Monthly Archives: June 2022

U.S. Supreme Court decision and importance of affirming women’s rights

An interview with Dawn Hemingway (Carrell), one of the main organizers of Canada’s 1970 Abortion Caravan

Demonstration outside U.S. Consulate in Toronto, June 25, 2022, affirms women’s abortion rights and denounces U.S. Supreme Court Decision

TML: Thank you for joining us. You were one of the main organizers of Canada’s 1970 Abortion Caravan which boldly affirmed women’s rights at that time, bringing women into the front lines of the fight for rights. Before we ask you about that, please tell us what you think about the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to overturn its previous Roe v. Wade ruling of 1973.

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Deplorable U.S. Supreme Court decision on women’s right to abortion and health care

Protest outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, June 26, 2022.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 213-page ruling, overturned the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade on June 24. This Supreme Court ruling of the “greatest democracy” is an attack on the Right to Be of all. It means that there is no longer a constitutional right to an abortion. Now states will decide when and if abortions can occur, with some having outright bans under any circumstances. Twenty-six states already have laws that will criminalize doctors and health care providers who provide abortions, forcing many to close down or cancel appointments.

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Inquest exposes British army murder of Irish mother as legacy fight continues in London

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A Derry mother was shot dead by a British soldier in her back garden in circumstances which were “unjustified”, a coroner has ruled.

Kathleen Thompson, a mother of six, was killed by a bullet fired into the chest in Derry, Northern Ireland, on November 6 1971.

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Trudeau pushes to establish NATO ‘climate security’ centre in Canada

Covering up need for democratic renewal and anti-war government | Tony Seed

During his visit to the Netherlands in late October, Justin Trudeau supported the establishment of a NATO think tank in Canada. This would become a strategic addition to the more than two dozen such centres. It is described as a “centre of excellence to study the security threats posed by climate change.”

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Involvement of Asia Pacific countries in NATO

2022 Rim of the Pacific War Exercises | Yi Nicholls

NATO, the aggressive alliance ostensibly based in the North Atlantic that is led by the U.S. has been trumpeting about the participation of several countries from the Asia Pacific in its upcoming summit in Madrid. At a June 15 press conference prior to the NATO Defence Ministers’ meeting, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated:

“For the first time in our history we will invite our Asia Pacific partners, the Prime Ministers of New Zealand, Australia, Japan and also the President of south Korea will participate in the NATO Summit, which is a strong demonstration of our close partnership with these like-minded countries in the Asia Pacific.”

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Petition call to cancel RIMPAC and build a Pacific Zone of Peace

2022 Rim of the Pacific War Exercises

The following is a petition initiated by the Pacific Peace Network which has been taken up by peace activist organizations across the Pacific region.

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2022 Rim of the Pacific war exercises: Canada committing crimes against the peace in Asia Pacific

By Nick Lin

Canada is a participant in RIMPAC 2022. Beyond taking part in these war preparations, Canada continues to play a detestable role in the Asia Pacific in lockstep with U.S. imperialism, in places where the Canadian military has no business being.

A press release from the Department of National Defence (DND) informs that on June 14, HMCS Vancouver and HMCS Winnipeg and their helicopter air detachments “departed for a five-month deployment in the Indo-Pacific region.” DND says, “Canada is deploying two frigates to work with allies and like-minded partners and to support government objectives to uphold the rules-based international order and international law.”

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2022 Rim of the Pacific war exercises

U.S.-led war preparations in Asia Pacific and Canada’s participation!

The 2022 edition of the U.S.-led war exercises Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) is taking place from June 29 to August 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The U.S. Navy says the aim of the war exercises is for “a network of capable, adaptive partners [to] train and operate together in order to strengthen their collective forces and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific. RIMPAC 2022 contributes to the increased interoperability, resiliency and agility needed by the Joint and Combined Force to deter and defeat aggression by major powers across all domains and levels of conflict.”

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‘European Commonwealth’: Self-serving British proposal for another military bloc in Europe

NATO Madrid Summit and War Exercises in Asia Pacific | Hilary LeBlanc

May 21 demonstration at RAF Lakenheath, a US air force base, to protest against US nuclear weapons and nuclear bombers once again being brought to Britain.*

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to alleviate the post Brexit problems in which Britain is mired, is going all out to use the crisis in Ukraine to shore up British fortunes. Johnson proposed forming yet another military bloc which will reportedly include Ukraine, the UK, Poland, the Baltic States and possibly Turkey. The proposal, referred to as a “European Commonwealth,” was made during Johnson’s visit to Kiev in April, as “a new system of political, economic and military alliances — alternative to the European Union,” according to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

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NATO defence ministers make final preparations for Madrid Summit, June 29-30

NATO Madrid Summit and War Exercises in Asia Pacific | Steve Rutchinski

NATO defence ministers wrapped up two days of discussions on June 16, just a fortnight ahead of the NATO Strategic Concept Summit scheduled for June 29 and 30 in Madrid. Not a word was heard about finding a negotiated settlement to end hostilities in Ukraine or ways to lower the level of hostilities directed against Russia and China. Responsibility for elaborating that direction and for averting a wider war thus falls to the peoples of the world, especially those of NATO member countries. NATO must be stopped and disbanded for there to be peace and security.

