Canada’s strategic critical minerals: Who decides? | Fernand Deschamps
TML Weekly explained in February how Canada and Quebec are being further integrated into the U.S. imperialist economy and war machine through the Canada-U.S. Joint Action Plan on Critical Minerals Collaboration. A recent Quebec government announcement reveals that the next step is to build infrastructure to guarantee a supply chain to ship these critical minerals to the United States. Continue reading
Painting of the Halifax Explosion
By Tony Seed
The 75th Anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on the Sixth of August 1945 is a historic universal event with profound immediate significance to present international relations, the danger of war and even nuclear war. For Haligonians, the nuclear devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has a special meaning ,which is even more poignant in the wake of the hugely destructive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on August 4. Continue reading
Despite broad concerns about the safety of the Snowbird program, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan proclaims that he is eager to continue it. This is a time to draw warranted conclusions about the nature of Canada’s integration into the U.S. war machine | TONY SEED
On May 17, a Royal Canadian Air Force Tutor jet crashed in a residential area near Kamloops, BC. It was part of a cross-country public relations aerial show of the Royal Canadian Air Force demonstration squadron, known as the Snowbirds. Code named Operation Inspiration, the tour began in Nova Scotia on May 2, in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The tour was unleashed immediately in the wake of Operation America Strong of the USAF Thunderbirds that began on April 19 over the state of Colorado, headquarters of NORAD.
By YVES ENGLER
Most Canadians would be surprised to learn that the sun never sets on the military their taxes pay for.
This country is not formally at war yet more than 2,100 Canadian troops are sprinkled across the globe. According to the Armed Forces, these soldiers are involved in 28 international missions. Continue reading
By K.C. ADAMS
Canada’s integration into the U.S. imperialist war economy is a serious matter of concern for Canadians. The U.S. war economy has tentacles into every U.S. state as well as Canada and countless other places abroad. The war economy encompasses production and sales of military goods and services to military customers domestically and internationally and all the fixed and circulating value it requires to operate such as buildings and fuel. The war economy includes thousands of military bases, airports, colleges, research centres, intelligence agencies, testing facilities and a vast army of active duty and reservist military personnel and services to veterans. Continue reading
File photo from 2017 Contested Urban Environment exercise in Australia
From September 10-21, various parts of the city of Montreal are serving as a venue for the 2018 Contested Urban Environment Experiment (CUE). These war exercises are being conducted under the auspices of the Five Eyes, a U.S.-led global spying network that also includes Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Continue reading
By TONY SEED
The “new” defence policy of the Trudeau Liberals espouses the goal of greater “interoperability” with U.S. and NATO military operations. This is repeated no less than 23 times.
This exposes the brazen deception behind Chrystia Freeland’s June 6 speech whereby Canada is declared to be “forging a new, sovereign path in light of a turbulent international political climate” and against “isolationism” to justify unprecedented military expansion in the name of “hard power.” “To rely solely on the U.S. security umbrella would make us a client state,” she said. “Such a dependence would not be in Canada’s interest.”
Interoperability is one of the main concepts and methods through which this so-called “new” “hard power” is to be exercised. Continue reading
By GEORGE ALLEN
The monopoly media announced on June 5 that the Justin Trudeau Liberal government plans to buy an unknown number of Super Hornet fighter jets from war contractor Boeing as a temporary measure to replace Canada’s aging CF-18 fighter fleet. In May, Defence Minister Hajjit Sajjan claimed that there was a pending gap in Canada’s military capabilities and that this called for swift action. Sajjan, who recently visited Australia, a country which bought 24 Hornets five years ago, warned that Canada’s CF-18s “need to be replaced now.” He indicated the government planned to move quickly on the deal, and that the purchase of the Hornets would take place without competitive bidding. Continue reading
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Ottawa October 28 in relation to the shooting of the previous week. He used the occasion to promote the idea that the Canada-U.S. security relationship now requires “tweaks,” “changes” and “additions.” He echoed the Harper dictatorship’s assertion that the killing in Ottawa was an act of terror, saying it was “common sense” to believe so. Kerry said that the U.S. and Canada will “work quietly and carefully in the next days and months” to further integrate their security apparatus. Kerry revealed: “Canada and the United States are now in discussions… with a view to making certain that every possible stone is turned over, every possible policy is reviewed…”
Kerry later met with Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird to discuss ISIS, the Ukraine, the U.S.-Canada border, and “North American” energy issues. Such was the “security,” the content of the discussion was not disclosed.
