Sunday, April 1, 2018

Gaza Massacre, Parkland Survivors, Doug Ford & more -- The Left Chapter Sunday Reading List March 25 - April 1

This week's list of articles, news items and opinion pieces that I see as must reads if you are looking for a roundup that should be of interest to The Left Chapter readers.

This list covers the week of  March 25 - April 1. It is generally in order of the date of the article's release.

This installment has two entries from before the period. They have been integrated into the post.

1) How rightwingers have attacked Parkland students with lies, hoaxes and smears

Jason Wilson, The Guardian

No issue unites the American right more than their opposition to gun control. The spectacle of hundreds of thousands participating in the #marchforourlives, led by young people, was always going to draw a full-spectrum response.

Read the full article.

2) Picture of shooting survivor doctored to give her broader nose and show her ripping up Constitution

Judith Vonberg, The Independent

Doctored images showing Florida school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez ripping up the US constitution are being shared on social media.

Read the full article.

3) Parkland Survivors Call Out Reporters for Ignoring Black Kids Protesting Gun Violence

Rachel Herron, BET

During a live Q&A on Twitter, students who survived the mass shooting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School called out the media for dedicating an overwhelming amount of news coverage to their cause while ignoring Black communities fighting gun violence.

Read the full article.

4) ​Children of the Night: Sex trafficking is Maryland’s dirty open secret.

Ron Cassie, Baltimore Magazine

“There are those who don’t think twice about these girls and who call prostitution ‘the world’s oldest profession,’” Allert says. “Other people call it what it really is, ‘the world’s oldest oppression.’”

Read the full article.

5) Greek ex-minister Yanis Varoufakis launches political party

Helena Smith, The Guardian

Greece’s former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, acting on his promise to take mainstream politicians to task, has announced the formation of his own party.

Read the full article.

6) After 23 years in prison as an innocent man, former White Sox groundskeeper returns to his old job

Gregory Pratt, Chicago Tribune

He spent the next 23 years behind bars until DNA evidence last November led prosecutors to vacate Coleman's conviction, leading to his freedom. A Cook County judge granted him a certificate of innocence this month, clearing his name.

Read the full article.

7) Publisher 'alarmed' by emails after rejecting Gerald Stanley book pitch

CBC News

A publishing house won't be intimidated by the hateful emails which have arrived since rejecting a book pitch from Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley, says a spokesperson.

Read the full article.

8) Unable to afford rent, some Vancouver seniors choosing to take their own lives rather than become homeless, advocate says

Lisa Tanh, Thinkpol

More seniors are being pushed into homelessness because they can’t afford the city’s high cost of living or find a safe shelter, says the head of a seniors’ non-profit organization.

Read the full article.

9) Anti-Islam Provocateur Who Ripped Up Quran at Mosque Investigated By Police

Mack Lamoureux, Vice

Police are investigating after a video showing a woman ripping up pages of a Quran and placing them on the windshield of cars outside of a Mississauga mosque was posted to Facebook last week. The video also shows the woman telling the attendees of the mosque that they worship Satan.

Read the full article.


Adrien Welsh, People's Voice

After negotiations and sometimes heated internal discussions with the United Socialist Party of Venezuela in power, the Communists have chosen to support the candidacy of incumbent President Nicolás Maduro, on the basis of a common framework agreement read by two executives of the Venezuelan Communist Youth and acclaimed by the assembly. After reading it, the text was initialed by two members of the national leadership of the PSUV, two members of the Political Bureau of the PCV as well as by Nicolás Maduro himself.

Read the full article.

11) #MeToo Means Standing By The Most Marginalised. It’s Time To End Prostitution

Sophie Walker, Huffington Post

Accepting the prostitution of women, under any conditions, contributes to a culture of men’s entitlement to women’s bodies for sexual gratification and power. It allows the message to continue that there are categories of women for different purposes. Those categories limit all women’s lives. It’s time for all women to be free. It’s time to change the law. Join us.

Read the full article.

12) Parkdale Rent Strike Defeats Rent Increase

Parkdale Organize

The rent strike at 1251 King has ended in victory. Nuspor has withdrawn the above guideline rent increase at our building.

Read the full statement.

13) Parkdale rent strike ends as landlord drops rent increase application

Parkdale tenants at 1251 King St. W. are celebrating after the property’s owner announced it has withdrawn an application to the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) for a rent increase over the standard allowable limit.

