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Derrick O'Keefe's blog

former [i]rabble.ca[/i] Editor Derrick O'Keefe is a writer and social justice activist in Vancouver, BC. He is the author of the new Verso book, Michael Ignatieff: The Lesser Evil? and the co-writer of Afghan MP Malalai Joya's political memoir, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice. Derrick also served as rabble.ca's editor from 2007 to 2009. Topics covered on this blog will include the war in Afghanistan and foreign policy, Canadian politics, media analysis, climate justice and ecology. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/derrickokeefe

Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog December 12
Artwork designed by Dwayne Bird.
Derrick O'Keefe | Remember that Tahrir Square was full of protesters for many days before Anderson Cooper and CNN got there, and that for the first couple of weeks that young people camped out for Occupy Wall Street.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog November 29
Derrick O'Keefe | It's going to be a good day for Palestine and a bad day for the Harper government. Later today, the United Nations General Assembly will vote to recognize Palestinian statehood.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog November 26
Derrick O'Keefe | Almost no one has serious hopes for a positive breakthrough at the annual UN climate talks that begin today in Doha, Qatar.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog November 20
Derrick O'Keefe | Even if we could "stop Harper" and change the government without dealing with its foreign policy, it would be a pyrrhic victory.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog November 8
Derrick O'Keefe | Barack Obama finally broke the silence on climate change in his victory speech this week. He must now follow up by acting to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog October 19
Derrick O'Keefe | Of course you don’t need to be a "radical" or a "revolutionary" to oppose Enbridge and other similar bitumen-exporting mega-projects. You just need a modicum of common sense.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog October 15
On the many protest rallies held in support of Malala. (Photo: nation.com.pk)
Derrick O'Keefe | Piers Morgan is just one example of those who have enlisted the moral power of Malala's plight to put forward their own vulgar and ahistorical pro-war views.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog October 11
Photo: Alexandre Guédon / Flickr
Derrick O'Keefe | After the inspiration of this year's Maple Spring, I dare to dream that we can win real, tangible victories here in B.C. and against Harper.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog October 7
Derrick O'Keefe | Despite its many contradictions, shortcomings and problems, the 'Bolivarian Revolution' has unarguably changed Venezuela and all of Latin America for the better.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog September 13
Adrian Dix, B.C. NDP leader. (Photo: taminator / Flickr)
Derrick O'Keefe | For Christy Clark, it looks like it's all over except for the voting. Activists in this province have a big role to play in putting some fundamental issues in the spotlight.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog September 8
Derrick O'Keefe | There's always a golden parachute for these guys, no matter how egregious their failures, and no matter how, as in the case of this academic, embarrassingly wrong and harmful their arguments.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog August 8
Derrick O'Keefe | On August 2, the government of Bolivia completed the process of revoking the mining concession of a wholly owned subsidiary of Vancouver-based South American Silver.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog July 27
Photo: London24.com
Derrick O'Keefe | With the Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies on today, we share an interview with author and anti-war activist Lindsey German in London.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog July 10
Leaders of the Tsleil-Wauthuth and Squamish First Nations signed the Save the Fraser Declaration over the weekend. (Photo: Ben West)
Derrick O'Keefe | The debate around Enbridge and Kinder Morgan is actually a debate about what direction Canada will take over the next generation, and about if there will be restitution and justice for First Nations.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog June 26
Derrick O'Keefe | Thoughts of ousting Harper in 2015 are well and good, but not nearly sufficient at this perilous moment for democracy and social justice in Canada.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog June 18
Derrick O'Keefe | No reasonable person can honestly deny the Musqueam’s claim to the land, nor their demand that this burial site be spared from another condo development.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog May 30
Derrick O'Keefe | Tonight, in over 60 communities big and small, people will be gathering to celebrate and defend the determined student and people's movement in Quebec.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog May 22
Photo: http://happeninghistory.wordpress.com/
Derrick O'Keefe | All movements for greater social justice sometimes need a spark from the young, from the generations that are not weighed down by past defeats and disappointments.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog May 18
Derrick O'Keefe | As Harper heads off to the G8 at Camp David and the NATO meetings in Chicago, we share eight reasons to be sorry he's representing us on the world stage.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog May 2
Derrick O'Keefe | One year into the Conservative majority, but take heart: it looks like the resistance to Harper's agenda will soon be spilling over from the tweets and into the streets.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog April 22
Earth Day 2011 in Vancouver. Photo by eych-bee-ee-ahr-tee, Flickr
Derrick O'Keefe | The main theme of Sunday's action was opposition to tar sands, tankers and pipelines like those proposed by Enbridge and Kinder Morgan.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog April 6
Derrick O'Keefe | The real content behind this fighter jets scandal is the militarism and corporate power the Harper government serves.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog March 24
Derrick O'Keefe | Mulcair has maintained silence on the massive student movement that is shaking up Quebec politics and taking on the government he used to serve.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog March 23
Derrick O'Keefe | Last weekend I was in New York City attending Left Forum, conveniently located at PACE University in Lower Manhattan, just a short walk from Zuccotti Park.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog February 24
Derrick O'Keefe | Contributors to Mulcair's campaign include a number of executives from Onex Corporation, the Bay Street giant at the very heart of corporate power in Canada.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog February 12
Derrick O'Keefe | The Harper government's foreign policy has made us the Ugly Canadian on the world stage. Stopping and reversing this foreign policy will require, for starters, a vigorous and sustained public debate.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog February 8
Derrick O'Keefe | Canada Reads should be a beautiful thing: our public broadcaster celebrating Canadian books and authors. Readers and writers in Canada deserve better than what has happened on this year's edition.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog January 23
Derrick O'Keefe | Today's agreement by the EU to impose an oil embargo on Iran brings the world closer to a war. Stephen Harper seems to be fanning the flames.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog January 17
Jack O'Dell. Source: http://1963hopeandhostility.com/
Derrick O'Keefe | Jack O'Dell shares his thoughts on the legacy of Martin Luther King, as it pertains to today's movements for justice.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog January 11
Derrick O'Keefe | This week marks two years since a massive earthquake devastated Haiti. Hundreds of thousands are still in tent camps, without proper shelter and housing.