Jerry West

Gold River, Vancouver Island

Jerry West is the publisher, editor and janitor for The Record, an independent, progressive regional publication for Nootka Sound and Canada’s West Coast. This column originally appeared in his paper, and is posted on rabble with permission. West is a former Sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps and a Vietnam-era anti-war activist.

Jerry West
Sep 28, 2006

Keeping the fear factor up

It is interesting looking at the current issue of <i>Newsweek</i> online. The front page of all the international editions features an Afghan guerilla holding a rocket launcher and is headlined &#14
Sep 7, 2006

Of opium and depleted uranium

Afghanistan is good news for drug dealers. A recent report in the Associated Press says that opium production there is at a record high, up by more than 40 per cent from last year. Afghanistan produ
Jul 12, 2006

No beer and doughnuts in the summer of '66

A news article on July 2 titled &#147;Beer, doughnuts help troops celebrate Canada Day&#148; went on to tell about Canadian troops in Afghanistan having a special BBQ and two beers apiece to celebra
Jun 15, 2006

Terrorism is nothing new in Canada

In a poll taken this past week in the wake of the so-called &#147;terrorist&#148; arrests in Toronto 58 per cent of those polled believe that many potential terrorist groups exist in thecountry and 4
May 19, 2006

Canada: Working for American interests

<img src="/images/special/iraq2006/logo.gif" width="100" height="25"> To date 16 Canadians have died in Afghanistan and the intensity of the civil war appears to be increasing. In Iraq the U.S. has
May 8, 2006

The taxing questions around taxes

Consider the mess that the regressive U.S. administration has got that country into. An insane regimen of tax cuts, corporate give-aways and heavy spending on foreign wars has put that country in a
Mar 10, 2006

Looking for answers? Follow the money

What are we doing in Afghanistan? That is a question that many Canadians don't have a good answer for. The government is resisting any attempt by Members of Parliament to have a debate on our Afghan
Feb 8, 2006

Where does he stand on war crimes?

The contradiction between the vast majority of Canadians who wish a progressive, socially liberal society and the radical and regressive conservatives who make up a significant portion of Stephen Har
Jan 27, 2006

Resources wasted on firearm regulations

Anyone who pays any attention to the news at all should not have missed the fact that recently a number of shootings in Toronto have generated considerable notice. As in many cases in Canada when a
Nov 30, 2005

MLAs in BC: Do they need a raise?

There are some things that happen that just boggle one's mind. The recent MLA pay raise fiasco in BC is certainly one of them. Voting a pay raise without any public discussion? What were they thin


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