Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Upcoming talks by Canadian socialist

APRIL GPJA FORUM: HAITI TODAY: FIVE YEARS OF UN-SPONSORED MILITARY OCCUPATION BRINGS DISASTER Presentation by Roger Annis, coordinator of the Canada Haiti Action Network 7.30pm, Monday 6 April Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, Grey Lynn In February, 2004, the elected president and government of Haiti were overthrown by a right-wing paramilitary rebellion backed by troops from the United States, France and Canada. A foreign-appointed, regime of human rights violations ruled Haiti for the two years that followed. An elected government has ruled Haiti since early 2006. But the real power is held by a 10,000-member, UN-sponsored military occupation regime. Poverty, human rights violations and environmental degradation are worsening dramatically in a country that was already the poorest in the Americas. MEETING AT AUCKLAND UNITE OFFICES: THE FINANCIAL CRISIS HITS HOME IN CANADA Presentation by Roger Annis, trade union activist and editor of Socialist Voice

6pm, Tuesday 7 April Unite Centre, 6a Western Springs Rd, Morningside During the October, 2008 federal election in Canada, all the parties represented in the federal Parliament peddled a myth that Canada would escape the worst of the U.S.-sparked financial collapse. This in a country where the U.S. market consumes 76% of all Canadian exports. The economic situation in Canada is deteriorating rapidly, presenting new difficulties and challenges for the country's trade unions and social movements. As well, renewed demands for political sovereignty are emerging among the French-speaking Quebecois nation that numbers 7 million and the one million Indigenous peoples.

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