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Right to Exist, Right to Resist: Expose and Oppose Harper & Modi and their War on the People

Statement of the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS) in Canada on the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Canada

From April 14 to 16, 2015, the Canadian State will be rolling out the red carpet for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was previously denied a visa to enter Canada because of his role in the 2002 mass killings and attacks on Muslims in the State of Gujarat.  The visit demonstrates a growing closeness between the Modi and Harper regimes based on the common interests of the Canadian imperialist ruling class and the Indian comprador ruling class.  In coming to power, Modi and Harper have mobilized chauvinistic and racist ideology to build a reactionary electoral base and sell themselves to their ruling classes as leaders capable of safeguarding the continued exploitation of working class communities, the plunder of Indigenous peoples lands and resources, and a highly militarized and repressive international order.

International League of Peoples Struggles (ILPS) member organizations will be joining the “Communities United Against Narendra Modi” protest at 11am on Thursday April 16, 2015 at the Ross Street Temple – 8000 Ross St. @ South East Marine Drive, Vancouver, B.C.

Plunder of the People to Profit the Rich

Canadian mining companies are heavily invested in India and involved in the plunder of resources from rural communities and Adivasi (Indigenous) peoples, destruction of the natural environment on which these people rely, and extreme repression and human rights abuses by Indian state and paramilitary forces.  Modi invites more of this exploitative and oppressive ‘investment’ in his bid to boost India’s economic growth and make a tiny super-rich minority even richer.  Policies such as Modi’s Land Acquisition Ordinance are intended to facilitate the dispossession of poor farmers and intensified plunder for the benefit of international mining companies and Indian elites.

Vaisakhi parade

ILPS statement was distributed at Vaisakhi Parade in Vancouver

Mining plunder and super-exploitation abroad are an extension of Canadian imperialism’s colonial policy and theft and plunder of Indigenous lands within the borders of so-called Canada.  As in India, Indigenous communities here continue to resist encroachments on their lands but face serious coercion and repression as resource extraction, particularly oil and gas development, are viewed as the new frontier for big profit making for the Canadian ruling class.

This imperialist and colonial plunder of Indigenous lands and resources stacks on a broader anti-people agenda in both Canada and India of slashing of social programs that benefit poor and working class people, increased spending on military, policing and prisons, and tax cuts to corporations and the rich.  In India the rural poor, peasants and landless workers, already squeezed under the neoliberal policies of Congress and other previous governments, face intensified land-grabbing and super-exploitation under the Modi regime.

As the grinding exploitation of monopoly capitalism becomes more acute and unbearable for the masses in its neoliberal articulation, the security apparatus and capacity for repression must be continually strengthened to contain the growing resistance and rebellion of  the people.

War Against the People: From Operation Green Hunt to Bill C-51

In both India and Canada rapacious exploitation of people, communities and the land is accompanied and supported by a strengthened regime of repression, bolstered by racist and Islamophobic ‘war on terrorism’ rhetoric.

In India, over 1 million military and paramilitary personnel have been deployed internally to repress Adivasi and communist forces resisting development aggression in the North and East of India and to continue its brutal military occupation of Kashmir. Lire la suite / Continue reading Right to Exist, Right to Resist: Expose and Oppose Harper & Modi and their War on the People

¡Justicia para Gustavo!

Justicia para Gustavo

Declaración de la Liga Internacional de la Lucha de los Pueblos – Quebec, condenando la tortura y el asesinato del militante mexicano Gustavo Salgado Delgado

Miércoles, 04 marzo 2015 — Estamos reunidos hoy frente al Consulado de México en Montreal para expresar nuestra solidaridad con nuestros compañeros de la Liga Internacional de las Luchas de los Pueblos de México, y para denunciar el brutal secuestro, tortura y asesinato del camarada Gustavo Salgado Delgado.

En Montreal y en otros lugares, en Canadá y alrededor del mundo, nos movilizamos para este horrendo crimen nunca se olvide y para que se haga justicia. Expresamos aquí, hoy, para exigir la realización de una investigación exhaustiva sobre estos delitos y la detención y condena de los responsables.

