Monthly Archives: January 2015

Russia declassifies Auschwitz liberation documents

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Sputnik (Jan. 27) — Classified World War II documents of the Auschwitz concentration camp’s January 27, 1945 liberation will finally see the light of day on its 70th anniversary, the Defense Ministry announced in a statement Tuesday.

“Today, 70 years after the events, the Russian Ministry of Defense will for the first time publicly disclose reliable historical documents from the period of the Great Patriotic War from the central archives of the Russian Ministry of Defense on its official website,” the statement reads. Continue reading

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Fidel Castro makes first comment on normalization with US

Commandante Fidel, 88, says he does not trust the US policies and he has not exchanged a single word with the Americans

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The letter published by the main national daily La Granma contains his first comments on the nascent process of normalization of Cuban-US relations.

Commandante Fidel, 88, says he does not trust the US policies and he has not exchanged a single word with the Americans, although this does not mean at all a rejection of peaceful resolution of military conflicts or removal of military threats.

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Auschwitz: Polish falsification of liberation, Polish collaboration with Nazis

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Located 70 km from Krakow in occupied Poland, Auschwitz was the largest (around 40 square km) network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated by Nazi Germany during WWII.

Oriental Review (Jan. 24) – The statement by Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna, claiming that it was Ukrainians alone who allegedly liberated the prisoners from Auschwitz, needs no further comment. We’ll let that remark lie on its author’s conscience, as he seems to have “forgotten” about the thousands of his own countrymen who fought heroically against fascism as part of the Armia Ludowa. Continue reading

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Mind-boggling rewriting of history: Who is going to Auschwitz?

Red Army doctor attends to Auschwitz prisoner after its liberation In January, 1945

Red Army doctor attends to Auschwitz prisoner after its liberation In January, 1945

The attempts to rewrite history are mind-boggling. Last week, the great lengths to which Germany went to make sure representatives from Russia would not attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz were revealed. Continue reading

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Government funds national campaign to support Ukrainian fascists

BY DOUGAL MACDONALD 

On January 13, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that his government’s Citizenship and Immigration Department, run by Jason Kenney, would give the Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF) and its allies almost $1.5 million to conduct a “National Awareness Tour” regarding what the Ukrainian reactionaries call the “Holodomor.” Continue reading

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Event. Solidarity with Students in Mexico – We Want Justice!

Demonstration in Ottawa demands justice for forty-three students, November 11, 2014. (HCPDF)

Join actions to oppose state violence and demand justice from the Mexican authorities in the disappearance and alleged killing of 43 Mexican students. The students went missing on September 26, 2014 when police agents from Iguala, Guerrero, in collusion with local gang members shot at several buses being used by the students and then kidnapped them. Six people, including three students and one 15-year-old boy were killed that night. Continue reading

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Africa Called, Cuba Answered: Ebola, the Cuban Revolution and African Liberation

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Room 1016, Kenneth Rowe Building, Dalhousie University, 6100 University Avenue, Halifax

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Germany and Greece: Domino effect

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BERLIN/THESSALONIKI (Jan. 20) – Berlin and the EU are massively violating Greece’s sovereignty to secure their political domination over Southeastern Europe. As was revealed by documents from the Athens-based Troika, with two German functionaries in the leadership, the government in Athens has received instructions on how to bypass the Greek Parliament. To counteract the foreseeable consequences of this interference – which is provoking protests and strengthening the camp of the opposition parties – Berlin is handing out money to Greek journalists, religious representatives, and artists. This interference is targeting the Greek public to neutralize the growing demands for restitution of debts stemming from Nazi crimes.
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Harper majority sets the stage to block Canadians’ desire for change

January 26 marks the opening of Parliament in a critical year for the resistance of the Canadian people and their fight to renew the democracy. 2014 saw the Harper government scrambling to put its finishing touches on the destruction of public authority and the takeover of the state by private interests. Continue reading

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Liberation without the liberators

Auschwitz prisoners liberated by  the Soviet Red Army.

