May 20, 2017 - No. 18
Canada Out of NATO!
Leaders Meeting Takes Up
U.S. Administration's Agenda for War
• Warmongers Should Not Be Permitted
Matters of War and Peace!
• Increased Military Spending for
- Charlie Vita -
• Foreign Minister's U.S.
Guide to Canadian Foreign Policy
- Enver Villamizar -
• Behind Defence Minister's Blunder
- Hilary LeBlanc -
• An Arms Agreement for War
- Tony Seed -
Canadians Uphold Cause
of Peace and Freedom
• Victory Day Marches Honour Sacrifice of
• Call for Fair and Independent
May 2, 2014 Massacre in Odessa, Ukraine
- Russian Congress of Canada -
• Nakba Day Actions Uphold
Palestinians' Right of Return and
Call to End the Occupation Now!
New Illegal U.S.
• Hands Off Syria! U.S. Troops Out
• U.S. Troop Buildup Against Ceasefire
Venezuelan Measures to
External Intervention and Counterrevolution
• National Constituent Assembly
Convened to Open
Peaceful Path to Progress
- Sam Heaton -
• Canada Works to Undermine
- Margaret Villamizar -
• About Venezuela's Constituent
• Venezuela Begins Withdrawal from
Organization of American States
• Economist Details Economic War on
Liberation of Puerto
Rican Independence Fighter
• Oscar López Rivera Is Free! All
Power to the People's Movements!
Opposition to U.S.
Provocations on Korean Peninsula
• New South Korean President
Pledges to Work for Peace and Stability
- Philip Fernandez -
• No to U.S. War Provocations
Against the Korean People!
Defend Peace on the Korean
- Communist Party of Canada
and the Korean Federation in Canada -
Background on Canada-Ukraine Defence Agreement
• A "Rich, Mutually Beneficial" Arms Trade
- Tony Seed -
Dismantle NATO! Get Canada Out of NATO!
Upcoming NATO Leaders Meeting Takes Up U.S.
Agenda for War
Ever since its founding in 1948 the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization (NATO) has been an aggressive military alliance. It
was established to block the striving of the peoples of Europe and the
world to establish governments which would provide their desire for
peace, freedom and democracy with a guarantee. Both militarily and
politically NATO's aim was to suppress the striving of the world's
peoples, led by communist and workers' parties following the Second
World War for sovereignty, genuine independence and socialism.
Soviet Union and people's democracies collapsed, instead of dismantling
NATO, the U.S. and other NATO powers sought its expansion beyond the
borders of the North Atlantic to force all the countries of Europe as
well as targeted "partners" around the world to submit to the hegemonic
striving of the U.S. superpower, systematically encircle Russia and
force regime change against all countries which uphold their sovereign
right to govern their own affairs.
Far from settling conflicts
through peaceful means, NATO is an instrument of choice to violate the
Charter of the United Nations and post-war arrangements which enforced
an international rule of law. It is wracked by contradictions as a
result of the striving of the big powers of Europe to advance their own
interests and thus, the U.S. imperialists are threatening them also
with dire consequences if they do not submit to U.S. nuclear blackmail.
The need for the world's people to dismantle NATO is
more urgent than ever, as is the need for Canadians to get Canada out
of NATO. The U.S. Trump administration is using the meeting of heads of
state and government of NATO member countries, to be held in Brussels,
Belgium on May 24 and 25, as the staging ground for its aggressive
plans to take over Europe and dominate Asia. Its plans reveal the grave
dangers which lie ahead for all humanity.
This will be the first international event attended by
war president Donald Trump and he is using the occasion to parade
his warmongering and threaten any who do not submit. Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau will also participate with announcements
of a "new defence policy" hatched behind the backs of Canadians
with arms producers and warmongers. The Trudeau government's
collaboration with the Trump administration while trying to
create a "humanitarian imperialist" counterweight within NATO is
evidence of the dangerous inter-imperialist contradictions within
the bloc. The interests Trump represents are out to "resolve"
these contradictions by imposing U.S. dictate in the most brutal
At this time, the U.S. is said to be focused on
ensuring NATO member states step up war preparations and military
spending, and for NATO to take a formal role in the "fight against
terrorism." NATO is expected to announce at or before the May 25
meeting that it is joining the U.S.-led "Global Coalition To Counter
ISIS." Many NATO members are already part of the Coalition,
however NATO is not officially. U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff Joseph Dunford suggested on May 17 that NATO should also take
over "training" of the Iraqi armed forces, which it had previously done
following the last U.S. invasion of Iraq.
"You might see NATO making a contribution to logistics,
acquisitions, institutional capacity building, leadership
schools, academies -- those kind of things," Dunford said.
In the lead-up to the NATO meeting, the U.S. is
expected to announce the deployment of up to 5,000 more soldiers to
Afghanistan, bringing the number to more than 11,000. Another 5,000
soldiers from NATO countries are part of the U.S. occupation, which has
been ongoing for 16 years. Media report that Britain will also send
additional soldiers. The troop deployment follows the U.S. use of a
weapon of mass destruction -- the so-called Mother of All Bombs --
against Afghanistan on April 13.
Days before the meeting,
media report that, according to White House officials, the U.S. will
threaten to leave the aggressive military bloc unless there are "faster
and more concrete developments" and instead "form a different way of
going about things."
The U.S. imperialists' dictum "you're either with us,
with the terrorists" is again the rallying cry, with its
overwhelming dominance of the nuclear arsenal within NATO as the
bargaining chip. Likewise, in a press conference on May 16, U.S.
ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley declared, "You
either support North Korea, or you support us." In that regard,
surrounding the NATO meeting are other international visits in
which the U.S. is calling for unity behind it in its warmongering
against Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria and others.
The NATO summit will be followed by a G7 Leaders'
Summit in Taormina, Italy, May 26 to 27.
Leading up to the NATO meeting, U.S. President Trump is visiting Saudi
Arabia, Israel (via the first-ever direct flight from Saudi Arabia) and
Vatican City (as part of a trip to "reaffirm America's global
Trump's National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster stated,
trip is truly historic. No President has ever visited the
homelands and holy sites of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim
faiths all on one trip. And what President Trump is seeking is to
unite peoples of all faiths around a common vision of peace,
progress, and prosperity. He will bring a message of tolerance
and of hope to billions, including to millions of Americans who
profess these faiths."
"He will encourage our Arab and Muslim partners to take
new steps to promote peace and to confront those, from ISIS to al
Qaeda to Iran to the Assad regime, who perpetuate chaos and
violence that has inflicted so much suffering throughout the
Muslim world and beyond," McMaster said.
McMaster said that at the
G7 meeting in Italy, Trump will
"promote American economic leadership and also address unfair
trade practices. He will remind our friends and partners that we
are eager to explore further ways to address threats to our
mutual security, from North Korea to Afghanistan to the broader
According to media, in Saudi Arabia at a meeting of
regional heads of state on May 21 the U.S. will propose a new formal
military bloc of Arab countries under U.S. leadership, a so-called
"Arab NATO." According to reports, early members would be Saudi Arabia,
the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan. The grouping would take up
a crusade against countries in the region that are resisting U.S.
domination, such as Syria and Iran.
A 10-year U.S.$110 billion arms agreement between the
U.S. and Saudi Arabia was announced on May 20, including warships,
THAAD missile defence systems, armoured vehicles, missiles, bombs and
munitions, media report.
TML Weekly vigorously denounces this NATO
well as the G7 meeting and adds its voice to those of the
thousands of people who are expected to protest these events.
No to NATO! No
to the G7!
All Out to Dismantle NATO!
Get Canada Out of NATO!
1. A backgrounder on Canada and
the G7 from Global Affairs
Canada indicates that Canada will host the 2018 G7 Leaders Summit,
although no date or place has been announced. G7 Summits normally take
place in May or June.
Canada's Defence Policy Review
Warmongers Should Not Be Permitted to
Decide Matters of
The Trudeau war government is expected to announce a
"new defence policy" on June 7, following the NATO leaders summit. The
policy is said to be the result of consultations with "stakeholders,"
which refers to the U.S. Department of Defense, arms manufacturers and
academics whose specialty is conducive to Canada's war aims in the
service of the U.S. striving to control Europe and dominate Asia.
According to government ministers, the new policy will increase
military spending to address the longstanding U.S. complaint that
Canada is not sufficiently contributing to war preparations.
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) calls
on Canadians to denounce this "new defence policy" and the fraudulent
"Defence Review" consultations in which the people play no part except
as cannon fodder in the U.S-led wars of aggression and to foot the
bill. Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan went so far as to
announce on May 15 that the release of the "new defence policy" will
follow the upcoming meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels, Belgium, and
after Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland speaks in the House
of Commons on "Canada's foreign policy foundation." Freeland is also
expected to announce a new Canadian military deployment for a "peace
operation," based on this "foundation," media report.
The U.S. administration has already been provided with
Canada's new policy, according to unnamed Canadian officials. On
May 15, after announcing the delay, Sajjan and Freeland flew to
Washington, DC for meetings with U.S. Secretary of Defense James
Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
During the Defence Policy Review's consultation phase,
the fundamental issues of Canada's membership in NATO and NORAD were
not up for review despite these being fundamental to Canada's foreign
policy and the role it plays in international affairs. It focused on
whether the military is "properly" equipped, not its aim. In this it
followed the pattern established by
the Chrétien Liberals in 1994/95 when they conducted a review of
defence policy but did not question Canada's membership in NATO
and NORAD. Since then, subsequent governments have all been war
governments which have systematically placed Canada's military
under the direct control of the U.S. military and intelligence
agencies and U.S. war aims. In this regard, the current review is
also expected to reverse Canada's previous decision to not
participate in the U.S. ballistic missile defence program or
allow U.S. missile batteries in Canada.
