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Why did the Democrats lose in Massachusetts?

Brave New Films put this question to Celinda Lake, pollster for the Coakley campaign, and Stephanie Taylor from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Forget the conventional wisdom about moving to the center versus moving toward the base: both parties have been bought and paid for by corporate special interests, Lake argues, and consequently, the Tea Party Patriots have become a more popular political force than either the Democratic or the Republican Party.

Watch and remember: A People's History of American Empire by Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

Howard Zinn died of a heart attack Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at the age of 87.  An intellectual of extraordinary influence, we remember him at rabble.ca for the way he wrote history 'for the rest of us'.

In this clip:  'Empire or Humanity? What the Classroom Didn't Teach Me about the American Empire' by Howard Zinn. Narrated by Viggo Mortensen. Art by Mike Konopacki. Video editing by Eric Wold.

 

 

Big Cable RIP-OFF

Cable monopolies are taking nearly $120 Million dollars a year from a public trust.
*Tell the CRTC to put an end to this insanity: http://openmedia.ca/action

Haiti and the 'Devil's Curse'

While everyone piles on Pat Robertson, the rest of the mainstream media is making the same error he did, attributing Haiti's misery to the supernatural. Avoiding any discussion of the true history of Haiti, and the role of foreign intervention in bringing about Haiti's poverty and political instability.

Danny Glover, Peter Hallward, and Anthony Fenton weigh-in on the roots of Haiti's misery. For more visit www.therealnews.com.

Rebick: 'Never in my life seen a spontaneous protest that built like this'

On January 23rd, 2010, thousands gathered in downtown Toronto to protest Prime Minister Stephen Harper's prorogation of Parliament - an act widely believed to have been orchestrated to avoid scrutiny over scandals of torture in Afghanistan and poor handling of the economy.

In this clip, inveterate Canadian activist and feminist Judy Rebick makes a rousing speech, saying the no prorogue movement is like nothing she's ever seen in her 40 years of activism.

Thousands come out to No Prorogue Protest in Toronto

On January 23rd, 2010, thousands gathered in downtown Toronto to protest Prime Minister Stephen Harper's prorogation of Parliament - an act widely believed to have been orchestrated to avoid scrutiny over scandals of torture in Afghanistan and poor handling of the economy.

Despite Carleton repression, students launch divestment campaign

SAIA demands that Carleton University immediately divest its stock in BAE Systems, L-3 Communications, Motorola, Northrop Grumman and Tesco, and adopt a socially responsible investment policy.

January 2010, Ottawa, Ontario

More information: http://carleton.saia.ca

Is there an imposter in the U.S. Democratic Party?

New Yorkers are starting to get acquainted with their new neighbor, former Tennessee Congressman and bank executive Harold Ford, Jr.

So who is the REAL Harold Ford, Jr.?

Well, for starters, hes a staunch opponent of abortion rights. He also disapproves of marriage equality for gay couples, opposes public safety laws to keep guns off the streets, and blames immigrants for Americas problems. Doesnt sound like much of a New Yorker, does he?

Naomi Klein issues Haiti disaster capitalism alert

Journalist and author Naomi Klein spoke in New York last night and addressed the crisis in Haiti: “We have to be absolutely clear that this tragedy -- which is part natural, part unnatural -- must, under no circumstances, be used to, one, further indebt Haiti and, two, to push through unpopular corporatist policies in the interest of our corporations. This is not conspiracy theory. They have done it again and again.”

Gimme Gold! The IOC Song (Vancouver Version)

From http://iocsong.com/:


As part of its spending spree for the 2010 Olympics, the British Columbia government found a BILLION DOLLARS* for a new Vancouver Convention Centre ($400 million over budget).

But they say there’s no more money for Women’s Shelters. (Or seniors programs, or ambulance drivers, or school sports programs, or legal aid, etc, etc, etc.)

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