Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I'm back to work for the Global Network. Will continue to help Lisa Savage for US Senate campaign on my free time. Trying to self-isolate as much as possible. Best wishes and good luck to you all.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

CANADA BUILDING MORE WARSHIPS



Tamara Lorincz, a Global Network board member from Halifax in Canada, is leading protests against Canada's huge increase in warship building while their government makes dramatic cuts in social spending and environmental programs.

Canada has approached the government of Singapore (and other nations) with a proposal to establish a Canadian military base there as a “logistics facility” that would support the US-NATO “Pivot to Asia”. Defence Minister Peter MacKay has admitted Canada’s “military tempo” is at the highest levels since the Korean War. Because the US is exhausted from the resistance to its occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq as well as from the capitalist economic crisis, Canada has in MacKay’s words, “become a go-to” country to meet the global demands of Canadian and US corporate imperialism. The conservative Harper government will not reveal to its own citizens the content of these new basing agreements or exactly how many or which countries it is negotiating with.

The Canadian people are overwhelmingly opposed to their role in the occupation of Afghanistan and the growing militaristic position their nation is taking alongside NATO.

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