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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Yom-el-Ard – Day of the Land: Symbol of Palestinian Resistance

The Palestinian citizens in Israel are marking the 40th anniversary of Land Day today with massive demonstrations in several Arab villages, including Arrabeh in the Galilee and Umm al-Hayran in the south. This article from our archives provides essential information on the vital issue of land and the rising of 1976, when the Palestinian citizens of Israel revolted against the Israeli government, which had just announced new and extensive land expropriation plans in the Galilee.

The Israeli regime continuously cuts down olive trees and replaces them with coniferous trees to change the identity of the Palestinian landscape.

On the 29th Anniversary of Palestine Land Day

Nabil Hdeib and Tony Seed

More from the Halifax Political Forum

HALIFAX (15 April 2004) – March 30 marked Yom-el-Ard, the 29th anniversary of the Day of the Land, a symbol of Palestinian resistance.

On Land Day, 30 March 1976, thousands of Palestinians inside Israel and the West Bank staged a general strike against new orders of expropriating 60,000 dunams of their land in the Galilee which were declared “closed military zones.” After years of military rule, Land Day 1976 was the first act of mass resistance by the Palestinians inside Israel against the Zionist policy of internal colonialization, a systematic process of expropriation that had reduced Palestinian land ownership from around 94 per cent of all territory in pre-1948 Palestine to less than 3 per cent in what is now considered to be Israel. The ensuing clashes with Israeli army and police after the peaceful protests killed six Palestinians, hundreds were wounded and hundreds more jailed. Land Day reaffirmed the Palestinian minority in Israel as an inseparable part of the Palestinian nation. 

Since then March 30 has become recognized as Yom-el-Ard or Day of the Land to highlight the policies of land grab systematically applied by the Zionist movement and later by Israel and is celebrated around the world to salute the heroic resistance of the people of Palstinee. This year, Land Day was marked with demonstrations. Other actions around the world marked Land Day.

Land day activities have included a general strike of Palestinians in Israel and throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This year, one of the largest rallies took place in the northern Israeli town of Arrabeh, where one of the six youth was killed in 1976. Some 15,000 people demonstrated in Jenin. Another demonstration took place in the village of Beit Liqya south of Ramallah, where demonstrators marched to their threatened lands, already bulldozed for construction of the Apartheid Wall. Villagers planted symbolic olive trees and chanted anti-Wall slogans.

Thousands of Palestinians refugees marched in Lebanon with the largest demonstration in the Ein Al Helwa refugee camp where some 70,000 refugees live. More than 2,000 Egyptian university students took to the streets in both Cairo and Alexandria. Demonstrators carried Palestinian flags and chanted slogans condemning the continued Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

In Halifax, Palestinian-Canadian student Nabil Hdeib presented an important paper jointly prepared with Tony Seed to the Halifax Political Forum held to commemorate this occasion and pay homage to the resistance struggle of the Palestinian people. Mr Hdeib stressed that the original establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 actually marked the third successive historic failure of the Zionist project to acquire land from the indigenous Palestinians.

At the time of the British Colonial Mandate in 1921, systematic Zionist colonization, which had begun to unfold at the end of the 19th century, had succeeded in acquiring only 2 per cent of Historic Palestine. In the 30 years prior to World War I, the Jewish settlers were still under 8 per cent of the total population.

Despite 47 years of British imperial carrot-and-stick tactics under its Colonial Mandate, the Zionist project again failed. Even the poorest Palestinians farmers stood strong and refused to sell or abandon their land under the Zionist pressure. As well, the World Zionist Organization was unable to entice European or North American Jews to reconstitute a Eurocentric society of wealthy capitalists, wealthy professionals, industrial workers and farmers.

Statistics published by the British government reveal that the total area acquired by Zionists from 1920, when Land Registry Offices were opened, permitting transfer of ownership, until the forcible dislodging of the Palestinian Arabs in 1948, was under 4 per cent of the total area of Palestine. Although they had no control over the immigration of Zionist colonists into Palestine, the Palestinians did have some control over the sale of individually-owned land to those colonists. In fact, much of the land acquired by the Zionists was from rich absentee landlords resident in Beirut or Istanbul, or transferred by the British government from the public domain, although it was supposed to be held in trust for the Palestinian people under the terms of the League of Nations Mandate.

