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EU trade pact may imperil local control over water

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

The, erm, faeces storm over JP Morgan’s control over sewage treatment in one Carolinian county should be enough of a preview into the way these deals go down to alarm any Canadian, free market loving or otherwise. The legitimacy of ownership of the commons really needs a lot more attention than it gets when it comes to water.

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Bruce Campion-Smith, Toronto Star
May 29, 2010

OTTAWA — Foreign companies would gain unprecedented access to municipal water services and perhaps even a claim to the water itself under the free trade deal now being negotiated between Canada and the European Union, a new report says.

While the federal government has touted the economic upsides of the trade pact, a legal analysis claims it will likely have big implications for municipalities by forcing them to open their contracts to European firms.

That’s the view of Canadian trade lawyer Steve Shrybman, who penned an opinion of the free trade talks for the Centre for Civic Governance, a Vancouver-based advocacy group.

The European Union has made a pointed request that drinking water services be included in the trade agreement, opening the door for big multinational firms to “stake” a claim in municipal water systems, he said.

“The objective of these large water conglomerates is to expand their Canadian markets by winning contracts to establish and/or operate water supply and waste water treatment facilities and services,” he writes in his opinion.

The most serious threat to public ownership and control of water arises from the risk of private entities being able to establish a proprietary claim to the water itself,” the report says.

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US acknowledges mistaken attack on Afghan civilians

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Good for them, though this is a bit of eyewash considering it’s hardly the sort of isolated case here implied. The ISAF is continuously dropping bombs on wedding processions, throwing laser-guided bombs into residential buildings to kill ‘suspected’ insurgents, etc. Note also that, once again, you have to go to the foreign (well, British) media to get this news as it’s blockaded here.

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David Fox, Reuters
May 29, 2010

The US military acknowledged today killing 23 civilians and wounding 12 others earlier this year after mistaking them for a convoy of Taliban insurgents.

The US report into the incident, which happened in Uruzgan, said the crew of a remote-controlled drone aircraft had “provided inaccurate reporting” ahead of the incident and local command posts “failed to properly analyze the situation”.

“Information that the convoy was anything other than an attacking force was ignored or downplayed by UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) personal,” it said.

The Taliban are responsible for the majority of civilian conflict deaths in the country, but the issue is a sensitive one for US-led foreign troops, who are frequently accused of using indiscriminate firepower – even in civilian areas – to fight the insurgency.

The US counterinsurgency strategy emphasizes seizing population centers and avoiding combat in built-up areas whenever possible to avert civilian deaths.

Taliban fighters, however, frequently plant bombs, launch suicide raids and attack government and Western targets in civilian areas.

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72% of Guantanamo detainees given hearings found to be wrongfully detained

Friday, May 28th, 2010

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Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com
May 28, 2010

The Miami Herald‘s Carol Rosenberg reports that, this week, yet another federal judge has ordered the Obama administration to release yet another Guantanamo detainee on the ground that there is no persuasive evidence to justify his detention. The latest detainee to win his habeas hearing, Mohammed Hassen, is a 27-year old Yemeni imprisoned by the U.S. without charges for 8 years, since he was 19 years old. He has “long claimed he was captured in Pakistan studying the Quran and had no ties to al Qaida,” and that “he had been unjustly rounded up in a March 2002 dragnet by Pakistani security forces in the city of Faisalabad that targeted Arabs.” Hassen is now the third consecutive detainee ordered freed who was rounded up in that same raid. The Obama DOJ opposed his petition even though the Bush administration had cleared him for release in 2007. He has now spent roughly 30% of his life in a cage at Guantanamo.

What’s most significant about this is that Hassen is now the 36th detainee who has won his habeas hearing since the Supreme Court in 2008 ruled they have the right to such hearings — out of 50 whose petitions have been heard. In other words, 72% of Guantanamo detainees who finally were able to obtain just minimal due process (which is what a habeas hearing is) — after years of being in a cage without charges — have been found by federal judges to be wrongfully detained. These are people who are part of what the U.S. Government continues to insist are “the worst of the worst” who remain, and whose release is being vehemently contested by the Obama DOJ.

The real disgrace here is that the U.S. Congress, in 2006, enacted the Military Commissions Act, which explicitly denied all Guantanamo detainees any rights to habeas review. The widely loved Lindsey Graham — along with the profoundly noble Joe Lieberman and John McCain — were the prime sponsors of that provision. Think about what that means, what the people who voted for that (including 12 Democratic Senators) tried to do: had the Supreme Court not struck down that provision by a 5-4 vote in Boumediene, all of these innocent people would continue to be denied any rights of judicial review, and would unjustly languish in prison indefinitely. The people who voted for the Military Commissions Act, and the 4 Supreme Court Justices who sought to uphold it, knowingly acted to deny scores of innocent prisoners any opportunity for judicial review. That’s as warped and as evil as it gets.