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NATO Madrid Summit and war exercises in Asia Pacific

No to NATO’s “New Strategic Concept”! Dismantle NATO!

Information pickets and rallies have been convoked in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Collingwood, Oakville, Hamilton, Waterloo, Winnipeg, Regina, Vancouver and Victoria to oppose the NATO Summit taking place June 29-30 in Madrid. The pickets and rallies will also express opposition to the U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific war exercises (RIMPAC) in the Asia Pacific that start June 29 and run to August 4.

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This Day. June 25, 1950 – Anniversary of the Start of the Korean War

Part of the Mansudae Grand Monument in Pyongyang, tribute to the DPRK’s heroic fighters in the Korean War.

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Privatization of health care: Human consequences of governments’ abdication of responsibility for health care

By Barbara Biley

A feature of the over three-decades long neo-liberal anti-social offensive in Canada is the systematic wrecking of the health care system. Nurses, doctors and other health care workers in every province and territory have been raising the alarm, organizing and demanding action to end the crisis in health care by increasing investments and implementing solutions proposed by frontline workers. A major concern is shortage of health care workers.

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Privatization of health care: The harm caused by use of “agency nurses”

Ontario nurses put forward their demands at May Day 2022 action in Toronto.

The Toronto Star, on June 15, published an article by freelance contributor Armine Yalnizyan based on an interview with an agency nurse in Ontario who had, until last year, been employed in the public health care system. Agency nurses are employed by private agencies who provide staff to the public health care system to cover for staff shortages. The nurse who was interviewed was definitive in her assessment that agency nursing is “bad for the community and bad for patient care because there is no consistency, it fragments health delivery.”

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June 24 – Quebec’s National Day

June 24 is celebrated as Quebec’s National Day. The Quebec people’s National Day celebrates the Patriots who fought for independence from Britain in the mid-19th century: Nelson, De Lorimier, Côté, Chénier, Duvernay, O’Callaghan and many others.

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Juneteenth and the end of slavery

All Out for People’s Empowerment! End the Injustice NOW! | Dougal MacDonald

107th Coloured Troops, Ft. Woodbury, Arlington County, Virginia, November 1, 1865.

June 19, 1865 or Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day) is celebrated across the United States in appreciation of the vital contributions made by African Americans in emancipating the four million people enslaved by the system of slave labour and in carrying forward the fight for justice and equality before and since the U.S. Civil War. Recent actions across the U.S. salute the determined and undaunted resistance to police violence, government impunity, and demands for accountability and for change that favours the people.

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Children’s checkpoints. Young Ukrainians are brought up with chauvinism and craving for robbery

We must cleanse from the hearts of children the blood-stained rust of this horrible and senseless war; we must restore to those hearts a faith in mankind and respect for it. – Maxim Gorky in a letter to H.G. Wells, December 1916

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Children rehearse | Reuters photo used by The Globe and Mail to advocate sending more lethal weapons to Ukraine

The manipulation of the image of innocent children is pronounced in atrocity propaganda and disinformation to justify the NATO-provoked war in Ukraine. Journalist DMITRY KOVALEVICH* reports from the other side, about the proliferation of children’s checkpoints and their modus operandi.

Checkpoints in Ukraine are not uncommon. During Maidans or various troubles, patriotic citizens block roads and check everyone who enters or leaves the settlement. However, a special military operation of the Russian Federation gave rise to a new phenomenon in Ukraine – children’s checkpoints.

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Demands for reparations increase in the US. International jurists find US guilty of genocide against Black, Brown and Indigenous Peoples

A distinguished panel of nine international jurists has released its detailed and documented final verdict finding the United States guilty of genocide against Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples. The jurists examined five counts, including police killings, racist mass incarceration, treatment of political prisoners, and environmental and health care racism.

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Juneteenth Festivals in the United States

Celebrate Resistance to Advance the Fight for the Rights of All!

March in Seattle, Washington, June 19, 2020 in the midst of the protests movement against the killing of George Floyd.

On June 19 across the United States Juneteenth celebrations bring out the spirit of the broad and persistent resistance of African Americans to slavery. The celebrations bring together many different organizations, artists, activists and people from many walks of life to celebrate the victory over slavery and the ongoing fight for rights. It is with pride in resistance against great odds that African Americans justly stand and celebrate and organize to consolidate their best traditions. Juneteenth squarely puts forward that it is the people that are decisive and it’s their struggle for rights that moves society forward, making it a day of celebration for all.

