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They put the economics first,

Before the needs of people

And global market ways are curst,

As terror tools most evil.

The Haitian garment industry,

Is modern man’s example -

Big business ousted Aristide,

Who tried to serve the people

Where money rule was absolute,

And Canada was guilty

It joined the business world to boot

That ruler from his country.

It’s truth and justice people need,

Not hunger, violence, business greed.


Their Aristide in Africa

The Haitian people wept,

Their vote destroyed by Canada,

Where social justice slept.

The free-will voter has no chance,

Where money leaders rule,

And North Americans with France,

Had guns to gain control.

The evil trio met at Meech,

Where Canada was host,

They planned to end revolt and teach,

The poor who rules the roost

Is called the world’s Plutocracy,

Which dominates democracy.


President Aristide of Haiti: “The coup, or the kidnapping, was led by the US, France and Canada. (They) were in the front lines sending their soldiers to the airport my residence, around the palace, the capital…. they succeeded in kidnapping me leading to the coup” And ” some people in the Canadian government, yes, they have Haitian blood on their hands.”


R H Young May 13, 2007

Fredericton NB 506-451-8999


Big business called for ” Blue Berets”*,

To “take out” Aristide,

They did not know that wealth betrays,

The poor who must be freed

From lifeless moneys violent rule,

Which common people face.

When global bully’s take control

And rule the Human Race.

In Canada they planed at Meech,

To kill the Haitian vote,

And serve the global moneyed rich,

Who sit and watch – and gloat.

The Blue Beret’s “Peacekeeper” role,

Was sold to money’s cruel control.

* United Nations Peacekeepers.


Brazilian General Pereira ( Blue Beret Commander in Haiti) resigned after saying he would not bow to ‘extreme pressure ” from the U.S, France and Canada to increase the violence against Aristide supporters .

” I command a peacekeeping force not an occupation force…..”



The Celtic Pilgrim’s not forgot,

Betrayal scattered Clearance Scots

Around the world of power plots

With hunger, war and luxury spots.


The Haitian people, always poor,

Want modern Clearance Scots to roar

Against the rich who still make war

To help their greed get more and more.


The Haitians wanted one to lead,

They felt was heaven sent,

That’s why they voted Aristide,

With sixty-five percent.

Which Canada, United States

And France don’t like at all,

Their leadership deliberates,

Decide his rule must fall.

They sent him off to Africa,

With his democracy,

Now Haiti’s just like Canada,

A true Plutocracy.

Democracies think voters win,

Plutocracies the real Kingpin.



Press Release, May 17, 2007


Sri Lankan Man to be Deported to War-Torn Country


HALIFAX – Dammika Kumara Tissawalangumndiyanselage (Kuma), a Sri Lankan man and 5-year resident of Dartmouth, faces a deportation order currently slated for this Saturday. The Halifax office of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) will be proceeding with Kuma’s deportation, currently scheduled for May 19th, 2007, to war-torn Sri Lanka. Kuma is currently married to a Canadian citizen, has been living and working in Halifax for five years. He was originally scheduled for deportation on May 11th, however the order was delayed due to the fact that the only international airport in the country has been closed as a result air attacks by the Tamil Tigers. His deportation represents a disturbing and repressive act on the part of immigration officials, due to the dangerous situation to which he and his wife would be subjected in Sri Lanka.


Kuma’s Canadian wife, Kimberly Charron, had applied to be his sponsor in his permanent residence application, based on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds. Regardless of the pending nature of this legal claim, his deportation date to Sri Lanka was set for May 11th, 2007. Kuma lost his refugee claim in 2005 and was notified on April 14th of this year that he lost his Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) application. His deportation date was later extended to May 19th due to the closure of Sri Lanka‘s only international airport.


Kuma’s wife, Kim Charron, is currently working two full-time jobs in Dartmouth, due to the fact that the Canadian government has revoked Kuma’s work permit. The Canadian government’s unwillingness to consider issuing a stay of Kuma’s deportation order has placed an immense emotional strain on Kim and her family. Kuma and Kimberly will be forced apart due to the financial strain caused by the repeated rescheduling of Kuma’s departure flight by Immigration officials. Despite the dangerous nature of the situation in Sri Lanka due to the current civil war, Kimberly had initially planned to depart with Kuma. Instead, she will remain in Canada for the next few months due to threats to her safety, as well as financial constraints.


