Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fw: Daily Digest April 29, 2014

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         Disposable workers: Bigger profits from lower wages
Alberta labour deal ends threat of open war between civil service union and Hancock Government | APR 29 2014 | David J. Climenhaga |
         Gas taxes an opportunity for questions about Nova Scotia's tax system | APR 29 2014 |Stephen Kimber | Given last week'sgas price gusher, it's little wonder Premier Stephen McNeil rushed for the cover of a sort-of pledge to cut Nova Scotia's portion of the harmonizedsales tax.
         Pre-election, CLC President Ken Georgetti looks to the future: 'We've still got work to do' | APR 29 2014 | H.G. Watson |Canadian Labour Congress incumbent Ken Georgetti has been CLC President for 15 years. H.G. Watson caught up with him to talk about the current leadership campaign and the future of the CLC.
         Day of Mourning: Why we still fight |APR 29 2014 | Lynne Fernandez | The Day of Mourning, more than any other day in the labour movement's calendar, brings home why we must remain vigilant in the area of workers' rights.
         Climate change is a union issue | APR 29 2014 | Gary Engler |Unions and environmentalists share a common enemy: an economic systemrun by and for the wealthiest people in the world.
         Chief Shawn Atleo should tear up First Nations Education Act | APR 29 2014 |Pamela Palmater |Recognition of First Nation jurisdiction and adequate funding could change lives of First Nations and Canadians as we know it. The new First Nations
Education Act accomplishes none of this.
         Safety and climate concerns as oil by rail surges forward in North America |APR 29 2014 | Roger Annis | Governments in the U.S. and Canada are dithering with promises of oil train safety as the volumes surge, ignoring the warnings of climate scientists to cut fossil fuel use.

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Wildrose leader says Prentice will not bring change

         Canadian military studying personnel cuts, heavier reliance on allies for new defence strategy
Temporary Foreign Worker Program to face greater scrutiny
         Prime Minister Harper suggests some voters have no intention of providing ID at polls
Elections Canada paid $47,000 for former Supreme Court justice to review its robocalls findings

         Ont budget to hike taxes on high incomes: document
Tom Mulcair to face MPs' questions on satellite offices, mass mailouts
         Provinces should propose Senate reforms 'forthwith,' Harper says

Ken Hughes says no coronation for Jim Prentice in Alberta Tory leadership race
         Nigel Wright clarification needed from RCMP, NDP says
UPDATED: Polish ad suggests Eve Adams already MP for Oakville riding
         CF-18s head to Romania amid 'uncertainty' about NATO mission
Top Filipino diplomat defends Ottawa's foreign-worker program

         Shifting ground clears paths for NDP ­ but can they step up?
Andrew MacDougall's world of the 24/7
         Rather than get even, Canada needs to get smart on Keystone
Can he foil the front-runner curse? Jim Prentice the one to beat for PC leadership
         Prentice knows what's he's getting into with leadership bid for chaotic Tories
Alberta PCs offer Jim Prentice a shot at real power, with influence on the oil sands
         Jim Prentice would give Alberta PCs a star heavyweight
Will Jim Prentice clean up Alberta PCs?
         Supreme Court decision puts Trudeau in a bind
The Fair Elections Act: Was it built to fail?

