Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Canadian military companies and Israel

Slide 3 from the Canadian Coalition to Oppose the Arm Trade (COAT) slideshow Afghanistan, Iraq and Missile Defense: Exposing Canadian Hypocrisy and Complicity in the Big Business of War.

COAT has also released a new report Canadian Military Exports to Israel: Aiding and Abetting War Crimes in Gaza (2008-2009) written by Richard Sanders, who is the coordinator of the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) and the editor of Press for Conversion! magazine.

"In response to the bombing of Gaza and the deaths of hundreds of innocent children and other civilians, the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) -- an Ottawa-based, Canadian anti-war network -- has produced this research report on Canadian military companies that have direct or indirect export links to Israel.

Included below are links to ten tables of data providing detailed information about over 200 Canadian military exporters.

On the COAT site you can also watch Mother's Day at the War Show, a 30-minute COAT documentary on children, militarised air shows, the 1991 Iraq War and the cultural epidemic of violence as entertainment.

You can also read some full-text back issues of their Press for Conversion! magazine, such as "The New Face of Terror in Afghanistan: How so-called “Democracy” Empowered our Allies; the Fundamentalists, Warlords and Drug Barons." (Sept 2006).

watch a demo of Myths for Profit

Watch for the spring 2009 cross-Canada tour and arrival in your city of a new Canadian anti-war film Myths for Profit: Canada's Role in Industries of War and Peace. The film is made by Wide Open Exposure, a new production team based in Montreal made up of social justice organizers and media activists.

Their new film debunks 3 myths about Canada:

MYTH 1) 'Canada is a peacekeeping nation'

MYTH 2) 'Canada’s military purpose is defence'

MYTH 3) 'Canada's aid is helping people around the world'

"Some would have us believe that Canada is an altruistic peacemaker helping people around the world. But, is this accurate? This documentary examines how this mythology is maintained and who gains by perpetuating it. By understanding the systems of power in Canada we can challenge how they operate and move forward to create change."

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