Tag Archives: Halifax War Conference

Sponsors of Halifax War Conference, 2018

Part of a series providing background information on the Halifax International Security Forum which will be held November 19-21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Interview of Tony Seed by TML Weekly, November 7. 2018

TML Weekly: Tony, as an independent journalist and researcher who amongst other things specializes in NATO and war exercises and preparations around the world, you have done investigation into the sponsors and partners of the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF). Can you tell us about that?

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Canada, United States

All Out to Oppose the 13th Annual Halifax International Security Forum

– No Harbour for War –

Webinar
Friday, November 19 – 8:00 pm AT/
7:00 ET/ 6:00 CT/ 5:00 MT/ 4:00 PT

Further information on how to register to come
Halifax
Rally
Saturday, November 20 – 1:00 pm AT

Halifax Peace and Friendship Park (Hollis and South Sts)

The 13th Annual Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) will be held November 19-21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. According to the organizers, they plan to have all their participants in person at the Westin Hotel for the fully vaccinated Forum.

The HISF is a U.S. organization hosted by Canada’s Minister of National Defence. It proudly announces it “receives generous support from the Government of Canada and Club HFX.”

At this time, the Security Forum is part and parcel of the U.S. and NATO’s “pivot to Asia.” Last year it rolled out its anti-China stance by issuing a “Handbook for Democracies” titled: China vs Democracy: The Greatest Game. HISF President Peter Van Praagh said, “We know what we are for; and we know what we are against. This is how (the Security Forum) differs from all other conferences of similar stature.”

This year, two of the eight Plenary Sessions and at least three of the Informal Sessions are directly related to China while a number of other sessions are indirectly related. All of it grows the danger of war in the Asia Pacific and on the world scale.

Besides the Plenary and Informal Sessions, the Security Forum prides itself on providing the venue for international defence and security “leaders” to meet behind closed doors to plan further crimes against the peace and the peoples of the world. “There is no substitute for face-to-face, in-person conversations between international defence and security leaders. They lead to collaboration, innovative solutions, and renewed hope for our democracies,” said Van Praagh.

The agenda purports to deal with global security issues but it does so not from the perspective of the peaceful resolution of conflicts and promotion of international rule of law by upholding the UN Charter. On the contrary, it promotes a U.S. “rules-based international order” which it calls democracy despite its aim to make the entire world submit to the U.S. declaration that it is the “indispensable nation” which every country must obey.

Anti-war activists in Halifax urge you to get involved in opposing the Security Forum and making sure Canada provides No Harbour For War and gets out of NATO and NORAD.

No Harbour For War advocates the prevention and resolution of conflicts in accordance with international law and the UN Charter. It opposes the use of force, threats and sanctions to subjugate countries. It calls on Canadians to oppose Canada’s integration into the U.S. war machine, NATO and NORAD and the usurpation of Canada’s decision-making and sovereignty by the U.S. All foreign and military policy should be decided in a manner which favours the peoples of the world.

Join a webinar on Friday, November 19 to hear speakers discuss what’s at stake for Canada and the Asia Pacific at this time. Participate in actions to oppose the warmongering Canada is sponsoring by hosting the HISF.

We call on Canadians to demand that the HISF be banned, along with demanding that Canada get out of NATO and NORAD and that they be dismantled. No foreign troops should be permitted to operate on Canadian territory and Canadian forces should be brought home. No foreign warships, whether armed with nuclear weapons or not, should be permitted to use our harbours. NATO-sponsored think tanks and academic institutions should be dismantled. Promotion of imperialist war aims and the militarization of culture must be rejected.

Leave a comment

Filed under Canada, No Harbour for War (Halifax), United States

Australia joins parade of war criminals en route to war conference

March 20, 2003. Mass anti-war action as Australian people reject U.S. imperialist aggression in Iraq alongside people around the world.

Angus Campbell, chief of Australian Imperial Defence Staff, is billed as a lead speaker by the NATO-sponsored, US-organized ‘Halifax’ Imperialist Insecurity Forum (HISF) now underway. He is to speak on a panel on the Plenary 5 pabel: “Go Canada! Middle Powers Show The Way.”[1] 

An official inquiry has just confirmed Australian soldiers were involved in the unlawful killing of dozens of Afghan civilians.

It found 25 special forces soldiers killed 39 civilians in practices known as “throwdowns” where concealable weapons were placed on the bodies of those killed in order to photograph evidence to justify the killings. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Canada

Warmongers not welcome in Halifax!

Oppose the Halifax War Conference

ANTI-WAR WEBINAR & RALLY

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Canada

All out to oppose annual US-led war conference in Halifax!

