Monthly Archives: November 2015

Sighting. Shunpiking France

Douce France by Charles Trenet

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France: Security measures outlaw all marches and outdoor events during Climate Conference

Host state says climate marches will not take place, all outdoor events cancelled

Peoples Climate March of more than 100,000 in New York, September 21, 2014. Such marches are being outlawed in France during the World Climate Conference this month. | John Minchillo/AP Images

Peoples Climate March of more than 100,000 in New York, September 21, 2014. Such marches are being outlawed in France during the World Climate Conference this month. | John Minchillo/AP Images

France is hosting the UN Conference on Climate Change from November 30 to December 11 in Le Bourget. The Conference is the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 11). Continue reading

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The French President’s irrational proposal to legalize exceptional measures and violation of rights by rewriting the French Constitution

Ramifications of the State of Emergency and anti-terror measures in France

150504-FranceParisProtestSurveillanceLaws-01In France, the country that gave humanity the Declaration of the Rights of Man, the situation is unfolding as expected with broad attacks on civil liberties and rights following the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. French President François Hollande, in his November 16 address to a special joint session of the National Assembly and the Senate, declared that the French authorities cannot respond to terrorism within the rule of law. Since France is a country that abides by the rule of law, he said, the rule of law as embodied in the Constitution must be rewritten. Continue reading

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Erdogan, the Trojan horse of terror

By GHASSAN KADI*

Erdogan-ISIS(November 22) – Love him or hate him, Erdogan has been a survivor; a hero for some, and a stick in the mud that would not go away for many more others. He has thus far managed to dodge many serious decisive moments, the last of which was the recent parliamentary elections that he won with flying colours despite the predictions of many analysts, including myself, that he was destined to lose abysmally. Continue reading

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UN COP21 Climate Conference in Paris: Privatization of UN’s environment agenda

Protest against Keystone Pipeline, Ottawa, September 26, 2011.

The United Nations’ Climate Conference will take place from November 30 to December 11 in the Parc des Expositions, Le Bourget, Paris, France. This is the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties, serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP). Continue reading

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Sighting. How the US goes to war. Every. Single. Time.

 

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Israel has 115 nuclear warheads, US research institute says

According to a report issued by the Institute for Science and International Security, Israel has amassed between 400 to 915 Kg of fissile material since 1963. Amir Oren, Haaretz

The nuclear reactor near Dimona | AFP

The nuclear reactor near Dimona | AFP

Israel produced 660 Kg of plutonium in its nuclear reactor in Dimona, and used it to make 115 nuclear warheads, which it holds in its arsenal today, a study by the Washington D.C.-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) published Friday alleges. Continue reading

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CNN punished journalist for fulfilling a core duty of journalism

By GLENN GRUNWALD

corporate mediaCNN yesterday suspended its global affairs correspondent, Elise Labott, for two weeks for the crime of posting a tweet critical of the House vote to ban Syrian refugees. Whether by compulsion or choice, she then groveled in apology. This is the original tweet along with her subsequent expression of repentance:

This all happened after The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple complained that her original tweet showed “bias.” The claim that CNN journalists must be “objective” and are not permitted to express opinions is an absolute joke. CNN journalists constantly express opinions without being sanctioned. Continue reading

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CNN suspends reporter for sympathetic tweet about Syrian refugees

Media-CulpaCNN journalist Elise Labott has been suspended by the network for two weeks for tweeting a message of disappointment on Thursday after US lawmakers passed a bill that would restrict the influx of Syrian refugees.

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Russia’s Lavrov: US is not seriously fighting against the Islamic State

That the U.S. was not seriously fighting the Islamic State was obvious to any observer but it is now a public position stated by Russia and the U.S. will have to react to

Throughout the last week the Russian airforce updated its target list in Syria. Plans were prepared, units designated, ammunition was loaded.

Today President Putin announced that the destruction of a Russian airliner with 224 people on board over the Sinai peninsula had indeed been an Islamic State terror attack. Traces of explosives were found on parts of the debris.

