Jeannie Baldwin from the Public Service Alliance of Canada writes about the closure of six prison farms in Canada including farm at Dorchestor.
Israeli soldiers who served in the Gaza Strip during the offensive of December and January have spoken out about being ordered to shoot without hesitation, destroying houses and mosques with a general disregard for Palestinian lives.
Marcelo Rivera, a great community leader from San Isidro, in the northern department of Cabañas, El Salvador, was found murdered. He had disappeared on June 18. Marcelo is a leader in the social resistance movement against the Canadian mining corporation, Pacific Rim.
Why have we sided with the Honduran military? Mining profits.
Norman Finkelstein hopes that large numbers of international activists and world leaders will attend the march, and as a result, prohibit a violent response from Israeli authorities. “If the likes of Jimmy Carter, Noam Chomsky, Bishop Tutu and Nelson Mandela are at the head of the march; if behind them are students holding high signs of the schools from which they hail – Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge; if behind them are the ill and the lame, the young and the innocent of Gaza; if behind them are hundreds of thousands of others, unarmed and unafraid, wanting only to enforce the law; if around the world hundreds of thousands are watching the internet to see what happens – Israel can’t shoot,” he said.
The Canadian mining company, Goldcorp, has again successfully urged the Guatemala government to file criminal charges against poor Maya Mam villagers near its “Marlin” mine in the municipality of San Miguel Ixtahuacan, department of San Marcos, Guatemala.
Canada has stood almost alone on the international stage, going so far as to say that Zelaya should not return back to Honduras. This should not come as a huge shock for Canadians as the Canadian state has been pursuing an increasingly interventionist role in Latin American affairs for a while now.
James Rodriguez’s photo essay: Tragedy in Toncontin: Army shoots and kills protesters.
Petition by 6,000 Americans delivered to Canadian Consulate in support of Iraq War Resisters on July 8, 2009
On July 8, 2009, to coincide with Iraq veteran and mother of three Kimberly Rivera’s appearance in Federal Court to stop the deportation of her family by the Harper government, American supporters delivered 6,000 signatures and a letter calling on the minority Conservative government to respect two historic motions passed in Parliament in support of letting U.S. Iraq War resisters stay in Canada.
Rivera as well as Jeremy Hinzman, Patrick Hart, Matt Lowell and their families are threatened with deportation this summer by the Harper government. War resisters face prison sentences of up to 4 years in a military brig for saying no to Bush’s illegal war. War resisters Robin Long and Cliff Cornell both received sentences over 12 months and criminal record after they were deported by the Harper government.
Support the grassroots campaign to keep War Resisters in Canada