Monthly Archives: May 2015

‘Operation Unthinkable’: Churchill’s planned invasion of the Soviet Union, July 1945

By YURI RUBTSOV*

In late May 1945, Josef Stalin ordered Marshall Georgy Zhukov to leave Germany and come to Moscow. He was concerned over the actions of British allies. Stalin said the Soviet forces disarmed Germans and sent them to prisoners’ camps while the British did not. Instead they cooperated with German troops and let them maintain combat capability. Stalin believed that there were plans to use them later. He emphasized that it was an outright violation of the inter-governmental agreements that said the forces surrendered were to be immediately disbanded. The Soviet intelligence got the text of a secret telegram sent by Winston Churchill to Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, the commander of British forces. It instructed to collect the weapons and keep them in readiness to give back to Germans in case the Soviet offensive continued. Continue reading

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Lebanon: Nasrallah warns of impending battle against terrorists

Hezbollah resistance fighter greeting the morning sunrise on the day of victory in Yabroud in the the hotly-contested Qalamoun Mountain region, March, 2014. That's what liberation looks like. (Click to enlarge)

Hezbollah resistance fighter greeting the morning sunrise on the day of victory in Yabroud in the hotly-contested Qalamoun Mountain region, March, 2014. That’s what liberation looks like. (Click to enlarge)

By JEAN AZIZ

BEIRUT — The speech that Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah delivered May 16 not only announced advances made by his fighters in Qalamoun — located between Lebanon and Syria — but also clearly indicated where the next battle against terrorists will take place. Political and military developments on the ground following the speech seemed to point to the same confrontation site — the barren lands of Arsal — that Nasrallah mentioned.
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Lebanon-Syria: The battle at Qalamoun

Hezbollah and the Syrian rRepublic Army have been fighting US and NATO-Backed terrorists for control of the Qalamoun area near the border. JEAN AZIZ*

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at al-Sakhra village in Qalamoun Mountains, northeast of Damascus, after taking control of the village from terorists April 14, 2014. Syrian soldiers backed by Hezbollah fighters recaptured the town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, on May 11, military sources and state television said, further squeezing rebels' supply routes through the Qalamoun mountains into Lebanon |  REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

Forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad are seen at al-Sakhra village in Qalamoun Mountains, northeast of Damascus, after taking control of the village from terorists April 14, 2014. Syrian soldiers backed by Hezbollah fighters recaptured the town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, on May 11, military sources and state television said, further squeezing rebels’ supply routes through the Qalamoun mountains into Lebanon | REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

BEIRUT (May 11) — Clashes have been raging along the Lebanese-Syrian border since May 6 between Hezbollah militants and the Syrian army, on the one hand, and the militants of the Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat al-Nusra, on the other. These clashes are highly significant and might have various outcomes and dimensions for what has become known as the Qalamoun battle. To understand the situation, some factors should be put into perspective. Continue reading

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Recolonizing Africa: Confronting Russia, global NATO eyes Africa

african-people“NATO Alliance Stands Firm, Adapts to Challenges” – Jim Garamone, U.S. Department of Defense release

WASHINGTON (May 22) – The NATO alliance is standing firm and adapting to the challenges on its eastern and southern flanks, military officials said during a press conference following the alliance’s Military Committee meeting here.
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Actions across Canada defend scientific integrity and collective bargaining

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Workers in the federal public sector demonstrated across the country May 19 addressing the concerns of Canadians with the Harper government’s interference in public scientific research and refusal to engage in real negotiations for public sector collective agreements.

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Murky affair of accused British Royal Navy sailors gets murkier

Aberration of due process in Nova Scotia

By TONY SEED

2014.10.25.Toronto-Anti-War-08cr3Four British naval personnel accused of a heinous crime have been moved from CFB Stadacona in Halifax to British base in Alberta. The Harper government, its Department of National Defence and Maritime Command are making special private arrangements for the British soldiers, and the courts and the crown in Halifax are letting them get away with it.

