The spectacle held today, July 30, 2020, on Parliament Hill to mark the occasion of so-called “Journey to Freedom” day is shameful. It is promoted to Canadians as honouring the “incredible contributions that Vietnamese refugees have now made to building our great country” but the Vietnamese slogans on the banners of those assembled literally promote hatred against all that Vietnam is today: its people, its government, its social and economic system. “Journey to Freedom” is rendered in Vietnamese as “Tưởng niệm Quốc Hận 30-4.” It refers to April 30 which is the day when National Liberation of Vietnam is celebrated in Vietnam and around the world. The rendering in Vietnamese of “Journey to Freedom” translates back into English as “national hatred day.” Continue reading →
Shameful ceremony held on Parliament Hill, July 30, 2020 to mark “Journey to Freedom Day.”
By ANDY TRAN
I am a Canadian-born Vietnamese youth. My parents fled southern Vietnam in the early 1980s. My parents raised me to believe that the three-striped flag of South Vietnam was the only genuine flag of Vietnam. South Vietnam, the puppet regime of the United States raised from 1955-1975 to resist our people’s revolutionary movement, was the only genuine Vietnam to them.
For a long time, I didn’t understand this conflict. I didn’t know why my family hated the one-star flag of Vietnam so much. I didn’t know why all the pagodas we attended flew this flag when the official flag of Vietnam is something different. Continue reading →
Government hoists flag of Vietnam’s defeated colonial powers on Parliament Hill
Shameful ceremony held on Parliament Hill, July 30, 2020 to mark “Journey to Freedom Day.”
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) unequivocally condemns the ceremony held on July 30 on Parliament Hill to mark the reactionary and illegitimate “Journey to Freedom Day.” The event was postponed from April 30, a date that has long been celebrated in Vietnam and the world over as Vietnam’s Reunification Day. The ceremony included the raising of the old colonial flag of the reactionary and collaborationist regime that the Vietnamese people deposed in 1975. Continue reading →
(July 20) – The Guardian carried a very strange piece yesterday under the heading “Stamps celebrating Ukrainian resistance in pictures”. This was the first image shown:
The Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) was, without any shadow of a doubt, responsible for the slaughter of at least 200,000 Polish civilians; they liquidated whole Polish communities in Volhynia and Galicia, including the women and children. The current Polish government, which is as anti-Russian and pro-NATO as they come, nevertheless has declared this a genocide. Continue reading →
Governments across the country are engaging in unacceptable self-serving activities under the cover of the pandemic. While the working people have taken a clear stand against returning to “business as usual” — a state of affairs that continues to worsen the pandemic — governments are using the situation to take away any voice the working people have. Continue reading →
The Ontario Nurses Association is organizing pickets against Bill 195, the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 introduced July 7 which empowers the Ontario cabinet to continue to enforce temporary orders issued under the COVID-19 state of emergency once the emergency is lifted at the end of July. Continue reading →
A large coalition of German parliamentary parties offers charity to Poland | Commentary by Hans-Rüdiger Minow
Old Town Market Place, January 1945. Nazi German forces destroyed 85 per cent of Warsaw.
(german-foreign-policy.com) – Several hundred members of the German Bundestag are planning major construction projects in Warsaw. The non-partisan group of German parliamentarians – ranging from right to left – is discussing transformation plans for the Polish capital, which had been destroyed in the 1940s, when war was raging everywhere. Warsaw could finally be embellished with historical sensitivity and German money from a “Poland Fund.” Berlin is discussing the reconstruction of Warsaw’s huge 18th century Baroque palace, the “Pałac Saski” in reminiscence of the Kingdom of Poland, when Poland was moaning under the reign of the Saxons (“Saxony Poland”) – a serious proposal from the portfolio of Germany’s Poland institutes. Therefore, Warsaw’s museums and libraries must also expect wide-ranging construction measures. They would be expanded, with means from the “Poland Fund,” to make room for cultural goods from Germany, where they have been stored in greater quantities – some already for several centuries. They had unfortunately disappeared from Poland, when “Saxony Poland” had been succeeded by quite varying regimes under German domination. Poland’s cultural heritage had been transferred to Berlin in a cloak-and-dagger operation, supposedly to safeguard it from theft and destruction. The Polish artifacts would, however, remain German property and only loaned out to Warsaw’s museums, as was so caringly suggested in the Germany capital. Continue reading →
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that’s all”. (Alice in Wonderland)
By ROGER COLE*
For nearly 20 years Ireland has been a US Aircraft Carrier. Well over three million troops and an unknown amount of military equipment from the USA have landed in Shannon Airport to take part in the perpetual wars on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, and to help their ally Saudi Arabia.
