Apr 182016

Building united action against war, militarism and imperialism
July 20-21, 2016 ~ Toronto, Canada

The World Peace Council, Canadian Peace Congress, US Peace Council and Movimiento Mexicano por la Paz y el Desarrollo call for the Third Trilateral Peace Conference to be held in Toronto, Canada on July 20-21, 2016.

Since the Second Trilateral in 2009 our world has moved to a critically dangerous point, with increasing militarism and war, environmental decline and economic crisis. The major military powers – especially the United States, European Union and NATO – have concentrated their firepower in Eastern Europe and the Syria-Iraq region. In this increasingly tense standoff between Western imperialism and Russia, the possibility of a military – and potentially nuclear – confrontation between these powers is very real.

One hundred years ago the peoples of the world were terrorized by the horrors of the First World War, a conflict that was sparked by imperialist expansion, militarism and extreme nationalism. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, a tragedy that killed 17 million people. Continue reading »

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Mar 132016

Canada has ended its active role in the destructive and illegal bombing of Syria. This shows that public opposition to the airstrikes, along with the Syrian people’s resistance to both terrorism and “regime change” have affected Canadian government policy.

But Canada is continuing to assist the bombing campaign through reconnaissance and refuelling. The Trudeau government’s plan to expand Operation IMPACT, by tripling the number of advisers and assistants to the Iraqi Kurdish forces, is really a way to increase Canada’s “boots on the ground.” It also plays into the strategy of fragmenting Iraq into several smaller states.

The escalation will embroil Canada in another prolonged, dangerous and destructive war. Canadians must demand that Trudeau end all Canadian military involvement in the Middle East! Continue reading »

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Mar 032016

On March 19, peace and anti-war groups in several cities across Canada will be demonstrating against the continued and escalating war in the Middle East. The Canadian Peace Congress endorses these actions and has been working to organize and support events in many areas. We will prepare a leaflet for distribution on March 19, outlining why we oppose intervention by Canada, the United States, and their NATO allies. The imperialist plan for a New Middle East must be confronted and stopped! Please attend events in your area – if nothing is planned, please consider getting in touch with us – we can help you organize an information picket and we can send you some leaflets to distribute.

The following is a list of March 19 actions. If you know of other events, please let us know and we’ll update this list.

#PeaceDemoMarch19 Continue reading »

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Feb 152016

Canada must withdraw from Syria, oppose Turkey’s aggression

The Canadian Peace Congress is alarmed that NATO countries are escalating their aggression against Syria, and calls for the immediate and full withdrawal of all Canadian military from the region. Furthermore, Canada must condemn and oppose Turkey’s military action against Syrian government forces who are fighting terrorist organizations in Syria. The current surge in intervention by NATO countries will only deepen the suffering of the Syrian people, prolong the war that has already claimed 260,000 lives, and increase the risk of an expanded regional conflict.

It is shameful that, despite a grandiose pledge to withdraw Canadian fighter jets, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau actually increased the number of airstrikes against Syria. The US-led airstrikes were deliberately coupled with renewed material and organizational support to anti-government groups in Syria. Justin Trudeau’s statement that Canada will increase its troop presence for “training purposes” is completely in line with this agenda, and needs to be stopped. Continue reading »

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May 252015

Goa, India 26-28 November 2014

The Executive Committee of the WPC took place in the Indian city of Goa from 26-28 November 2014. The meeting, hosted by the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO), concluded after discussions on the threats to peace in different parts of the world with the following statement:

The World Peace Council, in its 65th year of struggle, salutes the peace loving forces of the world and calls upon them to fight together with the WPC and its member organizations, against imperialism and its brutal wars, for Peace.

The WPC identifies today the enemy of peace in the world to be imperialism in all its forms of expression, ideologically, politically, militarily and economically. Despite the economic crisis the military expenditure last year (2013), according to SIPRI, has reached worldwide in 2013 the $1,474 trillion, which constitute the 2,4 % of the global GDP. We underline that 37 % of this sum is spent by the USA alone and that altogether the military spending of the USA, NATO and its allies constitute the vast majority of world spending. The WPC demands the drastic cuts in the military budgets and the respective dedication to social welfare. Continue reading »

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May 252015

On April 19, World Peace Council members and friends in all countries mobilized a Global Day of Action in Solidarity with the People of Venezuela. This action was taken in response to the Executive Order of US President Obama, which escalated imperialist provocation against Venezuela by declaring it to be a threat to US security.

As part of this global action, the Canadian Peace Congress launched a petition campaign aimed at the Canadian government’s aggressive policies toward Venezuela. The Congress is urging all of its members and friends to collect signatures in their area. Copies of the petition are available in English and French, and can be downloaded below and are also available from the Peace Congress office: 125 Brandon Avenue, Toronto, ON M6H 2E2.

Please download the petition and ask your friends and contacts to sign it!

Friendship with Venezuela Petition

Amitié avec le Venezuela

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