In a joint statement, the largest labour federations in Canada and Colombia reject the announced trade negotiations between Canada, Colombia and Peru as “an extreme free-market trade and investment model which guarantees the rights of investors over the human, social, economic, cultural and labour rights of its citizens.” In Colombia, more union leaders and activists are assassinated in Colombia than in all of the Americas — 2,245 between 1991 and 2006. Moreover, some 8,000 suffered threats, arbitrary detention, kidnapping, torture and disappearances.
Of all the slogans used to stifle opposition to America’s aggressive foreign policy, the most infamous is “Support Our Troops.” After dispatching its massive force across the Atlantic, the U.S. public relations industry threw this phrase into the public forum. A scheme undoubtedly contrived for the effect it would have, the public began probing itself for those who did not support the troops.
He’s scheduled to visit mining company Barrick Gold’s headquarters in Santiago Wednesday. The company is accused of contributing to the melting of three glaciers, displacing indigenous people in the area and damaging river water quality – charges Barrick denies.
Contact the Canadian Ambassador to Chile, Mr. Norbert Kalisch, and denounced Harper’s plans to meet with Barrick, a proven corporate criminal, while failing to meet with the opponents to Barrick’s controversial Pascua Lama gold mine project. His email address is: email@example.com
Video – About 500 oil industry workers gathered in Iraq’s main oil port of Basra on Monday to protest Iraq’s draft oil law
The United Nations secretary general has again spoken out against the “appalling” toll of civilians killed and hurt as NATO forces battle insurgents in Afghanistan.
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More war. Less democracy. Guess who’s coming to Canada?
U.S. President George W. Bush, Mexican President Felipe Calderón, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper meet in Montebello, Quebec in August 2007 to advance a “Security and Prosperity Partnership” (SPP) or ‘NAFTA with guns’ — a North American pact that will increase economic and military harmonization between all three countries. The talks are closed to the public. Yet, the North American Competitiveness Council made up of 30 CEOs from large corporations (10 from Canada) will have exclusive influence on these “free-trade plus security” agreements that will further de-regulate trade, giv up Canada’s control of its water, gas and oil, and more deeply integrate security and the military with the U.S. All of this will be done through agreements that by-pass the elected government and exclude civil society.
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July 14, 2007
As ex-military I automatically support our troops in Afghanistan but I am against the war. Here’s why.
David Grossman, author, United States soldier and psychologist researched war. He learned that 20% of soldiers fired their rifles in battle and as few as 5% did the killing. The military changed training methods, increased the killing rate to 90%; now returning soldiers have high rates of trauma, suicide and desertion.
In 1956 Canada invented United Nations Peacekeeping. Soldiers against war who helped countries find humane ways to communicate.
Since 1957 world thinkers have met at Pugwash to study ways of preventing nuclear war; an idea of Albert Einstein -considered father of the atomic bomb.
Peacekeepers, Pugwash delegates and “Never Again” war Veterans support the 95% of humankind who are compassionate and cannot hurt people or “nuke” cities.
I speak to support them.
R H Young
Richard Neville: You be the judge. Following his appointment as commander of NATO’s forces in Afghanistan earlier this year, U.S. General Dan McNeill devised a daring strategy to defeat the Taliban. He would beat them at their own game. That’s why this week marks an important milestone for General McNeill–”Bomber” to his troops–because his goal has been achieved. Although mocked by British officers for overuse of air power, McNeill proved its effectiveness within days of taking up his post. His air strikes hit homes in the Kapisa province north of Kabul, killing nine people from four generations of a local family, including a 6-month-old child. The usual complaints erupted from human rights fanatics and the lily livered Dutch, but McNeil held his ground.
Women in Black will be holding their bi-weekly vigil against violence in front of Fredericton City Hall on Friday 13th from noon until 1pm. Our focus these days is the war in Afghanistan and Canada’s involvement in it. All are welcome.
July 7, 2007
Thank you for publishing R.H. Young’s letter, entitled UN’s goal of peace is lost, in the June 29 Daily Gleaner in which he makes the following statement:
“Sadly, NATO countries have invaded Kosovo and Afghanistan. The most blatant UN betrayal was plotted at Meech Lake by Canada, United States and France. President Aristide of Haiti was elected with 67 per cent of the vote. He was kidnapped, exiled to Africa, and a regime more friendly to the plotters’ interests installed.”
I presume the writer is the retired Professor Robert Young of the University of New Brunswick, who served during the Second World War. It is people such as he who should guide Canada and the world at large, instead of ill-informed politicians who are chosen by an ill-informed population.
For example, Bush and company attacked Afghanistan in response to the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Centre, without determining the reasons and the motives of those who sacrificed their own lives.
Did Osama Bin Laden and his followers want to conquer the United States? Did they want to convert all Christians and Jews to their religion of Islam by force?
The most probable reason for the attack of 9-11 was the desire on the part of some powerful Americans to dominate the Middle East and give blind support to Israel at the cost of the Palestinians.
As for the excuse that Canada and the European countries are in Afghanistan to help improve the living standards of Afghans, it is hardly the primary reason. Canada, as well as the United States, needs to look inward and should first improve the lot of their own native population.
The First Nations’ demonstrations and protests June 29 were well justified and should be taken seriously. The natives deserve respect and compensation for the pain and misery they have endured.
There is a need to revise the charter of the United Nations and the concepts of country and sovereignty to make it possible for all human beings to survive on the shrinking planet earth.