What the British called “public domain” began under Ottoman law as “public land,” i.e., land kept aside from private ownership to be brought into use or production under exceptional circumstances such as extended drought. Such land was not to be alienated into private hands. Under the British Colonial Mandate, although this Ottoman category was officially recognized, the Land Office treated so-called common land as “public domain” available for private ownership; the public was made private.

Private ownership could and did include appropriation or a hand-over of control to the “Jewish National Fund,” established in 1901 and part of the World Zionist Organization, deliberately designed to act as a private owner in the name of the “Jewish people.” Land was taken from the collective of the Palestinian people, “nationalized” or “collectivized” by kibbutzim, but was actually never turned over to individual Jewish property owners before 1948.

During preparation for the establishment of the Zionist state, the Zionists moved from boycott to deportation, and from co-existence to the exclusionary concept of a purely Jewish state. In 1895, Herzl frankly states, “We should force the natives to leave their homeland… by depriving them of labour.” (Diaries, Vol. 1, p. 88)

Some time afterwards it readies the instruments of systematic colonization. The World Zionist Organisation creates the Jewish Colonial Trust (1898), an international Zionist joint-stock company; the “Colonization Commission” (1898), the “Jewish National Fund” (1901), the “Palestine Office” (1908) and the “Palestine Land Development Company” (1908).

Monopoly right disguised as “Jewish Right”

Still, by 1947 the Zionists controlled not more than 5.6 per cent of Palestinian land. As a result of this failure, and with the Anglo-American imperial governments facilitating their moves, the Zionists ruthlessly used armed force to expel 780,000 Palestinians in “Nakba” (the Catastrophe), emptying the land of their rightful inhabitants, establishing what became the state of Israel on robbed Palestinian land and plunder, and thus forcibly depriving them not only of the right to self-determination but also of their elemental right to exist on their own land. Israel was opened for a well-organized and liberally-financed new wave of colonization, speedily executed in order to create a seeming fait accompli, “facts on the ground”, the reversal of which world public opinion would be reluctant to urge.

The fundamental Zionist principle of racial self-segregation originally outlined by the ideologue Theodor Herzl in Der Judenstaat in 1896 of “land redemption” and “transfer” also demanded racial purity and racial exclusiveness in the land. As such, the Zionist credo of racial self-segregation necessarily rejected the traditional coexistence of Jews and non-Jews. The absurd Zionist invention of Jews as a nation and the equation of Judaism with the Zionist state served this self-serving policy of the Zionist bourgeoisie of Europe.

Coexistence with the indigenous inhabitants in the territory in which Jewish colonists were to assemble was deemed a blemish on the image of pure Zionist racism. Outside Israel, the Zionists similarly criticized, from the same racist standpoint, continued Jewish residence in the lands of the Gentiles. On this basis, the State of Israel erected an entire legal order, including prohibition against the resale or lease of Jewish-owned land, a so-called Absentee Property Law (which in Arabic is called Qanoon Elhader/Gayeb) adopted in March 1950 along with other measures. It declared as “abandoned” any property temporarily vacated by Palestinians who were not present directly before, during or after the war of 1948, even if they took refuge in other locales within Palestine!

Through these measures, 90 per cent of the land was seized by the Jewish National Fund, now a state monopoly. No land transaction could take place except with a Jew or a Jewish entity. [1] The new state of Israel, established according to the conceptions of the 19h century European nation state, defends the property rights of the contending forces in the name of “Jewish right.” In Europe and North America, Jews were excluded from many residential areas by the technique of adding special “covenants” to all property deeds in a given area or neighbourhood, specifying that the property could not be sold to anyone of Jewish background. In the United States, similar covenants were used against African-Americans as part of the official state policy of segregation which was erected following the U.S. Civil War and the defeat of the Confederate slavocracy. In Israel, exactly the same racist principle was applied with the backing of the state against the Palestinians. However, “Jewish right” was elevated by Zionist Israel to monopoly right. As a result, almost 100 per cent of the land is held “in trust” by the JNF, which is still technically an agency of an international body, the World Zionist Council, whose board consists of prominent Zionist millionaires and billionaires from around the world such as the Bronfmans of Montreal.

