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Not One More Dead
Bring the Troops Home Now

LETTER-WRITING CAMPAIGN

The war in Afghanistan is getting worse day by day. The Government of Canada and its NATO allies tell us that security and reconstruction are improving and that the battle for the hearts and minds of the Afghan people is being won by the west.

  • In reality the situation is much more dire. Reconstruction has been proven to be a smokescreen and the resistance to the occupation is growing. Violence increases every month that our soldiers remain in Kanadhar.

It is time to stop the bloodshed – not in 2009 as our politicians suggest – but now. The Canadian Peace Alliance and Collectif Échec à la guerre call on the people of Canada and Quebec to call for the troops to be brought home.


  • The state of reconstruction in Kandahar is a shambles.

The Senlis Council recently released a report that investigated the reconstruction claims by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The Senlis Council found little of the promised reconstruction in Kandahar. The Afghan people are starving just outside the gates of the Canadian base. Their local hospitals have no medicine or equipment despite promises of money from CIDA. These failures, coupled with the rise in civilian casualties, have resulted in more people joining the resistance.

And what has been accomplished? Canadians have once again lost the Panjwai district of Kandahar after fighting four separate battles to hold it and being pushed off of that land again and again. After more than 18 months of fighting in the south which has killed hundreds of civilians and dozens of Canadian soldiers, the fight is still on for the same patch of land that was “secured” more than a year ago.


  • How many more will die on both sides to keep taking and retaking a spot of land?

The poppy trade is booming in Afghanistan with a record crop worth more than $3 billion USD this year. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report showed a 35 per cent increase in opium production from a year ago. This will only get worse the longer NATO stays in Afghanistan. The UNODC argues that more control from the state of Afghanistan will reduce opium production. More than 60 percent of the elected members of the Afghan parliament are connected to warlords and drug barons. To increase the control of the drug warlords in the opium producing areas will not result in a decrease in opium production.


  • The irony is that opium production had been eradicated by 2001. This increase in production is a direct result of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

The head of the Army in the UK, General Sir Richard Dannatt stated that the war in Afghanistan could go on for a generation. Thousands more civilians and soldiers will die and the resistance to the NATO occupation will grow. It is time to end this war.

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Excerpted From “Frankly Quoted” by Leonard Roy Frank (1/10/07)
Eight men at the American detention camp in Guantánamo Bay have separately given their lawyers “consistent accounts” of being tortured at a secret prison in Afghanistan at various periods from 2002 to 2004, Human Rights Watch, a group based in New York, said Sunday. [opening paragraph]…

A report released by the rights group to detail the accounts said that the detainees called the place the “dark prison” or “prison of darkness,” and that they said they were chained to walls, deprived of food and drinking water, and kept in total darkness with loud rap or heavy metal music blaring for weeks at a time.
One detainee, identified as Benyam Mohammad, an Ethiopian who grew up in Britain, told his lawyer of being “hung up” in a lightless cell for days at a time, as his legs swelled and his hands and wrists became numb. He said that loud music and “horrible ghost laughter” was blasted into the cell, and that he could hear other prisoners “knocking their heads against the walls and doors, screaming their heads off.”
CARLOTTA GALL (journalist), “Rights Group Reports Afghanistan Torture,” New York Times, 19 December 2005

Brave New Foundation is pleased to release this video promoting a historical and momentous event that is about to occur. Watch it and see how you can participate in a gathering that can help change the world.

From: Robert Greenwald’s BraVe New Films

CODEPINK WOMEN FOR PEACE: The power of the people is working!
After Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright were denied entry into Canada because they had been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience, over 15,000 of you signed our petition to urge the Canadian government to stop blacklisting peacemakers. On October 23, we delivered your signatures to Canadian Consulates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC, and asked the Canadian government to stop letting the FBI and the Bush administration influence their entry policies regarding nonviolent, peaceful protesters.

As a result of our actions (see photos) Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright were invited to speak before Canadian Parliament TODAY (Thursday, October 24, 2007). We couldn’t have done this without you–thank you for making our collective voice as peacemakers heard.

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Excerpted Whole From: NDP to Harper: Lift Border Ban on U.S. Peace Advocates @ http://www.ndp.ca/page/5813

NDP MPs Invite Medea Benjamin and Colonel Ann Wright (Ret.) to speak on the Hill

OTTAWA – The NDP is urging the Harper government to allow US Peace Advocates Medea Benjamin and retired US Army Colonel Ann Wright to share their message of peace in a public forum on Parliament Hill scheduled for Thursday.

In a letter sent today to Harper, the Public Safety Minister, and Foreign Affairs Minister, the NDP MPs advised that Medea Benjamin and Col. Ann Wright, cofounders of CODE PINK, have been invited to address legislators and representatives of civil society in a public forum to be held in Ottawa on October 25. The letter requested the government to “ensure unimpeded entry into Canada, to enable Ms. Benjamin and Colonel Wright to share their message of peace with Members of Parliament, and the broader community.”

“New Democrats are deeply concerned that Canadian border police are enforcing rules determined not by our own Canadian government, but by the FBI and other US security agencies,” the letter states. “Foreign government ‘watch lists’ should not form the basis for automatically denying entry into Canada of US citizens, or any other nationals. Government policies, not the individuals who oppose them, often present the greater threat to democracy, security and freedom.”

Ms. Benjamin and Colonel Wright will participate in a panel of distinguished experts including Canadian rights advocate and spouse of Maher Arar, Monia Mazigh, and Roch Tassé, Director of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group.

Harper and his Ministers have been invited to attend.

Letter to Stephen Harper

The Bush administration immediately seized upon the fear generated by the [9/11] attacks not only to launch the “War on Terror” but to ensure that it is an almost completely for-profit venture, a booming new industry that has breathed new life into the faltering U.S. economy. Best understood as a “disaster capitalism complex,” it has much father-reaching tentacles than the military-industrial complex that Dwight Eisenhower warned against at the end of his presidency: this is global war fought on every level by private companies whose involvement is paid for with public money…. The ultimate goal for the corporations at the center of the complex is to bring the model of for-profit government, which advances so rapidly in extraordinary circumstances, into the ordinary and day-to-day functioning of the state — in effect, to privatize the government.
NAOMI KLEIN (Canadian journalist), introduction to The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, 2007

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ACTION ALERT: Stop Military Recruiting in OUR Schools

(Council of Canadians Letter Campaign)
http://www.canadians.org/action/2007/02-Nov-07.html

I join with the Council of Canadians in calling on you to stop the Canadian Armed Forces from recruitment and outreach activities in Canada’s elementary and high schools, universities and colleges. Our children should be learning about peacebuilding, the avoidance of violent conflict, global justice and true security, and not be subject to glamourized and misleading images of the military through publicity videos and brochures.