“Not only is the Canadian government willing to place this man and his wife in immediate danger,” says Dave Ron of No One is Illegal, a local immigrant rights coalition, “but in a show of an incredibly racist double standard, the government has imposed a travel warning for Canadian citizens to this war-torn region. This represents a slap in the face for all Canadians who believe in a society which is not based upon racism and discrimination.”


Kuma is prepared to depart willingly, but will be filing a new application for spousal sponsorship in hopes of returning to Canada. Such a process could take up to a year to complete. Kuma faces the prospect of living in a war zone while awaiting the results of this process. Kuma’s deportation will occur less than two weeks after the deportation of the Silva family, a Brazilian family who had lived for years in Halifax, by Canadian Immigration officials.

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For More Information

Lee Cohen, Legal Counsel for Kuma, 423-2412,

Kimberly Charron, Wife of Kuma, 240-3675




May 17, 2007



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Dammika Kumara Tissawalangumndiyanselage (Kuma), Sri Lankan Resident of Dartmouth, faces deportation from Halifax airport on Saturday, May 19th

Kimberly Charron,
Dartmouth Resident and Wife of Kuma

Lee Cohen, Immigration Lawyer and Legal Counsel for Kuma

HALIFAX – Supporters and family of Kumara Tissawalangumndiyanselage invite the media to a press conference in order to allow this Dartmouth resident to speak publicly about his impending Canadian deportation order to war-torn Sri Lanka.

DATE:                                                May 18th, 2007

TIME:                                                2:00 PM

LOCATION:                          Dalhousie Student Union Building

                                                            Rm. 224, 6136 University Avenue

Supporters and Family of Kumara will stress the negligence of the Canadian government in deporting this member of the Halifax/Dartmouth community to one of the most dangerous war zones in Southeast Asia.


For More Info:

Lee Cohen, Legal Counsel for Kuma, 423-2412,

Kimberly Charron, Wife of Kuma, 240-3675

Dave Ron, No One Is Illegal Halifax, 440-8878,

Coal Comfort in an Upside-Down World : Canada’s stake in Colombian mine evictions

*NB Power and NS Power purchase coal from El Cerrejón.

Thirteen years ago, the world turned upside-down for Miluolis Arregoces and his five children.

The family lived in Caracolí, a small farming community in Colombia’s parched La Guajira province, until bulldozers contracted by El Cerrejón, the world’s largest open-pit coal mine, demolished their home. Buttressed by a heavy police presence, mine officials confiscated land from around 30 families in Caracolí. The mine says some residents were compensated. Mr. Arregoces says he received nothing.

Hands Off Haiti Compilation

The Fredericton Peace Coalition has a limited supply of the new and fabulous “Hands Off Haiti” CD compilation done by the Canada Haiti Action Network. Artists include So Ann, Mohammad Ali, the Welfare Poets, Propaghandi and many more. With interludes by Haiti solidarity activist Jean St. Vil. Email to get a copy. Donations are welcome and will go to the Fredericton Peace Coalition. A CD release party is planned in conjunction with Stop Atlantica events, either June 15th or 16th, in Halifax.

The Great Wall of Segregation…

…Which is the wall the current Iraqi government is building (with the support and guidance of the Americans). It’s a wall that is intended to separate and isolate what is now considered the largest ‘Sunni’ area in Baghdad- let no one say the Americans are not building anything. According to plans the Iraqi puppets and Americans cooked up, it will ‘protect’ A’adhamiya, a residential/mercantile area that the current Iraqi government and their death squads couldn’t empty of Sunnis.

Iraqi Oil Workers Address US Congress

Just as the New York Times reports on billions in missing Iraqi Oil (see below), Hasan Jum’a Awwad, Head of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, has urged Congress “not to link withdrawal with the oil law”:

Open Letter to: “The Members of the US Congress who Oppose the War on Iraq [and] Members of the European Parliaments who Oppose the War

Whose war is this?

New Brunswick is quite busy dealing with the self-sufficiency task force report these days; the sheer amount of coverage in the newspapers attests to this fact.

Still, the world is a bigger place.

As we all know, a number of New Brunswick soldiers are embroiled in battle in Afghanistan.

We, in New Brunswick, know of their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their family and friends. I was shocked to read in a newspaper that an American think-tank urges Canada not to withdraw.

