Oppose the Militarization of Culture! Make Canada a Zone for Peace!
Four days after the election and the Afghan debacle before that, the Canadian Forces is launching yet another U.S.-style militarist spectacle, a “flyby” over a Canadian Football League (CFL) game featuring an “appreciation” of the military and war and its brutality. The spectacle is co-sponsored by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), the latest owner of the CFL franchise Argonaut franchise of the CFL. This oligopoly also owns Raptors of the NBA cartel, Maple Leafs of the NHL cartel, Toronto FC of the MLS cartel, Scotiabank Centre, operator of BMO Field (owned by the City of Toronto), lucrative downtown real estate, cable TV channels, you name it.
“Neither soil nor water to the murderers of the people”. With this slogan, thousands of working men and women, trade unions, the Greek Committee for International Detente and Peace (EEDYE), the Federation of Greek Women (OGE) and students’ unions marched on Friday, September 17 in Athens against NATO’s Military Committee which convened in the Greek capital on 17-19 September.
Virtual Meeting On the War on Terror, Invasion of Afghanistan and Repercussions for International Rule of Law Sun. Sept. 12 — 1:00-4:00 pm EDT To register e-mail email@example.com
On this day, the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada expresses its deepest sympathies to the relatives of all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks on the United States. It expresses its highest regards for the herculean feats carried out by the rescue workers and condolences to the families of rescue workers who perished.
The Party pays homage to the countless numbers who have been killed in the so-called “war on terror” unleashed by the administration of George W. Bush in the aftermath of 9/11 and carried out by subsequent U.S. administrations. The Party condemns the role played by the government of Canada and other U.S. “allies” and the NATO aggressive military alliance led by the United States in the aftermath of 9/11.
On this occasion, we also recall the atrocities carried out against the people of Chile as a result of the U.S. coup d’etat against that sister nation in 1973. We express our deepest sympathies and respect for all the relatives of those killed and disappeared in that country and in Argentina and other sister nations as a result of Operation Condor and the subsequent dirty wars in Central America. To this day, the U.S. continues to carry out similar crimes in the name of high ideals and Canada plays the role of handmaiden. It must not pass!
The MLPC reiterates its opposition to the use of torture, rendition to torture, indefinite detention, indefinite states of exception, “security certificates,” imposition of unreasonable limits on civil liberties and sanctions regimes. We express our support and sympathies to all who have suffered egregiously at the hands of those who justify such practices in the name of high ideals and have usurped the power to act with impunity.
On this occasion, we salute the peoples of Canada and the world who have fought and continue to fight against war and for justice and the affirmation of rights. We reiterate our commitment to support and contribute to the resistance of the peoples of the world to imperialist wars of aggression and occupation led by the U.S. imperialists and their aggressive NATO alliance in which Canada is a war party.
On this day, most important is to take a stand which clearly upholds the experience of the peoples of this country and the entire world that Our Security Lies in the Fight for the Rights of All and that we need anti-war governments. After all the crimes committed against the peoples of the world, after the total defeat of the stated objectives of committing aggression against Afghanistan as well as other countries, after it has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that economic sanctions are acts of war which violate human rights and contribute to the commission of genocide against entire peoples, the U.S. imperialists and their appeasers in Canada act as if they have emerged successful, as if their missions are righteous. They think their performance in Afghanistan provides convincing proof that the peoples of the world should submit to the U.S. as the indispensable nation.
The many documentaries and memorials on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 show the crimes the U.S. has committed. They underscore Canada’s dirty role in appeasing the U.S. and carrying out the crimes itself.
Canadians have honourably fought against all mandates to act with impunity, all wars of aggression and justifications for the commission of crimes in the name of high ideals. They have stood fast against renditions to torture, the Guantanamo torture centre and all black ops. They have opposed and continue to oppose the use of so-called security certificates and violations of civil and human rights, criminal sanctions regimes and demagogy in the name of democracy, peace and freedom in order to serve narrow private interests.
This fight is far from over. The MLPC calls on all working people to embark on a clear path which gives rise to an anti-war government in this country and makes Canada a zone for peace.
Oppose the Militarization of Culture! Make Canada a Zone for Peace!
