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Dangerous developments at NATO Summit

By NATHAN J. FREEMAN*

ON September 5, the second and final day of the NATO Summit in Newport, Wales, US President Barack Obama reviewed the decisions the NATO countries took during the Summit. Obama referred to Article 5 of the NATO Charter, which specifically deals with “collective self-defence”. He stated, “First and foremost, we have reaffirmed the central mission of the Alliance. Article 5 enshrines our solemn duty to each other – ‘an armed attack against one … shall be considered an attack against them all.’ This is a binding, treaty obligation. It is non-negotiable. And here in Wales, we’ve left absolutely no doubt – we will defend every Ally.” 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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Stephen Harper’s Mideast adventurism

Canada’s role in the service of U.S. imperialism

By NATHAN J FREEMAN

2007.06.10.TOPalDemo-03TML Weekly Information Project (Jan. 25) – THIS ARTICLE examines Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recently-completed Mideast tour January 20-25, 2014. Harper led an unprecedented entourage of more than 200 Canadian business and religious leaders, media representatives, failed Conservative Party candidates, current MPs and senators, with a phalanx of a half-dozen members of Harper’s current cabinet bringing up the rear. The latter included Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird; Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism Jason Kenney; Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie Christian Paradis; Minister of Industry James Moore; Minister of International Trade Ed Fast; and Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver.[1] Continue reading

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A despicable legacy within an unworthy cause – The death of Ariel Sharon

By NATHAN J FREEMAN

AFTER spending eight years in a coma, Israeli general and former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died on January 11, 2014. The very large numbers of people who suffered greatly under his aegis recall his brutal legacy with continued demands for justice. Meanwhile the world of darkest reaction has invented the term “warrior-statesman” to praise the man who will, in fact, go down in history as the murderer he was. Besides other crimes, Sharon is best known to the world’s people as the Butcher of Beirut for his role in enabling the slaughter of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp during September 16 to 18, 1982. Continue reading

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Harper to undertake first official visit to Israel

Toronto protest against Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to Toronto for Zionist fundraising dinner, December 1, 2013.

Toronto protest against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Toronto for Zionist fundraising dinner, December 1, 2013.

By NATHAN J FREEMAN

TML Daily (Dec. 3) – FLYING in the face of international opinion and the Canadian people, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has chosen this moment in history and contemporary international relations to honour the State of Israel with his first official visit as Canadian head of government. Continue reading

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Irving’s new Halifax shipyard and the militarization of life and the economy

NATHAN J. FREEMAN on one of the central issues in the Nova Scotia Election October 6. Photo: At the gates of the Halifax Shipyards – one of many anti-war actions in Halifax opposing imperialist war and militarization of the economy. (Courtesy Halifax Media Co-op)

TML Daily (September 20) – BLASTING WORK has been under way this summer at the Halifax shipyard. This construction activity was announced as a necessary stage of preparing before actually building some newly-contracted naval vessels.

One resident of the neighbourhood telephoned the CBC to announce that she and her neighbours have had enough. Continue reading

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