Monthly Archives: November 2018

Unifor press conference on Oshawa GM plant closure

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Back-to-work legislation: Postal workers treated like criminals by Trudeau government

• Postal Workers treated like criminals by Trudeau government – Louis Lang
• Canada Post not the workers has been withholding social assistance
cheques – Canadian Union of Postal Workers
• Renewed attacks on postal workers: We take it personally! – Pierre Soublière
• Postal workers demand justice as Trudeau meets with Corporate Calgary
• Photo weview: Postal workers’ rotating strikes and occupations

– All articles from Workers’ Forum, November 29, 2018

December 1 Day of Action in Support of Postal Workers

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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An Army of the Europeans

BERLIN (german-foreign-policy.com) – The program of the Berlin Security Conference, which ended yesterday, included discussions on new steps toward creating an “army of the Europeans,” concerns over the possible erosion of the West’s “margin in defence capabilities” vis à vis Russia and China, as well as the role of artificial intelligence in future wars. Unlike the Munich Security Conference, this conference is not oriented on foreign policy but specifically on military policy and the arms industry, with more than a thousand military and business representatives, state officials, and politicians participating. Continue reading

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Italy: A whole US/NATO strategic military base

PandoraTV (November 13) –  Manlio Dinucci in this carefully documented Pandora TV production focuses on US-NATO military deployment in Italy and around the World in what might described as “Global NATO.” Continue reading

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Vigorous rally against US-NATO war conferences in Halifax and imperialist war preparations

We are posting two reports on the 10th anniversary rally against the U.S.-led Halifax war conference, one of two held in that city simultaneously. It cannot be a coincidence that precisely one week later, the NATO supplicant Ukraine launched its provocation against Russia in the Sea of Azov. The first report on the Halifax conferences posted below warned on November 17, “Let the people be warned! Let the people beware!” Continue reading

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On the US attack against Oshawa auto workers

In the same breath as they pass brutal anti-worker legislation to criminalize the postal workers, the cartel parties ooze sympathy for the auto workers in Oshawa. The pundits are brought to the fore by the media to cynically tell the workers “to move on” and “prepare for the new economy” featuring robotics and automated cars. The president of Unifor is right when he says this is an attack on both the workers and the nation but is not he the one who cast his lot with NAFTA and split the CLC and now fulminates how he has been “betrayed” and will “fight.” That will be a good thing! Continue reading

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Syria, The Challenge

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This post is about an engrossing film produced in 2015 by a Syrian-Lebanese film-maker, Olga Naccache*, of the war on Syria, now in its 7th year. I just came across it thanks to a post on Facebook by Intibah Kadi. It is over one hour long, with English subtitles. It is gripping and many times elegiac. The music is vibrant. Continue reading

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Lebanon in US action movies: Beirut starring Jon Hamm

By AS’AD ABUKHALIL*

spyLebanon often provided a venue for American and Western action films.  In the 1950s and 1960s, it was a place of international intrigue and espionage where spies intersected with other spies, and where car chases on mountainous roads provided for good movie scenes.  There were so many US and European movies shot in Lebanon in those times, with such titles: The Sell-out, Masquerade, Man on the Spying Trapeze, Agent 505, Embassy, among others. But that so-called peaceful Lebanon (where successive Israeli invasions and massacres don’t get a mention in Western movie accounts, and are rarely listed as the reason for undermining the old Lebanon—with all its flaws, inequities, and injustices) does not exist anymore.  The Lebanese civil war provided a totally different venue for American action films that were to come in the 1980s. Continue reading

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Negotiate don’t dictate! No to the criminalization of workers’ struggles for their rights!

Canada Post and Trudeau government provoke a crisis in relations of production | Workers’ Forum, November 22

The Trudeau government has issued a Notice Paper in Parliament to criminalize postal workers’ right to negotiate their terms of employment. The Notice of back-to-work legislation includes closure to force its passage within the afternoon when introduced. This back-to-work order placed on the agenda of the Parliament of Canada deprives postal workers of their right to negotiate a collective agreement regarding their terms of employment in a calm and fair atmosphere between the collective of postal employees and their employer, which includes the right of workers to engage in job actions to prod their employer to negotiate. Continue reading

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Postal workers’ demands are just!

Condemn the Trudeau Government’s Anti-Worker Law!

