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VANCOUVER - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's pledge to use pipelines to go greener raised a resounding 'WTF?" from environmentalists today.
About 150 gathered outside the Globe Leadership Summit to decry the PM's hedging on environmental promises, especially his comment that new pipeline revenue will be used to finance a transition to sustainable energy sources. For his part, Trudeau continued to make vague statements on carbon, those new pipelines and that "greener future."
The protest was organized by the Grassroots Climate Convergence in response to "Prime Minister Trudeau urging people to 'take an active part in' ensuring the success of the Paris Climate Agreement and "a bold climate strategy that creates just jobs, respects the rights of indigenous people, and tackles the climate crisis head on."
The organizers symbolically delivered a petition signed by 14,740 Canadians and a scroll with handwritten letters with demands from local communities.
“We are here to demand climate justice from Justin Trudeau and Catherine McKenna, to implement a swift and just transition to a low-carbon economy, and to respect the rights of indigenous people.” said community organizer Mary Lovell. “If this government is going to meet commitments like a 1.5 C climate limit, they have to take swift concrete action in and keep known fossil fuel reserves in the ground.”
And from Sheila North Wilson, Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak: "We shouldn’t have to beg for time with the prime minister. We should have time to speak with him on a nation to nation basis that he keeps talking about and we have yet to see that.”
Instead of focusing on nation-to-nation relationships, Trudeau is spending time strategizing with the premiers how to get pipelines built, those same ones that get approved through a process many many many First Nations say is broken.Trudeau's nation-to-nation promise? 404 Error, File Not Found. He fooled us and now he's dropped the punch-line: other things are way more serious for him, and the nation-to-nation relationship only matters when Canada likes what it's hearing. That's a cruel joke, dude. An indigenous expression fits here, one used to describe his father and many other white people (probably including my family): "Speaks with forked tongue." It means the person says something nice and fuzzy sounding, but really means something quite different and devious. Maybe Trudeau finds this amusing.
Or maybe, like most of us, he simply doesn't know about the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the Treaty at Niagara in 1764 as foundational pieces of the Dominion of Canada, or about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. There's something funny - in an endearing way - about ignorance, no? Except it's pretty obvious he knows what he's doing. After all, his father and Jean Chretien tried it almost 50 years ago to disastrous effect. But hey, "Comedy is tragedy plus time", right? Maybe generations from now people will look back at how Justin Trudeau tricked us and really ruined a great chance to turn this country around, and they'll laugh a hearty nervous laugh. He got us good. Real Change? It was an elaborate prank! He's a Harper in buckskin's clothing, holding the crowd captive to his sick and twisted comedy. - *To be completely honest, I think Trudeau as a person, deep down, really wants to see reconciliation and climate action, and is conflicted at the level of the soul. But in his position as PM he is being pushed forcefully by certain interests whose core business is in direct opposition to these aims, and he doesn't have the backbone to stand up to them. Until he does, it's fair game to call him out on broken promises and try to have a little laugh doing it. And also to build the biggest social movement this country has ever seen to make these essential changes happen.
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«Manifestation contre la politique de terreur de l'État turc
Appel à la solidarité avec le peuple et la résistance kurdes.
Contre les massacres de l'Etat Turc contre les Kurdes!
Mobilisons-nous pour dénoncer la politique turque de terreur et de guerre!
L'État turc est lancé depuis plusieurs semaines dans une campagne de terreur massive sur le territoire kurde. Sa police tue et arrête sans discrimination, ses soldats assiègent les villes kurdes et Ses bombes pleuvent sur le Rojava au mépris du Droit international. Sous le faux prétexte d'une guerre au terrorisme, la Turquie s'est engagé dans une éniéme tentative pour écraser toute forme de résistance sur son territoire. La lutte pour l'autodétermination du peuple kurde est la lutte de tous et toutes. Le Canada doit cesser son appui à la Turquie islma-conservatrice et appuyer la résistance kurde qui seule lutte contre l'EI.
Organisé par L'initiative Jeunes patriotes kurdes de Montréal.
Appuyé par le Comité Solidarité-Rojava Montréal.
Solidarité internationale !
La résistance kurde sera le tombeau du fascisme !»
The Constitutional Court rejects an apeal by the spanish Government amendments made by Xunta de Galicia in the Law of Mining 3/2008, which causes the company to lose the mineral rights concessions "Emilita 1221", "Ciudad de Landro 1454" and "Ciudad de Masma 1455" which were part of his main operating plan in the Bergantinos region (Corunna).
The legislation has ratified the court confirms that mineral rights can be denied by "insufficient proof of financial or technical capacity of the applicant" as happened to the canadian mining company Edgewater, whom the galician regional Government officially announced the cancellation of the project March 11, 2014 acting within the powers of the law 12/2014.
Now the Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of the Xunta de Galicia, noting that Article 28.3 of the Statute of Autonomy of Galicia regional government allows the execution of the law of the State in mining.
