Monthly Archives: November 2013

Syria destroys all unfilled chemical weapons, US maintains arsenal

Ria Novosti (Nov. 29) is reporting that Syria has informed the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that the destruction of all unfilled munitions, which were to be eliminated by January 31, 2013 is complete. Continue reading

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USAID, Uribe and Venezuelan opposition plotting violence, sabotage and scarcity, according to leaked document

By RYAN MALLETT-OUTTRIM

Mass rally on March 11, 2013 at the nomination for Nicolás Maduro as the presidential candidate for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

Mass rally on March 11, 2013 at the nomination for Nicolás Maduro as the presidential candidate
for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

MERIDA, Venezuelanalysis.com (Nov. 6) – US and Colombian organisations are working with the Venezuela’s political opposition to sabotage Venezuelan infrastructure, create deadly street violence, exacerbate food scarcity and provoke an international intervention, according to documents obtained by attorney and journalist Eva Golinger. Continue reading

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US-Colombian document reveals destabilization plan of Venezuela

By EVA GOLINGER*

State flag of Venezuela.

State flag of Venezuela | Wikipedia

Postcards from the Revolution, RT (Nov. 6) – DURING the past few months, the Venezuelan government led by President Nicolás Maduro has denounced multiple incidents of sabotage against the country’s electrical infrastructure along with an ongoing campaign to undermine the nation’s economy. A majority of international media, together with private media in Venezuela, have ridiculed the Venezuelan President’s accusations, and have instead attempted to pin responsibility on the government for the instability and harm caused to the country by these actions. Nevertheless, an internal document authored by three organizations from Colombia and the United States, evidences a sinister plan against the Venezuelan state to provoke violence – even death – with the intention of justifying an international intervention in anticipation of municipal elections scheduled for next December 8. Continue reading

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Keiderling: CIA agent in Havana, Caracas

spyAll the revelations about electronic and satellite espionage by the U.S. National Security Agency give the impression of an omnipotent and omniscience superpower, which sees all and knows all, before which humanity is helpless. They also obscure the role carried out by human agents in espionage, covert operations and destabilization of any government trying to take a path independent of Washington as one more element in the U.S. strategy of domination. JEAN-GUY ALLARD* reports on one CIA agent, active in Kyrgyzstan, Moldavia, Cuba and Venezuela, who posed as a humanitarian “cultural” official. Nevertheless, this super agent was recently exposed, outed and expelled by the later country in disgrace and the humiliation of her employer. – TS

Kelly Franz Keiderling (circled)

Kelly Franz Keiderling (circled)

Granma (Oct. 11) – KELLY Keiderling Franz, the business attaché recently expelled from the U.S. embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, revealed herself as a CIA agent in the relationship she conducted in Havana with the Cuban double agent Raúl Capote.
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Anti-Cuba program revealed by mistake

usaid.2RHC (Nov. 18) – THE U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mistakenly released a six-million-dollar subversive program against Cuba after using an uncoded communication line used to send diplomatic documents to Havana. Continue reading

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This Day in 1983: British Communist leader tragically dies

Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), November 27, 2013

John Buckle

John Buckle

TODAY, November 27, is the 30th anniversary of the death in 1983 of John Buckle, then General Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist). He was just 34, and had led the Party since its founding in 1979.

On this occasion, we honour John’s memory, appreciating more than ever the sacrifice of those who, like John, came forward at a crucial time in history to contribute to providing solutions to serious problems of the times. Continue reading

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CBC’s flagship news program sold favourable coverage to the Harper government, then lied about it

mediaculpaheader.stretchedBoing Boing (Nov. 13) – Jesse Brown from the Canadaland podcast (RSS) writes: “CBC News has made a bad error in judgment. They sold news coverage to the Harper government, who were seeking publicity for a shipwreck salvaging expedition which, in a federal Minister’s words, is an effort to ‘enhance’ Canada’s sovereignty claims in the Arctic. The government is embroiled in a land claim dispute with Russia; both nations covet the massive oil and gas deposits that are thought to reside beneath the the Arctic Ocean. The CBC covered the government’s (fruitless) salvage expedition with fawning stories across its platforms: there’s a dedicated news website and a two-part documentary that aired on The National, CBC’s flagship newscast. CBC Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge himself reported live from the Arctic on a Parks Canada boat, at no time informing viewers that the subjects of his story had paid for his presence.”

You can read the confidential contract (unearthed through an anonymous Access to Information request) here, and the CBC’s evasively-worded denial here.