Of the 150,000 Palestinians who remained in the new Israeli state, approximately 25 per cent were displaced from their homes and villages and became internal refugees. That left less than 22 per cent of Palestine under Arab control. In 1967, Israel extended its expansionist colonial plan through war, and occupied more Palestinian land in violation of international law while systematically dispersing its inhabitants. In the areas occupied in 1967, Israel used military orders to confiscate Palestinian land, of which over 1,300 have been issued so far, and which can be contested in court only with great difficulty. Since 1967 Israel has confiscated more than 750,000 acres of land from the 1.5 million acres comprising the West Bank and Gaza.

By 1993, over 80 per cent of the lands owned by Palestinian Arabs living within Israel had been confiscated and placed at the exclusive disposal of the Zionist state and movement. The Day of Land has become an occasion to remember these collective injustices and an opportunity to draw attention to the land grab policies administered by the Zionist entity of Israel up until this day.

The significance of Land Day

Today the Palestinians are facing another major land grab threat embodied in Israel’s Apartheid Wall. “It is a land grab tool in the first place despite the official Israeli jargon of ‘separation’ and ‘security’,” Mr. Hdeib stressed. “The only ‘separation’ this wall is doing is separating Palestinian villages from their land and adding it to Israel, and the only thing Israel is securing by building the wall is a guarantee of maximum profits, more violence and an even weaker chance of peace.”

“Still in its early stages of construction, way before any ‘separation’ has been achieved, the Apartheid Wall is causing immense damage. Two hundred ten thousand Palestinians are barred in enclaves, in severe violation of their rights under international law. Sixty-seven villages are separated from their means of livelihood. Twenty-eight hundred acres of Palestinian land were confiscated. Eighty-three thousand olive trees were uprooted. Thirty water wells producing 4 million cubed metres per year were confiscated. Thirty-five thousand metres of water infrastructure were destroyed by the bulldozers. [2]

“Added to the Apartheid Wall is the expansion of the infrastructure of military checkpoints (now over 700) and segregated bypass roads built on expropriated land, and designed to contract and split the Palestinian space and facilitate illegal Zionist settlements.

“While it is the Palestinians who continue to be dispossessed, it is the titans of international finance capital — concentrated in real estate and ‘property development’ (including highways construction) and originating from the U.S., Canada and France as well as Israel – who continue to be enriched in the name of ‘security’ on the basis of increasing their stake in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

“For instance, Canadian Highways International Corporation (CHIC) enriched itself through monopoly right in Canada – the Highway 407 Express Toll Route (ETR) in Toronto, Ontario (the world’s first all-electronic highway); the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island; and the Cobequid Bypass (a toll highway) in Nova Scotia and part of the Trans-Canada Highway. [3] CHIC is constructing the Cross-Israel Highway known as Route 6 in alliance with the most powerful real estate and construction interests within Israel. This monstrous, segregated, four-lane highway is rampaging through woodlands, deserts and villages and will stretch from the southern tip of Israel all the way up to its northern border with Lebanon. In part it parallels the Green Line or pushes it eastward into the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The CHIC consortium – Derech Eretz Highways (1997) Ltd. – is also made up of monopolies from Israel (Africa Israel Investment Ltd. and 36 other firms), France (Société Générale d’Entreprises), and the U.S. (Hughes Transportation Management Systems and Raytheon Company, the weapons manufacturer which supplied the dysfunctional Patriot missile system to Israel). The $3 billion contract is guaranteed by the State of Israel.