AN EXCELLENT RESULT FOR COMMUNITIES
Although the ruling is a setback for Edgewater, the company has announced that it will appeal to international arbitration to defend their interests, and that there are still pending a court decision in the High Court of Galicia for the cancellation of the mining project.
However, in practice, the Constitutional Court ruling ends aspirations of the company to develop its mining plan in the region of Bergantinos.
A TIME OF CELEBRATION
Of course, as could not be otherwise, Save Cabana Platform ("Plataforma Salvemos Cabana") welcomes this court ruling, which is a success of the galician society as a whole in the defense of the environment and public health, and want to show their appreciation to all those people, organizations and institutions that have supported the fight against the mining project since 2012. Because canceling the initiative in Corcoesto is a triumph of civil society, collective dignity, but above all a triumph of reason and common sense against the irrationality of markets and transnational economy.
VICTORIA - Poor Rich Coleman. Campers at Victoria's tent city on the grounds of the courthouse chose to ignore the provincial minister of housing's threats of eviction today and have a block party instead.
The campers were joined by about 45 solidarity supporters who crossed the Salish Sea from the mainland to join in the celebration and call for meaningful and permanent action on homelessness.
Some campers recently moved to limited shelter and transitional housing units in Victoria, but the tent city appears to still be growing with more than 100 tents crowding the site. Local reports say some campers are considering moving to another more secure location on public land.
The party included lots of food, music, speeches and drones hovering overhead.
February 19, 2016
We are writing this letter regarding the systematic problems surrounding the Algonquin Land Claim that is being administered by Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) and Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nations (APFN).
These are the two major flaws when the government accepted to enter into negotiations with APFN. One, the rights and title was not clearly established and the second is the determining factor who would be the beneficiaries at the beginning of the land claim. Both of these grave issues have set a president for ongoing dissension.
In 1983 APFN petitioned the Governor General claiming rights and title to the Ottawa valley and its tributaries. INAC agreed to negotiate for the Ontario side only as it was potentially overlapping with the Algonquins of Quebec. It is reasonable to say why other First Nations in Ontario and Quebec are claiming rights and title. Then, in 1992, Golden Lake First Nation (renamed Pikwakanagan), submitted their study of land use and occupation. The study did not prove ownership and thus, the non-status families had to be included due to their part of ownership. Not many Indigenous people signed on and numbers were very low. Ten communities were created and at this present time, there are around 7,700 enrolled members.
Chief Lance Haymond made some good points in the APTN’s article of February 11th, to add comments, in our in depth research on family and root/ancestors names; we found non aboriginal people attached to our root name on the voters list. As stated in AOO’s literature, it takes 125 Aboriginal people to make it a legal entity. Kijicho Manitou Madaouskarini /Bancroft community is in question as according to our count the aboriginal members don’t reach to 125. We have read and been informed how the verification process is very “stringent” when processing applications to be eligible for enrollment.
The criteria in the AIP, has changed dramatically from 1994. This criteria was based on Algonquin and Nipissing blood lines as both have rights and title. As it stands now, Nipissing are not mentioned but what is interesting, along with our Algonquin root names, our Nipissing root names, Kegico (Kijicho) Manitou and Dufond are used in the voters list. In the latest AIP, the meaning of words can be misconstrued but what stands out is the words declares him or herself Algonquin and can demonstrate a culture connection. Does this mean if one self declares they do not have to provide proof of lineage? To understand the terms, culture and community connection needs clarification. In the article, a statement on who will be accepted in the land claim is confusing. It says “the proposed modern day treaty takes on a more progressive view of Indigenous identity not tied to blood but whether culture and community ties were maintained over the last 200 years”. Is it based on blood ties with a progressive view and/or based on culture connections, blood quantum or section 35 of the Indian Act? First Nations and the non-status are not fighting amongst ourselves) as suggested. In fact, we are collaborating to have our voices heard. These questions could have been avoided with comprehensive consultation.
The perception is given to the media is the majority of Algonquin people are consulted and agree with the land claim, and this is not the case. Further, giving away our sacred lands such as Chaudière Falls is unacceptable and this has been expressed by First Nations in Ontario/Quebec, aboriginal communities and individuals. The definition of "consultation" is very vague. Pertinent information does not flow to the Algonquins at large nor does it flow to the Canadians who live in the settlement area. To reference the same article, “you don’t ignore non-status people.” Our struggle and great effort to have proper consultation and have the issues addressed has been ignored. Ignored by an institution that purports to represent all Aboriginal people whether enrolled in the land claim or not.
So this leads to the AIP that is about to be voted on. How can status or non-status make a decision without comprehensive consultation? By being referred to read Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) Tanakiwin website, does not give any more insight into what is being negotiated.
Our rights and title are being taken. We are being extinguished. Is this, what is referred to as an “historical land claim?”
