Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee event (UPDATED) -

Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee event (UPDATED)


UPDATE: As per one of the comments, Grant Kippen has confirmed his attendance at this event.


For those interested — CASC has just confirmed that  His excellency Jawed Ludin, Ambassador to Canada, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, will participate as a panelist as well — ap


Canada and Afghanistan: Keeping Our Promises
Vision for Canada’s Role in Afghanistan to be unveiled March 9 in Ottawa

VANCOUVER – February 17, 2010

The Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee (CASC) will unveil its Vision for Canada’s Role in Afghanistan Post-2011 on March 9 at the National Archives Hall in Ottawa. The event, called “Canada and Afghanistan: Keeping Our Promises”, is hosted by the Free Thinking Film Society of Ottawa and is also a fundraiser for the Afghan School Project.

This Vision document will outline recommendations for how Canadians can best remain involved in Afghanistan, in terms of both civilian aid and the security. Abandoning Afghanistan is not an option: “The threat of abandonment by Canada, the U.S., Britain, and other major NATO countries is not just causing fear and dismay among our Afghan friends,” says CASC senior adviser Lauryn Oates. “It is encouraging the Taliban, and it is encouraging the worst kind of corruption. It is making things worse for ordinary Afghans, whose rights our soldiers have been fighting and dying for.”

CASC’s Vision is based on unprecedented and far-ranging consultations carried out with participation from Canada’s Afghan immigrant community as well as a cross-section of the Afghanistan population. The consultation includes feedback from ordinary citizens as well as politicians, human rights workers, elders, community leaders and experienced analysts.

This event will also raise funds for the Afghan School Project (ASP), a Canada-based grassroots initiative, established by the Canadian International Learning Foundation. The ASP provides financial and administrative support to an educational institution in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which provides more than 700 women and men with the opportunity to receive education, while providing members of the community with access to the Internet and online classes from Canadian and international institutions.

Speakers at this event include:

Major-General (Ret’d) Lewis Mackenzie. Served in the Canadian Forces for 35 years, including a UN peacekeeping command in Yugoslavia in 1992. Awarded the Order of Canada in 2006

Ehsanullah Ehsan, Director of the Afghan-Canadian Community Centre in Kandahar City

Nasrine Gross, Afghan-American writer and human rights activist

Dr. Douglas Bland, Chair of the Defence Management Studies Program at the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University

Dr. Nipa Banerjee, Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa Graduate School of Public and International Affair, and who served as Canada’s head of aid in Kabul for three years.

Lauryn Oates, Human rights and gender equity activist; CASC senior advisor.

Terry Glavin, Award-winning author and journalist. One of Canada’s leading voices in support of our Afghanistan campaign.

Event Details
March 9, 2010, 7:00 pm
National Archives/Library of Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa
Tickets: $30 regular admission, $15 students

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About the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee
The Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee is an association of Canadians from all walks of life who are united in a commitment to the principle that as Canadians, we must honor our obligations to the cause of solidarity with the people of Afghanistan.


About the Afghan School Project

The Afghan School Project is a Canada-based grassroots initiative, established by the Canadian International Learning Foundation (Registered Charity # 80785 5218 RR0001), to provide financial and administrative support to an educational institution in Kandahar, Afghanistan known as the Afghan-Canadian Community Center (ACCC).

The ACCC provides more than 700 women and men with the opportunity to receive education in Business Management, Information Technology, English and Health care, while providing members of the community with access to the Internet and online classes from Canadian and international institutions.



Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee event (UPDATED)

  1. I presume this is a pro-war, pro-Conservative, war industry faux grassroots/lobby group.


    • Yeah, sounds like another 'catapulting the propaganda' effort.

      • I notice that Grant Kippen isn't a panelist. I guess Karzai had to approve the invitation list.

        • Mmmm I expect no end of 'calls to arms' and 'guilt-trips' this year. Anything to keep us mired in that mess.

      • RIGHT ON!!!!!!

    • Wrong. It's a non-partisan grassroots organization founded in part by prominent leftwing journalist Terry Glavin. The only difference is that, unlike many leftists, he's a signatory to the Euston Manifesto which grants unalienable rights to all people, not just the ones who live in the western world.

      • Well, that's mighty big of him. LOL

        He also expressed support of the American and Israeli positions in the July 2006 invasion of Lebanon.

        • God forbid Israel has the right to defend itself from Hizbullah attacks. It goes without saying you'll be participating in Israeli Apartheid week?

          • I hear Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, might show up.

  2. I don't see Terry Glavin as being a leftwing anything, though he may be a former leftwing something or other, not unlike, say, Christopher Hitchens, the former leftist who became prized by rightwingers after he started promoting George W Bush's unending wars.

  3. The Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee includes members from all political stripes and walks of life. We are Canadians united from coast to coast by our principles.

    The Afghan people want our help. The United Nations have asked us to remain involved. And in the best tradition of Canadians helping those around the world, we ought to remain involved with a robust commitment to those in need.

    Learn more about CASC's principles here:

    We look forward to engaging the strong support of our fellow Canadians and elected representatives in coming days. We hope you can attend the event in Ottawa and read our Vision statement when it is released. Cheers.

  4. Solidarity, eh? I'm seeing this term mainstreamed lately and mindlessly used by leftists. It has a very negative connotation for conservatives, what with the hundred million deaths due to Marxism last century and all, as well as publc sector strikes. It does not surprise me that uberleftist warmonger Terry Glavin is speaking at this event, let's put it that way.

    "“The threat of abandonment by Canada, the U.S., Britain, and other major NATO countries is not just causing fear and dismay among our Afghan friends,” says CASC senior adviser Lauryn Oates."
    Tough beans, warmongering hag, our troops are coming home no matter how much emotional blackmail you attempt.

    Remember kids: the word solidarity is exclusively for leftists unconcerned with its ties to mass murder and famine and gulags. Avoid those who use this word!

  5. As a world citizen, I am the first enemy of war and violence. But when the war is imposed on me, I am the first enemy to fight it back till I live in peace, freedom, prosperity and dignity.

    I was honored to meet Terry Glavin in my school, the largest women school in the area, which owes its existence to the sacrifices made by Canadian men and women in uniform in Kandahar Afghanistan. The women students at my school have just sighed a relief of being given the treatment of a hope, education and work, the universal right of every human being regardless their faith, color and race.

    I found Terry Glevin gracious and compassionate believing in universally accepted principles.

    Israel, as everyone else, belong to this earth. They should, as everyone else, live here in peace and dignity. Similar is the case with Palestinians. They must not be made suffered. Both the nations must be helped by all of us equally to solve their problems by peaceful means without any bias and prejudice.

    This is our world God has given us, God has blessed upon us to live in it in peace, unity, harmony, co-existence and prosperity.

    I am just shocked and despaired to see my human fellows leaving comments here regardless realizing our responsibilities as human being to help each other in time of need. We live in a quite small world today. My miseries soon affect you and yours soon mine. What’s wrong if we give our other human fellow a hope, a life, a betterment in time of need?