Monthly Archives: December 2004

George W Bush ‘visit’ – Chronicle Herald’s demonization of peace demonstrators

“The demonstrators’ estimation of Bush was inconsequential to the picture that was painted of the demonstrators” | KIM PETERSEN*

HALIFAX (5 December 2004) – THE CANADIAN MEDIA who were so indignant when US President Bush failed to acknowledge Canada as a steadfast partner following 9-11, who dutifully reported the undiplomatic tirades of US Ambassador Paul Cellucci when Canada didn’t obey imperial dictates from Washington, were lapping up the scraps of gratitude that Bush tossed Canada’s way three years later. Continue reading

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The return of PSYOPS

Media-CulpaU.S.military’s media manipulation in advance of the recent attack on Fallujah demands more investigation, says FAIR, the media watchdog group

THE Los Angeles Times revealed this week (12/1/04) that the U.S. military lied to CNN in the course of executing psychological warfare operations, or PSYOPS, in advance of the recent attack on Fallujah. This incident raises serious questions about government disinformation and journalistic credibility, but recent discussions of the government’s propaganda plans have excluded some valuable context. Continue reading

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George W Bush ‘visit’ – Why give a warm greeting to someone who used 9/11 as a pretext for illegal war?

By BRUCE WARK*

HALIFAX (2 December 2004) – I WONDER if George Bush Jr. knows how much he’s done for the Halifax Peace Coalition. Instead of a handful of people holding vigils to protest against the war in Iraq, thousands took to the streets when Bush blew into town this week. One group of protesters pushed a 1989 Buick Century to Cornwallis Park just before Bush was scheduled to speak at nearby Pier 21. A yellow plywood “Smush Bush” sign was fastened like a plough over the front bumper. Twenty-three year old Fenn Martin, who steered the Smushmobile, said he was just trying to show that Halifax did not welcome the American Commander-in-Chief. “We do not support his actions. I think he’s a terrorist and a war criminal,” the NSCAD student declared. “This is my plough. We’re going to plough him right out of here.” Continue reading

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George W Bush ‘visit’ – Securing Canadian political obeisance

Halifax Greets Bush | KIM PETERSEN*

HALIFAX (2 December 2004) – On Tuesday, 30 November, approximately 800 people gathered in a downtown Canadian park in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to hold a mock trial of US President George W. Bush. Following the proceeding, Bush was pronounced guilty of crimes against humanity and crimes against the earth.

The next morning, 1 December, Bush arrived in Halifax, cynically guised to deliver belated thanks for the role of Maritime Canadians in assisting stranded US passengers during the trauma of 9-11. (1) Shortly after 9-11, Bush expressed appreciation to a list of countries excluding Canada. A number of Canadians felt slighted by the omission. Continue reading

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Word. US President discusses ‘strong relationship’ with Canada 

Transcript of speech by George W Bush, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1 December 2004. Continue reading

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George W Bush ‘visit’: Defend Cuba!

2004.12.01.Isaac speaks

Speech delivered by ISAAC SANEY of the Nova Scotia Cuba Association to the demonstration against Bush’s “visit” to Canada. Banner declares, “He’s not welcome in Halifax!” Continue reading

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