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Friday, September 28, 2007
Canada condemns the Burmese gov't
Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the military action taken against protesters in Burma:
“Canada condemns the use of deadly force by the military and police against the monks and other protesters in Burma who were expressing their right to peaceful dissent, and calls on Burma to put an immediate end to such violence. Burma has an obligation to promote and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of its people, including the freedom of association and of expression, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We reiterate our call upon the Burmese authorities to respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the protestors and of all people in Burma.”
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What a refreshing change from the Liberals!
Posted by: Alain | 2007-09-28 2:16:34 PM
Good! Now if China would do something, there might be real hope for the Burmese people - but they won't. They need the timber that they are trucking out of Burma. It may not be "oil", but China cannot forgo all the trees and minerals they desperately need from that country's dictatorship.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-28 2:18:21 PM
China is not about to do anything since we have seen what they do to peaceful protesters. They would find that normal along with the fact you stated obc.
Posted by: Alain | 2007-09-28 2:34:47 PM
So absolutely the right and only thing to do, thank God we have the right government in charge of our affairs of state.
China is what China is, a Human rights abuser, nothing to expect from that Commie regime.
Just ask Mo Strong or Jean Chretien what they think China will do and what those two will say to the Chinese. Nothing! Keep trading and sing the praises of Kyoto so we can give them money to pollute.
Posted by: Liz J | 2007-09-28 4:39:13 PM
And again for those Leftoids who don't think PM Harper is nice to the Media, see how Leftists do it south of the 49th parallel:
"2 Clintons, 2 Stories - But Just 1 To See Print"
Washington Post, by Howard Kurtz
Two stories, both about politicians named Clinton, collided recently at one of the nation's most prominent magazines, raising questions about journalistic integrity and hardball political tactics. GQ killed a 7,000-word article about infighting among aides to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, a move that came after the magazine began work on a cover story on the philanthropic efforts of Bill Clinton.
BUT THE Leftist media will do countless stories on internal problems in the campaigns of McCain, Thompson, Giuliani and other Republicans - but there's no media bias - just like at the CBC & CTV.
BTW, CTV has recently allowed readers to comment on stories posted on their web site. I've noticed they edit some comments without admitting that they do it, making some posters seem to be saying one thing when they intended something else.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-28 7:07:18 PM
"What a refreshing change from the Liberals!
Posted by: Alain | 28-Sep-07 2:16:34 PM"
Darn right. Finally Canada sounds like a country with principles.
Posted by: Larry | 2007-09-28 10:36:09 PM
...and also don't forget Canada called China on the human rights issue.
Dang cocky Harper rousing us out of Liberal slumber. The nerve!
Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-29 2:07:26 PM
Sure, Taliban Jack - Canada should return to the "safe" job of peacekeeeping where Canadians will not die:
"Rebels kill a dozen peacekeepers in Darfur"
DURAIJ, Sudan -- A large force of rebels stormed an African Union peacekeeping base in Darfur, killing at least a dozen soldiers and wounding several others in the biggest attack on the mission so far, the AU said Sunday.
More than 50 AU peacekeepers and support personnel are missing in action since the attack on the base in northern Darfur just after sunset on Saturday.
"This is the heaviest loss of life and the biggest attack on the African Union mission," said AU spokesman Noureddine Mezni, who could not confirm the casualty figures because the fighting was ongoing.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-30 7:54:46 AM
UPDATE ON BURMA:
"Hundreds of Burmese protesters feared dead"
Horrific claims of torture, mass arrests and government soldiers acting under the influence of drugs have emerged from Burma.
Burmese activists in exile in neighbouring Thailand have revealed harrowing accounts of violence, despite the ruling junta's attempts to cut off the outside world. Pro-democracy groups say that the true death toll from the military crackdown in the country also known as Myanmar is in the hundreds, not the 10 admitted to by the regime.
The dramatic reports were impossible to confirm, but there was concern over the fate of the hundreds of monks arrested in raids on the Ngwekyaryan Monastery in eastern Rangoon on Wednesday and Thursday night. According to exiles, some 270 monks are believed to be detained at Kyeikkasan, a former racecourse in the north-east of Rangoon that is being used as an internment camp by the authorities.
