Monthly Archives: August 2021

The best friend of the United States

In its headline story today, Defense One reported:

“While animal rescue groups across the globe race to get dogs out of Afghanistan, Pentagon officials want to be very clear: The U.S. military did not leave any of its working dogs behind.”

For the United States, friends and enemies are interchangeable over periods of time according to “interests”, but the police dog remains its best friend. It will not be left behind!

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This Day. The assassination of Alexander Zakharchenko

Exactly three years ago, on August 31, 2018, the head of Donetsk People’s Republic in Eastern Ukraine, Alexander Zakharchenko, was assassinated.

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Canadians condemn Trudeau’s pro-fascist tweet

No sooner than Trudeau issued a statement on August 23 once again on “Black Ribbon Day”, scores of Canadians immediately began condemning his deliberate falsification of history and equating the victims of fascism with the so-called victims of communism.

Trudeau’s statement was issued in the midst of the 44th federal election he called to get the majority he craves in a deceitful and arrogant way. Issued in the name of “the Leader of the Liberal party” which is clamouring about “the danger from the right,” it constitutes a thinly-disguised public smear of parties participating in the election which are anti-fascist and pro-communist, and an incitement of the blackest reaction. Is this why these parties such as the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada are also excluded from election debates? Is this why the state broadcaster CBC and big media continuously denigrate them as “marginalized” and “fringe parties”? If they are so “marginalized“ why then is Trudeau and his ilk so concerned about vilifying communism and glorifying fascism? It is criminal indeed.

While the big media and other parties with seats in the parliament were silent, Canadians and some Americans immediately began denouncing this black propaganda on Twitter as unacceptable, glorifying Nazism, and something that must be stopped. Some of their tweets received thousands of “likes”. It is excellent that they insisted on speaking about the concrete facts of life and history, not abstractions and the so-called values of “opposing totalitarianism” the Government of Canada claims to espouse. Here is a sample :

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Reality Check. When Venezuela and Cuba offered aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane-Katrina

Eighty per cent of New Orleans was inundated when levies broke during Hurricane Katrina.

By TONY SEED

Originally published March 2, 2019 during the US “humanitarian aid” offensive against Venezuela

Fifteen years ago, at 6 a.m. on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the most infamous social disaster in the modern history of the United States preceding the 2020 pandemic. Hurricanes are measured by the velocity of their winds, the height of their storm surges, and other similar properties. But disasters are remembered by their impact on the social and natural environment, and on that scale Katrina is one of the most destructive disasters in U.S. history. The presidency of George W. Bush responded by federalizing military rule, providing a template in many respects to that of the Donald Trump presidency in 2020 to the Covid-19 pandemic. Continue reading

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Dossier on the 44th General Election

On September 21 about 50 Mi’kmaq fishers and their supporters held a rally outside the Atlantic headquarters of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to affirm their hereditary and treaty fishing rights and serve notice to the government that they will continue to vigorously defend these rights.

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(Updated October 8) For the information of readers, we are publishing an ongoing index linking to articles published by Renewal Update, election bulletin of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada (MLPC). It is the sole political party in Canada that publishes its own regular media in both official languages.

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The sorry sight of an emperor strutting around naked

The fact that some Prime Minister, who nobody even knows who he is controlled by, thinks he can speak a bunch of self-serving nonsense day in and day out in the name of high ideals is a case of the emperor strutting around naked.

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Former US generals enriched off Afghan war

 U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Then U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford prepare to testify before the House Armed Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By PRATAP CHATTERJEE*

(August 26) – Many of the military generals who directed the war in Afghanistan over the last two decades have taken up lucrative jobs as members of the boards of directors of major military contractors that take in billions of dollars in contracts from the Pentagon every year.

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Trudeau government signs warmongering Joint Statement with the United States

Without any discussion with the public or even in Parliament, the Trudeau Liberal government issued a “Joint Statement on NORAD Modernization” with the U.S. Biden administration on August 14. NORAD, now known as the North American Aerospace Defense Command, puts the Canadian military under the control of USNORTHCOM of the U.S. armed forces. NORAD, along with NATO, integrates Canada into the U.S. war economy and strategy to wage endless wars for global hegemony. It brings Canadian forces under the command of the president of the United States.

