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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.

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Canada’s relations with Caricom: Self-serving definition of what it means to be a ‘vital partner’

Heads of Government reaffirm solidarity with Cuba at the 31st CARICOM Inter-Sessional Summit held from February 18 -19 in St Michael, Barbados.

By TONY SEED (February 23) – The meeting of the regime change Lima Group hosted by Canada on February 20 in Ottawa comes right on the heels of Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne’s meeting on February 18-19 with leaders of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Bridgetown, Barbados. He was sent as a substitute for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The 15-member organization[1] has served as an effective block to attempts by the U.S. and its allies to use the discredited Organization of American States (OAS) as a political weapon against Venezuela. It has  denied them the number of votes needed to take action against Venezuela in the name of the OAS. This led the U.S. and Canada to set up the illegitimate Lima Group outside the OAS for the purpose of advancing their illegal regime change project. Continue reading

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The Cuban Revolution at 60 – International Conference opens in Halifax

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Forty internationally renowned Cuba scholars, policy-makers and policy analysts will gather at Dalhousie University in Halifax today to take the measure of “The Cuban Revolution at 60.” Continue reading

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Halifax Discussion Forum: War and Peace — Who Decides?

Halifax
Saturday, October 26 – 1 pm

North Memorial Public Library, 2285 Gottingen St.
For information: noharbourforwar@hotmail.com
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This Day. A Reflection on the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax ‘Big Strike’ of 1919

Militant tradition of workers’ struggles in the Atlantic Provinces

May First, international working class day, marked the 100th anniversary of the Halifax General Strike of 1919. Events in Halifax in 1919 and after must be seen within the context of both regional, national and international developments and working-class activity. Between 1916 and 1925 the Maritimes experienced unparalleled levels of strike activity. Significantly this upsurge was not confined to the coal mining communities of the region. Economic militancy often translated into political action. Miners in industrial Cape Breton, Cumberland and Pictou counties, steelworkers in Sydney, and industrial workers in Halifax, gypsum workers in Hants County in the Annapolis Valley, and workers in Amherst, New Glasgow and Saint John participated in the upsurge of radicalism seen across the country. In March 1919 a “great mass meeting” in Sydney endorsed a resolution by Nova Scotia Federation of Labour organizer Clifford C. Dane of Pictou for a strike of all Nova Scotia workers if the provincial government failed to enact legislation for an eight-hour day. [1]

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10 years of resistance to the US-led Halifax war conference: ‘We built this city’, 2015

By EL JONES

We built this city
We built this city on land we stole
Built this city
Built this city on land we stole Continue reading

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The murky origins of the annual US-led Halifax war conference

Part 2 of a series by Tony Seed written for the Nova Scotia Advocate.

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

This year marks the 10th annual rally against the U.S.-led Halifax war conference, the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) on November 16-18, held in the context of the centenary of the ending of the First World War and the world “peace forum” of the big powers in Paris. For the 10th year Haligonians are organizing against it and advancing their demands based on No Harbour for War, Canada Out of NATO, Make Canada a Zone of Peace and for an anti-war government.

This “forum,” involving high-profile generals, admirals, defence ministers, ideologues and corporate executives from the NATO bloc, will discuss “issues of international security.” According to the Department of Defence, which has doled out some $30 million tax dollars to the U.S. organizers since 2009, the aim of the “discussion” is to “learn from each other, share opinions, generate new ideas, and put them into action” (emphasis added). Topics such as “100 Years On: Are We Tired of Winning?,” and “Beijing’s Cravings, Kremlin’s Gremlins: Freedom’s Foes.” are a telling implication of the real agenda. Continue reading

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Hurricane Juan and Depleted Uranium

Canadian navy and weapons of mass destruction

This Saturday, September 29, marks 15 years since Hurricane Juan ripped through Halifax in the middle of the night toppling trees, smashing boats and knocking out power for many days and even weeks in some neighbourhoods. Wind speeds of up to 178km an hour were recorded at McNabs Island in Halifax Harbour. Amunition shells from the 1940s and “other debris” were being washed ashore. | The late MITZI BOWMAN* with TONY SEED

BLUE ROCKS, NS (October 24, 2003) – THE Halifax Chronicle Herald reproduced on October 4, 2003 a capsule commentary from the Canadian Press that the Canadian Forces were cleaning up unexploded shells from the 1940s (WW2) “and other debris”.

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Canada 150: Activities in Halifax call for rededication of Cornwallis Genocide Park

Activists hold 600-strong rally in Halifax on July 15, 2017 as the statue of Cornwallis is covered with black cloth.

