“So we know President Bush the man. And what President Clinton said is absolutely true — to know the man is to like the man, because he’s comfortable in his own skin. He knows who he is. He doesn’t put on any pretenses. He takes his job seriously, but he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He is a good man.” Barack Obama, speaking at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library, April 25, 2013 Continue reading
Monthly Archives: April 2013
Harper dictatorship: More sweeping powers for security agencies to engage in black ops and act with impunity
Combating Terrorism Act receives Royal Assent. The alleged ‘Via Rail plot’ or the so-called U.S.-Canadian Operation Smooth “served to divert attention from the sweeping arbitrary and secret powers the Harper dictatorship has given Canadian and U.S. security authorities,” notes the TML Weekly Information Project in a special edition exposing state terrorism.
ON APRIL 24 Bill S-7, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act and the Security of Information Act, also known as the Combating Terrorism Act, was passed by the Harper government with the support of the Liberals by a vote of 183 to 93. Because it was first introduced in the Senate rather than the House of Commons, it was not required to return to the Senate for review. The next day it received Royal Assent and became law.
The final reading debate on the legislation on April 22 was accompanied by the Harper dictatorship’s announcement that Canadian authorities, working closely with the FBI, had arrested two men suspected of conspiring to derail a Via Rail train on a section of train track between Toronto and New York. In this way the stage was set for a debate in the media on the obvious coincidence of the timing of the alleged plot and to justify the legislation. All of it has also served to divert attention from the sweeping arbitrary and secret powers the Harper dictatorship has given Canadian and U.S. security authorities. Continue reading
The precious timing of the U.S.-Canadian Operation Smooth (the alleged “Via Rail plot”) with its rehearsed modus operandi is also aimed at creating a racist fear climate, writes PHILIP FERNANDEZ in an edition of TML Weekly Information Project devoted to state terrorism.
ON APRIL 22, right at the time when Parliament was set to debate Bill S-7, the Combating Terrorism Act, the RCMP announced that working closely with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other U.S. secret police, it had foiled an alleged Iran-based al-Qaeda cell which had planned to bomb a VIA train on the Toronto-New York line. Two men, 30-year-old Chiheb Esseghair, a Tunisian-born resident and doctoral student, and 35-year-old Raed Jaser, a Palestinian national living in Canada for about two decades, were arrested. The RCMP admitted at the press conference that there were no definite plans for these attacks, but that they had been monitoring these two men since August of last year and that these individuals were “planning” such an attack. Continue reading
Citizens for Legitimate Government – THE official number of hunger strikers in its detention centre in the illegally-occupied Guantánamo Naval Base reached 100 on Saturday — three more than the day before. Twenty of the detainees are receiving enteral feeds, five of whom are being observed in a detainee hospital. Lawyers for the detainees contest the official numbers, saying that some 130 prisoners are actually taking part in the protest. The hunger strike began around February 6, when detainees claimed prison officials searched their copies of the Koran for contraband, according to their attorneys. Prisoners are also protesting their extrajudicial incarceration at the prison.
- Study says chemical residues linked to disease
- Roundup developer Monsanto says glyphosate is safe
- Researchers say more study is needed
By CAREY GILLAM
April 25 (Reuters) – HEAVY USE of the world’s most popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson’s, infertility and cancers, according to a new study.
The peer-reviewed report, published last week in the scientific journal Entropy, said evidence indicates that residues of “glyphosate,” the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, which is sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has been found in food. Continue reading
“Canadian Armed Forces achieve objectives during high Arctic operation” – without stating the “objective.” The vast ice caps of the Arctic hide an estimated seven per cent of the world’s oil and 33 per cent of its gas reserves. It is both a strategic sea route to bypass the Panama Canal to Asia and the staging area for war against Russia, part of the “emergency preparedness” program of the NATO bloc. The Harper government is developing a network of military sites to stockpile equipment and move troops and gear quickly into the region. The locations of the main hubs are to be Iqaluit, Yellowknife, Resolute Bay and Inuvik. The military hopes to have the sites in place by 2018.