The exiles say that people who live nearby heard screams and cries for help. They claim the monks are not being fed and the injured are not receiving medical attention.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-30 9:19:38 AM
...this isn't the same country we sent Tsunami relief money and help to a year ago would it?
Posted by: tomax7 | 2007-09-30 9:25:32 AM
I believe that was Indonesia.
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-30 9:28:13 AM
. . . and Paul Martin pledge $400 million, of which about $50,000 was delivered. Lieberals talk big and do little!
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-30 9:29:37 AM
And while Burma is making the news, this is not:
"Wave of killings fuels fear of a second Chechnya"
It was after midnight and Vera Draganchuk was drifting off to sleep when she heard the shots. 'My son Mikhail appeared in the bedroom doorway,' said the schoolteacher. 'There was fear in his eyes and he was swaying strangely. He couldn't speak. Then I realised the shooting was in our home.'
Vera scrambled through the window into the yard of her cottage in the small town of Karabulak in Ingushetia, a Muslim republic in southern Russia. She urged her son to follow her but Mikhail, 22, didn't make it. He collapsed just under the windowsill, shot through the heart. Vera found her second son, Denis, 19, slumped on the doorstep. Denis died in an ambulance on the way to hospital. On that early morning of 1 September, Vera also found her husband Anatoly's bullet-riddled corpse, lying in the hallway. The attackers had fled.
The Kremlin may have largely pacified its rebel Chechnya region through a local hardman, the 30-year-old tiger-owning Ramzan Kadyrov, but neighbouring Ingushetia is on the brink of a crisis.
While Chechnya - first a cauldron of separatist sentiment in the Nineties and then a new outpost in the global jihad - boasts safe streets and new apartment blocks, in recent weeks Ingushetia has suffered a wave of brutal executions of people of non-Ingush nationalities.
A poor and rural republic about the size of Suffolk, Ingushetia is now the epicentre of terrorism in Russia. And some analysts are warning of a 'second Chechnya' in the making.
The killing began last July when an ethnic Russian schoolteacher and her two children were shot dead in their beds by an intruder. At their funeral a few days later a bomb exploded, injuring several people. Unidentified assailants then murdered Vera Draganchuk's family on 1 September. Soon after, armed men assassinated a Russian doctor outside her apartment block. A gypsy man and his two sons were the next to be shot dead at home.
There are few signs that the killing will stop and no one can be quite sure who is carrying out the murders.
'My parents were born here and so was I,' says Vera, 52. 'I'm a native ethnic Russian and I have no enemies.' Neighbours of the other victims say that they had no conflicts with local Ingush people.
BUT ISLAM IS A religion of peace - we keep hearing between barrages of bullets around the world. More like the religion of pieces!
Posted by: obc | 2007-09-30 1:10:17 PM
"Burma: Thousands dead in massacre of the monks dumped in the jungle"
LondonDailyMail, by Staff
Thousands of protesters are dead and the bodies of hundreds of executed monks have been dumped in the jungle, a former intelligence officer for Burma's ruling junta has revealed. The most senior official to defect so far, Hla Win, said: "Many more people have been killed in recent days than you've heard about. The bodies can be counted in several thousand."
HOW LONG until we see the Leftoids and their media lap dogs find a way to blame George Bush for this?
Another stunning victory for the UN.
Posted by: obc | 2007-10-01 6:54:22 AM
Well, today I see that Total Energy of France is on a big publicity campaign in Alberta promoting their multi-billion dollar investment in Alberta Oil Sands. They want us to know what wonderful corporate citizens they are.
What they will not tell you is that in definace of their new conservative government's interests, Total Energy owns and operates very large oil and natural gas facilities in Burma. They also own facilities in Iran and are building a large LNG terminal in Iran.
Two Faced Total, wants us to believe how wonderful they are, meanwhile they are in the pocket of world's most evil dictators in Burma and Iran.
Full story here:
Posted by: Epsilon | 2007-10-01 9:44:34 AM
And this leads me to wonder where sanctions begin and end. Clearly Total must buy materials and services internationally to operate its Myanmar operations. How can they do this if there are sanctions applied against Burms?
There are loopholes here large enough to drive a herd of Burmese elephants through.
Posted by: Epsilon | 2007-10-01 9:51:30 AM
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