The March for Remembrance, organized by H.I.J.O.S. (Sons and Daughters for Identity and Justice Against Forgetfulness and Silence), brought a number of activists and families of victims from the civil war together with the goal of halting the parade which commemorated the 136th annual Military Day.
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has deployed a Strategic Advisory Team (SAT) composed of some 15 people to Kabul with the mandate of working “directly with the Afghan government” to impose the neo-colonial agenda of the western powers.
Canada is a key participant in the US-NATO military occupation of Afghanistan and a bulwark of the US-installed puppet government of Hamid Karzai—a government composed of warlords guilty of horrific crimes against the Afghan people and that is detested by many both for its corruption and for being in Washington’s pocket. The CAF participated in the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and since the summer of 2005 has been in the forefront of the fight against the Taliban insurgency in the country’s south.
I’m worried about my neighbourhood . . . and well I should be.
One of the world’s largest petroleum companies wants to move next door and pump dry the entire aquifer for an area of 410,000 hectares.
Mind you, the “hood” is huge, roughly the northwest quadrant of British Columbia. But what’s at stake is equally significant.
Ground zero of the proposed project is the famed Spatsizi Wilderness Park, North America’s Serengeti, rich with wildlife from mountain caribou to Stone sheep and grizzly bear.
“My” neighborhood is an exaggeration. But after three decades in the hood, first at the helm of a research foundation radio-collaring caribou and later as a wildlife documentary filmmaker, I feel have a stake in the area’s future. Particularly when the new guy on the block is Royal Dutch Shell.
Zinn: On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed. Is not nationalism — that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder — one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred? These ways of thinking — cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on — have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.
Scott Taylor: LAST MONTH, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made some startling comments that hinted at a reversal of the Conservative government’s previous position on our military commitment in Afghanistan. No longer was Harper beating his chest and yelling, “We don’t cut and run.” Instead, the prime minister suggested that any military deployment beyond the current commitment of February 2009 would require “some degree of consensus” from the opposition parties.
Did you ever wonder why Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, and Palestine are so important to our politicians and corporations? These maps show some of the world’s largest oil and gas reserves and pipeline routes through the Middle East. It appears our soldiers are placed along pipeline routes primarily to fight on behalf of US, Canadian, and allied companies profiting from the extraction of fossil fuels. The construction, defense, and control of the actual pipelines are key goals of profiteers. Check out the existing and proposed routes linking reserves in the Caspian Basin, Iraq and Iran, through Afghanistan, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine.
July 2, 2007
It is interesting that the Suzuki Foundation released a report claiming many Canadians are poisoned every year by pesticides at the exact time CanTox released its report on defoliant spraying at CFB Gagetown.
The Suzuki Foundation tells us chemicals are very dangerous while CanTox tells us that beefed up military formulations of herbicides, including Agent Orange, are totally innocuous.
Who do you believe? CanTox, owned by a chemical company and is paid by a government under siege for the large scale poisoning of its citizens? Or the Suzuki Foundation which has
no comment on Gagetown?
Harper knows Canada is liable for a world-class calamity and is paying your taxes to people willing to minimize the impact. We’re not talking about spraying lawns. The whole countryside of a piece of New Brunswick was hosed with military-grade herbicides for decades and hundreds of thousands of people had their health stolen, their lives ruined. Many have died.
Tell Harper he must deal with this or our country cannot survive.
Kelly Porter Franklin, Nanaimo B.C.