Alberta Politics: Year in review: from plunging oil to rising hope, the Top Ten news stories of 2015

PHOTOS: Cameras try to follow a nearly invisible Rachel Notley through the crowd at an Edmonton hotel on May 5, 2015, moments after she had been declared the winner of the Alberta election. No one could quite believe that the NDP had just won a majority government, in Alberta of all places, Ms. Notley’s talents ...

drive-by planet: The Syrian nightmare Washington is helping to create

Many progressives and leftists find themselves in a conflicted position over the war in Syria. They don’t support western interventionism but by the same token are unwilling to give support to the Assad regime. A third way approach is support for the Syrian people and their legitimate demands – as opposed to the “solutions” coming ...

drive-by planet: Turks arrest al-Nusra rebels – seize chemical weapons: the west’s Syrian delusions

There has been very little coverage in western media of a current story in Turkish dailies that places chemical weapons in the hands – not of forces connected with Assad – but of the opposition al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front. The Turkish paper Zaman reports that members of al-Nusra planned to bomb Adana, a Turkish city that ...

RedBedHead: The Syrian Endgame: Bye Bye Bashar?

Who won’t celebrate the (probably nasty) end of Bashar al-Assad’s rule in Syria? This is a regime that has suppressed pretty much all forms of internal dissent and democratic participation and ruled with an iron fist for the better part of the last 40 years. There are no independent trade unions, no independent media. There ...