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Mon

03

Sep

2007

Children Starved of Childhood
Monday, 03 September 2007 00:01
by Dahr Jamal & Ahmed Ali

BAQUBA, Sep 2 (IPS) - The violence around the continuing U.S. military operations in this city has robbed children of their childhood.

Only two provincial schools and one private kindergarten school are functioning in this city of 280,000, located 50 km north of Baghdad. Most children know neither school nor play.

Or even the food they want. "We parents can hardly meet the basic requirements of food," Mahdi Hassan, a father of four, told IPS.

"Nobody even mentions chocolate or pastries or anything else because Iraqis know they are not important," Baquba resident Wissam Jafar told IPS. "Children eat what the other members of the family eat. Toys and games are offered only at festivals and on special occasions."

Baquba city, capital of Diyala province, has been at the centre of major U.S. military operations to fight al-Qaeda like forces. People have suffered from the violence from both sides.

By now Iraq has seen a generation of children pass with just survival a major issue. During the period of economic sanctions imposed on Iraq in the 1990s, more than half a million children died, according to the United Nations.

In 1996, former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright was asked by Lesley Stahl on the CBS ླྀ Minutes' show if she thought the price of half a million dead children was worth it. She replied, "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price -- we think the price is worth it."

One in eight children in Iraq died during that period of malnutrition, disease, and lack of medicine.

The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq during March 2003 brought hope that things might change, but that change has only been for the worse.

"During the nineties, they were malnourished but they could find a place to play in the streets," Khalid Ali, a local economist, told IPS. "Nowadays, they cannot even get out of their home because of the violence. And a large number of children have been killed through the violence."

 

Wed

29

Aug

2007

Fallujah Finds a False Peace
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 07:57
by Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily

FALLUJAH, Aug 28 (IPS) - Fallujah is quiet these days. After all the fighting and destruction of 2004, U.S. and Iraqi forces call this success. Many residents are not so sure.

Fallujah, 60km west of Baghdad, produced some of the strongest resistance yet to U.S. forces and their Iraqi collaborators. These forces led two severe assaults on the city, in April and November of 2004. Three-quarters of the city was destroyed, massive numbers of people were killed.

There has been little by way of reconstruction.

The city sees no more of the kind of resistance attacks of old, and no more of the 2004 kind of crackdown. "We are so happy that our city is peaceful and quiet after all the battling that killed thousands of our citizens," a captain in the local police force of Fallujah, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IPS. "We can patrol the streets without fear now, and arrest any person that we suspect to be a terrorist."

There has been a good deal of this, residents say. Hundreds of suspected resistance fighters are now held at the Fallujah police station. Many have been killed on the streets; the police speak of finding "unidentified bodies".

Several of those found dead had been arrested earlier, eyewitnesses and families of several of the men killed have said.

"This is fascist behaviour that shows the brutality of the Americans and the so-called Iraqi government," a former member of the Fallujah city council who asked to be referred to as Mahmood told IPS. "Those young guys were executed without any trial. This brutality was not known in our city before this occupation began."

Journalists inside the city are also quiet after a few of them were arrested and held for several days.

One of the detained journalists spoke with IPS on condition of anonymity. Visibly shaken, he said that a major in the Fallujah police force had told him that freedom of the media had been misused and that the police would not allow it any more. He said the major told him that "the news you transmit to the world will be what we tell you, not what you pick up from the street".

Residents speak of other reasons why the city is relatively quiet.

"But of course the city is quiet," Rahemm Othman, a high school teacher, told IPS. "They are banning car movement, and that would make it as quiet as the dead. We are being subjected to slow death here, and the world is so happy about it." The local police and the U.S. military banned car movement in May.
 

Wed

29

Aug

2007

Announcement Of 9/11 War Crimes Tribunal
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 07:39
NEW YORK, N.Y. - International Lawyer Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd, who is a Judge on the Kuala Lumpur International War Crimes Tribunal, will make a public call for an International Citizen's 9/11 War Crimes Tribunal.  He will speak at Ready for Mainstream, a 9/11 Anniversary Conference (Sept.8-9, 2007) at Cooper Union, 7th St and 4th Avenue, New York.

According to Leuren Moret and Alfred Webre, 9/11 was a False Flag Operation to provide a pretext to engage in Genocidal & Ecocidal Depleted Uranium (DU) bombing of Central Asia (Afghanistan and Iraq) in order to secure vast oil and uranium reserves; to roll out a Terror-based National Security state-system world-wide; to implement the final stages of a world Depopulation policy; and to trigger a World War III conflagration.

