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Politics and its Discontents: This Needs Little Comment

H/t Toronto StarI do hope all of the equipment Trudeau is selling to the Saudis is stainless steel. You know how difficult it is to remove blood splatter.Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: This Needs Little Comment

Politics and its Discontents: Some Disturbing Signs

I won’t for a moment pretend that I am not glad to see Justin Trudeau’s Liberals as our new government. But as happened with a vice-principal we teachers once welcomed with open arms as a relief from the previous administration, my early hopes for real… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Disturbing Signs

Politics and its Discontents: How Will Dion Justify This?

Given the ongoing contention surrounding Canada’s decision to sell $15 billion worth of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, one wonders what sort of dance moves Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion will engage in to explain his government’s ongoing su… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: How Will Dion Justify This?

Politics and its Discontents: Robert Fisk

Last evening my wife and I attended a talk given by Robert Fisk, the renowned British journalist who has lived in and covered the Middle East for almost 40 years. The talk was quite dense, given the complexity of the issues and dynamics of that region, and I realized how little we understand about . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Robert Fisk

Politics and its Discontents: Another Nail In The Coffin Of Canada’s International Reputation

Ever the uncritical and obsequious friend of Israel and wooer of domestic Jewish votes, the Harper regime has once again shamed and blackened Canada’s international reputation: Israel has expressed its gratitude to Canada for helping to block a major international plan towards ridding the world of nuclear weapons.

Elsewhere, however, there was widespread international . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Nail In The Coffin Of Canada’s International Reputation

Politics and its Discontents: Egg On His Car

… but not on his face. Yes, our peripatetic and staunch, uncritical supporter of all things Israeli, Foreign Minister John baird, was spared the ultimate humiliation during a visit to the West Bank city of Ramallah today to meet with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki.

The protesters, who were waiting as Baird left Malki’s . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Egg On His Car

Politics and its Discontents: Remembrances Of Things Past

It was with some surprise that Canadians finally saw something positive emerge from the always suspicious and hateful Harper regime: its facilitation of talks between the U.S. and Cuba to begin the process of normalizing relations.

This echo of a time when Canada was looked upon as the world’s honest broker prompted a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Remembrances Of Things Past

drive-by planet: Seizing the day: Harper style

Politics and its Discontents: The Perspective That Age Bestows

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

Politics and its Discontents: A Prime Minister Hath No Honour In His Own Country

That paraphrase of a famous line from the Bible perhaps sums up the pitiable plight of Stephen Harper, gallant man of the world and fearless foe of evil on the world stage. Despite his indefatigable efforts to denounce the Teutonic tendencies of Vladimir Putin in the Ukraine or stand unreservedly with Israel in its . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Prime Minister Hath No Honour In His Own Country

Politics and its Discontents: Praising Stephen Harper

Now that I have your attention, let me assure that I am not the source of that praise. No, a site called Breaking Israel News is. Drawing heavily upon a piece written by the Ottawa Citizen’s Mark Kennedy, it offers the following effusive approval of Stephen Harper:

The support he has shown for Israel . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Praising Stephen Harper

Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Mulcair Speaks

Noted recently is the widespread criticism that both Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair have earned by either their silence or their very timid comments about the slaughter in Gaza. While most Canadians have probably come to expect the reflexive uncritical endorsement of all things Israeli by the Harper regime, many have been disappointed to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Thomas Mulcair Speaks

Politics and its Discontents: John Oakley Hosts Harper Clone

Many thanks to The Salamander, who, in his response to a post from last evening, sent along this link to the John Oakley Show. On the show, the Reverend Charles McVetey, as unhinged and extreme an evangelical you are ever likely to encounter, explains the evangelical Christian validation for Stephen Harper’s need to support . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: John Oakley Hosts Harper Clone

eaves.ca: Canada’s Opaque Transparency – An Open Data Failure

Yesterday, at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Canada Minister of Natural Resource, Joe Oliver, announced with great fanfare a new initiative to compel mining companies to disclose payments of over $100,000′s to foreign and domestic governments. On the surface this looks like a win for transparency, particularly for a sector that is . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Canada’s Opaque Transparency – An Open Data Failure

calgaryliberal.com: University of Calgary Liberals mentioned in Wikileaks

Turns out the Young Liberals at the University of Calgary is seen as an organization of real influence by the US State Department. Below is a quote from Wikileaks that talks about how the UofC Liberals were able to influence the policy of the party and shake up a whole other party. 6. (SBU) The . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: University of Calgary Liberals mentioned in Wikileaks

Northern Reflections: Gum On Their Noses

The international community knows by now that the Harper Government — remember, the moniker is now on official documents — is full of navel gazers. And navel gazers aren’t concerned with facts. The ramifications for Canadian foreign policy are deeply disturbing. Natalie Brender writes in The Toronto Star  that:

The Harper government’s tendency toward . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Gum On Their Noses

The Canadian Progressive: Best line to pick up a Canadian woman: “Hi, I’m NOT Stephen Harper”? (VIDEO)

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb.3, 2013: Seriously, you can actually get laid in Canada for introducing yourself as NOT Prime Minister Stephen Harper and certainly having nothing to do with the Conservatives? For saying that you got nothing to do with the Alberta tar sands and Canada’s oil-driven foreign policy? That you . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Best line to pick up a Canadian woman: “Hi, I’m NOT Stephen Harper”? (VIDEO)

The Canadian Progressive: Global Mining and Tar Sands Oil Drive Canadian Foreign Policy

by Guest Blogger | Jan. 28, 2013 In the era of dictatorial Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his right-wing Conservatives, global mining and tar sands oil drive Canadian foreign policy. Canadian author, activist and political commentator, Yves Engler, argues that Harper’s right wing foreign policy protects interests of big oil and mining at home and . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Global Mining and Tar Sands Oil Drive Canadian Foreign Policy

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Debasement Of Canadian Foreign Policy

That Canada once enjoyed a sterling reputation in the international arena is something beyond dispute. That its standing has fallen precipitately under the misguided direction of the Harper regime is a truth that I suspect only the most rabidly ideological would disagree with.

Perhaps the most egregious departure from norms that most . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Debasement Of Canadian Foreign Policy

Trashy's World: Stay classy, my home and native land…

…stay classy. Canada was one of only 6 nations to vote yesterday against a UN resolution calling for Israel to open up its nuclear facilities for inspection. The others were the US, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau. What lo… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Stay classy, my home and native land…

The Ranting Canadian: The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy is a…

The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy is a book by Yves Engler that was released in September 2012. Here is the official description: “Stephen Harper’s foreign policy documents the sordid story of the Canadian government’s sabotage… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy is a…

Politics and its Discontents: Why Harper’s Award as World Statesman of the Year Is An Insult to All of Us

I cannot help but think that it is the Harper regime’s unqualified and uncritical support for Israel that accounts for his being named World Statesman of the Year by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, founded by an American rabbi in 1965.

The state of Israel, which trumpets itself as some kind of democratic beacon . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Why Harper’s Award as World Statesman of the Year Is An Insult to All of Us

Paul S. Graham: Video Report: Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping – The Truth May Hurt

Lester B. Pearson has been dead for four decades, but his imagined legacy, that of international peacekeeper, remains one of the defining myths of the Canadian identity. Horrified by our murderous behavior in the occupation of Afghanistan and the bombings of Libya and the former Yugoslavia, the sainted memory of our 14th prime minister . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video Report: Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping – The Truth May Hurt