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) calls
working people and youth to oppose Canada's participation in war
preparations. The U.S. striving for world domination is
sharpening the inter-imperialist contradictions to an
unprecedented level. While the U.S. thinks it can establish a tri-polar
balance of power between itself, Russia and China, it does so by
wielding its nuclear arsenal as its negotiating tool. No to U.S.
nuclear blackmail! No to establishing a missile defence shield on
Get Canada Out of NATO!
Dismantle NATO and NORAD!
1. The "new policy" was originally
to be announced in December but has been delayed a number of
Increased Military Spending for What?
Canada's 2017-2018 federal budget allotted $19.3
to fund the armed forces, as well as another $40 billion for
near-term procurement of U.S.-made fighter jets and Canadian-made
warships. Military spending made up six per cent of budget
expenditures or 18 per cent including procurement. The budget
noted that despite itself, the new "defence policy" the Liberals
will soon announce could result in increased military spending at
any time. Minister of Transport Marc Garneau commented on the
forthcoming policy saying that "when we call upon our military to
go into troubled spots, into war areas, we need to properly
It is in fact the demand of
the U.S. Trump administration that all NATO member states increase
their defence spending to amount to two per cent of the country's gross
domestic product. Canada presently spends just less than one per cent,
and to meet this demand will more than double annual military spending.
The Trudeau government's position has been to agree with the two per
cent requirement in "principle" while arguing that other expenses
besides the upkeep of the armed forces should be considered as
contributions to this number. Now, complying with U.S. demands without
question is what the "new defence policy" will be all about.
The Canadian Armed Forces are made up of approximately
119,000 personnel in the various branches. This includes active duty
personnel, reservists, rangers and supplementary reserves. All of the
$40 billion-plus for procurement in this budget year and after will go
to huge private arms providers which push stepped-up war spending in
Canada and around the world in line with the Trump administration's
demand that other NATO countries and U.S. "allies" should "pay their
fair share." These arms monopolies are the same merchants of death
consulted as "stakeholders" in the Defence Policy Review.
Canada is currently involved in 30 known active
missions around the world. In Canada this includes search and
rescue, domestic surveillance, "sovereignty patrols" in the
Arctic, support for drug-related police operations and enforcing
Overseas, Canada has navy vessels patrolling the
with Operation CARIBBE and soldiers in the UN occupation of
Haiti. Canadian soldiers are part of NATO missions in Kosovo,
Poland and Latvia and a UN mission in Cyprus. Canada also
intervenes directly in the civil war in Ukraine by supplying arms
and training fascist militias. Canada is part of UN missions in
the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of South
Sudan and also provides airlifts for French military equipment
and personnel in various African countries. It is involved in six
military missions in the Middle East, including maritime
operations in the Arabian Sea, support for the "United States
Central Command Headquarters" in various countries and Operation
IMPACT, Canada's component of the U.S.-led military intervention
in Iraq and Syria.
According to available information, Canada operates
three overseas military bases called "Operational Support Hubs:" at the
Köln-Bonn Airport in Germany for Europe; in Kuwait for the Middle
East; and in Kingston, Jamaica for Latin America and the Caribbean. The
Canadian Armed Forces says it maintains these installations "because
they offer flexibility and cost-efficient ways to launch and sustain
international operations and respond to crises, such as natural
disasters, in a timely manner."
Far from contributing to
peace and security internationally or defence against foreign
aggression, Canada's military is deployed according to the needs of
U.S. imperialism in its striving for world domination and its
contention with other big powers. At this time, hysteria about "Russian
aggression" and "North Korean missile tests" are main pretexts for
these increased war preparations as well as the encirclement of Russia
and the military occupation of the countries on its frontiers as well
as Japan and south Korea.
Canadians' desire for peace, freedom and democracy
require a new and modern constitution in which Canadians are empowered
to establish an anti-war government which gets Canada out of NATO and
NORAD, withdraws all its troops and special forces from aggressive
foreign missions and demands that all U.S. troops go home. Canada must
formally and irrevocably prohibit Canadian military involvement in wars
of aggression abroad and repression at home, as well as "training" and
"peacekeeping" missions which have also been shown to serve aggressive
aims, and ban any foreign troops or military equipment in Canada.
The demand for more arms spending and stepped-up
military intervention abroad comes at a time when more and more
Canadians see Canada's military as annexed to the U.S. war machine.
Canadians can play an important role by refusing to have public monies,
military forces, finished goods and raw materials especially oil and
gas to be used to strengthen the U.S. military. Handing public money
over to private monopolies that are actively engaged in military
production and war preparations closely connected with U.S. imperialism
goes against the public good. Serious consideration must be given to
cutting all contact with U.S. military research and development as well
as ending Canada's military annexation within Fortress North
America under U.S. Northern Command.
Foreign Minister's U.S. Guide
to Canadian Foreign
While Canada's "new defence policy" will be released
following a speech of Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland on
Canada's foreign policy, the source of this foreign policy can be found
in the private U.S. interests in whose circles she operates. Freeland's
family links to Ukrainian Nazi collaborators during the Second World
War continue today in the form of her own links within the highest
levels of the U.S. imperialist military and intelligence agencies, who
are responsible for the worst crimes against humanity.
On April 22, Freeland introduced a panel entitled "Victims of Putin's
Aggression" at an event hosted by the pro-war "McCain Institute for
International Leadership," named after John McCain, head of the U.S.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Called the "Sedona Forum," its role
is to recruit, finance, train and then deploy "mid-career
professionals" in government, academia and sport in the service of the
U.S. and NATO military and security agencies. The Forum is a mechanism
to link these agents of imperialism with their patrons. The aim of the
panel Freeland introduced was to paint Russia as the main enemy of
freedom and democracy in the world today and thus justify the
collaboration with present-day Nazis in Ukraine, terrorist forces in
Syria, the NATO encirclement of Russia and military aggression in the
name of limiting Russia's influence in various parts of the world. All
of it is to cover up the nature of the freedom and democracy which
Freeland and the ruling imperialist elite she is linked with champion
A main preoccupation of the
2017 Sedona Forum was to give a podium to those it called "Victims of
Putin's Aggression," as well as work out what to do about Russia and
relations with China following the election of Donald Trump.
In this context the forum also took up the issue of the intentions of
the Trump administration and, specifically, whether or not it has an
"interest" in dealing with Syria and in particular what should be done
about the Syrian government. There was also discussion of the "forces
behind populist movements in Europe and the United States" with
emphasis on the UK as well as the question of "information warfare."
In one panel, warmongering former Secretary of State
Henry Kissinger spoke on U.S. relations with China. Two key panels of
the event were billed as a "conversation" between John McCain and U.S.
President Trump's National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, on
"global challenges, solutions and the role of American leadership" and
a panel "Syria: the Road Ahead" with McCain, and Retired U.S. General
David Petraeus. McCain has been openly critical of Trump, in particular
before the April 7 U.S. attack on Syria, but effusive about his pro-war
cabinet members and advisors.
Freeland's office claimed she participated in the
private forum in her official capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs. This was a matter of
with the U.S. to "advance democracy, human rights and national
security," Global Affairs Canada said. This tells Canadians what kind
of foreign policy the Trudeau government is pursuing.
1. Military and Security
participating included: Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, National Security
Advisor to President Donald Trump; Nadia Schadlow, Deputy
Assistant to the President National Security Strategy; Curtis
Scaparrotti, Commander of U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme
Allied Commander Europe; Harry Harris, Commander of U.S. Pacific
Command; Richard Zahner, Retired Lieutenant General U.S. Army;
David H. Petraeus, CIA director under President Obama, Henry
Kissinger, Secretary of State under Richard Nixon and National
Security Advisor under Gerald Ford; Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime
Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Republic
of Singapore, amongst others.
2. Aside from Freeland, the
were introduced by what are called "Next Generation Leaders."
Venezuela - The
institute says Hernández managed the Democratic Unity Roundtable
team in Venezuela and "developed and executed the communications
strategy that led to the MUD which
achieved a majority in the [Venezuelan] National Assembly." The
MUD was the mechanism used by the
U.S.-backed opposition to
bring together all those factions who could be united in favour of
regime change in Venezuela.
Esra Assery, Saudi Arabia - Los Angeles-based
entrepreneur of Saudi origin.
Rosie Gomez, United States - Senior Policy
Trafficking Prevention in the Trump Administration on Children,
Youth and Families in the United States Department of Health and
Mira Koroma, Sierra Leone - National Head of
Family Support Police Unit in Sierra Leone. Her bio on the McCain
Institute site says she provided "support for international
crises such as the Ebola outbreak throughout Sierra Leone in
2014-2015 and after the Haitian earthquake in 2013.
Panels at this year's
- Victims of Putin's
- Russia: Response Required;
- Global Threats;
Leadership in Action;
- NATO 3.0;
- Syria: The Road Ahead;
View from Asia;
- Secretary [Henry] Kissinger on China;
- The Sedona Humanitarian Focus -- The Fight
Against Human Trafficking;
- Hacking the Conversation: Beyond
- Fake Facts;
- Leadership in Sports.
