Canadian Government and security services have been implicated in knowingly transferring detainees and prisoners in Afghanistan to torture.
This paints the stigma of war crime guilt on all Canadians.
We spoke to MP Thomas Mulcair from Outremont to discuss how Canada can show the world Canada’s attitude towards war crimes and rectify Canada’s international reputation.
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Abdullah Al Malki, a Canadian citizen and graduate of Carelton University, was incarcerated and tortured in Syria based on false and misleading information that the RCMP and CSIS provided to the Syrian government.
Three years after government inquiries identified the mistakes and sloppiness of Canada’s security forces in their treatment of Abdullah and other Canadian citizens, there has still been no corrections made to procedure, no apologies to the individuals like Abdullah who have been victimized by their own country, and the misleading information about these individuals is still circulating within the “intelligence” community even though it has been three years since it was identified as incorrect.
I spoke with Abdullah Al Malki on Friday, April 2nd and we discussed the details of his case and the awareness of Canadians about his story.
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On March 6, 2009 we spoke with Marcia Ramirez, Carlos Zorilla and their Canadian lawyer Murray Klippenstein. These Ecuadorian villagers were in Canada to generate awareness about the lawsuit they were launching against the Copper Mesa Mining Company and the Toronto Stock Exchange in response to the environmental devastation that had been reeked on their community as a result of the Canadian mining company’s actions.
In January of 2010 the Toronto Stock Exchange de-listed the Copper Mesa Company from the scrolls and the company lost 60% of its stock value over the next 48 hours. On March 25, 2010 the lawsuit against the Stock Exchange itself, as an enabler to the environmental devastation, proceeded with pre-trial hearings.
We spoke with lawyer Murray Klippenstien about the successes and challenges.
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Marei Spaola was member to a delegation of 18 Native and Xicana youth from the United States/Turtle Island that traveled to the Illegally-Occupied Territories in the summer of 2009 to connect with Palestinian youth.
He is part of the 7th Generation Indigenous Visionaries (7thGIV), a grassroots collective at Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas where he currently studies. – 14min45sec
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Retired Vancouver police officer Tony Smith discusses the work and mandate of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and the future of drug policy in Canada and the US – 22min48sec
Introduction from Canadian MP Libby Davies
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A discussion w/ Zbigniew Brzezinski – 26m35s
Michael Werbowski/Tariq Jeeroburkhan
Summary: A discussion with the former US National Security Adviser (1977-1981) assessing Barrack Obama’s first year of foreign policy actions.
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00 Fusion Opal – theme intro
02 show preview and greetings
-plug website www.fridaymorningafter.wordpress.com
-thank you to Dusty’s montroyal/parc for providing the breakfast
08 Weather w/ Margo
15 Canadian Headlines
-George Galloway to get his “Day in Court”
On March 19, 2009, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney used legal manipulation to prevent British Member of Parliament George Galloway from entering Canada. Galloway was to speak to Canadians about the humanitarian aid convoy to Gaza, and to speak about his opposition to the war in Afghanistan. Galloway had been invited to Canada by local peace coalitions, student unions and church groups.
On October 31, 2009, the Fedreal Court of Canada announced that it would hear a judicial review of the citizenship minister’s decision to prevent Galloway from entering Canada. The Court is expected to issue a final decision in January 2010.
The cost of the court case will involve a 20,000can$ bond. If you would like to help contribute to this bond which can set a precedent for the rights of free speech in Canada -
“Peace and Justice Committee”
Defend Free Speech Campaign
427 Bloor Street West, Box 13
Toronto ON M5S 1X7
-Federal Court Desicion to resind another security certificate
The Federal Court decided to rescind the security certificate imposed upon Syrian-born Toronto resident Hassan Almrei. Mr. Almrei was detained from October 2001 to January 2009 without charge, trial or conviction and has been living under severe bail restrictions since January.
This is the second security certificate that the Federal Court has judged to have been implemented without sufficient evidence, cause or merit. A September Federal Court ruling overturned the canadian gov’t security certificate imposed on Mr. Adil Charkaoui.
According to a CAIR-CAN press release, “This latest ruling only serves (to) reinforce (exposure of) the flawed nature of the security certificate process, namely, the lack of procedural fairness and respect for due process.”
-Mohamed Zeki Mahjoub wins his release from Canadian Dungeon
The Canadian government had been trying to deport Mohammed Mahjoub, 50, using their security certificate method, claiming he was a high-ranking member of an Egyptian Islamic terrorist organization.
Mahjoub had lost more than 50 pounds during his hunger-strike that began in June, 2009 to protest his jail conditions.
