Arrests of current, former staff of Canadian-owned mining company Blackfire in activist’s death come as Governor-General visits Mexico.
I have just completed a two-week speaking tour across Canada, bringing a message to the great people of this country: The people of Afghanistan are fed up with the occupation of their country and with the corrupt, Mafia-state of Hamid Karzai and the warlords and drug lords backed by NATO.
On behalf of the suffering people of Afghanistan, I offer my condolences to the families here who have lost their loved ones. I believe these fallen soldiers, themselves, are the victims of the wrong policy of your government. The families of Afghan civilians killed in this war share your feelings of loss. If we turn these sorrows into strength, we can end this war. Bringing the troops home at the end of 2011 is too late; the troops should be withdrawn as soon as possible, before more Afghan and Canadian lives are needlessly lost.
Today, it has become an open secret that the Canadian government of Stephen Harper has been complicit in the torture of countless innocent Afghans. This is just one reason people in Kandahar and across my country are tired of this war.
Vigil to mark Montreal Massacre in Fredericton – Dec 3 – 7:00pm
The University Women’s Centre will be hosting a memorial service for the Montreal Massacre on December 3rd at 7:00pm in the UNB Blueroom at the Student Union Building. We will have a candle lighting vigil, some poem reading, and guest speakers from the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre and the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research. Contact: women [at] unb [dot] ca
Vigil to denounce scrapping of gun registry – Dec 3 – 8:30pm
At 8:30 pm on Thursday, December 3rd feminist activists from the Public Service Alliance of Canada and UNB will hold a vigil outside the Student Union Building at UNB to public protest our MP’s support of Bill C-391. Participants will publicly express their dismay at MP Keiht Ashfield’s support of Bill C-391 in its second reading in the House and urge him to reconsider his decision. The event will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of the deaths of 14 women at École Polytechnique in Montreal and demand an end to violence against women. Bill C-391, an Act to amend the Criminal Code and Firearms Act, seeks to eliminate Canada’s system for registering rifles and shotguns and its accompanying database of over 8 million firearms records. In doing so it would allow long guns to be completely untraceable and unaccounted for. Contact: info [at] frederictonpeace [dot] org
Mariano Abarca Led a Growing Movement to Kick Canadian Mining Companies Out of Mexican Communities
Mariano Abarca Roblero, one of Mexico’s most prominent anti-mining organizers, was shot to death on the evening of November 27, 2009, in front of his house in Chicomuselo, Chiapas. He left behind a wife and four children. Another man was wounded in the shooting.
Jackie McVicar reporting from Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Afghan refugees who fled the war-torn south have claimed they are so neglected by government in Kabul that their children are dying from hypothermia for want of the most basic supplies.
About 200 protesters gathered in a park outside an international military conference in Halifax today to demand that Canada withdraw from Afghanistan and from NATO, the trans-Atlantic alliance that is waging war in Afghanistan. One demonstrator carried a sign reading “60 years is 60 years Too Long” referring to Canada’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the U.S.-led military alliance formed in 1949.
Toronto Star: A usually sedate parliamentary hearing room was jolted with stories of alleged gang rape as MPs heard testimony about the operation of a Canadian-controlled gold mine in the South Pacific.
An attacker riding a motorcycle has shot and killed indigenous leader and anti-mining activist Mariano Abarca outside his home in southeastern Mexico. Abarca “was assassinated in a cowardly fashion outside his home” late on Friday, said Gustavo Castro, a spokesman for the Mexican Network of Communities Affected by Mining (REMA), adding that another member of the group was seriously wounded, AFP reported on Saturday. An unidentified individual riding a motorcycle opened fire on the indigenous leader, shooting him twice in the head and in the chest in Chicomuselo, a town in the mountains of Chiapas state, Castro said, citing relatives. In August 2009, Abarca was arrested for a week after he led highway blockades to prevent Canadian and Mexican-owned corporation Blackfire Exploration Ltd. from transporting minerals from a Mexican barite mine to processing facilities.