Tens, probably hundreds, of thousands of Haitians will commemorate this event with angry protests at the end of this month, directing their anger at the foreign occupation authority that took control of their country and has brought it to ruin.
It was our last day in Rio de Janeiro and we still hadn't visited Christ the Redeemer, Cristo Rendentor. That's the big grey statue of Jesus Christ that watches over 7 million cariocas (Rio's citizens), mostly Catholics, from its perch high above the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city) on Brazil's Atlantic coast.
In just over ten days, nearly 4,500 Canadians have written the CRTC demanding that they put a stop to discriminatory Internet throttling by big ISPs. Canadians made it known that they will stand for nothing less than full and open access to all the Internet has to offer, free from ISP control. Big telecommunication companies want to become gatekeepers of the Internet, deciding online winners and losers, and making our online choices for us.
When I watched with the help of my Arabic speaking hosts, I realized that this was television with a difference. It told stories from the ground up. In addition to generals and politicians, we heard from and saw ordinary people and the conditions of their lives. And for my Palestinian hosts, it was the only place they could find out what was really happening in the Middle East.
This is not how it was supposed to be.
"The Canadian Forces are making an immense sacrifice to bring freedom, democracy and self-reliance to the people of Afghanistan, all the while protecting Canada's values and security," reads a recent statement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, following the death of yet another Canadian soldier.
It is increasingly clear that a dramatic reduction in military spending has become an economic necessity. Yet, the Harper government is doing the opposite, while trying to conceal it. And so, as President Obama makes his first visit to Canada, Prime Minister Harper is busy forging ahead with a stealth 'war stimulus' that will actually stoke the fire of the economic crisis.
And Harper could quickly find himself in a position he doesn't like to be in: on the defensive.
Canada, as the smaller of the two trading partners, has become much more an exporter of raw and semi-processed resources in recent years -- accounting for almost 60 per cent of our exports -- and it is deeply dependent on exports to the U.S.
The collapse of U.S. demand and of commodity prices is the main factor behind Canada registering in December a major drop in exports and its first trade deficit in 33 years.
Although Darwin’s political views were far from radical, his insights became the central weapons in the battle to establish materialist science as the basis for our understanding of the world, and contributed to the development of Marxism.
On more than one occasion in Sri Lanka's long drawn out ethnic conflict, government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) - commonly known as the Tigers - have been locked in a stand-off. And civilians living in the area have been caught in the crossfire and used as the "sand bags" with which the Tigers barricade themselves.
Tigers in a corner, civilians feel the squeeze