Archive | January, 2015

False Notions of Balance Between Security and Rights

29 Jan

from http://www.mlpc.ca
– Pauline Easton –

The Harper government is expected to introduce legislation Friday, January 30, that will boost the power of police and security agents to subject Canadians to arbitrary detention and restriction of their movement within a framework of criminalizing the “promotion or glorification of terrorism.”

In what was described as a “campaign-style” speech to Conservative Party supporters on January 25, Stephen Harper announced the forthcoming legislation saying, “These measures are designed to help authorities stop planned attacks, get threats off our streets, criminalize the promotion of terrorism, and prevent terrorists from travelling and recruiting others…. It will contain a range of measures to ensure that our police and security agencies have the tools they need to meet evolving threats, and keep Canadians safe.”

Rights are rights and security is security. You cannot balance two things of a different character. The relation between rights and security is not of two things on a scale. The affirmation of the one – rights – is the condition for the other – security. Security can be either enhanced or undermined depending on the manner in which rights are treated. Talk of a trade off is irrational, to say the least.

Despite this, false notions of a balance between the two abound in the commentary on the government’s yet-to-be-revealed “anti-terror” legislation. One of the most dangerous elements expected is the criminalization of the “promotion or glorification of terrorism.” Such legislation itself would be a crime against the rights of Canadians. To cover up the crime against rights, the false notion of balance is introduced. An article in the Ottawa Citizen on January 25 asks, “Can government balance security and civil rights?”

The government’s definition of “terrorism” at various times includes everything from what it calls Jihadists and Muslim extremists, to environmental protestors, First Nations’ groups, workers engaged in strike struggles and extends to resistance movements in various parts of the world. Many of these people are opponents of government policy and practices while others are merely expressing an opinion no matter how disagreeable it may be to the government and its ministers. The actions and opinions of these individuals or groups have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism. What does their criminalization have to do with “balancing rights and security?” Absolutely nothing. Their criminalization has everything to do with suppressing dissent in the most heinous manner possible. The affirmation of their rights is crucial to upholding the rights of all and creating the condition of everyone’s security.

The promotion of a balance between rights and security covers up many things. The government has never engaged the polity in providing a definition of terrorism. In fact, Harper uses his majority in Parliament to attack the people’s fundamental right to conscience, which is tantamount to attacking their right to be. To say that the people’s right to be can be balanced with security is not only nonsense, it is as self-serving as one can become.

Far from the denial of rights begetting security, it begets anarchy and violence. The experience of wars of aggression and occupation, indefinite detentions, torture and targeted assassinations prove that. To say otherwise is to take the people for fools, which they are not.

Exposed in this proposed legislation and its promotion in the mass media is the fact that far from keeping Canadians or anyone else safe, the self-serving definitions of terrorism, the false notions of balance between rights and security, and the attacks on the right to conscience and the people’s right to be put everyone in danger and must be ended.

In Canada today, Harper’s Rule by Decree disempowers the people and places their safety at the mercy of arbitrariness. To treat matters of a political, social, cultural and economic nature as law and order matters does not enhance security. It provides those in power with license to commit crimes. In opposition, the MLPC says, Our Security Lies in Our Fight for the Rights of All, at home and abroad.

70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army Russia Excluded from Commemoration Ceremonies

26 Jan

From http://www.cpcml.ca

The attempts to rewrite history are mind-boggling.This week, the great lengths to which Germany went to make sure representatives from Russia would not attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz were revealed.

A recent report by germanforeignpolicy.com informs that “EU countries are preventing the Russian president from participating at the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.” The highest representative of the country whose army halted the mass murder in the German extermination camp January 27, 1945, is thereby excluded from the commemoration ceremonies, germanforeignpolicy.com wrote. However, Germany’s President Joachim Gauck participated. This is the same Joachim Gauck who used his speech on the 75th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland to stir up sentiment against Moscow and to transform the commemoration of Nazi crimes into an appeal for closing ranks against Russia. In his memoirs, Gauck described Red Army soldiers, who had liberated Germany, as beings “with Asian facial features,” “reeking of Vodka,” who “requisitioned and stole.” This is typical CIA propaganda about the conduct of the Red Army when it liberated Europe. Of course, for the Red Army to achieve the feats it accomplished, discipline was decisive and it conducted itself very differently to what the slanders claim. The motivation of such slanders is understood from the statements made by Gauck a few years ago when he complained, “The occurrence of the German Judeocide has been inflated to a uniqueness,” because “certain milieux of post-religious societies” were seeking to induce “a certain shudder in face of the unspeakable.” In 2010, he was quoted saying, he “wonders how much longer we Germans want to nurture our culture of chagrin.”