Don’t we have think-tanks capable of “urging” our government to make decisions, one way or another, about Canadian men and women serving in Afghanistan?

Whose war is this anyway?

Rob Moir

Clifton Royal, N.B.

NATO muscle for oil majors

May 14, 2007

NATO is considering deploying sea-borne rapid-reaction forces to help private oil firms such as BP, one of its senior officials has announced.

Jamie Shea, director of policy planning in the office of NATO’s secretary-general, said the proposal may mean sending NATO forces to Africa, Asia and the Middle East to protect oil companies’ facilities.

“In NATO, we are looking very actively at using our maritime resources,”  Shea told a conference in London on Monday. He said NATO wanted to “see how we can link up with oil companies”.

Shea said he had so far discussed the issue with Royal Dutch Shell and BP, respectively the world’s second- and third-largest Western oil companies by market value.

Security measures

While most oil companies already have substantial security measures, Shea said they were also keen to receive help with intelligence.

NATO is also in talks with Qatar about how it could help to secure the Gulf state’s large liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities.

LNG is gas cooled to liquid and transported under pressure in tankers. LNG facilities are seen as a particular security risk because of the pressurised gas.
NATO is not yet in talks with Saudi Arabia but may be prepared to help there as well, Shea said.


Protest Governor General Official Visit
Tuesday, May 15, 10am-11am
Outdoors, N.B. Legislature, 706 Queen St
-> The demonstration outside the N.B. Legislature begins at 10am.
-> Please join us at anytime between 10am and 11am.
-> Governor General Michaelle Jean, Commander-in-Chief of Canada’s Army, will be greeted by the Honourable Shawn Graham, Premier of New Brunswick, and Mrs. Roxanne Reeves at 10:30 am, Tuesday, May 15, outdoors of the N.B. Legislature. The welcoming ceremony will include a review of a guard of honour and a 21-gun salute.
-> Bring placards, banners and noisemakers.
-> Consider taking time off work/school to join us to protest Canada’s role in Afghanistan and Haiti.
-> The Governor General’s visit is part of an ongoing Canadian government campaign to sell the Afghan mission to the Canadian public. The Governor General has justified Canada’s role in Afghanistan and Haiti, despite amassing evidence of the enormous harm of Canada’s imperialist/U.S.-driven misadventures in these countries.
->The role of the Canadian military, government, corporations and development NGOs in Afghanistan and Haiti demands we take a stand and act in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan and Haiti.
For more info, contact: or visit:

Blood Diamonds & Nickel

On Tuesday, May 15, at 7pm, at the UNB Art Centre, Memorial Hall, St. Thomas University student Andrew Gbongbor will tell his story of surviving Sierra Leone’s civil war. Saa Andrew will sing songs he has written about the war. He will show pictures of what diamonds mean for the people of Sierra Leone and other African countries. Sierra Leone is ranked the world’s poorest country by the UN Human Development Index. The Kono District has particularly high poverty levels but it has also produced billions of dollars worth of diamonds. In the past 15 years, an estimated 50,000 people in Sierra Leone, 500,000 Angolans and nearly 4 million people in the DRC have died from civil wars funded through the sale of conflict diamonds.  Child and slave labour is employed in the diamond trade of many nations while the majority of artisanal diamond miners live in poverty, making less than one dollar a day. Decades of diamond mining by rich multinational companies have devastated large tracts of land, poisoned local water, and forced indigenous populations from their lands.

On Friday, May 18, at 7pm, in the Auditorium of Memorial Hall, UNB, Guatemalan Artist Marlon Garcia Arriaga will lead guests through the Panzos exhibit. The evening will include musical entertainment by Salvadorian performer Cesar Morales and an array of delectable snacks by Fredericton’s Guatemalan community. Panzos was the site of a horrific massacre on May 29, 1978, when indigenous villagers gathered to protest their land being expropriated for nickel mining by the Canadian-owned company, Inco. Ltd.  Through painting and photography, Marlon Garcia Arriaga has eloquently paid tribute to those who lost their lives standing up for their basic human rights and to the survivors who continue to stand at the forefront. The Panzos Art Exhibit is on display at the UNB Art Centre at Memorial Hall from May 1st  June 15th.

For more info, contact Judy Loo at 455-9068 or Tracy Glynn at

Organized by the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network.