Jack Layton's legacy. “He saw the suffering of a human being
anywhere in the world as an equally important political problem.” By NDP MP
Paul Dewar in the Embassy.
Hudak’s bad deal for cities. “Ontario Conservative
Leader Tim Hudak looks set to balance the province's books by sticking cities
with a $500-million bill.” A Toronto Star
editorial that must have infuriated Tim Hudak aka Mike Harris 2.0.
crisis budgeting “We are best served when we build a
society together where all can benefit through the building of community-wide
programs.” Strong work from the Star.
Happened to Obama? From the New York
Times, this is a MUST READ!
Look out – Canada, too, could catch the riot
virus “Let’s not fool ourselves: The widening gulf
between the rich and poor poses a serious threat. Our cities need to get back
to providing real pathways for opportunity for all their residents, Richard
Florida argues in the Globe.”
Rioting Revolutionary? “We are in a revolutionary moment.
Prepare yourself: this global insurrection will unfold in ways we lefties may
not like.” Good stuff from Adbusters magazine.
The tale of Rob Ford and how he’s lost the
Dan Yashinsky says there are differences between Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s
storytelling practice and his.” Also read Ford’s
meeting partners revealed: “The Star filed a request for the names of the mayor's meeting partners
after his staff began omitting them from his schedules.” Revealing.
Harper spins a new brand of patriotism. “Tories look for political payoffs by
embracing symbols ignored by the Grits: Arctic, military, national sports and
sees red over government ‘blacklisting’ “Harper government critic says
Ottawa is trying to ‘silence’ her abroad after funding for a European tour of
her work this summer was cancelled.”
Effectively silencing Canada’s
week an adjudicator at the Public Service Labour Relations Board handed down
rulings related to three Health Canada scientists that confirm what many
Canadians — and international observers — had already concluded: that Canada is
not a safe place for honest employees, especially if they work for the federal
government.” Must read from the Toronto Star.
repeats itself, with mistakes of Iraq rehearsed afresh (“Doomed always to
fight the last war, we are recommitting the same old sin in Libya”) AND Prosecuting war crimes? Be sure to read the
small print. Both brilliant
works by Robert Fisk in the Independent.
imperial hijacking is a threat to the Arab revolution.
“Only when those who fought Gaddafi force Nato to leave will Libyans be able to
take control of their country.” From The
UK bid for US-style police reveals despair. In the wake of the UK riots, David
Cameron's plans of emulating US policing models face harsh criticism from
politicians and activists alike.
The fruits of elite immunity. A pointed attack on Dick Cheney and Barack
Obama, by the always trenchant Glenn Greenwald.
a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico's murderous drug gangs. “As
the violence spread, billions of dollars of cartel cash began to seep into the
global financial system. But a special investigation by the Observer reveals
how the increasingly frantic warnings of one London whistleblower were ignored”
Is capitalism doomed? The recent credit rating downgrade and
Eurozone debt crises are slowly showing signs of The Great Depression 2.0. The
now-infamous article by Nouriel Roubini.
boycott Israel? A founding member of the campaign for the academic and
cultural boycott outlines the motivation behind the movement. From Al Jazeera.
rules the rare earth. The global race to grab a share of rare earth metals
in Central Asia has begun. Also from Al Jazeera.