Canada

Ottawa/Gatineau Stop the War on Iraq Organizing meeting

“The government of Canada is sending Canadian CF-18s to bomb ISIS in Iraq. There are already Canadian Special Forces on the ground taking part in the war.

Iraq and Syria are in ruins because of interventions by the US and its allies. More bombing will not make the situation better but will make things worse for the people of both countries. Western bombs are already killing civilians and each new strike may actually strengthen ISIS. This is a pattern we have seen over and over again in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan and throughout the history of US wars.

The Ottawa Peace Assembly is calling for a city wide planning meeting to decide on next steps to counter the Harper government’s drive to all-out war.

Date: Thursday, October 16 2014
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: 377 Bank Street (CUPW national office), Ottawa – board room on the main floor.

For more information please contact ottawa.peace.assembly (at) gmail.com

www.ottawapeace.org

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Peace Rally: Canada Out Of Iraq

Saturday October 25, 2014
2:30 pm
U.S. Consulate – 360 University Avenue (just north of Osgoode subway station)

Why we say NO to Canada’s war in Iraq

We have all seen the pictures and read the reports abut the brutal sectarian group ISIS in Iraq and Syria and many people want to “do something” to stop the terror. However, the US led bombing campaign, that Canada has just joined, is not going to help.

Here’s why we say no to the war in Iraq and Syria.

It will make things worse
– Every bombing campaign kills civilians and every civilian killed means more recruits for ISIS.
– The actions of the US and its allies are legitimizing ISIS as an anti-imperial force to people in the region.
– Already, the airstrikes have led opponents such as the Jabhat al-Nusra to join in common cause with ISIS. Bombing is making these groups stronger.

ISIS is a product of US-led war in the region

-The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 killed 1 million people, destroyed infrastructure and the economy and fueled sectarian divisions due to a US mandated constitution that gives power and resources to groups based on religious or ethnic identity.
-The US stoked sectarian divisions to halt a unified opposition to their rule.
-Western powers have flooded Syria with weapons which have now and will continue to fall into the hands of ISIS

It won’t work

-ISIS can simply melt into the heavily populated cities and hide.
-Many of the forces that have created ISIS were present in Iraq after the invasion in 2003 including former Baath party members and sectarian groups. Even with hundreds of thousands of troops on the ground, the US was unable to stop these groups.
-ISIS receives support from people in Saudi Arabia, a key western ally that beheads roughly 80 people a year. The response from the west to Saudi support for ISIS is to arm them. Canada sold them $10 billion in weaponry last year. Unless that source of money and weapons ends, ISIS will continue.

This is a continuation of George Bush’s war, a war based on lies

-The US went to war in 2003 based on fake intelligence about weapons of mass destruction. It was never about bringing peace or security, but about controlling oil resources.

This war is fueling Stephen Harper’s agenda to militarize Canada

-Under the Conservatives, military spending has reached its highest levels since World War II. There are now plans to expand Canadian military bases around the world. And the military is fast becoming a central thread in the fabric of society.
– Harper is using this moment to deport US Iraq war resisters from Canada so he can silence their calls for peace.
– 69 per cent of Canadians opposed the last war on Iraq in 2003. The only party to support the war then and now are the Conservatives.

Canadians were right to oppose war in Iraq in 2003. We need to stand up again and say no to perpetual war! Get Canada out of Iraq

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I post a lot about genocide and colonization in other areas, but need to focus more on Canada’s sordid history. Here’s a start

Imperial Abduction: The Globalization of Residential Schooling:

-Maximilian Forte

“In Canada, there have been official government apologies for the abuses committed during the residential schooling era (which lasted until 1996), plus monetary compensation, and a truth and reconciliation commission that was constituted and recently finished its work. Nonetheless the fundamental ethos of residential schooling has not only been preserved, it has been amplified into a template containing the basic operating instructions for how to approach peoples around the world who are understood to be inferior. Such inferiority can be understood, for example, in the way that other people’s governments, no matter how indisputably democratic or legitimate they may be, are consistently treated as if they were disposable.

