Category: Opinions and Debates

NATO at 60

Statement by the Canadian Peace Alliance On April 4th 2009, NATO will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a summit meeting in Strasbourg, France. NATO has emerged as a broad military alliance that integrates the foreign policy and decision making of…

What next in Afghanistan?

by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, March 30, 2009 After seven long years in which it seemed a sideshow to the bigger conflict in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan has reached a critical point. The US must now choose how far it…

Afghanistan’s Killing Fields

March 24, 2009: Five American helicopters swooped in, filled with American Special Forces troops. Moments later, five Afghan civilians were dead, at least one of whom was killed as he slept. Just another day in Afghanistan. How many civilians have…

Abousfian Abdelrazik

Abousfian Abdelrazik is a victim of the post-9/11 madness that is corroding human rights in Canada. His case is yet one more reminder that our federal government is determined to continue to violate cherished rights and freedoms. His story is…

Afghanistan: A surge towards disaster

by Anthony Fenton, Asia Times, March 14, 2009 As United States President Barack Obama simultaneously escalates and crafts a new strategy for the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led counter-insurgency war and occupation in Afghanistan, critics say that the “surge”…

Seven years in Iraq

President Obama spoke to Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., where President Bush in 2003 rallied support for the war. (Jim Young/Reuters) The War is Not Over By JOHN ROSS, Counterpunch, March 12, 2009 The day we human shields rolled into…

Bush League Justice

Should George W. Bush Be Arrested in Calgary Alberta To Be Tried For International Crimes? by Anthony J. Hall, Professor of Globalization Studies, University of Lethbridge, March 6, 2009 George W. Bush and Omar al-Bashir Serious allegations of criminality are…

Doomsday Clock May Finally Stop Ticking

by Haider Rizvi, IPS, Feb. 23, 2009 UNITED NATIONS, Feb 23 (IPS) – The Barack Obama administration’s apparent resolve to take U.S. foreign policy in a new direction is creating ripples of hope for an enhanced U.N. agenda on nuclear…

Attack of the Killer Robots

Designed by Massachusetts-based defense contractor Foster-Miller, the Special Weapons Observation Remote Direct-Action System, or SWORDS, stands three feet tall and can be equipped with machine guns and rocket launchers. The Pentagon’s dream of a techno army is doomed to fail…