Monthly Archives: March 2016

Israel: Hebron assassination – ‘never have so many cheered such a vile murderer’

A mob supporting the detained Zionist murderer outside the court in Occupied Palestine where his hearing was taking place, March 29, 2016 | Ilan Assayag

A mob supporting the detained Zionist murderer outside the court in Occupied Palestine where his hearing was taking place, March 29, 2016 | Ilan Assayag

For your information: Articles from the Israeli press on the cold-blooded assassination of an incapacitated man in Occupied Palestine

Abed al-Fatah al Sharif was lying clearly unconscious on the ground, one of two men who had allegedly attacked an Israeli soldier, wounding him slightly on March 24. Despite having already been shot to the ground, where he lay wounded for several minutes, after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier. He was then shot in the head at point-blank range by another IDF soldier.

“The soldier was not acting in self-defence,” reported Al-Monitor. “He did not fear for his life or for those of other soldiers, and from initial examination of the incident, it turns out that he wasn’t even part of the force operating in the area when the man attacked. Rather, he arrived after the incident was over. He apparently acted the way he did because that was the way the wind was blowing.” Amos Harel of the Israeli paper Haaretz described the killing as nothing less than a “cold-blooded execution.” 

The assassination is hardly exceptional, nor is the Israeli culture of impunity: killing Palestinians is a way of life in the Zionist utopia, which is given carte blanche by the United States, Canada and the European Union and its media. The heroization of the executioner seems to be. Even by the barbaric standards of Zionist forces in Occupied Palestine, the cold-blooded execution of a wounded Palestinian has sent shockwaves around the world, with one senior UN official branding it an “extrajudicial execution” and a “gruesome, immoral, and unjust act,” but not among soldiers on the scene or the wider Israeli public.

On Thursday, March 30, a military judge, Lt. Col. Ronen Shor, ordered that the soldier be released from jail and instead kept under open arrest at his base.

Since last October, more than 200 Palestinians have now been shot dead by Israeli forces, some in clashes, the majority after they had been accused of attacking or attempting to attack Israelis, with nearly 30 Israelis killed in the same period. – TS

  • Never have so many cheered such a vile murderer
  • IDF grovels – downgrades charges against soldier-executioner who shot subdued Palestinian to manslaughter
  • Video shows soldier shaking hands with far-right activist after shooting subdued Palestinian attacker
  • Soldier said Palestinian assailant ‘needs to die’ before shooting, army probe finds
  • Hebron murder was no exception, but the inevitable result
  • The shooting in Hebron was a cold-blooded execution
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Israel revives 50-year-old land theft plan

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Allon (L) meets with US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (C) and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir before dinner at the prime minister's residence, Jerusalem, Feb. 27, 1974. (photo by Facebook/The Prime Minister of Israel)

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Allon (L) meets with US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (C) and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir before dinner at the prime minister’s residence, Jerusalem, Feb. 27, 1974. (photo by Facebook/The Prime Minister of Israel)

By DAOUAD KUTTAB*

(March 29) – In a March 18 statement, the Land Defense Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) reintroduced to political discussion terminology no longer often heard. In the statement, the PLO accused right-wing Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu of reviving the Allon Plan, so named after the late Labor Party Minister Yigal Allon. Continue reading

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Looking at the Trudeau budget

130501-CalgaryMayDay-108crThe federal government released its 2016 budget on March 22, which it calls Growing the Middle Class. The March 26 issue of TML Weekly  features part one of a series “Looking at the Budget,” which points out that the “aim of the Liberal budget is found in the details.” Continue reading

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Brother Obama

(March 28) – The kings of Spain brought us the conquistadores and masters, whose footprints remained in the circular land grants assigned to those searching for gold in the sands of rivers, an abusive and shameful form of exploitation, traces of which can be noted from the air in many places around the country. Continue reading

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Overview: Historic visit of US President to Cuba March 20-22

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TML Weekly (March 26) – President of Cuba Raúl Castro saw his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama off at José Martí International Airport in Havana on March 22 at the end of his three-day visit. Prensa Latina reports that both Presidents shook hands, reaffirming their willingness to continue the process towards normalization of relations which began on December 17, 2014. From Havana Obama flew to Argentina.

The visit is historic because it is the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited Cuba since 1928 when Calvin Coolidge arrived aboard a U.S. warship to attend the 6th Pan American Conference, held under the sponsorship of an infamous local figure, Gerardo Machado. In fact, Obama is only the second U.S. president ever to visit Cuba, despite the island’s proximity to the U.S. mainland. Continue reading

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Anti-Communist fairy tales about Cuba, freedom, democracy and human rights

Re: Op-ed in the Globe and Mail, February 25. Originally posted on February 25, I am reposting as a Globe editorial on March 22, 2016 called for regime change in Cuba.