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Buffalo shooter an avowed pro-Nazi

People in the U.S. Oppose More Police Powers and Demand Their Rights Be Upheld | Kathleen Chandler

It is now well established that the mass killing which took place in Buffalo on May 14 was pre-planned. It is also known that the individual responsible for killing ten Black people and wounding three others is a racist connected with neo-Nazis and their white supremacist theories. This includes connections to neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Payton Gendron posted pictures of himself wearing symbols of the Nazi Azov Battalion. According to reports, the connections were such that the live stream of the killings was posted by these Nazis in Ukraine.

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40th anniversary of New York City march against war, nuclear weapons and for human needs

– Voice of Revolution –

June 12, 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the historic New York City “March for Nuclear Disarmament and Human Needs.” More than a million people marched in 1982, effectively shutting down midtown Manhattan for the day. The numbers were such that people filled the streets from start to finish of the march. Many of the feeder marches never reached the starting point at the United Nations as wave after wave of people marched toward the UN or rallied where they stood. It was a powerful and united stand against the U.S. use, testing and buildup of its nuclear arsenal. No More Hiroshimas! U.S. Disarm Now! Fund Human Needs! Abolish Nuclear Weapons, March for Peace and Justice! were among the demands raised.

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Agenda of the NATO Summit in Madrid, June 28-30

Membership in NATO goes against the longstanding desire of Canadians that their country be a force for genuine peace in the world, as well as their rejection of U.S.-led invasions, occupations and interference in other countries | NICK LIN


May 7, 2022 action, part of mobilization against the Madrid NATO Summit.

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Crisis-ridden Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California

Imperialist Domination and Exclusion

Statement of the Cuban Revolutionary Government – June 6, 2022

The U.S. Government, abusing its privilege of being the host country, decided at a very early stage to exclude Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua from the Ninth Summit of the Americas to be held in the city of Los Angeles this month of June. It has refused to attend to the just claims of many governments to change that discriminatory and unacceptable stand.

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Summit of the Americas seeks to prevent deliberation on most urgent issues

Crisis-Ridden Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California | Margaret Villamizar

On Monday, June 6 the week-long Ninth Summit of the Americas opened in Los Angeles, California.

According to the Secretariat of the OAS which organizes them, “The Summits of the Americas are institutionalized gatherings of the heads of state and government of the Western Hemisphere where leaders discuss common policy issues, affirm shared values and commit to concerted actions at the national and regional level to address continuing and new challenges faced in the Americas.”

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Kissinger (II) – The conception of total war to divide the world

The essence of Kissinger’s message of what he means by detente and negotiations is the promotion of the use of nuclear weapons.

Serbian football fans’ banners name countries that have been subject to U.S./NATO military aggression, March 17, 2022. 

The tone of the speech by Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor to Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, delivered to the Davos World Economic Forum on May 23, and of his May 9 interview with the Financial Times, is one of detente and negotiations. But the essence of what he means lurks behind this talk, which is the promotion of the use of nuclear weapons.

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Kissinger addresses how the US should proceed to order and divide the world (I)

What Kissinger is saying is that Ukraine, Taiwan and other issues should be used to pit China and Russia against each other in a manner that favours the U.S. and prevents them from establishing a “permanent alliance.”

A plethora of former U.S. presidents and vice-presidents, secretaries of state, national security advisors, newspapers and pundits of various kinds have been giving opinions about the Ukraine crisis and discussing U.S. foreign policy and the direction it should take. On May 23, Henry Kissinger, four days before he turned 99 years old, spoke virtually at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. In the lead up to the WEF he also gave an interview to the Financial Times on May 9. He addressed the issues of Ukraine, China, Russia and nuclear weapons.

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US Congress resolution calls for use of NATO for more intervention into member states

Using talk of “democratic principles” NATO is to be further weaponized politically and militarily. Claims of “shared democratic values” will also be used to justify actions against Russia, China, and other countries for purposes of U.S. domination | KATHLEEN CHANDLER

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The striving of the peoples for a new world order: Today, thinking things through is more necessary than ever

As the world descends into an abyss of anarchy and violence as a result of the neo-liberal world order, every aspect of people’s lives seems to be spinning out of their control

By PAULINE EASTON, Editorial introduction to TML Monthly*

As the world descends into an abyss of anarchy and violence as a result of the neo-liberal world order, every aspect of people’s lives seems to be spinning out of their control. The U.S. and the big powers of Old Europe, with Canada in tow, imposed this neo-liberal world order after the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991.

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Victory over fascism in Europe, May 9, 1945 – The Anglo-American plot against the peace: Operation Sunrise

Intrigues and conniving of Anglo-Americans during World War II | Dougal MacDonald

Soviet Red Army at Battle of Berlin, May 1945.

According to the renderings of history put forward in many Anglo-American accounts of World War II, the war against Germany did not end on May 9 with the German surrender in Berlin, but on May 4 or May 7 or 8.

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D-Day, June 6, 1944: Normandy Landing during World War Two

D-Day June 6, 1944. Normandy Landing during World War Two – Hilary LeBlanc

Normandy Landing and the Re-Writing of Histor– François Lazure

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