2012.11.17.HalifaxAntiWaratHalIntSecForum-mediacoop-05cr

Demonstration against fourth Halifax International Security Forum, November 17, 2012

This year’s U.S.-led “Halifax International Security Forum” (HISF), referred to by many as the Halifax War Conference, takes place on November 16-18. An anti-war rally will be held to protest it on November 17. Continue reading

3 Comments

Filed under Canada, No Harbour for War (Halifax), United States

All Out to Oppose 8th Annual Halifax Security Forum!

Demonstration against fourth Halifax International Security Forum, November 17, 2012 | Halifax Media Co-op

Demonstration against fourth Halifax International Security Forum, November 17, 2012 | Halifax Media Co-op

Halifax
Saturday, November 19 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Halifax Peace and Freedom Park (Cornwallis Park)
Facebook

The 8th annual Halifax International Security Forum will be convened on November 18-20 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.

Warmongers from more than 50 countries will join Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and some 300 others at the Washington, DC based Forum “to learn from each other, share opinions, generate new ideas, and put them into action.”

The first forum in 2009 was dedicated to popularizing NATO’s then-new “security doctrine.” Subsequent forums have provided a stage to justify NATO’s “humanitarian intervention” in Libya and the whole African continent, Syria and Iran. This forum will no doubt further NATO’s dark plans to attack and destroy the Assad government in Syria under the guise of destroying ISIL “Islamic terrorism,” or for NATO schemes to use Ukraine as a battering ram and platform from which to foster major aggression against Russia.

It is unacceptable that Halifax, or any Canadian city, be used as a venue to plan further crimes against the peace and the peoples of the world. Bring your banners, bring your music and statements, and most of all bring your friends to oppose this war conference.

(No Harbour for War)

oppose-the-8th-hisf

Leave a comment

Filed under Canada, No Harbour for War (Halifax)

Hagel: Asia ‘top of the list’ of Pentagon priorities

In June then Defence Minister Peter MacKay flew to Washington where, among other things he met with Obama’s latest Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel. Peter Van Praagh, President of Halifax International Security Forum, then confirmed that the American warmonger will give the keynote speech opening the war conference on Friday, November 22nd. 

The USS Gerald Ford, the Pentagon’s lethal weapon designed to menace Asia, was inaugurated on November 11, at Norfolk in the state of Virginia, in a triumphal ceremony. Yet the nuclear carrier is only 70 per cent complete.

The USS Gerald Ford, the Pentagon’s lethal weapon designed to menace Asia, was inaugurated on November 11, at Norfolk in the state of Virginia, in a triumphal ceremony. Yet the nuclear carrier is only 70 per cent complete.

By CARLOS MUNOZ

The Hill (Oct. 28) – THE Obama administration’s military shift to Asia still tops the Pentagon’s budget blueprint as the department girds for another round of budget cuts under sequestration.

The planned pivot “remains at the top of the list” of the department’s investment strategy for the coming years, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday at the Pentagon. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under No Harbour for War (Halifax)

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?

120614-NorthVancouver-NoBillC-38-03BatseyAgar

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

13 Comments

Filed under Canada, No Harbour for War (Halifax), United States

NATO’s worldwide expansion in the post-cold world era

Scene from the 2012 rally against the Halifax War Conference

Scene from the 2012 rally against the Halifax War Conference

The 5th annual Halifax International Security Forum will be convened on November 22-24 as a platform for warmongering and empire building of U.S. imperialism and the NATO bloc, in which the Harper Government is fully embroiled. The first 2009 forum was dedicated to popularizing NATO’s then new “security doctrine.” Ensuing forums have provided a stage to justify NATO’s “humanitarian intervention” in Libya and Africa, Syria and Iran. Typical sessions in 2013 include “The West Today:  Calculated Power or Complete Paralysis?” Anti-war forces in Halifax, the headquarters of Maritime Command, have already given the call to continue and escalate the popular protests against the Halifax War Conference, declaring that war criminals are not welcome in Canada. In this, the first of a series of reference articles for our readers as to the aims behind such a forum, RICK ROZOFF traces the U.S.-crafted mission to expand NATO “into history’s largest and first international military bloc and an unprecedented threat to world peace.”

2009.HISF Rally.Canada Out of NATO bannerSTOP NATO (October 12) – ONE OF THE MOST significant developments of the post-Cold War era, and certainly the most ominous, is the transformation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a military bloc created by the United States during the genesis of the Cold War in 1949, into one that has grown to encompass the entirety of Europe, has expanded military partnerships throughout the world and has waged war on three continents. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under United States

2012 Halifax International Security Forum

Analysis of the agenda, emphasis, tactics and composition of the Halifax International Security Forum, 2009-2012

Protest against 2011 Halifax International Security Forum.

By TONY SEED

At the 2011 Halifax International Security Forum

ESTABLISHED four years ago, the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) is taking place November 16-18 at the Westin Hotel. Warmongers from as many as 50 countries are joining Peter MacKay and some 300 others at the Forum “to learn from each other, share opinions, generate new ideas, and put them into action.”