The losing bid of Canada to gain a seat on the UN Security Council was accompanied with speculation to mislead the public about the credentials of its competitors, fellow NATO member Norway and especially benevolent Ireland as a UN “peacemaker.”
Between 2002 and 2016, despite repeated claims of neutrality by Irish Governments, over two and a half million US troops and their weapons passed through Shannon Airport. Continue reading →
(July 22) – The California City Bureau of Supervisors approved a resolution calling for closer relations with Cuba and cooperation especially in the area of health.
The resolution asks the United States authorities to facilitate the entry into that country of the interferon produced in Cuba by the CIGB and to request support from Cuban health experts to confront COVID-19, after the effective fight against the pandemic in the Caribbean nation.Continue reading →
In the middle of July 1920, thousands of “disloyal” workers in Belfast, Ireland were driven out of their workplaces by unionist mobs. In the immediate aftermath, rioting between nationalists and unionists left nineteen people dead. This outbreak marked the start of a period of violence that left almost five hundred dead and which became known by nationalists as “the Belfast pogrom.”
An account of a convulsive period in the history of Belfast by Kieran Glennon, abridged from theirishstory.com. Continue reading →
“Today, in this national moment of reckoning, working people are demanding fundamental changes to America’s broken system. They’re coming together in the Strike for Black Lives to declare that until Black people can thrive, none of our communities can thrive.” – Mary Kay Henry, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Continue reading →
At the end of June, the Nova Scotia government announced it is conducting a review of the COVID-19 death toll at the Northwood Manor long-term care facility for seniors in Halifax.
Northwood Manor is a huge facility, with close to 600 residents and 400 workers caring for them, where 53 residents died this spring of COVID-19. Hundreds of residents and workers were also infected. Continue reading →
Although the siege ended, the land issues that were at the core of the dispute persist to this day. For Nation-to-Nation relations and an end to genocide of Indigenous Peoples | Fernand Deschamps
March marks 25th anniversary of Oka uprising, July 11, 2015.
“The plight of the Indigenous peoples of this country is a matter of great concern to everyone. This includes the Trudeau government. Unfortunately, the government’s concern is not to redress historical wrongs as the times demand. It is to achieve what has eluded previous governments – which is to extinguish Indigenous peoples’ rights once and for all, so as to steal their lands and resources. At the same time, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seeks to restore Canada’s tarnished human rights record on the world stage. This is a reputation as a violator of human rights due to its abysmal record of criminal negligence of the conditions of life of the Indigenous peoples in Canada and crimes committed against them.” – Pauline Easton
Thirty years ago, at dawn on July 11, 1990, about 100 heavily armed officers of the Sureté du Québec (SQ) attacked members of the Kanien’kehá:ka of Kanehsatà:ke (Mohawk nation, member of Haudenosaunee Confederacy) who had set up a blockade on a dirt road leading to a sacred Indigenous burial site to oppose the expansion of a golf club on Mohawk territory located close to the town of Oka, Quebec. For the project to proceed, the forest known as the Pines, as well as the Pine Hill Cemetery, the community of Kanehsatà:ke’s graveyard, would have to be bulldozed. To prevent this destruction, people of Kanehsatà:ke erected a barricade on a small, secondary dirt road through the Pines, as early as March 1990. Continue reading →
Conflicts among the US ruling factions on the use of force sharpen as protests against racism, police brutality, killings and impunity continue | Voice of Revolution
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 22, 2020.
In the United States, the many conflicts between President Trump and the military are increasingly on open display. So too are those between Trump and state-level authorities, like Governors. These public conflicts, especially in relation to authority to use force, are indications of how sharp the conflicts among the ruling factions have become. They are also serving to further undermine the legitimacy of the claims of these authorities, whether military, federal or state, to have and control the monopoly on the use of force in the name of society. Continue reading →
Images broadcast on Syrian television showed soldiers and militiamen blocking a group of three armoured vehicles of the US occupying forces, which had to back down and change course.
