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US Senator Joe Manchin tours oil sands

Promotion of Canada’s Integration into U.S. War Machine | Peggy Morton

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney hosted Joe Manchin, Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Democratic Senator from West Virginia during the week of April 11. Manchin met with Kenney, Energy Minister Sonya Savage, and energy top executives and also toured the oil sands.

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Stand with Wet’suwet’en

The Gidimt’en Checkpoint Facebook page posted a video of recent RCMP attempts to intimidate the Wet’suwet’en on their territory at all hours of the night and day.

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Europe’s ‘geopolitical identity’

Nord StreamMUNICH Feb. 18 (german-foreign-policy.com) – At the Munich Security Conference last weekend, the power struggle between Berlin and Washington openly escalated to an unprecedented level. US Vice President Mike Pence reiterated his ultimatum that Berlin and the EU immediately renounce their political and economic projects, which are not fully in accord with US policy, pertaining particularly to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the Iran nuclear deal. Continue reading

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What does the RCMP raid on Wet’suwet’en territory mean?

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Photo | M. Toledano

Written by KAI NAGATA

January 8, 2018 — Thousands of people across Canada and around the world are watching and sharing updates online as RCMP officers dismantle a pipeline blockade on Wet’suwet’en territory in Northern BC. Continue reading

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The transatlantic liquefied gas dispute

nordstrem imagegerman-foreign-policy.com (September 28) – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has once again reaffirmed that the German government insists on continuing with the highly controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Despite persistent pressure from Washington, there will be no interference in the construction of the pipeline – which has long since begun – reiterated Maas at this year’s annual UN General Assembly in New York. Continue reading

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Germany: Export world champion under pressure

BERLIN (April 20) – With intense shuttle diplomacy, members of the German government are seeking to avert the impending US punitive tariffs on European goods and the loss of access to the important US market. Continue reading

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A rare glimpse into the inner workings of the American empire in the Middle East

U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on December 14, 2017. Its agenda was “To receive testimony on U.S. policy and strategy in the Middle East.” | C-SPAN

(January 19) – In recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, four former U.S. diplomats provided remarkably candid commentary on recent U.S. involvement in the Middle East, revealing a number of the most closely guarded secrets of U.S. diplomacy. Continue reading

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Billions in state funds for transportation corridors to serve US-dominated empire-building

Federal government marches further into dead end of nation-wrecking. The working class is determined to affirm its right to build the new! Report from WORKERS’ FORUM

Transport Canada has announced another $2.1 billion of state funds for the Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative to serve the global oligopolies and their control of the Canadian and international economy.[1]

A Ministry press release on July 4 states the Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative is “[to] build stronger, more efficient transportation corridors to international markets…. Canadian businesses will be able to better compete, grow and create even more jobs well into the future.” Continue reading

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The pipeline debate and who sets the agenda

By PEGGY MORTON

A Resolution adopted at the recent national NDP Convention in Edmonton calls on constituency associations to discuss the Leap Manifesto over the next two years.[1] The Resolution passed despite strong opposition from Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan and others, who repudiated the document. Continue reading

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Obama’s secret deals with Saudi Arabia and Qatar: Behind lower gas prices and the bombing of Syria and Eastern Ukraine

By ERICH ZEUSSE*

obama-saudi-400x256The following report reconstructs U.S. President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, on the basis of what I have deemed to be reliable news accounts of his Administration’s actions, not of its mere words.

This reconstruction is grounded in the linked-to news-sources, all of which I have investigated and verified — and some of which I wrote. The ones that I wrote are themselves sourced to the links within those reports, all of which I have, likewise, personally checked and verified. Consequently, the chain of verifications back to this reconstruction’s primary sources is available to any online reader, and every reader is encouraged to track back to its ultimate source any allegation that might appear to be at all questionable to him or her in the present article. Continue reading

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North American energy ministers meet in Washington: Further integration of ‘continental energy market’

By LOUIS LANG

THE energy ministers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada met in Washington, DC on December 15, to discuss the further integration of the “continental energy market.”

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Mexican Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell and Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford issued a joint statement. In it, they confirmed their commitment to implement the agreement to address the issue of energy as a “trilateral priority” arrived at in February 2014 at the North American leaders’ summit in Toluca, Mexico.
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Oil and the US empire

Discussion of oil prices | K.C. ADAMS

Oil has become a strategic resource in the modern world. Oil is necessary for industrial mass production, transportation and warfare.

