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May/June 2007


ATLANTIC CANADA
Stealing a people's land, expelling them permanently, denying any rights to their descendants - which of these is a Canadian value?
(2 May 07) In the midst of a major organizing campaign, Halifax Casino workers testify graphically to astonishing working conditions and wages being imposed on them. Lifting the veil of silence, they are openly stripping bare the glitz and glamorous facade of Casino Nova Scotia, the lucrative milch cow of the Province of Nova Scotia and the centrepiece of its tourism strategy. Parts One and Two by TONY SEED and ENA BOUTILIER
Here is an old, familiar story: workers, farmers, their families and communities are being asked to bear the burden of the striving of a large food multinational to maximize record profits, and the government leaps forward, not to sit idly by, but to consciously participate in the placating of that monopoly. TONY SEED and ENA BOUTILIER

Maple Leaf Foods is closing facilities allegedly considered too old and inefficient in favour of a more modern "new business model" designed to capitalize on the growing market for meat products. Yet this "business model" is a central part of the problem facing the small farmer and the Canadian people.

Like lessons learned with eggs, we should know not to put all our chickens in one basket, or factory. Or even two. Nova Scotia's commercial chicken farmers are about to pay the price for ignoring that advice. DIRK VAN LOON

For your reference
What happened to Hub Meat Packers, the only major beef packer in the Maritimes, after its acquisition by Maple Leaf Foods?

While grocery store pork chop prices are up 39 per cent, farm gate prices are up only 2 per cent
Some of the largest agri-business companies in the world dominate Canadian food production and distribution. Three make most of our cereal. Five retail most of our food. And just two, both American, control the beef.

The deepening troubles for workers and farmers in Nova Scotia's agricultural sector come as federal and provincial governments are actively aiding in the quest of certain monopolies for global food domination. Canada's 'new' government is striving to dismantle the Canadian Wheat Board, a nation building agency that served the interests of the farmers.

For Canadian farm families and their net incomes, 2004 was the second-worst year in history. For agribusiness, it was the best year in history. Is there a link? This report by Canada's National Farmers Union takes a detailed look at the profitability of the dominant agribusiness corporations. It follows the money. PDF

Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, 19-20 July 2006

Other regional developments
(8 May) Will the Municipal Council walk out on Lincolnville's Concerned Citizens again?

Shunpiking Online has received the following press release and photographs from the Halifax Coalition Against Poverty which we are printing for the information of our readers.
(24 Mar) Behind the Senate's call to deploy 1500 RCMP agents in Canadian ports. NATHAN J FREEMAN

NATIONAL
(12 May) We are not really told much about facts, because much of the mainstream press is 'running with power,' spinning a yarn and not willing to tell us the real story. CHRISTIAN HEYNE
(2 May) Canada breached the Geneva Protocol when it used Chemical Warfare chemicals, Agent Orange, Agent Purple and White in 1966 and 1967 on its own troops, as well as facilitated their use against the peoples of South Asia. These chemicals were manufactured in Canada by a US multinational, tested at CFB Sheffield, Alberta and were tested on the troops at CFB Gagetown, for use in Vietnam War. An Open Letter to Ottawa, WAYNE COADY

(27 Apr) The aim and method of Harper's ruinous 'Earth Day' alternative to Kyoto. GARY ZATZMAN

WORLD

(15 May) The US government and Boston University are facing protests and lawsuits for building a laboratory to research potential biological weapons in a neighbourhood whose residents are mostly African-American and Latinos.
Behind Washington's euphoria over mass-produced ethanol. To produce one litre of corn-based ethanol requires 1,200 to 3,600 litres of water. NIDIA DIAZ
(7 May) As reconstruction resumes in heavily-bombed Beirut, signs are evident of a rebuilding of resistance against Israel and the US-backed government, largely by way of increased support for Hezbollah. It is leading much of the reconstruction, not the government. DAHR JAMAIL
(2 May) The Boston chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the Wa is planning to take its call for immediate withdrawal from Iraq to all major military bases along the East Coast.
(4 May) It is one of Australia's most remote Indian Ocean territories - 2800 km NW of Perth, 2500 km from Darwin and 500 km from Singapore. Here many asylum seekers first make their refugee claims and the island has become pivotal to the Howard government's heartless response to asylum seekers. ANNA SAMSON
(2 May) US Under-Secretary of State Nicholas Burns' recent article is a reminder of America's onerous 'strategic partnership' agenda for India: defence sales, inter-operability of forces followed by joint missions, isolating Iran, and helping to prise Central Asia away from Russian influence. SIDDHARTH VARADARAJAN
$10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies ... to undermine a major climate change report.

