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Get troops out of Afghanistan, fallen soldier’s family says

he godfather of a young female soldier killed in Afghanistan just two weeks into her first deployment fears the young woman’s sacrifice was in vain.

Echoing the sentiment of many Quebecers, who have consistently been among the most vocal opponents of the controversial mission, Mario Blais said it’s time for Ottawa to pull Canadian troops out.

Afghan women pelted with stones during rape law protest

Afghan women protesting against a new law that severely undermines women’s rights were pelted with stones in the country’s capital Wednesday, say reports.

Targeted Killing of Women’s Rights Activist Shocks Afghans

Ms. Achakzai, a dual Afghan and German citizen who returned to help rebuild her country in 2004, was shot at close range by gunmen on motorbikes before her rickshaw could finish the slow crawl back to her home.

You Are Being Lied to About Pirates

Pirates were the first people to rebel against this world. They mutinied against their tyrannical captains – and created a different way of working on the seas. Once they had a ship, the pirates elected their captains, and made all their decisions collectively. They shared their bounty out in what Rediker calls “one of the most egalitarian plans for the disposition of resources to be found anywhere in the eighteenth century.” They even took in escaped African slaves and lived with them as equals. The pirates showed “quite clearly – and subversively – that ships did not have to be run in the brutal and oppressive ways of the merchant service and the Royal navy.” This is why they were popular, despite being unproductive thieves.

Development and Peace urges Canadians to support Bill C-300

Disappointed by the Canadian government’s recent refusal to firmly address the corporate social responsibility of Canadian mining companies operating abroad, Development and Peace asks Canadians to urge their Members of Parliament to support Bill C-300.

Killings and Concentration Camps: A Colossal Humanitarian Tragedy is Underway in Sri Lanka and No One is Saying a Word

What is happening right now in Sri Lanka, and what is being so effectively hidden from public scrutiny, is a brazen, openly racist war.

The Coca Cola Case

A new film by NFB on Coca Cola and the disappearance of unions in Colombia.

Cinema Politica presents The Strangest Dream

The Strangest Dream tells the story of Joseph Rotblat, the history of nuclear weapons and the efforts of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs which he co-founded to halt nuclear proliferation.

When: 7:00pm, Friday, April 10
Where: Conserver House, 180 St. John St.

Nuclear physicist Joseph Rotblat was branded a traitor and spy after walking away from the Manhattan Project, builders of the first atomic bomb. But, with Bertrand Russell, he went on to help create the modern peace movement, and eventually to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Fredericton premiere screening of this recently made NFB film. Free film. Donations encouraged. For more info, visit http://www.cinemapolitica.org/fredericton or contact fredericton@cinemapolitica.org

CN: Drop your racist lawsuit

Support the Mohawks of Tyendinaga – Call out for a month-long phone and fax campaign

Canadian National Railway is suing Shawn Brant, Jason Maracle, and Tara Green as well as their families and community (Jane and John Doe, also named in the suit). CN’s lawsuit is a response to a blockade on CN tracks during April 2007, and another lawsuit against Shawn Brant for a blockade on June 29, 2007. CN has not yet specified the amount in damages they are seeking.

Check out the sample letter and contact information here.

Supreme Court Denies Appeal for Death Row Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from the journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal. On Monday, the court rejected without comment Abu-Jamal’s bid to overturn his conviction for the 1981
killing of a white police officer following a controversial trial before a predominantly white jury. Abu-Jamal contends the case was marred with racial bias, including the deliberate exclusion of blacks from the jury. “It shows you that precedent means nothing, that the law is politics by other means,” Abu-Jamal said in response to the ruling.