Fresh Air Interview with CCR Attorney Maria LaHood and Maher Arar (Thursday)

September 17, 2008

Please tune in this Wednesday, September 17, 2008 to hear an interview with Canadian rendition survivor Maher Arar and CCR attorney Maria LaHood on Fresh Air from WHYY.

Hear Arar and LaHood speak to Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about how U.S. officials sent Arar to Syria to be tortured, his struggle for justice, and the Second Circuit Appellate Court’s extremely rare order last month that approximately 12 judges will rehear Arar’s case on December 9, 2008. To find out the broadcast schedule for your town or city, click here.

Mr. Arar and CCR seek to hold accountable the high-level administration officials responsible for sending him to be tortured and detained in Syria for a year – a practice known as extraordinary rendition. For more information on Maher Arar’s case, click here. In 2002, Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen, was detained at a New York airport on his way home from a family trip. He was interrogated by U.S. officials about alleged links to al-Qaeda and was prevented from getting assistance from a lawyer. He was then delivered to Syria, a country renowned for torture. Mr. Arar was interrogated, brutally tortured and held in a grave-like cell in Syria for over ten months. No country, including the U.S., has ever charged him with any crime.

CCR originally filed the case in the Eastern District of New York in January 2004; the first ruling, in February 2006, dismissed the case because letting it proceed might harm national security and foreign relations. CCR appealed the decision, arguing before a three-judge panel in November 2007, but the Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 decision in June 2008 along similar lines. The dissenting judge found that the majority decision gives federal officials the license to “violate constitutional rights with virtual impunity.”

In stark contrast to the response of the U.S. government, the Canadian government conducted an exhaustive inquiry in response to public outcry, found that Mr. Arar had no connection to terrorism, and, in January 2007, apologized to him for its role in what happened and awarded him $10 million compensation. For more information on Maher Arar’s case, click here.


On the Air with WHYY’s Fresh Air – Major Cities
Thursday, September 18, 2008

CITY STATION TIME
Chicago WBEZ 91.5 FM 11 AM – 12 PM
Los Angeles KPCC 89.3 FM 7-8 PM
New York WNYC 93.9 FM 3-4 PM
Washington, DC WAMU 88.FM 3-4 PM

To find out the broadcast schedule for your town or city, click here

Or, listen live online at NPR’s Fresh Air website.

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Toronto: Rally and March: Bring Omar Khadr back to Canada!

July 25, 2008
Canadian Arab Federation
La Fédération Canado-Arabe

ANNOUNCEMENT

July 21, 2008

Rally and March: Bring Omar Khadr back to Canada!

Canadian citizen Omar Khadr is the only Western national left in Guantanamo Bay and the first child-soldier to be prosecuted in over a hundred years. Tell Stephen Harper: bring Omar Khadr back to Canada.

When: July 26, 2008 at 2:00 pm
Where: US Consulate at 360 University Avenue in Toronto

After the opening rally at the U.S. Consulate, the demonstration will march past CSIS headquarters on Front Street West, and will conclude at Simcoe Park, on the east side of the CBC Broadcast Centre. The march has been organized by Toronto Coalition to Stop the War, CAF and the Muslim Unity Group. For more information, contact stopthewar@sympatico.ca or 416-795-5863.


URGENT: PLEASE SUPPORT BY ATTENDANCE AND/OR DONATION !!!

July 18, 2008

This is linked from Harper Valley. Thanks, Scout!

URGENT: PLEASE SUPPORT BY ATTENDANCE AND/OR DONATION !!!

PLEASE POST THIS TO YOUR SITE OR LINK TO IT

STATEMENT OF PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT

THE RIGHTS OF TWO WOMEN WHO WERE

BRUTALLY ASSAULTED AND PHYSICALLY

HARMED BY CANADA BORDER SERVICES

AGENTS

Cornwall. July 15, 2008. On June 14th 2008

Katenies and Kahentinetha – who are both writers

and contributors to Mohawk Nation News [MNN

www.mohawknationnews.com] – were handcuffed and tackled

to the ground at the Cornwall border checkpoint.

The Canada Border Services agents acted as though

they had lost control of themselves, or they had no

regard for legal propriety. Neither woman did

anything wrong. The attacks were unprovoked but

seem to have been directed by whoever was at the

other end of the cell phone.

Katenies was jailed and held incommunicado for

three days. Kahentinetha suffered a heart attack

and is under the care of her doctors and her family.

Because of her condition Kahentinetha cannot go

to court to support Katenies.

Katenies demands respect for herself, for anyone

who asserts Kanion’ke:haka jurisdiction and

condemns Canada’s illegal border. The charges

against her are false and vindictive. The Ontario

court is public. Anyone who believes in the rule

of law and condemns the brutal attacks on these

women and many others is welcome to stand with

her at:

Ontario Provincial Court, 29 – 2nd Street West,

Cornwall Ontario, 9:00 a.m. Mon. July 14, 2008

Legal actions will need to be taken to protect our

rights. We have no funds. Canada is hiring costly

law firms to defend their illegal actions and suppress

our rights. If you can donate anything to our cause,

it will be greatly appreciated. Send it to: “MNN

Mohawk Nation News”, Box 991, Kahnawake

[Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0. Nia:en/Thank you very

much.

