Tuesday, December 04, 2007

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The War Resisters Support Campaign in Canada is a broad-based coalition of community, faith, labour and other organizations and individuals that have come together to support U.S. soldiers seeking asylum in Canada because they refuse to fight in the illegal war in Iraq.
The Campaign works on two fronts that inclusive of supporting the material needs of war resisters when they arrive in Canada; and campaigning to persuade the Canadian government to provide sanctuary for U.S. war resisters.
The Supreme Court of Canada in mid-November 2007 declined to hear appeals from U.S. war resisters
Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey seeking refuge in Canada.
The Stephen Harper government’s desire to make Canada a U.S. colony, is compromising the ability of Canada to defend the human rights of Americans and other peoples seeking to flee the oppressive so-called "War on Terrorism" agenda of the Bush administration.

The above, noted by Emily, is from David Stein's "War Resisters seek to make Canada a safe haven for soldiers who seek to flee U.S. militarism" (Canadian National Newspaper). December 11th is the day the Canadian Parliament will hold hearings. Various war resisters in Canada are expected to testify. From there, the parliament will decide whether they will stand with Canada's long tradition (which did not end when US troops left Vietnam) or whether they'll cower the way other branches and agencies have.

Reuters reports US forces shot 4 Iraqi civilians at a checkpoint in Tamiya on Monday and that one has died. And in some of the other violence already being reported, Reuters notes another attack on government officials: "Gunmen attacked the home of Iraqi Electricity Minister Karim Waheed, killing one of his bodyguards and wounding another, a member of Waheed's security detachment said. Police said three guards were wounded.

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