This is the time for Canada to remember our Canadian history, and for the U.S. to remember their US history on this, the 53rd Anniversary of the US War in Vietnam. This will mark the courageous legacy of Vietnam War resisters and the Canadians who helped them resettle in this country during that tumultuous era. For the world, this immigrant rights bronze iconic sculpture is emblematic of war resisters around the world, including many of those fleeing war as refugees from Syria, Iraq, from Libya and other countries in Africa and elsewhere in our world. And now, Yale University professor and psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee states what most of the world suspects: “We have an obligation to speak about Donald Trump’s mental health issues. . . . Our survival as a species may be at stake.” And to Trump's economic and foreign policy pronouncements of "go-it-alone" and arbitrary, dangerous war laden foreign affairs and racist, xenophobic immigration policies outlined in his 2018 State of the Union Address, visionary Oxford Economist and Historian and Fabian Socialist political analyst G.D.H. Cole's foresightful words-of-warning are well worth heeding. Where Cole in 1941 referred to world events following the First World War were such that National policies of the victor countries prepared for their Nation's economic markets (through protectionist tariffs for example) destabilized the world, bringing about the Second World War and perhaps even Hitler's rise to power, G.D.H. Cole reminds us of the dangerous emerging Capitalist, imperialist empire, "...with a mission of 'civilization'--and exploitation--akin to that of the Roman Empire in ancient times" (And we know what happened to the Roman Empire!). Cole further indicates, "The first clear sign of this clash was the raising of protective tariff walls designed to limit international trade in the interest of national protection." Cole refers to the Nation and ruler's desire "to be as powerful as possible; and each group of traders and producers within it saw a prospect of securing differential advantages for itself if it could get the State's support. In one country after another, the rulers and the industrialists carried through a 'deal'--the rulers desiring particular forms of home economic development as a means to national power and the industrialists seeing prospects of better profits in a monopolistic home market than in worldwide free competition with the industrialists of other countries. With this development went also the growth of economic imperialism --the attempt by States to promote both wealth and national glory by appropriating less advanced countries, which could be vulnerable either as closed or preferential markets or as exclusive sources of raw materials, or as fields for profitable investment and 'honourable' employment for the surplus children of the ruling classes." Trump's dystopian, demagogic world has many dark parallels to the world that unfolded following the First World War and leading up to the Second World War, described in G.D.H Cole's classic 1941 book, "Europe, Russia and the Future." Thus Trump must be stopped. Unfortunately, as we witnessed in Donald Trump's UN speech, the US electorate inadvertently elected a megalomaniac - pathological egotist to head their government, so war resistance and immigrant rights are more important than ever. As racist Donald Trump wraps himself in the American Flag, one of the early American Colonies' leading figures, anti-slavery activist and political essayist Samuel Johnson in 1775 reminds us, "Patriotism is the Last Refuge of the Scoundrel." So, please join us. Follow our story, contribute to our progress.

By Isaac Romano
Our Way Home Research Institute For War Resistance and Policy Alternatives - Quebec

OUR WAY HOME RESEARCH INSTITUTE

For War Resistance and Policy Alternatives - Quebec. The OWHR Institute Research & Social Policy Working Group Int'l Staff - India, Tunisia, Brunei, South Africa, South Sudan, Kenya, Canada, U.S.A

Jonathan Hafetz - CSPAN - Resized
OWHR Institute, advisor, Human Rights Lawyer and professor, Jonathan Hafetz,  author of “The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison, Outside the Law,” and  “Obama’s Guantanamo: Stories from an Enduring Prison". View Jonathan Hafetz talking about The Guantanamo Lawyers: Inside a Prison, Outside the Law
President Jimmy Carter
President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, still active at the Carter Center, both with remarkable intellect, graciousness and acuity into their early 90s and late 80s, respectively, extend their good wishes to the OWHR Institute's Amnesty Working Group in this February 8, 2016 formal letter.
Kyra Shaughnessy is OWHR Institute's Artist-in-Residence.
Listen to all of her great songs on her website.
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Acknowledging the traditional peoples and territories here in Quebec and Montreal

The traditional peoples of the Montreal area are les Haudenosaunee(Mohawk). In Quebec, we also acknowledge the Inuit, les Abenakis, les Algonquins, les Atikamekws, les Crees, les Malecites, les Mi’kmaqs, les Innus, les Naskapis, les Wendats and Mohawks and the Metis (les Metisses).