September 8, 2012 - No. 34
Canada's Hooligan Behaviour
Severing Relations with Iran
• Severing Relations with Iran
• Iran and Syria Listed as "State
Sponsors of Terrorism"
- Enver Villamizar
• Canada's Defamation of Iran
- Nathan J. Freeman
• 64th Anniversary Celebrations
• Note to Our
Canada's Hooligan Behaviour
Severing Relations with Iran
The Canadian government announced Friday, September 7,
has closed its embassy in Iran effective immediately and declared
personae non gratae all remaining Iranian
diplomats in Canada."
Canada's diplomatic relations with Iran have thus come to an end.
This act follows the Canadian government's ominous
silence about the
diplomatic victory scored by the Islamic Republic of Iran in hosting
Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran from August 26 to 31. That
event attracted the participation of 129 member nations of the United
and even compelled the presence of the UN Secretary-General, Ban
The diplomatic concertation at the Non-Aligned Summit was a ringing
endorsement of non-interference in other countries' affairs and for a
resolution of all outstanding conflicts.
The presence of so many nations in Tehran exposed that
it is the U.S. and
its closest allies who are truly isolated in global diplomacy at this
those they have declared rogue nations or axis of evil. The successful
completion of the Summit's program went very much against the expressed
will of the governments of the United States and Israel and the
condemnation of the entire proceedings, uttered by Israeli Prime
Netanyahu, as "a stain upon humanity."
Clearly Canada has no interest to join or consult with
Movement. Its animus is filled with hate and revenge directed at this
against the Islamic Republic of Iran as the "instigator" of all the
which lie in the path of the U.S. imperialist striving for world
But more than this, its severing of
diplomatic relations with Iran would
seem to be the answer from the U.S. imperialist war machine of which
has become an integral part. It is an act profoundly damaging not only
Canadians' desire to contribute to peace in the world but to Canada's
of multilateral and bilateral diplomacy as well. The claim of
governments that Canada is a peace-loving country friendly to all
the world without discrimination is no longer sustainable. It is
a fierce battle to have Canada's anti-communist cold war definition of
rights, democracy and free market economies prevail even if it means
embroiling entire humanity in a conflagration of global dimensions.
latest events serve to expose the utter perfidy that seems to guide the
government's irrational relations with any country or people of West
the Middle East that resists the embrace of and subversion by the
The manner in which this unilateral act on Canada's part
was also clearly intended to catch the Iranian government by surprise
cause "shock and awe." By doing so, Canada positions itself as a
state. Harper's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced the break
relations at a press conference in Vladivostok, Russia just prior to
of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) meeting being held
This was soundly denounced by the official spokesperson for the Iranian
Foreign Ministry. The majority of those present at APEC and those who
received the official departmental notice about the break in relations
email are astounded at the Harper government's uncouth and uncivilized
Dismissing bilateral relations in such a manner and on
such a basis is a
declaration that you enter bilateral relations with Canada at your
is Canada up to behind this heinous act, which also de facto
compromises Iranian-born people visiting Canada or those working and
U.S. imperialist manoeuvring behind a Canadian screen
has been a
continuing theme going back to the time when the United States teamed
with the Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor in Tehran in November 1979 to
engineer the notorious scheme for "protecting" half-a-dozen U.S.
personnel from being captured and detained with more than 400 of their
U.S. citizens by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). The IRGC's
impulsive and undiplomatic act was very small payback for the 25
years of massive U.S. crimes against the lives and liberties of the Iranian
people unleashed by the U.S. puppet Shah Reza Pahlavi. For 30 years Ken
Taylor vigorously and repeatedly denied any U.S. hand in his actions.
30th anniversary of these events (2009), books appeared with
evidence that once and for all put the lie to Taylor's protestations of
innocence, firmly establishing that he was nothing more nor less than a
Central Intelligence Agency "asset" in that incident, from start to
even Taylor has been quoted as saying he thinks the Harper government's
unilateral move to break relations with Iran is ill-advised!
