Canadian Armed Forces impinge on Okinawa
The fight to reclaim Okinawa continues despite ferocious opposition from the ruling parties in Japan who take advantage of their power and the fact some Okinawans’ livelihoods depend on base-related employment or business. This resistance is part of a larger movement for Indigenous rights, peace, and justice across the Asia Pacific region.
Canada joins US in militarizing the Pacific
Okinawans, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, have been fighting to rid Okinawa of US bases for decades, giving rise to one of the strongest peace movements in the world, attracting broad international support. Thus, we were doubly shocked to learn that the Canadian Armed Forces are regularly using US military installations on Okinawa today.
Why we need to (re)nationalize Air Canada
It would be tempting to base an argument in favour of nationalizing Air Canada solely off its poor performance over the course of the last few weeks, but in truth the problems experienced by air travellers are more complicated than simply making the nation’s flag carrier responsible to the federal government and, by extension, the entire national population.
Peace-minded Canadians deserve a voice in Parliament
There are no good options available at this point in the Ukraine-Russia war. Except to warmongers and war profiteers, a negotiated solution with unpleasant compromises appears preferable to prolonging the fighting for years or risking the unthinkable. Millions of Canadians support peaceful solutions to the Ukraine war. A left wing party should be their voice. Heather McPherson is making that impossible.
Ottawa must be honest with Canadians about troops in Ukraine
Ottawa’s policies have aggravated tensions in eastern Europe, writes author, activist and Canadian Foreign Policy Institute director Bianca Mugyenyi. To help ensure the conflict doesn’t escalate even further we need to start asking tough questions of our political leaders. At a minimum we should be told by our government if Canadian forces are on the ground in Ukraine.
Fighting for a world beyond war
World Beyond War is a vital force in the global anti-war struggle, helping organize campaigns against military bases, the arms trade, and imperialist trade shows. Canadian Dimension spoke with Rachel Small, the Canada Organizer for World Beyond War, about Ottawa’s escalating funding for the military, recent direct actions against weapons manufacturers, and the upcoming global #NoWar2022 conference.
Documents show how Ottawa intervened in Tanzania to benefit Canadian mining firms
The documents obtained by Ottawa-based researcher Ken Rubin reveal that Ottawa still goes to bat for Canadian-based transnationals, ensuring that states in the Global South don’t move too close to the perils of what industry figures often call “resource nationalism.” It seems not to matter what abuse is committed—the primacy of capital wins out for the Canadian state.
The Summit of the Americas was an embarrassment for Trudeau
Prime Minister Trudeau should have followed AMLO’s lead. People in Canada ought to demand that Trudeau, and any subsequent prime minister, engage in active blockade-breaking and boycott any future SOAs that exclude Cuba, Nicaragua, or Venezuela, or any combination of the three. Such measures could benefit both the peoples of each of these countries and the rest of the hemisphere.
Right-wing think tanks are urging Canada to become an ‘Indo-Pacific’ power
Recently, a number of right-wing think tanks in Canada and allied countries, including the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, have been publishing articles urging Canada to take a greater interest in establishing a powerful military and economic presence in the “Indo-Pacific.” As Owen Schalk writes, this represents a perilous escalation of tensions in service of the new Cold War.
UN urges Canada to end criminalization of land defenders
On April 29, 2022, the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) released a letter—their third in total—urging the Canadian government to respect the rights of the Indigenous Secwepemc and Wet’suwet’en communities resisting the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern British Columbia.
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