News agencies report that on May 1st the head of Maritime Command of the Canadian Forces ordered four British Royal Navy sailors – accused of sexual assault at a military barracks at CFB 12 Wing Shearwater – to leave the CFB Stadacona military base in Halifax, where they had resided since April 21, by the end of the day. With the sanction of the crown prosecutor’s office and a Nova Scotian provincial court, they were transferred to the British Army Training Unit in Suffield, Alberta (BATUS), which is leased from the Canadian Department of National Defence. [1] How the soldiers were transferred from one end of the country virtually to the other has not been revealed. Continue reading

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More revelations on the subversive operations of the Turkish intelligence agency MIT against Syria

Erdogan-ISIS Turkey detains soldiers and intelligence agents over seizure of Syria-bound arms shipments. “Is this evidence of a highly organized fifth column within the Turkish military and state apparatus?” The Harper government is involved | TONY SEED

No war on Syria(Revised and updated May 23) – Turkish authorities have arrested dozens of military and security personnel from the National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) in an ongoing investigation of weapons shipments from the NATO bloc country to terrorists in Syria. The sensational development reported by Middle East Eye and regional news agencies (see below) reveals a fierce struggle within the Turkish power structure.

A subsequent Reuters report – Exclusive: Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel areas – confirms the MEE report:

Testimony from gendarmerie officers in court documents reviewed by Reuters allege that rocket parts, ammunition and semi-finished mortar shells were carried in trucks accompanied by state intelligence agency (MIT) officials more than a year ago to parts of Syria under Islamist control.

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CNN International, Gulf Co-operation Council and the business of war

CNNFor four years, the US, Canada and NATO together with the monopoly media such as CNN have portrayed the foreign intervention in the Syrian Arab Republic as a “civil war” and championed foreign terrorists as “moderate rebels” – proxy forces that are harboured, trained, armed, and extensively funded by a coalition of NATO and members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC)  within the borders of Turkey (NATO territory) and Jordan. Continue reading

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Seymour Hersh and Bin Laden disinformation: killing the messenger

Media-CulpaThe credibility crisis of the US monopoly media and the role of media to disinform

It has largely been forgotten that after 9/11, the Taliban offered to supply Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind, to a third country for trial. The Bush administration refused, choosing to invade Afghanistan, a strategic country rich in natural resources, and to launch the “war on terrorism” for self-serving ends. Ten years later, the Obama administration, instead of putting him on trail, boasted that it had assassinated him, though suspiciously the body was never produced. The assassination by US special forces was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. TREVOR TIMM* in the Columbia Journalism Review examines the media reaction to Seymour Hersh’s recent exposé challenging the credibility of the Obama White House and its narrative of the high-profile event. Hersh stated in conclusion: “High-level lying nevertheless remains the modus operandi of US policy, along with secret prisons, drone attacks, Special Forces night raids, bypassing the chain of command, and cutting out those who might say no.”

(May 15) – SEYMOUR HERSH HAS DONE THE PUBLIC a great service by breathing life into questions surrounding the official narrative of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Yet instead of trying to build off the details of his story, or to disprove his assertions with additional reporting, journalists have largely attempted to tear down the messenger. Continue reading

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Strategic significance of Pak-China highway

Pakistan-China Economic Corridor (PCEC)Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seems to have hit a jackpot: the recently announced Chinese plan to invest $46 billion in Pakistan’s infrastructure – roads, railways and power plants – to facilitate transport of Chinese goods to markets worldwide. It will also allow China to largely circumvent the threat of a maritime blockade of Chinese energy imports from the Middle East by the United States and its “Asia Pivot” strategy designed to isolate and contain China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
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May 18 holidays

Canada and Quebec should be renewed on a modern basis

Monument to the Patriots in Napierville, Quebec, which reads, “It is here that the Republic of Lower Canada was proclaimed on November 4, 1838 by Robert Nelson. I remember.”

Monument to the Patriots in Napierville, Quebec, which reads, “It is here that the Republic of Lower Canada was proclaimed on November 4, 1838 by Robert Nelson. I remember.”

