Saturday, October 15, 2011

Daily Digest October 15, 2011


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
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OPINION AND INFORMATION

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Raitt's political career poised for take-off in Air Canada dispute
Lisa Raitt, the very hands-on Labour Minister, summoned the two principals in the dispute
between Air Canada and its flight attendants to a private meeting at her Parliament Hill office.
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Iran is most 'significant threat' to world, PM says
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Iran+most+significant+threat+world+says/5554274/story.html#ixzz1arHYhoTs

With all due respect, the Prime Minister is wrong.  Iran has not invaded another country - indeed it was invaded by then American ally Saddam Hussein.

Canada is still participating in a decade long war for which there was no firm basis - at least to many of us who find the Official 9/11 story acceptable and are looking for an all
inclusive what we would call Royal Commission.

Canadians are to be proud our air force has been dropping bombs to protect civilians in Libya. Bombs that have been absolutely necessary to enable the rebels to take the cities they have. Bombs that have devastated infrastructure, killed civilians and must be continued as the civil war becomes more intense.

Will we be expected to be proud if what many forecast occurs and Iran (or Syria) is next on the list of states that threaten the world?

You may not have any concern. I do.

Canada was know as a peace maker, not a war monger acting with our partners in invading other sovereign states .

Best I cease writing before I drag in the question "How would those who won the War of 1812 react to what's going on now?"

Please be disagreeable if you believe you can shoot my argumentation down for otherwise the Silent Watchers will have only my views on which to make their judgements.

        Joe Hueglin
        in the Daily Digest
        October 15th, 2011

The U.S. disrupts an Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi ambassador
http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/10/12/the_us_disrupts_an_iranian_plot_to_assassinate_saudi_ambassador

Ten Reasons To Question US Allegations of Iranian Teror Plot
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=48546

The Fast And Furious Plot To Occupy Iran
http://hamsayeh.net/society/1254-the-fast-and-furious-plot-to-occupy-iran.html

Iranian Terror Plot: Fake, Fake, Fake
http://hamsayeh.net/articles/1253-iranian-terror-plot-fake-fake-fake.html

Is alleged Iranian plot a "provocation by an outside agency"? asks Guardian
http://hamsayeh.net/society/1256-is-alleged-iranian-plot-a-provocation-by-an-outside-agency-asks-guardian.html

U.S. accusation of Iranian assassination plot is met with skepticism
http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/10/13/morning_brief


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From: Larry Kazdan
To: Media Release <media-release@vancouvercommunity.net>
Subject: [media-release] Media Advisory:  Global Democracy Call Amid International Protests

                    14 October 2011
Global Democracy Call Amid International Protests

Naomi Klein, Vandana Shiva, Noam Chomsky back demand for people's control over global finance
 
Leading intellectuals Naomi Klein, Vandana Shiva and Noam Chomsky and people assemblies around the world have signed a global manifesto for democratic rule over international finance, launched by many of the organizers of hundreds of demonstrations around the world.
 
The call, by activists and groups from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, United States, Asia and Latin America, comes amid protests in 868 cities and 78 countries and six continents (list below), inspired by the Wall Street occupation, Arab Spring and anti-cuts protests in Europe. The global protests have been planned via Facebook and Twitter for months.
 
The events linked to the manifesto include, for example, the planned occupation of London's Stock Exchange, calling for democratic control over the banks and global financial regulation, by thousands of demonstrators.
 
The manifesto (below) says the G20/G8, the International Monetary Fund and banks must be made democratic or "overturned".
 
It is endorsed by global justice writers such as the Canadian-based Naomi Klein, the US-based Chomsky and Michael Hardt, the Indian-based Shiva, as well as Uruguayan Eduardo Galeano.
 
According to the manifesto, in an age of globalization, "global forces shape people's lives. Our jobs, health, housing, education and pensions are controlled by global banks, markets, tax havens, corporations and financial crises".
 
It says that in such conditions, international institutions must be democratic, but there is no people's control over the IMF, the WTO, global markets, multinational banks, the G8, the G20, the European Central Bank and the UN Security Council, which are "our global Mubarak, our global Assad, our global Gaddafi".
 
The manifesto was produced over four months through consultation among groups, activists and people's assemblies in countries such as Britain, Egypt, Tunisia, Germany, Spain, the US, Palestine, Israel, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, India and Australia.
 
