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Roger Annis's blog

Roger Annis is a lifetime socialist and union member and activist. He began his political activism with the Young Socialists of the day while at university in Nova Scotia. Since then, he has lived in most regions of Canada, including in Montreal where he became fluent in French. He is a retired aerospace worker living in Vancouver. He writes regularly on topics of social justice, peace, and on issues concerning Haiti. His personal blog can be found at http://www.rogerannis.com/. He is a founding editor in October 2014 of [url=http://newcoldwar.org/]The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond.[/url] In 2004, he helped to found the Canada Haiti Action Network and continues to co-edit its [url=http://www.canadahaitiaction.ca/]website.[/url]

Blog - Roger Annis's blog May 20
Roger Annis | Capitalist plunder and foreign political meddling have produced predictable disastrous results in Haiti and Ukraine. Now another similarity -- calls for foreign 'peacekeeper' intervention.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog May 4
Roger Annis | A survey by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology shows 70 per cent of Ukrainians want a negotiated end to the settlement. Why is Western mainstream press silent about such a finding?
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 29
Roger Annis | Two reports originally published in Russia paint a shocking picture of torture and abuse by Ukrainian armed forces against prisoners of war and detained civilians.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 27
Roger Annis | Canada's decision to join the U.S. and U.K. in sending soldiers to Ukraine dims the prospect of a political solution to the war there. Canadians should support diplomacy over war.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 21
Roger Annis | The situation in eastern Ukraine is fraught with danger and suffering. Progressive opinion in the world should act to prevent Kyiv from entering into another cycle of murderous war.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 21
Roger Annis | Ukraine's descent into right-wing extremism has killed thousands in eastern Ukraine. Now journalists and opposition politicians are falling.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 21
Roger Annis | For some residents of eastern Ukraine, the current ceasefire is "on paper" only. Residential districts along the demarcation line still suffer shelling from the Ukrainian army.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 11
Roger Annis | Pity the proponents of the Alberta tar sands. Two pipeline proposals for the B.C. coast are mired in controversy and opposition, and now an oil spill has fouled Vancouver's harbour and beaches.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 7
Roger Annis | Pianist Valentina Lisitsa appeals to her supporters to convince Toronto Symphony to lift its ban against her.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog March 31
Roger Annis | "The people and territory of Ukraine are being used as war proxies to get at Russia. Yet, there is nary a peep of disagreement in the Parliament in Ottawa."
Blog - Roger Annis's blog March 25
Roger Annis | Police in Quebec City and Montreal attacked student protests on the evening of March 24. In Quebec City, 274 were arrested!74 people! See news of that further below.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog March 24
Roger Annis | Ceasefire violations by Ukraine armed forces againsn the east of the country are routine while the war talk in NATO capitals tells all that is needed to know about where events are headed.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog March 16
Roger Annis | A familiar script. An elected leader, this time in Russia, who the Western powers do not like because does not dance to their tune. He becomes the target of insult and destabilizing speculation.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog March 10
Roger Annis | Globe writers join colleagues at the Toronto Star in vaunting fundraising in Canada for weapons by Ukraine's extreme right.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog March 9
Roger Annis | The case for war in Ukraine and for sanctions and war threats against Russia hangs on a fraudulent claim--that the Crimean people are hapless victims of "annexation" by Russia.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog February 20
Roger Annis | Canada's mainstream media and state boradcaster are unanimous in their support of the war. But the Toronto Star goes one step further in promoting the extreme right.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog February 18
Roger Annis | A political earthquake is shaking Ukraine as the Minsk-2 ceasefire puts an end to Kyiv's dream of conquering the country's its rebellious east.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog February 14
Roger Annis | Without significant political change away from the war and austerity 'party in power' in Kyiv, it's unlucky this latest ceasefire agreement will being any lasting peace to Ukraine.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog February 6
Roger Annis | The observer mission in Ukraine of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe confirms that the government in Kyiv is undeterred in its use of cluster weapons agasint civilians.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog January 30
Roger Annis | Canada's mainstream media is uniform and unserving in presenting the war in Ukraine as "Russian aggression." The Star takes that a step further when it promotes the causes of Ukraine's extreme right.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog January 29
Roger Annis | Any new sanctions against Russia by the European Union require unanimous consent of its 28 members. All of a sudden, there is a government in Europe unwillling to jump on the anti-Russia bandwagon.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog January 23
Roger Annis | A settlement of $200 million has been reached, but some of the largest companies involved in the disaster are not contributing.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog January 11
Roger Annis | Newspaper in Kharkiv is firebombed after being accused of airing "seperatist" views.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog December 30
Roger Annis | Ukraine Rada votes for harsh austerity budget with big hikes in military spending. IMF threatened financial cutoff by December 31 if the budget wasn't approved.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog December 29
Yulia Malkin | Report from the frontlines of the war in eastern Ukraine, amidst a very fragile ceasefire.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog December 19
Roger Annis | Historic announcement in Washington and Havana on December 17 of shift in hostile U.S. policy towards Cuba.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog December 19
Roger Annis | The decision of Crimea in March of this year to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation is a key pretext for in eastern Ukraine. What lies behind Crimea's decision?
Blog - Roger Annis's blog December 9
Roger Annis | A new, extensive documentary report on the vast expansion of oil by rail in North America has been produced by a journalist team from the Weather Channel and InsideClimate News.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog December 8
Roger Annis | More than 100,000 jobs have disappeared from Canada's forest industry in the past 10 years.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog December 6
Roger Annis | John Tory says trains carrying oil and other dangerous cargos should not be running through Toronto neighbourhoods. But he's an unlikely candidate to wage the necessary fight against Big Rail.

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