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Archive for April, 2009

Iraq War resister Cliff Cornell sentenced to 12 months in prison after deportation by Harper government

On Tuesday evening, during a court-martial hearing at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Cliff Cornell was sentenced to 12 months in prison and a bad conduct discharge after publicly expressing his conscientious objection to the Iraq War while in Canada. Prosecutors claimed that American troops in Iraq saw Cornell on television while Cornell was in Canada. It [...]

“Considering Joining the Military?” brochure

CFSC has produced this educational brochure as a counter-balance to information available to young people who are considering a career in the military. The brochure encourages reflection and research by those interested in the military as it is not just any career choice. As General Rick Hillier (ret.) said in 2005, “We are the Canadian [...]

Indigenous Leaders confront Barrick Gold

Indigenous leaders from Papua New Guinea and Chile traveled to Canada this week to attend the April 29 shareholders’ meeting of Barrick Gold. Here, they will confront Barrick about human rights abuses and environmental degradation on their lands. According to Jethro Tulin, Executive Officer of the Akali Tange Association, a human rights organization in Papua [...]

Gloria Paul: What will we be breathing this season?

From The Daily Gleaner of April 18, I was informed (with little notice from the base) that once more CFB Gagetown will start its annual burning from April 20-May 15, with its current and former chemicals exploding yet again into air, land and water.

Moose River gold mine’s crushing environmental impact

Canadian mining corporations cause “serious harm… to the environment and people,” and sully Canada’s international reputation, says Carlos Amador, an activist from the Siria Valley, Honduras. Amador will be in Halifax April 28 to talk about the negative effects of gold mining in his community.

Iraq: US raid broke security pact

Two people were killed in the raid on a house in Kut, 150km southeast of Baghdad on Sunday, according to Iraqi officials. Baghdad’s condemnation of the raid came after hundreds of Iraqis protested in Kut against the US operation. Hundreds of protesters shouted angry slogans as they carried two coffins through the streets of Kut.

UAE ‘boosting military imports’

The United Arab Emirates has become the world’s third-largest importer of weapons after China and India, rising from 16th place in just four years, a Swedish think tank, the Stockholm International Peace Research Insititute (Sipri), says. The UAE bought 80 F-16E combat aircraft from the United States and 50 Mirage 2000-9 fighters from France over [...]

Sri Lankan Government closed war zone to UN

UN  humanitarian affairs chief, John Holmes, is unable to get permission from Mahinda Rajapkase, the Sri Lankan president, to allow a UN aid mission into a pocket of rebel-held land that is surrounded by the Sri Lankan military.

Fredericton Palestine Film Festival

Every Thursday in May at 7pm at Renaissance College – 811 Charlotte St. Discussion following film. Admission by donation. May 7 – To See If I’m Smiling A film by Tamar Yarom. 2007, 59 min. Israel is the only country in the world where 18-year-old girls are drafted for compulsory military service. In this award-winning [...]

ACTION ALERT: Week of Action on Colombia-Canada FTA

MPS must defend human rights before trade April 24 marks the beginning of a week of action against the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement, with special focus on convincing Liberal MPs that whether or not they support free trade, this is a bad agreement that can only worsen human rights violations, increase violence against labour and [...]