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Today is Robbie Burns Day

Today (January 25) is Robbie Burns Day. 25 January 2021 marks 261 years to the day since Scotland’s national poet (1759-1796) was born. His polemics against the exploitation, injustice and oppression of his time enraged the establishment and won him enduring love from the peoples of all lands.

burns_statue_Halifax.600x840 The statue of Robert Burns in Halifax’s Victoria Park Square is the centre of innumerable political rallies., as this one in October 2006 against the apartheid wall in Occupied Palestine | Photo courtesy of and copyright 2006, Howard Harawitz, All rights reserved. Continue reading

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Word. Oath of Loyalty and Obeisance

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the United States of America

January 20, 2021

Ottawa, Ontario

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the United States of America:

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America.“Canada and the United States enjoy one of the most unique relationships in the world, built on a shared commitment to democratic values, common interests, and strong economic and security ties. Our two countries are more than neighbours – we are close friends, partners, and allies.

“Canada and the United States have worked side-by-side to tackle some of the greatest challenges we have faced in our history. We will continue this partnership as we fight the global COVID-19 pandemic and support a sustainable economic recovery that will build back better for everyone. We will also work together to advance climate action and clean economic growth, promote inclusion and diversity, and create good middle class jobs and opportunities for our people while contributing to democracy, peace, and security at home and around the world.

“I look forward to working with President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, their administration, and the United States Congress as we strive to make our countries safer, more prosperous, and more resilient.”

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Word. Canada’s unquestioning support for Israel; no matter what crimes are committed, here is where we stand

Canada congratulates Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on bilateral deals 

September 16, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada welcomes the historic signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House, establishing full diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and Israel and Bahrain. Continue reading

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Word. Falsificators of History, Chapter 3: The isolation of the Soviet Union and the Soviet-German Non-Aggression Pact

For Your Information

– Soviet Information Bureau, February 1948 –

After the seizure of Czechoslovakia fascist Germany proceeded with her preparations for war quite openly, before the eyes of the whole world. Hitler, encouraged by Britain and France, no longer stood on ceremony or pretended to favour the peaceful settlement of European problems. The most dramatic months of the prewar period had come. At that time it was already clear that every day was bringing mankind nearer to the unparalleled catastrophe of war. Continue reading

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Word. The destruction of the Syrian electricity network

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By Dr Bashar Ja’afari

UN Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic.

(May 19, 2020) On instructions from my Government, I wish to convey to you the following important current information relating, first, to the destruction of the cooling tower of the Zayzun power plant in the Ghab plain, in the countryside outside Hama, by the Turkistan Islamic Party terrorist group and, second, to the scale and breakdown of the losses incurred by the electricity sector in the Syrian Arab Republic: Continue reading

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Word. Syria’s Deuty Prime Minister Walid Al-Moualem addresses the United Nations

Although terrorism is a “global nightmare which haunts everyone”, some countries have invested in terrorism as a tool to impose their “insidious agendas” on other nations

Transcript of speech by Walid Al-Moualem*, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic, to the general debate of the 74th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, New York, September 28, 2019 Continue reading

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Word. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, addresses the United Nations

“Leading Western countries are trying to impede the development of the polycentric world, to recover their privileged positions, to impose standards of conduct based on the narrow Western interpretation of liberalism on others. In a nutshell, “we are liberals, and we can do anything”. Pursuing these aspirations, the West is less frequently recalling international law and more often and importunately dwelling upon the ‘rules-based order’.”

Transcript of speech by H.E. Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, New York, September 27, 2019

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Word. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla addresses the United Nations

“Economic aggression, threats and blackmail will not take away a single concession”

Transcript of Speech by Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, at the 74th General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, September 28, 2019, “Year 61 of the Revolution”

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Word. Bolivia’s President Evo Morales addresses the United Nations

“Transnational companies control food, water, non-renewable resources, weapons, technology and our personal data. They intend to commercialize everything, to accumulate more capital. The world is being controlled by a global oligarchy, only a handful of billionaires define the political and economic destiny of humanity. 26 people have the same wealth as 3.8 billion people. That is unfair, that is immoral, that is inadmissible. The underlying problem lies in the model of production and consumerism, in the ownership of natural resources and in the unequal distribution of wealth. Let’s say it very clearly: the root of the problem is in the capitalist system.”

