Citizen Action Monitor

“When it comes to the Palestinian people, the Holocaust has hardened our hearts and closed our minds.”

“The scale of our own suffering has made us blind to their suffering – which we see as all of their own making.” Robert Cohen, British Jew, writer, reflects on … Continue reading

January 31, 2015

Ontario Energy Board officials short on answers about Energy East pipeline at Ottawa public meeting

Ottawa Green city councillor says public engagements for Energy East have disappointed many citizens No 1244 Posted by fw, January 30, 2015 “An Ottawa public meeting about the Energy East … Continue reading

January 30, 2015

Political shifts are shaking Europe. And in the UK, the emerging Greens seek nothing less than political transformation

“If people voted for what they want, the Greens would be the party of government”, says George Monbiot What in the world is going on? More nascent signs of the … Continue reading

January 29, 2015

Swedish doctor dazzles audience with a spectacular futuristic display of our rapidly changing world

Professor Hans Rosling and his moving hologram illustrates the health, wealth and population of the planet No 1242 Posted by fw, January 28, 2015 Following a brief introduction and samples … Continue reading

January 28, 2015

Could the rise of the leftist Syriza party in Greece mark the beginning of the end of neoliberalism?

“This is what happens when modern capitalism fails,” says UK economics editor Paul Mason No 1241 Posted by fw, January 27, 2015 “From outside, Greece looks like a giant negative: … Continue reading

January 27, 2015

With opposition growing on all fronts, Obama’s Fast Track push will be defeated

“There is bi-partisan opposition in Congress and a large movement of movements organized to stop it” No 1240 Posted by fw, January 25, 2015 “The corporate media is reporting that … Continue reading

January 25, 2015

We’re Number 1! We’re Number 1! Canada most sued country in the world thanks to NAFTA

Canada has paid out NAFTA damages totaling over C$172 million. Outstanding claims total over $6 billion. Not content with being Numero Uno, Harper is busy negotiating new trade agreements No … Continue reading

January 24, 2015

UK activists mount “vigorous and creative” campaign to stop fracking push

“Widespread resistance has already put the UK’s pro-fracking forces on the defensive”, says Naomi Klein No 1238 Posted by fw, January 23, 2015 “In rushing to exploit the UK’s shale gas reserves, … Continue reading

January 23, 2015

Amanda Lang scandal at CBC catches media star in conflict of interest, working on behalf of Royal Bank of Canada

“CBC, has so far done nothing but bluster and berate its critics”, says George Monbiot No 1237 Posted by fw, January 21, 2015 “The website Canadaland, which exposed Lang’s conflicts … Continue reading

January 21, 2015

Norwegian climate expert despairs over citizens’ rejection of proposed 1 percent tax hike to fight climate change

Most voters preferred to use the money for other causes, like yet another weekend shopping trip to London or Sweden Capitalism makes it profitable to postpone action on climate change; … Continue reading

January 20, 2015

Philadelphia activist Liz Arnold is gripped by “a blessed unrest” that keeps her marching

“I refuse to accept that just because I am not rich I shouldn’t have a say in what our future looks like” No 1235 Posted by fw, January 19, 2015 … Continue reading

January 19, 2015

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action”

The title of this little post is the first line of A Blessed Unrest, a poem by Martha Graham to Agnes De Mille I trust no one will object if … Continue reading

January 18, 2015

Has America gone crazy? That’s the question on the minds of many Europeans

“Americans strike Europeans as baffling, if not frankly brutal”, says US expatriate living in Oslo It’s past time to wake up, America, and look around No 1233 Posted by fw, January … Continue reading

January 17, 2015

Why will no one answer the obvious question about a proposed, secretive EU-US trade deal?

The question is — Why do corporations need a separate Investor-State Dispute Settlement system? No 1232 Posted by fw, January 16, 2015 “The UK government, like that of the US … Continue reading

January 16, 2015

Naomi Klein rightly blames capitalism for climate change, but doesn’t go far enough

Canadian prof’s brilliant review pinpoints some omissions, adds considerable intellectual value of his own No 1231 Posted by fw, January 15, 2015 “Klein doesn’t supply us with an alternate strategic … Continue reading

January 15, 2015

Ontario Energy Board’s expert reports on Energy East project

Council of Canadians give OEB reports a mixed review No 1230 Posted by fw, January 14, 2015 From the Ontario Energy Board’s website, this explanation of the Consultation and Review … Continue reading

January 14, 2015

Terrorism experts, high-paid advisers to government and media, exposed as charlatans

“They certainly have the right to express their opinions, but the pretense to expertise is incredibly fraudulent.” No 1229 Posted by fw, January 13, 2015 “These are incredibly ideological people. … Continue reading

January 13, 2015

Je ne suis pas Charlie! I am not Charlie!

“Charlie Hebdo was not about either free expression or speech,” says Dissident Voice co-editor No 1228 Posted by fw, January 13, 2015 “Charlie Hebdo was not about either free expression or speech. … Continue reading

January 13, 2015

Defending freedom of speech is easy when you agree with the message and actively dislike the targeted group

But the application of the freedom of speech principle is muddled and hypocritically selective in the west, says Glenn Greenwald Greenwald notes that Charlie Hebdo fired an employee in 2009 … Continue reading

January 11, 2015