The Trudeau government has tabled a bill to force striking postal workers back to work. The bill also imposes mediation to rule on unresolved issues between the two parties and gives the mediator-arbitrator the power to impose binding arbitration on matters that are not resolved through mediation.

CPC(M-L) firmly condemns this bill which criminalizes postal workers’ struggle for their rights and contributes to the creation of a climate which permits corporations to impose their dictate by depriving the workers of their right to negotiate their conditions of work based on the issues they have identified and to take labour action to achieve this. According to news reports, this bill will be adopted this weekend by imposing closure on debate in both the House of Commons and the Senate. We call on all workers to firmly denounce this anti-worker legislation and express their support for the postal workers’ just struggle.

To read the bill, go to http://cpcml.ca/Articles/181122-BillC89.HTM.

Parliament Hill Rally to
Oppose Anti-Worker Law Against Postal Workers
Friday, November 23 — 7:00 pm
Organized by Canadian Union of Postal Workers Ottawa Local

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This day in 1885: Anniversary of the hanging of Louis Riel

Métis leader Louis Riel (centre) surrounded by councillors of the Métis Legislative Assembly of Assinaboia.

Métis leader Louis Riel (centre) surrounded by councillors of the Métis Legislative Assembly of Assinaboia.

ON NOVEMBER 16, 1885, the British colonial power executed the great Métis leader Louis Riel. Riel had been charged and found guilty of high treason after the Métis were defeated at the Battle of Batoche in May of that year. The execution of Louis Riel was intended as an assault on the consciousness of the Métis nation, but was unsuccessful in putting an end to their fight for their rights and dignity as a nation. The struggle of the Métis to affirm their right to be and exercise control over their political affairs continues to this day. Continue reading

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U.S.-Canadian collaboration in supporting terrorism: ‘White Helmets’ at US-led Halifax war conference

130831-VancouverSyriaAntiWarRally-CharlotteKates-04The U.S.-Canadian collaboration in supporting terrorism is being heroized. In another stunning revelation of the foreign links to the extremists in Syria, the U.S.-led Halifax war conference opening today “will offer delegates an off-the-record session with Raed Al Saleh, co-founder of Syria Civil Defence, a group of volunteer rescue workers better known as the White Helmets” (emphasis added). Continue reading

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Not one but two war conferences in Halifax

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Halifax action, July 9, 2016 on the occasion of the NATO summit in Warsaw.

In parallel to the US-led Halifax war conference, a second conference, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly will bring together 600 politicians from the 29 NATO bloc member countries, as well as delegates from partner countries to discuss international security issues from Friday 16 November to Monday 19 November 2018. Continue reading

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10 years of resistance to the US-led Halifax war conference: ‘We built this city’, 2015

By EL JONES

We built this city
We built this city on land we stole
Built this city
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Ten years of resisting the US-led Halifax war conference

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In Part 3 of this series, we are highlighting the annual rallies held against the U.S.-led Halifax war conference, aka Halifax International Security Forum (HISF), as part of the organized anti-war movement in the city since the 1980s, which led up to and gave rise to this opposition. We highlight the activities of the HISF year-by-year, and the warmongering agenda for the 2018 conference. (Revised and expanded, November 16) Continue reading

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The murky origins of the annual US-led Halifax war conference

Part 2 of a series by Tony Seed written for the Nova Scotia Advocate.

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Demonstration against fourth Halifax International Security Forum, November 17, 2012 | Halifax Media Co-op

This year marks the 10th annual rally against the U.S.-led Halifax war conference, the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) on November 16-18, held in the context of the centenary of the ending of the First World War and the world “peace forum” of the big powers in Paris. For the 10th year Haligonians are organizing against it and advancing their demands based on No Harbour for War, Canada Out of NATO, Make Canada a Zone of Peace and for an anti-war government.

This “forum,” involving high-profile generals, admirals, defence ministers, ideologues and corporate executives from the NATO bloc, will discuss “issues of international security.” According to the Department of Defence, which has doled out some $30 million tax dollars to the U.S. organizers since 2009, the aim of the “discussion” is to “learn from each other, share opinions, generate new ideas, and put them into action” (emphasis added). Topics such as “100 Years On: Are We Tired of Winning?,” and “Beijing’s Cravings, Kremlin’s Gremlins: Freedom’s Foes.” are a telling implication of the real agenda. Continue reading

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Cheap commemoration

BERLIN/ATHENS/WARSAW(November 11) – In reference to Greece and Poland’s new demands for reparations for Germany’s World War II mass crimes, the German government has reconfirmed its blockade on compensations. Berlin maintains that there are no legal grounds for Athens and Warsaw’s demands. No reparations will be paid. Continue reading

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Poems on the Occasion of the Centenary of the End of World War I – Moments of Quiet Reflection

Monuments in Saskatchewan (left) and Alberta to the people unjustly interned by the Canadian government during World War One, reminders of the repression at home that accompanies imperialist war abroad. 

