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Venezuela: Who is Ben Rowswell?

Note to readers: This post provides essential information on the background of the “former diplomat” known as the “combat diplomat” and is based on a profile written in 2015. The original article is now very much a work in progress as more information comes to light. It is being re-organized, rewritten and expanded for this publication. Contribution of information is welcome. – TS, 4 February 2019. Last updated 19 July 2020.

Since January 23, 2019 Ben Rowswell has been put forward in the monopoly media as the condescending saviour to promote Canada’s open support for the counterrevolutionary forces that seek to overthrow the democratically-elected government of President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela. In the run-up to the February 4, 2019 emergency ministerial meeting hosted by Canada of the Lima Group, a gang of countries it is working with to try to force regime change in Venezuela, he was featured three times on CBC TV on January 24, which has yet to find a Venezuelan to interview who is not from the family of an ex-army officer living comfortably in Montreal, and then again on January 28 in the Globe and Mail. Held in Ottawa, it was the group’s first face-to-face meeting since the self-proclaimed “interim president” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó swore himself in. The U.S., to whom he owes his new position, is not ostensibly a member of the Lima Group, but recognized their puppet immediately with Canada and other members of the Lima Group following soon after.  Continue reading

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Remembrance Day: Canadian Forces collaboration with fascist forces

Demonstration in Ottawa on October 5, 2015 demanding Canadian government end its support for Ukrainian fascists, which continues to this day under the Trudeau Liberal government.

By TONY SEED and BILL SHPIKULA

Less than three weeks after a meeting between Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland and Toronto Liberal candidates, with officials of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) in Etobicoke preceding the 2015 federal election, the Canadian Forces deployed a contingent of cadets from the Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston as well as members of different branches of the CF to participate in “Ukrainian Remembrance Day” events in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke on November 8, 2015. Continue reading

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Canadians’ demands for a just foreign policy absent from ‘leaders’ debate’

Protests outside pro-war foreign policy debate, Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto | MLPC

Protests outside pro-war foreign policy debate, Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto | MLPC

Absent from the Munk Debate on foreign policy was the most important factor in discussing Canada’s foreign policy — the need to get Canada out of NATO and NORAD so that its foreign policy is not under the command of the U.S imperialists whose president is ultimately the commander of Canadian forces.

Far from any meaningful discussion taking place, the debate was yet another occasion for the three so-called leaders to repeat stock phrases from their play book as they vie for the position of becoming Canada’s next Prime Minister. This is the position which has all the prerogative powers to send Canada to war without the approval of the people. More importantly, the event exemplified how private interests are trying to direct the outcome of the election. Moderator Rudyard Griffiths’ questions, imploring the leaders to “go deep” and “skip the talking points,” framed all the issues in a manner clearly aimed at putting on the defensive and marginalizing any deviation from the position the ruling class is now making clear it favours.

In this regard, as the election goes into its final stretch, the debate revealed that the knives are out and the fix is in. Meanwhile, a significant demonstration took place outside Roy Thompson Hall where the debate was held. That is where the demands of Canadians for a just foreign policy were expressed. Continue reading

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Foreign policy ‘debate’ in Toronto

Protests outside pro-war foreign policy debate, Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto | MLPC

Protests outside pro-war foreign policy debate, Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto | MLPC

Protests are taking place tonight outside the election debate on foreign policy in Toronto. They are calling for an end to the Harper government’s cynical refugee policy, opposing Canada’s participation in aggressive war, demanding an end to impunity for Canadian mining monopolies committing crimes abroad and for action to be taken on the problem of climate change. Inside the debate the ruling elite has given no space for the demands of Canadians for an anti-war government that withdraws from NATO, restricts monopoly right and provides humanitarian aid to refugees and victims of imperialist war. These demands will be heard outside the debate where people are gathering to express their serious concerns and stand in this election. Continue reading

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John Baird continues his work for private monopolies

Politicization of private interests – Baird did yeoman’s work for private monopoly interests as Canada’s jingoist Foreign Minister putting Canada on war footing against their competitors. Baird is continuing on the same career path but with more lucrative rewards. GEORGE ALLEN

counting dollars in carOn March 25, Stephen Harper’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird was hired by the Barrick Gold monopoly to sit on its international advisory board. Canada’s conflict-of-interest legislation theoretically prevents cabinet ministers from negotiating future employment while in office. Baird’s resignation from Parliament only took effect on March 16, yet everyone is to believe that the Barrick offer was made during the nine days between March 16 and 25. Continue reading

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Negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program and Baird’s ‘direct diplomacy’ project

Protest in Tehran against attempts to interfere with Iran's sovereign right to possess nuclear technology, November 23, 2014.

Protest in Tehran against attempts to interfere with Iran’s sovereign right to possess nuclear technology, November 23, 2014.

By LOUIS LANG

On January 15, international negotiations got underway on Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva, Switzerland. These negotiations are of great importance for people all over the world. The main subject of the negotiations is the use of nuclear technology and the level of uranium enrichment needed by Iran for the peaceful development of nuclear energy to meet its needs. Coupled with this is the demand by Iran to remove the economic and other sanctions imposed by the U.S. and big European powers to destroy its economy and in this way force Iran to submit to the foreign dictate. Continue reading

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‘Digital diplomacy’: Harper government’s new weapon for subversion

By TONY SEED

AMIDST revelations about U.S.-led global espionage and cyber warfare and other wrongdoings coming to light during the past year, the Harper war government is expanding its own participation in social media and electronic subversion of foreign states trying an independent path of development and deemed hostile to the interests of the US and NATO bloc.

On February 7 Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird visited the headquarters of Google and Twitter in Silicon Valley, California, where he mapped out how “digital diplomacy” will be added to the weapons of armed subversion such as covert operations, “aid,” and secret diplomacy that are already being used internationally by the Harper government against targeted countries.

“Digital diplomacy” is cyberwarfare. It is a new buzz word to go along with “direct diplomacy” and the “public diplomacy” embraced by the Obama Doctrine, the U.S. State Department and NATO to rationalize the creation of mechanisms whereby the United States gives itself the right to deal directly with citizens of various countries and NGOs that do its bidding and completely bypass sovereign governments.  Continue reading

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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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