(July 15) – TML Weekly applauds the people of Nova Scotia who organized the “Removing Cornwallis” Activities in Halifax this July 15. One of their demands is to rename the Cornwallis Genocide Park to the Halifax Peace and Freedom Park. Continue reading

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Event. Halifax’s Anti-War Movement: A Chronicle

A film screening event marking the 25th anniversary of the landmark 1991 documentary, No Harbour for War
Tuesday, November 1 • 7:00 pm • Room 105 • Schulich School of Law • Dalhousie University • 6061 University Avenue • Halifax • NS

No Harbour For War, chronicles the history of the City of Halifax and its intimate entwining with imperialist war, while also poignantly covering Halifax’s anti-war and anti-imperialist movement of the 1980s & 1990s. This event reclaims the historical memory and power of this broad and vibrant movement. A panel discussion featuring the film-makers and some of the more than 25 voices that appear in the documentary will discuss the legacy of Halifax’s anti-war movement and the current challenges that face today’s anti-war and peace forces. Continue reading

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Yom-el-Ard – Day of the Land: Symbol of Palestinian Resistance

The Palestinian citizens in Israel are marking the 40th anniversary of Land Day today with massive demonstrations in several Arab villages, including Arrabeh in the Galilee and Umm al-Hayran in the south. This article from our archives provides essential information on the vital issue of land and the rising of 1976, when the Palestinian citizens of Israel revolted against the Israeli government, which had just announced new and extensive land expropriation plans in the Galilee.

The Israeli regime continuously cuts down olive trees and replaces them with coniferous trees to change the identity of the Palestinian landscape.

On the 29th Anniversary of Palestine Land Day

Nabil Hdeib and Tony Seed

More from the Halifax Political Forum

HALIFAX (15 April 2004) – March 30 marked Yom-el-Ard, the 29th anniversary of the Day of the Land, a symbol of Palestinian resistance.

On Land Day, 30 March 1976, thousands of Palestinians inside Israel and the West Bank staged a general strike against new orders of expropriating 60,000 dunams of their land in the Galilee which were declared “closed military zones.” After years of military rule, Land Day 1976 was the first act of mass resistance by the Palestinians inside Israel against the Zionist policy of internal colonialization, a systematic process of expropriation that had reduced Palestinian land ownership from around 94 per cent of all territory in pre-1948 Palestine to less than 3 per cent in what is now considered to be Israel. The ensuing clashes with Israeli army and police after the peaceful protests killed six Palestinians, hundreds were wounded and hundreds more jailed. Land Day reaffirmed the Palestinian minority in Israel as an inseparable part of the Palestinian nation. 

Since then March 30 has become recognized as Yom-el-Ard or Day of the Land to highlight the policies of land grab systematically applied by the Zionist movement and later by Israel and is celebrated around the world to salute the heroic resistance of the people of Palstinee. This year, Land Day was marked with demonstrations. Other actions around the world marked Land Day.

Land day activities have included a general strike of Palestinians in Israel and throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This year, one of the largest rallies took place in the northern Israeli town of Arrabeh, where one of the six youth was killed in 1976. Some 15,000 people demonstrated in Jenin. Another demonstration took place in the village of Beit Liqya south of Ramallah, where demonstrators marched to their threatened lands, already bulldozed for construction of the Apartheid Wall. Villagers planted symbolic olive trees and chanted anti-Wall slogans.

Thousands of Palestinians refugees marched in Lebanon with the largest demonstration in the Ein Al Helwa refugee camp where some 70,000 refugees live. More than 2,000 Egyptian university students took to the streets in both Cairo and Alexandria. Demonstrators carried Palestinian flags and chanted slogans condemning the continued Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

In Halifax, Palestinian-Canadian student Nabil Hdeib presented an important paper jointly prepared with Tony Seed to the Halifax Political Forum held to commemorate this occasion and pay homage to the resistance struggle of the Palestinian people. Mr Hdeib stressed that the original establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 actually marked the third successive historic failure of the Zionist project to acquire land from the indigenous Palestinians.

At the time of the British Colonial Mandate in 1921, systematic Zionist colonization, which had begun to unfold at the end of the 19th century, had succeeded in acquiring only 2 per cent of Historic Palestine. In the 30 years prior to World War I, the Jewish settlers were still under 8 per cent of the total population.

Despite 47 years of British imperial carrot-and-stick tactics under its Colonial Mandate, the Zionist project again failed. Even the poorest Palestinians farmers stood strong and refused to sell or abandon their land under the Zionist pressure. As well, the World Zionist Organization was unable to entice European or North American Jews to reconstitute a Eurocentric society of wealthy capitalists, wealthy professionals, industrial workers and farmers.

Statistics published by the British government reveal that the total area acquired by Zionists from 1920, when Land Registry Offices were opened, permitting transfer of ownership, until the forcible dislodging of the Palestinian Arabs in 1948, was under 4 per cent of the total area of Palestine. Although they had no control over the immigration of Zionist colonists into Palestine, the Palestinians did have some control over the sale of individually-owned land to those colonists. In fact, much of the land acquired by the Zionists was from rich absentee landlords resident in Beirut or Istanbul, or transferred by the British government from the public domain, although it was supposed to be held in trust for the Palestinian people under the terms of the League of Nations Mandate.

