Monthly Archives: August 2013

Hands off Syria! Condemn false allegations used to launch aggression! No to the use of force for regime change!

(August 28, 2013) – The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) vehemently opposes the warmongering against Syria and calls on Canadians to condemn any attacks on Syria.

The United States and Britain are leading the plans to commit aggression and Canada has officially announced it is “in lockstep.” The aggressive NATO military alliance is being prepared to launch the aggression with a devastating missile attack.

Condemn the use of  force to settle differences. Condemn the  criminal falsifications about who is responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the convocation of NATO’s self-serving “duty to protect” doctrine.

The people of Syria are already suffering untold crimes as a result of the actions of the rebel forces in the pay of foreign powers. The frenzy for war is the result of the competition between the United States and European powers to control whatever regime is brought into being as a result of the actions of the rebel forces in their pay. Their out of control “regime changes” have already caused havoc all over the Middle East and beyond. Condemn the foreign interventions which are increasing the suffering of the Syrian people as well as the danger that wars will escalate in that region way beyond the attacks against Syria alone. It must not pass!

Uphold Syria’s Sovereignty!
Condemn False Allegations Used to Launch Aggression!
No to the Use of Force for Regime Change!
Hands Off Syria!

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Call of the Canadian Peace Alliance

(August 27, 2013) – The Canadian Peace Alliance (CPA) is calling on all its members and supporters to oppose an impending US-led attack on Syria.

Once again, a report about the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction is being used to justify an intervention. We are always opposed to the use of any weapons on civilians, but as was the case with the last reports of an alleged attack, there is no conclusive proof that the attack came from the Syrian government. Continue reading

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Event: No war on Syria!

Stop the Bombing! Stop the War! 

ANTI-WAR RALLY The Day the Bombing Starts

Victoria Park  4pm, Corner of Spring Garden Rd. & South Park St., Halifax, NS

Hands Off Syria! Canada Needs an Anti-War Government! Get Canada Out of NATO!

Also join the weekly pickets opposing imperialist intervention in Syria and Iran

4 – 5 pm, Fridays (weather permitting – or replaced by the above action), Corner of Spring Garden Rd. & Barrington St.

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USA: The accelerating assault on journalism

Some prominent media figures applaud the criminalization of investigative reporting, something not confined to the USA. On November 30, 2010 the former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Thomas Flanagan, publicly called for the assassination of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on CBC TV’s Power and Politics. Most media in Canada passed over his call without comment. Yet, according to the US media watchdog group FAIR, “While whistleblowers have been the chief targets of the harsh crackdown on media challenges to official secrecy, journalists themselves are increasingly in the government’s sights.”

FAIR (Aug. 27) – U.S. soldier Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning’s 35-year sentence represents the harshest punishment issued to date for providing media with evidence of government wrongdoing (Forbes, 8/21/13). She is the first whistleblower to be convicted under the Espionage Act, ratifying the new reality that those who give the press information that the government wants to keep secret will henceforth be treated as spies. Continue reading

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Trade routes: Russia dreams of creating an alternative to Suez

Railways across Siberia and the Far East might become alternatives to the sea route.

Russia dreams of creating an alternative to Suez

Eastern promise: freight trains at 
sidings in Siberia. The expansion plans have been criticised as ‘utopian.’ Source: Max Avdeev

Ilya Dashkovsky, RBTH (Aug. 26.) –  An ambitious program of railway expansion in Russia’s Far East opens up the prospect of creating rapid new trade routes between Asia and Europe. At least $17bn is to be invested in modernising the ageing Baikal-Amur (BAM) and Trans-Siberian railways. Supporters of the plan say that it will create a total of half a million jobs and boost industry in Siberia and the Far East region, pointing out that there is already a shortage of rail capacity for transporting freight. Continue reading

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MARGARET (PEGGY) DOREEN SEED

April 20, 1922 – August 15, 2013

Mother, G’ma, wife, organic gardener, handywoman, renovator, artist, creator, mentor

Peggy Seed (centre) with Sarah (left) and Tish Edinborough at the latter’s 90th birthday celebration this spring

Peggy Seed (centre) with Sarah (left) and Tish Edinborough (right) at the latter’s 90th birthday celebration this summer held at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario on July 7th.