Since 1945, under the Nuremberg Principles, causing aggressive war constitutes the most serious of War Crimes.  The International Citizen's 9/11 War Crimes Tribunal would be convened under the jurisdiction of the Kuala Lumpur International War Crimes Tribunal, established in February 2007 as a permanent citizen's Tribunal by The Perdana Global Peace Organization, chaired by Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, who is the first prominent world leader to take up the depleted uranium (DU) radiation issue as an instrumentality of the Depopulation policy.

As a matter of law, there is a sufficient quantum of evidence for the appointment of an independent prosecutor under Article III(3) of the U.S. Constitution to prosecute treason against President GW Bush; Vice President Richard B. Cheney; and the Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld for the armed attack upon the United States on September 11, 2001, in the guise of a False Flag Operation.

U.S. Congress fails to Act

The establishment of an International Citizen's 9/11 War Crimes Tribunal is justified, given that official institutions in the U.S. have failed to assign legal accountability for the False Flag Operation of 9/11.  Representative John Conyers, Jr., Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and his senior staff personally reviewed the 9/11 Independent Prosecutor Act and Congressional Memorandum following the 2006 U.S. Mid-term Election and Senior Staff met twice with representatives of the 9/11 Independent Prosecutor Act.  The Chairman refused to introduce the Act, despite support for the Act by his Senior Staff.  The 9/11 Commission failed to take testimony under oath from Bush and Cheney, and reached fraudulent conclusions.

9/11 As A War Crime

The False Flag Operation of 9/11 was the pretext for, and an integral part of the planning and execution of the illegal War of Aggression in 2001 against Afghanistan and of War Crimes committed by the United States in Afghanistan, as found by the Final Judgment, International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan at Tokyo. The Court found the use of Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons in Afghanistan to constitute War Crimes, Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, and Omnicide.  The False Flag Operation of 9/11 is a legal component of these War Crimes, and the perpetrators of 9/11 are guilty Aggressive War, Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, and War Crimes.

Information:

9/11 War Crimes Tribunal: http://peaceinspace.blogs.com/911/

 

Fri

24

Aug

2007

The city of San Fernando City Council Pass Resolution For Impeachment
Friday, 24 August 2007 23:39


The city of San Fernando City Council passed an impeachment resolution for President Bush with a unanimous vote on August 20, 2007. San Fernando Valley became the 87th city or township in the nation to pass a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush.  The city of San Fernando became the second city in Los Angeles County, West Hollywood being the first, to adopt an impeachment resolution.

 

At the Monday night San Fernando Valley City Council meeting eleven members of the LANIC-SFV group presented to the City Council evidence of impeachable offenses committed by President Bush. The Los Angeles National Impeachment Center – SFV Chapter is actively working with the Studio City Council to pass an impeachment resolution.

 

After the Council had heard the impeachable offenses committed by President Bush, Councilman Jose Hernandez, whom was the first elected officials to speak quipped, "Why stop at Bush?  We should impeach Congress too."  Mayor Julie Ruelas piped up, "What about Cheney?" Councilman Steve Veres said the Iraqi war hits home in San Fernando because the first casualty of the war was a San Fernando High School graduate. Veres said the public comment was, "Right On."

 

The city of San Fernando City Council plans on delivering the city’s impeachment resolution to Congressman Brad Sherman. Congressman Sherman (Dem 27th District) is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the committee in Congress that would investigate the impeachment charges. The City Council is hopeful that Congressman Sherman will take the presentation of San Fernando City’s impeachment resolution as an indicator of the drumbeat in his district for impeachment proceedings to start in Congress.  

 

The impeachment resolution was introduced to San Fernando Valley officials by Eugene Hernandez, a member of the Los Angeles National Impeachment Center – SFV Chapter (LANIC-SFV Chapter).   Mr. Hernandez said the San Fernando Valley impeachment resolution signals a victory for his group.    On August 17th 45 concerned Angelenos went to speak to the Los Angeles City Council to persuade LA City Council to adopt an impeachment resolution.

 

About the Los Angeles National Impeachment Center (LANIC) – a 100% volunteer and non-partisan organized group solely committed to the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.    The LANIC website is www.BCIMPEACH.


 

Thu

23

Aug

2007

Vietnam By Dummies (Prof. G.W. Bush Lecturing)
Thursday, 23 August 2007 02:28
by Stephen P. Pizzo

President Bush finally got something right by comparing the US war in Iraq with the disastrous US war in Vietnam. After five years of denying there were any similarities at all, Bush lectured us on the lessons he says we should have learned from that war and apply them to Iraq.

So far so good. Trouble is the lesson Bush suggested we should learn from our failure in Vietnam four decades ago goes something like this:

We cut and ran in Vietnam. We let our allies down. We allowed a rag tag group of insurgents to win against the great American military. And that's why we're in the mess we're in today. Our enemies today, another group of rag tag insurgents called al-Qaeda – have been emboldened by our retreat from Vietnam.

