almost fifty years since the popular revolution toppled the Batiste
regime in Cuba; and, it's been almost as many years that the island
nation has suffered an American led embargo, the longest siege in
recorded history. Canada has so far refused to enjoin the starvation
campaign against the revolution, but recent political developments here
could well threaten the friendly relations enjoyed between Cuba and
Canada. Fernando Gomez represents the Cuban Institute in Friendship
with the People, and its outreach effort, the Che Guevera Work Brigade.
He'll be speaking tonight at the BCGEU building tonight at 7pm.
Fernando Gomez and the Canada's working relationship with Cuba in the
And; Canada's foreign policy is altering its hue.
Fighting its first "insurgency" war from the distant garrisons of
Afghanistan is just one of the radical changes to what Canadian's would
regard as the country's traditional role in world polity. Not the
nation of Pierre Trudeau, hero to a generation of American
asylum-seekers fleeing the war against Vietnam, today's conscientious
objectors to the extra-legal occupation of Iraq fleeing to Canada face
arrest, and expensive legal entaglements, likely ending in extradition
rather than refuge; for others, the treatment is of a more sinister
nature. Lee Zaslofsky is with the Toronto chapter of Canada's War
Resisters Support Campaign, and he'll be here on a disturbing trend in
Canadian policing that questions this nation's autonomy. Lee Zaslofsky
and Resisting War: A Canadian tradition, in the second half.
Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up
to speed with some of the good things to get up to in and around
Victoria this week. But first, Fernando Gomez and the Che Guevera Work
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