This Algonquin land claim needs restructuring from the top to the bottom. We are asking the government to re-negotiate with the rightful owners the settlement land.
Jo-Anne GreenFiles attached to this post: aptn_article_feb._11.pdf
We’re the co-hosts of a Montreal-based podcast called Treyf (hat tip to CKUT 90.3FM). Every two weeks, we reflect on the political discussions that are happening (and not happening) in Jewish communities in North America. We will be posting the shows here as they’re released.
For a little context, we started the show out of a sense that existing Jewish media doesn’t adequately reflect the anti-colonial politics and leftist political orientation that informs our relationships to Jewishness.
On the most recent episode (13 :Mizrahi-Washing and Dave Zirin Returns!") we called Ilan Benattar from Jews for Racial and Economic Justice’s Mizrahi caucus to talk about a Tablet Magazine article and the concept of Mizrahi-washing. After some technical issues the first time around, Dave Zirin joined us for the interview, discussing Zionism and Palestine solidarity activism in the NBA. And finally, our recommendation went to the recent New York Times parody issue distributed by JVP/Jews Say No. We spoke to Beth Miller about the project.
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Warm Militant Greetings,
Sam and David
Liberté pour Abdullah Öcalan ! Lundi 15 février 2016, à l'occasion du révoltant 17e anniversaire de son arrestation, véritable acte de guerre contre la libération du peuple kurde et de leurs allié.e.s, un groupe de gens se sont regroupé à soi-disant «Ottawa» devant l'ambassade de Turquie pour demander sa libération.
There is the communique of that action
STATEMENT 15 FEBRUARY ANNIVERSARY
9 Şubat 2016
End the Turkish Government and ISIS’s War Against the Kurds
A century ago, the Sykes-Picot agreement of 16 May 1916 was signed between UK and France with the assent of Russia, setting the boundaries of the nations in the Middle East. Contrary to the will of the Kurdish people, Kurdistan as a nation was erased from the map and the Kurdish people were divided into four between Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Since then, the fundamental rights of the Kurds have been infringed upon and their existence has often been denied.
The PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and its leader Mr. Abdullah Öcalan became the focal point for resisting Kurds from 1978. Today, the PKK is the liberation movement for the Kurds built under the inspiring leadership of Öcalan. It is the Kurds who follow Öcalan who are best at defending people’s lives, democracy and humanitarian values against the attacks of ISIS. They have demonstrated this by their success in fighting the fascism of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
The Kurdish people’s leader has been incarcerated and tortured for 18 years
On 15 February 1999, Öcalan was abducted by Turkey in collusion with Western states. At this moment, the Turkish state is intensifying conditions of solitary confinement against the Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan. Nine months ago, Erdogan terminated the peace process negotiations with Öcalan, enforced complete isolation of Öcalan, and launched a new war against the Kurdish people.
Statements by Turkish President Erdogan such as: “He (Öcalan) will not be freed while I’m around”, “Either the Presidency, or chaos” and “A Presidency like that of Hitler’s” all signal a new strategy against Öcalan and the Kurdish people. He is now conducting massacres in full view of the international community against the innocent Kurdish civilians, activists fighting for democracy and the Kurdish Freedom Movement.
Turkey is continuing its repression of the Kurdish people through the new ‘annihilation plan’
From the 24th of July, 2015, the Turkish state has launched a dirty war against civilians in Kurdish cities and neighbourhoods. In the last 6 months, state security forces have killed 460 civilians in the country, most of them in Kurdistan. 84 of these were children and 79 were women. 300,000 civilians have been forcefully displaced. Kurdish towns such as Cizre, Sur and Silopi have been destroyed by Tanks, heavy artilleries and helicopters. Curfews have been enforces as the Turkish army embeds in cities and towns. Approximately 1.5 million people have been affected by this violence. The Turkish state is committing horrific atrocities comparable to those committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Shamefully, the Turkish government (AKP) has named this strategy “the annihilation plan”. This plan was actually launched on the 5th of April 2015 when the total isolation of Öcalan began. This war, which defies all international laws and norms, is a massacre aimed at destroying the struggle of the Kurdish people. The “annihilation plan” is targeting all those struggling for democracy and critical of Erdogan.
A CALL TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO UPHOLD INTERNATIONAL LAW
• The Kurdish people’s struggle for freedom and democracy represents humanity as opposed to the barbarism of the AKP/ISIS.
• The freedom of the Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan is the first step for peace and a solution to the Kurdish question.
• We call upon all international community to uphold international law and humanitarian values by demanding the release of Abdullah Öcalan, the lifting of siege of Kurdish cities, the cessation of military operations to protect the life and security of civilians.
The Dominion is a monthly paper published by an incipient network of independent journalists in Canada. It aims to provide accurate, critical coverage that is accountable to its readers and the subjects it tackles. Taking its name from Canada's official status as both a colony and a colonial force, the Dominion examines politics, culture and daily life with a view to understanding the exercise of power.