This unilateral breaking of relations is a further
signal that the issue today
is no longer one of war preparations because the
aggressor nations are already at war against all those who refuse to
their dictate. As in the 1930s, the method is to have the war sneak up
nations' doorsteps, one at a time or sometimes several at a time.
Attempt to Destroy Iran's Industrial Development
target of Canada's hooligan behaviour is to wreck Iran's industrial
development. Iran is a world leader in the development of scientific
engineering expertise independent of the diktat of the U.S. Empire. In
regard, Iran and Canada pursue very different courses when it comes to
fuel development. In the vise of a range of internationally-ordered and
unilateral U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic's search for
spare parts for its industrial base and other elements of industrial
that are too costly or time-consuming to produce at home, the Islamic
of Iran has started up its nuclear reactor at Bushehr and is aiming to
electricity on a scale that would eventually displace the country's
extremely costly reliance on imported refined petroleum as the main
of the electric power generation sector. Iran's success in this
strategy is being
closely watched by dozens of developing countries seeking to escape the
current enslavement of their power generation sector by the financial
of the U.S.-dominated IMF and World Bank.
The Harper dictatorship, meanwhile, never misses any
reiterate its absurd claim that Canada is a global energy superpower.
coupled with repeated denunciations in perfect two-part harmony with
Israeli Zionists that Iran is a standing threat to Israel's continued
However, it is silent as the grave about the fact that most of the
output of the
Alberta oil sands is destined for the tanks, warships and aircraft of
Pentagon, and remains in denial about the massive air and water
burdens that come in the wake of such intensive expansion of oil sands
production and pipelining to upgrading refineries in the southern
The true story of an eventually
aborted initiative to restore meaningful
Canadian-Iranian bilateral relations exposes the essence of Harper's
superpower claim. Back in 2003-2004, after a generation of frozen
non-relations between Canada and Iran, following many months of the
best-laid plans, a delegation of Iranian petroleum refinery engineers
way to the Alberta refinery patch to compare notes on some recent
in oil refining with some Canadian counterparts. This was intended to
laying the groundwork for person-to-person contacts in areas of common
Canadian-Iranian expertise. The U.S. imperialists got wind of the
advance and a story was duly planted with the Canadian Press declaring
the Islamic Republic was infiltrating spies and saboteurs into the
patch under the guise of a bilateral petroleum engineering expertise
-- torpedoing the visit on its second day. Related to this, it is known
U.S. and the Zionist Mossad secret services have assassinated several
nuclear scientists. What accusations can we now expect the Canadian
government to launch against Iran -- perhaps that it is Iran which is
responsible for these deaths?
Canadians can never accept such things as Canada's
integration into the
U.S. imperialists' war machine with, among others, the assignment to
international relations. It shows that for Canada war is no longer
preparation" -- the war is on. The present conditions point ever more
to the necessity of an anti-war government. It is a problem to be taken
Iran and Syria Listed as "State Sponsors of Terrorism"
On September 7, when the Harper government announced the
Canada's embassy in Iran effective immediately and the declaration of
Iranian diplomats in Canada as personae non gratae, it
that it is listing Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism according to
contained in the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act. Later
day it revealed that it was not only listing Iran, but adding Syria as
The Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act was
Bill C-10, the omnibus crime bill, was rammed through Parliament and
on March 13, 2012. With the listing, Canadian courts can be used to sue
Iranian and Syrian governments, and their assets in Canada can be
used for payment based on a judgement against Iran. The listing of a
as a "state sponsor of terrorism" is a completely arbitrary act
through regulation by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in consultation
Minister of Public Safety. It is completely outside the control of
In this way, the pro-war, pro-torture, pro-Israel, pro-imperialist
government is now using the powers it gave itself in the omnibus crime
to embroil Canada in acts of war by outlawing countries. This shows
about the legislation being aimed at "sex offenders and pedophiles" was
cover up its true aims.
In the limited debate on the
omnibus crime bill, the only portion which
received all party support was the Justice for Victims of
Act. This was particularly the case of the Liberal Party and its
warmongering shadow critic for Justice and Human Rights Irwin Cotler.
