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Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter
September 4, 2014
Recent Updates to Connexions.org
Connexions Alternative Media List
Getting the news – and getting behind the news.
An updated version of Connexions’ alternative media list is now available on Connexions.org.
This is a selective list of progressive and independent
news and analysis sources. It’s not a complete list; there are many
other excellent websites offering news and information, many of them
listed in Directory of Groups and Websites on Connexions.org.
The mainstream corporate and state-owned media are at
best a severely distorted mirror of what is happening. Even a distorted
mirror can give some idea of reality, but the alternative media
attempt to provide alternative perspectives that go beyond the status
Of course, all media, mainstream or alternative, right or
left, must be read critically. Alternative media are quite capable of
getting things wrong or publishing nonsense. They also often disagree
with each other. This can be helpful. Hearing about different
approaches, and thinking about the reasons behind them, helps us
understand things better.
The Connexions Alternative Media List is available Here.
This Week on Connexions.org
Corporations Spy on Non-Profits with Impunity
Here’s a dirty
little secret you won’t see in the daily papers: corporations conduct
espionage against US nonprofit organizations without fear of being
brought to justice.
Yes, that means
using a great array of spycraft and snoopery, including planned
electronic surveillance, wiretapping, information warfare, infiltration,
dumpster diving and so much more. Read more
The liberal climate agenda is doomed to failure
represents a dangerous delusion, writes Scott Parkin - that 'playing
nice' with Earth-destroying corporations and politicians can yield
results worth having. Radical change on climate will only result from
bold, confrontational direct actions against the fossil fuel industries
and their apologists. Read more
Monsanto and Ukraine
The World Bank and the
International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan
to Ukraine, will force that country to permit genetically-modified (GM)
crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. Read more
More chance of dying from work than going to war - International Labour Organization
Going to war may seem one of
the most hazardous ordeals on the planet, but perhaps not. The
International Labor Organization (ILO) says there is more chance of
dying from work than fighting for your country on the battlefield. Read more
Tim’s + BK = $ for Canada right? Wrong! (in one table)
Big news today that Burger
King, a US company, is planning to buy Tim Horton’s, a Canadian one.
This is another in a string of “tax inversion” deals where US
corporations move their corporate headquarters from the US to elsewhere
to avoid US 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. Read more
People's History and Grass Roots Archives news
A Hundred Years Gone: The Sack of Louvain
Of all the acts committed by German troops in Leuven in August 1914, none sparked more outrage within European and North American
intellectual circles than the destruction of the university library –
laid to waste on the night of August 25, 1914.
Leuven University’s medieval library was one of Europe’s great
national treasure troves. It was home to one
of Europe’s finest collections of Humanist, Reformation and
Enlightenment literature, including priceless incunabula – books printed
in the first decades of the printing press.
An estimated eight hundred and fifty incunabula were destroyed in the
fire German soldiers set on the evening of August 25, 1914 – for
reasons that are still in dispute among First World War scholars – and
between 230,000 and 300,000 volumes of books.
Book Spotlight: Bold Scientists Dispatches from the Battle for Honest Science
As governments and corporations
scramble to pull the plug on research that proves that they are
poisoning our planet and rush to muzzle the scientists who dare to share
their disturbing data, it seems the powerful have declared a war on
asks deep questions of bold scientists who defy the status quo
including: an Indigenous biologist who integrates traditional knowledge
and a trickster’s wit; an engineering professor who exposes the myths
and dangers of fracking; a forensic geneticist who traces children
stolen by the military in El Salvador; a sociologist who investigates
the lure and threat of mass surveillance; a radical psychologist who
confronts psychiatry’s dangerous power; and a young marine biologist who
risks her career to defend science and democracy (Between the lines)
Read more ...
Treasures from the Archives: The Labor Film Archive
The Labor Film Archive
is the website to visit if you are looking for works related to the
labor movement. With over 1,700 films and videos listed and cataloged,
The Labor Film Archive, is not only the largest archive of its kind, but it is also the most convenient and easily searchable.
Read more ...
Topic of the Week: Violence Against Journalists
This week we learned about the tragic killing of Steven Sotloff by
ISIS militants, sadly this is not a rare occurrence - there have been
at least 70 journalist killed in the Syria conflict alone. Often times
journalists are targeted for bringing inconvenient or uncomfortable
truths to the public and are subject to not only killings but also
torture and imprisonment. For more sources on Violence Against
Journalist click here. You can also browse or use our search feature.
Website of the Week: The Young Turks
Looking for an unapologetically progressive news show
with passionate and diverse hosts? One with particular focus, not just
on the big stories but also on the one not covered by larger and more
mainstream media because particular bias. If so, visit the The Young Turks,
the largest online news network in the world. Covering a broad range of
topics, including politics, religion, and sexuality with hosts from
various academic, professional and social backgrounds, The Young Turks is a left leaning news option in an otherwise very conservative space.
September 4 to 5, 2014
Internet Ungovernance Forum
September 5 to 7, 2014
Loving More’s 28th Annual Polyamory
New York, USA
September 9, 2014
Miramichi Forum: Great Resource Giveaway
Miramichi, New Brunswick
September 11 to 15, 2014
Eden Mills Writers Festival
Eden Mills, Ontario
Seeds of Fire
September 4, 1870
Emperor Napoleon III of France is deposed, two days after his defeat and capture in the Franco-Prussian War.
September 4, 1926
Birth of philosopher and social critic Ivan Illich (1926-2002).
September 4, 1949
Paul Robeson defies a racist red-baiting mob and sings to 15,000 at a Labour Day gathering in Peekskill, New York.
September 4, 1970
Salvador Allende, a moderate socialist, is elected President of
Chile. Having failed in its efforts to prevent Allende’s election, the
American CIA immediately begins efforts to overthrow him. They succeed
in organizing a bloody coup on September 11, 1973.
Read more →
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