Map of current military exercises in northern Canada – click to enlarge | Canadian Forces
TML Weekly (Aug. 30) – From August 20 to 25, prior to departing for the NATO Summit to be held in Wales on September 4-5, Prime Minister Harper went on his extensive annual Arctic tour. Amongst other things, he participated in the military exercises codenamed Nanook. These exercises started on August 20 and ran until August 29. Continue reading
Agent Orange Association of Canada supports US action, demands end to impunity. Part II in a series; for Part I, visit here
(Mike Staples, Daily Gleaner NB) – THE co-president of the Agent Orange Association of Canada Inc. is applauding an announcement last week by the State of Maine to have the U.S. federal government recognize environment hazards associated with military training at Gagetown.
Carol Brown Parker said it’s encouraging to see Maine Gov. Paul LePage involved. Continue reading
Part I in a series. For Part II visit here.
Maine Army National Guard helicopter flies over CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick | 2001 Portland Press Herald
ONE of the most significant chemical warfare experiments in Canada was the 1966-67 testing of Agent Orange, a dioxin-containing defoliant made by U.S. and German chemical monopolies such as Monsanto, Dow Chemical and Bayer. It was sprayed on trees at CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick, in preparation for its lethal use in Viet Nam.  The government now admits to testing in 1966-67, however the Agent Orange Association of Canada Inc. has obtained two different DND documents that show evidence of other spray periods of Agent Orange and/or 27 other dioxins sprayed at the CFB Gagetown excluding 1966 and 1967. These documents indicate active spray programs from 1956 to 1984.
Now a Maine newspaper, the Portland Press Herald, reports that two state senators, Susan Collins and Angus King, have proposed legislation that would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate whether some American veteran’s health problems are linked to the U.S. chemical warfare tests in Gagetown. The U.S. has completely denied any responsibility, even though the U.S. military carried out spraying in 1966 and 1967 at the base. Continue reading
Haligonians rally against threats of war against Syria, September 7, 2013
THE Halifax War Conference, aka the Halifax International Security Forum, held its first meeting in November 2009. The conference was part and parcel of the NATO aggressive military alliance to reconfigure itself with a “new security doctrine” to replace that of “humanitarian intervention” introduced during the 1999 aggression against Yugoslavia and the first absorption into NATO of states of the former Soviet bloc.
In a statement issued to oppose the first conference in 2009, CPC(M-L) pointed out:
“The demand for this ‘new doctrine’ is impelled by the crisis of NATO itself. After eight years of occupation of Afghanistan under the pretext of opposing terrorism, NATO has been unable to quell the important resistance of the Afghan people. The people of Afghanistan refuse to accept NATO’s ‘international security assistance’ and the peoples of NATO’s member countries have not been convinced of the nobility of the war or NATO’s present course and its raison d’être.”
The current website of the Halifax War Conference describes its history as follows: Continue reading
It used to be quite rare and even noteworthy when foreign military training and operations took place on Canadian soil, which is now included in the U.S. “homeland.”
TML Weekly Information Project (Sept. 28) – WHEN the Harper government was introducing arrangements to make permanent the operation of U.S. security forces in Canada, they knew Canadians would be opposed. In hearings into the Shiprider program which has U.S. border agents enforcing Canadian law on Canadian seaways, RCMP Chief Superintendent Joe Oliver, the Mounties’ director general for border integrity, stated: “We recognized early that this approach would raise concerns about sovereignty, of privacy, and civil liberties of Canadians. We said ‘Let’s take baby steps, let’s start with two agencies to test the concept, let’s demonstrate to Canadians and Americans that such an approach might work.” These “baby steps” are taken on a regular basis to keep Canadians unaware of the extent to which the Harper government has placed Canada under U.S. command. Continue reading
Artemis’ “main vocation was to roam mountain forests and uncultivated land with her nymphs in attendance hunting for lions, panthers, hinds and stags.”
