We must cleanse from the hearts of children the blood-stained rust of this horrible and senseless war; we must restore to those hearts a faith in mankind and respect for it. – Maxim Gorky in a letter to H.G. Wells, December 1916
The manipulation of the image of innocent children is pronounced in atrocity propaganda and disinformation to justify the NATO-provoked war in Ukraine. Journalist DMITRY KOVALEVICH* reports from the other side, about the proliferation of children’s checkpoints and their modus operandi.
Checkpoints in Ukraine are not uncommon. During Maidans or various troubles, patriotic citizens block roads and check everyone who enters or leaves the settlement. However, a special military operation of the Russian Federation gave rise to a new phenomenon in Ukraine – children’s checkpoints.
Besides increasing the amounts of money to fund NATO and weapons, Canada’s Armed Forces are also conducting what they call a Digital Recruitment Campaign to co-opt the youth.
The vice-chief of Canada’s defence staff said in a March 10 press release that the military is embarking on a digital recruitment drive to build up its numbers, Canadian Press (CP) reported at the time.
Besides the hundreds of thousands of people killed as a result of U.S. wars of aggression and occupation in which Canada has also participated, many young people have been killed and wounded and suffer post-traumatic stress as a result of crimes committed in Afghanistan and other countries. They are also victimized by the lack of care upon their return home. Youth for Democratic Renewal (YDR) is involving young people to look at the Canadian government’s continued efforts to mobilize youth for imperialist wars, war preparations and other provocative activities at the national and international level. YDR also opposes the militarization of cultural life and the education system in myriad ways and participates in antiwar activities to Make Canada a Zone for Peace.
Actions were held at noon in more than 64 communities across Canada on September 8 which brought together people from all walks of life, the majority being youth, to put the issue of climate change on the agenda for the federal election. The action was organized by the group 350.org under the slogan “Canada is Still on Fire.” The actions were organized in response to the snap elections called by the Liberal government and as “an opportunity to bring together as many groups, organizations, and local organizers as possible to demand real action on the climate emergency.”
Signal contribution of the courageous South African students | ISAAC SANEY
The famous Soweto uprising of youth and students which began on June 16, 1976, led to a renewed wave of resistance amongst black South Africans.
Originally published on June 16, 2016
On June 16th, 1976 in the African township of Soweto, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, apartheid South African police massacred 176 Black students, wounding more than 700. The Soweto uprising remains to this day the signal contribution of the infinitely courageous South African students’ movement for justice and social transformation everywhere. Continue reading →
Group of Seven Summit in Cornwall, England, June 11-13
The Group of Seven (G7) “Leaders’ Summit” June 11-13, brings together Heads of State from the seven countries that comprise it – the U.S., Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. It will be held in the small town of Carbis Bay in Cornwall, England. Carbis Bay has a population of just 3,500. To defend the G7 “partnership based on shared interests and values” more than 5,000 police from across England are mobilized at the summit. There will also be police boats, drones, 150 police dogs, and special police forces in riot gear. Hundreds of Armed Forces personnel will also be present.
Demonstration in Toronto at the NATO Association of Canada on the occasion of the 60th anniversary summit of NATO held in London, UK.
Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) has announced the creation of another warmongering network of 18 universities whose main aim is to mobilize “the best and the brightest” to take up Canada’s war aims. The Network for Strategic Analysis (the “Network”) is being launched as part of Canada’s “Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) programme.” DND says it is the very first fully bilingual MINDS network “that will offer cutting-edge expertise in Canada’s two official languages.” This is code for saying that Quebec youth are to be targeted second to none.