“The Day of the Land is an occasion not only for Palestinians but for every people and nation that has had its land stolen and its inhabitants dispersed be that in Palestine or Canada, be it the indigenous and First Nations or the ordinary people themselves. The costly sacrifices and unyielding resistance of the Palestinian people has not been in vain. They safeguarded the Palestinian national rights and underscored the legitimacy of their claim to their national heritage. Rights undefended are rights surrendered. Not a single day has passed or is passing that the Zionist junta of Israel has not expropriated land for self-serving reasons. The Zionist settler-state, therefore, has remained a usurper, lacking even the semblance of legitimacy – because the people of Palestine have remained loyal to its heritage and faithful to its rights.”

Endnotes

1. “Palestinian Land Day — Frequently Asked Questions,” MIFTAH

2. GushShalom.org

3. In 1999 control of CHIC was acquired by the U.S. financial conglomerate CIT Group based in New Jersey. See Tony Seed, “Profits from the Promised Land,” Dossier on Palestine, Shunpiking Magazine/New Media Publications (Halifax: 2002).

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Sponsoring organisations for the regular Winter 2004 series “Focus on Palestine” include: Dalhousie Students for Peace and Justice, CKDU Radio, Canada-Palestine Association, Shunpiking Magazine, dominionpaper.ca, and People’s Front (Halifax)

Halifax Forum commemorates Day of the Land

On 30 March 2002, “Everybody hear us say: Palestine is here to stay!” was the most popular slogan at the Land Day demonstration in Halifax.

HALIFAX (15 April 2004) — In commemoration of Palestinian Land Day, a vibrant cultural and political evening was held in Halifax on April 1 by the Halifax Political Forums. The Halifax initiative was part of a worldwide manifestation of solidarity with Palestine.

In his introduction to the formal part of the evening, Tony Seed, on behalf of the steering committee, underlined that the Israeli invasion of Jenin and other Palestinian cities in 2002, the massacre in Jenin, the memorable solidarity march in Halifax and other cities, and the cowardly silence of the Canadian government and media was the immediate inspiration for the publishing of the Dossier on Palestine by Shunpiking Magazine.

On 30 March 2002, “Everybody hear us say: Palestine is here to stay!” was the most popular slogan at the Land Day demonstration in Halifax (see photo above). And, in the ensuing two years there has emerged a living program on Palestine involving people of all walks of life and embodying a united front of the polity. The inherent justness of the Palestinian stand means that such an initiative occupies the mainstream of the society, representing the conscience of Canadians, Mr. Seed said.

The Halifax Political Forums provide an important space for citizens to receive enlightened information on topics otherwise suppressed or marginalized by the monopoly media and engage in serious discussion on national and international issues. They represent a civic venue for developing a united front of the polity in order to make decisions on issues of concern to the Canadian people. The forums are held on the principle of self-reliance, without waiting for experts from foreign galaxies to alight in Halifax. They are not defined by an ideological preconception nor restricted by an ideological requirement.

The problem of Palestine, although it directly affects the Palestinians, is not the concern of Palestinians alone, Mr. Seed said. He reminded everyone that the question of land as a democratic and sovereign right of the people was a serious issue facing people everywhere, as shown in Palestine, Scotland, Zimbabwe and South Africa, Latin America and Quebec, Aboriginal Territories and Canada itself, where monopoly right today is vested in the Crown and multinational corporations.

“The lands being the material basis of life, alike of conquerors and conquered,” he pointed out, “whoever holds those lands is master of the lives and liberties of the nation.”

Nabil Hdeib, a Palestinian-Canadian student, chaired the evening and introduced the historical significance of Land Day (see report under World). His presentation was followed by the 1997 PBS documentary, The People and The Land, centring on the First Intifada (Uprising) of 1987-1993, and an informative discussion.

Mr. Hdeib opened the discussion period by warmly encouraging everyone to participate, based on the democratic norm that each intervenor could speak once, until all had exercised the same right. Dr Ismail Zayid, president of the Canada Palestine Association, and other participants made important and informative interventions on the modus operandi of the dispossession of indigenous peoples, be they Palestinian, First Nations or the Gaels of Scotland, and those who excuse such ethnic cleansing. These interventions also gave rise to a number of proposals for future forums, speakers and films.

