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LeDaro: Rep. John Lewis’s dance

Clapping and swinging his hips, civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis danced to Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” in a recent YouTube post.“This is my song!” the 74-year-old Georgia Democrat exclaimed…

Mr. Lewis hopes that good days are ahead as the civil rights movement has made a lot of progress and the U.S has its first black president, Barack Obama. Mr. Lewis was a colleague of Martin Luther King Jr. and fought along side him for civil rights.

Read more here. 

The Canadian Progressive: Ukraine Crisis: The Harper Conservatives Are NOT Canada

by: Obert Madondo

Last week’s “Canadian delegation” to Ukraine wasn’t a Canadian delegation. It was an all-Conservative outfit. The opposition was completely shut out.

The shut out reminds me of how Third World tyrants do politics. How they exploit global crises to score cheap domestic political points. The shut out makes a mockery of our multi-party liberal democracy. And the idea of by-partisanship that comes with it.

But shut-out is mostly part of the Conservatives’ campaign to retain power in 2015. It’s part of the effort to woo the ethnic vote, something the Conservatives would have to do on a (Read more…)

LeDaro: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine – A New Cold War?

 Is there a new Cold War? The situation in Ukraine is escalating with Russian troops invading the Crimea, and with concerns about Russian soldiers potentially advancing further. There has been a dip in world markets in response to this news. The United States has halted trade and investment talks with Russia and the planned G8 summit in Sochi looks to be in trouble.

In the 21st century, an era of globalization and trade, a post-Cold War era, this talk is shocking, and really does sound like another Cold War could be upon us. Hopefully not, hopefully this situation will de-escalate (Read more…)

LeDaro: Artist Saint Hoax turns Obama and Putin into drag queens

It is quite funny.

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Baricka O’Bisha

Vladdy Pushin’

LeDaro: Putin in deep thoughts

He is thinking how to deal with Obama.;) He is upset that his buddy Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich has been toppled by the Ukrainian Parliament. Putin thinks that that is what Obama wanted.

Is cold war on again?

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Sad and Pathetic Return to Canada

He's back in Canada after his disastrous trip to Mexico and rarely has he looked so diminished.For while he is desperately trying to spin the trip into a triumph, nothing can conceal the humiliation of this slap in the face. Read more »

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Redford’s top advisor earns more than Obama’s top advisor, claims Wildrose

TweetPremier Alison Redford‘s chief of staff earns a bigger salary than his counterpart in the West Wing, claimed the official opposition Wildrose in a press release yesterday. As the salary disclosure ”sunshine list” of Alberta’s senior public servants who earn more than $100,000 annually was released late last week, opposition critics honed in on Ms. Redford’s senior staff. The Wildrose opposition […]

Alberta Diary: Small changes may signal glimmer of awareness of trouble ahead among rank and file Tory MLAs

Members of Alison Redford’s brain trust plan the latest hashtags in the Twitter war with AUPE … No! Wait! That’s Bob MacNamara telling LBJ about his plans for the war in Vietnam! What the hey? Below: That rude info-graphic; Red House Chief of Staff Farouk Adatia; White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

Opposition political operatives in Alberta spent an entertaining weekend poking through the entrails of the Progressive Conservative government’s Sunshine List, noticing cool things to mention like the fact Premier Alison Redford’s chief of staff earns $144,000 a year more than the guy who does the same thing (Read more…)

LeDaro: Obama’s State of Union Address in 60 seconds

Interesting. At least he recognizes climate change and need for clean energy. He also recognizes the need to do something about the inequality in U. S society.

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Alberta Diary: Ted Cruz: For God (& country’s) sake, talk to Conrad Black before you shred your Canadian passport!

Canada or USA? USA or Canada? Texas Senator Ted Cruz, visible between the signs, ponders what he should do. Actual Tea Party favourites may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Cruz waves bye-bye to his fellow Canadians … maybe; Lord Black of Crossharbour.

It’s said here that Calgary native Ted Cruise needs to make an appointment to have a serious chat with Conrad Black before he makes any rash and irrevocable decisions to run his Canadian passport through the shredder.

Mr. Cruz is now the junior Senator from Texas and a favourite of the Tea Party, a group that (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Alberta’s 13 most under-reported political news stories of 2013

Another aircraft takes off from Fort McMurray International Aerodrome loaded with CO2 captured from Alberta’s Athabasca bitumen sands. The gas will be stored in the basements of Russian buildings as part of a deal worked out through the province’s $2-billion “carbon capture” program. Actual Alberta carbon capture boondoggles may not operate exactly as described. Below: A Lethbridge student continues studying as hydraulic fracking operations take place next to her school; why is this doctor smiling? Hint: He runs a Family Care Clinic.

