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Daniel Ortega: Oppressor Supreme



Daniel Ortega

Meet the New Boss, same as the Old Boss(The Who)

Ernesto Cardenal was once the Minister of Culture from 1979-1987. A Nicaraguan Catholic Priest, a poet, politician and liberation theologian. A renaissance man who supported and fought for The Nicaraguan People and the working citizens of Latin America. I had the opportunity to communicate with Ernesto over a three-year period. As a Franciscan Friar (TOR) I have written to the man, and surprisingly he wrote back. Several letters followed between us, during a horrendously difficult time for Ernesto and his people. Because of his writings and political attitudes, the Church of Rome threatened expulsion. You see The Catholic Church in Latin America was supported by regional power elites, and wealthy landowners who demanded the Church somehow bring the restless peasantry under control. Yes, violence and revolution were anathemas to the Church, and Pope’s and Cardinals attempted to rein in their foot soldiers(Clergy) through their vows of obedience. Many of the clergy in Latin America lived with and supported their congregations, demanding that the often oppressive and violent landlords of the area stop manipulating and oppressing their people. Ernesto wrote that previous to the revolution many peasants simply disappeared, or were arrested only to be returned with obvious signs of torture and abuse. Over taxation, stealing what land and crops these poor people had, and denials of their rights to free elections drove many to violent rebellion.

Then Daniel Ortega became more prominent, gaining control over the revolutionary council and organization. Promises of free elections, land reform, equality before the law, and protection of the region Aboriginal Peoples were made. The revolution succeeded despite American adventurism through its injection of Contra Forces in the region. Daniel Ortega became President, and with the support of Cuba and other progressive forces began to carry out those policies promised. President Ortega has dabbled in international drug trafficking, making his contacts through his relationship with Cuba. NARCO influences are everywhere in Latin America, especially in the poorer regions. Employment of the poor, seemingly free money and corrupt officials are common realities. This President has been responsible for the deaths of thousands, imprisonment and national expulsion of those who oppose him.

Ernesto Cardinal, like most ideologues, did not recognize the political movement’s evolution towards centralized dictatorship until it was too late. In time Daniel Ortega became one of Latin America’s Dictators, establishing a family oligarchy that seems to still sustain itself while receiving intelligence and financial assistance from America. Nicaragua is isolated internationally, while EU and American Corporations continue to exploit their national resources in a limitless fashion. Nicaragua is one of Latin America’s poorest nations. Another revolutionary movement is afoot financially supported by foreigners and Nicaragua’s neighbours.

The Caribbean has a number of dictatorships, including Haiti, Venezuela and Cuba, while in 1977 17 of Latin America’s countries were dictatorships. Latin America’s experience politically is like migrating from one nation to the other, much like moving from one room to another while on the Titanic. No real difference, but with all the fear and oppression. Latin America offers its resources, and cheap labour to the world, and this exploitation grows as does the region’s population.

Dreamers like Ernesto Cardenal must deal with a greedy, corrupt and unimaginative political system that has not changed over the past hundred years. Those who wish to change the system face a wall of oppression, undue influence and foreign intrigue. Jesus Christ was to Ernesto a true rebel, presenting a New Law that would tumble the old law, representing the “lambs” of this world as something to fight and struggle for, achieving a “heaven” on earth, as opposed to the promised paradise The Church presents.

Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario


Iran protests: Canada sanctioning 'morality police' – CTV News



Canada will be imposing new sanctions on Iran as a result of a continuing violent crackdown on protesters, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday.

The sanctions will be levelled on “dozens of individuals and entities, including Iran’s so-called morality police,” the prime minister said.

“We’ve seen Iran disregarding human rights time and time again, and now we see with the death of Mahsa Amini and the crackdown on protests,” Trudeau said, referencing the death of a 22-year-old who was detained for allegedly violating the country’s forced veiling laws. Her death has sparked outrage and has prompted a wave of international demonstrations, seeing some women cut their hair or burn their hijabs in revolt.

