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Worried about corporate influence from China? Take a look at U.S. giant Lockheed Martin

A United States Congressional committee is worried that the Chinese may be using telecommunications firms to steal U.S. secrets -- and those members of Congress would know, because there's no one better at it than the U.S. government itself.

Remember back in 2000 when then-Chinese president Jiang Zemin, ignoring protests at home, paid U.S.-based Boeing $120 million for a 767 passenger jet to serve as China's version of Air Force One?

According to Time, when the plane was delivered to him, Chinese authorities found 27 surveillance devices secretly installed throughout the president’s plane. The Americans had put bugs above President Zemin's bed and even in his bathroom.


Hungry for justice in Gaza: Israel's formula for a starvation diet

A worker carries a bag of flour at a United Nations food distribution centre.

Six and a half years go, shortly after Hamas won the Palestinian national elections and took charge of Gaza, a senior Israeli official described Israel's planned response. "The idea," he said, "is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger."

Although Dov Weisglass was adviser to Ehud Olmert, the prime minister of the day, few observers treated his comment as more than hyperbole, a supposedly droll characterisation of the blockade Israel was about to impose on the tiny enclave.


Open letter to Stephen Harper: Fourteen reasons the Canada-China FIPA needs a full public review

Photo: Gus Van Harten

Dear Prime Minister Harper and Minister Fast,

I am an expert in investment treaties. As a Canadian, I am deeply concerned about the implications for Canada of the Canada-China investment treaty. As I understand, the treaty is slated for ratification by your government on or about Oct. 31. I hope you will reconsider this course of action for these reasons. 


Why we need a Canada-Québec-Indigenous Social Forum

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Anger and discontent against the ruling Conservative government is on the rise all across Canada. Human rights groups, women's organizations, cultural associations, environment groups, labour, indigenous peoples, students, generally civil society organizations feel threatened and angered by the government's policies and actions. 

Protests for social and environmental justice are erupting all over the country. Casseroles have been organized on the streets of many cities in support of the student movement in Quebec. The youth across Canada are joining hands with those from Quebec in challenging neo-liberal austerity policies. 


Mass mobilization and the Maple Spring: What are the lessons for B.C. politics?

As many of you know, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, the ex-spokesperson of CLASSE, was recently in town. Some of us had the opportunity of having a much more in depth conversation with him where we discussed, in some detail, the structure and strategy employed by CLASSE. There are some great lessons to be learned.

The greatest thing that we can learn from the Quebec student uprisings is that if we are able to mobilize en masse, if we are able to get thousands and thousands of people to coordinate activity, we can take down the government and bring about the changes that we all envision.


An open letter to Jason Kenney: We are not fooled by unsolicited, self-congratulatory pinkwashing

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Dear Jason Kenney,

We are not your friends, we are your critics.

We are writing to you in response to the mass email we received from your office on September 21st 2012. None of us have ever signed up to receive emails from your office and we wonder how our names ended up on your propaganda spam list. The more important issue, however, is the content of the email.



Between apathy and activism: In search of the elusive hipster

Spotted near Occupy Wall Street in New York. (Photo: Steve Rhodes / flickr)

There's no cultural milieu that resonates more anxiety than all the policing going on around what exactly is a 'hipster.' Their style, their motifs, their beverage preferences; we talk about them like they're not in the room. But they are.

Generally speaking, a hipster -- which I would loosely define as one who engages in an underground image not only for the purpose of standing out, but also to feel a sense of superiority -- is an urban middle-class phenomenon. Emerging in the 1990s, the hipster is known for an enthusiasm for alternative products and strange aesthetics, often developing distaste when these products enter the mainstream. 


We stand with the Greek people fighting austerity: For their sake and ours

What is happening today in Greece is only the most extreme example of a global phenomenon: the world's political and economic elites, who are responsible for the current economic crisis, want to make the rest of us pay for that crisis, no matter how much suffering this creates. But Greece also exemplifies the determined resistance of millions of ordinary people who refuse to pay for a crisis they did not cause. Their fight is a model for all of us.


Could this be the PQ's last hurrah?

Pauline Marois and Léo Bureau-Blouin. (Photo: Marie Berne / flickr)

Pauline Marois has cemented her place in history by becoming Quebec's first-ever female Premier. But there's also a good chance that she'll be remembered as the last Parti Québécois (PQ) leader to govern the province. In fact, it's entirely plausible that both the PQ and Liberals (PLQ) could disappear from Quebec's electoral landscape within a few decades.


How Canada helped make Honduras the violence and impunity capital of the world

One of the Ahuas massacre victims.

There is no end in sight to violence and repression in Honduras. There is no end in sight to the impunity and corruption with which the powerful economic, military and political sectors act.

There is also no end in sight to American and Canadian governments and businesses maintaining political, economic and military relations with the Honduras, empowering and legitimizing the regime. American and Canadian businesses and investors are, in effect, benefiting from the repression, violence, corruption and impunity.

A human rights and security abyss


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