Freedom of Speech
The Civil Administration is a military body tasked with managing the civilian
aspects of ruling the occupied West Bank. Together with the Gaza District
Coordination and Liaison office (DCL), it is subordinate to the Coordinator of
Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). These governing bodies are
responsible, among other things, for granting or denying permits to Palestinians
to enter Israel for work, medical care or travel abroad; controlling the import and
export of goods, including food; allocating natural resources and planning and
building civilian infrastructure. In other words, COGAT, the Civil Administration
and the Gaza DCL shape and impact countless aspects of Palestinians’ daily
lives. It is impossible to understand the Israeli occupation without putting
these units under the spotlight, and yet, they receive very little public attention
both within and outside of Israel, and their work has rarely been the subject of
in-depth research and investigation.
At first glance, these units appear to serve a mainly bureaucratic function and, as
such, lack direct involvement in the routine violence exercised to maintain Israeli
control over the occupied territories. The reality, however, is entirely different.
Soldiers’ testimonies included in this booklet provide a glimpse into a system
of bureaucratic control and management that plays a key role in the complex,
intricate system that is the Israeli occupation.
As demonstrated in the testimonies given by soldiers and officers who served
in COGAT, the Gaza DCL, and particularly the Civil Administration, the unit’s
work operates on two axes that exemplify Israeli occupation policies as a whole:
preserving and perfecting control and monitoring of the Palestinian people, on the
one hand, and entrenching and expanding Israel’s hold on Palestinian territory, on the
other. This booklet is divided along these axes and takes a closer look at each one.
After months of hearings in nearly every province, Canada’s National Citizens Inquiry (NCI) on Tuesday released its final 643-page report on the country’s COVID-19 response, addressing the societal impacts of lockdowns, school closures, mask and vaccine mandates and other measures.
The report, compiled by four independent commissioners, included nearly 5,000 additional pages of testimony from hundreds of people who experienced adverse vaccine reactions, destruction of their livelihoods and education, diminished mental health, damaged reputations, professional discipline and/or censorship, according to True North.
The report contained over 80 pages of recommendations for lawmakers, public institutions and citizens, and called for the establishment of a National Crisis Oversight Council that would serve as an “independent, multidisciplinary body tasked with monitoring, policing and investigating government actions during crises,” including pandemics.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced his office is moving to hold Pfizer to account after uncovering evidence of a conspiracy to censor anyone who raised concerns about the pharmaceutical giant’s Covid mRNA shots.
AG Paxton has initiated legal action by filing a lawsuit against Pfizer.
Paxton’s suit, filed on Thursday, accuses Pfizer of making deceptive statements about the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine.
The state’s top prosecutor also alleges that Pfizer was running an online censorship campaign that sought to silence questions regarding the safety and efficiency of the high-profitable injections.
Paxton’s lawsuit accuses Pfizer of engaging in misleading marketing practices that violate the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
MPs on the Commons government operations committee yesterday were unable to identify who awarded a sweetheart contract to an ArriveCan consultant. They asked 32 times. “Nobody wants to take responsibility,” said Conservative MP Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.).
“While everything is broken nobody ever takes responsibility,” said MP Genuis. No official with the Canada Border Services Agency that awarded the contract has admitted to contacting the company.
MPs are investigating whistleblowers’ complaints over an $8.9 million ArriveCan sole-sourced contract to GC Strategies of Woodlawn, Ont., a two-man company operating from a private home. Evidence showed GC Strategies pocketed an undisclosed commission worth up to 30 percent or $2.7 million then assigned all work to subcontractors.
Google has agreed to pay approximately $74 million to Canadian news publishers for using their content, marking a significant shift in the tech giant’s approach to content compensation after a standoff resulted in the internet giant almost cutting off news in the country.
‘Organizations mentioned the need for government funds dedicated to creators and journalists from Indigenous, racialized and religious minority communities in the media,’ reads the Heritage Department report.
The Canadian Department of Heritage is advising that Indigenous, Muslim, Black or LGBT identifying journalists be federally funded up to $45,000 per year to promote “diversity.”
According to a report titled Changing Narratives Fund Report On Consultations, published November 28 by Blacklock’s Reporter, the Department of Canadian Heritage has recommended that the Cabinet directly give individual reporters a salary of $45,000 annually.
“Organizations mentioned the need for government funds dedicated to creators and journalists from Indigenous, racialized and religious minority communities in the media,” said the report. “Funding should be stable and targeted.”
The Trudeau government wants to ban critical thinking and criminalize uncomfortable questions about Canada’s residential school program.
According to a recent Canadian Press article, the author of a government report on residential schools is urging MPs to ban so-called “denialism” – a vague term that no one seems to be able to define.
The report itself hasn’t even been released – we’re told it won’t be released until next year – and yet, the report’s author is already demanding MPs pass a bill to ban speech she doesn’t agree with.
In the first week of a month-long petition calling for a vote of non-confidence, an electronic petition has already received over 100,000 signatures from Canadians.
This petition, initiated by Melissa Outwater from Peterborough, Ont., calls for a vote of no confidence and a federal election within 45 days should the vote pass. The petition is sponsored by Michelle Ferreri, the Conservative member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha.
RupaSubramanya is a journalist in Canada, where censorship at the hand of the government now sadly is the norm.
She’s seen first hand how bad censorship can be.
Watch her powerful testimony – “I’m not a real time traveller,” she added. “I just live in Canada.”