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Gwynne Dyer - Venezuela: Civil War?
There are two stories about the assault on Fuerte Paramacay military barracks in Carabobo state on Sunday. The Venezuelan government says that half the twenty attackers were killed or captured, and the rest are being hunted down. Sgt. Giomar Flores, who defected from the Venezuelan navy in June and now lives in Colombia, told The Guardian that the attack had been “a complete success.”
“We took four battalions and one put up resistance,” he said, claiming to be in direct contact with the leader of the attack, Capt. Juan Caguaripano. The rebels took “a large amount of weapons,” mostly assault rifles, and got away with no casualties.  Full Story >
Indigenous peoples can’t veto pipelines: Supreme Court - NATIONAL AFFAIRS by Thomas Walkom
The Supreme Court has confirmed that Indigenous nations do not have the right to veto resource development projects. This is the upshot of two separate rulings released Wednesday.
That is good news for proponents of oil and gas pipelines, such as the controversial Kinder Morgan project in British Columbia.
It is bad news for those who had hoped that Indigenous resistance would be sufficient to derail such projects, including pipelines designed to move heavy oil from Alberta to tidewater.
The two decisions are particularly important in that they provide a road map for resource companies and their regulators on how to organize proposed projects in a way that passes legal muster.   Full Story >
Nova Scotia economy is diversified... but it’s not enough to keep job seekers home - WILL VERBOVEN
While travelling through Nova Scotia one notes an economy that has changed and diversified over time. Like its distinct society neighbour, Newfoundland (the Rock), the Bluenose province has a long, glorious history and a unique culture. But its facing economic challenges - not long ago it had a robust fishing economy on which much of the province depended. In the past, there was a huge timber and ship building industry that saw Nova Scotia-built wooden vessels traverse every ocean. As well, Nova Scotia had an industrial side with steel mills and coal mines on Cape Breton Island. Thanks to its strategic location the province had a well-developed trading business with the American east coast, the Caribbean and Great Britain that made the area an economic power house at the turn of the 19th century. But alas, the province has not fared well in the last 75 years. Almost all those legacy industries have faded from their economic prominence and countless thousands of jobs have disappeared - most steel and coal industries have gone altogether. This led to an ever-increasing number of proud Nova Scotians having to leave and go west to seek their fortunes; it’s not just Newfoundlanders that make the job trek to Alberta.  Full Story >
Sports by Bruce Penton
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