Join the Canadian Peace Congress and the Toronto Association for Peace and Solidarity (TAPS) at www.torontopeace.com on May
Statement from the Canadian Peace Congress: (PDF) The recent violent protests in Hong Kong have focussed on the
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.
On April 19, World Peace Council members and friends in all countries mobilized a Global Day of Action
The World Peace Council (WPC) expresses its deep concern about the situation in the Ukraine after the installation of the new government in Kiev by the imperialists of the European Union, NATO and the U.S., hand in hand with reactionary neo – Nazi groups who were active throughout the last time in the country. On the backs of the Ukrainian people the last few months a dangerous and bloody game was played by US, E.U. and NATO that reflects their expansion to the East and their competition with Russia with the aim of control of geopolitical spheres but also of the rich energy sources in the region.
The Ukrainian people , who have suffered so much from capitalist restoration since 1991 , has the sole and non-negotiable right to decide for its leadership and its fortunes without any foreign interference or intervention. The repetition of “violent regime change” exacerbated the already tense atmosphere in the country and the region.
The Executive Committee (EC) of the World Peace Council held successfully from November 23-25, 2013 in Caracas its first meeting after the Assembly of Kathmandu (July 2012). The meeting was hosted in excellent conditions by the Committee of International Solidarity (COSI), the WPC member in Venezuela.
We recall very well the holding of our World Peace Assembly in 2008, where we declared Caracas as the “World Capital of Peace and Anti-imperialist struggle”. Our Assembly then was held under the auspices of the late President, Commander Hugo Chavez, to whom we paid our deepest respect for his huge contribution and successful leadership in the Bolivarian revolution, as a genuine leader of his people with broad recognition worldwide.
The WPC salutes the people of Venezuela which is struggling and defending its achievements, trying to open ways for the deepening of the Bolivarian process, against the subversive actions and the economic war carried out by the local oligarchy and imperialist forces, especially this period. We defend the sovereign right of the Venezuelan people to decide upon its future and wealth, for its empowerment in order to become the true master of its destiny.
The EC of the WPC met in a period of increasing aggressiveness of imperialism in all corners of the world, all fields and aspects of human life.
The 2012 Assembly of the World Peace Council was held from July 20-23 in Kathmandu and hosted by
Dave McKee, President of the Canadian Peace Congress and a member of the Executive Committee of the World Peace Council, is currently on tour in Ontario. He is meeting with people across the province, to discuss the impact that NATO membership has on Canada’s foreign and domestic policies. Dave presents the case that Canada needs to withdraw from NATO, in order to develop an independent foreign policy that is based on peace, international cooperation and solidarity.
This tour is part of a larger Canadian Peace Congress Campaign Against NATO, and is a continuation of a very successful tour of Western Canada last year.