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Stand your ground Dzhokar Tsarnaev

23 Jul

by Evan Zenobia

Among the many controversies that erupted over the last few weeks, two really stand out to me because, together, they really say a lot about the state of American justice.

The first is about the acquittal of child-killer George Zimmerman. A Florida jury stacked with gated-community white women found that Zimmerman, who went after the 17 year-old Trayvon Martin with a loaded gun against police instructions was cleared of all charges. And even though a 911 call recording shows that Martin screamed in distress for 30 seconds before Zimmerman pulled the trigger, the media is still busy painting him as a tragic hero, cheering for his acquittal, slandering Martin, and insisting that he was merely a noble and principled neighbourhood watcher who, at worst made a mistake and at best was a victim in his virtuous cause.

The second controversy surrounds the appearance of suspected Boston bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s sexy headshot on the cover of Rolling Stone. All sorts of public personalities lashed out in indignant outrage, calling the cover insensitive and offensive and whining that the magazine inappropriately glorified.

Despite the outcry, the Rolling Stone story, as Scott’s Written Words illustrates concisely, amounts to little more than outright character assassination. Rolling Stone isn’t alone in this attitude. Many icons on the American left such as Bill Maher and Lawrence O’Donnell have joined in assuming Tsarnaev’s guilt.

And here’s what’s wrong with this picture.

We KNOW that Zimmerman killed Martin. We know he decided to stalk Martin, and we know he shot him. Of course, they didn’t shut down an entire city to hunt Zimmerman down and put him in a coma. But the right-wing media won’t stop lionizing him, going so far as to float out a story about some post-trial heroics on his part.

But in Tsarnaev’s case, the evidence is much more threadbare. He is an accused terrorist. He has pleaded not guilty. Now, there’s this whole principle called innocent until proven guilty, and it’s only served as a cornerstone of Western civilization. Yet the media doesn’t care. They’ve decided he’s guilty. Judge, jury and executioner, and they’re not even pretending he has the right, nevermind the chance, to make his case.

Good job America. Good fucking job. Killing Black kids is fine, and immigrants get character assassination in lieu of basic legal rights. Way to go.

But hey, maybe Tsarnaev could just use the stand your ground defense.


Sun News sounds white angst alarm bells

22 Jul

By Qalina Tileli


On their website’s front page, Sun News features, just below pathetic excuse for a Top Story covering the birth of Kate Middleton’s kid, the lovely article “White men absent in Ontario Liberal ad.

Writes the articles author, Sue-Ann Levy: “Evidently Wynne’s Ontario does not include white males, unless they are a former union head and now the Liberal candidate for London West, Ken Coran. Or any other teacher union leader for that matter.”

There’s really no reason to summarize or analyze the article. The title is an attention-grabber cynically crafted to stir the most immature, navel-gazing and self-pitying emotions of Sun News’ base of entitled white male troglodytes.

Just ask them, and they’ll assure you that the cabal of feminists, immigrants and the unions for good measure are conspiring to turn white men into second-class citizens by… well, they’re never quite clear how reverse-racism/sexism is disenfranchising the most privileged sector of society

Don’t expect reason from this lot.

It’s just worth having on record how low Sun News is willing to sink to ensure an audience.

No justice for Trayvon? Then no peace for racists!

14 Jul

1003088_10151704433528189_1375605588_nBy Evan Zenobia

Trayvon Martin’s killer, wannabe cop vigilante George Zimmerman, has been found not guilty. Evidently, killing Black kids isn’t a crime.

Not in America. Oh, but firing warning shots at an violently abusive husband can get you 20 years.

In case you’re not aware, there is a huge racist dimension to this.

Because Trayvon Martin was Black, Zimmerman decided to stalk him through his own neighbourhood. Because Martin was Black, his murderer went after him against police instructions to ignore him. And, because he was Black, it was more than a month before Zimmerman was arrested.

Oh, and Fox News and Sun News and other right-wing media figures were oh-so-quick to defend Zimmerman, to call Martin out for his seditious and threatening hoodie, and to denounce with theatrical indignation the word “cracker” as a vicious slur.

Because, in America, being Black means you don’t have human rights. Being Black means you and your family never have a shot at justice. For every Trayvon Martin we hear about, there’s a hundred we don’t hear about. Being Black means living in perpetual fear that the police and vigilantes are always prepared to accost you, stalk you, humiliate you, beat you and even kill you, for no other reason than that you are Black.

And every time, these racist pigs get away with it.

But, of course, the moment Black people rise up to express their indignation at the egregious human rights violations against them, the media is always prepped to point and scream about how violent Black people are.

It’s high time these pigs stop getting away with it. Let our hopes and wishes be with the Martin family. Let us hope for no more killings.

But should there be riots, I really hope it shocks white America into shaping the fuck up.

