Israeli forces have killed 5,526 Palestinians over the past eight years including 1,010 children under 18 and 340 women and girls, says a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) International and National Relations Department report released recently.
Cinema Politica presents….
*IS THE CROWN AT WAR WITH US?*
Friday, Sept 26 at 7:00 PM at Conserver House, 180 St. John St.
It was the summer of 2000 and the country watched with disbelief as federal fishery officers appeared to wage war on the Mi’gmaq fishermen of Esgenoopetitj (Burnt Church), New Brunswick. Why would officials of the Canadian government attack citizens for exercising rights that had been affirmed by the highest court in the land? What happened at Burnt Church? A film by Alanis Obomsawin.
Andrea Bear-Nicholas, professor of native studies at St. Thomas University, will facilitate the discussion after the film.
The film screening is a fundraiser for the Passamaquoddy Legal Defence Fund. The Passamaquoddy people are fighting LNG proposals on their traditional lands. For more information on the Passamaquoddy struggle, visit: www.wetakecareofourland.org
Donations big and small are welcome.
Film, discussion + popcorn!
For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/films/367
Aboriginal justice workers said Stephen Harper’s proposal to remove conditional sentencing for more than 30 crimes would mean more aboriginal people end up in jail. When pressed, Harper admitted that his proposal would result in more aboriginal people being incarcerated. According to Statistics Canada, Aboriginals make up three per cent of Canada’s population but account for 20 per cent of the prison population.
As part of long-standing struggles for land and self-determination – including unresolved land claims, poverty, suicides and polluted water — members of the Tyendinaga Mohawk community have organized to defend their territory. In particular, several actions, including blockades, have taken place to expedite the slow negotiation process over the Culbertson Tract, a piece of land the government has long acknowledged was taken illegally from the Mohawks. A quarry on the land was reclaimed in March 2007, and Mohawks have maintained a fulltime presence on-site ever since.
Because of his role as an outspoken spokesperson for the community, Shawn Brant has been repeatedly targeted for arrest and incarceration. Shawn’s trial for his role in blockades of highways and railways running through the Tyendinaga territory will begin in January 2009; the Crown prosecutor is asking for 12 year prison sentence.
A tentative deal involving Innu leaders and the Newfoundland and Labrador government over land rights and hydro revenues came with no consultation, a former leader says.
The Laurentian Bank does not discriminate against First Nations people when it flags loan applicants with certain postal codes, most of which are for native reserves, the bank said Friday.
Denying First Nations people credit is not new, said Fo Niemi, executive director of the Centre for Research Action on Race Relations. Banks have a long-standing reluctance toward such loans because people’s assets on reserves are difficult to seize in case of nonpayment, he said. “This is the first time it’s so explicit,” Niemi said.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC opened an office Monday in Iraq, the first major oil and gas firm to set up a new operation here since the industry was nationalized in the 1970s. Iraq has some of the largest proven crude-oil reserves in the world, and other firms are expected to follow suit.
Jeremy Hinzman’s reprieve from scheduled deportation on Tuesday came after Federal Court heard an Immigration official had made serious errors in assessing the hardships the deserter and his family would face if forced back to the U.S.
Call Stephen Harper and Diane Finley
STOP THE DEPORTATION OF JEREMY HINZMAN AND HIS FAMILY
US Iraq war resister Jeremy Hinzman, his wife Nga Nguyen and their two children face deportation from Canada to the United States. If deported, Jeremy faces a court-martial and imprisonment for his refusal to participate in the illegal and immoral Iraq war. On July 15th, another US war resister – Robin Long – was deported by the Harper government to the US where he was
sentenced to 15 months in jail. He also received a dishonourable discharge, the equivalent of a felony conviction.
Canadians have repeatedly expressed their support for Iraq war resisters. On June 3rd, a motion was adopted in the House of Commons in favour of allowing resisters to stay in Canada, and calling on the federal government to cease deportation proceedings. A recent poll by Angus Reid found that two-thirds of Canadians support letting US war resisters stay.
URGENT ACTION REQUEST:
Call Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Immigration Diane Finley to demand:
• that they stop the deportation of Jeremy Hinzman and his family;
• that they respect the democratic will of Parliament and implement the War Resisters motion.
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From the Ottawa Citizen:
From the Ottawa Citizen
The figure of $22 billion does not include aid and reconstruction costs, or expenses for DFAIT and the RCMP.
The following is the article’s breakdown of the costs:
$7 billion for the cost of the war so far, including everything from ammunition and fuel to salaries.
$11 billion is the estimated bill for Veterans Affairs and DND for long-term care of veterans and related benefits.
$2 billion for the purchase of mission-specific equipment.
$2 billion for refurbishing the military’s armoured personnel carrier fleet.
$405 million for repair and overhaul costs.
The Harper government has also introduced a funding policy to spend $490 billion on defence over the next 20 years, raising the annual military budget from approximately $18 billion now to $30 billion in 2028.