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Message from Jairo Quiroz, press secretary of SINTRACARBON:
On Monday, March 12, SINTRACARBON’s national executive board voted to adopt a commitment to the rights of the communities affected by Cerrejon as an official policy of the organization.  They decided that on April 3 and 4, the entire executive board (48 people) would visit the communities and meet with community members in order to map out their strategies for the coming months.  SINTRACARBON will carry out workshops in the communities on various topics inculding Negotiation Techniques, Human Rights, Cultural Heritage Perservation, and others. Cerrejon has invited community representatives to meet with the company in Santa Marta.  The communities have asked SINTRACARBON to accompany them at this meeting, and we will be there.

Friday Vigil + Film

Noon Peace Vigil
Women in Black Fredericton invites all to a peace vigil at noon at Fredericton City Hall, corner of York and Queen this Friday, March 23. Vigils are held against war and violence every other Friday. All are welcome. For more info, email:
Film – View from a Grain of Sand
VIEW FROM A GRAIN OF SAND is a journey through the last 30 years of Afghanistan’s history as lived by three Afghan women. Shot over the last three years in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a doctor, teacher and social activist tell how their lives were violently affected by wars of international making and three different regimes in Afghanistan. Yet through all their loss, and the destruction of their homes and country, these women have endured. With courage, conviction and hope they continue to work on improving the lives of the people around them, against all odds, in this brutalized and divided nation.
For more info, contact the Fredericton Peace Coalition at:, visit:

Drummond rejects charges of Colombian “para” links

Alabama-based Drummond coal mining company on Thursday denied charges pending in U.S. federal court that it paid right-wing paramilitaries to kill three union leaders near its Colombian mine in 2001.

9-Year-Old Canadian Citizen and Iranian Parents Arrive in Toronto After Six Weeks in Texas Immigration Jail

DN!: After six weeks in a Texas immigration jail, a nine year-old Canadian citizen and his Iranian parents were released and allowed back into Canada last night. Canadian immigration authorities have granted the boy’s parents temporary residency. We speak with their attorney.

CANADA: Counterinsurgency Manual Shows Military’s New Face

Jon Elmer: Following closely behind their counterparts in the United States and Britain, Canada’s Department of National Defence is preparing a comprehensive counter-insurgency field manual for its soldiers and officers.

Chiquita’s Slipping Appeal

Amy Goodman: What do Osama bin Laden and Chiquita bananas have in common? Both have used their millions to finance terrorism.

Women protesters shut oil facility as toxic waste ravages community

WOMEN of Idheze community in Isoko South Local Council of Delta State have again shut down oil facilities of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) alleging failure to pay compensation for damages caused by chemical/waste fluid of the firm flushed into the community.

Stand With Our Sisters in Iran

If you were a feminist activist in Iran today, you would be under the constant threat of arrest for a simple action: asking for equal rights.  On Sunday, March 4, 34 women’s rights activists were arrested for silently gathering outside Tehran’s Revolutionary Court to protest the prosecution of four women on trial that morning.  The four women’s rights leaders are facing multiple charges including “acting against national security” for organizing a protest for women’s equality in Tehran in 2006.  These brave women, who represented many, if not most, of Iran’s women’s rights leaders, were held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison.  Although all but two of these women have now been released, they were barred from participating in a rally outside the Iranian parliament on International Women’s Day.Please join our virtual march around the world, in solidarity with our sisters in Iran, and send a message to the United Nations and Iranian officials demanding the immediate release of the remaining two women’s rights activists. The Iranian authorities must see people everywhere joining together to protest the detainment of these leaders and to call for equal rights for women in Iran.  With the eyes of the world upon this injustice, we can help ensure the safe release of these courageous women and prevent future arrests of feminists for peacefully protesting for equal rights.

Jewish grandmothers patrol West Bank checkpoints

The group takes its name from the Hebrew word for checkpoint, machsom. From a few dozen in the beginning, Machsomwatch now numbers around 500, many of them grandmothers, who take turns watching 40-odd checkpoints in the West Bank.

Warmakers Have Hijacked Language of Peacekeeping

The title of this article, “Peacekeeping Alone Won’t Win a War” (Embassy March 14) is such an ass-backwards example of double-speak I actually laughed out loud when I gave it some thought.