Two of the international activists who initiated the manifesto are Ana Sofia Suarez and Shimri Zameret from the activist group Egality, which is part of the network coordinating the global protests in the past four months. The international coordination took place mainly through social networks.
 
Suarez, 25, a Mexican who has worked on global justice in India and West Africa, said: "On October 15th, like the indigenous Mexican Zapatistas, we will demand our global institutions obey us, the people."
 
Zameret, 27, an Israeli peace activist imprisoned for two years after he refused to serve in the Israeli army, said: "When French activists demanded national democracy for the first time, no one believed it was possible. Today no one believes global people's control is possible. Future generations will judge things differently. There is no reason why banks and rich governments should set international bank regulations and not us, the people of the world."
 
CONTACT:  Shimri– main: +44(0)7532 257955; secondary: +44(0)7507438738
 
NOTES TO EDITORS
 
MANIFESTO:
 
United for Global Democracy
 
On 15th October 2011, united in our diversity, united for global change, we demand global democracy:  global governance by the people, for the people. Inspired by our sisters and brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, Palestine-Israel, Spain and Greece, we too call for a regime change: a global regime change. In the words of Vandana Shiva, the Indian activist, today we demand replacing the G8 with the whole of humanity - the G 7,000,000,000. 
 
 
Undemocratic international institutions are our global Mubarak, our global Assad, our global Gaddafi. These include: the IMF, the WTO, global markets, multinational banks, the G8, the G20, the European Central Bank and the UN Security Council. Like Mubarak and Assad, these institutions must not be allowed to run people's lives without their consent. We are all born equal, rich or poor, woman or man. Every African and Asian is equal to every European and American. Our global institutions must reflect this, or be overturned.
 
Today, more than ever before, global forces shape people's lives. Our jobs, health, housing, education and pensions are controlled by global banks, markets, tax havens, corporations and financial crises. Our environment is destroyed by pollution in other continents. Our safety is determined by international wars and international trade in arms, drugs and natural resources. We are losing control over our lives. This must stop. This will stop. The citizens of the world must get control over the decisions that influence them in all levels - from global to local. That is global democracy. That is what we demand today.
 
Like the Mexican Zapatistas, we say "Ya basta! Aquí el pueblo manda y el gobierno obedece". Enough!  Here the people command and global institutions obey!  Like the Spanish Tomalaplaza, we say "Democracia Real Ya": True global democracy now!" Today we call the citizens of the world: let us globalise Tahrir Square! Let us globalise Puerta del Sol!
 
LIST OF COUNTRIES WHERE PROTESTS ARE TAKING PLACE:
 
Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chez Republic, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hawaii, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Panamá, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisie, Turkey, UK, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.

Global map of the events here: http://map.15october.net/
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From: "Glenn Harewood"
Subject:  Pay the vote to vote -- a provocative idea


Joe:
Do we need more seats in the respective legislatures, or do we need more electors to vote?
 
With respect to electoral representation and voting, you will recall that I have written much to the DD on past occasions.
Given the continuing relatively low vote turn-out  in the recent 2011 October Ontario elections, I started to rethink the issue of elector apathy in voting at all levels, and  recently posed this question to myself: what if  governments at all levels passed a law that would pay electors to vote at election time? Let's say, for example, that all eligible voters were able to get a one- or two-hundred dollar credit on their income tax return, for that year only, in which the election is held, for voting for the representative of their choice? 
Of course, this idea may be deemed simplistic, and  objection to it may be interpreted as a bribe;but it could also be viewed as positive, and as getting more people interested in the process of governance and the unavoidable political process in Canada. It would be opposite to Australia and other countries who fine eligible voters for NOT voting, or where people have NO right to vote.  
This idea  might also resolve  the perennial problem of changing the voting system from first-past-the-post to other forms of voting --  example: proportional representation.
The question I  pose for discussion is: do we need more seats in the House of Commons, or do we need more voters to become interested in the political process and turn up to vote at election time?
 
A provocative alternative to not voting could be the possibility of LOSING one's vote. This would spark the voter's ire and right to vote. But if you have the freedom to vote and you don't exercise it, then how about losing that right? After all there are millions of people in other countries who would like to have the right to vote!!
 
Glenn Harewood

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From: Mahmood Elahi
To: "Angela Bischoff-OCAA" <angela@cleanairalliance.org>
Subject: No Nukes News: After Fukushima, does nuclear power have a future?