         Harper's reputation as strategist obscures his screwups
Stephen Harper quickly steps away from Senate reform
         Can Ontario's political leaders find their true voices in time for a spring election
Ban on Christian values
         Fears grow for detainee
Absentee politicians policy to be reviewed, Speaker announces after photos of former Alberta premier surface
         Bill Browder urges Canada to ban Russian human rights abusers
F-35 maintenance costs could double over the lifetime of program: expert
         Charity that worked in Palestine added to Canada's terrorist list
Kenney still under pressure over foreign-worker program, NDP wants investigation
B.C. senator Yonah Martin won't be leaving office any time soon
         Tories reject NDP query on temporary workers program
Jason Kenney on hot seat as controversy rages over temporary foreign workers
         Gilles Duceppe seen as best hope to lead PQ
Senate battle moves to provinces: Runciman
         What's behind the rising opposition to Canada's big oil pipelines
Election bill a cautionary tale against governing by talking point
         Timing, leaks and the Canada-EU trade negotiations
Canada chooses rookie Ukraine monitor groups
         Anti-oilsands crusader avoids awkward questions
Conservatives vow to speed release of report on CF-18 replacement
         'Nothing will be hidden': RCMP says questions about Nigel Wright will be answered
Prentice to run for PC leadership crown: source
         Director of public prosecutions says feds' elections bill could lower public confidence
Hudak outlines aggressive small-government agenda
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         Why is Putin in Washington's Crosshairs?
Washington wants a weak Russia that won't challenge US presence in Central Asia or its plan to control vital energy resources.
         Obama's 'Strategy' Against 'Pariah' Russia By Pepe Escobar
The sanctions hysteria is designed to force President Putin to bow to the hegemon's whims, as part of the overall "strategy"; forging an "international consensus" to "isolate" Russia and turn it into a "pariah state". "
         Obama, McCain, and the NATO/EU Gang: Better War than Saying: "It's our Fault"?
The democracy mongers operate on the assumption that only the United States and Europe have legitimate national interests.
         Why Not Fire Kerry? Killing the Putin-Obama 'Trust'
The still-influential neoconservatives, and the "tough" White House women and men, all lusting for a U.S. attack on Syria.
         Kerry Grovels Over Israeli 'Apartheid'
Secretary of State Kerry gets to say whatever half-truth or fiction comes into his head about Syria, Russia or other "designated villains," but when he cites the inconvenient truth of Israeli "apartheid," he must scramble as fast as he can to retract and apologize.

         'Last Thing US Wants in the World is Democracy. It Wants Control'
Using fake evidence is usual Washington tactic.
         Holding The Silent Killers Of Environmental Destruction Accountable
The findings of the most recent IPCC report are sobering. We have 15 years to mitigate climate disaster.
         Multiple Ways Kleptocrats and Militarists Fleece Americans
American living standards are plunging and it's not simply because they are paid less, work longer (or shorter hours) under highly stressful workplace conditions and pay a higher percentage of their income for health and pension coverage.
         Supreme Court Won't Hear Chris Hedges' Indefinite Detention Case
The decision leaves the indefinite detention provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) intact.
         Jihadists execute seven in Syria, two by crucifixion:
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights posted a photograph of the two prisoners being crucified at the roundabout with passer-by walking past apparently unfazed.

         No peace with Israel without defining borders: Abbas:
"Since the creation of Israel, nobody knows what the borders are. We are determined to know our borders and theirs, without that there will be no peace," he said as Washington's nine-month deadline for reaching a peace deal expired, leaving the process in tatters.
         Israel approved record 14,000 settlements during "peace" talks with Palestine - report:
Israel approved "an unprecedented" number of 13,851 new settler homes during nine-months of peace talks with Palestine, an Israeli NGO revealed. Israel also declared a record amount of territories its state land, meaning more settlements may follow.
         Rand Paul: Cut aid to Palestinians unless they recognize Israel as Jewish state:
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said he will introduce legislation that would cut U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority unless its government recognized Israel as a Jewish state.
         Mideast talks in tatters as "peace" deadline expires:
Washington's deadline for reaching a peace deal expired Tuesday with the sides bitterly divided and warnings that Israel risked becoming an "apartheid state" if it failed to make peace with the Palestinians.
         John is a wimps Apologises for Israel 'apartheid' remarks:
US secretary of state sparked outcry when he said country risked becoming an 'apartheid' state without a peace deal