In a decision released Monday, Federal Court Justice Edmond Blanchard said Mohamed Zeki Mahjoub can leave a holding centre at Bath, Ont. Mahjoub’s new residence, to be pre-approved by authorities, will be monitored by surveillance cameras, and his outings, visitors and personal contacts will be closely regulated. He will not be allowed to use the Internet, his phone calls and mail will be intercepted. All this despite no valid proof from the government for their desire to clamp a security certificate on Mr. Mahjoub.
35 Letter from Maher Arar - December 11th, 2009 – Human Rights’ Day
My case reveals U.S. human rights sham
TODAY is Human Rights Day, but any gestures the United States makes in commemoration will come across as hollow to me.
A few weeks ago, seven federal judges told me I had no way to seek justice in American courts for being sent by U.S. officials to be tortured in Syria, where I spent nearly a year in a grave-like underground cell.
I was a victim of an “extraordinary rendition.” I was seized by U.S. officials while changing planes in September 2002 at the Kennedy International Airport on my way home to Canada, prevented from going to court and sent, over my protests, to a country where I knew I would be tortured.
Despite both the Syrian and Canadian governments finding I had no connection to terrorism whatsoever, I have still received no justice from the United States and have seen no change since President Obama took office.
Since I launched my lawsuit with the help of the Center for Constitutional Rights in 2004, many facts regarding my case have surfaced.
A public Canadian commission of inquiry exonerated me and found that Canadian officials gave the United States false information about me, for which the Canadian government apologized.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general found that immigration officials concluded I would likely be tortured if sent to Syria. But that decision was overridden — in fact, the inspector general could not rule out that I was sent to Syria in order to be interrogated by unlawful means. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act have confirmed the involvement of high-level U.S. officials. This information has left no doubt that my case was not a simple immigration matter, as the U.S. government has always proclaimed.
The significance of the dismissal of my case goes much beyond my inability to obtain justice. At the core of this dismissal is the credibility of the administration of justice in the United States.
Courts are supposed to ensure that no one is above the law and that the weak and vulnerable are protected. Yet U.S. courts have sided with the most powerful — the executive branch that modified the definition of torture to suit its purpose and used “national security” to justify sending people to be tortured.
The climate of fear and suspicion that the executive branch promoted has allowed it to obtain from the courts exactly what it wanted: to turn a blind eye to its above-the-law practices, all in the name of safeguarding the security of the nation.
The role of judges becomes a lot more important in times of crisis and calamities. They should ask themselves an important question: What would they have done if their son had been forced to go through the same injustice? Finally, I want Americans to know that the actions taken by some of your government officials have destroyed the lives of many innocent human beings.
I was a successful engineer before all this happened. I had enjoyed life and had dreams of building a successful career. Now I am still suffering from the scars of torture and the disgrace of being labeled a terrorist.
I was at least expecting an apology from your government. With this latest decision, my hope of getting that apology is fading away.
Until the U.S. government rectifies my case, and the cases of all those who were tortured by the previous administration, the celebration of Human Rights Day by the United States will be a sham.
Maher Arar is a Syrian-born Canadian citizen. He wrote this for Progressive Media Project, a source of liberal commentary on domestic and international issues; it is affiliated with The Progressive magazine.
57 8am warning and 8-9am preview
10 Michael Werbowski Presents
20 Michael Werbowski – preview the Interview with Zbig Brezinski (who he is, history, biography, etc)
- Hannukah Poem
25 Weekly Update into Afghanistan Situation
-Barack Obama is to set an ambitious timetable for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, with the first troops pulling out by July 2011. Therefore the analysis from this program and from independant observers throughout the world is correct. The co-ordination of troop withdrawl from Afghanistan is to be timed to coincide with Obama’s re-election campaign for 2012.
-Even CNN reported on Tuesday that this wait of two years before beginning withdrawl will be too long to maintain the US public’s support for the expenditure of US public resources in Afghanistan.
-Fears that the country is being sucked into a Vietnam-style morass are being justified by the actions of a US president who is willing to sacrifice the lives of US soldiers and Afghani Civilians for another two years. Not even to mention the lives of the soldiers of NATO “allies” like Canada who will be killing and being killed for another two years so that Obama can position himself to retain his hold on power at home. By timing the withdrawl of soldiers to coincide with his re-election campaign in 2012 the President of the US is showing the world, and hopefully his own citizens are seeing it as well, how he views the lives of his own soldiers and citizens as exploitable and expendable in order for his regime to retain its hold on power. Isn’t this precisilely the reason that the US claims to be in Afghanistan? to prevent Afghani leaders from exploiting their citizens’ lives to retain their power?
