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It's Terror Tuesday: Drones and remote control killing

Protest against drone attacks. (Photo:  Syracuse Peace Council / flickr)
It's another "Terror Tuesday," the day when Obama and his national security team gather to handpick the next alleged national security threats to be executed by remote control.

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Reframing Remembrance Day

As we honour today the men and women who have fought and died in uniform, it is important that our remembrance of them not be taken as an endorsement of war or a celebration of all things military. For many people, soldiers in uniform do not inspire feelings of pride but memories of horror, destruction, and death. Some of us are survivors of war or refugees. Others of us who were born here are Canadians because our parents or grandparents or great-grandparents fled the violence of wars in faraway lands.

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The hypocrisy and phony patriotism of this Libyan war

Seen through night-vision lenses aboard amphibious transport dock USS Ponce, the guided missile destroyer USS Barry fires Tomahawk cruise missiles in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn against Libya. Photo: U.S. Navy/Nathanael Miller
Control information, demonize the enemy, mention humanitarianism, obscure history and economic interests.

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The destructiveness of war-mongering

White poppies. Sometimes something rings a little bell amid the gloom, like a bird singing after a catastrophe, or a light in a raging storm. It's a symbol of peace, first introduced in Britain by the Co-operative Women's Guild in 1936. The notion that hope for peace might live, however, is apparently so outlandish that the symbol is little known and only makes rare appearances, as it did in P.E.I. this Remembrance Day, and always seems to upset someone.

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Let's make September 11 a day without war

The ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States should serve as a moment to reflect on tolerance. It should be a day of peace. Yet the rising anti-Muslim fervour here, together with the continuing U.S. military occupation of Iraq and the escalating war in Afghanistan (and Pakistan), all fuel the belief that the U.S. really is at war with Islam.

September 11, 2001, united the world against terrorism. Everyone, it seemed, was with the United States, standing in solidarity with the victims, with the families who lost loved ones. The day will be remembered for generations to come, for the notorious act of coordinated mass murder. But that was not the first Sept. 11 to be associated with terror:

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'Statistics for Afghanistan, Obama's Vietnam, are surging'

"General Petraeus is a military man constantly at war with the facts," began the MoveOn.org attack ad against Gen. David Petraeus back in 2007, after he had delivered a report to Congress on the status of the war in Iraq. George W. Bush was president, and MoveOn was accusing Petraeus of "cooking the books for the White House." The campaign asked "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" on a full-page ad in The Washington Post. MoveOn took tremendous heat for the campaign, but stood its ground.

The injured continue to suffer in Gaza

A boy who fell down and was knocked unconscious while playing with friends lies injured in the ICU unit at Gaza's al-Shifa Hospital. Because of the siege, even routine injuries have been difficult to treat. Photo: Matthew Cassel/www.justimage.org
A boy lies unconscious in the ICU unit at Gaza's al-Shifa Hospital. Because of the siege mounted by Israel, even routine injuries have been difficult to treat in Gaza.

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The injured continue to suffer in Gaza

A boy who fell down and was knocked unconscious while playing with friends lies injured in the ICU unit at Gaza's al-Shifa Hospital. Because of the siege, even routine injuries have been difficult to treat. Photo: Matthew Cassel/www.justimage.org

Thousands across Gaza live with severe injuries: youth war amputees, mothers severely burned by phosphorus bombs, countless Palestinians coping with physiological wounds, all injuries stemming from the disaster wrought on Gaza by the Israeli military assault in the winter of 2008/2009.

And war injuries remain a consistent reality in 2010. 

"Every night, even last night, Israeli warplanes bombed Gaza," said Muawiya Hassanein, director-general of ambulance and emergency services for the Palestinian Ministry of Health, in an interview from Gaza City during the recent strikes.

"Many were injured... there are serious injuries and those people are being treated right now at the European Hospital in Gaza."

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Israeli apartheid by any other name still stinks

As the annual Israeli Apartheid Week got underway this week in universities across Ontario and around the world, the denunciations are mounting. In the Ontario Legislature last week, MPPs from all parties supported a motion brought forward by Willowdale MPP Peter Shurman condemning the event and its use of the word "apartheid," which he called "hateful" and "odious." A similar motion is expected to be moved in parliament by the federal Conservatives this week.

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