What the British called “public domain” began under Ottoman law as “public land,” i.e., land kept aside from private ownership to be brought into use or production under exceptional circumstances such as extended drought. Such land was not to be alienated into private hands. Under the British Colonial Mandate, although this Ottoman category was officially recognized, the Land Office treated so-called common land as “public domain” available for private ownership; the public was made private.

Private ownership could and did include appropriation or a hand-over of control to the “Jewish National Fund,” established in 1901 and part of the World Zionist Organization, deliberately designed to act as a private owner in the name of the “Jewish people.” Land was taken from the collective of the Palestinian people, “nationalized” or “collectivized” by kibbutzim, but was actually never turned over to individual Jewish property owners before 1948.

During preparation for the establishment of the Zionist state, the Zionists moved from boycott to deportation, and from co-existence to the exclusionary concept of a purely Jewish state. In 1895, Herzl frankly states, “We should force the natives to leave their homeland… by depriving them of labour.” (Diaries, Vol. 1, p. 88)

Some time afterwards it readies the instruments of systematic colonization. The World Zionist Organisation creates the Jewish Colonial Trust (1898), an international Zionist joint-stock company; the “Colonization Commission” (1898), the “Jewish National Fund” (1901), the “Palestine Office” (1908) and the “Palestine Land Development Company” (1908).

Monopoly right disguised as “Jewish Right”

Still, by 1947 the Zionists controlled not more than 5.6 per cent of Palestinian land. As a result of this failure, and with the Anglo-American imperial governments facilitating their moves, the Zionists ruthlessly used armed force to expel 780,000 Palestinians in “Nakba” (the Catastrophe), emptying the land of their rightful inhabitants, establishing what became the state of Israel on robbed Palestinian land and plunder, and thus forcibly depriving them not only of the right to self-determination but also of their elemental right to exist on their own land. Israel was opened for a well-organized and liberally-financed new wave of colonization, speedily executed in order to create a seeming fait accompli, “facts on the ground”, the reversal of which world public opinion would be reluctant to urge.

The fundamental Zionist principle of racial self-segregation originally outlined by the ideologue Theodor Herzl in Der Judenstaat in 1896 of “land redemption” and “transfer” also demanded racial purity and racial exclusiveness in the land. As such, the Zionist credo of racial self-segregation necessarily rejected the traditional coexistence of Jews and non-Jews. The absurd Zionist invention of Jews as a nation and the equation of Judaism with the Zionist state served this self-serving policy of the Zionist bourgeoisie of Europe.

Coexistence with the indigenous inhabitants in the territory in which Jewish colonists were to assemble was deemed a blemish on the image of pure Zionist racism. Outside Israel, the Zionists similarly criticized, from the same racist standpoint, continued Jewish residence in the lands of the Gentiles. On this basis, the State of Israel erected an entire legal order, including prohibition against the resale or lease of Jewish-owned land, a so-called Absentee Property Law (which in Arabic is called Qanoon Elhader/Gayeb) adopted in March 1950 along with other measures. It declared as “abandoned” any property temporarily vacated by Palestinians who were not present directly before, during or after the war of 1948, even if they took refuge in other locales within Palestine!

Through these measures, 90 per cent of the land was seized by the Jewish National Fund, now a state monopoly. No land transaction could take place except with a Jew or a Jewish entity. [1] The new state of Israel, established according to the conceptions of the 19h century European nation state, defends the property rights of the contending forces in the name of “Jewish right.” In Europe and North America, Jews were excluded from many residential areas by the technique of adding special “covenants” to all property deeds in a given area or neighbourhood, specifying that the property could not be sold to anyone of Jewish background. In the United States, similar covenants were used against African-Americans as part of the official state policy of segregation which was erected following the U.S. Civil War and the defeat of the Confederate slavocracy. In Israel, exactly the same racist principle was applied with the backing of the state against the Palestinians. However, “Jewish right” was elevated by Zionist Israel to monopoly right. As a result, almost 100 per cent of the land is held “in trust” by the JNF, which is still technically an agency of an international body, the World Zionist Council, whose board consists of prominent Zionist millionaires and billionaires from around the world such as the Bronfmans of Montreal.

Of the 150,000 Palestinians who remained in the new Israeli state, approximately 25 per cent were displaced from their homes and villages and became internal refugees. That left less than 22 per cent of Palestine under Arab control. In 1967, Israel extended its expansionist colonial plan through war, and occupied more Palestinian land in violation of international law while systematically dispersing its inhabitants. In the areas occupied in 1967, Israel used military orders to confiscate Palestinian land, of which over 1,300 have been issued so far, and which can be contested in court only with great difficulty. Since 1967 Israel has confiscated more than 750,000 acres of land from the 1.5 million acres comprising the West Bank and Gaza.

