Iraq war was to protect Israel?
Mar 30 2004
A longtime Bush insider suggested in 2002 that a prime motive for overthrowing Iraq's Saddam Hussein was to protect Israel — not the U.S. — from potential aggression. Inter Press Service re
Repairing the past for better futures
Mar 30 2004
Prosecuting human rights abusers is now a familiar phase in a society's passage from conflict to peaceful development. But punitive justice is only one side of transition. Just as important — to
Budget: Debt obsession spites poor
Mar 29 2004
Never mind that Canada's debt-to-GDP ratio is already second-best among G-7 economies. The dominant feature of last week's Liberal budget is that it pumps $4-billion more into debt repayment —
U.S. undermining AIDS generics?
Mar 29 2004
A leading Africa-solidarity group today decried American efforts to exclude generic AIDS drugs from distribution through U.S.-funded programs. The EU has reportedly pulled out of a conference that be
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Union censured for abetting privateers
Mar 29 2004
The Canadian Labour Congress has finally imposed sanctions on the Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers of Canada for its “yellow dog” organizing practices. Most recently, the IWA signed a de
B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
Privatizing payroll imperils privacy
Mar 26 2004
British Columbia is handing over its payroll operations to a private consortium. Unions say the move could jeopardize sensitive information on some 30,000 public employees. The consortium includes tw
Chile's street kids circus
Mar 26 2004
At one time or another, most children think about running away from home. One classic destination for these wayward dreams is the circus. The more adventurous may even fantasize about finding fame an
A storm brews in Papua
Mar 26 2004
Quietly, quickly, in an overlooked corner of the world, a storm is gaining force. Papua is being ravaged in an escalating program of repression by the Indonesian military. Observers say at least 100,
Budget falls short on Kyoto commitments
Mar 25 2004
“What the Throne Speech giveth ... the budget taketh away.” Critics say this week's federal budget doesn't do enough to support Canada's Kyoto Protocol commitments. The government is accele
National Union of Public and General Employees
Privacy rights on trial in PEI
Mar 25 2004
Should newspapers have the right to publish the name, the job title and the salary of every public sector employee? Prince Edward Island's <i>Eastern Graphic</i> seems to think so. The Montague-based
Sierra Club of Canada
Budget addresses toxic sites
Mar 25 2004
A lonely patch of progressive praise for this week's federal budget: Environment groups are applauding new initiatives to manage contaminated sites. The budget commits $3.5-billion over ten years to
U.S. blocks UN rebuke of Israel
Mar 24 2004
The U.S. appears set to block any attempt by the UN Security Council to condemn Israel for Monday's assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. Yesterday, the Americans blocked consensus on a
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Budget: Liberals sleep atop surplus
Mar 24 2004
Yesterday's federal budget is a platform for inaction supported by &#147;old tricks,&#148; charges the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Deferring its opportunity to invest in rebuilding a cou
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Budget: Liberals ignore social deficit
Mar 24 2004
Canada's largest union says that yesterday's federal budget fixates on debt reduction while failing to tackle a gaping social deficit. The union offers its analysis of what Canadians needed &#151; an
working TV
Chomsky engages 25,000 in Vancouver
Mar 23 2004
&#147;We still say no to war.&#148; Some 25,000 people flooded Vancouver's streets on Saturday to re-broadcast that message. This was the city's response to the Global Day of Action Against War and O
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Whistleblowing bill: too little, too late
Mar 23 2004
Canada's federal government has finally introduced legislation to protect employees who report government wrongdoing. But a public service union that lobbied for years for whistleblower protection sa
U.S. complicit in Yassin killing?
Mar 23 2004
The Arab world is flooded today with strong perceptions that the U.S. gave a wink and a nod to Israel's decision to assassinate Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin &#151; if only through its own prosecu
Socialist Worker
Canada: bomber #4
Mar 23 2004
The peace movement helped stop Canada from openly supporting the U.S.-led war on Iraq. A split in the Liberal Party, deepened by the spectacle of public protest, dissuaded the Prime Minister from joi
Seal hunt opens, activists watch
Mar 23 2004
Against international pressure, the commercial hunt for harp and hooded seal pups began today across the ice floes of eastern Canada. The International Fund for Animal Welfare is also out on the ice,
Whistleblowers deserve better
Mar 23 2004
The stories are depressingly similar: mild-mannered public servant exposes wrongdoing, then suffers a chain of pressure and reprisal. And for every Allan Cutler or Joanna Gualtieri, for every Margare
Council of Canadians
Japanese: No GE wheat, please
Mar 22 2004
Canada is facing mounting pressure to reject an application from Monsanto to unleash genetically engineered (GE) wheat strains. Today, a coalition of 410 Japanese consumer and industry groups declare
Amnesty International
Missing, murdered, misunderstood
Mar 22 2004
As many as 500 Aboriginal women have gone missing in Canada over the past 20 years. It's the tip of a wider reality: Aboriginal women disproportionately face violence in their lives. This tragedy sho
Damning Three Gorges
Mar 20 2004
On the Yangtze River, with diverse Canadian involvement, China is building the world's biggest dam. Its sheer physical scale is matched only by the controversy it inspires &#151; and by efforts to qu
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Russia fails captive aid worker
Mar 19 2004
Nineteen months after the abduction of Arjan Erkel, M
Class hatred and the hijacking of Aristide
Mar 19 2004
Some observers describe last month's coup against Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide as a U.S. plot. Other believe American involvement was less direct &#151; a case of willful neglect. But mos
Parkland Institute
Albertans deserve a break
Mar 18 2004
Alberta continues to enjoy record growth and huge surpluses. Critics say that's largely a result of sacrifices made by Albertans &#151; in terms of quality of life and public services. Will the provi
B.C. Teachers' Federation
Teachers commit $5M to 'defence' campaign
Mar 18 2004
British Columbia's teachers are preparing a major public awareness campaign to defend public education. At their union's annual general meeting this week, delegates voted overwhelmingly to invest up
National Union of Public and General Employees
Insurance profits fatten
Mar 18 2004
So this is where the money goes? Bloated insurance premiums &#151; especially for auto coverage &#151; are a political hot potato right across Canada. And figures just released by the Insurance Burea
Amnesty International
Iraq's anguish, one year on
Mar 18 2004
As many as 10,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed as a direct result of the U.S.-led intervention launched one year ago. Millions are suffering the consequences of devastated infrastructure and mass
CAW
CAW
CN strike: end in sight
Mar 16 2004
Around-the-clock bargaining culminating this morning in a tentative agreement between the Canadian Auto Workers Union and Canadian National Railway. If ratified in a vote to be held this week, the de