Today we will hear a lot about Remembrance Day and what to remember on Remembrance Day. For instance, we are told that Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, will be in Paris, France for a special 100th anniversary Armistice Day service followed by a “Peace Forum.” British Prime Minister Teresa May, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, U.S. President Donald Trump and “more than 70 other world leaders” are also invited. The “Peace Forum” will discuss “issues of international security.” Continue reading

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Contributions and Slaughter of Colonial Peoples in World War I

On the occasion of the centenary of the end of World War I, TML Weekly has been producing an excellent series of informative Supplements on the war and related matters of concern. This is the fourth in the series. Click for No. 1 (How the First World War Out); No. 2 (Canada and the First World War); No. 3 (British Movement of Conscientious Objectors); No. 4 (Contributions and Slaughter of Colonial Peoples in World War I);  No. 5 (Steadfast Opposition to the Betrayal of the Workers’ Movement); No. 6 (Poems on the Occasion of the Centenary of the End of World War I – Moments of Quiet Reflection.

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Members of Chinese Labour Corps at William Head, outside Victoria, BC, awaiting transport by train across Canada and then by ship to Europe.

• Colonial Peoples’ Resistance in World War One
• Massive Conscription of Indians by the British
• Chinese Labour Corps and Other Non-Combatant Workers from the Colonies Continue reading

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Centenary of the End of World War I: British Movement of Conscientious Objectors

On the occasion of the centenary of the end of World War I, TML Weekly has been producing an excellent series of informative Supplements on the war and related matters of concern. This is the third in the series. Click for No. 1 (How the First World War Out); No. 2 (Canada and the First World War); No. 3 (British Movement of Conscientious Objectors); No. 4 (Contributions and Slaughter of Colonial Peoples in World War I);  No. 5 (Steadfast Opposition to the Betrayal of the Workers’ Movement); No. 6 (Poems on the Occasion of the Centenary of the End of World War I – Moments of Quiet Reflection.

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Dyce Work Camp was set up in August 1916 at quarries north-west of Aberdeen, Scotland. Conscientious Objectors had been released from prison on condition that they performed “work of national importance” – breaking up granite rock for road building.

• The Men Who Said No
• Opposition in Britain to the War and Criminalization of Conscience
• Organizing to Oppose Conscription and Defend Conscientious Objectors
• Civil Service and Non-Combat Roles in the Military for Objectors
• Imprisonment Continue reading

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Canada and the First World War

On the occasion of the centenary of the end of World War I, TML Weekly has been producing an excellent series of informative Supplements on the war and related matters of concern. This is the second in the series. Click for No. 1 (How the First World War Out); No. 2 (Canada and the First World War); No. 3 (British Movement of Conscientious Objectors); No. 4 (Contributions and Slaughter of Colonial Peoples in World War I);  No. 5 (Steadfast Opposition to the Betrayal of the Workers’ Movement); No. 6 (Poems on the Occasion of the Centenary of the End of World War I – Moments of Quiet Reflection.

Conscription
• Opposition to Conscription in Canada and Quebec
• The Case of Ginger Goodwin
• Recruitment of Indigenous Peoples
• Black Construction Battalion

Internment
• The War Measures Act and Internment of Canadians

Independent Labour Politics
• Registration, Conscription, and Independent Labour Politics, 1916-1917 – Martin Robin Continue reading

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How the First World War broke out

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– On the occasion of the centenary of the end of World War I, we are featuring a series of articles on the war and related matters of concern. This article is from the book Thus Wars Are Made by Albert Norden  – Continue reading

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How did World War I actually end?

English journalist PAUL MASON* poses the question, as it is being totally ignored amidst the often revisionist and pro-war centenary commemorations, part of the all-round falsification of history.