Transcript of Speech by Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, at the 74th General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, September 24, 2019 Continue reading

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Word. Venezuela Vice-President Delcy Rodríguez addresses the United Nations General Assembly

Condemning the US and ‘satellite’ governments for recognizing an unelected government and economically sabotaging the nation.

Transcript of Speech by Venezuela Vice-President Delcy Rodríguez, at the 74th General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, September 27, 2019 Continue reading

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‘US coup has failed, now Washington is looking for war’: Venezuelan foreign minister speaks out

Democracy Now | Washington’s attempted coup over the weekend has failed, but the US will not give up in their plan to trigger a civil war in the embattled nation.

Venezuela’s opposition is calling on the United States and allied nations to consider using military force to topple the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Continue reading

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Cuba reiterates its invariable solidarity with Constitutional President Nicolás Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution

We hope that the United Nations Security Council’s vocation and its responsibility as the main guarantor of international peace and security will prevail, and it will not lend itself to military adventures, Bruno Rodríguez stated. Photo: MINREX Continue reading

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Word. President Nicolás Maduro’s interview with BBC

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The BBC’s Orla Guerin interviewed Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on February 12 in Caracas.

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Word. An Open Letter to the American People from President Nicolás Maduro

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

If I know anything, it is about peoples, such as you. I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I forged myself in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality. I am not a tycoon, I am a worker of reason and heart. Today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which was forged by Commander Hugo Chávez since 1998 inspired by the Bolivarian legacy. Continue reading

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Word. Cuba addresses the United Nations General Assembly

President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez addresses the UN General Assembly Continue reading

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Word. President Assad’s Interview with Kathimerini News

Damascus, SANA (May 10) – President Bashar al-Assad said that France, Britain, and the US, along with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are responsible for the war in Syria due to their support of the terrorism, describing the Western allegations about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Arab Army as a farce and a very primitive play whose only goal is to attack the Syrian Army after the defeat of terrorists.

In an interview given to the Greek Kathimerini newspaper, President al-Assad said that Syria is fighting terrorists, who are the army of the Turkish, US, and Saudi regimes, stressing that any aggressor and any army, whether Turkish, French, or whoever, they are all enemies as long as they came to Syria illegally.

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Brief reflection on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination 

By ISAAC SANEY*

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

Today, April 4th, 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. King’s influence and impact is profound and lasting, shaping a generation of Black activists, artists, and intellectuals. His assassination’s anniversary is, therefore, a time for serious contemplation of his legacy.

In the years following the 1963 March On Washington, he augmented his eloquent and poignant “I Have a Dream” vision with a deepening opposition to Washington’s foreign policy and to the economic system that produced aggression abroad and inequality and poverty at home. Continue reading

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Word. Speech by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the Syrian Diplomatic Corps

For the West, this conflict is a valuable opportunity to settle its accounts and to subject many countries that have rebelled against its hegemony

Full transcript of speech by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on August 20, 2017 to the Syrian Diplomatic Corps

Ladies and gentlemen, diplomats and administrators of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

I am pleased to meet with you on this day of the inauguration of your congress, which offers an important opportunity to share perspectives and experiences, discuss future State policies and propose innovative ideas that would push this Ministry to fulfill its missions even more effectively.

This meeting is important because of the acceleration of the dynamics of events in the world and in the region, particularly in Syria, especially since traditional or modern means of communication cannot replace these direct meetings aimed at configuring unified visions and formulating adopted positions. It is also a particularly important meeting given the complexity of the current situation in Syria. Continue reading

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Word. Dr Bashar Jaafari, Syrian UN Ambassador, on Geneva peace talks

Dr. Bashar al-Ja'afari, Syria’s Permanent representative to the United Nations

Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari, Syria’s Permanent representative to the United Nations

Nobody has the right to change anything in Syria but the Syrians by themselves. We are not Somalia, we are not Libya, we are not Iraq, we are not Sudan. We are Syria.

