From Dylan Penner, October 26, 2007: Tonight in Ottawa we had a silent march with 50 people to expose the war profiteers, who are within walking distance of Parliament Hill, and reaping huge profits from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Indictments of these merchants of death were read by representatives of the War Resisters Support Campaign, ACT for the Earth, the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade, and Rassemblement Outaouais Contre la Guerre. The event was organized by Together Against War / Ensemble Contre la Guerre to build momentum towards the Oct 27 day of action, locally and nationally.
Canadian Peace Alliance: The Environics poll, conducted by D3 Systems in Afghanistan is being touted as “groundbreaking” research into the views of the Afghan people about the NATO occupation. The reality is that there are as many questions as answers arising from the poll results.
But when the poll is examined more carefully (it’s available at http://erg.environics.net), its findings become far less definitive. Indeed, it is not clear that they provide solace to any of the politicians now debating Canada’s Afghan mission.
Peace activists are holding anti-war protests across the country, calling on the government to end Canada’s combat operations in Afghanistan. Only a small crowd gathered at a demonstration in Fredericton, N.B. under heavy rain clouds, but organizers said their message was important. “I’m happy with the turn out,” Matthew Abbott of the Fredericton Peace Coalition told CTV Atlantic. “We can see there are a number of people in Fredericton willing to brave the bad weather to show their opinion about what’s happening in Afghanistan, despite the climate that isn’t very friendly to dissent.”
Canada helps write a generous mining code for companies in Colombia and a Coal Miners’ Union Denounces a History of Inequality at El Cerrejón
NB Power and NS Power buy coal from El Cerrejón, a huge open-pit coal mine in Colombia associated with human rights abuses.
Michael Skinner: On 18 October 2007, two thousand delegates at the national convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) decided in a nearly unanimous vote to demand the Government of Canada immediately withdraw the Canadian Forces from Afghanistan. CUPE is the largest union in Canada representing half a million Canadian workers. Later on the same day, CBC, the Globe and Mail, and La Presse released the results of a jointly-commissioned poll conducted in Afghanistan by the Canadian research firm Environics. The Environics poll indicates a large majority of Afghans want the Canadian Forces to remain in Afghanistan. Are the CUPE workers out of step with what most Afghans really want? I don’t think they are, based on my own experience listening to what some Afghan workers and intellectuals have to say about our occupation of their country. Instead, I am sceptical of the results of the Environics poll.
12 Former Army Captains: “As Army captains who served in Baghdad and beyond, we’ve seen the corruption and the sectarian division. We understand what it’s like to be stretched too thin. And we know when it’s time to get out.”
This is the third anniversary of the army crackdown in the remote fishing town of Kilwa that left more than 70 dead. The army says it was suppressing a rebel uprising. Human rights activists say the soldiers executed at least 25 civilians and raped and tortured many others. The Anvil Mining Company from Canada operates a silver and copper mine nearby. It has admitted to using its airplanes to fly the soldiers to the remote region and also lending them its trucks.
2. SAT, OCT 27: Pan-Canadian Day of Action Against War
1. FRI, OCT 26: Friday Night Doc: ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS. Cinema Politica Fredericton presents the documentary ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS. 7pm, discussion at approx. 8pm. Friday, Oct 26. Conserver House, 180 St. John St. Enemies of Happiness is a powerful, remarkable and inspiring film. From its stunning opening, emerges a gripping story of opposition and women’s rights in today’s Afghanistan as the country tries to reconstruct life after the Taliban. At its heart, it’s a portrait of Malalai Joya on the campaign trail in the first democratic elections in Afghanistan in 30 years. The film-makers follow this brave, fearless and committed female politician who, despite repeated assassination attempts, is prepared to take on and front-up to formere warlords in the Loya Jirga about the way they have been tearing her country apart. In a series of tense and edgy encounters, Malalai Joya emerges as an inspirational figure – prepared to talk frankly to former warlords, a strong, passionated voice of women in this most male-dominated of societies. But throughout this portrayal of Malalai Joya the politician – we do not lose sight of her as a woman, doing her washing in the evening. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>