OCCUPIED PALESTINE

(May) Israel illegally holds some 9,000 Palestinian prisoners, including some 400 children, over 100 women and over 700 administrative detainees, i.e., persons held without charge or trial, simply on the ground that the occupying Power regards them as security risks. HAJIRA QURESHI

(41) lives in Ramallah with his wife and their eight children. For over a year and a half he has been in detention without charge or trial in an Israeli military prison. ADDAMEER

(23 Aug 06) Every Palestinian prisoner's personal history is an expression of the freedom Israel allows itself in the implanting of an extreme subculture of double standard, discriminating blood from blood, human being from human being, nation from nation. AMIRA HASS

For Your Information: Dispossession of Palestinian Land, Halifax Political Forum (April, 2004) NABIL HDEIB
(26 Mar) Behind the Riyadh Summit of the Arab League stand the nation-wrecking-agendas of the United States and the European Union in West Asia, aimed especially at the Palestinians' 'Right of Return.' News Analysis by GARY ZATZMAN
(29 Mar) The UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution calling for two urgent fact-finding missions to inspect Israeli crimes in occupied Palestinian territory. www.presstv.ir
(24 Mar) Palestinian human rights organizations on his decision to visit the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
(19 Mar) Groups from 12 university campuses establish national front.
Shunpiking Online joins people of conscience from around the world in adding its voice in demanding the immediate release of political prisoner, Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a popular computer engineering professor from the University of Southern Florida and nationally prominent Muslim, Arab and Palestinian community activist.

FISHERIES AND OCEANS

(3 Apr) If these animals lived on land there would be a global outcry. But the great beasts roaming the savannahs of the open seas summon no such support. GEORGE MONBIOT

READINGS

Reflections of Cuban President Fidel Castro
(29 Mar) That is not an exaggerated figure, but rather a cautious one. I have meditated a lot on that in the wake of President Bush's meeting with US auto manufacturers.

(3 Apr) We all listened with interest to the press conference by the presidents of the United States and Brazil, as well as news about the meeting and opinions stated. Confronted with the demands of his Brazilian visitor regarding import tariffs and subsidies that protect and support US ethanol production, Bush did not make the slightest concession.
(11 Apr) George W. Bush is undoubtedly the most genuine representative of a system of terror forced on the world by the technological, economic and political superiority of the most powerful country known to this planet. For this reason, we share the tragedy of the American people and their ethical values. The instructions for the verdict issued by Judge Kathleen Cardone, of the El Paso Federal Court last Friday, granting Luis Posada Carriles freedom on bail, could only have come from the White House.
The former colonies or neocolonies that had been promised a glowing future after World War II had not yet awakened from the Bretton Woods dream. From top to bottom, the system had been designed for exploitation and plundering.
(15 May) María Luisa Mendonça brought to the meeting in Havana, a powerful documentary film on the subject of manual sugarcane cutting in Brazil.
(17 May) At the 6th Hemispheric Meeting in Havana, when the discussion turned to the subject of production of biofuels from foodstuffs, which are constantly getting more expensive, the huge majority voiced their opposition with indignation. But it was undeniable that some individuals with prestige, authority and good faith had been won over by the idea that the planet's biomass would suffice for both things in a relatively short time, mindless of the urgency to produce the foods, which are already scarce enough, that would be used as raw material for ethanol and agridiesel.
(21 May) THE press dispatches bring the news; it belongs to the Astute Class, the first of its kind to be constructed in Great Britain in more than two decades. 'A nuclear reactor will allow it to navigate without refueling during its 25 years of service. Since it makes its own oxygen and drinking water, it can circumnavigate the globe without needing to surface,' was the statement to the BBC by Nigel Ward, head of the shipyards. 'It's a mean-looking beast,' says another. 'Looming above us is a construction shed 12 stories high. Within it are 3 nuclear-powered submarines at different stages of construction,' assures yet another. Someone says that 'it can observe the movements of cruisers in New York Harbor right from the English Channel, drawing close to the coast without being detected and listen to conversations on cell phones.' 'In addition, it can transport special troops in mini-subs that, at the same time, will be able to fire lethal Tomahawk missiles for distances of 1,400 miles,' a fourth person declares.
(23 May) To give humanity a respite and an opportunity to science and to the dubious good sense of the decision-makers, it is not necessary to take food away from two-thirds of the inhabitants of the planet.


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