Therefore, Bush posits, we must stay the course in Iraq, no matter how bleak the situation becomes. Because, to do otherwise would be to reinforce our enemy's belief that the US lacks staying power and has no stomach for taking casualties. That in turn will encourage them to cause trouble throughout the region and to even launch attacks against the American homeland itself... or as Bush claims, if we don't fight them in Iraq, we'll have to fight them right here in the US of A.

Of course no well-read (or sane) person would draw such lessons from Vietnam. In fact, had Bush and Congress had heeded the real lessons of Vietnam they would have scoffed at the idea of putting tens of thousands of US combat troops on the ground in the heart of the Middle East.
 

Thu

23

Aug

2007

Another U.S. Military Operation, More Unrest
Thursday, 23 August 2007 02:22
by Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily*

BAGHDAD, Aug 22 (IPS) - New U.S. military operations across Iraq appear to be worsening the situation.

On Aug. 13 about 16,000 U.S. and Iraqi troops began a massive new military operation north of Baghdad. According to the U.S. military, the goal of the operation, named Lightning Hammer, is to "target insurgents who have fled a crackdown in the restive city of Baquba."

The operation is part of a larger military offensive, Operation Phantom Strike, whose goal is "to disrupt al-Qaeda in Iraq and Shia extremist operations in Iraq."

Both operations have included extensive use of air strikes. Many residents speak with bitterness about the operations and the language used to describe tem.

"This is not the first time that we have heard nice words about military operations that they say aim for our security and prosperity," 50-year-old teacher Kassim Hussein told IPS in Baghdad. "Yet every time it was more killing, sieges and poverty. It is a war that we did not have to fight, but we are the biggest losers every time it is ignited by the Americans."

According to a press release on the official website of the Multi-National Forces in Iraq dated Aug. 13, Operation Phantom Strike "consists of simultaneous operations throughout Iraq focused on pursuing remaining AQI (al-Qaeda in Iraq) terrorists and Iranian-supported extremist elements."
 

Mon

20

Aug

2007

Caught Between the U.S. and Al-Qaeda
Monday, 20 August 2007 14:47
by Dahr Jamain & Ahmed Ali
 
BAQUBA, Aug 20 (IPS) - The major U.S. military operation in Baquba city north of Baghdad has ended, but it has left continuing suffering for residents in its wake.

The U.S. military launched Operation Arrowhead Ripper in Baquba, 50 km northeast of Baghdad, on Jun. 18. Baquba is the capital city of Iraq's Diyala province.

The stated goal of the operation was to eradicate al-Qaeda from the city and other areas in the province. The region has seen some of the highest number of attacks on U.S. troops.

Shortly after launching the operation, the U.S. military admitted that nearly 80 percent of al-Qaeda militants had fled the area.

Residents had been looking for an end to raids and abductions by criminal gangs and sectarian death squads, but the U.S. military operation brought no relief.

"People here feel afraid because the coalition forces always push al-Qaeda out of the cities, but unfortunately they return when the troops retreat," resident Mohammed Hulail told IPS. "So the coalition forces can provide no solution."

A Baquba city official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IPS that al-Qaeda militants had already returned to parts of the city. "We are now sure that Iraqi police and army cannot defeat al-Qaeda who are well fortified in the streets and buildings."

Residents have learnt to fear enemies on all sides. "People are the victims of this war because they are in the middle point between the American forces and the fighters of al-Qaeda," Jabbar Ibrahim, a secondary school teacher in the city told IPS. "The fighters of al-Qaeda came to control the city, but when the U.S. troops came to fight them, they ran away, leaving civilians to face the shells and the bombs."

Many residents complain of indiscriminate arrests through the U.S. forces' search for al-Qaeda suspects. "Arrests are sometimes made wrongly; simple people who have nothing to do with fighting and violence were arrested, and those who were the real fighters ran away," a resident who declined to give his name told IPS.

The Iraqi Islamic Party has accused the Multi-National Forces operating in the area of killing many people in Baquba in the early weeks of the operation.
 

Mon

20

Aug

2007

Between the Two Rivers, Lack of Water Kills
Monday, 20 August 2007 13:39
by Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily

BAGHDAD, Aug 17 (IPS) - The collapse of Iraq's infrastructure has created a worsening water crisis that is killing untold numbers of Iraqis.

Iraq, with its famous Tigris and Euphrates rivers that run the length of the country, is now unable to provide drinking water to most of its people.

"The two rivers are still there, great as they always were, and flowing all through the year," chief engineer Ahmad Salman of the Baghdad Water Authority told IPS. "Yet Iraqis are thirsty, and we are ashamed of being engineers in the service. We have simply failed to provide our people with half of the drinking water they need."

