Scott Taylor: The current debate in Canada should not be centred on what we will do after the pullout date in the summer of 2011, but rather why we even still feel committed to that timetable, given this drastic evolution of the mission itself.
Liberal’s amendment will not “fix” Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, say Canadian election monitors, who warn of continued violence
Eva Golinger: When politicians and political actors commit crimes, can they hide behind cries of persecution? As international organizations backed by Washington condemn the Chavez administration for alleged political persecution, the facts shed light on the difference between activism and crime.
STATEMENT FROM THE REFUGEE LAWYER’S ASSOCIATION
The Refugee Lawyer’s Association has significant concerns with the amendments proposed to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in Bill C-11. In particular the RLA is concerned that some of the proposed changes will end up being the most unfair to some of the most vulnerable refugee claimants including child claimants and victims of torture.
The RLA would like to encourage all those interested in ensuring a fair refugee process in Canada to contact their MP and insist that the bill be sent to committee immediately. These proposed changes would drastically change our system and need to be debated by Parliament with proper input from stakeholders and experts, and significant amendments will need to be made to bring it into conformity with principles of fairness and justice. Please email or phone your MP today! In Fredericton, contact Hon. Keith Ashfield at Ashfield.K@parl.gc.ca
The Canadian Peace Alliance (CPA), Canada’s largest peace network, renewed calls for Canadian Forces to be brought home from Afghanistan after Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened to join the Taliban in a meeting with Afghan parliamentarians. Karzai also criticized the heavy handed approach of NATO, including their repeated killing of civilians, and even implied that he would attempt to stop NATO’s planned June offensive in Kandahar from happening.
Canadian Peace Alliance: Foreign troops are considered as occupation forces by the Afghan population. No matter what the role post-2011, Canada will still be working to support an occupation that has created poverty and misery for the vast majority of the Afghan people. How Canada supports that occupation is not the question. Simply by being there, Canada helps legitimize both the NATO mission and the corrupt Afghan Government.
Faculty of the University of Regina say No to “Project Hero” and Canadian Imperialism: An Open Letter to President Vianne Timmons
Globe and Mail: They were pitiless Afghan guards who carried out unspeakable cruelty in notorious torture chambers; they were also Canada’s trusted allies.