Underreported news from the first two weeks of October.
The case is insane for several reasons:
1) He is a child soldier, which means he is a victim of war not a war criminal.
2) Evidence was changed to make him the only person by inference who might have thrown a hand grenade.There is no witness that he did.
3) Soldiers killed while attacking a house in a foreign country cannot be victims of murder. They are casualties of war.
4) People in a house being attacked by foreigners are engaged in self-defense.
Fredericton Peace Coalition
October 15, 2008
FREDERICTON TO RALLY FOR END TO WAR IN AFGHANISTAN
The Fredericton Peace Coalition will mark the seventh anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan with a rally at Officer’s Square on Saturday, October 18 at 1:00 PM. The Fredericton rally is part of a pan-Canadian day of action to end war in Afghanistan and bring Canadian troops home. The rally will include speakers, music and an open mic for supporters to express their views.
A family member of a victim of the 9/11 attack stated seven years ago: “…as I glanced at the television and saw ominous green flashes on the dark screen. My heart sank. That day, I realized, the day we started bombing Afghanistan, was another family’s 9/11, a day when something fell out of the sky and crushed their innocent loved ones.
In July of this past year, at least 80 Afghan civilians were killed, including 47 people mostly women and children bombarded while taking part in a wedding, and two very young children shot in their parents’ car by Canadian soldiers.
Corp. Paul Demetrick, a Canadian soldier, recently stated in a letter to the editor published in the Toronto Star: “Do we want to be remembered for hating, killing and destroying, or caring, healing and helping with reconstruction? The war in Afghanistan is a lie. How can we inspire the Afghan people to respect liberty, democracy, equality for women, education for children, human rights and respect for life when we are maiming and murdering them and destroying their homes, communities, the economy and their country?”
The Fredericton Peace Coalition invites all to stand up against Canada’s mission and involvement in Afghanistan — including the torture and abuse of Afghan detainees and the imperialist driven interests of defending the Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (TAPI) pipeline route through Kandahar province. Canadian oil and gas corporations are expected to play a role in building the new pipeline.
Voices at the rally will also denounce Harper’s military spending. The Harper Government has not only committed Canada to be in Afghanistan until 2011 longer than the World Wars it is presently spending over 50 million dollars every day on the military and is pushing for massive increases in military spending as much as $490 billion over the next 20 years.
Alex Corey, organizer, Fredericton Peace Coalition, 506.455.7054
Tracy Glynn, organizer, Fredericton Peace Coalition, 506.458.8747, firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Soldier says it’s time to end Afghanistan war, Corporal Paul Demetrick, Canadian Army (Reserve), Toronto Star, October 8, 2008: http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/513548
2. Pipeline Through a Troubled Land: Afghanistan, Canada, and the New Great Energy Game, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, June 19, 2008: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/documents/National_Office_Pubs/2008/A_Pipeline_Through_a_Troubled_Land.pdf
One of the World’s Worst Polluted Places is La Oroya, Peru, where 99% of its 12,000 children are lead poisoned. Instead of cleaning up the pollution as promised the American billionaire owner, Ira Rennert, used the profits to help build one of the world’s most expensive houses. To find out more visit – savelaoroya.org
Pakistan has ordered the expulsion of the some 60,000 Afghan refugees still on its territory to immediately repatriate on pain of arrest, as it struggles to put down a Taliban insurgency in the Tribal Areas along the border. Among the camps to be evacuated is that at Khewa, on the outskirts of Peshawar, where the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) has had a substantial presence for over 20 years, promoting gender equality and secularism as well as carrying out educational, cultural and humanitarian work.
The war in Afghanistan is a lie. How can we inspire the Afghan people to respect liberty, democracy, equality for women, education for children, human rights and respect for life when we are maiming and murdering them and destroying their homes, communities, the economy and their country?
This petition is addressed to the incoming new President of the United States, requesting that he grant a presidential pardon to Robin Long. Robin Long was the first US soldier to go to Canada to flee the war in Iraq, to later be deported (arguably extradicted) back to the United States. Robin was court-martialed for desertion at Ft. Carson, Colorado and sentenced to 15 months in prison. He is currently serving his time at the Miramar Consolidated brig near San Diego.
“We’re human beings and we deserve respect,” exclaimed a municipal councilor from the Department of Guajira in northeastern Colombia. Known as “the Forgotten Guajira” the councilor revealed the devastating impacts of Cerrejón, one of the largest open pit coal mines in the world, on surrounding communities that are principally indigenous and afro-descendent.
NB Power and other power companies buy coal from Cerrejón. The Colombian coal bought in N.B. is burned in Belledune and generates part of our electricity.
Dear Haiti Action Fredericton,
Thank you for your donation and your support of Konbit Pou Ayiti/Working Together for Haiti! Your donation goes directly to work in programs that help the most vulnerable Haitians.
If you didn’t get a chance to read a thank you letter from the village of Oban, you can see it by clicking here. As we move to the second phase of Emergency Relief, supporting schools as they try to begin their year, we are finding many buildings in need of repair and the majority of families in need of money for tuition, uniforms and materials. KONPAY is not an international relief organization, and our focus is on the environment, but our response to the post- hurricane needs of this region highlights our grassroots, holistic approach to the complexity of problems and it will generate more good will and enthusiasm for the regional rebuilding plan which we recently shared with you.
I’ve attached a photograph I took of Bernard and Guypson of JDS (Youth for the development of Cyvadier) carrying bolts of cloth to Cap Wouj, a village on top of the mountain. The roads were destroyed by the mud and rock slides, so we followed new, narrow paths, sometimes almost vertical! If you want to read and see more about daily life in Haiti, you can visit our website at www.konpay.org.
Thanks again, HAF!
For a greener Haiti,
Peace, Social Justice, Student and Environmental groups urge Stephen Harper to redirect military spending
The Canadian Peace Alliance, Council of Canadians, Housing Not War Campaign, Canadian Federation of Students and Greenpeace Canada joined forces today to call on the Harper Government to cancel plans for $490 billion in military spending over the next 20 years. In the context of economic uncertainty, rising poverty and the climate change crisis, Canadians worry that spending as much as $30 billion each year for the military is a foolhardy use of Canadian taxpayers money.