Much of the country is suffering severe lack of water, and the small quantities supplied are not good for human use.

"I analysed the water supplied by the water authority, and the result was shocking," Dr Ibrahim Ali, a laboratory owner in Baghdad told IPS. "It is definitely not good for human consumption, and every time we analyse it we find something new that might, in time, cause death."

The doctor added, "Various kinds of bacterial pollution and germs we are finding can be as dangerous as biological weapons."

Iraqi hospitals are full of people with illnesses due to the unsafe water. Doctors at several hospitals confirmed to IPS that water is one of the worst causes of diseases, especially among children, and that some of children had died of water-borne diseases compounded by a severe lack of medicines.

These problems are exacerbated during the summer when both the quantity and quality of water are at their lowest.

"One of the reasons for this lack of water is lack of electric power and fuel for generators," a member of a local municipal council in Baghdad, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IPS. "We have got tired of raising our needs for the water stations because our ministers and their leaders are busy fighting over chairs so that they make as much money as possible before they are thrown away."
 

Mon

13

Aug

2007

Iran Ties Weaken Government Further
Monday, 13 August 2007 21:32
by Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily

BAGHDAD, Aug 13 (IPS) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's increasing ties with Iran have triggered a splintering of his government.

Several groups, both Sunni and Shia, have followed the Sunni al-Tawafuq bloc (Iraqi Accord Front) in quitting the U.S.-backed government. But Maliki refuses to make the concessions necessary to bring his "unity" government back together.

Spokesman Iyad Jamaliddin said on behalf of the Iraqi National List led by former interim prime minister Iyad Allawi that the ministers of his group would now boycott government meetings. The party claims both Shia and Sunni following.

"We will inform the President, his deputies and the Prime Minister of the essential happenings and needs (of Iraqis) when necessary," Jamaliddin told IPS in Baghdad.

This means that the entire Sunni bloc has refused to deal with Maliki. The al-Tawafuq bloc has 44 seats in the 275-seat National Assembly, and Allawi's group 25. Their decision cannot unsettle the ruling Shia-dominated United Iraqi Alliance that has 128 seats and rules with the support of some small groups, but it would further deny the government legitimacy in the face of widespread perceptions that the government follows sectarian policies in support of Shias.

Maliki is under growing pressure over policies seen to be in line with what the government of Shia-dominated Iran wants. Following Maliki's visit to Tehran last week, U.S. President George Bush sternly warned him against coming too close to Iran.

Bush said that after the visit, "if the signal is that Iran is constructive, I will have to have a heart to heart with my friend, the Prime Minister, because I don't believe they are constructive."

Bush added, "My message to him is, when we catch you playing a non-constructive role, there will be a price to pay.")
 

Sun

12

Aug

2007

Protests, Rallies & Meetings Organized around CANADA regarding the meeting of the 3 Banditos, the Security and Prosperity Partnership/North American Union
Sunday, 12 August 2007 23:10
We are a heartbeat away from losing our sovereignty as a nation! So, if you love Canada you NEED to get involved and get active!

This list will be e-mailed as events are added. If you know of anyone in any of these areas please forward this important information and ask them to keep it going. We need to show our elected officials (you know, the people who are supposed to be representing our interests) who's still the boss!

Updates and details here

Canadian Action Party Events Calendar

If you know of any events that aren't posted here, please send an e-mail to policy@canadianactionparty.ca with details and/or flyer if available.


Anytime now to August 15

Across Canada, from your computer!

A Day devoted to holding our elected officials accountable.

Please find the time between now and August 11, 2007, to complete a mass mail effort on behalf of the citizens of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. Please DO NOT copy and paste this generic letter into the email addresses of each of the 304 MPs of Canada but rewrite it in your own words and send. This letter is a guide only, and each letter needs to be different for maximum effect.

From: Citizens For Real Change
To: Elected Official of Canada
Re: SPP Summit, Montebello, Québec, at the Fairmont Le Château Montebello resort.

To Our Democratically Elected Officials

We, the Citizens for Change group are very concerned about the lack of transparency, lack of Parliamentary debate, and lack of Media coverage associated with this meeting between the elected representatives of our member countries concerning this summit and the secrecy surrounding it.

Can you please explain what your position is concerning this summit, what you know about the agreements that are being made, and whether your position reflects those of the constituents whom elected you.

I look forward to your prompt reply on this very important matter.

Citizens For Real Change
(Your return Email)

All 304 Members of Parliament with email addresses listed on this link.
http://webinfo.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfPar liament/MainMPsCompleteList.aspx?TimeP eriod=Current&Language=E
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August 9
Montréal, Québec
A benefit show with Genr'radical and Bernard et ses désaccords!