RESOLUTE BAY, NUNAVUT–(Marketwired – April 24, 2013) – Operation Nunalivut 2013, one of the major sovereignty operations conducted every year by the Canadian Armed Forces in the High Arctic, concluded today with a closing ceremony and parade at Task Force Nunalivut Headquarters in Resolute Bay. Continue reading
(Updated April 24) YESTERDAY MORNING a U.S registered fishing trawler tried to reel in a Canadian warship, the HMCS Winnipeg. One problem. It was docked at CFB Esquimalt’s “C” jetty, the remote naval base on Vancouver Island. The Canadian government designated by Order-in-Council on 31 October 2002 the harbour of Halifax and the British Columbia naval bases at Nanoose and Esquimalt “military security zones” as a measure to “fight terrorism.” 
Without explaining why the huge U.S. vesssel, aptly named American Dynasty, was there in the first place, the Victoria Times Colonist – portraying the “accident” as a bizarre incident – reports: Continue reading
BBC – EIGHTY-FOUR of the 166 prisoners held at the U.S. detention centre in the illegally-occupied Guantánamo Naval Base are now on hunger strike, U.S. military officials admit. “The prisoners are protesting against their indefinite detention. Most are being held without charge. Sixteen of the 84 prisoners are being force-fed and five are being treated in hospital. None has a life-threatening condition, according to the military. The hunger strike started in February and has grown rapidly in recent weeks. The number of strikers last Wednesday was 52 and by Friday had reached 63.”
UNITED NATIONS.— The United Nations has criticized the U.S. government for maintaining its detention centre in the illegally-occupied Guantánamo Naval Base, despite assurances it would be closed. In addition, it called on Washington to allow a UN Human Rights Commission delegation to visit the prison, with free and open access and the possibility of speaking in private with the prisoners. Continue reading
Saturday, April 20 – 6:30 pm
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St.
Free admission — donations appreciated.
An evening of solidarity with Adriana Perez – the wife of Gerardo Hernandez, one of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in the U.S.A. since 1998. Continue reading
By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR*
IT’S nearing dusk on November 26, 2010. More than 25,000 people have gathered in a light rain at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland, Oregon to watch the annual lighting of the holiday tree, a 100-foot-tall Douglas-fir logged from the Willamette National Forest. Three men in a nearby hotel room have just finished eating a take-out pizza. The TV turned to a local news channel, which is covering holiday celebration. The men spread towels on the floor and say an Islamic prayer, asking that Allah bless their operation. The men pat each other on the back, leave the room and walk to their vehicle, a white van. Continue reading
Alternet – The New York Times reported that 76 per cent of American university faculty are adjunct professors – an all-time high. Unlike tenured faculty, whose annual salaries can top $160,000, adjunct professors make an average of $2,700 per course and receive no health care or other benefits. Most adjuncts teach at multiple universities while still not making enough to stay above the poverty line. Some are on welfare or homeless. Others depend on charity drives held by their peers. Adjuncts are generally not allowed to have offices or participate in faculty meetings. When they ask for a living wage or benefits, they can be fired. Their contingent status allows them no recourse.
February 20, 1945–April 6, 2013
ON APRIL 6, Robert Ritchie Oakley, 68, left us forever when he passed away in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ritchie was a well-known Maritimes musician, band leader, and a longtime friend and colleague. His life was rich, reflecting the work and persistent struggle for a livelihood of a cultural worker and talented music producer who refused to be moulded by the stamp of the official establishment in the service of U.S. cultural domination; he came to affirm the dignity of Maritimes and Canadian cultural creators and indeed of the working people against the heartlessness and soullessness prevailing in this sphere of society and in turn was victimized by its cultural cabal, mainly through a wall of silence. Nevertheless, Ritchie Oakley’s creative talent and body of work was such that in 1995, the Nova Scotia Country Music Association honoured Ritchie as songwriter of the year and instrumentalist of the year. In 1998 the Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia named him producer of the year. In 2008, the East Coast Music Awards designated him one of the winners of the Stompin’ Tom Awards, tributes bestowed for “unsung heroes” of Atlantic Canadian music. Continue reading
By PEGGY MORTON*
We are posting below Part Two of “Tom Flanagan’s Last Stand” by Peggy Morton from TML Daily. For Part One please click here.
