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'Invisible Women' Report Stops Short Of Recommending Public Inquiry Into Slain Aboriginal Women

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[Public consultation has become a joke under Harper: "the recommendations in the report don't reflect those made by victims' families and other interest groups during their testimony". *RON*]
By Lee-Anne Goodman, Canadian Press, Huffington Post, 03/07/2014


OTTAWA - A parliamentary report into missing and murdered indigenous women rejected numerous calls for a full public inquiry, setting off a firestorm of criticism Friday from opposition critics, First Nation leaders and human rights groups.

Liberal and NDP members who sat on the all-party panel issued their own dissenting reports, accusing the federal Conservatives of sanitizing the final report on an ongoing crisis that has caught the attention of the United Nations.

"This is a total travesty from the way that Parliament used to be able to work," said Carolyn Bennett, the Liberal aboriginal affairs critic and the vice-chair of the committee examining the issue.

"Parliament …

Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State

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[An excellent essay on the enmeshment of corporations, Silicon Valley, the security and surveillance state, and government. The basis for the Moyers & Company program The Deep State: Hiding in Plain Sight. *RON*]

by Mike Lofgren, Moyers & Company, February 21, 2014

Rome lived upon its principal till ruin stared it in the face. Industry is the only true source of wealth, and there was no industry in Rome. By day the Ostia road was crowded with carts and muleteers, carrying to the great city the silks and spices of the East, the marble of Asia Minor, the timber of the Atlas, the grain of Africa and Egypt; and the carts brought out nothing but loads of dung. That was their return cargo. – The Martyrdom of Man by Winwood Reade (1871) There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White Hous…

"What Russia Did Is Wrong" RT Host Abby Martin Condemns Russian Incursion Into Crimea – On RT

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[On the hypocrisy of American presstitutes. *RON*]

By Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept / Information Clearing House, March 4, 2014

The vast bulk of the commentary issuing from American commentators about the Russian military action in Ukraine involves condemning exactly that which they routinely advocate and which the U.S. itself routinely does. So suffocating is the resulting stench that those who played leading roles in selling the public the attack on Iraq and who are still unrepentant about it, such as David “Axis of Evil/The Right Man” Frum, have actually become the leading media voices condemning Russia on the ground that it is wrong to invade sovereign countries; Frum thus has no trouble saying things like this with an apparently straight face: “If Russia acts the outlaw nation, can it be expected to be treated as anything but an outlaw?”

The Bahrain – Ukraine Duality

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[An interesting and thought-provoking comparison. *RON*]
by RANNIE AMIRI, counterpunch.org, March 7-9, 2014

When President Obama recently spoke on “… the principle that no country has the right to send in troops to another country unprovoked …” he was of course referring to Russia’s concerns over unrest in Ukraine and its subsequent troop movements into the Crimean Peninsula. No such “principle” was evoked, however, when Saudi Arabia invaded Bahrain in March 2011 in its violent suppression of popular, pro-reform sentiment expressed by the overwhelming majority in the Gulf island nation.

Unlike Ukraine, the peaceful protests in Manama’s Pearl Roundabout did not depose a constitutionally elected government. Obviously, the centuries-old rule of the al-Khalifa family has never been by mandate at the ballot box. Likewise, adherence to the country’s National Action Charter put forward by King Hamad al-Khalifa has been solely to the extent of perpetuating dynastic…

Pierre Poilievre Misrepresenting Voter Fraud Report: Study Author

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[Poilievre gives the report by BC's former Chief Electoral Officer a, shall we say, slightly selective reading which - mirabile dictu! - manages to precisely confirm his biases. Also see Harper's elections act will deprive thousands of the right to vote -- Chief Electoral Officer*RON*]

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press, 03/07/2014


OTTAWA - The author of a report cited repeatedly to justify cracking down on potential voter fraud says the Harper government is misrepresenting his report and ignoring his recommendations.

Indeed, Harry Neufeld says there's not a shred of evidence that there have been more than "a handful" of cases of deliberate voter fraud in either federal or provincial elections.

"I never said there was voter fraud," Neufeld said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

"Nor did the Supreme Court, who looked at this extremely carefully."