When: 8:00 p.m . EDT
Where: L'Alizée (900 Ontario est)

More information: http://www.antipatriarcat.org/radical/


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August 10 – 15
Toronto – Ottawa- Vancouver – Montreal & more!
NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION TO TARGET THE NACC! Stay tuned for more details!

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August 11
Montréal, Québec
Brigades Festives
The info/popular education committee is organizing "" in local neighbourhoods, to raise awareness about the SPP. The first Brigade took place in Parc Extension this past July 29 (photos at: http://photos.cmaq.net/v/brigade-festi f/)

When: TBA. EDT
Where: Côte-des-Neiges)

More details to be posted at: http://www.psp-spp.com/?q=en/node/21

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August 11

Surrey, B.C.

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE SPP? COMMUNITY FORUM

Host: No-one is illegal, Vancouver
Time: 2p.m. PDT
Where: Fireside Cafe, 13593 King George Hwy, Surrey Corner King George and 108 (Right next to Gateway Skytrain)
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August 11

Ottawa, Ontario
Direct Action Picket at a NACC building
Host: Ottawa-Outauais Stop the SPP Committee
When: 3 p.m. EDT
Where: Meet at War Memorial at Wellington/Elgin
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August 11

Ottawa, Ontario
Full Spectrum Resistance
Host: PGA Bloc and Outaouais Ottawa Stop SPP Coalition
When: 7 – 9 p.m. EDT
Where: PSAC Building, 233 Gilmour
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August 11 & 13
Montréal, Québec

A series of COMMUNITY ASSEMBLIES to discuss the impacts of the Security & Prosperity Partnership (SPP), especially on immigrant, migrant, refugee and indigenous
Communities

More information: http://nooneisillegal-montreal.blogspo t.com/2007/07/community-ssemblies-no-s ecurity.html
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August 12
Montréal, Québec
A final planning and organizing CONSULTA

Host: Outauoais – Ottawa Stop the SPP Committee
When: 12 – 5:00 p.m. EDT
Where: UQAM 315 Ste-Catherine East, near St-Denis
More info: http://www.psp-spp.com/?q=en/node/140

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August 13 & 14
Vancouver, B.C.
Disrupt the NAFTA Trade Ministers Meeting!

Host: No One Is Illegal, Vancouver
When: Noon PDT
Where: Details to follow
Confirmed details will be posted at http://noii-van.resist.ca

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August 13
Montebello, Québec
"Stop SPP" & "Say NO to Bush"

Host: Francine (ROCGO), Gabriel Bernier, ML rep from Montebello & PGA Ottawa
When: To be announced
Where: To be announced (Elementary school in Montebello)

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August 14
Montréal, Québec
Protest Bush, Harper, Calderon and the "Security and Prosperity Partnership" (SPP)
CN: Protest: Stop your racist lawsuits!
Support indigenous struggles for sovereignty, dignity and self-determination on Turtle Island
Oppose CN Rail's racism and colonialism

Host: No One Is Illegal, Montreal
When: Noon EDT
Where: Central Train Station (metro Bonaventure (

More information: http://nooneisillegal-montreal.blogspo t.com/2007/07/cn-rail-drop-your-racist -lawsuits.html


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August 15
Victoria, B.C.
Political meeting. Connie Fogal speaking, others invited but have not yet responded.. More details to follow as soon as available.
Host: Victoria Peace Coalition
Time: 7:30 p.m. PDT
Where: BCGEU, 2994 Douglas Street, Victoria
More info: Mehdi 250-658-0457

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August 15
Toronto, Ontario
From Free Trade to North American Union: a Montebello Primer
Join us for an evening of background information on what will be happening at the Canada-US-Mexico discussions at Montebello the following week. We'll begin at 7:30 with John Riddell's video featuring David Orchard (the guy who has now joined the Liberals – but really knows the effects of FTA/NAFTA inside out and backwards - on how we're "progressing" from Free Trade to North American Union. Check out John's website www.thedreamofcanada.ca.
We'll follow that with Wendy Forrest, Canadian Action Party candidate in Toronto speaking on what's at stake for us financially She's on YouTube http://www.youtube.co... .
RSVP return e-mail or telephone so we know how many to set up for: 416 961-5990
Host: Canadian Sovereignty & Video Discussion Series
When: 7 p.m.
Where: 30 Gloucester Street, Common Room, buzz code #333. More details at http://canadiansov.meetup.com/18/calen dar/6091834/
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August 15
Kelowna, BC
Information Session on the SPP-NAU and the Super Highway 10 AM PDT
We will be handing out brochures and DVD's to concerned Canadians (hopefully!) as well as talking to anyone who wants to hear more. We will forward a few pics when we are done.
For more information, please contact: grant.sharlene@shaw.ca
Host: Grant Baudais, CAP Candidate in Kelowna
When: 10:00-2:00 PDT
Where: Kelowna City Park
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August 16
Montréal, Québec
Protest against CSIS and the SPP