“We do not get paid to provide coverage. Ever.” – CBC News Editor in Chief Jennifer McGuire

“CBC will provide news coverage on various platforms” – invoice for services provided by CBC to the government in exchange for $65,000 (p.147)

The CBC’s secret deal with the Harper government

TS comment: The report begs the question: Was CBC also paid to despatch Peter Mansbridge to the Halifax International Security Forum aka HalifaxWar Conference in 2012 and 2013, with fawning interviews with Harper’s ministers?

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The Hebrew University and ‘hasbara’

By ROSEMARY SAYIGH*

 

Hebrew University as seen from the East Jerusalem village of Silwan (photo: wikimedia)

Hebrew University as seen from the East Jerusalem village of Silwan (photo: wikimedia)

al-Majdal (Nov 13.) – THE Hebrew University’s plan to hold an international oral history conference in Jerusalem in 2014, announced early in July 2013, has sparked a wave of protest from oral historians and scholars around the world. Initiated by a group of activists linked to the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS)–Sherna Gluck, Haim Bresheeth, Nur Masalha, Lisa Taraki, Sami Hermez, Omar Barghouthi, and this writer–a campaign to boycott the conference has garnered more than 350 signatures so far and is still growing. Of these, a third are scholars who use oral history. Continue reading

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Sighting. But the world is still round

Brimstone Head on Fogo Island, Newfoundland

Brimstone Head on Fogo Island, Newfoundland

Flatman has a follower. Unfortunately, Thomas Friedman and his ruminations about flatland have not lead him to Newfoundland. (Thanks Dougal for the photo)

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Forum – Syria, Iran and the Pivot of War

Friday, November 29 – 6:30 p.m., Just Us! Coffeehouse

5896 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS

Since the end of the bipolar division of the world in the early 1990s, we have witnessed  a series of wars of aggression. Join us to discuss the current danger, with particular focus on the re-orientation of U.S. global military and geo-strategic spearheads against China. Washington’s roadmap to China includes Syria and Iran as signposts. In this context, we will also discuss the meanings and implications of the agreement just signed between the U.S., Russia, China and  the nuclear powers of Europe with Iran. Come join the discussion.

Join the weekly pickets opposing imperialist intervention in Syria and Iran. 4-5 pm, Fridays (weather permitting) Corner of Spring Garden & Barrington

 

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This day in 1969: John Lennon returns MBE

Photo by ZorphDark: Wimedia | Copyright-Creative Commons

Photo by ZorphDark: Wimedia | Copyright-Creative Commons

On November 25, 1969, Sir John Lennon sent his MBE back to the Queen along with the eloquent message: “Your Majesty, I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts.”

One month after the election of Ronald Reagan, John Lennon was assassinated in New York City on December 8, 1980 in still murky circumstances. The FBI compiled a 300-page file and kept him under “constant surveillance” at least from 1959 until 1976. Continue reading

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132 countries walk out in disgust from UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

On November 21 we posted a report from the London Guardian on the UN climate change talks in Warsaw, Poland and a report by Stephen Leahy about the specific role played by the Harper government in scuttling the climate talks. This report gives a more comprehensive overview of the conference.

Non-governmental participants in the UN climate change conference in Warsaw, Poland, join in walk-out of proceedings.

Non-governmental participants in the UN climate change conference in Warsaw, Poland, join in walk-out of proceedings.

TML Daily – THE United Nations held its 19th Conference of the Parties (COP 19) on its Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland, from November 11 to 22. Discussions at the meeting highlight the contradictions between rich and poor countries; and big and small, as well as the attempts by governments of so-called developed countries in service of the monopolies to dictate global priorities to other countries and how to proceed with development and industrialization. Continue reading

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Sea lanes: Nicaragua’s plan for an inter-oceanic canal

A proposed new canal wll traverse Nicaragua from the Pacific to the Caribbean Sea and thus the Gulf of Mexico, Venezuela and South America, and the Atlantic Ocean. The project has caused consternation in both Washington and Ottawa.

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For your information: Government of Canada backgrounder – Defence relations in Asia-Pacific

The Government of Canada describes its defence relations with the “Asia-Pacific Region” as follows:

“As a Pacific country, Canada considers its relations with its Asia-Pacific neighbours a priority. Canadian security and prosperity are linked to the vitality of Asia’s economy and the stability of the region. In support of this agenda, the Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are committed to strengthening peace and security in the region and enhancing their engagement in Asia-Pacific.”

The Government claims that its involvement ranges “(f)rom our commitment of resources towards humanitarian and relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan, to our participation in regional military exercises and high-level defence fora,” and that it is “proud of the steps that we have taken in recent years to bolster defence relations and increase cooperation with Canada’s partners in the Asia-Pacific region.”