On Monday, May 10 at 5:00 pm in Montreal, in immediate response to the attempted eviction of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of Jerusalem and Israeli state police violence deployed against the Al-Aqsa mosque since May 7, Montreal’s Palestinian community and its allies held a protest rally in front of the Israeli consulate. Speaker after speaker condemned state terrorism and hailed the Palestinian people’s steadfast resistance to this barbarism. They defended the Palestinian people’s right to be, their right to resist, their right to live in peace and to recover their stolen lands. The youth were in the forefront at the action, in large numbers. Continue reading →
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 →
(November 17, updated November 28) – In the past days, the Greek government has escalated its authoritarianism by banning this year’s anti-imperialist march on the US embassy. The march is held every year on November 17 to commemorate the anniversary of the uprising of the Polytechnic students and the workers of Athens against the military junta in 1973. The Greek communist party, trade unions and mass organizations said loud and clear that the anti-imperialist march on Tuesday, November 17 would place by observing all health protection measures, as it happened on May Day. The rally conveyed the messages “USA out – NATO out” and “bread-education-freedom”, which were slogans of the Polytechnic uprising, but also express the contemporary struggles against Greece’s involvement in US-NATO imperialist plans, as well as the workers’ and people’s demands for rights to work, education, health, individual and trade union freedoms. The oligarchs, their governments and the US-NATO allies find this content of the militant commemoration of the Polytechnic uprising very disturbing. Continue reading →
Episode 68 of Education is a Right Podcast, released on the occasion of Remembrance Day 2020, is introduced as follows:
“This year Remembrance Day takes place in the 75th anniversary year of the end of World War II. It will take place in schools in the conditions of a pandemic where assembly or other large gatherings are not permitted. This means educators will play a bigger role in commemorating Remembrance Day with their students than they might in other years. In this episode we discuss the importance of contributing to peace through remembrance for educators and students.”
Fifth in a series on the issues and goals of the “October Crisis” and the forces in motion, reposted from TML Weekly.
University of Calgary students hold a large rally on campus on October 27, 1970 to denounce the War Measures Act. After the rally, 300 students march angrily to downtown Calgary. Some 1,000 students in Regina organize similar actions.
By Christine Dandenault
When the government of Pierre Elliot Trudeau enacted the War Measures Act on October 16, 1970 and the army was deployed in the streets of Ottawa and Montreal before that and arrests began, opposition and resistance was immediate across the country. Students and youth, intellectuals, working people and other collectives in their thousands protested all across the country. The following account is taken from newspapers published by the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) and its affiliated organizations at the time the events were taking place. Continue reading →
Fourth in a series on the issues and goals of the “October Crisis” and the forces in motion, reposted from TML Weekly.
Rally of 1,500 in Vancouver, October 19, 1970, one of many actions across the country supporting the Quebec people’s struggle and opposing imposition of the War Measures Act.
Youth fill Paul Sauvé Arena in Montreal in support of Quebec national liberation on the eve of the declaration of the War Measures Act in October 1970. A number of the youth in attendance are among those arrested in the raids which follow the Act being invoked.
NATO’s recruitment of youth for aggression and war
Demonstration in Toronto at the NATO Association of Canada on the occasion of the 60th anniversary summit of NATO held in London, UK.
By TONY SEED
On April 29, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced a new Young Professionals Program (YPP) aimed at recruiting “the brightest young minds in our Alliance” to join NATO to “respond to the security challenges of today and tomorrow.” Only youth from NATO’s 30 member nations, including Canada, will be eligible to apply, although its materials are published in English, French, Russian and Ukrainian. Continue reading →
Students in a Gaza school. Thomas Koehler / Photothek via G
By AMIRA HASS
75,150 students in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank (including Jerusalem) took the Palestinian matriculation exams and 52,108 (69.34 percent) passed. The success rate for the literature track, in which 47,467 students were tested, was 64.1 percent; in the sciences, 19,724 students took the exams and 83.63 percent passed. The results were announced Thursday. In other areas, such as business and entrepreneurship, sharia and vocational tracks, where few students were tested, the pass rate was about 60 percent.
The matriculation is one important area where the institutional split between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank has failed, thank God, and identical exams were administered in both places. Continue reading →
First Israel built a sophisticated missile interception system named Iron Dome to neutralise the threat of homemade rockets fired out of Gaza.
Next it created technology that could detect and destroy tunnels Palestinians had cut through the parched earth deep under the fences Israel erected to imprison Gaza on all sides.
Israel’s priority was to keep Gaza locked down with a blockade and its two million inhabitants invisible.
Now Israel is facing a new and apparently even tougher challenge: how to stop Palestinian resistance from Gaza using flaming kites, which have set fire to lands close by in Israel. F-16 fighter jets are equipped to take on many foes but not the humble kite.Continue reading →
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, those across the state and many more across the country are demonstrating and organizing themselves in the aftermath of the shooting there that killed 17 students and teachers and injured 14 more people. The students have taken up the slogan No Means No, demanding no more violence at their schools or in their communities, no more refusal by government to be accountable. Enough is Enough, The Time for Change is Now, Never Again, are among their demands. To make clear that they are not satisfied with minimal measures to solve the serious problem of violence in the U.S., they are declaring, We Do Not Want Your Coins, We Want Change!Continue reading →
Seventeen years ago the Palestinian hero, Faris Awdah (Fares Udah), 13, was martyred while facing Israeli occupation tanks during an attack on the outskirts of Gaza City on 29 October 2000. The youth survived the encounter with the tank only to be assassinated by an Israeli sniper a week later on November 8th under the pretext the youth was a “terrorist”. Faris was memorialized on the front cover of the acclaimed Dossier on Palestine (Shunpiking Magazine, Halifax, 2002).
