Citizen Action Monitor

How Avaaz and other pseudo activist NGOs infiltrate and co-opt legitimate grassroots movements

The pseudo “mainstream” climate movement in Paris refused to link climate injustice with imperialism. No 1604 Posted by fw, February 29, 2016 “One particularly pernicious example is the organization Avaaz. The … Continue reading

February 29, 2016

Can a letter to PM Trudeau from coalition of 55 groups spark decisive, positive action on climate change?

Coalition lays out six bold policy initiatives, including a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 No 1603 Posted by fw, February 27, 2016 “Ahead of the feds’ March 3 climate … Continue reading

February 27, 2016

As McGill students vote to support BDS, Liberals shamefully vote to support Tory motion to condemn BDS

Main lesson for activists – only effective grassroots organizing will help intensify BDS work in aid of Palestinian cause. No 1602 Posted by fw, February 26, 2016 “So the Boycott, Divestment … Continue reading

February 26, 2016

We’re on the edge of a cliff. It’s time for sustained acts of civil disobedience, says Jill Stein

US Green Party leader, Jill Stein, discusses solutions to America’s problems with Chris Hedges. No 1601 Posted by fw, February 25, 2016 “We do need sustained civil disobedience. And we need … Continue reading

February 25, 2016

Making the case for effective petitioning

Petitioning can help activist groups seeking political and economic change to enhance their campaign organizing skills. No 1600 Posted by fw, February 24, 2016 “The petition is on the surface a … Continue reading

February 24, 2016

Is anyone reading those emails we send to politicians?

Here’s what some people have to say about their experiences – from Ralph Nader on down to Citizen Doe No 1599 Posted by fw, February 21, 2016 I’ll chip in my … Continue reading

February 21, 2016

Gutless Liberal government supports Tory motion to condemn Canadian organizations that support Israel boycott

CJPME responds with “Boycott Israel” campaign of sticky notes to attach to Israel products in local stores. No 1598 Posted by fw, February 19, 2016 “Boycotting is legal – it is … Continue reading

February 19, 2016

What’s plaguing US politics?

How has the Democratic party kept the political system hostage to corporate power? No 1597 Posted by fw, February 18, 2016 “We’re going to explore in this segment the political landscape, … Continue reading

February 18, 2016

Why the US economy has not recovered, will not recover

Successive duplicitous US governments have abandoned everyone except the rich. No 1596 Posted by fw, February 17, 2016 “The US economy died when middle class jobs were offshored and when the … Continue reading

February 17, 2016

How smartphones are changing the way we think — for the worse

Lost is the time and space for serious debate and argument because these are too time-consuming. No 1595 Posted by fw, February 16, 2016 “On average, we check our smartphones 200 … Continue reading

February 16, 2016

Paul Jay and Chris Hedges go toe-to-toe in a verbal battle over the significance of Bernie’s campaign

In terms of building a movement, Hedges sees Sanders as an obstructive force; Jay counters that no one else has millions of followers. No 1594 Posted by fw, February 12, 2016 … Continue reading

February 12, 2016

Exposed — Misuse and abuse of mathematical economic models inflate gains from trade agreements

So, why the reliance on flawed models? – Politicians, public have blind faith in economic expertise; model findings can be used selectively to win public support. No 1593 Posted by … Continue reading

February 12, 2016

‘Expert’ elites determine whose voice counts in global trade policymaking, says Canadian academic

Study shows that those who “talk the talk” are empowered, while NGOs, detractors, and critics are silenced. No 1592 Posted by fw, February 11, 2016 This post draws on Dr. Erin … Continue reading

February 11, 2016

“We own the world” – That’s America’s unspoken assumption, says Noam Chomsky

When you own everything, you fear everything, military expansion is the path to control, to security. No 1591 Posted by fw, February 10, 2016 “…expansion is the path to security. If … Continue reading

February 10, 2016

There is growing recognition and acceptance of the view that “The United States Created ISIS”

“If they [US-led coalition forces] manage to destroy ISIS, they will have something more extreme on their hands,” says Noam Chomsky. No 1590 Posted by fw, February 9, 2016 “There’s an … Continue reading

February 9, 2016

TPP Table of Contents links to documents on Government of Canada Web Site

ToC reveals the dearth of original new content the Liberals have added to their TPP web site. No 1589 Posted by fw, February 8, 2016 Notes: 1/ The following Table of … Continue reading

February 8, 2016

Surprise — Trudeau government responds to my TPP feedback

Elation collapsed to disappointment when I read the perfunctory letter. No 1588 Posted by fw, February 6, 2016 Imagine my surprise when, on February 2, 2016, I received an email letter … Continue reading

February 6, 2016

On the TPP, “the Liberals are going to do whatever they can get away with,” says Scott Vrooman

“It remains to be seen if the Liberals pro-trade stance means pro-TPP, but for now they’ll listen to Canadians, so that Canadians feel listened to.” No 1587 Posted by fw, … Continue reading

February 5, 2016

With TPP, Canadians can expect higher health care risks and costs

Key findings from two new studies released by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. No 1586 Posted by fw, February 4, 2016 “The TPP would require Canada to extend patent terms … Continue reading

February 4, 2016