Greece’s Syriza Government Loses Election After Imposing Harsh Austerity (1/2)

This past weekend, Greece’s right-wing New Democracy Party, which is led by a Harvard-educated, former banker, won Greece’s national in a landslide and removed from power the purportedly left-wing SYRIZA government of Alexis Tsipras.

For The Real News Network, I spoke yesterday with Greece’s former Deputy Defence Minister, Costas Isychos, about SYRIZA’s defeat. Along with other SYRIZA MPs, Mr. Isychos defected from SYRIZA after Alexis Tsipras betrayed his anti-austerity mandate in 2015.

According to Mr. Isychos, New Democracy won the election not because Greek voters support New Democracy’s policies, but because they were fed up with Mr. Tsipras.

My discussion with Mr. Isychos can be seen here:

Dr. David Suzuki: Trudeau Government’s Climate Emergency Declaration Is ‘A Joke’

For The Real News Network, I interviewed Dr. David Suzuki about the Canadian Parliament’s recent declaration of a climate emergency and the Trudeau Government’s subsequent approval of the TransMountain tar sands pipeline expansion.

I asked Dr Suzuki if the Transmountain approval could be reconciled with the climate emergency declaration.

He answered “No, absolutely not. I mean, it just shows what a joke the whole declaration of a  climate emergency is.

My discussion with Dr. Suzuki can be seen here:

Justin Trudeau heckled for complicity in Yemen genocide and the subversion of Venezuelan democracy

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).

 

 

 

Quebec Bans Public Workers from Wearing Religious Clothing or Symbols

‪This week, I spoke with Marc Steiner of The Real News Network about Quebec’s newly adopted Bill 21.

As I explained to Marc, I wholeheartedly support the separation of religion and state, but banning Quebec’s public servants from wearing religious symbols is the wrong way to ensure the state’s secularism.

It is entirely possible to ensure that the state remains neutral on the question of religion while allowing all public servants, whatever their religious beliefs may be, to wear religious symbols in the workplace. Respecting their freedom to do so does not amount to imposing a state-sanctioned religion on the citizenry.

Ultimately, Bill 21 is a frontal assault on religious freedom.

It must not stand.

My discussion with Marc Steiner can be seen and listened to here:

Human Rights Lawyer Condemns Canada’s Support For Honduras’s Repressive Regime (2/2)

June 21, 2019

Last week, while travelling in Honduras with an international human rights delegation, I interviewed anti-government protesters who had blocked traffic for miles by occupying a bridge in the city of El Progreso.

One of those protesters was Prisilla Alvarado, a lawyer who represents imprisoned, Honduran human rights defender, Edwin Espinal.

Ms. Alvarado condemned the Canadian government and Canadian extractive corporations for their complicity in human rights abuses in Honduras.

My interview of Ms. Alvarado and other protesters on the El Progreso bridge can be watched and listened to here:

Honduran Security Forces Tear-Gas International Human Rights Delegation

Last week, I and five other members of an international human rights delegation attended a blockade in the city of El Progreso in Honduras.

The blockade had been erected by protesters who are peacefully resisting the radically neoliberal policies of Honduras’s illegitimate President, Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH).

As I and other members of the delegation were gathering information from protesters, Honduran riot police rained tear gas down on our delegation and the protesters.

For the Real News Network, this is my report of what happened:

 

The other members of our delegation were Professor Michael Berghoef of Ferris State University, Pedro Cabezas of the Central American Alliance Against Mining, Associate Professor Amanda Grzyb of Western University, Professor Emeritus Bernie Hammond of Western University, Ainhoa Montoya, a Lecturer at the University of London, and Matias Santiago of El Progreso Radio.