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June-August 2007

ATLANTIC CANADA
Special Report: The 'Atlantica' Project
(15 June) Trade unionists and other social activists are rallying in Halifax all this week against the latest annual conference of the financial big-wigs from the New England states, the Canadian Atlantic provinces and Québec promoting the Atlantica project. Photos, issues, statements of the CPC (M-L), ACCtion Against Atlantica, Alliance Against Atlantica.
(15 June) Halifax demonstration against Nova Scotia Power.
(15 June) A new and aggressive variant of old annexationist schemes to integrate the Maritimes into New England in the service of the biggest monopolies. Commentary by GARY ZATZMAN and TONY SEED
Crisis in forestry
(6 June) Crisis in forestry: Finnish-owned paper and ground wood mills in Miramichi, NB will shut down for nine to 12 months, and four more mills in Québec are facing temporary shutdown.

(7 June) Union leaders of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) from five mills in the Miramichi/Bathurst region have created an inter-union fight back committee to help save jobs in New Brunswick.
(23 May) Canadian Food Inspection Agency finally admits what the Friends of Point Pleasant Park and others have been suggesting for some time, namely that the brown spruce longhorn beetle does not attack healthy trees. CHRISTOPHER MAJKA

FIRST NATIONS
(28 June) Action in solidarity with First Nations' protests on June 29th.

FISHERIES AND OCEANS
As closely woven into the fabric of eastern Maine's economy as it is to the region's ecology, the steady decline of alewives, sometimes called river herring, prompts some fishermen and scientists to talk about the loss in both social and biological terms. MIKE CROCKER

NATIONAL
(21 June) Canadians are organizing to oppose the visit to Canada of US President George W. Bush and the meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexico's President Felipe Calderon at the Chateau Montebello in the Outaouais on August 21 and 22.
(5 June) Under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, the military of the United States and Canada are advancing NORTHCOM into a domestic military command structure, with authority extending to Mexico. JEROME CORSI
(22 June) The "visiting" warships of the US Navy need not be armed with strategic nuclear warheads, be firing their weapons or be waging war in a country to kill, maim or hurt a country's population or otherwise negatively impact the civil, political, social, economic and cultural lives of the peoples. Commentary by TONY SEED
(22 June) It is a deplorable situation indeed when the Canadian government and major media make themselves immoral instruments of prostituting Canadian women and girls, repeating outright lies as if they were facts. The message is unmistakable. Canadian women and girls: head for the bars on the weekend to look for well-heeled American sailors. Commentary by TONY SEED
(14 June) "Nothing personal sir, but your packages are not allowed on passenger airlines," said a United Parcel Service customer service agent, sitting in an American call centre. She was explaining to me that my package could not be delivered on an "early a.m." basis from Toronto to Peterborough. Commentary by FAISAL KUTTY
(11 June) The upcoming Toronto conference is titled "Immigration Policy, Border Controls, and the Terrorist Threat in Canada and the United States," organized by the monopoly-financed Fraser Institute. Their view is that the facilities and platforms of the Canadian people are not to be appropriated for anti-social ends.

WORLD
Facts on file: impoverishment of the workers and people around the world.
(12 June) The message is clear. Indeed, it's gigantic for all Iraqi's, for the entire world to see. A 100-acre compound - ten times the size of the typical US embassy, the size of 80 football fields, six times larger than the UN, the size of Vatican City. The US Embassy Compound, in the middle of Baghdad - the centre for US domination of the Middle East and its resources. DAVID PHINNEY
(17 June) David Petraeus, chief officer of the US armed forces in Iraq, predicts that the military occupation of the Mesopotamian nation will last for at least another decade.
(23 June) Evidence against the Lockerbie bomber was fabricated and manipulated on both sides of the Atlantic, according to leaked defence documents. The Scotsman
Migrant workers and families targeted in New England
Join over 16,000 Latino workers currently held in a system of local and national prisons in the US. More than 26,000 workers have "disappeared" since 9/11. Internationally, hundreds of millions of workers are forced to migrate to find a livelihood for themselves and their families. Six reports:

OCCUPIED PALESTINE
This Month in History
(15 June) Interview with Dr ISMAIL ZAYID.
(6 June) The Palestinian people's fate clearly reflects that of South Africa's indigenous majority during the colonial wars of dispossession of land and property, and the harsh discrimination and suffering of the apartheid period classified as a crime against humanity and violation of international humanitarian law. RONNIE KASRILS, MP

SPORT & RECREATION
Friendship First! Canadian high school students and baseball lovers get involved in a solidarity effort in Cuba that would go way beyond their expectations. PEDRO DE LA HOZ
(15 June) Here is my first and last "letter to the editor", sent to the Halifax Daily News at the request of colleague A.J. Walling. I'm told by Alex that numerous other letters were also sent. The Transcontinental Inc.-owned Daily News is a media sponsor of the Halifax Rainmen franchise of the the American Basketball League. None of the letters were published. TONY SEED
(11 June) Teams often fail to turn up, pay players a pittance, and disappear without notice. ALEX J. WALLING
(11 June) Things do not sit well with the direction of Canadian hockey. US continentalism and other factors have overwhelmed Canadian hockey, are wrenching it from its national base and destroying its connection with the social fibre of the country.
A new generation of synthetic turf is becoming popular in the US and Canada. Unfortunately, tests of the new turf reveal heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals at levels exceeding standards. Drs WILLIAM CRAIN and JUNFENG ZHANG

SERENDIPITY
Some tern shots, a willet and a Great Blue from Mahoney's Beach. About 1/50th file size. MIKE ALMON

READINGS
On 31 July 2007 he concluded his Reflection, "The eternal flame", with the pronouncement: "Life is meaningless without ideas. There is no greater joy than to struggle in their name."
(1 May) Presentation on Security Prosperity Partnership - Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians
Breaking the Silence
Solidarity Conference for Cuban Five
Toronto, November 9-10
Organized by
Canadian Network on Cuba, Table de Concertation de Solidarité Québec-Cuba National Network on Cuba (U.S.)
Everyone Welcome!




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