Monthly Archives: January 2003

Clearing the Waters – A documentary about resistance in Nova Scotia’s inshore fishery

Long line fisherman Fred Sears, sits chained to a spreader on a mast on the Bluenose 2 in Halifax. The Shelburne, NS, fisherman and his colleagues are protesting the death of the small boat fishery, which they say is being destroyed by the corporate trawler fleet | Tim Krochak

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Northern Command: Arrangements for improving military integration and rule

(29 January 2003) – DAILY MEETINGS run by Air Force General Ralph E. Eberhart now include 14 federal agencies “that otherwise rarely answer directly to the Pentagon,” The New York Times reports. General Eberhart is commander of the military’s recently established Northern Command or NorthCom, a combat command responsible for military activity inside the US, and in Canada, Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico. The 14 agencies have permanent representatives to NorthCom. They include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the State Department, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). According to The Times, they “meet to debate how the Pentagon should respond if terrorists strike again in the United States.” Continue reading

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Dossier on Palestine – A Land, a People

Dossier-on-Palestine.coverA BOOK-LENGTH SPECIAL EDITION, Dossier on Palestine, from the editors of Nova Scotia’s Shunpiking magazine is already being acclaimed as the only publication of its kind in North America on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This original work is compiled with a host of excellent articles, ranging from up-to-date first person reporting from journalists, front-line doctors and activists to commentaries and in-depth essays on the situation. With unusual force and compelling effectiveness, this material brings stubborn fact and compassion at a decisive historical moment. Between its covers, a brilliantly diverse, enraging and engaging investigation of the latest Palestinian uprising unfolds, rich in essential insights. Continue reading

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Charade in Havana: Documents show Canadian diplomats gathered intelligence about Cuba for the U.S.

He who plunders … always lives in terror

By ISABEL VINCENT, National Post

(January 25, 2003) – AT THE HEIGHT of the Cold War in 1963, a junior Canadian diplomat stationed in Havana set off on a sensitive intelligence-gathering mission, armed only with a pencil and a sketchbook. Continue reading

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Canadian military offers 3,000 troops to invade Iraq

UncleSam_200“Putting everything on the table” – revelations in the media concerning the extent of the preparations for war by the “military planners” of the Canadian Forces. In this regard, it may be significant to note the tactics which the U.S. is using on Canada. According to the National Post, “US military planners appear to have had it with Ottawa’s dithering, and are taking out their displeasure on Canadian soldiers stationed at the US army’s Florida-based headquarters for Middle East operations … our officers will be excluded from war games and meetings related to Iraq.” But such revelations do not explain why Canadian solders are stationed there in the first place, nor why “military planners” have capitulated to the Pentagon nor why the Canadian government should capitulate to the U.S. if its stand for peace is as principled as it claims. Continue reading

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Opposing the war is a matter of conscience

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By SANDRA L. SMITH*

JaniceACTON.CdnConscienceWHAT prompted Canada to give the U.S. the “statement of support” it demanded to launch aggression against Iraq? Canadian opposition to Bush’s war is so widespread that even Liberal MPs admit that their constituency offices are flooded with calls and e-mails from their own Liberal supporters enraged by Canada’s announcement that it is prepared to join Bush’s war without UN sanction.

While these MPs claim to oppose Canada’s participation in such a war, the Canadian working class and people must be very clear that every conceivable argument is being put forward to conciliate with Bush’s war. One Liberal MP who claims to oppose going to war says it can only be justified “in two extreme cases”: if the UN is deadlocked and thereby unable to make a decision, and if there is indisputable proof that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. Continue reading

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Halifax Political Forums – a weekly political-academic discussion series

“Peace and Nations in the 21st Century: Understanding the Causes of War”

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Public Forums in Halifax every Wednesday evening, 7pm, on the theme “Peace and Nations in the 21st Century: Understanding the Causes of War,” from January 29 to April 2, 2003

PLACE: Dalhousie Student Union Building, 6136 University Ave., Halifax. Room: check at front desk.