Contact: Frank Taiotekane Horn, LLB,

1-613-935-8882 fhorn@cogeco.ca;

Katenies20@yahoo.com;

Horn family – waneek@msn.com


CENSORED NEWS: MNN Photo of Kahentinetha Horn after June 14 border ‘special forces’ attack

July 8, 2008

This article with photo was posted by Brenda Norrell of Censored News

Photo Kahentinetha Horn hospitalized after attack by border special forces

[] Kahentinetha Horn, publisher of Mohawk Nation News, hospitalized with a heart attack on June 14, 2008, after being attacked by special forces in Canada at the Cornwall/Akwesasne border. Photo by Sagowaiaks.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

CORNWALL, Ontario — Kahentinetha Horn, 68, was handcuffed in a police stress hold at the border crossing. Kahentinetha told them she was having chest pains and to loosen the handcuffs. The officers responded by tightening the handcuffs. Kahentinetha was told to bend over in the presence of a male and female officer. She was suffering a trauma induced heart attack. During the attack Katenies, Mohawk Nation News editor, was beaten and jailed by the gang of at least 10 special forces. Kahentinetha is out of the hospital and is recovering. Please consider contributing to the legal fees for a lawsuit against the Canadian police and special forces who attacked the two Mohawk grandmothers.

For more information on Kahentinetha’s condition and letters of support: waneek@msn.ca

Please send checks and money orders to:
Mohawk Nation News
Box 991
Kahnawake, Quebec
CANADA J0L1B0

Canada’s apology

June 14, 2008

On Wednesday, June 11th 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave a long-overdue formal apology to the native survivors of Canada’s residential schools.

For over a century, more that 150,000 aboriginal children were arbitrarily removed from their parents and communities and placed into residential schools, under the guise of giving the children a ‘proper’ education. But the intention was far more venal. It was to completely ‘take the Indian’ out of the children — their language, customs and heritage — in order to assimilate them into settler society. The reasoning behind this long-standing government policy was that this would eliminate ‘Canada’s Indian problem’. It was a ‘final solution’.

Protestant and Catholic churches colluded in the century-long profound atrocities inflicted on aboriginal people by the residential school policies.  Those running the schools committed physical, psychological and sexual abuse on the children. Children who died were buried in unmarked graves. Many parents never saw their children again, never knew what became of them.

Can we even begin to imagine their agony? The anguish of parents losing their children? The suffering of the children?

“The treatment of children in Indian residential schools is a sad chapter in our history”, said the Prime Minister. But it is much more than a ‘sad chapter’. It is also testament that our nation was built on the blood of the people whose lives and lands we stole.

Have we Canadians learned from our past?

Not enough, for we are still perpetrating injustices against the people whose only ‘crime’ was that they were inhabiting this land we so coveted — a land rich in natural resources which we exploit at their expense.

The federal apology is a start but we still have a very long way to go. Until we expeditiously and justly resolve the numerous long-outstanding land claims; respect the human rights of all First Nations peoples in Canada and stop building and mining on their land without consultation and permission; and until we alleviate the deplorable, toxic conditions on most native reserves, this federal apology and the settlement monies paid to residential school survivors lack sincerity. These are merely tokens to assuage our collective guilt.

Stephen Harper’s apology can begin the healing when we begin to address those issues — when we right the wrongs we continue to perpetuate on our aboriginal people to this day — and when more Canadians, not just First Nations peoples, become active participants in the newly created Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“The Commission is charged with the tasks of assisting Canadians to know and understand the truth of our Indian Residential School legacy and of promoting reconciliation through new relationships embedded in mutual recognition and respect.”

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However, for the Inuit of Labrador the federal apology rings hollow. (I heard something on CBC Newsworld earlier that aboriginal people of PEI and another province were also not included because those regions were not part of Canada at the time the residential schools were started, but I can’t find the link to this anywhere. So I don’t have the facts on this and I didn’t hear the entire report…)

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Related

Links on CBC.ca:

IN DEPTH:

Truth & Reconciliation: Stolen Children: Featured CBC Video and Audio

Main page
Analysis, background, history
FAQs: Aboriginal Truth and Reconciliation Commission
About the commission and its purpose
Commission panel
About the members of the commission
Indian residential schools
The history of Canada’s residential schools and education policy for aboriginal peoples
Prime minister’s statement of apology
Full text of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s address to Parliament, June 2008
Timeline of aboriginal education in Canada
Video: Stolen children
From The National: Can Truth and Reconciliation Commission start the healing?