Thursday, December 05, 2013
Prospects for Reform DOA
The titanic transfer of wealth from the U.S. Treasury to private equity in the form of Wall Street banks means that prospects for reform are DOA. With much of our wealth now in the hands of those who corrupted public institutions through the Reagan revolution, governance in the US will increasingly concentrate the power of Wall Street to control every aspect of our lives, and to profit from the misery they cause.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Truth Be Told
In his op-ed at The Tyee, Jonathan Sas describes his bearing witness to the common trauma of racialized violence through the testimonials of Canada's haunting attempt to stamp out Indigenous cultures. More than the institutionalized Christian brutality, Sas was struck by the shame, alienation and rage of survivors in the stories told to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and by the ongoing reluctance of Ottawa to release government documents that corroborate them.
Friday, September 06, 2013
Reconciliation Week begins September 16 in Vancouver. As David P. Ball writes at The Tyee, healing historical traumas of Canada's indigenous peoples can only happen through restoration of their sovereignty and their ability to make decisions over their lands. Reinstitution of their political authority won't erase the barbaric injustices committed against them by the Government of Canada, but it might provide an opening for a new relationship to develop.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Illuminating Indigenous Liberation
Friday, April 26, 2013
Hate For Hire
When most people read news like this, they assume that someone else in their community will take care of the problem. Law enforcement, human rights groups, churches, some government agency. Were it only so. History teaches us law enforcement responds when there's a corpse, moral authorities when there's malicious harassment. Sometimes human rights groups once there are death threats or physical assaults. Last time the hate campaign organizer noted in this article ran amok, it took a cross-burning and death threats against public officials and candidates to mobilize civil society to organize themselves and act. Let's hope it doesn't take that much to get them mobilized this time.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
As noted in The Tyee article on the brief history of mechanical energy produced from ethanol, bio-energy is extremely inefficient. Apart from the fact biofuels offer little or no benefit in reducing greenhouse gases, the soil erosion, nitrate run-off and high food prices resulting from biofuel production make it questionable as a replacement for fossil fuels. While ethanol got the lead out of gasoline, the energy returns for biofuels are dismal.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
From the indigenous point of view, there are only two types of land: the sacred and the desecrated. As indigenous nations defy Canada and the US over the Tar Sands and Powder River strip-mines, the notion of homeland security takes on new meaning. If security is the right to a clean environment and healthy way of life, then the nations whose homelands are under attack by Wall Street, Ottawa and the White House are exercising their rights under international law to defend themselves.