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About the COVID-19 pandemic and required measures

Infographics on Measures to Limit the Spread of Infection

An important aspect of slowing the spread of infection are hygiene and social isolation measures recommended by the World Health Organization and public health authorities. The Government of Canada has issued a series of infographics to explain these measures:

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Election in conditions of the pandemic’s fourth wave

On August 23, Ontario reported 639 new cases of COVID-19. Of those, 124 people (21 per cent) were fully vaccinated, 65 were partially vaccinated and the remainder were unvaccinated. Of people in hospital in Ontario on the same day, 23 were fully vaccinated, nine were partially vaccinated and 103 were unvaccinated.

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Seriously irresponsible election

On a bright colour background, a computer screen displays Elections Canada’s web address elections Canada dot c-a slash register. In the bottom left corner, Elections Canada’s logo features a colorful hashtag with the slogan “It’s our vote”.

Returning Officers are at the end of their tether and the election is only into its tenth day. Imagine this: one returning office in the Toronto region requires 900 staff. Across the country, in its 338 ridings, more than 250,000 election workers have to be hired. Add to this the fact that the electoral law stipulates that half of the positions must be held open for seven days so that parties and candidates who participated in the previous election can fill them with recommended people. That leaves less than 30 days to conduct interviews and hire.

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Not thanks, but in spite of: How Ukraine treats its Olympians

Ukrainian sport after 30 years of independence

President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, Olympic champion Serhiy Bubka met with the athletes of the national team on the eve of the XXXII Olympic Games in Tokyo | NOC

Interview with journalist Dmitry Kovalevich first published on Friendship First on August 25*

Tony Seed: Dmitry, August 24th is the 30th anniversary of Ukrainian independence, which is being celebrated in different ways, it seems more in Canada than Ukraine itself. Can you give us your assessment of the situation that Ukrainian sport and athletes are facing? Perhaps you might start with the recent Olympics.

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‘We not need medals… what we need are freedom and rights’

Pia Klemp, who faced 20 years in prison for her role in saving 6,000 refugees from drowning in the Mediterranean, explains why she had refused the Grand Vermeil Medal, awarded to her and another captain of Sea-Watch, Carola Rackete, on 12 July 2019 by the City of Paris, because the two captains symbolized “solidarity for the respect of human lives”:

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Humanitarian murder

US soldier points his gun towards an Afghan passenger at the Kabul airport on August 16|Wakil KOHSAR / AFP

On August 16 the media showed people clinging to and even tied to the undercarriages of US airplanes at the Kabul airport. The C-17 Globemaster III transport planes were taking off for Qatar, one after the other, some partially empty, and people fell down from heights in the sky as the aircraft retracted the landing gear. One photo shows that three bodies were found in a residential neighbourhood which fell from the sky. Videos also emerged capturing people falling from the sky. Another video shows a US Army helicopter propelling people off the runway so that an American transporter can take off. The whole world saw this.

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English ‘civilization’ and Braveheart

National Wallace Monument and Ochil Hills in autumn | Ray Mann, Wikipedia

710 years ago on August 23, 1305, the English overlords executed the great Scottish patriot, William Wallace (Uilleam Uallas).

Although vastly outnumbered, especially in cavalry, Wallace and Andrew Moray’s Scottish army had historically defeated a much larger English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge on September 11, 1297.

After the victory, Wallace styled himself as “Commander of the Army of the Kingdom of Scotland” and the Guardian of the Kingdom of Scotland. Although he utilized the term kingdom instead of nation, Wallace was not simply protecting a throne for an absentee ruler, he was protecting the independence of Scotland. As historian J.M. Reid observes, “Wallace [was] the champion of a rising of a people in its own defence.” [1]

After eight more years of skirmishing and battling with the English forces, on August 5, 1305, Wallace was betrayed and captured near Glasgow. He was handed over to King Edward I of England, who charged him with high treason. Wallace’s reply to the charge was, “I could not be a traitor to Edward, for I was never his subject.”

In a ceremony fit for barbarians, Wallace was dragged naked through the streets of London, then hanged, drawn, and quartered, and his body parts sent to various parts of the kingdom as a warning to other “rebels.”

