Citizen Action Monitor

Defiant, inspiring voices from Tahrir Square — “This time we won’t go home until we get all our rights.”

No 349 Posted by fw November 29, 2011 “If you go to one demonstration and then go home, that’s something, but the people in power can live with that. What … Continue reading

November 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

Palestinian children emerge “scared and broken” from Israeli military justice system

No 348 Posted November 28, 2011 “He [Gerard Horton, an Australian lawyer] takes me through the arrest process: ‘Once bound and blindfolded, the child will be led to a waiting … Continue reading

November 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

“Washington is waging a war against the truth.” – Julian Assange

No 347 Posted by fw, November 28, 2011 “Over the weekend, WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, accepted the award for the award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism at the … Continue reading

November 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

European activists push for end to trade with Israeli agricultural exporters/colonizers of Palestinian land

No 346 Posted by fw, November 27, 2011 “The Bedouin community of Al Hadidye in the northern Jordan Valley in occupied Palestinian territory is already denied access to water and … Continue reading

November 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Small Ontario community leads the way to goal of carbon neutrality – Way To Go Eden Mills!

No 345 Posted by fw, November 25, 2011 Just over four years ago, on November 7, 2007, Eden Mills, a small Ontario village about an hour’s drive west of Toronto, … Continue reading

November 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Can past social movements inform current campaigns? Absolutely, says Tim Gee in “Counterpower: Making Change Happen”

No 344 Posted by fw, November 25, 2011 “Counterpower’s mission is to map political movements and understand how change happens, to ‘delve into the archive of history and try to … Continue reading

November 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Crisis in American democracy: Part 11 – Is it too late to save democracy from the vice grip of corporate and political elites?

No 343 Posted by fw, November 19, 2011 “The public mind might have funny ideas about democracy. . . . if the society is based on control by private wealth … Continue reading

November 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Crisis in American democracy: Part 10 – Elections no substitute for truly effective democracy

No 342 Posted by fw, November 18, 2011 In Part 9 of this 11-part series, Ferguson and Chomsky advanced the argument that, in America, “true” democracy poses a threat to … Continue reading

November 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

Crisis in American democracy: Part 9 – “True” democracy is a threat to “the system of domination and control”

No 341 Posted by fw, November 17, 2011 In Part 8 of this 11-part series, the focus was on America’s interventionist international policies that primarily served corporate interests. In Part … Continue reading

November 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

Crisis in American democracy: Part 8 – America’s often brutal interventionist policies abroad serve corporate interests

No 340 Posted by fw, November 16, 2011 In Part 7 of this 11-part series, Shockley’s documentary film catches Obama and Geithner paying lip service to small business, standing in … Continue reading

November 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

Crisis in American democracy: Part 7 – The short tragic life of the “Golden Age of Capitalism”

No 339 Posted by fw, November 15, 2011 In Part 6 of this 11-part series, Ferguson looked at labor’s struggle to build power and political influence during the 20th century … Continue reading

November 15, 2011 · Leave a comment

Crisis in American democracy: Part 6 – Labor’s struggles to build power in an “Investors’ Democracy”

No 338 Posted by fw, November 14, 2011 “On the one side you get that social democratic outcome. On the other side, look again and you can see plenty of … Continue reading

November 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

Crisis in American democracy: Part 5 – America – An Investors’ Democracy

No 337 Posted by fw, November 13, 2011 “In general, you’ll get a block of issues that count to investors. That’s often overseas. I mean a lot of these folks … Continue reading

November 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

Crisis in American democracy: Part 4 – America’s money-driven political system

No 336 Posted by fw, November 12, 2011 Thomas Ferguson has worked for fifteen years to make two claims about democracy in the United States. First, “rule by the people” is … Continue reading

November 12, 2011 · Leave a comment

Crisis in American democracy: Part 3 – Press’ job — Keep the people stupid

No 335 Posted by fw, November 12, 2011 “All they [the press] want to talk about is the horse race – who’s up or who’s down in the poll, or … Continue reading

November 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

Crisis in American democracy: Part 2 – Cynical PR manipulation of public’s attitudes and opinions

No 334 Posted by fw, November 11, 2011 “Can a society whose political system functions in accordance with the self-serving strategies of big business call itself democratic? Is limited, programmed … Continue reading

November 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

Crisis in American democracy: Part 1 – Introduction

No 333 Posted by fw, November 10, 2011 This is Part 1 of an 11-part transcription of a documentary film based on an academic publication in political science. Now how … Continue reading

November 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

PolySci prof offers his best advice to Occupy Wall Street

No 332, Posted by fw, November 10, 2011 Everybody and his uncle, it seems, is offering Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters advice on what do next. So why should Tom … Continue reading

November 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

Time out for mockery — The climate denial tango

N0 331 Posted by fw, November 10, 2011 When it comes to climate deniers, mockery is often the best response. And here’s mockery at it’s very best by three blokes … Continue reading

November 10, 2011 · Leave a comment