The denial of the role of the Soviet Union in the anti-fascist war is for purposes of equating communism with fascism and thereby depriving the world’s people of communist leadership today. It is also to isolate Russia today, in the frenzied attempt by the U.S. to impose its control over Europe and dominate Asia, and of the European Union to do the same. Blaming the Soviets for all the crimes the Hitlerites committed also serves to cover up the crimes committed during the war by British Zionism’s projects and Zionist forces, the aim of which is to condone the terrible crimes the Zionist state of Israel is committing against the Palestinians, in the name of creating a safe haven for Jews, despite the fact they themselves only wanted a chosen few. All of it serves to deprive the younger generations of an understanding of the past so as to help them cope with the present in a manner that opens a path for the future.

But what it tells us is that today the reactionary forces suffer from a most morbid preoccupation with defeat. In their desperation they are reaching out to the Hitlerites of yesterday and today to save them. They are despicable indeed.

In a January 16 article, germanforeignpolicy.com writes:
“Just Like Nazi Troops”

The commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the German Auschwitz extermination camp had been the focus of political intrigues already last year. At the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of its liberation, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s participation was still taken for granted. After having suffered severe losses, the Soviet Army reached Auschwitz January 27, 1945, putting an end to the ghastly murders Germans were committing. First attempts to exclude Putin from the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary were made in Poland in the summer 2014. A parliamentarian was quoted saying that the Red Army “had been an aggressor” in WW II, “just like Nazi troops,” which is why the Russian President should only be allowed to make a “penitential pilgrimage” to Poland.[1] At the time, [Polish President] Bronislaw Komorowski could see nothing wrong with Putin’s participation at the Auschwitz commemoration. However, anti-Russian forces have prevailed and the Russian President’s invitation was cancelled through diplomatic channels. According to reports, Poland’s Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz has also campaigned to prevent Putin from participating at a parallel commemoration ceremony in Prague. This would exclude the president of the country, whose army had lost more than a million soldiers just to liberate the German Reich and the Polish territories under German occupation.
Turned Against Russia

The anti-Russian use of the memory of German crimes against humanity is making headway with Putin’s virtual disinvitation. Already on September 1, 2014, German President Joachim Gauck used his memorial address in Gdansk — commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the German invasion of Poland — to stir up anti-Russian sentiments. Referring to the Ukraine conflict, Gauck accused Russia of giving a higher priority to “a quest for power,” rather than to “maintaining stability and peace.” Completely blotting out western support for the Ukrainian putsch and the civil war, while ignoring all the wars waged by the West from Yugoslavia to Iraq on up to Libya, Gauck alleged that Russia had “violated international law” and “annexed foreign territory.”[2] Alluding to Great Britain and France’s approbation of Germany’s occupation of parts of Czechoslovakia in October 1938, targeting Russia, Gauck declared, “history teaches us that territorial concessions often whet the appetite of the aggressors.” The commemoration of Nazi crimes was thereby transformed into an appeal to close ranks against Russia, which Germany had invaded.
A “Culture of Chagrin”

On various occasions before becoming president, Gauck, who, unlike Russia’s President Putin, will be present at Auschwitz January 27, had made public statements showing how he views Germany’s 1945 liberation and the Shoah [Holocaust]. In his memoirs, he wrote on the subject of Germany’s liberation, that it arrived as “horrible news.” He depicted the Red Army soldiers as beings “with Asian facial features,” reeking “of vodka,” who “requisitioned and stole” and systematically raped women.[3] In 2006, Gauck remorsefully claimed that there is “a tendency toward sanctifying the Holocaust,” wherein “the occurrence of German Judeocide is inflated to a uniqueness that ultimately escapes comprehension and analysis.” “Certain milieux of post-religious societies” were persistently searching “for the dimension of the absolute, a certain shudder in face of the unspeakable.” This could also be achieved by “the absolute evil” and is “paradoxically of psychological advantage.”[4] Gauck has stated several times that “the Germans” would be well advised to change their approach to history. In the fall of 2010, he mused, “I ask myself, how much longer do we Germans want to nurture our culture of chagrin.”[5] This was after he had positively responded to the question whether “the majority of the Germans” are mature enough for a “reorientation toward their own victims, the reorientation toward the patriotic.” “That’s how I see it.”[6]
Broad Brush