TOM FLANAGAN made his last stand in Lethbridge on traditional Blackfoot territory, putting an end to his career as a political pundit. But the influence of the Calgary School remains with Stephen Harper at the head of the dictatorship ruling Canada on behalf of the monopolies. The Calgary School is a group of neo-liberal academics from the University of Calgary’s political science, economics and history departments of which Flanagan has been a part. Their role both in academia and behind the scenes in the cartel parties that keep Canadians out of power shows the extent of U.S. imperialist dictate over Canadian political affairs.
Stephen Harper’s connection with the Calgary School dates from his enrollment as an undergraduate at the University of Calgary. Harper moved to Calgary from Toronto in 1978. He enrolled at the University of Calgary [his biography does not state the year] and received a BA in Economics in 1985 and an MA in 1991. When Harper, a founding member of the Reform Party, decided to make a bid for the leadership to replace Stockwell Day, Flanagan signed on early as a supporter.
By ISAAC SANEY, National Spokesperson, Canadian Network On Cuba
THE Canadian Network on Cuba informs you that in addition to the Toronto Star’s malicious disinformation campaign on Cuba in conjunction with the Miami Herald’s Spanish edition, CTV’s “W-5” has also joined the scurrilous campaign of outright deception based on bogus sources. A lead item presented by Victor Malarek on the program “W-5” on Saturday March 16, presented Cuba as a “paradise for sex tourists,” a veritable smorgasbord for paedophiles. The “big exposé” itself was a collaborative effort involving the Canadian Border Services Agency, The Toronto Star, and even Juan O. Tamayo, a CIA asset touted as a reporter with The Miami Herald. Neither the Miami Herald nor its reporter Tamayo are credible sources when it comes to Cuba. It is known that for decades the Herald has been a U.S.-backed mouthpiece for the Cuban counter-revolutionary mafia based in south Florida. As for Tamayo, he was “outed” as a CIA asset years ago by veteran Quebec journalist Jean-Guy Allard. Continue reading
The Israeli Zionist daily Haaretz has published details of the process in which Palestinian children are callously arrested. Here is an infographic prepared by the moqawama website to visualize the scene (click to enlarge):
By BROOKS KIND*
THE GREAT Israeli journalist Amira Hass once said the role of journalists is “to monitor the centres of power.” Based on his reporting, it would appear that CBC’s Middle East reporter Derek Stoffel has a very different conception of a journalist’s role, one more in line with Henry Kissinger’s definition of an expert, i.e., “someone who articulates the consensus of power.” Not only does he consistently fail to monitor the centres of power in Tel Aviv and Washington, but he regularly reports from their perspective, whitewashing or censoring their abuses in the Occupied Territories, attributing responsibility for the failure of the “peace process” to the Palestinians, and generally adopting all the standard conventions of western propaganda in his reporting from the region. His reports on Obama’s recent visit to Israel and the West Bank provide a case in point. Referring to Israel’s ongoing settlement building on Palestinian land, Stoffel said:
Israel continues to build settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem on land the Palestinians say is rightfully part of their own future state. (World Report, March 20th)
Israel continues to build settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem on land the Palestinians want for a future state. (World Report, March 21th)
[Obama] met with the Palestinian president who once again called on Israel to stop building settlements. The Palestinians say that land is rightfully theirs. (World at Six, March 21th) [emphasis added] Continue reading
