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Allowing the US military presence in the Philippines has proved to be very detrimental to the country’s interests.
It has heavily militarized the Philippines!
Last year, a minimum of 70 US warships docked in Subic. And every year, around 100 US aircrafts use the runway in Clark. And these figures preclude those warships and aircrafts that go directly to Mindanao and Sulu where the US has three Task Forces of elite Special Forces.
This year, from January to March 18, warships docked in Manila, Subic and Cebu. These include submarines, destroyers and frigates. These warships carried 5,000 military men. And for the Balikatan 2013, the US is now employing the MV-22B Ospreys, F/A 18 fighter jets, 19 other aircrafts and 270 Marine Corps tactical vehicles and amphibious assault vehicles.
The US forces are permanently present even if troops and vessels are on rotational deployment. The US military practically has the whole Philippine territory for its base.
This is dangerous for the Philippines and the Filipinos as this could serve as a magnet for attacks from the many enemies of the US. More than giving security to Filipinos, it endangers the lives of the people.
It has actually caused direct physical harm and even death to some Filipinos and Filipino communities. Some of these came from accidental firing, from direct assault of Filipinos by foreign troops and also from military operations that the US soldiers conducted with the Armed forces of the Philippines.
It has infringed on our national sovereignty and has grossly disregarded the country’s territorial integrity.
The Philippines has a Constitution that absolutely bans nuclear weapons in Philippine territory. But, the government cannot even check for nuclear weapons in US vessels, aircrafts, storage facilities or camps.
It has a provision that foreign troops and bases are not allowed in the absence of a treaty duly passed by senates of both countries.
The Philippines cannot impose its laws on “visiting forces”; the US never allows Philippine authorities to arrest or take custody of their erring men as in the case of the “Subic Rape Case” and the officers and men of USS Guardian who were immediately shipped out of the country after the Tubbataha mishap.
It is causing grave social and environmental problems.
“Nicole” is the only case that prospered in court and was highly publicized.
The military agreements with the US have become pimping mechanisms. As prostitution has multiplied several times from pre-VFA years, abuse of women is common place in areas where US troops operate.
And, with the rise in prostitution comes also the rise in cases of drug use and addiction. Soon it will be a repeat of the problem on caring for abandoned AmerAsian children that reached 50,000 during the years of the bases.
Studies have shown that an average US soldier produces an average of 4 kilos of garbage. Five thousand US soldiers per month that stay in the Philippines for an average of five days will produce 100 tons of garbage, additional to the Philippines’ already burgeoning garbage disposal problem.
The incident in November in 2012 involving the disposal of hazardous waste to the sea in Subic is instructive and a glaring demonstration of the US disregard of our environmental laws. The destruction of the country’s ecosystem during live-fire exercises have yet to be assessed. But even now, USS Glenn
Guardian’s running aground in Tubbataha warns us that continued operations of the US military could greatly damage not only a world heritage but a great source of food of our people.
It keeps us hostage to US impositions; it will drag us into US’ wars of aggression. Therefore, the Philippines would not be contributing to world peace. The token humanitarian assistance in the form of classroom repairs, footbridge construction, building of basketball courts will never be enough to justify our acts of abetting US’ crime: waging wars purportedly for peace and democracy but are actually wars for profit and imperial power.
What we can do:
1. Sign on and endorse this message and send a copy directly to the Philippine President His Excellency Benigno Aquino III
Mail: H.E. Benigno Aquino III
New Executive Building
Malacañang Palace Compound
J.P. Laurel St., San Miguel, Manila
Fax: (632) 735-8005
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2. Encourage your family and friends to sign on and endorse this message
3. Write a Letter to the Editor; make your own expression via artwork, message icon, etc expressing your sentiment for a peaceful, nuclear-free, bases-free and independent Philippines and share them through various social media.
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On June 16th, 2012, The canadian government passed the omnibus budget bill, which allows U.S. law enforcement officers to come across the border and arrest canadians. This is not right. As a canadian, I feel that with this bill passed, civil rights will be breached and our very sovereignty in danger.
Furthermore, the Government of Canada did not take in the opinions of the people, who for the most part are infuriated with this bill. Although I do believe that criminals crossing borders to escape U.S. authority is a problem, those criminals are CANADIAN citizens and should be handled by CANADIAN authorities.