The Russian mission in Syria is no longer just to help the Syrian government but is now a matter of Russian national self-defence. The Russian parliament was not shy in assigning guilt: Continue reading

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The love affair between ISIS and the Turkish JDP (AKP) government: the evidence

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Two articles by TONY SEED and Sendika.Org News

The menace of ISIS grew in the Middle East with the overt and covert help of the ruling JDP (Justice Development Party) government in Turkey, a member of the US NATO military bloc and host of the current meeting of the G20 states, being held under the high ideals of the “war against terrorism”, and such members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) as Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Once again these facts have been wiped from the terrible story of the violent attacks in Paris.
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Why the rise of fascism is again the issue

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

By JOHN PILGER

The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of a modern kind of fascism is suppressed; for it is their fascism. Continue reading

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John Pilger on ISIS: Only when we see the war criminals in our midst will the blood begin to dry

 By JOHN PILGER / johnpilger.com

In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”.  As Barack Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger’s murderous honesty. Continue reading

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Antalya, Turkey rises up against the G20: ‘Go home, murderous G20’

The Forces of Labor and Democracy of Antalya have marched on the southern province’s Cumhuriyet Square, demanding the departure of the ‘murderous, colonialist and imperialist war organization’ that is the G20. Despite an attack by the police in the square, the Halkevleri, Öğrenci Kolektifleri and the Liseli Genç Umut were able to overcome a police barricade and issue a statement calling for the destruction of the ‘imperialist war organization of the G20’

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Tale of two cities – Why silence when Beirut gets bombed but tears for Paris?

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

Universally, governments have condemned the attacks that took place in the French capital’s northern suburb of Saint-Denis on November 13, 2015. Unquestionably, the murder and mayhem that happened in Paris was despicable and tragic. Questions need to be asked, however, as part of an important discussion about the narrative that is emerging. Continue reading

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The fallacy of Erdogan-style democracy

By GHASSAN KADI*

ElectionIncubatorCartoon(November 4) – Erdogan’s AKP party has scored a monumental victory; not so much in terms of the lead in parliament though. As a matter of fact, it is a fairly narrow victory, but one that was least expected. What is monumental about it is the course that Turkey has set itself upon.

A victory for Erdogan perhaps, but for Turkey itself, the outcome of this election will probably take years and even decades until it becomes clear what the results truly meant for Turkey’s future and wellbeing. Continue reading

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Event. Los Primos Presents

Los Primos Presents…

Fall’15 Vocal Performance Workshop Series …

“THE VENUE”- with Augusto Enriquez

Fri-Sat-Sun November 20, 21, 22, Halifax, Nova Scotia Continue reading

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Week five of Russia’s intervention in Syria: The Russians dig in

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(November 8) – Whether this tragedy was directly linked to the war in Syria or not, there is no doubt that the downing of Kogalymavia Flight 9268 was the main event of the past week. Since I have covered this issue elsewhere, I shall not return to it in detail again here. Continue reading

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The Paris Violence – Statement of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)

The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) categorically condemns the heinous crimes committed in Paris, France on the afternoon of November 13. We express our deepest sympathies with the families, friends and colleagues of the victims and call for sober-minded measures to be taken which do not turn the French and world’s people into targets of counterviolence. Measures which further deprive the people of their rights in the name of protecting the security of the French state are not an acceptable answer.

The reactionary violence displayed in Paris is directed against the working people who are not to blame for the instigation of state terrorism but are its victims. Attempts to protect the French state which deprive the people of their rights and, furthermore, target sections of the people for attack, are self-serving and create an even more dangerous situation.

CPC(M-L) calls on its members and supporters to take these events very seriously, remain calm and lead their peers to draw warranted conclusions. Who is behind these attacks? Are they an attempt to further murky the waters surrounding the U.S. striving to bring about regime change in Syria, which is now leading to a new round of violence, such as the targeting of a hospital in Afghanistan by the U.S. and to bombings such as what took place in Lebanon that targeted Hezbollah, and other similar activities?

All of it shows the anarchy and violence which has been unleashed by the U.S. striving for world domination in which the NATO bloc is doing its utmost to isolate Russia and not permit a political solution to problems which have emerged.

CPC(M-L) reiterates its opposition to the use of force to settle conflicts. We reiterate our opposition to the use of the state to suppress the rights of the people in the name of security. All of it shows that political solutions are not on the agenda of the U.S. and European powers, as well as Canada. Instead, civil wars and state terrorism are fomented to get an upper hand. It must not pass!

