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The Disaffected Lib: The A, B, C’s of Dictatorship

Harvard prof and Foreign Policy columnist, Steven Walt, has a thoughtful essay, “10 Ways to Tell if Your President is a Dictator.“

My fears about Trump’s foreign policy have always been two-fold: that he might pursue a more sensible grand strategy but do it incompetently, thereby weakening America’s international position, or that he will eventually get . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The A, B, C’s of Dictatorship

ezra winton: Padre – Inspired Political Animation

I love this short Argentine animation film Padre, and I think you will too. If the film piques your interest into animation production, then check out the wonderful making-of short the filmmakers have so generously provided here (https://vimeo.com/886… . . . → Read More: ezra winton: Padre – Inspired Political Animation

Politics Canada: Is there no way to stop Harper?

When I see that the Conservative Party of Canada is fighting for top spot in the polls I feel so much stress that I need to stop and do something else for a while. This party has been so effective at concealing their actions from the public and destroying their opponents they are likely to . . . → Read More: Politics Canada: Is there no way to stop Harper?

Northern Reflections: A Non-Liberal State

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Last week, Ralph Nader declared that Stephen Harper was unsafe at any speed. Michael Harris writes:

According to the former U.S. presidential candidate and long-time consumer advocate, this prime minister is . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: A Non-Liberal State

LeDaro: His Highness Stephen Harper does not answer questions

Inconsiderate reporters waste the time of His Majesty Stephen Harper. Following video speaks volumes about Harper’s attitude. He is accountable to no one. It is a shame. Who would have thought that we will have dictatorship in Canada.

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LeDaro: North Korea: Interesting pictures

Every summer the North Koreans hold the Arirang games, or “mass games,” where perhaps as many as 100,000 performers dance and do gymnastics to a patriotic theme. The real stars of the show may be these boys: the flashcard flippers, who with split-second precision form colorful mosaics. But this is what the boys behind . . . → Read More: LeDaro: North Korea: Interesting pictures

LeDaro: North Korea and Dictatorship

It is unfortunate that in dictatorships like the one in North Korea people are treated like robots. The following picture is beautiful but one feels sadness about the control of dictatorship. In this case Kim Jong-un is the master.

North Koreans wave flowers as they take part in a military parade past Kim Il-Sung square . . . → Read More: LeDaro: North Korea and Dictatorship

Canadian Progressive: Pussy Riot found guilty, sentenced to two years in prison

In Vladmir Putin’s Russia, a peaceful and legitimate act of civil disobedience earns you two years in prison. That’s the sentence a Russian court just imposed on three members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot. Judge Marina Sirovaya found Maria Alyokhina, 24, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, guilty of “hooliganism” earlier . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Pussy Riot found guilty, sentenced to two years in prison

An individual with opinions.: Underlooked Stephen Harper quotes P4: Harper is an eloquent polemic.

Part 4 of underlooked Stephen Harper quotes. Part one, two and three here.

One party dictatorship and our fleeting Parliamentary democracy There’s a semi-famous paper written by Stephen Harper and Tom Flanagan when they were younger floating around the progressive pointing out, quite eloquently and accurately describing one of the biggest issues facing Parliament in . . . → Read More: An individual with opinions.: Underlooked Stephen Harper quotes P4: Harper is an eloquent polemic.

Politics and Entertainment: PIPSC, Fat Cats, and Disturbing Dreams

I had the pleasure of attending the PIPSC Fat Cats game on Sunday – an exciting affair that the FCs won in the ninth with a sensational walk off steal at home plate by LaDale Hayes, who also made an extraordinary diving catch earlier in the game. Though American, he also represented the team in . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: PIPSC, Fat Cats, and Disturbing Dreams

LeDaro: Commissar Harper must be stopped from appointing CBC Leadership

Harper gives the impression that he owns all Canadians therefore he must control every aspect of our lives. His ability to appoint the leaders of the CBC is totally unacceptable. Harper must know that CBC is funded by taxpayers and not by him. His ability to appoint leaders of public media like the . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Commissar Harper must be stopped from appointing CBC Leadership

Canadian Progressive World: The Day Stephen Harper Called Canada a Benign Dictatoship

“Canada’s system of one-party-plus rule has stunted democracy.” – Stephen Harper (and Tom Flanagan) Not long ago, Stephen Harper suggested that “although we like to think of ourselves as living in a mature democracy, we …Read More

Excited Delirium: A Good Interpretation of Herr Harper’s Retirement Plans

The NDP nail it when describing choices the Cons are making for us.

On “fascism” in the U.S.

Paul Street on why the U.S. is not a “fascist” state: Even if real historical fascism could be translated across times and place to the modern U.S. it would be largely redundant for America’s powers that be. The American elite already gets the basic regressive and authoritarian outcomes of fascism – increased exploitation and division . . . → Read More: On “fascism” in the U.S.

Politics and Entertainment: We Do Have a Moral Licence to Resist the Dictates of Harper Regime

McQuaig: Occupy moves us into a new era – thestar.com

Linda McQuaig says “Canada isn’t a dictatorship, and so protesters — like the group now ordered evicted from St. James Park — don’t have the same clear moral licence to ignore bylaws that their Egyptian counterparts had.” I’m not so sure, Linda, given all . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: We Do Have a Moral Licence to Resist the Dictates of Harper Regime

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Stephen Harper Inches Canada Even Closer Toward a Dictatorship

Within weeks of being elected in 2006, Stephen Harper limited access to his government, by both the media and the public.  He closed down a searchable database that provided easier access to information, and forbid any questioning of his ministers, without his approval, and even then questions had to be presented in advance.

Time . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Stephen Harper Inches Canada Even Closer Toward a Dictatorship

Canadian Progressive World: CPW Book Salon: Taking A Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights

Author: Juan E. Méndez and Marjory Wentworth Palgrave Macmillan, September 2011 ISBN: 978-0-230-11233-9, ISBN10: 0-230-11233-1, 156.000 x 234.000 inches, 256 pages Juan Méndez has experienced human rights abuse first hand. As a result of his …R… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: CPW Book Salon: Taking A Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights