The Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada and the Hunger Strike Support Committee today released a document illustrating the extent to which Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day is either terribly ill-informed, poorly briefed, or just downright dishonest when it comes to the life-and-death hunger strike now at day 74 for Mohammad Mahjoub, Day 63 for Mahmoud Jaballah and Hassan Almrei. The three are held at the Kingston Immigration Holding Centre, also known as Guantanamo North.
UBC Liu Institute’s latest Human Security Bulletin issue discusses the problems of delivering Canadian aid in Afghanistan.
“More than 700 heavily armed blue-helmeted troops from seven countries participated in the pre-dawn raid on Port-au-Prince’s sprawling Cite Soleil slum, entering the shantytown in armored vehicles and on foot as UN helicopters circled above.”
Including the likes of Inco, Barrick, Glamis, Goldcorp, Gildan, and SNC Lavalin.
“The Harper government’s line has been that if you question the war, you’re unpatriotic,” Laxer says. “It’s the lowest form of wartime propaganda.”
Prof. James Laxer’s report can be downloaded here: Mission of Folly: Why Canada should bring its troops now from Afghanistan
On Friday, February 2, 2007, members of the Surge Protection Brigade in Portland, Oregon successfully blocked entrance to the Army/Marine Recruiting office on NE Broadway for two and a half hours. Emphasizing that many of them are grandmothers, they arrived at 7:45 AM with their rocking chairs. They rocked and stood in front of the three doors of the office, denying entrance to two recruiters and several visitors. At one point, frustrated recruiters physically pushed two of the protesters aside to squeeze through the back door. When two recruiters left to get breakfast they were denied re-entry and the accompanying police officer told them they would have to wait outside.
Kevin Skerrett & Yves Engler: Canadians of conscience who pay attention to Haiti continue to be ashamed of what is being done in our name.
Join Women in Black, Haiti Action Fredericton and the Fredericton Peace Coalition in marking the international day of solidarity with Haiti at the regularly scheduled WIB time on Friday, Feb 9 at 12 noon, Fredericton City Hall. All welcome.
“Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema sent a protest letter to six allied countries Tuesday, accusing them of interfering in Italian affairs with their public appeal for Rome to keep its troops in Afghanistan.”
” Prodi said Italian troops will stay in Afghanistan, and pledged to boost civilian aid and diplomatic action there, a key demand by far leftists who oppose the military mission.”