The Editor
The Globe and Mail
 
Copy to: Ms Angela Bischoff, Awareness Director, Ontario Clean Air Association: After Fukushima, nuclear power does have a future --- a bleak one. The world will see more catastrophic nuclear accidents before it decides to abandon nuclear power.
 
Living in a earthquake zone, Fukushima may not be last
 
Re "Why Japan's government won't give up on nuclear power," (Front Page, Oct. 14).
 
Japan is prone to natural disasters because of its location on the path of major typhoons and along major fault lines making it vulnerable to catastrophic earthquakes. As such, Fukushima may not be the last catastrophe visiting Japan. For a nation as vulnerable as Japan, nuclear power only adds to the danger. If Japan doesn't learn from Fukushima, the Japanese can only blame themselves if another tsunami or typhoon damages another reactor, unleashing another nuclear catastrophe.
 
As they say those who don't learn from history may end up repeating it. Japan faced atomic bombs for refusing to surrender unconditionally (which they did after atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki) after losing the Second World War. It might again face another nuclear catastrophe if it refuses to learn from Fukushima.
 
MAHMOOD ELAHI

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.From: Rebecca Gingrich

Subject: Why is Canada acting like a Guantánamo Bay camp guard?    DD

Sadly that is the position that the Harper government(and the Liberals before him) have chosen to adopt.  The fact that this man is not a Canadian citizen has no bearing on why he was denied entry.  The US has stated that he is a terrorist and that is good enough for the butt kissing Canadian government.  Being a Canadian means nothing to any Canadian government.  How soon we forget William Sampson.  The Liberals sided with the US and the Saudis and tortured him almost to death and then condemned him to death.  Thank God the Brits came through for him.  And nothing in the charges he was convicted of was true. 
We have seen Harper fall hook, line and sinker for the latest USI propaganda re Iran and this just proves once more that our government stands for nothing and will fall for everything.  Our government is just following the dictates of Big Brother.
becky
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Subject: and the lies continue to flow from the mouths of the USI--they want war

The Fast and Furious Plot to Occupy Iran
By Pepe Escobar

The House of Saud who's been conducting the fierce counter-revolution that has smashed any possibility of an Arab Spring in the Persian Gulf.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29390.htm
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Subject: I can hardly wait for our 'leaders' to be charged with war crimes

UN Member States must Demand Action Against NATO War Crimes
By Shenali Waduge
If the US used the Nuremberg principles to charge Germany for "starting an unprovoked war" shouldn't the US be charged on similar grounds?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29389.htm
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Subject:  Is this what Harper meant by us 'losing some sovereignty'?

Is the New World Order Unraveling?
Patrick J. Buchanan 
...
With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the EU expanded to the east. And the New World Order, formally proclaimed by George H.W. Bush in 1991, was out in the open and seemingly the wave of the future.
Progress was swift. A North American Free Trade Agreement, bringing the United States, Mexico and Canada into a common market that George W. Bush predicted would encompass the hemisphere from Patagonia to Prudhoe Bay, was signed in 1993.
A World Trade Organization was born in 1994. U.S. sovereignty was surrendered to a global body where America had the same single vote as Azerbaijan....

The desire of peoples for nations all their own, where their own language, faith and culture predominate and their own kind rule to the exclusion of all others, is everywhere winning out over multiculturalism and transnationalism....(emphasis added)
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/blog/2011/10/13/is-the-new-world-order-unraveling/

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From: Ron Thornton
Subject: Daily Digest October 12-13-14, 2011

Hi Joe:


I have noticed that one thing that really bothers me is bullshit passing as news. Instead of getting the straight goods, we end up getting trumped up nonsense under the guise of a balanced presentation of the facts. Well, so much for Rene Moreau's link that touts how our schools have become just like prisons.


No of the schools I have ever entered, including the one my sons attend, are in any way represented by the video. There is one police officer who drops by from time to time, no police dogs have been noticed in the hallways (and if one is there snooping for drugs, there damn well better not be any damn drugs found or a parent should be dragged upon the carpet along with their little darling). Many outside doors are locked and there are monitors to see if any perverts are wandering in off the streets to wander off with our children.