If we allow this to pass, Canada's future will be no better than if we lost the War of 1812.
At present the Creative & Cultural Sector of Trinidad & Tobago earns about $1.9 billion for the local economy. The Artists' Coalition of Trinidad & Tobago (ACTT) believes that this sector can earn over $6 billion annually within 4 years if certain programmes are implemented. One of the most important of these interventions is the passing of 50% local content quotas on all Broadcast media in this our 50th year of Independence. 50/50- or 50 for 50!
In March 2001 the Recording Industry Association of Trinidad and Tobago (RIATT)- an organisation representing the interests of individuals and entities involved in the recording of all genres of local music, organised a march in downtown Port of Spain, to protest the lack of airplay for locally produced music. In 2003 and 2004 marches followed led by the Entertainment Industry Coalition- the original name for ACTT. Since the 1970s strong articulate lobbies existed for local content in television led by advocates such as Christopher Laird of Banyan and Fred Thornhill of Advance Dynamics. To date, various cultural activists and Interest groups have consistently pleaded for 50% local content- to no avail.
These protests articulated the need to pass local content quotas- just as countries such as Canada, Brazil, France and Northern Ireland have done to protect their cultural identity and products. Most countries in the world now are passing local content legislation and making it the foundation of the building of their Creative Industries- the 2nd largest industries in the world, worth trillions. We are certain when local content legislation is passed in Trinidad and Tobago, it will foster an economic and creative Renaissance- as well as strengthen our cultural sovereignty and national pride.
One of the principal misconceptions faced by the cultural fraternity is what constitutes 'local content'. Many believe we are asking to have legislation passed for radio stations to play ‘wine and jam’ music all day long. On the contrary, local content is not limited to only indigenous musical forms such as soca, chutney, parang, rapso, calypso and so on; but includes other genres of locally produced music such as hip hop, rock ,r n b, pop, jazz and gospel to name a few. There is more than enough quality music recorded in all these genres to fulfill any radio playlist...
Local content legislation will also provide the opportunity for increased revenue collected by Local Copyright Management Organisations (CMO’s). The greater part of this revenue collected from broadcasters will remain within the local economic system rather than be exported to owners and creators of foreign content. This will subsequently lead to an Increase in royalty distribution to local artistes.
Increased paid content in local TV and film will also result in downstream expansions in local theatre, fashion, visual arts, and other forms and be the arrowhead of exporting our Creative Industries to the world. The local Oil and Gas sector has local content quotas and the architectural and consulting sectors are also battling for local content in their sectors as well.
Spain has long disputed British sovereignty over Gibraltar, despite the fact that the territory was ceded to Britain in perpetuity in 1713 and that the citizens of Gibraltar decisively rejected joint British-Spanish sovereignty over it as recently as 2002.
The current incidents of Spanish aggression centre on Spain's insistence that the Treaty does not cover British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BTGW). Of late there have been many incursions into BTGW by Spanish vessels and the response of the Royal Navy's Gibraltar Squadron has been lacking in robustness. On 22 July, the Spanish Guardia Civil illegally entered Gibraltarian waters and arrested a Gibraltarian sports fishing boat, imprisoning the crew for a number of hours and confiscating some of their equipment.
The Spanish border police have also imposed long waiting times at the land border between Spain and Gibraltar, causing 4-hour queues. These bullying tactics are nothing new for Spain and have been frequently applied over the past 60 years.
The UK Government must remain stalwart in its defence of British sovereignty and respond robustly to this latest episode of Spanish bullying.
GILLES DUCEPPE is a flamboyant personality who claims leadership of the federal BLOC QUEBECOIS party, and has occupied a seat in the Canadian Parliament for 20 years.
Mr. DUCEPPE is not entitled to that seat, for a number of reasons:
1. GILLES DUCEPPE has publicly renounced Canada as his nation and country. He continually refers to CANADA and CANADIANS as if they were NOT his country or his people. He has said in FRENCH in the clip in this video that CANADA IS NOT HIS COUNTRY, NOT HIS NATION:
It's about time Canadians woke up and held him to his word. As GILLES DUCEPPE does NOT CONSIDER CANADA to be his COUNTRY, he is therefore NOT entitled to the privileges of being CANADIAN.