Anti-Québec logic

11 Jun
Alert the media! India's national football (soccer) team is turbanless! India must be racist and xenophobic!

Alert the media! India’s national football (soccer) team is turbanless! India must be racist and xenophobic!

By Evan Zenobia

ANCIENT ROME—It looks as if the Québec Soccer Federation has really stepped in it, this time.

It’s not really their fault though. It’s just that the English Canadian media has been dumping shit all over the sidewalk.

Yes, ever since the FSQ announced that turbans would, along with all other headgear, be impermissible on soccer pitches, everyone from rags like Maclean’s and the National Post to federal cabinet ministers have denounced the regulation, thundering righteous, theatrical indignation and hurling accusations of racism and xenophobia at Québec.

By now, you’ve probably heard or read the standard narrative. Driven by either a radical secularism gone mad or just by Québec’s innate and distinctly un-Canadian xenophobic racism, Sikhs were singled out by FSQ and swept off the soccer field. Now, Sikh children will be barred from the game, cruelly excluded by racist Québécois officials.

This isn’t the first time the Sikh community’s religious obligations have run across trouble in Québec. In 2010-11, a scandal erupted over the barring of kirpan (knife)-bearing Sikhs from entering the Nation Assembly. The FSQ faced similar criticism for banning the hijab. And, the standard reaction from the conservative English-Canadian establishment had been to accuse Québec of racism or xenophobia.

But that’s not what’s happening.

According to the FSQ, headgear is not allowed on the soccer pitch. You can’t wear a baseball cap, or a cowboy hat, or a tuque, or a crown, or a German war helment. The rule is no headgear. A turban is headgear. Therefore, turbans are not allowed.

So now Québec is being accused of racism because in Québec everybody, regardless of their religion, is subject to the same rules and regulations.

When you treat everyone the same, that’s not discrimination, it’s called equality. And I know that conservatives actually hate that, but they should be honest about it instead of accusing the 7 million people of Québec of intolerance and hatred.

In any case, the FSQ will follow FIFA’s lead if the international body allows turban. But until FIFA makes its decision, Vic Toews and Parm Gil and Jason Kenney and the esteemed “writers” at the authoritative rags of Canada’s business classes should quit their hysterics about “intolerance,” and maybe practice a bit of tolerance to Canada’s second largest province.

Petition to Protect Roma Refugees

26 Dec

By Qalina Tileli

GATINEAU – While Ezra Levant and his Sun News fellow scumbags are certainly committed to anti-Roma slurs, prejudice and hatred, intelligent and compassionate citizens oppose Nazi-throwback racism victimizing Roma.

You can sign a petition to protect Roma refugees from deportation.


Pics for Gatineau-Ottawa Idle No More

22 Dec

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Sun News says the KKK has the right to march

12 Oct

By Evan Zenobia

OTTAWA – A terrorist organization marching in the streets of Montréal? Violent religious extremists in uniform parading through Toronto? According to Sun News, these are virtues that Canada is missing out on.

In an October 9th Arena feature, Sun News star pundit Michael Coren, who previously defended the jailing of Russian anti-Putin dissident, invited Sun News regular Ryan Doyle to attack Canada’s crippling lack of free speech compared to the United States.

Said Doyle: “I believe in free speech. I believe that what they do in the United States is far superior to what we have.”

While it’s standard Sun News practice to blab about just how crappy Canada is compared to the US, the station showed its colours (white) when it endorsed the right of a terrorist organization to march. Doyle went on to state.

I think the Ku Klux Klan walking through the streets, I detest their message, but they should have the right to display it.”

The KKK is not a free speech issue, of course. The KKK is a terrorist organization like Al Qaeda, or Islamic Jihad. It is dedicated to physical violence and destruction to achieve their political goals. The KKK has murdered thousands if not tens of thousands, injured, wounded or crippled many others and destroyed untold amounts of property. The KKK has claimed more lives on North American soil than any Muslim group.

Everyone had the right to free speech, but you give up that right when you start lynching people or blowing up children.

Could you imagine letting Al Qaeda march, in full Mujahideen gear, down city streets in the name of freedom of speech? Of course not! And almost everyone, Sun News included, would scoff at the idea of permits for terrorist marches.

While authorities do usually permit the KKK and similar groups to march in the United States, we’re not missing out on those spectacles in Canada.

So why the hell does Sun News hold up the most atrocious and vile terrorists as a free speech issue? Is it because the twelve Klansmen who live in Canada are all loyal Sun viewers and subscribers? Or do Doyle and Coren just think they really look good in white dresses and pointy hoods?

And let’s just take a moment to address Sun News’s logic: Québec students are too violent, and Russian protestors should be jailed for breaking the law, but racist terrorists are unfairly kept from rallying.

That’s good conservative values and consistency right there.

Whatever Sun News thinks, Eclipse News is not shy about saying this: DEATH TO THE KLAN!

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