By TONY SEED
THE Harper government announced October 21 that it will extend its naval deployment in the Arabian Sea region until April 2015. The unprecedented deployment is another act of a rogue state that under the pretext of defending “Canadian values” goes around the world attacking sovereign nations militarily, economically and politically, overtly and covertly, as part of a hooligan gang of allies led by the United States.
The Halifax-based patrol frigate HMCS Toronto and her crew of approximately 250 personnel are currently patrolling the Arabian Sea region. She departed her home port of Halifax, Nova Scotia on 14 January, 2013.
The “visiting” warships of the US Navy need not be armed with strategic nuclear warheads, be firing their weapons or be waging war in a country to kill, maim or hurt a country’s population or otherwise negatively impact the civil, political, social, economic and cultural lives of the peoples. Commentary by TONY SEED
God damn them all!
I was told we’d cruise the seas for American gold
We’d fire no guns – shed no tears
Now I’m a broken man on a Halifax pier
The last of Barrett’s Privateers.
HALIFAX (22 June 2007) – ONE of the biggest hurdles for the world’s lone superpower, amid its debacle in Iraq and Afghanistan, is overcoming distrust of the Bush administration. Militarily, the United States must forge “partnerships” and work with smaller navies such as Canada’s without raising protests about aggression or subverting national sovereignty. Amid the protests over Iraq and Afghanistan, the Americans and the willing and eager Canadian media are learning subtlety in providing aid. Continue reading
By TONY SEED
HALIFAX (April 19, 2005) – From April 4 to 8 US Homeland Security carried out a massive exercise, “Exercise Triple Play,” which included the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, home of the strategic port of Halifax where US President George W Bush “visited” on December 3, speaking to 300 mainly homeland security personnel at Pier 21.
According to a press release on the Homeland Security website, the exercise was the largest ever conducted by the US, involving some 10,000 people at various levels of government in the United States, 19 Canadian federal departments and agencies as well as Britain. The irony of all of this is that, after such an intensive mobilization at the expense of millions of dollars, you couldn’t tell it by the media. A Google search reveals that there has so far been a complete media blackout in Canada on the exercise following the initial announcement one month ago.
This raises the question: was this exercise a “preventive” exercise or a totally criminal blackmail of gigantic proportions? Continue reading
“Co-operative engagement capability”; Praising the Lord and passing the ammunition
EDITOR’S NOTE: THE Halifax Daily News has published an article by its military reporter that provides information on one of the mechanisms for seamlessly integrating the Canadian Forces into the U.S. Armed Forces under the pretext of “inter-operability” and “co-operative engagement capability.” Military analysts acknowledge that the Canadian Navy is, in fact, the branch of the Canadian Forces with the highest degree of military and operational integration.
The article prettifies the annexation of the armed forces by promoting that this is all a matter of superior technology, not politics, and solely “defensive” in nature. The fact that the Canadian warships operate under U.S. and NATO strategic command once they leave port and the imperialistic aim of the missions in which these warships and billion-dollar missile systems are deployed is carefully left in the shade. Continue reading
(29 January 2003) – DAILY MEETINGS run by Air Force General Ralph E. Eberhart now include 14 federal agencies “that otherwise rarely answer directly to the Pentagon,” The New York Times reports. General Eberhart is commander of the military’s recently established Northern Command or NorthCom, a combat command responsible for military activity inside the US, and in Canada, Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico. The 14 agencies have permanent representatives to NorthCom. They include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the State Department, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). According to The Times, they “meet to debate how the Pentagon should respond if terrorists strike again in the United States.” Continue reading
By TONY SEED*
HALIFAX (January 17, 2003) – A VERY SERIOUS problem faces the personnel of the Canadian Forces as with all Canadians: the new agreement of the government to allow US troops to enter Canada and Canadian troops to enter the United States. Continue reading