Read the full article.

14) Stuart Parker: Why I've resigned from the B.C. NDP

Stuart Parker, The Georgia Straight

But this nihilistic, headlong embrace of global climate villainy is too much. Go to hell, New Democrats. I am ashamed I gave you a second chance.

Read the full article.


Statement by the Communist Party of BC, People's Voice

Less than a year after the BC Liberals were defeated in part because of their close ties to the big energy monopolies, the new government of British Columbia is already beginning to move in a similar direction. Despite their campaign promises to shift away from Christy Clark’s  economic strategy based on extraction and export of energy and other raw materials, two early key decisions by Premier John Horgan have been the Site C Dam approval, and now the offer of massive tax breaks for liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. The Communist Party of British Columbia condemns the LNG tax breaks and the earlier Site C approval as disasters for the environment, for indigenous peoples, and for working class taxpayers.

Read the full statement.

16) Ontario budget to fund free child care for preschoolers as part of $2.2B plan

Laurie Monsebraaten & Kristin Rushowy, The Toronto Star

Premier Kathleen Wynne has unveiled free child care for preschoolers in a $2.2 billion budget boost that is the cornerstone of the Liberals’ spring re-election platform.

Read the full article.

17) The political anemia of the Ontario NDP will be their demise

Nora Loreto, Medium

But the clock is running out for the NDP to leverage social movement power the way that a social democratic party is supposed to: stop sniping from the sidelines, or inventing claims like those of us who have fought for 25+ years for public education are supporting private childcare. Take up the demands of social movement activists and offer a clear and different option to Ontarians.

Read the full article.


Stacey Patton, Dame Magazine

There is nothing more dangerous in the United States than a white male who has expected to succeed and finds himself falling behind. Or a white male who has power and feels his prerogatives are being challenged from every direction by women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and their capitalist overlords.

Read the full article.

19) Driving Ontario over the cliff: Doug Ford’s fiscal plan

Nathan Laurie, The Toronto Star

If Ford were to wipe out the entire justice system— $4.7 billion — he still wouldn’t have his $6 billion in promised savings.

Read the full article.

20) Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford Claims He’ll Cut CBC Even Though CBC is Not Provincially Funded

Press Progress

Responding to Ontario’s 2018 budget Wednesday, Doug Ford raised fresh questions about his basic understanding of the issues when he offered reporters a nonsensical suggestion about how he could save Ontario money: cut funding for the CBC.

Read the full article.

21) Proposals to Reinvigorate the NDP Platform

John Ryan, Canadian Dimension

During the Tommy Douglas era the CCF and NDP had platforms that caught the imagination of a wide range of people.

Read the full article.

22) Project Montréal is right to stop car traffic over mountain, but should go further

Yves Engler, Rabble

Do you support humanity and livability? Or the "right" of people to use private cars?

Read the full article.

23) The guns debate is a culture war. And young people will win it

Jessica Valenti, The Guardian

This is a fight between a young, diverse, feminist generation against an old, white, male minority desperate to hang on to power.

Read the full article.

24) Jehovah's Witnesses accused of silencing victims of child abuse

Sarah Marsh, The Guardian

More than 100 people have contacted the Guardian with allegations of child sexual abuse and other mistreatment in Jehovah’s Witness communities across the UK.

Read the full article.

25) Ottawa student 'too petrified' to return to job after turban removed in assault near workplace

Beth Audet, Ottawa Citizen

An international student is “too petrified” to return to his job after two men assaulted him near his workplace, levelling racial slurs before removing and stealing his turban. 

Read the full article.

26) Pepper-sprayed while handcuffed: Judge describes Toronto arrest as ‘obvious police brutality’

Wendy Gillis, The Toronto Star

Bleeding from two lacerations in his cheek, Tyrone Hines was sitting in the back of a Toronto police cruiser, handcuffed, when the officer who had just struck him in the face with his baton pulled out his pepper spray.

Read the full article.

27) Feminists used to reject magazines like Cosmo, now we’re told to celebrate them as empowering

Meghan Murphy, Feminist Current

After pressure from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Walmart removed Cosmopolitan from its checkout stands. Now, liberal feminists are defending the magazine as empowering for women.

Read the full article.

