North America

Online Community Baits Officer Bubbles to Sue Them Next

October 21, 2010

Officer Bubbles is back. Perhaps the shortest video in Real News Network history, ‘Officer Bubbles‘ was released as supplemental footage to a longer video about the mass arrest and detention carried out in the Toronto neighborhood of Parkdale during the weekend of the G20 Summit in June. The shorter video rose to YouTube stardom, with hundreds…

Commentary by Paul Jay

October 21, 2010
Paul Jay Speaks at The Labour College of Canada

More Native Students Can’t Afford Higher Education

October 19, 2010

The First Peoples News Bureau investigates the 2 percent cap on spending increases mandated by the Canadian government in 1996

Canadian Court Bans G-20 Defendant from Speaking

October 16, 2010

Alex Hundert’s G20 nightmare began on June 26 when Toronto Police raided his home at 4 a.m., arresting he and his partner Leah Henderson at gunpoint. One month later they were released from prison on $100,000 bail each, with 20 stringent conditions, including conditional house arrest, non-associations with some of their best friends, and a…

FROM JOE McCARTHY TO GLENN BECK

September 29, 2010

I listened to Glenn Becks “Restoring Honor” speech today hoping to find something of substance to write about. I found a stringing together of such empty phrases it does not bear discussion. The more important issue is why a man whose megalomania seems to have no bounds can become such a phenomena (he knows not…

PAKISTAN FLOODS AND A FAILED POLICY – UN Sec. General “The world has never seen such a disaster”

September 29, 2010

Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, says of the flooding in Pakistan “The world has never seen such a disaster. It’s much beyond anybody’s imagination.” At least 20 million people have lost their homes, more than 1600 have died, and disease and hunger will claim many, many more lives before all this…

A “STINKER” OF A JOBS REPORT AND HARPER SAYS IT’S TIME TO FOCUS ON THE DEFICIT – if so, then how about following the advice of an honoured Canadian and “go where the money is”

September 29, 2010

“It’s a stinker,” says Bill Gross about the latest report on Canadian unemployment.As manager of the world’s largest mutual fund (based in California), I guess Gross knows a thing or two about money. As reported in Bloomberg, Gross also said commodity-based economies like Canada’s aren’t doing as well as expected. The median forecast of 22…

ECONOMIC CRISIS AND RACISM HAUNT ARIZONA IMMIGRATION DEBATE

September 29, 2010

On Wednesday, a last-second injunction from Judge Susan Bolton temporarily stopped the most aggressive provisions of state bill SB1070 from going into effect. This is the Arizona law that will target undocumented immigrants. In particular, the judge struck down the section that compels police officers to demand identification from anyone they stop whom they suspect…

G20: INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM AND ARBITRARY STATE ACTION

September 29, 2010

In a murder trial, if the police obtain evidence illegally and can’t make their case otherwise, most of us accept the principle that a person we believe to be guilty should go free. We do this because we don’t want to live in a police state. Our right to privacy, to avoid arbitrary search and…

G20 THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME – Are extraordinary police powers and cuts to social safety net the G-20 plan for the future?

September 29, 2010

The G-20 wrapped up its work in Toronto on Sunday, and sent a message. Part of that message was in a document, 27 pages of a little bit of something for everybody. They also sent a message through the Canadian police about how the countries of the G-20 might deal with opposition to their plans.…