By ANNA DI CARLO*

mediaculpaheader.stretchedCertain things are well known when it comes to the U.S. For instance, the U.S. contains only 4.4 per cent of the world’s population but it has the dubious prestige of incarcerating 22 per cent of the world’s prisoners, not to mention a largest number of political prisoners. It is also infamous for its arbitrary detentions and Guantanamo-type torture camps. In 2015 alone police in the U.S. killed 1,140 people. Continue reading

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Remembrance Day: Canadian Forces collaboration with fascist forces

Demonstration in Ottawa on October 5, 2015 demanding Canadian government end its support for Ukrainian fascists, which continues to this day under the Trudeau Liberal government.

By TONY SEED and BILL SHPIKULA

Less than three weeks after a meeting between Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland and Toronto Liberal candidates, with officials of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) in Etobicoke preceding the 2015 federal election, the Canadian Forces deployed a contingent of cadets from the Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston as well as members of different branches of the CF to participate in “Ukrainian Remembrance Day” events in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke on November 8, 2015. Continue reading

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Canada 150 announcements

Walk for reconciliation, Ottawa, May 31, 2015.

Walk for reconciliation, Ottawa, May 31, 2015.

On March 15, Minister of Heritage Mélanie Joly announced the Government of Canada’s vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. While promoting a chauvinist vision of “shared values” the government announced that it will pay a private organization to approve and disburse funds for official celebrations on this basis. None of it is conducive to a serious discussion on how to modernize Canada’s constitution and political system to bring them on par with the needs of the times. Continue reading

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Canada’s promotion of neo-liberal imperialist internationalism

On March 16 at the United Nations the Liberal government announced its bid to fill one of five non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council in 2021. Commentary by SAM HEATON

140927-EdmontonECAWARPicket-02To convince Canadians that Canada is doing something worthwhile on the world scale the Trudeau government is pushing a neo-liberal imperialist internationalism as a basis for “peacekeeping” and “peacemaking.” From the time of the Second World War to the present, no Canadian government has taken any international measures whatsoever, whether through the Security Council, or any other body, which would defend democracy and establish an international order favourable to the interests of the people. Continue reading

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Trudeau’s self-righteous pitch for UN Security Council seat

040320-TorontoAntiWar-001On March 16 at the United Nations the Liberal government announced its bid to fill one of five non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council in 2021. Prime Minister Trudeau held a meeting in the lobby of the United Nations to which all UN member states were invited as well as members of the press and Canadians working at the UN.[1]

As part of its election platform the Liberals committed to “restoring Canada’s leadership in the world.” Continue reading

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Canada expands military mission in the Middle East to unprecedented level

Canada has now established the largest military “footprint” in the Middle East in its history. These forces include: special forces in Baghdad and Irbil in Iraq (2016 and 2014); unannounced border locations in Lebanon and Jordan (2016); a military base or hub in Kuwait established in 2010, now to be expanded; a military force in Ramallah, West Bank Occupied Palestine (Operation Proteus) established in 2005; and the warship HMCS Frederiction, deployed on February 11 to the NATO Fleet being positioned in the Aegean Sea. Canadian warships also deploy to the Persian Gulf. All are directly or indirectly under U.S. command. Renewal Update reports on the latest news.

Actions took place across Canada March 19, 2016, on the 13th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Photo shows Ottawa demonstration.

Coinciding with the 13th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq which began on March 19, 2003, Canada is expanding its military role in Iraq and the Middle East. The government argues that these actions are in line with what it calls Canada’s history of peacekeeping. In this way, it covers up that so long as Canada belongs to NATO and NORAD its peacekeeping missions are either part of imperialism’s plans of “no war, no peace,” as in Palestine which causes untold suffering, or as part of the U.S. striving for domination, which has been the case since the interventions in Yugoslavia. Continue reading

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53rd Anniversary of the Syrian Revolution — March 8, 1963

An Anti-Oligarchic, Anti-Imperialist, Anti-Zionist Popular Revolution

1971 OSPAAAL poster in solidarity with Syria by Lázaro Abrue Padrón

1971 OSPAAAL poster in solidarity with Syria by Lázaro Abrue Padrón

Organization of Solidarity of the People of Asia, Africa & Latin America (OSPAAAL)

The commemoration of the 53rd anniversary of the Syrian Revolution of March 8, 1963 — with its anti-oligarchic, popular, anti-imperialist and anti-Zionist character that allowed its people to realize their independence, formally declared in 1945 after the end of the French colonial mandate — is an occasion to reaffirm our categorical rejection of what has been the most brutal war of imperialism and its allies against Syria, with economic strangulation, unimaginable terrorist practices and unprecedented media aggression used to demonize the victimized country. Continue reading

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Obama: We are here to extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people

Obama: We are here to extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban peopleHAVANA, Cuba, Mar 22 (acn) – We are here to extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people, said on Tuesday the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, at Havana’s Alicia Alonso Grand Theater. The U.S. president spoke to civil society from the emblematic building, in the presence of Army General Raul Castro, President of the Councils of State and Ministers. Continue reading

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Terrorist attacks in Belgium, Turkey and Iraq: No to both state terrorism and individual acts of terror!

Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), March 22, 2016

THE Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) condemns the devastating bombings which took place in Brussels, Belgium on the morning of March 22, leaving more than two dozen dead and nearly two hundred wounded, as well as brutal crimes on the same scale in Ankara, Turkey on March 13 and in two locations in Iraq on March 6 and March 21.

CPC(M-L) rejects all forms of terrorism, both state terrorism and individual acts of terror. CPC(M-L) also condemns the use of such events as a pretext to step up imperialist war preparations, invasions and aggression to bring about “regime change.” We call on Canadians to also oppose all actions by the big powers which criminalize the right to conscience of human beings in the name of defending security, opposing “radicalization,” defending civilized values and other pretexts. Continue reading

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Revising history: US publisher censors maps, destroys books

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The maps, which appear in chronological succession in a US textbook on page 123, show Palestinian land loss from 1946, one year before Zionist militias initiated the displacement of more than 750,000 indigenous Palestinians from historic Palestine, to the year 2000, by which point Palestinian land had been reduced to a handful of tiny non-contiguous enclaves in the occupied West Bank and a sliver of Gaza. “The review determined that the map did not meet our academic standards,” McGraw-Hill spokesperson Catherine Mathis told Inside Higher Ed, adding, “We have informed the authors and we are no longer selling the book. All existing inventory will be destroyed. We apologize and will refund payment to anyone who returns the book.”

By LAWRENCE DAVIDSON*

(March 21) –  What is the difference between a textbook publisher giving into pressure from Christian fundamentalists seeking to censor the teaching of evolution, and a publisher giving in to Zionists seeking to censor awareness of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine? Neither phenomenon is a matter of opinion or perspective. One act of censorship denies facts established by scientific research. The other denies the documented violation of international law (for instance, the Fourth Geneva Convention) and multiple UN resolutions. So the answer to the question just asked is – there is no difference.  Continue reading

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US hypocritical lectures to Cuba

100522-TorontoCubaSolidarity-07-cropU.S. officials media are lecturing Cuba about human rights, but – in many ways – Cuba offers equal or better protection of human rights than does the United States, writes MARJORIE COHN*.

(March 19) – In advance of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba on March 20, there is speculation about whether he can pressure Cuba to improve its human rights. But a comparison of Cuba’s human rights record with that of the United States shows that the U.S. should be taking lessons from Cuba. Continue reading

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We dot the I’s: Obama, CNN and political prisoners

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By TONY SEED (Published March 21, slightly revised by the author on March 26) 

According to CNN, Cuban president Raul Castro “refused to answer the question,” when US president Barack Obama called on Jim Acosta, the Senior White House Correspondent for CNN, a Cuban-American, to ask the first question in a joint press conference with President Raúl Castro at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana on March 21. (After the presentations by the two heads of state in the joint press conference, the floor was opened to questions from the large number of international and Cuban journalists.) Acosta cynically asked if Cuba would release political prisoners.

President Castro immediately replied:

“Give me the list of political prisoners and I will release them immediately. Just mention a list. What political prisoners? Give me a name or names. After this meeting is over, you can give me a list of political prisoners. And if we have those political prisoners, they will be released before tonight ends.” Continue reading

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On Visit of US President Obama to Cuba

Ottawa picket, March 17, 2016.

Ottawa picket, March 17, 2016.

  • US announces partial changes to sanctions against Cuba
  • U.S. blockade against Cuba continues contact – Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Cuban foreign minister
  • Statement by Federation of Cuban Women
  • We will never renounce the unity achieved by our workers – Cuban Workers’ Federation

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Liberal cabinet ministers’ selfies with notorious war criminals (1)

It is very distressing to many Canadians to see the Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly and Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains twittering like tweens from Washington with those they clearly consider to be the heroes of modern American history, war criminals Henry Kissinger and Colin Powell. It brings the Trudeau government no honour to portray people such as these as someone to emulate. Continue reading

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Cross Canada day of action on March 19th protesting Canada’s escalating military role in Syria/Iraq

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Ceasefire in Syria: A who’s who of the terrorist factions