28) The horrors of St. Anne's

Jorge Barrera, CBC News

Ontario Provincial Police files obtained by CBC News reveal the history of abuse at the notorious residential school that built its own electric chair.

Read the full article.

29) The ‘Roseanne’ Reboot Is Funny. I’m Not Going to Keep Watching.

Roxane Gay, The New York Times

This fictional family, and the show’s very real creator, are further normalizing Trump and his warped, harmful political ideologies. There are times when we can consume problematic pop culture, but this is not one of those times. I saw the first two episodes of the “Roseanne” reboot, but that’s all I am going to watch. It’s a small line to draw, but it’s a start.

Read the full article.

30) Roseanne Keeps Promoting QAnon, the Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory That Makes Pizzagate Look Tame

Kelly Weill, The Daily Beast

‘President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world,’ she wrote Friday. It's not the first time she's dabbled in the conspiracy theory.

Read the full article.

31) P3 schools fail to make the grade

Tom Graham, Regina Leader-Post

All evidence shows P3s are more expensive, less accountable and transparent than traditional ways of building public infrastructure.

Read the full article.

32) Stephon Clark was shot multiple times from behind by Sacramento police, pathologist says

The Associated Press

Sacramento police shot Stephon Clark seven times from behind, according to autopsy results released Friday by a pathologist hired by Clark's family.

Read the full article.

33) Large crowd turns out in Dublin for #IBelieveHer rally

Elaine Edwards, The Irish Times

At least a thousand people brought traffic and trams to a standstill on O’Connell Street in Dublin on Thursday afternoon in a rally in solidarity with the woman in the Belfast rape trial that concluded yesterday.

Read the full article.

34) Cuba, Vietnam Strengthened Bilateral Relations


During an official visit to Cuba, Communist Party of Vietnam's (PCV) Nguyen Phu Trong held dialogue with Cuban President Raul Castro to discuss the strengthening of bilateral relations between the two nations.

Read the full article.

35) The Gaza Strip mourns its dead after protest is met with bullets

Hazem Balousha and Oliver Holmes, The Guardian

The Gaza Strip is reeling from the bloodiest episode in years after Israeli forces killed more than a dozen people during demonstrations near the frontier. Gazans had gathered as part of a “Great March of Return” protest demanding refugees and their descendants be allowed to return to their ancestral homes in Israel. 

Read the full article.

36) Gaza Footage Shows Protester Shot in the Back While Running Away From Israeli Border

Jack Khoury and Yaniv Kubovich, Haaretz

A Palestinian taking part in Friday's "March of Return" near the Gaza border was shot with his back to Israeli army soldiers while moving away from the border fence, so appears to show a video published on Palestinian media Saturday.

Read the full article.

37) Rights groups slam Israeli 'crimes' in Gaza, say 'shooting unarmed civilians illegal'

Ma'an News Agency

Human rights organizations have come out in full condemnation of Israel’s violent response to massive unarmed civilian protests in Gaza on Friday, which left 16 Palestinians - one farmer and 15 protesters -- dead along the Gaza border.

Read the full article.

38) Netanyahu praises Israeli army after killings of Palestinians

Al Jazeera News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised Israel's security forces after the killing of 17 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, just as condemnation of the Israeli army's use of live ammunition against protesters grows.

Read the full article.

39) Gaza's Passover massacre

Neve Gordon, Al Jazeera

For decades Zionists have blamed the Palestinians for Israel's ongoing colonial project. "If only the Palestinians had a Mahatma Gandhi," many Israeli liberals have exclaimed, "then the occupation would end."

But if one truly wished to find Palestinian Mahatma Gandhis all one needed to do is look at the images of protesters on Friday night's news broadcasts. An estimated 30,000 Palestinians joined the nonviolent March of Return, which aimed to set up a few camps several hundred meters from the militarised fence surrounding the Gaza Strip. Their goal was to protest their incarceration in the world's largest open-air prison as well as the massive confiscation of their ancestral land - after all, 70 percent of Gaza's population are 1948 refugees whose families had owned land in what became Israel.

Read the full article.

See also: March for Our Lives, Doug Ford, Ahed Tamimi & more -- The Left Chapter Sunday Reading List March 18 - 25

See also: Doug Ford, Jagmeet Singh, the Tar Sands & more -- The Left Chapter Sunday Reading List March 11 - 18

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