CBC reported that one of the main figures pushing for the closure of
embassy was the alleged human rights activist Nazanin Afshin-Jam
now the wife of Canada's Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay. An
onslaught of disinformation will now be stepped up which claims it is a
measure to stop human rights abuses in Iran and Syria.
While other countries maintain lists of organizations
deemed to be
"terrorist," the only other country in the world which has a list of
deems "state sponsors of terrorism" is the United States, which along
Israel is the biggest sponsor and organizer of terrorism
listing of Iran and Syria is consistent with the U.S. list and shows
moves are part of Canada's new raison d'état as an
entity into the United States of the North American Monopolies. This
state has been created using the prerogative powers of the executive
the two countries.
The listing of countries as state sponsors of terrorism
is a direct attack on
the right to conscience of the Canadian people. It is directed at
those who oppose imperialist aggression in Canada and abroad in general
against Iran and Syria in particular. This was the goal of passing the
Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act. The chaos in
Syria is being
engineered as the cover to get Canadians ready for more countries to be
declared "sponsors of terrorism." Will the Harper government now begin
listing other countries which are outside of the U.S. imperialist
influence? This also means that before long, support for the
of all countries to determine their own affairs will be considered
internment. Meanwhile, Canada does not condemn the assassinations of
scientists by the Israeli secret service the Mossad as acts of state
the U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan.
Canada's state sponsors of terrorism listing must be
opposed. The Harper
government cannot be permitted to get away with declaring peoples or
countries illegal. There are international standards which Canada
uphold. No matter how many prerogative powers the Canadian government
uses to say it has the constitutional right to decide such things, all
it shows is
that a constitution which allows such things requires renewal, fast.
Canada's Defamation of Iran
In arbitrarily and unilaterally breaking diplomatic
relations with the Islamic
Republic of Iran on Friday, September 7, the Harper dictatorship which
running the Canadian government has once again lifted a rock only to
on its own feet. It presented the following grounds to justify severing
relations in the official release issued
by the Foreign Affairs Department:
"Canada views the Government of Iran as the most
significant threat to
global peace and security in the world today."
"The Iranian regime is providing increasing military
assistance to the
"It refuses to comply with UN resolutions pertaining to
"It routinely threatens the existence of Israel and
engages in racist
anti-Semitic rhetoric and incitement to genocide."
"It is among the world's worst violators of human
"It shelters and materially supports terrorist groups."
It is noteworthy that none of these half-truths and
complete lies have
anything to do with anything taking place in bilateral Canada-Iran
Why, then, is the Canadian government prepared to drag the two
the brink of war?
It has presented this development as though it were the
diplomatic protocol to break off existing bilateral relations, however
level, over a difference of opinion about matters regarding a third
(Syria) that forms no part of the bilateral relations. The reason to
about the low and utterly non-controversial level of the existing
relations is to discourage any questions being asked as to why it is so
to change the status of those relations in such an extreme and
The monopoly media reportage around this development has
once again on demonizing the Iranian people. Through this
Iranian people are reduced in the most chauvinist manner from a people
their own history, aspirations and nation-building project to a
against well-known aggressor and sponsor of terrorism Israel no less.
The latest example is seen in the numbers of Iranian
nationals reported to
be living or working in Canada. The consular services of every
normally-functioning foreign affairs ministry in the world routinely
a precise count of those of their nationals living abroad.
The CBC and CTV networks have been using the figure
source for this information is never mentioned.
Meanwhile, Iranian sources put this number at about
410,000 -- more or
less equal to the number of Iranian nationals in the UK.
The false lower figure is being floated for a reason. In
this country of
about 32 million, almost half-a-million sounds a lot more serious than
number 70 per cent smaller. This is aimed at reinforcing a sleazy hint
whatever the merits or demerits of Canada's reasons for breaking
numbers of Iranian nationals affected by Canada's unilateral move is no
particular cause for alarm.
Meanwhile, the monopoly media and Canadian officials are
responsibility whatsoever for the insecure status in which Iranians
working here have been placed by this development. Not a few have taken
Canadian citizenship or residency; many of their applications are still
system. The media and the government have been making much ado and
trying to plant the disinforming lie that Iran is some kind of
government or should be considered some kind of human rights pariah for
not recognizing dual or multiple citizenships, and that this
the source of all the misfortunes. The fact is only a minority of
in the world recognize multiple citizenships.
