Citizen Action Monitor

“Our democracies are broken, debased and distrusted,” says George Monbiot

He offers eight proposed solutions for restoring them. No 1880 Posted by fw, January 28, 2017 “Debased and de-based: that’s the condition of our political systems. Corrupted, they no longer fulfil … Continue reading

January 28, 2017

America’s new “Liar in Chief” begins his presidency with a couple of whoppers

Video evidence be damned: Trump insisted “God looked down and said ‘We’re not going to let it rain on your speech.’” No 1874 Posted by fw, January 22, 2017 “Remarkably, President … Continue reading

January 22, 2017

How Western banks are seriously undermining democracy and rule of law – Evidence confirms our worst fears

“The West is condemning itself to living in a cesspool of its own creation if serious reform is not implemented very quickly to restrain and arrest the lawlessness of this … Continue reading

January 16, 2017

“Democracy cannot work as it is meant to; human nature does not allow it.”

The presumption that voters make informed political decisions is a myth. No 1856 Posted by fw, December 26, 2016 “’Democracy for Realists’, published earlier this year by the social science professors … Continue reading

December 26, 2016

Capitalism is already almost dead, the end is inevitable and fast approaching, says economic sociologist

What comes after capitalism is not socialism but “a prolonged period of social entropy or disorder.” No 1853 Posted by fw, December 23, 2016 Wolfgang Streeck, a 70-year-old German sociologist and … Continue reading

December 23, 2016

Canada’s parliamentary system “is totally unsuited to deal with a large controversy”

We need a representative government where voter is boss, not PM, with referendum option on major issues. No 1850 Posted by fw, December 20, 2016 “Our version of a parliamentary system … Continue reading

December 20, 2016

Corporate globalization has crushed democratic choice, says George Monbiot

The power that once belonged to those of us living in a democracy is slipping away to places out of our reach. No 1847 Posted by fw, December 16, 2016 “…under … Continue reading

December 16, 2016

Meet Gramma Tina and the Nanas, a UK anti-fracking group of moms rising up in resistance

Tina is facing £55,000 in court costs, and now prison threatens if she doesn’t pay up. No 1845 Posted by fw, December 13, 2016 “We’re very pleased to bring you the … Continue reading

December 13, 2016

With Trump, you get “the naked fist of a very frightening police state come down upon us,” warns Chris Hedges

“We have undergone a corporate coup d’état. The real centers of power are the military industrial complex, Wall Street, the security and surveillance state, and corporate power.” No 1822 Posted … Continue reading

November 12, 2016

Osgoode Hall law prof blasts Team Trudeau for rigging procedures to ram CETA through parliament

International Trade Committee’s Liberal-Conservative alliance conspires to keep critical CETA facts from Canadians. No 1816 Posted by fw, November 8, 2016 “We are faced with an anti-democratic agenda from the Liberals … Continue reading

November 8, 2016

Ten Canadian academics urge Wallonia not to succumb to our politicians’ “scare tactics”

Unlike Canada, Wallonia’s democratic processes have allowed for close and careful consideration of CETA’s flaws. No 1808 Posted by fw, October 23, 2016 “We write after reading news reports this past … Continue reading

October 23, 2016

Trudeau flip-flops on election promise to amend Bill C-51 with more oversight, reduced police powers

That was then. This is now. Liberals’ consultation paper indicates police concerns to take precedence over public concerns. No 1779 Posted by fw, September 17, 2016 “Canada’s Liberal government released a … Continue reading

September 17, 2016

The President who wowed Canada’s Parliament fails to impress Canadian professor

“President Barack Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has failed to live up to the promises he made and the hopes he raised.” No 1723 Posted by fw, July 11, 2016 … Continue reading

July 11, 2016

Don’t ratify TPP, TTIP and CETA trade agreements, advises UN Independent Expert

These agreements “constitute an attack on the very essence of sovereignty and self-determination.” No 1722 Posted by fw, July 10, 2016 “In this report, I address multiple threats to the international … Continue reading

July 10, 2016

Canada’s system of parliamentary democracy is no closer to democracy than North Korea’s is, argues Rafe Mair

Bottom line, voters transfer their rights to MPs who then transfer your rights to party leaders for their exclusive use. No 1689 Posted by fw, June 1, 2016 “We operate under … Continue reading

June 1, 2016

Naked political opportunism drives US policy toward Israel, says US historian

Hillary Clinton claims a US-Israel alliance based on “shared values”. Sound familiar? No 1631 Posted by fw, March 31, 2016 “Who raises objections to the consequences of U.S. complicity in Israel’s … Continue reading

March 31, 2016

Big Money corrupts US democracy, no longer serves common good

The amount of money and number of lobbyists have gone through the roof, shutting down ability to self-govern. No 1618 Posted by fw, March 20, 2016 “In their new book, ‘Nation on … Continue reading

March 20, 2016

“The truth is: there is no Canada. There is only an illusion maintained by servants.”, says ex-Ottawa U prof

“US-led geopolitics determines every aspect of state management in Canada.” No 1609 Posted by fw, March 06, 2016 geopolitics — the study of the effects of geography (human and physical) on international politics and … Continue reading

March 6, 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