Residential schooling in Canada and its counterpart systems in Australia and the US, all intended to “save” Native children, to “educate” and thus “improve” them, is reflective of a classic settler state ideology of the late 1800s, which emphasized evolutionary progress through assimilation. It is not an unfamiliar ideology either, for those familiar with the thinking behind “modernization” theory and the basic thrust of international developmentalism. What is interesting to note is that it is only out of these same settler states that ideas of the “responsibility to protect” (R2P) emerged and were propagated at the UN in recent years. The main actors who articulated and advocated for R2P have been primarily Canadian and Australian.
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Gaza Genocide and Canada

some readings…

Israel intensifies air raids on Gaza, destroying 13-story housing unit:

“Israel took its military campaign to a new level over the weekend, flattening a 13-story apartment tower a day after an Egyptian call for an open-ended ceasefire to enable new truce talks.

Local residents said the high-rise housed 44 families. Medical officials said 17 people were wounded in the Israeli strike.

Israel air strikes killed at least seven Palestinians on Sunday, medical officials said.

Sunday’s air raids came after at least 60 Israeli strikes pounded Gaza on Saturday, killing 10 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and bringing down a 12-story apartment block.

…Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his ministers on Sunday that the Zionist state’s brutal military campaign against Gaza would continue “until its aims are achieved.”

…Israel’s stated end goals have changed several times since the beginning of its assault on Gaza.

Netanyahu also called on Gaza residents to leave any site where Palestinian resistance fighters were operating, saying the locations could be attacked.

“I call on the inhabitants of Gaza to vacate immediately every site from which Hamas is carrying out terrorist activity. Every one of these places is a target for us,” he said in broadcast remarks.

Netanyahu did not indicate where he expected Palestinians living in one of the most densely populated territories in the world to flee. Almost 500,000 Gaza residents have already fled their homes and taken refuge in hospitals, UN schools and mosques, which have been targeted by Israeli forces on multiple occasions.” CONTINUES

“Not in Our Name” action

For Canadians. This website gives an easy way to find your MP and a send a letter to them, CCing the bigwigs. Here’s my modified version. My MP is a decent man, so while my utter dismay at Harper, Mulcair, Trudeau and May’s stances remains, I toned down the form letter as I want to allow Mr. Chong a chance to consider and make a public statement on Gaza first.

The modified letter (original is HERE):

Dear Michael Chong,
 
As you may know, I have lived a collective 3 of the past 6 years in the Gaza Strip, including during two major Israeli assaults (2008/9 and Nov 2012). I've also experienced the daily assault of Israel's strangulating siege on Gaza, which at its height banned not only construction materials (still banned), fertilizers (likewise), but also fishing equipment, food products, baby diapers, spices, A4 paper, toys, shoes...As a father, I am sure that you would never want to be in a position where you could neither feed nor clothe your children, let alone provide adequate nutrition or rest assured they would not be killed while at school, by Israeli army gunfire (the Khoza'a Martyrs school is one example of a school which routinely comes under Israeli army fire) or bombing
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Toronto’s al-Quds Day rally…”the largest in our history”

…and they were calling for a Free Gaza, Free Palestine.

100% Free…no pathetic smoke-and-mirrors, Swiss-cheese “Two State solution”.

The global al-Quds Day demonstrations occur annually. According to organizers, in Toronto’s history this was the largest, and the most pluralistic, …including not only the usual Canadian Peace Alliance, Palestine House, Independent Jewish Voices, and other core affiliations, as well as numerous faiths… but new faces. Many of them, and many from all walks of life and ages, so-said a Cuban solidarity activist who has been standing for justice for over a decade, if not more.

On the ground, behind the speaker’s pick-up truck podium, I could only see the immediate masses, which were already overwhelming. But organizers standing in the greater vicinity of Queen’s Park noted 5,000, which grew as we marched an hour later to amass in front of the representative of Gangster number One: the US Embassy, for it is the US which funds and vetoes UN resolutions for the Zionist regime. By the end of the speeches in from of the Embassy, organizers cited as many as 25,000 supporters of peace and justice spilling down the avenue.
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Canadians, contest our Zionist representatives

Starts today, 7 minutes from now:

Call in for Gaza: [FB page]

Let’s flood the leaders of all three main parties with calls demanding they call for an immediate arms embargo on Israel and an end to the assault on Gaza. Let’s keep the emails coming too


Stephen Harper: stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca
613-992-4211 (Ottawa office)
403-253-7990 (Calgary office)
Justin Trudeau: (justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca)
613-995-8872 (Ottawa)
514-277-6020 (Quebec)
Thomas Mulcair: thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca
613-995-7224 (Ottawa)
514-736-2727 (Montreal)