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Alberta Diary: Six things we all need to think about when Canadians volunteer to fight for the Kurds

The Kurds: They should have had a country of their own, but since they don’t, and since Canada is allied by treaty to one of their principal enemies, letting Canadians join their fight isn’t a simple matter. We need clarity on just what Canada’s position is from the Canadian government. Below: Dillon Hillier is shown with a Kurdish fighter in this photo from the National Post – what’s the badge on his arm say? Canada? Lord Palmerston; a map of Turkey showing its majority Kurdish-speaking regions.

While a couple of officials of the Harper Government have now half-heartedly warned Canadians (Read more…)


JOAN PEIRÓ BELIS     The following brief biography was originally published at the website of the CNT of Puerto Real in Spanish. The original Spanish version can be found there under their ‘Biografias’ section.     Joan Peiró, glass worker, anarcho-syndicalist intellectual, and Minister of Industry during the second Spanish republic, was executed by firing squad on July 24, 1942 at Paterna (Huerta Oeste, Valencia). He was born on February 18 in the working class district of Sants in Barcelona. He began work in a Barcelona glass factory at the age of 8 an d didn’t learn to read and write (Read more…)

The Ranting Canadian: I noticed this event on Facebook. November 2, 2013 in…

I noticed this event on Facebook. November 2, 2013 in Toronto:

Hill 667 presents “The Good Fight: Remembering Canadian Volunteers of the Spanish Civil War” Film screenings plus speakers and food. at Cinecycle (in the old coach house down the lane behind 129 Spadina Ave., on the east side between Richmond St. W. and Adelaide St. W., Toronto, Ontario) Doors @ 1:30pm. Free, but donations accepted at the door. This event is not presented by any specific organization or political party. Donations are just to cover costs.

The Ranting Canadian: This post is a bit late, but I figure if the politicians can…

This post is a bit late, but I figure if the politicians can take the whole summer off and still get paid, I can take a bit of a break from ranting about them for free.

This music video is “If You Tolerate This, Your Children Could Be Next” by the Welsh alt-rock band Manic Street Preachers. In mid-July 2013, the band and their record label spoke out – and threatened to take legal action – against the neo-fascist English Defence League (EDL) for using that song in an online ad promoting one of their anti-Muslim rallies. The racist mugs (Read more…)

The Ranting Canadian: The Honourable Charlie Angus, New Democratic Party (NDP) Member…

The Honourable Charlie Angus, New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay, recognizes the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion’s contribution to the fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s.

The Mac-Paps volunteered to fight the fascist forces of Spain, Italy and Germany as part of the International Brigades, without any support from Canada’s government. The Liberal Party government of the time literally treated them like criminals instead of the heroes that they actually were.

If Canada and the other western democratic nations had put their full support behind the anti-fascists in Spain, perhaps the Holocaust and