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Michigan Considers Law to License Journalists for ‘Moral Character’

Friday, May 28th, 2010

They license hairdressers in the Soviet State of Michigan? The concerns the Senator is raising around alternative media are just as liable to be an issue with the mainstream media. It’s hardly fair to mention that this article is published in ‘fair and balanced’ Fox News, but there you go. It’s media consumers who need to become educated, and restricting the information market is hardly an effective way to accomplish that end.

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Jana Winter, FoxNews.com
May 28, 2010

A Michigan lawmaker wants to license reporters to ensure they’re credible and vet them for “good moral character.”

Senator Bruce Patterson is introducing legislation that will regulate reporters much like the state does with hairdressers, auto mechanics and plumbers. Patterson, who also practices constitutional law, says that the general public is being overwhelmed by an increasing number of media outlets–traditional, online and citizen generated–and an even greater amount misinformation.

“Legitimate media sources are critically important to our government,” he said.

He told FoxNews.com that some reporters covering state politics don’t know what they’re talking about and they’re working for publications he’s never heard of, so he wants to install a process that’ll help him and the general public figure out which reporters to trust.

“We have to be able to get good information,” he said. “We have to be able to rely on the source and to understand the credentials of the source.”

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Ottawa RBC firebomb case: I’m not linked to the attack, ex-government worker who rented SUV says

Friday, May 28th, 2010

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Gary Dimmock, The Ottawa Citizen
May 28, 2010

The man who rented the SUV believed to have been used as a getaway car in last week’s firebombing of a Glebe bank says he’s “absolutely not” linked to the attack.

The retired 58-year-old public servant also says that he knows nothing about the incident. He says he didn’t loan the vehicle to anyone and, he added that if it had been stolen he would have reported it to police.

The Ottawa man also said that he, alone, put 1,500 kilometres on the SUV’s odometer in just two days, driving from Ottawa to Peterborough and back, not once but twice to help his brother with “something.”

The 2010 GMC Acadia was rented by the man from a ByWard Market agency on May 17, a day before the firebombing of a Royal Bank of Canada branch on Bank Street around 3:30 a.m.

“I’ve been told not to talk. I’m worried and I need to talk to my lawyer,” he told the Citizen Friday afternoon.

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California considering cannabis leglization

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Arnold has smoked joints with Tommy Chong, so, yeah – it’s a little hypocritical to be throwing people in jail for burning a plant when a) alcohol is more destructive on average and b) the criminality everyone’s so up in arms against in the war on drugs could be wiped out by opening the market and cutting the chance for state-supported profit off at the knees. It’s what China and Britain had to do to stem the predatory opium business in that country back in the late 1800s. See also how decriminalization has worked out in Portugal.

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Anna Mehler Paperny, The Globe and Mail
May 28, 2010

Bankrupt California is sorely tempted to rewrite the law for a pot of gold

Pot is in the air here on the shores of San Francisco Bay. Not in the smoke that drifts between the cafés, second-hand shops and indie music stores of legendary Haight-Ashbury. But in the headlines of local newspapers, the posters plastered on phone booths and the ads now airing on the radio.

It has been two months since a proposal to legalize marijuana was added to California’s fall referendum ballot, and the debate on the subject is in full swing. A similar vote crashed and burned in the 1970s, but proponents feel that this time they could win. Last week, councillors across the water made Oakland the state’s first city to formally endorse the move, and the latest polls show public opinion is almost evenly divided.

The proposed legislation is fairly conservative. It would allow growing, selling and consuming cannabis, but local governments could opt out, smoking in public would remain illegal, cultivation would be limited to a small plot and vendors would face severe penalties for selling to anyone under 21.

But a bigger motivation is something profoundly practical: The state needs the cash. Badly.

In the wake of a brutal recession, California is heavily in debt — a $70-billion hole that is making governments at all levels rethink their spending on just about everything.

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MIddle East arms treaty a go despite US ‘deep regret’ over focus on Israeli nuclear arsenal

Friday, May 28th, 2010

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Ian Black, The Guardian
May 28, 2010

US changes stance over Israeli atomic arsenal, non-proliferation talks succeed after one month

The 189 member nations of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) last night struck a deal on a series of small steps towards disarmament, including a 2012 conference to discuss a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East.