The People's Assembly against Security Injustice invite you to a demonstration to
denounce the role of the Canadian and Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in the
criminalization, harassment and profiling of refugees, immigrants and non-status people.
CSIS feeds a culture a fear and suspicion that the state uses to justify the expansion of
surveillance and control on the agenda of the SPP
More information: rpcis.mtl@gmail.com
Website: www.psp-spp.com Phone 514-848-7583


Host: PSP-SPP
Time: Noon EDT
Where: Dorchester Square (Rene-Levesque and Peel, metro Peel)

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August 16
Vancouver, B.C.
EVENING TO RESIST THE SPP
* Kat Norris: Coast Salish Indigenous Action Movement
* Fred Muzin: President of Hospital Employees Union
* Member of La Otra Campagna (The Other Campaign) Vancouver
* Garth Mullins is a doctoral candidate working on communities intervening
in capitalist globalization
* others tbc
Host: No One Is Illegal, Vancouver
Time: 7 p.m. PDT
Where: Rhizome Cafe 317 East Broadway
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August 16
St. Catharines, Ontario
Stop the SPP. Get informed about the Security & Prosperity Partnership and what it means to be deeply integrated with the U.S. & Mexico

Host: Niagara Coalition against the SPP & TILMA
When: 11:30 A.M.. EDT
Where: Montabello Park (downtown St. Catharines)

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August 18 -19
Ottawa, Ontario
Various Meetings and Rallies in Ottawa before moving toward Montebello. Details to follow.
Hook up with CAPpers there (watch for our banner)!
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August 18
Ottawa, Ontario
Whose Security? A forum with music and speakers.

Host: Justice for Mohamed Harkat Committee
When: 6:30 p.m. EDT
Where: Human Rights Monument, Elgin/Lisgar

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August 19-21
Montebello, Québec (as close as possible)
A day of creative resistance and popular education against the SPP

Host: Concerned individuals and groups
When: All day
Where: Montebello area (or as close as possible)

More details to follow

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August 19
Edmonton, Alberta
Protesting the SPP in Edmonton! Help preserve Canada's sovereignty, join the protest.
Host: Protest The S.P.P.
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm GMT
Where: Legislative Assembly of Alberta Street: 10800 - 97 Ave. Edmonton, AB
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August 19
Hull, Québec
Bike to Bush! A bike caravan to Montebello
Host: biketobush.ca
When: 9:00 a.m. EDT
Where: Leaving from Parc Jacques-Cartier (Hull)
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August 19
Ottawa, Ontario
Mass, family-friendly demonstration against the SPP
Host: Outaouais Ottawa Stop SPP Coalition www.stopspp.ca
When: 1 p.m. EDT
Where: Starting from Parliament Hill


Public forum on the SPP

Host: COC, Common Frontiers and other concerned groups
When: 4 – 6:00 p.m. EDT
Where: Ottawa University (Location TBD)

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August 19
Calgary, Alberta
Protesting the North American Union
Host: Lindsay Ross and other concerned citizens!.
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3 p.m. GMT
Where: Calgary City Hall, 800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB, then marching to the U.S. Consulate at 615 Macleod Trail for more speeches
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August 19
Toronto, Ontario
Get on the Bush Bus to Ottawa
Host: Toronto Stop the War Coalition . Toronto Stop the SPP Committee
Time: 9:00 a.m. EDT
Where: TBA
More information: www.nowar.ca or send e-mail to bushbus2007@gmail.com
To get on a bus from Toronto to Ottawa (August 19)
OR To get on a bus from Toronto to Ottawa and then travel on to Montebello (August 19-21). Cost: $60-$90 sliding scale (with donations we hope to offer subsidies soon).

Contact: E-mail your name, phone number and e-mail address to
bushbus2007@gmail.com . Please specify whether you wish to go to only to the Ottawa demonstration on the 19th OR to Ottawa and then to Montebello or the day of action on the 20th.
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Info: torontostopthespp@riseup.net

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August 20

Windsor, Ontario

Rally to STOP THE SPP - DAY OF ACTION! "Do you love Canada? Then you NEED TO BE THERE!"

Host: Concerned individuals, COC Windsor chapter
Time: from 5 p.m. EDT
Where: Ambassador (NAFTA) Bridge

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August 20

Vancouver, B.C.

CONTINENTAL DAY OF ACTION TO OPPOSE THE SPP!