También manifestamos hoy en solidaridad con todos los que en México están sufriendo bajo el actual régimen de terror e intimidación de Enrique Peña Nieto, cuyo gobierno se ataca específicamente a personas como Gustavo, que luchan por la defensa de los explotados y oprimidos de México.

Fustavo Salgado Delgado 1982-2015Gustavo era un activista involucrado en la lucha por la justicia para los 43 estudiantes de pedagogía de Ayotzinapa, y estaba en la vanguardia de la lucha por los derechos y el bienestar de los pueblos indígenas y los trabajadores de México. Gustavo fue encontrado decapitado el 03 de febrero de 2015, horas después de haber sido reportado como desaparecido.

He aquí el comunicado de prensa del presidente de la Liga Internacional de la Lucha de los Pueblos:

Apoyamos la movilización del pueblo de México, que busca la justicia y que lucha por la causa de Gustavo por la liberación nacional y social de este país.

El camarada Gustavo fue extremadamente odiado por el Estado reaccionario y los terratenientes, ya que incitó, organizó y movilizó a la gente a luchar por sus derechos políticos, civiles, económicos, sociales y culturales en contra de la opresión y la explotación. Lire la suite / Continue reading ¡Justicia para Gustavo!

Justice pour Gustavo! Justice for Gustavo!

Justicia para Gustavo

Déclaration de la Ligue internationale de lutte des peuples – Québec, condamnant la torture et assassinat du militant mexicain Gustavo Salgado Delgado

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Mercredi, 4 mars, 2015 — Aujourd’hui, rassemblés devant le Consulat du Mexique à Montréal, nous manifestons notre solidarité avec nos camarades de la Ligue internationale de luttes des peuples du Mexique pour dénoncer l’enlèvement brutal, la torture et l’assassinat du camarade Gustavo Salgado Delgado.

À Montréal et ailleurs, au Canada et dans le monde, nous nous mobilisons pour que ce crime odieux ne soit jamais oublié et pour que justice soit rendue.  Nous manifestons ici aujourd’hui pour exiger la tenue d’une enquête complète sur ces crimes et l’arrestation et la condamnation de leurs responsables.

Nous manifestons également aujourd’hui en solidarité avec toutes les personnes qui, au Mexique, souffrent sous le régime actuel de terreur et d’intimidation d’Enrique Peña Nieto, dont le gouvernement cible particulièrement les personnes qui, comme Gustavo, se battent pour la défense des plus exploités et opprimés du Mexique.

Fustavo Salgado Delgado 1982-2015

Gustavo Salgado Delgado 1982-2015

Gustavo était militant engagé dans la lutte pour réclamer justice pour les 43 élèves de formation pédagogique d’Ayotzinapa, et était sur les lignes de front de la lutte pour défendre les droits et le bien-être des peuples autochtones et des travailleurs du Mexique.  Gustavo a été retrouvé décapité le 3 février 2015, quelques heures après avoir été porté disparu.

Voici les extraits du communiqué du bureau du président de la Ligue internationale de lutte des peuples :

Nous soutenons la mobilisation du peuple du Mexique qui réclame justice et lutte pour la victoire de la cause de Gustavo pour la libération nationale et sociale de ce pays.

Le camarade Gustavo était extrêmement détesté par l’Etat réactionnaire et par les propriétaires fonciers parce qu’il a incité, organisé et mobilisé les gens à se battre pour leurs droits politiques, civils, économiques, sociaux et culturels contre l’oppression et l’exploitation. Lire la suite / Continue reading Justice pour Gustavo! Justice for Gustavo!