A human-centred outlook towards oil regards the resource as necessary for mutual development of all peoples to a modern standard wherein all nations are regarded as equal without reference to size or development, where the rights of all peoples are affirmed and force is not used to settle conflicts amongst nations, and the short and long term consequences of the use of oil on the social and natural environments are important considerations in nation- building.
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Oil prices and energy wars: The US empire of ‘frack’ versus Russia

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Energy prices started to move downward in late-2014, when Saudi oil began to flood energy markets. Variations of two main schools of thought about this emerged. One school explained things purely on the basis of business interests whereas the other school viewed the drop in oil prices geopolitically. Continue reading

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Growth of ISIL – a planned decision: Syrian perspective

Those who have never been to Syria may find it hard to imagine that three years ago extremist groups, such as Al Qaeda and ISIL had no presence there. The idea of public beheadings on Syrian streets was unthinkable. MIMI AL LAHAM*

From the Jasmine city of Damascus (Dimashq) today (Click to nlarge)

From the Jasmine city of Damascus (Dimashq) today (Click to enlarge)

It is easier still to forget, that only four years ago, Libya had the highest Human Development Index of any country in Africa, that there was no Al Qaeda or ISIL in Iraq a decade ago, and that Afghanistan was a secular modern developed country with a capital that three decades ago was named “the jewel of Asia.”

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The secret stupid Saudi-US deal on Syria. Oil gas pipeline war

oil wellTHE details are emerging of a new secret and quite stupid Saudi-US deal on Syria and the so-called IS. It involves oil and gas control of the entire region and the weakening of Russia and Iran by Saudi Arabian flooding the world market with cheap oil. Details were concluded in the September meeting by US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Saudi King. The unintended consequence will be to push Russia even faster to turn east to China and Eurasia. Continue reading

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Russian gas and Ukraine

By MIGUEL GUAGLIANONE*

Finally, on Thursday, October 30, the European Union, the Ukraine and Russia appeared to have reached an agreement — at least until next March – for the supply of gas from the Russian Federation, which must cross the Ukraine to reach several central European countries, and for the Ukraine itself. Continue reading

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Syrian army retakes strategic gas field; US airstrikes hit Syrian oil field

(Nov. 11) – Syrian army troops backed by pro-government fighters have recaptured a strategic gas field in the central militancy-stricken province of Homs.

Syrian state television, citing an unnamed military source, reported that Syrian forces retook control of Shaer gas field and its surrounding area on Thursday. Continue reading

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US destroying Syria’s oil infrastructure under guise of fighting ISIS

oil wellThe US is considering bombing pipelines in Syria, which it claims is in an attempt to cut off the huge profits being made by ISIS from captured oilfields. MARAM SUSLI* Continue reading

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Destabilization – US weapon in energy war in Ukraine and the Middle East

Is the USA fueling crises as negotiation tactics? The US is doing its best to estrange the EU from Russia to get the upper hand in a free trade deal, and also, to manipulate European countries into buying America’s relatively more expensive natural gas.

By MAHDI DARIUS NAZEMROAYA*

The TTIP and Ukraine

(Oct. 8) – The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a Euro-Atlantic free trade agreement that is the subject of ongoing negotiations between the US and the EU. The deadline for finalizing the TTIP free trade agreement is in 2015. Its goal is to create what is referred to as the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA) and to cement the European Union with the United States as one supranational trading bloc. Continue reading

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Energy East: Two down, but look who’s still standing

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

It was all euphoria in June 2013. Paul Browning, president and CEO of Irving Oil, left, smiled smugly, as Alberta Premier Alison Redford and former New Brunswick Premier David Alward, right, toured the Irving Canaport Marine Terminal in Saint John, N.B. The deepwater port is a proposed Eastern terminus of TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East pipeline, through which Alberta crude oil would be exported to Europe and such countries as Germany. The Conservative premiers and the media tried to sell it as a “nation building” project. The National Post declared in a headline, “New Brunswick’s premier has become the public face of the West-East pipeline” (April 18, 2013). Redford resigned on March 23, 2014 in the midst of deepening political and economic crisis in that province. Alward was defeated in a provincial election on September 22, 2014. Alward based his entire re-election campaign on the need to embrace the pipeline and the shale gas industry under the pretext of “creating jobs”. Some analysts say the energy and financial oligarchs decided to change horses, citing the Irving’s traditional connections to the Liberal party. | THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

