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Who is paying for your pension?

If you pay into the Canada Pension Plan, you need to know what your pension money is doing in Central America. Last Friday, simultaneous demonstrations in Guatemala City and Vancouver targeted the gold mining operations of Canadian mining giant Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G if you’re interested) in the Guatemala highlands, home to several Mayan communities.

CSIS may have lied to me: Harkat judge

A Federal Court judge says two witnesses from Canada’s spy agency may have lied to him about the reliability of a key informant in the Mohamed Harkat terrorism case.

Federal court gives Harkat lawyers access to CSIS files on informant

A Federal Court judge has slammed the Canadian Security Intelligence Service for failing to disclose evidence about a key source in the case against accused terrorist Mohamed Harkat.

Judge slams CSIS over Harkat terror case

A Federal Court judge is raising questions about whether Canada’s spy agency has been withholding information and lying in its case against terrorist suspect Mohamed Harkat. In a brief but stinging judgment, Justice Simon Noel says it’s a “troubling situation” that calls into question the good faith of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

Court orders Canadian spy agency to reveal secret source

A federal court ordered Canada’s spy service on Wednesday to disclose evidence that calls into question the reliability of a key source in the case of an alleged Al-Qaeda sleeper agent. Judge Simon Noel ruled that information on the informant must be provided to lawyers of Mohamed Harkat who is accused of being a terrorist, even though this would reveal to them the identity of the source.

Colombia deal halted – for now – as Canadians rally against it

Human rights situation in Colombia “is truly alarming today” – daughter of murdered trade unionist.

Urgent Action: Human Rights Violations Against Anti-Mining Activist

Agustín Ríos Cruz is an odontologist (graduate of the Benito Juárez University of Oaxaca) and member of the CODEP-APPO (Coordinadora de Defensa de los Pueblos). Agustín Ríos had taken the charge of investigating the environmental impacts of mining projects, both open-pit mines and industrialized tunnel mining. His work was spurred by the presence of a number of projects developed by Canadian mining companies in the Valley of Ocotlán. These projects have proceeded without any consultation with local indigenous communities.

Where is my gold?

L’Afrique de l’Ouest a une abondance en ressources naturelles lucratives. La plupart des pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest dépendent des revenus provenant des industries extractives. Plutôt que profitables, ces ressources naturelles ont des effets dévastateurs sur la stabilité socioéconomique, politique et environnementale. Les industries extractives sont cause de corruption accrue. Ce secteur est aussi source des conflits armés et de violence dans la plupart des régions riches en minerai.

A family lost in white phosphorous shelling

The Abu Halima family’s agony began when the family was taking shelter from Israeli missiles in the foyer of their two-floor home in the Jabaliya area of the northern Gaza Strip on 11 January when two white phosphorous bombs struck.

Thursday Film: Palestine Blues

The 2nd Annual Fredericton Palestine Film Fest invites all to a film about Palestine every Thursday in May in Fredericton.

When: 7pm, Thursdays in May
Where: Renaissance College, 811 Charlotte St., Fredericton
Discussion following film.
Admission by donation.

May 28 – PALESTINE BLUES. A film by Nida Sinnokrot. 2005, 80 min. Following the repercussions of Israel’s security wall and settlement expansion throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Focusing on the village of Jayyous and its non-violent campaign against the wall, Palestine Blues documents the heroic victories and tragic defeats of this farming community’s fight for survival.

Organized by Fredericton Palestine Solidarity, Jews for a Just Peace, the Fredericton Peace Coalition and Cinema Politica Fredericton.