Monthly Archives: November 2012

Condemn direct intervention of Canada Post executives in CUPW contract ratification process

TML Daily. The present neo-liberal direction of Canada Post that turns a public service over to private interests and uses technological developments to attack the rights of the working class is a matter of concern for all Canadians. 

WITHOUT ANY SCRUPLES, Canada Post executives have used their privileged positions in control of the publication of the company accounts to pressure postal workers to vote yes to the proposed neo-liberal concessionary collective agreement. The anti-worker diatribe in the 3rd quarter report says, “A failure to ratify could worsen Canada Post’s significant challenges and make aspects of the tentative agreements unaffordable.” Continue reading

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Roll-backs and concessions demanded by Canada Post are unsustainable

Postal workers fighting for their rights. Veteran postal worker LOUIS LANG, former president of the Ottawa Local, on the tentative agreement between Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and Canada Post.

AFTER Canada Post Corporation made a global offer in July 2012 and a Federal Court judge decided to exclude the government-appointed arbitrator in August, the corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) entered into discussions. No report was ever submitted to the workers about the contents of those discussions which went on for several weeks.

The end result is the tentative agreement which is now being voted on by CUPW locals across the country. Continue reading

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The language of ‘progress’: Oxford editor deleted thousands of words

Guardian, UK (27 November 2012) – An eminent former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary covertly deleted thousands of words because of their foreign origins and bizarrely blamed previous editors, according to claims in a book published this week.

Robert Burchfield’s efforts to rewrite the dictionary have been uncovered by Sarah Ogilvie, a linguist, lexicographer and former editor on the OED. Continue reading

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Operation ‘Pillar of Defence’ achieves nothing for Israel but international condemnation and disgrace

By NATHAN J. FREEMAN

FOLLOWING MORE THAN EIGHT DAYS of savage U.S.-backed Israeli aggression against the population of the Gaza Strip, a joint announcement came from U.S. Secretary State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr in Cairo just after 12:30 pm Eastern time Wednesday, November 21 that a ceasefire would be taking effect as of 2:00 pm Eastern.

Clinton’s phrasing of the ceasefire was revealing, exposing the shell-game that the Great Powers have been inflicting against the long-suffering Palestinians all along. She emphasized that this agreement “protects the regional security” of the Israelis while at the same time it merely “addresses the regional concerns” of the Palestinians. With these words, Clinton says the Palestinians are not deserving of security from Israeli siege, occupation and wanton acts of murder such as those unleashed during Operation Pillar of Defence. Continue reading

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Photo spread: No war in Gaza, no war criminals in Halifax

[Updated November 22] ON November 17, the fourth annual anti-war rally against the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) took place – becoming part of the global condemnation of Israeli war crimes against Gaza.

Several hundred participants, the largest ever, rallied at Peace & Freedom Park and then massed in front of the plush Halifax Westin Hotel where the NATO war conference was in its second day.

A vigorous contingent of Palestinian student youth led the action with numerous chants such as “Gaza Will Be Free!” and “Long Live the Struggle of the Palestinian People!” Continue reading

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2012 Halifax International Security Forum

Analysis of the agenda, emphasis, tactics and composition of the Halifax International Security Forum, 2009-2012

Protest against 2011 Halifax International Security Forum.

By TONY SEED

At the 2011 Halifax International Security Forum

ESTABLISHED four years ago, the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) is taking place November 16-18 at the Westin Hotel. Warmongers from as many as 50 countries are joining Peter MacKay and some 300 others at the Forum “to learn from each other, share opinions, generate new ideas, and put them into action.”

Once again this year, the organization No Harbour for War, joined by others, has come forward to say, “It is unacceptable that Halifax, or any Canadian city, be used as a venue to plan further crimes against the peace and the peoples of the world.” Continue reading

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The security of postal workers lies in their ability to fight for their rights

Mass picket of postal workers in New Glasgow, NS, June 11, 2010

Reject Canada Post blackmail to extort concessions!