 

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North American Energy Summit organized by Goldman Sachs

Strategy for control of energy resources

110129-HamiltonDayofAction-87In June of this year, the major monopoly financier Goldman Sachs organized a North American Energy Summit at their New York City headquarters. According to their webpage, the summit “brought together the most thoughtful and influential public and private sector decision-makers – including leading CEO, public sector officials, and experts from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as key global investors and companies involved in the North American energy sector – to discuss how the region can achieve its energy potential.”

Vice President Joe Biden gave the keynote address. President Pena of Mexico participated, as did Canadian Ministers of Foreign Affairs John Baird, Joseph Oliver of Finance and Greg Rickford of Natural Resources and the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario. Continue reading

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The Europeanization of Ukraine

KIEV/BERLIN (german-foreign-policy.com) March 24 – Last week’s signing of the political part of the EU Association Agreement began Ukraine’s transition into the German-European hegemonic system. That country, whose current government, which came to power through a putsch and lacks democratic legitimacy, will now have to align itself on EU standards at all levels.

Besides adopting Brussels’ system of norms, the country, first of all, will face its integration into the German-European foreign and military policy. Ukraine is already participating in EU Battle Groups and EU military missions. Western – including German – energy companies are seeking to take over the Ukrainian gas sector. This even includes the use of controversial “fracking” methods to weaken Russian influence on Kiev in the natural gas sector. As in Greece, the country will now face the glaring impoverishment of an “extreme austerity” policy, according to experts, which could “torpedo Ukraine’s recent political reorientation.” Continue reading

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Ukraine: What is the trouble and who are the troublemakers?

By NATHAN J FREEMAN

TML Daily (March 21) – THE cunning of history has positioned Ukraine as the latest country in which post-Soviet Russia and U.S.-led imperialism confront each other. The U.S.-led camp, which includes the old European colonialism, is on a rampage. The Russian government has responded in a measured way, securing its naval assets in the Crimea and going so far as to take Crimea out of the clutches of the fascist coup that seized power in Kiev while putting the elected president, Alexander Yanukovych, to flight.

Students in Khrakov, Ukraine, lay flowers at monument to Second World War partisan fighters and the Soviet Red Army | Jaroslav the Wise National Law University

Students in Khrakov, Ukraine, lay flowers at monument to Second World War partisan fighters and the Soviet Red Army | Jaroslav the Wise National Law University

Beyond and underlying the intermonopoly contradictions (mainly over energy resources access and control[1]) that are at odds and in play at this time in that region, the longest-standing and most burning issue for the peoples of this region has surfaced once again: how can the equality and sovereign rights of nations and peoples, irrespective of their ethnic makeup, be established (and in some respects re-established) with a guarantee that is meaningful under current conditions? Continue reading

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Graphic details. Gas pipeline map shows how the coup d’etat in Ukraine affects Europe

Ukraine map AFP 2 months before

This Agence France Map was prepared over two months ago. The oligarchs and their backers in Europe and Russia are playing out their economic battle by trying to mobilize popular support for their own self-serving interests and dividing the polity on an ethnic and religious basis. It is also to be remembered that Germany occupied Ukraine and Georgia in 1918, and the Ukraine from 1941-1945. The only path forward for the people of Ukraine is to fight to build an independent sovereign Ukraine which is run by the people in the interests of the people, which exercises control over its own economy and builds relations with other countries on the basis of mutual benefit.

Related on this website:

Ukraine: Contending oligarchs and their imperialist masters feed the rise of neo-Nazism, https://tonyseed.wordpress.com, January 25, 2014

Background information on the current German policy toward the Ukraine, https://tonyseed.wordpress.com, January 24, 2014

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Halifax International Security Forum: The network of subversion, annexation and war in the making – the ‘Halifax Canada Club’

By TONY SEED

This article is part of an ongoing investigation into the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF), which was formed in 2009 as a covert arm of the U.S. state that presents itself as an “independent” and “non-partisan” body with quasi-permanent status. It was originally published on November 21, 2013 and revised on April 15, 2014; November 17 and 21, 2014; February 17, 2016; and February 28, 2021. 