After a month of wrangling, signatories to the NPT agreed a deal, despite “deep regrets” from the US over a clause singling out Israel‘s unacknowledged nuclear arsenal. A 28-page final declaration requires the world’s five self-confessed nuclear states — the US, Russia, France, Britain and China — to speed up arms reductions. They will report on progress in four years.

But the main point of contention was over an Arab idea for a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, intended to put public pressure on Israel to scrap its nuclear weapons.

Initially reluctant, the US changed tack and went along with the proposal. Iran and Syria had expressed dissent over whether the treaty was tough enough, but no objections were raised in the final session, and Iran’s chief delegate, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, joined other nations in applause at the deal in the UN’s general assembly hall.

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B.C. anti-HST petition hits target weeks ahead of schedule

Friday, May 28th, 2010

The HST must be resisted, and BC’s efforts should be an inspiration for other jurisdictions in our nation. Implementation of the HST – really a carbon copy of the European Value Added Tax – was Brian Mulroney’s initial goal, a goal that he abandoned in favour of the only marginally less contentious GST back in the 80′s, and anyone that was around in that decade will recall that there was a firestorm of controversy at the time which was (of course) ignored by the reigning Conservatives, which (of course) handed the country over to the Liberals in successive elections. The current administration is presently negotiating a free trade agreement with the EU, a bit of legislation which we’ve been promised will be more comprehensive than NAFTA (another Bilderberg/Mulroney initiative) and so it is to be expected that our tax regime will be harmonized on the sly with the European system. It’s also to be expected that there will be minimal media coverage of these connections. The Council of Canadians is at least doing its bit to promote awareness of the EU free trade negotiations, and you may follow them on their Twitter channel at CETAWatch.

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CBC News
May 28, 2010

The former premier leading the charge against B.C.’s harmonized sales tax says a province-wide petition against the HST has reached its target, weeks ahead of schedule.

Bill Vander Zalm, who is leading the Fight HST campaign, said Friday the petition has collected the signatures of at least 10 per cent of the registered voters in each of the province’s 85 ridings.

“We’re very pleased with it all,” Vander Zalm said. “It’s never been done before and it shows the people of this province want to get rid of the HST, no doubt about it.”

Vander Zalm, who was a Social Credit premier from 1986 to 1991, has been the most vocal opponent of the HST since the Liberal government announced plans last summer to blend the provincial sales tax with the federal GST.

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Polar bears not at risk: Nunavut

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Oh, look – more facts flying in the face of the ecologist’s dogma.

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CBC News
May 28, 2010

The Nunavut government does not think the polar bear should be classified as a species of special concern under the federal Species at Risk Act, says territorial Environment Minister Daniel Shewchuk.

Shewchuk said there is no clear evidence to support assigning that status to the polar bear despite recommendations to the contrary by Environment Canada and a federal scientific panel.

“We live in polar bear country,” Shewchuk told reporters in Iqaluit on Friday afternoon. “We understand the polar bears, and we do actually think our polar bear population is very very healthy, with the exception of a couple of populations that we are taking action on.”

The polar bear was most recently designated a species of special concern in 2002. “Of special concern” is the least serious “at risk” designation – one level below “threatened” and two levels below “endangered.”

Currently, the special-concern designation has been suspended while the government reviews the polar bear’s status and decides whether to renew the classification or change it.

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Police detail G20 security zone

Friday, May 28th, 2010

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Liem Vu, The Globe and Mail
May 28, 2010

Security perimeter to be divided into two zones for Toronto summit; police warn cars parked or stopped in areas will be tagged, towed

The G20 security zones have been revealed and downtown dwellers have two options the weekend of the summit: be patient or get out.

The Integrated Security Unit (ISU) announced Friday that Toronto should expect severe travel restrictions from June 25th to June 27th as a result of the security perimeter and the traffic zone.

On June 7, security fences will be erected to demarcate the high security zone which will extend from Bay Street to Blue Jays Way, with a northern boundary of Wellington Street East, while the southern line will zig-zag down York Street, west on Bremner, south on Simcoe, west on Lakeshore and around the Rogers Centre.

The fences will be constructed 24 hours a day until it is completed, said Toronto Police Superintendent Tom Russell. They will not be razor-wired but will be similar to those seen at Indy race car tracks.

A fence will also enclose the Westin Harbour Castle to protect delegates staying in the hotel.

Registration card applications have been distributed to those living or working in the security zones to expedite their passage through checkpoints.

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