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
For Information: Facebook

The 7th annual Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) will be convened on November 20-22 as a platform for warmongering and empire building of U.S. imperialism and the NATO bloc, in which the Canadian Government is fully embroiled.

Warmongers from more than 60 countries will join Canadian Defence officials and some 300 others at the Washington, DC -based Forum “to learn from each other, share opinions, generate new ideas, and put them into action.”

In a November 4 press release issued from Washington, the President of the HISF, Peter Van Praagh, welcomed the changing of the guard in Ottawa. “We applaud Prime Minister Trudeau for appointing such a strong and diverse team of leaders to cabinet.”

“Halifax International Security Forum cannot happen without the support of many government departments and agencies,” said Van Praagh. “I would like to thank the outgoing government of Canada for its strong support and look forward to working with our new partners, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan and Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, as well as our strong private sector partners from the Halifax Canada Club.”

The first 2009 forum was dedicated to popularizing NATO’s then new “security doctrine.” Ensuing forums have provided a stage to justify NATO’s “humanitarian intervention” in Libya and Africa, Syria and Iran. This forum will no doubt further the dark plans of NATO to attack and destroy the Assad government in Syria under the guise of destroying ISIL “Islamic terrorism”, and to use Ukraine as a battering ram and platform on which to foster major aggression against Russia.

The warmongering forums also form the venue for the United States to form new military arrangements to integrate the Canadian Forces under its command. In 2009, U.S. Secretary of State Robert Gates announced that U.S. Marines would henceforth exercise in the Arctic to “defend Canadian sovereignty.” In 2011, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that Canada had signed a still secret protocol to join Obama’s Asia Pivot strategy aimed at China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The forum has increasingly put on the table the issue of “energy security” – to ensure that Canadian oil and gas production and export conform with the plans of the U.S. and NATO, in which energy is viewed as a weapon against rival powers such as Russia. Taking into account Fortress America or Fortress North America, the security perimeter agreement, part of the SPP, as well as the TPP and CETA agreements, their program is a union of North American monopolies in which all the working class and the resources of Canada and Mexico are annexed by the USA so as to compete more effectively with Europe for the domination of Asia.

The HISF is a 100 per cent U.S. operation, lock, stock and barrel, paid for by millions of our tax dollars handed over by the Canadian government to the U.S. organizers. The agenda is one of nation-wrecking and the usurping of decision-making in the sphere of foreign and military policy of Canada, as shown by the fact that the offices of the HISF are located at 1717 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC. This necessitates the elimination of the opposition and resistance of the workers and peoples including the First Nations to the unrestrained plunder of our land, labour and resources.

It is unacceptable that Halifax, or any Canadian city, be used as a venue to plan further crimes against the peace and the peoples of the world. Bring your banners, bring your music and statements, and most of all bring your friends to oppose this war conference.

Hands off Syria & Iraq!

Hands off Palestine & Ukraine!

War Criminals – Out of Halifax!

Canada Out of NATO & NORAD!

Dismantle NATO!

We Need an Anti-war Government!

No Harbour for War!

Related reading on this website

Halifax International Security Forum: The network of subversion, annexation and war in the making – the ‘Halifax Canada Club’,” Tony Seed, November 21, 2013

2012 Halifax NATO War Conference: Analysis of the agenda, emphasis, tactics and composition of the Halifax International Security Forum, 2009-2012,” Tony Seed, November 16, 2012

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