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More protests ahead of Greek austerity vote

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[The battle of the South against the North and the Big Guy against the Little Guy continues within the EU. See also: 1,000s protest austerity measures in MadridScotland's Ruling Party to Pledge End of Austerity With Spending, and Government austerity demands that we die within our means. *RON*]
Nicholas Paphitis, Associated Press / CTV News, 18 May 2017

ATHENS, Greece -- Protesters clashed with police in central Athens during a second day of demonstrations Thursday, as lawmakers prepared to vote on creditor-demanded measures that will usher in additional income losses for Greeks over the next three years.

A small number of masked youths broke out from a crowd of about 15,000 people protesting peacefully outside parliament and threw gasoline bombs at riot police, who responded with tear gas. No injuries or arrests were immediately reported.

The evening protest was organized by major trade unions.

In the morning, hundreds of pensioners braved …

Portland victims of white supremacist killer identified

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[Tributes pour for Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, who ex-offender killed as they defended girls. You know White terrorism is seriously spreading when it affects a liberal bastion like Portland. *RON*]

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies, 28 May 2017
US police have identified the two men killed by a white supremacist on a train in Portland as they attempted to defend passengers the suspect was bullying.

On Friday, Jeremy Joseph Christian - a 35-year-old who was known to authorities - stabbed to death 53-year-old Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, after they stepped in to defend two girls Christian was bullying.

At least one of the girls was wearing a headscarf and is believed to be Muslim.

Christian is reported to have shouted Islamophobic slurs at the girls, as well as other hate speech.

Police said on Saturday that Best died at the scene and that Meche succumbed to his wounds at a hospital after Christian sl…

Canada Should Think Twice About Fixing The Unfixable TPP

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[Between his continued support for the F35 and his unwillingness to let TPP die a natural death, Trudeau is blindly following exactly the same ideologically-driven set of policy zombies that Harper pursued. *RON*]
Jerry Dias, Huffington Post, 26 May 2017
Reopening any negotiated deal offers a chance to fix what was wrong in the first place.

Unifor has been a long-standing critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Like other unions and NGOs, we've consistently called for a NAFTA rethink.

It is for that reason we welcomed the reopening of the NAFTA, even if led by a U.S. President that we so vehemently disagree with on almost every point.

NAFTA has enabled the capital flight of multi-national firms, as has global free trade more broadly. That has inflicted great pain on working people and their communities. Renegotiating NAFTA gives us a chance to address concerns with two of our most important trading partners, and craft a deal that act…

Liberals Quietly Pay Another $30M To Develop F-35 Jet They Pledge Not To Buy

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[Much Deep State stuff going on here. The beast from the military-industrial complex that will not die. *RON*]
Lee Berthiaume, Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 26 May 2017
OTTAWA — Canada has quietly paid another $30 million toward the development of the F-35 — money that could become insurance in the trade dispute between U.S. aerospace firm Boeing and Canadian rival Bombardier.

The annual payment was made to the U.S. military at the end of April, the Department of National Defence says, and will keep Canada at the table as one of nine partners in the fighter jet project for the next year.

Canada has paid US$373 million into the program since 1997, National Defence spokeswoman Jessica Lamirande said in an email.

Staying in the program has advantages, as partners can compete for billions of dollars worth of contracts associated with the building and maintaining F-35. They also get a discount when purchasing the plane.

That latter point wasn't c…

Andrew Scheer Wins Conservative Leadership Race To Replace Stephen Harper

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[With a baker's dozen of "Who is that?" candidates, it was a weird leadership race. I'm glad that Maxime Bernier failed to get in. I know little about Andrew Scheer, but the Globe & Mail says In Andrew Scheer, Conservatives elect Stephen Harper 2.0 – with a smile. Also unappetizing: 'We won': anti-abortion groups declare victory after Andrew Scheer named new Conservative leader. He makes an effort to be seen to push 'one big tent' Conservatism in his acceptance speech, which is more than one can say for Maxime Bernier [who] Says He'll Keep ‘A List Of Everyone Who Was With Me' In Tory Leadership Race. *RON*]
Stephanie Levitz, Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 27 May 2017
TORONTO — Andrew Scheer, the apple-cheeked Saskatchewan MP and former Speaker of the House of Commons, survived a 13-ballot battle with presumed leadership front-runner Maxime Bernier on Saturday and eked out the narrowest of wins in…