This has brought two further matters to the surface,
however, that should
give Canadians pause about the Harper dictatorship's racist and fascist
warmongering state of mind.
First: the norm Canada happens to follow regarding
cannot be applied as some kind of measuring stick, explicit or
implicit, of any
other country's respect for human rights.
Secondly, and on a scale that may
be unique in the world given the large
proportion of its population that are immigrants or newcomers, Canadian
governments routinely manipulate immigrants and newcomers' status to
their effective human rights access or coverage under Canadian law.
Uncounted numbers of people in this country are trapped, as a result,
in a state
of effective "civil death."
Once again, like its military intervention in
Afghanistan following 9/11,
Canada's latest insult to Iran is clearly made in Washington, DC with
to establishing an even more servile relationship to the Zionist regime
(which actually publicly applauded the Canadian government's move).
this outrageous and unjustifiable act, the Harper dictatorship is
Canadian people to the U.S. imperialists' latest war chariot. The
drivers of that
chariot envision knocking off Syria in order to open the path to Iran.
Canadians should look in the mirror and ask themselves
question: if and when the U.S. camp finally unleashes this assault on
Islamic Republic, how long can it be before the Empire comes for us,
paid to any remaining shreds of national sovereignty?
1. Going back to a time before
Canada wrested control over citizenship
matters from the British government in 1949, even Canada retains some
bizarre exceptions connected to the feudal notion of "British subject,"
all persons born in Canada enjoyed (but not necessarily any of their
or spouses born anywhere outside the British Commonwealth).
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
64th Anniversary Celebrations
Performance of the grand gymnastic and artistic
"Arirang" in Pyongyang, September 8, 2011,
part of the celebrations of the 63rd anniversary of the
September 9, 2012 marks the 64th anniversary of the
founding of the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) which the patriotic Korean
people at home and abroad are celebrating with revolutionary enthusiasm.
The founding of the DPRK on September 9, 1948 was an
event of great
historical significance for the Korean people and the peoples of the
enabled Koreans to bring forth a dignified, independent nation and
their own destiny.
Since its founding, the
DPRK has travelled an arduous road, but one
marked by great victories and contributions to humanity's struggle for
and progress. Its unflinching struggle against U.S. imperialism and the
military occupation of south Korea continues to be an inspiration to
oppressed and exploited peoples of the world.
After defeating the Japanese military occupation of
thus playing a decisive role in the defeat of the Axis powers in the
World War, the victorious Korean people under the leadership of General
Il Sung and the Korean People's Army (KPA) began building a modern
democratic state from the ruins of war. Across the country, People's
Committees were formed and the Korean people elected their
to a People's Assembly in August-September 1945 which proclaimed the
"Korean People's Republic" on September 6, 1945. The Republic was
short-lived. U.S. troops arrived two days later and true to the Cold
Truman Doctrine of the "containment of communism" and securing "U.S.
interests" on the Korean peninsula, declared the Korean People's
illegal and began to crush the People's Committees by force. In the
U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, Korea was to be an "anti-communist
Over the next three bloody years, through a campaign of
mass terror and
brutality, the illegal U.S. Military Government and their local agents
criminalized, rounded up, tortured, imprisoned and murdered hundreds of
thousands of suspected communists, "leftists" and other patriots who
resisting the brutal military occupation of the U.S.
The U.S. organized a fraudulent "free and fair" election
in May 1948
which was boycotted en masse
by the Korean people, and installed the U.S.
puppet Syngman Rhee as the President of the Republic of Korea by force
Kim Il Sung
addresses the first session of the DPRK's Supreme People's Assembly,
In response to this crime against the Korean people and
all humanity by
the U.S. imperialists, and to guarantee the revolutionary base of the
people and to ensure the future of the nation, Kim Il Sung declared the
founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on September 9,
in Pyongyang to a jubilant rally of more than one million people.
