Oct 202016

“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.  We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life—daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right […]

Oct 102016

Written in 1898: I thought, on the contrary, that a revolutionary paper must be, above all, a record of those symptoms which everywhere announce the coming of a new era, the germination of new forms of social life, the growing revolt against antiquated institutions.  These symptoms should be watched, brought together in their intimate connection, […]

Oct 062016
2016-09-27  Indigenous people need to tell their stories of sobriety, says lawyer  (CBC Interview, Harold R Johnson)

It is my pleasure to alert you to this interview and to Harold’s book, “Firewater”.  I am looking forward to reading it. Harold is an unassuming intelligence.  We haven’t talked much, I don’t know him well,  but here once again I find myself wishing there were more Harold Johnsons in our midst.  He makes good […]

Sep 282016
2016-08-25   Revisiting the lessons of the Battle of Seattle and its aftermath,   by Walden Bello.

Thanks to Janet,  an excellent article.  A couple things first:   I wondered,  Who is Walden Bello? He is an intrepid activist, teacher, scholar.  One in that legion of dispersed leaders who make me believe that my small contributions will help to drive the changes we so badly need. About Walden Bello,  see  http://www.waldenbello.org/about-walden/    Background to the Battle in […]

Aug 092016
2016-08-07   Local Residents Force Monsanto to Tear Down GMO Seed Plant in Argentina,  from Sustainable Pulse.

Monsanto have announced that they will dismantle their half-built multi-million dollar GMO seed plant in Malvinas, Argentina, following protests from local citizens over the past 3 years. Local Malvinas citizens and GMO Free campaigners from across Argentina forced Monsanto to stop the construction of their GMO seed plant in 2014, through well-coordinated protests at the […]

Aug 082016
2016-08-01   The doctor who beat big tobacco.   Responsible investing.  Disinvestment.  Comprehensive article.  The Guardian.

When Dr Bronwyn King discovered her pension fund was investing in the cigarette companies that were killing her cancer patients, she was staggered. And she knew she had to act by Gideon Haigh Monday 1 August 2016   On Good Friday this year, Dr Bronwyn King and her husband were staying with her parents in […]

Jul 212016
2016-07-21  Revealed: Thatcher aide wanted to use Prince William to hobble CND (UK:  Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament),  The Guardian

Newly released files show PM’s press chief suggested releasing footage of royal baby to keep CND protests out of the news   Princess Diana with Prince William in 1983, a time of growing opposition to the deployment of US cruise missiles in UK. Photograph: Anwar Hussein/WireImage Margaret Thatcher was privately warned by foreign secretary Francis […]

Jul 102016

Many of us have concluded that big business is running the show.   We have  corporatocracy,  not democracy. If that is the case,  by definition,  there has been a coup d’état by stealth in Canada (and in the U.S.). From  2010-09-13   RCMP identify coup d’etat as threat to Canada, Ottawa Citizen. “Military historian Edward Luttwak says, […]

Jul 032016
2016-07-03   . . . can't call in an air strike on a warming climate...no military solutions to the most profound problems that are imperilling the planet. ...  International Crane Foundation in North Korea.

“You can’t call in an air strike on a warming climate…There are no military solutions to the most profound problems that are imperilling the planet. It’s got to be diplomacy,” says former diplomat Daryl Copeland The interview.   CBC, Sunday Edition,  Michael Enright and Daryl Copeland.   URL below. Near the end, Enright challenges the idea of […]

Jan 292016

The interview is in 3 segments.  Pretty amazing:  http://www.democracynow.org/2016/1/27/life_animated_a_remarkable_story_of?autostart=true&get_clicky_key=suggested_related   2. http://www.democracynow.org/2016/1/27/embracing_autism_journalist_ron_suskind_on   3.  http://www.democracynow.org/2016/1/27/roger_ross_williams_the_first_black