May 18 is “Victoria Day” – an official holiday celebrating the birthday of the Queen of England. The holiday is named after Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and has been commemorated in Canada since 1845. In Quebec, the national holiday, called Patriots’ Day, celebrates the memory of the Quebec Patriots who fought and faced the guns, exile and the gallows of the British colonial power in 1837-1838. Continue reading

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Thousands protest against new US military base in Japan

According to a 2010, survey 71 per cent of Okinawans considered that U.S. Marines are not necessary on the Japanese island. 

Japanese protesters raise placards saying "Do not yield to authority" during a rally to protest against a controversial US airbase in Naha, Okinawa, May 17, 2015 | AFP

Japanese protesters raise placards saying “Do not yield to authority” during a rally to protest against a controversial US airbase in Naha, Okinawa, May 17, 2015 | AFP

teleSUR (May 18) – Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Okinawa’s capital, Naha, Sunday to protest against the building of a controversial U.S. marine airbase in the southern Japanese island. According to local police at least 35,000 people gathered in the massive rally. Continue reading

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The nation-building project of today’s Quebec Patriots

On May 18, National Patriots‘ Day in Quebec, celebrations are taking place to mark the 1837-1838 uprising and to honour the memory of the Patriots who gave their lives or were forced into exile in the struggle to end British colonial rule by establishing a Republic of Quebec. Marches, historical exhibitions, conferences and cultural performances of songs and poetry are being held. In Montreal, the March of the Patriots will start from Au-Pied-du-Courant, the corner of Notre-Dame and de Lorimier, where a statue stands honouring the Patriots who were hanged by the British.

PATRIOT’S DAY – CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Sighting. Posters from the Great Patriotic War

Stalin’s Spirit, Sound and Strong, Our Army and Our Country! (1939)

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The crimes the New York Times believes should go unpunished

Hypocrisy Laid Bare / The Crimes the New York Times Believes Should Go Unpunished

The New York Times recently published an editorial lamenting the “shameful impunity of the Islamic State” and encouraging the United Nations Security Council to refer the group’s crimes to the International Criminal Court (I.C.C.).

The editorial, titled “The Crimes of Terrorists” (4/2/2015), should more accurately be titled “The Crimes of the U.S. and Its Allies Should Go Unpunished.”

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TML publishes special online supplement ‘The 70th Anniversary of the Defeat of Fascism in Europe’

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8 May marked the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich in Berlin in 1945 and the defeat of Nazi Germany in Europe – a date recognized throughout the world with the photograph of the flag of the Soviet Red Army flying over the Reichstag, the German Parliament. To this day, that flag is recognized as the Victory Banner.  It is called Victory in Europe Day and other countries of the former Soviet Union where it marks the victory of the Great Patriotic War. It marked the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, as well as the founding of the United Nations.

More than 80 countries and regions and about two billion people in Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania were engulfed in the flames of war and suffered grave disasters. The defeat of fascism in Europe was a historic event with a permanent significance not only for the Soviet Union and Europe but for all peoples, who made the greatest contribution to its defeat. Imperialists and fascists can be stopped; their weapons can be silenced; freedom, liberation and the very right-to-be can be won.

Activities to commemorate the occasion were held in major Canadian cities including parades of World War II veterans from the former USSR together with the veterans from Allied countries, meetings, banquets, and presentations. As part of the international commemorations, the editors of TML Weekly published an informative special online supplement on the significance of the victory of the peoples of the world and related events. As one commentary underlines gravely: “To forget the past means to betray; to tamper with history means the start of following the same disastrous road.” Continue reading

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From our archives: Dossier on the 60th anniversary of the victory over fascism

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Shunpiking Magazine’s Online Dossier, May-June 2005

INTRODUCTION

May 8, 2005 marked the 60th anniversary of the surrender of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich in 1945 and the defeat of Nazi Germany in Europe. Called Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) in the English-speaking countries, it is celebrated on May 9 in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union where it marks the victory of the Great Patriotic War. The defeat of fascism in Europe was a historic event with a permanent significance not only for Europe but for all peoples, who made the greatest contribution to its defeat. Imperialists can be stopped and their weapons silenced.