Now, I agree there are schools in some rundown sections of cities where the community has gone to hell, where the parents forget to be parents, where those who should be responsible for their children are not, that whatever lessons are learned at home in no way develops a desire for children to learn lessons at school. In those areas, if the school has an appearance similar to a prison, then maybe the odds are that the student is just going to wind up in one at some point due to the fact his or her parents has little interest in the child's education or development in the first place.


If your child was not raised to be courteous, to respect authority (including your own), to have instilled within them a desire to learn, grow, and succeed, if you do not ensure that your child attends school, strives to make the most of their education, to know how your child is progressing, and to take full responsibility for your child and their actions until they are 18, then might I suggest that the problem is you.


Ron Thornton

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To: Libya Watchers <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: October 15 - Gunfire in Tripoli - friendly fire or Loyalists' action.
Bcc: Libyan Watchers

The Green flag according to some is flying over increasing sections of Libya, while according to others the last two areas controlled by Ghaddafi Loyalists will fall very soon.

Compare the views on the firing in Tripoli that follow immediately and the other links drawn from a number of sources.

As we're led to believe is conflict in Libya just about over or not?

Joe Hueglin
905-356-3901

Tripoli military officials said 12 suspected Gadhafi supporters were detained but played down the shooting, saying no clashes occurred and that the gunfire was primarily from revolutionary forces themselves. The local military council issued a statement saying 30 people were injured in friendly fire. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/libyan-fighters-face-die-hard-loyalists-in-gadhafi-hometown-nato-pounds-2-fronts/2011/10/14/gIQAAAAqjL_story.html

Libyan News Update Oct 15 - Very Early Morning
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFh4X10RIZY&feature=share


Massacres in Sirte, Libya: A Modern Day Stalingrad, Ignored By World Media
http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=628977

Libyan city of Sirte on the brink of falling
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/12/libya-sirte-falling-government-forces

Sirte: Rebels Withdrew After Fierce Resistance by Ghaddafi Loyalists
http://hamsayeh.net/world/1255-sirte-rebels-withdrew-after-fierce-resistance-by-ghaddafi-loyalists.html

Sirte An Epic Tales Of Heroism And Bravery
http://hamsayeh.net/society/1252-sirte-an-epic-tales-of-heroism-and-bravery.html

Resistance by Ghaddafi Loyalists
http://hamsayeh.net/world/1255-sirte-rebels-withdrew-after-fierce-resistance-by-ghaddafi-loyalists.html

Fighters, Gaddafi forces battle in Tripoli
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/204600.html

Libya: Fighting in Tripoli breaks out between pro-Gaddafi forces and NTC fighters
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/8828215/Libya-Fighting-in-Tripoli-breaks-out-between-pro-Gaddafi-forces-and-NTC-fighters.html

'Pro-Gaddafi' gunfire in Tripoli
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15311520

Gaddafi diehards fight back as battle rages in Sirte
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/africa/news/article_1668917.php/Gaddafi-diehards-fight-back-as-battle-rages-in-Sirte

Libyan News Update Oct 14 - 1.00am GMT
Posted: 2011/10/14 http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=628976

Google link to other articles. http://news.google.com/news/story?ncl=http://tripolipost.com/articledetail.asp%3Fc%3D1%26i%3D7076&hl=en&geo=us

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Canada Pursuing the American Way
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written by Dana Gabriel
 
Canada Pursues US-Style Security and Foreign Policy
by Dana Gabriel l Be Your Own Leader
In the last number of years, there has been a dramatic shift in Canadian security and foreign policy with regards to continental, hemispheric and global issues. While Canada is working with the U.S. on a North American security perimeter deal, there are also efforts to strengthen defense relations with Britain and other allies. Canada has also elevated its status in NATO and is playing a more prominent role in military operations overseas.

Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay recently met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to discuss bilateral security cooperation issues.
 
In a news release, Minister Mackay praised the Canada-U.S. partnership as unique and explained,
 
"Our binational command in NORAD, as well as the daily operation between our military and defence teams is a tangible demonstration of how we stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the defence of North America and in addressing common global challenges."
 
He went on to say, "We are proud to work alongside our U.S. friends in the Americas, in Libya, in Afghanistan, and as transatlantic partners of NATO." At a press conference following their meeting, Secretary Panetta acknowledged that both countries are looking to improve their bilateral engagement in the Western Hemisphere. He stated, "If we can develop better capabilities and partnerships throughout the hemisphere, that's something that I think both of us consider to be a real step forward in our relationship." Future plans could also include expanding a security perimeter framework beyond North America.