Soon it’ll be 2014 and the mainstream media can get back to doing what it does best: panicking (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Ex-Harper adviser blasts Keystone XL, calls Canada a “rogue state”

Ex-Harper appointee Mark Jaccard trashed the Conservatives’ support of the tar sands industry during a key Keystone XL summit in Washington D.C. on Monday.

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Alberta Diary: Coming soon, perhaps, a legitimate reason for Canadians to thank Conrad Black!

Linda McQuaig addresses the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees annual convention in 2008. (AUPE photo taken by Daryl Dyck.) Below: Conrad Black in the uniform of the Governor General’s Foot Guard, and not, as you may have thought, that of a security guard.

It occurs to me that we Canadians may soon actually have something for which we can be grateful to Conrad Black!

I know that for most readers of this blog this will come as an astonishing thought. Indeed, it would be fair to describe this as a unique development in the long and rocky relationship between (Read more…)

LeDaro: The end of Barack Obama’s presidency is imminant?

Is this propaganda by Repugs or is there some truth to it? This and these kinds of videos are all over the internet?

Writings of J. Todd Ring: US government shutdown, and other fairy tales and political theatre

I’m not sure what to make of the hoopla going on in the US right now. I’m inclined to think it’s all just political theatre, as Gerald Celente calls it, designed to distract the people from the real issues – the central one being, who controls the government and the nation? Wall Street, the big […]

Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper Declared War on Obama

OMG. Sound the humiliation alert siren. I just KNEW that Stephen Harper's deranged Crusade to try to get Obama to aprove the Keystone Pipeline was going to end badly.I knew the writing was on the wall when his army of Con lobbyists was laughed out of Washington after trying to fool the Americans into believing that the Big Oil boys in Alberta were model environmentalists. And that Great Green Leader was the next best thing to Mother Nature…Read more »

LeDaro: Syrian Crisis: Barack Obama and Valdimir Putin

Have Russia and U.S. reached the definitive deal on Syria? Time will tell. In the meantime the killings in Syria continue. I hope that this brutality will end soon.

Putin gets the medal    “US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov met to work on Moscow’s disarmament proposal. However, Washington remains sceptical and Mr Kerry has said US military action is still possible to punish Mr Assad for a poison gas attack in rebel territory last month.”

LeDaro: Obama meets Putin – Redline

I thought I will add a little animation.

Cartoon by MIKE PETERS

LeDaro: Obama meets Putin

by Mike Peters

The Disaffected Lib: Cornel West Denounces His Former Friend, Barack Obama

Chris Hedges rallies to the defence of black intellectual Cornel West and, in the process, issues a bill of indictment against Barack Obama for his relentless assault on America’s black prophetic movement and democracy itself.

“Jeremiah Wright was the canary in the mine,” West said when we met a few days ago in Princeton, N.J. “The black prophetic tradition has been emptied out. Its leaders have either been murdered or incarcerated. … A lot of political prisoners who represent the black prophetic tradition [are] in jail. They have been in there for decades. Or we have leaders who have completely (Read more…)

LeDaro: Barack Obama’s Redline Relief – Russia proposal on Syria chemical weapons

“President Barack Obama has agreed to discuss Russia’s proposal that Syria hand over chemical weapons, the White House said Tuesday after Damascus confirmed it would accept such a deal.Talks will begin at the United Nations later Tuesday, a White House official told NBC News, even as Obama prepares to address Congress — and the American people — over the need for military strikes.”

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LeDaro: Syrian Cartoonists on Obama

“No series of internet based humour would be complete without an image of a cat and a speech bubble, and the Syrian army is no different. The cat in the image is saying: “Where are these American battleships?”

See more cartoons here.

My concern is that the current situation may give Assad incentive to carry out more atrocities. It is a very troubling situation. The atrocities must stop and the U.S. must get Russia on its side to deter Assad. Diplomatic efforts must be intensified. Given the U.S. Congress’s dilly dallying a strike on Syria may be delayed indefinitely.

LeDaro: Obama, Congress and Syria

It does not look good for Obama.

“As of now, the odds of Charlie Brown kicking the football appear to be better than the odds of Obama winning the House vote for authorization of his Syrian missile strike plan. Let’s hope the Cleveland Browns’ game plan to beat the Dolphins is better executed than Obama’s game plan for Syria.”

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LeDaro: Obama’s Syria predicament

Read The Huffington Post story here.

LeDaro: Demonstrations around the world against the proposed Syrian strike by U.S.

“A survey by The Associated Press shows that House members who are staking out positions are either opposed to or leaning against Obama’s plan for a military strike by more than a 6-1 margin. The Senate is more evenly divided ahead of its vote. Nearly half of the 433-member House and a third of the 100-member Senate remain undecided.” Read more here.

Obama has quite an uphill battle to convince the U.S. Congress to approve his plan.