In 1869 the National Wallace Monument was erected, very close to the site of his army’s glorious victory at Stirling Bridge.

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1.W. Croft Dickinson, Scotland from the Earliest Times to 1603, 3rd ed., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977, 155-59; J.M. Reid, Scotland’s Progress: The Survival of a Nation, London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1971, 64.)

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Canada’s anti-communist crusade: Black Ribbon Day – More anti-communist glorification of Nazism

1942 photo of RCAF pilots from Torbay Air Force base in Newfoundland, some of the over one million Canadians who enlisted to fight fascism during the second world war.

On August 23, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Latvian, Estonian and other reactionary cliques are once again staging events to mark the anniversary of so-called Black Ribbon Day. “Commemorative events” are being held on Parliament Hill, the Rotunda of the Alberta Legislature, and a handful of other locales. In concert, Trudeau did not fail to issue a statement on Twitter, equating the victims of fascism with the so-called victims of communism and falsifying history. Scores of Canadians immediately began denouncing his statement on Twitter.

For the information of readers, we have updated an article by Dougal MacDonald originally published by this blog on August 24, 2018 which provides information on the so-called Black Ribbon Day.

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Hands off Mike Sack and all Mi’kmaq fishers!

Hold the Trudeau Government Accountable for Violence Against Indigenous Peoples

Chief Mike Sack is the courageous leader of the Sipekne’katik First Nation of the sovereign Mi’kmaq people. He was illegally arrested and taken in for questioning following a press conference August 17 at which he announced his community will resume their self-regulated fishery. Like all previous federal governments, the Trudeau government refuses to recognize the hereditary rights of the Mi’kmaq to fish, or their sovereignty. The fact is that the Mi’kmaq do not have to ask Canada’s permission to fish as they have responsibly done for millennia.

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Election Calendar: Applying for a mail-in ballot

For the 2021 Election, Elections Canada has instituted an online method for electors residing in the country to apply for a mail-in ballot. Once an elector applies for a mail-in ballot, the option to vote in person, either at advanced polls or on polling day, is forfeited.

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What workers have to say about election call

The way Trudeau called the election, I would say by the looks of it, he pulled a Stephen Harper – Construction Worker in New Brunswick

The way Trudeau called the election, I would say by the looks of it, he pulled a Stephen Harper. Stephen Harper did that. He brought in legislation in 2007 that established a fixed election date and then called a snap election in 2008 and won.

There is a lot of talk about Justin Trudeau doing better. He is not doing any better at all, especially when he is doing the same thing that Harper did. I do not think any Canadian wants this election now. I am sure that the only reason he has done this is because he is seeing polling numbers that we are not seeing. Parties pay big money to private companies to build polling systems.

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Celebrate Vietnam’s National Day

August 22 Virtual Celebration

76th Anniversary of August Revolution and Vietnam National Day

Sunday August 22, 2021 — 7:00 pm EDT
Organized by the Canada-Vietnam Friendship Society
To register or for more information contact: info@c-vfs.com
Advance registration is required. Those registering will receive a non-transferable link to join the celebration.

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India: Farmers’ fight for the rights of all continues unabated

Farmers hold their Kisan Sansad (Farmers Parliament) in Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

By Jaspal Singh

The fight of the farmers in India to repeal three anti-farm laws and for their rights continues unabated with more and more initiatives being taken by the farmers, while the government’s attempts to defeat them meet one failure after another.

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August 15, 1947: 75th Anniversary of the Independence of India

Farmers mark Indian Independence Day with tractor rallies and protests. Photo above of arrival at the Singhu border in Delh

August 15 is the 75th anniversary of the Independence of India which the ruling class is celebrating with pomp and ceremony, but not in the spirit of the people.

