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[Republished from Dimitri Lascaris blog] Dimitri Lascaris is a lawyer, journalist and activist. After graduating from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1991, Dimitri began his legal career at the Wall Street law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, first working from the firm's New York offices and then joining the firm's offices in Paris, France. While at Sullivan & Cromwell, Dimitri acted for the underwriting syndicate in what was, at the time, the largest initial public offering of common stock in United States history. He also acted for issuers and underwriters in numerous other cross-border securities offerings.

In 2004, Dimitri joined one of Canada's leading class action law firms, Siskinds LLP. While at Siskinds, Dimitri co-founded and led Canada's largest and most accomplished team of securities class action lawyers. From 2004 to 2016, the Siskinds securities class actions team recovered more than $450 million for aggrieved investors. In 2012, Dimitri was named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada, and in 2013, he was named by Canadian Business Magazine as one of the 50 most influential persons in Canadian business. Canadian Business Magazine described Dimitri as the "fiercest legal advocate for shareholder rights."

In July 2016, Dimitri retired from Siskinds and the practice of law in order to devote himself to activism and journalism. He is now a correspondent and Board member of The Real News Network.

In Canada's 2015 federal election, Dimitri ran for the Green Party of Canada in the riding of London West. Subsequently, he served as Justice Critic on the shadow cabinet of the Green Party. He is currently the Justice Critic in the Shadow Cabinet of the Green Party of Quebec.

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Stop the War in Yemen !, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 12, 2020
End The Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia Yesterday, at the General Dynamics plant in London, Ontario, I joined with Amnesty International and dozens of human rights activists to condemn the Trudeau government's sale of weaponized personnel carriers to the brutal Saudi autocracy.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 4, 2020
War In The Time Of Coronavirus On May Day 2020, I participated in a Webinar on the COVID-19 crisis. As I explained, now more than ever we need international solidarity, but if anything, the world's major powers seem to be inclining toward a more warlike posture.
Secretary Pompeo Meets With Canadian Foreign Minister Freeland, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 16, 2020
In The Age Of Trump, Canada's Trudeau Government Pursues An 'America First' Foreign Policy Today, I spoke with Zain Raza of acTVism Munich, one of Germany's leading independent media organizations, about the Trudeau Government's 'America First' foreign policy, the COVID-19 crisis in Canada and the United States, and the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of "fiscal conservatism."
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 6, 2020
Discussion About COVID-19 Crisis With Diane Longboat, Turtle Clan, Mohawk Nation If you have questions, as I do, about the new COVID-19 reality, please join me and Diane Longboat, a traditional teacher from the Turtle Clan of the Mohawk Nation, for the first episode of my new weekly show, this Tuesday at 5:30 pm ET:
Police Arrest Indigenous Land Defenders, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 27, 2020
Police Arrest Indigenous Land Defenders After Justin Trudeau Demands an End to Blockades On February 24, 2020, shortly after the Ontario Provincial Police arrested Indigenous land defenders in Mohawk territory of Tyendinaga, I spoke to Indigenous lawyer, scholar and activist Pam Palmater.
Silence is compliance!, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Invoke U.N.'s Uniting For Peace Resolution Before Trump Embroils Us In War With Iran To be justified under international human rights law, intentionally lethal or potentially lethal force can only be used where strictly necessary to protect against an imminent threat to life.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 27, 2019
Year in Climate Crisis: Fossil Fuels Expansion, Scary Science and Global Activism On The Real News, Steve Horn and I discuss major environmental developments in 2019, including a new climate model developed in Canada which has predicted devastating levels of global heating unless dramatic action is taken to address the climate crisis:
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 12, 2019
New Canadian Climate Model Predicts Alarming Levels of Global Heating For The Real News Network, I spoke this week with Dr. Neil Swart of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling & Analysis (CCCMA).
Former Secretary of State Tillerson, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 4, 2019
Rex Tillerson Testifies in Climate Denial Case Longtime ExxonMobil CEO and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testified in a case pitting the company against the state of New York. ExxonMobil faces civil charges of defrauding investors by funding climate denial, even as its own scientists studied the climate impacts of fossil fuel extraction.
Regan Boychuk of Reclaim Alberta says the AER routinely ignores the law., From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 1, 2019
Audits of Alberta Energy Regulator Expose a Broken Agency Alberta's oil industry is not only a major player in the global energy market, but it's activities affect profoundly humanity's ability to resolve the global climate emergency.
Is Canada's Ambassador To Israel An Anti-Palestinian Racist?, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Is Canada's Ambassador To Israel An Anti-Palestinian Racist? As part of an investigation into The Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs reach and influence, I recently sent an Access to Information and Privacy request to Global Affairs Canada. In that request, I sought production of all GAC briefing products and memos for the use of Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs or Ambassador to Israel that relate to CIJA
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 6, 2019
Canadian Government Continues to Facilitate Theft of Palestinian Land Wine from Palestine mislabeled "Made in Israel"---
Canadian Militarism, From InText
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 5, 2019
Is Canada's Green Party Leadership Opposed To American Imperialism? The Green Party platform also declares that the party is "fully aware of the dangers of militarism," yet it is virtually silent on the Canadian government's militaristic conduct for example---
US Army Warrior, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 1, 2019
The Democratic Party Remains a Party of War, Not Peace At the People's Mobilization Against the U.S. War Machine in New York City, I spoke to Madelyn Hoffman of Rage Against the War Machine about the failure of leading Democratic presidential candidates to challenge the Pentagon's vice-grip on American foreign policy and military spending:
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Roger Waters: Militarism is Exacerbating the Climate Crisis For The Real News Network, I spoke this weekend to Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters at the People's Mobilization against the U.S. War Machine in New York City. As Roger explained, militarism is greatly exacerbating an existential climate crisis:
trudeau in white-face, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 23, 2019
Is Canada's Government A Partner In America's Crimes? Yesterday, at the People's Mobilization Against the U.S. War Machine in New York City, I spoke with Margaret Kimberley of Black Agenda Report about the complicity of the Trudeau government in America's crimes.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 22, 2019
Documentary "Blowout" Follows Climate Cost of Oil Boom from Fracking to Exports For the Real News Network, I spoke this week to Zach Toombs, the director of "Blowout", a new documentary about the global fracking industry. Zach explains that 1.4 million Americans now live within 500 feet of active oil & gas production and that, in that zone, cancer risk is eight times higher than the EPA's accepted threshold for cancer risk:
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Canadian Food Inspection Agency Defends Oppressors, Victimizes the Oppressed As I previously reported, Canada's Federal Court ruled in July 2019 that "product of Israel" labels on wines produced in Israel's West Bank settlements are "false, misleading and deceptive."
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 24, 2019
"Speech-Police" Block Yves Engler and Me From Attending A Speech By Justin Trudeau Yves and I viewed this speech as an appropriate occasion to challenge Trudeau on his government's decision to sell weaponized personnel carriers to the murderous Saudi autocracy. Among its countless atrocities, the Saudi autocracy has caused a devastating famine in Yemen in which at least 85,000 children have died.

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