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    The Pirate PartyAnother book, by the same publishing house, To Be a Citizen: My Free China, by the lawyer and pro-democracy activist Xu Zhiyong (who is serving a four-year prison sentence for “gathering a crowd to disturb public order”), is not on the shelves, and any order for it receives a shake of the head. The censorship is subtle enough, though. On the ground floor, where books on Hong Kong are located, the are plenty of titles on the umbrella movement and people browse through them openly. However, those most prominently displayed are critical of the Occupy movement. An explicit campaign against “politically harmful publications in Hong Kong,” launched in China in 2012, has seen pressure put even on travel agents, who are threatened with unspecified fines if the tourists that come to Hong Kong through them return with “forbidden books” – the list of which has never been made public.
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    The Pirate PartyFrom our Twitter feed (@piratepartyca). Pultizer winner and investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh claims Osama was already a prisoner when he was killed. And some in military and Pakistan partners was not happy that Obama rushed the announcement. http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n10/seymour-m-hersh/the-killing-of-osama-bin-laden The announcement coincided with Canada's election eve. Some journalist wondered if it will affect the election happening few hours the following day. https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/could-death-osama-bin-laden-help-conservatives-polls-193312491.html Election results shows Jack Layton's surge was limited to Quebec and Harper did get a majority. But did the announcement of Osama killing make you changed your vote from Jack Layton to Stephen Harper?
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    The Pirate Party"Every single thing Morrell said applies to what US officials leaked this weekend, if not more so. But since the leak about the ISIS raid was meant to glorify the Obama administration, instead of embarrassing it or exposing wrongdoing, everyone in the US government will pretend like it never happened. Either leaks exposing the “sources and methods” of surveillance are damaging to national security or they are not. Administration officials can’t have it both ways."
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    New Democratic Party of CanadaEnjoying some time outside this long weekend? Please take a moment to send Stephen Harper a message - tell him to protect our lakes and rivers for future generations.
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    New Democratic Party of CanadaNous ne pouvons pas laisser nos rivières et lacs sans protection - signez notre pétition afin d'exiger de Stephen Harper qu'il remette en place les mesures de protection nécessaires à nos cours d'eau.

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    The Pirate Party"Extremists" are often mentioned in the same breath as "domestic terrorists," so with a little bit of rebranding, the FBI is now able to surveill people solely for their First Amendment-protected activities. That's handy and not totally unexpected, given the agency's long history of eyeballing activists who run contrary to its view on How Things Should Be. At one point, it was uppity blacks and encroaching homosexuals. Now, it's people who don't want an oil pipeline running through their neighborhoods. And, even though we know the FBI has clearly taken a stance on controversial issues in the past and shaped its surveillance activities accordingly, it's rather jarring to see an investigative agency decide who's right and wrong by issuing a statement (wrapped in a self-justifying plan of action) on behalf of one side of the issue. “The Keystone pipeline, as part of the oil and natural gas industry, is vital to the security and economy of the United States.”
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    The Pirate Party"You're right that the terms 'libertarian socialist' seem to contradict in the United States, but that is a sign of the perversity of American culture. Here the word libertarian means the opposite of what it meant to everyone else all through history."
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    The Pirate PartyThe term “libertarian” itself is even a corruption of its original meaning. It had been used since 1858 as a synonym for “anarchist” — that is, belonging to the socialist, left-wing, anti-private-property anarchist movement dating as far back as Proudhon. This changed around the 1970s, as the right-libertarian founding father Murray Rothbard boasted in 1979: "One gratifying aspect of our rise to some prominence is that, for the first time in my memory, we, “our side,” had captured a crucial word from the enemy…”Libertari­ans”…had long been simply a polite word for left-wing anarchists, that is for anti-private property anarchists, either of the communist or syndicalist variety. But now we had taken it over…"
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    New Democratic Party of CanadaWATCH: On Thursday night, Tom Mulcair shared his vision for a stronger middle class and a stronger Canada in Victoria. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights.

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