Two key privileges are the guarantees in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The right to VOTE belongs exclusively to CANADIANS. So does the right to be QUALIFIED to run for office and hold elected office.
2. On 23 September 1990, GILLES DUCEPPE publicly washed his hands of his OATH OF ALLEGIANCE that he swore to the QUEEN on 13 August 1990 as a Constitutional requirement to sit and vote in Canadian Parliament. GILLES DUCEPPE says the CONSTITUTIONAL requirement of a valid oath to sit and govern in Canada is an irrelevant TECHNICALITY.
Even if Mr. DUCEPPE did consider himself to be a CANADIAN, which he has clearly and repeatedly said he IS NOT, he has no legal right to occupy space in Canadian Parliament. For, he is a perjurer; he swore an oath of allegiance which he then renounced! Just as he has renounced Canada as his country!
GILLES DUCEPPE has no respect for Canada, our Constitution, our Parliament or the Law, all of which he has been cuckolding now for over TWO DECADES.
3. GILLES DUCEPPE has for twenty years now been lying brazenly to QUEBECERS that his goal for Quebec is INDEPENDENCE. He wants to make a country of Quebec! Oh, does he?
No, not at all!
GILLES DUCEPPE's only goal, his real goal, which informs his every word, act and thought, is to DESTROY CANADA for North American Union and a continental parliament, on the way to western hemispheric union and a Communist one-world government. In order to do this, DUCEPPE has to TAKE QUEBEC OUT.
In May of 2008, GILLES DUCEPPE was a guest speaker at the MODEL PARLIAMENT FOR NORTH AMERICA held in Montreal City Hall. THAT'S the "parliament" GILLES DUCEPPE serves, not the Parliament of Canada, and certainly not the parliament of the independent state of Quebec which he also intends to destroy.
For, once Canada is dissolved, Quebec is next, and so are all the other provinces. Because the continental parliament is EU-style. Member-states of the European Union are being DRAINED of their sovereignty. United Kingdom has lost 100% of its sovereignty over fishing, trade, environment and farming as a consequence of its membership of the European Union superstate. As long ago as 1991, former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau even boasted that FRANCE was at that time exercising only "about 18% of its sovereignty", the rest having been "delegated" irretrievably to Brussels. (Source: "Will Canada Survive? Federalism in Peril": http://www.librarything.com/work/4106342 )
It is the GOAL of GILLES DUCEPPE, two-faced liar, con man and perjurer, that not only CANADA be destroyed, but that QUEBEC and ALL THE PROVINCES be "re-federated" under the North American continental parliament so that they TOO can be relieved of all THEIR sovereignty.
The Provinces of Canada exercise 100% sovereignty over EVERY domain under Section 92 of the British North America Act, 1867. They then SHARE Imperial Sovereignty in the NATION of Canada under Section 91 of the British North America Act, 1867 where EVERY Province of this country sits in Parliament. We now call it the Constitution Act.
GILLES DUCEPPE'S goal for Quebec and for all the Provinces is the annexation of their sovereignty and of all their natural resources, and of all their territory, and of us, THE PEOPLE, into a corporate-run fascist, dictatorial, Communist one-world government where BIG BUSINESS -- ( emerging from its conspiracy of capitalism ) -- has at last taken over the functions it so desperately covets: those of GOVERNMENT.
Those functions belong to us, THE PEOPLE. Not to GILLES DUCEPPE and his corporate bosses!
4. PHONY REFERENDUMS AND LIES ABOUT SOVEREIGNTY:
The 1980 and 1995 referendums to "secede" in Quebec were no such thing. Both were attempts to substitiute the EEC and then the EU system disguised as "Sovereignty Association" and "Sovereignty Partnership" for Confederation. In other words, both were attempts to give root to the NORTH AMERICAN UNION that is now unfolding before us on the pretext of 9/11, which was clearly perpetrated because the phony referendums to "secede" had failed:
As will also FAIL the phony upcoming third and final referendum to "secede" announced by GILLES DUCEPPE on 9 June 2010 using Parliamentary letterhead from his office in Ottawa:
This man who has PERJURED HIS OATH TO THE QUEEN AND TO CANADA, who has publicly and repeatedly declared that CANADA is not his COUNTRY, has the unmitigated gall to use Canadian Government letterhead to incite over 1,600 world leaders and influential personalities to believe that HE, a traitor who has no ties to Canada, intends to DESTROY CANADA. And he wants their support!
