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AFP: Experts warn US air raids in Somalia may be inefficient, harmful

“US air raids in Somalia to flush out suspect Al-Qaeda operatives may be ineffective in fighting terrorism and risk making the country’s Muslim population more radical, regional experts warn.”

Scarce Heard Amid the Guns

Does Canada’s war museum say enough about peace?

Anti-War Slogans

Most of these have been gleaned from homemade signs carried in demonstrations around the San Francisco Bay & Monterey Bay areas since 1/03.

US Embassy in Haiti acknowledges excessive force by UN

In the early morning hours of July 6, 2005 more than 350 UN troops stormed the seaside shantytown of Cite Soleil in a military operation with the stated purpose of halting violence in Haiti. When the shooting stopped seven hours later, more than 26 people, the majority of them unarmed civilians lie dead with scores more wounded. Officially, the UN responded that they only opened fire after being fired upon and discounted non-combatant casualities. Further, the UN claimed that only six people, who they described as “bandits,” had been killed during the military operation.

Ontario attacks Aboriginal and treaty rights in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Litigation

Attention News Editors:
Ontario attacks Aboriginal and treaty rights in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Litigation

THUNDER BAY, ON, Jan. 29 /CNW/ – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) spokesperson John Cutfeet are outraged by the Government of Ontario’s attack on Aboriginal and treaty rights during Friday’s court proceeding in the case of KI vs. Platinex. “Ontario’s legal argument dismisses constitutionally protected Aboriginal and treaty rights based on First Nation culture and spiritual connection to the land,” said KI spokesperson John Cutfeet after the third court proceeding since Toronto-based mining company Platinex sued his northern First Nation community for $10 billion after they requested drilling equipment be removed from their traditional territory last Spring. “The mining act is an outdated piece of legislation, whereby the McGuinty government grants permits without consulting the First peoples where lands will be affected by the various impacts of mining. The McGuinty government claims the provincial mining act trumps all constitutionally protected rights recognized under section 35 of the Canadian constitution for all First Nations.” Government of Ontario lawyer Owen Young argued for intervener status in Thunder Bay’s Ontario Superior Court Friday January 26, 2007. “It’s clear the McGuinty government has a twisted interpretation of the spirit and intent of James Bay Treaty 9, not to mention sixteen years of Supreme Court decisions that have ruled for consultation and accommodation with First Nations prior to land exploration, let alone drilling,” said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. Despite a community declared moratorium on resource development recent Supreme Court rulings to consult and accommodate, including Mikisew (November 2005), Platinex received permission from the Government of Ontario to drill in KI territory February 2006. KI brought a constitutional challenge to the Ontario Mining Act June 2006, claiming the Act fails to prioritize Aboriginal and Treaty rights deeming it  unconstitutional. In July an Ontario Superior Court decision halted Platinex from drilling in KI territory until the mining company and Province of Ontario fulfil obligations to consult with the First Nation community. In this decision, Justice Patrick Smith specifically referenced the impacts of mining on not only the right of First Nations to fish, hunt, and trap, but also on impacts to the cultural and spiritual connection to the land. The next scheduled date for court proceedings is April 2, 2007 in Thunder Bay. KI is a signatory to the 1929 adhesion of James Bay Treaty 9. The community is located approximately 600 km north of Sioux Lookout.

For further information: Jenna Young, NAN Director of Communications at (807) 625-4952; or John Cutfeet, KI Spokesperson at (807) 627-9062


Environmental Activist Threatened in Guatemala

Flaviano Bianchini, an Italian national, working as a volunteer for the Guatemalan environmental group Colectivo Madre Selva, which is investigating the environmental effects of Canadian mining companies Goldcorp (formerly Glamis Gold), has been threatened. At a press conference in Guatemala City on January 5, 2007, he presented a report on the pollution allegedly caused by a gold mine to the Tzala River in Sipakapa, located in the department of San Marcos. The report states that the river, which is the main source of water for indigenous people in the region, has been contaminated with heavy metals. The national press picked up the story the following day.

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Up to Democrats to investigate Torture

Amy Goodman: Democrats criticized the Republican-controlled “rubber-stamp Congress,” which failed to provide adequate oversight of the Bush administration. Now that the Democratic Party has control of Congress, the onus is upon them to restore law and order, to investigate the use of torture and to demand prosecution of those who engaged in it.

Communique 47 – Agreement between Cerrejon & Sintracarbon

Today Sunday January 28 the Cerrejon and Sintracarbon negotiating committees arrived at an agreement on the fundamental points from our bargaining proposal like Wages, Health, Education, Loans, Transportation, Subcontracted/Temporary Workers, and Communities.

In the next few days the negotiating committees will be working on the language for the points agreed upon in order to sign a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and in this way bring an end to the conflict.

Sintracarbon is grateful for the outpouring of support we received from the workers, the temporary and subcontracted workers, the delegates, the union leaders, the legal and union advisors, the Guajira community, the communities displaced and affected by the mine, our sister organizations including civic, social, popular, peasant, union, and the international community and unions. Without their unconditional support this agreement would not have been possible.

UNICEF seeks $635M US for ‘forgotten’ crises

Among the 33 “forgotten” areas in dire need of funding are Afghanistan and Sudan, it says.

Support troops, but not Afghan mission, say N.B. dissenters

A Second World War vet and a Fredericton anti-war group say they support the 120 soldiers sent from Canadian Forces Base Gagetown Monday, but oppose the mission and Canada’s role in the war-torn country.