Mourn our slaughtered children in Pakistan

SANSAD-CPPC News release, Dec 16, 2015

South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD) and Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC), two organizations of the South Asian diaspora in Canada, express our profound grief and outrage at the slaughter of 132 children and sixteen teachers and staff, in a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, by the Islamist group, Tehreek-e-Taliban-i-Pakistan (TTP), on December 15.

imagesThis is the latest atrocity of the extremist organization in its campaign of violence against the people and the state of Pakistan. In its objective to capture the state of Pakistan and impose its version of Sharia, the TTP has not directed its violence merely against the military, the police, and the functionaries of the government but has killed thousands of civilians, including women and children. It has particularly attacked Shias and Sufis, destroying mosques and shrines, and killing people at their prayer. They have murdered learned clerics who challenged their ill-founded notions of Islam and have particularly attacked schools as offering an education that would expose their lack of legitimacy and authority. They have killed health workers administering life-saving Polio vaccine to children. They have sought legitimacy solely through violence, by their use of terror to impose their “order” on the people of Pakistan’s north west frontier who have been victimized by decades of wars that others have waged across their land, where the state of Pakistan has not offered adequate governance.

TTP is one of many extremist organizations spawned by imperialist wars and the proxy wars of imperialist and militarist states. They claim legitimacy through religion, though without theological authority. And they appeal to people by their opposition to imperialist violence, though they are born of it and fed by it with every death of innocent civilians as “collateral damage” in the so-called war on terror. They sustain their fraudulent claims by terror and the denial of education.

Public Meeting: Strawberry Hill Library, 7399-122nd Street, Surrey, BC, Sunday 28 December, 3.00 pm-5.00pm

In the wake of the Peshawar attack the government of Pakistan, the military, and the political parties in Pakistan have expressed their determination to end the violence that has been tormenting the people of Pakistan for many years. We hail this development. We hope that this utterance of political will is not merely an expedient response to the present national grief that dissipates against the deep structure of the Pakistan security state. We also applaud the declaration of the government of Pakistan that they will no longer make a distinction between the “good Taliban”, who do attack targets outside Pakistan and “bad Taliban”. who attack the state and people of Pakistan. Only the erasure of this difference will enable the states and peoples of South Asia to come together to effectively put an end to the purely destructive force of these enemies of the people.

In this festive season when people are engaged in celebrations of family and friendship and hoping for peace in the world, we call on the South Asian community in Metro Vancouver, people of all faiths and national origin to come together to mourn our murdered children in Peshawar. Join us in affirming that we belong to the human community in which all children are our children. Join us to make our united grief into a force for change, to create a world where people can live peacefully with all their faiths and every child is safe, has access to education, and the opportunity to fully develop their potential. Let our grief bring us to labour for peace on earth.

Prof. Sam Noumoff, 1935-2014

We would like to pay tribute to the memory of an exemplary anti-imperialist intellectual and fighter, Sam Noumoff, who passed away recently in Montreal, Quebec, a short time after the death of his beloved wife, Francesca.

Sam Noumoff

Prof. Sam Noumoff

This is a huge loss because across Canada there are too few teachers, professors and intellectuals like Prof. Noumoff ready to stand by their dialectical, Marxist, pro-people and anti-imperialist principles in the face of ferocious pressure from within and without the academic world.

We sought out many times Prof. Noumoff’s support for the struggle of the people of the Philippines against US imperialism and local reaction. He never failed to lend his support in whatever form he could. He even went to the guerrilla zones of the New People’s Army to better understand the revolutionary struggle still underway in the Philippines via the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

Also, how many Canadian intellectuals of his stature have stood up so consistently for the right of the people of North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) to build a society based on their own socialist ideals and goals in the face of constant war threats and imperialist bullying? Recently Prof. Noumoff had been encouraging us in our effort to renew friendship links between the people of Canada and the DPRK, even though he could not attend our meetings because of his illness.

In his life and deeds, from the time he decided to move to Canada during the Vietnam War and the many struggles that followed, Prof. Noumoff clearly demonstrated that it is possible for intellectuals to oppose the dominant capitalist system and ideology and resist the pressure to serve it in the academic world. He showed it is possible to come down from the ivory tower and be one with the people.

Many students who passed through McGill University were profoundly marked by the time they spent with Prof. Noumoff, as were his many friends and comrades from around the globe.

Together with them, today we honour a man and his legacy and promise to continue the anti-imperialist struggles that he espoused and fought so hard to promote and defend.

Vive Sam Noumoff!

Sam Noumoff, Presente!

