Artillery pieces used during Israel’s operation included a mix of Soltam M71 guns and U.S.-manufactured Paladin M109s (a 155-mm howitzer), each of which can fire three shells per minute. “The only possible reason for doing that is to kill a lot of people in as short a period of time as possible,” said the senior U.S. military officer. “It’s not mowing the lawn,” he added, referring to a popular IDF term for periodic military operations against Hamas in Gaza. “It’s removing the topsoil.”
Senior U.S. officers who are familiar with the battle and Israeli artillery operations, which are modeled on U.S. doctrine, assessed that, given that rate of artillery fire into Shujaiya, IDF commanders were not precisely targeting Palestinian military formations as much as laying down an indiscriminate barrage aimed at cratering the neighborhood.
On Tuesday (August 19, 2014) the National Energy Board (NEB) ruled that not only could Kinder Morgan access public land like parks without permission that they could also access private property without permission!
Just as I was reading this and thinking “that’s been the reality at Unist’ot’en Camp for years” I heard a helicopter fly right overhead. When you hear a helicopter there, everyone always stops to look and listen and see if maybe this is another unwelcome pipeline survey crew trying to sneak onto the territory. Pipeline companies have been working without permission in other people’s territories for a long time. It’s interesting that the NEB has gone ahead and explicitly allowed them onto so-called “private” property as well. It would be pretty funny if we started seeing small home owners in Burnaby evicting survey crews and warning them that their equipment will be confiscated if they fail to leave!
“And there it is. A nearly all-white crowd chanting to a nearly all-black crowd, “Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!” Contemporary racism encapsulated by an attempt to package it as support for the police, exposed by calls to shoot black men.
Overall, people should care a lot less about who owns Canadian corporations, but about whether their workers are paid a living wage. Canadians like to get righteous about Americans owning Canadian corporations, but they’d do a lot more good getting angry at Canadian companies for mistreating and exploiting the labour of their employees in the first place.
Big news this week that Burger King, a U.S. company, is planning to buy Tim Hortons, a Canadian one. This is another in a string of “tax inversion” deals where U.S. corporations move their corporate headquarters from the U.S. to elsewhere to avoid U.S. taxation. They don’t actually change anything or move anyone outside of their accounting fairyland. Instead, they just check some different boxes on their income tax forms and “poof” — save millions in taxes.
But the loss of U.S. taxes from BK is Canada’s benefit right? Turns out, not so much. The only reason why this particular accounting trick works is because American corporations are taxed on worldwide profits, Canadian companies (and most other countries companies) are not. What that means is that American corps pay the American government taxes on all their profits no matter which country they are made in. Canadian companies only pay the Canadian government on profits made in Canada.
So the BK move to Canada would mean that BK will stop paying taxes on profits it makes in Kuwait to the U.S. government. However, since no Canadian company pays taxes on profits made in Kuwait in any event, Canadian governments would bring in no additional revenues. In BK’s case, this would save them in the neighbourhood of $12 million a year in U.S. corporate taxes. Of course, Canada sees none of that money and essentially gains nothing from this deal.
In the end, many corporations want to pay $0 in income taxes and have the rest of us pick up the tab for health care and infrastructure that we all benefit from. “Tax inversion” is just one of the many accounting tricks that makes regular people pick up the tab for corporations that abuse tax rules or lobby governments to pay less and less every year.
Pine Lawn Police were involved in a pursuit after a vehicle fled from state troopers in the Ferguson area Friday morning.
Four White guys with multiple weapons were taken into custody. Not shot and kill and left out on the road. They were arrested and given due process. They’re names aren’t leaked. We’re not seeing invasions into their facebooks for impeding trials. We’re not even seeing mug shots. We don’t know if they’re anarchist, klan or anything at all. We just know they left the scene of a armed chase alive.
This is the difference and the outrage.
they always show us the truth with their actions
HM AND THEYRE STILL ALIVE TO TELL THE TALE. Interesting.
Let’s just reiterate: “Four White guys with multiple weaponswere taken into custody. Not shot and kill and left out on the road. They were arrested and given due process.”
Four white guys
With multiple weapons
Taken into custody
Given due process
the difference between how black and white lives are regarded.
They refused to give the public necessary details about why they are capitalizing off of this civil unrest, saying “we cannot professionally hand out that information, regardless of client or location. We put a security team of former SOF personnel into the STL area at the request of a client.”
The company is comprised of tactical, deadly individuals hired for military operations, such as Navy SEALS, SEAL Team 6, Special Operations Forces, Army Green Berets, and more.
They say they are deploying a “high threat team in (their) own city”, as they are ironically headquartered in St. Louis.
How could any good possibly come from this? Are the powers that be trying to pour napalm on this raging fire that they created?
This is something that must very carefully be taken note of.
“The police are but the tip of the sword wielded by American society itself. Something bigger than Stand Your Ground, the drug war, mass incarceration or any other policy is haunting us. And as long we cower from it, the events of this week are as certain as math. The question is not “if,” but “when.””—
Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic. Reparations for Ferguson: Total police control over black bodies has echoes in American history.
“When a photo is published on the web, it falls into nimble, anonymous hands that upload and share millions of images each day. Context becomes a casualty. Its loss threatens photographers’ reputations, may endanger their subjects, and chips away at journalistic credibility. If a photojournalist’s responsibility is authenticity, her challenge is control.”—Safeguarding Truth in Photojournalism: Ami Vitale’s Survival Guide (via ellobofilipino)
Three journalists from German newspapers were also taken into custody on Monday evening. Two of them, Ansgar Graw and Frank Herrmann of the newspaper Die Welt, were detained for three hours and then released without any charges.
"This was a very new experience," Graw wrote, according to an English-language translation of his German-language account. "I’ve been in several conflict zones: I was in the civil war regions in Georgia, the Gaza strip, illegally visited the Kaliningrad region when travel to the Soviet Union was still strictly prohibited for westerners, I’ve been in Iraq, Vietnam and in China, I’ve met Cuba dissidents. But to be arrested and yelled at and be rudely treated by police? For that I had to travel to Ferguson and St. Louis in the United States of America."