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Sponsoring organisations for the Winter 2004 series “Focus on Palestine” include: Dalhousie Students for Peace and Justice, CKDU Radio, Canada-Palestine Association, Shunpiking Magazine, dominionpaper.ca, and People’s Front (Halifax)

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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 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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Flashback: Belgium’s ‘apology’ for assassinating Patrice Lumumba

Europe sheds crocodile tears for Africa

Patrice Lumumba (July 2, 1925–January 17, 1961)

Patrice Lumumba (July 2, 1925–January 17, 1961)

I only gave voice to words of freedom and brotherhood, words they couldn’t accept. Just words. – Patrice Lumumba

Neither state nor individual terrorism is justifiable. But when the European rulers issue self-serving statements that the violence in Brussels is an attack on Europe – and further are silent on the terrorist attacks in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Yemen – then they too must be condemned and the issues gone into soberly. It is these rulers themselves whom, as the statement of CPC(M-L) points out, “block the peoples of Europe from sorting out the problems of nation-building in the 21st century, starting by disavowing the colonialist past and imperialist present of the big European powers and dismantling the U.S.-led aggressive military alliance NATO.”

For the information of readers, we are reproducing an article from our archives by BARRACK MULUKA on how Belgium disavowed its colonial past; the assassination on January 17, 1961 of one of Africa’s most outstanding independence leaders, Patrice Lumumba of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2001, an official inquiry in 2001 produced a painstaking account of how officials, ministers and even Belgium’s King Baudouin either plotted to kill Lumumba just months after independence or were aware that others were doing so. The American president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, had long given the green light for the CIA to plan the elimination of Lumumba, according to Madeleine Kalb in her book, Congo Cables, published by Macmillan in 1982 based on leaked State Department cables.

Under the reign of terror instituted by King Leopold II of Belgium (who ran the Congo Free State as his personal fief from 1885 to 1908), the population of the Congo was reduced by half — as many as 8 million Africans (perhaps even 10 million, lost their lives. Today, Belgium is providing “logistical support” as does Canada for the French military occupation and plunder of Mali, the aggression against Libya and the support of “jihadi” terrorists to overthrow the secular government of Syria.

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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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Flashback: The day the war broke out

Halifax, March 20, 2003. Hundreds upon hundreds of people take to the streets to condemn the U.S. invasion of Iraq the night before.

Halifax, March 20, 2003. Hundreds upon hundreds of people take to the streets to condemn the U.S. invasion of Iraq the night before.

In this article from our archives, TONY SEED chronicles the response of Haligonians – and authority – to the first day of the U.S. war against Iraq. Similar demonstrations take place in Shelburne, Wolfville and Antigonish and a silent vigil in Sydney, Cape Breton, as well as in Fredericton, New Brunswick (see below), across Canada and around the world. History shows the correctness of this just stand. The war and ensuing occupation, endorsed and supported by the Chrétien government and every daily newspaper in Canada, caused a terrible tragedy for the people of Iraq and West Asia (Middle East): the number of Iraqis slaughtered is an estimated 1,455,590 people. From reports submitted to Shunpiking Magazine and TML Daily.

(HALIFAX, 20 March 2003) – TODAY a mass democracy meeting broke out at Dalhousie University on Canada’s Atlantic coast against Bush’s barbarous war against Iraq, beginning a day of mass opposition and upheaval that swept across the nation, from east to west, continuing a wave of protest unfolding around the globe, first Oceania, then Asia, the Middle East and Europe and onto the Americas as surely as the earth travels around the sun. Continue reading

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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?

Can security be protected by what are called “security measures”? Those measures come in all shapes and sizes but are usually concerned with giving more leeway and discretion to the police powers to intervene and increasing their scope. Canada’s secret police have also already admitted to using the new “disruption” powers given them by Bill C-51 against “threats to the security of Canada” nearly two dozen times.

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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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