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Hardial Bains – A Man of Revolutionary Action

82nd Anniversary of the Birth of Hardial Bains, August 15, 1939

Hardial Bains
On August 15, we celebrate the birth, life and work of Hardial Bains, founder and leader of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist). Hardial Bains was, above all else, a man of revolutionary action. He came to Canada as a youth from India in 1959 and immediately integrated with the life of the working people in British Columbia and took up the struggles of the student youth with whom he shared weal and woe.
• Hardial Bains – A Man of Revolutionary Action
• A Biographical Sketch

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Record high heat waves, forest fires and floods raise alarm as never before

By NICK LIN

Worsening heat waves are currently causing many to die in Canada. Not only are the highest ever recorded temperatures very alarming, but so too is the inaction of governments to protect the population despite all the means at their disposal to do so. Meanwhile, both the Canadian and U.S. government refuse to take responsibility for the absence of potable water in many communities. In Canada more than 30 communities on reserves have no safe potable water. This is also the case of several U.S. towns where drought has become permanent. The consequences of disasters linked to nature are affecting the peoples of the entire world, especially Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is as if the domination of nature by human beings had never occurred and is beyond reach, which is absolute nonsense.

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Honour to the life and work of the legendary leader of the Cuban people

Cuba today, which has withstood so much yet contributes so much to the well-being of humanity, is a testament to Fidel’s vision for humanity.

On the 95th Anniversary of the Birth of Fidel Castro, August 13, 1926

August 13, 2021 marks the 95th anniversary of the birth of Fidel Castro, the legendary leader of the Cuban people and hero to oppressed peoples the world over. On this occasion, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) sends warmest greetings to the Cuban people and their leadership who live out the call Somos Fidel! (We Are Fidel!) and carry forward the revolutionary struggle embodied by Fidel. Although Fidel died nearly five years ago, the strength of the all-sided socialist nation-building project that he founded and led can be seen in Cuba today as a new generation of Cubans heroically defends the Revolution from the stepped-up criminal and inhumane economic blockade and attempts at counterrevolution by the U.S. imperialists, in the midst of a global pandemic.

Cuba today, which has withstood so much yet contributes so much to the well-being of humanity, is a testament to Fidel’s vision for humanity. Cuba embodies a project which permits the human personality to flourish and practices human rights by upholding the right of a people to exercise control over their destiny.

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E-books still no match for printed books

In the US, 23% of the population purchased an e-book last year, compared to 45% who bought a printed book | FEIX RICHTER

E-Books Still No Match for Printed Books

A bookstore in Edinburgh, Scotland | John Michael Thomson/Unsplash

As the world celebrates Book Lovers Day on August 9, readers are encouraged to grab a book, find a cozy place and read away all day. And while the inventors were probably thinking of ink on paper when it comes to books, some 21st century book lovers have moved on to e-ink and no paper. How popular are e-books in the grand scheme of things though?

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Fiji sings

For a moment, hierarchies (historical, economic, political) are turned upside down. It is a brief glimpse of the day when the last shall be first | A Reflection by Tony Seed

Fiji song
Jerry Tuwai, captain of Team Fiji, sings on the podium with his team mates after receiving their gold medals following victory in the Rugby Sevens Men’s Gold Medal match between New Zealand and Fiji on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Stadium on July 28, 2021 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan | Dan Mullan/Getty Images

(August 3) – You must be watching the Olympics. Did you chance to watch any of the Rugby Sevens matches?

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August 9, 2021 · 8:15 pm

76th anniversary of the use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 6 and 9, 1945

Never Again! All Out to Make Canada a Zone for Peace!

On the very sad anniversaries of the U.S. nuclear attacks against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 6 and 9, 1945 respectively, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) expresses its deepest respects to the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and their families.

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Honouring victims and survivors of Kuper Island Residential School: Thousands march for the children in Spune’luxutth Sulxwe’en Memorial Walk

Thousands of people from Vancouver Island and many from other parts of BC participated in the Spune’luxutth Sulxwe’en Memorial Walk (March for the Children) in Chemainus on August 2. The march was part of the healing process initiated by the Penelakut Tribe following the announcement on July 8 of the confirmation of more than 160 undocumented and unmarked graves near the site of the Kuper Island Industrial School. The school operated on what was then known as Kuper Island, now Penelakut Island, from 1889 to 1975. Like other residential schools, it was the site of cruel abuse of children stolen from their families and their communities. Chemainus is a town on the east coast of Vancouver Island that overlooks Penelakut Island which is on the traditional territory of the Penelakut Tribe.

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