The European Union yesterday gave the aging world establishment and Canada in particular, another lesson into what creating progress means and entails.
Ironic, listening to the voices of the youth and elders gathered at the Assembly of First Nations conference this week that the EU managed to accomplish exactly what Aboriginal voices for change are calling for here in Canada.
They want to see action taken, amendments passed, legislation provided to follow up on the words and discussions regarding what needs to change.
“We have already identified what needs to change, what we need now is a government or other authoritative body which has the will and the power to initiate those changes with concrete action,” said one of the attendees at the AFN in Yukon, Canada.
That is exactly what the European Union did this week regarding the decades-discussed situation between Palestine and Israel.
In July of 2005 the International Court at The Hague declared Israeli presence on all land beyond Israel’s 1967 state boundaries to be an illegal occupation on illegally-occupied territory.
So what? Israel not only remained in the illegally-occupied territories (predominantly Gaza and the West Bank), but over the last eight years since the International ruling Israel has actually increased their illegal presence with army, industry and settlers – doing business in the illegally-occupied territories with companies from all over the world, including Canada and the EU.
So, after eight years of watching Israel and some of its own member states disregard International Law, the European Union yesterday decreed that all existing financial, cultural, sporting and academic agreements or arrangements between EU member states and Israeli-business conducted in the illegally-occupied territories are now null and void.
Furthermore, there will be no more agreements or arrangements between EU member states and Israeli-business in the illegally-occupied territories moving forward until Israel declares IN WRITING that it recognizes the territories as illegally-occupied and is prepared to evolve in conformation with International Law.
This is a positive step forward that wasn’t even recognized or reported on by the mainstream Canadian press.
Perhaps this wasn’t reported on in Canada to avoid any rational, sane person from seeing that the exact same exploitation that was being carried on in the Illegally-occupied territories by Israeli companies is what Canadian mining and clothing companies do themselves when they set-up shop in foreign countries. The goal is to avoid meeting the same standards of pay and regulation as they would if they were paying Canadian workers, thus increasing their own profits. That is exactly how Israeli companies exploited workers in the illegally-occupied territories.
The culture of foreign exploitation by Canadian business has become so mainstream and accepted in this country that the effects have filtered through to corrupt the biggest of all recipients of Canadian business funding: Canadian politics and political actors.
Canadian activists have become so complacent and even dependent on the status quo that they have replaced their desire for “change” and settled for simply scapegoating anyone they can blame for their problems.
Replacing real change and progress with simple scapegoating is what has made Canadian activists become pigs themselves in the eyes of the world and a hindrance to global progress.
The shame of this country has been that as soon as one level of corruption is effectually condoned by the people who do nothing to stop it, the corrupt establishment especially from Quebec, take that as their cue to then further exploit people.
So what we’ve had in this country over the last 10 years is three stages of corruption that has made this province and country dirty and sadder in the eyes of the rest of the world than it ever has been before.
The first stage of complacent corruption was seeing global business exploiting other global communities, like the exploitation of Palestinians by Israeli business, and not lifting a finger or saying a word about it.
Then came the second stage, where Canadian companies themselves began to exploit global communities. Why wouldn’t they? No one in this country gave a damn that people elsewhere were being exploited so why wouldn’t Canadian companies join in the dinosaur gravy train as well?
Now we have arrived at the third stage, where Canadian companies and politics are fully secure in exploiting their own people and resources.
Canadians didn’t say a word while our companies got fat exploiting other countries so who do Canadians think is going protect them from being exploited themselves by the same companies? Politicians? Don’t count on it. Tom Mulcair is sponsored and financed to be a puppet by the same pigs who sponsored and financed Paul Martin’s Liberals: the very companies themselves!
As the world becomes more and more determined to put an end to this exploitation, we will see more decrees like the one made by the EU this week. And as it becomes harder and harder for international companies to continue exploiting foreign workers, those companies will simply move to increase and replace their profit margins by exploiting more workers at home.
I hope Canadians are ready for what they deserve, because by doing nothing while our companies exploited others for decades, Canadians have accepted this fate for themselves.
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