ILLUSTRATIONS: A map showing some of the countries in which the United States has interfered in the political process (grabbed from Geology.com). Below: U.S. CIA Director John O. Brennan, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candid… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say
The lessons of Afghanistan were purchased at a bitter cost: the war claimed more lives, more years, and more money than any other campaign in NATO’s history. Unless the alliance takes those lessons to heart, a war in Syria and Iraq to extinguish D… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: National Post: NATO and the Judgement of Paris
Don Maroc One thing we can feel secure about, a lot of out neighbours seem to know a great deal about what’s happening in Paris, France and Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan, and all the other Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: When Is War, War?
As I'm sure you remember, during the early years of the war in Afghanistan there was no greater chicken hawk than Stephen Harper.Until he realized it wasn't winning him enough votes, and he decided to cut and run.But while he has been able to run away from a lot of things, like the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Bloody Harvest of War
Rise of the ‘precariat,’ the global scourge of precarious jobs Barely one in four of the global workforce has a stable job, UN reports
By Brian Stewart, CBC News Posted: Jun 01, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 01, 2015 8:36 AM ET
Back in the 7-‘s, when i . . . → Read More: Left Over: The Fundamental(ist) Reasons for It All…..
We tell ourselves the stories we need to hear. This is excerpt details American involvement in Afghanistan, but from a non-embedded reporters point of view and analysis.
“The central thesis of the American failure in Afghanistan — the one you’ll hear from politicians and pundits and even scholars — was succinctly propounded . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: No Good Men Among The Living – Dispelling The Imperial Narrative
David Mulroney served as a deputy minister in charge of Canada’s Afghanistan task force. It seems he learned a thing or two from the experience, enough to know that we’re at risk of repeating the same mistakes in our rush to war in Iraq.
“When I recently saw Foreign Minister [Rob] Nicholson musing that . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Finally, a Mulroney We Can Believe In.
A brief note. I think that this essay should be required reading for all those who consider joining the armed forces and participating in the cycle of terrorism and destruction that currently dominates our foreign policy and geo-political goals here in the West. Many thanks to Tom’s Dispatch for hosting the essay.
“Why The War . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Excerpts from “Letter to a Young Army Ranger” – Rory Fanning
The book opens with this mea culpa:
“I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism,” Lieutenant-General Daniel Bolger begins his history of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. “It’s like Alcoholics Anonymous; step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. So do . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Caution. This May Make Your Jaw Drop.
The end of America’s combat mission in Afghanistan has, well, ended. The New York Times reports that Obama has signed a no longer secret order re-instating his military’s combat role in support of the Afghan government.
The order authorizes American troops to conduct missions against the Taliban and other groups. It also authorizes strike fighter, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: America’s Back in Business in Afghanistan
The Tyee’s Murray Dobbins laments the success Stephen Harper has had, with the powerful support of a shamelessly collaborative media, at manipulating the Canadian public.
Harper’s amoral political calculations about who and when to bomb people has little to do with any genuine consideration of the geopolitical situation or what role Canada might usefully . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Harper’s Experiment to Wrap Canadians in "Protective Stupidity" Mission Accomplished?
On Saturday, October 4, 2014, thousands of people around the world are expected to protest the burgeoning use of drones for surveillance and extrajudicial killings.
The post #GlobalNoDrones: First global day of action against surveillance and killer drones appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Hamid Karzai talked tough about getting Western forces out of Afghanistan immediately if not sooner. Afghanistan, however, is under new management that means America’s longest war ever will be extended for another decade.
Barack Obama, elected president in 2008 on a wave of anti-war sentiment, will pass off both the Afghanistan war and . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Washington, Kabul Kiss & Make Up. US Troops Stay in Afghanistan Until 2024.
Almost unnoticed amidst the hoopla and the protests associated with the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights was a dinner held at the Grand Mosque Community Centre last Friday in honour of Edmonton-based human rights lawyer Dennis Edney, QC.
Sept. 19, 2014: Human rights advocate Dennis Edney, QC, speaking in Winnipeg . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video: Canadian Human Rights on Trial – the Case of Omar Khadr
Unlike some, I do not bemoan the passage of time. True, I am of that generation known as ‘the baby boomers,’ but while I am at times mildly bemused about certain things (‘How can it be 50 years since the Beatles first played in Toronto?’), I was never beguiled by the notion that we . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Perspective That Age Bestows
Saw “Charlie Wilson’s War” [8/10] which explains the background behind the Soviet’s failure in Afghanistan, and paved the way for the Taliban to later take over. Today I saw “Cars 2″ [6/10] which explains why we have people focused on fossil fuel vehicles.
Each somewhat ties into the 10 year old book I’m reading, Power . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Charlie’s War
Steve Harper, the greatest threat to Canadian security in the modern era.
Happy August! Happy Day!
I have a few comments about this, the 1,000th editorial at Politics, Re-Spun. But you can read them below, about my sabbatical plan, new visions for this almost 12-year-old website, and other things.
But at the top . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Welcome to the 1,000th Politics, Re-Spun Editorial!
A very strange Oped piece appeared in the Globe and Mail on the weekend, written by none other than Stephen Harper. It was a follow up to a government announcement that we would be giving the Ukrainian military another 220 million dollars, on top of the 300 million already provided, to assist in their . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: More Government Propaganda While Canada Once Again Stands Alone
Gavrilo Princip under arrest. Below: Princip and the Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
Today is the centenary of the day Gavrilo Princip took his little Belgian pistol to Sarajevo and blew the heir presumptive to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire into history.
As is well known, not long after young Princip caused the demise . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: On the centenary of Gavrilo Princip’s fateful shot in Sarajevo, let’s learn the right lessons from history
The kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls by Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, also known by the Hausa name Boko Haram, happened over a month ago. By now a percentage of these girls are likely dispersed… transported across the porous Nigerian border into Chad, Cameroon and Niger where Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and other . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Hashtag hypocrisy: #on the other hand my husband orders drone strikes that have killed hundreds of kids
Well today is the National Day of Honour. The day Stephen Harper proclaimed should honour all those who served in Afghanistan.But as I explained the other night, is an unseemly debacle mainly intended to honour HIMSELF.Even if that means elbowing the Governor General out of the way, and posing as the commander-in-chief. Read more . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Day of Disappointment
Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Wednesday, March 26, 2014:
Egyptian lawyers boycott new mass trial of almost 700 suspected Islamists – Toronto Star Ontario Superior a Court action: BlackBerry sues exec to stay for six months after being poached by Apple Ruling: Kansas can strip Planned Parenthood funds . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Legal Headlines for Wednesday, March 26, 2014
It couldn't have been a more welcome sight. The last Canadian soldiers returning from Afghanistan. If I had been watching them coming in to land, I would have been waving my arms in the air, and shouting "Glory Hallelujah, we are free at last." And this couldn't have been a happier sight.
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Con Day of Infamy
In the department of “no big surprise here”, we have The Taliban mocking the departure of Canadian troops from Afghanistan.
The Taliban’s information arm issued a statement Thursday to followers in Kandahar congratulating its fighters in the rural districts of Panjwaii, Zharey, Dand, Maiwand and Shah Wali Kot claiming that Canada has been . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Predictable