Behind Defence Minister's Blunder
It is now an established fact that Defence Minister
Sajjan lied in a speech he delivered in New Dehli on April 18 to
the Observer Research Foundation, said to be a "security
think-tank." Speaking to "a gathering of security experts," as
the media refer to private contractors of various dubious sorts
and their representatives, Sajjan said that "on my first
deployment to Kandahar in 2006, I was the architect of Operation
Medusa where we removed 1,500 Taliban fighters off the
battlefield ... and I was proudly on the main assault." The description "was
'a bald-faced lie' by a retired Canadian officer familiar with
the planning done for Operation Medusa in the late summer and
fall of 2006. Other officers who served in Afghanistan expressed
similar anger and disappointment in Sajjan's speech," news
Sajjan then issued a statement on April 27 to "clarify"
he meant. "What I should have said was that our military
successes are the result of the leadership, service and sacrifice
of the many dedicated women and men in the Canadian Forces," he
said. "I regret that I didn't say this then, but I want to do so
now," he said. "Every military operation our Forces undertook in
Afghanistan, including Operation Medusa, relied on the courage
and dedication of many individuals across the Canadian Forces. My
comments were in no way intended to diminish the role that my
fellow soldiers and my superiors played in Op Medusa," he
All of it serves to divert attention from the fact
that the invasion of Afghanistan by the U.S. with the support of Canada
and other NATO countries -- the International Security Assistance Force
(ISAF), under the hoax of catching the perpetrators of the 9/11
terrorist attack in New York, was an outrageous, illegal and brutal
fraud and continues to be so to this day. The U.S. invasion continues
to be defended even though it was no more than an attempt to establish
U.S. hegemony in Central Asia to gain the upper hand against Russia and
China as well as keep Iran in check and the other big powers of Europe
under U.S. dictate.
Post writes that it "was Canada's biggest combat
since the Korean War, and it is still widely regarded as the biggest
set battle of NATO's long war in Afghanistan. At the time Sajjan was a
reservist major serving as a liaison officer with Task Force Kandahar.
It would be highly unusual for majors from the reserves to be the
architects of large combat operations. Such duties in Afghanistan were
the responsibility of generals and colonels in staff positions at
headquarters in Kandahar, Kabul and Ottawa and of battalion commanders
in the field."
As far as the military officers contradicting Sajjan's
account of who designed Operation Medusa, it shows how sharp the
contradictions are within the state agencies when everyone speaks
to the media without regard for command structures.
"Making a statement like that is completely contrary to
our military ethos," said a former soldier who called Sajjan's remarks
"a bald-faced lie." Other retired officers, who expressed similar
sentiments, said they spoke on condition that their names not be used
because they are still involved in various military projects," the
"During his first of three tours in Afghanistan,
whose civilian job at the time was as a police officer in
Vancouver, gathered intelligence about the enemy, and was not
part of the command's decision-making process, the former
This is part of the factional fighting taking place
within the U.S. and worldwide between so-called neo-cons and so-called
leftist humanitarian imperialists of the Trudeau, Obama and Clinton
Praising Canadian actions in Afghanistan will not erase
from people's minds that the U.S. just dropped a super bomb in
Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan. This not only caused the
death of many civilians and destruction but served to threaten Pakistan
and, beyond that, Iran and other countries, with the use of lethal
weapons, including nuclear weapons. Diversionary propaganda was also
published on Sajjan's trip to India, where he paraded like a Raj in
Punjab, to pursue nefarious objectives on behalf of the Anglo-American
1. The story about Op Medusa which is
said to have become "famous in Afghan lore" is now also
unravelling. The media write that "it was the first and last time
that Taliban forces massed in their hundreds and perhaps
thousands for a battle. Because they were badly outgunned by ISAF
forces, the Taliban usually chose to fight in small skirmishes.
These often consisted of ambushes that began after homemade
landmines were set off under Canadian vehicles or when Canadians
went out on foot patrols.
"Although no final Taliban death tally was released,
have been estimates that as many as 1,500 enemy fighters died
during the battle. More recently there have been claims that the
number of Taliban who died during Operation Medusa was
considerably less than that."
2. "Sajjan retracts claim he was 'architect' of
Canada's biggest combat operation in Afghanistan,"
Matthew Fisher, National Post, April 27, 2017.
Canada-Ukraine Defence Agreement Signed
An Arms Agreement for War
On April 3, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and
Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak announced the signing of the
Canada-Ukraine Defence Cooperation Arrangement. The agreement
reportedly increases mutual co-operation in the areas of military
policy, education, military research and development, as well as
Sajjan stated that the
signing "shows Canada's steadfast
commitment to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. It strengthens
the ties between our two nations and helps us continue to develop
our rich, mutually beneficial relationships. Canada remains fully
committed to providing assistance to Ukraine, helping to preserve
and protect its sovereignty through Operation UNIFIER, and to
supporting the implementation of key reforms."
For his part, General Poltorak, previously the
commander of the Internal Troops of Ukraine and the National Guard of
Ukraine that was hastily formed in March 2014 following the coup
d'état of February that year, then began a program of "meeting
members of parliament and Senators and touring Canadian Armed Forces
facilities such as Canadian Forces Base Petawawa," a Department of
National Defence (DND) release states. The plethora of meetings
included Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance and "defence
Details of the agreement are virtually secret.
Bilateral agreements are generally not subject to parliamentary
scrutiny in Canada. They are subject to the Royal Prerogative and are
not agreements that Parliament is allowed to vote on, hence they are
not transparent. This one was not even discussed in Parliament even
though it concerns questions of peace and war.
Instead, the arms agreement is
treated as a private matter between selected MPs and the military
forces and arms monopolies of Canada and Ukraine.
The United States and Ukraine already signed a similar
agreement on September 8, 2016 on the basis of which the U.S. set up
its Defence Reform Advisory Board within the Ukrainian Ministry of
Defence under the command of retired Gen. John Abizaid, former
commander of U.S. Central Command. This subversive agency now includes
a former DND deputy minister, Jill Gilmore. Canada is among the handful
of NATO countries already arming and training the military and police
forces of the coup government in Kiev yet, according to CBC, Ukraine is
demanding more which is hardly news. CBC cites a briefing prepared for
Sajjan last year that says Canada has seen from Ukraine a "large volume
of requests for military assistance."
The latest such example was the visit to Canada of
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the first Prime Minister of Ukraine's 2014 coup
government who on May 18 met with Foreign Affairs Minister
Freeland and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. Yatsenyuk publicly
called for Canada to provide attack drones and anti-tank weapons, among
Ukrainian ministers are going back and forth to U.S.,
Canada and Europe in order to get IMF loans and credits, to sign
contracts for modern technological equipment, to conclude
technical-scientific agreements. It is auctioning off its rich
resources, including in agriculture; fracking for strategic natural gas
or oil in the Black Sea, large resources of which are already known or
may be discovered there; and the exploitation of its own labour power.
Its developed arms industry is on the auction block. They are openly
begging Canada and the NATO bloc for modern lethal weapons of greater
firepower and range for its armed forces, especially for urban combat,
and to get a leg up in the global arms trade, this time as the
"partner" of NATO.
Ukraine's armed forces consist not only of regular
Ukrainian troops but irregular battalions financed by oligarchs
consisting of neo-Nazis, U.S. and other private military forces, and
ex-Israel Defense Force personnel.
These weapons are in
addition to those already being supplied by DND since August 2014 to
combat the Donbass republics for what it calls "Russian aggression."
Canada has supplied the coup government with some $18 million in just
two years for what it perversely calls "non-lethal weapons." In
parallel, it assists so-called NGOs such as Armiya (Army) SOS, which
has been granted charitable status and openly delivers lethal weapons
to the frontline fascist militias integrated into the National Guard of
Ukraine, as even the media admits. There are credible reports of
clandestine shipments of arms from NATO countries, including Canada,
and that NATO has supplied the Kiev regime with deadly cluster bombs
that are being used against the civilian population of the Donbass
region of eastern Ukraine. and those who refuse to accept the
legitimacy of the Ukrainian government established through a coup
d'état. According to the Poroshenko government and the media,
what is decisive to settling the conflict in Ukraine are the quality
and firepower of modern weapons and not politics, the justice of the
cause, the rule of law or the principles of international law.
CBC further reports in an equivocal manner that Global
Affairs studied a request from the former Harper government in
order to leave its hands free as to "whether to add Ukraine to
Canada's automatic firearms country control list, which would
allow Canadian exporters to sell the country so-called prohibited
The bright minds of Global Affairs Canada "studied the
request and conducted consultations for almost two years without
coming to a conclusion." This clumsy guile is an inadvertent
confession that the "prohibited weapons" demanded are not for
defensive purposes, are not "under civilian control," and leaves
in the shade what are the "prohibited weapons" and which forces
would actually be using the "prohibited weapons" -- and against
This is scandalous. It is deceit, nonsense and an
all Canadians. The defence agreement is a means to further turn
Ukraine into a place d'armes, while accelerating the
militarization of the socialized economy of Canada for the profit
of huge, private, mainly U.S.-owned arms monopolies.
An arms agreement with a government that openly
it is at war is tantamount to a declaration by Ottawa that it too
is a belligerent on one side of a civil conflict that is arming
itself at a feverish space, devoting almost six per cent of its
national budget to the military.
Since 1993, thousands of U.S., British and Canadian
troops and police have been deployed to Ukraine to train its armed
forces as well as to mount joint infantry and naval exercises. At the
same time the Trudeau Liberal government talks about "political
dialogue," peace, an adherence to the Minsk Accords (which in fact
prohibit foreign soldiers on Ukrainian soil), and a Ukraine "on the
path to democracy" in the comic opera of Chrystia Freeland.
The arrangements for a new arms agreement together with
its extension of military training for another two years indicate this
demagoguery is deception: the Trudeau government is not prepared to
participate in political negotiations to put an end to that war, a war
that has brought suffering to millions of Ukrainians. All the
justifications of these empire-builders amount to pragmatic assertions
of any means to the end and must not pass.
Hands Off Ukraine!
1. See Sam Heaton, "Undisclosed
Canada-Ukraine Defence Cooperation Agreement," TML Weekly,
March 25, 2017, No. 10.
