The Green Party of Canada declares that it “begins with the basic premise that all life on the planet is interconnected.”
June 24, 2019
Today, as Justin Trudeau walked to the podium at an event in Montreal celebrating la Fête nationale du Québec, I told Mr. Trudeau that Canada’s arms sales to the monstrous Saudi autocracy have rendered him complicit in the Saudi genocide in Yemen.
This is the video of my disruption:
Meanwhile, author and activist Yves Engler denounced the Prime Minister for his government’s relentless efforts to subvert the elected government of Venezuela.
This is the video of Mr. Engler’s disruption:
As Mr. Trudeau walked by us, he glanced back at us and said “I’m glad to see that the NDP showed up.”
(Video credit: Achille Lascaris).
Shortly before the most recent failed attempt of Western powers to subvert Venezuela’s elected government, I gave this presentation in Winnipeg on the manufacturing of consent for a coup in Venezuela:
April 27, 2019
Earlier this week, I gave a presentation in Winnipeg on the Trudeau Government’s regime-change agenda for Venezuela.
The next day, I had the opportunity to discuss the crisis in Venezuela with CKUW Radio host Michael Welch and with independent journalist Eva Bartlett.
Like me, Eva recently visited Venezuela in order to assess for herself the conditions on the ground, and like me, Eva saw conditions on the ground which bear scant resemblance to the claims of Western governments.
Our discussion with Michael Welch begins at 31:15 of this podcast:
Before speaking to Eva and me, Michael discussed Canadian government policy toward Venezuela with Canadian author and activist Yves Engler. Michael’s discussion with Yves begins at 10:04 of the podcast.
April 26, 2019
As I reported previously on this website, University of Ottawa Professor Isaac Nahón-Serfaty disrupted a presentation on Venezuela which I gave in Ottawa weeks ago.
During that presentation, Nahón-Serfaty repeatedly accused me of lying about Venezuela without presenting a shred of evidence that I had made any false statements. When an elderly member of the audience objected to his theatrics, Nahón-Serfaty rushed toward that elderly gentleman and had to be restrained.
On March 25, two days after my presentation in Ottawa, Nahón-Serfaty challenged me to a debate on Twitter. As soon as his challenge came to my attention, I accepted the challenge subject to two conditions: (1) that the moderator of our debate be mutually acceptable; and (2) that we both sign a declaration that we would accept no compensation for the debate.
I then asked Nahón-Serfaty to provide to me dates on which he was available to debate me. After I complained on Twitter about his failure to respond, he assured me that he would answer me when he considered it the “right time” to do so.
March 25, 2019
On March 24, 2019, I concluded a three-city speaking tour about my recent visit to Venezuela. My presentations were open to the public. There was no charge for admission. I was not compensated by anyone to speak at these events, nor were my travel expenses reimbursed by anyone.
Thanks to the admirable efforts of the organizers, who volunteered their time to make this tour possible, all three events were well-attended.
In my presentations, my over-arching theme was that Western corporate media are presenting a grossly imbalanced picture of the reality in Venezuela, and that, while the government of Nicolas Maduro is far from perfect, Western powers cannot be trusted to defend the interests of ordinary Venezuelans – particularly the most vulnerable members of Venezuelan society. The crisis in Venezuela should be resolved by Venezuelans. Foreign powers should confine their role to the facilitation of a peaceful, negotiated resolution with a minimum of suffering.
My presentations in Toronto, Ottawa and London, Ontario were well-received by audience members. In Ottawa, however, I encountered a small group of vociferous, pro-opposition disrupters, including University of Ottawa Associate Professor Isaac Nahon-Serfaty.
I had never heard of Nahon-Serfaty before my presentation in Ottawa. I ascertained subsequently that Nahon-Serfaty has authored numerous anti-Chavismo op-eds, several of which have been published by Postmedia. As I have previously written, Postmedia’s newspapers routinely compromise journalistic integrity in order to advance the right-wing agenda of those who control Postmedia.
Predictably, Nahon-Serfaty’s Postmedia op-eds agitate for foreign intervention in Venezuela and are replete with evidence-free attacks on Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro – for example, the wholly unsubstantiated claim that Nicolas Maduro presides over a “narco-dictatorship“.
In my Ottawa presentation and in the Q&A which followed it (during which the moderators did not vet questions or comments), Nahon-Serfaty and his associates constantly interrupted me. At the outset of the Q&A, Nahon-Serfaty screamed at me and repeatedly accused me of lying. When an elderly audience member became fed up with Nahon-Serfaty’s theatrics and objected to his behaviour, Nahon-Serfaty rushed in his direction and had to be restrained.
Frankly, I have never seen behaviour like this from a university professor. Continue Reading ›
On CIUT radio, the community radio station of the University of Toronto, I explain how Canadian Ministers Chrystia Freeland and Marie-Claude Bibeau peddled a lie about Venezuelan forces setting fire to ‘humanitarian aid’ – and then refused to retract the lie.