Signed: Malcolm Guy

— Member, Coordinating Committee of the International League of Peoples Struggle – Canada

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More tributes available on the Sam Noumoff Tribute Blog: http://samnoumofftribute.blogspot.ca/2014/11/the-passing-of-era-sam-noumoff-dies-at.html

Indiegogo Campaign by ILPS-Canada in Support of Grassroots Homebuilding for Ojibway Land Defender

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In recent years, resource extraction has intensified under the Harper government in Canada, as capitalist profit-making is increasingly “fueled” by the rape and plunder of the land and its resources, especially the ancestral lands of Indigenous peoples.

ILPS-CanadaAs part of its work to defend land defenders and build people’s power, the ILPS-Canada Commission in Support of Indigenous People’s Struggles is supporting grassroots women from the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen located in northwestern Ontario, Canada. This part of Ontario has been tagged the “ring of fire” for the intense resource exploration and extraction activities unfolding on stolen and colonized land. As signaled by the Idle No More movement in Canada – a movement that forced the world’s attention onto Canada’s internal colonialism – there is a rising movement against colonialism across “Turtle Island” [the traditional name for North America shared by many Indigenous nations]. And the most important fronts of these struggles are directly on the ancestral lands of Indigenous peoples and nations, like the women of the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen.

Click here to read more about recent work of the ILPS Commission in Support of Indigenous People’s Struggles

Conditions on their reserve are intolerable. Members of the community face extreme poverty and homelessness, while mining and forestry companies profit off destroying their land and traditional food sources. In organizing to exercise treaty rights by building homes on their traplines off-reserve, the group of women are led by Darlene Necan, a hunter and trapper, and spokesperson for off-reserve members

They calling for support from people within and outside her community to help Darlene in building a log cabin that can also serve as a gathering place. She will then lead the building of homes for other young homeless families who want to return to living on the land.

The ILPS Commission in Support of Indigenous People’s Struggles is stepping up to meet Darlene’s call for material support. We are now organizing a two week trip to Darlene’s community to bring activists from a variety of different communities and organizations to help in this direct form of people to people solidarity. It is not just the home that were building –  we are also building the all-important personal and political relationships upon which a political movement to seek social justice requires.

We are asking for $5,000  – as an achievable online goal – to cover the cost of building materials and transportation in order to start and complete the cabin build in two weeks. However, we need another $5,000 to sustain this home-building movement work during and beyond the trip. Please help us surpass the goal on this site!! The money will go to the ILPS Commission in Support of Indigenous People’s Struggles, which will purchase all the supplies and organize the transportation to the territory.

We have beautiful gifts to offer for your much appreciated donations! We have a variety of hand-made Native crafts made by a young family in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, as well as by an Ojibway woman who is helping to organize this cabin build project. We are offering back issues of the Upping the Anti Journal – a Journal of Theory and Action. We can also offer the Land Defenders Mixtape – a mix of revolutionary tracks from Native and non-Native artists who all speak to the need to defend the land.

The Impact

Your contribution will help address one of the most fundamental injustices created by colonialism. It will go directly to a struggle to address homelessness and protect the land. A fight for social justice and Mother Earth, is a fight for all of us.The grassroots group of Saugeen women and the ILPS Commission in Support of Indigenous People’s Struggles are experienced in leading and supporting strong efforts to seek justice for Indigenous communities. Faced with continued  inaction from local, regional, and national leaders, Darlene and other women decided they had to take action themselves. In  2011 – without institutional or government support – they came together to build a log cabin for Amelia Skunk, an elder in the community who was suffering frostbite year after year due to living in a building originally built as a chicken barn in 1911. Thanks to the efforts of Darlene and her friends, Amelia Skunk now lives in a safe, warm, and well constructed log cabin home. For more info and photos:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amelia-Skunk-Humane-Habitat-Project/294458237263029?fref=ts
Before the Idle No More Movement came on the scene and before the journey of Nishiyuu, Darlene led a walk with Saugeen women, men and youth for 28 days from their community to Parliament Hill in Ottawa in September of 2012 to inform government of the lack of housing in their community.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you are not able to contribute funds, we would also greatly appreciate donations of tools and camping supplies. Email: ilpsindigenouscommission@gmail.com And of course, please spread the word about this important project far and wide!