By 1993, over 80 per cent of the lands owned by Palestinian Arabs living within Israel had been confiscated and placed at the exclusive disposal of the Zionist state and movement. The Day of Land has become an occasion to remember these collective injustices and an opportunity to draw attention to the land grab policies administered by the Zionist entity of Israel up until this day.

The significance of Land Day

Today the Palestinians are facing another major land grab threat embodied in Israel’s Apartheid Wall. “It is a land grab tool in the first place despite the official Israeli jargon of ‘separation’ and ‘security’,” Mr. Hdeib stressed. “The only ‘separation’ this wall is doing is separating Palestinian villages from their land and adding it to Israel, and the only thing Israel is securing by building the wall is a guarantee of maximum profits, more violence and an even weaker chance of peace.”

“Still in its early stages of construction, way before any ‘separation’ has been achieved, the Apartheid Wall is causing immense damage. Two hundred ten thousand Palestinians are barred in enclaves, in severe violation of their rights under international law. Sixty-seven villages are separated from their means of livelihood. Twenty-eight hundred acres of Palestinian land were confiscated. Eighty-three thousand olive trees were uprooted. Thirty water wells producing 4 million cubed metres per year were confiscated. Thirty-five thousand metres of water infrastructure were destroyed by the bulldozers. [2]

“Added to the Apartheid Wall is the expansion of the infrastructure of military checkpoints (now over 700) and segregated bypass roads built on expropriated land, and designed to contract and split the Palestinian space and facilitate illegal Zionist settlements.

“While it is the Palestinians who continue to be dispossessed, it is the titans of international finance capital — concentrated in real estate and ‘property development’ (including highways construction) and originating from the U.S., Canada and France as well as Israel – who continue to be enriched in the name of ‘security’ on the basis of increasing their stake in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

“For instance, Canadian Highways International Corporation (CHIC) enriched itself through monopoly right in Canada – the Highway 407 Express Toll Route (ETR) in Toronto, Ontario (the world’s first all-electronic highway); the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island; and the Cobequid Bypass (a toll highway) in Nova Scotia and part of the Trans-Canada Highway. [3] CHIC is constructing the Cross-Israel Highway known as Route 6 in alliance with the most powerful real estate and construction interests within Israel. This monstrous, segregated, four-lane highway is rampaging through woodlands, deserts and villages and will stretch from the southern tip of Israel all the way up to its northern border with Lebanon. In part it parallels the Green Line or pushes it eastward into the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The CHIC consortium – Derech Eretz Highways (1997) Ltd. – is also made up of monopolies from Israel (Africa Israel Investment Ltd. and 36 other firms), France (Société Générale d’Entreprises), and the U.S. (Hughes Transportation Management Systems and Raytheon Company, the weapons manufacturer which supplied the dysfunctional Patriot missile system to Israel). The $3 billion contract is guaranteed by the State of Israel.

“The Day of the Land is an occasion not only for Palestinians but for every people and nation that has had its land stolen and its inhabitants dispersed be that in Palestine or Canada, be it the indigenous and First Nations or the ordinary people themselves. The costly sacrifices and unyielding resistance of the Palestinian people has not been in vain. They safeguarded the Palestinian national rights and underscored the legitimacy of their claim to their national heritage. Rights undefended are rights surrendered. Not a single day has passed or is passing that the Zionist junta of Israel has not expropriated land for self-serving reasons. The Zionist settler-state, therefore, has remained a usurper, lacking even the semblance of legitimacy – because the people of Palestine have remained loyal to its heritage and faithful to its rights.”

Endnotes

1. “Palestinian Land Day — Frequently Asked Questions,” MIFTAH

2. GushShalom.org

3. In 1999 control of CHIC was acquired by the U.S. financial conglomerate CIT Group based in New Jersey. See Tony Seed, “Profits from the Promised Land,” Dossier on Palestine, Shunpiking Magazine/New Media Publications (Halifax: 2002).

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Sponsoring organisations for the regular Winter 2004 series “Focus on Palestine” include: Dalhousie Students for Peace and Justice, CKDU Radio, Canada-Palestine Association, Shunpiking Magazine, dominionpaper.ca, and People’s Front (Halifax)

Halifax Forum commemorates Day of the Land

On 30 March 2002, “Everybody hear us say: Palestine is here to stay!” was the most popular slogan at the Land Day demonstration in Halifax.

HALIFAX (15 April 2004) — In commemoration of Palestinian Land Day, a vibrant cultural and political evening was held in Halifax on April 1 by the Halifax Political Forums. The Halifax initiative was part of a worldwide manifestation of solidarity with Palestine.

