Monthly Archives: January 2014

US-NATO bloc controls Iceland’s air space

From the day of the Anti-NATO protests in Reykjavík. Police unleash tear gas against the people. On the west side of the House of the Althing. March 30th 1949 | Arnaldur Grétarsson & family, rights-holder to these photographs.

From the day of the Anti-NATO protests in Reykjavík. Police unleash tear gas against the people. On the west side of the House of the Althing. March 30th 1949 | Arnaldur Grétarsson & family, rights-holder to these photographs.

On May 10, 1940 Britain invaded neutral and sovereign Iceland, then in a union with Denmark which had been brutally invaded by Hitlerite Germany. The British occupation force of 25,000 troops was bolstered by troops from Canada, which in turn occupied Greenland, a source of minerals for the U.S.-owned Inco nickel monopoly. Iceland subsequently agreed in July 1941 to a tripartite treaty under which U.S. Marines – reaching as many as 50,000 – deployed to relieve the British garrison in Iceland on the condition that all military forces be withdrawn from Iceland immediately upon the conclusion of the war in Europe. The contribution of the Icelandic people, especially its fishermen, to the anti-fascist struggle, was second to none. On VE Day, thousands of U.S. soldiers and sailors went berserk in Reykjavík until pacified by Icelandic police and civilians. And, in fact, U.S. forces stayed until 2006 – at the military base Naval Station Keflavik. Continue reading

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Voltaire: He did not put a sufficient number of his fellow creatures to death

voltaire-3(Voltaire, from Candide) – “YOU are acquainted with England,” said Candide; “are they as great fools in that country as in France?”

“Yes, but in a different manner,” answered Martin. “You know that these two nations are at war about a few acres of barren land in the neighbourhood of Canada, and that they have expended much greater sums in the contest than all Canada is worth. To say exactly whether there are a greater number fit to be inhabitants of a madhouse in the one country than the other, exceeds the limits of my imperfect capacity; I know in general that the people we are going to visit are of a very dark and gloomy disposition.” Continue reading

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Ontario: Wynne’s no-win whammy

January 26, 2014 marked one year since Kathleen Wynne was selected as premier by 1,115 delegates to the Ontario Liberal Party’s leadership convention. Many of these were Liberal MPs, MPPs, failed candidates and party “insiders.” They were not elected as delegates but entitled to attend the convention according to provisions in the party constitution. Continue reading

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Pete Seeger takes on the US House Un-American Activities Committee

During the Cold War era, the U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities interrogated more than 3,000 government officials, labour union leaders, teachers, journalists, entertainers, and others. They wanted to terrorize and purge Communists, former Communists, and so-called “fellow travelers” who refused to renounce their past and inform on associates from positions of influence within American society. Among the Committee’s targets were performers at events held in support of suspect organizations. Continue reading

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Syria: The US ambassador speaketh, the agents obey

The imperial pro-consul gives his party instructions on what to do at Geneva 2.

Robert S. Ford arrived in Damascus as the US Ambassador to Syria on January 27, 2011. Ford played a central role in laying the groundwork for the development of an armed insurgency directed against as the government of Bashar al Assad which began 2 months later. He was one of the main organizers of the Syrian Opposition. Ford was instrumental in starting the war in Syria and founding the Free Syrian Army, of which several leaders have resigned. Ford was a protégé of John Negroponte, who organized death squads in El Salvador in the 1970s and in Iraq while ambassador there in 2004-05.

al-Manar (Jan. 19) – THE US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford ordered the foreign-backed opposition figures to take part in the international peace conference Geneva 2, noting that there are many changes in the Saudi policy regarding the Syrian crisis.

Quoting an official in the executive committee in the so-called “Syrian National Coalition” (SNC), Nidal Hamade said that Ford had called for an urgent meeting for the SNC figures in Istanbul, Turkey noting that the US envoy had threatened to cut funds for anyone who will not attend the meeting. Continue reading

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How the Canadian government is betraying veterans

An informative backgrounder from the Public Service Alliance of Canada, October 2, 2013 

THE federal government is betraying Canada’s veterans. After putting their lives on the line on behalf of all Canadians, many veterans – especially those living with serious injuries, disabilities and mental health challenges like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – rely on Veterans Affairs for support. The Canadian government promised to take care of them from the day they enlisted until the day they die. But drastic cuts to Veterans Affairs staff and services in the 2012 budget mean that veterans are not getting the care they need and deserve. Continue reading

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Disinformation on gas attacks in Syria (14): MIT study finds Syrian government not responsible for Ghouta chemical attacks

New MIT study finds Syrian government not responsible for Ghouta chemical attacks (Youtube video)

THE U.S. disinformation that a chemical attack near Damascus in August was carried out by the government has been challenged by a team of highly respected American experts. Washington immediately blamed President Assad, but a new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which arguably has one of the world’s top engineering schools, found that the rocket could not have been fired from government-controlled areas.

For more on the study, see “Disinformation on gas attacks in Syria (12): UN Report confirms Syrian chemical weapons fired from rebel-held territory,” January 21, 2014

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