A REFLECTION BY TONY SEED*

Peggy Seed.obit photo.smPEGGY passed away at Toronto East General in the early hours of Thursday, August 15. She died with dignity and in peace, comforted by those grandchildren, children, and caregivers who could make it in time.

Defiant until the end, battling a slew of health problems, Peggy spent her final days conscientiously planning every detail of her final project: an open house and group art show, designed to showcase her and her family’s renovation and artistic talents. The show will go on, but on Saturday, October 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. on the Thanksgiving weekend at Knox House in the Meaford-Blantyre area.

Peggy joins her loving husband Jack of 68 years, who died on December 11, 2012. She is survived by their four children: Tony, Debby, John and Julia (Will McIlvride), all of Toronto; five grandchildren: Martin (of Atlanta), Thomas Reyto (Alex), Nick, Catherine Reyto, and Jennifer Wilkinson, all of Toronto; and great-granddaughter Makenna Greenland (of Burlington). Her siblings Myra (Myo Moore), John H. (Jackie), and Thomas Jackson, and Patricia (Patsy Haig) and their respective spouses (Keith, Ginny, Toni and Sally, and Graeme) all predeceased her. The many nieces and nephews of the Jackson/Moore and Seed/Smith clans will find it hard to forget their feisty aunt.

Peggy Seed was a woman of beauty and vibrancy – full of life, character and creativity, emotion and optimism. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to the late Nell Bell Hollands Rae and John Jackson, she was the fourth of the original Jackson Five. The Jackson family were generous and friendly, and left a trail of respect and affection from all those who knew them. At Nell Rae’s insistence, all their children attended university and graduated in scientific disciplines such as aeronautical and civil engineering, nutrition and interior design. Peggy herself attended Ruperts Land, Gordon Bell HS, and the University of Manitoba (Diploma, Interior Design 1938). She had longed to be an architect and applied to and was arbitrarily rejected by the Faculty of Architecture due to her gender. Continue reading

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Canada’s role in organizing electoral coups in Middle East and North Africa

By ENVER VILLAMIZAR

usaid-cashTML Daily – ON JULY 18, Canada’s new Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Lynne Yelich announced two Canadian projects to train women in electoral campaigning in the Middle East and North Africa, namely in Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. The announcement comes as the U.S. imperialists are scheming to invade Syria in various ways. Jordan and Lebanon border Syria and the U.S. and Israel are active in Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen. In North Africa, the U.S. carries out drone strikes in Tunisia and NATO forces, including Canada, invaded Libya in 2011 and overthrew its government. Meanwhile, foreign interference continues in Egypt. Continue reading

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Militarization of the USA: two items

110319-USDCAntiwar-Xinhua-02cropBarack Obama is increasingly referred to as Commander in Chief, as Gen Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did in the recent election. Obama must make certain the public treasury can be utilized for U.S. war aims in conditions where the economy is not recovering. His regime is also paying first rate attention to the home front, as the revelations of the broad scope of spying on Americans illustrate. Obama also drew support from Michel Bloomberg, Republican mayor of New York, which boasts what he openly called one of the “largest armies” in the country, referring to the highly armed New York Police Department (NYPD) and large bureaucracy of city government. The NYPD, which also works directly with the CIA, has its own tanks, helicopters and missiles. Obama thus has his forces in control of both Chicago and New York City and their massive police forces. The following two items illustrate how, as the current cold civil war within the USA between factions within the ruling circles is going hot, the American state is preparing its military and police forces on the home front to keep the people repressed while keeping the union whole. Or at least that is what the rulers hope.

Pentagon prepares doctrine on using force on American soil

Secrecy News – THE Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 generally prohibits military forces from performing ordinary civilian law enforcement functions such as arrest, surveillance, interdiction, search and seizure.

