John Baird, who resigned last month as Minister of Foreign Affairs, has landed a job as an advisor with Barrick Gold, a corporation that received subsidies for its mining operations from the government during the time Baird was in the Cabinet.
The announcement shortly after Minister Baird became the minister that Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) was ‘partnering’ with Barrick Gold in Peru, where the mining company was facing growing protests from the locals, while slashing funds long standing foreign aid groups caused astir three years ago.
In 2013, a United Nations report estimated that the cocaine trade through West Africa was worth at least $1.25 billion a year. This is higher than the combined government budgets of several countries in the region, which has become an important transhipment point between Latin America producers and consumers in the United States and Europe.
This cash flow threatens to corrode the institutions of the state and undermine economic progress and democratic practice in a part of the world that has only recently emerged from several decades of violent conflict and instability.
When paradigms shift, tyrants fall, or corporations lose their market it is often not from some spectacular event, but by a single, humanizing display. We have just witnessed such an event during the interview of high-profile GMO advocate Patrick Moore. This viral video has exploded in popularity giving yet another sign, along with recoiling public dollars, that genetically modified organisms are not wanted. Moore does a near perfect job in less than two minutes to show the world the unempathetic, hypocritical face of the biotech/GMO industry stripped of all spin, lies, and deception.
Students marching in Quebec earlier this week. (Facebook / ASSÉ)
While the U.S. media have remained relatively quiet about it, students in Quebec are in the middle of what may become the country’s biggest series of demonstrations since 2012’s Maple Spring — and potentially the largest strike in Canadian history. Organized primarily by the province-wide student union Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante,66 local student associations — spanning 10 campuses and 55,000 students — have declared an indefinite general strike. A total of 102,000 students will join in on April 2 for the #manif2avril national day of action. More student associations will be holding votes on whether to join in the coming weeks.
President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Obama wants to raise the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal year 2016 by $35 billion more than the caps that exist under current law allow. McCain wants to see Obama his $35 billion and raise him $17 billion more. Last week, the House and Senate Budget Committees attempted to meet Obama’s demands by pressing to pour tens of billions of additional dollars into the uncapped supplemental war budget.
What will this new avalanche of cash be used for? A major ground war in Iraq? Bombing the Assad regime in Syria? A permanent troop presence in Afghanistan? More likely, the bulk of the funds will be wielded simply to take pressure off the Pentagon’s base budget so it can continue to pay for staggeringly expensive projects like the F-35 combat aircraft and a new generation of ballistic missile submarines. Whether the enthusiastic budgeteers in the end succeed in this particular maneuver to create a massive Pentagon slush fund, the effort represents a troubling development for anyone who thinks that Pentagon spending is already out of han
Contributed to The Globe and Mail (includes correction)
This open letter is signed by 17 former presidents of the Canadian Bar Asociation: Simon V. Potter, Bernard Amyot, Thomas G. Heintzman, L. Yves Fortier, D. Kevin Carroll, Brian A. Tabor, J. Guy Joubert, J.J. Camp, Trinda L. Ernst, Robert Brun, Rod Snow, Paul Fraser, Daphné Dumont, Russell Lusk, Wayne Chapman, Gordon F. Proudfoot and Susan T. McGrath.
There is an inexorable link among security, threats and terrorism
The Harper government with the current motion to continue the intervention into Iraq and extend the mission into Syria is conflating security, threats and terrorism. The government believes, with the increased attack against ISIL, that security can be achieved through militarism, threats against Canada will end, and terrorism will be reduced. This conflation has contributed to the Harper government misconstruing both Article 51 of the UN Charter and Bill C 51
Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general, said the US-led invasion of Iraq was a mistake and helped to create the Islamist State militant group. He also blamed regional powers for making the conflict worse.
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A lobbyist for Monsanto, who claimed the company’s Roundup weed killer was safe for humans to drink a large quantity of, refused to consume some himself when offered it during a television interview with French cable channel Canal+.
Stephen Leahy is co-winner of the 2012 Prince Albert/United Nations Global Prize for reporting on Climate Change and author of critically-acclaimed new book: Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use To Make Everyday Products (Firefly Books).
The Quibú River, running through the El Náutico neighbourhood in Havana, is always full of garbage. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Mar 26 2015 (IPS) - Pollution is likely to be the most pressing global health issue in the coming years without effective prevention and clean-up efforts, experts say.
Air, water and soil pollution already kills nearly nine million people a year and cripples the health of more than 200 million people worldwide. Far more people die from pollution than from malaria and HIV/AIDS combined.
President Obama with members of his cabinet speaking to the Democratic Governors Association. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a cornerstone of Mr. Obama’s remaining economic agenda
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WASHINGTON — An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed byPresident Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment “expectations” and hurt their business, according to a classified document.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership — a cornerstone of Mr. Obama’s remaining economic agenda — would grant broad powers to multinational companies operating in North America, South America and Asia. Under the accord, still under negotiation but nearing completion, companies and investors would be empowered to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings — federal, state or local — before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations.