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Flashback: The day the war broke out

Halifax, March 20, 2003. Hundreds upon hundreds of people take to the streets to condemn the U.S. invasion of Iraq the night before.

Halifax, March 20, 2003. Hundreds upon hundreds of people take to the streets to condemn the U.S. invasion of Iraq the night before.

In this article from our archives, TONY SEED chronicles the response of Haligonians – and authority – to the first day of the U.S. war against Iraq. Similar demonstrations take place in Shelburne, Wolfville and Antigonish and a silent vigil in Sydney, Cape Breton, as well as in Fredericton, New Brunswick (see below), across Canada and around the world. History shows the correctness of this just stand. The war and ensuing occupation, endorsed and supported by the Chrétien government and every daily newspaper in Canada, caused a terrible tragedy for the people of Iraq and West Asia (Middle East): the number of Iraqis slaughtered is an estimated 1,455,590 people. From reports submitted to Shunpiking Magazine and TML Daily.

(HALIFAX, 20 March 2003) – TODAY a mass democracy meeting broke out at Dalhousie University on Canada’s Atlantic coast against Bush’s barbarous war against Iraq, beginning a day of mass opposition and upheaval that swept across the nation, from east to west, continuing a wave of protest unfolding around the globe, first Oceania, then Asia, the Middle East and Europe and onto the Americas as surely as the earth travels around the sun. Continue reading

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Iraq to sue US over sovereignty violation, use of depleted uranium weapons: Official

(December 14) – An advisor to the Iraqi parliament’s foreign affairs committee says the Baghdad government is planning to lodge an international lawsuit against the United States for violating the country’s sovereignty and using internationally-banned munitions in civilian areas. Continue reading

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Catastrophic consequences of US imperialists’ wars of aggression

Canada is increasingly implicated in the last 19 years of the U.S. war on terror as an appeaser of US imperialism, bearing part of the responsibility for the tens of millions of refugees created by US wars of aggression in that period.

By NICK LIN

September 11 this year marks the 19th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania that gave the U.S. imperialists, along with appeasers of U.S. imperialism like Canada, the pretext for their brutal and unending worldwide “war on terror.” Continue reading

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Fortress America: 62nd anniversary of NORAD – The demand to dismantle NORAD is more urgent than ever

The 62th Anniversary of NORAD on May 12 is a time to draw warranted conclusions about the nature of the military alliance. NORAD is always described as responsible for the defence of North America. NORAD was conceived and brought into being during the Cold War, which has long since ended. Its survival is now justified by claiming the danger is from “rogue states.” However, NORAD, like NATO is an aggressive military alliance. From our archives: “Fortress America: 60th anniversary of NORAD – The demand to dismantle NORAD is more urgent than ever”

This year marked the 60th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defence Agreement (NORAD) signed on May 12, 1958. It is the arrangement through which, along with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) founded on April 4, 1949, the Canadian armed forces are integrated into those of the U.S. and put under U.S. command. Continue reading

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Germany: A permanent base in the Middle East

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161001-OttawaSyriaAntiWar-6cr4BERLIN/BAGHDAD/AL AZRAQ (September 18) – Berlin is considering the establishment of a permanent Bundeswehr base in the Middle East, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said during her recent visits to Jordan and Iraq. German Armed Forces could be stationed at Jordan’s Al Azraq Airbase for an extended period in relative proximity to Iraq – similar to the US Persian Gulf bases. Continue reading

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How the New York Times partook in the plunder of Iraq

Who gave permission to the New York Times to remove thousands of ISIL files from Iraq? | SINAN ANTOON*

A US soldier hauls documents during a raid conducted at a community centre in Baghdad in June 2003 [AP/Jim Krane]

A US soldier hauls documents during a raid conducted at a community centre in Baghdad in June 2003 | AP/Jim Krane

Many of the precious objects displayed in the global north’s major museums were plundered from their home in the global south. The dubious itinerary and the illegal and unethical practices that facilitated the plunder cannot be found in the laconic texts accompanying these exhibited objects. Continue reading

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Canada’s Iraq war mission extended