2. Murray Brewster, "Defence deal could
open the door to weapons sales to Ukraine," CBC News, April 5,
3. On March 10, 2017, TASS reported a
statement from Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria
Zakharova who said, "according to the information that we have,
Canada has begun to supply the Ukrainian military with ammunition
that is sure to be delivered to the conflict zone."
Canadians Uphold the Cause of Peace and
Victory Day Marches Honour Sacrifice
of Anti-Fascist Fighters
Toronto, May 6, 2017
May 9, 2017 marked 72 years since the anti-fascist front
of the peoples, with the communists, resistance movements and the
Soviet Union at the head, achieved victory over Nazi-Fascism in Europe.
At midnight, Moscow time on May 9, 1945 Germany signed its
unconditional surrender to the Allied powers in Berlin. Since then, May
9 has been celebrated in the former Soviet Union and around the world
as Victory Day to honour those who fought and sacrificed their lives to
contain fascism and to repeat humanity's call of Never Again!
Ottawa, May 9, 2017
This year, Canadians held events in several cities,
including Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver, to pay
tribute to the anti-fascist fighters. The rallies and parades are known
as the March of the Immortal Regiment, in which participants bring
portraits of relatives or others who took part in the anti-fascist war
to honour their contribution. The marches began in 2012 in Tomsk,
Russia. Another 120 cities and towns participated the following year
and millions of people have taken part in subsequent years in Russia
and other former Soviet republics and around the world.
May 9, 2017 march in Volgograd, Russia (formerly Stalingrad),
where one of the war's decisive battles took place.
More than 25 million Soviet citizens were killed during
the war and
countless more suffered terrible injuries. Millions also took part in
the resistance movements throughout Europe and Asia. More than 1.1
million Canadians served in the armed forces during WWII, more than
44,000 lost their lives and 54,000 were wounded. Contingents from the
Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) participated in this
year's Victory Day rallies to honour the
sacrifice of the peoples and oppose the stepped-up war preparations of
the U.S. imperialists and their allies today.
Montreal, May 9, 2017
In Montreal, hundreds marched carrying portraits, Soviet
flags, banners and a giant ribbon of Saint George (used in high
military decorations in Russia and the Soviet Union) ending at Cabot
Square with speeches. A plane flew overhead trailing a ribbon of Saint
George emblazoned with the words "May 9 -- Victory Day."
In Ottawa, participants marched to the Canadian War Museum for a
program of speeches and music. A delegation from the embassy of the
Russian Federation in Ottawa participated with portraits of their own
Ottawa, May 9, 2017
A rally and march was held on May 6 in Toronto, with
hundreds converging at Yonge and Dundas before marching to the war
memorial at Old City Hall. The event also commemorated the third
anniversary of the Odessa Massacre, in which more than 100 people were
killed at the Trade Unions House in Odessa, Ukraine on May 2, 2014 by
fascist criminals backed by the coup regime in Kiev.
Toronto, May 6, 2017
In Vancouver, two days of events were held, with a
rally on May 6
at the Vancouver Art Gallery followed by an evening concert, and a
march the next day at the All Saints Monastery in Dewdney, east of
Vancouver, May 6, 2017
Dewdney, May 7, 2017
Millions more marched in countries of the former Soviet
around the world.
Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2017
Riga, Latvia, May 9, 2017
Odessa, Ukraine, May 9, 2017
Kiev, Ukraine, May 9, 2017
Call for Fair and Independent Investigation of
May 2, 2014
Massacre in Odessa, Ukraine
Dear Member of Parliament,
In the commemoration of the third anniversary of the
events in Odessa on May 2, 2014, the Russian Congress of Canada
(RCC) remembers those who fell victim to the violence of
right-wing Ukrainian radicals and draws attention to the failure
of Ukrainian authorities to properly investigate and prosecute
the culprits. RCC calls upon the Canadian government to exercise
its influence on official Kyiv so that the investigation [can] be
brought to a conclusion, the truth be known and justice served in
this, one of the darkest pages of recent Ukrainian history.
On May 2, 2014, Odessa
became a place of tragedy. Dozens of
people died in the outbreak of violence against citizens of the
city and surrounding region who did not support the "Euromaidan"
regime change in Kyiv ten weeks earlier. Protesters set up a tent
camp on Kulikovo Pole square in the centre of Odessa as a place
of peaceful gathering. They were collecting signatures for a
proposal to conduct an all-Ukrainian referendum on
decentralization of Ukraine's central government powers and
recognition of Russian as the second official language of the
country. These demands have always been shared by the people of
southern and eastern Ukraine, who historically, culturally, and
linguistically have been close to Russia. However, successive
governments in post-Soviet Union Ukraine have never agreed to
Kulikovo Pole became the centre of anti-Maidan
activists. Odessa city and the region were split over support of
Euromaidan, with pro and anti-Euromaidan marches and public rallies
taking place throughout February-April 2014. On May 2, hundreds of
football ultras, known for their support of right-wing Ukrainian
nationalism, arrived in Odessa on buses to attend a match. Members of
extremist, paramilitary 'self-defence' units of Euromaidan from various
Ukrainian cities also arrived to Odessa that day. They joined with
local football ultras and paramilitaries to organize a march for [the]
unity of Ukraine through the centre of the city. The Anti-Maidan
activists organized their groups in central Odessa. The two sides came
into conflict and police did little to prevent the violence that
erupted. Six people died in clashes, and many more were injured.
By 6:30 pm, nationalist ultras reached the Kulikovo
square. They attacked and burned the camp down, using Molotov
cocktails, cobblestones and firearms. They beat the Kulikovo camp
activists with baseball bats and chains. The activists took
refuge in the House of Trade Unions close to the camp. The
right-wing radicals encircled the building and set it on fire,
trapping activists inside. Some of those inside tried to escape
the fires by fleeing to the roof of the building. From there,
some were eventually rescued. Others jumped from the windows on
the second and third floors. Some of those were then beaten to
death by the gathered extremists. Inside, many were burned alive
or died from suffocation.
According to official statistics, 42 people died in the
in the Trade Unions House on May 2. However, the number of
victims was most likely over a hundred, according to relatives
and witnesses. Many survivors were seriously injured. Some of
them were taken to hospitals but did not stay there. Relatives
took them away, fearing that they would be killed by extremist
vigilantes. Others did not even go to hospitals out of fear of
being reported to authorities and arrested. Some of the survivors
died of injuries.
The massacre occurred under the eyes of the police who
observing but did not intervene because, police officials later
said, they had "no orders" to act. Police superiors were
attending an unscheduled meeting which had been called by higher
authorities and lasted several hours. The fire brigade, located
within 0.5 km [of] the Trade Unions House, received numerous
calls for assistance but it took them 45 minutes to arrive.
Ukrainian authorities launched five separate
of the Odessa massacre -- by the General Prosecutor, by the
Ministry of Interior, by a special Parliamentary Commission, by
the Ukrainian Ombudsperson and by the police department in
Odessa. None of these investigations have been concluded. Almost
all of those who have been arrested in relation to the May 2
events and currently face criminal charges belong to the
federalist, anti-Maidan camp. They are all accused under
identical charges of "causing mass disorder" instead of being
individually charged with specific offenses. None of the
right-wing nationalists responsible for the murders at the Trade
Union House have been charged. As late as March 24, 2017, the
EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee was still
demanding "further progress in the investigations into the crimes
committed during the Euromaidan protests and the violence in
Odessa of 2 May 2014, in order to bring to justice those
responsible without delay."
Three years after these tragic events, it is clear that
Ukraine's authorities intentionally impede the progress of
investigations. The prosecution has been unable to produce any
convincing evidence against the accused federalists and
supporters of Ukraine's friendly relations with Russia. Numerous
legal and procedural violations have been observed during the
proceedings. On a number of occasions, right-wing extremists
broke into courtrooms during proceedings, threatened judges,
defense lawyers and families of the defendants and physically
assaulted them. In several cases, judges recused themselves from
the investigation for fear of nationalist reprisals. Documentary
evidence has been tampered with. The investigation has been
sabotaged at the highest level of Ukraine's Ministry of
Ukrainian authorities clearly lack the will to bring
investigations to conclusion for one simple reason -- the same
people and institutions that bear responsibility for the Odessa
tragedy are in charge of investigating it. The International
Advisory Panel of the Council of Europe concluded in November
2015 that the Ukrainian government had failed to properly
investigate and prosecute those responsible for the violent
clashes in Odessa on May 2, 2014. The European experts found that
Ukraine's investigations into the "mass disorders" in the city
centre, the fire in the Trade Unions House and the conduct of the
State Emergency Service staff in response to the fire lacked
institutional and practical independence.
The Ukrainian government's failure to identify and
the perpetrators of the Odessa massacre has cast serious doubts
about democracy and the rule of law in post-Euromaidan Ukraine.
