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Emergency Preparedness

I have been aware that it is advisable to be prepared for disaster or loss of home, but I have not done much preparation other than having some extra preserved food (for about 3 days) and candles with a lighter on hand. Everyone should be better prepared.

I feel I have been lucky so far. I live in an earthquake zone where we get trmors all the time and are awaiting the big one. Weather has been getting more extreme as I have aged into the senior category. Power outages more likely, we have been without hydroelectric power for a few hours at a time twice in the past two years.

Letter to Canada


ATTENTION:
Honourable François-Philippe Champagne
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada
(Philippe_Champagne@parl.gc.ca)
 
Cc:Honourable Harjit Sajjan 
Minister of National Defence, Canada
 
Cc: Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
 
 
January 9, 2020
 
 
Re: The United States drone assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abd Mahdi al-Muhandis, along with eight others on January 3, 2020.

Iran-Iraq-US crisis

A global wave of opposition to the US imperialism’s latest act of terror and aggression washed through Iraq and throughout the Middle East, around Europe and in many cities in North America on January 4 and 5. Commission 4 of the ILPS salutes this staunch response and encourages more action to show solidarity for just peace and deter an outbreak of global or regional war in response. We applaud the Iraq government’s resolution to get US forces out of Iraq as we do NATO’s decision to suspend the NATO mission led by Canadian forces in Iraq.

Latin America solidarity

I am active in just peace activism and anti-imperialist solidarity. One way I partake in this kind of activity is through my Just Peace Committee and its role in a local Venezuela solidarity committee.

I attended a huge conference for Latin American solidarity with the people against coup attempts, right wing resurgences, state repression, unjustified economic sanctions that hurt the people, militarization and the threat of military invasions. OUt of that conference came a declaration of solidarity against US-led imperialism and pledges to support particular struggles of people in Latin America and the Caribbean regions.

taking stock of 2019

Just passed another birthday and the calendar year is closing. Time to review the year.

I always review my goals and see what I accomplished or changed. I refer to both short (1-year and 5-year) and long term (10 years).

What's more, I consider a few categories of life: finances, career, social, travel, health, activism.

FINANCES

I've had a steady income from self-employment and employment, working generally part-time, with a few relatively high-income months. My savings have remained frozen this year.

NO NATO

Statement of the ILPS Commission 4, November 25, 2019
NO TO NATO!
Build the anti-imperialist movement! Struggle for just peace everywhere!
ILPS Commission 4 called for activities to join in the protests against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during the time of the NATO Summit held in London, UK NATO 70 anniversary events will take place from December 1 to 3 this year.

What is worth celebrating? NATO is a military and political alliance established decades ago. It has been building and running more and more military bases in Europe, keeping military surveillance of the Middle East, practicing war games, mobilizing forces around states it sees as deviants and threats, developing misinformation campaigns to justify aggressions or foster counter-revolutions, carrying out invasions such as the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, and making strikes such as the bombing of Yugoslavia, Libya and Syria.

Recession 2020

This entry regards news posted on Youtube by Epic Economist yesterday, November 24. This seems to be the channel of a very credible person with extensive knowledge who regularly monitors the financial system and global economy. Based on the factual detail he always presents, this economist is predicting a collapse of the global economy and its major institution.

Epic Economist forecasts a major recession in 2020. He has been reporting frequently on the US economy. After examining the weaknesses in the lending system and slowdown of industrial activity, he believes that many banks in the US will fold and that millions more people will lose their homes soon.

the Meaning of Life

I am reading a little book written by Viktor E. Frankl and first published in 1959 (Beacon Press). Small it may be, but it packs a big punch.

Dr. Viktor E. Frankl was living in Austria when Nazi Germany persecuted Jews and conquered some of Europe. He was a Jew who became a psychiatrist after experiencing the horrors of the Auschwitz prison camp. He reflects on people's responses to extreme suffering, exploring his own experience as a case in point. Endeavouring to find something positive in one of the worst kinds of experiences, he contemplates how a person may be able to rise above severe suffering by discovering meaning.

Bolivia chaos

The coup in Bolivia: Five lessons
THE Bolivian tragedy eloquently offers us lessons that our peoples and popular social and political forces must learn and record in our consciousness forever.

THE Bolivian tragedy eloquently offers us lessons that our peoples and popular social and political forces must learn and record in our consciousness forever.Here is a brief list, as events develop, a prelude to a more detailed analysis in the future.

Armistice Day

Statement of Commission 4 of the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS) for Armistice Day, November 11, 2019

BUILD THE MOVEMENT FOR JUST PEACE!

Over 100 years since the conclusion of World War One, and war is still a constant, major problem for humanity. The International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS; ilps.info) supports the just struggles of the peoples for national liberation, genuine democracy and a decent standard of living. We condemn militarization, bigotry and wars of aggression and counter-revolution.
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