Since September 11, 2001, Canada has consistently been expanding its foreign military and police presence in Central and West Asia under U.S. and NATO command. While openly participating in the invasion of Afghanistan, the Chrétien Liberal government would not openly join the “Coalition of the Willing” and provide more than a handful of troops for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, despite having provided troops, warships and jets during the previous U.S. invasion of Iraq – the Persian Gulf War. The Trudeau government has now taken up the challenge to provide an air of legitimacy for Canada’s ongoing military actions in Iraq and their expansion. On June 29, the Trudeau government announced that its mission in Iraq would be extended for two more years and that the mission would be “adjusted.” This is a far cry from its election claim that it would end Canada’s combat mission in Iraq, giving the impression that it was against foreign military escalation. Shortly after being elected, the Trudeau government launched a new mission in the Middle East, focusing on Iraq and neighbouring countries such as Jordan and Lebanon. Continue reading

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Liberal cabinet ministers’ selfies with notorious war criminals (1)

It is very distressing to many Canadians to see the Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly and Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains twittering like tweens from Washington with those they clearly consider to be the heroes of modern American history, war criminals Henry Kissinger and Colin Powell. It brings the Trudeau government no honour to portray people such as these as someone to emulate. Continue reading

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An Iraqi historian, US veterans, the Iraq War and a US classroom

This is what happens when an historian from Iraq teaches American veterans of the Iraq War in a US classroom. I Continue reading

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John Pilger on ISIS: Only when we see the war criminals in our midst will the blood begin to dry

 By JOHN PILGER / johnpilger.com

In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”.  As Barack Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger’s murderous honesty. Continue reading

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Harper government’s war agenda for Canada

BY CHARLES BOYLAN

Charles Boylan is the MLPC candidate in Vancouver South

In the August 6 four-party Maclean’s “debate” Stephen Harper stated, “I don’t think this government has gotten itself involved in many military actions.”

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the bi-polar division of the world, Canada’s armed forces have participated in every NATO military adventure in addition to supporting the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The first “military action” in this period saw 18 CF-18 Canadian bombers play a disproportionately large role in the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999. The damage to buildings and infrastructure was estimated at $40 billion by NATO, and $100 billion by Yugoslavia. Continue reading

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Stephen Harper loves the smell of napalm in the morning

By MICHAEL HARRIS*
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GOING after the Ukrainian vote in Canada is one thing. But sending troops, even as trainers, into Ukraine’s “fratricidal” civil war and confronting Russia is quite another. If this thing goes sideways, he may wish he had sent diplomats instead of military advisors.

Has anyone told the PM that these are not toy soldiers he is dispatching — by the hundreds no less — but flesh and blood human beings?

This is an old story. From his opposition days, this leader has exhibited a fatal instinct to take it to the parking lot. The itchy trigger finger initially showed up in the second Iraq War. Cooler heads in the Chretien government scuppered his ill-informed bellicosity. Canada refused to join President George W. Bush’s coalition of the misguided.

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Syria at the UN: US, Britain, France, Jordan refuse to name ISIL as ‘separate terror group’

Kurds protest in London on Oct. 8 against assault on Kobani. Protests took place throughout Turkey, where 34 people were killed by the Erdogan regime, and Europe

Kurds protest in London on Oct. 8 against assault on Kobani. Protests took place throughout Turkey, where 34 people were killed by the Erdogan regime, and Europe

Press TV (April 10) – Russia says the United States, Britain, France, and Jordan have rejected Syria’s proposal to add ISIL to the United Nations Security Council’s sanctions list as a separate terrorist group. Continue reading

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The dysentery of the $10 million-a-year journalist: Brian Williams back story

Media-CulpaThe anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, which CBC News describes, in all seriousness, “as one of the most respected TV news organizations in the world.” The media is in a tizzy, flabbergasted about the lies and “memory loss” of a colleague, whom they present as a lone journalist.

NY Post – Williams claimed to have gotten dysentery from drinking floodwater and seeing dead bodies float past his hotel in the New Orleans French Quarter while covering Hurricane Katrina.

However, the The New Orleans Advocate noted that the French Quarter was not flooded and quoted a local health expert who did not recall anyone getting such a stomach ailment. Continue reading

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Photo report: Actions against Canadian participation in US-led wars of terror and the criminalization of dissent

CALENDAR OF ANTI-WAR EVENTS

On the weekend of October 24-26, anti-war rallies, marches, pickets and other activities were organized in cities across Canada. Events took place in Charlottetown, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, London, Windsor, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and in the Comox Valley and other places. The actions took a firm stand against U.S.-led aggression, war, occupation and regime change and Canada’s participation in them, especially the U.S. bombing campaign underway in Iraq and Syria. Continue reading

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End Canada’s participation in a new Iraq war!