In order to capture the Korean peninsula and to use it
and aggression against China and the Soviet Union, the U.S. incited a
war in Korea and then the Korean War from 1950 to 1953 in which more
than four million Korean
civilians were killed and massive destruction caused to the economy and
infrastructure. The United States and 17 other countries, including
took part in this war of aggression under the fig-leaf of the UN flag
the Korean people on the basis of the lie of intervening in an
conflict as is being done today in Syria or was done against Libya.
which had been defeated as an axis power in the Second World War
by the Korean people under the leadership of Kim Il Sung and the Korean
People's Army, was used for naval backup and supplies by the U.S./UN
The aggressors committed crimes against the peace,
humanity and untold war crimes including widespread massacres of
the use of biological and chemical weapons, and fire-bombing of various
northern cities with no thought to civilian casualties. The DPRK,
in its infancy, organized the Korean people and defeated the U.S. in
and successfully defended the independence of the country and
The DPRK's President Kim Il Sung, said at the time: "The
victory of our
people in the Korean War was a victory of the revolutionary people over
imperialist forces, a victory of the revolutionary army over the
forces of imperialism. It proved that the people who rise up for
independence and progress, taking their destiny into their own hands
leadership of a Marxist-Leninist party, will never be conquered by any
imperialist forces of aggression. It also exposed the vulnerability and
corruptness of U.S. imperialism, demonstrating to the oppressed nations
world that U.S. imperialism is by no means an unconquerable enemy and
they too can definitely fight and defeat it."
The Huichon Youth
Station, one of the mass construction projects that has raised the
people's standard of living in the DPRK. It was completed in April of
The DPRK then as now has been able to overcome the most
placed before it with the leadership of the Workers' Party of Korea,
by President Kim Il Sung, followed by Kim Jong Il who elaborated the
Songun military-first policy of the DPRK, and now under Kim Jong Un.
DPRK continues to be a bulwark against U.S. imperialism, in itself a
contribution to world peace. Standing firm against the might of the
military empire -- known for its use of nuclear, chemical and
weapons worldwide -- the DPRK affirms not only its right to be, but the
of all nations to self-determination and self-defence, and confidence
against any aggressive force.
While the U.S. and the
Anglo-American monopoly media continue to spew
disinformation that the DPRK is a "nuclear threat" and a danger to the
people and the whole world, facts prove otherwise. It is a matter of
historical record that the DPRK has put forward countless proposals to
peace treaty with the U.S. to replace the 1953 Armistice Agreement,
be spurned by the U.S. The U.S. is building a massive naval base in
Island against the objections of the Korean people in the north and
organizes and leads aggressive war games on land and sea that threaten
DPRK, and has no plans to withdraw its 28,000 aggressor troops, massive
arsenal of nuclear missiles, other military hardware, and warships and
submarines from in and around south Korea. This is ample evidence of
is the aggressor and who is for peace.
It is the DPRK and its leadership that have been
instrumental in all
proposals for the independent, peaceful reunification of Korea under
"By the Nation Itself" which led to the historic signing of the June 15
South Joint Declaration in 2000 and the October 4, 2007 Agreement
the two Koreas. These gave impetus to the Korean reunification movement
are now irrevocably part of the political consciousness of the Korean
despite the treachery of the current anti-communist U.S.-puppet regime
Myung Bak in the south which has gone out of its way to criminalize and
sabotage the Korean reunification movement.
Today, based on the DPRK's Songun policy of
matters first priority and the leading role of the armed forces in
nation-building, especially as the main workforce in the mass
projects and in developing the economy in an all-sided way, the DPRK is
implementing a bold program to ensure the people's well-being and raise
standard of living. Through the Songun policy, the DPRK
that not only it is impregnable because it can defend itself against
provocation but that it achieves its aim of becoming a thriving and
nation as well.
Note to Our Readers
The two issues of TML
Weekly dated August 25 and September 1 were not published
due to TML holidays on the occasion of the 42nd
anniversary of the Party
Press and the 27th anniversary of the Mass Party Press, established on
August 26, 1970 and September 1, 1985 respectively. Congratulations to
all those who
contributed and continue to contribute to the Party's publications.
The decisive role they play can never be overestimated.
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