Category: Opinions and Debates

Trump threats on South China Sea heighten war risk

by Peter Symonds, World Socialist Website
Just days after taking office, the Trump administration has set course for a conflict with China over the South China Sea that threatens military clashes and war.
President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, on Tuesday backed up an earlier assertion by the administration’s nominee for secretary of state, former Exxon […]

The making of Lia Tarachansky’s “On the Side of the Road”

Filmmaker Lia Tarachansky in Winnipeg Nov 9, 2016. Photo: Paul S. Graham
Winnipeg, Nov. 9, 2016: Israeli filmmaker and correspondent for The Real News Network Lia Tarachansky screened and then discussed the motivation for and the making of her documentary film “On the Side of the Road.” The former West Bank settler examines Israelis’ unwillingness and/or […]

Selling war and exploitation in Canada

Yves Engler in Winnipeg, Nov. 2, 2016 Photo: Paul S. Graham
Winnipeg, Nov. 2, 2016: Author/activist Yves Engler was at the University of Winnipeg to promote his most recent book, “A Propaganda System: How Canada’s government, corporations, media and academia sell war and exploitation.” Yv`es has published eight other books: Canada in Africa — 300 Years […]

Palestinian situation similar to that of First Nations

June 11, 2016: Mary Elizabeth Stanley speaking at the 35th annual Winnipeg Walk for Peace on the parallels between First Nations and Palestinian struggles. Photo: Paul S. Graham
by Mary Elizabeth Stanley
Good afternoon! And welcome to everyone here and thank you all for showing support in this year’s Walk for Peace. It is truly an honor […]

Don’t let fear dictate our refugee policy

by Shahina Siddiqui
The horrific and cowardly attacks by IS in Turkey, Beirut and Paris are a reminder that violence begets violence. French President François Hollande, by declaring war on IS, has unleashed air strikes against IS “headquarters” — a heavily populated area where undoubtedly there will be civilian casualties in the hundreds.
The difference is there […]

Harper and terrorists misuse the term “jihad”

Photo: Paul S. Graham
by Shahina Siddiqui
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s obsession with what he considers jihad is reaching the point of fatal attraction. In his latest assault on Canadians’ rights and freedoms, Harper has promised if elected he will ban travel to “terrorist hot spots.” He says, with a straight face, that it will help make […]

Muslims unfairly targeted in Canadian Senate report

Shahina Siddiqui. Photo: Paul S. Graham
By Shahina Siddiqui
The Senate’s Conservative-dominated standing committee on national security and defence released its interim report Thursday — and it is off-the-scale ridiculous, but not surprising.
This, of course, is the committee that I was invited to present at, and was put through a McCarthy-style inquisition by Conservative senators. I was […]

Canadian intervention in Ukraine contrary to peace and democracy

April 17, 2015: Jason Kenney, the minister of National Defence, General Tom Lawson, the chief of defence staff at a news conference detailing Canada’s growing military intervention in Ukraine. Photo: Canadian Forces
By Glenn Michalchuk
The decision of the Canadian government to send 200 troops to train the Ukrainian army will only intensify the divisions that have […]

Independent probe of Ukraine catastrophe needed

A view of a house destroyed in an air strike carried out by Ukrainian armed forces in the village of Stanitsa Luganskaya , on July 2, 2014. (AFP Photo) RT
OPINION: Civil Society Calls For Impartial Inquiry on Air Crash and Catastrophe in Ukraine
By Alice Slater
NEW YORK, Sep 2 2014 (IPS) – It is ironic that […]

World War One: 100 Years Later

August 4, 2014 was the hundredth anniversary of Canada’s entry into World War One. Was this war a struggle for democracy or an inter-imperialist feud that got out of control? Was it the crucible in which Canadian nationhood was forged (a theory popular with Canadian Conservatives) or have Harper’s Tories decided to use the war […]