Until he was inaugurated president, Gauck’s historical views were criticized in German public opinion. For example, he has a knack for using the “broad brush,” in reference to his remarks on the “Black Book of Communism.”[7] Gauck had written that “the communists had also made themselves unpopular, when they … approved Poland’s westward acquisition of territory and thereby Germany’s loss of its eastern territories.” “To both the natives and the expellees, this loss of the homeland was considered a great injustice, which the communists sealed in 1950, by recognizing the Oder-Neisse as the new German-Polish border,”[8] alleges Gauck. In the conflict over the “Centre against Expulsions,” he took the side of the president at the time, Erika Steinbach, who was sharply criticized for her historical revisionist statements, particularly in Poland. Gauck is quoted on the German League of Expellees’ (BdV) website saying, Berlin is most certainly the best location for a “Centre against Expulsions.” It blends in, because Berlin is where “there are various ‘topographies of terror,’ the location of the Wannsee Conference and the Stasi Headquarters, the former seat of government of brown and red despots.”[9]
Yatsenyuk’s “Soviet Invasion”

Gauck’s Auschwitz speech and Putin’s disinvitation coincide with Berlin’s open cooperation with the fascist successors of Nazi collaborators to stage a pro-western coup in Kiev, (german-foreign-policy.com reported.[10]) The Kiev government has adopted their anti-Russian standpoints, which are also increasingly having an influence on the German debate where they dovetail with old anti-Russian sentiments. Arseniy Yatsenyuk recently caused a stir with his interview on German television. He literally alleged, “We all remember well the Soviet invasion of Ukraine and Germany.”[11] This statement has remained unchallenged.

Notes

1. Streit in Polen über Einladung Putins zu Auschwitz-Gedenken 2015. http://www.tt.com 09.05.2014.

2. Gedenkfeier zum deutschen Überfall auf Polen 1939. http://www.bundespraesident.de 01.09.2014.

3. Joachim Gauck: Winter im Sommer, Frühling im Herbst. München 2009. See Hans-Rüdiger Minow: Der Zug der Erinnerung, die Deutsche Bahn und der Kampf gegen das Vergessen.

4. Joachim Gauck: Welche Erinnerungen braucht Europa? http://www.robert-bosch-stiftung.de. See The Consensus President.

5. “Mutige Politiker ziehe ich vor.” http://www.sueddeutsche.de 30.09.2010.

6. Gauck: Erinnerung an Vertreibung leugnet nicht den Nazi-Terror. http://www.dradio.de 31.08.2006.

7. Daniela Dahn: Gespalten statt versöhnt. http://www.sueddeutsche.de 10.06.2010.

8. Stéphane Courtois et al.: Das Schwarzbuch des Kommunismus. Unterdrückung, Verbrechen und Terror. München 1998.

9. http://www.z-g-v.de.

10. See Vom Stigma befreit

11. http://www.facebook.com/tagesschau/posts/10152968920374407

(For the original Article see, “Liberation without the Liberators,” germanforeignpolicy.com, January 16, 2015. Slightly edited for style by TML.)

Abdul Khan the courts and injustice

23 Jan

As most of you know Adbul Khan is sueing the law society for a variety of reasons including the loss of a diplomatic pouch. This lawsuit is an attempt of a victim of racism and such to find justice in his dispute with an organization that feels that it is above justice.

His last court date, which was held behind closed doors set a courtdate for the week of Jan. 19th. Today is the last day of the week and still no court date was set.

This brings up several questions

1. Because the last court date was not held in camera why is was it held behind closed doors?

2.Why was not a firm date set for this week and why did the whole week pass without an agreed upon courtdate?

Could this have something to do with the legalsystem trying to deprive the people of the truth of what is going on? for myself everything about the strange case of Abdul Khan reeks of nepotism and corruption

Training for dealing with the drug problem

23 Jan

Feb.3rd 7pm Queen St. Commons
Training includes
Naloxone OD training
Suicide Prevention Training
Peer Support Training
Facilitator training and more

Come and learn to be part of the solution

Dont fear the reaper, thoughts on an abnormally high death rate from drugs and poverty

21 Jan

So i woke up this morning with the aim of writing up the minutes and tasks from last nights meeting, as well as engaging in alot of different tasks related to community organizing. However I made the mistake of going on facebook and seeing an article about a man found dead under the fairway bridge, checking msgs and txts and such their is many people who are saying that it was someone we may know and as always their is speculation rumor etc. who he was and how he died despite the fact that nothing is yet confirmed i felt like a shit tonne of bricks hit me in the stomach and as such became quiet withdrawn and really not feeling like doing anything at all.

This feeling of hopelessness and despair is common among people in my community who are victims of a drug epidemic, poverty related deaths and the violence that comes with this as well as a state that pays lip service to these problems but doesn’t really care how many drop dead from drugs the cold and other such things.In fact judging by the policy’s that they are passing one could guess that this is their goals and aims as these deaths are a logical conclusions of these policys.