While addressing North American security efforts during a news conference with Secretary Panetta, Minister Mackay brought up the Permanent Joint Board on Defence (PJBD) which was created in 1940. The PJBD, "is the senior advisory body on continental defence. It is composed of military and diplomatic representatives from both nations." Over the years, it has, "served as a strategic-level military board charged with considering, in a broad sense, land, sea, air and space issues." This includes areas concerning, "policy, operations, financial, logistics and other aspects of Canada-U.S. defence relations."
 
Although the PJBD has been used as an alternate channel of communication, it appears to have once again become more relevant as a venue for bilateral security and military dialogue. In a move which represents its growing importance, President Barack Obama recently appointed former Congressman John Spratt, chairman of the U.S. section of the PJBD. In the coming years, the board could play a significant role in plans for a fully integrated North American security perimeter, as well as in other facets of the evolving Canada-U.S. partnership.

Released in 2008, the Canada First Defence Strategy remains the blueprint for rebuilding a modern military with clearly defined missions and capabilities. This includes increasing Canadian Forces recruitment levels, raising military spending, as well as improving and replacing equipment. The goal is for Canada to, "be a strong and reliable partner in the defence of North America, and project leadership abroad by making meaningful contributions to international security."
 
It goes on to say that Canadian-U.S., "armed forces will pursue their effective collaboration on operations in North America and abroad. To remain interoperable, we must ensure that key aspects of our equipment and doctrine are compatible." It also outlines a strategy which will work towards the, "ability to conduct six core missions within Canada, in North America and globally, at times simultaneously." Besides promoting continental perimeter security, the document lays the foundation for a more aggressive and ambitious foreign policy which increasingly represents U.S., as well as British interests.

In a recent bilateral visit to Canada, British Prime Minister David Cameron met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and addressed a joint session of parliamentwhere he proclaimed, "We are two nations, but under one Queen and united by one set of values." Both leaders issued a joint declaration entitled A Stronger Partnership for the 21st Century which committed to renewing bilateral relations in areas of prosperity, security and development. They pledged to, "create greater interoperability between our defence forces and deepen cooperation on procurement and capabilities."
 
This included strengthening cooperation on counter-terrorism issues. They also agreed to, "work toward a reinvigorated Commonwealth." In conclusion, the leaders stated, "We commit ourselves and our governments to achieve what we have set out in this declaration to collaborate on our commerce, foreign policy, defence, security, development and intelligence relationship." In a move which some have criticized as a step backwards, Canada has re-established the connection between the monarchy and its military by renaming Maritime Command and Air Command back to the former titles of Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force.

In September, Canada's Defense Minister Peter MacKay was in Australia and New Zealand for separate meetings to further build bilateral security relations in the Asia-Pacific region. While in Australia, he met with several ministers where, "they discussed defence reform, procurement practices, general Asia-Pacific defence issues, and the transformation of the Australian Defence department." Minister Mackay, "emphasized the strong military ties between both Australia and Canada and Canada's ongoing interests in the Asia-Pacific region."
 
During his trip to New Zealand, Mackay met with his counterpart and discussed, "the state of current defence operations, defence reform and procurement." The meetings in both countries were, "an opportunity to deepen Canada-Australia and Canada-New Zealand bilateral ties, to discuss military operations and defence transformation, and to exchange views on regional and international matters of operational and strategic importance." This is part of Canada's ongoing efforts to further expand its global influence and it could be directed against China who has gained much power in the region.

While in the past Canada has exercised a more independent foreign policy, in many ways, it has now succumbed to the imperialistic aspirations of the U.S. and NATO. The war in Afghanistan and the continued bombing in Libya have demonstrated Canada's willingness to use military force to advance foreign policy. It appears as if they have also turned back the clock by further embracing the monarchy and renewing its strategic partnership with Britain and the Commonwealth at large. Under the influence of a declining Anglo-American Empire, Canada has shed its peacekeeping image in favor of a more aggressive and militaristic doctrine.
 
In the coming years, Canada will be expected to contribute even more to global security including participation in future U.S.-NATO military operations.
 
Dana Gabriel
is an activist and independent researcher. He writes about trade, globalization, sovereignty, security, as well as other issues. Contact: beyourownleader@hotmail.com Visit his blog at beyourownleader.blogspot.com
 

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