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‘Liberty visits’ (I): Return of the ‘Dial-a-sailor’ program?

 ‘It is a deplorable situation indeed when the Canadian government and major media make themselves immoral instruments of prostituting Canadian women and girls, repeating outright lies as if they were facts. The message is unmistakable. Canadian women and girls: head for the bars on the weekend to look for well-heeled American sailors.’

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Rallies against Iraq war continue in Halifax

By TONY SEED

HALIFAX (April 5, 2003) – ON APRIL 5, close to 200 people gathered at the Halifax Commons to continue the marches for peace that have been held every Saturday since the beginning of the U.S.-led aggression against Iraq. The demonstrators braved freezing temperatures and blowing snow and ice to gather again to demand an end to the war. Continue reading

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Atlantic Canada marches against Bush’s war (II)

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February 15, 2003 Global Days of Action – 

Over thirteen million people demonstrated worldwide in over 800 cities, including hundreds of thousands throughout Canada in freezing temperatures, against the invasion of Iraq – the largest protest in human history. It demonstrated in the most graphic terms what the people of the world have been saying, that these wars are not in their name and that another world without war is possible. It placed at the centre of the political life of this movement and of the country the demand for an end to pro-war government and for an anti-war government. 

By TONY SEED

THROUGHOUT ATLANTIC CANADA, thousands of people marched on February 15 declaring loudly in one community after another – fifteen in all – No to Bush’s war and any Canadian involvement. Workers, women, seniors, youth and students, political personalities, trade union representatives, political and social activists and people from all walks of life including many families and children, poured into the streets as part of the Global Day of Action involving millions of people worldwide against the war of aggression the U.S. is planning against Iraq.

The social conscience of Canadians has no freezing point. The largest demonstration, in the strategic NATO port of Halifax, was held in minus 35 degree weather. The smallest, in the tiny fishing village of Bay St. Lawrence on the northernmost tip of Cape Breton Island, was held in minus 50 degree weather. Continue reading

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Why Iraq? Oil and U.S. foreign policy

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By ISAAC SANEY*

1.29.03.Halifax ForumThis essay is the text of the paper “Why Iraq?” given on January 29, 2003 to inaugurate the Halifax Political Forums held at Dalhousie University from January to May on the theme “Peace & Nations in the 21st Century: Understanding the Causes of War.” One hundred and three people attended, filling the lecture room to overflowing.

This eleven-part series was aimed at “meeting the widespread demand for analysis of the contemporary situation, combating the massive disinformation about the nature and causes of war, providing clarity, and a venue for discussion.” Continue reading

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Halifax Political Forums inaugurated, hall packed for ‘Why Iraq?’ lecture

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THE Halifax Political Forums inaugurated its series of weekly public discussion on January 29 on the topic “Why Iraq? Oil? Weapons of Mass Destruction? U.S. Dictate?” The Series is organized on the overall theme, “Peace & Nations in the 21st Century: Understanding the Causes of War.”

“An estimated 200 million people died in two world wars and 500 regional wars in the 20th century alone,” said Tony Seed, editor and publisher of Shunpiking magazine, pincipal sponsor of the weekly series, as he inaugurated the forum on behalf of its steering committee.

“Yet today mankind is faced with new destructive conflicts and deepening economic and political crises. Who is responsible for the threats to global and regional peace? Is it really ‘outlaw regimes’, an ‘axis of evil’ or ‘failed states’ and nations? How can a genuine and lasting peace be achieved? Who will decide?

“This in-depth public series is aimed at meeting the widespread demand for analysis of the contemporary situation, combating the massive disinformation about the nature and causes of war, and to provide clarity and a weekly venue for discussion. Continue reading

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Halifax Political Forums – a weekly political-academic discussion series

“Peace and Nations in the 21st Century: Understanding the Causes of War”

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Public Forums in Halifax every Wednesday evening, 7pm, on the theme “Peace and Nations in the 21st Century: Understanding the Causes of War,” from January 29 to April 2, 2003

PLACE: Dalhousie Student Union Building, 6136 University Ave., Halifax. Room: check at front desk.

January 29: Why Iraq?! Weapons of Mass Destruction? Regime Change? Oil? U.S. dictate? – Isaac Saney, Henson College, Dalhousie University. Specialist in international political economy; author Cuba: Revolution in Motion (forthcoming from Zed/Fernwood, fall 2003) Continue reading

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Halifax People’s Voice resumes publication

ON THE occasion of the January 17-19 International Days of Action Against War on Iraq, the People’s Front-Halifax relaunched its newsbulletin Halifax People’s Voice, which appeared regularly through the 1980s. The six-page-bulletin highlighted the Canada for Peace Petition Campaign, announced the launching of weekly political forums to be held every Wednesday until mid-April on the theme “Peace and Nations in the 21st Century: Understanding the Causes of War” and opposed the concrete war preparations taking place in Halifax, whose harbour is a strategic U.S. and NATO port. 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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Canadian soldiers must not let it pass

By TONY SEED*

HALIFAX (January 17, 2003) – A VERY SERIOUS problem faces the personnel of the Canadian Forces as with all Canadians: the new agreement of the government to allow US troops to enter Canada and Canadian troops to enter the United States. Continue reading

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The issue regarding Iraq

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By TONY SEED

WHAT IS THE ISSUE REGARDING IRAQ? The U.S. imperialists, their camp followers and the media would have it that the issue is whether there exists concrete evidence that Iraq has “weapons of mass destruction.” If so, the rhetoric goes, then Iraq is in violation of resolutions passed by the United Nations, is a danger to the rest of the world, and should be militarily attacked by the U.S. and whoever else wishes to participate. One hoped-for consequence of such an attack is the overthrow or even death of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Strangely, all the reasons that the U.S. trots out as justifications for attacking Iraq could be used as justification for attacking the United States. Continue reading

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The Korean Peninsula crisis: Who is to blame?

By ISAAC SANEY*

AN EXTREMELY dangerous situation is developing on the Korean peninsula. Coupled with these ongoing events is the torrent of deliberate disinformation unleashed by the Bush administration, demonizing the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) a commonly referred to as North Korea a as paranoid, irrational, mendacious, belligerent and untrustworthy: in short, an imminent threat to world peace. However, when a serious and sober appraisal of the situation is undertaken it becomes quite clear where the danger lies, what is the source of the danger and who is the real threat to peace. Continue reading

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Persian Gulf War: “Let us step up our actions against this unjust war!

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“Let us organize no war committees everywhere!”

Editor’s Note: For the information of our readers interested in Canada’s participation in the Persian Gulf War of 1991 and the response of Canadians I am reproducing my speech given on behalf of the People’s Front (Halifax) to the mass rally against the Gulf War of some 800 people held at the Casino Theatre, Halifax, 12 January 1991. We had spearheaded the organizing of the very first protest against the war five months earlier on August 28, 1990, a mass picket in front of the U.S. Consulate in Scotia Square. Although that action initially appeared out-to-lunch to some worthies, paralyzed by illusions of Canada’s ‘peaceful’ nature clashing in their individual brains with objective reality and the motion amongst Canadians, it showed the political acumen and foresight of progressive Haligonians. Continue reading

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