The current Ukrainian rulers and their ardent supporters in the
West, including the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia
Freeland and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, claim that Ukraine
is successfully reforming its law-enforcement agencies and the
Prosecutor General's Office. According to the statement made by
the Ukrainian Canadian Congress to the Parliament of Canada's
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International
Development on March 23, 2017," there are many positive examples
of what has changed on the ground (in Ukraine). We are on the
path, with the judicial system, with police reform, to
fundamentally change the lives of Ukrainian citizens, and provide
an example to people in Belarus and Russia of what is a better
How successful are these reforms if none of these
proved willing or able to bring mass murderers to justice even
three years after the Odessa massacre? Ukrainian society needs to
know the truth, which is denied to them by the Ukrainian
authorities. Nationalist radicals guilty of killing innocent
civilians in cold blood should be held accountable for their
Yet it is unlikely that in today's Ukraine justice will
served without any external help. As in the case of unidentified
sniper killings on Maidan in February 2014, high-ranking
officials in Kyiv have proven themselves uninterested in honest
and effective investigations of the Odessa Massacre because it
might reveal the involvement of current power holders in these
killings. Ukraine's government has denied and covered up the
involvement of the extreme right nationalists and their
paramilitaries in the escalation of violence on Euromaidan and
the persecution of pro-Russian Ukrainians across the country.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people who opposed the Euromaidan have
been arrested and detained illegally. Far-right thugs routinely
intimidate and attack those who dare to publicly voice their
disagreements with the Ukrainian ultra-nationalism. The
government does nothing to protect the rights of the
The failure of the Ukrainian authorities to investigate
tragedy of May 2, 2014 in Odessa calls for an immediate action by
the Government of Canada. If all members of Mr. Trudeau's cabinet
care about the people of Ukraine and want them to live in
inter-ethnic peace, there should be no difficulty on the part of
our Government to pressure Mr.Poroshenko and the Ukrainian
government as a whole to name and prosecute those responsible for
the deaths of ordinary Ukrainian citizens in Kyiv and Odessa.
We call upon the Government of Canada to hold the
government accountable for bringing to a conclusion the
investigation into the Odessa tragedy. Only truth and justice can
bring reconciliation and forgiveness.
On behalf of the Russian Congress of Canada,
1. Final statement and
recommendations of the EU-Ukraine parliamentary association
committee of March 24, 2017: here.
2. A call for an international
investigation into the violent events in Maidan and Odessa by the
Human Rights Agency with the Economic and Social Council of the
United Nations (ECOSOC), March 21, 2016: here.
3. Press-release of the International Advisory Panel on
Ukraine on the investigation of May 2014 events in Odessa,
Report of the International Advisory Panel on the May
tragedy in Odessa and its
Nakba Day Actions Uphold Palestinians' Right of Return
Call to End the Occupation Now!
Montreal, May 13, 2017
May 15 marked the 69th anniversary of al-Nakba, Arabic
for "catastrophe," the forcible expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from
their homeland by the Zionists in order to annex their land into the
state of Israel, which the Anglo-American imperialists had brought into
being just four days before. The Palestinians were dispossessed of 4.2
million acres of land by Zionist militias. The anniversary of al-Nakba
is an occasion for the Palestinian people, joined by the world's
peoples, to affirm the right of Palestinians to return to their land
and the need to end the occupation.
This year, Nakba commemorations drew special attention
to the more than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in
Israeli prisons since April 17. The Freedom and Dignity Strike is
demanding humane conditions in the prisons and an end to the medical
neglect of jailed Palestinians.
Toronto, May 13, 2017
In Canada, demonstrations in Montreal, Ottawa and
showed Canadians' support for the striking prisoners and
condemned the Canadian government's support for the Zionist
occupation. Many drew attention to the fact that Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau, in a May 2 statement, for the first time, declared
Canada's commitment to "fight anti-Zionism" and condemned this
attack on the right to conscience. Protestors also affirmed the
need to provide the facts about the dispossession of the
Palestinians that are routinely covered up by the U.S.
imperialists and their media.
By 1949, the year following al-Nakba, Israel occupied
cent of Palestinian land. Between 1948 and 1950 more than 500
Palestinian towns and villages were systematically destroyed or
repopulated. Today, more than half of the 11.5 million-strong
Palestinian people are refugees from the Nakba and subsequent
forced displacement and genocide. Israel continues to deny these
refugees the right of return to their stolen homeland and
continues the annexation of their lands through the construction
of settlements on Palestinian lands. This must not pass!
The right of return
is well-founded in international
law, but is routinely denied and dismissed, while settlers
from Europe and the United States are rewarded for expanding
illegal Israeli settlements on internationally-recognized
Since coming to power in the October 19, 2015 federal
election, the Trudeau Liberals have not expressed a single
criticism of Israel's genocidal actions. Even the
increasingly-aggressive expansion of illegal settlements, which
both the Obama and Trump administrations in the U.S. were forced
to criticize publicly, have not been mentioned by Canada. While
Canada issues interventionist statements against Venezuela, which
has never attacked anyone, it praises Israel's "democratic
values" and commitment to "peace."
On the occasion of Nakba Day 2017, the peoples of the
affirm that there is no more pressing injustice to be rectified
than the Zionist occupation of Palestine and all the heinous
crimes perpetrated under its existence. TML Weekly salutes
the heroic Palestinian prisoners and their resistance struggle
and calls on everyone to stand in defence of the rights of all
and step up their actions to defend the Palestinian people and
their right of return.
Uphold the Right of Return!
End the Occupation Now!
Victory to the Palestinian Prisoners!
Ottawa, May 13, 2017
1. The Universal Declaration of
Human Rights says, "Everyone has the right to leave any country,
including his own, and to return to his country." The
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Racial Discrimination affirms this right with the emphasis that
it cannot be denied on the basis of "race, color, or national or
ethnic origin." The Fourth Geneva Convention states that persons
evacuated by an Occupying Power during warfare must be
transferred back to their homes as soon as hostilities cease. The
International Convention on Civil and Political Rights states,
"No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of the right to enter his
own country." UN General Assembly Resolution 194 adopted on
December 11, 1948 declares that the Palestinian refugees "wishing
to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors
should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date."
Resolution 194 has been reaffirmed by the UN General Assembly
more than 110 times since its first adoption. UN General Assembly
Resolution 3236, adopted in 1974, affirms "the inalienable right of
Palestinians to return to their homes and property from which they have
been displaced and uprooted, and calls for their return."
New Illegal U.S. Attacks Against Syria
Hands Off Syria! U.S. Troops Out Now!
TML Weekly condemns the U.S. escalation of
aggression against Syria and its violation of Syria's sovereignty
and calls on Canadians to demand that all U.S. and Canadian
military forces leave Syria and Iraq and end all efforts towards
regime change to enforce U.S. imperialist hegemony over the
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The government of Syria and its armed forces confirmed
that the U.S. carried out two new acts of aggression against Syrian
forces on May 17 and 18. In both cases, U.S. airstrikes targeted Syrian
military forces in Tanf, near the country's borders with both Jordan
and Iraq. Syrian soldiers were killed and equipment, including tanks,
destroyed. The Syrian army and its allies have recently been advancing
east, retaking areas formerly controlled by ISIL. The U.S. pretext for
the attacks was that Syrian forces came too close to a small outpost
which has been occupied by U.S. and British Special Forces and forces
under their command for a little over a year.
A statement from the Syrian Arab Army affirmed that it
fighting terrorism on its territory, and no party whatsoever has
the right to determine the course and destination of the army's
operations against the terrorist organizations, mainly ISIS and
al-Qaeda." The U.S. military occupation of Syrian territory is
illegal and illegitimate and the U.S. has no right to dictate
what parts of its own territory Syria's armed forces can operate
on. Syria's ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari
denounced the U.S. aggression and stated that Syria will fight
not only the terrorism of armed groups but the state terrorism of
the U.S., France, Britain and others against Syria.
U.S. Troop Buildup Against Ceasefire Agreement
The latest U.S. attack against Syria comes in the
of a buildup of U.S. troops on the Jordanian/Syrian border.
According to regional media, since April more than 4,000 U.S.
soldiers and more than 400 military vehicles have been deployed
to a base east of Az-Zarqa, 43 kilometres away from the Syrian
On May 6 and 7 the U.S. led "Eager
Lion" military exercises in Jordan involving some 20 other countries
and 7,400 troops. U.S. and Jordanian officials said the manoeuvres
would include border security, cyber-defence, and "command and control"
exercises to bolster coordination in response to threats. A statement
from the Jordanian army said troops from Europe, Asia, Africa and the
Gulf region -- including from Britain, Japan, Kenya and Saudi Arabia --
are taking part in the exercise, which ran through May 18. U.S.
Major-General Bill Hickman, deputy commanding officer for the U.S. army
in the region, said this seventh annual exercise is "the largest and
most complex to date." The exercises are taking place amidst reports of
a general buildup of U.S. troops on the Syrian border in Jordan with
reports of more than 400 units of U.S. military equipment and more than
4,000 soldiers deployed along the border. The highlight of this year's
war games, he said, will be that "for the first time ever a global
strike mission" will be conducted by "two U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber
aircraft" -- a long-range multi-mission bomber.
While the number of U.S. troops increased on Syria's
borders, attempts to enforce a ceasefire agreement between conflicting
parties in the country went into effect on May 5. The Russian
Federation, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Turkey
announced at a meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan the creation of
"de-escalation areas" inside Syria and stated that they would act as
guarantors of the ceasefire.
Within the de-escalation areas, hostilities between the
Syrian army and armed opposition groups that have joined the
ceasefire regime are to cease, humanitarian access is to be
provided, conditions established to provide medical aid to
populations and restore infrastructure, as well as for the return
of refugees and internally-displaced persons. According to the
official memorandum, the aim of the zones is to "put a prompt end
to violence, improve the humanitarian situation and create
favorable conditions to advance political settlement of the
conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic." As well, military flights
will not be permitted to take place over the areas concerned.
The de-escalation areas are now in effect in Idlib
province and certain parts of the neighbouring provinces (Latakia, Hama
and Aleppo); certain parts in the north of Homs province; in eastern
Ghouta; certain parts of southern Syria (Deraa and Al-Quneitra
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Venezuelan Measures to Overcome External
Intervention and Counterrevolution
National Constituent Assembly Convened to Open Peaceful
On May 12, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro
met with foreign guests from more than 35 countries to explain
the decision to convene a Constituent Assembly at this time and
the situation Venezuela is facing. The guests included organized
workers, elected legislators, representatives of political
parties, social movements and academics as well as journalists.
Maduro was accompanied by members of the Presidential Commission
for a Constituent Assembly.
