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KI protesting Platinex incursion on their land again

On the left are Sam McKay and Chief Donny Morris at last Spring's rally for KI and Ardoch at Queen's Park
 The courageous people of  Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwugis (KI)  are out on the land in peaceful protest once again against mining on their lands  without their permission.  Despite promises from the province last Spring when the KI Chief and Council went to jail for just such a protest, mobilizing support from around the province and across the country, letters to Premier McGuinty sent unanswered.  Today they issued a press statement, excerpts appear below
 
 

Is the Party Over? What's the hope for the NDP?

Today I was on The Current  to debate the proposed name change of the NDP. The name is the least of their problems is my view.  David Michael Lamb, the guest host, asked me why I wasn't going the NDP convention.  I answered, "I've kind of given up on the NDP."  Frankly, it didn't even occur to me to go.  I have been involved in efforts to change the NDP since the 1980's in Ontario and with a few exceptions (getting them to support the Morgentaler clinic), it has been almost impossible to get them to change.  Their response to opposition from the Waffle , a powerful youth opposition reflecting the new politics on the 1960's until now has been to crush it.

Giving and receiving: a celebration of friendship

I am starting to blog again after a month’s absence. I needed time off from everything to recharge. It has been a very intense six months starting with the occupation of Jewish women of the Israeli consulate to protest the assault on Gaza ,   going through the launch and tour of Transforming Power , and ending with the launch of Fierce Light, my friend Velcrow Ripper’s new film, in which I play a small part.   By the time it was all over, not counting my work at Ryerson, the solidarity with the Tamil and three presentations at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, I was exhausted and recovering from a torn ligament in my knee and pneumonia. I just needed to stop.

Understanding the Coup in Honduras by Felipe Stuart

Felipe Stuart is an old friend and comrade who went to Nicaragua in the 1980's but unlike many revolutionary solidarity activists, he stayed and became a citizen and a member of the FSLN.  He is writing with considerable knowledge about the coup in Honduras
Here are some working notes for an article I am about to publish on the meaning of the coup, and the US bases in Colombia.* There are a number of salient points that must be understood in order to understand the "Tegucigolpe" (coup) in Honduras:
 
First, the coup was made in Washington and the US Soto Cano (formerly Palmerola) airbase. Washington participated, through mostly Bush appointees and some going back to the Clinton presidency), in conceiving, planning, and carryout the coup. As always, US coup-making was conducted with all the appropriate disguises and trickery to lay the basis for plausible denial and even "opposition" in the event the "dress rehearsal coup" won on the ground but blew up in their faces internationally.

In Honour of the 64th Anniversary of Hiroshima

Please take a moment on this 64th Anniversary of Hiroshima to watch this movie video by Velcrow Ripper entitled "Lanterns of Memory"  It includes an interview with a survivor

An Evening in Burqin by Pierre Beaudet

The sun is slowly coming down in this northern West Bank village. We are really a few kilometers from Galilee just outside the green line. Around the city of Jenin and the nearby villages, a cluster of Israeli settlements remind us of the occupation, as well as numerous checkpoints controlled by Israeli soldiers.

My not so secret life as a movie buff

Sometime in 2006, I met Cathi Bond, whom  I knew as the CBC's DVD Diva (a title she hates but I love) .  I'm not sure why,  but we got into an argument about Kill Bill I (a film which she loved but I hated).  It was a debate that reflected the difference in generation, she's about 20 years younger than me, and I realized later cultural sensibilities.  We both like action films but she loves the really over the top ones, especially Korean.  She asked if I wanted to debate Kill Bill for rabble radio,

John Cartwright Reviews "Transforming Power"

John Cartwright, President of the Toronto and York District Labour Council, offers up his thoughts on Transforming Power. Click on the .pdf below to download and read the review that originally appeared in Our Times

The Toronto Municipal Strike: Who Do We Get Mad At?

 By Sam Gindin

Public sector strikes are frustrating to both the public and the strikers. The public is upset with losing daily services they have come to depend on, while the strikers are upset with the apparent lack of respect for the work they do.

The Toronto Municipal Strike: Who Do We Get Mad At?

Below is an excellent commentary on the Toronto City Strike now almost settled