By: Council of Canadians | Press Release:
Stephen Harper’s executive decision that Canada should try to join the Pacific Alliance political and trading bloc should be as controversial as his taking a trip to Peru and Colombia to dodge questions about overspending and lack of accountability in the Senate, says the Council of Canadians.
“It’s highly symbolic that the first people Harper met when he got off the plane were mining company executives,” says Council of Canadians national chairperson Maude Barlow. “The Pacific Alliance, like Canada’s existing trade and investment deals in Latin America, puts the profits of those companies above anything else. The deals, like the Alliance, have nothing to say about the environmental and human rights impact of mining in the region, which is more and more controversial, with growing resistance to Canadian mines in particular.”
“Now, the death of Hugo Chavez offers the promise of domestic oil market changes that could roil the energy world and place substantial opportunities at the feet of Canadian oil companies whose expertise in heavy crude is directly applicable to Venezuela’s Orinoco oil fields.” – Globe and Mail
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | March 5, 2013:
Did Prime Minister Stephen Harper just celebrate the death of Hugo Chávez Frías, the President of Venezuela, who died today after a 2-year battle with cancer? Celebrate as in: good riddance, now we can walk in there and promote “the principles of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights”, and get our hands on the Latin American country’s oil?
It would seem so. At least if you read the Globe and Mail.
Whistleblower reads prepared statement of explanation after pleading guilty to some, but not all, charges
By: Common Dreams | Feb. 28, 2013:
US Army Private Bradley Manning read a prepared statement on Thursday, revealing before a packed military courtroom exactly what government and military information he leaked to the whistleblower media outlet Wikileaks, and why he chose to do so.
Manning has reportedly pleaded guilty to providing Wikileaks with confidential military information though he has denied the most serious charge against him, “aiding the enemy.”