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Family questions Canadian's death at Laos airport

Michael Shulman, CTVNews.ca
Published Sunday, May 31, 2015 10:16PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, June 1, 2015 6:28AM EDT

http://www.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.2400180.1433127579!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_225/image.jpg

The family of an Edmonton man who died under mysterious circumstances while on vacation in Southeast Asia is calling on Ottawa to help them get answers.

In January, Laos officials ruled that Nara Pech, 28, died by suicide. They said he stabbed himself to death with broken glass in the Wattay International Airport in the capital of Vientiane.


But his family has questioned this conclusion; they say chilling voicemails left by Pech while he was at the airport suggest that he may have been in danger.

"I'm in Laos and they're trying to hurt me. I need help, dad. Call the embassy, please," Pech is heard saying in the voicemail message left for his family.

In another voicemail, Pech said his boarding passes were taken away and he was being accused of making defamatory remarks about Cambodia's prime minister.


Video and photos.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/family-questions-canadian-s-death-at-laos-airport-1.2400155

He was murdered.

When You Kill Ten Million Africans You Aren’t Called ‘Hitler’

June 1, 2015 by True Activist


By Liam O’Ceallaigh / walkingbutterfly.com via FilmsForAction

Take a look at this picture. Do you know who it is?

Most people haven’t heard of him.

But you should have. When you see his face or hear his name you should get as sick in your stomach as when you read about Mussolini or Hitler or see one of their pictures. You see, he killed over 10 million people in the Congo.

His name is King Leopold II of Belgium.

He “owned” the Congo during his reign as the constitutional monarch of Belgium. After several failed colonial attempts in Asia and Africa, he settled on the Congo. He “bought” it and enslaved its people, turning the entire country into his own personal slave plantation. He disguised his business transactions as “philanthropic” and “scientific” efforts under the banner of the International African Society. He used their enslaved labor to extract Congolese resources and services. His reign was enforced through work camps, body mutilations, executions, torture, and his private army.

Most of us – I don’t yet know an approximate percentage but I fear its extremely high – aren’t taught about him in school. We don’t hear about him in the media. He’s not part of the widely repeated narrative of oppression (which includes things like the Holocaust during World War II). He’s part of a long history of colonialism, imperialism, slavery and genocide in Africa that would clash with the social construction of the white supremacist narrative in our schools. It doesn’t fit neatly into a capitalist curriculum. Making overtly racist remarks is (sometimes) frowned upon in polite society, but it’s quite fine not to talk about genocides in Africa perpetrated by European capitalist monarchs


Mark Twain's satire about Leopold, called “King Leopold’s soliloquy; a defense of his Congo rule“,

Full article: http://www.trueactivist.com/when-you-kill-ten-million-africans-you-arent-called-hitler/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TrueActivist+%28True+Activist%29


The U.S. Really Thinks It Has the Right to Be a Global Cop, and China Is Driving Us Bonkers

The South China Sea exceptionalist adventurism could alarmingly get out of hand.

By Pepe Escobar / Asia Times May 29, 2015

This South China Sea exceptionalist adventurism could alarmingly get out of hand. Couple it with the “patrolling” of the Western Pacific – as the U.S. and Australia are about to be joined by re-militarizing Japan in their regular bi-annual war games. The result is a Shangri-La Dialogue – the regional security summit held every year in Singapore, starting this Friday — even hotter than usual. Assorted agent provocateurs better not mess with Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Staff, who will be the guest star of the show.

All About the Maritime Silk Road

The latest escalation happens just as Beijing releases it new Military White Paper outlining in detail a new defensive strategy — which is now, for all practical purposes, defensive/offensive in Full Spectrum AirSeaLandCyber Space mode (the full text is included here). Pentagon planners, eat your collective hearts out; the “pivoting to Asia” is about to meet its match.


And Don’t Forget Urfa

Beijing’s strategy for the South China Sea has always been clear. Everyone – no discrimination — will have right of passage. All disputes – from oil and gas exploration to fishing rights — are to be solved bilaterally within the cadre of ASEAN. And the whole process has absolutely nothing to do with Washington.