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ILPS-Canada sends warm solidarity greetings to the Founding Assembly of ILPS-Netherlands

Warm greetings from the member organizations of ILPS-Canada on the founding of the newest country member of the anti-imperialist family of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle.

The founding of ILPS-Netherlands is a victory for the people of the Netherlands but also a major step forward for all the peoples of the globe united in opposing imperialist wars, aggression, oppression and exploitation.

As the first country Chapter in Europe, the founding of ILPS-Netherlands comes at a particularly important time as the continent is rocked by a major imperialist crisis bringing hunger, unemployment and repression in its wake while the working and oppressed peoples stand up and fight back. It is thus fitting that your Assembly is being held under the banner: Defending the Rights and Welfare of the People at this time of Crisis in Europe and the Netherlands!

We in Canada, who founded our Country Chapter in May 2011 after years of preparation and months of intense discussions and exchanges, know how difficult it is to struggle out our differences and find our points of unity and then join together in an anti-imperialist united front.

Of course the founding of the country Chapter is fundamentally the first step, albeit a major one, in raising the level of the anti-imperialist struggle in the Netherlands, and working with the over 350 mass organizations in over 40 countries around the world united in the League.

It is crucial that country Chapters of ILPS be built within imperialist countries like the Netherlands. The people of the world have felt the ravage of monopolies like Shell, Philippines, ING Groep and Fokker Technologies. These monopolies amass wealth and power by exploiting the peoples of the globe and the people of the Netherlands – industrial workers, service sector workers, women, youth, students, migrant and undocumented workers, gender-based communities and political refugees.

The members of ILPS-Canada salute your initiative and look forward to working closely with you in the struggle against imperialism.

Long live the struggles of the working and oppressed peoples of the Netherlands!

Long live ILPS-Netherlands!

Long live the International League of Peoples’ Struggle!

 

– ILPS-Canada Coordinating Committee, April 14, 2013

Advancing the Struggle For Women’s Liberation! – ILPS-Canada

Statement and Call for Solidarity On International Women’s Day 2013

As we raise our fists on International Women’s Day, we stand in solidarity with women around the world struggling for genuine liberation.

Over 100 years ago, The International Working Women’s Conference suggested March 8 to celebrate and unite the resistance efforts of working women around the globe. That day is now known to be International Women’s Day. This year on March 8th we call on all people to remember and celebrate the roles working women play in advancing the struggle against imperialism, capitalism, colonial occupation and patriarchy.

Women RisingWorking class women are among the most oppressed sectors of society, but they are also one of the most resilient. Organizing against imperialist aggression, capitalist exploitation and patriarchal values, world wide working class women, peasant women and other toiling women struggle for just and living wages, safe working and adequate living conditions, and ultimately an end to capitalist super-exploitation.

From Turtle Island, Palestine, the Philippines and Tamil Eelam, women are confronted by sexist violence that is rooted in capitalism, occupation, imperialism and patriarchy. During the past 20-years in Canada over 600 Indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing. These deaths and disappearances have gone unpunished and unexplained by the Canadian state whose policies result in femicide against Indigenous women to further facilitate the theft of ancestral land. The Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) of the Canadian state has turned Filipina women into a captive workforce, where the violence and exploitation of employers is undocumented or erased. Rape has been used historically as a tool of imperialist occupation and war, as too many Tamil and Palestinian women can attest.

While working class and marginalized women bear the brunt of capitalist exploitation and imperialist aggression, women have never been idle. And on March 8th, 2013 we encourage everyone to rally in solidarity with women’s liberation struggles around the world.

As brothers and sisters united against imperialist and colonial aggression, we will not bend before the exploitation and violence. We will fight, we will struggle and we will continue resisting until women’s liberation is achieved. Women’s liberation is tied to the liberation of the oppressed classes and peoples and cannot be realized until the capitalist patriarchal system that thrives on gender, class, and racial inequalities is smashed.

