Monthly Archives: May 2020

May 25 – African Liberation Day 2020

 End the Exploitation of Africa’s Human and Material Resources and Uphold the People’s Right to Be

People of the Republic of the Congo, celebrate independence, July 7, 1960 – one of 17 states in Africa to gain independence that year.

The peoples of Africa and of African descent have a proud history of celebrating African Liberation Day. On this day they mark the victories of their struggles against colonialism and for independence. They pledge to strengthen their unity in the struggle against all exploitation and for the complete liberation of the African continent. Today, at a time the COVID-19 pandemic is raging, TML Weekly condemns attempts of foreign powers to enslave Africa anew and commit new acts of genocide against the African peoples under the signboards of humanitarian aid and progress. It is important as never before to oppose the Eurocentric portrayal of Africa, her peoples, her history and their right to be and to condemn continued acts of genocide. Continue reading

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Ukraine Update: A year of broken promises in Ukraine and Biden’s corruption affair

The first year of Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelensky and the leaked conversations between ex-president Poroshenko and Joe Biden | DMITRIY KOVALEVICH

A year has passed since Vladimir Zelensky became president of Ukraine. Twelve months ago, three quarters of the country’s electorate voted for him; optimistically, they associated him with being able to reboot the country’s political power. Voting for Zelensky was essentially a protest vote. People were casting their votes against the nationalist Maidan government and the main requirement was to hold to account corrupt officials and war criminals from the coterie of ex-president Petro Poroshenko. The focus of Zelensky’s campaign was a promise to hold them responsible. “I am your sentence,” the young actor boldly declared to the ex-president. Continue reading

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A reflection: Canada’s collaboration with the fascist forces and their snipers

By TONY SEED

A poignant post which I have reposted on this blog by Ukrainian journalist Dmitriy Kovalevich struck a chord with me. I had heard about those snipers he mentions, responsible for inciting Ukrainians against Ukrainians. One of them was in Canada just four years ago on a cross-country recruiting and propaganda mission sanctioned by the government of Canada. [1] 

On February 22, 2016 the so-called documentary film “The Ukrainians/Les Ukrainiens: God’s Volunteer Battalion” (Leonid Kanter and Ivan Yasniy) was shown at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario. Continue reading

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This day. 2014, Donbass and the politics of provocation

By DMITRIY KOVALEVICH*

One of the most touching pictures from our civil war in Ukraine. ‘That’s mom’s birthday”, 2015, Donetsk. The boy’s eyes are quite telling.

On May 26, 2014  Alexander Turchinov – a leader of Euro-Maidan in Ukraine and interim president of the new coup government until the May 25 election – ordered the armed forces to launch air-strikes against rebellious cities in the Donbass. Continue reading

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African Liberation Day: The enduring struggle against colonialism and capitalism

All-Africa Peoples Conference Accra, Ghana 1958.

Pan Africanism Today Secretariat

May 25 is celebrated as African Liberation Day. It is a commemoration of the struggles for liberation from colonialism, and specifically marks a key date in the struggle for Pan-African unity: the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. Comprising 21 member states, the primary aim of the organization was to support the liberation movements in Africa’s remaining colonies and to coordinate the construction of a new African society free of exploitation. Continue reading

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The ominous jihadis war: From Tripoli to Tripoli

GHASSAN KADI on a potentially huge situation brewing in Libya that barely makes the news

The Fall and the Fall of HaririThe ‘War on Syria’ is far from being over, and it will continue until all foreign forces illegally present on Syrian soil retreat; either willingly, or defeated.

And even though the American presence in Syria has no clear and realistic political purpose other than wreaking havoc and making it hard for Russia to help reach a decisive victory, in a twist of fate, the focus of the Russo-American conflict in the region may soon move away from Syria. Continue reading

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Crash of the Snowbird

Despite broad concerns about the safety of the Snowbird program, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan proclaims that he is eager to continue it. This is a time to draw warranted conclusions about the nature of Canada’s integration into the U.S. war machine | TONY SEED

On May 17, a Royal Canadian Air Force Tutor jet crashed in a residential area near Kamloops, BC. It was part of a cross-country public relations aerial show of the Royal Canadian Air Force demonstration squadron, known as the Snowbirds. Code named Operation Inspiration, the tour began in Nova Scotia on May 2, in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The tour was unleashed immediately in the wake of Operation America Strong of the USAF Thunderbirds that began on April 19 over the state of Colorado, headquarters of NORAD.[1]

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Stop the killing, end the Duterte regime’s attacks on Negros Island

International Campaign in the Philippines

On April 25, the Toronto Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines in Canada (ICHRP-Canada) hosted an online event to bring to light the struggle of the people in the Philippines in general, and Negros Island in particular, against the violence of the Duterte regime. Negros is second only to Mindanao in terms of military presence and perpetration of violence against the people by the U.S.-backed Duterte regime. Continue reading

