Six of ten workers do not receive EI benefits. A high number of claims are being rejected.
STATISTIC CANADA’S latest survey of workers across the country receiving Employment Insurance (EI) is for December 2012. In that month, across Canada, the number of workers receiving regular EI benefits fell for the third time in four months, down 8,300 (-1.6 per cent) to 517,000. According to Statistics Canada, the number of unemployed workers in January 2013 – one month later – was 1,322,800. This means that roughly 39 per cent of the unemployed workers in Canada receive EI benefits. Continue reading
Nazi recast as ‘a distinguished antifascist’
Editor’s note: This article has been updated on 2 March 2013 with the inclusion of the article “Reemerging Interest in the Southeast” (posted at end) containing additional information.
MUNICH (german-foreign-policy.com) – FOLLOWING THE SCANDAL of awarding a prize in honour of the Nazi propagandist, Rudolf Vogel, a state-financed German foreign policy organization has announced that it will assess its own history. Its president, Gernot Erler (SPD), declared that there may be a “continuity of personnel” between Nazi organizations and the Southeast Europe Association (Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft – SOG). In fact, influential Nazi personnel had participated in the founding of not only the SOG, but also of other German institutions involved in Southeast Europe. Years ago, high-ranking SOG officials had denied that Vogel had been involved in Nazi activities. Obviously, in full knowledge of West German media reports on Vogel’s work for Nazi propaganda, the SOG’s honourary president, for example, claimed that Vogel had been a “distinguished antifascist.” He also said that Vogel had discovered “his devotion to Southeast Europe” while he was stationed in Thessaloniki, where, as is known today, he worked as a “consultant with special expertise” – at the time when 50,000 Jews were being deported. The Southeast Europe Association describes itself as “one of the important pillars of External Cultural Politics” for the German government. Continue reading
(Press Release, February 18, 2013) – THE 2nd week of the 82nd Session of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) began today in Geneva Switzerland. Indigenous Peoples, the Canadian government and the world will be paying close attention to the CERD’s consideration of a submission from the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and the Mushkegowuk People of Attawapiskat First Nation in Canada filed last week under the CERD’s Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedures. Continue reading
Alternet – Click on this map, created by Lousiana State professor Sam B. Hillard, to see the rapid loss of land by the Native Americans – starting from when Columbus “discovered” the America and ending in 1895, when the First Nations retained only 2.3 per cent of their original land.
27 Palestinian journalists detained in the last two years by Zionist “democracy”
(23 February 2013) – The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today backed the call by its affiliate in Palestine, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS), which organised a protest in Ramallah to demand the release of their colleagues held by Israel.
The PJS organised the sit-in protest outside the Ofer detention center in east of Ramallah while an Israeli court held a hearing in the case of detained Palestinian journalist Amir Abu Arafah and cartoonist Muhammad Sabanah. Continue reading