In recent weeks, the rejection of the illegal presence of US troops has grown through armed actions, protests, or intercepting convoys with logistical reinforcements destined for more than a dozen military bases, mostly located in the oil fields and gas from the Syrian provinces of Hasakeh, Deir Ezzor and Raqa. Continue reading →
Dmitriy Kovalevich* writes about the environmental disaster and corruption surrounding illegal logging in the country’s primeval Carpathian beech forests, details of which were published in July in the latest Earthsight report. He also lays bare the violence being perpetrated by neo-Nazis against Ukrainian opposition on the country’s city streets and concludes that not only the terror but also the massive deforestation and the looting of national natural resources, is taking place either under the control or with the permission of the US Democratic Party. Continue reading →
A group of Scottish nationalists created a controversy this week when they symbolically ‘closed the border’ with England in a protest aimed at the coronavirus crisis. It signifies a new exhaustion in Scotland with a visibly collapsing England. An analysis of the increasingly popular idea of Scottish independence by Paul Kavanagh (weegingerdug). We’ve turned the corner. Continue reading →
An official in the southeastern port city of Busan holds a sign that asks visitors to wear masks at the city’s Haeundae Beach on July 5, 2020 | Yonhap
BUSAN, July 6 (Yonhap) — Dozens of foreigners presumed to be American soldiers created disturbances by setting off firecrackers at a renowned beach in Busan apparently in celebration of Independence Day in the United States, resulting in the brief detention of a soldier, police said Monday. Continue reading →
July 6, 2020 marked the seventh anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, one of the worst train disasters in Canadian history.
On the evening of July 5, 2013, a freight train comprised of five locomotives and 72 tanker cars, unsuited for the type of crude oil they carried, was left unattended in Nantes, in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. At around 1:00 am the train started to roll down the slope towards the town of Lac-Mégantic. Shortly after, 63 of the tanker cars derailed in downtown Lac-Mégantic, spilling their contents and causing a series of fires and explosions of catastrophic proportions. Continue reading →
Bellicose cartoon featured by US News & World Report (6/26/20), by Dana Summers of the Tribune Content Agency, depicting North Korea launching a nuclear attack on the US.
In order to eliminate the nuclear threats from the US, the DPRK government has made all possible efforts, either through dialogue or in resort to the international law, but all ended in a vain effort…. The only option left was to counter nuke with nuke.
Does this statement made by the North Korean government sound like a threat to launch a nuclear strike on the US? Continue reading →
According to one historian, the Bank of England should well have been called the Bank of the West Indies, because of its involvement in slavery.
On June 19, in the wake of the global upsurge following the killing of African American George Floyd, and protests in Britain about the glorification of slavery and empire, the Bank of England issued a statement “about its historical links to the slave trade.” Continue reading →
Glover considered that all the successes of the Cuban health system and its international solidarity are possible thanks to the existence of great political will.
The renowned American actor Danny Glover stressed that the solidarity built by the Cuban internationalism present in medical collaboration is the type of expression necessary in communities around the world.
During a videoconference through solidarity networks with Cuba in the United States and Canada on June 16 – the #SavingLives Campaign – the famous artist stressed that the response given by the Caribbean nation to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the dispatch of medical brigades to more than twenty countries , started 60 years ago. Continue reading →
(July 3) – On this day in 1988, the American warship USS Vincennes deliberately fired missiles at an Iranian civilian aircraft, Iran Air Flight 655. Two hundred and ninety innocent passengers died. Vice President George W. Bush honoured the warship, saying: “I don’t care what the facts say: I will never apologize for the United States … Life goes on!”
A300B2-203 Iran Air EP-IBT at Mehrabad International Airport, Tehran | Khashayar Talebzadeh
On July 3, 1910 one century ago this day in Reno, Nevada, African-American boxer Jack Johnson knocked out the white supremacist Jim Jeffries, triggering a series of racist attacks across the United States; about 20 Blacks died, and hundreds were injured. Johnson holds a seminal position not only in boxing but also in athletics and in the movement for the rights of all. Continue reading →