Anti-war activists held a protest on September 5 at the Toronto annual air show held at the Canadian National Exhibition Grounds. The air show is a venue for weapons manufacturers to showcase their armaments, including Lockheed Martin, lead sponsor, to advance its bid to sell its F-35 jet to the Canadian military and was broadcast live by 680 news. It is also a venue to promote the military’s role in the Covid pandemic, a public health crisis, codenamed Operations Inspiration and Laser. On Labour Day, September 6, the RCAF Snowbirds overflew a CFL game held at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, the Labour Day Classic. Previously they participated in airshows in London, Ontario, Abbotsford, BC, and Camrose, Alberta.
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.
Group of Seven Summit in Cornwall, England, June 11-13
The Group of Seven (G7) “Leaders’ Summit” June 11-13, brings together Heads of State from the seven countries that comprise it – the U.S., Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. It will be held in the small town of Carbis Bay in Cornwall, England. Carbis Bay has a population of just 3,500. To defend the G7 “partnership based on shared interests and values” more than 5,000 police from across England are mobilized at the summit. There will also be police boats, drones, 150 police dogs, and special police forces in riot gear. Hundreds of Armed Forces personnel will also be present.
This event is the Canadian expression of the Stop NATO 2021 actions organized by No to War – No to NATO in Europe opposing the NATO Heads of State summit taking place in Brussels on June 14th.
Everyone is welcome to this webinar to hear brief presentations from activists across the country about why Canada should withdraw from NATO, a U.S.-dominated, nuclear-armed alliance, and why NATO should be abolished for genuine peace and security in the world.
The program is organized by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Canadian Foreign Policy Institute, Mobilization Against War and Occupation, Winnipeg Peace Alliance, Regina Peace Council, Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, CPC(M-L), Ottawa Peace Council, Canadian Peace Congress and the Anti-imperialist Alliance.
Tamara Lorinc, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace — VOW’s campaign “Feminists Against Militarism: Women Say No to NATO”
Yves Engler, Canadian Foreign Policy Institute — History and Canada-NATO
Isaac Saney, No Harbour for War — Halifax International Security Forum
Margaret Villamizar, CPC(M-L) – the need to break the taboo on discussion on the values NATO represents and who decides they are Canadian values
Alison Bodine, Mobilization Against War and Occupation
David Gehl, Regina Peace Council
Radhika Desai, Winnipeg Peace Alliance
Following the presentations there will be time for a discussion and strategy session.
Halifax, March 20, 2003. Hundreds upon hundreds of people take to the streets to condemn the U.S. invasion of Iraq the night before.
In this article from our archives, TONY SEED chronicles the response of Haligonians – and authority – to the first day of the U.S. war against Iraq. Similar demonstrations take place in Shelburne, Wolfville and Antigonish and a silent vigil in Sydney, Cape Breton, as well as in Fredericton, New Brunswick (see below), across Canada and around the world. History shows the correctness of this just stand. The war and ensuing occupation, endorsed and supported by the Chrétien government and every daily newspaper in Canada, caused a terrible tragedy for the people of Iraq and West Asia (Middle East): the number of Iraqis slaughtered is an estimated 1,455,590 people. From reports submitted to Shunpiking Magazine and TML Daily.
(HALIFAX, 20 March 2003) – TODAY a mass democracy meeting broke out at Dalhousie University on Canada’s Atlantic coast against Bush’s barbarous war against Iraq, beginning a day of mass opposition and upheaval that swept across the nation, from east to west, continuing a wave of protest unfolding around the globe, first Oceania, then Asia, the Middle East and Europe and onto the Americas as surely as the earth travels around the sun. Continue reading →
Corbyn’s election captured the people’s imagination and movement for change. However, there was no chance that the cartel parties would tolerate any space being used for the independent program of the working class | PAULINE EASTON
July 2014. Jeremy Corbyn participates in action against Israeli bombardment of Gaza. (Ron F)
The Need to Settle Scores with Britain’s Decrepit Anachronistic Institutions
On October 29, the leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, was suspended from the party because he refused to retract his reaction to a recent report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). This report alleged that the Labour Party under Corbyn’s leadership had breached the 2010 Equality Act through a combination of “inappropriate involvement” and harassment in complaints procedures relating to “anti-Semitism,” and an “inadequate training provision for those handling the complaints.” Corbyn was suspended, it was said, for refusing to accept all the EHRC report’s conclusions and for claiming that “the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents.” In response, Corbyn declared his intention to “strongly contest the political intervention to suspend” him. Continue reading →
Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from the Labour Party on October 29 by General Secretary David Evans. The reason given was that of failing to retract his reaction to a recent report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). This report alleged that the Labour Party under Corbyn’s leadership had breached the 2010 Equality Act through a combination of “inappropriate involvement” and harassment in complaints procedures relating to antisemitism, and inadequate training provision for those handling the complaints. Corbyn was suspended, it was said, for refusing to accept all the EHRC report’s conclusions and for claiming that “the scale of the problem was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents.” In response, Corbyn declared his intention to “strongly contest the political intervention to suspend” him. Continue reading →
A woman’s going to send the drones So ready the covers of your Vogues The food bank lines are now miles long But a woman’s the one who sends the bombs Liberal feminism can’t be wrong When a woman’s the one who sends the bombs. Can’t get workers PPE But you go girl Nancy Pelosi All hail the bipartisan war parties Now Trump is gone we all agree George W. Bush has been redeemed The war criminals are on our team And there’s a Black woman on my TV screen And when she bombs I’ll yell yasss Queen We’ll force your countries to be free And little Black girls can finally see Themselves in drones and F-16s And this is MLK Jr’s dream Brought to you by Wall Street Brought to you by the elites We’ll never ever give you peace Fund military and police But a woman could be commander in chief See what can happen when you believe? This is gender equality So everybody take a knee The resistance heroes hip hip hooray The FBI and CIA The generals and NSA So please enjoy your new air base We’ve all forgot Abu Ghraib We all forgot Guantanamo Bay And none of them will see the Hague The Patriot Act’s so yesterday We‘re all in love with John McCain Make Lockheed Martin great again Centrist neo-liberals all the rage Kids still living in a cage The war party is here to stay And let’s lock Julian Assange away. We can’t let him expose the truth We’re never bringing home the troops Obama’s so cool shooting hoops You’ll all be crushed under the boot We’re plotting out another coup Billionaires we won’t prosecute We save that for moms of truant youth Those Timberlands were looking cute So let the oil companies pollute He’ll put them in the cabinet Add bankers to make up the set We’ll regulate the internet Corporate news is all you’ll get But a woman’s going to send the jets Are Yemeni women happy yet? This moment gives me all the feels A woman’s making weapons deals A woman’s making refugees A woman’s going to rob and steal Last week we were environmentalists But now wars for oil are feminist And history will reminisce How all the donors benefit Orange man is out the door Things can go back to how they were before Biden voted for the Iraq War How dare you ask for any more Your kids still super predators And his kid’s on strike number four But prison’s just for you and yours And really the crime bill’s all your fault This is the time for unity Bow down to oil and energy And let’s be friends with GOP And white suburban families There’s no more white supremacy Black woman deliver us the vote We’ll still be kneeling on your throat But a woman’s going to send the drones So volunteer to work those phones So we can bomb some woman’s home And probably waterboard her son They’re back in fashion neo-cons So four more years of settlements War parties are in agreement And let’s hashtag Black excellence Kamala is Vice President. The ladies join the gentlemen In sword, famine, wild beast, pestilence The four horse persons of apocalypse These days we call that feminist Is this the dream of suffragists? And I heard her bombs never miss And don’t forget to call her Ms. Madame, her honour, she or ma’am Get ready those detainment camps Muster the troops line up the ranks A woman’s going to send the tanks And all of us will give her thanks Especially weapons manufacturers, banks And thanks to those suburban moms A woman’s going to send the bombs I’m glad a woman is so strong To send our countries all those bombs.
The 12th annual Halifax International Security Forum will be convened on November 20-22 as a platform for warmongering and empire building of U.S. imperialism and the NATO bloc, in which the Trudeau Liberal Government is fully embroiled. Continue reading →
Episode 68 of Education is a Right Podcast, released on the occasion of Remembrance Day 2020, is introduced as follows:
“This year Remembrance Day takes place in the 75th anniversary year of the end of World War II. It will take place in schools in the conditions of a pandemic where assembly or other large gatherings are not permitted. This means educators will play a bigger role in commemorating Remembrance Day with their students than they might in other years. In this episode we discuss the importance of contributing to peace through remembrance for educators and students.”
January 25, 2020. Demonstration in Montreal opposing U.S. aggression against Iran.
By Christine Dandenault
The workers of Canada and Quebec do not want Canada to contribute to world conflicts or wars of aggression against friendly peoples. The 2003 march of more than 200,000 people in the streets of Montreal in minus 20 degree Celsius weather against the invasion of Iraq, along with various actions organized against the presence of NATO warships in the Port of Montreal and elsewhere against the promotion of war amongst the youth clearly attest to this. Continue reading →
English journalist PAUL MASON* poses the question, as it is being totally ignored amidst the often revisionist and pro-war centenary commemorations, part of the all-round falsification of history.