(March 16) – Tony Jones of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) speaks with Dr Jaafari in Geneva as he attends the UN-brokered Syrian peace talks as the lead negotiator for President Bashar al-Assad’s government. To watch the video, see here. Jones argues (desperately!) that the aim of the peace talks is to reach an accommodation with terrorist forces holding Aleppo, including those not represented at Geneva.Notwithstanding the social media chatter as to how Dr Jaafari  puts one of the ABC’s highest paid personalities – sitting in the air conditioned ABC studio 14,000 km away on the other side of the world – in place, we are reproducing the full transcript so that readers may become acquainted with the stand of the Syrian Arab Republic, its principles and its approach to the current peace talks in Geneva. On the other hand,

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Word. Beyond Vietnam – A time to break silence

 Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on 4 April 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City. It was given exactly one year before his assassination. It is the least well known of Dr. King’s speeches among the masses, and it needs to be read by all. Although his great civil rights sermons have been celebrated, the Riverside speech has many echoes for our contemporary situation.

By Rev. Martin Luther King, 4 April 1967

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I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join with you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam. Continue reading

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Obama’s crocodile tears – an African proverb

On the top is a picture of Obama. On the bottom is a picture of Obama sincerely crying.

A picture of Obama

NEWS ITEM: “From every family who never imagined that their loved one would be taken from their lives from the bullet of a gun. Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad,” he managed. “And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.” He wiped a tear as it fell down over his cheekbone. As the president wept at the White House, gun investors were crying out for joy on Wall Street.  As has happened like clockwork anytime Obama goes near gun control, gun stocks shot through the roof on Tuesday, even as the broader market struggled through a brutal day of trading… In the three years since Sandy Hook, Smith & Wesson’s stock has leaped 213 per cent, Sturm Ruger’s nearly 39 per cent. – Vanity Fair

On the top is a picture of Obama. On the bottom is a picture of Obama sincerely crying.

A picture of Obama sincerely crying

“Gun manufacturers have done very well during my presidency.” – Barack Obama, CNN Town Hall on gun control at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, January 7. 2016

The USA was the largest arms exporter for the period 2009-2013, accounting for 29 per cent of world deliveries. – Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

As of January 2015, the United States maintained a stockpile of approximately 4760 nuclear warheads. This included approximately 2080 deployed nuclear warheads, consisting of roughly 1900 strategic and 180 non-strategic warheads. In addition to this deployed arsenal, about 2680 warheads were held in reserve. Another roughly 2500 retired warheads were scheduled for dismantlement, giving a total inventory of approximately 7260 warheads. – SIPRI

A proverb from Africa may shed some light on this strange tale of the tears of the chieftain of U.S. imperialism.

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IN THE OLD DAYS, when the animals could talk, Crocodile was king of the water creatures. One year, there was a drought, and the water in the river ran dry. Crocodile sent Otter to scout for a new home, and two days later, he returned to say there was a deeper river on the far side of the farmer’s fields.

When he heard this, Crocodile called upon Tortoise and Alligator, and he explained they must go see Lion, king of the land creatures.

“The veldt is dry,” he said, “and it will be a difficult journey, but we must make peace with the Lion and all his subjects, or we will die. They must help us cross the land to reach the other river.”

Tortoise and Alligator set off at once to see Lion. They carried along a peace treaty Crocodile had composed. When they arrived, they handed Lion the treaty.
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Word. Britain and France have neither the will nor vision to defeat terrorism: Bashar al-Assad

Photo courtesy of SANA

Photo courtesy of SANA

Full text of interview of President Bashar al-Assad of the Syrian Arab Republic by The Sunday Times. Britain and France, he states, have neither the will nor the vision on how to defeat terrorism. Their airstrikes against ISIS will yield no results, but will rather be illegal and harmful in that they will help in spreading terrorism. (Courtesy of SANA)
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Word. ‘We will hit you with gas until you all die…’

In a startling and sinister escalation, Israeli troops stormed the West Bank’s Aida refugee camp this week with tear gas blasting and a truck loudspeaker blaring a deadly, perhaps unprecedented message: “We are the Occupation army,” it proclaimed. “Throw stones and we will hit you with gas until you all die – the youth, the children, the old people…We will not leave any of you alive.” Said one Palestinian, “Such threats merely add words to the deed.”