With this Dossier we want to give our readers a vivid idea of how war may and will creep up on them if it is not opposed. We want to try and discover the real political and economic origins and causes of WWII and its conduct, length and end, the war aims of the different parties, and show how war can be hatched in the greatest secrecy. How was the fate of the peoples of Europe sealed? How was fascism defeated? This has special urgency in our own day, when the imperial Washington of George W. Bush has taken on the task of declaring itself above international law and the Charter of the United Nations. Continue reading

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Israeli Zionist police attack Jewish Ethiopians

“We in Israel need immigrants from countries with a high standard, because the future of our social structure is worrying us. We have immigrants from Morocco, Libya, Iran, Egypt and other countries with a 16th century level. Shall we be able to elevate these immigrants to a suitable level of civilization?” – Prime Minister Golda Meir addressing the Zionist Federation of Great Britain in 1964.

Ethiopian Jews clash with Israeli police officers in a protest in Tel Aviv, May 4, 2015 | Tomer Appelbaum

Jewish Ethiopians clash with Israeli police officers in a protest in Tel Aviv, May 4, 2015 | Tomer Appelbaum

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Graphic details. Who is breaking the ceasefire?

Gaza attacks.Jan-Mar 2015

In 2015 ….. 67 Israeli shootings on Gazans, on land and at sea. For a detailed breakdown of major incidents, broken down by month and by type – Shootings, Incursions, Injuries/Fatalities, Arrests, Attacks on Fishermen, Attacks on Farmers, see:
middleeastmonitor.com/specials/gaza_incidents/

Israel has fired into Gaza 400+ times since the Gaza war ended. Remember this when you hear “Hamas broke the ceasefire.”

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Journalists: Your colleagues in Palestine are under daily Israeli attacks!

May 4th was World Press Freedom Day. So far in 2015, 44 journalists have died in the line of work. Israel alone killed 17 Palestinian media workers its 51-day military aggression against the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian journalist.Photo from Qamar Ahmad.1Un-Explained – A Hamas senior official along with a Palestinian media organization demanded on Sunday the prosecution of Israel for killing, injuring and arresting Palestinian pressmen. Continue reading

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Alberta: Manipulation of election ‘news’

mediaculpaheader.stretched(May 4, revised May 5) – The U.S.-controlled Edmonton Journal, has just officially endorsed the PCs, which it has done for the last 44 years. What a surprise. Nobody saw that coming.

The Journal is also campaigning on behalf of the Tories, as it has done for the last 44 years. Continue reading

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Activities to celebrate 70th anniversary of the defeat of fascism

The Brest Fortress, 1941

The Brest Fortress, 1941

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May Day 2015: All out for people’s empowerment! All out to defeat Harper in 2015!

May First, Day of International Working Class Solidarity and Struggle

Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) – PDF

On this important occasion of May First — the Day of International Working Class Unity and Struggle, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) sends its revolutionary greetings to the workers and oppressed people of all lands who are fighting for their rights and in particular the right to chart their own destiny without imperialist interference.

CPC(M-L) salutes the working people in Canada and Quebec and the Indigenous nations for their courageous and determined fight for their rights and resistance to nation-wrecking and the anti-social austerity agenda. Through their spirited and unrelenting actions, workers are standing against the destruction of the country’s manufacturing base, public services and social infrastructure, and the attacks on workers’ rights, wages, benefits and pensions. Continue reading

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Halifax May Day 2015: ‘Who decides? We decide’ remains the order of the day

May Day march in Halifax (Click to enlarge)

Halifax May Day 2012 (Click to enlarge)

Letter of Tony Seed and Aaron Doncaster*

Heartfelt greetings and congratulations to everyone for making Halifax May Day 2015 take place! Although we are both absent from Nova Scotia, we are so much with you in spirit. Continue reading

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