Monthly Archives: February 2013

Day of Action demands justice for the unemployed

Thousands of workers give resounding NO! to anti-social changes to Employment Insurance. The theme of the Day of Action was “Harper, NO! All Out to Block the Reforms!” 

Head of the demonstration in Montreal on February 23

Scene from the demonstration in Ottawa on February 23

(TML Daily) – On February 23, close to 20,000 people took part in demonstrations across Quebec to demand the immediate repeal of the anti-social changes of the Harper government to the employment insurance program, with other actions in New Brunswick, Ottawa and at the constituency office of Harper’s Minister of Anti-Human Resources Diane Finley in Simcoe, Ontario. Continue reading

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Number of workers receiving EI falls

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

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Germany: a ‘continuity of personnel’ between Nazi organizations and today

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 ( – 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

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Urgent action filed at UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination

(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

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Graphic details. A map of destruction – US theft of Native American land

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.

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Harper’s EI changes: Demand 
a new direction 
for the economy!

February 23 – Day of Action Against Anti-Social Changes to Employment Insurance

“For a just and universal EI system”

“For a just and universal EI system”

THE HARPER DICTATORSHIP’S CUTS to Employment Insurance are another assault on the right to be. The most vulnerable are workers in the regions and small towns where moving to a job means going to a big city or far away to resource extraction boom camps. That workers are forced to defend the pittance of Employment Insurance shows that the economy serves a privileged wealthy minority and not the people and society. That workers are threatened with a denial of EI forcing them to leave their hometowns is a sign that this economy is in need of renewal with a new pro-social direction. Continue reading

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Palestinian journalists in Israeli detention

27 Palestinian journalists detained in the last two years by Zionist “democracy”

Palestinian journalists icon(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

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