         PLO: Israel never gave negotiations a 'chance to succeed':
"To build settlements in occupied land, kill Palestinians and demolish hundreds of Palestinian homes is certainly not the behavior of a government that wants to end occupation but of a government that wants to turn occupation into annexation."
         Israel begins implementing economic sanctions against Palestinians:
Freezing Palestinian construction projects in Area C which makes up nearly 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and is under full Israeli control. Israel has also decided to increase deductions from tax funds it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.
         Israeli lobby at work:
Ottawa declares Canadian aid group working in Gaza, West Bank as 'terrorist':
A Canadian organization that provided humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza has been formally branded a terrorist entity days before the start of a court battle over the revocation of its charitable status.
         Watch: Israeli soldier threatens Hebron teen with gun;
Video footage of an Israeli soldier in Hebron aiming his gun at a Palestinian teenager was posted online Sunday by a local activist group.
         More than Two-Thirds of Afghanistan Reconstruction Money has Gone to One Company:
 DynCorp International: If not for the federal government, contractor DynCorp International wouldn't be in business. Virtually all of its revenue (96%) comes from government contracts. That includes the vast majority of the taxpayer dollars that the State Department has awarded to help rebuild Afghanistan.

Obama ignites Chinese anger as he warns against use of force on American allies:
Barack Obama ended an Asian tour Tuesday with a warning to China against using force in territorial disputes, as Chinese authorities accused the US president of ganging up with "troublemaking" allies.
         US and Philippines sign ten-year "defence" pact:
Deal allows for more high-profile war games between the allies and for US army hardware to be stationed in Philippines.
         Power struggle blights Libya's chaotic main airport:
With a bomb on the runway, pets boarding planes and passengers jetting off without visas, Tripoli International Airport typifies the chaos that has gripped Libya since the 2011 ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.
         US-backed Egyptian regime sentences 683 more to die:
A drumhead court in Egypt Monday handed down death sentences to 683 defendants-alleged members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB)-after a five-minute trial in which the judge refused to allow a word uttered or a shred of evidence submitted in defense of the condemned men, most of whom were not even present for the proceeding.
         Pro-federalist seize another local government HQ in Ukraine:
Hundreds of Pro-federalist seized the regional government headquarters in Luhansk on Tuesday, unopposed by police, underlining the lack of control of central government over swathes of eastern Ukraine.

         Ukraine's federalization supporters announce creation of Lugansk People's Republic:
The activists who have taken over the building of the Ukrainian Security Service's department in the Lugansk region have announced the creation of the Lugansk People's Republic, Segodnya.UA has reported.
         New report in Germany on the identity of the 'maidan' snipers:
Seven weeks after the deadly shootings in Kiev which brought about the fall of the government of President Victor Yanukovich, evidence is gathering which sheds considerable doubt on the official version of events.
         Ukraine: EU imposes new sanctions on Russia - live updates:
Russia condemns measures as revival of 'iron curtain'
         Putin hugs German ex-Chancellor Schroeder at party:
Mr Schroeder has long had close ties to Mr Putin and runs a pipeline venture bringing Russian gas to Germany. Their embrace was photographed as Mr Schroeder celebrated his 70th birthday.
         Pentagon: Russia assures US it will not invade Ukraine:
Moscow calls on Washington to tone down its rhetoric regarding the crisis

Propaganda?  Kerry: U.S. Taped Moscow's Calls to Its Ukraine Spies:
The United States has proof that the Russian government in Moscow is running a network of spies inside eastern Ukraine because the U.S. government has recordings of their conversations, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a closed-door meeting Friday.
         New U.S. Stealth Jet Can't Hide From Russian Radar:
America's gazillion-dollar Joint Strike Fighter is supposed to go virtually unseen when flying over enemy turf. But that's not how things are working out.
         Homeland Security Adviser Warns Parents That Their Mouthy Kids May Grow Up To Be Terrorists:
Here's a short (but by no means all-inclusive) list of activities that are supposedly indicators of terrorism-in-progress.
         UK party leader arrested for quoting Churchill on Islam:
Quoting Winston Churchill can get you arrested, as one British candidate in the European elections found out after referring to the iconic wartime leader's thoughts on Islam from his book 'The River War', published in 1899.
         US senators remove requirement for disclosure over drone strike victims:
At the behest of the director of national intelligence, US senators have removed a provision from a major intelligence bill that would require the president to publicly disclose information about drone strikes and their victims.