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US media take a pass on Pentagon’s systematic undercount of civilian deaths

Smoke from a US-led coalition airstrike is seen over buildings near the front line on Feb. 10, 2019 in Bagouz, Syria | Chris McGrath/Getty Image

By BRUCE GREENE

The Pentagon released  in early May its congressionally mandated annual report on the number of civilians the US military has killed. The report concluded that the military was responsible for 132 civilian deaths in all theaters of war, including Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Somalia. Continue reading

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Tough guys don’t use facemasks

Arrogant behaviour is costing lives | Rolando Pérez Betancourt

Donald Trump refuses a mask from a worker at a factory producing protective wear, in Phoenix, Arizona, May 5 | AFP

John Wayne wearing a facemask? Impossible, so the ferocious pandemic will advance toward him and he, gun in hand, will continue to shoot Indians, Mexicans and any viral load that gets in his way. There is no other country where reality and fiction come together in such an astounding way as in the United States. Continue reading

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Cuba condemns US government silence on the terrorist attack on its embassy

Following the April 30 attack on Cuban embassy in Washington, its Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez insists on full investigation of assailant’s ties with anti-Cuban extremists | Milagros Pichardo Pérez

The Cuban Foreign Minister stated that the attack, which left 32 bullet holes in the embassy’s façade, is the direct result of official U.S. policy inciting hatred and violence against Cuba | AP photo

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Canada’s imperialist multilateralism in the race for a seat on the UN Security Council

By Margaret Villamizar

A notion that has been pushed a lot, especially since the Trudeau government decided to enter the race for a seat on the UN Security Council in 2021, is that Canada is a champion of multilateralism. In this way Canada’s meddling foreign policy is presented as different and presumably better than Trump’s obnoxious “America First” unilateralism. Canada’s imperialist multilateralism is based on its preferring to do its meddling as part of coalitions and other groups of like-minded countries rather than on its own. Canada’s attempt to convince other countries to support its bid for the UN Security Council seat is not likely to be helped by drawing attention to the defining feature of its foreign policy: its appeasement of U.S. imperialism, all down the line. Therefore a kind of diversion is put in place with a lot of noise being made about Canada’s “multilateral agenda” without explaining what it really means. Continue reading

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NATO’s Young Professionals Program – what we can do about it

NATO’s recruitment of youth for aggression and war

Demonstration in Toronto at the NATO Association of Canada on the occasion of the 60th anniversary summit of NATO held in London, UK.

By TONY SEED

On April 29, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced a new Young Professionals Program (YPP) aimed at recruiting “the brightest young minds in our Alliance” to join NATO to “respond to the security challenges of today and tomorrow.” Only youth from NATO’s 30 member nations, including Canada, will be eligible to apply, although its materials are published in English, French, Russian and Ukrainian. Continue reading

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Windsor and District Labour Council calls for an end to inhumane sanctions and blockades

The following letter was sent on May 8 to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Canada as well as the leaders of all other parties in Parliament and local MPs as a follow-up to a resolution passed at the online April membership meeting of the Windsor and District Labour Council. Continue reading

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How we became refugees: The day my grandfather lost his village in Palestine

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By RAMZY BAROUD

Starting on March 27, 1948, a beautiful, small Palestinian village called Beit Daras, came under Zionist militias attacks. With little means – a few old rifles and kitchen knives – the Badrasawis fought back, repelling the first raid and the second. Continue reading

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Toronto Palestine Film Festival — Nakba Commemoration

Documentary film 1948: Creation & Catastrophe
Sunday, May 17 — 4:00 pm
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Virtual Forum: Lift the US Blockade of Cuba now!

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Online celebration: Historic contributions and legacy of Ho Chi Minh

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Sunday, May 17 — 2:00-3:30 pm EDT
Organized by Canada-Vietnam Friendship Society
Register by sending your name, email and phone number to: info@CanadiansforVietnam.com

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Deadly Canadian helicopter crash during NATO exercise

On April 29, a Royal Canadian Air Force Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter on a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military mission, with six Canadians on board,  crashed violently in the Ionian Sea off the coast of Greece. It had flown from the Canadian naval frigate HMCS Fredericton, whose home port is Halifax, which was deployed in the Greater Mediterranean and the Black Sea as part of Operation REASSURANCE. Continue reading

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End the catastrophe imposed on the Palestinian people!

Painting depicting the Nakba by Palestinian artist Ismail Shammout.

May 15 marks the 72nd anniversary of Al Nakba — the Catastrophe — a day marking a “continuous journey of pain, loss and injustice” for the Palestinian people. It marks the day that some 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes during the 1948 war. Palestinians were forced from their lands and homes due to military attacks by Zionist forces, supported by the British and U.S. governments. The Israeli Zionist forces attacked 774 cities and villages, and occupied 80 per cent of the Palestinian soil after killing nearly 15,000 Muslim and Christian civilians. Those who survived were forced to migrate to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and neighbouring countries, such as Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Continue reading

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Foxes in the henhouse – Who decides where government bailout money goes?

