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Events. Resist imperialism and state terror in the Philippines

SONA ng Bayan — The People’s State of the Nation Address

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Stop the killing, end the Duterte regime’s attacks on Negros Island

International Campaign in the Philippines

On April 25, the Toronto Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines in Canada (ICHRP-Canada) hosted an online event to bring to light the struggle of the people in the Philippines in general, and Negros Island in particular, against the violence of the Duterte regime. Negros is second only to Mindanao in terms of military presence and perpetration of violence against the people by the U.S.-backed Duterte regime. Continue reading

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China in the crosshairs of Halifax War Conference

By TONY SEED

(November 23) – On November 22, the opening day of the 11th annual Halifax International Security Forum (HISF), “a new year-long initiative focused on China” was announced by HISF President Peter Van Praagh via press release. Continue reading

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A reflection on Mangkhut, Florence and the state of the Philippines

Canada must provide humanitarian assistance without conditions to the people of the Philippines | TONY SEED

My thoughts have been with all my friends and the fraternal peoples of the Philippines and South Asia threatened from super typhoon Mangkhut. My aim in this reflection is to analyze the news coverage of both Florence and Mangkhut and to inform Canadians about the reality facing the Filipino people.

(September 15) – Mangkhut is the 15th and strongest storm this year to batter the Philippines.

Mangkhut (also known as Ompong) has brought ferocious winds of up to 130mph and a storm surge of up to 23ft. The Category 5 typhoon greatly surpasses the strength of Hurricane Florence now striking the US Atlantic coast.

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Warship Watch. RIMPAC war games heighten tensions in Asia Pacific

2018.07.11-Hawaii-RIMPAC-protest-MaluAina-04Three articles on the world’s largest naval war exercise and Canada’s participation, the opposition by the people of Hawai’i and the geopolitical context.

By YI NICHOLLS

The U.S.-led naval war games, Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), are underway from June 27 to August 2 around the Hawaiian Islands and southern California. The last RIMPAC exercise was held in 2016. A May 30 U.S. Navy press release informs, “Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise […]”[1] Canada is one of the participating nations. Continue reading

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May Day – Philippines

May Day rally in Cebu, 2017 | Tony Seed (Click to enlarge)

Every May 1, thousands of Filipino labourers come together across the country and fill the streets with a familiar rallying cry: “Mabuhay ang manggagawang Pilipino!” (Long live the Filipino worker!). The goal of the demonstrations is to bring to the forefront issues such as fair remuneration and labour export policies as well as such demands as to end U.S. military bases and domination.  Continue reading

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US seeks 8 new Philippine military bases as it pivots to Asia

PressTV (April 26 ) – The United States has asked the Philippines to provide access to eight military bases for rotating American troops, planes, and ships as Washington “pivots” to the Asia-Pacific region to curb China’s economic and military growth. Continue reading

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Obama’s visit to Japan: Necessity to break away from imposed reference point of the ruling elite

Tokyo protest against visit of President Obama to Japan, April 23, 2014. Signs oppose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s direction for Japan and U.S. demand to relocate its Futenma military base in Okinawa to ecologically sensitive Henoko Bay.

Special report by TML correspondent in Japan

U.S. President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe met in Tokyo April 23-25, 2014 to consolidate the aggressive U.S./Japan military alliance. The U.S. President has been applying pressure for the Japanese military to participate directly in U.S.-led wars of aggression wherever they occur and to accept yet more U.S. weapons of mass destruction on its territory. Obama was in Japan to formalize the demand that no longer was it acceptable for Japanese military and industrial power to act only as a rearguard for the U.S. Empire and its predatory wars. Continue reading

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Obama’s Asia Pivot: Support Philippine people’s fight against framework Agreement with U.S.

U.S. imperialist president Barrack Obama has been visiting the Philippines and other countries, which form part of the Asia-Pacific. The visit is part of the U.S. mission to secure bases for its war machine, militarize the region and impose U.S. economic dictate over those countries which have signed on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Protests were planned by Bayan (New Patriotic Alliance) in the Philippines and other patriotic forces when President Obama arrives there. Protests were also being coordinated with anti-war and patriotic organizations in Japan, Guam, south Korea and other countries against Obama’s visit and the U.S. war plans for the region. Continue reading

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Halifax International Security Forum: US officially integrates Harper war government into Asia pivot strategy

Dangerous new military agreement with U.S. announced

2006.03.18.No to Canada's Participation.Toronto4EVEN before the US and NATO generals, admirals, think tank gurus, opinion makers and media pundits open the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) aka the Halifax War Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia this afternoon, a dangerous new military agreement was announced this morning by the United States and Canada.

Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, and the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, met on the margins of the HISF to discuss the “Canada-U.S. defence relationship”, and signed a new Canada-U.S. Asia-Pacific Defense Policy Cooperation Framework. The agreement revises the “relationship” and formally incorporates Canada deeper into Obama’s aggressive Asia Pivot strategy, also called “rebalancing,” which is aimed not only against China and Korea but against all peoples of the region. Continue reading

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Philippines: An appeal for immediate assistance and support

Migrante Canada, November 12, 2013

To Family, Friends and Supporters of the Filipino People:

Greetings!

Migrante Canada is humbled to witness the generous outpouring of sympathy and solidarity to the Filipino people as reports, photos and videos of actual devastation continue to unfold in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. According to reports, as many as 10,000 people are feared dead in the province of Leyte alone. Typhoon Haiyan came three weeks after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated that same Central Visayan region. Continue reading

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Harper government hopes to profit from human misery

Live-in Caregiver ProgramLive-in Caregiver Program (LCP) – “a program that has been condemned by Canadians because it is a form of modern slavery which binds mostly Filipino women to contracts that require them to work two out of three years with one employer or risk losing their status.”

TML Daily (Nov. 19) – ON NOVEMBER 14, the Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander announced that in the wake of the hardship in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan, Canada was going to fast-track applications for Filipinos who wish to immigrate to Canada, apply for tourist visas, or come to the country under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program on humanitarian grounds. As well, he announced that Filipinos now in Canada on a temporary basis can apply to extend their stay and their cases will be “assessed in a compassionate and flexible manner.” Continue reading

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Oppose the militarization of aid in the name of the Canadian people!

100123-TorontoAntiprogogation-cropTML Daily (Nov. 19) – ON NOVEMBER 16, the Harper government’s Department of National Defence announced that two Royal Canadian Air Force CH-146 Griffon helicopters will be leaving from CFB Trenton aboard a military transport plane bound for the Philippines, to buttress the military’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) which is already in the Philippines. A third helicopter will soon follow. According to the government, the military is there to provide “emergency relief” in the form of clearing roads, providing clean water and so on for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Continue reading

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Philippines: People need food, meds, not U.S. war arsenal

Demonstration against the Philippine government's slow and militarized relief efforts, outside the Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Quezon City, Metro Manila, November 13, 2013. (KMU)

Demonstration against the Philippine government’s slow and militarized relief efforts, outside the Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Quezon City, Metro Manila, November 13, 2013. (KMU)

– Kilusang Mayo Uno*, November 17, 2013 –

“How could the US help us rebuild, if it sent destroyers?”

This was the question of national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) as it accused the US government of exploiting the humanitarian crisis caused by super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) and the Philippine government’s snail-paced relief efforts in order to increase US military presence in the country. Continue reading

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The Philippines needs help – not aircraft carriers, marines or weapons!

Demonstrations in the Philippines on November 13, 2013 demand "Relief, not police and soldiers."

Demonstrations in the Philippines on November 13, 2013 demand “Relief, not police and soldiers.”

TML Daily (Nov. 19) – TML Daily sends its deepest condolences to the people of the Philippines and in the diaspora, including the close to 800,000 estimated Canadians and residents of the Filipino national minority living in Canada, for the loss of life and destruction resulting from Typhoon Haiyan. Across Canada and around the world, ordinary people are finding ways to work together and are taking concrete actions to support the victims of the massive typhoon which struck the Philippines on November 8. Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) struck the eastern seaboard of the central region of the Philippine archipelago (the Visayas), and travelled westward. The 7,106 islands that make up the Philippines are populated by some 98.6 million people. Typhoon Haiyan has caused massive destruction, made worse by the fact that the government of the Philippines does not uphold the rights of the Filipino people, especially those of the peasantry, the vast majority of which lives near a coastline and are extremely vulnerable. Continue reading

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Obama Doctrine or the Asia Pivot: Control over strategic sea lanes to China

By VADIM VIKHROV (Edited by Rick Rozoff), Strategic Culture Foundation

THE PROGRAM MANIFESTO US President Barack Obama voiced in the Australian parliament on November 17 and his statements on January 5 make it clear to everyone that Washington has outlined a new strategy of its foreign policy.

“After a decade in which we fought two wars that cost us dearly, the US is turning its attention to the vast potential of the Asia-Pacific”, the president said. The decision of commander of US military forces Obama to deploy 2,500 marines in the Northern Territories (an administrative district in Australia, which borders Southern Asia) became the first concrete manifestation of the new course. Continue reading

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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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