On October 21, fighter jets left Cold Lake, Alberta to join the U.S.-led military intervention in Iraq. They will join aerial bombing which is said to target the bases of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Canada has not yet been drawn into the air war in Syria, which is also in violation of international law. The Syrian campaign lacks the authorization of not only the United Nations but that of the Syrian government as well.

The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) calls on all Canadians who want a peaceful solution to problems within and between nations to join the demonstrations convoked for this weekend and take a firm stand against the U.S.-led wars of aggression and occupation and regime change and Canada’s participation in them.

The justification for sending Canada’s armed forces to Iraq is that ISIS poses a threat to Canadian security and this is therefore a matter of defending Canada’s national interest. The tragic events in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and in Ottawa on October 20 and 22 respectively are also being used to declare that Canada is threatened by ISIS and we must fight them in their own territory and on Canadian soil as well. Meanwhile, the stated aim is in fact to carry out regime change in Syria, establish permanent military bases in Syria and Iraq, plunder their resources, and target Iran, all the while attempting to rescue Israel and its nefarious plan to wipe out the Palestinian Resistance so as to take over the entire territory of historic Palestine. Obama who is ultimately the Commander-in-Chief of Canada’s armed forces integrated into the U.S. war machine, speaks of years of bombing while the calls for an invasion and ground war are becoming more strident every day.

No to Canada’s Participation in Wars of Aggression and Occupation!
No to the Use of Force to Settle Conflicts Between Nations!
Canada Needs an Anti-War Government!

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Oppose Canada’s participation in US-led ‘coalition of the guilty’

The Iraqi and Syrian militaries and peoples have been making headway against the foreign-backed insurgencies and their reign of terror. They can finish the job themselves without US-led airstrikes.

The Iraqi and Syrian militaries and peoples have been making headway against the foreign-backed insurgencies and their reign of terror. They can finish the job themselves without US-led airstrikes.

On Friday, October 3, the Harper war government presented a motion demanding that the Canadian Parliament rubber-stamp its existing deployment of special forces to Iraq, as well as expand the number involved, including CF-18 fighter jets, for a minimum of two months. The final vote is to take place on Oct. 6 or 7th. Not a single party is objecting on the basis that this constitutes aggression against the sovereignty of both Iraq and Syria. Only the gullible are fooled by the provision that Canadian Forces are to be confined to Iraq. The US is creating an alliance to supposedly end the pandemonium in Iraq and Syria. But what Obama has assembled, writes MAHDI DARIUS NAZEMROAYA*, is a ‘coalition of the guilty,’ comprised of the very same actors that have created the forces menacing Iraq and Syria, hiding America and NATO’s own role in creating the disorder, destruction and chaos and crimes against the peoples of the Middle East. By presenting whether or not “troops on the ground” and “mission creep” are the issue – as was done in 2010 with the US withdrawal from Iraq – Obama disinforms by diverting from the central question of the necessity to hold the U.S. and its allies accountable for their crimes against Iraq, as well as against Syria. –TS.

On September 15, 2014, a conference took place in France about the violence in Iraq. The forthright aim of the Paris conference was to convene a broad coalition to tackle the crisis in Iraq. Just as important, because of the cross-border nature of the crisis, the fighting in Syria was also part of the discussions in Paris.

This whole coalition-building process is a disingenuous deception. Two of the major regional players, which are at the forefront of fighting the cross-border insurgencies in Syria and Iraq, did not even attend the gathering. Syria was not present at the conference, because it was not invited. The Iranians were not present in Paris either. Continue reading

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Nearly a half million Iraqis died in war

On Saturday, March 22, 2003 over 3,000 people in Halifax demonstrated against the war on Iraq in open sympathy with the Iraqi people

On Saturday, March 22, 2003 over 3,000 people in Halifax demonstrated against the war on Iraq in open sympathy with the Iraqi people

Anti-War (Oct. 16) – NEW STUDY says the U.S. invasion and subsequent war in Iraq killed an estimated 460,800, higher than most of the estimates frequently cited in the mainstream media, but lower than the controversial 2006 Lancet study that estimated between 400,000 and 655,000 excess deaths.