I have a couple of smokes and few glasses of coffee thinking to myself this is fucked, that whenever we read about a death in the paper or online our first reaction is is it someone that we know and care about. Is this our ex our cousin or someone we use to chill with. Its really not normal that this feeling and these thoughts affect a sizeable portion of the people we organize and work with, nor is it normal that in Hamilton this summer that just passed 8 people dies of bad heroine in one die. This is a symptom of a society that is sick and treats its most vulnerable as expandable commodities.

When I was working at the Inuvik Youth Centre as a program coordinator one of the first things we learned was not to get emotionally involved and treat everyone we work with as a case. This model of dehumanizing people and treating people as cases may make it easier for people to sleep at night but it also makes it acceptable and normal for people to turn a blind eye to those who die as a result of policy’s that favor one group of people at the expense of another. Eg. the heroine epidemic is not a serious problem because it only affects those who are cases and does not affect me and if I have a loved one who has a problem he has access to the the best rehab detox etc. and the street violence etc that is a result of this does not affect them as they dont have to score from the psychos that have no problem hacking up a young woman and wherever the money goes does not affect. Despite the irrationality of this logic which is flawed in so many ways this model of social work is flawed and in many ways is part of the problem that we are facing, the logic that turns a human being into a case or a bi line in the obits.

Community work what we are trying to do is engaging the community in recognizing the problem and helping actual people by mobilizing the community itself to get involved and recognizing that human life is worth something and that those who have no qualm dispensing human life should be held responsible as well as recognizing that a society where people are constantly in fear for the lives of those who they know and love is not only flawed but sick and must be changed. This change will not come from the politicians whose policy’s facilitate this but rather from the community that sees that that standing back is not an option.

This friday phonejam of British Consulate to demand justice For The Craigavon Two

20 Jan

Call (416)593-1290 all day Friday and demand and end to this miscarriage of justice.

The Case of the Craigavon Two is a perfect example of everything that is wrong with the injustice system in the occupied Six Counties of Ireland. These two lads have been indited on false testimony by a witness who could not have possibly seen the said crime that they were accused of, key evidence such as a tracking device on their car has been wiped witnesses whose testimony discredited the false witness have been intimidated by Mi5 and yet despite this they are still in jail. This miscarriage of justice is an insult to all who believe in rule of law and human rights. This Friday call the British consulate and demand that the Craigavon Two be set free and that justice be served.

CSIS Homeland Security and Mi6 are paper tigers

19 Jan

speech given this morning at meeting of restructuring and consolidation

Comrades and friends

Though we usually have this sort of meeting at new years for reasons beyond our control we are having it today. Our purpose is to assess what is posative what is negative and what must be done to strengthen out work. Over the last few months as a result of the work we have been doing many comrades have been targeted for nefarious purposes by state security forces attempting to intimidate and provoke a fear response. In response to this we must not cowar but hold high our bright red banner of anti capitalism and socialism and march forward. In the words of Mao to be hated by the enemy is a good thing. Over the last year we have strengthened our international work, intensified our media work and built alternatives to the sickness that capitalism and colonialism have brought to our community’s. This does not bode well for the state that has intensified there policy of criminalization and repression and like Che Guevara once said you cant build a socialist revolution under the nose of the imperialists and hope them not to notice.

These recent attacks including my detention by homeland security show that the system is bankrupt and can only deal with political arguments through intimidation and force. This should not intimidate us but rather strengthen our resolution to intensify our work. We have a right to be political, we have a right to discuss the problems in our world and our community and not only have a say but participate to change that which is old and decaying and put forward a modern alternative. As such we have the right to have working relations with any organization internationally that we choose to have exchanges of opinions and understanding.

We are not the criminals but rather it is the state that is criminal using intimidation tactics to silence our right to be political. A right is not something that is given and as such is something that one haves by virtue of being human. As sentient beings we were endowed with the capacity to thing reason analysis and understand for a reason . Those who are attempting to impose civil death on us by denying us the right to participate in politics are the criminals and they are acting this way because they are stuck in the old way of thinking, the mindset of imperialism and colonialism that might makes right and through the use of force can impose their view on whomever they want and plunder and steal simply because they can. We dont accept that mentality from a thug who steals someones jacket why would we accept that from those who claim to have the mandate to govern society?

If anything is learned in the last year it is that not only do we have a right to be political but that despite whatever the state does to attempt to strip us of this right will fail. This year let us consolidate our work and march forward.

Victory belongs to the people!!!!