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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 August 19
Derrick O'Keefe | Today marks 91 years since Afghanistan gained its freedom from the British Empire, following three bloody wars of independence.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog August 16
Derrick O'Keefe | "In light of the urgent financial need in the country in the wake of the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, we urge you to pay Haiti the restitution it is due."
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog July 12
Derrick O'Keefe | Today marks six months since the catastrophic earthquake that killed as many as 300,000 Haitians. After the telethons and the music videos, the historical pattern of betrayal continues.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog July 9
Derrick O'Keefe | Shamefully, over a dozen community organizers and activists remain in jail, while the real criminals -- Toronto Police Chief Blair and his political masters -- will remain free from interrogation.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog June 29
Derrick O'Keefe | While G20 leaders barely made mention of the climate crisis, Pablo Solon, Bolivia's UN ambassador, was in Toronto to encourage action on the Cochabamba Protocols.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog June 26
Derrick O'Keefe | A Canadian military mom joins anti-war rally outside G20, "It is time for the Harper government to withdraw unconditionally all Canadian Forces personnel in Afghanistan."
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog June 25
Derrick O'Keefe | Together with Stephen Harper, McGuinty has helped to create a Fortress Toronto that has some comparing the suspension of democratic rights to the War Measures Act imposed by Trudeau in 1970.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog June 24
Derrick O'Keefe | After the past few days, Afghanistan may now be the last thing that U.S. President Obama wants discussed at the G8/G20. But that's where the anti-war movement comes in, with a rally on June 26.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog June 14
Derrick O'Keefe | Underneath Afghanistan's battle-scarred land, the spoils of war await. According to U.S. geologists, the country has nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral wealth.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog June 8
Derrick O'Keefe | Robert Lovelace, a renowned environmental activist and former chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, will be in Vancouver this week to report back from the Cochabamba Climate Summit.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog May 20
Derrick O'Keefe | Bill Clinton is speaking in Vancouver today. Haiti Solidarity BC has issued a statement which provides a much needed reminder on Clinton's role -- past and present -- in subjugating Haiti.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog May 14
Derrick O'Keefe | A show of opposition to the ongoing war in Afghanistan will be one of many protest actions that will greet the G8-G20 meetings in late June.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog May 6
Derrick O'Keefe | In the midst of their second round NBA playoff series against their bitter rivals the San Antonio Spurs, Nash and the entire Phoenix Suns organization spoke out against law SB-1070.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog May 4
Derrick O'Keefe | Blackwater founder Erik Prince singled out Canada's military for praise and called those fighting against NATO "barbarians" who have "crawled out of the sewer."
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog April 30
Derrick O'Keefe | Instead of describing Joya's reasons for opposing the NATO occupation of Afghanistan, Hirshi Ali, who now works for the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, admonishes Joya.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog April 26
Derrick O'Keefe | George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and the rest of the warmongers walk free, while a child soldier faces trial for war crimes.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog April 14
Derrick O'Keefe | Unfortunately, for the CIA and NATO, Afghan women's rights advocate and outspoken war opponent Malalai Joya just visited France to launch her memoir.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog April 5
Derrick O'Keefe | Given that NATO is preparing a massive military offensive in Kandahar described as the "fulcrum" of the entire war, the allegations against Wali Karzai should be on frontpages across Canada.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog April 3
Derrick O'Keefe | Noam Chomsky's closing speech painted a dark picture of political life in the United States -- with the left largely in static irrelevance while the far right is mobilizing.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog March 26
Derrick O'Keefe | The United States will be officially requesting that hundreds of Canadian troops remain in Afghanistan after the 2011 pull-out from Kandahar.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog March 9
Derrick O'Keefe | We need a mature, sober movement that can foster the type of free and respectful discussion that leads to broader participation and unity in action.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog March 1
Derrick O'Keefe | The Olympic Games ended as they began for the people of Afghanistan: timed perfectly with NATO's use of deadly violence. Nine more civilians were killed as festivites closed in Vancouver.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog February 22
Derrick O'Keefe | The government of the Netherlands has collapsed over the issue of the war. Dutch troops, who have been stationed in Uruzgan, will be on their way out in six months.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog February 19
Derrick O'Keefe | Both the Vancouver Olympics and NATO's offensive in Afghanistan's Helmand Province are now a week old.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog February 17
Derrick O'Keefe | It's fair to speculate that the Games have been used as cover for a massive new NATO offensive that has already claimed many Afghan civilians' lives.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog February 9
Derrick O'Keefe | California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be one of the final day’s torchbearers. I'm sure VANOC wishes they could bring up Mr. Freeze to work some magic up on Cypress Mountain.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog January 27
Derrick O'Keefe | This week's London conference, an effort to salvage the NATO operation, will exclude voices opposed to the occupation and the continued domination of warlords.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog January 21
Derrick O'Keefe | 'Especially given the track records of the U.S. and Canadian governments towards Haiti, the militarization of aid and infringements on Haitian sovereignty threaten to compound a tragic situation.'
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog January 13
Derrick O'Keefe | Waking up this morning, the news from Haiti is almost too much to take. This natural disaster is all the more deadly because of the social, economic and political disaster that has befallen Haiti.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog January 11
Derrick O'Keefe | Maybe, like with the detainee scandal, Stephen Harper just thinks Canadians don't care about what has happened to Omar Khadr. It's up to us to prove him wrong.