Monthly Archives: March 2002

Caribops: Ship the navy out of Vieques

Why a 33,000-acre island should be preserved

By JONATHAN SUROVELL*

Shunpiking Magazine, Volume 6, No. 32, March 2002

(HALIFAX) – ON JANUARY 14, under the cloak of media silence, Canada was again drawn into a conflict beyond its jurisdiction: the conflict in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Again, our government’s official policy is on the wrong side.

Vieques has been a US military base for 59 years, and is the site of yearly military exercises by NATO’s immediate-reaction naval force. This use is in clear violation of the aspirations and rights of the inhabitants. Continue reading

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NATO exercises threaten Northern and Eastern Europe

(19 March 2002) – A MAJOR MILITARY exercise called Strong Resolve 2002 was staged in Norway and Poland from March 1-15. Baltic states, the Ukraine and Uzbekistan participated in the “NATO international exercise” on Polish territory, practising co-ordination of troop action during “peacekeeping” operations and in and around Norway simulating “defending NATO against attack.” Continue reading

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No Harbour for War: Exercise Royal Guard in Halifax harbour

Harbour will again be invaded – by US agents, some reportedly CIA-trained, posing as “customs officers” and assigned to interfere with cargo-handling in the port under the pretext of protecting the world from the danger of “nukes in a box.” | GARY ZATZMAN Continue reading

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Canada’s transport infrastructure taken hostage

The U.S. Customs Service is sending “special agents” to the ports of Halifax, Montreal and Vancouver. GARY ZATZMAN

HALIFAX (19 March 2002) – More than 40 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) derives from exports, and more than 85 per cent of that is with the United States. With their road-rail links and container-handling facilities, the ports of Halifax, Montreal and Vancouver play an especially crucial role in providing essential transportation infrastructure. As of March 25, the US Customs Service is sending “special agents” to each location to monitor cargo handling in the name of stepping up the so-called “war against terrorism” of the Bush administration. Continue reading

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