“To the women in Iran who are protesting and to those who are supporting you, we stand with you. We join our voices, the voices of all Canadians, to the millions of people around the world demanding that the Iranian government listen to their people, end their repression of freedoms and rights, and let women and all Iranians live their lives and express themselves peacefully,” Trudeau said.

While no official notice of the new sanctions has been published by Global Affairs Canada, the prime minister noted they come in addition to outstanding measures Canada has taken against Iran.

In an email to CTV News, Adrien Blanchard, press secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly said that Trudeau “announced Canada’s intention” to issue these sanctions, pledging more details “in due course.” 

Joly, as well as MPs from all parties, have spoken out about the escalating tensions and use of force against civilians in Iran, with the House of Commons unanimously passing a motion last week offering “solidarity to the women of Iran who are fighting for their rights and freedoms.”

With files from CTV News’ Michael Lee 

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Maine power workers cross border without incident to help in Nova Scotia



OTTAWA — Nova Scotia Power says there were no issues delaying American power crews from crossing the border to help repair the electrical grid from the devastation of hurricane Fiona.

On Sunday, the utility company and Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston had both said an issue related to the controversial ArriveCan app was delaying power crews from crossing into Canada.

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said this morning that the order making the app mandatory and requiring that foreign citizens be vaccinated to come to Canada will expire on Friday.

Power crews helping to restore electricity are considered essential workers and are exempt from the border measures.

In a new statement Monday afternoon, Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman Jacqueline Foster says there was some confusion about the app but it is now confirmed there were no problems.

Versant Power says 15 line workers and two mechanics left Bangor, Maine, for Canada early Monday morning without issue, and Central Maine Power reports more than a dozen two-person crews and 10 support workers crossed the border without incident at around 7 a.m. Monday.

“We now know there were not any issues with ArriveCan,” said Foster. “Our contractor crews have made their way over the border and we are grateful to have them as part of our restoration efforts here in Nova Scotia.”

The Canada Border Services Agency reported that it cleared 19 power trucks at the Third Bridge border crossing in St. Stephen, N.B., just after 7 a.m. Monday. The CBSA said the average processing time was between 30 and 60 seconds per vehicle.

The ArriveCan app has been fodder for heated political debates for months and Conservatives have repeatedly demanded that the government shut it down.

During question period on Monday, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre cited the allegations that ArriveCan delayed power crews to demand that the app be scrapped ahead of schedule.

He asked, “Will the prime minister suspend the ArriveCan app today, not Saturday, so that no more holdups happen at the border for those who are trying to help those in desperate need?”

Trudeau said he can “confirm that there were no delays at any border because of ArriveCan or otherwise.”

The utility company had said Sunday that crews were physically stuck at the border, but confirmed a few hours after question period on Monday that this had never been the case.

Foster suggested the error was a result of “confusion” after a concern arose Friday — before the storm actually hit — that crews from Maine might not be able to cross the border because of ArriveCan.

No New Brunswick border crossings reported issues over the weekend.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2022.


Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press


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Former top civil servant, medical association president appointed as senators



OTTAWA — Ian Shugart, a longtime bureaucrat and the country’s top civil servant during the first part of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been tapped for a seat in the Senate.

Dr. Gigi Osler, a Winnipeg surgeon, University of Manitoba professor and president of the Federation of Medical Women in Canada, is also set to become a senator.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the picks today after the two were recommended to him by the independent advisory board for appointments to the upper chamber.

Shugart, who will represent Ontario, stepped down as the clerk of the Privy Council in early 2021 to undergo cancer treatments and formally retired in May after a long public service career.

Trudeau also appointed him to the King’s Privy Council today, adding his name to a list that includes past and present cabinet ministers and people “honoured for their contributions to Canada,” according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

Osler, who will represent Manitoba, became the first female surgeon and the first racialized woman to hold the presidency at the Canadian Medical Association in 2018.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2022.


The Canadian Press

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