Archive for May, 2010

Obama wins the right to detain people with no habeas review

Today, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals adopted the Bush/Obama position, holding that even detainees abducted outside of Afghanistan and then shipped to Bagram have no right to contest the legitimacy of their detention in a U.S. federal court

via Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com.

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Full text of Stephen Harper’s 1997 speech

Canada is a Northern European welfare state in the worst sense of the term, and very proud of it. Canadians make no connection between the fact that they are a Northern European welfare state and the fact that we have very low economic growth, a standard of living substantially lower than yours, a massive brain drain of young professionals to your country, and double the unemployment rate of the United States.In terms of the unemployed, of which we have over a million-and-a-half, don’t feel particularly bad for many of these people. They don’t feel bad about it themselves, as long as they’re receiving generous social assistance and unemployment insurance.

via CTV News.

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Quebec Assembly votes – Abortion ‘ambiguity’ must end

The Quebec legislature has taken aim at the Harper government over abortion and demanded a clear expression of support for a woman’s right to choose.With that, a debate that remained largely dormant in national politics for over two decades suddenly threatens to become a federal-provincial issue.Politicians on both sides of the legislature unanimously adopted, by a margin of 109-0, a pro-choice motion Wednesday.The motion demands that the federal government continue to respect free access to abortion, end its “ambiguity” on the issue and stop cutting funding to women’s groups that favour abortion.

via CBC News.

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CBC News – Montreal – Liberals urge extension of GG’s term

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is calling for an extension to Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean’s five-year term as the Queen’s representative in Canada.

via CBC News – Montreal – Liberals urge extension of GG’s term.

I applauded her arrival, I will cheer her exit. The prorogue queen’s tenure should be up. Ignatieff’s desire for more of the same is a strong indicator that he, too, loves the idea of the imperial prime minister.

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Imagine.

Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government? Would these protesters — these black protesters with guns — be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic?

via What If the Tea Party Were Black? | | AlterNet.

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