The backgrounder describes Canada’s multilateral defence relations and regional military exercises as follows: Continue reading

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Implications of Asia Pivot military strategy for Atlantic Canada

Note to readers. This material has been separated out from its original source, the article titled “Halifax International Security Forum: US officially integrates Harper war government into Asia pivot strategy,” and made into a distinct article. Additional infographics and information have been added to illustrate the geopolitical significance of Canadian ports, shipping and sealanes from Asia. See also the companion article “Sea lanes: Nicaragua’s plan for an inter-oceanic canal,” in which China is heavily involved, that I have posted on this bog. – TS.

DIFFERENT analysts have underlined various economic factors behind the U.S. offensive in Asia with its Asia Pivot military strategy, of which Canada is an integral part, as China has now become the major trading partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The big banks and oil-energy and mining monopolies in Canada have their own self-serving interests to expropriate the resources of foreign workers and lands.

The ports of Halifax, Saint John and Maritimes Canada, though bordering the Atlantic Ocean, are not remote from the aggressive offensive of these vested interests in the Pacific and Indian oceans. Continue reading

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Halifax International Security Forum: US officially integrates Harper war government into Asia pivot strategy

Dangerous new military agreement with U.S. announced

2006.03.18.No to Canada's Participation.Toronto4EVEN before the US and NATO generals, admirals, think tank gurus, opinion makers and media pundits open the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) aka the Halifax War Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia this afternoon, a dangerous new military agreement was announced this morning by the United States and Canada.

Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, and the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, met on the margins of the HISF to discuss the “Canada-U.S. defence relationship”, and signed a new Canada-U.S. Asia-Pacific Defense Policy Cooperation Framework. The agreement revises the “relationship” and formally incorporates Canada deeper into Obama’s aggressive Asia Pivot strategy, also called “rebalancing,” which is aimed not only against China and Korea but against all peoples of the region. Continue reading

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Sighting. MacKay grovelling before the warmonger, who will be given pride of place at the Halifax International Security Forum

The criminality and insanity of Harper’s gangsters

Defence Minister Peter MacKay bestows an honorary doctorate upon U.S. warmonger Sen. John McCain at the Canadian embassy in Washington, June 18, 2013. | THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Canadian embassy

Defence Minister Peter MacKay bestows an honorary doctorate upon U.S. warmonger Sen. John McCain at the Canadian embassy in Washington, June 18, 2013. | THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Canadian embassy

THERE is no alternative but to call things by their name. Anyone with minimal common sense can observe without much effort how little national dignity remains in Ottawa, where all kinds of anti-patriotic actions, national treason and political double-dealing reign supreme and any kind of moral and civic obligation to the Canadian people and their country is denied.

Normally we do not post photos of reactionaries, but this one is so repulsive, disgraceful and treasonous that it must be seen to believed, especially by those who doubt or camouflage the servile relationship between the Harper quislings and the USA and its black content. Many newspapers in Canada carried brief news items of the event in question but, perhaps worried about a hostile response from readers, suppressed the photo. The event itself was swept aside by the media’s drum roll on the Syrian crisis – and as if Canadians should simply accept this as just another passing event in which they should have no stake or concern, and which they cannot change in any case. Continue reading

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Harper government’s dirty role at UN climate talks

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Earlier today we posted a report from the London Guardian on the UN climate change talks in Poland. The following report by STEPHEN LEAHY* gives some information about the role played by the Harperites. 

DESMOG Warsaw, Poland (Nov. 20) — CANADA has led the way to scuttle the UN climate talks here in Warsaw, Poland taking with it nearly all hope of keeping global warming to less than 2C say members of various international organizations. 

Along with 190-plus nations, the Harper government signed an international agreement to keep carbon emissions below 2C at the UN climate talks in Cancun in 2011. And yet here at these very difficult climate talks to create a new treaty to protect the climate, the Canadian delegation considers the 2C target “aspirational” and not especially important according to sources. Continue reading

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Hagel: Asia ‘top of the list’ of Pentagon priorities

In June then Defence Minister Peter MacKay flew to Washington where, among other things he met with Obama’s latest Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel. Peter Van Praagh, President of Halifax International Security Forum, then confirmed that the American warmonger will give the keynote speech opening the war conference on Friday, November 22nd. 

The USS Gerald Ford, the Pentagon’s lethal weapon designed to menace Asia, was inaugurated on November 11, at Norfolk in the state of Virginia, in a triumphal ceremony. Yet the nuclear carrier is only 70 per cent complete.

