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Contributors: Faiz Ahmed, JBB, Graham H. Cox, R. Dubois, JA Cox

The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race | TIME

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Aug 22, 2014 02:51 PM
"By focusing on just the racial aspect, the discussion becomes about whether Michael Brown’s death—or that of the other three unarmed black men who were killed by police in the U.S. within that month—is about discrimination or about police justification. ... Of course, to many in America, being a person of color is synonymous with being poor, and being poor is synonymous with being a criminal. Ironically, this misperception is true even among the poor. And that’s how the status quo wants it. The U.S. Census Report finds that 50 million Americans are poor. Fifty million voters is a powerful block if they ever organized in an effort to pursue their common economic goals. So, it’s crucial that those in the wealthiest One Percent keep the poor fractured by distracting them with emotional issues like immigration, abortion and gun control so they never stop to wonder how they got so screwed over for so long."

The link address is: http://time.com/3132635/ferguson-coming-race-war-class-warfare/

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How Israel's hawks intimidated and silenced the last remnants of the anti-war left | Foreign Policy

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Aug 22, 2014 02:46 PM
"Public opinion polls confirm the Israeli right's gains during the current conflict. A survey conducted by the Knesset Channel recently found that the right-wing parties would win 56 seats in the next election, up from 43 last year. The center-left bloc would shrink from 59 seats to 48. Other surveys suggest that the right could win a majority by itself, without needing religious parties or centrists to form a coalition. But perhaps more striking is the public's near-unanimous support for the Gaza war, from Israelis across the political spectrum. Roughly 90 percent of Jewish Israelis support the war, according to recent polls."

The link address is: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/08/05/death_of_sympathy_israel_gaza_liberals_netanyahu_hawks

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In Ferguson, Money For Tanks And Tear Gas, But None For Education

by JBB last modified Aug 22, 2014 11:41 AM
Reverend Osagyefo Sekou says the city of Ferguson can be described in "apartheid-like statistics", and youth have little hope, options, or opportunity | The Real News

The link address is: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12268

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Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen': Pentagon | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Aug 22, 2014 01:09 PM
"They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of ... military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we've seen." Full story here.

This statement by U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is a clear indictment of the fact that ISIS is a proxy-army for the Gulf monarchies of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Indeed, a mainstream Arabic media monitoring website notes there is very little mention of ISIS in the Gulf; instead, terms like "Iraqi Sunni's" are employed, and the groups actions are described in the language of resistance.

The emergence of ISIS, as a proxy-army, likely presents the biggest challenge the U.S. has ever been forced to confront in the region because dismantling the organization is becoming increasingly tied to dismantling the post-WW1 compact which created Saudi Arabia.
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Workers not to blame for Quebec pension problem: Don Pittis

by Graham H. Cox last modified Aug 22, 2014 09:22 AM
"To read many of the stories about these Quebec pension cuts you would think that it was the pensioners' fault. The same kind of thing happened in Detroit. Outraged taxpayers inveigh against government employees for sucking money out of the public purse for a cushy retirement. It's as if by choosing a job with a pension and keeping to their side of the contract, the workers are taking advantage."

The link address is: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/workers-not-to-blame-for-quebec-pension-problem-don-pittis-1.2742698

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What My Friend Jim Foley Taught Me to Question

by JBB last modified Aug 21, 2014 01:33 PM
TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux pays tribute to the life of her friend and colleague Jim Foley, who was executed by ISIS while covering the Syrian civil war | The Real News

The link address is: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12270

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The Globe and Mail continues habit of ignoring public opinion on trade #CETA | Nick Fillmore

by Graham H. Cox last modified Aug 20, 2014 02:53 PM
"Here's what practically all established media do now: they ignore public protest and opinion on key issues, and later, when doing a half-baked analysis of issues, say there's no response or concern from the public. Clark wrote: "The long-awaited text of the Canada-European Union trade agreement was leaked, to deafening silence. Industry groups and political parties yawned and blinked and didn't find much to say." Apparently the public opposition to CETA merit even a mention."

The link address is: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/media-watch/2014/08/globe-and-mail-continues-habit-ignoring-public-opinion

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Dismantling the myth of Canada's economic recovery | Jim Stanford

by Graham H. Cox last modified Aug 20, 2014 02:38 PM
"The argument that Canada outperformed the rest of the world was overstated at the best of times. Even in the early years of recovery, several other countries (including Germany, South Korea, Australia) did much better at protecting employment and rebuilding incomes. But with the rest of the world now gaining serious economic momentum, Canada's boastful claims are increasingly far-fetched. Far from leading, we now lag other countries, and our relative underperformance is getting worse."

The link address is: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2014/08/dismantling-myth-canadas-economic-recovery

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EU – Canada #CETA trade agreement: one step closer but still no text in sight | EPSU

by Graham H. Cox last modified Aug 20, 2014 02:50 PM
The European Public Services Union (EPSU) has -- since the beginning of the CETA negotiations -- rejected firmly the inclusion of ISDS and negative listing. Even if there are market access reservations for public services outside of ISDS, this will not give adequate protection from claims of expropriation or violations of “fair and equitable treatment”, e.g. in the case of remunicipalisation. The EU’s own Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) on CETA recommended against including an ISDS mechanism.

The link address is: http://www.epsu.org/a/10707

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Peoples Social Forum #PSF2014 Session on the Progressive Trade Alternative

by Graham H. Cox last modified Aug 20, 2014 03:02 PM
Join us Friday, August 22 at 2:45pm at the Peoples Social Forum MRT 211 for an in-depth discussion on a progressive trade alternative for Canada.

Trade that works for people and the planet: Building a Progressive Trade Alternative

The Trade Justice Network and coalition partners will facilitate a session launching cross-country consultations on building concrete alternatives to the current neoliberal trade model.

The goal will be to establish Canada-wide local organizing capacity to:

  1. Raise awareness about the dangers of trade and investment deals and current negotiations.
  2. Dispel the myth that to oppose or criticize free trade deals is to be against trade.
  3. Understand the regional and sectoral impacts of Canada’s traditional trade agenda.
  4. Begin to outline and promote an alternative vision of fair trade agreements that benefit everyone – not just a global corporate elite.
  5. Engage traditional and non-traditional allies in the fight for trade justice, making the links between their struggles and the overarching economic order imposed in the free trade era.

Participants will build on the principles and basic foundation of the European Alternative Trade
Mandate, updating and expanding these documents to reflect the Canadian historical, political and
social context.

See here for more information.

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