2014.10.25.CourtenayComoxValleyPeaceGroupAction-01crAs of February 27 a cessation of hostilities began in Syria. The agreement applies to the parties to the Syrian conflict that indicate their commitment to and acceptance of its terms. It does not however apply to “Daesh,” “Jabhat al-Nusra,” or “other terrorist organizations designated by the UN Security Council,” which is part of the reason it is referred to as a cessation of hostilities rather than a ceasefire. The terms were submitted to the UN Security Council for approval by Russia and the U.S. in their capacity as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG). Continue reading

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The program to resettle Syrian refugees in Canada (3): The settlement program

120310-EdmontonIWD-002crop(March 5) – On February 28 the government of Canada announced that as of that date 25,323 Syrians have been brought to Canada as refugees and been given permanent resident status, meeting the Liberals’ own February 29 deadline. Of those 14,418 were government-assisted refugees (GARs). Meanwhile, 2,179 were Blended Visa-Office Referred (BVOR), meaning the government will provide support for the first six months, following which private sponsors will provide support for another six months. The remaining 8,726 were completely privately sponsored.[1]

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The program to resettle Syrian refugees in Canada (2): Defend the rights of all

091023-MontrealJasonKenneyProtest-01As of February 28 more than 25,000 Syrian refugees have come to Canada. A little over half came as government-assisted refugees with the rest having private or semi-private sponsorship. A recent issue of TML Weekly features a call from the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) for working people to be vigilant and make sure their rights are defended in the context of defending the rights of all. We are posting the full text below. Continue reading

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Word. Dr Bashar Jaafari, Syrian UN Ambassador, on Geneva peace talks

Dr. Bashar al-Ja'afari, Syria’s Permanent representative to the United Nations

Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari, Syria’s Permanent representative to the United Nations

Nobody has the right to change anything in Syria but the Syrians by themselves. We are not Somalia, we are not Libya, we are not Iraq, we are not Sudan. We are Syria.

(March 16) – Tony Jones of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) speaks with Dr Jaafari in Geneva as he attends the UN-brokered Syrian peace talks as the lead negotiator for President Bashar al-Assad’s government. To watch the video, see here. Jones argues (desperately!) that the aim of the peace talks is to reach an accommodation with terrorist forces holding Aleppo, including those not represented at Geneva.Notwithstanding the social media chatter as to how Dr Jaafari  puts one of the ABC’s highest paid personalities – sitting in the air conditioned ABC studio 14,000 km away on the other side of the world – in place, we are reproducing the full transcript so that readers may become acquainted with the stand of the Syrian Arab Republic, its principles and its approach to the current peace talks in Geneva. On the other hand,

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Trudeau confirms direction set under Harper on the border and security

New Canada-U.S. border and security arrangements announced in the context of Prime Minister Trudeau’s trip to Washington and the image of a Trudeau-Obama partnership. Where does the security of Canadians lie? Continue reading

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Largest water privatizer in the world: Private partner for Edmonton transit also violating international law in Palestine

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Land Day general strike in Occupied Palestine

Demonstration on Palestinian Land Day, 30 March 2002, Halifax, NS

Demonstration on Palestinian Land Day, 30 March 2002, Halifax, NS

NAZARETH, (March 13) – The follow-up committee for Arab citizens has decided to stage a general strike in different towns and villages in the 1948 occupied territories on March 30, which marks the 40th anniversary of the Land Day. Continue reading

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The program to resettle Syrian refugees in Canada (1): Canada accepts US veto

In an interview with the CBC, U.S. President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice confirmed that Canada used the U.S. biometrics system to screen each of the 25,000 Syrian refugees that came to Canada. “What we would do is share with our Canadian colleagues the info that we have uncovered and allow them to make judgments based on that,” said Rice. In this case the judgement was to automatically exclude that refugee. Continue reading

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US electoral fraud: Trump cancels another rally in Florida

Anti-Trump rally draws 10,000 protesters at the University of Illinois | CodePink

Anti-Trump rally drew over 10,000 protesters at the University of Illinois on March 11 | CodePink

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Donald Trump “postponed” a political campaign rally in Doral, Florida on Monday evening after nearly 3,000 people had registered to attend several Facebook events protesting the Republican front-runner.
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Venezuelan government and people in action to defend the revolution and counter economic war

In defence of Venezuela’s achievements against their usurpation by darkest reaction. SAM HEATON

Venezuelans in action to oppose the resurgence of reactionary forces at the opening of the National Assembly, January 4, 2016 | TeleSUR

Venezuela’s government and people are taking important measures to defend the country’s sovereignty and dignity in the face of the assault of the reactionary forces which have staged a comeback in that country. Continue reading

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