ILPS Canada calls for an end to the economic exploitation of women, an end to sexual violence against women, an end to colonial occupation and imperialist aggression!

Women at the Forefront of Emancipation: Resisting Structural Violence and Exploitation!

Statement by the International Women’s Day Organizing Committee 2013 (Vancouver, Canada)

On March 8th International Women’s Day we raise our fists in solidarity with women struggling for emancipation and we stand united in defense of women’s rights, for genuine liberation for all women.

Women resist colonial occupation!

Today we rally on unceded Coast Salish territory; the traditional territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.  Indigenous women bear a great burden of colonial occupation and yet across the globe it is Indigenous women who keep the fires of resistance burning in the face of displacement, ethnic cleansing, and genocidal attacks on Indigenous culture, history and traditions.

Women RisingIndigenous women have never been idle!  Palestinian women assert their right to return to the lands from which they were expelled by the Israeli colonial settler state.  In India, Adivasi women struggle to protect their ancestral territories despite extreme state violence.

Women resist imperialist plunder of the land and natural resources!
Women lead pivotal struggles for environmental and economic justice in opposition to mining and extractive industries, tar sands, fracking fields, oil and gas pipelines, mono-crop agribusiness, and imperialist military aggression which leads to the destruction and poisoning of the earth.

Former Filipina political prisoner Angie Ipong spent 6 years in prison for joining peasant and Indigenous communities in their land struggles.  Freda Huson and women of the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en are defying pipelines and development aggression on their territories.  Wahu Kaara and millions of women across Africa are fighting displacement, development aggression and colonial debt exploitation.  These brave women inspire us to protect the Earth and our future generations!

Women resist capitalist exploitation!

Women’s reproductive labour continues to form the basis of capitalist profit as women provide privatized labour in the home and are segregated into ‘women’s work’ such as teaching, nursing, food service, and household management.  Women’s work is devalued, and despite decades of struggle, women in Canada continue to be paid only 70% or less of what men earn.  In Canada women comprise the vast majority of migrant workers from Asia, forced to migrate by neoliberal economic policies, providing deskilled and cheap labour, privatized health care, and modern-day domestic slavery to the Canadian middle and upper classes. Lire la suite / Continue reading Women at the Forefront of Emancipation: Resisting Structural Violence and Exploitation!

No more stolen sisters!

ILPS Canada – Statement and call for solidarity

On February 14 Spirit Sisters and those that love them will be holding vigils and marches demonstrating their commitment to “NO MORE STOLEN SISTERS”. Indigenous grassroots women and those who stand in solidarity with them will be raising their voices and rallying in the streets demanding justice and for a national public inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous women. We at ILPS-Canada share their demands, commitments, and will be taking it to the streets in support.

The first memorial vigil was held in 1991 in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street. From anger, despair, and mourning women took action to create an annual march on Valentine’s Day to express compassion, community, and their commitments to end the disappearances of Indigenous women. The women’s memorial march continues across this land to honour the lives of missing and murdered women and to demand justice in their absence.

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) under the Sisters In Spirit Program reports that over 600 Indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing over the last 20-years within the politically constructed borders of the Canadian nation-state. The deaths and disappearances of these women have been ignored, gone unsolved, and unpunished. Despite clear evidence that this is an ongoing issue, the federal government decided in the fall of 2010 to end funding to Sisters in Spirit. Instead monies in the amount of $10 million have been dedicated to a central RCMP missing person centre; an institution that has historically failed to adequately investigate into reports of disappearing indigenous women. Building on the momentum of past actions we must rally together against the continual feminicide of Indigenous women and the impunity of Canadian state institutions and actors that stand as gatekeepers preventing justice for all indigenous peoples.

We at ILPS-Canada extend our support and solidarity to the courageous women and Indigenous organizations working to ensure that the lives of our lost sisters not be forgotten. Their memories inspire us to continue to demand more for those with whom we share a sisterhood. We encourage those in our network to promote and attend the vigils and walks taking place. For a list of the Feb. 14th Memorial Marches happening please visit: http://womensmemorialmarch.wordpress.com/national/ Lire la suite / Continue reading No more stolen sisters!