Host: No One Is Illegal, Vancouver
Time: 3 p.m. PDT
Where: Canada Place (Waterfront Station) proceed to meet another antiwar/antispp demo at 5:30 pm

==> AUDIO AND VIDEO ON THE SPP:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Tlyc6EysAcY http://noii-van.resist.ca/?p=446


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August 20

Ottawa, Ontario

Buses leaving for Montebello, Demonstration as close to Montebello as possible

Host: Outaouais Ottawa Stop SPP Coalition
When: Depart Ottawa 9:30 a.m., returning at 4 p.m. EDT
Where: TBADepart from Ottawa at 9:30 am returning at 4pm.
Sign up for transportation


Public forum on the SPP

Host: MP Paul Dewar, Ottawa Centre
When: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT
Where: Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave

More information: www. pga.radionetowrk.org www.stopspp.ca

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Montebello, Québec (as close as possible)
Day of Action against the meeting of Bush, Harper, Calderon and the SPP.

When: Noon EDT
Where: As close as possible to Montebello

We call on affinity groups, organizations and individuals to mobilize in large numbers!

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August 23
Toronto, Ontario
Connie Fogal in Toronto - How we can stop the coming Police State!
Come and hear Connie Fogal, CAP Leader tell what happened in Ottawa & Montebello and our efforts at keeping our sovereignty!
Host: Toronto & Area CAP & Sovereignty Meetup
When: 7:30 PM EDT
Where: 30 Gloucester St, Common Room. buzz #333
More Information: http://canadiansov.meetup.com/18/
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9/11 War Crimes Tribunal: http://peaceinspace.blogs.com/911/
 

Wed

08

Aug

2007

Sectarianism Splits Security in Diyala
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 11:17
by Dahr Jamail & Ahmed Ali

BAQUBA, Aug 7 (IPS) - Militia from the Shia organisation Badr have taken over the police force in Diyala province north of Baghdad, residents say.

The government led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is believed to have backed such infiltration, and this has reportedly led to clashes with U.S. military leaders.

The Daily Telegraph in London has reported that Maliki and General David Petraeus, U.S. commander of the multi-national force in Iraq, have clashed over moves by the U.S. general to arm some Sunni groups. Sectarian tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims has grown amidst Iraqi government policies seen as supportive of Shias. Maliki is from the Dawa Party backed by Shia Iran.

In Baquba, 50km northeast of the capital, and capital of Diyala, residents say the Shia Badr Organisation, the armed wing of the politically dominant Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC), has been dominant in the province since the early months of the occupation.

The Badr Organisation managed to fill leadership positions in city and province, while Sunni Iraqis remained largely unrepresented.

In this set-up, many sectarian killings have been carried out by the Badr Organisation, often under cover of the local police, residents told IPS.

The SIIC and the Dawa Party of the Prime Minister are politically affiliated. Maliki is secretary-general of the Dawa Party, and spent time in exile in Iran after leading insurgent groups against former president Saddam Hussein.

Maliki came to be Prime Minister after political pressure from U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former British foreign secretary Jack Straw forced former Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, also from the al-Dawa Party, to resign.

Residents of this violence-plagued city told IPS that it is common for Iraqi police and army forces, most of whom are militiamen with the Badr Organisation, to raid homes of Sunnis during the night, and take away men who are later found dead in the street.
 

Thu

02

Aug

2007

UN Authorizes Hybrid Peacekeeping Mission for Darfur
Thursday, 02 August 2007 11:43
UN Security Council Resolution Passes Unanimously; Sudan States its Support for Deployment of Hybrid Force

Wednesday, August 1, 2007 (Washington, DC) – The United Nations (UN) Security Council voted unanimously yesterday to authorize a hybrid African Union (AU)-UN peacekeeping force for Darfur. This move comes more than a month after Sudan stated its agreement for this deployment, nearly nine months after a hybrid force was first proposed, and almost three years since the U.S. acknowledged that the crisis in Darfur constitutes genocide.

Today, Africa Action emphasized that Khartoum must be held accountable to its commitments, that the process of deployment must begin immediately, and that the U.S. must demonstrate leadership in working towards a peacekeeping deployment.

Following objections from Khartoum, the text of the initial draft resolution had been watered down, notably to remove reference to new sanctions on Sudan should the peacekeeping force be obstructed. However, the resolution retains language authorizing the force with a Chapter 7 mandate, allowing the peacekeepers to use force to protect civilians.

The UN resolution authorizes a deployment of 26,000, creating the world’s largest peacekeeping mission, and will boost the current AU peacekeeping force of 7,000. Reports indicate that Nigeria, Uganda and Rwanda will be major troop contributors, and significant financial support will be required from the international community. Current UN projections state that the first troops will arrive in October, with the expectation to achieve full strength by the end of 2007.

