By Yves Engler - May 29th, 2013
Not only does the current Canadian government engage in gunboat diplomacy, our country has a long, shameful and mostly hidden history of doing so.
By Clay Nikiforuk - April 1, 2013
What do you do when you're detained by powerful officials, everything you say is presumed deceptive, arbitrary "evidence" is held against you, and you're treated like a moral deviant? And what if its 2013, you're a woman, and the "evidence" is that you possess condoms?...It happened three times in two weeks -- being detained by U.S. border officials on my way to or through the States.
By Robin Marty and Jodi Jacobson - AlterNet
A pregnant 16-year-old in the Dominican Republic died from complications of leukemia...The young woman was forced to wait nearly three weeks to begin chemotherapy to treat her disease as hospital officials initially refused to treat her fearing it could terminate her pregnancy. In the end she lost her life and the pregnancy, and may have died because of the delay in her treatment.
By Noam Chomsky - Znet
Though sidelined by the Secret Service scandal, last month’s Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, was an event of considerable significance. There are three major reasons: Cuba, the drug war and the isolation of the United States...The meetings ended with no agreement because of U.S. opposition on those items...Continued U.S. obstructionism may well lead to the displacement of the Organization of American States by the newly-formed Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, from which the United States and Canada are excluded.
By Nikolas Kozloff - Znet
Under the helm of Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva, Brazil cultivated a strategic alliance with Venezuela and publicly the two nations embraced South America's "pink tide" to the left. Yet, WikiLeaks documents reveal that Brazil may have shared Washington's concern over Chávez's rising geopolitical importance, particularly in the Caribbean...
By Toban Black
No human rights standards and no environmental standards are mentioned in [Toronto Stock Exchange] documents. The only stock listing requirements for companies are a matter of accountability to investors -- not communities, and not natural environments. But can we really expect much better from a multinational capitalist stock market? I don't think so.
By Mark Vorpahl - July 18, 2010
If another nation were to send Rhode Island a force of 7,000 troops, 200 helicopters, and 46 warships in an effort to eradicate drug trafficking, it is doubtful that the residents of Rhode Island would consider this offer "on-the-level"...The only logical conclusion is that the nation whose troops now are occupying this other country had another agenda in mind that it didn't want to share.
There are now huge masses of oil lurking within the Gulf of Mexico. As well, the entire gulf is now covered by the glinty sheen of oil and dispersant oil mix. Here are satellite pictures and new videos.
By Mark Weisbrot - February 26, 2010
Latin America took another historic step forward this week with the creation of a new regional organization of 32 Latin American and Caribbean countries. The United States and Canada were excluded.
By Mark Weisbrot - February 01, 2010
Why [does the US] care so much about who runs these poor countries? As any good chess player knows, pawns matter. The loss of a couple of pawns at the beginning of the game can often make a difference between a win or a loss. They are looking at these countries mostly in straight power terms. Governments that are in agreement with maximising US power in the world, they like. Those who have other goals...they don't like.
True and unfinished story of the persecution and near-death experience of Dr. James Keene, a medical school professor, at the hands of police in the Commonwealth of Dominica, a frightening account of kidnapping, extortion, false arrest and imprisonment and apparent robbery by police.
I cannot believe that people are enduring such abuse by police officers in any country and they have the right to violate human rights in this way. I watched police shooting in the midst of young children, and unarmed people out of authority!!!!! What is this world coming to!!
By Yves Engler - May 15, 2009
Canada has long been influential in Jamaica and across the English-speaking Caribbean. Some prominent Canadians once wanted to add Britain's Caribbean colonies to Canada's expanding territory...By the early 1900s official Canadian policy supported annexing the British Empire's Caribbean possessions (the various islands as well as British Honduras [Belize] and Guyana)...Canada has also played an important military role in the region...Canadian military training in Jamaica has been particularly controversial.
CBC News - Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Dramatic new details of how the hijacking of a CanJet plane in Jamaica was foiled when Canadian-trained Jamaican military commandos secretly entered the aircraft and overpowered the gunman came to light Tuesday.
By Yves Engler - March 18, 2009
Canada's relationship to the hemisphere is defined by support for Washington's bullying, not as a country bullied by Washington...Canadian corporations have long been major players across Latin America and the Caribbean...Threatened by its moves to break from capitalism and Washington-led diplomacy, Canada has supported the U.S. campaign to replace the government of Venezuela.