In his introduction to the formal part of the evening, Tony Seed, on behalf of the steering committee, underlined that the Israeli invasion of Jenin and other Palestinian cities in 2002, the massacre in Jenin, the memorable solidarity march in Halifax and other cities, and the cowardly silence of the Canadian government and media was the immediate inspiration for the publishing of the Dossier on Palestine by Shunpiking Magazine.

On 30 March 2002, “Everybody hear us say: Palestine is here to stay!” was the most popular slogan at the Land Day demonstration in Halifax (see photo above). And, in the ensuing two years there has emerged a living program on Palestine involving people of all walks of life and embodying a united front of the polity. The inherent justness of the Palestinian stand means that such an initiative occupies the mainstream of the society, representing the conscience of Canadians, Mr. Seed said.

The Halifax Political Forums provide an important space for citizens to receive enlightened information on topics otherwise suppressed or marginalized by the monopoly media and engage in serious discussion on national and international issues. They represent a civic venue for developing a united front of the polity in order to make decisions on issues of concern to the Canadian people. The forums are held on the principle of self-reliance, without waiting for experts from foreign galaxies to alight in Halifax. They are not defined by an ideological preconception nor restricted by an ideological requirement.

The problem of Palestine, although it directly affects the Palestinians, is not the concern of Palestinians alone, Mr. Seed said. He reminded everyone that the question of land as a democratic and sovereign right of the people was a serious issue facing people everywhere, as shown in Palestine, Scotland, Zimbabwe and South Africa, Latin America and Quebec, Aboriginal Territories and Canada itself, where monopoly right today is vested in the Crown and multinational corporations.

“The lands being the material basis of life, alike of conquerors and conquered,” he pointed out, “whoever holds those lands is master of the lives and liberties of the nation.”

Nabil Hdeib, a Palestinian-Canadian student, chaired the evening and introduced the historical significance of Land Day (see report under World). His presentation was followed by the 1997 PBS documentary, The People and The Land, centring on the First Intifada (Uprising) of 1987-1993, and an informative discussion.

Mr. Hdeib opened the discussion period by warmly encouraging everyone to participate, based on the democratic norm that each intervenor could speak once, until all had exercised the same right. Dr Ismail Zayid, president of the Canada Palestine Association, and other participants made important and informative interventions on the modus operandi of the dispossession of indigenous peoples, be they Palestinian, First Nations or the Gaels of Scotland, and those who excuse such ethnic cleansing. These interventions also gave rise to a number of proposals for future forums, speakers and films.

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Sponsoring organisations for the Winter 2004 series “Focus on Palestine” include: Dalhousie Students for Peace and Justice, CKDU Radio, Canada-Palestine Association, Shunpiking Magazine, dominionpaper.ca, and People’s Front (Halifax)

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In Memoriam – Terry Brian Tingley

Terry Brian TingleyI was saddened to hear the loss of Terry. I send my heartfelt condolences to Lois, all of Terry’s family and many friends at this time of great loss and sorrow.

I first met Terry in 2000 as a candidate of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, representing its work for democratic renewal of Canada. Terry Tingley was then Returning Officer (RO) for Elections Canada for the federal constituency of Halifax, where he served several terms. I had had experience with different officials in previous elections, but meeting Terry was like a breath of fresh air. Continue reading

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Murky affair of accused British Royal Navy sailors gets murkier

Aberration of due process in Nova Scotia

By TONY SEED

2014.10.25.Toronto-Anti-War-08cr3Four British naval personnel accused of a heinous crime have been moved from CFB Stadacona in Halifax to British base in Alberta. The Harper government, its Department of National Defence and Maritime Command are making special private arrangements for the British soldiers, and the courts and the crown in Halifax are letting them get away with it.

News agencies report that on May 1st the head of Maritime Command of the Canadian Forces ordered four British Royal Navy sailors – accused of sexual assault at a military barracks at CFB 12 Wing Shearwater – to leave the CFB Stadacona military base in Halifax, where they had resided since April 21, by the end of the day. With the sanction of the crown prosecutor’s office and a Nova Scotian provincial court, they were transferred to the British Army Training Unit in Suffield, Alberta (BATUS), which is leased from the Canadian Department of National Defence. [1] How the soldiers were transferred from one end of the country virtually to the other has not been revealed. Continue reading

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Halifax May Day 2015: ‘Who decides? We decide’ remains the order of the day

May Day march in Halifax (Click to enlarge)

Halifax May Day 2012 (Click to enlarge)

Letter of Tony Seed and Aaron Doncaster*

Heartfelt greetings and congratulations to everyone for making Halifax May Day 2015 take place! Although we are both absent from Nova Scotia, we are so much with you in spirit. Continue reading

