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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 January 6
Roger Annis | Exploding oil trains, including the latest in North Dakota on Dec. 30, should be cause for concern in the Vancouver region.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog December 31
Roger Annis | The ice storm in Canada and the U.S. raises vital concerns about emergency preparedeness and where a world controlled by climate change deniers could lead us.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog December 23
Roger Annis | The fossil fuel industry offensive in British Columbia and across Canada is proceeding relentlessly. This is a report from some of the key fronts of the fossil fuel wars.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog October 7
Roger Annis | His visit has been stalled for more than one year by Ottawa. Finally, James Anaya arrives in Canada and begins an inquiry on behalf of the UN Human Rights Council.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog October 2
Roger Annis | The eighth report of the IPCC is a stern warning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And the oil by rail derailments are mounting. But the Canadian government's fossil fuel agenda is unbowed.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog September 18
Roger Annis | Several tens of thousands of people marched in Montreal on Saturday, Sept. 14 to voice their opposition to the Quebec government's newly proposed Charter of Quebec Values.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog July 8
The location of the town of Lac Megantic is indicated here with a symbol in the
Roger Annis | In the wee hours of Saturday, July 6, just after midnight, a train hauling 73 cars of petroleum product derailed and exploded in the centre of the town of Lac Mégantic, Quebec.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog July 5
Mark Schuller | Things appear to be getting better in Haiti, but a closer look reveals the cracks in the otherwise smooth veneer of progress.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog June 13
Center for Economic Policy Research | Two thirds of Haitians are going hungry, according to a recent report by Associated Press.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog June 5
Roger Annis | The B.C. government announced last week that it opposes the Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline proposal "in its present form." Celebration must be tempered with caution.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog May 24
Photo: The Bullet
Roger Annis | The May 14 general election in British Columbia was a setback to progressive political forces in the province and throughout Canada. Roger Annis examines the damage and what to do next.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog May 10
Roger Annis | President Bill Clinton and Canadian Ambassador Henri-Paul Normandin are among those who extol sweatshop factory investment as a key to Haiti's future. Many women who work there think otherwise.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog May 7
Roger Annis | Mali is undergoing a new colonization looking a lot like what Haiti has endured since 2004. French parliament votes to extend combat mission while UN Security Council readies a policing force.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 27
Roger Annis | Postmedia columnist Christie Blatchford has sparked intense anger following her column claiming an inebriated 15-year-old girl could "consent" to sex.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 26
Beverly Bell and Alexis Erkert | As we mourn the deaths of nearly 200 people in yesterday’s garment factory collapse outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, we publish this article about the very issue of garment labour exploitation.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 24
Ryan Sawatzky | Grassroots schools in Haiti: A key and necessary front in the struggle for a public education system.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 23
Roger Annis | The father says his teen daughter was "disappointed to death" by institutional inaction following a sexual assault she suffered in 2011.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 16
Roger Annis | For Britain's one per cent, Margaret Thatcher was an icon. But her record was a cruel class war that has magnified inequalities and deepened Britain's economic uncertainties.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 12
Kim Ives | Wikileaks' newly created PlusD search engine catalogues 1970s-era U.S. diplomatic cables. An editor at Haiti Liberté explains what the cables show about U.S. ties to the Duvalier tyranny.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 9
Travis Ross | The promises and claims fall far short in Haiti president Michel Martelly's pro-private education policy.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 4
Beverly Bell | Haiti's police and foreign military occupation regimes grind on with too little justice for the people they claim to serve.Haitians.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog April 2
Roger Annis | Montreal police continue to use an archaic, municipal regulation to violently shut down street protests.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog March 28
Roger Annis | Quebec Premier Pauline Marois backs Montreal and Quebec City police using archaic municipal regulation to shut down student and anti-police brutality protests.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog March 20
Roger Annis | The Supreme Court of Canada made a second ruling in two months extending Métis rights and historical recognition.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog March 6
Kim Ives | Venezuela helped Haiti by building power stations, expanding electricity networks, improving airports, supplying garbage trucks, and supporting widely-deployed Cuban medical teams.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog February 28
Roger Annis | The appearance today by Jean-Claude Duvalier before a Haitian court is a significant moment for the Haitian people and for human rights advocates around the world.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog February 22
Roger Annis | Former Haiti tyrant Jean-Claude Duvalier is dodging his day of reckoning for human rights crimes while the UN is dodging its responsibility for Haiti's disastrous cholera epidemic.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog February 20
Roger Annis | Haiti grassroots groups and international human rights organizations want a vigorous human rights prosecution of Jean Claude Duvalier as he appears in a Haiti court on Feb. 21 on lesser charges.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog February 9
Roger Annis | Will the former dictator of Haiti, now living comfortably again in the U.S.-dominated country, ever face justice ?
Blog - Roger Annis's blog January 31
Dr. John Carroll | Guest column by Dr. John Carroll: "How long should we let hundreds of thousands of Haitians live in horrid tents and shacks after the earthquake of 2010?"