Realities Collide at Halifax “War Conference” By Anthony Fenton

23 November, 2009 — IPS

While the world’s top military elites gather inside a fortified hotel to discuss NATO’s future, protesters question the organisation’s legitimacy, secrecy, and the lack of democratic debate about the increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan.

An imposing ‘United States of America’-emblazoned aircraft greeted visitors on the tarmac of Halifax International Airport Friday, as more than 250 of the Western world’s top military leaders and their brain trust descended on the city for the inaugural Halifax International Security Forum.

Co-sponsored by the government of Canada and the U.S.-based German Marshall Fund think tank, over 60 percent of the attendees hailed from these host nations for what is being dubbed a World Economic Forum-style conference for militarists.

Announcing the Forum last July, German Marshall Fund President Craig Kennedy called it “a step in the process of changing the conversation” about Canada’s role in the ‘trans-Atlantic community,’ toward a recognition of its being a top-tier power in its own right that is worthy of a seat at the table with the globe’s most powerful war-fighting nations.

Canada’s transformation to a counterinsurgency-capable expeditionary force and its contribution to the war in southern Afghanistan has earned it the respect of NATO’s key power, the United States, which, in turn, has boosted its global profile among other NATO allies.

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Global Research War, Globalization and Flu Panic Selected Articles 16-22 November, 2009

22 November, 2009 — Global Research

MONTREAL: Denis J. Halliday Lecture on “The United Nations’ Role in Peace and War”
December 1
– 2009-12-01

Award Winning Movie: “SUPERPOWER”:
Order the DVD Online from Global Research
– by Barbara-Anne Steegmuller – 2009-11-28

Please Support Global Research
A Message to Readers
– 2009-11-27

CALGARY: Lecture on “War & the Global Economic Crisis” with Michel Chossudovsky
Nov 26. Univ.of Calgary Consortium for Peace Studies
– 2009-11-26

MONTREAL: Conference by Malalai Joya, former Afghan MP, opponent of US-NATO led war
24 November
– 2009-11-24

Afghanistan Contractors Outnumber Troops
Despite Surge in U.S. Deployments, More Civilians Are Posted in War Zone
– by August Cole – 2009-11-22

Open Letter to Obama: Please Bring Our Troops Home Now!
– by Cynthia McKinney – 2009-11-22

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Major Victory With Swine Flu Hoax Scandal

22 November, 2009 —

European scientists and health authorities are facing angry questions about why H1N1 flu has not caused death and destruction on the scale first feared, and they need to respond deftly to ensure public support.

Nov. 21, ( — Accusations are flying in British and French media that the pandemic has been ‘hyped’ by medical researchers to further their own cause, boost research grants and line the pockets of drug companies.

Britain’s Independent newspaper this week asked ‘Pandemic? What Pandemic?’

France’s Le Parisien newspaper ran the headline: ‘Swine flu: why the French distrust the vaccine’ and noted a gap between the predicted impact of H1N1 and the less dramatic reality.

‘Although some 30-odd people have died…the disease is not really frightening,’ it said. ‘Dangerous liaisons between certain experts, the labs and the government, the obscurity of the contracts between the state and the pharma firms have added to the doubt.’

However, in Britain, health authorities’ original worst case scenario, which said as many as 65,000 could die from H1N1, has twice been revised down and the prediction is now for around 1,000 deaths, way below the average annual toll of 4,000 to 8,000 deaths from seasonal winter flu.

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