Monthly Archives: March 2013

US state-sponsored ‘news’: ‘I received orders to manipulate news to demonize Syria and Iran’

Ex-CNN reporter: I received orders to manipulate news to demonize Syria and Iran

Amber Lyon on CNN, commenting on the March 2011 repression in Bahrain

Amber Lyon on CNN, commenting on the March 2011 repression in Bahrain

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported from Prague on March 30 that ex-CNN on-air correspondent reporter Amber Lyon had revealed that “during her work for the channel she received orders to send false news and exclude some others which the US administration did not favour with the aim to create a public opinion in favour of launching an aggression on Iran and Syria.” Continue reading

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Bitter legacy of US ‘liberation’ of Iraq

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the US-allied invasion and occupation of Iraq. The attack was launched on a complete lie. While the Americans have gone, writes the respected Toronto journalist ZAFAR BANGASH*, the legacy of toxic weapons they used is affecting Iraqi civilians in horrible ways, while politically the twin cards of sectarianism and Kurdish nationalism are being used from outside as part of a covert program to infirm and split Iraq.

ON THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY of their country’s invasion and occupation by the US, Iraqis can be forgiven if they do not see the benefits of “liberation” even if American troops have left. The Americans left behind a bitter legacy of devastation, killings and destruction. Prior to US troop withdrawal in December 2011, the Americans had hoped for a deal that would allow some of their forces to remain in Iraq. In anticipation, the US built the largest embassy in the world, complete with nuclear bomb-proof bunkers, in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. The agreement fell through because the Iraqi government refused to grant immunity to American soldiers if they committed crimes in Iraq. America would not allow its soldiers to be prosecuted in foreign courts even if they are guilty of the most heinous crimes. Continue reading

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Flashback: Global Day of Action – Halifax rally condemns U.S.-led aggression against Iraq

On Saturday, March 22, over 3,000 people in Halifax again demonstrated against the war on Iraq in open sympathy with the Iraqi people

On Saturday, March 22, over 3,000 people in Halifax again demonstrated against the war on Iraq in open sympathy with the Iraqi people

From our archives: ten years ago today, Canadians massively responded as part of the powerful determination of the world’s people to condemn and oppose the Anglo-American war of aggression against Iraq. This Global Day of Action involved over fifteen million people worldwide, including over 50,000 in Toronto and over 200,000 people in Montreal – “an ocean of people against the war” – at the time the largest political demonstration in the history of Québec and larger than any demonstration in the United States.

By TONY SEED

(Halifax, March 22, 2003) – ON MARCH 22, the people of Halifax joined people across Canada and around the world to demand that the U.S.-led aggression against Iraq be stopped immediately. More than 3,000 people from all walks of life gathered at the Halifax Commons before marching through the streets of the provincial capital to the U.S. consulate. The flags of Palestine and Iraq were held high and cheered by the crowds as people chanted slogans in support of the growing global revolt against the American war machine. In the heart of the march, behind a giant Iraqi flag proudly held aloft by Iraqi Canadians, different political groups and their supporters gathered together on the basis of Unity in Action to vigorously shout anti-imperialist, anti-war slogans as one. Continue reading

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American social mobility is a myth

You can be anything you want to be – heartwarming U.S. folk saying

Business Insider – A STUDY released in March by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco reports that nearly half (44 per cent) of American adults who are in the bottom 20 per cent in income were born to parents who were also in the bottom 20 per cent; nearly half (45 per cent) of adults in the top 20 per cent had parents who were also in the top 20 per cent. Most Americans who were born in the middle 60 per cent had parents who were also born in the middle 60 per cent.

If you were born in the bottom 20 per cent, your chances of ending up in the top 20 per cent are about one in 20 – or 5 per cent.

If you were born in the top 20 per cent, your chances of ending up in the bottom 20 per cent are about one in 20 – or 5 per cent.

Courtesy Undernews

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In Memoriam: Dacajeweiah, Splitting-the-Sky

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January 7, 1952 – March 13, 2013

On March 13, Dacajeweiah, Splitting-the-Sky, 61, left us forever when he passed away in his home in Adams Lake, British Columbia. Dac’s colonial name was John Boncore Hill, from Six Nations. “From Attica to Gustafsen Lake,” and thereafter, he was a warrior, a comrade, a friend.

We deeply mourn his loss.

The family will release a biographical statement and details of memorial arrangements in due course. With deepest love to his wife and soul-mate, She-Keeps-the-Door, and children. We stand with Dac’s many many co-fighters and friends.

TML Daily, March 18, 2013

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Condemn Toronto Star’s scandalous scare-mongering on Cuba

100522-TorontoCubaSolidarity-07-cropTHE Toronto Star and El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language sister publication of the Miami Herald, have conspired to publish a sensationalist series on “sex tourism” to Cuba. The series began precisely one month to the day following the “visit” by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to Cuba on February 15, 2013 and his provocative meeting with “dissidents”. “He pledged Canada’s support for efforts to secure freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” his department said at the time in a release, “in the only remaining Communist country in the Western hemisphere.”

Now the “dissidents” have emerged, writes ANDREW BRETT*, to form the main “source” for the Toronto-Miami media disinformation blaming the Cuban people and government, who are the victims, for “sex tourism.” Far from being a coincidence, the series serves the agenda of the Harper government of political destabilization and isolation of all opposition to imperialist dictate in the Americas. 

The Star also writes: “Although Canada has had a law against abusing children abroad since 1997, it is undermined by the inability of law enforcement officials to monitor sexual offenders as they slip out of the country.” Thus, under the banner of high ideals, it furnishes the Harper Government the pretext to collect information on all those Canadians travelling to the independent Socialist Republic of Cuba. – Tony Seed

Toronto Star makes up facts in exposé of sex tourism in Cuba

“THERE is truly no prostitution healthier than Cuba’s,” said Fidel Castro in 1992. Or so claims the Toronto Star. But did he really?

Not at all. Castro actually said, “There is truly no tourism healthier than Cuba’s.

This just scratches the surface of the fact-free reporting of the Star in its new series The Ugly Canadians, an exposé of a supposed epidemic of Canadians travelling to Cuba for child sex tourism. Continue reading

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‘Making the desert bloom’ – Israeli forces destroy Palestinian village for the 48th time

Bedouin wooden shelters and tents demolished for 48th time.Middle East Monitor – ISRAELI bulldozers have destroyed the homes of Palestinian Bedouin living in Al-Araqeeb village in the Negev Desert for the 48th time. According to Israeli officials, the Bedouin live in the village illegally and they are planning to evacuate them to Al-Sofaraa Park, a project supported by pro-Israel and Western organisations.

After their wooden shelters and tents have been demolished, the Bedouin always rebuild them. They have lived in this miserable situation for years.

The Islamic Movement in Israel said that such actions by the government would not deter Palestinians from clinging to their land. A spokesperson for the movement called on the Bedouin to use all possible means to stay on their land and not to allow the Israelis to carry out their plans. Israel’s policy is regarded as ongoing ethnic cleansing to remove Palestinians from as much of their land as possible.

“The Israeli government moves Palestinian citizens from their land under the pretext of improving their lives,” said the Islamic Movement. “However, this is an entirely false premise.”

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