The authors of the study, which was published in PLOS Medicine, detail a more rigorous methodology than has ever been employed for previous Iraq War mortality estimates. Continue reading

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UN concealing report on Iraqi deaths and illnesses caused by U.S. radiation

Global Research (September 15) – THE World Health Organisation has categorically refused, in defiance of its own mandate, to share evidence uncovered in Iraq that US military use of depleted uranium and other weapons have not only killed many civilians, but continue to result in the birth of deformed babies.  Continue reading

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Flashback: Global Day of Action – Halifax rally condemns U.S.-led aggression against Iraq

On Saturday, March 22, over 3,000 people in Halifax again demonstrated against the war on Iraq in open sympathy with the Iraqi people

On Saturday, March 22, over 3,000 people in Halifax again demonstrated against the war on Iraq in open sympathy with the Iraqi people

From our archives: ten years ago today, Canadians massively responded as part of the powerful determination of the world’s people to condemn and oppose the Anglo-American war of aggression against Iraq. This Global Day of Action involved over fifteen million people worldwide, including over 50,000 in Toronto and over 200,000 people in Montreal – “an ocean of people against the war” – at the time the largest political demonstration in the history of Québec and larger than any demonstration in the United States.

By TONY SEED

(Halifax, March 22, 2003) – ON MARCH 22, the people of Halifax joined people across Canada and around the world to demand that the U.S.-led aggression against Iraq be stopped immediately. More than 3,000 people from all walks of life gathered at the Halifax Commons before marching through the streets of the provincial capital to the U.S. consulate. The flags of Palestine and Iraq were held high and cheered by the crowds as people chanted slogans in support of the growing global revolt against the American war machine. In the heart of the march, behind a giant Iraqi flag proudly held aloft by Iraqi Canadians, different political groups and their supporters gathered together on the basis of Unity in Action to vigorously shout anti-imperialist, anti-war slogans as one. Continue reading

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Iraq at the brink: A decade after the invasion

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By RAMZY BAROUD

SOON AFTER the joint US-British bombing campaign “Operation Desert Fox” devastated parts of Iraq in December 1998, I was complaining to a friend in the lobby of the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad.

I was disappointed with the fact that our busy schedule in Iraq – mostly visiting hospitals packed with injured or Depleted Uranium Victims – left me no time to purchase a few Arabic books for my little daughter back in the states. As I got ready to embark on the long bus journey back to Jordan, an Iraqi man with a thick moustache and a carefully designed beard approached me. “This is for your daughter,” he said with a smile as he handed me a plastic bag. The bag included over a dozen books with colourful images of traditional Iraqi children stories. I had never met that man before, nor did we ever meet again. He was a guest at the hotel and somehow he learned of my dilemma. As I profusely, but hurriedly thanked him before taking my seat on the bus, he insisted that no such words were needed. “We are brothers and your daughter is like my own,” he said. Continue reading

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Disinformation: Iraq and Iran, redlines and headline

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To justify aggression against Syria and the Islamic Republic of Iran, like the fairy tale a decade ago about weapons of mass destruction buried in the deserts of Iraq, deafening propaganda is being floated world-wide – especially from the United States and Israel – about the alleged dangers of Syria using chemical weapons and Iran developing a nuclear bomb. In this feature NIMA SHIRAZI* provides multiple snapshots of media headlines from the 2002-04 and the current periods. The real issue is the ambition of the U.S. camp to eliminate Syria and Iran’s political independence, especially Iran’s independent development and management of current and future oil production on its territory. The gauntlet is openly being thrown down by the Big Powers, in which the monopoly media is providing all the facilities for the state to disinform the polity as to the real dangers posed. – TS
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Could this repeated history be any more obvious?

This was August 5, 2002:

And this was November 8, 2011:

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For your information: The Pentagon military analyst program

Media-CulpaTHIS indepth article, whereby “Internal Pentagon documents repeatedly refer to the military analysts as ‘message force multipliers’ or ‘surrogates’ who could be counted on to deliver administration ‘themes and messages’ to millions of Americans ‘in the form of their own opinions.’ …” concerns the U.S. Pentagon military analyst program. In parallel, something very similar unfolded in the Canadian media, whereby “analysts” have been presented by the media as “independent” third party “authorities” without disclosing their military credentials and real affiliations. They include Janice Gross Stein (DND Chair Strategic Forum), Gynne Dyer (Board, Royal Military College), David Charters (Reserve officer), and others from “foreign policy” and “strategic studies” centres financed by the Department of National Defence. –TS

[Sourcewatch] – THE Pentagon military analyst program was launched in early 2002 by then-Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Victoria Clarke. The idea was to recruit “key influentials’ to help sell a wary public on “a possible Iraq invasion.” Former NBC military analyst Kenneth Allard called the effort “psyops on steroids.” [1] Continue reading

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The short, happy Iraq War of Howard Kurtz – war criminal

By FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting)*

Media-CulpaAS THE world marks the sixth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, corporate media’s most prominent journalism critic is wondering if Barack Obama’s Iraq policy isn’t being sufficiently scrutinized. As Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz asked recently on his CNN program (3/15/09): “What about the previous president? I mean, he famously landed on that aircraft carrier, declared ‘Mission Accomplished,’ and we’re still there. Could journalists be falling into the same trap of taking a president’s word about Iraq at face value?” (Oddly, FAIR does not mention the name of the program or that Kurtz has been host of CNN’s weekly program Reliable Sources since 1998 – TS.)

