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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the impression that our votes for change don’t produce the expected results can lead to the public putting up with a destructive alternative just to have an alternative at all.

For further reading…– For background on Prince Edward Island’s electoral reform plebiscite, see Susan Bradley’s report on the results, Sara Fraser . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Michal Rozworski: Focus on Latin America: Colombia’s rejected peace and the Pink Tide in trouble

Political Eh-conomy Radio returns with a new logo, new life and a new episode focused on Latin America. First up: Aaron Tauss, assistant professor of International Political Economy at the Universidad National in Medellin, Colombia. I spoke with Aaron to better understand the devastating and unexpected “No” vote in Colombia’s referendum on a peace deal . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Focus on Latin America: Colombia’s rejected peace and the Pink Tide in trouble

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Richard Eskow offers up some ugly facts about corporate wealth accumulation and tax avoidance.

– David MacAray writes about the challenge facing labour activists when much of the public has been trained to engage in gratuitous union-bashing even while fully agreeing with union priorities: A union official . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Would Scott Brison care to comment?

Conservatives fail to take human rights seriously in Canada-Colombia deal

For the second year in a row, the Conservative government has failed to live up to its moral obligation to analyze the impact of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCOFTA) on human rights.

The reporting obligation, embedded as a side agreement in the FTA, was . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: Would Scott Brison care to comment?

Accidental Deliberations: On unbalanced trade

When it comes to trying to justify perpetually-increasing restrictions on democratic governance in the guise of “free trade” agreements, advocates present two polar opposite views as to what such agreements are intended to accomplish.

The first – and more plausible – view of the actual and intended effect of trade agreements is that they primarily . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On unbalanced trade

Politics and its Discontents: But We’re A Peace-Loving Country

My, my, my, the sins that are committed in our name. Recommend this Post

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Frank Graves writes about the decline of Canada’s middle class – and notes a parallel between the type of economy which tends to produce broad social failure, and the Cons’ familiar obsession with extraction: The other key factor is rising inequality and a failing middle class. Our evidence . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

gay persons of color: Chile’s LAN Airlines launches targeted microsite

What better way to start 2012 off than with some happy news, this time from LAN Airlines, the flag carrier of Chile, whose new LGBT travel microsite, landiversity.com, is a one-stop shop dedicated to gay and lesbian travelers to and within South America. In 2009, LAN became the first Latin American airline to develop . . . → Read More: gay persons of color: Chile’s LAN Airlines launches targeted microsite

DeSmogBlog: LNG Groundhog Day: Cheniere Energy Signs Yet Another Gas Export Deal on Gulf Coast

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Another day, another unconventional gas export deal signed. Nascent North American LNG (liquefied natural gas) export deals are happening so fast and furiously that it is hard to keep track of them all.

The latest: On November 21, Cheniere Energy Partners signed a 20-year LNG export deal with Gas Natural Fenosa, an energy . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: LNG Groundhog Day: Cheniere Energy Signs Yet Another Gas Export Deal on Gulf Coast

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Dan Gardner rightly points out that the Cons’ continued efforts to trash our parliamentary institutions now that they have a majority shouldn’t come as any surprise – even if they still demand plenty of outrage:Got t… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Paging Martha Hall Findlay

Last year the federal Liberals were pleased to assist the Conservatives in pushing through a free trade agreement between Canada and Colombia. Any number of human rights groups, along with trade unionists and other representatives of Colombian citizens, were insisting that such an agreement would only assist an oppressive regime. They pleaded that an independent assessment of Colombia’s human rights record should precede any such agreement. But the Liberals weren’t interested. Led by Scott Brison, they helped to block such testimony at committee, proposed an amendment that added a cosmetic reporting requirement to the Conservative bill, and pushed it through. So why single out Hall Findlay?… . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: Paging Martha Hall Findlay

Accidental Deliberations: On targeted development

Shorter Stephen Harper: To anybody who dares question my free trade agreement with Colombia, I say this: you can’t make a free market omelet without breaking a few skulls. That’s the expression, right? . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On targeted development

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Great Burro Tour

Ca…ca…ca…caramba. I see Presidente Crapper has arrived in Colombia. On what the Globe and Con is calling his “victory lap.”But I prefer to call his Great Burro Tour.Critics of free trade with Colombia who talk about human rights are rea… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Great Burro Tour

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-06-30 23:30:00

INTERNATIONAL LABOUR COLOMBIA: STOP VALE UNION BUSTING IN COLOMBIA:The other year workers in Ontario and Newfoundland were “treated” to an exhibition of just how hard hearted and tight fisted the international mining giant Vale is. But Canada and Brazi… . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-06-30 23:30:00

gay persons of color: We Who Feel Differently

People are not provoked by those who are different. What is more provoking is our insecurity: When you say, “I am so sorry but I am different.” That’s much more provoking than saying “I am different,” or “I have something to tell you, I can… . . . → Read More: gay persons of color: We Who Feel Differently

Sketchy Thoughts: May 11: "Beyond the Walls": A new publication about political prisoners in Colombia

it’s the Festival of Anarchy in Montreal, a month of radical events around the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair… i’ll be highlighting some of these on this blog, the first of which is actually in just 2 days, as the PASC – a local group doing solidarity w… . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: May 11: "Beyond the Walls": A new publication about political prisoners in Colombia