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Challenging Harper’s Imperialist Agenda

It has become commonplace to observe that the Conservative government of Stephen Harper has been re-making the symbols and practices of the Canadian state.  Canada, in this view, was once the social democratic heartland of North America.  But under Harper, Canada has been transformed into a hyper-regime of neoliberal market fundamentalism.  Nowhere, it is argued, […]

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National Lawyers Guild Observers Question Validity of Honduran Elections

November 26, 2013 Police Repress Students Protesting Against Electoral Fraud, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 26.11.13 The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) delegation of 17 credentialed international observers seriously question the validity of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal‘s (TSE) preliminary results of Sunday’s national elections in Honduras. The NLG takes issue with the United States government’s characterization of the electoral […]

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Don’t Rush to Recognize Honduras Election “Winner”

This is #Honduras: human rights defender murdered on Election Day and five more killed in La #Moskitia http://t.co/l7D4gCbadl — Kaelyn Forde (@kaelynforde) November 25, 2013 Photo: Military searches man at polling place #Honduras elections pic.twitter.com/hyoQE1aDZW — Laura Raymond (@laurajraymond) November 24, 2013 Military Police at Escuela Simon Bolivar voting station in Tegucigalpa, #Honduras pic.twitter.com/PDEmzyCoQJ — […]

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White Earth Nation Adopts New Constitution

Welcome sign — “Aaniin” (Hi) and “Biindigen” (Come in) — to the White Earth community of Rice Lake, at the entrance to Lower Rice Lake, a popular site for harvesting wild rice.  Photo by David Thorstad. In a historic vote, on November 19, 2013, the White Earth Nation in northwestern Minnesota became the first member […]

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Listen to Afghan Peace Volunteers

Listen to Afghan Peace Volunteers

I’ve been a guest in Colorado Springs, Colorado, following a weeklong retreat with Colorado College students who are part of a course focused on nonviolence.  In last weekend’s Colorado Springs Gazette, there was an article in the Military Life section about an international skype phone call between U.S. soldiers in Kandahar, Afghanistan and sixth-grade girls […]

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Never Forget, Always Remember

“As the cops try to absolve themselves of the crimes they committed two years ago today, remember this. . . .” — Sherief Gaber, 18 November 2013 “@mosireen video challenges the army’s attempt to erase its role in Mohamed Mahmoud massacre. . . .” — Sonali Pahwa, 18 November 2013 Mosireen is an independent media […]

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Voices From the Drone Summit

Last weekend, I participated in a panel on the illegality of drones and targeted killing off the battlefield at the conference “Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance” in Washington DC.  Nearly 400 people from many countries came together to gather information, protest, and develop strategies to end targeted killing by combat drones.  I found […]

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Refrigerator Wars: The Revolution Goes Back in Action

The Venezuelan state is intervening in retail businesses around the country, principally those that trade in domestic appliances.  This apparently modest decision, taken a week ago, has set in motion an interesting process of push and pull.  Long lines outside the intervened stores and some disorder inside meet with predictable outcry about “mobs” and “communism” […]

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A Lesson from South Africa: Are Construction Cartels Dramatically Increasing Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup Infrastructure Costs?

Introduction The 2008 report of the Competition Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the construction sector found that “[u]nfortunately the construction industry has tended to suffer from cartel activity, as shown by the spate of well-publicized recent matters around the world.”  There were 19 countries included in this OECD roundtable, […]

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