It's time to THROW THIS MAN OUT !!!
PERJURY IS NOT DEMOCRACY.
TREASON IS NOT POLITICS.
AND LICENCE IS NOT LIBERTY!
GILLES DUCEPPE, BY HIS OWN WORDS, HAS NO PLACE IN CANADA, AND MOST CERTAINLY, NONE IN PARLIAMENT.
Let's all tell this seditious lie-spinner to, "HIT THE ROAD, JACK!" and send him an official DEPORTATION NOTICE:
He can then decide what country -- if any -- he would then like to "belong" to, and perhaps that country will give him the right to vote, and to run for office, and to run it into the ground.
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"When liberty becomes licence, dictatorship is near"
-- Will Durant.
"Every dictator is an enemy of freedom and an opponent of law."
DEPORT GILLES DUCEPPE!
HE ASKED FOR IT!
SIGN THE PETITION!
The President wants to sign away our Constitutional freedoms by signing a sovereignty bill, and has broken his Oath of Office to protect those very freedoms. Help us end this approaching tyranny.
And it is because of this act that we, the undersigned, shall seek impeachment upon our President of the United States.
Here;s the list of reasons:
1. Moral police would imprison and criminalize many innocent people because the world government or world court is offended by innocent peoples beliefs and actions.
2. If the world government became compromised there could be no revolution because the whole worlds guns and weapons would be confiscated therefore the whole world could become controlled in a dictatorship or cu-da-ta. That logic basically means a New World Order a whole world under control of a very few moral mongers and powerlord elites.
3. Many cultures will be destroyed because the moral police might decide certain normal cultures are immoral and may ban it worldwide therefore cultural persecution is legal worldwide.
4. Many religions will be destroyed because the moral lords might consider a certain religion to be immoral or has been tied up into another religion or is worshipped in a religion and wants to bar others for their own selfish cults.
5. The One World Government will wreck world/state sovereignty and end peoples loyalty to any country, and it also means that freedom and liberty may be at large risk and the start of a totalitarian society.
6. A One World Government will decide the laws of all and nobody could fight it because guns would be banned and they can't run from the world police either so bad laws would be enforced worldwide and no choice to be in a country you agree with.
7. There's no guarantee that there will be no corruption in this world government system because countries always fall and dictators always rise throughout history, and so what makes people think a One World Government will be any solution to any problem.
8. The rights of going to another country will be taken and there will be no escaping or fighting the system thats forced upon you.
9. Dirty, underhanded, and sneaky tactics have been used to bring fourth this One World Government and so the World Governance proposal has never been honest and so this would wreck all hopes of a better democracy worldwide.
10. This World Government would wreck everything our fore fathers and other liberty following, freedom supporting, patriots worldwide and would destroy all the work they have done for our country even though they made a few mistakes such as slavery we don't need to destroy the progress we have made with ending slavery forever.
11. A World Government may mean personal enslavement and the end to establishing our own identities while forcing world citizens to submit to world authority and invest their identity in this global government.
12. They would have control of food supplies and natural resources/minerals worldwide and can restrict or even deny food to hungry people.
13. The World Government will be run by the very few while billions will be forced to submit to the opinions and law making decisions of the very super few (No majority of people approval), and even if the majority approved of a decision it would be a threat to minorities of people throughout the world and would deny their personal rights and freedoms.
“We” as the people and leaders in whence “We” have come from and inherited from our forefathers 233 years ago following the Declaration of Independence, and 222 years ago after ratification of our Constitution. Fifty States govern America, not by Federal force, and the government “United States” is a body guided by these states.
In light of this fact it puts what our forefathers intended in to a larger and broader perspective. It means “We” are the United States of America, NOT this IS the United States of America. Our forefathers wanted unification and rule by many, NOT unification by rule of one. The executive branch has decided to much without the approval of Congress.
