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Come clean on why we are in Afghanistan

There is no easy way out, no matter what U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates or our own politicians – the dithering Liberals and the warmongering Tories – tell us. The John Manley panel – stacked with people keen on keeping Americans happy, at all costs, to preserve our trade – will present its own spin in the next few days.

Canada’s Mining Continuum

It is an open secret that throughout the Americas and the world, people are struggling against the intrusion of Canadian mining companies and their short term “get the gold and get out” strategies. The backlash against Canadian mining companies has, in some cases (particularly in Guatemala and Peru), strengthened broader social and political movements re-vindicating local control over land. In Oaxaca, Mexico, the struggle against a Vancouver based mining company is unifying an isolated Zapotec community, and bringing their struggles to state and nation-wide attention.

Canada places U.S., Israel on torture watch list

Canada’s foreign ministry has put the United States and Israel on a watch list of countries where prisoners risk being tortured and also classifies some U.S. interrogation techniques as torture, according to a document obtained by Reuters on Thursday…The revelation is likely to embarrass the minority Conservative government, which is a staunch ally of both the United States and Israel. Both nations denied they allowed torture in their jails. The document — part of a training course on torture awareness given to diplomats — mentions the U.S. jail at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba where a Canadian man is being held…The awareness course started after Ottawa was criticized for the way it handled the case of Canadian Maher Arar, who was deported from the United States to Syria in 2002.

Lead Miner Set To Resume Shipments

A long-running contamination controversy involving Toronto-based lead miner Ivernia Inc. is paving the way for the company to resume shipments. Ivernia’s problems started early last year, when dead birds were found around its Magellan mine in Western Australia, the world’s only significant pure lead mine. The toxic metal was also found in the blood of some nearby residents.

Mine Disaster at Miramar: A Story Foretold

“No information about what they have done, what the problem is, what the long-term environmental impact is, what it will cost to clean up the mess: polluted groundwater, impacted surface water, failed masses of cyanide-saturated rock, and so on,” says Jack Caldwell, a now-retired civil engineer and mining expert born in South Africa who has spent a lifetime in the “pits.”

The mine is owned by the Canadian company, Glencairn.

They Are Trained Killers

US in Iraq: Are We Humane? WARNING – This video should only be viewed by a mature audience.

Justice for Pepe

Please sign the petition in support of the family of 28 year-old José Emanuel “Pepe” Méndez Dardón, who was assassinated on Friday, August 17, 2007. The purpose of their hunger strike is to call attention to: * Widespread human rights violations in Guatemala, including the right to life * The brutal, gender-motivated killings of over 3,000 Guatemalan women and girls * The rising number of extrajudicial executions and acts of “social cleaning” * The virtual state of impunity that has existed in Guatemala for those who perpetrated these crimes under the government of President Oscar Berger.

Sale of Canada’s leading satellite developer not ethical: engineer

An optical engineer in B.C. is urging Ottawa to block the sale of Canada’s leading satellite developer — MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. — charging that the American buyer makes weaponry that kills people.

Is Save Darfur a PR Scam to Justify U.S. Resource Wars in Africa

The star-studded hue and cry to Save Darfur and “stop the genocide” has gained enormous traction in U.S. media along with bipartisan support in Congress and the White House. But the Congo, with ten to twenty times as many African dead over the same period, is not called a “genocide” and passes almost unnoticed. Sudan sits atop lakes of oil. It has large supplies of uranium and other minerals, significant water resources, and a strategic location near still more African oil and resources. The unasked question is whether the nation’s Republican and Democratic foreign policy elite are using claims of genocide and appeals for “humanitarian intervention” to grease the way for the next oil and resource wars on the African continent.

MPs urged to vote against security legislation

The Etobicoke wife of a terrorism suspect held for more than six years without charges is urging Liberal MPs to vote against new Conservative-proposed security certificate legislation expected to come before Parliament later this month. Mona Elfouli and a half dozen supporters yesterday protested against secret trials in Canada outside the offices of Etobicoke Liberal MPs Michael Ignatieff, Borys Wrzesnewskyj and Roy Cullen. The so-called Freedom Caravan was expected to visit east Toronto MPs today to also request meetings with the MPs prior to the vote in Parliament.