         Five Stunning Facts About America's Prison System You Haven't Heard:
According to the 2011 report from Department of Justice, nearly one in 10 prisoners report having been raped or sexually assaulted by other inmates, staff or both.
         Moment cop shot dead 19-year-old girl in raid on house party as her friends looked on in horror:
Newly-released footage shows the series of events leading up to a teen girl being shot dead by police early Saturday morning while leaving a party.
         Mother of disabled son killed by police over $10 movie ticket tells Congress she wants justice:
The mother of a young man with Down syndrome who was killed by police officers in Maryland told Congress on Tuesday - "I want to tell you that I am here as a grieving mother. It's been 15 months. I'm not sure that it will ever stop,"
         Cops Search Woman's Home Without A Warrant, Beat Her: Video -
 Team 5 Investigates has uncovered allegations that two Bellingham police officers falsely arrested a woman using excessive force.
         Man Arrested After Taping Arrest With Cell Phone:
Estrada says he began recording the episode with his iPhone only after the officer removed Trigiano from the store and threw the handcuffed man to the ground.

         Los Angeles deputies charged with planting drugs and guns at marijuana dispensary
Two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies were arrested and charged over an incident three years ago in which they reportedly planted drugs and illegal weapons at a marijuana dispensary in order to make arrests.
         Men Who Work Full-Time Earn Less Than 40 Years Ago:
In 1973, median earnings for men who worked full-time, year-round were $51,670 in inflation-adjusted 2012 dollars. In 2012, the real median earnings of men who worked full-time, year-round was $49,398. That was $2,272-or about 4.4 percent-below the peak median earnings of $51,670 in 1973.
         9 Of The Top 10 Occupations In America Pay An Average Wage Of Less Than $35,000 A Year:
When you break that down, that means that most of these workers are making less than $3,000 a month before taxes.
         Consumer Confidence Falls More Than Expected:
Consumer spending accounts for about 40% of the economy and investors watch this to gauge how the economy is holding up.
         Retail Store Closures Soar In 2014:
At Highest Pace Since Lehman Collapse: Since the start of 2014, retailers have announced the closure of more than 2,400 units, amounting to 22.6 million square feet, more than double the closures at this point in 2013

         Hunger is a 'silent crisis' in the USA:
Tianna Gaines Turner can't remember the last time she went to bed without worrying about how she was going to feed her three children.

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         Une exécution se déroule mal en OklahomaPlus
Affrontements entre sans-abris et policiers au BrésilPlus
         Un cadavre découvert dans un cimetière de GranbyPlus
Pas d'élections anticipées, assure HarperPlus
         Péage sur le pont Champlain: Ottawa demeure inflexiblePlus
Les tornades ont fait au moins 35 morts aux États-Unis Plus
         La taxe scolaire est là pour resterPlus

Eddy Savoie inquiet pour sa sécuritéPlus
         Défait dans Borduas: Pierre Duchesne récupéré par le PQPlus
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         Le chaos s'étend en UkrainePlus
V ente d'Hydro-Québec: la porte n'est pas ferméePlus
         Cycliste écrasée: des messages de colère Plus
Agriculture: Paradis promet de grandes réformesPlus
         Jeremy Searle nie avoir des problèmes d'alcoolPlus
Un groupe canadien sur la liste des entités terroristesPlus
         Meurtres à l'hôpital: Idelson Guerrier cité à procèsPlus

Procès Thibault: l'ex-responsable de la sécurité témoignePlus
         Six blessés dans une fusillade à AtlantaPlus
L'électricité coupée à la présidence... pour factures impayéesPlus