Auschwitz prisoners liberated by the Soviet Red Army.

BERLIN/WARSAW (Jan. 16) – Through their virtual disinvitation, EU countries are preventing the Russian president from participating at the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The highest representative of the country, whose army had halted the mass murder in the German extermination camp January 27, 1945, is thereby excluded from the commemoration ceremonies. However, Germany’s president, will participate. Continue reading

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Negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program and Baird’s ‘direct diplomacy’ project

Protest in Tehran against attempts to interfere with Iran's sovereign right to possess nuclear technology, November 23, 2014.

Protest in Tehran against attempts to interfere with Iran’s sovereign right to possess nuclear technology, November 23, 2014.

By LOUIS LANG

On January 15, international negotiations got underway on Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva, Switzerland. These negotiations are of great importance for people all over the world. The main subject of the negotiations is the use of nuclear technology and the level of uranium enrichment needed by Iran for the peaceful development of nuclear energy to meet its needs. Coupled with this is the demand by Iran to remove the economic and other sanctions imposed by the U.S. and big European powers to destroy its economy and in this way force Iran to submit to the foreign dictate. Continue reading

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Event. Political Picket – Defeat Harper in 2015!

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The Day Parliament Opens
Monday, January 26
Wellington Street, Outside Gates to Parliament
12 – 1pm
Ottawa
Mark the opening of Parliament on January 26 with a political picket – Defeat Harper in 2015!

Bring your signs, flags, banners, words and spirit of resistance. Join in!
Contact:
Walter Escobar: laciguanaba@gmail.com
Sam Heaton: heatonsam@gmail.com
A’tugwewinu “Gabriel” Castilloux: gacastilloux@gmail.com
Christian Legeais: cailes1@yahoo.com

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Obama’s secret deals with Saudi Arabia and Qatar: Behind lower gas prices and the bombing of Syria and Eastern Ukraine

By ERICH ZEUSSE*

obama-saudi-400x256The following report reconstructs U.S. President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, on the basis of what I have deemed to be reliable news accounts of his Administration’s actions, not of its mere words.

This reconstruction is grounded in the linked-to news-sources, all of which I have investigated and verified — and some of which I wrote. The ones that I wrote are themselves sourced to the links within those reports, all of which I have, likewise, personally checked and verified. Consequently, the chain of verifications back to this reconstruction’s primary sources is available to any online reader, and every reader is encouraged to track back to its ultimate source any allegation that might appear to be at all questionable to him or her in the present article. Continue reading

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North American energy ministers meet in Washington: Further integration of ‘continental energy market’

By LOUIS LANG

THE energy ministers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada met in Washington, DC on December 15, to discuss the further integration of the “continental energy market.”

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Mexican Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell and Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford issued a joint statement. In it, they confirmed their commitment to implement the agreement to address the issue of energy as a “trilateral priority” arrived at in February 2014 at the North American leaders’ summit in Toluca, Mexico.
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Oil and the US empire

Discussion of oil prices | K.C. ADAMS

Oil has become a strategic resource in the modern world. Oil is necessary for industrial mass production, transportation and warfare.

A human-centred outlook towards oil regards the resource as necessary for mutual development of all peoples to a modern standard wherein all nations are regarded as equal without reference to size or development, where the rights of all peoples are affirmed and force is not used to settle conflicts amongst nations, and the short and long term consequences of the use of oil on the social and natural environments are important considerations in nation- building.
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Israeli Arabs hold nationwide strike

Israeli Arab protesters hold torches and posters of Sami al-Jaar, who was shot dead by police officers last week, during a protest in the southern town of Rahat.

Israeli Arab protesters hold torches and posters of Sami al-Jaar, who was shot dead by police officers last week, during a protest in the southern town of Rahat. | Photo: Reuters

Protests are centered around the Israeli Bedouin town of Rahat, where a man was gunned down last week during a police raid.

