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October 24th, 2010

Deserters hope to get more ammo from WikiLeaks

A U.S. army deserter says he’s hoping the new WikiLeaks release of thousands of pages of classified documents, containing accusations of human-rights abuses during the Iraq war, will bolster his bid to remain in Canada.Joshua Key, who fled to Canada after serving seven months in Iraq, said the latest release ... continue reading

September 29th, 2010

Liberal MP wants to help AWOL soldiers stay in Canada

OTTAWA — Another controversial vote will take place in the House of Commons this week as MPs vote Wednesday on a bill that would allow war deserters to stay in Canada.Bill C-440, from Liberal MP Gerrard Kennedy, had it's final hour of debate Monday. Kennedy said he's looking to help ... continue reading

September 23rd, 2010

War resister marks one year of life in sanctuary

While the war in Iraq may officially be drawing to a close, former U.S. soldier Rodney Watson's battle to stay in Canada continues from a small one-bedroom suite within the First United Church in Vancouver. The 32-year-old war resister marked his one-year anniversary of sanctuary by making a public appeal ... continue reading

September 23rd, 2010

VIDEO: Iraq war resister marks one year since taking sanctuary in Vancouver church

VANCOUVER - American Rodney Watson will always remember watching a fellow soldier brutally beat an Iraqi civilian in anger over a divorce letter from his wife.He'll recall the soldier spitting racist slurs in the faces of the people they were there to help, and then the same man turning to ... continue reading

September 16th, 2010

Filmmaker Michael Moore calls Canada 'shameful' on U.S. war dodgers

TORONTO - Renowned left-wing American documentary maker Michael Moore on Thursday blasted Canada's position on U.S. war dodgers as shameful.Speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival, Moore said Ottawa's refusal to allow U.S. soldiers opposed to the war in Iraq to find safe haven in this country betrays what the ... continue reading

August 16th, 2010

Petraeus hedges on US exit date from Afghanistan

The new commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, Gen David Petraeus, says he will not be bound by a 2011 target date to start withdrawing US troops. Speaking on NBC television, Gen Petraeus said he reserved the right to tell President Obama whether the pull-out date was too early. He ... continue reading

July 18th, 2010

World simmers in hottest year so far

WASHINGTON – The world is enduring the hottest year on record, according to a U.S. national weather analysis, causing droughts worldwide and a concern for U.S. farmers counting on another bumper year.For the first six months of the year, 2010 has been warmer than the first half of 1998, the ... continue reading

July 9th, 2010

Federal Court of Appeal rules in favour of U.S. war deserter

OTTAWA — The federal government's bid to deport an American war deserter from Canada has been dealt a blow by the Federal Court of Appeal.In a unanimous decision Tuesday by the three-judge panel, the court ruled that an immigration officer's decision rejecting Jeremy Hinzman's application for permanent residence in Canada ... continue reading

June 30th, 2010

Gen. Petraeus confirmed as new U.S. Afghan commander

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate unanimously voted on Wednesday to confirm David Petraeus as commander of the troubled Afghan war, pinning U.S. hopes on the four-star general who helped turn around the conflict in Iraq.Petraeus, seen by some analysts as President Barack Obama's last, best hope to salvage the Afghan ... continue reading

June 25th, 2010

Time to Give Wall Street the Axe, Say Progressive Groups

DETROIT, Jun 25, 2010 - As heads of state from the Group of 20 (G20) most developed and economically powerful emerging nations meet in Toronto, Canada this weekend, some activists at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit are urging a more realistic look at the roots of the global economic ... continue reading

June 21st, 2010

American SiCKOs Head to Detroit

WASHINGTON - June 21 - Three women who were featured in Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary, SiCKO, will be marching, meeting and speaking in support of healthcare as a basic human right in the United States this week in Detroit at the U.S Social Forum. Each woman will convey the message ... continue reading

June 15th, 2010

5 NATO troops, Afghan official die as attacks rise

KABUL, Afghanistan — Five NATO troops including one American died Tuesday, continuing a grim trend that could make June among the deadliest months of the nearly 9-year-old Afghan war.Five Afghan policemen and a district governor were also killed Tuesday in separate fighting across the country, which has seen an uptick ... continue reading

June 14th, 2010

Government under pressure to open US skies to unmanned drones despite safety concerns