LOUIS LANG on the tentative agreement between Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Canada Post

AFTER several weeks of secret negotiations a tentative agreement was reached between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). The union entered into discussion with the corporation under the threats of Final Offer Selection and other severe restrictions contained in the back-to-work legislation imposed by the Harper government. To make matters worse, the corporation put forward a new global offer with demands for additional concessions and roll-backs in July 2012. Continue reading

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Recommendations to Vote No – CUPW locals and regions

The tentative agreement between Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and Canada Post – Hamilton Local 548, Atlantic Region, Winnipeg, Vancouver

Demonstration in Halifax supporting locked-out postal workers on June 18th.A large PSAC banner says it all: “Attacks on the public sector – NO!; Public Service – YES!; All for One and One for All; Canadians Stand As One!”

 

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As election looms, many voters fear the process is compromised (excerpts)

By TONY PUGH, McClatchy Newspapers, November 2, 2012

ONLY DAYS BEFORE millions of Americans cast their ballots, a climate of suspicion hangs over Tuesday’s national elections.

Accusations of partisan dirty tricks and concerns about long voter lines, voting equipment failures and computer errors are rampant, particularly in key battleground states such as Ohio and Colorado, where absentee and provisional ballots could decide a close election. […] Continue reading

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The politics of hurricanes: The U.S. electoral fraud and a “coalition of centrists” in the making

IN THE WAKE of Hurricane Sandy, political pundits have been agog over the volte-face by New Jersey republican governor Chris Christie towards President Barack Obama, and the seeming shift in electoral polls in the week before the U.S. election due to the stage that the hurricane provided Obama “to look presidential.” The Vancouver Province headlined a CP article, “Political world abuzz over Obama/Christie bro-mance”(November 5). Gov. Christie “said Obama had been ‘outstanding,’ while tersely dismissing questions about when Romney might be welcome to come to New Jersey, as the president did, to survey the damage.” It seems that more than federal relief funds and hurricane gawking were at play. For the information of our readers, we are providing an incisive news analysis of the secret deal-making amongst the U.S. ruling factions in the wake of the superstorm from TML Weekly Information Project, which has published a complete edition on the U.S. electoral fraud.

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Obama or Romney: U.S. military spending to still eclipse the world

WASHINGTON (November 1, 2012) Ria Novosti – ONE OF the biggest issues in the 2012 US presidential campaign has been defence spending, as incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney battle over how much to spend on the American military. But the sheer amount the US spends on defence is a concept foreign to the rest of the world. Continue reading

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Argo: Hollywood as extension of CIA propaganda

THE MONOPOLY MEDIA rolled out the red carpet for the Hollywood film, Argo, the movie adaptation of the memoir published by ex-CIA operative Tony Mendez on the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7. It eulogized the cosmetic role of Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor, a common CIA operative and US cheerleader, fawned over actor-director Ben Affleck’s presence with predictable slavishness and adorned their websites with trailers and video clips. This of a movie which insults and denigrates an entire people.

Hollywood has played a dirty role in the smuggling of American spies from Iran during the early years of the popular anti-imperialist revolution in Iran. The latest movie, reviewed by ZAINAB CHEEMA and MAKSUD DJAVADOV,* shows the tight relationship between the CIA and Hollywood. That the Harper government suddenly and unilaterally severed diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran on the same day as this racist film’s world premier in Canada is hardly fortuitous. Both are uncivilized instruments of imperialist warmongering and must be condemned. – TS

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THE PRESIDENTIAL SEASON is moving apace, so sluggishly that even robo-Romney, the personality-challenged Republican candidate, is outshining the hapless Barack Obama. It is times like these when Hollywood must step in to ramp up the drama and adrenaline — the result is Pentagon-funded Argo, the movie adaptation of the memoir published by ex-CIA operative Tony Mendez on the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy exposes U.S. vulnerabilities to natural disasters

Crescent-Online* (November 2, 2012) – HURRICANE SANDY, a superstorm that formed in the Caribbean and lambasted the US East Coast after it came ashore on October 28. The storm had already claimed 71 lives in the Caribbean, caused 70 additional deaths in the United States, mostly in the New York and New Jersey region, as well as serious flooding in coastal regions of Nova Scotia and the town of Truro. Hurricane Sandy illustrated the vulnerability of US coastal cities, which are confronting climate change with aging infrastructure. Since the Reagan “revolution”, the US has been pouring taxpayer funds into wars in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America, rather than investing in public services and municipal infrastructure.

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