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U.K. riots: Feral capitalism is at least as big a culprit

Firefighters in Croydon, south London, try to put out a building set on fire by rioters. Photo: tgeasland/Flickr

"Nihilistic and feral teenagers" London's Daily Mail called them: the crazy youths from all walks of life who raced around the streets mindlessly and desperately hurling bricks, stones and bottles at the cops while looting here and setting bonfires there, leading the authorities on a merry chase of catch-as-catch-can as they tweeted their way from one strategic target to another.

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Meditations at the ringed fence around G20 Toronto

When I search for an image to describe the core of my spiritual practice, the one that presses up through the other narratives of my life is this one: June 26, 2010, carrying my six-year-old son away from a burning police car in front of a bank tower on Bay Street in downtown Toronto. Three young protesters, using black bloc tactics, jumped on the roof of the car as my son and I turned away and walked towards the empty street behind us to make our way home.

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Narcissism, entitlement, aggression and rape

A story that pictures of an alleged gang rape were circling Facebook came as a shock to most Canadians. Worse was that the rape was apparently of a drugged 16-year-old girl who had been attending a rave in British Columbia. And more bad news has come to light in the days since, with some young men who weren't involved defending the girl's attackers.

In a widely circulated interview from CTV, two teen boys (Justin and Martin) expressed some raw opinions on the girl who had been raped.

Justin stated: "We are thinking it's being over-exaggerated. I don't think she was as messed up as she's making it out to be. I don't think she was raped...".

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The G20's symbolic violence

This week's mass processing inside (and outside) a Toronto courthouse helped clarify June's Jailapalooza festival during the G20, the largest mass arrest in our history. Of 1,100 detained, all but 227 had the charges dropped or were never charged. Most had no links to burning police cars or battered bank machines. They were picked up while protesting peacefully or looking on.

Why? Police say they wanted to prevent recurrences, after the dramatic events. Some intimate they were embarrassed by criticisms of their earlier inaction, and overreacted. Why had police gone missing at the crucial time? There's been no clear answer. One possibility: to justify the vaulting security costs via shocking images of violence.

After 13 years of war, Canada is shocked that a 'terrorist' attacked its soldiers

Photo: flickr

This piece and its updates were first published at The Intercept, and is reprinted here with permission.

TORONTO – In Quebec on Monday, two Canadian soldiers were hit by a car driven by Martin Couture-Rouleau, a 25-year-old Canadian who, as The Globe and Mail reported, "converted to Islam recently and called himself Ahmad Rouleau." 

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Ottawa shootings: Police continue investigations, lockdown continues

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Following the shooting death of a military reservist and shots fired in Parliament Hill's Centre Block, police have confirmed that one suspect is dead. The name of the soldier who was shot and killed in the incident has not yet been released. At a press conference today, police and military spokespeople offered condolences to the family of the shooting victim. 

They said the incident was ongoing, but would not confirm whether there was more than one shooter, and asked that Ottawa citizens continue to be vigilant and report suspicious activity.

"We're still investigating the active operation. We're clearing Parliament Hill, and asking the public to call 911 to assist in the investigation," said Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau.

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Uprising! Women as Change Makers: An interactive conversation with Sally Armstrong

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

Location

Amphitheatre, St Paul University
223 Main Street
Ottawa, ON
Canada
45° 24' 26.892" N, 75° 40' 37.3008" W

In partnership with Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN), we will be present at this interactive event with Sally Armstrong, award winning humanitarian, journalist and author.

Women are key to ending violence, conflict and poverty. Sally Armstrong, who has been on the front lines in Africa, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Asia and Canada, will bring us women's inspiring and brave voices in the face of oppression and violation of their human rights. 

7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm
Monday, October 6
Amphitheatre, St Paul University
223 Main Street, Ottawa

Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted to cover costs and the work of GRAN.

Israel accused of war crimes in UK Parliament across party lines

Here are highlights from a UK parliamentary debate in which MPs variously accused Israel of war crimes, disproportionate violence, ruining peace negotiations by building illegal settlements, running the world's largest outdoor prison, collective punishment,and attacking water supplies, hospitals, supply centres and all manner of other civilian targets.

Asia Pacific Currents

Violence against women workers in India

July 11, 2014
| Labour news from the Asia Pacific region and an interview with Kavita Krishnan from CPI M-L on gender violence in India.
Length: 28:46 minutes (13.17 MB)
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