It’s a good question to ask –  but is Kurtz really the best person to ask it? In the heady days of “post-war” Iraq, Howard Kurtz went out of his way to criticize those journalists who didn’t adopt Bush’s short-sighted optimism about the “success” of the invasion. Continue reading

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Pentagon’s propaganda documents: who will ever report this scandal?

Media-CulpaBy JOHN STAUBER, PR WATCH – Eight thousand pages of documents related to the Pentagon’s illegal propaganda campaign, known as the Pentagon military analyst program, are now online for the world to see, although in a format that makes it impossible to easily search them and therefore difficult to read and dissect. This trove includes the documents pried out of the Pentagon by David Barstow and used as the basis for his stunning investigation that appeared in the New York Times on April 20, 2008. Continue reading

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On the occasion of the first anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq

No to Occupation, Imperialist Aggression and War!

The Time to Prepare for the Dangers Which Lie Ahead is Now!

Take Up the Work to Establish an Anti-War Government in Canada!

– Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)*, March 20, 2004 –

ON THE OCCASION of the first anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, CPC(M-L) sends its militant revolutionary greetings to the peoples of Iraq, Palestine, the entire Middle East and the seven continents who are fighting for their right to be on their own terms. The invasion of Iraq launched another period in the anti-imperialist democratic struggle of the world’s peoples for whom national sovereignty, peace and prosperity are a necessity. Continue reading

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March 20, 2004

By TONY SEED

MARCH 20 marks the first anniversary of the launching of the war of aggression and occupation of Iraq by the U.S.-led coalition in defiance of world opinion. The bankruptcy of the Anglo-American imperialists is such that within one year all their high-sounding justifications for this war of so-called liberation or the so-called elimination of weapons of mass destruction have become unraveled in their own ranks, destablizing and collapsing even allied governments and turning the “coalition of the willing” into a coalition of usurpers. The profound stand of millions of people of all seven continents against this war and against the use of force to settle conflicts between states in violation of the United Nations Charter and all relevant international law opens the path forward for humanity. Today all those forces around the world and throughout our country who have persistently stood against the Iraqi war and occupation are pledging to push further until their struggle succeeds. Continue reading

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The Government of Canada’s foreign policy review

By SANDRA L. SMITH*

SINCE JANUARY, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) has been on the road with what it calls public consultations to get input of Canadians on the direction which Canada’s foreign policy should take. Staff at the constituency office of Foreign Minister Bill Graham mentioned that the Minister was somewhat frustrated because everywhere he goes, Canadians are only concerned with discussing the Iraq war and current affairs, specifically denouncing Canada’s duplicity as concerns the U.S. aggression against Iraq and the violation of international law. They are not addressing the questions DFAIT is posing in its review, they said. This is very revealing because it goes to the heart of the matter of this review. Continue reading

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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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Brutal force at Halifax anti-war rally

We are reprinting an article by Halifax journalist SIMON HELWEG-LARSEN, who viewed first-hand the premeditated attack by the HRM police force on the anti-war rally on the first day of Bush’s war. It is a companion to, and substantiates, our main article “The day the war broke out.” The attack and the brutality cannot be viewed as merely a local event, however. On the other side of the continent, later that same day, San Francisco police arrested 1,400 anti-war demonstrators. On March 22nd, Montreal police attacked and arrested many youth demonstrating outside the U.S. Consulate as part of the rally of over 200,000 Quebecois against the war.

(Halifax, 6:22am Fri March 21, 2003 / Modified on 3:37pm Sat Mar 29 ’03) – EXCESSIVE force was used by Halifax police officers at Thursday’s peace demonstrations. Without warning, police attacked the crowd, selectively arresting organizers, using shock tasers and agression beyond the necessary for this threatless crowd.

This is an opinion piece I wrote and submitted to the Halifax Daily News and the Halifax Chronicle Herald. The Daily News did finally print the article, on A17 of the Saturday, March 22 edition. Continue reading

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