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CNN journalist’s resignation and hasbara

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US special black ops in 150 countries

US Special Black Ops missions already in 105 countries in 2015 – over 60 per cent of the nations on the planet. NICK TURSE*, TomDispatch

US Special Operations Forces around the world, 2012-2013 (key below article). (Map courtesy of TomDispatch and Google) Key to the Map of US Special Operations Forces around the world, 2012-2013 Red markers: US Special Operations Forces deployment in 2013. Blue markers: US Special Operations Forces working with/training/advising/conducting operations with indigenous troops in the U.S. or a third country during 2013. Purple markers: US Special Operations Forces deployment in 2012. Yellow markers: US Special Operations Forces working with/training/advising/conducting operations with indigenous troops in the US or a third country during 2012. (Click to enlarge)

US Special Operations Forces around the world, 2012-2013.
Key to the Map of US Special Operations Forces around the world, 2012-2013
Red markers: US Special Operations Forces deployment in 2013.
Blue markers: US Special Operations Forces working with/training/advising/conducting operations with indigenous troops in the U.S. or a third country during 2013.
Purple markers: US Special Operations Forces deployment in 2012.
Yellow markers: US Special Operations Forces working with/training/advising/conducting operations with indigenous troops in the US or a third country during 2012.
Map courtesy of TomDispatch and Google
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In the dead of night, they swept in aboard V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.  Landing in a remote region of one of the most volatile countries on the planet, they raided a village and soon found themselves in a life-or-death firefight. It was the second time in two weeks that elite U.S. Navy SEALs had attempted to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers. And it was the second time they failed. Continue reading

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NATO: Turkish intelligence ships arms for Al-Qaeda in Syria

By Fehim Taştekin

(Jan. 16) – Secret official documents about the searching of three trucks belonging to Turkey’s national intelligence service (MIT) have been leaked online, once again corroborating suspicions that Ankara has not been playing a clean game in Syria. Continue reading

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France: Dubious comparisons

In the days since the attacks in France, the monopoly media and the likes of Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard have been making questionable links between terrorists and freedom and resistance fighters. In the context of the events in France, they have tried to connect French resistance fighters against the Nazi occupation during the Second World War, such as national hero Jean Moulin, with the “resistance” of the West to “Islamic obscurantism.” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry did so in his speech in Washington, delivered in French. The widely circulated newspaper Libération made this the front page headline in its Saturday, January 10 edition. Continue reading

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Intolerance in the name of tolerance

Freedom of speech of the reactionary ruling classes

By SAM HEATON

Resistance to the Harper government’s attacks on First Nations

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined the chorus of reactionary leaders in various countries proclaiming that the armed men who attacked the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris were part of a war against freedom of expression, a war against “anybody who does not think and act exactly as they wish they would think and act.”

Besides the shallowness of these comments, Canadians are astounded to hear such a thing from the very Prime Minister whose main hallmark is to brook no opposition from any quarter. Continue reading

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With power of social media growing, police now monitoring and criminalizing online speech

The Intercept (Jan. 6) – ON March 6, 2012, six British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan by a roadside explosive device, and a national ritual of mourning and rage ensued. Prime Minister David Cameron called it a “desperately sad day for our country.” A British teenager, Azhar Ahmed, observed the reaction for two days and then went to Facebook to angrily object that the innocent Afghans killed by British soldiers receive almost no attention from British media. He opined that the UK’s soldiers in Afghanistan are guilty, their deaths deserved, and are therefore going to hell. Continue reading

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Cynical use of Paris demonstration by war criminals and ruling elites

Freedom of speech of the reactionary ruling classes . . . and a staged photo
A march of 1.3 million people took place in Paris on January 11 to condemn terrorism and express outrage at the shooting in Paris on January 7, with millions more demonstrating in other parts of France. The participation of 40 heads of state and other international figures was heralded in the monopoly media which ran photos suggesting these leaders stood at the head of the march through Paris streets. An angle shown on French television reveals the staged nature of the photos, taken on a closed and guarded side street.