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British Royal Navy sailors arrested and charged for alleged gang rape in Halifax

2007.HeaderUSSWasp2The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service commander ​admitted that the reports were “disturbing.” The substantive issue of the Rule of Law, the presence of foreign military forces in Canada, whether in the form of U.S. bases or “visiting” marines, troops and warships, and the culture of militarization is not addressed. It is enough to have disastrous social consequences for the people, particularly young women and girls. TONY SEED

Four British Royal Navy sailors have been charged by Canadian authorities for the alleged gang rape of a civilian woman at a military barracks at Shearwater in Eastern Passage, Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Joshua Finbow, 23, Simon Radford, 31, Darren Smalley, 35, and Craig Stoner, 24, all face sexual assault counts. Continue reading

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Four Halifax events in November

No to Canadian Participation in U.S.-Led Wars of Terror! No to Criminalization of Dissent!

— public discussion —

What is to become of Canadians’ rights?

Monday, Nov. 3, 5–7 pm

Just Us! Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road, Halifax

Exploiting the tragic events earlier this month in Quebec and Ottawa, the Harper regime declared war last week on “Islamic extremism” in Iraq under the leadership of the Obama administration. But, now that this country has become an open warmonger in the U.S. camp, what is to become of Canadians’ rights? Join us in an important public discussion. Continue reading

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NATO warships in Canada ahead of Atlantic war games

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Allied Maritime Command

August 1, 2014

NATO Ships Kick Off Task Group Exercise In Canada

Halifax, CANADA: Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2) arrived on Friday, 1 August, in the port of Halifax for a scheduled port visit in advance of Task Group Exercises (TGEX), along with ships from the U.S. and Canadian navies. TGEX is a multi-national series of naval exercises designed to promote force integration and test multiple warfighting skill sets. Continue reading

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CBC and Obama: Unacceptable

Some 400 people demonstrated at both CBC Radio and CBC TV buildings in Halifax on July 18th to denounce slanted media coverage of the massacre taking place in Gaza. Far from having reporters cover the event or sending out a representative to speak with the protesters, the CBC called security demanding that the demonstrators get off the property.

Some 400 people demonstrated at both CBC Radio and CBC TV buildings in Halifax on July 18th to denounce slanted media coverage of the massacre taking place in Gaza. Far from having reporters cover the event or sending out a representative to speak with the protesters, the CBC called security demanding that the demonstrators get off the property.

By KIM PETERSEN*

(July 19) – On Friday afternoon July 18th in Halifax, Nova Scotia, hundreds of people gathered in front of the building which houses Canada’s state media, the CBC. An article in the CBC of the same day explains why the people of Halifax were disgusted; its subtitle quotes United States president Barack Obama: “’No nation should accept rockets fired into its borders,’ Obama says of Israel’s ground push.”

How should the nations where the United States carries out drone missile attacks respond to such an utterance from Obama? Continue reading

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Event: Halifax protest march for Gaza

Join us in a protest and march to CBC, as well in remembrance of the lost lives in Palestine from the recent violence at a candle vigil.

Protest and March on Friday, July 18th at 4pm – Victoria Park

Candle vigil on Saturday, July 19th at 9:30pm

Main entrance to Public Gardens Continue reading

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Halifax: No to the Tattoo — No to the Culture of Militarization

Picket of the Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo
Tuesday, July 1 — 12:30 pm 
Corner of Barrington and Duke Streets
Discussion on the Culture of Militarization
Sunday, July 6 — 2:00 pm
Just Us! Coffeehouse 5896 Spring Garden Rd.
For information: noharbourforwar@hotmail.com
Canada Needs an Anti-War Government!

Canada Day comes to Halifax and once again the Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo spectacle unfolds at the Metro Centre for the entire week. First staged in 1979, the Tattoo has become a significant military-culture event on the calendar.

It is not coincidental that the Tattoo is supported by subsidies and in-kind support from the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Corporate Community. HRM, for example has increased its annual subsidy by $10,000 to $100,000. Continue reading

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Elsipogtog First Nation’s defence of rights met with state violence

RCMP pepper spray peaceful protestors, October 18, 2013.

TML Daily (Oct. 21) – THE Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick has been blockading a fracking operation by SWN Resources Canada, a subsidiary of Texas-based Southwestern Energy (SWN). This spring, SWN began preliminary testing for shale gas exploitation in the area without prior consultation with First Nations, as required by law. Continue reading

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Halifax demonstration in support of Elsipogtog First Nation

OVER 250 PEOPLE took part in a spirited demonstration in Halifax on Friday afternoon, October 18,  to condemn the violence unleashed by the Canadian state against the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick. Some 40 protesters were arrested Thursday, outside the Elsipogtog First Nation reserve near Rexton, NB where they had set up a blockade two weeks ago to try to stop seismic testing at the site of a proposed shale gas development. Continue reading

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Event: Edward Cornwallis: Hero or Horror?