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Word. Interview with President Assad of Syria

Bashar al-Assad speaking during an interview in Damascus broadcast by Khabar TV

Bashar al-Assad speaking during an interview in Damascus broadcast by Khabar TV

Question 1: In the name of God, the most compassionate, the most merciful. Mr. President, thank you very much for accepting the invitation of the Television of the Islamic Republic of Iran to give this interview. Thank you very much.

There are many issues which need to be raised; and in this interview, I’ll raise a number of them. I hope that I’ll get candid and transparent answers from your Excellency. For about five years now, Syria has been suffering from a war waged by armed terrorist groups that inflicted tremendous damage on the Syrian people. According to available statistics, these damages are estimated at more than USD 200 billion to the infrastructure, about 250,000 casualties and about six to seven million displaced Syrian individuals. All this was the result of Western states’ insistence on overthrowing the Syrian regime. They haven’t succeeded in doing so. Now we can see a change in positions regarding the situation in Syria. The states which used to call for overthrowing the regime have started to declare that they accept President Assad’s participation in an interim government. What’s your reading of this change in positions, and why has it happened? Continue reading

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Word. ‘West crying for refugees with one eye, aiming gun with the other’ – President Assad of Syria

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad © SANA / Reuters

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad © SANA / Reuters

In a rare interview with Russian media outlets on September 18, 2015, RT among them, Syrian leader Bashar Assad spoke about global and domestic terrorism threats, the need for a united front against jihadism, Western propaganda about the refugee crisis and ways to bring peace to his war-torn nation.

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History will absolve me… Fidel, 1953

july-26-bannerThe following is the reconstruction of Fidel Castro’s four-hour speech made on 16 October 1953 in his own defence in court against the charges brought against him after he led the attack on the Moncada Barracks. It was published as La Historia Me Absolvera (History Will Absolve Me) and laid out the national and social goals of the revolutionary movement that eventually triumphed on January 1st, 1959. History has vindicated Moncada! Continue reading

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Word. Vladimir Putin: ‘Publish a world map and mark all the US military bases on it. You will see the difference between Russia and the US.’

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a forum of independent regional and local mass media in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Vladimir Putin pulls no punches in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

Luciano Fontana: I would like to start with a question concerning Russian-Italian relations. This relationship has always been close and privileged, both in the economic and political spheres. However, it has been somewhat marred by the crisis in Ukraine and the sanctions. Could the recent visit by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to Russia and your upcoming visit to Milan somehow change this trend, and if so, what is needed for that?

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Word. Wars are always short … until they begin

November 15, 2002 – Rumsfeld: It Would Be A Short War

There will be no World War III starting with Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld declared Thursday, and rejected concerns that a war would be a quagmire.

“The idea that it’s going to be a long, long, long battle of some kind I think is belied by the fact of what happened in 1990,” he said on an Infinity Radio call-in program. Continue reading

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Word. Testimony of Mi’kmaq activist Pam Palmater at committee studying Bill C-51

Prof. Pam Palmater speaks at Toronto Day of Action against Bill C-51, March 14, 2015 | OFL

Prof. Pam Palmater speaks at Toronto Day of Action against Bill C-51, March 14, 2015 | OFL

Pam Palmater is a Mi’kmaq lawyer, professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, a noted media commentator, activist and advocate for the rights of First Nations people, women and children. Ms. Palmater appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security on the morning of March 24 as a witness to speak to her concerns about Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015. Her eloquent testimony reveals the extent to which people are already targeted by security forces for being political in Canada and how Bill C-51 aims to go further. Palmater also provides an example of the refusal to be intimidated by state forces and why it is necessary to stand up for rights.

Related: Harper government irrationalism at Bill C-51 committee

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Word. White House denies interference in Venezuela – promises more of it

Venezuelea-TeleSur-IconWhite House Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, February 20, 2015

To Question 1: “We, of course, do not interfere in Venezuela!” Continue reading

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