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The Disaffected Lib: Could Syria Become the 21st Century Sarajevo?

There were plenty of proxy wars during the Cold War only back then the principals had enough sense to avoid direct clashes. That was then, this is Syria where today we find the rival superpowers circling each other inside the same phone booth.

You could search the world over and never find one place . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Could Syria Become the 21st Century Sarajevo?

Alberta Politics: Lawyers, guns and money: Russia’s intervention in Syria offers a useful teaching moment for Canadians

PHOTOS: A Russian Su-34 bomber releases a bomb near the provisional ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria. (Russian Ministry of Defence photo.) Below: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Russia’s military intervention in the Syrian civil war has offered a unique teaching moment for Canadians about the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Lawyers, guns and money: Russia’s intervention in Syria offers a useful teaching moment for Canadians

The Disaffected Lib: Deliver Us From Evil

Why do we tolerate Saudi Arabia when the kingdom, and its Sunni state allies, seems determined to deliver Yemen into the control of ISIS and al Qaeda?

Gwynne Dyer writes that, while we wage an air war against ISIS, the Saudis are undermining our effort with their war on the Yemeni Houthi.

They’ve all shown . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Deliver Us From Evil

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Possibly Fatal Syrian Mistake

On CTV's Question Period yesterday Craig Oliver reminded viewers of Theodore Roosevelt's famous quote: "Speak softly and carry a big stick."And he said Stephen Harper's views on military power, and his new war in Syria, are exactly the opposite: "Speak loudly and carry a twig."But goodness knows Harper is desperate, and he can't wait . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Possibly Fatal Syrian Mistake

The Disaffected Lib: That Burnt Smell, That Hissing Sound? That’s the Fuze.

Well, if nothing else, Stephen Harper might just have earned Canada a ringside seat to the outbreak of a Middle East regional war.  The way the International Crisis Group sees it, the Saudi air war on Shiite Yemeni rebels might just be the burning fuze that explodes the Sunni-Shia powder keg.

Obama and the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: That Burnt Smell, That Hissing Sound? That’s the Fuze.

Montreal Simon: Why Are the Harper Cons Preparing to Support Al Qaeda?

The brutish Con message has been there from the very beginning, but it just got even more disturbing.Because there is nothing Stephen Harper will not do or say to try to win another majority.So if you don't support Bill C-51, his plan to turn us into a police state, you must be with the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Are the Harper Cons Preparing to Support Al Qaeda?

The Disaffected Lib: Our Schizophrenic War on Terror

Ah, yeah, right.

It’s tough to win a war when you have to ally yourselves with both sides.  That injects an element of schizophrenia in your policies and planning.  It results in a fatal lack of coherence, a narrative that is hopelessly confused.  And that is what confronts us in our struggle with radical, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Our Schizophrenic War on Terror

The Disaffected Lib: About That Islamic Terrorism, Who Are We Kidding?

Well those damned Muslims have us in hysterics now.  Rupert Murdoch says this is on all Muslims.  Bill Maher says ditto.

But wait.  There are two strains of Muslims – Sunni and Shia.  Our Muslims of choice, those we consider our allies, are Sunni – Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, that bunch. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: About That Islamic Terrorism, Who Are We Kidding?

The Disaffected Lib: What Are We Getting Ourselves Into?

Before long the Middle East will look like a parking lot for Western jet fighters. The place will be awash in Hornets and Super Hornets, F-16s, F-22s, Eurofighters and Rafales and Tornados.  They’ll be flying about over Syria and Iraq searching for something, anything to bomb into rubble and pulp.

Nobody thinks that . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: What Are We Getting Ourselves Into?

drive-by planet: Reasons why "The Khorasan Group" was fabricated by the US government

When the US-led bombing campaign in Syria got underway media outlets announced the emergence of a new jihadist threat that posed an even greater threat to the US than ISIL. It wasn’t just a threat to the region, but a direct and imminent threat to the United States. “The Khorasan Group” we were informed . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Reasons why "The Khorasan Group" was fabricated by the US government

drive-by planet: Making things up

The Disaffected Lib: Justin, Tommy – Here’s Your Talking Points

Look, if you can’t nail Harper on this ISIS business, you’re not fit to govern anything much less our country.

What you need to do is pry the lid off ISIS.  Show Canadians what lies beneath, who stands behind.

