Monthly Archives: February 2007

US navy’s latest lethal creation

Bush – Another Aggressive Act Against the World

By LUIS ALBERTO CHIRINO, ACN Special Service

(February 20, 2007) – WHILE US soldiers continue dying in Iraq and Washington cuts its social spending, the US Navy is launching one of its most powerful destroyers at a cost of $1 billion USD. Continue reading

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Politics of assassination – Belgium admits murdering Lumumba

HALIFAX (February 10, 2007) – On February 5, Belgium expressed “sincere regrets” for the role it played in the Cold War assassination of revolutionary nationalist Patrice Lumumba, the first Prime Minister of Congo, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported. “Mr. Lumumba, a key figure in Congo’s liberation from 75 years of Belgian rule, was overthrown after just four months in office. He was killed in detention shortly afterward at the age of 35,” AFP reported. “A Belgian commission of inquiry that finished its work in November heard testimony that the assassination could not have been carried out without the complicity of Belgian officers backed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency,” AFP wrote.

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Militarization of Canadian Ports: No Harbour for War!

By TONY SEED

AN IMPORTANT FEATURE of the Marine Transportation Security Regulations implemented by executive order on 16 November 2006 is the militarization of the Canadian ports. Federal Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon also announced $42 million in funding for 386 security projects at 101 marine facilities across the country. Details of the projects were kept under wraps.

Much of the funding for marine security goes to the military and the RCMP. A total of $115 million has been earmarked over five years to “modernize” security systems at Canada’s ports. Continue reading

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Militarization of Canadian ports: Violation of rights of Maritime workers and annexation in the name of ‘security’

By TONY SEED

REPRESENTATIVES of Canadian maritime port workers have denounced draconian “security” measures aimed at criminalizing their rights. Under the aegis of the “war on terror” of the Bush administration, the federal government announced by executive order on 16 November 2006 that maritime port workers in Canada will be required to pass background checks. News agency reports are vague about both the origin of the demand and the content of the new Marine Transportation Security Regulations. Continue reading

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Militarization of Canadian Ports: Concerns of Canadian Maritime Workers Council on Marine Transportation Safety Regulations

For Your Information

TML is posting below excerpts from a letter dated August 30, 2006 from the Canadian Maritime Workers Council to Ms. Joanne St-Onge, Director, Marine Security Regulatory Affairs, Department of Transport.

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Dear Ms. St-Onge,

This letter contains comments on proposed Regulations Amending the Marine Transportation Security Regulations. Continue reading

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