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Monday, 30 April 2007 19:00
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The International Action Center stands with the people of Venezuela and their democratically-elected President Hugo Chavez and we condemn Washington's propaganda campaign against the Venezuelan government, carried out with the complicity of the U.S. corporate media.

We have included below a letter from Venezuelan Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez Herrera to Nancy Pelosi (in English and Spanish) responding to her attack on President Hugo Chavez.

May 30, 2007

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C.

Madam Speaker Pelosi,

I am writing in the opportunity to respond to your May 30 statement on Venezuela's decision not to renew the broadcast license of Radio Caracas Television (RCTV). In it, you accused President Hugo Chávez of engaging in efforts to "suppress the media." I would like to assure you that the decision was made in full accordance with Venezuela's laws and does not represent a threat to the country's vibrant media or the ability of the Venezuelan people to receive information and opinion that is critical of the government. Equally, and as many observers have pointed out, since President Chavez came to power the government has tried to democratize the media to foster a diversity of voices to combat the historical monopoly on the broadcasting of information that causes so much harm to any democracy.

 
Thursday, 22 March 2007 20:00
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Dear Premier Graham,

We applaud the Government of New Brunswick on its initiative to examine the traditional approach to development in New Brunswick (Self-Sufficiency Task Force www.gnb.ca/2026).

While we may have individual concerns and accolades over the mandate of the task force, over the process, or over specific policy prescriptions, we all agree that one crucial issue is overlooked.  We jointly call for full cost accounting of proposed projects.  While business is capable of providing reasonable data on their private costs, we must include the costs society pays for such projects including environmental damage, damage to other sectors such as tourism, human health impacts, and other social and environmental costs. These are very real costs often borne by taxpayers.

 

 
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 20:00
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Venezuela - Appeal to President Hugo Chavez in the Name of Media Pluralism

Mr. Hugo Chavez
President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Copy to Mr. Jose Miguel Insulza
Secretary General of the Organisation of American States

Dear Mr. President,

Reporters Without Borders is concerned about recent governmental and judicial measures aimed at a number of privately-owned news media. Our organisation fears that these measures will set precedents that will be prejudicial to free expression and press freedom in your country.

 

 
Sunday, 07 January 2007 20:00
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Detainees Release Open Letter from Gitmo North

Situation Continues to Deteriorate as Hunger Strike Enters Day 45 for Mahjoub, Day 34 for Jaballah and Almrei.

In an open letter released today from the detainees at Canada's Guantanamo Bay -- the Kingston Immigration Holding Centre, located on the grounds of Millhaven Penitentiary outside of Kingston, ON -- Mahmoud Jaballah, Mohammad Mahjoub, and Hassan Almrei have asked the people of Canada to speak up for their rights.

The three men have been held indefinitely, without charge or bail, for as long as 6.5 years, on secret evidence neither they nor their lawyers are allowed to see.

 
Sunday, 22 October 2006 20:00
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The Ignorant American

Hello Canada,

I’m one those well-intentioned, friendly buffoons from south of the border who knows far too little about you and is somewhat appalled at that fact. Ask the average citizen of the U.S.A. what Canadians do for a living and visions of lumberjacks and RCMP’s might flash through their heads before they say, “I dunno.” In fact, the only thing most of us know about Canada is that it’s cold up there.

Our schools teach us nothing about you. Our press rarely mentions your existence. You remain largely invisible to us.

 
Monday, 21 August 2006 20:00
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We Refuse to Cooperate With a Process That Profits The World's Leading Weapons Manufacturer (Lockheed Martin) and a Corporation Complicit in Torture.

To Douglas Newson
Director, Central Region
2006 Census
Statistics Canada
25 St. Clair Ave. East
Toronto, ON

cc: Maxime Bernier
Minister responsible for Statistics Canada

August 22, 2006

Dear Friends,

We write to you today because your employees have repeatedly threatened us with jail and fines for refusing to fill out the 2006 Census form. When asked why we should fill out the form, we are told, brusquely, "because it is the law."

 

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