CP: The movement has been going on for a long time now. The mainstream media has only caught onto this recently. But now, I think, the best way to describe it is it is an ideological movement. It no longer just encompasses the issue of tuition increases. It’s no longer simply a student issue. I think that’s really exemplified by the nightly demonstrations. This past Tuesday there were thousands of people in the streets and many of them were families, young and old. It’s no longer just an issue of a tuition increase. The issue is much larger now.
RT:What do the people of Quebec think of the strike and the protests?
CP: I think the government is trying to keep it as a student issue led by students that can be quelled with some simple negotiations. But I don’t really think that that is exactly the case. I feel that it’s an ideological issue. It’s a movement that’s grown beyond the simple fact of tuition increases, and now encompasses many problems that are being brought up in the Quebec government – mismanagement of funds, corruption within the government itself, mismanagement of the university system, and generally people are extremely upset. And I don’t think that this issue will simply go away. We are now 103 days into the movement. I don’t think it’s a simple issue that can be resolved.
The fight against neoliberalism has its specific national features. In Quebec, it proceeds through national independence. That alone has the potential to shake the structures of domination, to liberate the creative forces, and to be the leaven of social transformation at the level of North America.
Social Justice on Trial in Canada ~ link ~ Take the time to read this one in its entirety at the link. Stirling
In mid-February, protests and strikes began. One of three provincial student associations initiated them: the Coalition large de l'association pour une solidarite syndicale etudiante (CLASSE: the Broader Coalition of the Association of Student-Union Solidarity).
Others joined in: FEUQ (the Quebec Federation of University Students) and FECQ (Quebec Federation of College Students).
Thousands swelled to 200,000 or more. Most Quebecers support them. Sharp tuition and fee increases force students and families into debt. Others drop out. Available aid is meager compared to years earlier. Higher education grows more unaffordable.
Students react by strikes and protests. They continue into their fourth month. Police confront them. Clashes and arrests follow. The usual pattern repeats against all social justice demonstrations. Legitimate struggles are criminalized.
Money power decides what's right or wrong. Ordinary people haven't a chance. In neoliberal societies like Canada, young people have most to lose. Increasingly shut out of higher education, decent jobs, and bright futures, fighting back remains their only option.
Criminalizing dissent became policy. On May 18, Quebec's Liberal government passed Bill 78. Provisions prohibit student protests or other "form(s) of gathering" within 50 meters of the "outer limits" of the "grounds" of any university or CEGEP (College of general and vocational education) building.
In Quebec, high school ends at grade 11. Completing CEGEP grades 12 and 13 are required for college or university admission. Doing it successfully earns them DECs (dioplomes d'etudes collegial).
Iran and the P5+1 wrapped up their final meeting in Baghdad on Thursday evening after two earlier sessions of negotiations on Thursday and Wednesday.
West's undermining of UN paves the way for NATO Syrian intervention ~ link ~ And that means World War III. Stirling
Reports this week of the Syrian military "slaughtering civilians" near Homs have been reported relentlessly by Western media outlets, citing solely "activists" who have been consistently exposed as manipulating and purposefully distorting the reality on the ground in Syria. After episodes including "Gay Girl in Damascus," who turned out to be in fact a "middle-aged American man in Scotland," and "Syrian Danny" who was caught directing fake gunfire before a staged "casualty report" given to CNN's Anderson Cooper, the word of "activists" in Syria, openly sympathetic to the Free Syrian Army, is clearly less than credible.
A bird's eye view of Zionism and Israel's strategic aim ~ link ~ Uri Avnery argues that the longstanding strategic aim of Zionism and Israel – a Jews-only state in all of the territory between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River and the prevention of an Arab Palestinian state – is a pipe dream and that Israelis has better formulate a new national aim based on peace and coexistence.
”In a bird’s eye view, the Zionist-Israeli policy looks like a river striving towards the sea. When it meets an obstacle, it goes around it. The path deviates to the right and to the left, sometimes even going backwards. But it perseveres with a wondrous determination towards its goal.
“The guiding principle was to accept every compromise that gives us what we can get at any stage, but never let the final aim out of our sight.
“This policy allows us to compromise about everything, except one: an Arab Palestinian state that would confirm the existence of an Arab Palestinian people.” (Uri Avnery)
Unending Wars Against Mankind ~ link ~ "Wars are planned and orchestrated by the few, the privileged ruling elite; the humanity becomes the targeted victims of the few for global hegemonic governance. Throughout the ages, the conscientious mankind searched for ways to undo the war and strive for peace, the real aim for the establishments of international institutions. But now the global institutional capacity to deal with peace and conflict management appears in ruin with the continued onslaught of the American led so called War on Terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan."
US Government bailing out Derivatives clearinghouses ~ link ~ If you wanted proof that the hidden powers that be intend to totally destroy America, THIS IS IT!!! Stirling
55-Year old homeless man has two high-tech Masters Degrees from top schools - video ~ link ~ The globalists are bringing us down! Way down!!! Stirling
Cops Taser pregnant woman three times over minor driving violation ~ link ~ You simply cannot make this stuff up. These "brave officers" should have been fired and criminally charged, however, since their commanders and the local prosecutors are gutless and complicit in such a horrific violent illegal and unconstitutional act...one that any person in their right mind instructively know is dead wrong...I would advise this woman to bring a Human Rights lawsuit against the "officers" and their supervisors and the local prosecutes in a foreign court in a nation that has Universal Jurisdiction in matters of Human Rights and also has a treaty with the USA requiring US courts to enforce their judgements. These sick evil bastards need to be brought to justice, if only to have their possessions seized in a civil judgement. Stirling
The Posse Comitatus Act, Section 1385, states that only under “circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress” can a military presence on American streets be permitted.
Yet, if the Defense Department has their way, a new authorization act will give them the power to order the armed forces to be used against the American public.