But a newly updated Department of Defense doctrinal publication notes that, despite this prohibition, “There are several forms of direct assistance to civilian law enforcement by military personnel that are permitted under the Military Purpose Doctrine. The Military Purpose Doctrine provides that law enforcement actions that are performed primarily for a military purpose, even when incidentally assisting civil authorities, will not violate the PCA [Posse Comitatus Act].” Continue reading

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Hands off Syria! Hands off the Middle East!

No to foreign aggression in the name of a political solution!

Weekly Anti-War Picket
Saturdays — 11:00 am-12:00 noon
Corner of Walker Road and Ottawa St., Windsor, Ontario

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Joke of the day: Improving intelligence?

Adam Curtis, BBC : It was recently revealed that back in the 1970s – at the height of the obsession with traitors – MI5 trained a specially bred group of gerbils to detect spies. Gerbils have a very acute sense of smell and they were used in interrogations to tell whether the suspects were releasing adrenaline – because that would show they were under stress and lying. 

Then they tried the gerbils to see if they could detect terrorists who were about to carry a bomb onto a plane. But the gerbils got confused because they couldn’t tell the difference between the terrorists and ordinary people who were frightened of flying who were also pumping out adrenaline in their sweat.

So the gerbils failed as well.

Perhaps MI5 shouldn’t have given up so easily. Maybe what we need is a better class of gerbil to find out the truth? But maybe we have them already – They’re called journalists.

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NATO is ready and waiting to attack

By MANLIO DINUCCI*

2009.HISF Rally.Canada Out of NATO bannerJUST like any good household appliance, the Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy, (JFC Naples) is officially on stand by, ready to enter into action, to go to war, at any moment.

The Commander in Chief of NATO in Europe (always a United States General named by the U.S. President) has ordered the response forces, composed of ground, aerial and naval units equipped with the latest technology, to maintain a maximum level of readiness, to be able to undertake any mission whatsoever, in any location, within 48 hours. Continue reading

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Alarming deaths of dolphins along the Atlantic Coast

Common Dreams – U.S. STATES along the Atlantic coast are witnessing an “alarming” trend of dead dolphins washing up on their shores.

Virginia has had 100 dolphin carcasses on its shores this year.  Twenty-five dead or dying bottlenose dolphins have washed up on New Jersey shores since July 9, while Maryland and Delaware have seen several dead dolphins on its shores this summer. And in July, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries declared an Unusual Mortality Event for bottlenose dolphins in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon, where 50 dead dolphins have been found, a number three times the historical average.

Scientists aren’t sure what’s causing the deaths at this piont, though Susan Barco, research coordinator for the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, said the strandings are “eerily familiar” to mass die-off of dolphins in 1987 when the measles-like morbillivirus brought 750 dolphin carcases to shores between New Jersey and Florida.

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Boston Red Sox, Globe combine

The further concentration of the ownership of the monopoly media and professional sports by big capital

Bill Mitchell on Facebook notes that the main Boston Red Sox owner John Henry, a finance capitalist, just bought the 141-year-old Boston Globe and its affiliated companies from the New York Times for $70 million, less than one month after this deal:

Boston Globe  Dustin Pedroia’s new eight-year deal is worth $110 million, according to a source, making him baseball’s highest-paid second baseman.

The sun beamed on Fenway Park. About 200 fans sat in the stands. Camera crews broadcast the news conference live.

“This contract gives Dustin a very good chance to finish his career in Boston,” general manager Ben Cherington said.

 

The deal runs through 2021, at which time Pedroia, already a four-time All-Star, will be 38. Continue reading

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Hollywood: How the US collaborated with the Hitlerite Nazis

HollywoodReporter-US-NazisThe 1930s was marked by a devastating crisis of the world capitalist system and the rise of the movement of the working class and oppressed nations and the establishment of socialism in one sixth of the globe in the former Soviet Union. Big or finance capital turned to fascism to strengthen the “democratic” state, suppress resistance and enrich themselves. The Hitlerite Nazis and their allies, the Italian fascists and Japanese militarists, the reactionary tool of the ruling circles, were successful. The Western powers initially collaborated and colluded with Nazi Germany with the hopes that it would wipe out the Soviet Union, while they also wanted to crush Germany, because it threatened their economic and political interests. The German Nazis wanted to crush everyone, especially the Soviet Union and, even as World War II progressed, they hoped for Western assistance to do so. After WWII, the U.S. imperialists took up the mantle of the Nazis, including the Nazi plan to rule the world, by implementing their own holocausts in Greece, Korea, Guatemala, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Argentina, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Libya and so many other countries. Aggression in the field of culture, propaganda and ideology has been and is today an integral instrument of these broad plans.

