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War resisters update: First they came for ...

Robin Long was the first Iraq war resister to be deported from Canada in July, 2008. He sought refuge in B.C., refusing to fight in what he still considers an illegal and immoral war.

The twenty-five year old from Idaho was given a dishonourable discharge from the US military and sentenced by court marshal to fifteen months in prison; the longest desertion sentence since the beginning of the Iraq war. He is likely to be released in July 2009. As conditional to his deportation, Long cannot re-enter Canada to visit his girlfriend or son for the next ten years.

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Another Left is possible: The protests in France and the New Anti-Capitalist Party

It would be wrong to see last Thursday's massively successful protest actions in France as distant and exotic, of no particular relevance to us here in Canada. With the economic meltdown heralding a new political era, and with most of the country's Left and social movements still stunned and disoriented following their embrace of the misguided and failed Liberal-led coalition plan, the French experience is instructive and inspiring.

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Courts allow Safe Third Country Agreement to operate

The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal, on June 27, 2008, reversed the Federal Court decision that had struck down the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States. The Federal Court of Canada had overturned the "Canada United States Safe Third Country Agreement" in a judgment issued on November 29, 2007.

In his 124-page decision Mr. Justice Michael Phelan ruled that the Safe Third Country Agreement which came into effect on December 29, 2004 and regulated refugee movement between Canada and the USA violated refugee rights and that the United States did not meet the conditions required to be considered a "Safe Country" under the terms of the Agreement.

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Israeli Apartheid Week beats back attacks on free speech

Despite intense government and media attacks, Israeli Apartheid Week was a big success this year. The annual student-based week of lectures and film showings, held March 1-8 in 13 cities across Canada, was marked by packed halls and respectful, attentive and passionate debate. Attendance at daily events peaked at 500 in Toronto and Ottawa, and 400 in Montreal.

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Letter to the RCMP: Entry must be denied to war criminal Bush

Officer in charge, RCMP War Crimes Section
110 Place d'Orléans, Room 2200
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0R2

Attention Officer in Charge of RCMP War Crimes Section;

George W. Bush is reported to be planning to visit Calgary Alberta on or before March 17, 2009 as a guest of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

We are writing to report that:

• George W. Bush, former President of the United States and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, is inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), section 35(1)(a) because of overwhelming evidence that he has 'committed, outside Canada, torture and other offences referred to in sections 4 to 7 of the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act (CAHWC); and,

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A reply to Ignatieff on Israeli Apartheid Week

Michael Ignatieff, sometimes described as Canada's "Prime Minister in Waiting," is sometimes falsely accused of justifying torture. He is actually much more sophisticated. He is willing to consider torture, and thinks that people, like him, who are against torture should be honest with themselves that this might be a costly decision. He wrote in Prospect in April 2006.

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Equal pay is not negotiable

We may have to erect a tombstone on Parliament Hill and inscribe it "Here lies pay equity," if Canada's MPs support the Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act, buried deep in C-10, the Conservatives' Budget Implementation Act.

Eleven recipients of the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, the country's highest honour given to women, and more than 60 experts on women's human rights have called on Stephen Harper to drop this legislation because it empties women's right to equal pay for equal work of its meaning. But media space has more readily been given to those denigrating pay equity with such old saws as "Equal pay for work of equal value is like comparing apples and oranges."

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Why we should all support Israeli Apartheid Week

This is the fifth consecutive year of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). Launched in Toronto, this week-long initiative hosts a string of lectures, film screenings, panels, demonstrations, cultural performances and other events across campuses and community centers around the world to inform the public about the continuing violations of one of the longest and devastating occupations in modern history.

IAW seeks to raise awareness about Israel's apartheid policies towards Palestinians and to mobilize support for the growing international boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign initiated in July 2005 in a statement by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations.

But if you didn't support IAW in the past, now is the time to start.

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Memo to Minister Kenney: Criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitism

As Israeli Apartheid Week gets underway, there is a major campaign currently underway to deny freedom of expression on campus to those in solidarity with Palestine on the basis of alleged anti-Semitism.

The Equity Office at Carleton University banned the Israeli Apartheid Week poster and the Provost issued a statement that threatened students with expulsion.

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From global finance to the nationalization of the banks: Eight theses on the economic crisis

1. The current economic crisis has to be understood in terms of the historical dynamics and contradictions of capitalist finance in the second half of the 20th century. Even though the spheres of capitalist finance and production are obviously intertwined (in significant ways today more than ever before), the origins of today's U.S.-based financial crisis are not rooted in a profitability crisis in the sphere of production, as was the case with the crisis of the 1970s, nor in the global trade imbalances that have emerged since.

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