The USS Gerald Ford, the Pentagon’s lethal weapon designed to menace Asia, was inaugurated on November 11, at Norfolk in the state of Virginia, in a triumphal ceremony. Yet the nuclear carrier is only 70 per cent complete.

By CARLOS MUNOZ

The Hill (Oct. 28) – THE Obama administration’s military shift to Asia still tops the Pentagon’s budget blueprint as the department girds for another round of budget cuts under sequestration.

The planned pivot “remains at the top of the list” of the department’s investment strategy for the coming years, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday at the Pentagon. Continue reading

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Philippines: An appeal for immediate assistance and support

Migrante Canada, November 12, 2013

To Family, Friends and Supporters of the Filipino People:

Greetings!

Migrante Canada is humbled to witness the generous outpouring of sympathy and solidarity to the Filipino people as reports, photos and videos of actual devastation continue to unfold in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. According to reports, as many as 10,000 people are feared dead in the province of Leyte alone. Typhoon Haiyan came three weeks after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated that same Central Visayan region. Continue reading

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Harper government hopes to profit from human misery

Live-in Caregiver ProgramLive-in Caregiver Program (LCP) – “a program that has been condemned by Canadians because it is a form of modern slavery which binds mostly Filipino women to contracts that require them to work two out of three years with one employer or risk losing their status.”

TML Daily (Nov. 19) – ON NOVEMBER 14, the Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander announced that in the wake of the hardship in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan, Canada was going to fast-track applications for Filipinos who wish to immigrate to Canada, apply for tourist visas, or come to the country under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program on humanitarian grounds. As well, he announced that Filipinos now in Canada on a temporary basis can apply to extend their stay and their cases will be “assessed in a compassionate and flexible manner.” Continue reading

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Oppose the militarization of aid in the name of the Canadian people!

100123-TorontoAntiprogogation-cropTML Daily (Nov. 19) – ON NOVEMBER 16, the Harper government’s Department of National Defence announced that two Royal Canadian Air Force CH-146 Griffon helicopters will be leaving from CFB Trenton aboard a military transport plane bound for the Philippines, to buttress the military’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) which is already in the Philippines. A third helicopter will soon follow. According to the government, the military is there to provide “emergency relief” in the form of clearing roads, providing clean water and so on for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Continue reading

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Philippines: People need food, meds, not U.S. war arsenal

Demonstration against the Philippine government's slow and militarized relief efforts, outside the Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Quezon City, Metro Manila, November 13, 2013. (KMU)

Demonstration against the Philippine government’s slow and militarized relief efforts, outside the Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Quezon City, Metro Manila, November 13, 2013. (KMU)

– Kilusang Mayo Uno*, November 17, 2013 –

“How could the US help us rebuild, if it sent destroyers?”

This was the question of national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) as it accused the US government of exploiting the humanitarian crisis caused by super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) and the Philippine government’s snail-paced relief efforts in order to increase US military presence in the country. Continue reading

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Poor countries walk out of UN climate talk over compensation for pollution

091207-OttawaClimateChangeBannerDrop-01Guardian, UK (Nov. 20) – REPRESENTATIVES of most of the world’s poor countries have walked out of increasingly fractious climate negotiations after the EU, Australia, the US and other developed countries insisted that the question of who should pay compensation for extreme climate events be discussed only after 2015.

The orchestrated move by the G77 and China bloc of 132 countries came during talks about “loss and damage” – how countries should respond to climate impacts that are difficult or impossible to adapt to, such as typhoon Haiyan.

Saleemul Huq, the scientist whose work on loss and damage helped put the issue of recompense on the conference agenda, said: “Discussions were going well in a spirit of co-operation, but at the end of the session on loss and damage Australia put everything agreed into brackets, so the whole debate went to waste.”

Australia was accused of not taking the negotiations seriously. “They wore T-shirts and gorged on snacks throughout the negotiation. That gives some indication of the manner they are behaving in,” said a spokeswoman for Climate Action Network.

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The Philippines needs help – not aircraft carriers, marines or weapons!

Demonstrations in the Philippines on November 13, 2013 demand "Relief, not police and soldiers."

Demonstrations in the Philippines on November 13, 2013 demand “Relief, not police and soldiers.”