Irish school students are overwhelmingly proud of the Easter Rising in 1916, but almost half believe its leaders would not be proud of present-day Ireland, according to a nationwide poll. Continue reading →
Elementary school students play before the start of classes at a school in the Vedado section of Havana, Cuba | JACK KURTZ
I saw an interesting interview in the context of Obama’s visit on CNN with a Cuban lady teacher, who caused me to think about those who teach. You have a noble profession. Of course, the American TV was trying to make her ashamed she was not paid so much, and her school did not have great technical resources like computers for the children. She replied, “yes, that is true, but for us teaching is more like a labour of love. And in what countries are teachers paid so much?!Continue reading →
All Out to Mobilize the Youth to Build a Bright Future for Themselves!
By Anna Di Carlo, National Leader, MLPC
This week Youth Vote Canada is involving 700,000 students in more than 7,400 schools across the country to engage with the leaders of political parties in the lead up to the October 19 vote. In these and many more schools, teachers are involving their students in programs which teach them civics and introduce them to the political process. Many hold mock elections by choosing to represent one of the parties, campaigning and holding a vote. Continue reading →
Israel renewed its ongoing murderous assault on the Palestinian people on July 15 after the scam of its so-called “humanitarian ceasefire.” By Wednesday evening, at least 214 had been killed and over 1,000 people injured. A running count kept by United Nations officials shows that about 75 per cent have been civilians, including more than three dozen children.
(June 24) – While United States welcomes Cuban dancers and baseball players with open arms, it denies entry to tens of thousands of Central American children who cross Mexico’s border alone to flee violence and poverty in their countries. Continue reading →
No one can predict the resolution – if there is one – of the humanitarian crisis created by the wave of young children who, despite all odds, cross the border into the United States, coming from Mexico and Central America. Continue reading →
Relatives carry the body of a boy killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza on July 9, 2014. | UPI – Ashraf Amra
The Gaza health ministry has confirmed the deaths of 88 Palestinians so far and over 500 injured in the besieged strip since Israel began its relentless assault early Tuesday. Among those killed, at least 21 were aged 16 or younger. The youngest victim, 18-month-old Mohammed Malakiyeh, was killed along with his 27-year-old mother.
U.S.-born Palestinian-American Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15
FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD U.S.-born Palestinian-American Tariq Abu Khdeir was brutally beaten by masked Israeli police on the evening of July 3 in the Shuafat neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem. His 16-year-old cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was lynched by Zionist extremists the day before in that area. Israeli authorities claim Tariq was arrested for participating in a demonstration against the killing of Mohammed. Video of the attack shows Tariq being brutally beaten into unconsciousness. Continue reading →
To inform readers that there is a real alternative in the Quebec election, we are providing information on the stand and views of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (PMLQ), which is presenting 24 candidates in the April 7 Quebec elections in the following regions: the National Capital, Mauricie, Montérégie, Montréal and the Outaouais.
By LINDA SULLIVAN
Linda Sullivan, PMLQ candidate, Châteauguay
According to a survey conducted from February 28 to March 3 by Leger Marketing on behalf of TVA Nouvelles, 30 per cent of the youth vote (18 to 24 years) is leaning toward the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), 29 per cent toward the Parti Québécois (PQ), 18 per cent toward Québec solidaire (QS) and 15 per cent toward the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ).
The polls predict a drop in youth participation in this election compared to 2012, when the student movement for the right to education was in full swing. (They forget to mention that it was the youth who forced an election which led to the defeat of the Liberals and Jean Charest.) Continue reading →
God help the children, God help the innocent women and children, God help the people who are treated by such barbarians parading as doctors |ENA BOUTLIER
Headline: “Nova Scotia’s Hardcore Medic: Springhill’s Fretter brings both giggles, toughness to posting duty in Panjwaii” by Bill Graveland, Canadian Press, in The Chronicle Herald (Sunday, 26 November 2006), the Halifax Daily News (Saturday, 25 November 2006), and other newspapers across Canada. Continue reading →