Monthly Archives: January 2019

This Day. Amilcar Cabral

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Amilcar Cabral (1924-1973)

On January 20, 1973, Amílcar Lopes da Costa Cabral, leader of the national liberation movement in Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde in West Africa, was assassinated, just months before Guinea Bissau won its independence struggle against Portugal.

Guinea-Bissau was once part of the kingdom of Gabu, part of the Mali Empire; parts of this kingdom persisted until the 18th century. Other parts of the territory in the current country were considered by the Portuguese as part of their empire. Portuguese Guinea was known as the Slave Coast, as it was a major area for the exportation of African slaves by Europeans to the western hemisphere. Continue reading

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Cuba categorically rejects the threat of activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act

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Union of BC Indian Chiefs calls upon the RCMP to clarify inaccurate reports

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The Union of BC Indian Chiefs has issued an open letter dealing with the misconduct of the RCMP and attempts to absolve its responsibility regarding its forcible intervention against the Wet’suwet’en people in British Columbia on January 7 and its ongoing involvement at the site. It is printed below. Continue reading

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Chronology of recent actions and escalated rhetoric of the US against Cuba

At the evening gathering in Montreal, the Consul General of Cuba Mara Bilbao Diaz, read a chronology of recent hostile actions taken by the U.S. against Cuba. It is printed below. Continue reading

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RCMP accused of illegally occupying Gitdumt’en territory

On January 15, the Gitdumt’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en people reported that the RCMP “are working to establish a police detatchment on Gitdumt’en territory without the consent of our people,” in violation of their January 9 agreement with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. The Gitdumt’en point out that the agreement “dictates that all police exclusion zones will be lifted immediately and that our members will have free access to our territories.” Continue reading

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Reality Check 2: Operation ‘Brave New Canadian’ – The care givers

Demand status upon arrival for migrant care workers and their families!

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Press conference in Toronto, November 18, 2018.

(TMLW) – Migrant care workers held meetings and press briefings in Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal on November 18 to release a report demanding that the government uphold their human rights. The report, “Care Worker Voices for Landed Status and Fairness,” was prepared by 14 organizations representing migrant care workers and serves as the backbone of the campaign “Landed Status Now: Care Workers Organize!”[1] Continue reading

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Reality Check 1: Operation ‘Brave New Canadian’ – The Haitians

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This demonstration outside the Riding Office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal did not make the front page of the monopoly media, let alone the inside pages. The demonstration demanded an end to the deportation of non-status persons of Haitian origin – The Action Committee on Non-Status Persons

The Canadian government is cynically using an orchestrated media operation centring around Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and a Saudi teenager flown to Canada in a special plane from Thailand on January 12 to receive asylum to camouflage how it is trampling on the rights and dignity of immigrants, refugees and migrant workers.

Every day dozens of people are being deported from Canada to Haiti. Non-status persons of Haitian origin awaiting deportation are experiencing insufferable harassment on the part of the Canadian government. One day the government is deporting them, the next day it is not. One day their application for asylum is refused, their deportation date is set, and the next it is annulled and they are told that they will be called back in a couple of weeks. This is an inhumane and untenable situation. Continue reading

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