Russian troops withdraw from Afrin ahead of Turkish invasion

By Leith Aboufadel BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The Russian military has withdrawn from the Afrin Canton in northwestern Aleppo, government sources reported this afternoon. The Russian troops left their posts near More »

Do Not Let Afrin Become Another Kobane: Urgent Statement by academics and activists

We, the undersigned academics and human rights activists, insist that the leaders of Russia, Iran, and the U.S. ensure that the sovereignty of Syrian borders is not breached by Turkey and that More »

Turkey begins assault on Kurdish-held enclave in Syria

The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has said Turkish forces have fired about 70 shells at Kurdish villages in the Afrin region of north-western Syria, as Ankara said its threatened military assault was More »

Tunisia: January, the month of logical revolts

by Fausto Giudice It was predictable, it was foreseen and it happened: Tunisia exploded from below on Monday, the 8th of January. In all parts of the country, marginalised youths attacked police More »

Weapons for Egypt from Germany

Last year, the German government authorized a record number of arms exports to Egypt. As the government confirmed, permits, valued at around €428 million, were issued in 2017. Among the goods Cairo More »

 

Canada | Kiev hails US & Canada for greenlighting lethal arms supplies that could kill Ukraine peace process

By including Ukraine on the list of countries approved for lethal weapons sales, Canada has become a side in a bloody civil war, undermining a shaky peace process, a senior Russian senator said, as Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko applauded the move.

Canada | We must begin to curb the power of corporations

The revelations of the Paradise Papers, the earlier Panama Papers and numerous articles in the western mainstream and alternative media demonstrate just one dimension, tax evasion, of an increasingly obvious truth: global corporations have become the greatest threat to the planet. The deliberate starvation of government, climate change, grotesque inequality, Dickensian working conditions, environmental degradation, dwindling biodiversity, the slow (or not so slow) death of the oceans and the creation of the security state on corporations’ behalf threaten not only the natural world but our capacity to democratically govern ourselves while maintaining some semblance of civilization.

Canada | Why deny the Ukrainian Nazi connection?

by David Pugliese

The Russian Embassy in Ottawa has created quite the controversy with its latest tweets about Nazi monuments in Canada.

“There are monumets (sic) to Nazi collaborators in Canada and nobody is doing anything about it,” one of the tweets noted.

Canada | Double standards as politicians and editorialists condemn neo-Nazism in Charlottesville embrace it in Ukraine

by Roger Annis

Something terribly significant happened in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11 and 12, 2017. It’s been reverberating around the world ever since.

A movement of civil rights advocates and activists came together on those two days to challenge the hateful and racist groupings in the U.S. that had descended on the city to voice neo-Nazi ideology and reverence for monuments to the slave-based Confederacy of the 18th and 19th century United States. Saying ‘never again’, the anti-racist protests in Charlottesville stopped the racists and neo-Nazis in their tracks. It was another step towards a world of social justice in which racism is ended once and for all.

Canada | Ottawa quietly eases restrictions on Canadian military mission in Ukraine

by Lee Berthiaume

The military has quietly expanded its footprint in Ukraine, giving commanders free rein to send their troops anywhere — except where they might run into Russian forces or separatist rebels.

Canada first deployed about 200 troops to Ukraine in the summer of 2015 to help train government forces in their fight against Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.

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