The U.S. government insists the China nine-dash-line does not comply with international law. That’s risible; the line was actually dreamed up by the Chinese nationalists of the Kuomintang two years before the birth of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Washington argues that implementation of the nine-dash-line will allow China to control navigation in the South China Sea. Once again, Beijing does not want control, but more business, which is already a fact, as 80% of commercial traffic is by Chinese vessels.


http://www.alternet.org/world/us-really-thinks-it-has-right-be-global-cop-and-china-driving-us-bonkers?akid=13163.44541.tEjlFV&rd=1&src=newsletter1037163&t=19

It seems that in every part of the world now there's a new enemy to be confronted. It makes me so sick and sad to think of all of the innocents forgotten in it, we never learn.

Rule by the Corporations - Paul Craig Roberts

TTIP: The Corporate Empowerment Act

by Paul Craig Roberts / June 1st, 2015

The Transatlantic and Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnerships have nothing to do with free trade. “Free trade” is used as a disguise to hide the power these agreements give to corporations to use law suits to overturn sovereign laws of nations that regulate pollution, food safety, GMOs, and minimum wages.


What the “partnerships” do is to make private corporations immune to the laws of sovereign countries on the grounds that laws of countries adversely impact corporate profits and constitute “restraint of trade.”

For example, under the Transatlantic Partnership, French laws against GMOs would be overturned as “restraints on trade” by law suits filed by Monsanto.


Obama himself has no input into the process. Here is what is going on: The Trade Representative is a corporate stooge. He serves the private corporations and will go on to a million dollar annual salary. The corporations have bribed the political leaders in every country to sign away their sovereignty and the general welfare of their people to private corporations. Corporations have paid US senators large sums for transferring Congress’ law-making powers to corporations. When these “partnerships” pass, no country that signed will have any legislative authority to legislate or enforce any law that any corporation regards as inimical to its bottom line.


Full article: http://dissidentvoice.org/2015/06/rule-by-the-corporations/

Terror, terror! We Canadians need to be schooled on this.

The Chamber of Commerce -

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
375 York Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J3

Global Perspectives – A Conversation with Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Tickets: $299.25 (includes processing fee and GST)

Table of 10: $2,992.50 (includes processing fee and GST)

Clinton told about 2,000 people at a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce luncheon that the international community has to target material that is drawing radicals to the cause.

And on to Saskatoon in front of 2,000 more people for more of the same at $96 to more than $300 per person, but refused to give an opinion on the Keystone XL pipeline.


The announcement of her Canadian appearances comes just days after an investigation detailing the high price that comes with inviting Clinton to speak, and the intriguing demands that come with her appearance.


The Washington Post learned last week that Clinton charged the University of California at Los Angeles $300,000 for a recent speaking appearance – a price that was described as a discounted “university rate.”


https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/high-cost-of-speakers-like-hillary-clinton-still-213812141.html

War, terrorists, war! Doesn't make sense to me that she'd speak up here when we hear exactly the same from our own politicians in charge - until October, anyway.

RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
375 York Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J3

Global Perspectives – A Conversation with Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Tickets: $299.25 (includes processing fee and GST)
Table of 10: $2,992.50 (includes processing fee and GST)

http://www.winnipeg-chamber.com/events/A-Conversation-with-Hillary-Clinton-57145/details

Clinton told about 2,000 people at a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce luncheon that the international community has to target material that is drawing radicals to the cause.

Speaking to 2,000 people Wednesday, Clinton argued that the international community needs to target terrorist propaganda that is drawing in Muslims all over the world. Clinton added that the entire world has a stake in ending terrorism. This comes a few months after U.S. President Barack Obama urged Canada to continue combatting the terrorist threats.

Here's a question: who are they to give marching orders to Canada in this fight that was sparked in the first place by U.S. foreign policy? Unfortunately, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his successor — likely Liberal leader Justin Trudeau — will just cave into these demands and risk taxpayers' money and lives in this antiquated threat.

Canada has already been part of a decade-long war in Afghanistan that led to the loss of 158 soldiers, while also costing the federal government approximately $18 billion, which could have been allocated to other pressing matters. Furthermore, we also had to help overthrow the government of Libyan Colonel Muammar Gadhafi, who posed no threat to Canada's national security.


Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/politics/op-ed-canada-should-not-be-following-marching-orders-of-hillary-clinton/article/424127#ixzz3ahU4k9WN

And on to Saskatoon in front of 2,000 more people for more of the same at $96 to more than $300 per person...
And ...... Calgary, Ottawa ... I had no idea they'd paid her that much.
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