Once again this year, the organization No Harbour for War, joined by others, has come forward to say, “It is unacceptable that Halifax, or any Canadian city, be used as a venue to plan further crimes against the peace and the peoples of the world.” Continue reading

4 Comments

Filed under No Harbour for War (Halifax)

Pot calling the kettle black

Dr ISMAIL ZAYID condemns the double standards in the reporting of the Halifax Chronicle Herald and the Canadian Press on the Halifax International Security Forum and its warmongering agenda against Syria and Iran. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Media, Journalism & Disinformation, No Harbour for War (Halifax)

Halifax International Security Forum: War criminals and warmongers out of Halifax!

November 21, 2009: Haligonians mount a vigorous protest against the First Halifax International Security Forum, funded by DND and ACOA.

TML Weekly calls on everyone to support and participate in the actions to oppose the Third Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) to be held at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel from November 18 to 20. For the third year in a row, a rally is being held Saturday, November 19th, at 1:00 p.m. at the renamed Peace & Freedom Park (Cornwallis Park) across from the hotel to condemn the “forum.”. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under No Harbour for War (Halifax)

What is the HISF, why you shouldn’t like it, and how you can protest it

By MILES HOWE

HALIFAX (November 4, 2010) – WITH the number of ghouls, goblins and ghastlies descending upon Halifax this weekend, you might be excused if you thought Halloween was a weekend late. But unlike All Hallows eve, those aren’t masks, the blood is real, and there is no candy. Only really nasty tricks. That’s right folks, lace up your boots, and get your placards and peace chants ready, because the 2nd Annual Halifax International Security Forum is coming to town! Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under No Harbour for War (Halifax)

Second Halifax War Conference: Get Canada Out of NATO! Dismantle NATO!

November 21, 2009: Haligonians mount a vigorous protest against the First Halifax International Security Forum.

TML calls on everyone to support and participate in the actions to oppose the Second Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) to be held at the Westin Hotel from November 5-7. Last year’s inaugural event at the same Halifax hotel was opposed by many groups across the Maritimes. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Atlantic Gateway / Atlantica, Canada, No Harbour for War (Halifax)

Realities collide at Halifax War Conference

Demonstrators marched through the downtown city streets from the rally at the Westin Hotel

The inaugural Halifax International Security Forum, co-sponsored by the Canadian government and the German Marshall Fund, highlighted Canada’s more militant role with NATO. ANTHONY FENTON of IPS reports on the gathering of the world’s top military elites inside a fortified hotel in Halifax to discuss NATO’s future at “what is being dubbed a World Economic Forum-style conference.” On the other hand, Haligonians condemned the organisation’s legitimacy, secrecy, and the lack of democratic debate about the increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan. “Most of the Forum’s agenda is off-the-record and closed to the media.” Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Canada, No Harbour for War (Halifax)

Vigorously oppose ‘Halifax International Security Forum’; All out to build the people’s movement against Imperialist war and aggression!

Nova Scotia Committee, Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)

THE Government of Canada has provided an astonishing budget of $2.5-million to fund the two-and-a-half-day “Halifax International Security Forum” to be held November 20-22. The organizing of the Forum is directly linked to promotion of the Atlantic Gateway, a project designed to facilitate rapid transport and military links between South Asia, the Middle East and the U.S. It is thus no accident that this “security forum” is to be held in the port of Halifax, headquarters of Maritime Command and the most important NATO military base in the North Atlantic. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Atlantic Gateway / Atlantica, No Harbour for War (Halifax)

All out to oppose ‘Halifax International Security Forum’! No Harbour for War!

Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)

The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) calls on all the peace-loving and anti-war forces of Halifax and the entire region – workers, youth, students and women – to go into action to oppose the so-called Halifax International Security Forum. Organized by the Canadian Department of National Defence and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Forum will be held from November 20-22 at the Westin Hotel in Halifax. The official website of the conference states that although “serious conferences about regional and global security have traditionally been held outside of the United States and Canada … [t]oday’s new dangers require new thinking and new solutions, and the Halifax International Security Forum is the new venue to explore serious policy alternatives.” Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Atlantic Gateway / Atlantica, No Harbour for War (Halifax)

All out to oppose the ‘Halifax International Security Forum’!

Halifax, December 1, 2004: Demonstration against visit to Halifax of war criminal U.S. President George W. Bush.

Call of the Nova Scotia Committee of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, 4 October 2009

FROM NOVEMBER 20-22, the Canadian Department of National Defence and the US-based German Marshall Fund are convening the “Halifax International Security Forum” at the Westin Hotel in Halifax. We call on all the peace-loving and anti-war forces of this city and the entire region – workers, youth, students and women – to go into action to oppose this event and the dangerous preparations for imperialist war, which it serves. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Atlantic Gateway / Atlantica, No Harbour for War (Halifax)