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Troops in Burma Fire on Defiant Anti-Government Protesters PDF Print E-mail
Politics and Democracy
Friday, 28 September 2007

In Burma, the military junta is continuing its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters. Soldiers raided monasteries and fired at demonstrators. At least nine people were killed on Thursday, including a Japanese photojournalist. There are fears the death toll could be several times more.

To sign a moveon.org petition demanding the government of Burma negotiate with protesters, go here

Democracy Now! interviewed Burmese activist, Htun Aung Gway, president of the Civil Society for Burma.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 September 2007 )
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United We Fall: The Security and Prosperity Partnership PDF Print E-mail
Politics and Democracy
Friday, 24 August 2007

As social activists, we usually have our eyes on the laws that are proposed, passed, reformed or defeated in our respective legislatures.

That the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) reveals is that government executives in North America are willing to cooperate to avoid legislative and public challenge. What this means is that democratic debate and decision-making are giving way to privileged corporate access and new rules that undermine national sovereignty and human rights. Since the fight over NAFTA was such a "bruising battle," as one U.S. official called it, there was no appetite for another fight with civil society, so the North American integration agenda went underground.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 August 2007 )
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Evidence of Police Provocateurs at Anti-SPP Protest PDF Print E-mail
Politics and Democracy
Thursday, 23 August 2007

This is an interesting and important story developing around what looks like the use of undercover police to disrupt and discredit the anti-SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America) protests in Montebello, Quebec.  A video posted here on youtube.com includes footage of three masked men with rocks in their hands approaching a police line, apparently with the intention of throwing the rocks/bricks at the police.  Paul Manly, head of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union confronts the three men and accuses them of being police (agents provocateurs) and asks them to leave.  Eventually after a confrontation, the three men are grabbed by riot police and the men are apparently arrested.  

The masked men never contacted the activists' legal team to access support for their arrests and the police have no record of the three men ever being taken into custody.  There are
other pieces of evidence to support the allegations that these three men were police included below.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 August 2007 )
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The Need to Maintain Affordable Housing PDF Print E-mail
Politics and Democracy
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
In Saskatchewan there has been much discussion of late about the impact of the "petro dollars" on Saskatoon and Saskatchewan.
 
I wanted to raise some concerns about the inflation being created in the housing and rental market. Some people are being forced into paying rents that they can ill afford,  and we are seeing the afforable rental base being eroded by the conversion of apartment blocks into condos.
 
Our political leadership at both the municipal and provincial level should recognize the housing crisis we are in and put a moratorium for one year on rent increases and condo conversions. This will give time to properly plan and act on  how those people who are not sharing in the petro dollar prosperity can get the affordable good housing that they have the right to.
 
Don Kossick 
 
Human Rights Organizations Call for the Cancellation of the "No-Fly List" PDF Print E-mail
Anti-Racism
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Toronto, June 16, 2007: National human and civil rights organizations from across the country are calling on the federal government to immediately halt the implementation of the Canadian "no-fly list". The groups say that the program, dubbed "Passenger Protect", is ripe for abuse and represents an unprecedented assault on the rights of Canadian citizens and residents. The group is also calling on the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security to examine the plan and to hear public submissions.
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