Commemorative statue shamelessly honouring the Genocidaire Cornwallis is covered by anti-war activists at protest against the Halifax International Security Forum, November, 20010. The rally renamed “Cornwallis Park” Peace & Freedom Park as a tribute to the heroic struggle of the First Nations against imperialist war and conquest, including the present-day stand of the Innu against NATO training flights in Labrador.

Commemorative statue shamelessly honouring the Genocidaire Cornwallis is covered by anti-war activists at protest against the Halifax International Security Forum, November, 2010. The rally renamed “Cornwallis Park” Peace & Freedom Park as a tribute to the heroic struggle of the First Nations against imperialist war and conquest, including the present-day stand of the Innu against NATO training flights in Labrador.

EDWARD CORNWALLIS was a military leader tasked with founding Halifax in 1749 as part of Britain’s strategy to capture all of North America and push France off the continent.

Edward Cornwallis was a genocidal war criminal whose attempted extermination of the Mi’kmaq people ranks as one of the province’s darkest chapters.

For 300 years, the debate over his legacy has raged. But until now, one person has been strangely absent: Cornwallis himself. No biography told his story and provided deep context for the events of 1749-1752. Jon Tattrie’s new book, Cornwallis: The Violent Birth of Halifax, uses Cornwallis’s own writing, and the writing of those who knew him best, to unearth the man buried by the controversy. Continue reading

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Irving Potemkins: Sleight of hand in Halifax and Saint John

By TONY SEED

‘Irving are the tree people. Like the budworm is the spruce budworm.’ –Lorne Elliott

Potemkin villages [1] are an Irving specialty. The urban areas of the Maritimes are no exception to the marvellous illusions wrought by this one family which has appropriated the modern science of ecology and all the Madison Avenue arts of greenwashing [2] to add lustre to the crown of its dynasty. Suffice to mention the K.C.Irving Memorial Forest, a vast, chemically-controlled monoculture alongside the Trans Canada Highway in New Brunswick; augmented by the Irving Eco-Centre at La Dune de Bouctouche; the K.C. Irving Environmental Centre and the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens at Acadia University – open every day of the year and free to the public, the 8th wonder of the world. Continue reading

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Halifax all-candidates meeting – ‘Tony Seed landed the best shot of the night in the opening minutes’

Thursday, January 12, 2006

No Ottawa Blog, http://nottawa.blogspot.com/2006/01/halifax-all-candidates-meeting.html

Just got back from the debate between four of the five candidates running in my new home riding. It seems wherever I move, ghosts of NDP Leaderships past haunt me as my new MP. Maybe things’ll change, who knows? If I hear that Audrey MacLaughin is making a comeback then I’ll know I am about to be shipped to Whitehorse for some adventure.

In fairness to Alexa she proved the old adage that in debates, “she who brings the most bodies gets the easiest questions”. Continue reading

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News blackout on largest-ever US Homeland Security exercise within Canada

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

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Bush not welcome in Halifax!

No Harbour for War!

Statement of the People’s Front (Halifax) • 28 November 2004

Halifax, December 1, 2004: Mass protest against visit of war criminal George W. Bush.

George W Bush and his entourage of armed bodyguards, spies, snipers, metal detectors, jet fighters and AWACS radar planes are to pay a lightning visit of several hours to the port of Halifax on 1 December 2004. Halifax is a strategic ice-free harbour regularly used by the US Navy for war exercises and refueling, the headquarters of Maritime Command and the main naval base from which the Government of Canada has been continuously dispatching warships to the far-off Persian Gulf since August, 1990.

The frenziedly-organized visit is purportedly at the demand of the White House. The media is widely spinning it as a “thoughtful” expression of “belated thanks” for the hospitality shown by the people of Nova Scotia (and Newfoundland) for hosting crews and passengers from commercial airplanes grounded during the 9/11 panic in 2001.

Nova Scotians and Newfoundlanders did so not to help the imperial project of George W Bush, but to assist the thousands of people, hailing from many different countries, stranded by the cynical decision of the Liberal government to divert the overseas flights to less populated centres in Atlantic Canada.[1]

This flimsy pretext is to cover up the central reason for Bush’s visit to the most heavily militarized city in Canada, for any cultured and civilized person would have issued heartfelt thanks at the appropriate moment three years ago – as hundreds of the passengers actually did. It presupposes a level of human behaviour that the United States has descended well below – as the whole world sees in the brutality of US actions against the civilian population of Falluja, Iraq, where the casualty level is in the thousands and an ancient city on the banks of the Euphrates has been reduced to rubble.