TO CONTACT CPC(M-L) Tel: (416) 253-4475 • Email: office@cpcml.ca • Website: www.cpcml.ca

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Warmongers not welcome in Halifax – Oppose the Halifax War Conference

Anti-War Rally

Saturday, November 21 – 1:00 pm
Halifax Peace & Freedom Park (formerly Cornwallis Park), Hollis & South Streets, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Organized by No Harbour For War
Endorsed by Students Against Israeli Apartheid at Dalhousie and others
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Centenary of the execution of trade union activist Joe Hill in Utah

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(November 10) – This years marks the centenary of the execution of trade union activist Joe Hill in Utah on November 19, 1915. For many people today he is perhaps best known as the subject of the folk ballad written by Alfred Hayes in 1936. Continue reading

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Liberal Party’s foreign and military policy platform

We are posting below those parts of the Liberal Party’s “Real Change” platform for the 42nd General Election concerning Canada’s relations with other countries and the structure and make-up of Canada’s military.

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Changing of the guard: Canada’s new government takes office

At 10:30 am on November 4, surrounded by a lot of hoopla, Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister. Prior to that, Stephen Harper tendered his formal resignation to the Governor General in a private meeting.

The cabinet is comprised of 31 members including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who is also Minister for Youth and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. It is comprised of 15 women and 16 men. The average age is 52, with ages ranging from 30 to 69. Continue reading

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1989 fall of the Berlin Wall: Where did all the euphoria go?

Twenty-six years after the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989 the world is truly a different place but not the one we were told it would be. That much is clear.

Twenty-six years ago, the event seized the imagination of the entire world unleashing a flood of events in rapid succession. Even before the Berlin Wall was torn down in November, an agreement was reached in April 1989 in Poland between the government and Solidarnosc. Later in December, came the assassination of President Nicolae Ceauseşcu of Romania. Within two years, the Soviet Union had collapsed, ending the bi-polar division of the world. The period of flow of revolution went into a period of retreat of revolution. Continue reading

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A step too far: U.S. Steel files motion to steal $2.2 billion from Canada


(November 5) – U.S. Steel executives are flush with arrogance for having manipulated the Ontario Superior Court to put its wholly owned Canadian subsidiary into bankruptcy protection of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) without putting U.S. Steel assets in the U.S. at risk. This was done with the criminal magician’s sleight of hand, creating a fictitious separate Canadian company, an offspring that has supposedly bled the good U.S. parent dry. Continue reading

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The New Government: Diversity

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Renewal Update – A joke making the rounds questions the diversity in the composition of the new Liberal government. “All I see is Liberals,” the punchline says. Continue reading

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Graphic details. In case you thought most US aid went to poor people, let me depress you with one great map

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Chris Blattman, Associate Professor of Political Science & International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, has posted this graphic by Raul Amoros. on his blog.

How was the U.S. “aid” distributed? Continue reading

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Legacies: Lives lived / past progressive – Cuba’s Jorge Risquet: the brother I never had

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Jorge Risquet with Nelson Mandela.

Jorge Risquet was like the brother I never had . We had been working together since 1994. He had been selected by Fidel and Raúl Castro to oversee my access to the closed Cuban archives, and he headed the declassification commission that was created for my research on Cuban policy in Africa.  Continue reading

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Paying the debt to Africa: On the 40th anniversary of Cuba’s Operación Carlota

Cuban and Angolan soldiers at the front

Cuban and Angolan soldiers at the front

By ISAAC SANEY*

“The Cuban people hold a special place in the hearts of the peoples of Africa. The Cuban internationalists have made a contribution to African independence, freedom and justice, unparalleled for its principled and selfless character…Cubans came to our region as doctors, teachers, soldiers, agricultural experts, but never as colonizers. They have shared the same trenches with us in the struggle against colonialism, underdevelopment, and apartheid.” –Nelson Mandela Continue reading

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This day. Carlota’s revolt in Matanzas, Cuba

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Collage by Tony Seed, 2007

Carlota, a heroic woman captive of Lukumi African origin, took up the machete on November 5, 1843 to lead a slave rebellion against the Spanish colonists at the Triunvirato sugar mill in Matanzas Province, Cuba, in which she lost her life. In her honour, on 5 November 1975, Cuba named its campaign in Angola against apartheid South Africa “Operación Carlota,” which culminated in the battle of Cuito Cuanavale and the defeat of the South African army in pitch battle. Continue reading

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