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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 January 10
Derrick O'Keefe | If anything has become clear early in 2010, it’s that the deadly logic of the “war on terror” continues, even though the new U.S. administration doesn’t use that phrase anymore.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog December 31
Derrick O'Keefe | Four soldiers and a Calgary Herald journalist, Michelle Lang, died in an explosion Dec. 30 in Kandahar Province. How many more will die in 2010 to prop up President Karzai's narco-state?
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog December 21
Derrick O'Keefe | The scandal of torture goes back all the way to 2011, and too often this torture scandal is discussed in isolation from the scandal of the occupation itself.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog December 11
Derrick O'Keefe | A fitting rebuttal to this year's 'war is peace' address was in fact delivered four years ago by the late British playwright Harold Pinter, when he was accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog December 9
Derrick O'Keefe | The Peter MacKay resignation watch is now officially on in Ottawa. Or at least it should be.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog November 27
Derrick O'Keefe | Over the past 15 days, Joya has spoken to big crowds in Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Toronto, Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa. On Nov. 25 she addressed 1,000 delegates at the OFL convention.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog November 2
Derrick O'Keefe | To date over 130 Canadian soldiers have died in Afghanistan; one can only conclude that their lives have been sacrificed to the cause of protecting nepotism, opium trafficking and graft.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog October 12
Derrick O'Keefe | In an era marked by pre-emptive arrest and pre-emptive war, it’s perhaps fitting that Barack Obama has been awarded a pre-emptive Nobel Peace Prize.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog September 28
Derrick O'Keefe | That the PM can not only harbour this delusion in his mind but also feel unembarrassed enough to verbalize it is a testament to the pervasive historical amnesia and denial in Canadian society.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog September 21
Derrick O'Keefe | Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a coup d'etat on June 28. Today, he made a surprise announcement that he had returned to the capital, Tegucigalpa.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog September 16
Derrick O'Keefe | Democracy Now! featured a great interview with Norman Solomon of the Institute for Public Accuracy, who just returned from a delegation to Afghanistan.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog September 15
Derrick O'Keefe | In the wake the blatantly fraudulent election in Afghanistan, the hypocrisy of the Conservative government's response is par for the course. More disturbing, however, is the fact that the NDP is MIA.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog August 21
Derrick O'Keefe | The August issue of Le Monde Diplomatique (LMD) has an interesting two-page spread on the growth of the "de-growth" (décroissance) movement.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog August 1
Derrick O'Keefe | Malalai Joya has just completed a one-week visit to London, to launch the UK edition of her memoir and to speak out about the plight of occupied Afghanistan.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog July 14
Derrick O'Keefe | The war in Afghanistan is the top story here, following a sudden spike in U.K. soldiers killed. With 15 dead in just over a week, more British troops have now died in Afghanistan than in Iraq.