-Even after a NATO conference held in Brussels at the beginning of the month, NATO “allies” are still unwilling to unquestioningly support the US “War on Terror” by maintaining a military precesnce in Afghanistan. France, Germany and UK will hold their own conference at the end of January 2010 and are prepared to outline their own startegy, independant of the pressures and conveluted goals of the United States.
-As the US sees NATO support falling away as quickly as the countries in NATO are seeing their soldiers falling away, the US is trying to solicite the support of other, more non-traditional sources. In what can be seen as a sign of desperation, the US is appealing to the Russians and even the Chinese to support military interference in Afghanistan. The Russians have the experience with Afghanistan to know better, and the Chinese are where they are today, the country with the highest economic status in the world, precisely because the Chinese have not wasted their resources chasing pipedreams and bogeymen in foriegn enclaves. Canada should take note.
-One of the ironies of the situation is that throughout the entire Russian occupation of Afghanistan, the US and their “allies” decried the action as being a barbaric violation of human rights. Now the US is begging Russia to help them enforce the same barbaric violation of human rights, in the same place. Not only is Russia past that stage, the US’ NATO “allies” as well are begining to understand why they must stop focusing on foriegn countries and start focusing on domestic policies to strengthen their own quality of life, which is the true path to National Security.
-Matthew Hoh, a former Marine officer and State Department official who resigned in protest of the US administration’s Afghanistan policy in September, said that “Afghanis will fight harder as long as they are occupied by foriegn powers.” This means that by sending more soldiers to Afghanistan, Obama is strengthening the resistance. Mathhew Hoh said that “the only possibility of a resolution would be a sooner withdrawl, coupled with political negotiations to end the conflict”.
-The Afghani Parliment reinforced and validated Mathhew Hoh’s perception of the situation by on Tuesday announcing that they will not give a vote of confidence to any minister with dual citizenship. This clearly shows that the experience of the Afghani people over the last 30 years has been one that has taught them that Foriegners are untrustworthy and Afgahni parliment has backed up that perception.
-The UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan official website concides that even 8 years after the United States invasion, the quality of life of Afghanis has not improved. This is especially true for Afghani women, whose status has been used by the United states as a great justification for their invasion and occupation of a foriegn country. And as the UN reports, the US has done nothing for the women of Afghanistan over 8 years of occupation nor has Canada.
-As far as Canada is concerned, for all the horn-blowing of the Conservative government and all the unquestioned acceptance of this hot-air by the Canadian people, what is being discussed in Candian Parliment currently is not how the Taliban treat their prisoners, what is being discussed in Canadian Parliment is how Canadian security forces have mistreated Afghani prisoners and how canadian security forces have been involved in and had knowledge of the torture of Afghani detainees while Canada has done nothing about these crimes against humanity committed by canadians abroad.
30 Bike Report w/ Tom
40 There’s More to Life Than Hummus w/ Chef Ali Hassan
50 Community Listings
00 jazz amuck w/ John B.
A Discussion w/ Diana Bronson – 7min38sec
Member of ETC Group
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A Discussion w/ Vivien Carli – 9min56sec
Analyst – International Center for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC)
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A Discussion w/ Amy Goodman – 7min32sec
Host and Producer of DemocracyNow!
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An Interview w/ MP John McKay Scarborough/Guildwood – 12m01s
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An Interview with Rana Bose – 13m24s
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On Friday, June 1, Tariq spoke with Pierre Chastenais about the history and revival of Subbuteo, a table-top Soccer game. For more information on Subbuteo, please check out the following links.
The Canadian Subbuteo home page -http://subbuteo.ca/
Here you will find the advanced rules FISA used to have until 1993-94, before the creation of FISTF:
Within hours of Tony Blair’s announcement of troop withdrawals from Iraq, defence minister Des Browne confirmed that an extra 1,400 British troops were to be deployed in Afghanistan.
The decision was welcomed by Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, who applauded the government for committing extra resources to the “winnable” campaign in Afghanistan.
Yet the occupation of Afghanistan is far from winnable. Rather, it is fast approaching “breaking point”, with a collapse in support for the US-backed government and growing backing for the insurgency.
These are the findings of the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in a survey financed by USAID, an arm of the US government.
The report, entitled Breaking Point: Measuring Progress In Afghanistan 2007, is based on a wide ranging survey that includes thousands of interviews with ordinary Afghans and analysis of news stories and opinion polls.
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