, just out in paperback (Nation Books).] 

 

The Shoe
(January 15)

In 1919 Rosa Luxemburg, the revolutionary, was murdered in Berlin.

Her killers bludgeoned her with rifle blows and tossed her into the waters of a canal.

Along the way, she lost a shoe.

Some hand picked it up, that shoe dropped in the mud.

Rosa longed for a world where justice would not be sacrificed in the name of freedom, nor freedom sacrificed in the name of justice.

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