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The human price of coal mining

To walk among these posts filled me with an intense feeling of sadness of lives being slowly suffocated as the mine creeps forward. To live among these posts, with the whines of mine machinery playing over the sound of the wildlife, appears to me like psychological torture for the remaining 17 families.

Al Jazeera on Bil’in’s struggle for justice

Villagers taking their longstanding campaign against Israel’s wall to the courts.

Judge describes raid on Harkat’s home as ‘most intrusive’

Last month’s raid on accused terrorist Mohamed Harkat’s home by Canadian border agents was “the most intrusive,” a Federal Court judge said Wednesday.

Border agency supervisor admits she hadn’t read assessment of Harkat risk

The federal official in charge of monitoring Mohamed Harkat’s bail order has not read her own agency’s assessments of his threat level.

Government of Canada to amend Indian Act in wake of landmark BC ruling

The ruling stems from a civil law suit that Sharon McIvor launched in October 1989, in her bid to acquire Indian status for herself and her son. She claimed that section 6 of the Indian Act was discriminatory in that it treated the descendants of Indian women who married non-Indian men differently from the descendants of Indian men who married non-Indian women. Section 6 of the Indian Act contains the provisions which determine the eligibility of individuals for Indian status. These provisions are at the centre of the McIvor case.

Security certificate detainee Adil Charkaoui to speak in Fredericton

Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 pm
Renaissance College, 811 Charlotte St.

* To arrange interviews with Mr. Charkaoui while he is in Fredericton, call: 506 458-0163 or email info [at]

Adil Charkaoui, a Montreal teacher and father of three children, has been at the forefront of an important struggle for justice in Canada for over six years.

Arrested in 2003 under an immigration “security certificate”, Charkaoui spent two years in prison and four years under draconian conditions, pending a court hearing of his certificate which, to date, has never taken place. The interim conditions forced his mother or father to accompany him each time he left home, prevented him from using any phone except the one in his home, and imposed many other restrictions on him. All of that time, he has lived under the threat of deportation to Morocco, where Immigration Canada recognizes that he would be at risk of torture or death.

Charkaoui has never been charged with any crime nor had any trial whatsoever. Under the security certificate process, specific allegations and the information used against the detainee can be kept secret. In February 2007, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the security certificate legislation was unconstitutional, but left the law in place until February 2008, when Parliament ratified almost identical new security certificate legislation.

In February 2009, the Federal Court finally lifted most of the interim conditions imposed on Charkaoui. However, Charkaoui is still forced to wear a GPS-tracking bracelet. He also continues to live under the label of “suspected terrorist” – which has cost him his job and much else – and under the threat of deportation to torture. Charkaoui thus continues his struggle to clear his name and achieve justice in Canada.

Charkaoui is among five men in Canada who are subject to security certificates. Over the coming months, some of their cases will be reviewed in Federal Court under the new, but no less unjust, security certificate legislation.

Background information about Charkaoui:

This event is co-hosted by the Fredericton Peace Coalition and the Fredericton Islamic Association.

El Salvador: The Beginning of a New Era

Jay Hartling: On Monday, June 1, 2009, El Salvador will turn a new page in its history with the inauguration of the country’s first left government, joining the ranks of the majority of Latin America

Reign of immigration raids in Southern Ontario continues

Nine female migrant workers arrested in Leamington, Ontario

“No Guns!” – Mohawks vow to resist armed border guards

No One Is Illegal Montreal: Dawn is breaking on the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne, where local residents have protested for months to oppose the arming of Canadian Borders Services Agency (CBSA) guards on their territory. More than 50 protesters are maintaining a presence near the Canadian customs building on Cornwall Island. There are at least five fires burning to keep demonstrators warm. Many more residents and supporters are expected to be on-site as the morning progresses.

I asked her why she said Gaza is worse than the prison she worked in back in Pennsylvania

“I’ve done work in prison,” she said. “This is worse than being in prison. How people can be so cruel to other people– I don’t understand, I just don’t understand it. I can understand how people in the United States don’t know it’s as bad as it is. That’s because of the press, and we’re probably at this point the best hope these people have for getting the word out. I look on that as a really big responsibility. I don’t want to let them down. I’m not ready to leave.”