Since it was struck on May 1,
the Presidential Commission has
convened meetings with all the sectors and collectives of the
Venezuelan people. The Commission has met with representatives of
organized workers, women, students, seniors, communes, media,
diplomatic corps, more than 17 political parties, small farmers
and fishers, business people, religious institutions, people with
disabilities, heads of universities and others and received their
proposals and views. As well, mass meetings and rallies are being
held throughout the country. All political forces in the country have
been formally invited to join and present their proposals as well as to
participate in elections for the Constituent Assembly.
Left: Meeting of the Warao people on May 11, 2017 (Digna Sucre); right:
rally of small
farmers and fishers in support of Constituent Assembly
May 10, 2017.
President Maduro affirmed that, after 18 years
of peaceful revolution and popular Bolivarian process, it is now
important to renew the Constitution on which this is based.
Venezuela is activating the highest power of the Republic to face
the crisis and aggression the country is facing and to
reconstruct the basis for peace and economic recovery, Maduro
"We need to gear towards a
process of renewal,
refoundation. This can only be done through the forces of the
people, through a popular process and constituent process, by the
constituent power, which is the only power that could change
everything," he said.
Despite the advances Venezuela has made in human
democracy and guaranteeing the people's well-being, President
Maduro explained that Venezuela is now facing violence that seeks
to take the country backwards.
He referred to similar attacks in 2002, 2004 and 2014, which lasted
several months each time. However, despite the fact that the
"guarimbas" -- riots and street blockades in wealthy neighbourhoods or
that target public buildings -- are more concentrated than in the past
and affect only one per cent of the national territory, they are "far
more violent than ever before." There have even been cases where
participants have assassinated fellow protestors, he informed.
President Maduro conveyed his sympathy to all the families of victims
and called for mechanisms to do justice and permit reconciliation and
unity among Venezuelans. He further urged caution and noted that the
violence aims to trigger more violence.
"I prohibited the use of firearms, even small rifles
that use rubber bullets, which are allowed by law," he affirmed.
There are three main reasons for the "ambush" launched
in April against Venezuela, President Maduro explained. The first is
the new Trump administration in the U.S., which has carried out
aggressive actions against Syria, used the "Mother Of All Bombs"
against Afghanistan and increased pressure on Latin America and
Caribbean countries. Secondly, Maduro pointed to the slow recovery of
Venezuela's revolutionary forces following their defeat in the 2015
National Assembly elections. "Our challenge is to build a new
Bolivarian majority, and we will do it," President Maduro affirmed.
Third is the serious economic problems Venezuela is facing and efforts
to further derail its recovery, he said.
"If there is economic recovery in 2017, consolidation
Local Food Production and Provision Committees [(CLAPs), which
now serve 6 million households] and healing of the wounds of the
economic war, [the forces of the oligarchy] know that in 2018
we will win, because in 2018 there will be Presidential
elections," President Maduro said.
The strategy of calling a Constituent Assembly was the
of "intense debate in the political leadership of the
revolution," Maduro said, and noted that it aims to "break the
strategy of national and international foes. What were the
options open to us? [Counter-revolutionaries] have decided to assault
[the people's] power via the rebellion in the streets. Until when, only
God knows. The vast majority of this country, more than 80 per cent,
reject the violence. We will move to a new horizon of peace through the
Constituent Assembly," Maduro said.
The Constituent Assembly is crucial "to move the
country forward and solve and address national threats. This is the
option that will allow us to solve the social, political and economic
problems through national dialogue, in order to start overcoming the
coup attempts and imperial intervention," Maduro said. "[This is a]
project for emancipation for all Venezuelans. We want to fulfil this by
means of this Constituent Assembly."
Caracas demonstration calls for constitutional recognition of
Venezuela’s communes and communal councils, May 9, 2017.
in support of Constituent Assembly in Lara (left) and Quibor, May
Rallies of food industry workers in Caracas (left) and health care
workers in Aragua state,
May 19, 2017.
1. In one characteristic
example, on May 17, a maternity hospital was attacked in Miranda state
after being besieged for two days by counterrevolutionary protestors.
Women and infants had to be evacuated after smoke from burning rubble
outside entered the building. Doctors, specialists and nurses were
prevented from entering the building for their shifts.
In another, on May 14, a public bus in Caracas was torched after its
route was blocked by a reactionary protest. The driver told media, "If
they had known that I support the Revolution, they would have killed
Canada Works to Undermine Peaceful Solution
May 13, 2017 Montreal picket opposes foreign intervention and attacks
diplomatic staff in Canada.
The government of Canada is continuing its
activities to undermine a peaceful solution in Venezuela and
interfere in its internal affairs.
Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland
issued statements opposing Venezuela's decision to withdraw from the
Organization of American States on April 27 and the convoking of a
Constituent Assembly on May 4. Despite the fact that both of these
decisions are based on Venezuela's constitution and its rights as a
sovereign country, Canada demanded that Venezuela "restore
constitutional order" and stated, "Free and fair elections including
all of Venezuela's eligible voters are required to solve the country's
This sleight of hand covers up that not only are all of
Venezuela's eligible voters now given the opportunity to elect
representatives to renew the country's constitution and put
forward their visions for Venezuela, that constitution will then
be put to a referendum, followed by elections at all levels
including Presidential elections in 2018. This is mandated by
Venezuela's constitution, which also sets the framework for the
convening of the Constituent Assembly.
Meanwhile, on May 16, Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau along with former MP Irwin Cotler met with
Lilian Tintori, wife of convicted Venezuelan criminal and 2002 coup
d'état participant Leopoldo López, currently serving a
sentence for inciting violence leading to the deaths of 43 people in
2014. Tintori was incorrectly described as a "Venezuelan human rights
activist" and on this basis given a platform to declare Venezuela to be
a dictatorship and justify the counterrevolutionary violence that has
led to more than 50 deaths since April and the targeted killings of
supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution. Tintori also met with Rona
Ambrose, interim leader of the Conservative Party, and Thomas Mulcair,
leader of the New Democratic Party.
According to media reports, Tintori spread utter
to Trudeau to justify further violence and foreign intervention,
telling the Prime Minister, "[the Venezuelan government has]
killed 51 people during the protests because the dictatorship's
order is to shoot without mercy." The Venezuelan government has
prohibited police or national guard assigned to protests from
carrying any firearms, even to fire rubber bullets. Of
the more than 50 deaths since the violent actions began, eight
have been attributed to Venezuelan authorities, for which
individuals have been arrested and charged.
Also on May 16, the House of Commons Subcommittee on
International Human Rights held its second meeting in two months
attacking Venezuela, featuring Tintori and her legal counsel Jared
Genser, head of a public relations and legal firm specializing in
taking up the cause of so-called political prisoners in countries the
U.S. is targeting. As with all the numerous Parliamentary meetings on
Venezuela in recent years, no attempt was made to seek the opinion of
other political forces in Venezuela -- including political parties,
trade unions and citizens' organizations -- besides those opposing the
Venezuelan consular officials in Canada have also faced
serious harassment and threats. In Toronto, the consular website
was hacked and malicious materials added. In Montreal, the Simon
Bolivar Cultural Centre, a space promoting Venezuelan culture and
the friendship between Venezuelans and Canadians was attacked on
May 11 by individuals hostile to Venezuela's Bolivarian
Revolution. In response, a rally was held on May 13 to show
support for the consulate, condemn the violence against Venezuela
inside the country and in Canada, and stand on watch against
About Venezuela's Constituent Assembly
Constituent Assembly announced at May Day rally in
Caracas, Venezuela. (AVN)
President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro Moros issued two presidential decrees on May 1
convening a National Constituent Assembly and a Presidential Commission
to determine its functioning and consult Venezuelans, facilitating
their participation. Article 347 of Venezuela's constitution states
that the "original constituent power rests with the people of
Venezuela," and that this power can be exercised by a Constituent
Assembly "for the purpose of transforming the State, creating a new
juridical order and drawing up a new Constitution." The decrees called
for the Venezuelan people to "decide the future of the country,
reaffirming the principles of independence, sovereignty, equality,
peace and participatory, multi-ethnic and pluri-cultural democracy."
Head of the Presidential Commission, Elías Jaua
the convening of a Constituent Assembly is "the mechanism to
overcome the deadlock in the country's political leadership. To
whom does one appeal if I cannot sit down with you, or when we
sit down together we cannot reach agreements about the model of
society in which we can all live and recognize ourselves? Who is
there to appeal to? To the people, through a Constituent
Head of the Presidential Commission for a Constituent Assembly,
Jaua speaks in Caracas, Venezuela with other Commission members, May
This process was activated for the first time in
Venezuela's modern history by President Hugo Chávez in
1999. Venezuela's 1961 constitution did not allow the people to
be convened or renew the constitution, and President
Chávez was able to establish a Constituent Assembly only
on the basis of a consultative referendum with the parameters set
by the country's Supreme Court. The 1999 constitution of the
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, taking this into account not
only permits a constitutional assembly to be called (by means of
initiative by the President, other levels of government or by
citizens) but prohibits the President from objecting to its
results or any state authority from impeding its work (Articles
348 and 349).
The Constituent Assembly is to be elected directly by
of universal and secret ballot according to the voter registry.