Nii Akuetteh, Executive Director of Africa Action, said today, “This resolution expresses the commitment of the UN to protecting the people of Darfur. But it remains to be seen whether rigorous action will now be taken to ensure deployment. The U.S. must now play a leadership role in providing adequate funding, in supplying logistical support, and in soliciting international troop contributions and other political support. The people of Darfur cannot continue to be denied protection because of diplomatic obstacles and bureaucratic delays.”

In the aftermath of the resolution, the Sudanese ambassador to the UN Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem Mohamad said that Khartoum would uphold its obligations. Africa Action warned that the Sudanese government has often stated its commitment to peacekeeping and to a resolution to the violence in Darfur, yet stalled progress during international negotiations.

In recent weeks, reports have increasingly emerged of attacks on humanitarian operations and food convoys, severely hampering the ability of aid workers to deliver life-sustaining support to displaced people. Africa Action stressed that the deployment of a peacekeeping mission is urgently needed to stabilize these conditions and create a secure environment favorable to successful peace negotiations. 
 

Mon

30

Jul

2007

Football Succeeds Where Politics Fails
Monday, 30 July 2007 21:54
by Dahr Jamail Ali al-Fadhily

BAGHDAD, Jul 27 (IPS) - An Iraqi football victory seems to have united Iraqis across the country where politicians only divide it

The Iraqi football team defeated South Korea 4-3 in Malaysia Wednesday to gain entrance into the finals of the Asian Cup. That set off a wave of celebrations across the capital and most of the country.

Tens of thousands of overjoyed Iraqis swarmed the streets of Baghdad, waving Iraqi flags and firing into the air to celebrate. Not even two car bombs that killed more than 50 people dampened all of the enthusiasm.

The football team is one of the last remaining symbols of national unity, because it includes mixed sects and ethnicities -- a rarity under an occupation that has fractured the country along ethnic lines and along sects within Islam.

For a brief time it appeared that the people of Iraq suddenly had suddenly forgotten those differences.

"This is a punch that came right in the nose of anyone who says we are divided," Mahmood Farhan of the Iraqi Journalists League in Baghdad told IPS. "Look how we swept off the dirt of occupation politics and, hand in hand, won each other's love."

Iraqi security forces were taken off guard by the spontaneous burst of celebrations, and for a brief time the capital appeared the old, crowded, noisy Baghdad.

"Our hearts beat together, and let the occupiers go to hell," shouted a young man on a bicycle on the streets of the Sadr City area of the capital. Many people gathered around the IPS correspondent when they figured their celebrations were being reported to the outside world.

A man who referred to himself as Hussein who was visiting Baghdad from Basra, told IPS amidst the celebrating crowd in Sadr City: "Iraq only, no Shias, no Sunnis and no Kurds. Down with divisions. Down with sectarian attitudes."

Iraqis also crowded the streets of Basra and other southern Iraqi cities. Around the country people sang the song "Victory for Baghdad", composed by a group of non-Iraqi Arab singers ten years before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

In the semi-autonomous northern region Kurdistan people who now came across as Iraqis and not just Kurds waved Iraqi flags in a rare display of national unity. Kurds normally view the Iraqi flag as an Arab symbol, and instead fly the Kurdish flag.

Iraqis outside the country also celebrated the victory.

"Dozens of Iraqis have telephoned me to express their happiness and unity," Maki al-Nazzal, an Iraqi businessman in Amman told IPS on telephone. "Arabs from Jordan and the Gulf countries who are in Amman celebrated the winning as if it were their own.

"It seems that sports achieved the unity of Iraqis and Arabs that politics has managed to ruin," added Nazzal. "Two hours of football was far more fruitful than four years of politics. Do not ask me whether this unity will last long."

The same day the two car bombs went off amidst the throngs of cheering Iraqis. The blasts came half an hour apart in different areas of Baghdad. The killings did not end the celebrations elsewhere.

"This is a game that Iraq won, and I hope Bush won't now say, look, I made them win that match," a member of the Iraqi Olympics Federation in Baghdad, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IPS.

"He did it once and we hated him even more for that because it was our boys who won despite the miserable support we are getting from the Americans and our government," he said. He was referring to the claim by U.S. President George W. Bush in August 2004 that the Iraqi football success in the Olympics was proof that the U.S.-led occupation was benefiting Iraq.

At that time, Iraqi football star Salih Sadir told reporters, "Iraq as a team doesn't want Mr. Bush to use us (in an ad) for the presidential campaign...we don't wish for the presence of the Americans in our country. We want them to go away."

Iraq's football coach Adnan Hamad Majeed had then said: "(My problems) are with what America has done in Iraq: destroy everything. The American Army has killed so many people in Iraq."

On Sunday Iraq plays Saudi Arabia in the finals.

(*Ali, a correspondent in Baghdad, works in close collaboration with Dahr Jamail, our U.S.-based specialist writer on Iraq who travels extensively in the region)
 
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