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is an organization comprised of New African/Black people whose mission is to defend the human rights of our people and promote self-determination in our communities. We aim to fulfill our purpose through various programs and initiatives we do in our communities.
It is vital that we come together to support what is just and fair. If we don't stand up in support of one another's struggles, despite of our individual efforts we will not as a community, go far. We encourage you to check out our website www.mxgm.org to find out more about the work we do.
We are campaigning in support of a sister by the name of Assata Shakur. Assata Shakur was a member of the Black Panther Party who currently has political asylum in Cuba because of her political activity while she was in the United States. Assata Shakur stands as a symbol of freedom for many people in the US and we'd like to ensure that she remains unharmed. We are appealing to the Cuban Government because we know that they have the power to keep Assata safe.
This year marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, we'd like to celebrate Cuba's historic achievement while also gaining assurance that Assata will remain unscathed. Please read over our letter and join us in solidarity!
The Federal Government of the United States of America is diminishing the sovereignty of individual states by ignoring the 10th Amendment.
The Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that which has been delegated by the people to the federal government, and also that which is absolutely necessary to advancing those powers specifically enumerated in the Constitution of the United States. The rest is to be handled by the state governments, or locally, by the people themselves.
The 10th Amendment:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
The federal government has consistently and increasingly overstepped its constitutional boundaries and usurped the powers reserved to the states and to the people. State Sovereignty resolutions are being proposed in over 30 states to help stop these usurpations by claiming sovereignty under the doctrine of delegated and enumerated powers.
This doctrine was written into the Constitution to limit federal powers to those clearly enumerated within the Constitution itself. Why would specific powers be listed if the federal government was to have unlimited power? James Madison writing in The Federalist prior to the ratification of the Constitution said regarding this: "For what purpose could the enumeration of particular powers be inserted, if these and all others were meant to be included."
The 9th and 10th Amendments were added several years after the Constitution was ratified to make clear this doctrine.
The 9th Amendment says: "The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
The 10th Amendment says: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
A petition expressing our strong opposition to the United States' policy - as advanced by the U.S. State Department - that supports the Turkish government's unchecked use of military force against Iraqi Kurdistan under the pretext of fighting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
This is a clear violation of Iraq's integrity and national sovereignty that is resulting in the calculated destruction of Kurdish civilian villages, bridges and other infrastructure; the displacement of thousands of innocent Kurds; and the destruction of numerous livestock. It also is a blow that threatens the democratic and economic progress that the region has worked so hard to establish following years of devastation and deprivation under Saddam Hussein's genocidal rule.
We demand that the State Department insist that Turkey immediately halt its political and military aggression against Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan and, additionally, that the State Department advocate a policy the demands recognition and respect for Iraqi's integrity and national sovereignty.
The European Convention on Human Rights was signed by the UK government in 1998 without any prior consent from the British public.
This has caused us to lose our right to self govern and means that any criminal can appeal to the EU Court which overrules our courts.
Claims of state sovereignty and secession-rights were denied via the American Civil War, but this denial was never legally examined to determine its validity; rather, they were forced on the states solely through federal brute force. However, various experts have recently challenged such denial, claiming that the states are truly sovereign, and that such denial is therefore in breach of existing law. These experts include such reputable and accredited and educated professionals and professors such as Drs. Thomas DiLorenzo, Walter Williams, Thomas E. Woods and others.
If such experts are indeed correct, then this bears dire meaning for our State, with regard to its sovereignty -- as well as to our rights as Michigan citizens.
The State Sovereignty Project therefore seeks to petition the Michigan state legislature to draft a referendum-proposal in order to examine and verify this issue.
This proposal, if passed, will authorize an official state convention, to examine the political status of the State of Michigan according to valid law. This convention will convene a team of of objective and independent experts in the field of legal research, who will examine all relevant evidence regarding this matter.
From this evidence, this team and Convention will determine the actual meaning and impact of the laws and Constitution regarding the political status of the State of Michigan, in relation to the federal Union and government.
Subsequently, the People of the State of Michigan will then examine the Convention's findings, and determine appropriate action in response to such.