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The hypocrisy of Harper’s freedom of speech knows no bounds

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By PAULINE EASTON
Millions of people in France and around the world have declared their opposition to terrorism and defended the people’s right to speak since the shooting in Paris on January 7 and the violence and chaos that followed.[1]

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60 years ago: The massacre in Algeria

As France celebrated victory in Europe on 8 May 1945, its army was massacring thousands of civilians in Sétif and Guelma – heinous events that were the real beginning of Algeria’s war of independence and underscore the reactionary drive of the French ruling circles today.

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By MOHAMMED HARBI, Le Monde Diplomatique. Photos and captions by Tony Seed

THE massacres in the Sétif and Guelma regions on 8 May 1945, described at the time as events or troubles in north Constantine, marked the beginning of the Algerian war of independence. This episode in the Algerian tragedy is one of the great turning points in colonial history. Continue reading

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January 18, 2015 · 4:22 pm

Sighting. My Homeland

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By TONY SEED*

A remarkable photo exhibition titled “My Homeland” by photographer Hagop Vanesian opened recently at the United Nations headquarters in New York, showcasing the crimes committed by terrorists in Aleppo, the largest city in Syria and one of the oldest, continuously-inhabited cities in the world. Continue reading

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Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar al-Ja’afari on sovereignty, terrorism, and the failure of the UN

Dr. Bashar al-Ja'afari, a veteran diplomat and Syrian Arab Republic Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Al-Akhbar English/Eva Bartlett

Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari, a veteran diplomat and Syrian Arab Republic Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations | Al-Akhbar English/Eva Bartlett

By EVA BARTLETT*

On January 8, in his sparsely-furnished New York City office, the Syrian Arab Republic Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari, sat down with Al-Akhbar for an interview. Fluent in four languages (Arabic, French, English and Persian), diplomat for three plus decades, Dr al-Ja’afari had much more to say than the generous half hour allowed or what the monopoly media will report. The distinguished diplomat has held his position at the UN since 2006, and lives restricted to a 25-mile radius of New York City. Defiant as always, he discussed the challenges he faces at the UN, explained why the organization has lost its way, and censured Western states and media for their hostility toward the Syrian government.

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Ocean life faces mass extinction

NY Times – A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them. Continue reading

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US: Miami police use black mug shots for target practice

Daily Mail, UK – Members of the North Miami Beach Police have been caught using photos of actual black teenagers for target practice.

This was discovered during an incident last month when Sgt. Valerie Deant, a clarinet player in the Florida Army National Guard’s 13th Army Band, showed up at the Medley Firearms Training Center after members of the department had been practicing, and recognized one of their targets – a mugshot of her brother from when he was just 18-years-old.

The other targets were also black men, and some just teenagers. But now the department is defending the practice.

North Miami Beach Police Chief J. Scott Dennis says there is nothing wrong with this practice at all however, and even defends its use.

‘Our policies were not violated,’ Dennis said.

‘There is no discipline forthcoming from the individuals who were involved with this.’

Dennis said it is common practice to use actual mugshots, and members of the same ethnic group help with facial recognition exercises.

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This day in 1966: The US nuclear weapons ‘accident’ in Spain

L to R: Lorenzo Gonzalez, Ana Josefa Lopez, and director Dina Hecht. Broken Arrow 29 (1986) | Courtesy: Dina Hecht

L to R: Lorenzo Gonzalez, Ana Josefa Lopez, and director Dina Hecht. Broken Arrow 29 (1986) | Courtesy: Dina Hecht

By JOHN HOWARD

This month, with little fanfare, Palomares begins its 50th year as “the most radioactive town in Europe.” If you’ve heard of Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island but are unfamiliar with Palomares, you might wonder why. All appear in Time’s top-ten list of the world’s “worst nuclear disasters.” Palomares moreover has been called the worst nuclear weapons accident in history. So why do so few people outside Spain know about it?

The cover-up and whitewash were figurative, also literal. Though four nuclear bombs were rained on Spain, many vaguely recall a lone “lost” bomb, fished out of the Mediterranean intact. Continue reading

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