Jagmeet Singh Elected Leader of Canada’s NDP

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Canada’s first non-white  and  the first Sikh to lead a federal party.

Message from Jagmeet Singh:

I don’t have the words to capture this journey, or how it feels right now to be writing to you as Leader of Canada’s NDP, but let me say that it is a profound honour. I am so thankful for this opportunity to serve.

Campaigns are never about individual candidates, but about teams and what we achieve together. So I want to begin my time as Leader by saying thank you to my incredible team, as well as all of the campaign teams and the thousands of volunteers and supporters who believed in our New Democratic message across the country.

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Canada is Missing its Chance to Shut the Gate on...

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Nuclear Weapons Everywhere

By MV Ramana, Lauren Borja
 
Last month, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (or the Ban Treaty) opened for signatures to all member states at the United Nations. The treaty is a product of sustained activism by civil society and key non-nuclear weapon states.

As researchers who study nuclear policy, we see this development as a landmark in the struggle to eliminate nuclear weapons.

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https://theconversation.com/canada-is-missing-its-chance-to-shut-the-gate-on-nuclear-weapons-everywhere-84672

Canada’s Nuclear Diplomacy is Make-believe

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By Paul Meyer and Ramesh Thakur
 
The late U.S. senator and one-time ambassador to the United Nations, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, famously rebuked a political opponent: "You are entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts."

As a society and political system, we rely, especially in Parliament, on a modicum of veracity in our discourse. When serious and complex issues are debated, it is important that their factual basis is accurate. Alas, this has not been the fate of issues surrounding the recently adopted Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that Canada has chosen to reject.

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https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/canadas-nuclear-diplomacy-is-make-believe/article36433618/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

Poroshenko And Trudeau

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By Jim Miles

Canada’s Ukrainian attitude is supported by its internal Ukrainian cohort and more broadly by its warmongering imperial backing of U.S. adventurism to capture…well, the world.

The Canadian government operates under as many double standards as that of the U.S. and its other NATO allies. Russia did not invade Donbas, but more than likely supplied the rebel defenders with equipment, (much as the U.S. does globally). And what were they rebelling against, you dare not ask?

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/09/25/poroshenko-and-trudeau/

The Box of Fire - A Hockey Legend

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By Luke Sequeira *

Once upon a time there existed 3 dimensions: fire (good), ice (bad) and earth. The fire dimension was ruled by a red peacock named Ko, and the ice dimension was ruled by a creature that was called “The Sickle”. Ko created the first people on earth in the nation of Canada. The peacock gave these people a secret gift which he hid at the bottom of the deepest ocean on earth. Soon The Sickle and Ko fought, and kept on fighting until the dimensions crumbled! At the end of the battle, The Sickle won and locked Ko in a cage of ice, deep down in the ocean.

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The Fish Eyes Trilogy – A Treat to Remember

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By A Correspondent

Anita Majumdar’s classic solo play, The Fish Eyes Trilogy addresses social stereotypes, high school shenanigans and shows us how patriarchal societies tend to be. 

Anita is an accomplished actress and a terrific dancer.  She hops in and out of many characters simultaneously with great ease.  Her choreography takes the story forward without any hesitation. 

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Gandhi’s Truth: Ending Human Violence One Commitment...

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At A Time 

By Robert J Burrowes


Gandhi Jayanti – 2 October, the date of Mohandas K. Gandhi’s birth in 1869 and the International Day of Nonviolence – offers an opportunity to reflect on human violence and to ponder ways to end it. There may be a fast way to end human violence but, if there is, Gandhi did not know it. Nor do I. Nor does anyone else that I have read or asked either. But this does not mean there is no way to end human violence.

Human violence has a cause. See ‘Why Violence?’ and ‘Fearless Psychology and Fearful Psychology: Principles and Practice’. It has many manifestations. And it can be ended. But if this is to happen, then many of us must make the commitment to work towards that end. This is because, as Gandhi noted: ‘The future depends on what we do in the present.’

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http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/09/27/gandhis-truth-ending-human-violence-one-commitment-at-a-time/

NDTV, Indian Express And The Relevance And ...

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Responsibility Of Mainstream Media

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat

The Indian Express has silently withdrawn the report of sale of #NDTV. It was strange because an Express story does not come that easily to be refused. The track record of the Indian Express as far as the mainstream media is concern, is far superior and authentic to any of its contemporaries. Even today, the news stories in the Indian Express remain far more scathing than including NDTV which has always tried to balance things. Then what happened to this story. Why the Express allowed this story to die or did not speak a sentence. How can such a big story come to an end without any questioning.

Read the full article at:
http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/09/23/ndtv-indian-express-and-the-relevance-and-responsibility-of-mainstream-media/

Chhattisgarh: Insecure in Sukma

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant; Institute for Conflict Management

On September 21, 2017, Security Forces (SFs) killed an ‘area commander’ of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), identified as Podiyam Bheema, during an encounter in the forests between Pidmel and Palamdgu villages under Polampalli Police Station limits in Sukma District. SFs later recovered the dead body of the slain Maoist along with three country-made firearms, explosives and other materials. The slain Maoist was handling operations in at least 10 villages in the area.

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Chhattisgrah: Narayanpur: Entering the Heartland

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On August 16, 2017, three cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) were arrested by the Security Forces (SFs) from Tumiradi village in the Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. The arrested Maoists were identified as Vijay Dhruva, Gore Hichami and Maniram Dhruva.

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Manipur: Violent Highlands

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

Suspected militants of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM) attacked a combined team of the banned terror outfit People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) at Makan village in Kamjong District near Border Pillar No, 8 along the Indo-Myanmar border, on September 12, 2017. NSCN-IM cadres killed five militants of the rival groups, identified as PLA ‘sergeant major’ Richard aka Wareppam Dinesh, PLA ‘sergeant’ Lalloi aka Khundrakpam Sunil, PLA ‘private’ Nanao aka Moirangthem Tomba, PLA ‘private’ Sinthouba aka Konjengbam Shyamsundar and MNPF cadre Raikham Jajo aka Nimai Jazo. The NSCN-IM militants took away the weapons of their slain rivals.

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OCTOBER 2017

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