Canada's role in Afghanistan
Canada’s military seeks to cover its tracks following damning report on Australian war crimes in Afghanistan
By Penny Smith, 12 December 2020
In response to the release of a report exposing Australian military atrocities in Afghanistan, the Canadian Armed Forces has doubled down on its long-running efforts to cover up its own war crimes in the region.
22 October 2020
By Roger Jordan, 16 June 2017
The effusive praise exposes the bogus character of the Liberals’ “progressive” credentials, which have been boosted by the trade unions, the NDP and a host of campaign organizations.
By Roger Jordan, 27 May 2016
Canada is deeply implicated in the US-led “pivot” to Asia, and is determined to deepen economic and security ties with Japan.
By Roger Jordan, 4 May 2016
Its name notwithstanding, the US BMD program is anything but defensive. It is aimed at realizing Washington’s goal of developing the means to wage a “winnable” nuclear war.
By Roger Jordan, 29 April 2016
The review “consultation” document argues Canada should expand its close strategic partnership with the US, the most aggressive imperialist power on the planet.
By Roger Jordan, 10 March 2016
The Liberal government’s expansion of Canada’s role in the Mideast war underscores the fraudulent character of its anti-war pose in last year’s election.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 30 September 2015
The leaders of Canada’s three main parties used Monday’s foreign policy debate to stake their claim as the most capable and determined defenders of Canadian imperialism.
By Carl Bronski, 16 February 2015
Canada’s Conservative government is set to introduce legislation today outlawing a two-day-old strike by 3,300 CP Rail workers.
By Roger Jordan, 2 February 2015
The growing involvement of Canada’s armed forces in ground combat makes a mockery of the government’s claim that the deployment in Iraq is purely a training and assistance mission.
By Laurent Lafrance, 20 January 2015
Presenting himself as the “sovereignty candidate,” Péladeau is focusing his campaign around the claim that independence is the best vehicle for the Quebec ruling class to enrich itself.
By Dylan Lubao, 31 December 2014
Plummeting oil prices are causing Alberta and several other provinces to initiate new austerity drives and Canadian oil producers to slash investments and jobs.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 28 October 2014
Canada’s Conservative government tabled legislation yesterday to significantly strengthen the powers of the CSIS.
By Ed Patrick, 8 September 2012
Canada’s Conservative government is continuing the decade-long vendetta Canadian and U.S. authorities have mounted against Omar Khadr, the “child soldier” who has been detained at Guantanamo Bay for the past decade.
By Graham Beverly, 25 August 2011
The trade union-based New Democratic Party has played a pivotal role in rallying popular support for Canada’s participation in the NATO war against Libya—a war whose transparent purpose has been to effect the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime and replace it with one even more subservient to North American and European imperialism.
Part one: From Yugoslavia to Haiti
By Graham Beverly, 23 August 2011
The NDP’s role in supporting the NATO war against Libya conforms with a long pattern of facilitating Canadian overseas military interventions and Canadian imperialism’s ever more rapacious role on the world stage.
By Keith Jones, 8 June 2011
Canada’s Conservative government has announced that the Canadian Armed Forces will play a leading role in the imperialist assault on Libya for weeks, possibly months, to come.
By Keith Jones, 29 April 2010
The Speaker of Canada’s House of Commons ruled Tuesday that Stephen Harper’s minority Conservative government has violated parliament’s constitutional rights by refusing to obey a Common’s order to hand over all documents concerning the fate of Afghans captured by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
By Keith Jones, 13 April 2010
US troops opened fire on a passenger bus travelling on a highway in the Zhari District of Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province early Monday morning, killing at least four people, including a woman and a child.
By Keith Jones, 2 February 2010
Canada’s Supreme Court has unanimously overturned a Federal Court decision ordering Canada’s Conservative government to seek the repatriation of Omar Khadr, a Guantanamo Bay detainee and Canadian citizen.
By Keith Jones, 26 January 2010
Demonstrations and rallies were held in some 60 cities and towns across Canada last Saturday to oppose the minority Conservative government’s shutting down of parliament for two months, so as to prevent exposure of the Canadian Armed Forces’ complicity in the torture of Afghan detainees.
By Keith Jones, 20 November 2009
“We detained, and handed over for severe torture, a lot of innocent people,” a Canadian diplomat has told a parliamentary committee on the Canadian Armed Forces’ Afghan mission.
By Graham Beverley, 12 May 2009
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the Canadian Armed Forces’ base in Kandahar and other CAF positions in southern Afghanistan for ten hours last Thursday.
By Keith Jones, 28 March 2009
The Canadian government’s claim that George Galloway is a terrorist accomplice is an outrageous, politically-motivated attempt to smear the British anti-war MP and to rob Canadians of their democratic and constitutionally-protected right to hear his views.
By Keith Jones, 6 March 2009
Three Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel were killed late Tuesday in an area of Kandahar province that till now had been largely untouched by the insurgency against the US-NATO occupation of Afghanistan.
By John Mackay and Keith Jones, 13 December 2008
No credence should be given to the Conservative government’s pledge that Canada will have no more than a token military presence in Afghanistan after 2011, after having twice extended the counterinsurgency mission in the face of massive public opposition.
By Carl Bronski, 11 October 2008
With just five days to go before Canadians vote in the October 14 federal election, a report released Thursday conservatively estimates the cost of the Canadian military intervention in Afghanistan at between $14 billion and $18 billion.
Canada and the Afghan War
By Keith Jones, 4 October 2008
The US financial crisis and impending North American recession were the focal point of the televised debates, held in French and English on successive evenings this week, between the leaders of the five major parties contesting Canada’s October 14 federal election.
By Carl Bronski, 18 September 2008
Jack Layton, the leader of Canada’s social-democratic party, the New Democrats or NDP, addressed a rally at Toronto’s cavernous Direct Energy Centre this past Saturday. Billed as a kick-off event for the NDP’s 28 odd candidates in the Greater Toronto area, the rally was attended by less than 500 people.
The media’s hostile reaction
By Keith Jones, 13 September 2008
In a transparent election ploy, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared this week that his government is “planning” to end the Canadian Armed Forces’ counterinsurgency mission in southern Afghanistan three years hence—i.e., in December 2011—when the mission’s current commitment to NATO expires.
The Liberals’ “Green Shift”
By Keith Jones, 9 September 2008
Circumventing his own government’s fixed-date election law, Canadian Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper has called a federal election for Tuesday October 14.
The role of the unions and NDP
By Keith Jones, 4 September 2008
Before the week is out, Canadian Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper is all but certain to call a federal election for Tuesday, October 14.