January 29: Why Iraq?! Weapons of Mass Destruction? Regime Change? Oil? U.S. dictate? – Isaac Saney, Henson College, Dalhousie University. Specialist in international political economy; author Cuba: Revolution in Motion (forthcoming from Zed/Fernwood, fall 2003) Continue reading

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Halifax People’s Voice resumes publication

ON THE occasion of the January 17-19 International Days of Action Against War on Iraq, the People’s Front-Halifax relaunched its newsbulletin Halifax People’s Voice, which appeared regularly through the 1980s. The six-page-bulletin highlighted the Canada for Peace Petition Campaign, announced the launching of weekly political forums to be held every Wednesday until mid-April on the theme “Peace and Nations in the 21st Century: Understanding the Causes of War” and opposed the concrete war preparations taking place in Halifax, whose harbour is a strategic U.S. and NATO port. Continue reading

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Atlantic Canada marches against Bush’s war (I)

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By TONY SEED

HALIFAX (19 January 2003) – ON JANUARY 18, over 2,000 Haligonians demonstrated in -6 degrees Celsius to join the millions of people in action worldwide to say NO to a war on Iraq. Continue reading

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End the illegal occupation of Palestine!

By TONY SEED*

Demonstration on Palestinian Land Day, 30 March 2002, Halifax, NS

HALIFAX (January, 2003) – IN THE NAME of regime change and democracy, George Bush declares that it is open season on the sovereignty of Iraq and its people. He gives himself and the United States the right to use U.S. might to crush Iraq and institute regime change, all under the pretext that Iraq has violated United Nations resolutions and is a threat. Continue reading

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Canada must not commit crimes against the peace! NO TO BUSH’S WAR!

WARonIRAQheader— Statement of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), January 17, 2003 —

Scene from anti-war demonstration in Halifax on Saturday, January 18 as part of the Global Day of Action

Scene from anti-war demonstration in Halifax on Saturday, January 18 as part of the Global Day of Action

FOLLOWING the defeat of the Nazi-fascist forces in World War Two, the United Nations was founded “to maintain international peace and security,” “to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace” and “to bring about by peaceful means” for the settlement of international disputes. The UN Charter declares its founding as necessary “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” When the Nuremberg Trials took place, “crimes against the peace” were declared to be even worse than atrocities committed in the course of war. Continue reading

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Canadian soldiers must not let it pass

By TONY SEED*

HALIFAX (January 17, 2003) – A VERY SERIOUS problem faces the personnel of the Canadian Forces as with all Canadians: the new agreement of the government to allow US troops to enter Canada and Canadian troops to enter the United States. Continue reading

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The issue regarding Iraq

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By TONY SEED

WHAT IS THE ISSUE REGARDING IRAQ? The U.S. imperialists, their camp followers and the media would have it that the issue is whether there exists concrete evidence that Iraq has “weapons of mass destruction.” If so, the rhetoric goes, then Iraq is in violation of resolutions passed by the United Nations, is a danger to the rest of the world, and should be militarily attacked by the U.S. and whoever else wishes to participate. One hoped-for consequence of such an attack is the overthrow or even death of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Strangely, all the reasons that the U.S. trots out as justifications for attacking Iraq could be used as justification for attacking the United States. Continue reading

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The Korean Peninsula crisis: Who is to blame?

By ISAAC SANEY*

AN EXTREMELY dangerous situation is developing on the Korean peninsula. Coupled with these ongoing events is the torrent of deliberate disinformation unleashed by the Bush administration, demonizing the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) a commonly referred to as North Korea a as paranoid, irrational, mendacious, belligerent and untrustworthy: in short, an imminent threat to world peace. However, when a serious and sober appraisal of the situation is undertaken it becomes quite clear where the danger lies, what is the source of the danger and who is the real threat to peace. Continue reading

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No harbour for ‘military zones’

By TONY SEED*

First of a series on Canada’s involvement in the Iraq war

HALIFAX (17 January 2003) – IT IS A dangerous situation indeed when the Canadian government and major media make themselves instruments of war preparations, repeating outright lies as if they were facts. One of these is that the Canadian government designated by Order-in-Council on 31 October 2002 the harbour of Halifax and the British Columbia naval bases at Nanoose and Esquimalt “military security zones” as a measure to “fight terrorism.” In fact, these zones give extraordinary and unlimited powers to the Minister of Defence and are a prelude towards establishing martial law to protect American warships and troops in Canadian harbours and waters. All the laws of the country and provisions of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are suspended in these zones. They do not even have to be pubicly announced. Continue reading

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