TML Daily (Nov. 19) – TML Daily sends its deepest condolences to the people of the Philippines and in the diaspora, including the close to 800,000 estimated Canadians and residents of the Filipino national minority living in Canada, for the loss of life and destruction resulting from Typhoon Haiyan. Across Canada and around the world, ordinary people are finding ways to work together and are taking concrete actions to support the victims of the massive typhoon which struck the Philippines on November 8. Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) struck the eastern seaboard of the central region of the Philippine archipelago (the Visayas), and travelled westward. The 7,106 islands that make up the Philippines are populated by some 98.6 million people. Typhoon Haiyan has caused massive destruction, made worse by the fact that the government of the Philippines does not uphold the rights of the Filipino people, especially those of the peasantry, the vast majority of which lives near a coastline and are extremely vulnerable. Continue reading

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Halifax International Security Forum: The network of subversion, annexation and war in the making – the ‘Halifax Canada Club’

By TONY SEED

This article is part of an ongoing investigation into the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF), which was formed in 2009 as a covert arm of the U.S. state that presents itself as an “independent” and “non-partisan” body with quasi-permanent status. It was originally published on November 21, 2013 and revised on April 15, 2014; November 17 and 21, 2014; February 17, 2016; and February 28, 2021. 

Topics at the 2014 HISF Forum include: “Pipeline Corridors: The Geopolical Role of Energy Infrastructure.” Given that one of the opening plenary sessions is titled “O Say, Can’t You see? The Indispensable Role of the Exceptional Superpower,” one must ask, what is behind this?

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THE Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) aka the Halifax War Conference was formed in 2009 by the Washington-based German Marshall Fund and the Harper ruling clique as a parallel body to established agencies of the Canadian state such as the departments of foreign affairs and national defence. The U.S. board of directors of the HISF includes three members of the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR), the president of Freedom House, and two experienced agents with the National Endowment for Democracy, whose work in subversion throughout the world is nefarious and well-documented. The programmatic work of the CFR, which is also the “media partner” of the HISF, for the integration of Canada into the United States, has also been well exposed. Continue reading

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For your information: About the Halifax International Security Forum

Haligonians rally against threats of war against Syria, September 7, 2013

Haligonians rally against threats of war against Syria, September 7, 2013

THE Halifax War Conference, aka the Halifax International Security Forum, held its first meeting in November 2009. The conference was part and parcel of the NATO aggressive military alliance to reconfigure itself with a “new security doctrine” to replace that of “humanitarian intervention” introduced during the 1999 aggression against Yugoslavia and the first absorption into NATO of states of the former Soviet bloc.

In a statement issued to oppose the first conference in 2009, CPC(M-L) pointed out:

“The demand for this ‘new doctrine’ is impelled by the crisis of NATO itself. After eight years of occupation of Afghanistan under the pretext of opposing terrorism, NATO has been unable to quell the important resistance of the Afghan people. The people of Afghanistan refuse to accept NATO’s ‘international security assistance’ and the peoples of NATO’s member countries have not been convinced of the nobility of the war or NATO’s present course and its raison d’être.”

The current website of the Halifax War Conference describes its history as follows: Continue reading

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Arctic: Pentagon deepens military links with NATO bloc

By Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service, U.S. Department of Defense

WASHINGTON  (Nov. 14) – WHEN travel brochures feature Arctic expeditions, adventure-seekers think of a once-unreachable fantasyland rich with wildlife and a pristine frozen tundra stretching as far as the eye can see.

Coast Guard Capt. Ed Westfall, chief of U.S. European Command’s Arctic strategy branch, thinks more of the second- and third-order effects of the melting polar icecap, in terms of not just tourism, but also its effect on maritime traffic, fishing and oil and gas exploration. Continue reading

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Cuba to hold national defence drills

Havana (Nov. 18) – REGULAR troops, reservists and the Cuban people in general will participate in the Bastion 2013 strategic exercise from November 19-22, it was reported here on Sunday.

Administration boards and military forces, made up of groups of the Communist Party of Cuba, the government, the bodies of the central administration of the State, companies and units of the Revolutionary Armed Forces and the Ministry of the Interior, will participate in the maneuver.

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Update on the ‘Free the 5’ campaign

Holquin coloquio5Holguin, Cuba (Nov 15) – THE 9th International Colloquium for the release of the Cuban Five and against Terrorism, underway in eastern Holguin city continues with a large agenda of activities in support of Cuba. The delegates to the forum are visiting several municipalities in Holguin province to meet the people and learn about social, political and economic programs in those territories and about the challenges faced by the Cubans because of the U.S. hostility toward the island for more than 50 years.. They are also doing voluntary work activities in several zones of the province. The activists are also addressing the agendas they have implemented in their respective countries in demand of the freedom of the Cuban anti-terrorist fighters held in US prisons.  Continue reading

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