“No Olympics on stolen Native land” has become the battle cry for Indigenous resistance to the Vancouver Olympics.
CBC: “Mohawk demonstrators have taken over an eastern Ontario quarry on disputed land. About 70 people, some dressed in army fatigues and some carrying colourful Mohawk flags, blocked the entrance of the Thurlow Aggregates quarry near Deseronto, Ont., late Thursday afternoon.”
The death last Sunday of six Canadian soldiers in southern Afghanistan reminds us of Santayana’s famous maxim that those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it. The soldiers were killed near Maiwand, a name meaning nothing to most westerners. But there, on 27 July, 1880, during the bloody Second Afghan War, the British Empire suffered one of the worst defeats in its colonial history.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 – A series of coordinated bomb attacks shook Baghdad hours after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said that security would be in Iraqi hands by the end of the year. Overall, at least 312 people were killed and 302 wounded throughout Iraq. One American soldier died yesterday of non-battle releated injuries.
For Immediate Release
Liberals Rubber-Stamp the Afghan Troop Extension.
Commons Debate Shows Dion’s True Colours.
April 19, 2007
Toronto: The Liberals confirmed their support for the extension of Canada’s Afghan deployment until 2009 with a motion debated in the House of Commons today, proving that they are more out of touch with Canadians than ever.
“The Liberals are saying the same thing that the Conservatives said last year.” Said Christine Jones, Co-Chair of the Canadian Peace Alliance. “They have not called for the troops to be brought home. They are supporting the mission extension that Canadians oppose.”
Given that many Liberals voted against the extension of the mission when it was last debated, this is actually a step backwards. None of this should surprise the Canadian people. It was the Liberals, under Paul Martin that sent troops to Kandahar in the first place and it was the Liberals under Jean Chretien that sent troops in 2001 and increased their numbers in 2003.
The motion doesn’t call for troop removal after 2009 but instead asks only for an end to the combat operations in the south. That is not what the people of Canada have been asking for. Canadians are asking for this war to end now. The bloodshed in Afghanistan is increasing daily and the counter insurgency mission, based on the Iraq model is clearly making things worse. The war in Afghanistan is a disaster, reconstruction is failing the people and human rights are deteriorating under the violent reign of the new Afghan government that NATO supports.
The Canadian Peace Alliance, Canada’s largest umbrella peace network, will continue to campaign, lobby and protest until the troops are brought home.
For more information please contact Sid Lacombe, coordinator of the Canadian Peace Alliance at 416-588-5555 or 416-333-7567 (cell)
Mike Wallace: because of the growing spread of the technology of explosively formed penetrators (EPF’s), these tanks will *not* reduce Canadian casualties.
After he couldn’t get a visa to tell Americans about an alarming rise in cancer levels among Iraqi children, a renowned Iraqi epidemiologist has been told he can’t fly through Britain en route to give a similar talk in Canada.
Letter to the Daily Gleaner, Published April 18, 2007
Your front-page story ” Will deaths Cripple Support For War?” ended a week of remembrances of World War One. I believe past wars hold lessons for human security in our violent world. At Vimy Ridge my father and the Canadian Corps learned how Canadians were ‘different’.
Father believed in the League Of Nations and its promise of a world without war. A promise broken in 1939 when the Second World War started and veteran fathers had to watch daughters and sons go to war. They had been betrayed politically.
Both world wars were started by military invasions of other countries.
After World War Two the United Nations was formed to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” as its goal. I wonder how many veterans see “succeeding generations” off to war and mourn each one lost with mixed emotions of political betrayal and public praise for facing a situation needing United Nations peacekeepers.
Greg Palast in his book “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” tells this about his father, a World War Two Pacific theatre Veteran. “When the Vietnam war began he threw his medals into my toy box saying: I will never wear them again, my country just did to Vietnam what Japan did to us in 1941″.
I mourn every soldier lost in action today. I cannot support the war. Canada is famous for Peacekeeping, for “saving succeeding generations,” for being different, for bringing hope to this world.
R H Young
Munir, an Indonesian human rights activist and lawyer, known for his critical views on the military, was poisoned with arsenic during a flight to the Netherlands in 2004. His wife has received death threats for continuing to pursue justice for the father of her child. Activists in Indonesia display a sticker with Munir’s face. It reads ‘never be afraid to seek the truth.’ Finally, some arrests in connection with his murder.