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Derrick O'Keefe's blog

former [i]rabble.ca[/i] Editor Derrick O'Keefe is a writer and social justice activist in Vancouver, BC. He is the author of the new Verso book, Michael Ignatieff: The Lesser Evil? and the co-writer of Afghan MP Malalai Joya's political memoir, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice. Derrick also served as rabble.ca's editor from 2007 to 2009. Topics covered on this blog will include the war in Afghanistan and foreign policy, Canadian politics, media analysis, climate justice and ecology. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/derrickokeefe
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog September 12
Derrick O'Keefe | Sister Elizabeth of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement lived and worked in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside for over a dozen years. She made an indelible impression.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog September 11
Derrick O'Keefe | But you cannot kill an idea. Forty years later, they have failed. That's why we can say today: Allende vive. Allende lives.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog September 4
Derrick O'Keefe | The extent of this H2O plundering is not even the worst part of it; the truly shocking thing is that Nestlé hasn't even broken any laws.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog August 28
Derrick O'Keefe | If only we could prorogue the war machine.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog August 20
Photo: http://www.aksam.com.tr/
Derrick O'Keefe | Are the esteemed editors of the Wall Street Journal at all embarrassed about their wish for a Pinochet on the Nile? It seems not.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog August 12
Photo: Paul Kruger / Flickr
Derrick O'Keefe | Confronting what is now quite evidently a global climate emergency will take a lot more than a few more people riding bikes.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog July 16
Derrick O'Keefe | The B.C. premier is arrogant, glib and vacuous; her pronouncements, at times, seem little more than a series of almost randomly strung together talking points and platitudes.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog July 2
Derrick O'Keefe | The second General Assembly of the People's Social Forum gets underway this evening in Edmonton. This project is too important to fail.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog June 7
Defend our Coast rally. (Photo by Chris Yakimov / Flickr)
Derrick O'Keefe | The federal government under Harper has indicated that they would be willing to use Cabinet powers to approve the pipeline.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog May 28
Photo: gak / flickr
Derrick O'Keefe | It's been two weeks since the stunning election in B.C. the disillusionment and indignation hasn't really let up.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog May 20
Image: citizenactionmonitor.wordpress.com
Derrick O'Keefe | Actual media scrutiny is what is required when the highest office in the land is involved in dodgy, unethical and potentially illegal matters.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog May 10
Derrick O'Keefe | After a dozen years of the B.C. Liberals, enough is enough. Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals are indeed unfit for office.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog April 25
Photo: BC NDP
Derrick O'Keefe | B.C. is a province awash in wealth, much of it on ostentatious display. There is simply no excuse for anyone to be malnourished, homeless and otherwise severely indigent.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog April 12
Derrick O'Keefe | This year Earth Day lands in the middle of the provincial election campaign. This is good timing, given the global climate emergency and B.C.'s alarming and increasing reliance on fossil fuel exports.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog April 3
The destruction of Bahrain's Pearl monument.
Derrick O'Keefe | The damning facts about Canadian complicity in Saudi Arabia's repression against Bahrain's popular movement are well known. Will anyone ask Baird about this?
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog March 27
Nobody's accusing Adrian Dix of planning Chavez-like policies. That's a shame.
Derrick O'Keefe | The mainstream media and corporate elite appear to be much less alarmed about the prospect of a B.C. NDP win than in the past.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog March 25
Derrick O'Keefe | The Journey of Nishiyuu arrives in Ottawa today -- the completion of an epic journey of Indigenous youth that started in the community of Whapmagoostui on Hudson Bay in northern Quebec.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog March 19
Derrick O'Keefe | On this sombre anniversary, it's worth remembering that, at the time, Stephen Harper lamented the fact that Canada wasn't a full participant in the U.S.-led war.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog March 17
Derrick O'Keefe | Even before this weekend's revelations about Toews' involvement, outrage and concern was widespread and mounting.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog March 12
Derrick O'Keefe | For Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals, it's all coming down like a house of cards. After 12 years in power, the governing party is about to fall.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog March 5
Derrick O'Keefe | The poor of Venezuela and of all Latin America are better off today in real and tangible ways because the people kept Hugo Chavez in power.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog March 4
Derrick O'Keefe | Flanagan has made a career of blaming Indigenous people for their predicament. Now he's found a way to blame them for his, as well.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog February 26
Al-Ajami in prison.
Derrick O'Keefe | Locking up a poet may end up freeing up a lot of truth. Here's hoping that the global effort to free al-Ajami brings much needed attention to the plight of others denied their rights in Qatar.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog February 15
A display of ten years of anti-war posters at the London conference.
Derrick O'Keefe | Last weekend, I attended and spoke at an international conference in London assessing the legacy of the largest protest in human history -- February 15, 2003.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog February 6
Photo: Peter Fiskerstrand / Flickr
Derrick O'Keefe | With less than 100 days to go until the B.C. election, the governing Liberals are throwing millions of public dollars into a TV advertising blitz.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog January 31
Derrick O'Keefe | Coleman told a media scrum this morning that gas is to B.C. what the oil sands are to Alberta. And he's not wrong.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog January 15
The C-17 military transport plane. (Photo: Wikipedia)
Derrick O'Keefe | Canada has joined another military intervention. We need far more debate and discussion about foreign policy in this country.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog January 14
Derrick O'Keefe | The pundits of the status quo continue to breathlessly report the completely unsurprising fact that many Indigenous people disagree with Shawn Atleo’s approach to dealing with the Harper government.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog January 1
Derrick O'Keefe | Sooner or later, the power of the people aided by the creative use of social media we have available will defeat the utterly cynical communications strategy of this government.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog December 21
Derrick O'Keefe | @PMHarper has been completely silent about Chief Spence and Idle No More, while cracking jokes about everything from the CBC to Chinchillas.

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