In devastating detail, an excerpt from a controversial new book published in the Hollywood Reporter reveals the nefarious actions of the U.S. ruling circles during the 1930s in the sphere of culture and propaganda – how the big American Hollywood studios, desperate to protect German business and U.S. interests, let Nazis covertly censor film scripts, promote fascist Aryan themes, remove credits from Jews, suppress anti-fascist scripts, and get movies stopped. The excerpt is reproduced below.

Cultural aggression did not end with the defeat of the Nazis. After WWII, the U.S. state centralized this ideological and cultural offensive under the control of its intelligence services to which it devoted unlimited financial resources. This was thoroughly documented by Frances Stonor Saunders in her book, Who Paid the Piper: The CIA and the Cultural Cold War (Granta, 1999), exposing the creation of a massive apparatus of cultural propaganda (e.g., Congress of Cultural Freedom, Ford Foundation, institutes, magazines, perpetrated by seemingly disparate “dissidents” and “socialists” composing a “democratic left” or a “non Communist left,” etc.), one of whose main purposes “was to advance the claim that it did not exist.” The issue is especially relevant for all Canadians, for our country has always had a “privileged” position when it comes to these matters. Cultural aggression did not cease with the end of the Cold War. Not only does it still exist, but it has steadily increased. Not only has it steadily increased, it is no longer exclusively clandestine and covert but open and shamelessly public. The infamous memorialization by the Harper government of the defeated Nazis and fascist collaborators in the Baltics and the Ukraine and its brazen villification of the anti-fascist communists evidences this reaction. – Tony Seed (Published August 6, slightly revised August 8)

Hollywood Reporter – THE 1930s are celebrated as one of Hollywood’s golden ages, but in an exclusive excerpt from his controversial new book, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler (Harvard University Press, on sale September 9), Harvard post-doctoral fellow Ben Urwand uncovers a darker side to Hollywood’s past. Continue reading

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The old world passes away to be replaced by anarchy and violence – A dangerous situation indeed

Spying, counter-spying, claims of industrial espionage and nonsense about plausible deniability

Protest outside U.S. Embassy in Berlin, June 18, 2013.

Protest outside U.S. Embassy in Berlin, June 18, 2013.

By PAULINE EASTON*

THE recent exposure of the U.S. National Security Agency’s (NSA) PRISM surveillance program has met with all sorts of justifications and denials by U.S. ruling circles. Chief amongst these is that the U.S. government fully upholds the Constitution and does not spy on its citizens. Related exposures about the extent of spying carried out by Canadian agencies and the amount of resources expended are presented as infringements on privacy rights and the need to protect them or, conversely, which amounts to the same thing, the alleged need to infringe on them to protect national security and the greater good. Continue reading

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The fight for regional employment in Eastern Quebec and the Maritimes

Interview by TML Daily with Yannick Proulx, President, Regional Council, Quebec Workers’ Federation, Bas-Saint-Laurent-Gaspésie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine

Residents of Percé on the Gaspésie protest the EI reform. Their banner condemns the "black hole" seasonal workers suffer, the period when these workers are without an income from EI or their jobs.

Residents of Percé on the Gaspésie protest the EI reform. Their banner condemns the “black hole” seasonal workers suffer, the period when these workers are without an income from EI or their jobs.

TML: Tell us about the work of the Regional Council at this time.

Yannick Proulx: In our region, the question of employment is a crucial one and our situation is complex. The situation with regards to Employment Insurance (EI) for example, is a source of great insecurity. The Harper government’s reform is aimed at seasonal industries and these are of utmost importance to our region in the forestry industry, tourism and fisheries. Continue reading

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