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Actions across Canada against US attacks on Syria

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Halifax: Hands off Syria! Oppose US air strikes!

Picket • Saturday, April 8 at 1pm • Victoria Park • Halifax, NS (Spring Garden Road and South Park Street)

On April 6th, the 100th anniversary of the American entry into World War One, the US launched missile strikes against Syria.

About 60 tomahawk cruise missiles were launched by the USS Porter and the USS Ross against the Ash Sha’irat airbase near Homs in Syria. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, forward based at Naval Station Rota, Spain, are part of the US Navy’s 6th fleet. Continue reading

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Oppose US air strikes against Syria! No to escalating the military conflict in Syria! Hands Off Syria!

Thursday, April 6 — 10:30 pm

The U.S. has engaged in criminal activity by launching tomahawk missiles against Syrian military targets on the night of April 6. News agencies report that 50 to 60 tomahawk missiles were launched from two U.S. warships in the eastern Mediterranean between 8 and 9 pm against the Shayrat airbase in Syria, allegedly hitting runways, aircraft and fuel stores. According to some reports, the targeted airbase played a significant role in the Syrian army’s efforts to liberate cities in central, northern and eastern Syria from ISIL, including the battles for Palmyra, Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.

U.S. imperialist president Donald Trump used the pretext of a chemical weapons attack that is widely suspected to have been a provocation by forces in the pay of the Anglo-American imperialists to blame Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad and justify launching the strikes. The aim is to ensure that there is no peaceful, political resolution of the conflict in Syria under the auspices of the Syrians themselves along with those countries they have sought assistance from including Russia.

“Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” Trump said, adding that there can be “no dispute” that Syria was responsible for the use of chemical weapons, which is simply not the case. No evidence has been presented that the Syrian government was responsible for the attack.

Trump said the tomahawk missile attack was to defend the “vital national security interest to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.” To cover up the barbaric nature of this attack, Trump called on “civilized nations” to “join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria.” He said “years of attempts at changing Assad’s behaviour have failed.”

News agencies report that there will be no further strikes until “another decision is made.” Trump is alleged to have informed various countries before the attack, including Russia through military channels, and the U.S. said it received support from “a broad list of nations.”

The cruise missile attack comes after 1,000 U.S. ground troops invaded the country in the past weeks with another 1,500 expected to enter soon after.

From the website of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)

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US Press Secretary falsely accuses Iran of attacking US Navy vessel, an act of war

As well as articles on U.S. sanctions announced today (Feb. 3), as the Trump regime raises Cain about one missile test. Remember Iran has not attacked a single country for hundreds of years. Nor have there ever been any Iranian terrorists. And before you say Hezbollah, in South Lebanon. I say: freedom fighters protecting themselves against Israel’s constant illegal invasions into Lebanon.

By Zaid Jilani and Alex Emmons, The Intercept

(Feb. 2) – White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer asserted at Thursday’s press briefing that Iran had attacked a U.S. naval vessel, as part of his argument defending the administration’s bellicose announcement that Iran is “on notice.” Continue reading

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Canada and Syria: Canada’s quandary over what happens post-US election

In mid-November, Canada hosted an international meeting on Syria. None of the participants were identified | Three articles

By PAULINE EASTON

The Government of Canada co-hosted with the Netherlands a meeting in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, from November 11 to 13, to “discuss the situation in Syria.” At the meeting Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion called for international cooperation in Syria. The meeting was attended by the “Syrian political opposition” and Syrian “civil society” – what Dion calls legitimate opposition groups in Syria. Continue reading

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UK intelligence called Israel ‘true threat’ to Middle East

spyA 2008 document, leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, says the British were concerned about Israel’s stance on Iran. GCHQ also spied on Israeli diplomats, and defence firms.

Haaretz and  JTA. Dec 07, 2016 7:00 PM 

British intelligence spied on Israeli diplomats and firms in addition to its military, the French daily Le Monde reported on Wednesday, based on leaked documents that came into the possession of whistleblower Edward Snowden. In one of the files, Britain’s GCHQ intelligence-gathering apparatus defined Israel as “a true threat” to the Middle East. Continue reading

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The genocide of the Palestinian people: An international law and human rights perspective

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Center for Constitutional Rights, August 25, 2016

While there has been recent criticism of those taking the position that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians, there is a long history of human rights scholarship and legal analysis that supports the assertion. Prominent scholars of the international law crime of genocide and human rights authorities take the position that Israel’s policies toward the Palestinian people could constitute a form of genocide. Those policies range from the 1948 mass killing and displacement of Palestinians to a half-century of military occupation and, correspondingly, the discriminatory legal regime governing Palestinians, repeated military assaults on Gaza, and official Israeli statements expressly favouring the elimination of Palestinians. Continue reading

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