If it is true, as the news agencies very briefly and originally reported, that Bush is to give public “thanks” to the Canadian navy for its participation in his obsessive crusade on “terror” then such demagogic “thanks,” “reconciliation” and smiles portends further grave danger not only for Canadians but also for the peoples of the world.

George W Bush aims to impose on Canadians the idea of intensifying what he calls the all-consuming struggle against terrorism in the name of “continental security.” Bush sees Canada’s armed forces “defending North America,” not defending Canada. He sees the men and women of the armed forces operating in far-flung countries as cannon fodder for US adventures. He demands more military spending to increase “troop strength” and its “interoperability” with US forces under Northern Command. He wants Canadians annexed to a system which divides humanity as never before and sustains global poverty, famine and continuous war.

Paul Martin’s objective is to integrate the Canadian economy, security, regulations and its conception of rights and sovereignty with those of the American superpower. With his “new multilateralism,” Martin extended the deployment of troops in Afghanistan and intervened in Haiti; placed military trainers in Jordan/Iraq and destroyers in the Persian Gulf; defended Zionist state terrorism as an expression of Israel’s “right to self-defence”; and rejoined the Standing Fleet of NATO whose theatre of operations has been extended into Balkans, the Middle East and Central Asia. Martin is preparing troops for jungle warfare and urban warfare, integrating the military forces, upgrading command-and-control systems, and preparing to extend the field of operation for an interventionist bluewater navy. All of this is going ahead at maximum speed in the name of democracy, peacekeeping, security and human rights. It must not pass!

During the Cold War, the Pentagon named Halifax in 1982 as a ‘forward deployment base’ for its fleets of warships and aircraft armed with nuclear weapons, which came and went together with the “oceanographic” ships of its rival superpower. Open and covert operations were launched against the sovereignty of other peoples too, to carry out aggression from Canadian territory. In 1984 the US used Halifax as a base for the mine-laying forces sent to illegally block the harbours of impoverished Nicaragua.

With terrorism replacing the Soviet Union as the menace, the militarization of the port of Halifax is being accelerated. Citing drug and arms trafficking, organized crime and “new transnational threats,” the media float fear-mongering stories, ludicrous anthrax scares, fictitious Al Qaeda “sleeper cells,” attacks on container shipping, missile-smuggling through the port, and even convict the longshoremen for suspect loyalties. US Homeland Security now extends into the port of Halifax, home to CIA and FBI units protected under Bill C-55 as part of the “national security” state.[2] All these measures are being introduced in conformity with US demands that Canada militarize its harbours, provide safe havens for its warships, and enhance the colossal profits of its global shipping and oil cartels. This is the “thanks” George W Bush demands.

The People’s Front calls on Nova Scotians to take responsibility for what is at stake for the harbour of Halifax, the country and all of humanity as a result of the darkest reaction which George W Bush represents.

All out against the “visit” of George W Bush to Halifax!

This war criminal is not welcome in Canada!

US out of Iraq!

US and Canada out of Haiti!

No to the US state terror in which Canada participates!

No Harbour for War!

1. As revealed by former federal transport minister (and Toronto MP) David Collenette , 11 September 2002, The National, CBC TV

2. Bill C-55 provides that a “controlled access military zone” can be established around US warships in the ports of Halifax, Esquimault and Nanoose Bay.

Demonstrate against War Criminal George Bush and for Justice, Freedom and Equality

Wednesday 1 April 2004

– Meet at the Dalhousie Student Union by 9:30 AM for a rally and march to Pier 21

– Meet at the Grand Parade square (1841 Argyle St. in front of City Hall) by 10 AM for a brief rally and march at 10:15 AM to Pier 21.

Tuesday 30 November 2004

On Tue, Nov 30, Halifax Peace Coalition is holding a mock trial of George Bush at Victoria Park at 5 PM. March on the US consulate office at Purdy’s Wharf Tower II.

Also join the picket from 12-4:30 pm, office of SNC-Lavalin, Park Lane Mall on Spring Garden to denounce its participation in manufacturing 300-500 million bullets for the US military for their illegal occupation of Iraq. http://www.hfxpeace.chebucto.org

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The youth will continue to stand against imperialist aggression

By KEVIN DUMONT CORKILL

MY FAMILY AND I participated in the March 15 protest in Halifax as part of the Global Day of Action against war in Iraq. How fitting it is to see that a spade is called a spade with mass protests around the world denouncing Bush’s warmongering, pointing the finger at him as a threat to peace at a time the Bush war machine is stepping up its psychological warfare against all peace-loving people around the world. Continue reading

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Atlantic Canada marches against Bush’s war (I)

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By TONY SEED

HALIFAX (19 January 2003) – ON JANUARY 18, over 2,000 Haligonians demonstrated in -6 degrees Celsius to join the millions of people in action worldwide to say NO to a war on Iraq. Continue reading

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