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First blow against the FTAA was in Quebec City

If as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said last week, "Here in Mar del Plata (Argentina), the FTAA will be buried," then the first shovel that dug the hole for its burial went into the ground in Quebec City in April 2001.


Recession and Ontario's 'poverty reduction'

Last week, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty began messaging that implementation of his controversial âeoepoverty reductionâe strategy âeoewill likelyâe be slowed down and scaled back.

His excuse? âeoeThe state of the economy.âe

Poor people, social agencies, trade unions and anti-poverty activists have been attending poverty reduction hearings. They are presenting evidence and advice to provincial and city politicians.


First, They Take Manhattan

Two years ago, they were mango farmers. Now they are anti-globalization activists. The farmers of Tambogrande, Peru have become reluctant anti-globalization activists as they try to stop Vancouver's Manhattan Minerals from turning their town and their farms into a series of open-pit mines.

The Vancouver company went to Peru in search of gold and found it - directly under this town of 25,000 residents and their farms. No problem say the Canadians, they will just relocate 16,000 of the locals and not to worry. Mining and agriculture can co-exist.


The Witness

Although I am an Aboriginal person as defined under Section 35 of the Constitution - I am Metis - my fair skin has never made me the target of racial slings and arrows. And, despite covering stories for the past four years about oppression by and systemic racism within the institutions of Canada toward Aboriginal people, I still had some faith these institutions did at least try to deal with us in a fair and just way.


Students without Class

Concordia University's expulsion of two student union leaders is radicalizing Zionist and anti-Zionist Montrealers.

Concordia expelled and banned Laith Marouf and Tom Keefer after a supposed scuffle with security guards July 20. The incident occurred after Marouf allegedly spray-painted pro-Palestinian graffiti on the side of a now-demolished building on Concordia property.

The university says its decision "comes as a result of an assault on Concordia University security guards and the uttering of a death threat by one of the individuals," according to a letter on their Website.


Qatar Coverage

Ah, Doha, Qatar, where the fourth ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization meets from November 9 to 13. The powers that be did what they could to keep the rabble away, but still they insist with their pesky opinions. Some will even make it to Qatar.

Maude Barlow, chairperson of the Council of Canadians, will be in Doha to monitor the meeting.


Do Not Forget Us

“They want me to come to Kabul directly,” Dr. Sima Simar told a Toronto audience last week, “but I don’t have my clothes, so if I go directly, I might be killed.”
When she said this, Dr. Simar — Afghanistan’s new Deputy Prime Minister in charge of women’s issues — had neither her head nor her face covered.


Power of the Piqueteros

Recent events in Argentina are both a condemnation of neo-liberal economic polices and an exciting, possibly dangerous, experiment in people’s power. Interviews with several of the country’s activists, academic and politicians at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil shed light on the situation.

According to Jose Suani of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), Argentina has gone much further along the road to privatization than any other country on the continent. Then these same companies were sold to the highest foreign bidder.


Italy's Inner Terrorists

Italy is poised for a general strike, the first in twenty years, against Premier Silvio Berlusconi government’s labour reform.

On April 16, it’s predicted that at least 11-million workers represented by the Cgil, Cisl and Uil labour unions will strike for the day.


Where There's Killing, There Must be Oil

It should be high season for mangos, but along this jungle road the trees are bare of fruit. It has all been eaten, green and sour. Only a few minutes further on is Mabia, Sudan’s newest large-scale camp for “internally displaced persons” — refugees within their own country. People around here are hungry.

“They came with nothing, and they came to nothing,” says Karanja William, a Kenyan field worker with the World Food Program. “This is just an area that has been cleared.


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