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, trillions of bailout dollars in the U.S. and Canada are about to be fire-hosed into particular areas of the economy. Given that this is public money, who decides where and to whom these funds should go? | PETER EWART

Fox in the Henhouse: Why Interest Rates Are Rising

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Profile. William Roebuck, Ambassador of Destruction

By Steven Sahiounie*

Since 2006, William Roebuck, a US Diplomat, has been working toward ‘regime change’ in Syria at any cost. The destruction of Syria, hundreds of thousands of deaths and injuries, and the migration of one-third of the population have been the price of the US policy under Roebuck’s tenure. The ultimate goal of ‘regime change’ has never been about greater freedoms, democracy, or human rights for Syrians, but has been with the single target spelled out by Roebuck in 2006: to break the relationship between Iran and Syria. Continue reading

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Herd immunity not a proven way to reopen society WHO says

The World Health Organization (WHO) published a brief on April 24 which says that there is “currently no evidence” that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies would be protected from a second infection. They would nonetheless, end up with “some level of protection,” the WHO subsequently clarified. Continue reading

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Crocodile tears in Beirut

GHASSAN KADI’s thoughts on anti-Syrian rhetoric coming from sectors of society in Lebanon.*

The Fall and the Fall of HaririThe traditional Lebanese Left and Right and their followers are united in venting out their anger against the alleged illegal transport of fuel and subsidized wheat flour from Lebanon to Syria. According to their reports, which I haven’t been able to confirm the validity of, truck loads of the above are being stolen away from the Lebanese people who are suffering immensely under rising high costs of living and devastating financial ruin, and transported to Syria to “support the Assad regime.” Continue reading

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Amid the pandemic, US billionaires thrive

Billionaires Thrive

By LAWRENCE  WITTTNER

Although most Americans currently face hard times, with unemployment surging to the levels of the Great Depression and enormous numbers of people sick or dying from the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s super-rich remain a notable exception. Continue reading

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On the frontlines: Red Army veteran Moritz Mebel talks about his battles against fascism

On the 75th anniversary of Victory Day, which commemorates the surrender of Hitler’s Germany in World War II, we bring you the recollections of Red Army veteran Moritz Mebel who took part in grueling campaigns against the Nazis from the gates of Moscow to the Czech RepublicMay 09, 2020 by Franziska Kleiner

Moritz Mebel (left) in Dresden in 1945.

Mebel and millions of his comrades from the Soviet Union were part of the longest and bloodiest struggles of World War II which ultimately caused the defeat of Hitler and fascism. Continue reading

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Canada and Russia’s common legacy: Victory over Nazi Germany

A Canadian gunner from the Canadian Film and Photo Unit (center) with two soldiers at the Elbe river in Torgau, Germany on April 27, 1945, just two days after US and Soviet troops link-up.

A Canadian gunner from the Canadian Film and Photo Unit (centre) with two soldiers at the Elbe river in Torgau, Germany on April 27, 1945, just two days after US and Soviet troops link-up.

by H.E. Ambassador Alexander Darchiev – Embassy of the Russian Federation in Canada

As Hitler’s lair in Berlin fell to the Red Army, and Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered to the USSR and the Allied powers on the night of May 9th, 1945, the cruelest and deadliest war in the world’s history came to an end. 

This year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of this glorious date by paying tribute to our fallen heroes, and to the many millions of victims tortured and exterminated by the Nazi death machine. Continue reading

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75th anniversary of victory over fascism in Europe: We salute all those who fought in the anti-fascist war to secure peace, freedom and democracy

On May 9, 1945, Nazi Germany surrendered to the Soviets in Berlin. Since then, May 9 is celebrated as Victory Day, recalling the massive sacrifice of the peoples of the world, led by the then Soviet Union, to defeat nazi-fascism in World War II. Continue reading

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‘Operation Gideon’: Second mercenary incursion against Venezuela in 48 hours fails in Chuao

The murky background of Jordan Goudreau, former member of the Canadian Armed Forces and Green Berets, paid by US and Canadian-sponsored imposter Juan Guaidó   | Report by Misión Verdad with update by Tony Seed

Mercenaries captured in Chuao, on the coast of Aragua state | Twitter

(May 5) –On the morning of May 4, in the coastal town of Chuao (Aragua state), a group of eight mercenaries aboard a boat were captured in a joint operation between local fishermen, the regional police and the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB). Continue reading

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The workers are saying enough! There Is an alternative!

By PAULINE EASTON

All over the country, working people are under tremendous pressure to wage only defensive battles and depend on others to represent them politically. But the clash between the conditions in which the people have to face the coronavirus pandemic and the authority, which does not share the same conditions as the working people, is leading more and more contingents of workers to break out of this old way of doing things. Continue reading

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