We have written before about one Tom Flanagan, a member of the so-called Calgary School, a small, shadowy group of neoliberal academics from the University of Calgary’s political science, economics and history departments. Flanagan and other members of the group played a key role in promoting and expanding the Alberta-founded Reform Party, finally facilitating its takeover of the old Progressive Conservative Party in 2003 to create the federal Conservative Party that Stephen Harper, a Calgary MP, now leads. Flanagan then became Senior Advisor to the Conservative Leader and National Campaign Chair for the Conservative Party. Flanagan is part of the U.S. fifth column in Canada that operates on different levels. He was originally hired by the University of Calgary in 1968 during the height of the youth and student movement by the first chair of the political science department, U.S.-born Edgar Burke Inlow, who himself was hired in 1961 directly from an intelligence position with the U.S. Department of Defense. Flanagan is a director of the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute, based in the university’s Centre for Military and Strategic Studies and financed by some of the world’s largest arms contractors (General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin Canada, and Com Dev to name a few); founding member and president of the discreet, neo-liberal Civitas Society; and has been given a national platform by the CBC and the National Post. Now, his media career as a pundit has come to an end, writes PEGGY MORTON in the first of a two-part series, due to the courageous stand of First Nations’ activists in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Who speaks for Alberta?: Tom Flanagan’s last stand
By PEGGY MORTON*
ON FEBRUARY 27, 2013, the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs (SACPA) and the University of Lethbridge hosted a talk on the abolishment of the Indian Act with Tom Flanagan. Flanagan is a University of Calgary professor of political science, former advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Wildrose campaign strategist in the 2012 Alberta election.
During the talk, Levi Little Mustache asked Flanagan about a comment made to the student paper The Manitoban back in 2009 in which he stated, “But that’s actually another interesting debate or seminar: what’s wrong with child pornography – in the sense that it’s just pictures?” Flanagan’s response was filmed by Arnell Tailfeathers and posted to YouTube. The video went viral and led to the University of Calgary announcing Flanagan’s early retirement, CBC’s Power and Politics dropping him as a commentator and the University of Calgary announcing that Flanagan would remain on sabbatical until he retired later in 2013 but would not return to the classroom. Continue reading
April 9, 2013 — Stop GM Alfalfa!
THE National Farmers Union in Ontario in conjunction with the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network has called for a national day of action for April 9, 2013 to stop the commercial release of genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered alfalfa. They are calling for actions to be held at MPs’ constituency offices on the day. Continue reading
By K.C. ADAMS, TML Weekly
• Part One: Ideo-Political Considerations of the Federal Budget
CANADIANS are understandably concerned with the prospects for the country. At this stage in history, people are blocked from setting the aim, agenda and direction of the economy. The ruling elite expect the people to accept the dictate of the monopolies and the government for those features of modern democratic life that should belong to the people by virtue of being members of the polity.
A budget is an accounting tool of the economy. The expenditures and revenue of a nation, institution, collective or individual exist within a dialectical relationship. The ideo-political considerations of a budget both expenditures and revenue are set by those who control the nation, institution, collective or individual. The ideo-political considerations are the bedrock on which the aim of the nation, institution, collective or individual is fashioned and the expenditures and subsequent necessary revenue determined within the budget. More…
Nature – MATHEMATICINS plan to launch a series of free open-access journals that will host their peer-reviewed articles on the preprint server arXiv. The project was publicly revealed in a blog post by Tim Gowers, a Fields Medal winner and mathematician at the University of Cambridge, UK.
The initiative, called the Episciences Project, hopes to show that researchers can organize the peer review and publication of their work at minimal cost, without involving commercial publishers.
Many mathematicians — and researchers in other fields — claim that they already do most of the work involved in publishing their research. At no cost, they type up and format their own papers, post them to online servers, join journal editorial boards and review the work of their peers. By creating journals that publish links to peer-reviewed work on servers such as arXiv, Demailly says, the community could run its own publishing system. The extra expense involved would be the cost of maintaining websites and computer equipment, he says.