Monthly Archives: November 2009

Did Hillier’s ‘murderers and scumbags’ comment encourage Canadian arrests of innocent Afghans?

Reporting from the inaugural Halifax International Security Forum, BRUCE WARK* writes that Canadian General Rick Hillier avoided questions of his personal responsibility for the alleged torture of prisoners. In line with the warmongering agenda of the conference, Hillier and US Senator John McCain advocated that “US President Obama sends in thousands more troops to establish security.” Continue reading

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Realities collide at Halifax ‘War Conference’

Demonstrators marched through the downtown city streets from the rally at the Westin Hotel

ANTHONY FENTON of IPS reports on the gathering of the world’s top military elites inside a fortified hotel in Halifax to discuss NATO’s future at “what is being dubbed a World Economic Forum-style conference.” On the other hand, Haligonians condemned the organisation’s legitimacy, secrecy, and the lack of democratic debate about the increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan. “Most of the Forum’s agenda is off-the-record and closed to the media.” Continue reading

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Halifax War Conference: Canada out of Afghanistan, Canada out of NATO

November 21, 2009: Haligonians mount a vigorous protest against the First Halifax International Security Forum, funded by DND and ACOA.

By BRUCE WARK

HALIFAX (November 21, 2009) – ABOUT 200 protesters gathered in a park outside an international military conference in Halifax today to demand that Canada withdraw from Afghanistan and from NATO, the trans-Atlantic alliance that is waging war in Afghanistan. One demonstrator carried a sign reading “60 years is 60 years Too Long” referring to Canada’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the U.S.-led military alliance formed in 1949. Continue reading

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Haligonians oppose “Security Forum”

Press release issued by the Ad Hoc Committee to Oppose the Halifax War Conference, 18 November 2009

On November 20 and 21, an ad hoc committee of Haligonians and anti-war groups is holding public protests at the Westin Hotel to oppose the inaugural Halifax International Security Forum which they bluntly term the “Halifax War Conference.” They plan a mass picket at its opening on Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm and an anti war rally on Saturday at Cornwallis Park at 1:00 pm. Continue reading

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Agenda of Halifax International Security Forum

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The Viking at the Head of NATO

– Sven Tarp, International Secretary, Danish Communist Party

(November 14, 2009) – ON AUGUST 1st, the former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen took over his new job as Secretary General of NATO. The Danish people know him very well, but many international friends have asked us who he is and what they can expect from him.

The function as Secretary General of NATO is a political function that always and exclusively is offered to a person with a long and faithful career serving the most sinister imperialist interests. The Spanish people know the example of Javier Solana, and in this respect Fogh Rasmussen is no exception. He deserves more than anybody his new job and we should therefore not expect anything good from him. Continue reading

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