Half of its membership of 500 will be territorial representatives
and half sectoral representatives. The working class will have
the largest number of sectoral representatives, 100 people
elected in the factories and other workplaces. Other recognized
sectors with representation elected from amongst their peers will
be small farmers and fishers, communes and social missions,
youth, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples,
businesspeople, cultural workers and pensioners. The new
constitution it drafts will be approved by means of
The Presidential Commission will also consider nine
"programmatic objectives" for the Constituent Assembly:
i. Securing peace as the need, right and yearning of
ii. Improving the national economic system towards
realizing Venezuela's potential;
iii. Constitutional recognition
of social programs and missions;
iv. Strengthening the ability of
the justice system and eradicating impunity;
recognition for the new forms of participatory and protagontistic
democracy, including through communes and communal councils as
well as workers' councils;
vi. Defence of the sovereignty and
integrity of the nation and defence against external
vii. Reaffirmation of the pluri-cultural
character of the homeland;
viii. Guaranteeing the future of the
viv. Preservation of life and the planet.
1. Other members of the
Presidential Commission include:
- Aristóbulo Istúriz (former
Vice-President, Minister of Education, Governor and leader of
Venezuela's teachers' association);
- Hermann Escarrá (professor of constitutional law and signatory
to Venezuela's 1999 constitution);
- Adán Chávez (Governor of Barinas state, former Minister
- Isaías Rodríguez (former Vice-President, Senator and
- Earle Herrera (journalist, poet and literary critic, professor at the
Central University of Venezuela and former member of the National
- Cilia Flores (lawyer and former President of the National Assembly);
- Delcy Rodríguez (Minister of Foreign Affairs);
- Iris Varela (Minister of Correctional Services, former constituent in
the 1999 Constituent Assembly);
- Noelí Pocaterra (member of Wayuu Indigenous nation, former
member of National Assembly and member if 1999 Constituent Assembly);
- Francisco Ameliach (former military officer, Governor of Carabobo
state and member of 1999 Constituent Assembly);
- Elvis Amoroso (constitutional lawyer and former member of Constituent
- Reinaldo Muñoz (Attorney General);
- Remigio Ceballos (Chief of Staff of the Strategic Operational Command
of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces).
Venezuela Begins Withdrawal from
Organization of American
Venezuela's Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodríguez, announces
from Organization of American States, April 27, 2017. (AVN)
Venezuela began the process
of withdrawing from the Washington, DC-based Organization of
American States (OAS) on April 27. The decision came in response
to the attempts of the U.S. imperialists, aided by Canada and
other countries the U.S. has brought under its command, to use
the OAS to intervene in the country's internal affairs.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro confirmed
the decision and said that Venezuela "will continue its journey towards
our true independence and nothing and nobody will stop us." Venezuela's
Foreign Ministry Delcy Rodríguez on May 12 called the decision
to withdraw "a major step forward," and said that the recent activities
of the OAS confirm that the organization is an imperial instrument, of
which Venezuela will never again be a part.
Samuel Moncada, Venezuela's ambassador to the OAS,
spoke in Caracas, Venezuela on May 12 on the decision and denounced
U.S. pressure on sovereign countries in the OAS. The election of
Donald Trump as U.S. President has brought increased pressure
against all the countries of Latin American and the Caribbean,
Moncada observed. After Trump was elected, the OAS increased its
Permanent Council meetings to once per month instead of the norm
of once per quarter. This is significant because the OAS is a
multilateral body with the ability to punish member states,
Moncada pointed out.
This ability to punish members, includes not only
invoking the OAS "Democratic Charter" to suspend member countries, but
also subsequent actions justified on that basis such as diplomatic,
economic and financial sanctions. Cuba was suspended from the OAS in
January 1962, a month before U.S. sanctions on the country were
extended to prohibit virtually all exports.
The U.S. imperialists have
increased pressure on individual countries in Latin America and the
Caribbean, particularly smaller countries that are reliant on U.S. aid
or remittances, Moncada explained. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio openly
threatened El Salvador, Dominica and Haiti that U.S. aid could be cut
off if they continued to resist U.S. attacks on Venezuela through the
Pressure is also being applied to larger countries such
as Mexico, which is facing the U.S. government's promised border wall
to be built at Mexico's expense, as well as recent threats from Trump
to unilaterally withdraw from NAFTA. As well, the U.S. threatens to
deport 12 million Mexican nationals from the U.S., along with 50,000
Haitians and five million Salvadoreans. Caribbean nations, which have
in large part defied U.S. dictate that they should join in the attack
against Venezuela, are being subjected to constant pressure from the
Trump administration, including from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson,
and OAS Secretary-General Almagro, Moncada said.
As a result, the U.S. was able to use Mexico, along
Canada and others to spearhead a resolution against Venezuela at
the OAS on April 3. That resolution did not secure support from a
majority of OAS member states but was declared "adopted by
consensus," despite the abstention of four member states and
others having walked out in protest.
Moncada also denounced the role of the OAS in provoking
violence inside Venezuela. Since the anti-Venezuela resolution was
adopted on April 3, more than 50 Venezuelans have died as a result of
counterrevolutionary protests and riots.
Moncada pointed out that the adoption of the spurious OAS resolution
was cited as justification for the violence. He said it is likely that
the next OAS meeting, currently set for May 31, will coincide again
with increased counterrevolutionary violence.
This next OAS meeting aims to set up a "group of
more closely coordinate the attacks against Venezuela, Moncada
said. The Venezuelan people are becoming victims of efforts to
secure results demanded by the U.S. in the OAS campaign against
the country, and the violence and external interference go hand
in hand, he noted. "We need to break the cycle, this macabre
mechanism," Moncada said. "I pay tribute to countries in the OAS,
17 from the Caribbean and Central America in particular, who are
resisting these pressures."
1. See "Venezuela's
TML Weekly, April 22, 2017.
2. The withdrawal process takes 24
months to complete from its time of commencement. Venezuela will be the
first country to leave the OAS of its own will; revolutionary Cuba was
expelled in 1962 due to U.S. pressure. Although the expulsion was
repealed in 2009, Cuba has affirmed that it has no intention of ever
3. According to official Venezuelan figures provided on
May 12, seven of the victims were participating in protests, 18 were
participating, five cases were undetermined, and nine cases related to
an accident during the looting of a business in which individuals were
electrocuted. Three cases related to the actions of security forces,
for which various officers were arrested, while the government has
announced that the use of firearms by units assigned to demonstrations
is strictly prohibited.
Economist Details Economic War on Venezuela
Pascualina Curcio, a noted
Venezuelan economist and Professor
in the Department of Economic and Administrative Sciences at
Simón Bolívar University met with foreign guests
and media in the country's capital, Caracas on May 12 to discuss
the efforts to destabilize Venezuela's economy. Since 2013,
Venezuela has faced inflation, shortages and other problems
mainly as a result of concerted sabotage, Curcio explained.
Behind the apparent economic problems is a political
problem, Curcio said. Before 1999, Venezuela's gross domestic product
(GDP) increased alongside poverty. After 1999, when the country began
its Bolivarian Revolution under the leadership of President Hugo
Chavez, GDP increased while poverty decreased. From the beginning, this
was presented as a failed economic model, but a failure for whom? For
owners of capital, or for the poor and workers? Curcio asked. The
monopoly corporations and international financiers threatened by this
model have undertaken sabotage.
The results of the sabotage are then presented as a
caricature to "prove" the failures of socialism, Curcio noted. It is
not simply sabotage of "the economy," as it is the people who are
directly affected and suffer, she said. Nor are the problems the result
of a decline in GDP due to the oil price collapse, as GDP remains well
above what it has been for the past 30 years. Despite difficulties,
food consumption per capita remains far higher than during the 1980s
and '90s, particularly during periods of crisis, due to the efforts of
the government to ensure food staples reach the population.
Curcio identified three mechanisms through which the
war is being waged against Venezuela:
1. Removal of
certain basic goods from circulation by
monopoly firms and wholesalers. While fruits and vegetables and
many other products are in wide supply, some other staple
products such as bread are in short supply. Missing goods
continue to be produced, and are found at illegal markets, but
the distribution pattern is distorted, Curcio said. This is
despite the government providing the foreign currency necessary
for any staples that must be imported, she said.
inflation, the deliberate devaluing of
currency, the bolivar. Venezuela, like many Latin American
countries, is reliant on imports for many significant products.
As a result, prices inside the country depend highly on prices
internationally, and there is an illegal black market for
currency in opposition to the fixed rate of conversion of
bolivars to dollars and vice-versa. This manipulated rate then
becomes a reference point for internal prices.
Many importers, big monopolies, do not use the fixed
10 bolivars per dollar but use the black market exchange rate,
which is hundreds of times more. As a result, prices increase
dramatically, and this is encouraged by web pages which "set"
black market exchange rates. Normally, inflation corresponds to a
decrease in production, but there has been no decrease in
production sufficient to explain the level of inflation Venezuela
is experiencing. It is linked to black market indicators, Curcio
financial blockade. Venezuela is considered the "highest risk"
country in the world by international financial lenders with 2,000
"points," Curcio said, noting that each "point" corresponds roughly to
a percentage point of interest on debt. Venezuela has the largest oil
reserves in the world, some of the largest fresh water reserves in the
world, gold mines and many other resources, and it is considered
"risky," Curcio noted. As a result, since oil prices collapsed in 2013,
financing has been prohibitively expensive. Other hostile actions
include Citibank closing Venezuela's account due to this "risk," while
maintaining private accounts based in Venezuela.
Curcio noted that the intensity of this sabotage
the political situation in the country. Immediately before the
2015 National Assembly elections, the availability of corn flour
sharply decreased, while products began to appear again after the
election, in which the pro-U.S., oligarchic parties won a
majority. One mechanism to deal with sabotage of the food supply
was the creation of local food distribution committees, the
CLAPs, which take the provision of food staples out of the hands
of the monopolies. The continued sabotage of the Venezuelan
people's food supply and refusal of private companies to ensure
the provision of necessities has led Venezuela to consider this a
political problem that must be tackled, Curcio affirmed.
Liberation of Puerto Rican Independence
Oscar López Rivera Is Free!