WASHINGTON — Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure's on to allow them in the skies over the United States.The Federal Aviation Administration has been asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry ... continue reading

May 26th, 2010

U.S. soldier's deportation case hits Federal Court

TORONTO — An American soldier, who moved to Toronto six years ago in protest of the Iraq war, had his deportation case heard Tuesday before the Federal Court of Appeal, but a decision is not expected for several months.Jeremy Hinzman is seeking a bid to stay on compassionate and humanitarian ... continue reading

May 26th, 2010

In Canada once more, U.S. troops fleeing a war

TORONTO — Patrick Hart came here in 2005, when he couldn't face a second deployment to Iraq. A U.S. Army sergeant with almost 10 years of active duty, he would rather stay in Canada forever than return to a war he thinks is wrong.Hart, 36, knows that some people think ... continue reading

May 21st, 2010

U.S. allies say integrating gays in military was nonissue

Washington — The U.S. and its military allies agree on many things, from the size of bullets for their rifles to the design of future fighter jets. But on the issue of gays in the military, the United States stands alone among its Western allies. Representatives from Great Britain, Canada, ... continue reading

March 8th, 2010

Palin Crossed Border For Canadian Health Care

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- who has gone to great lengths to hype the supposed dangers of a big government takeover of American health care -- admitted over the weekend that she used to get her treatment in Canada's single-payer system."We used to hustle over the border for health ... continue reading

March 2nd, 2010

Windsor border agents allow U.S. peace activist into Canada

A prominent U.S. peace activist who has previously been refused entry to Canada crossed the border into Windsor Monday afternoon after three hours of questioning by Canadian border agents.“I guess they didn’t find my offences so offensive,” joked Ann Wright shortly after emerging from the tunnel into Windsor.The 63-year-old former ... continue reading

February 13th, 2010

Canadian soldier killed, 4 injured in Afghan training accident

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The body of a Canadian soldier killed during a training accident at a range northeast of Kandahar city is on its way home.Thousands turned out at Kandahar Airfield on Saturday to bid farewell to Cpl. Joshua Caleb Baker. Four other soldiers were injured in Friday's accident.The military ... continue reading

January 25th, 2010

Canadian soldiers killed four Afghan civilians in 2009, military says

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Canadian soldiers struggling to contain the Taliban insurgency in southern Afghanistan killed four civilians last year, according to military figures obtained by The Canadian Press.The deaths occurred when the soldiers felt compelled to open fire during what is known as an escalation of force."There were three incidents ... continue reading

December 24th, 2009

Soldier's body leaves Afghanistan for Christmas Eve flight back to Canada

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The body of a 30-year-old Canadian lieutenant is on a Christmas Eve flight back to Canada from Afghanistan.Andrew Nuttall was given a ceremonial send-off as thousands packed the Kandahar Airfield to bid him farewell.The departure came just hours after the military announced his death due to an ... continue reading

November 19th, 2009

Canada shamed on Afghan prisoner torture

OTTAWA–A senior diplomat delivered a series of explosive allegations to a rapt House of Commons committee Wednesday, telling MPs that Afghan prisoners transferred by Canadians to local authorities in Kandahar were likely all tortured – while high-level officials in Ottawa looked the other way. "Canada ... cloaked our detainee practices ... continue reading

November 19th, 2009

Afghan detainees surrendered by Canada were tortured: Envoy

OTTAWA — A senior Canadian diplomat said he was on orders from his Ottawa superiors to leave no paper trail about his allegations that Canada was handing detainees over to Afghan custody where they were allegedly tortured and abused. Richard Colvin, a top Foreign Affairs official posted in Afghanistan in ... continue reading

November 17th, 2009

Filmmaker urges Canadians to stand on guard against 'two Canadas' health care

TORONTO — Canadians need to stand on guard against creating two Canadas when it comes to health care - one for the rich and one for the poor, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore said Tuesday.Instead, Moore warned, Canadians seem to be on a misguided quest to become more like Americans when ... continue reading

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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law Donna Smith Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
5:41 PM
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
4:48 PM
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? Donna Smith We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
5:56 PM
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa Nick Turse Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
9:53 AM
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
2:24 PM
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
6:48 PM
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch Donna Smith The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
1:21 PM
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
4:20 PM
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
12:35 PM
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