Tyranny & Oppression
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Yekaterina Samutsevich, defendant in the criminal case against the feminist punk group Pussy Riot: In the closing statement, the defendant is expected to repent, express regret for their deeds or enumerate attenuating circumstances. In my case, as in the case of my colleagues in the group, this is completely unnecessary. Instead, I want to voice my thoughts about the reasons behind what has happened to us. That Christ the Savior Cathedral had become a significant symbol in the political strategy of the authorities was clear to many thinking people when Vladimir Putin’s former [KGB] colleague Kirill Gundyayev took over as leader of the Russian Orthodox Church.
(AP photo) (CNSNews.com) – A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater. Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Ore., says he plans to appeal his conviction in Jackson County (Ore.)
James Holmes must also have been insane, and his inner terror expressed itself, as it often does these days, in a link between pop culture and firearms. There was nothing bigger happening in his world right now than the new Batman movie, and in preparation for this day, or another like it, he was purchasing firearms and booby-trapping his apartment. When he was arrested after the shootings, he made no attempt at resistance.
The UN’s right-to-food envoy is raising the alarm about hunger and poor diets in Canada, but the federal government says he’s wasting his breath. The United Nations’ special rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, has just wrapped up an official 11-day investigation into food security in Canada. He has concluded that Canada is flouting its international human-rights obligations by ignoring hunger within its own borders, even as 800,000 households here don’t have the wherewithal to ensure they can put proper food on the table. “What I’ve seen in Canada is a system that presents barriers for the poor to access nutritious diets and that tolerates increased inequalities between rich and poor, and aboriginal (and) non-aboriginal peoples,” Mr. De Schutter said.
What happened to Canada? It used to be the country we would flee to if life in the United States became unpalatable. No nuclear weapons. No huge military-industrial complex. Universal health care. Funding for the arts.
Dear Everyone, My name is Naomi. I am Canadian.
The B.C. government is prepared to roll out proposed legislation on Thursday to define the ground rules for the construction of major economic projects on federal reserve lands – including a proposed liquefied natural gas plant that is key to Premier Christy Clark’s job plan. The law would establish a regulatory framework to ensure provincial laws are followed on major first nations’ projects. It is expected to address specific projects including the Haisla First Nation’s joint venture with LNG Partners of Texas. Ms. Clark is bullish on LNG – natural gas that has been cooled to liquid form – as a potential new industry in B.C., and the Haisla are on track to be at the forefront. But the legislation also offers the first concrete evidence of Ms.
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Despair has enveloped Greece . This weekend the bankrupt nation, for that is what it is, began negotiating the latest act of a drama that many fear will end in catastrophe – financially, socially and politically. In an electric atmosphere, with thousands demonstrating outside parliament, MPs began debating the arduous terms of a €130bn (£110bn) rescue package that the interim prime minister, Lucas Papademos , insists is the only way left to avert economic collapse.
KINGSTON, NY , 11 January 2012 - Are you ready for a 2012 that will be "Good" for the well-prepared, really "Bad" for wishful thinkers, and very "Ugly" for the see-nothings and do-nothings those with their heads in the sand who blindly trust their leaders? A few weeks ago we sent you a recap of the Trends Journal's "Top Trends 2011" forecasts. There is very little in today's headline news that was not in last year's Trends Journal forecasts. The newly released Top 12 Trends 2012 cuts through the hype, confusion and political baloney.
23 January, 2012 International Campaign for Tibet Three Tibetans were killed and several injured when police opened fire on Tibetans who gathered to protest in Draggo, Kardze (the Tibetan area of Kham) today, the first day of Chinese New Year. The escalating crackdown in Draggo follows the circulation of leaflets in the area saying that Tibetans should not celebrate the New Year in 2012 because of the self-immolations, and declaring an intention by the unnamed author of the leaflets to set fire to themselves at the time of Tibetan New Year (Losar, which falls on February 22).