All Power to the People's
Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar López
released on May 17 after nearly 36 years as a political prisoner
in the United States. López's sentence was commuted on January
by outgoing U.S. President Obama.
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) joins
all those celebrating this achievement and sends its warmest
greetings and congratulations to Oscar, his family and legal
team, other patriots who faced similar imprisonment and most
importantly to the Puerto Rican people's movements for the
liberation of political prisoners and their self-determination.
CPC(M-L) takes this occasion to reiterate its unwavering support
for the struggle of Puerto Rico for its independence from U.S.
In 1981, López was
convicted without proof on bogus charges of
seditious conspiracy and given a 55-year sentence. Charges of
sedition have been a main method used by the U.S. against Puerto
Rican patriots since 1936. That year, Pedro Albízu Campos,
founder of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party and nine others were
charged with forcibly attempting to overthrow the government of the
United States and jailed in the U.S. for 10 years. Another wave of
attacks against the movement for independence came in the late 1970s to
early 1980s when dozens of Puerto Ricans, including Oscar López
Rivera, were charged with sedition. In all instances, it is the
people's movement that has brought the struggle forward to the next
stage. Its defence of Puerto Rico's right to be, liberation of the
political prisoners and removal of the U.S. navy from the country have
all been important milestones in Puerto Rico's fight for independence.
CPC(M-L) also highlights the outstanding contributions
of an exemplar of this movement, the late Dr. Luis Nieves Falcón
and the Puerto Rican Committee for Human Rights who fought and
organized tirelessly for the freedom of the Puerto Rican political
prisoners. Dr. Nieves Falcón and the committee contributed
greatly to popularizing their cause and to uniting and mobilizing all
sectors of Puerto Rico for their freedom and for national independence,
most vividly shown in the historic march of 100,000 people in San Juan
on August 29, 1999. Without the foundations laid by this work,
López's liberation surely would not have been possible.
CPC(M-L) is confident that Oscar López Rivera
and all who have come after him will continue to make a great
contribution to the cause of the Puerto Rican people and that this
victory will inspire them towards still greater undertakings.
Celebrations in San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 17, 2017.
Opposition to U.S. Provocations on Korean
New South Korean President Pledges to Work
for Peace and
On May 9, Moon Jae-in was elected the 19th President of
the Republic of Korea (south Korea). Moon is a 64-year old former
student political activist, human rights lawyer and currently a leader
with the Minjoo political party. Moon was also Chief of Staff to the
late south Korean President Roh Moon-hyun who served from 2002-2007 and
under whose presidency relations between north and south Korea became
stronger and culminated in the October 2007 Agreement that further
advanced the aim of national reunification.
Moon received almost 42 per
cent of the votes cast by the 77.2 per cent of the electorate who cast
a ballot. This was the highest voter turnout in two decades. Former
south Korean prosecutor Hong Joon-pyo, was the first runner-up, with
25.5 per cent of the votes cast.
The presidential elections were triggered by the
massive protests undertaken by south Koreans at the end of 2016 and
early 2017 to demand that president Park Guen-hye step down in the wake
of a corruption scandal that rocked her administration. They were also
opposed to her humiliating and servile attitude towards the U.S.
imperialists, and open antipathy towards the government and people of
the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). It was revealed that
the Park government had extorted tens of millions of dollars from the
largest south Korean monopolies such as Samsung, in exchange for
political favours and the passing of anti-labour laws. Park was
impeached and is in prison awaiting trial for her crimes.
Leading up to the elections, Moon stated that if
elected, his administration would work hard to heal the wounds of
almost a decade of conservative rule in south Korea. He even pledged to
re-open the Kaesong Industrial Complex
and facilitate normalization of relations between the DPRK and the
Republic of Korea (ROK). Moon also promised to revisit the decision by
the previous government to permit the U.S. to install a missile defence
system in south Korea, which is opposed by the majority of the Korean
people, and to put it to a referendum. Among other things, Moon also
pledged to fight corruption and rein in the political power and
privileges of the big multinational companies.
Media reports indicate that the south Korean people
want "structural change" in south Korea because they know only too well
how the U.S. imperialists intervene to overthrow governments which
defend the interests of the Korean people. They have always been
opposed to the U.S. imperialist use of their territory to keep the
Korean nation divided and have found that previous governments have
betrayed them, especially under pressure from the U.S. imperialists.
Thus they are determined to keep the political initiative in their
1. The Kaesong Industrial Complex began as a joint
north-south venture in 2004. More than 125 south Korean companies
employed almost 60,000 workers from the DPRK in Kaesong, on the north
side of the 38th parallel which divides the Korean peninsula, to
produce goods for domestic and foreign markets, including textiles,
semi-conductors, ceramics and other items. It was a concrete example of
the potential that existed for further co-operation between north and
south which was a direct consequence of the historic Joint Declaration
signed June 15, 2000. In March 2016, the Park government shut down the
enterprise -- a move that was opposed by almost 85 per cent of south
No to U.S. War Provocations Against the Korean People!
Peace on the Korean Peninsula!
At the end of April this year, the U.S. and the south
Korean military concluded their annual and illegal Key
Resolve/Foal Eagle joint military exercises targeting the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). It was the largest
such exercise in forty years. Besides live and simulated drills
involving more than 330,000 U.S. and south Korean troops, the
exercises included the deployment of the Nimitz-class
super aircraft carrier USS Carl
Vinson as well as practice
bombing sorties by two U.S. B-1B bombers, each capable of
launching nuclear missiles and bombs. These aggressive war
exercises have been part of OPLAN 5015, an agreement between the
U.S. military and south Korea, which includes planning pre-emptive
strikes against the DPRK's military sites, "decapitation raids"
against the DPRK's leadership and other drills for launching war
and imposing regime change in the DPRK. The aim is blatantly
clear -- to wage a second Korean war against the DPRK, and turn
it into a colony of the U.S., just like south Korea.
In the face of U.S. aims to nullify its very existence,
DPRK has been forced to divert major resources into all measures
required to defend its people and their sovereignty. On April 26,
the DPRK's Foreign Ministry stated, "The policy pursued by the
U.S. to isolate and stifle the DPRK and the nuclear threat posed
by the U.S. to the DPRK for more than half a century are the root
cause of pushing the DPRK to have access to nukes."
At the same time, the government of the DPRK is doing
everything it can on the diplomatic front to seek a political
solution to end these acts of war by the U.S. Its repeated
complaints to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have
fallen on deaf ears since the UNSC itself has been turned by the
U.S. and other big powers into an instrument of war and
aggression where police powers have replaced rule of law and the
UN Charter itself.
The ongoing disinformation campaign against the DPRK
the monopoly media and even the publicly-funded Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation beat the war-drums against the DPRK by
painting the DPRK as the "aggressor" and "threat" on the Korean
peninsula. Turning truth on its head, this disinformation is
aimed at neutralizing the Canadian people's striving for peace on
the Korean peninsula and their historic opposition to the U.S.
warmongers and their long and bloody legacy around the world.
In addition, the
demonization of the DPRK and its leadership deliberately ignores the
ongoing diplomatic efforts by the DPRK to secure peace on the Korean
peninsula. Not once, for example, has the CBC mentioned the many
appeals made by the DPRK directly to the U.S. that the latter sign a
peace treaty with it as required by the Korean Armistice Agreement
(KAA) signed on July 27, 1953. In fact, the U.S. has not only rebuffed
these proposals from the DPRK year after year, it has violated every
article of the KAA, including by introducing nuclear weapons onto the
Korean peninsula for more than 50 years. This intransigence on the part
of the U.S. clearly shows who is for peace and who is for war on the
Korean peninsula. There is no reason for the U.S. not to sign a peace
treaty with the DPRK except that it has another agenda -- to take over
the entire Korean peninsula for its own narrow geopolitical interests
and to keep the Korean people enslaved so that they do not threaten
U.S. hegemonic interests in East Asia as a united, sovereign people who
stand for peace. In this regard, in late April this year, the Trump
administration moved quickly to install the Terminal High Altitude Area
Defence (THAAD) missile battery in south Korea despite the massive
opposition and ongoing protests of the Korean people. This was done to
make sure that no matter who won the south Korean presidential
elections of May 10, the THAAD would be a done deal. To add insult to
injury, the Trump administration expects the south Korean people to
foot the bill of U.S.$1 billion. Canadians must stand with the Korean
people in opposing the THAAD missile defence in light of their own
history of opposing U.S. Cruise Missile testing in Canada and their
firm opposition to the plans of the Trudeau Liberal government to
permit U.S. Missile Defence on Canadian soil.
All justice- and peace-loving people in Canada and
stand with the Korean people against U.S.-led war preparations no
matter what pretext. The extremely dangerous situation on the
Korean peninsula, which could easily trigger a second Korean War
and engulf the world in World War Three is not the making of the
DPRK. All measures must be taken to stay the hands of the
imperialist warmongers in the U.S. and Canada in their drive for
war on the Korean peninsula.
The Government of Canada must make amends for the fact
Canada joined the U.S. in intervening in the civil war in Korea
which Canada had no business being involved in. This was a mere five
years after the Korean people played a heroic role in
defeating Japan and the Axis powers and securing peace for
humanity in the Second World War. Canada must also move to
normalize relations with the DPRK, that were established in 2001,
based on the principle of peace and non-interference in each
others affairs. On that basis, trade relations and other links
can take place for the mutual benefit of both countries. That
would be a positive contribution to promoting peace and stability
on the Korean Peninsula.
No to U.S. Aggression and Sanctions
Against the DPRK!
Dismantle the U.S. THAAD Missile Defence in South Korea!
Sign A Peace Treaty with the DPRK Now!
Relations with the DPRK Now!
U.S. Troops Out of Korea!
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