Topics at the 2014 HISF Forum include: “Pipeline Corridors: The Geopolical Role of Energy Infrastructure.” Given that one of the opening plenary sessions is titled “O Say, Can’t You see? The Indispensable Role of the Exceptional Superpower,” one must ask, what is behind this?

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THE Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) aka the Halifax War Conference was formed in 2009 by the Washington-based German Marshall Fund and the Harper ruling clique as a parallel body to established agencies of the Canadian state such as the departments of foreign affairs and national defence. The U.S. board of directors of the HISF includes three members of the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR), the president of Freedom House, and two experienced agents with the National Endowment for Democracy, whose work in subversion throughout the world is nefarious and well-documented. The programmatic work of the CFR, which is also the “media partner” of the HISF, for the integration of Canada into the United States, has also been well exposed. Continue reading

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Harper Throne Speech a sop to the resource monopolies and wrong direction for the country

Step up the work to oppose the anti-social offensive

By K.C. ADAMS

120614-NorthVancouver-NoBillC-38-03BatseyAgarTML Daily – THE Harper Throne Speech pushes resource extraction as Canada’s strategy for prosperity. The government vows to do everything it can to assist the resource monopolies extract and ship as much resources as they can in the shortest possible time. It even generates panic on this issue suggesting, “The window for gaining access to new markets will not remain open indefinitely.” The government wants Canadians to believe that our very lives and security depend on resource extraction and rapidly transporting it to the far ends of the earth. Any hindrance to this is considered against the national interests and even national security. Continue reading

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Espionage: Harper Government turning Canada into rogue state

Governments Must Uphold Public Right, Not Monopoly Right! 

TML Weekly Information Project (Oct. 12) – THE HARPER GOVERNMENT is transforming Canada into a rogue state that 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 U.S. Its actions are in defiance of the norms and laws governing international relations, precisely what it falsely accuses many other countries of doing. At every opportunity and in every venue at home and abroad the Harperites seek to divide people on any basis they can and incite conflict among peoples and nations in order to advance the narrow interests of the monopolies with which they are aligned, and block any organized opposition to imperialism and monopoly right. Continue reading

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All out to support the just demands of the Elsipogtog First Nation! Oppose criminalization of their just demands! Energy monopolies watch out!

Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), October 18, 2013

CPC (ML) vigorously condemns the violence unleashed by the Canadian state against the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick. We equally condemn the diversionary tactic of the monopoly media for sowing confusion by making the central issue that of who instigated the actions that occurred  yesterday, October 17. This diversion is designed to hide that what is at stake in the struggle of the Elsipogtog First Nation is the defence of their inviolable national and hereditary rights in the face of the negation of those rights by the Canadian state, which is working hand-in-glove with the energy monopolies. Continue reading

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Hugo Chávez, oil and Maine

The death of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela not expected to immediately affect energy assistance program in Maine, which has benefited over 60,000 households as well as the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Mi’kmaq and Maliseet First Nations, tribal official says. A civilized and cultured response that stands in stark contrast to the response of Ottawa and Washington filled with hate and revenge against the Bolivarian leader as the “instigator” of all the obstacles that lie in the path of the U.S. imperialist striving for domination of the Americas and the world.

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

Millions of Venezuelans take to the streets to pay tribute to President Hugo Chávez, as his body is taken from the military hospital where he died to the National Military Academy to lie in state, March 6, 2013

Millions of Venezuelans take to the streets to pay tribute to President Hugo Chávez, as his body is taken from the military hospital where he died to the National Military Academy to lie in state, March 6, 2013

INDIAN ISLAND, Maine (March 7) — The death Tuesday of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is not expected to affect the Venezuelan-sponsored humanitarian program that has provided energy assistance to low-income Maine people since at least 2006, according to an official familiar with the program.

Among those who have benefited from the heating aid provided by Citgo Petroleum Corp. — the national petroleum company of Venezuela — are households throughout the state that are eligible for the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, and members of Maine’s Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes. Continue reading

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Canada’s hooligan behaviour: Severing relations with Iran

THE CANADIAN government announced Friday, September 7, that “Canada has closed its embassy in Iran effective immediately and declared personae non gratae all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada.” Canada’s diplomatic relations with Iran have thus come to an end.
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