Start with the notion that this seemingly well-organized, well-trained, well-equipped and obviously well-funded ISIS . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Justin, Tommy – Here’s Your Talking Points

Bill Longstaff: Iraq—an Al-Qaeda playground

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The U.S. and its coalition of the willing invaded Iraq with the justification that it had weapons of mass destruction and Saddam was conspiring with al-Qaeda to use them. The country had to be cleansed of both. But of course there were neither WMDs nor al-Qaeda to be . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Iraq—an Al-Qaeda playground

LeDaro: Syria: U.S hypocrisy on Syria situation

First it was Assad who was murdering the civilians. U.S was all set to invade Syria. It was a matter of days according to reports in late August and early September of this year. Now the tune has changed. It is the rebels and Al-Qaida who are doing the murdering and forcing people out of Syria. Assad more . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Syria: U.S hypocrisy on Syria situation

drive-by planet: Arab Spring: uprisings, protests… not much to do with revolution

A recent Tariq Ali article in Guernica – What is a Revolution – challenges misconceptions about the popular uprisings in the Middle East that some pundits characterise as the Arab Spring or more dramatically as “revolutions.” A key point in Ali’s article is that popular uprisings, however large, do not by implication constitute . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Arab Spring: uprisings, protests… not much to do with revolution

drive-by planet: Al Qaeda linked rebels in Syria: Putin accuses Kerry of lying: Syrian rebel atrocities – NYT video footage

Islamist fighters in Syria: Beneath – al-Nusra Front fighters execute Syrian soldiers

Given the military excesses the Assad regime has directed against its own people, genuine representatives of the Syrian people would seem like the force to back in the increasingly vicious civil conflict. But maybe not. A rebel force fighting for a . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Al Qaeda linked rebels in Syria: Putin accuses Kerry of lying: Syrian rebel atrocities – NYT video footage

drive-by planet: U.S. arms for Syrian rebels: inflaming Sunni-Shia sectarianism

The Obama administration’s decision to authorize the arming of the Syrian rebels is opposed by a large majority of Americans. A recent Pew poll indicates that 74 percent of independents, 71 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of Democrats are opposed to the U.S. and its allies sending arms to Syria.

The . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: U.S. arms for Syrian rebels: inflaming Sunni-Shia sectarianism

The Canadian Progressive: Omar Khadr moved to Edmonton prison after months in solitary confinement

Former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr has been transferred to the maximum-security Edmonton Institution in Alberta after spending months in solitary confinement at Millhaven penitentiary in Ontario, where a fellow inmate once threatened his life.

The post Omar Khadr moved to Edmonton prison after months in solitary confinement appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

drive-by planet: Who is the real terrorist?: LowKey – Terrorist video

Definitions of terrorism:

“The systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.”  – Merriam Webster

“Systematic use of violence and intimidation to achieve some goal.“  – Free Dictionary

“The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.”  – Dictionary.com

Noam Chomsky clarifies the definition with . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Who is the real terrorist?: LowKey – Terrorist video

drive-by planet: ‘Bugsplats’: civilian death count from U.S. drone strikes

Some child casualties of covert US drone war

The Pakistan government has  released its figures for civilian casualties of American drone strikes. The Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that CIA drones have killed at least 2,200 people in the country, including at least 400 civilians. Around 600 have received serious injuries. . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: ‘Bugsplats’: civilian death count from U.S. drone strikes

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Anonymous Dumps Wikileaks [VIDEO]

Hacktivist collective, Anonymous, has severed ties with long-time ally WikiLeaks. Anonymous announced the divorce via a tweet, and said the Julian Assange-controlled whistle-blowing website had become a one man “Julian Assange show”. The tweet: “The end of an era. We unfollowed @Wikileaks and withdraw our support. It was an awesome idea ruined by Egos. Good . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Anonymous Dumps Wikileaks [VIDEO]

Canadian Progressive: How U.S. Gov’t Talks About a Drone Program it Won’t Acknowledge Exists

by Cora Currier | ProPublica Drones have become the go-to weapon of the U.S.’s counter-terrorism strategy, with strikes in Yemen in particular increasing steadily. U.S. drones reportedly killed twenty-nine people in Yemen recently, including perhaps ten civilians. Administration officials regularly celebrate the drone war’s apparent successes— often avoiding details or staying anonymous, but claiming tacit . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: How U.S. Gov’t Talks About a Drone Program it Won’t Acknowledge Exists

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Remind me Again Why we Spent $800,000 to Celebrate the Libyan Victory?

“Gadhafi’s days are over.  Never again will he be in a position to support terrorism or to turn guns on his own people. The Libyan people can finally turn the page.” Stephen Harper

The Harper government spent $800,000 on a celebration marking the end of the attack on Libya.  Besides being costly in an era . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Remind me Again Why we Spent $800,000 to Celebrate the Libyan Victory?

A. Picazo: Child Soldiers: The Other Taliban and Al-Qaeda Militants

“A poignant reality of contemporary conflicts is that increasingly children are being used as cheap and readily available weapons of war. From Colombia to Sri Lanka, from Sierra Leone to Uganda, thousands of children have been used in armed conflict situations. In Afghanistan, our forces are seeing the increasing use of children in combat operations, . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: Child Soldiers: The Other Taliban and Al-Qaeda Militants