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This is not my Canada. This is not my media

"There was a time when the pen was mightier than the sword. That was a time when people believed in truth and regarded truth as an independent power, and not as an auxiliary for government, class, race, ideological, personal, or financial interest.

Paul Craig Roberts, Good-Bye: Truth has fallen and taken Liberty with it.



The criminalization of dissent in the U.S.

Early in the morning on Friday, September 24, FBI agents in Chicago and Minnesota's Twin Cities kicked in the doors of anti-war activists, brandishing guns, spending hours rifling through their homes. The FBI took away computers, photos, notebooks and other personal property. Residents were issued subpoenas to appear before a grand jury in Chicago. It was just the latest in the ongoing crackdown on dissent in the U.S., targeting peace organizers as supporters of "foreign terrorist organizations."

Hearing from dissenters on rabble radio

Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: Pete Kraynak, Naila Jinnah
Historian Howard Zinn once said that dissent is the highest form of patriotism. In this episode of rabble radio, we will hear from a number of dissenters.

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Smash the State Report: Apr. 5, 2013

April 13, 2013
| Lots of #noLine9 + pipeline, along with other Indigenous sovereignty news. Fighting over alfalfa, finding toxic fish + losing to a beetle. BDS + anti-CAS updates, War resisters + resisting authority.
Length: 1:12:44 minutes (66.61 MB)
| March 15, 2013

Coalition documents suppression of dissent in Canada

February 6, 2013
| The Voices-Voix coalition shows how the federal government has undermined democratic institutions, eroded free speech, and deliberately silenced individuals who disagree with their policies.
Length: 16:34 minutes (15.17 MB)

Day of Dissent

Friday, December 7, 2012 - 1:00pm


SFU Harbour Centre
515 W. Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
49° 17' 4.8012" N, 123° 6' 44.7768" W

Dissent is an indispensable component of a free and democratic society. Yet, across the globe the right to engage in dissent is increasingly threatened. Join us on Friday, December 7th — the 64th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights —  as we examine the extent to which the right is acknowledged and protected by Canadian and International law.

Speakers will include: Pearl Eliadis, Cameron Ward, Leo McGrady, Q.C., Gwen Brodsky, Rueben George, Phil Lane, Gail Davidson, and Jason Gratl.

Location: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6B 4N4

This event is free


Smash the State Report - July 13 2012

August 1, 2012
| AW@L Radio's Smash the State Report w/ updates on the criminalisation of dissent in canada (G20 + quebec) + some actions to counter the cons' anti-human/refugee/migrant/science + pro-torture agendas.
Length: 52:44 minutes (48.3 MB)

U.S. war veterans challenge NATO's occupation of Chicago

Helicopters around Chicago ahead of the NATO summit. Photo: opacity/Flickr

Veterans of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are now challenging the occupation of Chicago.

This week, NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is holding the largest meeting in its 63-year history there. Protests and rallies will confront the two-day summit, facing off against a massive armed police and military presence. The NATO gathering has been designated a "National Special Security Event" by the Department of Homeland Security, empowering the U.S. Secret Service to control much of central Chicago, and to employ unprecedented authority to suppress the public's First Amendment right to dissent.

Rick Salutin: Is dissent alive and well in Canada?

Rick Salutin used to be a respectable columnist at The Globe & Mail. Then he got fired, and happily (as he tells it), became “unrespectable” again.

But the fact that the left-wing dissident ever had a weekly column in a national mainstream publication speaks to the evolution of dissent in Canada, he argues.

“Think about the media for a minute in the 1960s,” Salutin told a crowd of over 100 people who gathered at the Ottawa Public Library for a lecture on the health of dissent, hosted by Prism Magazine on April 21.


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