Citizen Action Monitor

Two thumbs way up for Liberal government’s “Let’s Talk Climate Action” website

Today, I submitted my thoughts, entitled: “Liberals must act in behalf of ordinary Canadians, not special interests”. No 1715 Posted by fw, June 30, 2016 First, my introduction to the “Let’s … Continue reading

June 30, 2016

Pro-Israel lobby attacks Green Party over its call to revoke charitable status of Jewish National Fund

In response to bullying of Greens, Independent Jewish Voices challenges lobby to public debate. No 1714 Posted by fw, June 29, 2016 “The pro-Israel lobby suddenly launched vicious, defamatory attacks on … Continue reading

June 29, 2016

Brexit – Pondering the significance of the outcome

For the ruling elite, Brexit signals the need to limit democracy to ensure important decisions are left to self-declared experts. No 1713 Posted by fw, June 28, 2016 “The Brexit debate … Continue reading

June 28, 2016

Brexit outcome reflects a key failing of modern politics and re-emergence of an unaccountable political class

The referendum was a contest of who could fearmonger more effectively, rather than a contest of compelling ideologies. No 1712 Posted by fw, June 27, 2016 “Increasingly, people are sick of … Continue reading

June 27, 2016

Self-aggrandizing, fear-mongering ex-PM Mulroney delivers bellicose speech to NATO Assn of Canada

“We need to be equipped and ready, as necessary, to fight to preserve our values.” No 1710 Posted by fw, June 25, 2016 “I think there was a phrase that attached … Continue reading

June 25, 2016

Brexit shocker – A revolt against the political establishment — Denmark and Holland will go next, says Tariq Ali

Ali calls for early election campaign waged fiercely for anti-capitalist system, against racists/xenophobes. No 1709 Posted by fw, June 24, 2016 “The Referendum results have created a full-blown crisis in the … Continue reading

June 24, 2016

At People’s Summit, Sanders calls on supporters to be focused on defeating Trump, that is, electing Clinton

Summit’s central purpose was to build political support for a Party about to nominate its most right-wing candidate ever. No 1708 Posted by fw, June 21, 2016 “As Sanders used the … Continue reading

June 21, 2016

Liberal’s proposed “oversight” of spy agencies offers “fig leaf” of protection for rights of Canadians

Oversight committee to be firmly under government control with severely circumscribe oversight powers. No 1707 Posted by fw, June 20, 2016 “Canada’s Liberal government tabled a bill in the House of … Continue reading

June 20, 2016

We are on the brink of experiencing the next financial crisis, says leading financial authority

Satyajit Das, former banker, now risk consultant, warned about the risks of financial derivatives years before the Great Meltdown of 2008. No 1706 Posted by fw, June 19, 2016 “My accountant … Continue reading

June 19, 2016

Toronto TPP Town Hall event — remarkable passion and enthusiasm for public engagement on display

The audience was knowledgeable, citing specific issues and their potential impact. No 1705 Posted by fw, June 17, 2016 “The event ran nearly 2 1/2 hours with dozens of speakers from … Continue reading

June 17, 2016

The end of capitalism: Part 4

After reviewing all the options, prof Harvey sees only one alternative to the threat of growing economic inequality – end capitalism. No 1704 Posted by fw, June 16, 2016 “Three years … Continue reading

June 16, 2016

The end of capitalism: Part 3

US and China tinker with capitalism but there’s no fix. Welcome to the brave new world of “fictitious capital” where anything goes. No 1703 Posted by fw, June 15, 2016 “Three … Continue reading

June 15, 2016

The end of capitalism: Part 2

Americans discover a harsh reality – it’s class power that drives political choice, and they’re in the wrong class. No 1702 Posted by fw, June 14, 2016 “Three years after the … Continue reading

June 14, 2016

The end of capitalism: Part 1

Why is it so hard to imagine an alternative to the kind of capitalism we have now? Prof David Harvey explains. No 1701 Posted by fw, June 13, 2016 “Three years … Continue reading

June 13, 2016

Capitalism is heading towards collapse, and banks and political elites are trying everything to stop it

“Collapse is coming, and they’re trying to make sure it doesn’t affect them,” says Tariq Ali. No 1700 Posted by fw, June 12, 2016 Chris Hedges is popping up everywhere these … Continue reading

June 12, 2016

49 facts Canada’s politicians would rather they not know about Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip

To admit knowing would make it doubly difficult for them to defend their pro-Israel policies. No 1699 Posted by fw, June 10, 2016 Moreover, politicians would rather that you not know … Continue reading

June 10, 2016

“Once Upon a Palestine”, a poem by Tamerishe, a UK pro-Palestinian female activist

“So here it is. My humble contribution to the betrayed, abandoned, shunned, vilified, outstandingly brave Palestinians of Palestine.” No 1698 Posted by fw, June 10, 2016 Once Upon a Palestine, by … Continue reading

June 10, 2016

Foreign minister Stéphane Dion’s shameful, selective condemnation of terrorist violence in Tel-Aviv

The minister conveniently turns a blind eye to seven decades of Israeli terrorism against Palestinians. No 1697 Posted by fw, June 9, 2016 In response to an Associated Press story published … Continue reading

June 9, 2016

Citizens learning how to present a unified climate justice strategy at Team Trudeau’s consultation meetings

Coalition of activist leaders teach folks how to stay on message, avoid being micro-managed by facilitators. No 1696 Posted by fw, June 8, 2016 Following up on an April 28, 2016 … Continue reading

June 8, 2016