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Iraq: Migrant workers revolt against KBR

Iraqi security guards opened fire when a riot broke out Dec. 3 among 1,000 Asian migrant workers protesting poor treatment in Baghdad. The men work for Najlaa International Catering Services, a subcontractor to Houston-based KBR. The top US Defense Department contractor in Iraq, KBR is already the target of federal lawsuits over alleged human trafficking [...]

John Pilger: Kafka has a rival. The Foreign Office lectures us on human rights

Today (December 1), a surreal event will take place in the centre of London. The Foreign Office is holding an open day “to highlight the importance of Human Rights in our work as part of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. There will be no stall for history, for our memory. [...]

Time to Renounce the War on Terror From Mumbai to Washington

“The lessons of the past seven years are that there is no military solution to terrorism; that a militarized response only feeds the same constellation of forces that produce support for terrorism; that a war on terror enhances the power of extremists on both sides and shuts down the space for dialogue, diplomacy and decency.”

Is Obama Screwing His Base with Rahm Emanuel Selection?

Stephen Zunes: I had really wanted to celebrate Barack Obama’s remarkable victory for a day or so before becoming cynical again. I really did. And yet, less than 24 hours after the first polls closed, the president-elect chose as his chief of staff — perhaps the most powerful single position in any administration — Rahm [...]

Peace, Social Justice, Student and Environmental groups urge Stephen Harper to redirect military spending

The Canadian Peace Alliance, Council of Canadians, Housing Not War Campaign, Canadian Federation of Students and Greenpeace Canada joined forces today to call on the Harper Government to cancel plans for $490 billion in military spending over the next 20 years. In the context of economic uncertainty, rising poverty and the climate change crisis, Canadians [...]

British soldiers accused of sickening sex assault on Iraqi boy, 14

“They ordered us to take off our clothes by gesturing to us to do so. When we refused they continued beating us, so we had to follow their orders. They made us sit on each other’s laps. I was with one of the detainees, while another two detainees were made to do the same thing, [...]

Questioning the census

The Kingston resident is one of 63 Canadians who are being prosecuted for failing to return their census forms. Currently awaiting charges, Stelmach could face a $500 fine or up to three months in jail. “I don’t want to back down at all in this because I believe peace is much more important than whether [...]

Federal government quietly releases $490B military plan

The Conservative government has quietly released the details of its extensive plan to beef up the military, including spending $490 billion over the next 20 years to ensure Canadian soldiers are well-equipped, well-trained and highly active.

Canadian Workers Demand Immediate End to War in Afghanistan

“On 29 May 2009, the delegates at the national convention of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), representing more than three million workers from every region of Canada and Quebec, voted overwhelmingly to demand that the Government of Canada immediately end its participation in the illegal war in Afghanistan. This CLC demand represents a significant consolidation [...]

New agreement lets US strike any country from inside Iraq

A proposed Iraqi-American security agreement will include permanent American bases in the country, and the right for the United States to strike, from within Iraqi territory, any country it considers a threat to its national security, Gulf News has learned.