– On the occasion of Remembrance Day, we are featuring a series of articles on the war and related matters of concern. This article was originally published on this blog on November 14, 2014 and republished in November 6, 2018 on the occasion of the centenary of the end of World War I –
Quiz question: why did the first world war end? We are witnessing commemorations in which the human preference for restraint and dignity will be under pressure from the televisual tendency for wittering on without knowledge or feeling.
So one crucial piece of knowledge should be, for schoolchildren and for TV presenters alike: how and why did it actually end? Continue reading →
(October 23) – At Dublin Circuit Court today a jury of twelve Irish citizens acquitted peace activists Colm Roddy and Dave Donnellan of the charge of alleged criminal damage at Shannon airport over four and a half years ago. Continue reading →
We invite you to the 4th international congress against military bases and wars. We will discuss about the international political situation and how to enlarge our struggle against war machinery and warfare. Continue reading →
Taking a stand against British imperialism | Lucy Nichols, Counterfire
Demonstration against the Yemen war and Britain’s involvement, London, July 5, 2020
Protests took place around the country to highlight and condemn the atrocities of the Yemen war, which has now been raging for five years. Hundreds of young people marched on July 5 through central London in solidarity with the millions of Yemenis suffering the evils of war, in addition to cholera, famine and Covid-19. Continue reading →
On July 24, there were 18 demonstrations held in 13 cities across Canada for the National Day of Action, “Strike for Climate Peace, No New Fighter Jets” organized by Voice of Women for Peace, World Beyond War and other anti-war activists demanding that the Canadian government abandon its plan to buy 88 fighter jets. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
Thursday, August 6 — 7:00-8:30 pm EDT Organized by Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition Facebook To register click here.
The Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition invites those interested to participate in the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the atomic bombings. The commemoration will focus on 75 years of living with the threat of nuclear war, and the wisdom gained from its survivors. The main speaker will be Setsuko Thurlow who inaugurated the annual commemorations in Toronto in 1975.
Setsuko Thurlow has been engaged throughout her life in public education and advocacy for nuclear disarmament. She jointly accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in 2017.
Peace activist and historian Phyllis Creighton, will sketch Canada’s role in creating the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, its nuclear industry’s reckless endangering of Dene workers, severely impacting the Indigenous community, Canada’s continued sale of uranium and nuclear reactors enabling more countries to become nuclear armed, and its full commitment to NORAD and NATO, both nuclear alliances relying on nuclear weapons.
Music by Grammy-nominated flautist Ron Korb and photos, animation and brief excerpts from documentaries will show major highlights in the 75-year long effort to abolish nuclear weapons.
Painting by Hideo Kimura who at twelve survived the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The painting was shown as part of an exhibition of art by survivors of the bombings held in Toronto in 2019. It is from the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Museum’s collection.
“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 →
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 →
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 →
On Saturday January 11, demonstrations took place across Britain to condemn the US acts of war and lawless killings in Iraq. Thousands participated in London and throughout the country including in Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bradford, Manchester and Chesterfield. Continue reading →
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) calls on all peace-loving people to join in the January 25 Global Day of Protest to condemn targeted assassinations and the threat of war against Iran.
It also expresses its sincere condolences to all the families and friends who lost loved ones in the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. The fact that civilian aircraft were permitted to fly in an active war zone leading to such tragic consequences is a serious concern. Continue reading →
“Folks are using the plane crash as a justification for war. Like so many people I lost someone on that plane. It has touched us all. We will not let this be used as a justification for war. My friend did not die so that his people could be murdered.” – Masuma Khan
From 200 to 300 people of all ages and walks of life rallied at Victoria Park in Halifax on Saturday, January 11 to say No War with Iran and to condemn the U.S. terrorist attacks against Iran and Iraq. Haligonians let the Trump Administration know that we do not support another war. They warned Canadian elected officials that Canada needs to stand up against any acts of war and be a voice of peace. Continue reading →
Terina Hine, posted in Stop the War News & Comment
Thousands assembled on Tuesday evening [December 3] to join the No to NATO protest as NATO leaders came together for the 70th anniversary NATO summit. For a US President to visit the UK in the middle of a General Election campaign is unprecedented and protesters came out in force on this cold December evening to make their feelings known. Not only were anti-war protesters braving the cold but also a large contingent of NHS workers along with doctors and nurses, to make it clear that the NHS is not for sale. Continue reading →