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LONDON, England: Video of first arrests, scuffles at Ecuador embassy before Assange asylum decision

JULIAN ASSANGE GRANTED DIPLOMATIC ASYLUM BY ECUADOR: Ricardo Patino reminds Britain that Ecuador is not a British colony.

Twelve Years Too Many! Frederictonians support security certificate detainee Mohammad Mahjoub

Israel Continues To Pound Gaza, Injure Civilians

The Gaza Strip was besieged by airstrikes from the Israeli military once again Monday morning. Conflicting reports from Israeli and Palestinians sources leave the total number killed or injured unknown.

Fredericton rallies in support of security certificate detainee Mohammad Mahjoub as he marks 12 years of detention without charge

What: Press briefing, street theatre and mic check

When: 12:30-1:00pm, Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 (12th anniversary of Mahjoub’s arrest and International Day in Support of Victims of Torture)

Where: Fredericton City Hall, corner of Queen and York.

Who: Josephine Savarese, Fredericton Peace Coalition and STU Professor of Criminology, Michel Boudreau, N.B. Federation of Labour, Alex Bailey, Fredericton & District Labour Council, Matthew Hayes, STU Professor of Sociology, and the Four Freedom Fighters Theatre Troupe.

On June 26, 2000, Mohammad Mahjoub was arrested in a Hollywood-style arrest outside his workplace. One of five Muslim men arrested under Canada’s notorious security certificate legislation, he has spent the last twelve years in jail, much of it in solitary confinement or under house arrest, yet he has never been charged.

Security certificates allow the government to indefinitely detain and deport people based on their profile. Courts have ruled that the presumption of innocence does not apply. The case against the detainees, assembled by Canada’s spy agency CSIS, is secret; it is not disclosed to detainees or their lawyers.

CSIS concedes that the bulk of the information they are using against him was obtained from sources known to use torture. Mahjoub’s phone conversations with his lawyers have been illegally tapped, evidence in his case has been destroyed or concealed by CSIS and his confidential defense files were seized by the prosecution (resulting in 11 lawyers being kicked off his case earlier this month).

On June 26th, Mahjoub and his supporters will gather to demand his immediate liberation and that of the other two men still held under security certificates. Adil Charkaoui, who spoke at public events and in university classes in Fredericton in 2009, had his security certificate struck down later that year. Charkaoui’s Fredericton trip made national media headlines when U.S. authorities ordered an Air Canada flight carrying Charkaoui to return to Fredericton. The N.B. Federation of Labour, the province’s largest labour organization, representing 40,000 workers in New Brunswick, passed a resolution against security certificates in 2009.

Supporters will demand justice, apology, reparations and citizenship for all five men and accountability for all officials responsible for injustices against these men.

For information on the Justice for Mahjoub campaign:


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What does NB Power have to do with the extinction of the Wayúu in Colombia?

“We fear the Wayúu will become completely extinct,” warned Angélica Ortiz at a special hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C. this past March. The Constitutional Court of Colombia agrees with Ortiz’s assessment. In 2009, the court named 34 indigenous nations in Colombia – including the Wayúu – to be in danger of physical or cultural extermination due to armed conflict and forced displacement. The court called the situation “an emergency which is as serious as it is invisible.” ….

What does NB Power have to do with the imminent extinction of the Wayúu? NB Power’s Belledune plant burns coal extracted from the mine threatening Ortiz’s indigenous community. Coal extracted from Cerrejón is exclusively exported to meet the energy demands of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Massachusetts and other areas.

The Real News: NATO Summit Kicked Off with Massive Demonstrations

Thousands gathered to protest the NATO summit in Chicago. Afghan/Iraq War Vets also protested. “I don’t want any part of it anymore. I choose human life over war, militarism and imperialism,” said one man.

Haiti, Aid and Imperialism: a film screening & book launch

Tuesday, May 15, 7:00pm.
Cedar Tree Cafe, 418 Queen St., Fredericton

Dinner menu served until 6:45pm. Beverages available during the event.

Film Screening of Haiti: Where did the money go?

Join Michele Mitchell for a film screening of her film, Haiti: Where did the money go? Millions of people gave billions of dollars to Haiti earthquake relief. So, why are at least 600,000 Haitians still living in squalor? Why did so much money buy so little relief? How is it possible that a massive “relief enterprise” could be built on the suffering of Haitians? Why are so many NGOs not held accountable to anyone? Do you know how your donation was spent? Film produced by Film At Eleven.

Book launch of Paved with Good Intentions: Canada’s development NGOs from idealism to imperialism

Join Dru Oja Jay for the launch of the book he co-wrote, Paved with Good Intentions: Canada’s development NGOs from idealism to imperialism. By Nikolas Barry-Shaw and Dru Oja Jay. Published by Fernwood. How “non-governmental” are organizations that get most of their funding from the government? What impact do funding ties have on NGOs’ ability to support popular demands for democratic reforms and wealth redistribution? What happens when NGOs support a repressive regime? What happens when NGOs bite the hand that feeds them?

Free admission. Donations accepted to cover tour costs.

Hosts: Cooper Institute, Canada Haiti Action Network, Haiti Action Fredericton, Fredericton Peace Coalition, Cinema Politica Fredericton, YMCA Fredericton International Committee, UNB International Development Studies, Gallery Connexion, NB Media Co-op, Atlantic Council for International Cooperation & Latin American Mission Program (PEI).


Not Another Extension Bring the Troops Home Now!

Canadian Peace Alliance

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has suggested that Canadian Special Forces troops may remain in Afghanistan after 2014. This is the third time that Harper has lied to Canadians, saying that he will not extend the mission then flip-flopping and keeping troops in the war torn country.

The Canadian Peace Alliance and Afghans for Peace strongly condemn this potential extension and once again call on the Harper Conservatives to respect the will of Canadians and the Afghan people and bring the troops home now. A recent Angus Reid poll found 58 per cent of Canadians strongly disagree with keeping troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014. A CBC news live poll found a whopping 95 per cent of Canadians are opposed to the extension.
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