– On the occasion of the centenary of the end of World War I, we are featuring a series of articles on the war and related matters of concern. This article was originally published on this blog on November 14, 2014. –

world war 1 beastQuiz question: why did the first world war end? We are witnessing commemorations in which the human preference for restraint and dignity will be under pressure from the televisual tendency for wittering on without knowledge or feeling.

So one crucial piece of knowledge should be, for schoolchildren and for TV presenters alike: how and why did it actually end? Continue reading

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World War I: The resistance to conscription in Winnipeg

– On the occasion of the centenary of the end of World War I, we are featuring a series of articles on the war and related matters of concern. This article was originally published on this blog inn 2014. –

By JIM BLANCHARD*

world war 1 beastIt is well known that the adoption of conscription in Canada during the First World War was very unpopular in Quebec. Although many Quebecois volunteered to serve in the army in the first years of the war, large numbers of French Canadians disagreed with sending troops overseas when the country did not seem to be threatened.

What is less known is the fact that Canadians in the rest of the country also opposed conscription.  Winnipeg was no exception and there was a good deal of resistance in the city. Continue reading

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100th anniversary of the First World War and Canada’s ‘Coming of Age’

On the important questions of war and peace

A sovereignty based on empire building

In Europe’s reeking slaughter-pen
They mince the flesh of murdered men,
While swinish merchants, snout in trough,
Drink all the bloody profits off!
– 
In WartimeStephan G. Stephansson, 1916

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(Originally published on this blog on July 28, 2014.)

July 28 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War. One hundred years ago, on this day, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Russia followed in declaring war on Austria-Hungary, and within six days, Britain, France and Germany were officially at war. Canada as a self-governing dominion of the British Empire was automatically at war when Britain declared it. Continue reading

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On the 100th anniversary of World War I

On the Important Questions of War and Peace

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– On the occasion of the centenary of the end of World War I, we are featuring a series of articles on the war and related matters of concern. This article is from the Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). It was originally posted on this blog on July 28, 2014 –

World War I (1914–18)

[was] an imperialist war between two coalitions of capitalist powers for a redivision of the already divided world (a repartition of colonies, spheres of influence, and spheres for the investment of capital) and for the enslavement of other peoples. At first, the war involved eight European states: Germany and Austria-Hungary against Great Britain, France, Russia, Belgium, Serbia, and Montenegro. Later, most of the countries in the world entered the war. A total of four states fought on the side of the Austro-German bloc; 34 states, including four British dominions and the colony of India, all of which signed the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, took part on the side of the Entente. On both sides, the war was aggressive and unjust. Only in Belgium, Serbia, and Montenegro did it include elements of a war of national liberation. Continue reading

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Canada being used for NATO military training

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Members of the next contingent taking part in Operation REASSURANCE in Latvia, participated in the training exercise on the Valcartier Base and in the Quebec municipalities Portneuf and Jacques-Cartier, October 17-23.

By CHRISTINE DANDENAULT

From October 19 to 21, the troops of the next contingent that will take part in Operation REASSURANCE used the regional municipalities of Portneuf and Jacques-Cartier in Quebec for training. They surveyed the roads of Portneuf, Cap-Santé, Saint-Basile, Pont-Rouge, Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Shannon and Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier on foot or in armoured vehicles. Continue reading

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For your information: Data on Nova Scotia’s economy and workforce

Workers’ Forum is providing below information on Nova Scotia’s economy and workforce, as well as that of neighbouring Maritime provinces. The aim is to combat the disinformation spread by the monopoly media and cartel political parties about the economy which obscures the integral role of workers in producing all the social wealth. Continue reading

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World War I remembrance initiatives: Appeal to wear the White Poppy in memory of all victims of war

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The white poppy symbolizes all casualties of war. All over the world appeals are being issued to wear the white poppy on Remembrance Day, November 11. For at least 80 years, white poppies have been distributed to represent three elements: remembrance of all victims of war, a commitment to peace and a challenge to attempts to glamourize or celebrate war. Continue reading

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Never Again – Theme of Windsor commemorations

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The Windsor Peace Coalition convened a meeting on September 27 of all those interested in ensuring that the anti-war conscience of the working people of Windsor-Essex is affirmed in commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Attending the meeting were long-time activists from the Peace Coalition, Women in Black and the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, veterans of the Canadian and U.S. Armed Forces, a local member of the Royal Canadian Legion, a number of active and retired teachers, artists and others. Continue reading

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