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Max Forte's List: AJP--Canada in Afghanistan

    • 10 November 2012
    • The Red Poppy: Symbol of the New Militarism
    • The Red Poppy: Symbol of Peace or Symbol of War? 
       By Nora Loreto,
       November 10, 2012

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    • 09 September 2011
    • Islamophobia: Canadian Government Policy, and the Real Threat to Canadians
    • AJP as a member of the Canadian Peace Alliance, reproduces the following memo from the CPA:
       Say No To Islamophobia  September 7, 2011 
       With the 10th year anniversary of September 11 only days away, Stephen  Harper is using the occasion to whip up more hatred against Muslims--see this news report

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    • 18 November 2010
    • Don't Extend It. End It.
    • Reposted from the Canadian Peace Alliance:

      Virtual March

      On November 18, Call your MP and the Party Leaders and demand.... Don't Extend It. End It.

      The Conservative government, with the support of the Liberals are about to extend Canada's war in Afghanistan. The Prime Minster says there is no need to debate the issue. Evidently he believes that keeping 1000 Canadian troops in Afghanistan, at a cost of $3 billion and against the will of 80 per cent of Canadians is an issue that needs no further discussion.

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    • 08 October 2010
    • AJP's Martin Hébert on CBC Radio-Canada: Speaking about the Quebec Women's Federation and Parents that Support Militarism
    • Les invités de Pierre Maisonneuve : Alexa Conradi, présidente de la Fédération des femmes du Québec, Céline Lizotte, mère d'un soldat décédé en Afghanistan en 2009, Martin Hébert, professeur d'anthropologie à l'Université Laval, spécialiste des violences sociales et vice-président du Centre de ressources sur la non-violence, et Robert Bernier, professeur titulaire de marketing social et communication publique à l'École nationale d'administration publique.

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      07 October 2010

    • Quebec Federation of Women: End Military Recruitment at Schools, Withdraw Troops from Afghanistan Immediately
    • This important video was produced by the Fédération des femmes du Québec (see also in Twitter), to denounce the continued practice of the Canadian Forces recruiting at schools. In addition, the video calls on Canada to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan immediately.

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    • 03 July 2010
    • Counterinsurgency: From Afghanistan to First Nations Resistance in Canada
    • Canada's brewing 'insurgency'
      By Jon Elmer
      (Originally published by Al Jazeera, 26 June 2010)

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    • 18 April 2010
    • Stand Against Project Hero: Please Sign the Petition
    • We the undersigned urge Canadian universities and colleges not to participate in "Project Hero," a program in which post-secondary institutions waive tuition and course fees for "children of fallen soldiers."  Children of deceased members of the Canadian military already have access to benefits through the Children of Deceased Veterans Education Assistance passed in 1953.  These benefits cover course fees and tuition as well as a monthly living allowance.

      Project Hero is not about aid to the children of deceased soldiers, as their needs are already being met.  Rather it is a political effort to justify Canadian participation in the war in Afghanistan and glorify militarism on our campuses.  We do not believe our colleges and universities should be participating in this kind of political campaign masked as a student aid program.

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      15 April 2010

    • Freedom In Spite of the Military -- No Canadian Heroism in the Afghan War
    • Regina 16 say common folk won freedoms
       By John F. Conway, For The Calgary Herald
      April 6, 2010

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    • 02 April 2010
    • Canada's role in the occupation of Afghanistan
    • Canada's Role in the Occupation of Afghanistan is a "must read" for anyone willing to have an honest encounter with the many facts of our participation in the occupation of Afghanistan. This document, now published in edited collections, but also available online (here, here, and here), is an excellent resource for anti-war activists and those specifically against the war in Afghanistan. It was produced by the Échec à la Guerre collective.

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    • 01 April 2010
    • "We've been attacked for views we don't hold"
    • Reposted from

      By Joyce Green and Darlene Juschka | March 31, 2010

      On March 23, 16 University of Regina professors, including us, signed a letter to our president, Dr. Vianne Timmons, asking that she review her decision to join the U of R to "Project Hero."
       We wrote: "In our view, support for ‘Project Hero' represents a dangerous cultural turn. It associates ‘heroism' with the act of military intervention. It erases the space for critical discussion of military policy and practices."

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    • 01 April 2010
    • Extending Canada's War of Occupation in Afghanistan
    • As some of us have been expecting, with over 18 months left before the promised withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan, there is pressure for yet another extension of a war consistently rejected by most Canadian voters -- and for good reason. In fact, a few good reasons:

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  • Jun 09, 11

    Building rapport with the host nation civilians--and yet brutal violence on a staggering scale. Gaining trust--and yet the shocking night raids. Winning hearts and minds--and yet the widespread and routine sexual, physical, and psychological abuse against innocent inmates at Abu Ghraib. Helping to build a new nation--and yet the torture, arbitrary detention, and outright theft. Defeating terrorism--and yet attacking and occupying countries and peoples that never caused any harm to Americans or Canadians. Counterinsurgency, in actual practice, is as schizophrenic as it is frenetic.

    • 09 June 2011
    • "America never went to war with a country that had a McDonald's"
    • The title for this post comes from a statement spoken by a U.S. soldier on patrol in Iraq, as we heard and saw in a documentary we previously posted, "Mission Accomplished." It speaks to the irreconcilable values between the counterinsurgents and those they deem to "liberate," and throughout the film we hear U.S. military personnel awkwardly recite the officially sanctioned belief that U.S. forces in Iraq are there to "free" the Iraqis from bondage. When one American in uniform is asked what if Iraqis want to be free of the U.S. presence, the interviewer (Sean Langan) gets a cold stare. "We are here to help you," blasts an American Humvee in thick Baghdad traffic as seen above, amplifying the U.S. presence as one that is an alien invasion, announced by heavily clad troops resembling imperial storm troopers. When someone says he is here to help you, one has to wonder: if it was obvious and welcome, why then is there a need to declare it? "Maybe we should slap down five or six McDonald's on this strip, then the people would be happy" (see "Mission Accomplished"). If you cannot make the locals "happy" with the foreign occupation, then you have to kill them: in the same film, following U.S. troops on a night raid, after an order to "go in hard," the microphone picks up the voice of one of the men saying to another, "you can kill anything if you want to." Anything.

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